A few items of information for you or your association newsletter:
The Board Corner: Perspectives from Penny – The Purple Can is here! A large purple (or magenta, orchid, bright lilac – it's definitely bright!) dumpster was installed in the parking lot of the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale, last week, solely for collection of glass for recycling. The Purple Can is designed to take only glass bottles and jars, and items should be empty and rinsed. The glass from the purple containers will be crushed and used for a variety of purposes, including construction projects.
Homeowners still may dispose of glass in their weekly recycling bins, but when glass breaks in the bin, the shards can contaminate other recycled items, especially paper, which may result in the entire batch being treated as trash. Purple Can recycling ensures that the glass, even if it breaks, is handled correctly and recycled into unable material. The Purple Can is easy to find: enter the parking lot from Columbia Pike, go straight back to the last drive aisle, turn right, and proceed to the western end of the main parking lot. The Purple Can is on the left. Signs on the Purple can will identify types of acceptable glass, and also what not to discard – no lamps or bulbs, and no miscellaneous glass. Bottles and jars only, please.
August is Immunization Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Modern vaccines have rendered many childhood diseases gone, but measles, the flu, pneumonia, and other preventable diseases still circulate, making vaccinations necessary to protect all people, but especially infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems. As students return to classes, and travelers make their plans, now is a good time to check the immunizations of family members, to be sure everyone is protected from preventable diseases with up-to-date immunizations.
Free summer concerts at Mason District Park and Ossian Hall Park continue through August 23. Check out www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances/spotlight-by-starlight for a complete schedule of remaining concerts.
Land Use News – Land use items of interest this month include:
- Glen Forest Drive Walkway Project Breaks Ground – Construction is underway for a sidewalk along the south side of Glen Forest Drive, from Leesburg Pike to Moray Lane. The approximately 1,150 linear feet, five-foot wide concrete sidewalk will connect to existing pedestrian facilities to Glen Forest Elementary School. The sidewalk will include curb ramps and other infrastructures for ADA compliance. A four-foot grass buffer between the sidewalk and the road, and a new drainage system, will be installed within the project limits.
New Cell Phone Law in Effect – The Fairfax County Police Department reminds all residents that, effective July 1, 2019, handheld use of a cell phone is prohibited while driving through highway work zones in Virginia. A mandatory fine of $250 applies for violations of this new law, § 46.2-1078.1 of the Code of Virginia (https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title46.2/chapter10/section46.2-1078.1/). Avoid distracted driving and help keep everyone safe by staying focused on the road.
Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Coming Soon! – The three-day sales tax holiday begins on Friday, August 2 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Virginia residents can save money on essential supplies during hurricane season and year-round emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products. Also save on qualifying school supplies, clothing, and footwear. For a complete list of sales tax exempt items during the holiday weekend, and detailed qualifying items and retailer information, visit https://tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday.
National Night Out Set for August 6, 2019 – Neighborhoods in Mason District, and throughout Fairfax County, will be participating in National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 6 - 9 p.m. NNO is an annual event observed by locking doors, turning on porch lights, and enjoying a block party, cookout, or other planned community event. Mason District has more than 30 active Neighborhood Watch groups - the oldest is Camelot, established in 1979, in the Court of Camelot. Fairfax County Police officers will visit as many neighborhood activities as possible to support your commitment to fight crime. Contact the district police station in your area for more information about NNO events in your neighborhood: Mason Station, 703-256-8035; Franconia District Station, 703-922-0889; and West Springfield District Station, 703-644-7377. Register for NNO 2019 at https://form.jotform.com/81555236797166.
Election Officers Needed! – Fairfax County needs Election Officers for upcoming 2019 elections. Election Officers are needed at each of the 243 precincts to run the polls and assist voters. Interested individuals must be registered voters in Virginia and complete required training and forms. Individuals may choose to accept the $175 stipend for a full day, or volunteer their time. Language Election Officers are needed in certain areas of Fairfax County who speak Korean or Vietnamese. Training (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/election-officers/election-officer-training) begins in September. Residency in Fairfax County is not required. To apply, complete and submit the online form at: www.vote4fairfax.com/apply. For more information, visit the Office of Elections website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/election-officers/working) or call 703-324-4735; TTY 711.
Spotlight by Starlight Summer Concerts Continue through August at Mason District Park and Ossian Hall Park – Enjoy a variety of free entertainment at Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., until August 23, 2019. Children's concerts are on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Cultural performances can be enjoyed on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through August 17, 2019 at Ossian Hall Park, located at 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale. For a complete 2019 Spotlight by Starlight concert schedule, visit the Park Authority website www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances/spotlight-by-starlight. Note: Concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Call 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour prior to the performance for weather-related updates.
"Tea and Tattle" at Historic Green Spring Gardens – Rumor, hearsay, scuttlebutt and scandal. Can gossip have a positive impact on society? Explore the topic on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from
1 - 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria. Learn about the origins and changing definitions of gossip, how people have "dished" hilariously through the ages, and why gossiping was once synonymous with tea-drinking. Reservations are required. For more information about programs and to register for teas at Historic Green Spring, call 703-941-7987. Visit online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.
Get Ready for the 2020 Census – The United States Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census. A variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff need to be filled. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. For more information, and to apply, logon to 2020census.gov/jobs, (https://2020census.gov/en/jobs) or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020); Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339; TTY/ASCII www.gsa.gov/fedrelay. The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Oriental Brush Painting Featured at Mason District Governmental Center – The works of artist Chong Soon Kim are on display at the Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale. A native of Seoul, Kim majored in Fine Arts at Beakseok University in Korea. Her style of painting expresses beauty of nature especially in plants, trees, flowers, and fruit. Kim has taught Oriental painting at many locations, including the Messiah Presbyterian Church, and leads the Ye-In Oriental painting group. The artwork is on display in the lobby until August 27, 2019.
Mason Matters! The Television Show – Fall signals more than just a change in weather and the start of another school term. New clothes, school supplies, and possibly new commuting routes are on lists to be completed. Health and wellness also are on the list too, but not just for the student population. News reports about Measles outbreaks in the United States have prompted medical professionals to expand their focus to include adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, adults born after 1957 may need at least one dose of measles vaccine, unless a laboratory test confirms a past measles infection or immunity to measles. So why is Measles back? What caused its resurgence, and where can we turn for help? The August edition of Mason Matters!, the television show that brings you news and information about our Mason District community, hosted by Supervisor Penny Gross, features Caroline J. Sutter, RN DNP-BC, co-founder of Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinics, and Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, director of the Epidemiology and Population Health Division at the Fairfax County Health Department. Mason Matters! airs on Cable Channel 16 every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Friday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., and daily on-line at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mason.
The Quick 411 – I would like to learn more about the upcoming 2020 Census. Can Fairfax County help? Yes. The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count - or a census - of America's population. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. For more information, census jobs, frequently asked questions, timeline, and related resources, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census.