Y2K Questions to Be Answered

Arlington County's Citizen Y2K Commission will host a public forum on Y2K issues next Thursday. The forum will be broadcast live on cable Channel 31, the county public service channel.

The commission has invited technical experts from Virginia Power, Washington Gas, Bell Atlantic Telephone, Arlington Hospital, Metro, Giant Foods, CVS and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. They will be joined by county representatives from the police department, fire department, Department of Human Services and Department of Public Works and the Arlington County schools. Residents attending the seminar may submit questions in writing during the presentations. Those watching the seminar on television can submit questions by fax, 703-228-3295; telephone, 703-228-3969; or e-mail emedran@co.arlington.va.us during the session. Residents also may submit questions before the seminar.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Room 307. For information, call 703-228-3969.

Collection of Bagged Leaves

Arlington's curbside leaf bag collection has begun and will run through Jan. 14. County residents may pack leaves in special biodegradeable bags for pickup. Full bags may be placed at the curb (rain or shine) for pickup during the first weekday after residents' regular collection days.

Biodegradeable bags are shredded into mulch along with the leaves; in contrast, leaves packed in plastic bags cannot be mulched. Bags should not contain such refuse as branches, sticks, rocks, soil or grass.

Residents are limited to no more than 15 free biodegradeable bags each time they pick up bags. The pickup locations are No. 1 Courthouse Plaza, Information and Referral Desk, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., 703-228-3000; Langston-Browne Community Center, 4854 Lee Hwy., 703-228-5210; Lee Community Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., 703-228-5255; Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr., 703-228-4727; Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., 703-228-5310; Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., 703-228-5920; Aurora Hills Community Center, 735 S. 18th St., 703-228-5720; Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., 703-228-6535; and Arlington Trades Center, Solid Waste Division, 4300 S. 29th St., 703-228-6570.

For more information, call the 24-hour leaf collection hot line, 703-228-6565. Information is updated weekly.

Resource Center Relocates

The Endependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) recently moved into a new facility at 3100 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington.

ECNV is a community-based resource and advocacy center that promotes independent living and equal access for persons with disabilities. Services include peer counseling, support groups, information and referral for jobs and housing as well as advocacy and outreach programs.

The offices include independent living skills training facilities with accessible kitchen and bathroom. Equipment, such as a barrier-free lift that allows independent transfer from wheelchair to shower, is available for residents to try before purchasing. A resource library is available, as are computer work stations equipped with access to the Internet. For information, call 703-525-3268 (voice); 703-525-3553 (TTY).