Reston Association Picks

Ill. City Manager as CEO

Milton W. Matthews has been named executive vice president and chief executive of the Reston Association, the largest homeowners group in the Washington area.

Matthews, a native of Accomack County, Va., has spent the past 17 years in the St. Louis area, most recently as city manager of the suburb Webster Groves (population 25,000).

His wife, Barbara Burns Matthews, also a Virginia native, became city manager of Takoma Park in July. She had been city administrator of Manchester, Mo.

"I have followed the progress and development of Reston beginning as a high school senior in government class, also as a graduate student in city and regional planning, and ultimately as a city manager in a mid-sized suburban community," said Milton Matthews, who succeeds Gerald Volloy.

"The concept upon which Reston has evolved is still very prevalent in community development throughout the country," he said.

Reston, which has more than 50,000 residents, levies fees on property owners to pay for amenities such as pools, pathways, parks, recreation and environmental protection.

Residents also pay Fairfax County property taxes and receive county services.

A search committee of the Reston Association board reviewed over 150 resumes and conducted several interviews before narrowing the list to five candidates.

Matthews, who also has worked in management jobs in New York, Illinois, Texas and Connecticut, was picked largely because of his wide experience.

"Milton is a natural fit for this position, with all of his experience and knowledge in city and town management," Ray Leonhard, acting executive vice president, said in a news release.

Two Clinics Will Teach

Emergency Preparedness

Fairfax County Supervisors Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and Sharon S. Bulova (D-Braddock) will host emergency preparedness clinics Oct. 19.

Participants will learn how to make a kit that would last through the first 72 hours of an emergency, prepare a list of what should be kept on hand in case of a disaster and prepare a plan for family members to communicate.

They will also learn about types of emergencies.

Representatives of the Fairfax County Citizen Corps will attend to provide information on neighborhood protection programs, the community emergency response team and the medical reserve corps.

The clinics will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Hunter Mill clinic will be at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. The Braddock District clinic will be at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd.

For more information or to register, call the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area, 703-805-2332, or send an e-mail to kurylor@usa.redcross.org.

For more information about the Fairfax County Citizen Corps, call 703-246-3460 or visit www.fairfaxcountycitizencorps.org.

All Fairfax Fire Stations

Schedule Open Houses

All 35 Fairfax County fire and rescue stations will hold open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

Stations will have displays and activities that promote fire safety and burn prevention and that have information available about the importance of equipping homes with working smoke alarms.

For more information, visit www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/fr/homepage.htm, and for a list of fire station locations, visit www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/fr/general/Stations.htm.

Smyth to Demonstrate

New Voting Machines

Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) is holding an open house Wednesday to demonstrate the county's new touch-screen voting machines.

The open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will give residents an opportunity to learn how to use the machines before the Nov. 2 general election. Smyth's office is at 8739 Lee Hwy.

Additional demonstrations will be held throughout the county.

For more information or to find out when other demonstrations will be held, call 703-560-6946 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gov/eb/winvote_equip.htm.

Park Authority Finishes

Assessment of Needs

The county Park Authority has completed a final report on its assessment of needs and is making it available free on CD or through its Web site, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

The report describes park and recreation needs and a phased capital improvement plan designed to meet them, including new facilities, renovations and land acquisition.

For more information, call 703-324-8662.

Hearings Set on Changes

For Chesapeake Bay Act

County staff members have completed a report on proposed changes to the Chesapeake Bay Act and have scheduled two public hearings, the first of which is tonight.

The Bay Act program is aimed at reducing pollution in the bay and its tributaries through managing resources and growth in Virginia. The idea is to use the land and other resources in ways that improve the bay's water quality.

The county was required to amend its Comprehensive Plan. The proposed amendment covers such policies as watershed and storm water management planning, water quality controls for redevelopment, remediation of contaminated sites, tidal shoreline erosion control measures, boating and the compensation of losses of wetlands.

The public hearings are at 8:15 tonight before the Planning Commission and at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 before the Board of Supervisors.

Both hearings will be in the board auditorium at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. For more information or to register to speak at a hearing, call 703-324-2865.

Copies of the report may be obtained weekdays through the Department of Planning and Zoning, seventh floor of the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax.

Copies also can be downloaded through the county Web site, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/projects.

VDOT Mails Out Update

On Springfield Interchange

The Virginia Department of Transportation has mailed an eight-page brochure about the Springfield Interchange project to keep motorists informed of improvements and upcoming construction.

The brochure features a full-color map of recently completed projects and those that will be going on during the next six months at the interchange, commonly known as the Mixing Bowl. It also contains the high-occupancy-vehicle reversible lane schedule for Interstates 95 and 395, tips for driving safely through work zones and commuter options for avoiding the interchange.

VDOT will publish a second issue of the brochure in the spring, which will outline projects scheduled for next summer and fall.

The brochure has been sent to more than 600,000 residents along the I-95 corridor between Alexandria and Fredericksburg, For those who did not receive a copy, go to www.springfieldinterchange.com or the Springfield Interchange information center in Springfield Mall, or call 877-959-5222.

Annual Farm Day to Be Held

At Park in Falls Church

The city of Falls Church will hold its annual farm day Saturday at Cherry Hill Park.

Among the activities are hayrides, pony rides, a petting farm, pumpkin painting, corn shelling and apple butter making.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park is at 312 Park Ave. For more information, call 703-248-5178 or visit www.ci.falls-church.va.us .

Seminar to Guide Firms

On Selling to Virginia

Virginia's Small Business Development Center network will host "Selling to Virginia: Opportunities for Success," a seminar designed to educate small businesses and those owned by women and minorities about new opportunities to sell goods and services to the commonwealth and local governments.

The event is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 20 at George Mason University Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall in Fairfax. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $20. Presentations will be delivered in English, but business owners with limited English proficiency are encouraged to attend.

The half-day seminar will include new information about the Virginia procurement process, female- and minority-owned business certification in Virginia, methods for contacting state and local government buyers, eVA registration and catalogues, business assistance and counseling services. Businesses will also have the opportunity to meet with purchasing officers from several state and local agencies.

Several initiatives undertaken by the Warner administration have focused on learning what the commonwealth can do to strengthen female- and minority- owned businesses and improve their access to state contracting. The Virginia Small Business Development Center Network and the Virginia Department of Business Assistance are joining together for the event to support the initiatives.

For more event information and to register, visit www.virginiasbdc.org/conferences.asp. You may also contact the Virginia SBDC Network office at 703-279-3328, e-mail rcope2@gmu.edu or contact your local SBDC office.

Reston Association Plans

Snakeden Branch Cleanup

The Reston Association will host its annual fall Snakeden Branch cleanup Oct. 16.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Participants are asked to bring gloves, drinking water and insect repellent and to wear clothes and shoes they don't mind getting dirty or wet.

Trash bags will be provided. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

There are three meeting locations along the stream: Hunters Woods Village Center in the parking lot off Colts Neck Road; Soapstone Drive in the Children's World parking lot, 2300 Soapstone Dr.; and Walker Nature Education Center parking lot, 11450 Glade Dr.

For more information, call 703-435-6560 or 703-435-6535.

U.S. Geological Survey

To Host Open House

The U.S. Geological Survey, whose national headquarters are in Reston, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Through exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities, participants will learn how the USGS tracks the effects of severe storms on coastal environments. They also will learn about panning for gold, examining fossils, tracking manatees from space and following the Lewis and Clark trail.

Scientists will talk about earthquakes, water quality, invasive species and mapping of the Earth and other planets.

The center is at 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr. For more information, visit www.usgs.gov.

Oktoberfest on Tap

At Huntington Center

The Huntington Community Center will hold its Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to the traditional carnival fare of hamburgers, hot dogs and cotton candy, there will be live entertainment, a moon bounce, games, a bake sale and a community yard sale.

County firefighters will show youngsters a fire engine and talk about fire safety. They also will be conducting checks of child safety seats.

The center is at 5751 Liberty Dr. in the Alexandria section of Fairfax.

For more information, call 703-960-1917 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec and click on "Community Centers."

McLean Community Center

Celebrates Fall With Event

The McLean Community Center will hold its fall harvest event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the center.

Activities will include crafts, face painting, games, pumpkin painting and food.

Tickets cost $10 for McLean area children, $12 for others. The event is aimed at children ages 3 to 8.

The center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Reston Historic Trust

To Sponsor Dog Outing

The Reston Historic Trust will hold an outing for walkers and their dogs at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

A maximum six-foot, standard, non-retractable leash is required.

Walkers should meet at the Reston Museum, 1639 Washington Plaza at Lake Anne Village Center. The route will take walkers to Lake Newport and past the dog park at Baron Cameron Park.

Nancy Despeaux, a member of the Reston Dog Coalition, will be the guide. A $5 donation is requested.

For more information, call 703-709-7700.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR

Milton Matthews, who was city manager of Webster Groves, Mo., is the Reston Association's new head.