Thursday, May 15, 2014

Incident on Kenney Lane In Broyhill Park

On Wednesday, May 14th from approx. 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Fairfax County police blocked off portions of Holly Hill Road, Camp Alger Road, and Kenney Lane. An unidentified man had barricaded himself in a residence on Kenney Lane after he was told he was being evicted.

A bomb squad vehicle was brought in as there were suspicions as to potential volatile agents in the house.
A robot was deployed from the bomb squad vehicle.

The police mobile command unit parked near Camp Alger and Holly Hill.

The fire department arrived.

Police on motorcycles formed a long line down Camp Alger.

Police tape was strung across the intersection of Holly Hill and Camp Alger keeping on-lookers away from Kenney Lane.

From the northern end of Holly Hill a SWAT vehicle and sheriff's cars lined the street. Around 9:30 p.m. police removed the man from the Kenney residence after he set fires in it.

Today the house is badly damaged is surrounded by police tape. Too much excitement for a Wednesday but good that it ended with no injuries.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Scouts Do A Good Turn In Luria Park!

Cub Scout Pack 863 (and a couple of Boy Scouts) spent a morning doing a “Good Turn” by picking up trash in the wetlands on the Raymondale side of Luria Park.  They loved trudging through the mud and creek to find plastic water bottles, small chunks of styrofoam, a couple of car tires and a baby seat.  Several of the Scouts live in our neighborhood including the Byrd boys and Peter Phelps.  An important part of the Scouting Movement is environmental stewardship and service both of which came together that morning.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pulling Green in the Park Highlights

You can't get any more "grass-roots" than this! Last Sunday, 14 volunteers provided the equivalent of 28 hours of labor to remove pesky invasive plants (read: weeds) from the trailhead at Brad Street and Dye Drive. They filled 17 giant bags with English Ivy, multiflora rose, garlic mustard  and oriental bittersweet - as well as trash - from the hillside. In the process, they rescued 17 young and mature trees from their stranglehold. 

This is the third year that volunteers have convened on that spot, as part of a long-term project to create an oasis of native habitat for the native plants, insects, birds and animals whose natural sources of food and shelter are being crowded out by overly aggressive non-native vegetation. Thanks to all Raymondale neighbors and friends who participated! A special thanks goes to Falls Church High School for sending four students, who were also a great help! The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) provided tools, free gloves and free "Take Back the Forest" T-shirts to all participants. 

But wait! There's more! Raymondale Civic Association also wishes to thank Josh Byrd's Boy Scout Troop 863 for picking up trash from the wetland near Luria Park on Saturday. There were some curious finds -- baby carrier, metal pipes, you name it!

In the "other good news" department... At long last, the new footbridge into Luria Park is now open! Stay tuned to find out when/if the county will be repairing the rest of the boardwalk, but in the meantime, enjoy your access to the park!
Please enjoy this fun photo gallery from the invasive plant pull!