Blake Lane Park for dogs in Oakton VA

The Fairfax County Park authority along with Oakton Dogs Inc has developed Blake Lane Park to accommodate 25 canines to romp around securely and safely.

Located at 10033 Blake Lane in Oakton VA, Blake Lane Park is off Jermantown Rd, turning to Blake Lane at the Trevor House traffic light.

Important: All dogs of 4 months of age and above should be licensed. These licenses are valid for 1 year.

For information about licenses.

Westover neighborhood in Arlington VA

Made up of more than 200 homes in Arlington VA, Westover caters to a majority of Colonials that were built in the end of the 1930’s to the early 1940’s in 10 to 20 acres of land. Many homes are detached houses while duplexes can be found scattered throughout the village.

In the center of Westover, Westover Park can be found at 1001 N. Kennebec Street. 4.36 acres of Westover Park features:

  • Restrooms
  • Water Fountains
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Combination of School-Age Playground
  • 2 Baseball Fields
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Community Field
  • Paved Trail
  • Ornamental Garden

Various shops and restaurants grace the area, all located within an arm reach. Local favorites are The Lost Dog, Scoop Beauregard Ice Cream and Coffee and Lebanese Taverna among many other favorites to dine, drink and relax.

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Gunston Hall Plantation in Fairfax County

Gunston Hall

Located in Fairfax County near Lorton and Mason Neck, Gunston Hall Plantation was the center of a 5,500 acre tobacco and corn plantation. Owned by the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason IV (1725 – 1792), this Georgian style home and garden is now a National Historic Landmark.

It is now owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Gunston Hall is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm except holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. And special events are showcased throughout the year.

Guided tours are offered of the mansion and the 550 acres of ground. The hiking trails are open till 6:00pm.

Washington Dulles International Airport in VA

Dulles International Airport

Opened in 1962, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) can be found in Chantilly VA 26 miles from downtown Washington DC. These 12,000 acres of land has turned developed into a major source for domestic and international air travel with 11 domestic legacy and low fare carriers and 22 international carriers that provide air service globally.

The airport is connected to the region’s highway system by an Authority operated 16 mile Airport Access Highway – Dulles Toll Road exclusively for airport users.

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Are banks allowed to profit off of the sale of foreclosed property?

A question that can cause a fiery debate but it only leaves one correct answer.

Once a bank forecloses on a property and was able to sell the property for more than the loan owed, the profit is readily handed over to the defaulted owner. Then again, the certain fees or expenses of the bank would have to be collected as well. So the loan and fees would be collected and remaining amount returned to the owner.

Some would be:

  • Late Fees
  • Back Payments
  • Attorney Fees
  • Trustee Fees
  • Sign Fees
  • Closing Fees
  • Newspaper Publication Fees
  • Escrow Issues
  • Realtor Commissions
  • Back and Current Taxes
  • Back and Current HOA
  • Clean Out and Repair Fees

Therefore to conclude, if the property actually cost more than the loan, owners wouldn’t be allowing banks foreclose on their property. They would be selling it to save their credit.

Banks just don’t profit on foreclosures.

Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington

Virginia Hospital Center has the ONLY Lung Center in Northern Virginia

Virginia Hospital Center

1701 N. George Mason Drive

Arlington VA 22205.

Administrative phone number 703.558.5000

For emergencies call 911

Located at 1701 N. George Mason Drive in Arlington VA 22205, Virginia Hospital Center provides:

  • Comprehensive healthcare
  • Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Neuroscience
  • Urology
  • Women & Infant Health
  • Lung Cancer Center
  • Colorectal Surgery and more.

Virginia Hospital Center is also a teaching hospital associated with Georgetown University’s School of Medicine.

Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.

Washington Square convenient for nearby Old Town condos

This 235000 square foot Class A office and retail complex in a 2 acre site, Washington Square is a convenient business and shopping center along Alexandria’s main street and North Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Featuring twin 4 story buildings designed with brick and cast stone exterior along with glass walls overlooking a grand courtyard. Tenants are attracted to the 3 story atrium lobbies, fitness center, concierge service, 600 space parking and computerized energy management system.

Washington Square in Old Town Alexandria VA

Washington Square serves:

Residents from Alexandria, Crystal City and Fairfax County patronize Washington Square because of Trader Joe which can be found in the complex of  Old Town Alexandria

Other Washington Square tenants:

  • Talbots
  • FedEx
  • Kinko’s
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Chevy Chase Bank.

Pirate’s Cove at Mason Neck

Regional Waterpark in Northern VA

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Pirate's Cove pool at Mason Neck

American Bald Eagle watching at Mason Neck State Park VA

Boat launch at Mason Neck

With Pohick Bay along the north, Belmont Bay along the south and the Potomac River on the east, Mason Neck State Park is the migrating and non migrating birds, ducks and swans refuge. Several hundreds of acres of forests provide homes to oaks, holly, hickory, and the like along with wetlands. A wide variety of programs and activities are held here.

Foxy on boardwalk at Mason Neck


  • Hiking and Biking Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Canoe Launch / Boating
  • Visitor Center / Gift Shop
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Educational Programs for kids
  • Experimental Studies for adults

    Paddleboats at Mason Neck

The Nature Conservancy bought the land and connected with a National Wildlife Refuge of over 2000 acres. Mason Neck State Park opened to the public in April 1985.

Mason Neck State Park is located in the southern part of Fairfax County which is 20 miles from Washington DC. Nearby attractions include:

  • Mount Vernon
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park
  • Woodlawn Plantation
  • Gunston Hall

For more information please contact:

Mason Neck State Park

7301 High Point Road

Potomac at Mason Neck

Lorton, VA 22079

Information: (703) 339-2385

Office: (703) 339-2384

Visitor Center: (703) 339-2380

Fax: (703) 339-2617

Will Nesbitt enjoying a summer day at Mason Neck
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Northern Virginia Regional Parks – Fountainhead Regional Park

Rowing the boat at Fountainhead

Fountainhead Regional Park is a part of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks system offering a wide range of activities:

Boat Ramp

Fees vary accordingly from the shore, from the ramp and for 55 years of age and above. A maximum 10 horsepower gasoline engine restriction is enforced on the Occoquan Reservoir.

Boat Rentals

Rentals are available for 3person Jon Boat, 4person Jon Boat, Canoe or Kayak

Equestrian Trails

Equestrian Trails are maintained by the Clifton Horse Society. An Equestrian Trail Map and guide will be provided.

Hiking Trails

on the lake

Trails offered: An 8 mile Mountain Bike Trail, White Trail which is a 2 mile Pedestrian Trail and the Trailhead for the 17.5 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail

Miniature Golf

Fun and relaxing before or after fishing / boating experience. This 18-hole miniature golf is only $2.00 for unlimited play. Open daily in summer and in weekends in spring and fall.

Mountain Biking

For those wanting to try the 8.0 mile full circuit.

Shelter Rental

A rental picnic shelter is offered for families, friends and coworkers who wish to go on a picnic at Fountainhead. Tables and Grills are already included but alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Open for rent at 3 options of: 9 AM to 3 PM, 3:30 PM to Sunset or All Day Long.

Foxy had a good time at Fountainhead

Snack Bar

A snack Bar is located in Marina Building at its observation deck providing a breath taking view of the Occoquan Reservoir while feasting on a variety of sandwiches, snacks and beverages.

Tackle Shop

Bait, lures to angling licenses are available at the tackle shop on the observation deck. Rest Rooms are also provided here.

Expert Fountainhead guides offer ecological tours and fun paddling adventures for participants’ ages 12 years and above.

Bass Tournament is also offered for angling largemouth bas

s, catfish, crappie, perch and bluegill.

Fountainhead Regional Park Schedule is as follows:

March 1 – March 19 Open for Private Boat Launch Only
March 20 – March 31 Open weekends for rentals – 8 hours per day
April 1 – October 31 Open daily
November 1 – November 14 Open weekends for rentals – 8 hours per day
November 15 – November 30 Open for Private Boat Launch Only

For more information contact:

Fountainhead Regional Park


10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station