DuBois Faults TV Coverage

Fairfax County Supervisor Joan M. DuBois (R-Dranesville) criticized recent television news stories about the annual Herndon Festival held last weekend, saying the TV reports distorted gang violence in the town.

At Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting, DuBois said reports on local TV stations said that there was a chance of gang violence at Herndon's annual festival and that security had been increased. On May 10, a Fairfax teenager's hands were nearly severed in a gang-related machete attack and six days later a Herndon youth was fatally shot by an assailant believed to be gang member.

"It's a shame when the desire to make the news distorts the news," DuBois said, adding that a local Girl Scout troop backed out of participation at the festival after hearing the TV reports.

Herndon was unfairly maligned, DuBois said. "I'm not afraid to walk in downtown Herndon day or night," she said.

Park Field Closings Online

The county Park Authority has added information about closed athletic fields to its Web site.

Residents can go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks and click on "Athletic Field Closures" to see if a field is open or closed.

The site is updated weekdays at 3 p.m. Residents can also get information about field closings by calling the Park Authority's inclement weather line, 703-324-5264.

Vienna Park to Be Discussed

The county Park Authority will present a proposal to redevelop Nottoway Park in Vienna at a public hearing June 22.

The proposal includes plans for the use of Hunter House and community gardens; preservation of on-site cultural resources; replacement of a lighted diamond ballfield with a lighted rectangular field; an additional restroom facility; an improved playground; road improvements; and more picnic shelters and lighted parking.

Nottoway is a 90-acre park off Courthouse Road.

Some local residents have objected to the Park Authority's plan to build a 21/2-acre maintenance area at Nottoway. The existing maintenance area is 11/4 acres.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna. The proposal is available for review at the Park Authority offices at 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, or online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Those interested in presenting views at the hearing should call 703-324-8662 to sign up or send an e-mail to parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

All public comments must be received by the close of business July 23. Written comments should be sent to Lynn S. Tadlock, director of planning and development division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax, Va. 22035.

Tips Offered for Pool Visits

State and local health officials are advising swimming pool operators to take precautions this summer to make sure the water is safe.

Public pools in Virginia are required to post water-quality readings where the public can see them.

The Health Department offers these suggestions if you are going to a pool:

* Make sure you can see the bottom of the pool. Cloudy water could indicate a problem with the filtering system.

* Do not swim if you are sick.

* Do not swallow pool water and avoid getting it in your mouth.

* Take a shower before swimming.

* Take children to the restroom frequently.

* Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers. Change diapers in the restroom, not beside the pool.

For more information on water safety or to report possible illness caused by pool or spa exposure, call 703-246-2300 or visit www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming.

Fairfax City Adds to Web Site

Beginning later this month, Fairfax City business owners and residents will be able to find permit and license information in a single location on the city's Web site, www.fairfaxva.gov.

The city will centralize permit and licensing information with links for different customer needs, including residential, business, utility, construction and remodeling.

In addition, the Fire Department's fire and life safety education section on the Web site has been expanded to include tips on home-escape planning and links to other helpful sites and resources.

For more information, call 703-385-7895 or send an e-mail to gbohan@fairfaxva.gov.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR