Vaccines for children ages 5-11 expected to begin this week - Three injured after stabbing, car crash in Annandale - Man killed by train in Burke

Scenes from Halloween - New speed cameras are operating near Woodson High School - Americana Drive cleanup scheduled for Nov. 11

Welcome to November, and welcome to Braddock Buzz, your source for news and information about the Braddock District of Fairfax County. Contact us at braddockbuzz@gmail.com

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Realtor Jennifer Mack, who’s hosting a free online seller’s seminar tonight at 7 p.m. You can register here, or contact Jennifer directly at jennifer@jennifermackproperties.com

  • WorkAway Solutions, your neighborhood coworking space in Ravensworth. WorkAway offers half-day and full-day passes, with coffee and refreshments included. Book a tour today!

Tomorrow is Election Day! 

The governor’s race is shaping up to be a nail-biter, with the RealClearPolitics polling average putting it at a statistical tie. Make sure your voice is heard–you can look up your polling location here.


Pandemic

Vaccines for children ages 5-11 expected to begin this week: The CDC is expected tomorrow to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11, which will kick off an effort to vaccinate the 97,000 children in that age group in the Fairfax Health District. Here are some fast facts about the “pediatric” vaccine, via the Fairfax County Health Department:

  • The vaccine regimen for this age group requires two Pfizer doses, 21 days apart.

  • Children ages 5-11 will get one-third of the dose given to those ages 12 and up. Vaccine trials showed this lower dose produces the same antibody response in children as the higher dose does in adults.

  • The vaccine will be available through pediatric and family medical practices, as well as local pharmacies, the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, and the county Health Department. FCPS is also planning to launch school-based vaccination clinics. Once the CDC approves the vaccine, you’ll be able to schedule an appointment by contacting your child’s medical provider or through www.vaccines.gov.

  • The pediatric vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19.

  • Clinical trials found no serious adverse events related to the vaccine in children, but there are mild side effects including pain at the injection site, fatigue, and headache. Side effects are more common after the second dose.


Scenes from Halloween

The Little Run Citizens Association hosted its second annual Haunted Woods of Ilda event on Saturday. More than 300 people dared to venture through the spooky trail, generating $675 for the Ilda Pool. Here are some photos, courtesy of LRCA:


Public Safety

Three injured after stabbing, car crash in Annandale, via FFX Now:

One man was stabbed and two others were injured after a pickup truck crashed into an apartment in Annandale Saturday night.

The incident happened around 7:20 p.m. on the 4500 block of Commons Drive and reportedly involved a gathering of about 60 people.

After the stabbing, the suspect drove his pickup into a sliding glass door injuring the two other men. Amazingly, Sgt. Ian Yost, Fairfax County police spokesman, says all of those injured had non-life threatening injuries. He said the three men who were injured were all adults.

The suspect is in custody, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement.

Man killed by train in Burke: A pedestrian was killed just after midnight last Tuesday/Wednesday after being struck by a freight train at the 9000 block of Burke Road. Here’s the statement from the FCPD

Preliminarily, detectives determined Kenneth Little, 51, of Maryland, was walking east on the train tracks. The train was traveling on the eastbound tracks and struck Little who was pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives do not believe that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash for the train engineer. They continue to investigate if alcohol was a factor in the crash for the pedestrian.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543.


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Service

Americana Drive cleanup scheduled for Nov. 11: The Friends of Accotink Creek and the Fairfax County Restoration Project will hold a cleanup event along Americana Drive in Annandale on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers can sign in at the intersections of Americana and Patriot Drives. The road is “plagued by illegal dumping,” says a sign-up form on the Friends of Accotink Creek website. “We can expect to encounter large quantities of trash of all kinds, from bottles and cans, to tires, to construction debris. Come prepared to get tired and dirty!”


News in Brief

  • There was expanded police presence at malls and shopping centers in Northern Virginia over the Halloween weekend because of intelligence suggesting a threat possibly linked to ISIS, reports ABC7.

  • Fairfax County police have released additional video footage and are offering a $10,000 reward for information related to the Oct. 20 murder of Nelson Alexander, 73, at an ATM off Annandale Road, the Annandale Blog reports.

  • Seven tax-delinquent properties adjacent to Accotink Creek were pulled from auction after Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross requested more time to allow the county and nonprofits “to establish partnerships regarding the possible purchase or bid for the properties” to prevent them from being developed, the Annandale Blog reports

  • In response to the June high-rise condo collapse in Surfside, Fla., officials are examining aging high-rises throughout Fairfax County, reports FFX Now. Over 200 high-rises have been identified in the county that are 25 years or older–and officials are evaluating how best to ensure these buildings are safe.

  • Starting today, new speed cameras are operating in school zones throughout Fairfax City, along with two schools in Fairfax County: Woodson High School and Frost Middle School.


Real Estate

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Jennifer Mack column: Should I wait until after the holidays to list my home?

Some people hesitate to list their home over the holidays because they’re concerned they won’t be able to decorate and have their traditional celebrations. In my experience, the holidays can actually be a great time to list your home—and this doesn’t have to prevent you from celebrating. 

In fact, many homes show really well with festive decorations. It is best to keep it slightly toned down, but most decorations add warmth and a feeling of comfort. I have seen some absolutely beautiful exterior photos of homes lit up in white lights with holiday wreaths on the door. Buyers may tend to be more emotional during the holidays as they picture themselves celebrating future holidays in your home.

Additionally, you may find that you have less competition if your neighbors decide they want to wait to go on the market until the holidays are over. Buyers who are out looking over the holidays tend to be serious and have a sense of urgency. They usually want to make a quick decision and not waste a lot of time looking around so they can spend time with family instead of house hunting. Also, there are many “relo” buyers (those moving to the area because of work with a corporate relocation package) who are house hunting during this time and starting new positions at the beginning of the year. 

When my clients list over the holidays, I can easily block off certain days and times that aren’t convenient to have showings. Most buyers don’t want to look at homes on the actual day of a holiday, for example. We are very flexible when working with our clients to achieve win-win results. If you are motivated to move, don’t let the holidays be a reason to wait—you can achieve a great outcome listing in November and December and be on the way to your new home, wherever that may be! 

Jennifer Mack has more than 16 years of experience in the real estate industry, with her team servicing Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. Contact her at jennifer@jennifermackproperties.com or by calling 703-672-0038.

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