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Annandale News: Meet the Artisan Dan Burke
Annandale News: Gifts for Every Occasion
Annandale News: Renaissance Memory Care Community
Annandale News: Smashing the Myth
Annandale News: Made in Fairfax County
Annandale Real Estate: Greater Opportunities for Annandale
Local History: What a Difference a Century Makes: 1919
Local News: Jewish Community Center Contributes to Annandale
History: What Great Grandma Knew III
Annandale Business: ServPro-Emergency Water & Smoke Clean-Up
VIEW ON NATURE: Nevermore
Annandale Schools: Why are so few people able to compromise?
ANNANDALE News, Events & Networking
PROVIDENCE PLAYERS PRESENTS
A missing father, a pill-popping mother and three sisters harboring dubious little secrets…. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling mysteries. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.
Thurs, Fri and Sat at 7:30 p.m.
March 29 - April 13
Sunday Matinees 2:00 p.m.
March 31 & April 7
Order Tickets: 703-425-6782 or online at
Called a comedy with a surprisingly deep soul… simultaneously hilarious and touching, Leaving Iowa portrays Don’s journey to return his father’s ashes to his childhood home, only to discover that Grandma’s house is now a grocery store. This father-and son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood: the classic American summer vacation, which often meant being trapped in the back seat of a station wagon. Don’s memories bring to life the people of his past and present, weave a tale of reconciling idealism with reality, and ultimately show us what it means to love one’s family.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.
May 31 – June 15
Sunday Matinees 2:00 p.m.
June 2 & 9
Order Tickets: 703-425-6782 or online at
James Lee Community Center
2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
Saturday, April 27, 2019
OPEN HOUSE: Kenwood Summer Day Camp &
Saturday, May 4 from 9 am to Noon
FREE Spring Cleaning Event
The big shred truck there will be here to dispose of your unwanted items. 123 Junk will take old electronics, TV, Stereos, computers, etc. Bring old gas propane tanks for a worthy cause. Household hazardous waste. Coats, clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. Start cleaning out your no longer needed items now! This is a popular event so come early.
5501 Backlick Road, Springfield 22151.
Pat Sawhney, ReMax Agent and Broker will be there to greet you!
5501 Backlick Road, Springfield 22151
SPRING MARKET IS ALREADY HEATING UP--A GOOD YEAR TO BUY OR SELL!
Midday Marketing Reception
All Chamber Members & their Guests are invited
Thursday, May 23rd from 3-4 PM
At the New Chamber Offices
4127 Meadow Court, Annandale, VA
RSVP: by May 21st to firstname.lastname@example.org
refreshments will be served
This reception offers you an opportunity to meet chamber members and business owners. Lasting only one hour, you can improve your contact list quickly and effectively while distributing your marketing materials to members.
Expand your professional address book along with your business base.
Annandale REAL ESTATE: Brighter Days and Greater Opportunities for Annandale
As everyone has heard, Amazon will move about 50% of its second headquarters operation to Crystal City. The average salary of those Amazon employees is reported to be $150,000 per year, with the first 400 folks starting next year.
The estimated number of jobs created directly by Amazon is 25,000 with a total estimate of direct and indirect jobs created at 62,000. Those are eye-popping numbers, but what do they mean for Annandale and its residents.
Although I’m certain that the highest paid employees at Amazon will likely opt for houses in Arlington or D.C., there are a high number of employees that will not pay the price tag necessary to locate that close to the new headquarters. So what is the next, most logical spot for those people.
Well, they could choose the tony atmosphere of Old Town Alexandria, but given the cost of that housing it will still require a hefty salary or an inheritance from Aunt Mildred. So, if you cross over 395 you wind up in Annandale country and that is where I expect plenty of Amazon employees to land in the next five years.
Native Plant Sale 2019
Place Your Order NOW
This year's seedling sale features shrubs and trees that are tolerant of deer browse. While no plant is completely deer-proof, these seedlings are less susceptible. They help clean our water and air, prevent soil erosion, provide valuable habitat, and add beauty and resilience to your landscape. Enjoy!
Orders are being taken online with a credit card, debit card or e-check. Orders for 2019 seedling packages are now available. Just follow this link to our online seedling sale store.
This year's seedling sale features shrubs and trees that serve as valuable food sources for wildlife and delicious treats for us! These berries, fruits, and nuts are sure to bring new life to your garden! They also help clean our water and air, prevent soil erosion, provide valuable habitat, and add beauty and resilience to your landscape. Enjoy!
The Renaissance Memory Care Community
The Renaissance is a newly built specialty care assisted living community designed to help seniors with Alzheimer's and other types of Dementia. It is an innovative memory care community currently being built on Braddock Road in Annandale and is the result of years of design research aimed at best serving residents and their families affected by Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders.
Renaissance of Annandale, a Premier Memory Care Community, provides a secure, attentive, homelike atmosphere while offering a full range of helpful services to those looking for a senior living community. The Renaissance looks forward to serving the greatest generation with honor, respect, faith and integrity with a focus to provide each resident with a "Purpose Filled Day".
The Renaissance provides a stimulating and safe environment with 24-hour nursing and personal care, innovative technology and design, so that the needs of each individual resident are regularly addressed and active in a safe environment where they receive the support needed with grooming, medications, and round-the-clock access to a caring staff.
The Renaissance team recognizes the many challenges that come with the many faces of dementia and are here to offer a support system and peace of mind to their residents and their families.
We are delighted to be a part of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce and looking forward to being involved and a resource in Senior Housing for the Annandale community. As your neighbor, we invite you in to visit and learn what makes us unique. Our memory care facilities help each resident exercise their minds to make every day meaningful.
Opening March 2019
7112 Braddock Road (Next to Leewoods Nursing Home)
Annandale, VA 22003
703-256-7232 . www.renaissanceannandale.net
VIEW ON NATURE: Nevermore
Of all the birds of Virginia, ravens are the most revered, mysterious, and interesting. The northern raven is a large, pure-black bird standing 25 inches tall and weighing over 2.5 pounds with an impressive 4+ foot wingspan. Ravens can live to 40 years in captivity and 21 years in the wild, which is a very long bird lifespan. Young birds may travel in flocks called a “conspiracy” or an “unkindness”, attributed to their stressful behavior in juvenile conglomerations until pairing off and mating for life.
Raven’s vocal repertoire is amazing - 33 different categories of vocalization! I’m always amazed at their gurgling croaks, shrill and rasping calls, and rapid series of loud, un-birdlike wood knocking sounds that echo along the cliffs on Skyline Drive where ravens thrive. In captivity, they can be taught to speak like parrots which floored me when I heard one speak in a deep voice. They are also amazing mimickers of other birds and animals and even manmade sounds such as engines, flushing toilets, musical instrument.
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.
Value Your Power this Winter by Saving Energy at Home
Each year, it seems as though winter comes to Virginia earlier than it did the year before. At the end of last year, several areas in the state received unexpected snow before Thanksgiving. In Richmond and other areas in the South, a heavy winter storm dropped a foot of snow well before the official start of winter on Dec. 21.
To stave off colder temperatures during inclement weather, many people tend to crank up their thermostats to their homes warm. Doing this may make your home more comfortable, but it also increases your energy use and can lead to higher electricity bills.
Not sure how to prepare your home for winter? Follow Virginia Energy Sense’s suggestions and tips listed below to curb unnecessary energy use during the winter:
Winter Energy Saving Tips
Programmable thermostats – You can save energy and keep your costs in check by keeping your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you are at home. A smart thermostat learns your behavior and it lets you control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.
Swap in LEDs – If you use traditional incandescent lightbulbs, you may want to reconsider. Switch them out for LEDs that will use up to 75% less energy and last several times longer!
Turn on your fans – Since hot air rises, run your ceiling fans in reverse to circulate it back to floor level.
Don’t block the heat – Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
Jewish Community Center
Has Been Contributing Vital Programs and Services to the Annandale Community for 38 Years.
Have you passed by Little River Turnpike at Guinea Road lately? If yes, perhaps you’ve seen the skeletal structure of the soon-to-be Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV, the J). The renovation of what was the original JCCNV building is just a small indication of the construction taking place to better serve the community. Every day, the J welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to its Fairfax campus (8900 Little River Turnpike) and its satellite locations throughout Northern Virginia.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
Helping people feel their very best, the J offers group classes for people at all fitness levels throughout the week and has personal trainers on staff for those who prefer one-on-one workouts. Exercise classes offered include yoga, Pilates, cardio cycling, SUP Yoga (stand-up paddle board), FUNctional fitness, and more. In addition to its “land” classes, the J’s Aquatics Center offers year-round water aerobics and competitive swimming programs for all ages and abilities. Our heated, six-lane, 25-meter swimming pool has a graduated depth from 3.5’ to 8’ and includes a permanent access ramp for use by individuals in wheelchairs, small children, and others with special needs. Recent improvements include anti-slip flooring and a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that greatly improved air quality on the pool deck. Additionally, the recently renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms now include wet and dry areas, private showers, saunas.
Watch in 2019 for a brand new 3,800+ square foot fitness center to open on the west end of the building. The new space will be more than....READ MORE
MEET THE ARTISAN: Dan Burke
Dan Burke came to woodworking after a career in academics and research. He received a doctorate in microbiology from Purdue University and then spent over 20 years as a researcher and teacher in molecular biology at several universities (University of Illinois, Mercer University and Seton Hall University), serving as Chairman of Biology at the latter two institutions. He then spent seven years working on educational reform in K-12 math and science at the National Science Foundation as Senior Staff Associate for Education System Reform. In this position, he worked with the Superintendents of the 25 largest urban school districts in the country and a number of consortia of high-poverty rural school districts. After leaving NSF, Dan started the educational research group at the Center for Naval Analysis Corporation. He retired from CNAC but went back to work at the request of New York University to serve as Director of the Doctoral Program in Computational Biology.
Dan has published a number of papers in biology research journals and articles on curriculum development, teacher professional development, and the use of computer modeling to better understand the function of school systems. He has been awarded a number of grants in both molecular biology and education research.
His career as a woodworker began when he and his wife, Susan, moved to Annandale in 1996. They wanted a built-in bookcase for their new home so, at the suggestion of his wife, he took a basic woodworking course at the Woodworkers Club in Vienna. "It was fun, and showed me I could build the bookcase. After building the bookcase (six months of work), he had leftover wood that was used to build a small bookcase.
Still having some "nice looking scraps” he tried his hand at making jewelry and keepsake boxes and found he really enjoyed building them. Eventually all their family and friends had gift boxes and the house was filled with furniture he had built. This forced him into a sort of “semi-professional” status. “If I didn’t sell my work, I would have no place for it.”
Artisans United Craft Gallery
4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, VA 22003
10 am-4 pm Mon-Sat.
Nov. & Dec: Sun. 1-4 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 (in the Annandale Community Park)
Annandale, VA 22003
10 am-4 pm Mon-Sat.
Nov. & Dec: Sun. 1-4 pm
New Zoning Adopted
for Small Scale Production
Previously, craft manufacturing was only allowed in industrial districts, except for craft breweries and distilleries. Now, these producers will be allowed in most commercial and mixed-use districts, from Annandale and Richmond Highway to Tysons and Reston. The new rules define small-scale production broadly to include the entire manufacturing process from design to production to packaging.
The rules also allow these makers to offer retail sales, training and education.Small manufacturers would be limited in size to 6,000 to 10,000 square feet, depending on the zoning district where they’re located. However, most craft manufacturing businesses are less than 5,000 square feet.
The new regulations also include restrictions to ensure these small businesses are good neighbors, such as requiring production and storage to be inside to prevent noise or odor.
The zoning regulations also require these manufacturers in commercial or mixed-use districts to offer retail sales, tours, classes or other direct interaction with the public. READ MORE
For more information about the zoning change and suggestions on where to locate a small manufacturing business, contact Elizabeth Hagg at Fairfax County's Office of Community Revitalization Elizabeth.Hagg@fairfaxcounty.gov
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
Blue and Yellow Line Station Closures
To Impact Commutes and Travel
Beginning Memorial Day
Beginning this Memorial Day, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) will be closing six (6) Metrorail Blue and Yellow line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. To expedite construction and minimize customer inconvenience, Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield stations will be closed from Memorial Day, Saturday, May 25, 2019, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, to allow for around-the-clock work. The station closures are part of Metro's three-year Platform Improvement Project that will completely reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 Metrorail stations, making them safer and more accessible for customers with disabilities, while also addressing safety concerns and longstanding structural issues.
WMATA will be providing FREE shuttle bus service in the impacted area partially replacing the trains along the Blue and Yellow Lines, and Fairfax Connector will be providing enhanced service on its express routes 393 (Saratoga Park and ride – Pentagon – Mark Center) and 394 (Saratoga Park and Ride to Pentagon) to assist patrons. This enhanced weekday rush-hour service will operate every 10 minutes from 5:13 a.m. to 10:08 a.m., and 3:35 p.m. to 7:59 p.m. Patrons can also take the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Manassas and Fredericksburg Lines from Fairfax County to access Crystal City, L’Enfant Plaza and Union Station.
Be sure to check your local and regional connections in the City of Alexandria (DASH), Arlington County (ART), and Prince William County (Omni Ride). For those traveling to and from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, visit www.flyreagan.com for any travel impacts.
Commuters, Employers and Visitors - 3 Things to Do to Prepare and Avoid Gridlock
Fairfax County commuters and travelers are urged to plan now and know the various travel options available to them to avoid adding to the gridlock by driving alone. Commuters are urged to consider other alternatives such as ridesharing and telework, whenever possible, as the free shuttles and enhanced transit service will only partially replace the lost train capacity. READ MORE
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
ffed 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
Year Round Farmers Markets
Mosaic Central Farm Market (Mosaic District at Merrifield)
2910 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Sundays 10 am—2 pm Jan.-March
Sundays 9:30 am-2 pm April –Dec.
A year-round farmers market located in the heart of the vibrant Mosaic District in Fairfax, Virginia. The market features over 55 vendors during the April-December season and over 40 in our winter market from January-March. The market features fresh local pork ,chicken, fish, cheeses, produce, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods to go, eggs, flowers, and ice cream. The market also has table seating, live music each week, kids club activities, chef demos, special events and much more!
Parking: There are 4 large parking garages with plenty of free parking located around the market. Look for the parking garage signs!
Falls Church Farmers Market
Saturdays 9 am - noon Jan. - March
Saturdays 9 am - Noon April-Dec.
What's in a Name?
The Origins of the Street Name, John Marr Drive
All too often when history is being reported, let alone printed, facts are assumed when no explanation for an event or experience can be documented. What is the "most logical" is proposed to fill in the blank as is often done with gaps in family or community history. After a time in the public lore, the assumption becomes fact in the minds of many. Years ago a very affable new resident went in search of Annandale history and had his conclusions printed in a local circular. Whenever facts did not emerge, assumptions were inserted. Many ridiculous stories appeared and since they appeared in print, without any editorial fact checking, many readers took them to be gospel. Many erroneous stories have been told about the Annandale United Methodist Church during the Civil War. The stories are bold and far more exciting than the truth. None-the-less, they are fabricated stories.
Another example is the origin of the street name, John Marr Drive in Annandale. The "assumption" proposed and now often believed to be fact is that it was named for a John Quincy Marr who Wikipedia tells us," was a Virginia militia company captain and the first Confederate soldier killed by a Union soldier in combat during the American Civil War. Marr was killed at the Battle of Fairfax Court House, Virginia on June 1, 1861.” Marr grew up in Warrenton and is not reported to have come any closer to Annandale than Fairfax Courthouse.
Instead, it is possible that the road was named for a local resident whose company, Marr, Incorporated, was in the building, developing, and real estate business. Let’s be clear, this is proposed as the origin of the name, not yet a confirmed fact. READ MORE
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
email@example.com (703) 354-3488
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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in Northern Virginia through Fredericksburg (Fairfax, Loudoun, Culpepper, Arlington, Alexandria, and Prince William Counties, plus Manassas & Manassas Park, can be found at: www.novaregion.org/DocumentCenter/View/11750
Families with children who need shelter must contact Coordinated Services Planning at (703) 222-0880 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm to gain access. After business hours, families with children in need of shelter should go directly to the nearest family shelter.
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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