Forum Focuses on Pedestrians

How to improve pedestrian safety on major roads such as Route 1 will be the focus of a regional forum Nov. 12 in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, transportation officials said.

Pedestrian deaths doubled in Fairfax from 2000 to 2001, and in Montgomery County more people were killed in 1999 crossing the street than in homicides, according to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.

The board, which consists of elected officials from Virginia, Maryland and the District, will hold the forum at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall, 8592 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1).

Speakers will include representatives from area governments. For more information, call 202-962-3295.

New GT Centers Proposed

The county school system has proposed new gifted and talented (GT) centers, which provide full-time advanced instruction, and wants comments from parents about how to adjust the GT attendance boundaries.

Officials plan a series of five town meetings on the subject, beginning Tuesday and ending Dec. 16.

The proposed centers would be at Clearview, Oak Hill, Providence, Riverside and Mosby Woods elementary schools and at the Lorton Station and Andrew Chapel schools that are under construction.

All meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. The schedule:

* Clearview: Tuesday and Dec. 2, Hughes Middle School cafeteria, 11401 Ridge Heights Rd., Reston.

* Oak Hill: Nov. 4 and Dec. 9, Carson Middle School cafeteria, 13618 McLearen Rd., Herndon.

* Providence: Nov. 6 and Dec. 16, Rocky Run Middle School little theater, 4400 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly.

* Riverside: Nov. 4 and Dec. 9, Sandburg Middle School auditorium, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria.

* Mosby Woods: Nov. 6 and Dec. 16, Kilmer Middle School group instruction room, 8100 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna.

For more information, call Carol Horn at 703-846-8767.

Fairfax City to Hear Residents

Fairfax City residents can address government leaders about issues facing the community at a series of "open microphone" meetings this fall.

The first is Monday at Daniels Run Elementary School, 3705 Old Lee Hwy. On Tuesday, the meeting is at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy.

On Nov. 19, a meeting is set for Providence Elementary School, 3616 Jermantown Rd. On Nov. 20, the meeting is at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St.

All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to

From County, a Shot in the Arm

County health officials said they would offer flu and pneumonia shots to eligible Fairfax adults and children this fall.

Residents 65 and older and others with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders are eligible for flu and pneumonia shots, officials said.

Healthy people younger than 65 should obtain their shots from sources other than the county, officials said.

The county vaccines will cost $11 for flu and $20 for pneumonia. Further information will be provided when the vaccine is available, officials said.

Lee District Looks at Seniors

Residents of Lee District are asked to attend a town meeting Saturday focusing on services and opportunities for senior citizens.

County agencies such as the Park Authority, public schools and the Department of Transportation will have exhibits, along with outside agencies, including the Wilson Bridge project staff, AARP and Inova Health System.

The meeting, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lane Elementary School, will feature presentations on topics such as preventing crime, health care, transportation and education options. Organizations dealing with Alzheimer's disease and hospice care will also provide speakers.

The school is at 7137 Beulah St., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-971-6262.

Vienna Adds Fire Equipment

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, the county's oldest, has bought a new fire engine and ambulance. The department's volunteer firefighters will mark the company's 100th anniversary next year.

Political and business leaders recently joined volunteer firefighters to dedicate the new engine and ambulance in a ceremony called a "wet-down," in which the engine is sprayed with water.

The American LaFrance fire engine cost $367,000 and the new ambulance $141,000; nearly half of the payment came from money the volunteers raised through weekly bingo games and an annual fundraising drive. The balance came from county and state funds.

At Deer Park, a Dedication

Deer Park Elementary School in Centreville is planning to name its library tomorrow after a longtime former principal and her late husband.

The Jeffrey and Lynne H. Pope Library will be dedicated at a ceremony and reception for the school community.

After Jeffrey Pope's death a few years ago, his widow donated contributions she had received to the school library. Lynne Pope has since left Deer Park and the county. The school is at 15109 Carlbern Dr.

Behind the Scenes at CNN

More than 300 Mount Vernon High School students are scheduled to participate in an interactive program today, going behind the scenes at CNN to see how broadcast news is produced.

Students will ask questions of a panel of anchors, reporters, producers and engineers. The program will be broadcast by Cox Communications using broadband technology.

-- Compiled by Diane Mattingly

The old truck is a 1946 Maxim fire engine and was in service until the early 1960s. The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department's new 2002 American LaFrance firetruck replaced a 1981 truck and cost $367,000. The department also bought an ambulance, raising nearly half the funds for both vehicles itself through weekly bingo games and an annual fundraising drive.