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Multi-Round Golf Passes Now Available

Golf PassFairfax 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 17you 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 Courses

 


Native Seedling Sale

Native Seedling Sale
The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual native tree and shrub seedling sale. The theme for this year’s sale is “Fall Color.”

Native plants promote clean water and air, prevent soil erosion, provide valuable habitat, and add beauty and resilience to the landscape.

Two seedling packages are available:

The tree package ($11.95) is ideal for common areas or larger suburban yards. It includes two each of the following species: Northern Red Oak, Sassafras, and Bald Cyprus.

The shrub and small tree package ($16.95) includes two each of the following species: Gray Dogwood, New Jersey Tea, Common Ninebark, Arrowwood Viburnum, and Smooth Sumac.

Seedling packages can be ordered online. You can also establish a gift registry for yourself, someone special, or a neighborhood.  For more information, contact NVSWCD at 703-324-1460 or ConservationDistrict@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Seedlings must be picked up at the Fred Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale, (In the Annandale Community Park where Artisans United is located.) on Friday, April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or April 22, 9 a.m.-noon


Saturday, April 2
Cherry Blossom Festival at Sully Plantation

Sully Plantation and The Spring Cherry Blossom FestivalSully Historic Site will officially join in the Washington area’s National Cherry Blossom Festival with a celebration of Japanese culture on Sunday, April 2.

Discover varieties of green tea and sample Japanese sweets at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Taste the difference between three types of green tea -- Sencha, Hojicha, and Genmaicha. Contrast the flavors with Japanese sweet treats such as mochi. Explore the processes used to create the different flavors of these teas, hear how they’re cultivated, and learn a little tea history. READ MORE


 

Saturday, April 15
Riverbend Park Bluebell Festival

A great event for the whole family that is NOT to be missed! See the first signs of springs arrival - the carpet of Virginia Bluebells throughout thVirginia Bluebellse forest. Enjoy wildflower walks, face painting, live animals, moonbounce, music and more.  10 am, ages 3 and up.  $8/$10,  759-9018  Because of the usually warm weather this year, you may wish to visit the Riverbend or Manassas Battlefield Park closer to the 1st of April to drink in the beauty of the Bluebells.  They grow along the river easily viewed from footpaths.


Riverbend Park: (just north of Great Falls National Park) 8700Potomac Hills St, Great Falls, VA
703- 759-9018

Manassas Battlefield Park: 12521 Lee Highway, Manassas, VA
703-361-1339 x 0


 

Document Shredding Title

Fairfax County has posted the following dates and location that are close to Annandale for secure document shredding available to county residents.

March 25, 2017               NOVA Annandale Campus     8333 Little River Turnpike
April 22, 2017                  Spfld. Gov't Center                6140 Rolling Rd. Spfld.
May 13, 2017                   Mason Gov't Center               6507 Columbia Pk., Annandale

DETAILS

  • Residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, etc.  (Please recycle junk mail and magazines through your normal collection service.) 
  • Up to four medium-sized packing boxes per vehicle.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • BINDERS of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal)
  • Plastic document covers
  • Wet or moist paper
  • Hanging file folders with metal support bars
  • Metal binder clips
  • Electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs
  • Books, either hardback or paperback
  • Credit cards
  • Magazines, catalogs and newspapers (unless just the page with the address)
  • Film or photographs

Fairfax County will not shred documents for businesses – even if documents are delivered by an employee who is a county resident. These events are only for residents to destroy sensitive material they have from their home. If you require written certification of document destruction, it is recommended that you contract individually with a shredding service provider.

Please Note: Shredding events start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m.  All cars must be in line by 12 p.m.  These are drive-through events and residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. For everyone’s safety, you will not be able to stand by and watch your paper being shredded.

  • County staff remove boxes from cars and trucks and empty paper into rolling carts.
  • Once full, the carts are taken to the shredding truck where they are emptied into a shredder.
  • All documents are cross-cut shred on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event.
  • Following the event, all paper is delivered to a local recycling facility for processing.
  • Written certification of shredding will not be provided.

For additional information, please contact us at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

See Also:
Document Shredding Event Video
A-Z List of Recycling and Trash Topics
Materials for Recycling or Disposal


 

Now through March 31
Visit the New Slave Life Exhibit at Sully Historic Site

 Sully Historic Site

In honor of African-American History Month, Sully Historic Site has installed a new exhibit on slave life that includes artifacts excavated from around Sully’s 18th-century slave cabins.

The collection features samples of hand-painted pearlware pottery that were discovered by Sully archaeologists excavating slave dwellings at the South Lane site, as well as fragments of redware pottery, commonly used for kitchen and food storage. It also includes fragments of hand-blown glass, cookware and hand-wrought hardware.

This exhibit will be on display through the end of March and is included with the historic house tour. House tours are offered every day, except Tuesdays, on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m. The last tour begins at 3 p.m. in February and at 4 p.m., beginning in March. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children age 5 to 15.

Visitors can learn even more about the African-American presence at Sully during the Forgotten Road Tour, which includes visits to the reconstructed slave quarter and the original kitchen-laundry, smokehouse, and dairy. The Forgotten Road Tour is offered by reservation only in February. Daily tours resume in March and are offered at 2 p.m. every day except Tuesday. The tour may be purchased for the same price as the house tour or coupled with the house tour for an additional $2.

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

About Sully Historic Site: 

Sully reflects the history of Fairfax County. Completed in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee, the main house at Sully combines aspects of Georgian and Federal architecture. Richard Bland Lee was Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress, as well as General Robert E. Lee's uncle.

On the National Register for Historic Places, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Sully also includes original outbuildings, representative slave quarter and gardens. Guided tours highlight the early 19th century life of the Richard Bland Lee family, tenant farmers and enslaved African Americans. Programs reflect the history of Fairfax County through the 20th century.



 

You are Cordially Invited to Attend
The Chamber’s Business Networking Breakfast
  Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:30 AM
Magills Restaurant, 7201 Little River Turnpike
(Across from Giant Food)

Magills Pizza and Pasta Restaurant, Annandale, VANetwork First:  Chamber Networking is about building relationships with new business contacts in a congenial relaxed setting.  These Chamber networking events are a great opportunity to engage with your fellow members and other business leaders from the Annandale area.


 
Cost:              $15 includes breakfast, payable at the   door
Details:          Please RSVP by no later than Wednesday, April 12 to info@annandalechamber.com 

CHAMBER MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING EXTRA BUSINESS CARDS AND MARKETING MATERIALS TO LEAVE WITH THE CHAMBER OFFICE FOR DISTRIBUTION IN NEW MEMBER PACKETS, PARTNERSHIP PACKETS AND TO THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL. 


 

Saturday, May 20  
GATHER YOUR TEAM & REGISTER NOW

Annandale Bed Race
The Annandale Hospital Bed Race is a community-building event that raises funds for local projects and Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities, including a group home here in Annandale.  This year it will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Businesses gather teams of 5 for this whacky relay race using pediatric hospital beds that have been decorated with great enthusiasm.  Awards for best decorated bed, most enthusiastic team, and the fastest team will be presented at the end of the race. This is an event that is widely advertised giving all the company teams abundant promotion as well as an opportunity to be recognized as a great corporate citizen.

W
here else will you have a chance to see slices of pizza racing against firefighters?  Watch the short video (above) to see the fun. Location:  Magill's parking lot, 7201 Little River Turnpike,across from Giant Food.  Congressman Gerry Connolly, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova with her team of Fairfax County Firefighters, and Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross are among the many teams that participate. 

2017 Annandale Bed Race


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


 

BRACE FOR IMPACT
Board of Supervisors Advertises Flat Tax Rate for FY2018

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced the County Executive’s proposedProperty Taxes budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which is based on a tax rate of $1.13 per $100 of assessed value. $1.13 is Fairfax County’s current FY2017 tax rate. When the Board adopts a final budget on May 2, it can set the tax rate lower, but not higher, than what was advertised.The Advertised Budget provides increased revenue of $88.2 million, or 2.2%, over the FY 2017 Budget. Of that, $50.95 million – or 58% - is allocated to our Fairfax County School System. The school system requested more than twice that amount, most likely knowing that would never be possible, yet putting pressure on the county to provide far more than the county tax payers can afford. 

You may also review the countywide tax assessments online. The tax rate has not yet been determined but after last year’s whopping increase in both rate AND in assessed value, taxpayers had better brace for impact.  Residential assessments in Annandale rose an average of 1.32 percent.  Higher assessments are recorded for Fairfax, Falls Church, Burke, and Springfield.   A decline in assessed value is recorded for Oakton, Reston, Great Falls and McLean.

From all reports, the citizens of Fairfax County have had ENOUGH.  Constant increases in both the tax rate and in the property assessments has stretched family budgets beyond their limit.  Sky rocketing taxes are driving both the young first time buyers, and the elderly from the county.  Soon, even the higher middle incomes will be crying UNCLE.  There is a tax calculator available at  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/taxcalc that will show you how your required tax contribution will be allocated across county expenditures.  The visual impact of the displayed pie chart will say more than figures ever can. A Town Hall will be held in Mason District on Thursday, March 9th at 7 PM at the Mason District Govt. Center-6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. If you would like to speak at this meeting, you need to register ahead of time at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/bosclerk/speaker_bos.htm

Here are the tax highlights as published by the county:

Schools – 58% of the County Budget for the purpose listed just here: Funds for the operating, maintaining and supporting the instructional programs of the Fairfax County School System.  This huge sum of $2.2 billion does NOT include many other fees transferred to the schools under other line items.   READ MORE

 


 

Rice and Spice II Restaurant
Modern Thai Cuisine in an Elegant yet Cozy Atmosphere

Rice and Spice Thai Restaurant Rice & Spice owners Natalie and Chef Rod bring their authentic Thai dishes and family-friendly service to Annandale with Rice & Spice II.  Just 5 minutes from the heart of Annandale and conveniently located on Little River Turnpike at Beauregard Street (Plaza at Landmark Shopping Center), this charming and cozy restaurant offers a warm yet modern ambiance combined with charming & efficient service. 

Chef Rod's family recipes are known to be the best Thai food in the DC metropolitan area, with notable favorites such as Pad Thai & his Green Curry, as well as unique creations such as Short Rib with Red Penang Curry served over crisp whole green beans and a side salad of watercress lightly tossed in a tangy lime dressing.  The combination is culinary perfection.  Other specialties include the Slow cook beef noodle soup (Noua Tun noodle soup) and the Chiang Mai Khao Soi Gai Curry Noodles.

With a full-service bar, restful modern Thai décor, affordable prices, and delivery available to the surrounding communities (within a three-mile radius, please call for service area details), Rice & Spice brings authentic ethnic cuisine to the Annandale community. Private Event bookings and Catering are also available.     READ MORE


A Green Community: The State of our Streams

By: John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller, Water Resources PlannerAnnandale is named for a Scottish town along the mouth of the Annan River and features a tree prominently on its flag, so it should come as no surprise that it takes great pride in being a green community. First time visitors quickly note the thick, mature stands of forest that shade local neighborhoods and provide ample recreation amongst the twenty-six parks contained within its boundaries. The Accotink Creek and Holmes Run stream valleys comprise the backbone of these forest parcels and serve as precious urban green space for both road-weary residents and wildlife. While these well-trodden green corridors may appear widely appreciated and valued, the waterways that sustain them remain in a substantially degraded condition.

Accotink Creek and Holmes Run are both listed in violation of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act as polluted waters. This means these waters are too polluted to meet basic water quality standards, such as being swimmable and fishable. States must develop cleanup plans once a waterway is identified as polluted and placed on this list. These cleanup plans identify how much pollution must be reduced to improve water quality and are known as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). TMDLs are essentially a diet for a waterway, except that instead of limiting the intake of calories, the amount of pollution entering a waterway is restricted.  READ MORE

 


 

Report Street Light Outages
They Don't Last Forever

 Toll House Park, Annandale, VAStreetlights, 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, Snow Plows, 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


VIEW ON NATURE:  Before Virginia

When we think of early Virginia, we think back to the first English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.  But what was Nature like before then…way before then?Megatherium_NT_small by Nobu Tamura

Bison, elk, red wolves, and cougars wandered our forests and meadows when the Europeans came. But it didn’t take long for the settling invaders to exterminate them for their plentiful meat, and to protect their livestock. Wolf bounties, first offered in 1632, were paid to colonists in cash, tobacco, wine and corn, and to Native Americans with blankets and trinkets. Today, red wolves are the most endangered U.S. mammal.

But what wildlife did Paleo-Native Americans’ face when they first came to Virginia 15,000 years ago?  They were nomadic hunters, fishers and food gathers. And boy did they have huge mammals to hunt: the elephant ancestor mammoths and mastodons, giant ground sloths, huge short-faced bears, and 1,000-pound woodland musk-oxen. How do we know this?  From fossil evidence found near the southwestern town of Saltville, VA where prehistoric animals and confederate soldiers alike flocked for the salt.

One of the first reports of strange fossils came from Dr. Arthur Campbell to Thomas Jefferson in 1782. Jefferson commented on the bones of this new, unknown animal goliath (the giant ground sloth) at the 1797 American Philosophical Society meeting in Philadelphia. 
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 Annandale REAL ESTATE:  Let's Take a Look at Commercial

Little River Turnpike at Heritage Drive, Annandale, VA

In previous articles I have addressed the status of residential property in and around Annandale.  Then it dawned on me.  I’m writing for the Chamber of Commerce so maybe I should address commercial property and readers’ need to have an appreciation of some commercial aspects of real estate in our town.

Commercial property in Annandale falls into three categories, lease, buy and with business.  The easiest comparable category  is office leases.  Depending on the specific qualities and location of the office space, you can expect rental rates in the $15-30 per square foot range, with most offerings falling in the low $20 range.  All such rates are subject to negotiation regarding a number of factors including build-out budgets, triple net charges, etc.

If you want to buy commercial real property for your small business in one of the numerous local office condominiums, you are looking at average pricing in the $300,000-$400,000 range.  Stand alone commercial property is usually much more expensive because it will include parking and is typically larger.

If you are considering buying a business that includes a real estate asset (lease or ownership) the value of the total packages of assets will vary greatly and must be examined based on profit and loss statements from the operation of the business.  Typically one is trying to determine earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, also known as EBITDA.  The real property may require an adjustment in the application of EBITDA, particularly valuable parcels.     READ MORE


 

Can Annandale Become a Walkable Community?  
Pedestrians & Bicyclists must take equal responsibility for their own safety.

Annandale is NOT currently a walkable community.Last October, a 55 year-old male pedestrian died after he was struck by a Ford pick-up truck on Columbia Pike.  The police determined that the man was in the middle of the westbound lanes, having crossed only part of Columbia Pike near the Fire House.  Neither alcohol nor speed were factors, however the pedestrian was NOT in a crosswalk, but mid-block where most motorists would not be looking for pedestrians.  So often, individuals crossing mid-block simply dart out, misjudging their pace compared to an approaching auto.  No matter how quickly the motorist brakes, a collision is inevitable.  Pedestrians MUST take responsibility for their own safety if they plan to share motorways with automobiles.  As in this instance, a traumatized motorist and relatives of the deceased, will have to live with this memory forever, knowing they could not have changed the outcome caused solely by the pedestrian’s impulsive behavior. 
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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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Fort Myer Prepares for War:  1916

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

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

During World War I, Fort Myer was a staging area for a large number of engineering, artillery, chemical companies and regiments. The area at Fort Myer now occupied by the Andrew Rader Health Clinic and the Commissary were re-created into a trench system training ground where French officers taught the Americans about trench warfare.  As much as both the US government and most Americans believed the war raging in France was a European war, sentiment began to change with the sinking of American ships.  The Army and Navy slowly began to reorganize and prepare their troops to join the conflict.  
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Fairfax County Celebrates 275 th Anniversary 
June 17, 2017 at the Courthouse

Fairfax County Celebrates 275 Anniversary in June 2017Before 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)

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COMPUTER EMERGENCY
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
Desktop Support
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Preventative Maintenance
Email and File Migration
Vender Management
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 proviColumbia PIke Animal Emergency Carede 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. 
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A History of Electricity in Virginia               

Andy Farmer, Virginia Energy Sense

Can you believe that fewer than 100 years ago 90% of rural Virginians didn’t have electricity? In fact, up until the early 20th century, electricity remained centered in cities where electric utilities were located and civilian populations were booming.

After the Civil War, Richmond and Norfolk flourished as industrial and shipping centers.  This industrialization brought advances in technology and transportation, and soon railroads were carrying coal to the piers of Norfolk, creating one of the largest coal ports in the world. This influx of people and economic growth created a heightened need for electric services and spurred the electrification of Norfolk in 1881.

But Norfolk wasn’t the only city taking advantage of electricity. Richmond was the site of the first practical electrically powered trolley car system in the U.S.  By early 1888, electric power pioneer Frank J. Sprague developed the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, which paved the way for the use of electricity in even more applications. The need for and use of electricity continued to spread throughout the city, and by 1900 Richmond was wired for electricity.

While urban centers like Norfolk and Richmond expanded their reliance on electricity, the vast majority of rural Virginia remained in the dark. While businesses began to move out of cities in pursuit of cheaper labor, it wasn’t until President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announced the Rural Electrification Act in 1936 that we saw electricity reaching many parts of rural Virginia. By the start of World War II, roughly 90% of Virginia’s farms had access to electricity.

The electrification of rural Virginia improved economic output, where farms could now have lights and machinery to aid in milking cows and other labor intensive tasks. Living standards also improved, as people could now use electricity to power their refrigerators and washing machines.

It’s difficult to imagine what our lives would have been like without the advent of electricity. As you consider the incredible impact electrification has had on your life, please consider the small and easy ways in which you can reduce your use of this important resource.

LOCAL NOTE:  The Clark House on Columbia Pike, near the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, was built in 1902.  Electricity was installed there in 1935.


Virginia Energy Sense is charged with helping residents of the Commonwealth decrease their  electricity consumption 10% below 2006 levels by 2020.  




You Can Help Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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.  Greg is one of the most knowledgeable brokers in local real estate, with more than 27 years of experience in the sales and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties and has managed more than two million square feet of properties in the Greater Metro area, including numerous properties here in Annandale.        READ MORE

Trust Properties, Commercial Real Estate

 


LAMBROS 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

 

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PNC Bank, Bradlick Shopping Center, Annandale, VA

 

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Westminster School,The Griffin Academy & Summer Camp

 

Annandale Shopping Center

 

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Washington First Bank 



 

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. 



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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