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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dressbarn is closing

Dressbarn in the Seven Corners shopping center.

Another big retailer is closing down, meaning more empty storefronts in our area.

The Ascena Retail Group announced May 20 that is shutting down all 650 Dressbarn stores. That includes the stores in the Seven Corners Center, Fair City Mall, Kingstowne Center, and Greenbriar Town Center in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County Democrats fail to endorse Moon for school board

The scene outside the endorsement meeting. Rachna Sizemore-Heizer is in the black-and-white dress, and Abrar Omeish's supporters are wearing yellow hats.
After 20 years on the Fairfax County School Board, Ilryong Moon will not appear on the ballot on Election Day in November.

That’s because Moon got the least votes from members of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee at an endorsement meeting May 21. There were four contenders seeking the Democratic endorsement for the three at-large seats on the school board.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Boundary adjustment process starts for Glen Forest

Glen Forest Elmentary School.
Parents of children at Glen Forest Elementary School and community members are invited to a meeting to discuss a boundary adjustment that could possibly move some students to Bailey’s Primary, Bailey’s Upper, and Parklawn elementary schools.

Volunteers clean up Backlick Park

Volunteers in the Backlick Park clean up crew. 
Backlick Park in Annandale is clean and litter-free, after members of the Falls Church-Annandale Lions Club and local residents picked up trash during a Saturday morning cleanup project organized by Katie Clinton.


Monday, May 20, 2019

'On Air' at Creative Cauldron is a delightful musical about early radio

Jimmy Mavrikes as Frank Conrad and Nora Palka as Flora Conrad in “On Air” at Creative Cauldron. [Keith Waters Kx Photography]
By David Siegel

Dancing and singing over the wireless airways – how might it have happened? What might have been a dry history lesson is given delightfully appealing musical charm in Creative Cauldron’s world premiere production of “On Air.” 

McKay accuses Chapman of 'smear tactics'

McKay's house. [Antonio Olivo/The Washington Post]
Lee Supervisor and candidate for chair of the Board of Supervisors Jeff McKay is blaming his opponent, Tim Chapman, in the Democratic Primary for spreading accusations that McKay used his position as supervisor to get a favorable deal when he bought his house.

At the Mason District Democratic Committee’s World’s Fair Fundraiser Saturday in Mason District Park, McKay told us Chapman is “stooping to smear tactics.” 

Permit program would allow certain residents to ignore left-turn restrictions

Old Columbia Pike at Downing Street.
If you live in one of the two Mason District neighborhoods where no-left-turn signs ban cut-through traffic, you might be able to get some relief.

Left-turn restrictions were implemented years ago – at the request of residents – to prevent rush-hour drivers from cutting through neighborhoods. The problem, however, is that the left-turn or right-turn ban inconveniences residents, who must find an alternative route into their neighborhood.