Auto Dealer Donates
Car to Pfc. Lynch
A Fairfax City automobile dealer has donated a new car to rescued U.S. prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch of West Virginia.
William E. Schuiling, president of Brown Automotive Group, has sent a 2003 Nissan Xterra from his Fairfax City Nissan dealership to Lynch's home in Palestine, W.Va.
Ellie E. Nicolaus, a spokeswoman for Brown Automotive, said Schuiling's gift was motivated by a sense of patriotism after hearing reports of Lynch's dramatic capture and rescue.
Lynch, a 19-year-old supply clerk with the 507th Maintenance Company of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, was captured in an ambush by Iraqi forces March 23. The injured private was rescued April 8 from a hospital in Nasiriyah, in southern Iraq, by U.S. Special Operations forces.
Route 1 Getting Signs
To Protect Pedestrians
The first of dozens of "Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk" signs will be installed along Route 1 on Tuesday, county officials said.
The signs, which warn drivers of fines up to $500, are part of a countywide pedestrian safety initiative. The General Assembly approved an increase in fines last year after county officials cited the increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries. About 15 people are killed and 300 injured each year in pedestrian accidents in Fairfax, officials said.
Next week, the signs will be installed at 11 intersections, the first of which is Route 1 and Sherwood Hall Lane. This spring, county officials said, as many as 75 intersections throughout the county will get the signs.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Katherine K. Hanley (D), Supervisors T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee) and Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) and Police Chief J. Thomas Manger will speak about pedestrian safety when the first sign is installed at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
For more information, call 703-324-1100.
Kings Crossing Road
Plan Draws Fire
The county Board of Supervisors is objecting to a state plan to build a grade-separated interchange at Route 1 and Kings Highway.
The supervisors said such an interchange -- in which one road is separated from the other by crossing over it -- would take too much land and would be a visual barrier in that area of the Penn Daw section of the county. It would jeopardize the redevelopment of the Kings Crossing shopping area, the officials said.
Kings Crossing is near the Huntington Metro station and a mile from the Capital Beltway. Economic development officials have said the properties have great potential for a large, mixed-use project or office development, as well as a town center.
"We have major heartburn with this proposal," Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) said of the Virginia Department of Transportation plan. "This is scaring away potential development at this site."
To Pay More at GMU
The nearly 12,000 students attending summer classes at George Mason University will pay higher tuition, school officials have decided.
The higher rates range from $16 more per credit hour for in-state undergraduates to $26 more per credit hour for out-of-state law school students. Local GMU undergraduates will now pay $216 per credit hour for their classes.
University spokesman Jeremy Lasich said the additional tuition would help offset some of the approximately $10 million in state funding cut from the school's 2003 budget by Gov. Mark R. Warner (D).
"We've got to recoup that money somehow, and tuition is the way to do that," Lasich said.
Tuition for the fall 2002 semester also went up, and the school added a one-time $192 surcharge for students taking classes during the current spring semester. But Lasich noted that tuition for summer classes had not risen since 1998.
For Arbor Day
The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, in partnership with the REI company and the state Department of Forestry, will host a free Arbor Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The program is scheduled to begin with a brief introduction to Arbor Day, the ecology of the land and proper tree-planting techniques. Participants will plant 60 Eastern red cedars and American hollies on seven acres in Falls Church. A cookout follows.
Participants are encouraged to bring heavy gardening gloves, a shovel and pliers.
For more information, call 703-354-5093 or visit www.NVCT.org.
Wolf Town Meeting
Set for Saturday
Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) will hold a town meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Board of Supervisors meeting room at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. For more information, go to www.house.gov/wolf or call 202-225-5136.
-- Compiled by Diane Mattingly,
C. Woodrow Irvin
and Stephen C. Fehr