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Coalition opposes Woodson HS bus depot

Everyone who lives in the area near Woodson High School is encouraged to come to a community meeting Thursday evening on the proposed Fairfax County Public Schools bus depot planned for the green space at the high school near the intersection of Pickett Road and Little River Turnpike.

The proposed bus depot would include space for 51 large FCPS buses and 51 personal vehicles, along with a security fence, sliding gates, and 30-foot light poles. It would be accessed via the Woodson Service Road (off Pickett Road), which is also used for the front “kiss and ride” area, faculty parking, and FCPS fuel, food warehouse, and maintenance facilities.

The meeting takes place in Woodson High School Cafeteria A, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting was organized by the Woodson Parking Lot Coalition (WPLC) and will be chaired by Braddock District Supervisor John Cook.

Historic marker commemorating "action at Annandale" unveiled in style

Col. John Mosby, Virginia Gov. William “Extra Billy” Smith, and some Civil War soldiers returned to Annandale Saturday for a ceremony unveiling the historic marker commemorating the “Action at Annandale.” The marker, on the corner of Little River Turnpike and Hillbrook Drive, next to the library, recognizes the historical significance of the roadbed for the unfinished Manassas Gap Railroad and a Civil War skirmish that took place Dec. 2, 1861.

On that day, approximately 200 Confederate cavalrymen overran a barricade defended by the 45th New York Volunteers. The skirmish ended when reinforcing troops from the 32nd New York Regiment joined the fight and the Confederates retreated toward Centreville.

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Share Your Thoughts at The Next Park Listening Forum

This was sent to us by the Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Fairfax County Park Authority will host a Listening Forum at Wakefield Chapel on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 7 p.m.  Come participate in an open discussion about parks and recreation in your community with Fairfax County Park Authority Director John W. Dargle, Jr.

The Braddock District Listening Forum is the perfect place to informally share thoughts and concerns, and exchange ideas with Park Authority staff.  Community feedback from previous forums can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/listeningforums.htm.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

Wakefield Chapel is located at 8415 Tollhouse Road in Annandale, VA.


"Action at Annandale" Historic Marker

From Fairfax County Public Affairs Office:

History will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 9, with the unveiling of the "Action at Annandale" historical marker, which recognizes the significance of the Civil War skirmish at the Manassas Gap Railroad. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at George Mason Regional Library in Annandale.

For more information, call the Mason District Supervisor's Office at 703-256-7717, TTY 711.

7-Year-Old Finds Fossil At Laurel Dinosaur Park

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- A 7-year-old boy from Elkridge has found a fossil at a dinosaur park in Laurel that appears to date back about 116 million years.

Aidan Isenstadt found the approximately 1 1/2 inch jawbone fragment last month while fossil hunting.

Matthew Carrano, curator of dinosaurs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, says the fragment is part of a juvenile meat-eating dinosaur. He believes the find is the first jawbone from a meat-eating dinosaur ever found in Maryland. It's also believed to be the first find from the Early Cretaceous period anywhere in the Eastern United States.

This isn't the first time a young person has found a fossil at the park. Almost as soon as the park opened last October, 9-year-old Gabrielle Block of Annandale, Va., found a dinosaur tailbone.

Annandale is home to TV cake stars

If you’ve ever been enthralled by the elaborate, artful cakes on TV cooking shows, you might be surprised to learn that a winning contestant on several of those shows lives and works right here in Annandale.

Norman R. Davis and Zane Beg of the “custom cakery” known as The Sweet Life competed in more than a dozen Food Network Challenges. Norm won four times, and Zane came in second in his first solo challenge. Norm has been on TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” four times and won once. He is also often featured on the TV show “Historic Tours and Recipes.” 

The Sweet Life doesn’t have a store, though. It operates out of a house near the intersection of Braddock and Backlick roads. Their work is by appointment only.