Nine Schools to Get

Extended Kindergarten

Full-day kindergarten will begin at nine additional elementary schools this fall, county school officials said.

The schools are Camelot, Forestdale, Lake Anne, Lorton Station, North Springfield, Sleepy Hollow, Springfield Estates, Washington Mill and Woodburn.

An increase in county revenue and state aid made the full-day program expansion possible, school officials said last week when they adopted a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Herndon Officials Take

Oath of Office Today

Herndon's new mayor, Michael L. O'Reilly, and the six-member Town Council will be sworn in at 6:30 p.m. today in the council chambers.

The council members elected with O'Reilly on May 4 include Carol A. Bruce, Dennis D. Husch, Steven D. Mitchell, Ann V. Null, J. Harlon Reece and Darryl C. Smith.

The public is invited. The council chambers are at 765 Lynn St.

Deadline Extended for Input

About Laurel Hill Park Plans

The public comment period on draft plans for Laurel Hill Park has been moved to July 1.

County park officials said the deadline was extended because of concerns that local advisory groups had not submitted their comments by the initial June 3 deadline.

Park planners are proposing a variety of recreational and cultural uses for the park, which is on the site of the former Lorton Correctional Complex. Details are at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/laurelhill/lhdraftreport.htm.

"We have been working on this plan for nearly two years, and listening to the community is the foundation of these planning efforts. It was a natural decision to wait a bit longer to be certain that everyone was heard," said Lynn S. Tadlock, director of the park authority's planning and development division.

Send comments via e-mail to Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov or write to Tadlock at the Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax, Va. 22035.

Homeowner Groups Ally

In Southern County Area

A civic organization has been formed in the Springfield area.

The South Springfield Alliance consists of 11 homeowner associations in the southern part of the county. The group was established to coordinate communication and action among homeowner associations surrounding and most likely to be affected by the development of the Laurel Hill site where the Lorton prison was located.

The alliance's area of interest stretches from the Route 123 corridor in the west to Interstate 95 and from the Occoquan River north to the communities on both sides of Fairfax County Parkway.

Steve Adragna, the alliance's vice president, said: "Residents of this part of the county have concerns about a range of issues that directly affect their quality of life. The South Springfield Alliance exists to help achieve consensus among the area homeowner associations and to ensure that our residents' concerns are heard and their interests promoted."

For more information, call 703-575-4183.

County Library Board

Selects New Chairman

Stephanie Y. Abbott of Reston has been elected chairman of the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees. She replaces Susan C. Thorniley of Burke.

Abbott has been the Hunter Mill District representative to the library board since 2000 and is president of Abbott Financial Services in Chantilly. She will serve as chairman for a year.

Flint H. Lewis of Centreville was elected vice chairman at a recent board meeting. The library board meets the second Wednesday of each month, except August, at the George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale.

County Updates Web Site,

Adds Conservation Data

The county government Web site has been revised and added to, officials said.

The Fairfax County Community Association Manual recently was updated to reflect changing conditions and actions by the General Assembly.

The revisions were added to the online manual, which can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dtcs/consserv/community_assn_manual.htm.

For more information, call 703-324-5977 or send an e-mail to cal.wagner@fairfaxcounty.gov.

A new section of the county government Web site, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd, includes information from the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District on how to protect soil and water resources.

Topics include gardening, soil, trees, lakes, streams, ponds, erosion and sediment control, watersheds, and pets and wildlife.

The agency also provides online information about education programs and volunteer opportunities, such as storm-drain stenciling and stream monitoring.

Publications are also available on the Web site. For more information, call 703-324-1423.

Lighting Project to Begin

At Greenbriar Park Field

The lights at ball field No. 2 at Greenbriar Park in Chantilly will be replaced, starting in the next few weeks, county park officials said. The project is scheduled to be completed in September.

The county Park Authority is working with the Chantilly Youth Association on the lighting project, sharing the $92,665 cost.

Construction access will be from Stringfellow Road, which means local traffic should not be affected, officials said.

New Brochure Promotes

Attractions in Herndon

Herndon has developed its first brochure publicizing the town's 2004 events, attractions, dining and recreation opportunities.

The pamphlet, called "It's All in the Heart of Herndon," is available at the town visitors center, the municipal center and the library.

It was developed and produced by the Promote Herndon committee of the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and was funded by a grant from the town government.

For more information, call 703-437-6366.

CD-ROM Aimed at Helping

Adults Protect Kids Online

The Fairfax City Police Department is making available a computer program called "Mousetrap" to help adults keep children safe from Internet predators.

Developed by the Virginia Community Policing Institute, the program offers viewers an interactive CD-ROM to learn about the Internet and about online predators.

Copies of "Mousetrap" are available from the Fairfax City Police Department and may be borrowed for 30 days. For more information or to reserve a copy, call 703-385-7946 or 703-385-7914 or visit the Virginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Rd.

Groups Agree to Strengthen

Direct-Care Workforce

The Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council and the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board have signed an agreement to work together to enhance recruitment, training and retention of direct-care workers in Northern Virginia.

Direct-care workers include nursing assistants and aides, personal care and home health aides, residential counselors and program assistants, companions, sitters, certified medication technicians, homemakers and many others who provide daily, hands-on care to seniors and adults with disabilities in various settings.

The county's long-term-care council works to expand the direct-care workforce through collaborations and partnerships. The workforce investment board represents more than 1.5 million residents and thousands of businesses in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park in overseeing the region's workforce system.

For more information, call 703-752-1606 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ltc.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR

As the cicadas crawled out of the ground and shed their shells last month, the Falls Church Elementary PTA had T-shirts made to commemorate the event. The shirts bear the color image of a larger-than-life-size cicada and the words "Cicada Tour 2004" and "Falls Church Brood X." From left, PTA President Marybeth Connelly, President-elect Laura Gogal and "spiritwear" Chairman Susan Earman package more than 400 shirts from the third printing. Connelly said the PTA has sold about 1,000 shirts. Proceeds from the sales go to support the city's elementary schools.CHRISSY GEPHARDT