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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thefts from vehicles prompt Leesburg awareness effort

A rash of thefts from vehicles has prompted the Leesburg Police Department to introduce a crime prevention initiative called Lock, Take, Hide or Lose. The program is designed to educate residents on the importance of keeping valuables secure in vehicles, Leesburg police said.

Program literature reminds residents to lock their cars and take personal items with them or conceal them in the vehicle. Valuables that are targeted include Global Positioning System devices, car stereos, MP3 players and laptop computers, police said.

For information, call C.F. Tidmore of the Leesburg police at 703-771-4564.

Loudoun to take part in Green Community contest

Loudoun County is among four communities selected to participate in the pilot Green Community Challenge, a competition among Virginia jurisdictions to develop environmental policies and implement practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address sustainability, Loudoun officials said.

Blacksburg, Norfolk and Roanoke are the other participants in the competition, sponsored by the ICLEI -- Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with the Virginia Municipal League's Go Green Virginia Initiative.

Competition entries will be used to develop a Green Community Challenge Implementation Guide, which will include case studies and best practices among the pilot communities.

Information is available at

Pacific Boulevard extension is completed

The completion of the extension of Pacific Boulevard from Autoworld Circle to Severn Way was announced Wednesday by state and Loudoun County officials.

The 0.6-mile section of road is four lanes, with bridges over W&OD Railroad Regional Park and Cabin Branch. The extension is expected to reduce congestion and provide an alternate north-south option for local traffic, the Virgnia Department of Transportation said.

Drivers should anticipate lane closings and roadside activities for several weeks as crews complete final details, the VDOT said.

Cookout, auction to benefit Virginia Special Olympics

The Virginia Department of Corrections will host its third annual cookout and silent auction to benefit Virginia Special Olympics from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at 751-D Miller Dr. in Leesburg.

The outdoor event is free and open to the public, the Department of Corrections said.

-- Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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