Candlelight Ceremony

To Commemorate 9/11

The Fairfax County government will mark the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States with a candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Government Center's 9/11 Memorial Grove Garden.

People attending are to meet in the forum area, where an honor guard will lead them to the garden. The Government Center is at 12000 Government Center Pkwy.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) will offer opening remarks, and Michael Shochet, cantor of Temple Rodef Shalom of Falls Church, will deliver a message. There will also be patriotic music and refreshments.

Great Falls, Lorton Sites

Now on Historic Register

Four Fairfax County sites were recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.

They are the Great Falls Grange, Forestville School and Four Stairs house in Great Falls, and the Taft Archaeological Site in Lorton.

The Grange, an assembly hall at 9818 Georgetown Pike (Route 193) that is still in use, was built in 1929 for the national fraternal group of farmers. It now is operated by the county Park Authority. At 9812 Georgetown Pike is the one-room Forestville School, built in 1889 and closed in 1922 but later used as a private residence and post office and now as a museum.

Four Stairs, at 840 Leigh Mill Rd., is a private residence that dates to the 1730s, when it was a planter's log house. Because of the various owners' additions, the house reflects different periods in architecture, including Greek Revival and Colonial Revival.

The Taft site, at 7301 High Point Rd. near Mason Neck State Park, was a Native American camp dating to a period between 2000 B.C. and 1560 A.D.

The National Park Service said the sites are important to the state's history and are already listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register, the state's honorary designation of significant architectural and archaeological sites.

The National Register of Historic Places, managed by the National Park Service, is the official list of structures, sites, objects and districts that reflect the nation's historical and cultural foundations. More than 60,000 resources of all kinds are listed, including 700,000 contributing buildings in historic districts. The National Register includes more than 2,300 properties in Virginia.

For more information, call 804-367-2323 or visit

I-66 Bridge Bears Name

Of Noted N.Va. Engineer

The Virginia Department of Transportation has unveiled signs naming the Interstate 66 bridge over Route 29 the "George Fortune Jr. Memorial Bridge" in honor of a prominent local engineer.

Fortune, who died in 1990, was one of the designers of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge in 1961. He also designed schools in Fairfax County, Alexandria City Hall, Alexandria Hospital and the 4600 Duke Street apartments.

The signs were dedicated Aug. 25. The General Assembly approved the bridge naming earlier this year.

Herndon Getting in Gear

For Town License Plate

Herndon residents could soon get their own state license plate.

The Town Council has approved a design for the town's official motor vehicle license plate. However, the state Department of Motor Vehicles will not produce the plate until residents have submitted at least 350 prepaid applications.

Applicants need to complete a DMV form called the "Special Revenue Sharing Series, Application for Plates," which can be downloaded by going to the town's Web site,, and clicking on "What's New" and then "Herndon License Plate." Forms are also available at the town's Revenue Office, 777 Lynn St.

The application must be returned with a check for $25, or $35 if the plate is personalized, payable to the Town of Herndon.

The amount will be an annual fee charged in addition to other DMV licensing fees.

For more information, call 703-435-6813.

Cox, Child Advocate

Team Up for Safe TV

Cox Communications Inc., the county's largest cable provider, said it has formed an alliance with "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh to help parents better manage their family's television watching.

"Take Charge!" is a Web site,, that will provide information to families on how to recognize and block objectionable content and identify family-oriented programs.

The site includes instructions on activating TV monitoring controls, tips for using the Internet responsibly, a family media usage contract, a resource list to help identify good education programs, games, quizzes and other tools.

Cox has also entered into a partnership with NetSmartz{reg}, an interactive safety resource created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which Walsh championed, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Using 3-D animation and other tools, NetSmartz creates educational activities.

Fall Bulbs, From Green

Spring Gardens to Yours

The Friends of Green Spring are holding their annual fall bulb sale through Oct. 8.

The sale features a variety of bulbs including iris, crocus, allium, narcissus and tulips that were selected by Green Spring Gardens Park staff members.

There are color pictures of the bulbs in bloom on the Web page,

Proceeds from the sale benefit the organization's horticultural programs.

Orders can be placed online or by visiting the park. There is no minimum order and no charge for shipping.

The park, at 4603 Green Spring Rd. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


The Virginia Department of Transportation has unveiled signs naming the Interstate 66 bridge over Route 29 after the late George Fortune Jr., a prominent local engineer who helped design the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.If at least 350 people are willing to send prepaid applications for it, the town of Herndon could get its own state license plate.