🌱 Hearth At Columbia Pike Enterprise + Rising Actual Property Assessments
The quickest way to get caught up on the most important things happening in Annandale.
Hey, friends! I’m back with your fresh edition of the Annandale Patch newsletter. Let’s get this Monday started off right, with a quick dive into everything you need to know about what’s happening in town.
But first, your local weather:
- Monday: A couple of morning showers. High: 45 Low: 32.
- Tuesday: Windy with periods of sun. High: 43 Low: 29.
- Wednesday: Partly sunny and windy. High: 49 Low: 30.
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Here are the top three stories today in Annandale:
- Early Sunday morning, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire that started in a business in Annandale and later spread to three adjacent businesses. The blaze, which took place in the 7200 block of Columbia Pike around 7:15 a.m., resulted in the closure of the road and visible smoke for miles around the site. As of Sunday, no injuries have been reported, but the incident remains under investigation. (NBC4 Washington)
- Fairfax County residents in the Mason District raised concerns over rising real estate assessments at Supervisor Penny Gross’ Budget Town Hall on Mar. 9. While the county’s proposed 2024 budget suggests an average property tax bill increase of $520 from the previous year, some Mason residents are slated to have increases of over $1,000. To compensate for the rising assessments, Gross has indicated her support for reducing the tax rate by at least 3 cents. (Annandale Today)
- The Fairfax County School Board passed a resolution on Mar. 9 granting collective bargaining rights to employees. The move was praised by the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers for giving teachers the ability to negotiate for better working conditions, wages, and benefits. The decision followed the Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 action allowing school boards to enter into collective bargaining relationships with staff representatives. (Annandale Today)
Coming up in Annandale:
Monday, March 13
- Congressman Don Beyer Town Hall At Poe Middle School (7:00 PM)
Tuesday, March 14
- Memory Depot Orientation: Digitize Your Stuff At George Mason Regional Library (7:00 PM)
Wednesday, March 15
- Appetizers As Meals At St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (1:30 PM)
Thursday, March 16
- Northern Virginia Hiking Club: Long Branch Stream Trail At Canterbury Woods Park (8:30 AM)
Friday, March 17
- Lenten Dinner At Epiphany Of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church (4:00 PM)
- St. Patrick’s Day Science At Hidden Oaks Nature Center (4:30 PM, 7:00 PM)
Saturday, March 18
- George Mason Knitting And Crochet Group At George Mason Regional Library (11:00 AM)
Sunday, March 19
- Project Food: Food Distribution At 7429 Adams Park Court (8:00 AM)
From my notebook:
- If you want to add a little enchantment to your life, the George Mason Regional Library will be hosting a DIY Fairy Garden event on Tuesday, Mar. 28 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Registration will open tomorrow (Tuesday, Mar. 14). (Fairfax County Public Library)
- Congratulations to the newest graduates of the Fairfax County Health Department’s Public Health Youth Ambassador Program! The program trains local youth from communities of color to become public health workers. (Annandale Today)
- Looking for a best friend with four paws? These adorable, adoptable pets are awaiting their fur-ever homes in Annandale area shelters. (Annandale Patch)
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Now you’re in the loop and ready to head out the door on this Monday! I’ll see you around.
— Danielle Fallon-O’Leary
About me: Danielle Fallon-O’Leary is a content manager with content creation agency Lightning Media Partners and assists Patch.com with community newsletter curation. Danielle also holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and works part-time as a pediatric speech therapist.