Conference on Senior Safety

A public education campaign about senior citizens' safety will begin next month with a free conference on issues such as medical safety and preventing break-ins.

The conference, "Senior Safety: For All Aspects of Your Life," is Aug. 12 at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The initiative is sponsored by the National Sheriffs Association and its Virginia TRIAD (a regional anti-crime program focusing on seniors), the Food & Drug Administration/Baltimore District and Community Washington House, an area nonprofit program that enables senior citizens to remain in their own homes and apartments.

The conference will feature four break-out sessions, one each on home safety, personal safety, drug and medication safety and food safety. The sessions will include discussions of topics such as protection of a home, self-defense for senior citizens, Web pharmacies, health fraud and a checklist to identify fraudulent solicitors.

The program takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community college's Tyler Building, at Braddock Road and North Beauregard Street in Alexandria.

For information, call Colleen Ryan Mallory, of Community Washington House, at 703-845-5015 or Jim Wright, TRIAD program director at the National Sheriffs Association, at 703-836-7827.

Check-in Program for Seniors

The Arlington County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Citizens' Crime Prevention Council, has started a new safety program for senior citizens. Any Arlington senior citizen can register with the sheriff's office to receive daily calls checking on their safety and well-being. Calls will be made by volunteers. If contact is not made, a sheriff's patrol car will drive to the senior's home to make sure nothing is amiss.

For information, call the sheriff's office at 703-228-4460.

New Principals Announced

Alexandria School Superintendent Herbert Berg has announced three elementary school principal shifts for this fall.

Gayle Smith, principal of Mount Vernon Community School, will move to John Adams Elementary School, replacing Leila Engman, who is retiring. Lulu Lopez, principal of Patrick Henry Elementary, will replace Smith at Mount Vernon. And Karl Smith, principal at Maury Elementary, will move to William Ramsay Elementary, replacing Sylvia Garrett, who is retiring.

With the resignation of Millie Cruz-Fridman as principal at James K. Polk Elementary, Alexandria has three principal vacancies, which Berg said he would fill by Aug. 7.

Also, the Arlington County school system has announced three new elementary school principals.

Mary Begley, a reading specialist at the Arlington Science Focus School, has become principal of that school. Patricia Anderson, assistant principal at Barcroft Elementary, has become principal of McKinley Elementary. Janice Adkisson, coordinator of program development for the school system, has become principal of the Drew Model School, where she served as principal for a year 13 years ago before beginning 10 years as supervisor of early childhood programs for the system.