Group Seeks Nominations
The Preservation Alliance of Virginia is kicking off its new "Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places" program with a call for nominations. Organizations, individuals and government officials can nominate their top picks by completing a nomination form.
Eligible sites include any landscape, vista, landmark, district, artifact or area of cultural, architectural, historical, archaeological or natural significance.
The program, funded by grants from the Robins Foundation and the Beirne Carter Foundation, will focus attention on Virginia's most sensitive historic resources.
The nonprofit Alliance works to encourage the protection, preservation and promotion of the cultural, historic and archaeological resources and natural heritage of Virginia.
The nomination forms are due by Dec. 1. Forms are available by calling the Alliance at 804-984-4484 or by visiting the Web site, www.vapreservation.org.
Deadline for Voter Registration
Fairfax County residents who wish to register to vote or to update their voting address for the Nov. 2 general election must do so by Oct. 4. Voters already registered who have not changed their address do not need to re-register.
Registration applications are available at the Office of the General Registrar, all Fairfax County library branches, all Fairfax County public schools and offices of members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Residents also may stop by registration booths at Tysons Corner Center, J.C. Penney at Fair Oaks Mall and J.C. Penney at Springfield Mall on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 3. Booths are open from noon to 5 p.m.
To register to vote, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Virginia and 18 years old on or before Election Day.
Applications must be mailed to the Office of the General Registrar, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 323, Fairfax, Va. 22035-0081. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 4. For 24-hour voter information, call 703-324-4700.
Tours Offered of DeMoss House
To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Arthur S. DeMoss House in Reston, docents will be providing tours offering a comprehensive history of the home and the surrounding property.
Its original builder, Carl Wiehle, sold it to the Bowman family, who sold the property in 1983 to Prison Fellowship Ministries for its headquarters. Prison Fellowship Ministries is a national nonprofit that supports a variety of programs that restore peace to communities and keep ex-offenders from returning to prison.
The tours of the DeMoss house are available every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Christmas. The house is at 1856 Old Reston Ave. For information, call 703-478-0100.
Teachers Union Endorsements
Fairfax County's two major teachers unions have announced their endorsements for candidates seeking seats on the School Board in the November election.
The Fairfax Education Association, the county's largest teachers union, has endorsed the following candidates: Ilryong Moon (Braddock), Jane K. Strauss (Dranesville), Stuart D. Gibson (Hunter Mill), Brad Center (Lee), Laura H. "Kaye" Kory (Mason), Isis Castro (Mount Vernon), Ernestine C. Heastie (Providence), Catherine A. "Cathy" Belter (Springfield), Gary A. Reese (Sully), Mark H. Emery (At Large), Robert E. Frye Sr. (At Large) and Robert W. Gardner (At Large).
To earn the association's endorsement, candidates were either "early-endorsed"--candidates who earned support based on prior endorsement and a positive public education voting record, or who completed a questionnaire and interview process with the association's Governmental Relations Council. Final decisions were made by the council and the union's board of directors. The association has more than 6,500 members.
The Fairfax County Federation of Teachers has endorsed the following candidates: Mychele B. Brickner (At Large), Stephen M. "Steve" Hunt (At Large), Judith T. "Tessie" Wilson (Braddock), I. Michael Saliba (Dranesville), Thomas A. Wilkins (Hunter Mill), Christian N. Braunlich (Lee), Douglas J. Barylski (Mason), Isis Castro (Mount Vernon), Jamie E. Ruppman (Providence), Carter S. Thomas (Springfield) and Gary A. Reese (Sully).
Federation members received copies of the voting records of incumbents, plus candidates' answers to a federation questionnaire. Members then voted by mail to determine their endorsements. Candidates had to receive at least 50 percent of the members' support to receive an endorsement. The federation represents about 2,600 school employees.
One of several candidates forums for people seeking seats on the Fairfax County School Board has been rescheduled.
The forum for candidates seeking the three at-large seats on the board has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Jackson Middle School. Candidates seeking the seats are Mychele B. Brickner, Mark H. Emery, Robert E. "Bob" Frye Sr., Robert W. "Bob" Gardner, Stephen M. "Steve" Hunt, C.W. "Levi" Levy and Rita S. Thompson.
The forum is open to the public.