Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

Metro warns riders about SmarTrip scams

Metro officials are warning riders not to buy discounted SmarTrip cards from individuals or other unauthorized sellers. The cards might not work on buses or at fare gates.

Transit authority officials said they regularly deactivate fraudulent SmarTrip cards sold for less than the cards’ fare value.

“Any SmarTrip card purchased from an unauthorized individual or Web site may be subject to deactivation and the loss of any value on the card,” Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said in a statement.

SmarTrip cards are sold at thousands of locations across the region, including dispensers at Metrorail stations, Metro sales offices and through authorized vendors, including CVS, Giant, Safeway and Wal-Mart.

For information or to register a card, visit www.wmata.com.

Arlington School Board member to resign Friday

Sally Baird will resign from the Arlington School Board effective Friday, according to a statement from the Arlington school system. The statement said Baird chose to resign for personal reasons.

“We have received Ms. Baird’s resignation with sincere regret,” James Lander, chairman of the School Board, said in the statement. “All of us on the School Board are thankful and appreciative of Sally’s eight years of leadership and dedication as a Board member.”

Baird joined the board in 2007, and her current term was set to expire at the end of the year. Baird’s successor will be chosen during the Nov. 4 general election.

For information, go to www.apsva.us.

New voter photo ID requirements in Virginia

New voter ID requirements went into effect in Virginia last month, state election officials said.

To participate in the Nov. 4 general election, Virginians who are registered must show one of the following forms of photo identification when voting: a valid Virginia driver’s license or a photo identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles; any ID issued by the U.S. government, Virginia government or Virginia local government, provided it contains a photograph (examples include passport, military ID, naturalization certificate and Arlington senior ID issued by the sheriff’s office); employer ID with photograph; or a student ID card, with photograph, from any Virginia college or university.

Voters who do not have one of these IDs can obtain photo IDs for voting purposes only:

→ In Arlington, go to Voter Registration and Elections, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 320. For information, call 703-228-3456.

→ In Alexandria, go to Voter Registration and Elections, 132 N. Royal St., Suite 100. For information, call General Registrar Anna Leider at 703-746-4050.

Week-long repairs to close recreation center

The Mount Vernon Recreation Center in Alexandria will be closed for scheduled repairs from Saturday to Aug. 31.

The work at the center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., includes the installation of a new heating-and-cooling system, as well as minor electrical, ductwork and structural modifications. For information, contact the center’s director, Elsie Akinbobola, at 703-746-5475 or elsie.akinbobola@alexandriava.gov.

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