U-Va. Political Specialist

To Speak on Effects of Election

Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, will discuss the impact of the Nov. 5 election on Northern Virginia at a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Nov. 22.

Sabato, author of more than 20 books, has another one -- "Midterm Madness: The Elections of 2002" -- due out in February. Sabato is also a professor of politics at the university.

The lunch will be from noon to 1:30 at the Hyatt Regency Reston at Reston Town Center. The cost ranges from $43 to $87. For information or to make a reservation, call 703-749-0400 or visit www.fccc.org.

Nottoway Park Improvements

Are Focus of Public Meeting

The future development of 84-acre Nottoway Park in Vienna will be discussed at a public meeting Tuesday, county Park Authority officials said.

Park officials are planning to revise the master plan for Nottoway. The meeting is an occasion for them to evaluate current and proposed facilities, discuss relocating the maintenance facility and talk generally about ways the park might be improved.

A public hearing will be held once a draft plan is complete. The initial meeting Tuesday is at 7 p.m. at Marshall Road Elementary School, 730 Marshall Rd., Vienna.

Comments will be accepted Tuesday or can be mailed to Todd Roberts, Project Manager, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax, Va. 22035. Comments also can be sent by e-mail to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

For more information, call 703-324-8701.

Ceremony at South Lakes

To Honor Sept. 11 Victim

A plaque honoring David L. Williams, a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon, will be dedicated at 9 a.m. tomorrow at South Lakes High School in Reston. Williams was a South Lakes graduate.

The plaque has been donated by the American Legion's 17th District.

Adrian Cronauer, a former U.S. Armed Forces Radio disc jockey whom actor Robin Williams portrayed in the movie "Good Morning, Vietnam," is scheduled to be guest speaker.

County Providing Flu Shots

At Four Sites in November, December

Walk-in flu shots are available at the county Government Center and three area RECenters, county and Inova Health System officials have announced. The locations and dates are:

* Spring Hill RECenter, 1239 Spring Hill Rd., McLean, today from 4 to 7 p.m.

* Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Rd. in the Alexandria area, Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

* Employee Fitness and Wellness Center at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. without an appointment and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with an appointment. Call 703-324-5590 to make an appointment.

* Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd. in the Alexandria area, Dec. 9 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Residents must be 18 or older. Shots are $20.

Recycling Events Mark

National Commemoration

Fairfax County marks America Recycles Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with a collection in the Herndon High School parking lot.

Items to be collected include obsolete computers, used bicycles, eyeglasses, cell phones and toner cartridges. Some of the items collected will be donated to charities, both local and abroad.

There is a $7 processing fee for computer monitors, to remove the lead, and a $10 suggested donation fee for bicycles.

The high school is at 700 Bennett St., Herndon. For more information, call 703-324-5313.

Public Invited to Join

Discussion on Rainwater

Fairfax County's regional pond subcommittee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Government Center's Board Auditorium to seek residents' comments on the subcommittee's preliminary findings about how best to collect and retain the region's rainwater.

People planning to attend should register in advance by calling the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services at 703-324-5033. They are encouraged to read the subcommittee's report before the meeting; it can be downloaded from www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes. (Select "Regional Pond Draft Report" from the list at right.)

Comments can be submitted before Dec. 3 by e-mail to swpdmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or in writing to Director, Stormwater Planning Division, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 449, Fairfax, Va. 22035.

Open House, Awards

Showcase Geographic Technology

Fairfax County government agencies will showcase their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an open house and awards ceremony Wednesday.

The day-long event is part of a global event in which GIS users try to expand understanding of how technology and geography make a difference. The Reston-based U.S. Geological Survey defines GIS as a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating and displaying geographical information according to its location.

The open house will include demonstrations of products and services, map displays and more.

The awards will recognize individuals, teams and departments that have demonstrated exceptional use of the county's GIS.

For a list of GIS Day events, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/maps/gisday.htm.

-- Compiled by Diane Mattingly