Goodbye – at Least for Now

Unfortunately, I just haven’t had any time to update this blog recently, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I also haven’t been checking my blog email account for a while, though if you’ve written to me I’ll try to find time to reply soon. Ditto for approving blog comments. Maybe I’ll start things up again if my schedule changes, or maybe this is the end. It’s certainly been fun, and I appreciate all the help I’ve gotten from so many people over the past year. I haven’t been using my @westfallschurch Twitter account lately either, but I do plan to resurrect that soon since it’s a much lower time commitment. So follow me there and we’ll keep the conversation going!

– Mark

Celebrate community at Taste of Annandale Oct. 1

A letter from fellow blogger Ellie Ashford, of the Annandale Blog:

The public is invited to the Taste of Annandale, a family-friendly festival on Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on Tom Davis Drive in the heart of Annandale, Va.

The first Taste of Annandale, in June 2015, was a huge success, attracting thousands of people, and this year’s festival will be bigger and better.

There will be food from a variety of local vendors, live music and dance, a chili cook-off pitting the police against firefighters, and a children’s corner, with a full schedule of activities. There is no charge to attend.

The day will start with a 5K Race at 8 a.m. on Oct. 1, with the winners announced at the Taste of Annandale opening ceremony. Click here for more information about the 5K and to register online.

Restaurants and food trucks will be on hand showcasing the cuisines of Peru, Ethiopia, Korea, the Middle East, India, the Southern U.S., and more. Don’t miss the Peruvian Brothers food truck, which is co-owned by an Olympic athlete.

Among the performers is the extraordinary Monarca in Flight aerial dance troupe. Other musicians and dancers are showcasing the cultures of the South Pacific, India, and China, as well as various American traditions.

The purpose of the Taste of Annandale is to encourage community engagement, celebrate Annandale’s diversity, and shine a spotlight on local restaurants and businesses.

The festival is organized by the Annandale Roundtable, a group of private/public stakeholders and community residents. Revenue generated by the event will benefit a fund to support youth-led projects in Annandale.

The Taste of Annandale Steering Committee includes local residents from the public and private sectors. It is chaired by Rev. Clarence Brown, senior pastor of Annandale United Methodist Church. The honorary chair is Rep. Gerry Connolly.

The sponsors include the Rotary Club of Annandale, Annandale United Methodist Church, ACCA Child Development Center, Burke and Herbert Bank, the Westminster School, Bill Page Honda, the Parliament Apartment Homes, and Steve McIlvaine Home Sales.

For more information about the Taste of Annandale, contact Ellie Ashford,, 571-243- 4364.

Visit the Taste of Annandale website and Facebook page for updates on the schedule of activities.

Monday Miscellany: 82 Cats, National Merit Semifinalists, Cedar Lane Police Activity, and More

  • Police removed 82 cats – some ill – from a man’s home in the 7200 block of Westmoreland Road in West Falls Church. There were also five dead cats in the house. (Washington Post)
  • Thirteen students from McLean High School and five from Marshall were named National Merit Semifinalists and will compete for National Merit Scholarships next year. (Inside NoVa)
  • Police responded to three calls within 48 hours at Cedar Lane School in Vienna. The calls were for possession of marijuana, making a threat against a teacher, and serving a warrant for a juvenile. (Vienna Patch)
  • Supporters and opponents of the proposed Fairfax County meals tax will meet at Luther Jackson Middle School this Thursday at 7 p.m. for a public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The tax would raise money, primarily for public schools, by adding 4 percent to the cost of restaurant meals and prepared foods. (Inside NoVa)

Mosaic Fall Fashion Week starts tonight

Mosaic is holding a Fall Fashion Week – starting today and lasting through Sunday – with happy hours, special offerings and prizes.

The week begins at 6 p.m. tonight with a kick-off party at the Angelika Film Center emceed by Hey Frase! podcaster Sarah Fraser. DJ Neekola will entertain guests during a 7:30 p.m. fashion show featuring clothes from Mosaic stores, including Sophie Blake New York, bevello, South Moon Under and Scout & Molly’s. There will also be cocktails and prize giveaways. At 8:30 Angelika will screen Dior and I. Proceeds will go to the Junior League of Northern Virginia. You can get tickets here.

Tomorrow there will be a “Heaven and Hell” themed party at Undeniable Boutique with a DJ, light show, food, drinks, and gifts for customers. The boutique bevello will also offer 20 percent off all purchases tomorrow night.

Four stores are offering specials Friday:
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Metro’s longest Orange Line SafeTrack disruptions begin tomorrow

Orange Line LogoStarting tomorrow, Metro will reduce Orange Line service between West Falls Church and Vienna for six weeks – its longest disruption yet during its SafeTrack maintenance program.

There will be either single-tracking or complete closure on this stretch of the Orange Line through Oct. 26.

“Expect trains to/from Vienna to be extremely crowded,” Metro said in a statement. “Expect extreme crowding and delays of more than one hour in each direction due to the severely reduced service.” This SafeTrack “surge” will reduce capacity on this part of the line by 75 percent, Metro estimates.

On four weekends, entire parts of the line will be closed. On Sept. 24 and 25 and Oct. 1 and 2, the Vienna, Dunn Loring, and West Falls Church stations will be completely closed. On Oct. 8, 9, 15, and 16, only Vienna and Dunn Loring will be closed. During these closures, Metro will run shuttle buses between the stations.

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Man Arrested for Daytime Metro Sex Assault Near Dunn Loring

Metro Transit Police arrested a D.C. man at the Dunn Loring Metro station after a train passenger accused him of sexually assaulting her Monday afternoon, Metro Transit Police said.

Anthony Sinclair allegedly exposed himself to a woman on an Orange Line train as it approached the Dunn Loring station around 2 p.m. Monday, then tried to force her to perform a sex act.

Sinclair was arrested immediately after the woman and a witness identified him, reports The Post. He faces charges of assault and battery and aggravated sexual battery. He is being held without bond at Arlington County Jail.

Friday From the Region: Officer-involved shooting, Taste of Annandale 5K, murder suspect arrest, and more

  • Friday From the RegionA deputy from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a man who he believed had a weapon, on the grounds of Inova Fairfax Hospital last week. (Fairfax County Police)
  • Registration is now open for the Oct. 1 Taste of Annandale 5K race. (Annandale Blog)
  • Fairfax County Police arrested a man in connection with a murder near Bailey’s Crossroads. (Fairfax County Police)
  • Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan toured the Eden Center in Falls Church to promote the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. (Falls Church News-Press)
  • The City of Falls Church will hold a lottery next month for 14 affordable units in the new Lincoln at Tinner Hill building on South Maple Avenue. (Falls Church News-Press)

Amazon offering one-hour delivery in our area

Prime Now (8-23-16)Remember when it was pretty cool to buy something online and get it delivered the very next day? How passe. Last week Amazon rolled out a one-hour delivery program, Prime Now, in Northern Virginia. And the West of Falls Church area is part of the coverage area.

The six zip codes between Falls Church, Tysons, and Fairfax City that this blog writes about – 22027, 22031, 22042, 22043, 22046, and 22180 – are all part of the program and eligible for one-hour delivery. 

I checked the web site – – and found thousands of items available for one-hour delivery, including diapers, potato chips, coffee makers, toilet paper, and fire logs. A search for beer returned results only for root beer, so I guess alcohol isn’t included.

For Amazon Prime members, one-hour delivery costs $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. The service is available from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. .

If you’ve used the service, email me at and let me know how you like it.