Loudoun County news in brief

August 21, 2013
Leesburg police introduce Safe Streets campaign

The Leesburg Police Department has announced a traffic safety program to coincide with the start of the school year. The Safe Streets Initiative will involve educational and enforcement campaigns, with a goal of making the streets in Leesburg safer for motorists and pedestrians, the department said in a statement.

The enforcement element will kick off the week of Sept. 3, when Leesburg police officers, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police, will be out in force in and around schools, conducting a “traffic safety blitz.”

During the remainder of the year, the department said, it will target “hot spots,” with the goal of achieving a reduction in crashes that cause injury and property damage.

The educational component, which will be launched at the same time and continue throughout the year, will include public safety announcements, safe-driving tips and message boards placed in areas of heavy traffic.

Residents asked to complete juror questionnaires

Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens has asked Loudoun County residents to watch their mailboxes for juror questionnaires, starting tomorrow.

Every fall, the clerk’s office sends out questionnaires to randomly chosen residents to help the clerk determine who is eligible for jury service in Loudoun.

The process enables the clerk to establish a pool of potential jurors. Although the process begins next week, those who are deemed qualified would not be called to serve until next year, the clerk’s office said in a statement.

“It’s basically a screening process to see who is qualified and eligible to serve jury duty next year,” Clemens said in the statement.

Information about jury duty and the questionnaires, including a video, is at www.loudoun.gov/jury.

Leesburg seeks public input on park, recreation programs

The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department is conducting an online survey about the programs and classes offered by the department.

The survey is open to everyone, although Leesburg government officials request that only one response per household be submitted.

“We are looking to add new programs and tweak the existing ones,” said Megan McLaughlin, Leesburg’s recreation program supervisor. “We want input from our current customers, as well as residents who haven’t participated in our programs in the past, for suggestions on programs and classes that would interest them.”

To take the survey, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/
leesburgrecreationprograms
. The survey will be open until Sep. 30.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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