Transportation Ideas

Sought at Hearing

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing Sept. 13 to receive suggestions for transportation enhancement projects.

The federally funded program pays for activities and improvements that "increase the value of a transportation project or make it more aesthetically pleasing," county officials said.

Such activities could include bicycle or pedestrian-oriented projects or those related to historic preservation.

For example, this year the board approved sidewalks, ramps for disabled people, crosswalks, a traffic signal and a bus shelter at Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive in Annandale.

Similar improvements are going in along Richmond Highway (Route 1).

The federal government contributes 80 percent of the cost; local government chips in the rest.

The board will vote Oct. 18 on projects presented at the public hearing.

The 4 p.m. hearing Sept. 13 is in the board meeting room at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy.

New Phone Numbers

For Inova Fairfax

Inova Fairfax Hospital has changed its phone numbers.

The new main numbers are:

* Inova Fairfax Hospital, 703-776-4001.

* Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, 703-776-4002.

* Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, 703-776-4003.

The telephone and fax numbers on the Fairfax campus now begin with 703-776-. The last four digits -- the extension numbers -- remain the same.

Reston Center Slated

For Major Renovations

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will undergo renovations throughout this month and September.

Scheduled improvements include a completely redone front desk area that center officials said will enable the staff to provide better service to visitors.

Until the renovations are completed, customer service functions -- such as program registration, facility rental and the box office -- will be run from a temporary location in the center's computer classroom, across from the community room.

The Hunters Woods center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd.

For more information, call 703-476-4500.

All Election Politics,

All the Time on Cable

Cox Communications Northern Virginia has launched a digital cable channel -- 807 -- offering all-day election coverage through Nov. 2, including the Republican National Convention later this month.

"We believe this new channel will help our customers get closer to the presidential elections than ever before," Gary McCollum, vice president and regional manager for Cox Northern Virginia, said in a news release.

For more information, call 703-378-8400 or visit

Sport Safety Training

For Coaches, Parents

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area and the city of Falls Church are offering a sport safety training class for coaches and parents of athletes, who can often require treatment during games and practices.

The training, developed with the U.S. Olympic Committee, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at 8550 Arlington Blvd. in Fairfax. The cost is $60.

The class will cover such skills as how to use an automated external defibrillator, stop bleeding and apply splints.

To sign up, call 703-964-0004.

2 Library Volunteers

Set County Record

By working more than 10,000 hours each, Arnold Zimmer of Lorton and Eric Tongren of Burke have broken the record for the number of hours worked by a Fairfax County public library volunteer. The previous record was 8,000 hours.

Zimmer checks out books and manages the Lorton Library's used-book sale. Over the past 13 years, he has sold more than $88,000 in books.

Tongren checks out books and prepares items for pickup that county residents have put on hold at Pohick Regional Library.

For the budget year that ended June 30, the library system recorded 169,989 hours worked by more than 3,200 volunteers, which is 7,000 hours more than the amount of time volunteered during the 2003 budget year.

For more information, call 703-324-3100 or visit

Red Cross Chapter

Picks New Director

Susan Aarhus has been named executive director of the Fairfax/Falls Church office of the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Aarhus most recently served as chief operating officer of the Arlington County chapter, where she helped direct the Red Cross response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

In addition, Aarhus has served in a leadership role at the site of several national disasters. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Fort Belvoir Exercise

May Hold Up Traffic

Fort Belvoir officials are warning about possible traffic delays near the Army post Monday through Aug. 20 because of a "force protection" exercise.

During the exercise, security personnel will increase the frequency of searches at undisclosed times throughout the week. The training exercise is required annually.

For more information, call 703-805-5001.

Improvements Coming

To Park in Chantilly

The county Park Authority will soon begin installing an artificial turf ballfield at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, agency officials said.

The artificial turf at Field No. 2 will extend the use of the playing surface.

The Park Authority also has an artificial turf field at Lewinsville Park in McLean.

Other improvements to the Chantilly park will include installing bleachers and players' benches, and expanding an asphalt trail to the field.

Funding for the $550,000 project comes from a Park Authority construction bond.

The park is at 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. For more information, call 703-324-8575.

Conference Scheduled

On Women's Issues

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) has set Sept. 18 for his annual women's issues conference in Alexandria.

The conference will cover such topics as nutrition, the state of women in the world, financial planning, first aid, health, career development and exercise.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. For more information, call 703-922-8282 or visit

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


Arnold Zimmer, left, of Lorton and Eric Tongren of Burke put in more than 10,000 hours each as library volunteers, breaking the record of 8,000.