Meeting Set to Discuss

Effects of Metro Extension

The proposed extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport will be the topic of a town hall meeting next Thursday in Falls Church.

Sponsored by several community groups, the meeting, called "Are We Headed for a Breakdown? Metrorail and Our Neighborhoods," will cover high-density development planned at Metro stations between Tysons Corner and the airport.

A panel discussion, to be followed by an open comment and question period for audience members, will focus on the effects of the development. The meeting is at Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike (Route 7).

This is the second in a series of such meetings on development in Fairfax County. It is sponsored by a number of groups, including Fairfax Citizens for Responsible Growth, (www.fairgrowth.org), Great Falls Citizens Association, Options for Oakton, Hunter Mill Defense League and the Southwest Vienna Citizens Association.

NVCC Workforce Center

Opens in Annandale

Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale opened a workforce development center on Tuesday.

The center, in the Pitney Bowes Building, 7630 Little River Tpk., Suite 500, offers noncredit classes, training both on- and off-site, and summer camps.

NVCC President Robert G. Templin Jr. was among the officials present at the opening. The center's director is Robert Vaughn, president of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce and president-elect of the Rotary Club of Annandale.

Future of Tysons Corner

To Be Considered at Forum

Future development in the Tysons Corner area will be the subject of a public forum Tuesday at the McLean Community Center.

The panel discussion, called "Re-imagining Tysons Corner," will feature architects and planners and will be moderated by Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Among the topics to be covered: What mix of development, streets and urban design would allow residents, workers and shoppers the best opportunity to escape traffic congestion and conveniently walk or ride transit to destinations?

The forum is sponsored by the McLean Citizens Association, the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the Great Falls Group of the Sierra Club, the Great Falls Citizens Association and the Audubon Naturalist Society.

The community center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. To RSVP for the free event, call 202-244-1105 or send an e-mail to staff@washingtonregion.net.

Falls Church Police Plan

Crime Prevention Class

The City of Falls Church Police Department will offer a free crime prevention seminar July 8 at City Hall.

The workshop, developed by the Fairfax-based National Rifle Association for use across the country, is designed to give participants the tools they need to develop their own safety plans to prevent being victimized by crime.

According to a news release, an instructor from the police department will help participants understand criminal thinking and provide tips on maximizing home, automobile, travel, telephone, technological and personal security. Topics will include carjacking prevention strategies, self-defense training options and the use of devices such as pepper spray, Mace and stun guns.

The seminar will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the training room at 300 Park Ave. To register or for more information, call 703-248-5100, Ext. 7049, or send an e-mail to dwilson@ci.falls-church.va.us.

Trash-filled Stream

To Get Cleaned Up

Beginning Monday, Fairfax storm water officials will team with consultants to conduct a two-week cleanup of a portion of Little Hunting Creek, which officials say is the county's "trashiest" stream.

Officials said in a news release that Little Hunting Creek is riddled with debris, including shopping carts, bottles, cans, mattresses, tires and household waste. Some of the trash was dumped deliberately into the creek, but much of it has been washed in with rainwater from the surrounding watershed, which includes homes, buildings, roads, sidewalks, shopping centers and storm drains that lead directly to the stream.

The half-mile portion of the creek slated for cleanup is in the Alexandria section of the county near Richmond Highway (Route 1) and Buckman Road. The county's contractor, TruGreen LandCare, will begin removing debris Monday and is scheduled to finish about two weeks later.

That portion of the creek was identified as a cleanup priority in the Little Hunting Creek watershed management plan, developed in partnership with residents and representatives from local organizations and businesses. The projects recommended in the plan are intended to improve, protect and restore local water bodies, prevent flooding, reduce erosion and renew related natural resources.

In February, the county Board of Supervisors approved the watershed plan, the first of 30 such plans aimed at restoring and protecting streams, meeting regulatory compliance for water quality and encouraging community involvement in watershed issues.

For more information, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds.

Fourth Land-Use

Seminar Scheduled

The final seminar in a four-part series on land use and planning in Fairfax County is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fairhill Elementary School cafeteria.

Topics to be discussed include park and school planning and tree preservation in the county. A transportation consulting firm connected with the MetroWest project near the Vienna Metro station will present its findings and answer questions.

The seminars are sponsored by the Providence District supervisor's office in partnership with the Fairfax Coalition for Smarter Growth, Fairfax Citizens for Responsible Growth and the Sierra Club.

The school is at 3001 Chichester Lane, Fairfax. For more information, call Michael Wing at 703-560-6946 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gov/bos/pd.

-- Compiled by STEPHEN C. FEHR