Reston Board Seats Filled

Incumbents Beverly Cosham and Terry Smith and newcomer Roger Lowen have been elected to the Reston Community Center's board of governors, Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) announced.

In balloting that ended Saturday, Reston voters chose Cosham, Smith and Lowen for the three open seats on the nine-member board, which sets policy for and provides fiscal oversight of the community center and its programs. Board members serve three-year terms.

The losing candidates were John Abell, Mary Buff and Ram Singh. Many business leaders had supported their candidacies, seeking more of a say in the center's operations and programs.

Absentee Ballot Deadline

The Fairfax County Electoral Board and General Registrar's Office remind voters that next Thursday is the deadline for receiving absentee ballot applications for voting by mail. The final day for in-person absentee voting is Oct. 30. For more information, call 703-222-0776 or visit

Pollution Control Projects

The state's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Grants program has awarded the city of Falls Church $15,480 for storm water pollution control demonstration projects.

City officials said the grants will go to projects at two city properties that use low-impact development techniques designed to reduce the amount of storm flow and pollution entering Tripps Run and Four Mile Run. The city government will provide matching funds and labor.

About 2,000 square feet of impervious surface will be removed from the upper parking lot behind City Hall and replaced with a grassy surface and two rain gardens that will collect runoff from the lot.

One cistern will be installed at City Hall and five at the Falls Church property yard building to collect roof rainwater. Combined, the cisterns will hold 24,000 gallons of water, which will be used for irrigation, washing city vehicles and flushing storm and sanitary sewers.

For more information, call 703-248-5040.

View Lunar Eclipse

Next week's total lunar eclipse, which begins at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday, can be viewed at Observatory Park in Great Falls, park officials said. The moon will be completely eclipsed from 10:23 to 11:45 p.m.

The Analemma Society will provide telescopes and binoculars, and local astronomers will be available to share their expertise.

The park, located east of Springvale Road near Georgetown Pike (Route 193), will be open from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Follow the access road to the parking lot at the back and walk into the park from there. For more information, visit or

Developing Character

The county Department of Community and Recreation Services and the Fairfax Partnership for Youth will hold a character development forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the James Lee Community Center in the Falls Church area.

Participants will learn best practices in character development and network with peers from education, recreation, child care, citizen associations and social service organizations.

The center is at 2855-A James Lee St. The forum is free and lunch is included. For more information or to register, call 703-324-5704 or visit

A Lee District Weekend

Supervisor T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee) will hold his annual Lee District town meeting, community day and bicycle ride on Saturday and Sunday.

* Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, the town meeting and community day will take place at Lane Elementary School, 7137 Beulah St. There will be exhibits, representatives of the county police motor squad, a fire engine, food and music. Also, the touch-screen voting machines that voters will use Nov. 2 will be on display. For more information, call 703-971-6262.

* The fifth annual "Tour de Lee," a bicycle ride through the district, will start at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Rd. Riders of all abilities can participate. There will be a 1.5-mile family ride, a 15-mile ride and a 30-mile ride.

Bikes@Vienna will provide free bike safety checks, and the Franconia police bicycle patrol will hold a bike rodeo for young riders at noon. Refreshments and T-shirts will be available for all riders.

Registration is at Lee District Park from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for the 15-mile and 30-mile rides and at Rose Hill Elementary School from 9:45 to 11 a.m. for the 1.5-mile family ride. The school is at 6301 Rose Hill Dr.

For more information, call 703-971-6262.

Court Names Officials

James McCarron has been appointed director of juvenile probation services and Dennis Fee has been appointed director of juvenile residential services, county judicial officials said.

McCarron, who most recently served as director of special services, has 24 years' experience within the juvenile justice field in Fairfax County. Fee, who has spent more than 25 years with the county Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, has most recently headed the central intake unit responsible for screening intake complaints filed before the court.

Korean Heritage Festival

The Korean American Coalition's Washington area chapter will hold its second annual Korean Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 at Mason District Park in Annandale.

There will be shuttle bus service, a parade, sports, an essay contest, an art contest, raffle ticket sales, booths, arts and crafts, and a traditional Korean wedding.

The park is at 6621 Columbia Pike. For more information, including how to volunteer, call 703-354-3900, 202-296-6401 or 703-969-3006 or send an e-mail to

Workshop on Watershed

The county government has scheduled a workshop next Thursday to seek comments from residents on a proposed plan to provide solutions to flooding, stream bank erosion, pollution and other storm water issues in the Popes Head Creek watershed.

The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Clifton Elementary School, 7010 Clifton Rd.

The watershed covers 19 square miles, roughly extending from southwest Fairfax City to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.

The draft plan was created by a citizens advisory committee as part of the watershed management planning process for the Popes Head Creek watershed.

There will be an overview of the plan at 7 p.m. for new participants, followed by a presentation of the full plan at 7:30 p.m. There also will be smaller sessions with project engineers.

Registration is not required but will help ensure there is adequate space for those who want to participate. For more information, call 703-488-3713 or visit

Beauty and the Bin

Fairfax County is joining other local jurisdictions in trying to find the most beautifully prepared recycling bin.

Residents should send digital photographs of their bins to or mail regular photographs to Ed Harris, Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 466, Fairfax, Va. 22035. The deadline for submission is Nov. 5.

Entries should include the resident's name, address and telephone number.

The winner will receive a recycled products gift basket at a community recycling "road show" to be held Nov. 13 at Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St.

Bins will be judged on cleanliness and content. Bins that include trash or non-recyclable materials will be disqualified.

Recyclable materials include glass bottles and jars, cans, plastic bottles and jugs, paper, cardboard and yard debris. Residents who have their trash service provided by a private hauler are encouraged to contact their hauler for exact recycling guidelines.

For more information, call 703-324-5313 or send an e-mail to

Dress Up Your Dog is hosting a costume contest for dogs at the 58th annual Vienna Halloween parade at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday .

Prizes will be awarded, and goodie bags will be given out.

Participants should meet at the Exxon station at 210 Maple Ave. West. The parade route is along Maple Avenue. There is a $20 registration fee for the first dog; $10 for each additional dog. Proceeds benefit homeless dogs. For more information, visit