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This Saturday, October 22

The Annandale Parade
Come and Watch the Fun!

The Annandale Parade 2016The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 beginning at 10:00 am.  Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church and the Annandale Shopping Center near Gallows Road, all the way to the Bowling Alley-Safeway, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale.  Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this sixty-six year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes and watch the fun while supporting your community.


A Green Community:  Why Small Streams Matter
By:  John Paul Miller

Why Small Streams MatterGenerations of children have grown up playing in creeks located in parks and neighborhoods throughout the United States. The thrill of catching crayfish, lizards, and minnows instills an affinity for the outdoors in kids and offers an alternative to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle that is disconnected from the natural world. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule under the Clean Water Act to afford basic protections to these small streams. Unfortunately, topographic maps commonly used to depict stream networks do not show most of the nation’s small streams, which hinders efforts to adequately protect them.

Searching for these small intermittent streams in the forests of Virginia requires a bit of detective work. Some signs of streams are fairly obvious, while other subtle clues require closer inspection. Large storms transform small channels into raging torrents, leaving behind a crime scene of steepened channel banks, disturbed leaf litter, and matted vegetation. Less noticeable indications include water-loving vegetation, riffles, and the presence of certain amphibians such as salamanders or tadpoles. Dense underbrush often masks the dendritic network of channels that form the headwaters for more familiar rivers such as the Shenandoah, Potomac, or Occoquan..........READ MORE


Annandale REAL ESTATE:  Revitalization Efforts

Markham Place Rendering by Architects CollaborativeNorthern Virginia has one of the strongest residential real estate markets in the United States.  The recovery from the recession was painful but relatively rapid compared with nearly every part of the Country.  Home values are back to where they were in 2006 and remain steady.

However, even as home owners have benefitted from the strength of the local housing market, commercial real estate has not been as fortunate.  There are too many vacancies throughout the County and the effects of sequestration are still being felt, particularly in the commercial office space arena.

Here in Annandale the attempts at revitalization of the Business District are legend.  Ten years ago there were two plans to create town center-type developments, one on the bowling alley land and adjacent parcels; and the other on the K-Mart/Juke-Box diner parcel.  Neither came to fruition as capital markets collapsed during the recession and hopes for revitalization dwindled.

Recently a new plan involving the bowling alley land was put forth that included the construction of high end leasable apartments with a restaurant on the ground floor, and adjacent parks.  The building was designed to bring back to the community, young professional, flush with school loans still to pay-off and not ready for a mortgage.  The hope was that the often seen bridging effect would occur encouraging adjacent properties to see the benefits of revitalizing the core of Annandale.  Unfortunately, the County extracted unrealistic & extraordinary proffer demands that added an unbalanced financial burden to the project.  The status of the project is unknown at this time.  READ MORE


You Can Help Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities

Richard Owen, President of the Annandale Knights of ColumbusIn 1971, The Knights of Columbus in the Commonwealth of Virginia sought a means to accomplish the charitable goals  of the Order throughout Virginia.  The result was the forming of a corporation dedicated to providing financial support to organizations assisting Virginia citizens with intellectual disabilities, regardless of race, creed or ethnic background.  This organization was chartered as KOVAR.  The primary fund raising activity for KOVAR became solicitation of contributions at public facilities throughout Virginia by the individual Knights of Columbus and their Councils.  Using this and other approaches, the Virginia Knights have raised more than $12 million since 1971 for this expanding program of charitable service.

The Chamber has teamed with KOVAR in joint support of the Hospital Bed Race which takes place each May in Annandale.  If you are a business, you can gather a team of 5 to take part in this whacky race while helping to support residents, right here in Annandale, that benefit from KOVAR.      READ MORE


As the Leaves Fall, So Can Your Energy Bill                                        

Andy Farmer, Virginia Energy SenseSummer is winding down and we’re starting to experience some of those wonderful days that are the hallmark of late summer and early fall in Virginia.  The sky is a beautiful blue and is covered with white clouds.  The air is crisp and pure as temperatures drop each evening, even as the heat seems to linger during the days as summer takes its last few breaths.  Soon leaves will begin to fall and so can your energy bill.

While many people use the early weeks of fall to improve their lawns and landscaping, the cooler temperatures present a great opportunity to take steps to make your home and workplace more energy efficient, helping you or your business reduce the amount spent on power bills.

Virginia Energy Sense (VES), the Commonwealth’s energy education program is tasked with raising awareness among our citizens.  Our goal is to help Virginia meet its goal of reducing electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2020.  Energy efficiency and energy conservation are the most affordable, available tools to achieve this goal.

VES is committed to helping Virginians understand their energy use and what they can do to save energy easily and cost effectively. Here are some ideas and tips you can use at home and your workplace, a number of which are best performed in the mild temperatures of the fall weather since they involve working on the outside of your home or workplace, including in attics and basements or crawl spaces, as temperatures are too extreme in the summer or winter to perform these tasks. READ MORE

 Voting in Fairfax County
Your Vote CountsIn Virginia you must bring a photo ID to your polling place.  Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
  • Valid United States Passport
  • Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
  • Valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia displaying a photo
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business

For More Information on Voting:
Office of Elections:  703-222-0776

When Companies Give, We All Win

Emma InmanCorporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, has been around for decades but consumer awareness has grown tenfold in the last few years. Now many consumers are make purchasing decisions based on a businesses’ CSR or commitment to the community, environment and their employees.  And millennials are choosing to work for companies based on their perceptions of employers’ engagement in initiatives that make their communities and the world a better place.  So those businesses that didn’t care so much in the past about their role in helping the universe should jump on the CSR bandwagon.

For many consumers, CSR impacts not only brand perceptions but a cadre of personal decisions including which products or services they recommend to their friends, where to shop and even what investments to make or where to place their 401(k) dollars.

I have the privilege to work for a company that truly believes in giving back.  It’s part of Cox Communications’ culture, so it makes my job a whole lot easier when it comes to telling our story.  Some people view CSR as a company’s “window dressing” and an attempt to disillusion consumers and government agencies.   At Cox Communications that’s not the case.  As a family owned business founded on the principals of doing good in the community, being a good community citizen is engrained in our DNA, embodied in our mission and demonstrates to our customers what we stand for.  Can your company say that?   READ MORE


Northern Virginia's Diversified Economy

 The past prosperity of Northern Virginia was largely derived from federal government jobs and federal contracting.  Now, it emanates from the private sector having reinvented the regions economy and diversifying the workforce along the way.New National Science Foundation building on Eisenhower Ave.

The local unemployment rate is particularly impressive at 3.4 percent during the first quarter of this year.   The National rate stands at 4.7 percent, while the Commonwealth reports 3.9 percent.  Private sector jobs, particularly in IT, Bio Health, Data Management, and Cybersecurity have added 10,000 jobs in these professional and business services.(1)

The flight of federal and federal contractor jobs has left office vacancy rates from 20-24% in Arlington and Alexandria Counties, and 18% in Fairfax County.    The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority works to fill this space with both national and international companies through their offices at Tysons Corner, London, Munich, Bangalore, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Los Angeles.  For the local economy to fully recover and continue to diversify, these vacancy rates must be cut at least by half.  And, while new spaces are being created, smaller boutique spaces are especially attractive to emerging private businesses who prefer to be in a walkable neighborhood setting rather than office parks or stand alone office buildings.

For the revitalization districts of Fairfax County, there are no ambassadors appointed by the County, the Economic Development Authority, or any agency or office directed to attract business to these districts.  Selling Fairfax County is restricted to the heavy weights of Tyson’s and the Dulles Corridor, with an occasional flutter at Fairview Park or Reston.   Since NO incentive of any sort exists to attract developers to the multiple revitalization districts, and NO county staff to promote their value, there is no reason to believe that redevelopment will occur.
Spiraling downward are the retail ratings in all revitalization districts, including Annandale, while on-line sales are reinventing the marketplace.  Developers pass-up the revitalization districts heading instead to Prince William and Prince George Counties partially due to the astoundingly high proffers levied by Fairfax County, indeed encouraged by county agencies charged with redevelopment.  READ MORE

Community Service

Molly Vu, Falls Church High SchoolCommunity service: It’s a term that makes most students groan, but it shouldn’t be perceived as a chore. Though community service hours are a requirement for graduation in FCPS, many students quickly find that volunteering is so much more than a task to complete for school. In fact, time spent giving back to the community can be some of the most valuable experiences one can have over the course of high school.   

Students are required to perform community service for a number of reasons. It puts classroom ideas into perspective, so that things like civic responsibility are not just abstract concepts; students may see it as a way to relate what they have learned in school to the “real world.” It also teaches the importance of volunteerism and being an active member of society. While the words "community service" may conjure up images of yard work and similarly tedious jobs, there are plenty of other options. Hours can be earned working with the Salvation Army, battered women’s shelters, soup kitchens and elementary schools, among dozens of other locations.   READ MORE

Wednesday, October 26
OPEN HOUSE at Westminster School

Westminster Academy, Annandale, VAA wonderful opportunity to meet current students, parents, and staff Children will engage in fun activities while parents tour the school. 6-7:30 PM.

3819 Gallows Road, Annandale



Wednesday, October 26
Brightview Woodburn Senior Living - Grand Opening PartyBrightview Grand Opening


ALDI, One of America’s Favorite Grocers
Will Open Annandale Store

ALDI Grocery Store, Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at Gallows RoadALDI, one of America’s favorite grocery stores*, will offer the community a fresh shopping experience as it opens its store in Annandale. The new store will be anything but ordinary.  ALDI has a unique style when it comes to grocery shopping, and by doing things a little differently, will help deliver big savings to Annandale shoppers.  To be conveniently located in the Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at Gallows Road, ALDI will be a welcome addition to Annandale retail.  Further details (grand opening and hiring) will be available in the months ahead on the Annandale Chamber of Commerce website.

ALDI is an easy-to-shop grocery store that offers the best weekly must-haves like fresh meat and produce, bread, dairy, and household items, all while helping customers save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills.

“We’re eager to open our store in Annandale,” said Jeff Baehr, Frederick division vice president for ALDI.  “We look forward to showing the Annandale community the significant benefits that can come from shopping at ALDI, both for their wallets and lifestyles.”

At ALDI, satisfaction is guaranteed.To help shoppers save money, ALDI stores are 90 percent exclusive brands – with a few national brands mixed in. ALDI will bring Annandale shoppers a wide range of groceries, such as organic produce, USDA Choice beef, the liveGfreeTM gluten-free product line and the SimplyNature line of products free from over 125 artificial ingredients and preservatives. All ALDI exclusive brand food products are free of certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils and added MSG. Trying new things at ALDI is risk-free because of the Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer doesn’t like an ALDI exclusive brand food item, ALDI will replace the product and refund the customer’s money.

At ALDI, shoppers don’t pay for bells, whistles, smoke or mirrors.  ALDI chooses to saveGood Riddance to Bad Ingredients at ALDI

Premium quality groceries at the lowest possible prices make for a combination shoppers love. That’s why ALDI is one of the fastest growing retailers in the US – with 31 stores in the state of Virginia. In fact, by the end of 2018, there will be nearly 2,000 ALDI stores from coast to coast making grocery shopping simple and enjoyable for 45 million customers each month.

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Fresh Fruits at the ALDI market

Saturday, November 12, 2016:
Holiday Show & Sale at Artisans United
Artisans United off Hummer Road in AnnandaleThe Craft Gallery of Artisans United
is opening its 2-month holiday show with a reception on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  This event, from 1-3pm, is free and open to the public.  Come join us for light refreshments as you see our wonderful, handcrafted items made by local artists. Many of the items are one-of-a-kind.  You can be sure the gift you select is as special as the person you are giving it to.  So, make it easy on yourself!!! Wrap up your holiday shopping by visiting The Craft Gallery of Artisans United. 

The Craft Gallery of Artisans United is located just inside the front door of the Fred M. Packard Center, in the Annandale Community Park, 4022-C Hummer Road, Annandale, VA.   For more information, please visit our website  Or call us at 703-941-0202.  We are open 10am-4pm, Monday through Saturday.  And for the holidays (November and December) we will be open on Sunday from 11am-2pm.

                            The Craft Gallery of Artisans United:  your year-round craft show


The New Face of Dentistry
Millennium Business Model Contributes to Patient Care

Dr. Mark Egbert and Dr. Harshit Aggarwal at the Center for Dentofacial Aesthetics, AnnandaleWith the advent of water fluoridation in 1945, dentistry came into a new age of prevention, followed by mass education on dental hygiene.  Today, power toothbrushes, power scalers, dental microscopes, sealants, bonding, composites, implants, soft tissue lasers, and digital radiography are but some of the latest tools and techniques utilized to provide a far heathier national dentition.  

Modern Dentistry remains dedicated to eliminating disease and alleviating pain, but it is also concerned with the patient’s self image.  From the baby boomer generation through the millennium, all anticipate retaining their teeth for life, unlike past generations where dentures were often as inevitable as reading glasses.  And since there is a strong understanding that oral health affects body health,  more Americans than ever are seeking comprehensive dental care on a regular basis.

In Annandale, The Center for Dentofacial Aesthetics represents the new face of dentistry.


Fort Myer Prepares for War:  1916

Reviewing Troops at the Army's Officer Training School, Ft. Myer 1916Home to the Army Signal Corps School, the 3rd and 15th Cavalry, field Artillery and Army Aviation, Fort Myer has been on the leading edge of Army life for more than 150 years.  Known first as Fort Whipple in honor of Union General Amiel Whipple who was shot at Chancellorsville. Fort Myer was carved from the 1,100 acre estate of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Randolph Custis Lee, known as Arlington House in 1863. Having lived there for 30 years, Mrs. Lee, in fear of capture, was forced to flee in May of 1861 and given refuge at the home of her grandparents, Ravensworth Plantation in Annandale.

Fort Whipple became a part of the protective ring of defense for Washington, establishing a large presence of artillery which remained after the Civil War.  Early in that war, General Albert J. Myer designed the “wig-wag signaling method” consisting of one flag and a technique that resembled Morse Code.  Signal stations were established on top of city & fort buildings, and in tree houses built to transmit the movements & position of troops.   Later the heliograph signaling technique was developed using mirrors and the sun.  In 1869, the Signal Corps School established residence at Fort Whipple headed by Gen. Myer.  In 1880 upon his death, the fort was renamed in his honor  

During World War I, Fort Myer was a staging area for a large number of engineering, artillery, chemical companies and regiments. The area at Fort Myer now occupied by the Andrew Rader Health Clinic and the Commissary were re-created into a trench system training ground where French officers taught the Americans about trench warfare.  As much as both the US government and most Americans believed the war raging in France was a European war, sentiment began to change with the sinking of American ships.  The Army and Navy slowly began to reorganize and prepare their troops to join the conflict.   READ MORE

Period Splendor:  Walnut Hill

The Arnold Estate, Annandale, VAFor those who grew up in Annandale, the words Walnut Hill conger an image of Southern grandeur.  Walnut Hill was a thirty acre estate built by Joseph L. and Antoinette Arnold in the 1940’s along Annandale Road.  Gently rolling hills, expansive well manicured lawns, thoughtful landscaping, and a gracious circular driveway were on view for all to enjoy.  The estate included the manor house, which was built to resemble Tara, a twelve stall stable, a mile long track for equine work-outs, a clover shaped swimming pool, a two story guest lodge, and a duck pond.

The manor house consisted of twelve rooms.  Surprisingly, it only had three bedrooms, but each was the size of a basketball court while their sunken baths boasted marble steps and gold banisters.  Each room was designed for maximum comfort and function.  The Arnolds enjoyed hosting large dinner parties in a dining room which seated forty.  The walls of the den were covered in elegant white leather. The trophy room sported as many trophies and equestrian ribbons as the spacious shelves and cupboards could accommodate.  Behind the main house was another impressive structure, the Guest Lodge, which would dwarf the McMansions of today.

This Guest Lodge could seat 75 at the bar and 200 in the dining room.  It had a full gymnasium plus a billiard table, male and female saunas and an open hearth with grill. The surrounding barbeque pit would serve 500.  Before hotel and banquet space was available in this area, or even regional parks, local organizations often requested use of the Guest Lodge. In 1954 The Annandale Businessmen’s Association (now known as the Annandale Chamber of Commerce) held their Eighth Annual Banquet on March 17th in the Walnut Hill Lodge.  The meal was prepared by Harvey’s Hickory House.  They specialized in barbeque chicken and frequently booked catering commitments using the enormous grill and pit barbeque at Walnut Hill.


Trust Properties:  A Proud New Chamber Partner

Greg McGillicuddy, VP at Trust Properties,Commercial Real EstateTrust 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.  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

Trust Properties, Commercial Real Estate


NVM Contractors:  A Proud Chamber Partner

NVM Paving & Concrete, Inc. is a full-service asphalt and concrete company serving DC, NVM Commercial ContractorsMaryland, and Virginia.  They have the ability to provide commercial services throughout Delaware, North Carolina, and South Carolina, in addition to offering nationwide resources.

Established in 1985, NVM has completed quality work for property owners, property managers, municipalities, homeowner associations, and general contractors for more than 25 years.  They began with the idea that ONE company should be able to provide asphalt and concrete services. Throughout the next two decades, the company followed that goal and grew into a full-service pavement company. Today the company continues to grow and is large enough to handle any size project, while continuing to provide each client with the personal attention and detail they deserve.

NVM also provides snow removal services to industrial, retail, and multi-residential housing complexes throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. With more than 100 pieces of equipment, their professionally trained crews specialize in snow removal operation.  Arrange snow removal services early in the year before all crews are booked at

NVM Paving & Concrete, Inc.
PO Box 1467  .  Annandale, VA 22003
Farmers Markets in Annandale
Farmers Markets in Annandale

Organized by the Fairfax County Park Authority, these Farmers' Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers.  There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh pasta, honey, jam, teas and cider to purchase.  Milk and cheese products, and homemade ice cream, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights offered.  If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects. Master Gardener Plant Clinic on site, at both Mason District and Wakefield Park, to answer questions about plants in your landscape.  For dates, times and locations READ MORE


At Last, High Speed Passenger Rail to Richmond
High Speed Passenger Rail

Over the past two hundred years, trains have dramatically changed both industry and the settlement of nations.  From steam trains to the modern Bullet Trains, millions of passengers, and ton upon ton of freight have been carried to all corners of the earth.  The development of many civilizations can even be mapped by train routes.  Just look at the journey from the east coast of the US to the west. It used to take up to two months, but with the dawn of train travel, it could be accomplished in a few days.

Today, urban environments depend on underground systems to carry millions of commuters each day.  Over 40% of worldwide goods are carried by train between communities and countries.  There is also a well-deserved romanticism associated with train travel.  The simple mention of the Flying Scotsman, The Yankee Clipper, the Spirit of the Outback, or the Himalayan Queen conjures images of fine dining, amazing scenery, masterful engineering feats, and leisurely travel.

Let’s face it, however necessary automobile travel to points south of Washington may be, it is stressful.    READ MORE


Artisans United, Annandale VA
Your Year-Round Craft Show & Gift Shop

Infant Gifts handmade at Artisans UnitedArtisans United, Inc., (AU) was officially established in 1988.  As a creative forum where craftspeople may exchange ideas, experiences, and materials, AU offers instruction in the visual arts and crafts and provides public service programs for groups and institutions.  AU serves as a community resource through its demonstrations, displays, and classes. We are pleased to share our love of crafts with the public, school groups, social clubs, scouting groups, and with those who are just interesting in learning something new and fun. 

Today this non-profit organization consists of individual crafts people and members of the following local Guilds:  Northern Virginia Carvers, Potomac Polymer Clay Guild, Capital Area Woodturners, Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, Waterford Weavers, Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild, National Capital Art Glass Guild, Quilters Unlimited, High Country Basketry Guild, and Knitting Artists of Northern Virginia.  Each of these Guilds seeks to promote its craft and attract new members, and in many instances they reach out into the community to do good.  For example, the Capital Area Woodturners make canes for the Wounded Warriors project; the Knitting Artists of Northern Virginia make items for homeless women in the area; and the High Country Basketry Guild is participating in a program with the Vanderbilt Hospital for Children in Nashville by making Angel Baskets.  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......

Membership Information.

The full study can be viewed at:


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The American LegionThe 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)

Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept.The Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. host BINGO every Monday and Thursday with doors opening at 4:30pm – Early Birds start at 6:45pm – Regular Sessions starts 7:45pm.

  • 42” LCD TV monitors display next ball to be called.
  • Must be 14 yrs of age to play bingo at AVFD.
  • ATM machine available.
  • Bingo Hotline is 703-941-1328
  •  Non-smoking inside format

 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003
Ample parking on site. 


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