The State of NoVa: Springfield


Posted at 05:10 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Holocaust survivor Charles Stein of Springfield still spreading his story at 93

Charles Stein escaped Austria, then fought for U.S. Army in World War II

By Tom Jackman  |  05:10 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Charles Stein, Holocaust Museum, Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Will Springfield’s Dave Grohl join Northern Virginia’s list of Academy Award winners?

The “Sound City” documentary should at least get a nomination

By Tom Jackman  |  12:29 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Music, Arlington County | Tags:  Dave Grohl, Sound City, Springfield, Va., Academy Awards

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Fairfax Underground: A deeper look at the wide open online forum with one million visitors per month

Cary Wiedemann wants full transparency, no filters.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Media, Springfield | Tags:  Fairfax Underground, Cary Wiedemann, Center for Democracy & Technology, Electronic Freedom Foundation

Posted at 12:46 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Sharam, international house DJ star, allegedly swindled by Fairfax County convicted felon

The former Deep Dish member, Grammy winner is out $100,000.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:46 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Great Falls, Springfield, Crime, Fairfax County | Tags:  Sharam, Yoshitoshi, Deep Dish, Kristin Gardner Kelly, embezzlement

Posted at 03:20 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Dave Grohl bio cites many Northern Va. historical landmarks for future Nirvana, Foo Fighters star

Before Seattle, the future Nirvana, Foo Fighters star had the Lake Braddock Community Center.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:20 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Music | Tags:  Dave Grohl, Springfield, Va., Foo Fighters

Posted at 02:25 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Springfield’s Sydenstricker Schoolhouse added to National Register of Historic Places

The Sydenstricker Schoolhouse, formerly Pohick School #8, was last one-room school in Fairfax.

By Tom Jackman  |  02:25 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Schools | Tags:  Sydenstricker Schoolhouse, Springfield, Va., Pohick

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Fischer Hardware in Springfield closing Friday

The Springfield store’s lender ordered the doors shut pending the outcome of a legal fight.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:03 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Fischer Hardware, Ace Hardware, Roy Ewers

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Husband of Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall abduction victim, settles suit for $2.5 million

Bobbie Bosworth was taken from the mall in 2008, driven to Woodbridge and then died in a car accident.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:23 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Woodbridge, Crime, Courts | Tags:  Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall, PDQ Mart

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Fischer Hardware of Springfield wins a round vs. Ace Hardware; two fed agencies now investigating

The struggling store wins a key step in its lawsuit and its battle to stay open.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:13 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Fischer Hardware, Ace Hardware, Roy Ewers

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 07/18/2012

Former NVCC President Richard Ernst becomes senior track star, piles up medals in sprints

From acclaimed educator to sprinter of 50 meters in eight seconds or so.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:30 AM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia Community College, Sports, Springfield | Tags:  Richard Ernst, Virginia Senior Games

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 07/16/2012

Springfield’s Johnny Karlinchak, 8, raises money to help neighbor recover from storm damage

Johnny Karlinchak has seen neighbors help his family. Now he’s helping neighbors himself.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Johnny Karlinchak, derecho

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Springfield’s Fischer Hardware hanging tough; Rep. Connolly calls for Ace Hardware probe

The local institution has new suppliers and new momentum.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Fischer Hardware, Ace Hardware, Springfield

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 06/07/2012

The Springfield Mall abduction and death of Bobbie Bosworth: The rest of the story (Part 2)

Bosworth’s husband sues the mall, the security company and the convenience store, and ultimately receives a settlement.

By Tom Jackman  |  07:09 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Courts | Tags:  Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall, Vornado Realty Trust, Securitas, Judge Charles Maxfield

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/07/2012

The Springfield Mall abduction and death of Bobbie Bosworth: The rest of the story (part 1)

The crime — snatched at gunpoint from a mall parking lot — horrified the region. Now, the rest of the story emerges.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Woodbridge, Crime, Courts | Tags:  Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall, Vornado Realty Trust, Securitas Corp., PDQ Mart

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Springfield’s Fischer Hardware battles to survive; says Ace Hardware led it on path to bankruptcy

Owners Roy and Pattie Ewers say that affiliating with Ace Hardware led them to bankruptcy, brink of closure.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:49 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Courts | Tags:  Fischer Hardware, Ace Hardware, Roy Ewers, Pattie Ewers

Posted at 07:18 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Springfield Mall to close, become Springfield Town Center

Its owners plan to gut the mall, build a Springfield Town Center around it and revitalize the area.

By Tom Jackman  |  07:18 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Development | Tags:  Springfield Mall

Posted at 12:41 AM ET, 02/29/2012

George Allen responds quickly to Hank the Cat’s candidacy

A new candidate for the U.S. Senate attracts a swift countermove by the former Republican senator.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:41 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics, Springfield | Tags:  Hank the Cat

Posted at 06:18 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Fairfax again embroiled in treehouse controversy

For the second time in three months, Fairfax zoning inspectors have targeted a homemade treehouse constructed by a military veteran. The first one survived. Will this one?

By Tom Jackman  |  06:18 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Springfield | Tags:  Blevins treehouse, Virginia

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Springfield WWII vets receive Congressional Gold Medal

George Nakamura and Yukio Kawamoto were born two weeks apart in California, served in the Army during World War II and retired to Springfield. Now both have received the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  George Nakamura, Yukio Kawamoto, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Springfield’s green ReBuild Warehouse set to close

Launched in 2009 as a place to recycle building materials, educate the public on sustainable living and provide jobs, the depressed economy never let Rebuild get off the ground.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  ReBuild Warehouse, Virginia

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Springfield company enlists in ICE program

Thesis Painting of Springfield recently became the third company in Virginia to join a program that enables it to check the immigration status of its mostly immigrant work force.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:49 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Immigration, Springfield | Tags:  ICE IMAGE program, Virginia

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Springfield’s Jaxx rock club sues Gunnar Nelson, alleging slander

Jay Nedry, longtime owner of the venerable headbanging venue, was outraged when Nelson claimed that Nedry stiffed them after a 2008 show. And Nelson’s own records show they received at least partial, if not full, payment.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:01 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Music, Nightlife | Tags:  Jaxx, Gunnar Nelson, Jay Nedry, Virginia

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Springfield’s Oscar Velasco Montano missing for three weeks

His family says Oscar Velasco Montano always came home, and worked hard for a living. On July 9, he did not come home. His car was found a week later, but he has not been.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:02 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Oscar Velasco Montano

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Springfield ‘Mayor’ Tawny Hammond steps down

Tawny Hammond was president of the Springfield Civic Association for ten years, which is remarkable enough. But she also successfully tackled the tough issues of boarding houses and hoarding.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Tawny Hammond, Virginia

Posted at 04:04 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Guns in church? In NoVa, that’s nothing new

Attorney Ken Cuccinelli’s opinion that guns were acceptable in churches was not news to some.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:04 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  guns in church, Virginia

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 04/10/2011

Dave Grohl discusses his NoVa roots

By Tom Jackman  |  11:22 PM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Fairfax County, Music | Tags:  Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Virginia