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Bailey's Crossroads residents respond to plan for Hogge Park

About 60 people came to public meeting at Glen Forest Elementary School Nov. 15 to tell Fairfax County park officials how they would like to see the Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park developed. Several local residents opposed a proposal for community gardens and some were concerned about losing the stately trees on the property, but most seemed pleased with the concept in the Park Authority’s draft master plan for the 6.10-acre property in Bailey’s Crossroads.

The Park Authority purchased the property in 2006 from Charlotte Hogge with the stipulation that she could continue to live in the large estate there. After she died in 2007, the county determined the house was not worth preserving and demolished it.

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. ???

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.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The Annandale Chamber of Commerce invites the Annandale community to the Holiday Lighting Ceremony on December 3rd at 5:00 p.m. There will be music and refreshments and lots of merriment! The Lighting Ceremony will be held at at Tollhouse Park, which is located on the corner of Annandale Road and Little River Turnpike.

Ossian Hall Park to Open After Extensive Renovations

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Ossian Hall Park, a 22-acre community park in the Braddock District, has been transformed. No longer is the park a place where people were afraid to venture after dark or hesitant to spend time because of old playground equipment, thick, view-obscuring woods, and inaccessible trails. After two construction phases, the addition of new recreational amenities, including a paved plaza area and synthetic turn field, and millions of dollars, the park is welcoming and ready for the public. Officials will gather with members of the community at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2010, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate completion of this community project. Ossian Hall Park is located at 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale, VA.

American Legion plans Annandale activities for Veterans Day

American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976 will commemorate Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, with two ceremonies in Annandale, reports the post’s service officer, Marv Rodney.

At 9 a.m. next Thursday, members of the post will conduct a short ceremony at the cemetery behind the Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike and place flags on the graves of veterans. Church members and relatives of those buried there will also take part. “It’s a very patriotic and intimate ceremony,” Rodney says.

Firefighters Help Bring New Winter Coats to Kids

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County firefighters, in cooperation with the Coats for Kids Foundation, Progressive Firefighters of Fairfax County, Inc., and the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics, will collect and distribute new winter coats for children and youths through high school age, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11 a.m., at Penn Daw Fire and Rescue Station 11, 6624 Hulvey Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.

Through generous support and donations from organizations and businesses, it is anticipated that approximately 1,000 youths and their families will benefit. This is the fifth year firefighters and the department have sponsored this community event.