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Grand Re-Opening of Ossian Hall Park and More Student Parking

From Annandale High School:

On Saturday, November 20th at 2:30 p.m., you are cordially invited to attend the Grand Re-Opening of Ossian Hall Park. The Marching Atoms will be performing along with student-athletes from our soccer and lacrosse programs.

As a result of Saturday's re-opening, AHS will regain 48 student parking spaces. A list of students who are on the "waiting list" will be posted on the Main Office window & in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, November 16. Parking permits will cost $150.00 and can be paid in Room 246 before school AND during all 4 lunch periods beginning Wednesday, November 17. Student parking in Ossian Hall Park will begin on Monday, November 22.


Thanksgiving--Busiest Day for Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day for the fire service. From 2006 to 2008, an estimated 4,300 Thanksgiving Day fires occurred in the United States causing 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $30 million in property loss, according to the U.S Fire Administration. 

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year and cause an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss. Thanksgiving Day fires in residential structures occur most frequently in the afternoon hours from noon to 4 p.m., peaking from noon to 1 p.m.

Groundbreaking ceremony heralds construction of new school in Annandale

Fairfax County Public Schools officials, government leaders, and members of the Broyhill Crest community gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon to celebrate the construction of a new elementary school on Crest Drive in Annandale. The school is set to open for the start of the 2012 school year. ???

Braddock Elementary's Walk-4-Education event promotes fitness

Braddock Elementary School in Annandale held its first annual Walk-4-Education walk-a-thon Thursday to raise money for the children of the Braddock community and promote the importance of health and fitness.

The children walked a designated path near the school (at 7825 Heritage Drive) marked by Braddock’s physical education teachers, Ken Jackson and Alex Winiewicz—one mile for kindergarten and first-grade students, two miles for second and third-graders, and three miles for fourth and fifth-graders. Teachers, other faculty, and parents, walked, too. The goal was 100 percent participation. It was scheduled for Veterans’ Day, so parents could come and stay for a special Thanksgiving lunch with their children and an assembly.

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Fair Oaks Mall Ice Palace Kicks Off the Holiday Season

The following was sent to us by Allied Integrated Marketing:

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Grand Court in Fairfax will transform into a winter wonderland with the debut of the Ice Palace. Brimming with the magic of winter and the essence of holiday snow globes, the soaring 30-foot Ice Palace appears to be literally carved from ice. The exhibit features highlights from this holiday season’s highly anticipated movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from Twentieth Century Fox and Walden Media. To celebrate, the stars from the film will host a lighting ceremony in Los Angeles that will be streamed live to 15 shopping centers across the country.

County officials outline 'vision' for Annandale redevelopment

Members of Annandale’s service organizations gathered for their annual luncheon yesterday, where they heard about the new “vision for Annandale” from Matt Flis of the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization and Reinvestment and Daniel Southworth of the county’s Transportation Department.