Work on Two Parks

To Begin in August

The county Park Authority is set to make improvements at Grist Mill Park in the Alexandria section and Clark's Crossing Park in Vienna.

Officials said the projects would cause only minor traffic and parking problems.

EMSI Engineering Inc., the contractor for Grist Mill Park, at 4701 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., will rebuild several soccer fields and add irrigation. Construction access will be from Mount Vernon Memorial Highway.

Workers will install erosion controls and an underground irrigation system and controls, regrade the rectangular fields and seed fields, among other improvements. The cost is estimated at $721,000. Completion is scheduled for the fall.

At Clark's Crossing Park, 9850 Clark's Crossing Rd., the contractor, Rustler Construction Inc., will build a parking lot and improve Clark's Crossing Road from Batten Hollow Road to the park. Construction access will be from Clark's Crossing Road.

Crews will install a storm drainage system, replace pavement, and build curbs and gutters. Work will also include construction of a five-foot-wide sidewalk, a split-rail fence and a gate. The cost is estimated at $260,000.

Completion is planned for December.

For information about the Grist Mill project, call Richard Fruehauf at 703-324-8627.

For information about the Clark's Crossing improvements, call Jim Duncan at 703-324-8747.

Falls Church Official

Leads Regional Board

Falls Church City Council member David F. Snyder has been elected chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, a 16-member board that will develop a regional transportation plan.

Snyder, who will serve as chairman for a year, has been a member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. He is a former mayor of Falls Church.

The General Assembly created the authority in 2002 to be Northern Virginia's lead transportation planning organization and its advocate for road and mass transit priorities. The members are elected officials and residents.

County Administrator

Heads State Group

Deputy Fairfax County Executive Robert A. Stalzer has been named president of the Virginia Local Government Management Association.

The organization consists mostly of town, city and county managers and members of their teams. Its mission is to strengthen the quality of local government by offering training, networking and resource sharing.

In his county position, Stalzer oversees emergency management, police, fire and rescue, public works and environmental services, planning and zoning, transportation, vehicle services, environmental coordination, and neighborhood and community-building operations.

Developer Is Giving

$730,000 to Libraries

County developer A.J. Dwoskin plans to give $730,000 over the next 10 years to the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation.

Dwoskin gave the first installment, $47,122, to the foundation at its Capital Book Festival in May.

Library Director Edwin S. Clay III said the gift will benefit the New Century Library Fund, an endowment for books, materials, computers and programs. The money is coming from rental income from the Landsdowne Centre, a shopping area in the Alexandria section. A.J. Dwoskin & Associates Inc. manages 18 shopping centers in the Washington area.

Dwoskin said he and his wife and sons use the county's library system and are avid readers.

From U.Va., a Look

At Education Field

The University of Virginia will host an education information session Wednesday at its Northern Virginia Center near the West Falls Church Metro station.

The event is for people interested in becoming educators and for teachers to explore specific areas.

Participants may attend information sessions on one or more of the following topics from 5 to 6 p.m.: school administration and supervision, social foundations of education, reading, special education and instruction.

A panel of school system representatives will discuss the "alternative route to licensure," including trends and local hiring needs, from 6:30 to 7:30.

The event is free, but registration is required.

The center is at 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church. For information, call 703-536-1122 or visit www.scps.virginia.edu/northern/forms/ednight.htm.

Keep Up With Upkeep

Of Athletic Fields

The county Park Authority, in cooperation with the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, will host a workshop on field maintenance Aug. 12 at Nottoway Park in Vienna.

The annual workshop is for athletic organization representatives, coaches and others who want information about how local playing fields are maintained.

The event will offer hands-on demonstrations, presentations on equipment and discussions of maintenance, artificial playing fields, volunteer partnerships, air quality and stewardship.

The program will be held outdoors from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the picnic pavilion. The park is at 9601 Courthouse Rd. The cost is $35, and registration is required by Aug. 5. For information, call 540-788-4867.

Coping With Arthritis,

At Reston Workshop

The Reston Community Center will sponsor a free arthritis workshop Aug. 10 for people 55 and older at its Hunters Woods location.

Health educator Kathryn Thompson will explain the causes of arthritis and offer tips on how to deal with it using diet, exercise and natural remedies.

The workshop is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Registration is required.

The center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For information, call 703-648-2835 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Immigrants, Needy

Are Target of Grant

South Lakes High School in Reston, where students speak 33 languages, has received a grant for programs benefiting low-income and immigrant students.

This is the second time South Lakes has won a $3,000 MetLife Foundation Bridge Builders competitive grant.

The program, administered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is designed to help schools strengthen ties within their communities.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR

Falls Church City Council member David F. Snyder heads the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.