Alexandria Taxicab Survey

Alexandria is conducting a survey of taxicab services within the city and wants input from residents and businesses. The city has created a survey on the Web to make it easy for anyone with Internet access to participate.

If you use taxicabs in the city and would like to participate, use the link below to access and complete the survey. There are 20 questions that should take one to two minutes, according to city officials. The survey will be available for about two weeks.

The survey can be accessed at: www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=78026467829. The password is "cabsurvey." The survey is configured so that only one response can be submitted from a particular computer.

Crime Task Force

Gov. Mark R. Warner's Task Force on Preventing Crime in Virginia's Minority Communities will meet today at the Arlington County Schools Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.

The meeting will consist of two sessions. In the first session, beginning at 2 p.m., the task force will hear from local criminal justice officials and others who have been invited to share their perspectives and ideas on preventing crime in the minority communities of Northern Virginia.

Among the speakers at the first session are Juan Pacheco, outreach coordinator for Barrios Unidos; Dean Renfrow of the Amer-I-Can Program; Charles Sharp, commonwealth's attorney for Fredericksburg; Calvin Street of the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition's Eastside Youth Opportunity Center; and Alex Leap of the Governor's Youth Public Safety Advisory Council.

At the second session, beginning at 6 p.m., the task force will hold a public forum to hear from representatives of the area's minority communities who have been invited to share their views on the impact of crime and ways to combat it. Secretary of Public Safety John W. Marshall will preside at the public forum on behalf of the governor.

It will be the third of four task force meetings designed to allow members to hear firsthand from local leaders, citizens and experts about crime problems in minority communities. The group met in Richmond in December and in Norfolk earlier this year. The fourth meeting will be held in Roanoke.

Warner created the group last fall and charged it with recommending strategies to reduce crime in primarily minority communities; creating a statewide multidisciplinary network of groups and individuals with expertise in prevention of crimes against minorities; educating crime prevention and criminal justice practitioners about crime-related issues facing minority communities; and identifying strategies and programs in Virginia and nationally that are effective in preventing crime in minority communities.

The 25-member task force is chaired by Bishop Gerald Glenn of Chesterfield and David Hicks, the commonwealth's attorney for Richmond. Other task force members include: Ana Maria Alfaro, probation officer, Arlington County; David Canada, city manager, Petersburg; Clyde T. Clarke Sr., Lynchburg; Marcelo D. Cornicello, president, Central Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Richmond; Pearl Fu, Roanoke; A. Michael Hall, Wytheville; Okpil Kim, Richmond; Lee E. King, chairman, Hampton Roads Empowerment Zone Task Force, Portsmouth; Juan A. Lopez, Norfolk; Esteban Nieto, Harrisonburg; Andy Shallal, Annandale; Dr. John Simpson, Norfolk; Wanda Stevens, executive director, Staunton Housing Authority; Judge Diane Strickland (ret.), Roanoke; Toussaint E. Summers Jr., chief of police, Herndon; Karen Waters, director, Quality Community Council, Charlottesville; Stephanie Williams, Manassas; Sylvia Wood, Richmond; and Sheriff James R. Woodley, Brunswick County.

'It's Just Me'

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Arlington Educational Television will broadcast its Emmy-nominated documentary, "It's Just Me: The Integration of the Arlington Public Schools."

The documentary looks at the end of school segregation in Arlington and chronicles the legal battle waged by School Board members and the parents of black students for open enrollment at Stratford Junior High School in Arlington during the late 1950s. Also illustrated are the state's attempts to preserve segregation despite the Supreme Court's 1954 decision that all public schools end the practice. The documentary includes interviews with organizers of the protests that ultimately led to the enrollment of black students at Stratford in 1959.

The documentary recently received an award for broadcasting excellence from the American Association of University Women, and the film will soon take up permanent residence in the Newseum.

Broadcast times on Arlington public schools' Channel 70 during the month of May are Sundays at 9 p.m., Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.

Check the school system Web site for additional programming and updates at www.arlington.k12.va.us/instruct/IMT/AETV/70/70.htm.

H-B Woodlawn Principal

Frank Haltiwanger has been appointed the new principal for the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program. Haltiwanger, who is currently the middle school administrator at H-B Woodlawn, will begin his tenure July 1 when Principal Ray Anderson retires.

Haltiwanger will be the second principal in the school's 33-year history.

Haltiwanger began his career with Arlington public schools in 1980 as a special education resource teacher at H-B Woodlawn and worked as the supervisor of special programs and the special education coordinator before he was named assistant principal at Williamsburg Middle School in 1997. In 2002, he returned to H-B Woodlawn, where he began working as the middle school administrator.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University in 1971 and his master's in education from the University of Arizona in 1975. In 1991, he was selected as the Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the Arlington Jaycees.