Wednesday, January 25, 2012
"Look, another helicopter."
Viral videos about the things people say have been making the rounds over the last couple weeks. There's [stuff] New Yorkers say, [stuff] brides say, even a Downton-Abbey themed [stuff] dowager countesses say. So several days ago, we asked our Facebook friends what stuff people in Centreville say. Their answers were pretty funny, so we decided to share the results with the rest of our readers, too: Sorry, I was stuck in traffic. Look, another helicopter. I think I knocked something out of alignment driving over those drainage grates outside the Post Office. There's nothing to do around here. Do you live off 28 or 29? Can you watch my kids? I got it at Trader Joe's. We live in Centreville, but not really - we're in the section north of …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Project includes county’s first energy-producing wind turbine and could bring 100 new jobs to the local area.
The Western Fairfax County Citizens Association Land-Use Committee on Tuesday approved a new Honda dealership in Chantilly that will feature the Fairfax County’s first energy-producing wind turbine. If the project receives final county approval, construction could begin in the fall, said Scott Crabtree, president of the Pohanka Automotive Group. The 33,000-square foot dealership, which is located on a 10-acre site along Stonecroft Boulevard near Route 50, could be open for business sometime next year, Crabtree said. It will produce about 100 jobs. “Think of it. Somebody who owns an electric car can come into the dealership and plug right into an outlet at the base of the tower for a charge,” said John Litzenberger, the Sully District …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Tim Tebow whisked Kelly Faughnan on a date to the College Football Awards, and in December brought her to a Broncos game.
Even though the football season has ended for Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, his star still shines bright in the household of Kelly Faughnan, whose serendipitous encounter with him at an amusement park led to a date at the College Football Awards. ”I just think he’s great, a really nice guy,” said Kelly, 22, from the living room of her Clifton home just minutes before the NFL playoff game Saturday night between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. The story of the gentle friendship between Faughnan and Tebow is noteworthy because it is an anomaly in the brutal world of professional football. Tebow, who led his team on a phenomenal run until Saturday, has been criticized for his faith and his open talk about his belief in God. …
Monday, January 16, 2012
About 5,000 people attended the opening, organizers estimated.
The nZone, a former Budweiser distribution building converted to a sports facility, gym and worship center by New Life Christian Church, opened on Saturday, Jan. 14th. Read more about the facility's opening.
New Life Christian Church held the grand opening of the nZone, a former Budweiser facility converted to a church and sports facility.
New Life Christian Church isn't a conventional congregation. "No perfect people are allowed at New Life. Come regardless of your hurts, habits and hang-ups. We’re a place full of messed up people," the church's website proclaims. So perhaps it's fitting that the congregation's new house of worship isn't exactly conventional, either. The church recently moved from its former home at Westfield High School to a renovated Budweiser building in Chantilly. They've named it the "nZone," which doubles as a sports facility and gym during the week and a church on Sundays. On Jan. 14th, the congregation held the grand opening, complete with free food, games, moonbounces and autographs by current and former Redskins Evan Royster, Darrell Green and …
Friday, January 13, 2012
The nZone, an indoor fitness and sports complex, will hold its grand opening in Chantilly this Saturday.
The nZone, operated by New Life Christian Church in a renovated Budweiser facility, will serve as a community and worship center, open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The 84,000 square foot space will offer: "Why would a church do something like this? We get that question a lot," Brett Andrews, founder and lead minister of New Life Christian Church said in a press release. "The answer is this: we exist to serve others. So, we invested in a building that would serve our community’s needs and be busy seven days a week," said Andrews. "So, at the nZone, you’ll find everything you would expect at a recreation and sports facility – soccer, lacrosse, basketball and volleyball league play, fitness classes and boot camps, Karate, …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Guess where the picture is located, and what this is.
If you can guess where this is located, you probably really like to explore the hidden areas of Centreville—or you live really close by. If you can tell us the reason these stairs lead to nowhere, and what this structure is, we take off our hats off to you as a hometown expert. We have a couple ideas what it might be, but aren't certain yet. Because this is a particularly difficult one to guess, we've added another picture, seemingly part of the same structure nearby. Place your guess in the comments section below. "Hidden Centreville," previously an occasional feature, will now run every Thursday. We'll reveal the answers every Friday by 6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Centreville High's Touchdown Club holds awards ceremony for the varsity football team.
Members of The Touchdown Club, a group that supports varsity football at Centreville High School, gathered on Monday evening for an awards ceremony held at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. The night was a chance for the fans to look back on Centreville's best season in recent memory, for the team and coaches to thank their supporters, and for the team to look ahead to the future. "Obviously we hope that our success continues for years to come. The bar has been raised; the expectations are raised, and that's where they should be," said Centreville head coach Chris Haddock. "This is a great community. We've got great people here, we've got great fans, we've got all the pieces to be successful year in and year out." Watch the videos to listen to…
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Here's a quick guide to filling growlers in our burgeoning local brewery scene.
A growler originally meant a bucket that dad used to tote beer home from the saloon in an age when six-packs weren’t available. Today, a growler is a glass jug used for the same purpose. They come in 64-ounce and 32-ounce sizes, and in different shapes: the simple hillbilly jug versus the fancier swing-top bottle. All are ecologically friendly—they can be used indefinitely as long as you don’t drop them—and are a great way to enjoy draft beer in the comfort of your home. Virginia is a very friendly state for growler sales. Brewpubs, breweries, bars and even grocery stores can sell them with the proper licensing. (By contrast, in Washington, DC, production breweries like DC Brau and Chocolate City Brewing can sell them out of their tasting …
Friday, January 6, 2012
A new study ranks Centreville's commute.
Stuck in traffic a lot? You're not alone. Twenty-nine percent of Centreville residents take at least 45 minutes to get to work, according to a new study. The study done by On Numbers, a Bizjournals.com blog, compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey. It awarded points for every commuter who takes less than 30 minutes to get from home to his or her job, and it took away points for every commuter above that threshold. Overall, Centreville ranked 457 out of 483 cities, villages, incorporated towns and census designated places with populations between 50,000 and 100,000. The study showed that 31 percent of Centreville commuters take 15-29 minutes to get to work. Another 24 percent commute for 30-44 minutes. …