Monday notes: Huntley advocate honored, neighborhood milestone, Route 1 meeting

Halloween decorations on house

This home in the Hybla Valley area is definitely ready for Halloween. Send us your Halloween house pics at

Happy Columbus Day. If you or your neighbor goes all-out decorating for Halloween, send us your pics for our 1st ever best Halloween House contest. We’ll have a vote just before Halloween to crown the winner. Email the pics to

News and notes from the past few days:

Huntley advocate honored

The Fairfax County Park Authority has honored the late Norma Hoffman with the 2017 Elly Doyle Park Service Award.

Hoffman, who passed away in June at 91, was a tireless volunteer and advocate for Huntley Meadows Park for more than 40 years. In the late 1970s she formed Citizens Alliance to Save Huntley in an ultimately successful effort to block a road through the park. She later co-founded the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. The visitor center at Huntley Meadows — where she regularly volunteered until two weeks before she died — was named in her honor in 2013. 

Read more on the Park Authority website.

Neighborhood turns 50

The Wessynton neighborhood in the Mount Vernon area turns 50 years old this month. Known for its distinctive architectural style, the 156-home neighborhood was designed by Nicholas Pappas, who will be on hand for a celebration next weekend at the Belle Haven Country Club. 

Learn more about Wessynton’s history at

Save the date

VDOT’s next public meeting on the Route 1 widening from Jeff Todd Way to Napper Road will be on Monday, November 6. It will be held at Mount Vernon High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The three-mile widening project, which is estimated to cost $215 million, is currently in its very early stages, with construction not scheduled to begin until 2023. More information can be found on the VDOT website