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January 18 & 19
Open House Sleepy Hollow Preschool

 Sleepy Hollow Preschool, Annandale, VA

Sleepy Hollow Preschool will host an Open House and registration for the 2017-2018 year on January 18 and 19th at 9:30 am. Sleepy Hollow Preschool is a cooperative, non-profit, nonsectarian, inclusive preschool with a staff and membership of families who are dedicated to providing the very best in preschool education to children ages 2 ½-5 years old. 
6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA  22003  .  703-941-9791-Snow date January 26 at 9:30 AM




Friday, January 20
Closures and Restrictions for You Know What
Washington DC January 2017

  • Fairfax County Government and Schools Closed
  • Libraries and Courts Open
  • County Historic Sites Closed, Parks Facilities Open
  • Many road closures in DC-See map above
  • Some Metro Stations Closed-See map below


High-occupancy vehicle lanes on Interstate 395 will be closed to all traffic starting at 3 a.m. on Jan. 20 and will reopen after the inaugural parade. During the closure, drivers traveling northbound on the I-95 express lanes will be directed back onto the regular lanes near Edsall Road.

The entry ramp to the southbound 95 Express Lanes from the regular lanes near Edsall Road will remain closed until HOV lanes reopen that evening. Drivers attempting to access the southbound express lanes can do so via the regular lanes after the Franconia-Springfield Parkway.

The main lanes on I-395 and on Interstate 66 will remain open to traffic.

Northbound express lanes on Interstate 95 will begin closing for mid-day reversal at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20, which is one hour earlier than usual. The lanes are expected to fully reopen to traffic in the southbound direction by about noon.

Drivers should expect heavier than normal traffic heading into D.C. during the morning hours for the inauguration.

Metro Map


Saturday, January 21
No Mere Trifle
Green Spring Gardens: Learn how to make the quintessential English dessert at the Historic House. 1:00-3:30 PM -  $45-program and full English tea, or $18 program only. Register by phone 703-324-3988 or online at

Green Spring Gardens is a public Park located two blocks north of Little River Turnpike off Braddock Road, behind Pinecrest Shopping Center.


Emergency Critical Pet Care Now Available in Annandale

Columbia Pike Animal Hospital Emergency Care

Columbia Pike Animal Hospital & Emergency Center has recently expanded veterinary services to provide 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.  READ MORE

Wednesday, January 25

Procurement Academy Workshop

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) kicks off its  latest Procurement Academy series – six workshops on government contracting running through June 2017 – with a January 25 session focused on business opportunities in emergency response management and public safety.

The session will feature a case study from Fairfax County’s famed Urban Search and Rescue Team, which has been dispatched by the federal government to disaster scenes around the world and uses advanced communications and diagnostic technologies for their rescue missions. A representative of the American Red Cross will speak on technologies used in emergency responses. Dave Rohrer, Fairfax County’s deputy county executive for public safety, will also speak on opportunities and trends in procurement for emergency response situations.

Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the headquarters offices of CSRA in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. Click here for more information and to register.


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. 


Fairfax County Celebrates 275 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 (1)



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. 

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


  • 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.”

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.   READ MORE


Acceptance of Diversity

Molly VuHigh schoolers are no strangers to bullying—in most cases, it's been around since elementary school. In an area as diverse as Northern Virginia, however, it's a different story. Because Fairfax County students come from so many backgrounds, it is easy to assume that bullying is even more prevalent; the reality is that growing up in a diverse environment can teach acceptance and open-mindedness from an early age. Of course, keeping that mindset intact is not so easy as children get older and are exposed to the harsh social pressures of middle and high school. But celebrating diversity in (and outside of) school helps to emphasize the value of acceptance. 

Falls Church High School (FCHS) is a wonderful example of acceptance. Recognized as one of the most diverse high schools in Fairfax County, FCHS consistently appreciates its students' wide range of backgrounds. Every year, FCHS hosts a cultural showcase called Heritage Night. It includes an ethnic fashion show, singing and dancing, and the opportunity to sample homemade dishes from around the world. FCHS is also home to the Muslim Student Association; non-Muslim students and community members can attend meetings where they are invited to ask questions about Islam.     READ MORE

THE SCHOOL BELL:  Battling Screen Time

Westminster School Students, Gallows Road, Annandale, VAImpulsive, moody, inattentive—qualities of your average teenager?  Or could these words also describe your screen-addicted eight or ten-year-old?  We all know that it’s impossible to totally escape technology, but what is too much?  Where should parents draw the line when it comes to games, movies, television, and computer time?  What is the harm in allowing your child to play some Minecraft after his homework is finished?  Or in letting her watch some funny videos on YouTube?  What if the movie or game is educational?

Most parents have screen time limits, and some have just relegated iPads, phones, and computers to the weekends.  But is this enough?  New studies are being released every day that are now suggesting and even proving that screen time is a growing menace to our children’s brains.  As no one believes that technology will soon be decreasing, what should a parent know about screen time?  Is it all created equal?  Just what is it doing to our children’s development?     READ MORE


Northern Virginia's Diversified Economy
New Jobs in Data Management, Bio Health, Cybersecurity,

and IT rally after federal cutbacks.

The past prosperity of Northern Virginia was largely derived from FNew National Science Foundation building on Eisenhower Ave.ederal government jobs and federal contracting.  Now, it emanates from the private sector having reinvented the region's 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

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  .


March 18 & 19, 2017
Antique Heisey Glass Show & Sale
Exquisitely Beautiful ~ Affordable ~ Made in America

Antique Heisey Port Wine Decanter and Glasses from the Annandale Show"Heisey" says "Be Sweet"!
January and February can be so cold and unpredictable we can barely wait for March to spring us into warmer weather.  How sweet it is when those first warm days start perking us up and allowing us to be out and about.  March 18 & 19, 2017, will be prime time to locate the perfect gift for your special someone at the All-Heisey Glass Show and Sale.  Our display this year is showcasing Heisey candy jars and who doesn't like candy! Get your $1.00 off show card in the Chamber's January "Endeavor" or on line here on the Chamber's website.

Mark your calend
ars 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

Download this Show Card for a discounted entry.

2017 Antique Heisey Show and Sale, March 18 and 19, 2017

Fairfax County Committed to Respecting All Residents and Celebrating Diversity Under New Administration
By:  Sharon Bulova, Chairman Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of SupervisorsOne 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.

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.

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


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......

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Lambros Fine Jewelry, Annandale, VA


PNC Bank, Bradlick Shopping Center, Annandale, VA

 Westminster School,The Griffin Academy & Summer Camp


Annandale Shopping Center



Kenwood School


Trust Commercial Properties



 Olympia Movers


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. 


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