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.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
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
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!