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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Average real estate assessments rise 2.17 percent

Homes for sale in Annandale. [Zillow]
Real estate assessments for 2018 are up an average of 2.17 percent over last year, the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration reported Feb. 20.

The average assessment for all homes is $547,219, up from $535,597 in 2017.

Report documents Fairfax demographic changes

The latest statistics released by the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget predict steady growth over the next few years.

According to the county’s Demographic Reports 2017, released earlier this month, there were 1,142,888 people living in Fairfax County in 2017. That’s an 0.8 percent increase from 2016. By 2045, the population is expected to grow to nearly 1.4 million.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekend crimes include auto theft, drugs, assault

Recasas [FCPD]
A man from Fort Washington, Md., was arrested in the 4200 block of Hummer Road in Annandale for auto theft and drug possession at 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 17, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

An officer doing a check in a parking lot ran a license plate that came back as stolen. When officers searched the driver, they found illegal narcotics. Reggie Recasas, age 31, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute schedule I/II drugs, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a stolen auto.

Local pool goes from 'death spiral' to waiting list

The Parklawn Pool
Like many community pools in this area, Parklawn Pool had seen its membership decline, leading to a shrinking budget and deferred maintenance.

We were in a “death spiral,” says Dave Galway, the current president and membership chair of the Parklawn Recreation Association. “When people start to see the pool deteriorate, when membership is down and repairs can’t be made, people don’t want to be a part of it,” he says. A proposed cell tower would have brought in needed revenue, but that project didn’t happen.

Monday, February 19, 2018

'Light Years' at Signature: the story of a father and son told through music

Robbie Schaefer in "Light Years." [Christopher Mueller]
By David Siegel

How does someone pay honor to a deceased parent whom they loved dearly? How does a son give thanks to his father? And when does a son really come to learn what a father went through, in those many years before the son was even born?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Coach CJ Celebration is March 3

Previous scholarship winners.
You’re all invited: The fourth annual Coach CJ Celebration is Saturday, March 3, in the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department’s social hall, 7128 Columbia Pike.

This family-friendly fundraiser, 7-10 p.m., features food, dancing with a DJ, and a silent auction.