New Randolph Principal

Renee Bostick has been named the new principal of Randolph Elementary School in Arlington.

Bostick, who is an assistant principal in West Fort Hood, Tex., begins her tenure July 1, when Principal Katherine Panfil retires.

Bostick brings 29 years of experience as an educator, including three years (1999-2002) as a reading specialist at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington.

Randolph and Montague Village Elementary School, where Bostick now works, serve diverse student populations; at both, children speak a variety of languages, school officials said.

"Bostick brings a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the principal," Arlington County School Superintendent Robert G. Smith said in a press release.

"Her ability to speak Spanish, desire to work with the community, knowledge of the elementary instructional program and overall philosophy of how to motivate students and work with staff to improve student learning will be an asset to Randolph Elementary School."

Bostick earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education, English and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh before earning her master's of education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1974.

Nursing Scholarships

The Arlington Community Foundation is offering nursing scholarships, which will be funded out of the foundation's Dolan Family Fund.

Two Dolan Family Nursing Scholarships of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to Arlington residents with financial need who are either graduating from an Arlington high school or are in college to study nursing. The scholarships may be renewed for subsequent years if the students remain in good academic standing.

The application deadline is July 1. Applications are available from the foundation's Web site, at www.arlcf.org. Applicants must submit proof of financial need by providing the statement of their Expected Family Contribution after filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

For more information, call the foundation office at 703-243-4785.

Mosquito Control

The Alexandria Health Department is asking residents and businesses to help reduce the mosquito population by eliminating places where mosquitoes breed.

Officials said residents can reduce mosquito annoyance from 5 percent to 50 percent by eliminating sites around the outside of the home that serve as habitats for mosquito larvae.

According to a health department press release, mosquitoes breed in shallow pools of standing water, and hundreds of offspring can breed in just a tablespoon of standing water.

The developmental cycle of mosquitoes can be completed within a week's time under ideal conditions.

Residents should change the water in their birdbaths and wading pools at least twice a week. They also should make sure that unused buckets, wheelbarrows and other devices that might collect rainwater are turned upside down for storage.

Cleaning clogged roof gutters and aerating fishponds will also help.

People can protect against mosquito bites by avoiding outdoor activities in the early morning and at dusk. If participating in outdoor activities at those times, people should wear long sleeves and long pants. Insect repellant can help, too. It is recommended that adults use repellant with 50 percent or less DEET; children can use repellant with 30 percent or less DEET. The higher the concentration of DEET, the longer one is protected from mosquitoes.

Additional ways to help control the mosquito population include:

* Dispose of cans, bottles and plastic containers properly.

* Discard old tires, and drill drainage holes in tires used as playground equipment.

* Do not leave trash can lids upside down or allow water to collect in the bottoms of cans.

* Adjust tarps covering lawn and patio furniture, firewood, grills, boats and other items to eliminate standing water.

* Discard, remove or eliminate flowerpot holder trays.

* Regrade drainage areas and clean out debris in ditches to eliminate standing water in low spots.

* Fix leaky outdoor water faucets.

* Clean and chlorinate swimming pools

* Eliminate condensation puddles around air conditioners.

* Do not leave pet food and water bowls outside while not in use.

For more information, visit the Alexandria Health Department Web site at www.ci.alexandria.va.us/city/health/environmental_health.html or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile.