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The Bloom is Off of Bloom

Attracted by the now long gone quirkly commercials, I patronized the Bloom in Annandale on a fairly regular, bi-weekly basis, since it opened. Mostly for sales, although at 99 cents, their bunch parsley was the best value I could find. The physical plant impressed me as an expanded, upscale convenience store, more than 7/11, but less than a supermarket in terms of selection, but on a par expensewise with the former. Like my club card touts, "Shopping is a Breeze." Given the concept was most likely conceived in more robust economic times, I am not surprised that this experimental hybrid failed in the current financial climate. It could have survived had the corporate powers that be adapted to the times and the chain had been recast into a "more choice than..., more ambiance than..., lower prices than..." model.

A Non-Traditional Summer Vacation: Fairfax Student Helps with AIDS/HIV Education in Africa

A Non-Traditional Summer Vacation: Fairfax Student Helps with AIDS/HIV Education in Africa

A Super NoVA is an individual that stands out in the crowd of Northern Virginians. Katrina Schwien of Annandale is this week’s Super NoVA for her non-traditional summer vacation. Schwien, a rising junior at the Trinity Christian School, recently returned from her travels to Taku, a small village in Cameroon located in west Central Africa. In Taku, she was part of a five-student team that worked with an indigenous minority language group translating information about HIV/AIDS.

“Translating medical material into a form villagers can understand will make it easier for them to prevent and stop the spread of this disease that affects 33 million people, nearly two-thirds of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Emily Ranshaw, a spokesperson for Wycliffe Bible Translators.

A Super NOVA With An Innovative Spirit: Annandale Resident Builds Device to Aid the Blind

A Super NOVA With An Innovative Spirit: Annandale Resident Builds Device to Aid the Blind

 

A Super NOVA is a person with a unique talent or business that makes them stand out in the crowd of Northern Virginia. Steve Struebing of Annandale makes this week’s Super NOVA spot for his innovative spirit in building H.A.L.O (the Haptic Assisted Locating of Obstacles) for the Humana Health Competition.

“By using a few inexpensive components and sensors, I’ve made a device that could help the blind to navigate their surroundings and avoid collisions,” said Struebing.

Struebing is an engineer by education and has always been into the creative aspects of technology. He is currently an engineering manager at JDSU in Germantown, Maryland, where he has been a software manager for about 10 years.