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THIS Saturday, October 21
AnnSandra Pancake Tasting Event

Pancakes at AnnSandra, Annandale Come hungry, come happy! Stop by and enjoy a delicious sampling of Stonewall Kitchen pancakes! Shop a large selection of pancake mixes, jams and syrups featuring Stonewall Kitchen's Pumpkin Butter and Pumpkin Pancakes.  Pancakes will be cooked on our Event Special Nonstick Square Griddle. All-Clad Nonstick Square Griddle Retail: $155.00 Our Price: $39.90 while quantities last.   11:00AM TO 1:00PM

ANNSANDRA
4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale
www.annsandra.com   703-356-2110


Saturday, October 28th
The Annandale Parade

The Annandale ParadeThe popular Annandale Parade will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 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-seven year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year. Register early, before all spaces are taken.

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HOMELESSNESS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
It is decreasing, but there is still a long way to go.

Homelessness

On the night of January 25, 2017 there were 964 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. This represents a 9% reduction from the number counted in January 2016, or 95 less people. The overall reduction continues to demonstrate the success of the strategies implemented the past 9 years. These results are reflected in the chart below.  The total decrease in the homeless population from 2008 to 2017 is 47%, which represents 871 less people homeless on one night in January 2017 then there were on one night in January 2008.  During that time period there was a decline in numbers throughout the homeless system, including in families, children in families, adults in families, single adults, people experiencing chronic homelessness, and families experiencing domestic violence.

There were 964 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. 474 were people in families, 490 of them were single adult individuals.      READ MORE


Innovation Housing for the Homeless

The New Bailey’s Crossroads Homeless Shelter
 

New Homeless Shelter at Baileys Crossroads


A new innovative approach for housing our homeless residents and helping them transition into permanent housing is scheduled to open in late 2019 in the Bailey’s area. The new facility will be located at 5914 Seminary Road and will replace the existing Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter located at 3525 Moncure Ave.

Several features of the new facility include:

  • 52 emergency shelter beds to serve single adults, including four medical respite beds
  • Approximately 18 personal living quarters
  • Outdoor picnic and activity area
  • 24-hour staffing, including guidance and counseling
  • Hypothermia prevention program site, which operates from November through March, with a “no turn-away” policy during freezing temperatures.

“This brand new facility will be our first in a new generation of modern facilities,” said Dean Klein, director of the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. “We have some very old facilities with a lot of wear and tear that weren’t built to accommodate the new models for housing our homeless population. This new facility will have much better efficiencies of our resources and staff to provide the best care possible to this vulnerable community.”  

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Annandale's Commercial Core

By:  Greg McGillicuddy 

Markham Place, Annandale

Annandale’s Central Business District (CBD) is primarily comprised of small lots, often only a quarter to a third of an acre.  In order to assemble a site sufficient for a useful revitalization project, adjacent property owners must agree to consolidate their lots. Four and a half to five acres is ideal.

The Comprehensive Plan for the Annandale CBD encourages redevelopment that will increase the residential population and promotes high-quality, pedestrian-oriented development. The Plan for the Annandale CBC envisions a vibrant mix of land uses that significantly enhances the quality of life for its own and neighboring residents, while enabling businesses to prosper and actively contribute to the economic and social vitality of Annandale. The concept will result in a series of focal points within the Annandale area in which people can live, work, and walk to shopping and entertainment in a pedestrian-oriented environment.

The aim of this higher-density, mixed-use development approach is to strengthen the street edge and reinforce a sense of place. By encouraging the highest quality development, the full potential of the area can be attained while protecting and strengthening the residential communities that surround the CBD.  People in nearby residential areas will have attractive walking access to the CBD with their lives enriched by local community activities.  At least, this has been the plan but what is really happening? Unfortunately, next to nothing.

We all need to remember that the comprehensive plan was written to protect the interests, and promote the needs of Annandale. As a community, we must speak out, and ensure that the projects we all want, move forward.  To that end, joining Annandale’s Revitalization Committee is a useful first step.  As a member you will be assigned to one of the working sub-committees to help with efforts such as Code Compliance or Beautification.  Both help to maintain the appearance and developmental appeal of our business district.  This is vital if Annandale is to be considered by quality developers or retailers.

What is Happening?
There are a few properties that seem to be in limbo. The first is Markham Place to be built on the site of the current bowling alley. This was our biggest project, one that would kick start real revitalization. The plan called for a beautiful high rise apartment building with quality finishes geared to attract millennials back to Annandale. The mix was mostly studio and one bedroom units with a few two bedrooms.  Consequently, it aimed to attract singles and young couples, anticipating no more than a dozen children which would not compromise local school density. 

In fact, a project such as this would hugely benefit the schools as the new property assessment would  increase by $50-60 million.  The schools would receive 50-53% of that sum year, after year, after year; far more than the cost to educate the children in this building.        READ MORE



Read the Latest Edition of the
ENDEAVOR News Magazine
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine


Filled with stories about Commercial Revitalization, Local Issues, Businesses of Interest, Community Events, the 2017 Annandale Parade, other news......
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October 25 from 5-8 PM
Windows Plus Grand Opening
You are invited to participate!

Windows PlusANNANDALE August 2017 – Reg Wayland and Tom Camarca have announced that their company, Windows Plus, LLC recently acquired Allied The Window Center, LLC and the owners have officially opened the doors in Annandale at 4321 Markham Street. With keys in hand, Reg and Tom talked about this exceptional time and what inspired them to take on another business and a new location.

“When the Allied owners contacted us a few months ago to talk about the idea of purchasing their business, we were not sure what to think. Before that phone call, Tom and I had never talked about taking on another home improvement business, but it did not take us long to see the value in joining the two forces. Allied’s approach to business was very much aligned with our own practices and I knew that both of our companies have had a solid reputation in the community for many years. The more we thought about it, the more it seemed like the ideal match”, remarked Reg.

Shortly after buying the business, Reg and Tom decided to buy the building. “The Allied building is a cornerstone of Annandale and a true landmark in this area. The family who established Allied began its venture in 1957 – in fact, my parents bought windows from Allied many decades ago. To me, that says a lot. Allied has had a longstanding presence in the home improvement industry and we just knew that we wanted to carry on its mission,” said Tom.  Reg is particularly happy to be back in Annandale where he played football at AHS in the 1970's.        READ MORE

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Mathnasium of Annandale to Open in the
Annandale Shopping Center This Fall

Sarla Kale, Director of Annandale MathnasiumAnnandale will soon gain a new business that offers a much needed service to the youth of our community.  Mathnasium of Annandale, a math only learning center, will open in the storefront next to the new ALDI grocery store at the Annandale Shopping Center.  At this bright and cheerful center kids in grades K through 12 will be taught to understand math by teaching the way that makes sense to them.  

Director Sarla Kale believes that, “When math makes sense, kids leap way ahead – whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math. Our formula for teaching kids math, the Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids learn math for over a decade.”  Mathnasium builds math knowledge upon the concepts that students already know - this helps kids learn quickly and boosts their confidence right away.

Director Sarla Kale believes that, “When math makes sense, kids leap way ahead – whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math. Our formula for teaching kids math, the Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids learn math for over a decade.”  Mathnasium builds math knowledge upon the concepts that students already know - this helps kids learn quickly and boosts their confidence right away.

 
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Monday, November 6
YOU BE THE JUDGE

Falls Church High SchoolAs you play the role of a customer, employee, or manager, you will rate student participants as they solve real life business situations. Your expertise is needed to evaluate these high school marketing students during the DECA Regional District Competition. The students are competing for honors and the opportunity to advance to the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia in March 2018.

FAIRFAX COUNTY DECA REGIONAL DISTRICT COMPETITION MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 Dulles Expo Center 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, Virginia 20151
JUDGE ORIENTATION – Noon (12:00 PM) Competitions should be completed no later than 4:30 pm

For More Information about the event, please contact: Amy Granahan algranahan@fcps.edu Phone: 571-423-4598


AA Plus Driving School
Driving lessons at AA PLUS are an investment in you. 

AA Plus Driving School, Annandale, VAAA PLUS provides quality driver education services to clients in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Their dedicated, professional staff is committed to helping you and your family understand the importance of operating an automobile safely and defensively. They know that this information and education may one day save lives. That's why AA PLUS provides first-rate courses and services, lively discussions, problem solving, and thought provoking videos.  They educate teens, young and middle aged adults to provide the insurance of a good lifetime driving experience.

Conveniently located in the townhouse offices on Backlick next door to the Bradlick Shopping Center, this driving school is especially close for Annandale residents.
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Metrorail & Virginia Railway Express Boost State Revenues
by $600 Million Annually

NVTC Analysis Shows Virginia's Investment in Rail Transit Provides 250 Percent Return

 VA RAILARLINGTON, VA – Long credited with fueling economic development in Northern Virginia, Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) provide more than $600 million annually to Virginia’s general fund, according to a report released today by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). The additional 85,000 households and 130,500 jobs that the two rail systems make possible in Northern Virginia generate both sales and income tax revenues that flow to Richmond. For every dollar the state invests in Metrorail and VRE, it receives $2.50 in return. While $600 million represents just over 3 percent of general fund revenues, the amount is significant. It covers Virginia’s annual general-fund expenditures on state colleges and universities, about $316 million, and state police, roughly $266 million.

“This study makes clear that the economic benefits associated with rail transit accrue to the entire state, not just Northern Virginia,” said Jeffrey C. McKay, NVTC’s chairman. “The analysis is certain to inform our discussions about finding dedicated and sustainable sources of funding for these two vital rail systems.”NV Transportation Commission

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November 2nd and March 15th
Please Support Literacy in Our Community!

Reading ProgramAnnandale Terrace Elementary School (Fairfax County Public Schools) has developed a Partners-In-Print (PIP) program.  It is a family-outreach program that 1) helps parents to learn ways to help their child develop reading and writing skills; 2) provides students with free books to help them build home libraries. This opportunity is for every child in our school -- Head Start through fifth grade.  Please contact Lisa Choi, LCChoi1@fcps.edu, or Morrisa Demery, MSDemery@fcps.edu, at (703) 658-5600, direct extension 5624 with questions or offers of help. 

Annandale Terrace Elementary School
7604 Herald St., Annandale, VA 22003 
 



Welcome to a New Member
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
info@foundfitpt.com     (703) 354-3488



Al Hamra Middle Eastern Restaurant

Announces a New Luncheon Special

 Luncheon SpecialAl Hamra Restaurant has been serving the finest Mediterranean fusion cuisine since 2006. Our journey to provide the highest quality of food, made with the freshest ingredients, and an altogether memorable experience for our guests with impeccable customer service, began in the beautiful city of Redondo Beach, California.

Two years ago Al Hamra opened a secLentil Soupond location here in Annandale.  They believe health is by choice, not by chance. With their many healthy and delicious choices, they make it easier for their customers to eat healthy. 

Luncheon Special: 
Monday to Thursday | 11am - 3pm.  Many dishes just $7.99 which also includes a soft drink and cup of lentil soup.

Catering for your office parties, or an employee lunch, call Naseem at 703-618-5997.

4230 Annandale Road
(Across from Burke & Herbert Bank)
Annandale, VA  22003
http://alhamrahalalcafe.com/  

Sun-Thurs 11am – 10pm
Friday and Saturday 11 am – 10pm


Columbia Crossroads Development Will Help to Revitalize Bailey's Crossroads
Congratulations Bailey's, What an Exciting Plan!

Fairfax County

News Highlights

  • Columbia Crossroads will bring up to 370 apartments to mid-rise building at the corner of Columbia Pike and Moncure Avenue, helping to revitalize this area in Bailey's Crossroads.
  • The approved rezoning allows for the apartments, three townhomes and a possible county office building.
  • The county’s existing Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter will remain until October 2019 when  a new permanent shelter opens at a commercial property a quarter mile away.

Columbia Crossroads apartment building.
About a year ago, it looked likely that Bailey’s Crossroads would see a 375-unit apartment complex erected at Columbia Pike and Moncure Avenue.

However, developer Avalon Bay withdrew its application last year, leaving the site’s revitalization uncertain. The vision became a reality   when similar plans by the site’s new developer Weissberg Corporation were approved.  READ MORE         


VIEW ON NATURE
Virginia’s Hard-as-Nails Tribute …from Jamestown Onward

 
                                                 

Blossoms of the Black Locust TreeNative Americans and colonial settlers alike valued a common tree that grows in Annandale and across Virginia.  The black locust tree is one of the few trees exported from the mountains to the Virginia coastal plain by early Native Americans for domestic use and cultivation.  The natives used the strong but pliable wood to make their bows (unless they could find or trade for the ultimate bow-making wood from the Osage orange tree). We know from writings by William Byrd II, 1730 that: “The locust tree is a very straight, tall rather thick tree whose wood is the toughest in all the world, and almost cannot be broken; thus the Indians usually make all their bows from it”. 

The wood has been prized for furniture, paneling, flooring, fence posts, and small boats.  It has also been regularly planted for firewood as it so quickly grows back—even faster from its stump after felling by using the existing root system.  As seasoned firewood it is especially valued since it burns slowly, with little smoke and a very high heat content.  It will even burn when wet!

Black locust’s extremes are also what attracted the first European settlers in Virginia to this unique tree.  The wood is as hard as diamonds and never rots; that’s why Jamestown, Virginia was built upon it.  The early American author Mark Catesby who visited the original Jamestown settlement 100 years after its founding referred to its durability stating,  “…they erected each of their little hovels on four only of these trees, pitched in the ground to support the four corners; many of these posts are yet standing, and not only the parts underground, but likewise those above, still perfectly sound”. 

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VIEW ON NATURE:  The Web of Life

Photograph by SL Wendt with all rights of use reserved.What comes to mind when we think of “Nature”? Being outdoors? A walk in the woods or mountains? Autumn foliage, flowers, maybe a spotted fawn? To each of us, Nature can mean many things, often pleasant, welcoming environments as seen on those wonderful Nature television channels. But for Nature to function, there are constant give and takes. Think food chain, survival of the fittest, predators and prey.  

All of Nature is linked together through food chains. A food chain is the sequence of who eats whom in a biological community (an ecosystem). Almost every food chain starts with our primary energy source, the sun, and photosynthetic plants that are eaten by “consumers” (like rabbits and deer), who are eaten by predators (foxes, wolves, hawks), and end with detritus feeders like earthworms and slugs, or decomposers like mushrooms or bacteria. All species, big and small -- plant, animal, fungi, invertebrates, bacteria and humans -- are in the food chain and will be eaten by someone else.   READ MORE


Park Foundation Presents More Than $700K
to Park Authority

Hiking TrailsAt the June 28, 2017 joint board meeting between the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors, representatives of the Park Foundation presented a check in the amount of $721,468 to Park Authority leadership. 

This check represents generous support from individuals, businesses and foundations transferred in Fiscal Year 2017 to enrich Fairfax County parks and outreach programs. The Foundation supports the Fairfax County Park Authority and their impressive volunteers raise private funds, obtain grants and create partnerships that supplement tax dollars to meet the community's needs for park land, facilities and services. 



Watching Your Investment
Annandale Real Estate

Little River at Heritage, AnnandaleCommercial property management is going high tech in many areas, but one of the most obvious is surveillance.  Cameras are being mounted in buildings, on rooftops and within tenant space.  When the property involves large parking lots, a number of cameras may be involved to cover a broader area.  What is driving this trend?

The first is the availability of these devices.  Ten years ago closed circuit television video (CCTV) was employed in only large office buildings or at key entrances to commercial property.  The set-up was sometimes difficult, particularly if one was doing a retrofit on an existing structure.

But just as most people with a smart phone can take pictures and video, that portion of the electronic/telecommunications industry has exploded into myriad devices for monitoring property.  You can view the television advertisements for a number of products from a vast number of companies hawking video surveillance devices and systems.

The other change that has occurred is the expectation of privacy.  These days, unless you are in your own home, that expectation has eroded.  Selfies, Utube videos, Facebook postings, blogs, and the pictures that accompany them have made people very aware that if they aren’t on their couch (and maybe not there) they may be getting filmed at any time.

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How Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Compare with Traditional Incandescent

Andy FarmerThe variety of different light bulbs sold in stores today can be challenging for a consumer when a replacement bulb is needed.  Do you go for the traditional incandescent bulbs or something more efficient like a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED)?

In the past, we replaced our traditional 60-watt incandescent bulbs with more incandescent bulbs.  But those bulbs were wasteful with 90 percent of the energy given off as heat.  And they did not last very long.  Depending on usage, the traditional incandescent bulb would last between 1,000 and 1,200 hours.

Now there many lighting choices for your home that provide the same amount of light for less money and they last much longer.  In the average home, about five percent of the energy budget is used for lighting.  Switching to energy-efficient bulbs is one of the easiest and quickest ways to cut your energy bills.  Replacing five of your home’s most frequently used incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs could save you $75 a year in energy costs. 

Energy Saving Light Bulbs

In a side-by-side comparison, traditional incandescent bulbs are cheaper per bulb than other types. One incandescent bulb costs around $1, as opposed to roughly $2 for a CFL and $4 for an LED.  But before you go for the cheaper bulb, consider this: a CFL bulb uses about one-fourth the energy and lasts 10,000 hours.  A typical CFL pays for itself in energy savings in less than nine months.  The LED bulb uses less than one-fourth of the energy of incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 25,000 hours!    READ MORE


Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program
Began September 9th

Press Release from the Fairfax County Police Dept.

Deer Management Notice

Agree with the program or not the Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program begins this Saturday, September 9, 2017 and runs through Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Under the oversight of the Fairfax County Police Department, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks, the archery program is conducted in parks and other locations throughout Fairfax County.

These signs are posted in archery program areas.

The archery program began in FY 2010 and is part of an integrated Deer Management Program to reduce and stabilize the white-tailed deer population in Fairfax County in an effort to minimize safety and health hazards related to an overabundance of deer. These impacts include deer-vehicle collisions, potential spread of diseases, and environmental damage attributed to deer that can impact the ecosystem. The program was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2000 and is recognized as a safe and efficient method of deer population control by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Because of its proven track record of safety, archery is a preferred deer management method in Fairfax County. Archery is a compatible use with residential areas and community parks, allowing for deer population management in urban and suburban areas. Since Virginia began tracking hunting injuries in 1959, no bystanders have been injured by an archer hunting deer anywhere in the Commonwealth. Last year, 95% of the total deer harvests in the Fairfax County Deer Management Program were through the use of archery.

Fairfax County’s Archery Program standards require that all archers meet state hunter licensing, education and safety requirements and must pass qualifications to demonstrate skill and marksmanship, in addition to carrying program identification. Beginning this year, archers are also required to have completed a course through the International Bowhunter Education Program to participate in the Fairfax County Deer Management Program. All archers participating in the program must also pass a criminal background check.

Parks remain open to the public during the archery program. Florescent orange signs are posted in parks where hunting is authorized. Harvest attempts will be accomplished from elevated tree stands; ground blinds are not permitted in county parks. Tree stands must not be located closer than 100 feet from property lines or closer than 50 feet from established park trails. Archers are not allowed on private property without permission by the owner or tenant. Archers are approved to hunt at assigned sites Monday through Saturday during legal hunting hours, 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. No hunting is allowed on Sundays in county parks.

More information about the Fairfax County Deer Management Program can be found at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/wildlife/deer-management/

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Neighbors Serving Neighbors 
ACCA Celebrates Fifty Years of Service to Annandale 

Originally the Annandale Elementary School_ once closed_ ACCA moved into this building in 1977 and remains todayIt 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.

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The History of Commercial Aviation in DC
Hoover Field, Washington Airport, and Washington National                        

 Aerial View of South End of Highway Bridge _ 14th Street Underpass Looking Northeast 1932. Hoover Field to the leftCommercial 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.

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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 Black Bear Cubs in VAthe 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


What a Difference a Century Makes:  1917

President: Woodrow WilsonNavy Torpedo Bombers fly formation practice over US Capitol
Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall
Sect. of State:  Robert Lansing

HISTORICAL EVENTS

  • Pres. Woodrow Wilson appeared before a joint session of Congress on April 2nd at 8:30 pm to declare war on Germany citing (1) German renewal of their policy of unrestricted submarine warfare on all ships trading with Britain including the US. (Germany had temporarily suspended the practice after the sinking of the Lusitania, which met with massive public outcry.)   (2) Discovery of German ploy to ally with Mexico against the USA.  In part, he remarked, “Tyrants could not be allowed to destroy the bonds of civilization by engaging in inhumane and immoral actions that oppressed their own people and threatened their neighbors.  The world had to be made safe for democracy.”
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 High Winds and Power Outages
Dpwmed TreesIf you should experience a loss of electricity or downed trees from high winds and storms, these are useful contacts. 

Downed Trees

Snow Plows & Road Information

Loss of Utilities & Emergency Numbers


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:  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 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

 


BB & T Bank:  Community Banking since 1872    

BB and T Bank Backlick Road in Annandale, VABuilding on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1872, BB&T continues to offer clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust and wealth management solutions.

In a rapidly changing and unpredictable world, individuals and organizations need a clear set of fundamental principles to guide their actions. BB&T is a mission-driven organization with a clearly defined set of values.

Simple Beginnings

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Eastern North Carolina lay tattered, battered and torn ... an easy mark for profiteers and politicians bent on destroying what little remained. There was no money, no law and precious little trust or faith in the once-proud institutions of the South.

Alpheus Branch, the son of a wealthy planter in Halifax County, first came to Wilson, NC to attend Deems Military Academy.   Branch later established a small mercantile business called Branch and Company. Through his business and community involvement, he came to know Thomas Jefferson Hadley, a Wilson county native who was trying to organize the first system of public schools. They joined forces in 1872 to create a banking institution people could believe in, Branch and Hadley.

As private bankers, Branch and Hadley accepted time deposits, paid interest and loaned money to help rebuild the farms and small businesses in the community. With a place to borrow money at reasonable interest to buy seed and fertilizer, area farmers planted their fields in cotton and in the early 1880s, experimented with tobacco.  READ MORE


LAMBROS GOLDSMITH AND FINE JEWELRY

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

 


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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. www.avfd.org



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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