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RECOGNIZING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOSBY WOODS NEIGHBORHOOD IN FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA
(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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  RECOGNIZING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOSBY WOODS NEIGHBORHOOD IN 
                           FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA

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                        HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the 50th 
Anniversary of the Mosby Woods neighborhood in Fairfax, Virginia.
  The mid-20th century was a time of rapid change in the Washington, DC 
suburbs. The booming post war economy brought many thousands of new 
residents to the area. As a result of this growth, the population of 
the Town of Fairfax grew from 1,946 in 1950 to 13,385 by 1960.
  During the summer of 1961, the Yeonas Development Corporation began 
construction of Mosby Woods. The name of the neighborhood was inspired 
by the 100th anniversary of the Civil War and commemorates Colonel John 
S. Mosby, who was active throughout Northern Virginia. In February of 
1962, the first residents moved into their new homes.
  The Mosby Woods Community Association was incorporated in the summer 
of 1963. Over the years it has represented the community before the 
City of Fairfax and Fairfax County Governments. The Association also 
has provided social opportunities and sponsored community events, such 
as the annual neighborhood picnic, the Halloween parade and the holiday 
house-decorating contest.
  In 1981, after twenty years of being divided by the City/County 
boundary, the neighborhood was finally united in the City of Fairfax. 
The boundary change effort, led by the Mosby Woods Community 
Association, is an example of successful civic activism benefiting the 
entire community.
  Many residents have lived in the neighborhood twenty, thirty, or even 
forty years, and a number of original owners are still in the homes 
they bought in the 1960s.
  In recent years, second-generation residents have been returning to 
the neighborhood where they grew up to raise their own families. When 
asked why they made this decision, the answer is typically ``it's a 
great place to live.'' Much of that ``greatness'' is attributed to the 
quality of the home construction, the Fairfax County Public School 
system, the benefits of living in Fairfax City and the ``small town'' 
feel of the neighborhood. Mosby Woods is a village in a small city in a 
huge metropolis.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the 50th 
Anniversary of the Mosby Woods neighborhood in Fairfax, Virginia, and 
in congratulating the Mosby Woods Community Association for its long 
history of civic leadership and community involvement. I wish the 
residents of Mosby Woods the best as they celebrate the history of 
their community.

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