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Annandale News: Neighbors Serving Neighbors
Annandale News: ALDI to Open May 4th
Annandale News: Help Those with Intellectual Disabilities
Annandale Restaurants: Rice and Spice
Annandale Real Estate: It's the Economy (Mostly)
Annandale Schools: The Developing World of Art
Annandale Shopping: Lambros Goldsmith & Fine Jewelry
Annandale Shopping: AnnSandra Gifts and Savings
Local History: What a Difference a Century Makes: 1917
Local History: The History of Commercial Aviation in Washington DC
VIEW ON NATURE: Our Delicate Beauties
VIEW ON NATURE: Bear in Mind
Events & Networking
Round and Round You'll Go
Traffic Roundabout Planned for Summer Installation
The Federal Highway Administration and Virginia Department of Transportation reported in a recent press release that they are planning to install a traffic roundabout at Ravensworth Road and Jayhawk Street in Annandale. The public is invited to a meeting on the project June 5, 7-8:30 p.m., at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road in Annandale. Staff from the two agencies will answer questions and share displays at 7; the presentation will begin at 7:30. The roundabout would be an alternative to a traffic signal, says Terry Yates of VDOT. Roundabouts improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. They also reduce fuel consumption and are more cost-effective than traffic signals. The roundabout, to be installed this summer, will be a temporary, modular structure using recycled composite materials. It would be evaluated by the two agencies for installation, function, and maintenance, such as how snowplows will be able to negotiate the structure next winter. If there are no problems, it could remain as a permanent structure, Yates says. VDOT identified the Ravensworth/Jayhawk intersection as a candidate for the pilot project because it meets the thresholds for a traffic signal and a roundabout can be installed there without the need for new pavement, right-of-way approvals, utility relocation, or drainage work. The roundabout at that location would be similar in scale to a mini-roundabout recently installed by the Town of Vienna at Park and Locust Streets.
Help Get Rid of the Donation Drop Boxes Dumped All Over Annandale
History of these boxes:
Unfortunately, Annandale is being swamped by donation drop-off boxes from a few legitimate organizations who should know better, but more often from profit seeking individuals who then re-sell the donated items; duping those donating in the process. These phony donation boxes rarely reveal any contact information. Often they are intentionally marked to deceive, such as one marked Saint Jude Clothing Company with the first two words in bold huge print, and the last two words almost too small to read. When commercial property owners discover a box installed, without their permission, they have every right to remove it, regardless of who is sponsoring the box. Property owners may even wish to call scrap metal dealers who will remove the box in exchange for the salvage. There's a lot of metal in these boxes so the salvage makes for a good trade.
Sadly, you can be certain that if one box survives for a few weeks, more will soon spring-up alongside. Additionally, there is a health hazard that comes with these boxes since garbage and environmentally hazardous waste is just as often tossed into, or alongside.
In rapid response to complaints by residents and commercial property owners, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross requested the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning to, “work on language for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment that would establish regulations for donation drop-off boxes, which are most similar to an accessory structure to an existing principal use.” New regulations and restrictions have since been adopted but if Annandale is to rid the landscape of these boxes, it will take some help from our residents.
On-going efforts are being made to both clean-up Annandale, and revitalize her central business district. Revitalization does not simply include the building of new multi-use structures while clearing out dilapidated ones. Revitalization includes providing the most attractive community, both for the enjoyment of the residents, and to encourage further rebuilding or re-purposing of existing structures. READ MORE
Neighbors Serving Neighbors
ACCA Celebrates Fifty Years of Service to Annandale
It all started in March of 1967 when federal regulations deemed that 13 children — 4 of whom were African American — were no longer eligible to receive subsidized day care because their parents’ income exceeded the federal poverty level.
Distressed about the children’s plight, community activist Fred Ruffing, president of the Higher Horizon Day Care Center (housed at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church), vowed to do something to help these families. His first stop, with his wife Emily, was a meeting at Peace Lutheran Church with ministers and laypersons from eight Annandale area churches. These churches pledged money to help place the children in new day care centers and appointed a day care action committee to find places for the children.
However, despite the funding support, they were not able to place all the children, since only two of the centers contacted would accept African American children, and they were full. In addition, the fees at many of the centers were too high for the group’s limited resources.
The History of Commercial Aviation in DC
Hoover Field, Washington Airport, and Washington National
Commercial Aviation’s first home in the Washington area was Hoover Field located just west of the current intersection of the George Washington Parkway and the 14th Street Bridge. A private airfield, construction began in 1925, followed two years later with the construction of Washington Airport & Terminal along with their own runways, literally across the road from Hoover. Both airfields suffered from short and unpaved runways, numerous life-threatening obstructions around the field such as radio towers and a large Ferris wheel and high roller coaster at the Arlington Amusement Park, poor visibility (due to a burning garbage dump adjacent to each field), and poor drainage.
Washington Airport was dramatically enlarged (and the coastline of the Potomac River altered) in April 1928 when WA contracted to receive tens of thousands of cubic yards of earth, dug during the construction of the Federal Triangle complex of buildings in the District of Columbia. This dirt was used to fill in the sides and ends of the field. An airport office was also constructed at Military Road. The expansion and land reclamation increased the size of the airport six times. (1) The improvements at Washington Airport were so significant that in April 1932 the night airmail flight was transferred from Bolling Field (2) (located across the Potomac) to Washington Airport.
VIEW ON NATURE: Our Delicate Beauties
Virginia is blessed with three of America’s most beautiful native wildflowers, the pink, the yellow, and the magnificent showy lady’s slippers, all also known as moccasin flowers. These unique orchid flowers look just like a puffy lady’s slipper with a small opening in the front. Their genus, (Cypripedium) is derived from the Greek word referring to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and sandal.
The Pink Lady’s Slipper with its single, light to deep pink colored, slightly sweet smelling, 3-inch flower grows from 6 to 15 inches tall and can live up to 20 years. The single flower stands out on a leafless erect stalk bracketed by two opposing basal leaves with pronounced parallel veins. It blooms from late June into July in mixed hardwood/coniferous forests, often in longstanding beds of pine needles, and definitely in and around a few undisturbed spots in Annandale.
The Yellow Lady’s Slipper comes in the lesser and the greater varieties, with the latter growing up to two feet tall with flower petals 6 inches across. The yellows grow in shady, damp understories of mixed deciduous and coniferous forests to meadows and streambeds. Both varieties grow in multi-stemmed clumps with one to three flowers and two long, thin side petals twisted into spirals (the slipper “laces”). The third, bright yellow petal takes the shape of a light to bright yellow slipper with reddish spots in their interior. I usually spot the first blooms around Mother’s Day in May, mostly in southwest Virginia.
The Showy Lady’s Slipper, is the tallest of these orchids (up to 35” in length) and probably the most stunning. Its Latin species name (reginae) means "queen"; its sturdy, leafy, stalk sports one to three 2-inch long, spherical slipper flowers with inward-rolled edges in a deep rose to magenta color. Petals and sepals are white, oblong and flat. These beauties often grow like ferns in clumps in open wooded swamps or mossy areas with loose soils, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. This orchid lives to be 50 years old and takes 16 years for its first bloom. Although the U.S. Forest Service lists this queen of slippers a Virginia native, I’ve never seen one in the wild (yet). Incidentally, the Showy Lady’s Slipper has been the state flower of Minnesota since 1902. READ MORE
Annandale REAL ESTATE: It’s the Economy (mostly)
The Annandale housing and commercial property market is obviously affected by the economy, including consumer confidence, local employment and economic development via revitalization. Pearson Realty keeps a close eye on what is happening and maintains a supply of tea leaves to read the future.
What is presently occurring is a period of a flat or restricted housing market. Although houses coming onto the market are being snapped up in shorter periods of time, the number of houses coming onto the market is relatively small. Therefore, demand remains steady but supply is still weak.
The result is that we have not seen The a year-over increase in home sale values. Across the County, the average price of a home only increased 1.5 percent following previous years that saw healthier numbers. However, the tax assessment value averaged an increased of 1.64% . Around Annandale, the county tax office claims the percentage of change in assessed value was 1.32%. Nonetheless, many Annandale single family homeowners are experiencing a 5% increase with whopping additional real estate taxes to pay at now the highest rate the county has ever levied.
The market has experienced great uncertainty due to the Presidential election and the ensuing observation of change coming from the White House and Congress. That uncertainty may increase further if (and likely when) Congress starts implementing reduction in force (RIF) that may threaten the jobs of some federal workers. READ MORE
BEAR IN MIND
There are more black bears in the world
than all other bears combined.
To me, the American black bear is the most interesting yet secretive big American animal. There are more black bears in the world than all other bears combined. They have the largest distribution of any of our big mammals, and occur in 92 of Virginia's 98 counties/county-cities. They eat most anything, can run 35 mph, are fantastic swimmers and tree climbers, and amazingly strong! They are very intelligent, have remarkable long-term memories and navigational skills, and can tolerate any weather. No wonder these bears figure prominently in most Native American tribes’ mythologies, often representing medicinal or magical powers, a protector or enforcer spirit, wisdom, motherhood, confidence, and/or strength.
Based on the number of scent receptors, bears have the best sense of smell of any land mammal, and seven times that of a bloodhound. They also have a Jacobson's organ in the roof of their mouths like snakes that further enhance their sense of “tasting” the scent particles in the air to locate mates and cubs, avoid danger, and find food up to many miles away.
Bears can see fairly well — at least as well as humans — with color and binocular vision for good depth perception, and nearsightedness to seek close-up and colored foods. Cubs are born with blue eyes which change to brown in year one. READ MORE
Multi-Round Golf Pass Now Available
Fairfax County Park Authority golf courses offer great savings as springtime approaches. Get ready for the greatest golf savings of the year with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass savings spectacular. From March 27, 2017 until May 17 you can save up to 25 percent when you purchase multi-round passes at Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest and Twin Lakes golf courses.
The best news is yet to come, with savings offered just in time for the opening of the new Burke Lake Golf Center! This spring, warm up with a new double-decker, 64-station driving range with 24 covered and heated stations. Later this year enjoy the brand new 4,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Visit the golf course pro shops to buy your spring passes and jump start your golf season and stock up for social or league play. Other savings include discounts for juniors and seniors – purchase a 14-round junior or senior pass and get a free round.
For more info about local municipal golf course offerings, visit Fairfax County Park Authority Golf Course
Farmers Markets in Annandale- Begin in May
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.
Vendors must grow, raise, or produce their own products within a 125 mile radius. The mission of these markets is to support local agriculture within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area. READ MORE FOR SCHEDULES
What a Difference a Century Makes: 1917
ALDI Opening an Overwhelming Success!
As early as 6:45 this morning, crowds began to assemble for the 9 am opening of Annandale's newest retailer, ALDI.
Supervisor Penny Gross offered a warm and gracious welcome to the ALDI staff and management followed by the official ribbon cutting. So large was the crowd, that at any given time at least 40 people remained outside waiting for shopping carts. Inside, shoppers were greeted with a beautifully appointed modern space stocked with colorful fresh fruits & vegetables, seasonal specials such as spare ribs for the weekend BBQ, vibrantly colored hanging pots of summer flowers for only $5.99, gluten-free product lines, and pantry items to meet every culinary taste. ALDI is known for high-quality groceries at incredibly low prices, which was more than apparent today.
The Chamber wishes ALDI great success with their Annandale store and thanks the Annandale Shopping Center for bringing ALDI to our community.
ALDI Annandale will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
In the Annandale Shopping Center
7000 Columbia Pike (at Gallows Road)
Annandale, VA 22003
Fairfax County Celebrates 275 th Anniversary
June 17, 2017 at the Courthouse
Before Fairfax County was a county, the population was largely comprised of Algonquian-speaking Native Americans called the Taux or Dogue. Fairfax was part of Prince William County until 1742, when the northern part of Prince William was broken off to form Fairfax….that is 275 years ago. A second split occurred fifteen years later when the northwestern two-thirds of Fairfax became Loudoun.
During 2017, Fairfax County is planning to mark its anniversary with events celebrating her history. According to the organizers at Visit Fairfax, “The signature celebration will take place on June 17, 2017 in the area surrounding the historic courthouse in central Fairfax. That day you'll find a myriad of events, historical organizations, entertainment, living history, performances, and hands-on family friendly activities - all free, and open to the public.”
This celebration will encourage county residents to contemplate the changes that have occurred over the past 275 years as Fairfax County has evolved from a farming community, to a suburban bedroom community of the District of Columbia, to a satellite of Tyson Corners, into our present day combination of urban areas.
In anticipation of this Anniversary Celebration, the Visit Fairfax Organization is planning ways in which this celebration will be the most meaningful including a visit from Lord Nicholas Fairfax himself, a descendent of Thomas Fairfax, the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693-1781), proprietor of the Northern Neck area of the County. For more information about this celebration, you can visit their website at www.fxva.com/275 (1)
SNL Tech Services in Annandale
Just when you thought you were putting the final touches on the last task before you could start your weekend, the worst happens. Your computer throws a hizzy fit.
The Chamber is proud to introduce a new member whose name and number you should tape to your monitor. SNL Tech Services, located in Annandale, is a woman owned business with fifteen years of local experience. SNL can provide any number of computer services for your company. In fact they are a Managed Services Technology Company. Some of the services they offer are:
Server Monitoring and Management
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Email and File Migration
Commercial Grade Wireless
L. Alvarez at 571-426-1517 . http://www.snl-techservices.com
Emergency Critical Pet Care Now Available in Annandale
Columbia Pike Animal Hospital & Emergency Center has recently expanded veterinary services to provide emergency and critical care 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. In addition to offering around-the-clock medical monitoring and treatment, they are pleased to also announce there will be NO emergency fee charged for urgent care patient visits.
Conveniently located at the corner of Evergreen Lane and Columbia Pike in Annandale, this family-owned and operated veterinary hospital has been serving the northern Virginia pet owning community for more than 40 years.
You Can Help Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities
In 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
Report Street Light Outages
They Don't Last Forever
Streetlights, like light bulbs, don’t last forever. One way you can help the community is by reporting streetlight outages in your neighborhood and in other areas you frequent. Reporting an outage is simple and helps keeps neighborhoods safe; it also helps keep pedestrians visible and safe (especially this time of year with the early sunset).
Streetlights along public roadways in Fairfax County are typically maintained by Dominion Virginia Power or the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC). The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) operates the streetlights along interstates and at major interchanges.
To report Street light Outages is easy.
When reporting an outage to Dominion Virginia Power or NOVEC, you will need to have the location of the pole and the pole number. READ MORE
High Winds and Power Outages
If you should experience a loss of electricity or downed trees from high winds and storms, these are useful contacts.
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: A Proud New Chamber Partner
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. 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
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)
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.
7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Ample parking on site.
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