Falls Church Bus Fare

Raised, Service Cut

Falls Church and Metro have increased the bus fare and changed routes for George, the city's local transit service.

The steps were taken to reduce the city's costs and adjust George's hours to the times with the greatest ridership, officials said.

The fare went from 25 cents a ride to 50 cents last Thursday.

On Tuesday, changes began on Route 26A. Those buses are continuing to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, but they no longer travel through neighborhoods. Route 26A buses now provide service from the East Falls Church Metro station to Seven Corners to the West Falls Church Metro station along the city's commercial corridors.

Weekday evening service on Route 26A from 8 to 10 p.m. has been discontinued. Also cut was the late Friday night service, which had ended at 1:15 a.m. There will be no weekend service on 26A.

There will be no more holiday bus service on any routes unless otherwise announced. The weekday rush hour 26E and 26W routes were not affected by the changes, except the end of holiday service.

For more information, call 703-248-5001 or visit www.ci.falls-church.va.us/george/changestosystem.html.

Speeders Targeted

On Burke Parkway

Fairfax County police announced that officers are stepping up speed enforcement along Burke Centre Parkway this month.

The initiative is part of an effort by the West Springfield District Station, which has established a group of officers, known as the STRIKE team, to address traffic enforcement and education.

On Burke Centre Parkway last year, there were 150 crashes; three resulted in deaths, 36 in personal injury and 111 in property damage, police said in a news release.

During a recent review of speed data on the parkway, officials discovered that more than half of the drivers were traveling 10 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit.

Vienna to Discuss

Two-Way Traffic Issue

On Monday night, the Vienna Town Council is planning to consider a request to open Church Street NW to two-way traffic between Lawyers Road and Pleasant Street, near the Vienna post office.

Two-way traffic on this portion of Church Street has been debated for many years, and several traffic studies have been completed. The current request comes from a resident of Pleasant Street NW and three residents of Walnut Lane NW. The town's Transportation Safety Commission has recommended against opening the street to two-way traffic.

The meeting is at 8 p.m. at Town Hall.

Schools Open Fourth

Registration Center

The county school system has opened a student registration site at Providence Hill, the fourth such permanent location.

The sites provide registration and English proficiency assessment services. Students who must register at one of the sites instead of their base school include those who speak a language other than English at home; are from foreign countries; have natural or legally adoptive parents who do not reside in the county; pay tuition; or are in out-of-county foster care. Kindergarten students register at the school they will attend. Registration at all sites is by appointment.

The new site is at 10301 Democracy Lane, Suite 204, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-219-2424.

The other locations are:

* Devonshire Center, 2831 Graham Rd., Falls Church, 703-876-5232.

* Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center, 1086 Elden St., Suite 106, 703-435-6833.

* South County, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1), Suite 123, Alexandria, 703-704-6017.

New Golf Course

Gets Superintendent

The county Park Authority recently selected Richard J. Owens as superintendent of the 18-hole Laurel Hill Golf Course currently under construction in the southern end of Fairfax. It is scheduled to open in May.

Owens, who has more than 24 years of experience, supervised the construction of Augustine Golf Club in Stafford and was superintendent at Meadowbrook County Club in Richmond and Cedar Point Club in Suffolk. He graduated from Virginia Tech.

The Park Authority operates seven golf courses. The Laurel Hill course, which will be the eighth, will consist of a clubhouse, golf shop, bistro, practice facilities and fully accessible amenities.

The 250-acre facility is financed under an agreement between the county government, the Park Authority and private businesses. The course was designed by golf course architect Bill Love, noted for his environmentally oriented approach.

Riverbend Park Trail

Project Rescheduled

A National Trails Day project that had been scheduled for June 5 will take place Saturday.

Unless it rains, the planned trail cleanup and maintenance will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help clear brush, place stones and assist with construction.

The Potomac Conservancy, Potomac Heritage Trail Association, REI and the county Park Authority will work to rebuild a trail at Riverbend Park in Great Falls. Participants should meet at the park's visitor center, 8700 Potomac Hills St. Tools will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring pruning shears, shovels and a sack lunch.

Registration is required. Call REI customer service at 703-379-9400 or send an e-mail to mnelson@rei.com.

For more information about Fairfax County trails, call 703-324-8726.

Iraqi Women to Meet

With Vienna Officials

A delegation of Iraqi women is scheduled to visit the Vienna Town Hall on Monday to learn about local government in the United States.

The group will meet with Mayor Jane Seeman and Town Council members to learn about the types of issues that generally come before the council. The women will also attend the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting at 8 p.m.

Members of the group come from a variety of cities and professions in education, government and technology. The visit is sponsored by the Women's Alliance for a Democratic Iraq, an international organization that seeks equal rights for women.

Nominees Sought

For Leadership Awards

Leadership Fairfax Inc. is seeking nominations for the 2004 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards, which honor individuals and organizations throughout the county.

The five categories are:

* The Bridge the Potomac Award, presented to an individual or organization for leadership in advancing the cause and spirit of regional collaboration and partnership.

* The Community Partnership Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in the successful collaboration of a public-private partnership.

* Three Community Trustee Awards, presented to an individual, a business and a nonprofit organization in recognition of outstanding leadership in the Northern Virginia community.

* The Educational Leadership Award, given to a teacher or administrator who has demonstrated long-term, consistent leadership in education.

* The Youth Leadership Award, sponsored by Freddie Mac, which recognizes outstanding leadership by an individual younger than 21 whose service helps young people reach their full potential.

The awards will be presented at a gala Nov. 6. Nomination forms are due by July 16 and are available at www.leadershipfairfax.org or by calling 703-752-7555. Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit group that develops leaders in the arts, business, education, government, health and religious and social service sectors.