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Annandale News: Electric Car Recharging Stations
Annandale News: Shared Mobility Devices
Annandale News: Take Charge of Your Energy Bills
Annandale Real Estate: Uncertainty
Annandale History: Grange Halls
Local History: Dr. Mudd's House & Historic Museum
THE SCHOOL BELL:Distance Learning in the Age of a Pandemic
VIEW ON NATURE: Wash Your Mind
ANNANDALE News, Events & Networking
Fairfax County Election Officials Warn Voters About Inaccurate Center for Voter
Fairfax County election officials want to alert voters about an inaccurate and potentially misleading mailing from the Center for Voter Information.
Be on the lookout for this inaccurate mailing to county voters.
This group is mass mailing pre-filled, absentee ballot applications to county voters without their request—and the mailer includes return envelopes to send the application to the City of Fairfax, not Fairfax County.
“This mailing is causing great confusion and concern among voters who have been contacting our office,” said Fairfax County General Registrar Gary Scott. “While the mailing may appear to be from an official government agency, the Fairfax County Office of Elections did not send it.”
The mailing is also confusing voters who have previously submitted absentee ballot applications themselves, Scott added. These voters are worried that their applications were not received, leading them to think they need to apply again.
Fairfax County is working with the City of Fairfax to ensure any applications received from the center’s inaccurate mailing will be processed by the county.
When the Fairfax County Office of Elections mails election information or absentee ballots, the envelope has the county seal as part of the return address and the “Official Election Mail Authorized by the U. S. Postal Service” logo.
County election officials remind voters they can apply online to absentee vote by mail. This is the most secure method to apply rather than responding to unsolicited applications. By applying online, voters also will be able to track the status of their application, including when a ballot is mailed to them and when their cast ballot has been received.
Voters can apply now to absentee vote by mail, and they will receive their ballots after September 18, the official start for absentee voting by mail. Because mail delivery may be slow, officials encourage voters to apply now—and return their cast ballot as soon as possible.
In addition to voting by mail, voters are also encouraged to consider the option to absentee vote in-person at one of the 15 locations that will open this fall.
For more information or questions about absentee voting, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, TTY 711.
Filing for an Absentee Ballot is Simple
Apply now for the November Presidential Election.
The Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to protect their health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Voting absentee in the coming election is strongly encouraged. No reason for voting absentee is required.
Apply online for a Virginia absentee ballot .
Application for an Absentee Ballot can also be downloaded, filled out, and mailed to your local Register. https://www.elections.virginia.gov/media/formswarehouse/absentee-voting/applications/SBE-701-Absentee-Ballot-Application-Rev7-17-long.pdf
Mail application for absentee ballot for Fairfax County Residents to: (2020)
PO Box 10161
Fairfax, VA, 22038-8061
For additional information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.elections.virginia.gov
After applying, you can check to see if your absentee application was received, your ballot sent or received by going to the citizen portal.
If you are not yet registered to vote, you can do so online at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/
SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM
ANNOUNCED BY THE COMMONWEALTH
The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds.
Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000.
This Rebuild VA grant will aid businesses whose normal operations were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide program is capitalized with $70 million dollars, which will allow for assistance for approximately 7,000 applicants. These sessions will go over the eligibility requirements and documentation needed to apply when the application opens on August 10th. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/rebuildva/
What are the eligible expenses that the grant proceeds may be used to cover?
The following expenses are eligible uses of the Rebuild VA grant funds:
Who is eligible for the grant?
Driverless Shuttle to Start Testing
Dunn Loring Metrorail Station to the Mosaic District
Fairfax County and Dominion Energy are partnering to launch an autonomous electric shuttle, known as Relay, that will operate between the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station and the Mosaic District in Fairfax County. It will be the first test of driverless public transportation in the D.C. region, and it’s also the first state-funded autonomous transportation project in Virginia. In Summer 2020, the shuttle will be on roads around the Mosaic district undergoing testing. A public launch date and other service details will be available soon.
As part of its strategic plan to grow and diversify the economy, Fairfax County continues to encourage innovation and testing of smart technologies to help expand existing business sectors, spark new business growth, nurture the innovation ecosystem, and strengthen partnerships with technology experts, researchers, educational institutions and policy makers.
Ever since I was a child growing in rural France I was interested in creating artistic objects from items at hand, materials that lay around the house or in nature just outside. At school I would spend more time at decorating and at the presentation of my work than the assignment itself!
My interest in paper really developed when I came to live in the U.S. I would go to bookstores and could spend hours and hours in the craft section, looking at Paper-Mache or paper-making books or any books that would involve creating with paper. I was amazed, intrigued and delighted at all the possibilities that paper offered.
I started making Paper-Mache objects of all kinds, vases, bowls, boxes, etc. I could layer newspaper over an existing object or build a structure out of cardboard or other materials to create a unique shape following my inspiration. The process was always captivating, not knowing exactly how the final result would look. And at the end of that creative effervescence came the decoration of the piece, a process which is so calming and rewarding, kind of a meditation.
For a while I decorated my objects with paint only, but very quickly discovered that I could use all kinds of material to make it even more interesting, like beads, metals, wire, wood, fabric, decorative paper, etc. Anything could become a treasure, so I started to develop an appreciation in my everyday life for beauty in simple things around me, keeping an eye out for any elements that might fit to further embellish my creations. I also collected a vast array of papers that I found beautiful in their texture, design or color. Some handmade in faraway lands, others found in old books or magazines.
Local Insurance Agents Provide Value
above 800 Number & Online Offerings
Today, the fingertip convenience of purchasing both products and services is reaching an all-time high. Even those individuals not yet devotees of online purchasing have altered their life time habits to save time and to access a broader spectrum of products. However, in the world of insurance this practice is less than ideal.
Unlike purchasing a bag of groceries online or over the phone, insurance is extremely complicated. Coverage is in the details and those details are not easily explained on a website or in quick conversation with individuals not always seasoned themselves. Who is this person offering you a policy from a call center? Are they a licensed agent? Where are they located? Who underwrites the proposed policy and how long have they been in business? Is the proposed policy based on what you wish to spend or on your actual needs? In the years ahead will the person on the other end of the line still be there to discuss a claim or are you simply known to a variable hoard of operators by your ID number?
Local agents know your community, know the neighborhood in which you live or propose to purchase a home. They will know if the area is prone to flooding. They will know if the homes built there have experienced sewer line breaks with high rates of occurrence, or have been subject to massive storm damage when hurricanes blow through. A local agent will tailor your policy to account for any localized risks. Do you need flood insurance; do you understand what is covered by wind and hail losses? Since local agents are part of your community they live the same regional weather patterns as you. Those who pick up a phone in a call center or somewhere in the virtual world do not.
On the Energy Front
Take Charge of Your Energy Bill this Summer with Help from Virginia Energy
Over the past few months, we have been spending more time inside than we may be used to. We’re depending on homes to serve as our office, classroom and social setting. This leads to increased use of our devices to stay connected with friends and family, work remotely and virtually attend school. Summer is right around the corner and as we continue to spend our time inside we can expect an increase in AC use to keep the house cool and comfortable. This increased activity can lead to elevated energy bills and we at Virginia Energy Sense (VES) are here to share some tips on how you can reduce your energy consumption.
As the Commonwealth’s energy education program under the guidance of the State Corporation Commission, VES’ mission is to inform Virginians of easy, cost-effective ways to reduce energy use. As we head into the warmer months and continue to spend our time indoors, there are opportunities to implement several DIY energy savings upgrades at home. The best part is that these upgrades will help cut down your energy bill over the long-term. Below is a list of tips you can use to conserve your energy usage at home by making inexpensive adjustments.
New Townhomes in Annandale
Plans to revitalize one of the most derelict areas in the community.
APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION July 22nd
The Mason District Land Use Commission has approved the proposal for a 43 townhouse development to be located on McWhorter and Markham Streets in Annandale where currently there are only a few derelict structures, empty lots, and in general, a neglected assemblage of nine disused lots. The Christopher Cos will be developing this 3.38 acre project after years of assembling. Besides the townhomes, the development will include a small neighborhood park on the western border for the townhouse community. (Scheduled Review by the Board of Supervisors is scheduled for July 28th.)
East across McWhorter on land currently owned by Fairfax County, the developer will create a large community park as one proffer where nothing more than a tangled web of invasive vines and trees currently exist. In general, this entire land bay is a sore sight of dilapidated and neglected land right in the heart and within easy walking distance of the business district. In this community park picnic tables, benches, exercise stations and a play area will be created in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority and open to the general public. Naturally, the developer will meet the required school proffer which is more than adequate to meet current and future needs. After all, more than 50% of the county budget is transferred each year to the school system. In general, half of all property taxes collected, not to mention enhanced sales taxes and other fees will go to the school system. Currently, that land bank offers basically nothing to the school system.
VIEW ON NATURE
Wash Your Mind
I grew up next to a large forest in Annandale. As a young boy, I loved walking in the woods, immersed into the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches of Mother Nature. From the tiniest of insects, secretive amphibians, and spry mammals, to peaceful bird songs, aromatic spring honeysuckle, sweet summer blackberries, and the soft tall fern pastures and rough-barked persimmon and other hardwoods, the forest was my other world.
Fast forward to a hike with a city slicker friend deep into a National forest decades later. I’ll never forget what he said on that serene rock cropping. “This place really washes my mind!” Hard to believe he’d never ventured from the clamor of civilization into the forest until that day!
We shouldn’t be surprised about our kinship with the forest. Homo sapiens evolved ~200,000 years ago. Yet it wasn’t until the last 1% of our existence that we moved indoors using the earliest clay stoves about 2,000 years ago. In other words, the forest and Nature are IN our blood.
I’m not alone in the forest’s embrace. We all know how good it feels being in Nature. The moment we enter, the dappling sunlight through the leaves, the fresh forest scent, the muffled sounds — a meditative feeling of well-being. Forty years ago in Japan they coined this immersion into the forest as shinrin-yoku which translates into forest bathing, or experiencing the forest through all of our senses. This Japanese concept represents a subtle and very real observation of mental and physical rejuvenation by walking amongst trees and Nature.
Annandale REAL ESTATE
Uncertainty in Today's Market
The real estate market is in a strange place right now. Go to the Giant and see the people in masks, some wearing gloves and most trying to keep their distance. So what effect does the pandemic have on the real estate market? It isn’t entirely clear.
Obviously it has caused a reduction in inventory for sale as many people are reluctant to allow their house to be shown to strangers. Although extra precautions can be taken to assure greater safety during the process and virtual tours can also reduce the need for buyers to be on site at each potential property. But it is rare for a buyer to purchase a house, sight unseen, except via Facetime.
However, houses are being shown and purchases are happening as real estate firms adjust to showings by appointment only. The day of agents simply using the lockbox key without much notice or welcome is pretty well gone as long as the seller is still living in the house.
But what effect will be felt over the long run? The next effects may be the result of the high unemployment rate which could cause people to miss mortgage payments and ultimately lead to foreclosures. Since lenders usually do not use foreclosure as a remedy until the borrower has not paid for several months, we cannot judge what will happen until the fall.
An equal scenario awaits people who operate a business that simply didn’t make it due to the pandemic. Some restaurants will never reopen. The Party Store on John Marr is gone. The tour buses will not soon return to Magill’s and so that institution is no more. The fact is that for some the pandemic was a seismic occurrence that wiped out decades of operation in a heartbeat.
The School Bell
Distance Learning in the Age of a Pandemic
It’s a strange feeling, waking up knowing that you’re free to attend classes in your pajamas. This has been the reality of distance learning as schools have closed across the country due to COVID-19. Pajamas aside, participating in distance learning, as a high schooler, has been nothing short of interesting and is worth reflecting on as students put down their laptops and head outside for the beginning of summer.
During the first week of classes conducted online, there was hesitancy from teachers and students alike as we tried to get used to this new way of learning. Confronted with audio problems, connectivity issues, and confusing websites, teachers had to adjust their usual methods of teaching in a way that worked with technology. Students, on the other hand, wrestled with their participation. Even if they were allowed to share video and audio of themselves over calls, should they? Or was it safer and less embarrassing to use the chat feature, albeit less personal. Both parties struggled with feeling comfortable in their new learning environment. However, as the days progressed, the initial uncertainty began to wane. The awkwardness disappeared as one teacher showed off her new puppy, and another had his kids pop in to say hello. Students shared what they’d been doing during quarantine, and seniors announced where they were going to college in the fall. While nothing beats learning in the classroom together, moving online offered students and teachers a little insight into the personal lives of each other, which made the experience more meaningful.
RECOVERY PROGRAM SOLUTIONS OF VIRGINIA OFFERS AREA BUSINESSES FREE FACILITATED (MENTAL HEALTH)
SUPPORT GROUP SESSIONS
Sessions are designed to help staff address their concerns related to returning to work during COVID-19
Today, 1/3 of Americans are experiencing clinical anxiety or depression due to COVID-19. As companies develop their potential reopening plans, it is important to gauge the mental state of employees related to the pandemic and returning to the workplace. For example, most working adults are concerned about their personal safety regarding COVID-19, for their children or elderly loved ones while at work during the pandemic, safely traveling to work, and staying safe in a work setting. Recovery Program Solutions of Virginia (RPSV) now offers customized virtual support sessions designed specifically for area businesses. The sessions are facilitated by peer specialists who will help team members work through the concerns they are having individually and as a collective. RPSV’s services are free to the public.
RPSV is an award-winning nonprofit that supports adults with mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness issues across Northern Virginia and specializes in one-on-one and peer group support programs.
Individuals are invited to join any of RPSV’s existing virtual support groups. RPSV can also work with businesses to customize a program for their team members (we can either join an existing virtual meeting or design sessions to address specific needs). Today, more than ever, taking care of your mental health is equally as important as caring for your body. Anxiety, stress, and depression can manifest itself in a variety of ways. RPSV strives to alleviate some of that burden.
For more information on RPSV’s current programming, please visit www.rpsva.org.
Recovery Program Solutions of VA
7611 Little River Turnpike
Random Acts of Kindness
"There's no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." Scott Adams
In the midst of this pandemic when much of the news is tragic, there are uplifting stories still unwritten. Here in Annandale a plea went out for practical aid needed by some of our most vulnerable population, the elderly.
Eager to answer the Chamber’s call, the American Heritage Girls Troop 0894 from St. Michael’s Parish set a work project in motion to produce scores of face masks. But, they did not stop there. Many girls drew pictures for the residents, some drew several, putting their hearts into their work, truly wanting to spread some cheer.
The joy of community contribution was then ignited when they turned their efforts toward those food deprived and delivered 209 pounds of food to the ACCA Pantry.
The Scouts created their own flyers which were sent to troop families and posted on Nextdoor in their local neighborhood. Many responded with generous donations.
After months of seeing each other only through virtual means, the two days that some of the girls met up to deliver masks to the elderly and food to ACCA were rewarding; to chat (safely) to catch-up, and to come together to finish these work projects for their community.
Congratulations and many thanks to these
dedicated young women who were ignited with energy
offering multiple good deeds to aid Annandale's
Elderly and Food Deprived.
SUPPORT ANNANDALE'S SMALL BUSINESSES
Many of our retail businesses continue to offer Grab & Go service, phone & email orders with curbside pick-ups and others such as AnnSandra Gifts and local Salons will open on an appointment basis. Remember to wear a face mask and practice social distancing when shopping.
Food Pantry Collections at ACCA
Because of the increased need for emergency food supplies, we will continue to
Green Spring Gardens Plant Sale
While the Garden Shop is closed, plant sales are available through phone orders and curbside pickup. 703-642-5173. Proceeds from the sale helps buy plants and supplies for the gardens. Green Springs is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Please support their sale.
Orders will be accepted Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Order forms are updated every Thursday.
Schedule a pick-up time, remain in your car and the plants will be placed in your trunk. Pick-up can be arranged on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. in the traffic circle at the Horticulture Center at Green Spring Gardens.
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria
(just off Braddock Road across from Pinecrest Golf Course)
For order forms and plant lists: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring
A MESSAGE FROM ANNSANDRA GIFTS
AnnSandra is now open for appointments. Store Pickup is still available six days a week, Monday - Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm with phone and email orders being accepted.
See their website for details. www.annsandra.com
DEAR ANNSANDRA FRIENDS & FAMILY,
As a small business, we value our customers and want to be able to service your needs. In order to do so, our website is still available to shop at www.annsandra.com.
Additionally, we will be available by email at email@example.com or phone (703.354.2110) to take orders and arrange a time for “curbside” pick up. We have decided to keep our doors closed for the time being in order to protect our staff as well as our customers.
We will do our very best to assure all orders will be shipped in a timely manner.
Thank you for supporting AnnSandra. We will continue to keep you all updated. Stay healthy & safe and know that we are still here to help with anything you may need!
4417 John Marr Drive. - Annandale, VA. 22003 - 703-354-2110 - 800-357-2110, firstname.lastname@example.org
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SUPPORT ANNANDALE'S SMALL BUSINESSES.
Coming this Summer to the Annandale Shopping Center
Within a few months a new dining experience will open in the Annandale Shopping Center in the space once occupied by Quiznos next to the Annandale Photo Store. (7042 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003) Delicious, spotlessly clean and friendly, this eatery will delight the young and the young at heart. The menu reflects the traditional Salvadoran dishes offered at affordable prices certain to please every budget.
Lorenzo and his wife Sonja manage one location with both warm hospitality and exceptionally quick and courteous service. They are happy to discuss ingredients and walk you through the menu offerings especially if you are unfamiliar with Salvadoran cuisine. The traditional Salvadoran foods are a mix of Native American cuisines from indigenous groups and influences from European (Spanish) cuisine. Many of the dishes are made with maize (corn) in one form or another. There is also a heavy use of pork, chicken, and seafood.
El Salvador's most notable dish is the pupusa, a thick handmade corn flour or rice flour flatbread stuffed with cheese, cooked ground pork, chicken, refried beans, or vegetables. Since most are only $2.40 each, you can afford to try a few combinations. Condiments accompanying the pupusas are pickled-cabbage (a cole slaw known as curitido) and tomato sauce.
A favorite Salvadoran specialty is pupusa stuffed with cheese and the loroco flower. Fernaldia pandurate is a vine with edible flowers known as loroco flowers grown throughout Mexico and Central America and is an important source of food in El Salvador and Guatemala. The plant's buds and flowers are used for cooking in a variety of ways, including in pupusas. At Pupusas Express a special pupusa is stuffed with cheese and the loroco flower.
Other well-known Salvadoran dishes include carne guisada (a saucy beef stew with potatoes and carrots), carne asada (grilled steak), Camarones a la Crema (Sauteed shrimp mixed with onions, green peppers and cream), Ceviche de Camaron (lime cooked shrimp), various Tacos, Quesadillas, and Fajitas.
SOUP-SOUP, YOU MUST TRY THE SOUP
Don’t overlook their four soup offerings as they are of special note.
Fairfax County Park Authority Cancels Summer Camps
Due to continuing COVIO-19 concerns the Fairfax County Park Authority has canceled all summer day camps and programs including Rec-PAC programs held at local schools.
The decision was made after consultation with local Health Dept officials, school representatives and other regional recreation providers and local government along with review of guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Similar summer camps and program cancellations are also being announced by NOVA Parks, Prince William County Parks and Recreation and Arlington County Parks and Recreation.
For more information: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/camps
Alarming Statistics for Annandale
WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS
Woodbridge (22191), and Dale City (22193) have the most COVID-19 cases of any ZIP code in the state, with 554 and 491, respectively. Arlington's Columbia Pike (22204) 486 cases, Annandale (22003) 481 cases, and Manassas (20110) 405 cases rounded out the top five.
The health department has said that its data is based on where a person lives, not on where they were tested or treated.
There are still groups gathering in our parks, along the streets and entering those few stores still open sharing phones and in continued conversation without face masks or practicing social distancing. We can only expect more cases of COVID-19 and deaths if this continues. Remain at home except for Grab and Go service, and necessary grocery and prescription shopping. (Some pharmacies will deliver - ask your physician or go to a pharmacy with a drive through service such as Walgreen's.)
For the safety of everyone, please wear a face mask and gloves when not at home, wash your hands frequently with plenty of soap. Check on your neighbors helping where possible and sharing supplies if available.
Helpful Resource Guide
Virginia Senator Mark Warner has put together a resource guide you may find helpful. If you are experiencing an issue with the federal government, Sen. Warner encourages you to contact his office immediately.
Sen. Mark R. Warner
703 Hart Senate Office Building.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2023
Northern Virginia Community College
FREE Career Development Web Sessions
NOVA's Workforce Development Division, has launched a new initiative, called the Workforce DiscovFREE information sessions. These sessions are intended to provide career information for adults seeking to gauge their interest in certain fields of business and information technology. I have attached a media advisory about the sessions.
The first sessions in the series will provide an in-depth look into web development, software automation, Amazon Web Services cloud computing, CompTIA+ certifications, and fundraising. Each session will be led by a NOVA Workforce instructor and will be available at no cost to members of the community. Registration for these sessions is now open. For detailed information please see below:
Nova's FREE Information Sessions
Breakfast now Available at Silverado
NOW 7 Days a Week: 8:00 am - Noon.
Order online with curbside pick-up.
Silverado's is putting many of their kitchen staff back to work producing an excellent curb-side meal service for Annandale. Breakfast has always been hard to find around town but now Silverado is offering Breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to Noon. Order online or with their app, drive-up and they will place in your trunk or backseat.
Additionally, they have listened to the needs of the community and are now offering a number of curb-side packages that will save you trips to the grocery store. These too can be ordered online with all details at www.silveradova.com
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine is the Chamber's quarterly online publication and the must read magazine in Annandale. Acquaint yourself with local businesses, community history, revitalization efforts, and issues that concern Annandale: The Crossroads of Northern Virginia TM.
The ENDEAVOR News Magazine is filled with interesting columns such as The Police Beat, Roads & Rage, The Historical Retrospective, Tax Talk, From Capitol Hill to View on Nature, Business Today to The School Bell, Annandale Real Estate, and Chamber Chat.
To the Fairfax County Community
The County Executive released his amended proposal for the FY2021 budget. When we started this budget, we weren’t in the middle of the pandemic that has now heavily impacted our daily lives. The economic challenges we are facing pale in comparison to the health risks and loss of life some of our community is facing and our thoughts are with them.
Below, you can see a breakdown of the proposal. I also want to note here that residents will be able to comment on the budget during public hearings that have been deferred to April 28-30. We have made this decision in order to protect the health of our staff and the public. We are also recommending that you testify remotely via submitted videos, written testimony, or phone calls. Learn more here.
Amended Proposed FY2021 Budget
In Troubled and Bleak Times,
Renewal & Beauty are Still Before Us.
Early Spring at the Chamber Office
Early Spring at the Annandale Shopping Center
Dr. Mudd's House & Museum
Explore Local History
Dr. Mudd’s 19th century farmhouse in Waldorf, MD became an historic site when president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. At Dr. Mudd’s, Booth received medical treatment for a broken fibula received when Booth jumped from the President’s theatre box to the stage at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Booth had just shot the President..
This farmhouse is cozy and bright, and very typical of farmhouse architecture of the mid 19th century. The house features wide plank floors, small bedrooms with multiple beds, fireplaces in each room, well lit from multiple windows and white painted walls. Empire furnishings of fine craftsmanship and an impressive array of tableware and accoutrements adorn a gracious dining room table and sideboards. In the parlor, many Mudd family antiques remain including the sofa where Booth’s broken leg was examined.
Only a fifty minute drive brings you to this historic site and a rather fascinating tour. Docents, in period dress, provide a thorough and friendly tour of both floors and a captivating 1860’s kitchen filled with period pots, jars, utensils, cooking stoves and fires. This kitchen equipment was characteristic of the time and had been in use for centuries but only remained operational for another 50 years. After electricity reached the rural communities kitchens changed forever.
VIEW ON NATURE
An Unwelcome Visitor
A loaf of bread cost a dime, slightly more than a 7-cent movie ticket or a 3-cent first class stamp. President Woodrow Wilson, a Virginian from Staunton, assuredly spoke of his 14 point world peace plan as 10,000 American soldiers a day poured into the World War I European Western Front in the autumn of 1918.
This is when the devastating Spanish Influenza (“Flu”) first arrived in Virginia at army Camp Lee near Petersburg, VA. From there, local soldiers dispersed the deadly Flu to their families in remote Tazewell and Wise Counties (Virginia) who were particularly susceptible given their lower immune systems.
The Flu pandemic infected about one-third of the world population, killing between 40 and up to 100 million people, or 5% of the world’s population! It killed 675,000 Americans and 45,000 troops, many never reaching Europe. It was mistakenly named the “Spanish Flu” because it severely infected the Spanish king (not fatally) in 1918. To maintain morale, wartime censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. However, papers were free to report the epidemic's effects in neutral Spain giving the impression that Spain was the epicenter of the flu. However, epidemiologists have since traced the likely origin to a US soldier on Christmas leave in Kansas where he contracted and carried it back to fellow troops sent overseas.
The Spanish flu is a highly contagious virus infection that attacks the respiratory system. Like all viruses, it’s a microscopic parasite smaller than a bacterium that insidiously invades and manipulates our cells to thrive and replicate itself. When an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes, respiratory droplets are emitted where they can be inhaled by others. It can also be transmitted from contact with objects contaminated by infected people
The deadly Flu preferred those aged 15 to 45 years who suffered from violent nosebleeds, unimaginable coughing, and lung destruction in the prime of their lives. Oftentimes, wartime malnourishment, overcrowded medical camps, and poor hygiene promoted secondary infections by opportunist bacteria like the disturbing form of pneumonia that turned victims’ skin bluish due to lack of oxygen.
Meanwhile in October 2018, Wise and Tazewell Counties, Virginia, ignored national health warnings about shockingly growing soldier mortality rates, and a whopping 60,000 Flu cases already in Virginia, but in their back hollows it was just another flu season…that was until the infections skyrocketed. This triggered mandatory shuttering of schools, churches and other public gathering places, and the local Big Stone Gap Post declaring their area, “the worst afflicted of any part of the state” with a shortage of coffins and undertakers and desperate calls for help.
Four weeks later both counties reopened all public places, believing their stringent measures had been successful, only to be devastated by the second Flu wave. It wasn’t until early 1919 that the scourge subsided, and local theaters like the Wise County Amuzu Theater started showing films again, after disinfecting the cinema with “Formaldehyde Gas” before and after every show.”
All-in-all, Virginia authorities estimated there were more than 200,000 Flu cases and 10,000 more deaths in 1918 than 1917, mostly due to influenza/pneumonia. Richmond declared the regional mining, lumber and railroad industries particularly hard-hit with new pockets of poverty and significantly more orphans across Southwest Virginia.
MEET THE ARTISAN: Paul Gesalman
I could say I was born with a camera in my hand because my parents were into photography and having my own camera was part of my earliest memories. I grew up in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania with three quarters of my aunts, uncles and cousins living within a stone's throw. We could have a family reunion at a moment's notice. All this meant I had a lot of nature and family to photograph. My first camera was an Ansco Cadet, which I still own. It was a very basic camera, but with four-square-inch negatives it actually took pretty good pictures. I remember trying to be artistic and creative, but there's only so much a nine-year-old can do.
My progress was slow until I married into a family of photography buffs, primarily my wife and father-in-law. My father-in-law introduced me to the photography of mushrooms and fungi. The diversity is amazing, and it is a good excuse to spend time in the woods. I have always had the goal of photographing wildlife, but that can be frustrating. In contrast, mushrooms don't run away and hide when you try to take their picture. Another benefit of being out of school was being able to upgrade equipment to allow more creativity.
Electric Recharging Stations
at the Annandale Shopping Center
Shop, dine, or take care of errands while your car recharges.
The Annandale Shopping Center is proud to announce a new EVgo Charging Station has been installed for your electric vehicle.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded EVgo, the nation’s largest and most reliable public fast charging network for electric vehicles development of the Virginia statewide public fast-charging network. The Drive Electric Virginia network prioritizes DC fast chargers along heavily traveled roads and in areas that have high current and projected growing demand for EV charging.
The Annandale Shopping Center now has two Fast Chargers, where you will be able to service your Chevy Bolt, BMW i3, Tesla or other Electric Vehicles. It only takes a few seconds to connect, then you can shop, eat or relax the 30-45 minutes while your EV charges up. Do some grocery shopping, have a bite to eat at Pupusas Express or at Silverado’s, sip a carefully brewed cup of coffee at Beanetics, shop for a gift or personal treasure at Treasure Trove or avail yourself of exceptional haircutting or grooming services for men, women, and children.
During these times of "stay-at-home" you are still able to shop at the Aldi Grocery Store in the Annandale Shopping Center. They ask that you responsibly dispose of all gloves and masks in the trash cans and NOT litter them in the parking lot.
Also open for Grab and Go curbside service are Silverado Restaurant, Cue Club, Beanetics, and Tiffany's Bakery. Call your orders in ahead of time or go to their websites listed on the Annandale Shopping Center Website. Silverado's is also offering outside dining in front of the restaurant. See their website for details.
UnCovered: Grange Halls
Remain a favorite gathering spot especially in rural communities.
In 1860, Oliver Hudson Kelley was an employee of the Department of Agriculture. After witnessing an astounding lack of good agricultural practices in the South, he formed in 1876 the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry. Early in the movement, educational and social events were promoted by the Grange.
Other than shopping for supplies and attending church, farmers of that era were especially isolated. Social gatherings were a welcome relief and well attended. The Grange quickly increased in popularity throughout the farm belt and by 1877 reached a national membership of 1.5 million.
In the early 1870’s farmers were plagued by low prices (due to overproduction) growing indebtedness (due to the industrial age and production of treasured farm machinery) and discriminatory treatment by the railroads who charged more for hauling products short distances than long. Most farmers lived short distances from markets.
EARLY 3D Entertainment
Early 3D entertainment came in the form of a Stereo Viewer which could be found in countless homes.
Stereoview Cards became popular in the early 1900s. It was an early attempt to create 3-dimensional photographs. A stereoscope viewer was used to view two side-by-side photos mounted on a card. Viewing an image in this fashion gave the illusion of depth. Stereoscopes were once a popular form of entertainment for the whole family, an early form of virtual reality producing highly detailed images that when viewed, produced a highly intense experience. With a stereoscope your entire field of vision is engaged. The result became the strongest persuasive power of any medium of the time.
What a Difference a Century Makes: 1920
ELECTION NIGHT CROWD
OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE
In 1911, the Senators' wooden ballpark burned to the ground, and they replaced it with a modern concrete-and-steel structure on the same location reported to cost $100,000. First called National Park, it was later renamed Griffith Stadium, after the man who was the Washington manager in 1912, Clark Griffith. The stadium had a natural grass surface and seating for 27,000. Griffith Stadium was a beloved sporting home to Washington Fans until 1965 when it was demolished. It sat on what is now Howard University Hospital.
The longtime competitive struggles of the team were fictionalized in the book The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, which became the legendary Broadway musical and movie Damn Yankees (starring leading-man, Tab Hunter). The 1920 Washington Senators won 68 games, lost 84, and finished in sixth place in the American League. The Senators were making their way to the top with a brighter future just ahead.
Gallows Road in Annandale
Following the initial pattern of forts established for the defense of Washington during the American Civil War, Antiaircraft bases were established surrounding DC for the defense of the city during the Cold War.
Annandale folklore includes the story that a NIKE missile defense base was located in Annandale during the 1950’s. According to research, Project Nike was a U.S. Army project, proposed in May 1945 by Bell Laboratories. Bell had been charged to develop a line-of-sight anti-aircraft missile system. The project delivered the first US operational anti-aircraft missile system in 1953 known as the Nike Ajax. A great number of the technologies and rocket systems used for developing the Nike Ajax were re-used for other programs functions, many of which were given the Nike name (after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory). The missile's first-stage solid rocket booster became the basis for many types of rockets including the Nike Hercules missile and NASA's Nike Smoke rocket, used for upper-atmosphere research. (1)
The History of Little River Turnpike
Did you ever wonder why a road through the heart of Annandale is named for a river nearly 30 miles west in Aldie, Virginia? A wonderful aspect of this story illustrates how some situations several hundred years ago have remained the same or have exact parallels today!
Three major wagon roads were evolving for agricultural trade and migration in the mid-eighteenth century in northern Virginia: the Potomac Path, (today part of Rt. 1 to Fredericksburg); the nascent Leesburg Pike, (now Route 7 from Alexandria to Leesburg); and the Philadelphia Wagon Road, tying German-speaking western Pennsylvania and Maryland families migrating into the fertile Shenandoah Valley, (now seen as routes 11 and 81).
In 1772, Virginians in our area petitioned the House of Burgesses for funds for a Fredericksburg Road. The House rejected the proposal and recommended that local counties take over responsibility. Does this battle sound familiar? But something was changing in Virginia. By 1775, of the twenty listed mercantile firms in Alexandria – the wealthy regional trade center and river port – only three were exclusively dealing with tobacco. This agricultural shift meant changes in the Virginia landscape as well. Plantations needed rivers for tobacco. However, “inner” plantations – soon-to-be-smaller farms – had discovered that tobacco was very hard on the soil, and they began the switch to wheat and other grains, which required roads to mills and central shipping areas, rather than to the larger plantations’ river routes. READ MORE
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Please continue to refer to trusted sources of information, such as the Fairfax County COVID-19 webpage, the Fairfax County Emergency Blog, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for regular updates.
Burke & Herbert Bank
Your business means everything to us, too. Burke & Herbert Bank’s experienced, friendly bankers provide the knowledge, flexibility and personal attention that you and your business need to get ahead. Since 1852, thousands of local businesses have counted on Burke & Herbert Bank’s staying power while other banks come and go. Stop by 4235 Annandale Road and let Manager Marina Lubbers and her team show you what it’s like to work with a bank that’s truly invested in our community. It’s better here! Member FDIC (703) 684-1655 . www.burkeandherbertbank.com
Burke & Herbert Bank, which has been serving the Northern Virginia business community for more than 167 years,
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......
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 and Hopkins. Greg is one of the most knowledgeable brokers in local real estate, with more than 27 years of experience in the sales and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties and has managed more than two million square feet of properties in the Greater Metro area, including numerous properties here in Annandale. READ MORE
LAMBROS GOLDSMITH AND FINE JEWELRY
Sparkling, 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
Year Round Farmers Markets
CHECK WITH EACH MARKET TO SEE IF THEY ARE OPEN AND WHAT RESTRICTIONS THEY MAY HAVE.
2910 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
(between Merrifield Town Center and Penny Lane)
Sundays, 9:00am - 2:00pm (April to Dec.)
Sundays, 10:00am - 2:00pm (Jan. to Mar.)
A year-round farmers market located in the heart of the vibrant Mosaic District in Fairfax, Virginia. Mosaic District’s FreshFarm market will feature more than 50 regional farmers, producers, and concessionaires selling fresh produce, meats, eggs, bread, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods, roasted nuts, wild salmon, flowers, and more.
Some of the vendors include Angelic Beef, Chase Your Tail Bakery, Foggy Mountain Pasta, King Mushrooms, Liberty Delight Farms, Hog Haven Farm, Cold Country Salmon, King Mushrooms, The Fermented Pig, Ravenhook Bakery, Rock Hill Honey Bee Farm, Muggerz BBQ, Liberty Delight Farms, Twin Springs Fruit Farm, Ozfeka Catering, and Zeke’s Coffee
FreshFarm is a D.C.-based nonprofit has 16 markets in the region, including Ballston, Crystal City, and Rosslyn. FreshFarm has a producers-only requirement, meaning all products sold are grown, raised, or produced by the business selling them. Its markets prioritize local sourcing and support local agriculture.
Parking: There are 4 large parking garages with plenty of free parking located around the market. Look for the parking garage signs!
NOVA Central Farm Market
OPENS April 7, 2019
George C. Marshall High School
2910 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
Sundays 8:30 am to 1:00 pm April - Dec.
Sundays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Jan. - March
NOVA Central Farm Marke is a year-round farmers market located on the grounds of George Marshall High School at 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church between Tysons Corner and the city of Falls Church.
The market features fresh local pork, chicken, fish, cheeses, produce, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods to go, eggs, flowers, and ice cream.
Parking: Plenty of free parking surrounds the market
Falls Church Farmers Market
300 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(Parking lot of City Hall)
Saturdays 9 am - noon Jan. - March
Saturdays 9 am - Noon April - Dec.
Located just minutes from Annandale and Metro accessible from the east and west Falls Church Metro stations, Falls Church City's Farmers Market boasts more than 50 vendors during peak season and more than 40 during the winter months. The market strives to support local farmers while also helping protect the environment by reducing packaging and transportation demands.
Local Fairfax County Farmers Markets: Mason and Wakefield
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Kenwood Summer Day Camp
Kenwood School Y 2020-2021
4955 Sunset Lane, Annandale, VA
4206 Daniels Ave, Annandale, VA 22003
(behind the Bank of America building
on Columbia Pike)
Mondays and Thursdays
The Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. BINGO
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. www.avfd.org
American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976
4206 Daniels Ave. . Annandale, VA 22003
located directly behind the Bank of America on Columbia Pike.
Homeless & Hypothermia Shelters
in Northern Virginia through Fredericksburg (Fairfax, Loudoun, Culpepper, Arlington, Alexandria, and Prince William Counties, plus Manassas & Manassas Park, can be found at: www.novaregion.org/DocumentCenter/View/11750
Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-9492 https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/
Families with children who need shelter must contact Coordinated Services Planning at (703) 222-0880 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm to gain access. After business hours, families with children in need of shelter should go directly to the nearest family shelter.
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