Hearing to Discuss

Taxicab Rate Hike

Taxicab rates for an average-length trip would go up 11.3 percent under a proposal by county officials made Monday to the county Board of Supervisors. If approved, it would be the first general rate hike in more than four years.

The supervisors agreed to hold a hearing on the plan at 4:30 p.m. June 20 at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy.

The current taxicab rate is $2.25 for the first quarter-mile, 40 cents for each quarter-mile after that and 40 cents for each 80 seconds of waiting time. The proposed increase is to $2.75 for the first one-fifth mile, 35 cents for each subsequent one-fifth mile and 35 cents for each 60 seconds of waiting time. The average-length trip is about 11 miles, county officials said.

The taxi companies seeking the rate hike cited increases in the cost of living for drivers. The county staff agreed with the proposal and is asking the supervisors to approve it.

To speak at the hearing, call 703-324-3151.

Muddy Backyard Streams

To Be Focus of Workshop

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is sponsoring a workshop Saturday in Chantilly to help residents learn to identify and report problems with muddy backyard streams.

Such streams, which are caused largely by erosion and sediment-control problems at construction sites, are a major source of pollution in the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, according to a news release.

Construction work disturbs the land, commission officials said, which speeds erosion and the flow of mud or sediment to local streams and rivers. Sediment smothers aquatic life, increases the cost of treating drinking water, carries pollutants and disease-causing organisms, and can pose a risk to human health.

Erosion and sediment-control professionals from Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties will participate in the session. Sign-in is at 8:30 a.m.; the program will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop is at the Sully District Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. For more information, call 703-642-4625.

A Cross-Cultural Look

At Domestic Violence

A day-long conference on cross-cultural perspectives on domestic violence is scheduled for June 17 at the county Government Center.

The conference will include representatives from the fields of health, mental health, law, social services, religion and education.

Scheduled speakers include County Executive Anthony H. Griffin, Police Chief David M. Rohrer and Virginia Secretary of Public Safety John W. Marshall. Others invited are Sujata Warrier, director of the New York City Program for the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, and Olga Trujillo, a consultant and lawyer specializing in sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse issues.

Those who attend will be able to participate in breakout sessions that address their specific areas of interest.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 12000 Government Center Pkwy. For more information, call 703-533-3302. To register online, visit www.cmhs.org/about/events/dvconf.html.

Law Enforcement Agencies

To Hold Job Fair in Chantilly

Area police and sheriff's agencies have scheduled a job fair Saturday at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

The fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include more than 25 federal and local law enforcement agencies from Maryland, Virginia and the District. The Fairfax County police and sheriff's departments, the George Mason University police department, the Herndon police department and the Reston campus of the University of Phoenix are sending representatives, according to a news release.

The expo center is at Route 28 and Willard Road. The event was organized by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. For more information, visit www.lejobfair.com.

Davis Staff Member

On Hand at Library

A staff member for Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) will be available to assist constituents with federal matters from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. The library is at 101 Maple Ave. East. For more information, call 703-916-9610.

Residents' Input Sought

On Transportation Issues

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is asking county residents to visit an interactive Web site to share their views on the region's road and transit problems.

The Web address is www.TransAction2030.com. There is a presentation followed by a survey.

David Snyder, chairman of the authority, said in a news release, "Our transportation problems are well known and felt by us all. Now it is time to solve those problems, instead of describing them, yet again."

People who want to take part in the survey but don't want to do so online can visit the transportation authority's information booths at county fairs throughout Northern Virginia this summer, including this weekend's Celebrate Fairfax! festival.

The effort, called TransAction 2030, allows citizens to offer recommendations on transportation priorities, which the authority will consider when deciding the funding order of projects.

Applications Being Taken

For Leadership Program

The McLean Neighborhood College, a program that seeks to develop community leaders, is accepting applications for the class of 2005. The deadline for registration is June 27.

"Students will learn about their local government and develop leadership skills to become more involved in the community," said Robin Patton of the county Department of Systems Management for Human Services in a news release. "Plus, the neighborhood college is a forum to meet neighbors, building an even greater sense of community."

Applications are available at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., or the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

The college meets from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays for four weeks beginning July 1 at the library.

For more information, call 703-787-4962 or send an e-mail to isabel.taramasco@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Cameron Run Watershed

Planning Session Set

County officials will host a workshop June 16 in Annandale on a draft plan for the Cameron Run watershed. This is the third of four public meetings planned.

The meeting, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mason Government Center, will be led by officials from the county Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, who are seeking comments about the management of the watershed.

The Cameron Run watershed is an area south of Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway, including parts of Falls Church, Arlington and Alexandria, and extending south to Franconia Road and Kings Highway. Fairfax County is developing management plans for each of the county's 30 watersheds.

The Mason center is at 6507 Columbia Pike. Information on watershed management planning efforts currently underway in the county can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/watersheds.

For information on the Cameron Run workshop, call Jennifer Shore of Versar Inc. at 866-341-4599.

Festival of Food

Returns to Reston

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Taste of the Town festival on June 18 at the Reston Town Center.

There will be live music, activities for children and food from more than 30 vendors, including such eateries as Big Bowl, Clyde's, M&S Grill and Obi Sushi, and food markets such as Balducci's, Trader Joe's, Wegmans and Whole Foods.

The event will take place from noon to 10:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA in Reston.

For more information or to volunteer, call 703-709-9045 or visit www.restonchamber.org.

South Lakes Sophomores

To Discuss Ethical Issues

Tenth-graders at South Lakes High School in Reston will grapple with ethical issues during a "sophomore character challenge" tomorrow.

According to a news release, the 380-member class will be divided into groups that will meet in classrooms to discuss solutions to hypothetical problems such as: What should I do if a friend develops a substance abuse problem? What should I do if I see a friend's boyfriend out on a date with another person? What should I do if I witness another student cheating on an exam?

Leading the discussions will be 20 mentors from the school's business partner, Lockheed Martin. The program, which parallels a senior class ethics day program, has been championed by South Lakes Principal Realista Rodriguez, who has worked to implement ethics units in each year of South Lakes' curriculum.

Those interested in attending should call Assistant Principal Aimee Monticchio at 703-715-4511 or Assistant Principal Ronnie Altobelli at 703-715-4690.

Community Center Board

In McLean Elects Officers

The new McLean Community Center Governing Board has elected Patricia H. Velander chairman and Edward Eitches vice chairman, center officials announced.

Evelyn Fox was chosen to be treasurer for a second year, and Laurie Hilburg was elected secretary.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY