Name for Overpass
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has asked state transportation officials to name the new overpass at the Springfield Mixing Bowl after community activist Robert J. Heittman.
Heittman, 66, died of liver failure May 10 at his home in Franconia. Among other things, he was a longtime adviser to county officials on transportation and land-use matters, especially in the Lee District. Supervisor T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee) called Heittman "the key community representative leading the effort to make this entire interstate safety project a reality."
The mile-long flyover, which opened May 19, carries traffic from the inner loop of the Capital Beltway to the southbound lanes of Interstate 95. The two-lane ramp has already relieved Beltway congestion on the inner loop, supervisors said.
"I've never seen a facility make such a dramatic difference overnight," board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said at Monday's board meeting.
Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) said Beltway traffic often backed up as far as Telegraph Road. Hyland said he observed no backups when he was traveling on the Beltway during a recent rush hour.
The request to name the overpass after Heittman must still be approved by the City of Alexandria and the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which sets statewide road and transit policy.
Get a Rare Look
At Venus in Transit
The county's Observatory Park in Great Falls will be open June 8 for people to watch the transit of Venus.
During the rare event, Venus will appear to drift across the face of the sun. The last transit of Venus was in 1882, according to local astronomers in the Analemma Society and the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club.
The best viewing at Observatory Park will occur from sunrise until 7:15 a.m., the astronomy enthusiasts said.
Observers should be equipped with filters for their eyes and binoculars or telescopes.
Volunteers at the park will provide telescopes with solar filters and information about the event.
The observatory is at Turner Farm, at Georgetown Pike (Route 193) and Springvale Road. For more information, visit www.analemma.org.
Church to Honor
Civil War Dead
Union and Confederate soldiers buried on the grounds of the Falls Church will be commemorated with a full military honors ceremony at noon Monday.
The Episcopal church, which was used as a hospital and later a stable during the Civil War, also had a yard where soldiers were buried -- many in unmarked graves -- from 1861 to 1865.
A worship service similar to one that would have been held during the war will take place at 1 p.m. in the church, followed by the annual City of Falls Church Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m.
Living history programs, music and reenactments begin at 9 a.m. and are scheduled throughout the day. The church is at 115 E. Fairfax St. The city's festival is on the City Hall grounds, 300 Park Ave.
For more information about the Civil War ceremony, call 703-241-5833.
Six McLean residents have won seats on the McLean Community Center governing board, which oversees operations of a special tax district that includes the center.
Voting held May 15 produced the following results:
* Edwina Rogers, Patricia Velander and Holly Clement were elected to three-year terms.
* Eddie Eitches was elected to a two-year term.
* Emily Newman was elected to a one-year term representing the Langley High School area, and Esabel Khoury was elected to a one-year term representing the McLean High School area.
The outgoing board was scheduled to hold its final meeting last night, followed by the first meeting of the new board to choose officers.
Formed in Reston
A group of people who live in Reston have formed a nonprofit organization to help advise more than 40 homeowners associations there.
The Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners, or ARCH, has scheduled its first meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the boardroom of the Reston Association, 1930 Isaac Newton Sq. The Reston Association is the main homeowner organization in the planned community of about 56,000 people.
The alliance will also work to ensure that Reston's neighborhoods are aware of major community issues and are able to participate in community dialogue and decision-making, the group's founders said in a news release.
"ARCH is a nonpartisan, collaborative effort that is both unique and complementary to Reston's existing organizations," said Frank Pfeilmeier of south Reston, a founder and board member of the alliance. "Our constituency is homeowner associations or groups, and our goal is to create a network of homeowners that can easily interact with one another, share resources and ideas, and be better aware of and better capable of responding to local issues that directly affect them."
In addition to Pfeilmeier, other board members, representing each of Reston's five villages, include: Robert Goudie of West Market (Town Center); George Kain of the Deer Forest Homeowners Association (North Point); Marcia McDevitt of the Inlet Cluster (Lake Anne/Tall Oaks); and Steve Roberts of Polo Fields (Hunters Woods/Dogwood).
"We . . . see the benefit of having a forum that brings together the perspective of Reston's homeowners for our local, county and state leaders as they consider the choices facing a mature, mixed-use community," Kain said.
Membership is open to homeowner associations, single-family homeowners who have organized or are interested in organizing their neighborhoods, and individual residents who are not part of such an association or group.
Gas Prices Prompt
Va. Web Page
Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore (R) has launched an addition to his Web site, www.vaag.com, aimed at providing information about gasoline prices.
The new feature, reached by clicking on "Virginia Gas Pricing Questions," provides information on how the retail price of gasoline is set and how much petroleum the United States imports from other countries, facts about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and advice on how to drive more efficiently.
Health Dept. Gives
Prom Night Tips
The state Department of Health has produced a magazine, "Prom '04," designed to help parents and teenagers plan a safe prom night.
Brian Ambrose, coordinator of the department's initiative, said, "This innovative publication marks the first statewide effort in Virginia to encourage parents to spend time with their children planning the prom."
It is published in two editions, one for parents and one for teenagers.
The magazine compares proms from the 1980s with those of today and offers tips on how parents and adolescents can communicate. One article offers advice on how to avoid being coerced into sex.
Copies of the magazine have been distributed to some schools, prom committees and community coalitions. To order copies, call 804-864-7705 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY
and STEPHEN C. FEHR