The Leesburg Town Council decided last night to give $10,000 of multimillionaire Irwin Uran's recent $100,000 donation for the county's poor to Good Shepherd Alliance, a nonprofit group that provides short-term emergency housing in Loudoun County.
Lyman H. Eddy, executive director of the 15-year-old group, appealed to the council to bail the alliance out of a financial crisis. Eddy said the group needed $46,000 through the end of the year to repair five of the 10 vans and cars typically used to transport clients to jobs at the center's headquarters in Leesburg or to job interviews.
The alliance also needs the money to pay its $7,600-a-month rent and utility bills at the group's thrift store in Countryside and 13 full- and part-time employee salaries, Eddy said.
The group typically obtains three-quarters of its budget from the thrift store. But in May, after the organization moved from Community Plaza Shopping Center to Parc City Centre at Countryside on Route 7, Eddy said that its rent doubled and that the store was not fully operational for a few months while clothes, furniture and supplies were moved. Since May, Eddy said, the group has been using its $30,000 in reserves to pay daily operating expenses.
Renovations to a garage, shed and maintenance building on a 10-acre property that the group bought last year on Hebron Lane off Route 15 have stopped, and plans to build transitional housing for as many as 130 people have been put on hold for at least six months.
The alliance is now housing 35 families and individuals in three buildings it rents from the county on Woods Road eight miles southeast of Leesburg off Evergreen Mill Road.
"We've been living from hand to mouth for six months," said Eddy, who has run the group for almost three years. "We'll make it. Even if we have to hold off in paying our staff--but we certainly could use some help."
The remainder of Uran's donation will go to the following groups:
* $25,000 to Daily Bread and Interfaith Relief, a nonprofit group that provides meals to those in need.
* $20,000 to the Salvation Army in Leesburg.
* $10,000 to the Volunteers of America transitional housing facility and center in Leesburg for abused women and former inmates.
* $20,000 to the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter.
* $5,000 to Loudoun County's Youth Detention Center in Leesburg.
* $10,000 to the Christmas in April project.
Uran, a California native who once lived in a hotel in Leesburg, has given more than $2 million over the last two years to various nonprofit groups in the county and the Town of Leesburg.
Principals Picked for Two New Schools
Principals have been named to head two elementary schools scheduled to open next year. Patricia D. McGinly will be principal of Little River Elementary School in South Riding, and Paul L. Vickers will be principal of Mill Run Elementary in Broadlands.
McGinly, now principal at Cool Spring Elementary, has been with the Loudoun County school system for nine years and has been an educator since 1967, having also taught in Pennsylvania and Fairfax County.
Vickers, now principal at Waterford Elementary, came to Loudoun schools in 1991 as an assistant principal at Catoctin Elementary after teaching kindergarten and first grade in Fairfax County. He is a former assistant principal at Potowmack Elementary.
New Clerk Prepares for Circuit Court Job
Gary M. Clemens, the newly elected clerk of the Circuit Court, says he is getting ready to take the helm at the beginning of the year by organizing a transition team and meeting with the current clerk, J. Richard Kirk, who is retiring.
Clemens, 33, a legal services specialist for the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, beat T.S. "Tom" Dodson, 50, former supervisor and Middleburg mayor, in this month's election by about 3,700 votes. Clemens said his nine-member transition team will evaluate the services offered by the clerk's office.
The Circuit Court clerk's duties include maintaining criminal and civil records, running the jury management office, issuing marriage licenses, processing passports and maintaining the law library. The salary for the clerk's job, a constitutional office, is $98,333 a year.
Clemens will take office in January.
Citizens Needed for Advisory Groups
Loudoun County residents are needed to fill vacancies on several county advisory boards, commissions and committees. Positions are open for:
* Representatives from the Blue Ridge, Mercer and Sterling districts and an at-large representative to serve four-year staggered terms on the Advisory Commission on Youth.
* Six at-large representatives to fill three-year terms on the Disability Services Board. The term expires Nov. 1, 2002.
* Three at-large representatives to serve four-year terms on the Loudoun County Sanitation Authority. The term expires Dec. 31, 2003.
Anyone interested in serving on one of these committees should send a letter of interest or resume to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 1 Harrison St. SE, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Va. 20177.
Please indicate on which committee you would like to serve and in which voting district you live. For information, contact the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at 703-777-0204.
56 Graduates Commended for AP Scores
Fifty-six 1999 graduates of Loudoun County schools received recognition from the College Board for exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement examinations taken during the 1998-99 school year.
The eight 1999 graduates who got grades of 3 or higher--of a maximum score of 5--on five or more full-year AP exams were: Barry Goldstein, of Broad Run High School; Daniel Davis and Jory Zmuda, of Loudoun County High School; Sean Cooper and River Pugsley, of Loudoun Valley High School; Eric Davis and James Fleckenstein, of Park View High School; and Gregory Payne, of Potomac Falls High School.