Fairfax City, Falls Church
Changing Web Addresses
The cities of Falls Church and Fairfax will switch to new Web site addresses next week.
On July 1, Fairfax City will change from www.ci.fairfax.va.us to the simpler www.fairfaxva.gov. In addition, e-mail messages to city employees should be sent using the first initial and last name of the person and @fairfaxva.gov.
The same day, the City of Falls Church will change from www.ci.falls-church.va.us to www.fallschurchva.gov. E-mail to city employees should be sent using first initials, last names and @fallschurchva.gov.
Falls Church has expanded its Web site, made the site easier to navigate and launched a new biweekly online newsletter, e-Focus. The newsletter will highlight matters related to the city's two-year work plan, especially financial, environmental, transportation, economic development and housing issues.
Web Site to Offer Details
About Metro Extension
The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project has launched a new Web site, www.DullesMetro.com, to provide information on the planned 23-mile extension of the regional rail system from Falls Church to eastern Loudoun County.
"This updated Web site is an important part of our overall effort to provide the community with accurate and up-to-date project information," project director Sam Carnaggio said in a news release. "In all of our discussions with local residents, business owners and elected officials, the Internet was mentioned as a primary tool for communicating with the community."
The new Web site provides information on the project's background, schedule and route, plus station locations, maps and links to environmental studies and other reports.
The extension will be built in two phases, the first from the East Falls Church Metro station to an interim terminal at Wiehle Avenue, on the eastern edge of Reston, and including four stations in Tysons Corner. The second phase will run from Wiehle through Reston and Herndon to Dulles International Airport and Route 772 in Loudoun County.
The system will run westward in the right-of-way of the Dulles Connector Road to Route 123, Route 7, the Dulles Access Road and the Dulles Greenway. Segments of the line in Tysons Corner and at the airport will be below ground.
Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2006 or early 2007, subject to federal funding and approvals.
More Meetings Set
On Sully Woodlands
The county Park Authority has announced additional meetings in July to hear ideas from the public for the Sully Woodlands regional master plan.
Park officials are deciding what to do with about 4,000 acres of parkland in the Cub Run and Bull Run watersheds, which include Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Cub Run Stream Valley and Richard W. Jones Park.
The scheduled meetings, all at 7 p.m. at Rocky Run Middle School, are:
* July 11, on natural and cultural resources.
* July 19, on recreation.
* July 26, on trails.
Rocky Run Middle School is at 4400 Stringfellow Rd. in Chantilly.
Comments will be accepted at the meetings or they can be mailed to: Angie Allen, project manager, Planning and Development Division, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421, Fairfax, Va. 22035. Comments can also be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 703-324-8694 or 703-324-8662 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sullywoodlandsplanning.htm.
Financial Literacy Program
Planned for Teenage Girls
The county Department of Community and Recreation Services and Capitol Financial Partners are sponsoring a free financial literacy program for teenage girls Wednesday at the South County Center.
Each participant will assume the role of a 25-year-old woman. The girls will be assigned occupations and family and living situations, and will then be asked to make financial decisions. The idea, officials said, is that through role-playing, the girls will learn about budgeting, financial planning, saving and the consequences of career choices.
Parents will also be able to learn more about teaching financial literacy to their children.
The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required. The South County Center is at 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1) in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. For more information, call 703-324-5626 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec/gfl.htm.
Dedicates New Site
Prison Fellowship, a fixture in Reston for many years, dedicated its new headquarters at Lansdowne in Loudoun County last Thursday.
The prison outreach organization said it needed more work space, including a training center for volunteers and a central office for Prison Fellowship and Prison Fellowship International.
Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by Charles W. Colson, a former top aide to President Richard M. Nixon who was convicted and served prison time in connection with the Watergate political scandal. Former Virginia attorney general Mark Earley heads the faith-based organization.
County health officials have released an 18-month educational calendar that contains extensive information on West Nile virus prevention and mosquito management.
The "Don't Be Mosquito Meat" calendar is aimed at enhancing the health department's public education campaign, which includes materials in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese that can be downloaded from the program's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fightthebite.
Mosquito awareness week begins Sunday in the county. Mosquito season typically runs from May to October. Recommended prevention measures against West Nile virus include eliminating standing water; treating mosquito breeding sites with an environmentally friendly larvicide; and avoiding mosquito bites by using approved insect repellents, staying indoors at dawn and in the early evening, and wearing long, loose and light-colored clothes when outdoors.
In addition, health officials said in a news release, residents who find a dead bird can report it to 703-246-2300 or send an e-mail to email@example.com, or visit the program's Web site.
Since the first appearance of West Nile virus in humans in Fairfax County in 2002, there have been 17 human cases reported, with two deaths.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY
and STEPHEN C. FEHR