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History Comes Alive with Medicine, Milling and Merriment
Sneak in some history lessons while your kids are having fun at a park.


Fairfax County Park Authority

 Sully PlantationGet ready for some surprises at Sully Historic Site when you learn what medical care was like in the 1700s and 1800s. Tour Sully’s garden, visit the 18th century kitchen and house, and learn about old-fashioned home remedies. See how they compare with today’s modern medical treatments. This program runs at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017. It replaces the regular house tour. Reservations are suggested. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for students, and $6 for children and seniors. The program is designed for participants age five to adult.

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

Colvin Run MillHow did people used to get their flour and cornmeal? Visit historic Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, June 25, to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. This program for participants age six to adult is from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per person.

Colvin Run Mill is located at 10017 Colvin Run Rd, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-2771 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/colvinrunmill/.

Travel to colonial times at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on June 25. From 1 to 3 p.m., join in a tournament of hoop and stick, the game of graces and other childhood games of yesteryear. Go on a historic scavenger hunt and relax with ice cream. These events are for participants age two to adult. Register solo for $10 or in groups of four for $32.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/eclawrence.



Celebrate the Nation’s Birthday with Games and Fireworks

Join the national birthday celebration with fireworks,
games and more in Fairfax County parks.

Lake Fairfax Fourth of July FestivitiesLake Fairfax Park hosts its annual fireworks show on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Come to the park early and spend the day. The Water Mine water park opens at 10 a.m. You can rent a boat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by the puppet show at 1:30 p.m., and enjoy live music from 3 to 9:15 p.m. Then, look to the skies as the fireworks display begins. Throughout the day, there will be food vendors set up near the park’s main office. Want to spend the night? Rent a campground! Reserve early because the campground tends to fill quickly. Parking for the day’s events at Lake Fairfax is $10 per car. The rain date is Sunday, July 2. Lake Fairfax Park is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA. For more information, call 703-471-5414 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefairfax/.

Also on July 1, the Park Authority’s golf operations will have a booth at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton prior to the center’s fireworks show. Stop by to learn about the county’s golf courses, play games and compete for prizes. Can you meet the hole-in-one challenge? Events at the Workhouse are scheduled from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with fireworks around 9 p.m. General admission is free. Parking is $20 per vehicle. The Workhouse is located at 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA.

On Monday, July 3, have some fun and test your knowledge of U.S. history at Sully Historic Site with political trivia, games and fun facts. What does the Declaration of Independence actually say? Who were the signers participating in this act of treason? You and your family will be surprised by what you may discover about the past and how it has shaped our lives today and for the future. The program is included with the house tour.  Tours are on the hour starting at 11 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. The cost is $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 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site/.

City of Fairfax 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

Fairfax Independence Day CelebrationsThe 51st annual Independence Day parade steps off at 10 am at 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, rain or shine. The parade loops around downtown Fairfax, along Chain Bridge Road, Main Street, University Drive and Armstrong Street.  Among the entries in this year’s parade are nine high school marching bands as well as many large inflatable parade balloons, floats, horses and clowns. 

As the sun sets, enjoy music and dancing during the Evening Show at 5:30 p.m. at Fairfax High School (3501 Rebel Run).  Children's activities (inflatables, face painting, and balloon artists) begin at 5:30. On-stage entertainment begins at 6:00pm with a spectacular fireworks display that follows.  The rain date for the fireworks only is July 5. Items that may puncture the synthetic turf, smoking, alcohol and animals (except service animals) are not permitted on the football field. 

For more information, call 703.385.7858 or email parksrec@fairfaxva.gov

   


Free Family Fun and Games
at the Annandale Shopping Center

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

National Night Out in Annandale, VA 2017

Annandale celebrates National Night Out at the Annandale Shopping Center on Tuesday, August 1st, where glitter tattoos, refreshments, martial arts demonstrations, raffles, and children's activities are planned (all FREE) to promote community involvement in crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, the family, your neighbors and friends to enjoy this evening of family fun, and the opportunity to meet local fire and police officers.

When:  Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time:    6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Annandale Shopping Center  -  7042 Columbia Pike (& Gallows Road)
           Annandale, VA  22003



SPONSORSHIP IS AVAILABLE & COMES WITH A VENDOR SPACE
Space is quite limited, please apply early!

2017 Sponsorship Application


Growing Old with the Kindness of Strangers

The ShephShepherd's Center J Rideserd’s Center of Annandale Springfield (SCAS) is a non-profit interfaith organization sponsored by area congregations and community groups to serve seniors aged 50+ in the Annandale, Springfield, and a few areas in Alexandria, Virginia. Our primary purpose is to provide services to assist senior adults aged 50 and above to continue to live independently in their homes and to offer programs which supply opportunities for enrichment, learning and socialization.

The majority of Board members and volunteers are seniors and have been helping seniors in our community since 2003.  Consequently our motto is quite appropriately, Seniors Helping Seniors. We are fortunate to be one of five Shepherd Centers in the Northern Virginia area helping our senior citizens in so many ways.

Our primary service is to provide transportation to those seniors who no longer drive or have no transportation support. In 2015 the Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) joined SCAS to make it a joint program. (see p. 30) Our drivers, who are community volunteers, generously give their time and effort to provide services such as transportation to and from medical appointments during the week, and to shopping and banking on weekends.  In 2016, the drivers provided 816 rides averaging over 11,000 miles.  We currently have 164 riders and 43 drivers.

We receive ride referrals from Fairfax County, local doctor and dentist offices, dialysis centers, and friends and relatives of people that no longer drive. Since new senior riders are signing up every week, a growing demand for additional drivers exists as well.

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$315 Million School Bond Proposed for the November Ballot

Tax GrabThe 2018 county transfer of funds to Fairfax County Schools will be $2.8 billion (yes billion) dollars.  The school system still demands more.  Having seen the proposed Meals Tax defeated by overburdened and fed-up tax payers, now a bond is being proposed.  In a sense this is just another long term tax in sheep's clothing.  Let's take a look at the current county debt service.

Debt Service:  3.4% of the County Budget:  Remember when you voted on all those bonds last November and in each and every election cycle before?   None of those bonds, regardless of how excited citizens might be to see money allocated to parks, libraries, schools or roads comes free.  Debt Service is quite simply the county’s obligations to pay off the bonds (Think of bonds as loans or credit cards. These multiple bonds strewn down the ballot are NOT free, so the next time you are asked to vote on scores of millions of dollars for various projects, remember that you and your children, possibly even your grand children, will be paying them off through your real estate taxes for decades to come.)  Below is a break-down of some debt being addressed this year. 

Notice that in addition to the 52.7% of the entire county budget that has already been allocated to the Fairfax County School System, here is more money going toward the schools….and, there are more school related expenditures hidden within other line items throughout the county budget. 

More details can be found online at:  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb/fy2017/adopted/volume2/20000.pdf

Consolidated County and Schools Debt Service Fund

County Debt Service                                                                                 $101,220,109
Lease Revenue Bonds                                                                                  32,206,726
Park Authority (Laurel Hill Golf Course)                                                             829,299
Fiscal Agent Fees/Cost of Issuance                                                               2,100,000
Subtotal County                                                                                  $136,356,134.00

School Debt Service                                                                                 $174,655,478
Lease Revenue Bonds (South County High School)                                      4,644,207
School Administration Building                                                                       3,466,725
(These are the swanky buildings where the School Administration works
and were bought for tens of millions while thousands of students are
educated in trailers.)
Fiscal Agent Fees/Cost of Issuance                                                               1,400,000
Subtotal Schools                                                                               $ 184,166,400.00

It is true that Braddock Elementary, Annandale Terrace, Falls Church High School and Frost Middle School are slated for renovations along with others, and priorities have not yet been advertised.  Consequently, Annandale schools might (NO Guarantee) benefit from this bond by 2018-2022.  However, beginning in SY 2015-2016 the Board of Supervisors began transferring an annual additional $13.1 million to FCPS to offset the infrastructure replacement benefiting renovation projects in the future.  This sum is in addition to the $315 million approved by county voters in the 2015 School Bond Referendum. 

Rather than again racing head long down this old & very tired financing by back-fill, is it not time for the county to hire independent auditors to evaluate the school budget as well as its relationship and fairness to the entire county budget?  Perhaps too it is time to listen to FCPS teachers who have numerous ideas on how to achieve a quality education for their students while saving money.  As of now, teachers will speak privately but are afraid of reprisals if they speak openly.  Isn't it time for that to change? 

Debt Service Requirements as a Percentage of Combined General Fund Disbursements

Fiscal Year Ending
2013                             8.2%
2014                             8.12%
2015                             8.42%
2016                             8.64%
2017                             8.32%

1 The amount includes total principal and interest payments on the County’s outstanding tax supported debt obligations, including  2 Source: Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget.

 


Teacher Pay Raise in the FY 2018 School Budget

Salaries will now be more competitive.                                                    Annandale Elementary School 1953                      
The Fairfax County Public Schools released information regarding their FY 2018 adopted budget at its May 25, 2017 meeting.  The budget includes reductions of more than $50 million that were necessary to fund required expenditure increases and address employee compensation which is a priority in FCPS’ Strategic Plan. The budget includes $44.0 million for an average step increase of 2.5 percent for all eligible employees, an additional $26.6 million as part of a multi-year plan to enhance teacher salaries and make them more competitive, and $0.4 million for parent liaison compensation.  Additionally, $45.9 million is in the budget for anticipated increases in health insurance and contributions to the retirement systems.  The enhancement in teacher salaries includes the value of a market scale adjustment, and the non-teacher salary scales also include a 1.0 percent adjustment according to the Fairfax County School System.The budget also includes $2.0 million to implement a new Classroom Instructional Support pay scale for instructional assistants, public health assistants and public health training assistants and a new Schedule H for food service workers and bus drivers and attendants.  READ MORE

FY 2018 Approved Budget of $2.8 billion


Round and Round You'll Go
Traffic Roundabout Planned for Summer Installation

RoudaboutThe Federal Highway Administration and Virginia Department of Transportation reported in a recent press release that they are planning to install a traffic roundabout at Ravensworth Road and Jayhawk Street in Annandale. The public is invited to a meeting on the project June 5, 7-8:30 p.m., at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road in Annandale. Staff from the two agencies will answer questions and share displays at 7; the presentation will begin at 7:30. The roundabout would be an alternative to a traffic signal, says Terry Yates of VDOT. Roundabouts improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. They also reduce fuel consumption and are more cost-effective than traffic signals. The roundabout, to be installed this summer, will be a temporary, modular structure using recycled composite materials. It would be evaluated by the two agencies for installation, function, and maintenance, such as how snowplows will be able to negotiate the structure next winter. If there are no problems, it could remain as a permanent structure, Yates says. VDOT identified the Ravensworth/Jayhawk intersection as a candidate for the pilot project because it meets the thresholds for a traffic signal and a roundabout can be installed there without the need for new pavement, right-of-way approvals, utility relocation, or drainage work. The roundabout at that location would be similar in scale to a mini-roundabout recently installed by the Town of Vienna at Park and Locust Streets.Traffic Circle v Roundabout


Beautify Annandale
Help Get Rid of the Donation Drop Boxes Dumped All Over Annandale

Annandale is being swamped by donation drop-off boxes from a few legitimate organizations who should know better, but more often from profit seeking individuals who then re-sell the donated items; duping those donating in the process.  Their boxes are rarely marked with any contact information.    Often they are marked intentionally to deceive such as one marked Saint Jude Clothing Company with the first two words in bold huge print, and the last two almost too small to read. History of these boxes:
Unfortunately, Annandale is being swamped by donation drop-off boxes from a few legitimate organizations who should know better, but more often from profit seeking individuals who then re-sell the donated items; duping those donating in the process.  These phony donation boxes rarely reveal any contact information.    Often they are intentionally marked to deceive, such as one marked Saint Jude Clothing Company with the first two words in bold huge print, and the last two words almost too small to read.  When commercial property owners discover a box installed, without their permission, they have every right to remove it, regardless of who is sponsoring the box. Property owners may even wish to call scrap metal dealers who will remove the box in exchange for the salvage.  There's a lot of metal in these boxes so the salvage makes for a good trade.

Sadly, you can be certain that if one box survives for a few weeks, more will soon spring-up alongside.  Additionally, there is a health hazard that comes with these boxes since garbage and environmentally hazardous waste is just as often tossed into, or alongside.

In rapid response to complaints by residents and commercial property owners, Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross requested the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning to, “work on language for a Zoning Ordinance Amendment that would establish regulations for donation drop-off boxes, which are most similar to an accessory structure to an existing principal use.”  New regulations and restrictions have since been adopted but if Annandale is to rid the landscape of these boxes, it will take some help from our residents.

On-going efforts are being made to both clean-up Annandale, and revitalize her central business district.  Revitalization does not simply include the building of new multi-use structures while clearing out dilapidated ones.  Revitalization includes providing the most attractive community, both for the enjoyment of the residents, and to encourage further rebuilding or re-purposing of existing structures.   READ MORE


Neighbors Serving Neighbors 
ACCA Celebrates Fifty Years of Service to Annandale 

Originally the Annandale Elementary School_ once closed_ ACCA moved into this building in 1977 and remains todayIt all started in March of 1967 when federal regulations deemed that 13 children — 4 of whom were African American — were no longer eligible to receive subsidized day care because their parents’ income exceeded the federal poverty level.

Distressed about the children’s plight, community activist Fred Ruffing, president of the Higher Horizon Day Care Center (housed at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church), vowed to do something to help these families. His first stop, with his wife Emily, was a meeting at Peace Lutheran Church with ministers and laypersons from eight Annandale area churches. These churches pledged money to help place the children in new day care centers and appointed a day care action committee to find places for the children.

However, despite the funding support, they were not able to place all the children, since only two of the centers contacted would accept African American children, and they were full. In addition, the fees at many of the centers were too high for the group’s limited resources.

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

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

Commercial Aviation’s first home in the Washington area was Hoover Field located just west of the current intersection of the George Washington Parkway and the 14th Street Bridge. A private airfield, construction began in 1925, followed two years later with the construction of Washington Airport & Terminal along with their own runways, literally across the road from Hoover. Both airfields suffered from short and unpaved runways, numerous life-threatening obstructions around the field such as radio towers and a large Ferris wheel and high roller coaster at the Arlington Amusement Park, poor visibility (due to a burning garbage dump adjacent to each field), and poor drainage. 

Washington Airport was dramatically enlarged (and the coastline of the Potomac River altered) in April 1928 when WA contracted to receive tens of thousands of cubic yards of earth, dug during the construction of the Federal Triangle complex of buildings in the District of Columbia. This dirt was used to fill in the sides and ends of the field. An airport office was also constructed at Military Road. The expansion and land reclamation increased the size of the airport six times. (1) The improvements at Washington Airport were so significant that in April 1932 the night airmail flight was transferred from Bolling Field (2) (located across the Potomac) to Washington Airport.

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VIEW ON NATURE:  Our Delicate Beauties

Showy Lady’s SlipperVirginia is blessed with three of America’s most beautiful native wildflowers, the pink, the yellow, and the magnificent showy lady’s slippers, all also known as moccasin flowers. These unique orchid flowers look just like a puffy lady’s slipper with a small opening in the front.  Their genus, (Cypripedium) is derived from the Greek word referring to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and sandal.

The Pink Lady’s Slipper with its single, light to deep pink colored, slightly sweet smelling, 3-inch flower grows from 6 to 15 inches tall and can live up to 20 years.  The single flower stands out on a leafless erect stalk bracketed by two opposing basal leaves with pronounced parallel veins.  It blooms from late June into July in mixed hardwood/coniferous forests, often in longstanding beds of pine needles, and definitely in and around a few undisturbed spots in Annandale.

The Yellow Lady’s Slipper comes in the lesser and the greater varieties, with the latter growing up to two feet tall with flower petals 6 inches across.  The yellows grow in shady, damp understories of mixed deciduous and coniferous forests to meadows and streambeds. Both varieties grow in multi-stemmed clumps with one to three flowers and two long, thin side petals twisted into spirals (the slipper “laces”). The third, bright yellow petal takes the shape of a light to bright yellow slipper with reddish spots in their interior.  I usually spot the first blooms around Mother’s Day in May, mostly in southwest Virginia. 

The Showy Lady’s Slipper, is the tallest of these orchids (up to 35” in length)  and  probably the most stunning. Its Latin species name (reginae) means "queen"; its sturdy, leafy, stalk sports one to three 2-inch long, spherical slipper flowers with inward-rolled edges in a deep rose to magenta color. Petals and sepals are white, oblong and flat. These beauties often grow like ferns in clumps in open wooded swamps or mossy areas with loose soils, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest.  This orchid lives to be 50 years old and takes 16 years for its first bloom.  Although the U.S. Forest Service lists this queen of slippers a Virginia native, I’ve never seen one in the wild (yet).  Incidentally, the Showy Lady’s Slipper has been the state flower of Minnesota since 1902.    READ MORE


Annandale REAL ESTATE:  It’s the Economy (mostly) 

Annandale in SpringThe Annandale housing and commercial property market is obviously affected by the economy, including consumer confidence, local employment and economic development via revitalization. Pearson Realty keeps a close eye on what is happening and maintains a supply of tea leaves to read the future.

What is presently occurring is a period of a flat or restricted housing market. Although houses coming onto the market are being snapped up in shorter periods of time, the number of houses coming onto the market is relatively small. Therefore, demand remains steady but supply is still weak.

The result is that we have not seen The a year-over increase in home sale values. Across the County, the average price of a home only increased 1.5 percent following previous years that saw healthier numbers. However, the tax assessment value averaged an increased of 1.64% . Around Annandale, the county tax office claims the percentage of change in assessed value was 1.32%. Nonetheless, many Annandale single family homeowners are experiencing a 5% increase with whopping additional real estate taxes to pay at now the highest rate the county has ever levied.

The market has experienced great uncertainty due to the Presidential election and the ensuing observation of change coming from the White House and Congress. That uncertainty may increase further if (and likely when) Congress starts implementing reduction in force (RIF) that may threaten the jobs of some federal workers.    READ MORE


BEAR IN MIND
There are more black bears in the world
than all other bears combined. 
 
                                              

To me, the American black bear is the most interesting yet secretive big American animal.  There are more black bears in 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


Multi-Round Golf Pass 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 17 you can save up to 25 percent when you purchase multi-round passes at Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest and Twin Lakes golf courses.

The best news is yet to come, with savings offered just in time for the opening of the new Burke Lake Golf Center! This spring, warm up with a new double-decker, 64-station driving range with 24 covered and heated stations. Later this year enjoy the brand new 4,000-square-foot clubhouse.

Visit the golf course pro shops to buy your spring passes and jump start your golf season and stock up for social or league play. Other savings include discounts for juniors and seniors – purchase a 14-round junior or senior pass and get a free round.

For more info about local municipal golf course offerings, visit Fairfax County Park Authority Golf Course


Farmers Markets in Annandale- Begin in May

 

 

 

 

 

Organized by the Fairfax County Park Authority, these Farmers' Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers.  There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh pasta, honey, jam, teas and cider to purchase.  Milk and cheese products, and homemade ice cream, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights offered.  If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for those ambitious projects. Master Gardener Plant Clinic on site, at both Mason District and Wakefield Park, to answer questions about plants in your landscape.

Vendors must grow, raise, or produce their own products within a 125 mile radius.  The mission of these markets is to support local agriculture within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area.   READ MORE FOR SCHEDULES


What a Difference a Century Makes:  1917

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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ALDI Opening an Overwhelming Success!

As early as 6:45 this morning, crowds began to assemble for the 9 am opening of Annandale's newest retailer, ALDI.

Supervisor Penny GAldi Grocery Store, Annandale, VAross offered a warm and gracious welcome to the ALDI staff and management followed by the official ribbon cutting.  So large was the crowd, that at any given time at least 40 people remained outside waiting for shopping carts.  Inside, shoppers were greeted with a beautifully appointed modern space stocked with colorful fresh fruits & vegetables, seasonal specials such as spare ribs for the weekend BBQ,   vibrantly colored hanging pots of summer flowers for only $5.99, gluten-free product lines, and pantry items to meet every culinary taste.  ALDI is known for high-quality groceries at incredibly low prices, which was more than apparent today.

The Chamber wishes ALDI great success with their Annandale store and thanks the Annandale Shopping Center for bringing ALDI to our community.

ALDI Annandale will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

ALDI AnnandaleALDI in Annandale
In the Annandale Shopping Center

7000 Columbia Pike (at Gallows Road)
Annandale, VA  22003
www.aldi.us

 

 


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 to keep pedestrians visible and safe.

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 located on either the pole of the lamp or on the base.  Without this number, they can not process your complaintREAD MORE


 High Winds and Power Outages
Dpwmed TreesIf you should experience a loss of electricity or downed trees from high winds and storms, these are useful contacts. 

Downed Trees

Snow Plows & Road Information

Loss of Utilities & Emergency Numbers


PNC Financial Services

PNC Bank at Bradlick Shopping Center, Annandale, VAFor more than 160 years, PNC has been committed to providing their clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. PNC is proud of their longstanding history of supporting not only their customers but also their communities, employees and shareholders.

PNC offers a wide range of services for all their customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities.  No matter how simple or complicated your needs, they're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success.

Retail Banking
PNC provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to more than 6 million consumer and small business customers across 19 state and the District of Columbia.  Customers can bank whenever and wherever they want via more than 2,600 branches, online and mobile services along with 9,000 ATM machines, many of which can be used to make deposits and cash checks.     READ MORE


Trust Properties:  A Proud New Chamber Partner

Greg McGillicuddy, VP at Trust Properties,Commercial Real EstateTrust Properties was founded in 1994 and is committed to providing a broad range of Commercial Real Estate Services throughout the Greater Washington Metropolitan area.  Staffed by knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated career professionals, Trust Properties takes pride in delivering impeccable levels of service and exceptional results to their clients and customers. 

Greg McGillicuddy is a Vice President and Principal Broker at Trust Properties.  Greg grew up in Arlington and returned here after completing his studies at Harvard.  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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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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