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What a Difference a Century Makes:  1918

 

American Soldiers returning from the Battle of Saint-Mihiel AMERICAN FORCES
IN FRANCE
The American Expeditionary Force arrived in France in June 1917 joining Allied Forces in many major battles.  Many allies (then and now) criticized America for waiting so long to show-up.  Americans (then and now) believed this war was a tragic and unnecessary carnage that could have been averted if diplomatic judgement had been employed and the enormous clash of political egos were held in check.  The war saw massive shifts in geographic borders, creation of new nations and new political systems.  It also ended three empires—Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian and removed the Kaiser from power in Germany.  Unfortunately, the peace treaty signed a few years later was so harsh in demands, especially unreachable monetary demands made on Germany, that the Second World War was inevitable....

ON THE HOMEFRONT:  THE SPANISH FLU PANDEMIC
To maintain morale, wartime censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. However, papers were free to report the epidemic's effects in neutral Spain giving the impression that Spain was the epicenter of the flu.

The 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 100 million people around the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of 50 (three to five percent of the world's population), making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. A considerable spike occurred at the time of the pandemic, specifically the year 1918. Life expectancy in the United States alone dropped by about 12 years. Even small remote towns who quarantined themselves from the outside public found the virus invading, often from the postman.  Patient zero was most likely a soldier (s) from Fort Riley, Kansas.   Soldiers  from this Fort were among the thousands crowded onto troop ships, infecting others and still more in France from worldwide armies...

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High Winds, Snow Storms and Power Outages
Who to Call for Help

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s neighborhood-plowing website and plow-tracking program will again bJohn Marr Drive at Columbia Pikee among the tools the agency will use this winter in northern Virginia.

If you should experience a loss of electricity or downed trees from storms and high winds, or wish to track snow plow activity in your neighborhood, these are useful contacts. 
MORE INFORMATION




Downed Trees

Snow Plows & Road Information
Loss of Utilities & Emergency Numbers


Saturday, February 3, 2018
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
at Banfield Pet Hospital in the Bradlick Shopping Center

Banfield Pet Hospital in Annandale, VAThe doctor is in at the new Banfield Pet Hospital® in Annandale!  The world’s largest veterinary practice is coming to our community.

Come celebrate the grand opening of their new hospital at 6960-T Bradlick Shopping Center on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9:00 am.  Their grand opening will feature raffles, pet product giveaways, hospital tours, local business offers, and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with their hospital team.

To commemorate the hospital’s opening and give back to the Annandale community, their veterinary team is offering three days of free veterinary services to pets from local rescue groups and shelters prior to their grand opening. We are proud to pay tribute to our new community by offering services to shelter pets and provide the care they need to help remove barriers for adoption.

BANFIELD PET HOSPITAL
6960-T Bradlick Shopping Center
Annandale, VA 22003
571.242.7878
www.banfield.com


VIEW ON NATURE: Yesteryear’s Legend

Osage oranges growing locally.  There is a grove along Columbia Pike in Annandale near the Mason District Government Center.  In the fall you will see this well established and prolific producer dropping fruit  and rolling all over the Pike.    It is used decoratively in the traditional  Williamsburg Holiday Centerpieces.  Photo credit:  S Wendt What makes a legend?  Being well known with a touch of intrigue, like that of the Osage orange tree from another time.  

Osages are most noticeable in late summer to early fall when they produce hundreds of otherworldly, grapefruit-sized, bright green, warty, inedible “Osage orange” fruit.  It starts as a thorny shrub that can grow to 50 feet. Despite the fruit’s slight citrus scent, it is only distantly related.  Its pre-Columbian range was restricted to a small Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas area; today it thrives in all 48 continental states.  And boy, does it love Virginia with the two largest certified world specimens proudly growing for 300 years at River Farm in Alexandria, and Red Hill in Brookneal, VA, the home of the great American colonial firebrand, Patrick Henry.

Other Virginia’s “fingerprints” are on the Osage.  READ MORE


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The Best & the Worst Businesses to Start in 2018
Fifty percent of small businesses fail in the first five years.  Don’t be one of them. 

Mathnasium of AnnandaleThe first small business I opened was an exhilarating experience, and exhausting.  I kept thinking that once I navigated the permitting and build-out, loaded in the stock and blasted out my first advertising campaign, the rest would be smooth sailing by comparison.  That was only partially true.

The sad truth is that only fifty percent of small businesses succeed in the first five years.  That constitutes tens of thousands of shattered dreams, life savings, exhaustive toil, and  despair.  If you are going to open a small business, educate yourself  in your chosen field, become more than knowledgeable, become an expert.   You should also develop & nurture an extensive number of contacts in your industry and then complete comprehensive market research in your geographic area.  Sweeping sales are being made though internet sites.  What participation on behalf of your business would be possible?  What are the costs and manpower requirements added to brick and mortar establishments to capture some of this market? 

Next, look at potential competition and analyze how you fit into this market.  If it is already saturated, find another field.  You could be the best mousetrap on the block, but proceeding with an over subscribed industry, or with a declining even stagnating industry, will doom you to failure.   Remember that many industries are disappearing as brick and mortar establishments.   Newspapers and gifts are not going out of fashion but their availability and delivery have changed dramatically.  READ MORE


Annandale REAL ESTATE
Selecting a Vendor for your HOA

Winter on Walton Lane in AnnandaleAnnandale is awash in home owners’ associations and condominium associations. The purchasing power and effect on the local economy created by these groups is often overlooked.  Through the collection and use of HOA dues, these associations support local contractors, vendors, maintenance and property management companies.

We do not even notice the guy on the riding industrial mower or wielding the leaf blower as he works his way through a neighborhood.  He has become a part of the landscape as much as the maple tree that sits near the entrance to your street.  But the contract that brought that worker to that HOA’s community is as much of our local economy as any other business in Annandale.

Since we perform property management services for a number of HOAs and commercial properties, we interact with their boards  in the selection of vendors to perform such tasks as roofing, asphalt sealing and snow removal.  The issue of location is one of the criteria that is considered in recommending a vendor.

Where a vendor’s place of business is located does matter.  For example, if we are managing a property in Annandale, we are unlikely to recommend a vendor out of Culpepper without compelling reasons if the work to be performed is to be done regularly, like landscaping services.  Similarly, one wouldn’t want to rely on a snow removal company that is coming from Centerville because they may not make it to the job after a heavy snowfall.

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You’re Invited to a Birthday Bash at Sully Historic Site

Sully PlantationRichard Bland Lee would have turned 257 this year, and Sully Historic Site is throwing a party in his honor. Celebrate the life of Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress with a visit to his home on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

During an afternoon house tour at Sully, discover some of the important contributions that Mr. Lee made during his impressive political career, and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. The birthday program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. The house tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for seniors and children.

Sully Historic Site is located at 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site.

Web: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/news/2018/psa007   


Northern Virginia Community College
To Hold Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Fair on Saturday, January 27

Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale CampusNorthern Virginia Community College is looking for dynamic people to help prepare our students for the future. We are holding an Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Fair on Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Brault Building, First Floor, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road (at the intersection of Little River Turnpike) in Annandale.

Potential adjunct faculty members can meet with NOVA deans and faculty from all six campuses – Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus), and Woodbridge – to learn about employment opportunities in various disciplines.

Please bring your resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and government issued identification. Registration is required at http://bit.ly/NOVAadjunct2018

We are recruiting for the following disciplines: Accounting, Art, Automotive, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Developmental English, Developmental Math, Economics, English, French, Geography, Geology, Healthcare (including Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Information Management, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Phlebotomy), HVAC, History, Information Technology, Math, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Veterinary Technician.

For further information, please contact the NOVA HR Department at 703-323-3110 or go to http://www.nvcc.edu/employment/


 Acceptance of Diversity Starts Early in Life

By:  Grace Molinaro FCHS

 Grace Molinaro, FCHSIt was a Friday night after an exhausting school week. My mind felt like frayed threads after slaving over mountains of Advanced Placement (AP) work that I hoped would someday catch the eyes of college admission officers. I had just begun to liberate the knots of stress throbbing in my temples when it struck me-- I had an online assignment due at 11:59 PM There would be no relaxing Friday evening! For better or worse, this is the reality that high school students now face.

Parents pressure their kids to perform well academically by earning good grades. Schools urge students to take rigorous courses and participate in extracurricular activities, sports, and art programs to appeal to colleges while exploring their interests. Teachers pile students with work. Like previous generations, students struggle to manage time, pushing through stress and exhaustion. The future looms, instilling fear and creating motivation.

But students also face challenges unique to this generation. College acceptance is becoming more competitive, and students feel obliged to take more advanced classes. According to College Board, the number of students enrolled in AP courses nationwide has nearly doubled in the past ten years. Technology adds an additional layer of pressure, stress, and frustration by keeping students plugged in to their schoolwork around the clock.  READ MORE


Beware of the Wild
Unprovoked coyote attacks on humans are very rare

 

Eastern CoyoteWildlife officials have experienced an increase in the number of calls reporting coyote sightings in recent weeks across Fairfax County. Coyotes are now established and widespread in Fairfax County so it is important for residents to know and understand a bit more about them in order to safely coexist with these secretive wild neighbors. It is suspected that a few months ago a Maltese on Bradley Circle in Annandale was attacked,  dragged outside the fenced in yard in which she had been playing, and killed. 

Coyotes are medium to large sized members of the canine family, which includes wolves, foxes, and dogs. They have pointed and erect ears, a long, slender snout, and a bushy tail pointed downward. Fur coloration varies from reddish-brown to tan, gray or black with a pale blaze on the chest. The tail usually has a black tip and is held downward while running. Coyotes average 30-40 pounds but can weigh as much as 60 pounds.

Coyotes play an important ecological role as a natural predator that may help to regulate and balance other wildlife prey species that are abundant in Fairfax County. Coyotes are opportunistic foragers with diverse diets that commonly prey on small animals such as rodents and rabbits but will also readily eat reptiles, amphibians, insects, fruits, plants and carrion. Coyotes may also take larger prey such as turkeys and white-tailed deer (primarily fawns).  READ MORE


Read the 10th Anniversary Edition of
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine
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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Be Energy Smart

Start the New Year by Resolving to Save Energy at Home and at Work

Andy Farmer

The holidays have come and gone, and many Virginians across the state have once again made their resolutions for the new year.  While Virginia Energy Sense (VES) can’t help you achieve your fitness goals or kick a pesky bad habit, we can help you commit to reducing your energy use both at home and while you’re at work.

At VES, our new year’s resolution is to help you become more energy efficient through our energy education program. We want to help Virginians understand all the easy and cost-effective ways to save energy to help Virginia meet its goal of reducing electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2020.

Compared to other new year’s resolutions, saving energy is not as hard as you may think. Below are some tips and suggestions that you can use to save power and trim down your electricity bill in the process!

Home Energy Saving Tip: READ MORE


Hypothermia Prevention Program
Homelessness is a frightening and potentially life-threatening reality.

Sleeping area at the Hypothermia Prevention Program in 2016  at Burke United Methodist Church.
The long, cold winter nights are upon us.

And imagine you are spending the night sleeping outside, behind a store on Route 1, in the woods in Burke or in a car beside the parkway in Reston. For those experiencing homelessness in our county it is a frightening and potentially life-threatening reality.

To help ensure no one has to sleep outside during the winter months, a collaborative effort by the county, nonprofits and faith communities created the Hypothermia Prevention Program more than a decade ago.  Last winter, the program provided more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in our county with a warm, safe place to sleep and a healthy meal.

People can die from hypothermia, a condition brought on when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.

Our Hypothermia Prevention Program is coordinated by the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, which contracts with four nonprofits to increase the number of available emergency shelter beds by hundreds each night throughout the winter, December to March.
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When Companies Give, We All Win

Using corporate social responsibility to build a better community
while building your business
 

Emma Inman

Corporate 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?
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VDOT Snowplows Sport Original Designs by
Falls Church Academy Students

Falls Church High School Academy

Original Snow Plows by Falls Church High School StudentsCitizens who live in the Falls Church High School area may do a double take when they see snowplows whizzing through their neighborhoods this winter. Some of the plows will sport original designs created by health sciences students at Falls Church Academy, who put their knowledge and artistic talents to work in late August. The students painted information and artwork representing their programs on the plow blades, provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Students in the Medical Assistant, Exploring Health Sciences, and Fire and Emergency Medical Technician programs were able to work on the plows during the first full week of the 2017-18 school year. Falls Church Academy career experience specialist Jill Burrer attended a meeting at VDOT last year and learned that the state agency was offering snowplows for students to paint. Burrer requested three plows—one for each of the classes interested in participating—to work with.     READ MORE

 


Annandale's Commercial Core

If you want to solve code compliance issues, you have to become involved.  Stop complaining and blogging, be proactive.
 

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


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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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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Time to start on those New Year’s Resolutions
Fitness training offered for Children and Seniors

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 



Be Energy Smart

Start the New Year by Resolving to Save Energy at Home and at Work

 

By:  Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

The holidays have come and gone, and many Virginians across the state have once again made their resolutions for the new year.  While Virginia Energy Sense (VES) can’t help you achieve your fitness goals or kick a pesky bad habit, we can help you commit to reducing your energy use both at home and while you’re at work.

At VES, our new year’s resolution is to help you become more energy efficient through our energy education program. We want to help Virginians understand all the easy and cost-effective ways to save energy to help Virginia meet its goal of reducing electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2020.

Compared to other new year’s resolutions, saving energy is not as hard as you may think. Below are some tips and suggestions that you can use to save power and trim down your electricity bill in the process!

Home Energy Saving Tip: READ MORE



VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
The Shepherd's Center of Annandale Springfield 



The Shepherd's Center, a nonprofit seniors helping seniors organization, needs volunteer drivers to take area adults 50+ to medical, dental, and physical therapy facilities during the week and shopping and banking on the weekends.  The demand for this service is increasing and we always have a need for new drivers. You can drive as often as you want and only when it fits your schedule. At the same time, you can make a real difference in the lives of area seniors. If you are interested, or just want more information, please contact our office at 703-941-1419. We also have a need for more volunteers to help us with other programs such as event planning for luncheons, community outreach, and Board of Directors.


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 


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

 


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.

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Lambros Fine Jewelry, Annandale, VA

Un Steele at Long and Foster

 

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Al Hamra Restaurant Annandale, VA

BB&T Bank

PNC Bank, Bradlick Shopping Center, Annandale, VA

 

Kenwood School

 

Steinhorst Kitchen and Bath Remodeling

 




 

Westminster School,The Griffin Academy & Summer Camp

Annandale Shopping Center

 

Juke Box Diner Ice Cream Specials

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Shelters and Hypothermia Prevention Shelters:  703-324-9492
Fairfax-Falls Church emergency hypothermia shelters are open under a "no turn-away" status from now until March 31, 2018 at all emergency shelters based on freezing temperatures. 

A list of Homeless Shelters in Northern Virginia through Fredericksburg (Fairfax, Loudoun, Culpepper, Arlington, Alexandria, and Prince William Counties, plus Manassas & Manassas Park,  can be found at:
www.novaregion.org/DocumentCenter/View/11750

  



 

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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