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Annandale News: Meet the Artisan Robin Milburn
Annandale News: Gifts for Every Occasion
Annandale News: What's Happening in the Other Revitalization Districts
Annandale News: Smashing the Myth
Annandale News: Made in Fairfax County
Annandale Real Estate: Open and Shut
Annandale Schools: The First Choice of Out Adult Lives
Local History: What a Difference a Century Makes: 1918
Local History: The Death of George Washington
History: What Great Grandma Knew III
Annandale Business: ServPro-Emergency Water & Smoke Clean-Up
VIEW ON NATURE: In Plain Sight
Events & Networking
What is Happening in the Other Revitalization Districts
Outside of Reston, Tysons, and Merrifield, precious little.
Reston and Tysons: A significant number of redevelopment proposals have been submitted in the Reston TSAs since the adoption of the amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. (influenced by the extension of the Silverline Metrorail to Dulles). There are currently 21 zoning cases pending within the Dulles Corridor. These range in size from 1.5 to 47 acres. The majority of the requests are for mixed-use developments which, if approved, could result in more than 1,393,000 square feet of non-residential uses and 14,364,000 square feet of residential development.
Over the past year, Highgate at The Mile (Tysons), a residential building in the North Central District, was delivered and is currently leasing. Three additional buildings are presently under construction, including the Capital One Headquarters and seven major zoning cases are pending within Tysons, which range in size from 1.29 acres to 38.83 acres. If approved, these applications could result in a 5,363,000 square feet of non-residential uses and 8,663,000 square feet of residential development..
Merrifield: A significant portion of the Plan’s vision has been realized over the past 16 years. Mixed-use residential buildings have infilled around the Metro station, including the redevelopment of the WMATA property at the station. The development of the Mosaic District has achieved the vision of a town center for this area, with its mix of uses and network of new local streets, park spaces, and year-round activities.
McLean: On November 11, 2016, the Board adopted a Plan Amendment that established a new 7.4 acre, high density residential node in the McLean Commercial Revitalization District (CRD). The Plan’s new recommendations are intended to further the county’s economic strategy and the continued revitalization of the McLean CRD by increasing the planned intensity of properties along Beverly Road to a 3.0 FAR. As a result, properties in the McLean CRD are no longer subject to recent changes to the Code of Virginia that restrict the offering or acceptance of proffers related to new residential development. Being able to demand proffers is the only reason for this zoning change. With this added cost burden, attracting quality developers becomes far more difficult and uncertain. No takers to date. READ MORE
Made in Fairfax
Fairfax County Seeks to Boost Local Artisan Manufacturing
To expand economic activity and build vibrant community centers, Fairfax County is exploring the potential of small scale production businesses to enhance the County’s commercial areas.
Technological changes and consumer market preferences for locally-made and artisan products – from textiles, hardware, woodworking, and metalworking to breweries and local food production – have enabled small producers to competitively operate in traditionally non-industrial areas, such as retail and commercial centers.
The Made in Fairfax Initiative will be studying the most appropriate locations for this kind of small-scale production. Based on findings and public input, the County anticipates that it might update its land use and zoning rules to accommodate these kinds of artisan businesses.
With brick and mortar retailers under siege by online powerhouse giants, expansion of traditional retail is slowing dramatically along with the tax revenue they produce. The county is turning towards artisan manufacturing as a way to fill vacant commercial space no longer desired by traditional retail, while enlivening older commercial areas with new activities, local enterprise, and tax revenue.
Other localities, such as the cities of Falls Church and Alexandria, have implemented plans long ago and are already attracting numerous small brewers, whiskey makers, and artisan craftsmen in any number of disciplines. READ MORE
Nine Things to Know About Trees
Fairfax County is one of 3,400 communities that have made the commitment to become a Tree City USA. In the Commonwealth of Virginia there are 56 communities that have attained the Tree City USA designation (as of late February 2018).
The i-Tree program was developed by the U.S. Forest Service, among others. Tree City USA is an Arbor Day Foundation program in cooperation with the US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Urban and Community Forestry Program and the National Association of State Foresters.
Fairfax County has earned the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation for the 35th consecutive year. Each year since its inception in 1976, thousands of urban foresters across the country submit applications to be considered to receive this cherished designation.
Photo above: American Beech Tree Photo Credit: By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT - Self-photographed, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3140469
Let Green Spring Gardens Help You
Decorate for the Holidays
Green Spring Gardens is offering three programs in November and December to help you decorate for the holidays.
Make a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece during the program titled “Workshop: Thanksgiving Table Arrangement.” From 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018, designer Chuck Mason will lead you through fresh flower designs. Pick up techniques for adding dried materials and fresh fruit to your floral creations. This program is for participants age 16 to adult.
On Saturday, December 1, Green Spring hosts the “Winter Wreath Workshop.” Create a beautiful, winter wreath to decorate your front door. Green Spring staff members will demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. Greens, forms, ribbon and cones are included in the supply fee. This program is for crafters age 14 to adult and runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The following Saturday, December 8, Green Spring offers “Floral Design: Holiday Table Arrangement” for adults. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., learn how to create a unique, take-home floral design that celebrates the season with the help of professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway. She will share tips and tricks of the trade that you can use on your own designs.
The cost of each of the programs is $39, plus a $25 supply fee.
Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.
Saturday December 1 and December 8
Meet, Greet and Eat Brunch with Santa at Pinecrest
Skip the lines at the mall and bring the family to meet and take pictures with Santa at Pinecrest Golf Course’s new indoor family learning center.
On December 1 and 8, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., enjoy a family-friendly brunch complete with favorites like blueberry and banana pancakes, breakfast bake with eggs, bacon and cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt granola parfaits, milk, juice and coffee.
Brunch will be followed by visits with Santa to share holiday lists and music, homemade cookies and a decorating station! Elves will be making their way around to mingle with families and give out goody bags before heading back to the North Pole.
The cost is $12 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14 for those 13 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
There are new amenities to enjoy at Pinecrest; the new indoor space features expanded hitting bays and golf simulator which allow for enhanced, year-round practice and special event opportunities.
To register visit www.fairfaxounty.gov/parks/golf/pinecrest.
Pinecrest Golf Course is located at 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA and is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. Pinecrest Golf Course is operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. For more information visit online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/pinecrest or call 703-941-1061.
Smashing the Myth
The Alexandria Workforce Development Center recently released New Americans in Alexandria, a report detailing the economic contributions and impact of immigrants in Alexandria. In addition to their financial contributions, the report details the role that the immigrant population plays in the local labor force as well as their contributions to the city's recent population growth.
The immigrant share of the Alexandria population in 2016 was 28% while contributing $262.4 million in federal taxes and $102.2 million in state and local taxes, $150 million to Social Security and $39 million to Medicare. Time to just stop the talk about immigrants being given a free lunch. In the city of Alexandria 12.3% of immigrants received Medicare or Medicaid, compared with 18.4% of US born residents. Approximately 55.8% of immigrants had private healthcare coverage, while only 12.9% had public healthcare coverage.
Several key industries in Alexandria provide jobs to immigrants. In fact 62.2% of workers ...READ MORE
VIEW ON NATURE: In Plain Sight
Camouflage- verb; to hide or disguise the presence of an animal, person, or object. (Webster Dictionary)
Nature helps most mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects be less visible by means of their coloration, color patterns, and perhaps, their shapes. For example, whitetail deer are camouflaged by season, with more auburn or “red’ in the brighter warmer months, and more grey, brown, and black hairs to blend in with the brown forest floor in the fall and winter. Also, the white patch under their chins conceals them in snowfall when the rest of their bodies are cover in white.
Camouflage is a defense mechanism or ploy to mask animals’ appearance, often to blend in with their environment. This allows predators to lie in wait on prey and prey to hide from predators. Some match their background like owls against rough-barked tree trunks while others like walking stick insects look just like twigs, head to toe. This insect even wobbles from side to side to resemble a twig wavering in the wind. READ MORE
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Just 15 Hassle Free Minutes from Annandale
Travel with confidence to the newly renovated Fairfield Inn & Suites Alexandria Landmark - a hotel with outstanding service for an easy and comfortable stay at an exceptional value.
The renovation and comprehensive make-over is now complete and the staff at the Fairfield Inn is ready to welcome you to their thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites with plenty of room to work and relax. Guest rooms are stocked with a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee/tea maker. Suites are available with living and sleeping areas especially convenient for families and visiting workers who need a temporary home away from home.
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel will keep you connected during your stay and their fitness center will help you stay on track. Spread out in their vibrant lobby with spaces to gather, relax and work. You are invited to jump-start each day with their free guest breakfast served at IHOP conveniently located in the stunning new lobby and open 24 hours a day. Guests also enjoy free shuttle service to the Mark Center and Van Dorn Metro Station, so they will have no trouble exploring the many things to do in Washington and Northern VA.
The First Choice of Our Adult Lives
Due to the hysteria in the current political climate, Americans are pressing for change in the upcoming elections. High school voters are facing tremendous pressure. Not only is it their first election, but as the up-and-coming generation, their votes will impact the future.
So, how do high schoolers feel about facing the first choice of their adult life? The general consensus is divided.
Many, like scores of Americans, feel propelled to vote out of a deep dissatisfaction with the current state of politics. Others vote because is their civic duty--every vote counts. In the past few years alone there has been a greater push in the schools to register students. However, some still lack the interest.
For those who are not voting, reasons boil down to three. Many already have enough responsibilities, and voting seems a tedious one to add. Others claim political platforms do not always stress issues that are important to them and wait for topics they feel strongly about, such as gun control, to appear on the ballot. The rest are simply unwilling to involve themselves in politics.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, students who are politically motivated are revved up in eager anticipation. At the forefront are members of the Young Democrats and Young Republicans clubs, who are excited to vote for their respective candidates. READ MORE
Make Saving Energy at School Your Goal
Most people associate October with fall and Halloween, but October is significant for another reason: it’s Energy Action Month, too. With the hot summer periods behind us now, schools and homes need to be adequately prepared to handle colder temperatures and changing weather patterns.
Virginia Energy Sense, the state’s energy education program, seeks to raise awareness in the state about easy ways to save energy and help Virginia meet its goal of reducing electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2020. We are committed to helping Virginians understand their energy use and what they can do to save energy easily and cost-effectively.
With the guidance of the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve developed a school curriculum to help teach the Standards of Learning on energy usage for elementary school students. The lesson plans and activities promote energy conservation and help students understand how to use energy responsibly.
Below are several tips and ideas you can use in your classroom and at home to conserve more energy this fall. READ MORE
Annandale REAL ESTATE: Open and Shut
Local real estate does not exist in a vacuum and is affected by many variables. For example, the presence of Thomas Jefferson High School in Annandale has an effect on housing for families who do not want their child to be educated too many miles from home. Development and revitalization play a part as well, since people do gravitate toward areas like the Mosaic District.
So it is with two events that have made the news, the closing of the K-Mart on John Marr Drive and the opening of the sports complex, The St. James. It was announced that the K-Mart will close on November 18 and the St. James just opened to much fanfare, providing 300 new jobs in Mason District.
When it comes to the closing of K-Mart, people have mixed reactions. For a long time it was a common belief that the ideal geographic location between Columbia Pike and Little River Turnpike was ripe for redevelopment. Back in 2006 the parcel received an increased floor area ratio in order to develop a mixed-use property of retail and residential. However the collapse of the capital market and a contentious relationship with K-Mart and its long-term lease kept any redevelopment plans in someone’s bottom, desk drawer. READ MORE
VIEW ON NATURE: The Original Natural Foods
Nat·u·ral food…noun…Food that has undergone minimal processing and contains no preservatives or artificial additives. Well if there was ever natural foods, just look at the diet of the pre-colonial Native Americans in Virginia, the First Virginians. For millennia, they were nomadic hunters/ gatherers who principally relied on the meat of large megafauna (mastodons, mammoths, musk oxen, and giant ground sloths). But due to overhunting and climate change, they adapted to a more balanced plant / animal diet of seasonal fruits, berries, nuts, fishes, shellfish, birds, fowl, deer, bears, and smaller mammals.
But in faraway lands, other indigenous peoples in Mexico and South and Central Americas were selectively converting wild species of grasses and other plants. These included the earliest corn (9,000 years ago), quinoa, and later, crops of beans, squashes and pumpkins that eventually made their way into the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys, and 500 years later, into Virginia.
MEET THE ARTISAN
Fiber Artist & Weaver at the Artisans United Gallery
Robin Milburn is fascinated by how things are made. As a child, she was drawn to things made of string, from sailor’s knots to crewel embroidery.
In school she gravitated towards science and math. Her mother’s work as a museum guide introduced Robin to the field of art conservation – an intriguing combination of chemistry, materials science, art history and studio art. Robin had found her niche. During an internship in textile conservation, one of the curators came back from a weaving class with a book of overshot samples. She was smitten by the colors and patterns; Robin needed to learn to weave. In 1995 she started taking weaving and other fiber arts classes at Springwater Fiber Workshop in Alexandria. Since then, her interests have expanded to include Japanese braiding, spinning, felting, dyeing, knitting, ply splitting, and papermaking.
Robin gathers inspiration from ethnographic art, Japanese art and the natural world. Through her museum conservation work with ethnographic collections, Robin developed an appreciation for objects that are both useful and beautiful, made from natural organic materials, and fashioned by hand using simple tools and traditional techniques. Ethnographic art connects us with culture, place, tradition, nature and spirit in ways that are becoming increasingly rare in our modern industrialized world.
Artisans United Gallery
4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, VA 22003
703.941.0202 . www.augallery.org
Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Treasured Gifts for Men, Women, Children and Infants
Artisans United, Inc., which officially began in 1988, is a non-profit organization serving as a network of and for artists. Currently comprised of members of various Guilds and independent local artists and crafts-people, its primary purpose is to preserve, promote, and develop the disciplines of visual arts and crafts. The organization provides an intellectual and creative forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and materials among its members. Opportunities for growth and development are provided in a climate of mutual respect for the different disciplines with encouragement given to all members.
Artisans United, Inc. is tasked with taking arts out into the community. To fulfill this mission, we have participated in craft demonstrations, classes, talks, and exhibits both at the Gallery and in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and libraries. In addition, we have taken part in the Annandale Fall Festival and have worked with the Cub Scouts and the Lifetime Learning Institute (which is connected with the Northern Virginia Community College). And, we also promote a ‘Christmas in July’ event, inviting the public to join us in making holiday ornaments to be shared with the residents of the Katherine Hanley Shelter in Fairfax County
As a community resource, Artisans United, Inc. operates The Craft Gallery of Artisans United which is located just inside the front door of the Fred M. Packard Center in the Annandale Community Park off Hummer Road. Here the artists’ creations are on display and may be purchase. READ MORE
Artisans United Craft Gallery
4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, VA 22003
10 am-4 pm Mon-Sat.
Nov. & Dec: Sun. 1-4 pm
PNC Financial Services
For more than 160 years, PNC has been committed to providing their clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. PNC is proud of their longstanding history of supporting not only their customers but also their communities, employees and shareholders.
PNC offers a wide range of services for all their customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, they're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success.
PNC provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to more than 6 million consumer and small business customers across 19 state and the District of Columbia. Customers can bank whenever and wherever they want via more than 2,600 branches, online and mobile services along with 9,000 ATM machines, many of which can be used to make deposits and cash checks. READ MORE
Trust Properties was founded in 1994 and is committed to providing a broad range of Commercial Real Estate Services throughout the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. Staffed by knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated career professionals, Trust Properties takes pride in delivering impeccable levels of service and exceptional results to their clients and customers.
Greg McGillicuddy is a Vice President and Principal Broker at Trust Properties. Greg grew up in Arlington and returned here after completing his studies at Harvard and Hopkins. Greg is one of the most knowledgeable brokers in local real estate, with more than 27 years of experience in the sales and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties and has managed more than two million square feet of properties in the Greater Metro area, including numerous properties here in Annandale. READ MORE
LAMBROS GOLDSMITH AND FINE JEWELRY
Sparkling, even inspiring are the jewelry designs exhibited in abundance at this charming retailer. Lambros and Jayne Magiafas, goldsmith and geologist, are a team made in Jewelers Heaven. Lambros began his goldsmith apprenticeship at the age of 12 in his native Greece while Jayne started her career in the US at the age of 16.
Lambros Goldsmiths is a family owned and operated, full service Fine Jewelry retailer. Founded in 1987, Lambros Goldsmiths has been serving the Fine Jewelry needs of people from around the country. Nestled in our friendly town of Annandale, Lambros Goldsmiths offers uniquely handcrafted Fine Jewelry at competitive prices. READ MORE
The Death of George Washington
A Glimpse into the Past of Demaine Funeral Home
The Demaine Funeral Home finds its origin dating back to 1789 when families would turn to their local cabinetmaker to build a casket.
Ingle & McMunn, was such a business in early Alexandria, who had in their employ a young and promising cabinetmaker, William Demaine. It was Demaine, only in his mid-teens, who thought it foolish that families should have to wait for a coffin to be made, and used his free time to build an assortment in advance. However, when an exhausted and cold messenger banged on the shop’s door, early on Sunday morning in December with the news that Gen. George Washington, at the age of 67, had died at 10:20 pm the night before, it was truly a morning never to be forgotten.
It was December 14th, 1799, when Washington’s personal secretary, Tobias Lear sent this messenger to embark on the 14 mile ride from the Mt. Vernon estate with the General’s measurements to have a casket made.
Gen. Washington, at six feet-three and a half inches tall, was a giant of a man for his time, which eliminated considering any casket in stock. Besides, this was no ordinary citizen, and called for something befitting the Father of Our Country. A mahogany casket, lined in lead, was decided upon.
While no account of exactly who did what was ever recorded, it follows that the proprietors, Joseph and Henry Ingle would have lent their wood-working talents to such an important task, as well as call upon the experience of William Demaine who was largely responsible for coffin construction at the Ingle & McMunn firm. Washington’s request was to be buried no sooner than three days after his passing in order to allow time to notify friends and family. Both of Washington’s attending physicians, Dr. Dick, and Dr. Craig, not certain as to the cause of Washington’s death were concerned that it could be communicable, and insisted that the funeral not be delayed, due to weather or otherwise, past the fourth day. All other work in the shop was put aside, in order to tackle the demanding deadline and unprecedented request.
Saturday, November 17
Backlick Park Set to Officially Re-Open
Rainy weather slowed construction but some things are just worth the wait, and the renovations at Backlick Park are one of them. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. The public is invited for brief remarks, and light refreshments.
This $1 million-dollar project, funded by the 2016 Park Bond, brings new life to this 8.9-acre park located at 4516 Backlick Road in Annandale, VA. Construction includes the installation of a new shelter and picnic tables, a new playground, a new fitness area, renovation of the tennis courts, new tennis court lighting and the repaving of the trails and parking lot.
Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross said of the improvements, “Neighbors of Backlick Park joined together with Park Authority Board and staff to renovate a much-used, and much-loved neighborhood park. The newly-refurbished park demonstrates once again how the community treasures its parkland, and recognizes that stewardship of the environment is a responsibility of all of us, working together.”
The Premier Fitness Training in Annandale
Foundation Fitness is a private gym in Annandale where a wide variety of health and fitness related services are offered. These services include One-on-One Training, Group Training, Nutritional Counseling and Massage Therapy customized to each and every client's individual needs.
Foundation Fitness also offers fitness training for children and seniors tailored specifically to their needs.
One of the things that separates Foundation Fitness from other fitness studios is their in-house nutrition coaches. While many other studios only focus on strength training and cardio, they realize that in order to make significant changes, nutrition is the single most important thing to consider. Their nutrition programs have been the foundation of success for numerous busy moms, business executives, and fitness enthusiasts of all ages. They offer the following nutrition services that all come with a nutrition consultation and follow-up meeting to ensure you fully understand the plan:
At Foundation Fitness, they believe in offering different services that contribute to overall health. currently, Massage Therapy is offered at the Annandale location as an added benefit to their members.
7232 Columbia Pike
(across from Walgreen's)
Annandale, VA 22003
firstname.lastname@example.org (703) 354-3488
What Great Grandma Knew III
Health Suggestions: Watch out for the turpentine & opium.
HOW COLDS ARE CAUGHT
"A great many cannot see why it is they do not take a cold when exposed to cold winds and rain. The fact is, and ought to be more generally understood, that nearly every cold is contracted indoors, and is not directly due to the cold outside, but to the heat inside. A man will go to bed at night feeling as well as usual and get up in the morning with a royal cold. He goes peeking around in search of cracks and keyholes and tiny drafts. Weather-strips are procured, and the house made as tight as a fruit can. In a few days more the whole family have colds.
People swallow more colds down their throats than they inhale or receive from contact with the air, no matter how cold or chilly it may be. Plain, light suppers are good to go to bed on, and are far more conducive to refreshing sleep than a glass of beer or a dose of chloral. In the estimation of a great many this statement is rank heresy, but in the light of science, common sense and experience it is gospel truth.
Pure air is strictly essential to maintain perfect health. Close, foul air poisons the blood, brings on disease which often results in death; this poisoning of the blood is only prevented by pure air, which enters the lungs, becomes charged with waste particles, then thrown out, and which are poisoning if taken back again. It is estimated that a grown person corrupts one gallon of pure air every minute, or twenty-five barrels full in a single night, in breathing alone.
Clothes that have been worn through the day should be changed for fresh or dry ones to sleep in. Three pints of moisture, filled with the waste of the body, are given off every twenty-four hours, and this is mostly absorbed by the clothing. Sunlight and exposure to the air purifies the clothing of the poisons which nature is trying to dispose of, and which would otherwise be brought again into contact with the body. READ MORE....
Chamber Membership is an Effective Business Strategy
According to a recent study conducted by the Shapiro Group:
“When consumers know a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of that business, and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.” For more information on benefits when joining the Annandale Chamber of Commerce please see......
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The Annandale American Legion Post 1976 is recruiting new members. Veterans and family members welcome to join. Party hall rental is free for all members. Call 703-408-9123 and ask for Diane Ramsey.
4206 Daniels Ave, Annandale, VA 22003
(behind the Bank of America building on Columbia Pike)
7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Ample parking on site. www.avfd.org
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