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Barbeque Grill Fire Season Upon Us Soon

Barbeque Grill Fire Season Upon Us Soon

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

As the grilling or barbeque season descends upon us, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wants to remind residents that grill fires cause an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property loss each year nationwide, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Almost half (49 percent) of grill fires on residential properties occur from 5 to 8 p.m.  Thirty-two percent of all grill fires occur in the months of May, June, July, and August, and the leading category of equipment power source is "gas fuels," (79 percent).

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

OLD TOWN MANASSAS FARMER’S MARKETS OPEN

Local, Fresh Produce Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Markets are open Thursdays and Saturdays, now through November. The Thursday Farmer’s market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion and the Saturday market, located in Lot B, is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information about the Historic Manassas, Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

It’s definitely a sign of spring when our local Farmer’s markets open for business, and we’re happy to host a place for our community to purchase local produce, said Debbie Haight, Historic Manassas, Inc. executive director.

Leaf Mulch Loading Day April 2

Leaf Mulch Loading Day April 2

From the City of Falls Church:

City residents and non-residents are welcome to all the mulch they can haul in open-bed trucks. City Operations staff will use heavy equipment to load the mulch. Don't miss out on this great City service! Find out more details.

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet:

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

Fourth Old Town Manassas Spring Cleaning Day in April

On Sat., Apr. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Town Manassas will host the Fourth Annual Spring Cleaning Day at the Harris Pavilion at 9201 Center Street in Manassas, Va., where attendees can recycle their gently used household items or clothes and donate them to local non-profits, visit recycling and conservation exhibits, and kids can make earth-friendly art projects. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.visitmanssas.org or call 703.361.6599.        

 

The Manassas Art Guild will also be featuring a spring Earth exhibit, where artists showcase their artwork reflecting themes of recycling, natural materials and the environment. 

Spring Cleaning Day will also provide live entertainment from local entertainers, inflatable moon bounces for kids and a special preview of this summer’s Manassas farmer’s market vendors.

Falls Church City Real Estate Assessments Up 2 Percent Overall for 2011

From Barbara Gordon:

The total taxable assessed value for all properties in the City as of Jan. 1, 2011 is $3,102,093,600 ($3.1 billion), a 2% increase from Jan. 1, 2010.  The City plans to mail assessments for 2011 by Friday, Feb. 4, so property owners should receive the notices on or after Feb. 8.  Updated assessment information will be posted on the City web site Feb. 7.

Overall residential real estate values increased 2% over the last year.  Single family homes values  increased by 4%, townhomes remain unchanged and residential condominiums had varying changes.

Overall commercial property values declined 1% since January 2010.  The real estate value of multi-family apartments increased 1%, large office buildings are down 4% and large retail properties are down 2%.  The value of City hotels declined 7%.

Accidental Falls Church Area House Fire

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Sunday, January 9, 2011, at approximately 7:05 p.m. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 3204 Wayne Road.

Firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Within minutes, the fire was spreading up the rear porch and into the attic where firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and were able to contain the fire to the rear of the home's exterior. Additionally, there was minor extension of fire, smoke, and water damage on the first and second floors of the home. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. All four adults safely escaped the home. Red Cross assistance was declined by the family. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $60,000.