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Annandale News: Northern Virginia's Diversified Economy
Annandale News: ALDI to Open Annandale Location
Annandale News:Green Community-Why Small Streams Matter
Annandale News: Help Those with Intellectual Disabilities
Annandale News: Save on Your Energy Bill
Annandale Shopping: AnnSandra Gifts for the Holidays
Annandale Business: When Companies Give, We All Win
Annandale Real Estate: Annandale Revitalization
Annandale Schools: Community Service
Military History: Alexandria National Cemetery
Local History: Ft. Myer Prepares for War: 1916
Events & Networking
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT ANNSANDRA
Don't Miss Their Special Events
Holiday Shopping is particularly jolly at this fine retailer who holds many special events each weekend from now through Christmas. Often specially priced items are available, complimentary engraving, or raffles.
To see a full list of these great opportunities see: AnnSandra Events.
4417 John Marr Drive, Annandale, VA . (703) 354-2110 . www.annsandra.com
Holiday Gift Shop Opens
Lambros Fine Jewelry proudly announces the opening of a Holiday Gift Shop in the Annandale Shopping Center next to the Silverado Restaurant on Columbia Pike. For your shopping convenience, they will be open from 11 am to 8 pm Sunday through Friday and until 9 PM on Saturdays. You are invited to visit, and acquire a unique Lambors piece, certain to bring glee to anyone on your gift list.
Lambros Fine Jewelry is a family owned and operated, full service fine jewelry retailer. Founded in 1987, Lambros Fine Jewelry has been serving the needs of people from around the country. Their flagship store offers uniquely handcrafted pieces at competitive prices and is located at 7137 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003, across from Giant.
Lambros Magiafas is an artist and a goldsmith unlike any other jeweler today. Inspired by the ancient designs of his native Greece and uniquely modern designs of today, Lambros creates exquisite jewelry with a tasteful artistic touch.
On December 3 and 4 from 11 am to 7 pm Lambros will host his Holiday Open House at the Little River store. Once a year at this gathering, he offers a large selection of fine designs at 50% off.
In the past 30 years, Lambros has expanded his collection of fine artistry to encompass the needs of any jewelry lover. Today Lambros proudly serves new and returning clients in all of his family locations in Alaska, Hawaii, Virginia and Washington D.C.
Lambros Holiday Gift Shop
7060 Columbia Pike, Annandale
(in the Annandale Shopping Center near the Silverado Restaurant)
Sunday –Friday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sundays 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
SNL Tech Services in Annandale
Just when you thought you were putting the final touches on the last task before you could start your holiday weekend, the worst happens. Your computer throws a hizzy fit. The Chamber is proud to introduce a new member whose name and number you should tape to your monitor. SNL Tech Services, located in Annandale, is a woman owned business with fifteen years of local experience. SNL can provide any number of computer services for your company. In fact they are a Managed Services Technology Company. Some of the services they offer are:
Server Monitoring and Management
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Email and File Migration
Commercial Grade Wireless
L. Alvarez at 571-426-1517 . firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfax County Committed to Respecting All Residents and Celebrating Diversity Under New Administration
By: Sharon Bulova, Chairman Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
One of Fairfax County’s greatest assets is our diversity. We are and will continue to be a County that exemplifies values of respect and acceptance, where we welcome and celebrate one another’s differences and cultural backgrounds. Our diversity makes our community strong and vibrant, and I am proud of what every resident has to offer.
Immigration is a federal matter. Fairfax County partners with federal authorities on immigration issues when required. The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office piloted the Secure Communities program under a partnership with U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2009, and has continued this partnership through the Priority Enforcement Program, where individuals who commit serious crimes and are in this country illegally are turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation. Just being here without documentation is not considered a serious crime by DHS.
Fairfax County fully complies with federal and state laws requiring the County to ensure that people benefiting from public services are here legally. These federal and state laws are very clear about benefits that can only be provided to residents who are in this country legally. Such benefits include voting in elections, welfare, foods stamps, and affordable housing. Many non-profit and faith-based charitable organizations do serve Fairfax County residents who are in need regardless of their immigration status.
Lastly, Fairfax County complies with the federally mandated requirement that we educate all children, despite immigration status. The United States Supreme Court ruled in Plyler v. Doe (1982) that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits denying a free public education to immigrant children based on their or their parents’ legal status.
Our local police officers work hard every day to keep our residents safe and build trust with the community. We believe in community policing where residents are not afraid to call law enforcement if their safety is at risk or to report information critical to resolving an investigation. We do not ask, nor do we have the resources for, our police officers to become immigration officials. Any immigration efforts on the local level above and beyond our current cooperation with ICE would compete with police officers’ responsibility for community policing and law enforcement.
Additional immigration efforts would also compete with fiscal resources against other county programs. While we always support maintaining safe communities, we will also not risk our core values of respect for all people and community policing.
Fairfax County has spent the past two years developing and implementing very thoughtful recommendations of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to increase police transparency, modify use of force policies, and improve communication between our police department and the residents they serve. The Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee has also been hard at work for two years encouraging community dialogue and building relationships between public safety and residents.
Be assured, I will be vigilant to any future policy changes that could negatively affect our community and all the progress we have made. Our diversity makes our community great. We will continue to be a community that is inclusive and respectful to all people, because that is the lifeblood of Fairfax County.
Artisans United, Annandale VA
Your Year-Round Craft Show & Gift Shop
During the months of November and December, the Craft Gallery is open 10 a.m-4 p.m. seven days a week. This artisan shop, filled with exquisite gifts, is in the Fred Packard Center at 4022C Hummer Road in the Annandale Community Park. www.augallery.org
A History of Electricity in Virginia
By: Andy Farmer at 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.
Annandale REAL ESTATE: Revitalization Efforts
Northern Virginia has one of the strongest residential real estate markets in the United States. The recovery from the recession was painful but relatively rapid compared with nearly every part of the Country. Home values are back to where they were in 2006 and remain steady.
However, even as home owners have benefitted from the strength of the local housing market, commercial real estate has not been as fortunate. There are too many vacancies throughout the County and the effects of sequestration are still being felt, particularly in the commercial office space arena.
Here in Annandale the attempts at revitalization of the Business District are legend. Ten years ago there were two plans to create town center-type developments, one on the bowling alley land and adjacent parcels; and the other on the K-Mart/Juke-Box diner parcel. Neither came to fruition as capital markets collapsed during the recession and hopes for revitalization dwindled.
Recently a new plan involving the bowling alley land was put forth that included the construction of high end leasable apartments with a restaurant on the ground floor, and adjacent parks. The building was designed to bring back to the community, young professional, flush with school loans still to pay-off and not ready for a mortgage. The hope was that the often seen bridging effect would occur encouraging adjacent properties to see the benefits of revitalizing the core of Annandale. Unfortunately, the County extracted unrealistic & extraordinary proffer demands that added an unbalanced financial burden to the project. The status of the project is unknown at this time. READ MORE
A Green Community: Why Small Streams Matter
By: John Paul Miller
Generations of children have grown up playing in creeks located in parks and neighborhoods throughout the United States. The thrill of catching crayfish, lizards, and minnows instills an affinity for the outdoors in kids and offers an alternative to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle that is disconnected from the natural world. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule under the Clean Water Act to afford basic protections to these small streams. Unfortunately, topographic maps commonly used to depict stream networks do not show most of the nation’s small streams, which hinders efforts to adequately protect them.
Searching for these small intermittent streams in the forests of Virginia requires a bit of detective work. Some signs of streams are fairly obvious, while other subtle clues require closer inspection. Large storms transform small channels into raging torrents, leaving behind a crime scene of steepened channel banks, disturbed leaf litter, and matted vegetation. Less noticeable indications include water-loving vegetation, riffles, and the presence of certain amphibians such as salamanders or tadpoles. Dense underbrush often masks the dendritic network of channels that form the headwaters for more familiar rivers such as the Shenandoah, Potomac, or Occoquan..........READ MORE
March 18 & 19, 2017
Antique Heisey Glass Show & Sale
Exquisitely Beautiful ~ Affordable ~ Made in America
Mark your calendars and start making your gift list for the All Heisey Antique Glass Show. The National Heisey Collectors Club has announced that their Forty-Fourth annual show will take place at the Annandale Fire House on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, 2017. Preparations begin long in advance, as dealers from all over the country participate. Coordination of this effort is handled by a committee of dedicated volunteers including Sherry and David Warren, who are Annandale property owners, avid collectors, and members of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce. READ MORE
You Can Help Virginians with Intellectual Disabilities
In 1971, The Knights of Columbus in the Commonwealth of Virginia sought a means to accomplish the charitable goals of the Order throughout Virginia. The result was the forming of a corporation dedicated to providing financial support to organizations assisting Virginia citizens with intellectual disabilities, regardless of race, creed or ethnic background. This organization was chartered as KOVAR. The primary fund raising activity for KOVAR became solicitation of contributions at public facilities throughout Virginia by the individual Knights of Columbus and their Councils. Using this and other approaches, the Virginia Knights have raised more than $12 million since 1971 for this expanding program of charitable service.
The Chamber has teamed with KOVAR in joint support of the Hospital Bed Race which takes place each May in Annandale. If you are a business, you can gather a team of 5 to take part in this whacky race while helping to support residents, right here in Annandale, that benefit from KOVAR. READ MORE
When Companies Give, We All Win
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? READ MORE
Northern Virginia's Diversified Economy
The past prosperity of Northern Virginia was largely derived from federal government jobs and federal contracting. Now, it emanates from the private sector having reinvented the regions economy and diversifying the workforce along the way.
The local unemployment rate is particularly impressive at 3.4 percent during the first quarter of this year. The National rate stands at 4.7 percent, while the Commonwealth reports 3.9 percent. Private sector jobs, particularly in IT, Bio Health, Data Management, and Cybersecurity have added 10,000 jobs in these professional and business services.(1)
The flight of federal and federal contractor jobs has left office vacancy rates from 20-24% in Arlington and Alexandria Counties, and 18% in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority works to fill this space with both national and international companies through their offices at Tysons Corner, London, Munich, Bangalore, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Los Angeles. For the local economy to fully recover and continue to diversify, these vacancy rates must be cut at least by half. And, while new spaces are being created, smaller boutique spaces are especially attractive to emerging private businesses who prefer to be in a walkable neighborhood setting rather than office parks or stand alone office buildings.
For the revitalization districts of Fairfax County, there are no ambassadors appointed by the County, the Economic Development Authority, or any agency or office directed to attract business to these districts. Selling Fairfax County is restricted to the heavy weights of Tyson’s and the Dulles Corridor, with an occasional flutter at Fairview Park or Reston. Since NO incentive of any sort exists to attract developers to the multiple revitalization districts, and NO county staff to promote their value, there is no reason to believe that redevelopment will occur.
Spiraling downward are the retail ratings in all revitalization districts, including Annandale, while on-line sales are reinventing the marketplace. Developers pass-up the revitalization districts heading instead to Prince William and Prince George Counties partially due to the astoundingly high proffers levied by Fairfax County, indeed encouraged by county agencies charged with redevelopment. READ MORE
ALDI, One of America’s Favorite Grocers
Will Open Annandale Store
ALDI, 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.”
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 save
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.
Fort Myer Prepares for War: 1916
Home 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. READ MORE
Period Splendor: Walnut Hill
For those who grew up in Annandale, the words Walnut Hill conger an image of Southern grandeur. Walnut Hill was a thirty acre estate built by Joseph L. and Antoinette Arnold in the 1940’s along Annandale Road. Gently rolling hills, expansive well manicured lawns, thoughtful landscaping, and a gracious circular driveway were on view for all to enjoy. The estate included the manor house, which was built to resemble Tara, a twelve stall stable, a mile long track for equine work-outs, a clover shaped swimming pool, a two story guest lodge, and a duck pond.
The manor house consisted of twelve rooms. Surprisingly, it only had three bedrooms, but each was the size of a basketball court while their sunken baths boasted marble steps and gold banisters. Each room was designed for maximum comfort and function. The Arnolds enjoyed hosting large dinner parties in a dining room which seated forty. The walls of the den were covered in elegant white leather. The trophy room sported as many trophies and equestrian ribbons as the spacious shelves and cupboards could accommodate. Behind the main house was another impressive structure, the Guest Lodge, which would dwarf the McMansions of today.
This Guest Lodge could seat 75 at the bar and 200 in the dining room. It had a full gymnasium plus a billiard table, male and female saunas and an open hearth with grill. The surrounding barbeque pit would serve 500. Before hotel and banquet space was available in this area, or even regional parks, local organizations often requested use of the Guest Lodge. In 1954 The Annandale Businessmen’s Association (now known as the Annandale Chamber of Commerce) held their Eighth Annual Banquet on March 17th in the Walnut Hill Lodge. The meal was prepared by Harvey’s Hickory House. They specialized in barbeque chicken and frequently booked catering commitments using the enormous grill and pit barbeque at Walnut Hill.
The Annandale Parade Marches to Success
The 2016 Annandale Parade marched through the Annandale business district to large crowds and sunshine last Saturday. More than sixty local groups participated, along with a number of large & imaginative floats.
Featured prominently at the celebration was Boy Scout Troop & Cub Pack 150 who have lead the parade since the beginning. Bolivian Dance Groups, the Marching Atoms, a 1975 Fire Truck owned by the McCuin Family, The Lion King Float, and two new entries-The Potomac Garden All Star Drum Corps and The Spiderman Car driven by Carnell Hilliard and his son provided the variety spectators have grown to anticipate. Most importantly, many school children, scouts & American Heritage Girls beamed with enthusiasm bringing smiles to everyone.
The Chamber thanks all the participants, the volunteers, the marshals, the Mason District Police, and the Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. for your participation which made this parade another great success. We also thank the Annandale United Methodist Church & Pastor Clarence Brown who generously provided the main parade staging site, as well as the Annandale Shopping Center who provided the secondary staging site and parking. Your community support is deeply appreciated. The Annandale Parade was first established in 1950 as a means to bring the community together, while showcasing local schools, organizations, and businesses.
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Trust Properties: A Proud New Chamber Partner
Trust Properties was founded in 1994 and is committed to providing a broad range of Commercial Real Estate Services throughout the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. Staffed by knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated career professionals, Trust Properties takes pride in delivering impeccable levels of service and exceptional results to their clients and customers.
Greg McGillicuddy is a Vice President and Principal Broker at Trust Properties. Greg grew up in Arlington and returned here after completing his studies at Harvard. Greg is one of the most knowledgeable brokers in local real estate, with more than 27 years of experience in the sales and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties and has managed more than two million square feet of properties in the Greater Metro area, including numerous properties here in Annandale. READ MORE
NVM Contractors: A Proud Chamber Partner
NVM Paving & Concrete, Inc. is a full-service asphalt and concrete company serving DC, Maryland, and Virginia. They have the ability to provide commercial services throughout Delaware, North Carolina, and South Carolina, in addition to offering nationwide resources.
Established in 1985, NVM has completed quality work for property owners, property managers, municipalities, homeowner associations, and general contractors for more than 25 years. They began with the idea that ONE company should be able to provide asphalt and concrete services. Throughout the next two decades, the company followed that goal and grew into a full-service pavement company. Today the company continues to grow and is large enough to handle any size project, while continuing to provide each client with the personal attention and detail they deserve.
NVM also provides snow removal services to industrial, retail, and multi-residential housing complexes throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. With more than 100 pieces of equipment, their professionally trained crews specialize in snow removal operation. Arrange snow removal services early in the year before all crews are booked at
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......
The full study can be viewed at: http://www.acce.org/news/2012/11/acce-news/survey-chamber-membership-is-effective-business-strategy/
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The Annandale American Legion Post 1976 is recruiting new members. Veterans and family members welcome to join. Party hall rental is free for all members. Call 703-408-9123 and ask for Diane Ramsey.
4206 Daniels Ave, Annandale, VA 22003
(behind the Bank of America building on Columbia Pike)
The Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. host BINGO every Monday and Thursday with doors opening at 4:30pm – Early Birds start at 6:45pm – Regular Sessions starts 7:45pm.
7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Ample parking on site.
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