Covering Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads and Seven Corners in Fairfax County, Virginia

New county program aids pregnant teens

The Fairfax County Department of Health launched a program in May called Stable Families, Thriving Futures to improve the health, educational, and socioeconomic outcomes for pregnant teens and mothers.   Stable Families will provide support to small groups of future mothers and fathers age 14-25. The program is aimed at helping them achieve their educational … Continued

Troop 150 celebrates 95th anniversary

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, grandparents, elected leaders, Boy Scout officials, and former scouts celebrated the 95th anniversary of Troop 150 on May 15. The event, at Annandale United Methodist Church (AUMC), included an Honor Court recognizing scouts’ achievements and an induction ceremony welcoming new scouts. Troop 150 is the oldest troop in Fairfax County … Continued

Stand for the Silent works to end bullying

In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, there’s a table in front of Collector’s World at 7006 Columbia Pike in Annandale offering information on suicide prevention and bullying. The booth is hosted by the national organization Stand for the Silent. It will be up until 6 p.m. and might be back next week, … Continued

FCPS proposes dress code changes

Fairfax County Public Schools is set to make some changes to the rules on dress codes, harassment, and other issues. Those changes would be incorporated into the Student Rights and Responsibilities document, which Assistant Superintendent for Special Services Michelle Boyd describes as a “guide to good citizenship.” The SR&R also ensures students have the right … Continued

Viewpoint: Pinecrest prepares students well for middle school

By Ragan Sawyer Transitioning to middle school can be filled with anxiety and feel like a mysterious next step for students and parents alike. Pinecrest School, an independent, private school in Annandale serving preschoolers through sixth graders, offers a special event every year called Life After Pinecrest to prepare students for middle school. At the … Continued

Little League registration now open

Hey, kids, get in the game. Registration is now open for the 2023 season of the Mason District Little League. The MDLL offers opportunities for children ages 4-13 to learn and play tee ball and baseball. Register here. Teams practice at Mason District Park, Parklawn Park, and Parklawn Elementary School. The MDLL is a member … Continued

Students walk out to protest governor’s anti-trans policies

Students across Virginia walked out of class Sept. 27 to protest Gov. Glenn Younkin’s new model policies on transgender students. The walkouts were organized by the Pride Liberation Project, a student-led coalition of LGBTQIA+ students working to create safe, inclusive, and equitable schools. Students at 22 Fairfax County schools participated, including Annandale, Falls Church, Justice, … Continued

LGBTQ advocates blast Youngkin’s policy to roll back protections for trans students

LGBTQ advocates are up in arms over Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s policy to roll back the rights of transgender and nonbinary students. They say the policy, which Youngkin touts as pro-parent, denigrates these students, will disrupt families, and will lead to more mental health problems among this population. Students outed without consent The “model policies,” … Continued