Mason District August 2019 newsletter

August 2019


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 for a complete schedule of remaining concerts. 

The Board of Supervisors does not have scheduled board or committee meetings in August, but my office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., to answer your questions, assist with concerns and complaints, provide notary services, and address local and county issues.  E-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone number is 703-256-7717.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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.
  • Interim Park at Bailey's Crossroads Opens in August – Construction is nearing completion at 5831 Columbia Pike (formerly the Landmark Building), and the interim park at Bailey's Crossroads will be open for use this month.  Park amenities include a plaza with shaded seating areas and landscaping, a grass open play area, and flexible space for event programming.  The park is made possible through a partnership between the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, and the Revitalization Section of the Department of Planning and Development.  More information is available at, or by contacting Suzie Battista, Program Manager, at 703-324-9317, or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 (  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  

Wilson Boulevard over Arlington Boulevard Bridge Rehabilitation Project Scheduled – Barring any unforeseen delays, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will replace the Wilson Boulevard over Arlington Boulevard Bridge the weekend of August 2-5, 2019.  To safely demolish and remove the existing Wilson Boulevard bridge deck over Route 50 and install the new composite bridge deck, traffic will be detoured from 10 p.m. on Friday, August 2 until 5 a.m. on Monday, August 5.  Eastbound and westbound traffic on //'19.5%22N+77%C2%B009'18.7%22W/@38.8720833,-77.1573831,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d38.87209!4d-77.155197">Route 50/Arlington Boulevard at the Route 7/Leesburg Pike interchange will be detoured via the adjacent eastbound and westbound service roads back to Route 50, past Seven Corners.  Eastbound Wilson Boulevard traffic will be detoured via Route 7, Patrick Henry Drive, Route 50 and the westbound Route 50 service road back to Wilson Boulevard.  Drivers can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.  Project information is available at  Questions? Contact  Demelew Teshome at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Chan Basnayake, P.E., PMP, CCM, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Report Storm Damage to the Disaster Database The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to collect storm damage information from impacted residents from the July 8, 2019 rain event.  By filing a damage report at, you will be assisting the county in documenting where residents and businesses experienced damage.  While owners are responsible for repairs on their own property, the county is working with regional and state partners to seek Federal Disaster Assistance, to the extent Federal Assistance becomes available.  Your filing is completely voluntary and does not guarantee any kind of assistance.  For more information about OEM, visit, call 571-350-1000; TTY 711, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For Fairfax County Emergency Information, visit

Fifth Annual Justice Pyramid Back-to-School Fair – Join representatives from non-profit organizations, Fairfax County agencies, and the Fairfax County Public Schools on Thursday, August 8, 2019, 1 - 4 p.m., for Justice High School's Fifth Annual Back to School Fair, 3301 Peace Valley Lane in Falls Church.  The fair will prepare students and families for the upcoming school year, and it is open to the entire Justice Pyramid, which includes Justice High School, Glasgow Middle School, Bailey's and Bailey's Upper, Beech Tree, Belvedere, Glen Forest, Parklawn, and Sleepy Hollow Elementary Schools.  For more information, contact Ceola Grant, Service Area Manager-Region 2, Neighborhood and Community Services, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 571-363-0869.

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 ( begins in September.  Residency in Fairfax County is not required.  To apply, complete and submit the online form at:  For more information, visit the Office of Elections website ( 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 232019.  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  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.

Annandale Pop-Up Park to Host Fitness and Fun Day in August – Stop by the pop-up park at 7200 Columbia Pike on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and enjoy the August event: Fitness and Fun Day.  Join Park Authority staff for a morning of family fitness and fun.  Enjoy a variety of interactive games, activities, and demonstrations to get everyone up and moving.  Try your hand at disc golf, cool off on a water slide, practice your favorite dance moves with a live DJ, and more!  Come out and play your way to fitness with friends and family.  The Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Bike Ambassadors will be on hand to educate the public about biking in Fairfax and to host bike parking for any participants who bike to the pop-up park.  The Annandale Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD) also will stage one of their emergency vehicles and provide fire safety education.  Want to attend?  Advance registration is encouraged at  Learn more about the 2019 series, and the future vision for a permanent park/civic space by visiting the website, or by stopping by one of the pop-up events.  Need more information? Contact Laura Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-324-9300.  The 2019 Programming Series is presented by the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development Community Revitalization Section, and the Fairfax County Park Authority. 

"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


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, ( or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020); Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339; TTY/ASCII  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

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

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