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 The 2018 Annandale ParadeThe Annandale Parade
Saturday, October 27, 2018

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The popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 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-eight-year-old tradition only gets bigger and better every year. Register early, before all spaces are taken.

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The ENDEAVOR News Magazine
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine is the Chamber's quarterly online publication and the must read magazine in Annandale.  Acquaint yourself with local businesses, community history, revitalization efforts, and issues that concern Annandale: The Crossroads of Northern Virginia TM.  View local concert and event schedules, park programs, and the Chamber's networking schedule.

The ENDEAVOR News Magazine is filled with interesting columns such as The Police Beat, Roads & Rage, The Historical Retrospective, Tax Talk, From Capitol Hill to the Chairman's Corner, View on Nature, Business Today, The School Bell, Annandale Real Estate, and Chamber Chat. Read about community issues, commercial revitalization, new businesses, and local events.  

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Saturday, November 17
Backlick Park Set to Officially Re-Open 


Backlick Road Pard, Annandale, VARainy 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 Death of George Washington
A Glimpse into the Past of Demaine Funeral Home

Washington on his deathbed by Stearns.

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.

The Premier Fitness Training in Annandale

Foundation Fitness, 7232 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA (across from Walgreen's) 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:

  1. Macro plans
  2. Written meal plans
  3. Shopping lists
  4. Grocery trips
  5. Prepared meals delivered to your house

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     (703) 354-3488


Is Your Voter Registration Current?

If you have had a change in name or address, or are unsure of its status, you may update your voter registration online at the Virginia Department of Elections website: hVote 2018ttps://  You are eligible to register to vote if you are: a citizen of the United States; at least 18 years of age by the next general election; and a resident of Virginia.  To vote in the November 6, 2018 General Election, you must be registered by the October 15 deadline.  You can register online at the Virginia Department of Elections website or in-person at the Fairfax County Office of Elections.  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Please note that office hours are extended for statutory deadlines.  Additional information about voter registration is available at the Fairfax County Office of Elections website:   

Absentee Voting Deadlines for the November 6, 2018 General Election
Mark your calendars with the deadlines for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

  • October 15: Voter Registration Deadline (In-Person/By Mail) 5 p.m.; Online: 11:59 p.m.
  • October 30: Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, 5 p.m. 
  • November 3: Deadline for In-Person Absentee Voting, 5 p.m.
  • November 6: Absentee Ballot return deadline, 7 p.m.

In-person absentee voting at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, will be available beginning Saturday, October 13 through Saturday, November 3, 2018.  Voting times on Saturdays are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.  No voting on Sundays, or on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day.  Dates and times for in-person absentee voting and additional information is available from the Office of Elections at


VIEW ON NATURE:  In Plain Sight

By:  Stephen Wendt

Leaf-like MothCamouflage- 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

Renovated Valis Golf Training Center
to Open at Pinecrest Golf Course

Pinecrest Golf CourseThere are lots of golfers who would love to improve their game.  With that in mind, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Pinecrest Golf Course in Annandale/Alexandria will open a newly-renovated indoor training facility known as the Valis Family Golf Learning Center.  The center is named for Wayne and Angela Valis who provided funding for the center’s new TrackMan 4 Golf Simulator. 

The updated facility’s expanded hitting bays and golf simulator allow for enhanced, year-round practice and play opportunities. Additional upgrades include improved lighting and more natural light via skylights and windows. The project was funded through a variety of sources, including Park Bonds, grants, and private donations.

According to Fairfax County Park Foundation Director Roberta Longworth, “The Valis family has a strong connection to this course and a history of generosity in terms of donations and volunteer service over many years.  We are so pleased with this latest example of giving back to the community.”

The First Choice of Our Adult Lives

 Grace Molinaro, FCHSDue 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

Andy Farmer

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

Fall Color along Difficult RunLocal 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

{“Their Seetheynge of Their Meate in Earthen Pottes."    Theodor de Bry's engraving of two American Indians cooking over a fire, published in Thomas Hariot's 1588 book “ Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia.}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.


Fiber Artist & Weaver at the Artisans United Gallery

Robin Milburn, Fiber Artists and Weaver's work can be found at the Artisans United GalleryRobin 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   .
Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Artisans United 
Treasured Gifts for Men, Women, Children and Infants

Knitware for childrenArtisans 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 GalleTurned wood bowls, shakers and household accessoriesry 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

Mathnasium of Annandale, 7000 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003


  • A degree in math or a related field (e.g. Physics, Engineering, etc.).
  • Excellent opportunity for recently graduated (Junior or Senior in Undergrad may apply)
  • Current, retired teachers / Grad, Post-Grad Students. 
  • Excellent communication skills, team member attitude and willingness to learn MATHNASIUM's teaching methods. 
  • Ability to work well with students of all ages. 
  • Availability of minimum of two days per week, between the hours of 3:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Mon-Friday), 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Sun).


  • Instructing K through 12th grade students, guiding and checking work, and fostering success. 
  • Understanding and Teaching math to students with a Varied Mathematical Understanding and Learning style.
  • Explaining and illustrating math topics using a variety of strategies and techniques (Manipulatives, drawings, Illustrations and factual experience).
  • Assisting center administrator to maintain a clean, organized and productive learning environment.
  • HOURS: 8-30+ hours/week (consistent hours are available, work schedule may be tailored to individual availability).
  • COMPENSATION: Hourly - Pay is determined by math level taught and additional responsibility performed.



Kinneman Insurance

PNC Financial Services

PNC Bank at Bradlick Shopping Center, Annandale, VAFor 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.

Retail Banking
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

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 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

Trust Properties, Commercial Real Estate


Lambros Fine Jewelry in Annandale, VASparkling, 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


What Great Grandma Knew III
Health Suggestions:  Watch out for the turpentine & opium.

White House Cook Book by MRs. F.L. Gillette, L.P. Miller & Co. Chicago, copywrite 1887.


"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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Lambros Fine Jewelry, Annandale, VA

Pat Sawhney, ReMax 100

PNC Bank

Un Steele at Long and Foster

Kenwood School

Trust Commercial Properties, Greg McGillicuddy

Burke & Herbert Bank, Annandale, VA

Magill's Restaurant, 7201 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

Annandale Shopping Center

Artisans United

The Annandale American Legion Post 1976 is recruiting new members.  Veterans and family members welcome to join.  Party hall rental is free for The American Legionall 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)

The Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. host BINGO every Monday and Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept.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.

Youth Sports in Annandale
is best represented by:

Annandale Boys & Girls Club

Lee's Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio

Annandale Boys & Girls Club Youth Sports

Hapmudo Summer Camp


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