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P4 / ANNUAL BOOK P6 / NEWS FROM P9 / 2019 FARMERS' DRIVE MEMBERS MARKET Issue 2 Volume 43 SPRING 2019 Springfield, Virginia GOLD MEMBERS Metro Announces Travel Options CALIBRE In collaboration with regional EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON SPRNGFIELD officials and transportation HILTON SPRINGFIELD agencies, Metro released travel The 2019 Valor Awards - be alternatives and a detailed project there April 26 to honor our First website - - Responders to help customers begin planning pg. 2 for this summer's closure of The end of Springfield Days, the six Blue and Yellow line but still a weekend full of fun for the stations south of Ronald Reagan whole family Washington National Airport for pg. 11 full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. To expedite construction and Other convenient Metrobus options for customers include routes 8Z, minimize customer inconvenience, 10A, 10E, 11Y, 21A, and Metroway. Metro plans to add additional buses the six stations-Braddock Road, to several of these routes to provide additional capacity throughout the duration of this summer’s Platform Improvement Project work. King Street, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Summer 2019 Travel Alternatives Franconia-Springfield-will be closed from Free express and local shuttle bus service Saturday, May 25 to Monday, September 2, will be provided while the stations are closed. 2019, to allow for around-the-clock work. Customers should plan on adding an extra Metro plans an extensive network of free 30 minutes of travel time to their commutes. express and local shuttle bus services to • Franconia - Pentagon Express help customers get around the region during Express shuttle between Franconia- construction. Springfield and Pentagon stations The station closures are part of Metro's • Blue Line Shuttle three-year Platform Improvement Project Shuttle between Franconia-Springfield, that will completely reconstruct the outdoor Van Dorn St, King St-Old Town, and platforms at 20 Metrorail stations, making Ronald Reagan Washington National platforms safer and more accessible for Airport stations (No stop at Braddock customers with disabilities, while also Rd Station) addressing safety concerns and longstanding • Huntington - Pentagon Express structural issues. Express shuttle between Huntington Metro's contractor, Kiewit, will work and Pentagon stations concurrently at all six stations this summer • Yellow Line Shuttle to expedite construction and ensure the Shuttle between Huntington, stations are ready to reopen for customers Eisenhower Ave, King St-Old Town, after Labor Day, however, construction may Braddock Rd, and Crystal City stations continue into the fall. (No stop at National Airport Station)

GREATER SPRINGFIELD The Chamber Honors Community’s First Responders CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Valor Awards Breakfast Tickets Now Available 6434 Brandon Avenue Suite 208 The Greater Chief was to form the Chief ’s Council on Diversity Recruitment. The Council engages Springfield, VA 22150 Springfield community leaders to guide and advise the Chief and the Department’s leadership Chamber of team on how to achieve recruitment goals 703-866-3500 and better represent our culturally diverse Commerce communities within the sworn, civilian and BOARD MEMBERS volunteer workforce; while also creating will host their and nurturing a robust dialogue with all Chairman communities served. Jessica Walters sixth annual President/ CEO Staci Redmon of Embassy Suites by Hilton Springfield Strategy and Management Services, Inc. Valor Awards will emcee the event. Redmon, an Army Treasurer veteran, is a successful entrepreneur and Enola Thaboun on Friday, leader. She has received recognition for her Andrews Federal Credit Union visionary leadership and dedication to the Immediate Past Chairman April 26, at community by a multitude of organizations Kathleen McDermott and has led her company through Alliance Law Group the Springfield exponential growth. Eric Christensen Tickets to the breakfast are $25. Springfield Town Center Fairfax County Chief of Police, Golf & Visit the Chamber website to reserve Colonel Edwin C. Roessler your seat, Amy Jones Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Honest Soul Yoga To be recognized as a supporter of our This breakfast event recognizes Fairfax community’s first responders, contact the Nicole Reaves Chamber office, 703-866-3500. NOVA Medical Education Campus County police, fire and sheriff deputies in Jason Rodriguez the Greater Springfield area who selflessly Hilton Springfield serve and protect our community both on Anna Ryjik New York Life and off the job. Meghan Snyder Meghan Snyder Communications Fairfax County Chief of Police, Colonel Peter van Aartrijk Edwin C. Roessler will serve as keynote Aartrijk Lauma Wingrove speaker. Colonel Roessler was appointed CALIBRE Chief of Police on July 30, 2013, with Tavares Milfort more than 30 years of service. Colonel Yard House Roessler previously served as Deputy Chief NEWS & VIEWS of Patrol managing crime fighting efforts Managing Editor Meghan Snyder across all eight district stations. One of Meghan Snyder Communications Print & Design Colonel Roessler’s first actions as Police Allegra Marketing • Print • Mail President | CEO Join Community Members to Honor the Fallen Kim Clarke The Greater Springfield Chamber of lunch in Warrior Café. Commerce Veterans Committee invites you Special thanks to American Legion Post to its Memorial Day weekend wreath laying 176 and Bugles Across America and our ceremony at American Legion Post 176 on sponsor Andrews Federal Credit Union for Friday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. supporting the ceremony. At the ceremony the Chamber will honor our nation’s fallen service members and recognize veterans in the Greater Springfield area. This event will be outdoors and is open to the public. The memorial wreath will be displayed at the southwest corner of Veterans Bridge throughout Memorial Day weekend. Following the half-hour ceremony attendees are invited inside to purchase 2 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS

Message From our Chairman of the Board Showcasing the Chamber’s Scholarship Foundation When I was installed as the Greater residents and perhaps better engage our members by providing them with ways to support the fund. I also hope our members Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s will consider their own children heading off to college and encourage them to apply. 2019 Board Chair, I spoke of my Education is an investment in the future of our community and the scholarship foundation is one way to build relationships pledge to better connect the chamber between our member businesses and our and its members with the community. neighbors. Members of the Chamber’s board are currently exploring new avenues After some great discussion during to increase funding, raise awareness of this contribution and better publicize the our first two generosity of our members. I’m excited to see how this evolves and look forward to talking about it with our members in the board meetings, I coming months. This year we will award a $1,000 scholarship, and it is my believe the solution hope we will double that number next year. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund or know a Jessica Walters surfaced. student interested in applying, please contact the Chamber office Are you aware of at (703) 866-3500. the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship foundation? It’s okay if your answer is, “no,” because our board is working on making it known and getting the word out. The foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established to provide scholarships to students in Greater Springfield. In fact, 2019 will mark the 14th year a scholarship has been awarded. It’s clear to me, and the board, that we need to do a better job of communicating this wonderful opportunity to our ALBAN TIRE CORP. Upcoming Events Retail, Wholesale, Commercial & Fleet Services Valor Awards Breakfast • April 26 Serving the METRO AREA for over 40 years! Bike to Work Day We provide all types of Tires including:  • May 17 Cars, Trucks, Trailers, RV’s, Lawn & Garden, Industrial Wreath Laying Ceremony Mechanical Services Offered:  • May 24 Alignments, Suspension & Steering, PM Services, A/C  Weekend Event: Service, Brake Repair, State Safety Inspections Formerly Springfield Days • June 1 & 2 WWW.ALBANTIRE.COM 7244 BOUDINOT DRIVE Live@5 SPRINGFIELD, VA 22150 • April 18 • May 23 703‐455‐9300 • June 20 Networking Breakfast • May 1 • June 5 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS 3

Children’s Book Drive 2019 branch's use as a cultural and community center. Local businesses and organizations serve as hosts for The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with the Friends of Richard Byrd Library to collection boxes. New and gently-used host the annual children’s book drive April books are donated by customers, vendors 1-26. Children’s books, for readers through and employees. It’s a great incentive to grade six, will be collected at Chamber events do some spring cleaning and de-clutter a and multiple locations around the community sagging book shelf. Many families use this for distribution to local elementary school as their opportunity to share books with classrooms and young readers in the Greater others. Do you have books to donate? Springfield area. Visit during The Chamber and the Friends of Richard the campaign for a list of collection spots. Host locations Byrd Library work together to pick-up, sort, clean and welcome your visit and contribution to the book drive. distribute the collected books. The Friends are dedicated to For more information about the Friends of Richard Byrd making the Richard Byrd Library and its free services known Library visit to all segments of the community and to encourage the Chamber Partners with Rotary Chamber board members partner with member Rotary Club of West Springfield for a community service event at Lorton Community Action Center where they made snack bags for needy students to have during Spring break. Nonprofit Member Spotlight How do your organization’s local and national or international initiatives differ? An interview with Rotary Club of West Springfield Our worldwide project is the eradication of Polio. Our community efforts range from helping underprivileged What is the mission of your organization? children; school dictionaries for 3rd grade students; Lorton We are part of the world’s largest service organization Community Action Center (LCAC) food bank drives; - providing service to others, promoting integrity, and NOVA college scholarships; Thanksgiving meals for military advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through families; roadside street cleaning, and many more. our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. What’s your organization’s goal for its Chamber membership? What year was your organization founded? Increase Rotary awareness and community involvement. Rotary International was started in 1905, while our club was Seek individuals who want to do more for their communities. chartered in April 1980. “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” Paul Harris, Founder Do you have an interesting story or bit of trivia about how or why your organization was founded? Where can readers get more information about your Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members, in organization? 35,000 clubs, in over 190 countries, to form an organization Rotary International website is of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Local club website is Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Personal contact: Ralph Menzel; 571-232-6477; Chicago on February 231905, so professionals with diverse [email protected] backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. 4 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS

On the Fork SILVER MEMBERS Lunch at Bonefish Grill LEMAY & COMPANY SPRINGFIELD TOWN CENTER A colleague joined Just when I thought I was stuffed, our server asked if we needed anything and BRONZE MEMBERS me for lunch at my colleague said we’ll take a look at the desert menu. We played the how well you Allegra Marketing • Print • Mail Bonefish Grill in know me game as I tried to guess what Andrews Federal Credit Union my colleague would order. He ordered the Dan’s Van Lines Kingstowne. We seasonal crème Brulee. It was by far the Dave & Buster’s best crème Brulee I ever had, it was topped might have been the with fresh whipped cream and raspberries Fairfax Memorial Park & Funeral Home - a dessert lover’s dream. The service was FVCbank first ones there as prompt. The food was good. I washed it all down with a blueberry ice tea. Yard House soon as they opened. Good things to know: THANK YOU, We were seated • Mondays- Martini Mondays $6 house RENEWING MEMBERS quickly and given made martini’s Advanced Auto Tech • Tuesdays -hooked on Tuesday special Allegra Marketing•Print•Mail of Linda Waller menus. I love booths where I can sit back, 3 course prefix menu Springfield • Wednesdays -Bang Bang Wednesday Board & Brush Springfield VA get comfy and enjoy a cocktail or mocktail. special $6 bang bang shrimp for there Breathe Body and Mind The restaurant is separated with a big or to go Brookfield Plaza Shopping Center • Saturdays Brunch 11:00 a.m.-2:00 city bar and a family environment style p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 Burke & Herbert Bank p.m. Brunch CALIBRE restaurant. The restaurant is a polished • Happy hour specials Monday-Sunday from 4-6:30 pm Carey Coaching casual restaurant that tries to be laid back • Dine Rewards program. Every time Comfort Inn Alexandria you dine and spend $20 or more in Commonwealth Cooling & Heating while delivering service like fine dining. The food. Every fourth visit enjoy 50% Consistent Voice Communications off up to $20 off your check. décor on the walls are of fish that look like Dan's Van Lines Bonefish Grill is open Monday to ECHO, Inc. they are jumping out of the water which Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Eddie Greenan Jewelers, Inc. represents their first location in Florida that and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fairfax County Office of opened in 2000. They have many menu Community Revitalization 5920 Kingstowne Center Felix & Oscar--Pet Food...Naturally format options, including braille, brunch on Kingstowne, VA 22315 Food for Others the weekends, lunch, a special hooked on 703-971-3202 FVCbank Tuesday menu and gluten-free. All menus Greenspring Holiday Inn Express Springfield include calorie counts. Homewood Suites Springfield We began with their warm ciabatta bread Hope For The Warriors InCourage Martial Arts and homemade pesto oil. We ordered their Jones & McIntyre PLLC house signature appetizer bang bang shrimp. Lake Accotink Park - FCPA LeMay & Company If you have never had bang bang shrimp, M&T Bank I urge you to stop reading now and go get Metropolitan Real Estate Services, LLC some. You seriously can’t go another day Metropolitan School of the Arts without having tried them. They are fried Motel 6 MVLE crispy and tossed with a creamy, spicy sauce, New York Life - Ariel Goldchain laid on top of a bed of lettuce. I could SAMS eat only that for the rest of my life and be Springfield Town Center TAGS satisfied. The Koinonia Foundation I ordered the Cobia piccata and shrimp Thompson, Hughes & Trollinger CPAs Virginia Eagle Distributing Company with sautéed spinach and jasmine rice as my Wegmans Food Markets - Alexandria sides. My colleague ordered the Rainbow Yardhouse Trout with broccoli and jasmine rice. He added a compliment of mango salsa. When I heard his order, I knew we would have to share. The presentation of both meals was beautiful. My fish was juicy and flavorful and a beautiful golden-brown topped with grape tomatoes in a lemon caper butter sauce. My colleague said his fish was flavorful and juicy, and the mango salsa complimented the delicate flavor and tender, flaky texture of the Idaho Trout. We had a big, satisfying lunch for sure. SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS 5

Members in the News Honest Soul Yoga is hosting an open house to bring new students to Honest Soul Yoga’s, week called Share the Soul where current third and newest location in Tysons/Falls clients can bring new students to experience Church, located at 7505 Leesburg Pike. The class, for free. The client and their guest will Grand Prize drawing will be held on April 13 be entered to win three months of free yoga immediately following classes. for the pair. Share the Soul week runs April 7 – 13, 2019, and is open to clients who wish For more information: In February, Greenspring honored 539 than 4,000 hours each in their lifetimes. The resident volunteers with the President’s President’s Volunteer Service Award is an Volunteer Service Award for their dedication initiative created in 2003 by the Corporation to the Greenspring community and beyond. for National and Community Service. Their combined volunteerism amounted Supervisor Pat Herrity, Springfield District, to more than 63,936 hours during 2018. attended the ceremony. Four residents were also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteering more For more information: Springfield Golf & Country Club (SGCC) spaces, two dining locations and the golf pro shop. The updates will include new flooring, has helped make memories for almost six decor and wall treatments. The club is also decades. SGCC recently announced it is excited to serve as a host site for the U.S. undergoing a significant renovation to its Open Women’s Qualifier on April 30. clubhouse which was built in 2001. The renovations will positively impact all aspects For more information: of the clubhouse including ballrooms, meeting 703.451.8600. CALIBRE Systems, Inc. acquired SPEAR Federal Contractor of the Year, SECAF 2017 Incorporated (SPEAR), a Virginia-based Government Contractor of the Year, ACG IT solutions and management consulting 2017 Emerging Growth Company of the company. SPEAR delivers superior IT Year, and earned a spot as one of the 2018 solutions, cybersecurity, and data analytics Washington Business Journal Best Places to services for business partners and federal Work. agency clients. SPEAR was named Washington Technology’s 2017 and 2018 Fast 50, Inc. For more information: 500/5000 in 2017 and 2018, GovCon 2017 Since 2015, Greenlee and the BodyWise Dance the young firefighters struggle to cook healthy artistic team have led MVLE Moves, a therapy- food, their Veggie Godmother swoops in to save informed performing arts training program the day – showing them what teamwork and a for individuals with disabilities. Rookies’ First big appetite can accomplish. Performances are Feast is the latest chapter in the groups’ work together. In this food fantasy romp, two newbie free, and suitable for all ages. firefighters face their highest hurdle yet: cooking For more information: for the squad. Plus, Capt. Salvo is dairy-free. As Strategy and Management Services, WPEO charter, this prestigious award is given to the individual in the WPEO DC Network Inc., President and CEO, Staci Redmon, who exemplifies the highest level of local was recognized in March, on International involvement in a one-year period. Women’s Day, as the 2019 recipient of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization For more information: (WPEO) 2019 DC Star. According to the 6 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS

Member Profile It all Started with One Van and a Sofa “Entrepreneurs solve problems,” said Dan La May, was a problem to which La May could offer a solution. He Founder and President of Dan’s Van Lines. began advertising in 1997 in the Thrifty Nickel circular. If you’ve attended the Greater “I never dreamed we would become an actual moving Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s company,” La May said. His company began to grow. Annual Dinner in the past two Dan’s Van Lines became well-known in Northern Virginia years, you’ve seen La May on for moving items locally. When La May married his wife, stage presenting the annual Esperanza, he knew he had to make the business work. He business and citizenship awards focused on marketing through his local networks. with another Chamber member Dan’s Van Lines has grown from Dan and his one van business owner, Robert to a full-service moving company performing more than LeMay. 400 moves a year. The staff at Dan’s Van Lines includes A member of the some employees who have worked for, and grown with, the Greater Springfield Chamber of company for more than 18 years. The team handles Commerce since all aspects of each move from planning, 2002, Dan’s Van packing and storage, to delivery locally, Lines exemplifies nationally or even abroad. how relationship- Dan’s Van Lines has building and moved an array of unique in-person network items as well, including marketing grows the firefighter statue business. The beginning of that sits outside the Dan’s Van Lines was by happenstance. La May Springfield Volunteer had had a long career in retail, then tried real estate investing Fire Department. and used car dealerships and wasn’t sure what he wanted to do They’ve moved client’s next. He did know, however, that he needed to earn a living. belongings to Hawaii, One day in 1997, he was presented with an opportunity. A the UK and Bulgaria as local man needed a sofa removed from his home. La May well as Israel, Africa, and owned a van, in which the furniture would fit, so he agreed to even sent humanitarian haul the couch away for a fee of $60. supplies to Puerto Rico after La May picked up the couch and collected his money. To the the hurricane that devastated customer, the job was done. La May realized quickly that he the island in 2017. Dan’s Van Lines now had a couch and no place to take it. It’s fair to say he learned a few things from this first business endeavor, like the offers services for moves of all sizes and values importance of having a plan for each job, and how to more – from a family’s home to a large corporate relocation accurately price his services. and has even done moving jobs for some of Washington’s He also realized other people may have a similar need for professional athletes. assistance moving large objects from point A to point B. This Under La May’s watchful eye, Dan’s Van Lines continues to grow through word-of-mouth, repeat customers, relationship- building and of course online marketing. 703-553-0900 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS 7

An Update From our Committees 10 Things to do Before Posting to Social Media GET INVOLVED Very little can be taken back on it’s easy to copy and paste the social media. A mistake in a post can wrong link or leave off the last Join a Chamber be embarrassing, alienate customers character. Committee or even cause them to question your professionalism. Before hitting send, 7. Double check the image. Economic Development post or tweet, run your potential post When you’re using an image Craig Blakeley, chair through this handy checklist. from elsewhere, give attribution. 703-848-8336 Even if you decide not to tag the 1. Proofread before sending to original content creator, watch for Legislative avoid silly mistakes. Spell check watermarks. If there is one, or Karen Fountain, chair doesn’t always catch homonyms you’re reposting something that’s 703-455-3100 (words that sound alike but are been shared by multiple sharers, spelled differently), and it may not go to the original site mentioned Marketing catch a misspelled word if you in the post before you share it. Meghan Snyder, chair have it in caps. Don’t forget to You don’t want to share content 703-909-2975 double-check auto-correct issues, that one of your followers could especially when sending from your follow back to the original poster Membership phone. only to find it’s an unsavory Anna Kaviani, chair group. 2. Be funny, not offensive. 703-455-3000 Humor is great but not if it 8. Use scheduling software. If you alienates customers, vendors or use scheduling software, you’re partners. You can lose lucrative not going live immediately. Many relationships over something as schedulers also have spell-check simple as a tweet. features. Visit 3. Use sarcasm sparingly and 9. Use with permission. If you’re obviously. Are you saying what posting to social media, always you mean? What is your tone use attributes for quotes and for more information conveying? Is that the only way it materials. Give the content creator could be interpreted? Sarcasm is credit. This becomes much more STAY CONNECTED very difficult to master in print or important when your posting to on social media. a blog and not merely a quote. If you’re using a cartoon, song lyrics, 4. Check stats and claims. If more than 10% of a printed work, you’re quoting a source, make sure or an image, and you’re publishing you haven’t transposed numbers it on a business blog, you or wrongly attributed a claim. should seriously consider getting permission from the content 5. Check your quote. Quotes, owner. If you stand to make especially image quotes, receive money off it, don’t be surprised some of the biggest shares. to receive a cease and desist letter. However, before you attribute something to a famous person, 10. Look at the published post. check sources. After you post your item, always double-check it. Click on the links. 6. Test the link. Always check your Take another look at the spelling link by copying it into another tab and grammar. Some social media and double-checking that it works. platforms (like Facebook) allow When you’re copying and pasting, you to edit your posts. 8 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS

Our Political Leaders in Action Budget Season is in Full Swing `It’s that time of year again. Budget funded for the second consecutive year. The proposed $2.35 billion General Fund transfer to FCPS includes season is in full swing! As Chairman an increase of $86.46 million from last year's budget. This is a 3.82% increase, and ninth consecutive year of our board’s budget committee, I that has seen a budgeted increase in the transfer to the FCPS. have been hard at work making sure • The real estate tax rate will remain unchanged our funds are allocated effectively, ($1.15/$100 of the assessed value). efficiently and appropriately. • Funding is provided for the fourth year of Diversion First, a collaborative effort which diverts low-risk County Executive Bryan Hill offenders experiencing a mental health crisis to treatment rather than sending them to jail. presented his proposed budget in • Additional staffing for the future South County Police February to the Board of Supervisors. Station is also funded. This is great news for residents in the Lee and Mount Vernon Districts especially, as it Supervisor Jeff McKay In it, our General Fund budget is moves us one step closer to the new station. This will Lee District reduce Police response times countywide. $4.44 billion, a $156.9 million (or 3.67 percent) increase over the current FY Although there’s still work to be done between now and budget adoption in May, I’m mostly pleased with the 2019 Adopted Budget. County Executive’s proposal. As always, I’d welcome your feedback and ideas, the budget is the most important County A balanced budget that invests in people and our shared document and it is always better with citizen input. priorities is the key to our success. I’m overall pleased with this year’s proposed budget. In addition to what’s listed below, our budget also ensures Fairfax County invests strongly in transportation, transit and infrastructure improvements. We know it’s Fairfax County’s investment in education, transportation, human services, housing, parks, libraries and public safety that makes us a welcoming community for everyone and a place where companies wish to locate and do business. Some highlights: • Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will be fully Farmers Market you shop at a farmer’s market you are supporting local farmers, preserving small farms and promoting sustainable The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is excited agriculture. The food is healthy for you, your family, the to announce farmer’s markets are back. Don’t you just economy and our environment. Here is a list of Springfield love the Spring? Farmers markets bring together a diverse area farmer’s markets population around a shared objective supporting families by buying and serving real food with real flavor. When Kingstowne Fridays May 3 - October 25, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. In the Giant parking lot, 5870 Kingstowne Towne Center Burke Saturdays April 13 - December 21, 8 a.m. - Noon VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway Springfield Saturdays Spring Mall Road, Springfield Town Center & Fairfax Saturdays Lorton Sundays March 16 – November 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Parking lot on the corner of Loisdale Road Sundays SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program! May 11–October 26, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Main & West Streets, 10500 Page Ave May 12–October 20 , 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 5 - November 17 , 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd. SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program! SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS 9

Winter Recap Friday, Dec 21, 2018. grand opening and ribbon cutting at Springfield’s new Skyzone. Skyzone Teen Job Fair held at West Springfield High School on offered free 30 minute jump to attendees. Saturday, Mar 23, 2019. Ray Manfredi Agency of Allstate Northern VA taught a breakout session on networking. Greenspring expansion ribbon cutting of Dogwood On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 Supervisor Pat Herrity and Greenspring honored and awarded Commons new memory care facility on Friday, March 22. resident volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the Greenspring campus and beyond. On Wednesday, Mar. 6 at The American Legion Post 176, during the Networking Breakfast, National Sales manager Dean Miller from VisitFairfax did a presentation on the inside look of the National Museum of the United States Army. Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of the American Legion, the largest veteran service organization in the world founded by the Doughboys from WWI. American Legion Post 172 hosted a dinner and dance with special guest speaker, retired Special Forces/ Ranger Command Sergeant Major, Jimmie Spenser. 10 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS

Array of Weekend Events Replaces Springfield Days For years, The Springfield Days cardboard vessels through the course. Will they sink or will Festival has been a community they float in their very own cardboard boat? Those interested tradition, held the weekend after in participating in the regatta can download registration and Memorial Day each year. As the participation guidelines on the Fairfax County Park Authority cliché says, “All good things must website. come to an end.” The Craft & Fun Fair will be held on Saturday, June 8 This year, there will not be an 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Springfield United official Springfield Days Festival. Methodist Church across the street from Springfield Plaza. However, taking its place will Come shop through local crafters and small businesses while be independent events hosted your family enjoys games, a free moon bounce, fun activities throughout the community. and more. American Legion Post 176 will For more information about these events, please contact the host a Car Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m specific event’s host. on Saturday, June 1. Car enthusiasts will find the line-up of vehicles, spanning the years, in the Legion parking lot on Amherst Avenue. Want to show your car, for free? Arrive Saturday as early as 8 a.m. to register. Springfield Town Center will host the Taste of Springfield Festival on Saturday, June 1 from noon to 5 p.m. The event is a seasonal celebration of good food, exhibitors, entertainment and live music. This outdoor, family-friendly event allows you to stroll through various vendor booths at your leisure while sampling some of the delicious offerings of local restaurants and chefs.   There will be entertainment for all ages. On Sunday, June 2, Lake Accotink Park will host the locally famous Cardboard Boat Regatta. Join the community to cheer on racers of all ages as they work to paddle their homemade Skip the Traffic; Bike to Work On Friday, May 17, Springfield area commuters have an opportunity to ditch the traffic and congestion they experience in their cars at rush hour and ride their bikes to work instead. Bike to Work Day provides an opportunity to get some fresh air, enjoy the network of bike trails in the area, meet a fellow bicyclist and make a difference by reducing road congestion and air pollution, even if it’s just for one day. There will be 115 pit stops across the region with three in Springfield: Metro Park at Walker Lane, South Run and Springfield Plaza. At each pitstop, bicyclists who are on their way to work will find refreshments, giveaways and the chance to win one of many new bicycles as a part of a free raffle. Register online at The first 20,000 registrants to attend will receive a free t-shirt. SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS 11

Message From our CEO CHAMBER WELCOMES Springfield is a Destination NEW MEMBERS First quarter of years. There is a lot happening, like Artistry Painting & 2019 flew by. I the opening of Maggie McFly’s at the Decorating have met so many Springfield Town Center, The St. James 6417 Julian St. of you, but have tournament schedule filling up, the Springfield, VA 22150 so many people development of the Army museum on ARS INC-American left to meet. I Ft. Belvoir and much more. Restoration Service In invite you to There is a strong tourism component 7964 Conell Ct. Ste C come out to our as well. I was contacted by a group Lorton, VA 22079 networking events of 250 people coming to tour the FASTSIGNS of Springfield and mix and area and staying at Homewood Suites. 6715 B Backlick Rd Ste B Kimberly Clarke mingle. If you are While of course they must visit D.C. Springfield, VA 22150 for a day, they wanted to know about Franconia Service Center a morning person, entertainment, dining and nightlife 5520 Franconia Rd. we have our networking breakfasts the options in the Greater Springfield Alexandria, VA 22310 first Wednesday of each month, and if area. As I told them about our many Mosquito Hunters of afternoons and happy hours work for options, I realized that even I hadn’t Annandale-Springfield you, those are the third Thursday of previously seen that Springfield truly 8001 Forbes Pl each month. I would most definitely is a destination in itself. We have two Springfield, VA 22151 encourage you to come out, meet a movie theaters, beautiful hotels that are The Journey new business connection and get your conveniently located off the highway, 6427 Franconia Rd. company’s name out there. have their own dining options and offer Springfield, VA 22150 Something we are excited about space to accommodate large groups, Virginia Tire & Auto this year is rebranding the networking meetings and events. Night life - 6626 Backlick Rd. breakfast, starting with a change in Springfield has entertainment like Dave Springfield, VA 22150 start-time for the April event. More to & Buster’s, billiards at Hard Times Café, come on this later in the year, but it an array of happy hour options, craft The Greater includes a new format, which includes beer on tap at Fairwinds and so much Springfield Chamber highly local custom content. more. of Commerce Everyone has been so welcoming and I want the Chamber to be an is an organization of helpful by telling me about past events information hub for all things businesses with ties and the history of Springfield. Greater happening in and around Springfield, to Burke, Fairfax Springfield has come a long way and has so if you have a question or suggestion Station, Franconia, even more in store. I live in Alexandria give me a call, I’d love to chat about it. Kingstowne, but have worked in Springfield for five Lorton Station, Newington March Live@5 at Homewood Suites. and Springfield, Virginia. 12 SPRING 2019 NEWS & VIEWS

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