A brief in the July 7 Fairfax Extra, "GMU Foundation Board Elects Its Officers," incorrectly said that D. Jean Wu is president of Anteon Corp. Wu was the founder of Integrated Management Services Inc., which was acquired by Anteon in 2004. Wu is a group vice president for Anteon. (Published 7/14/2005)
Officials Start Widening
Of Centreville Road
Local and state officials broke ground last week on the Centreville Road widening project in western Fairfax.
The $29 million project will widen about two miles of Centreville Road, between Metrotech Drive and McLearen Road, from two to four lanes. The project, scheduled to be completed in fall 2007, will help provide a continuous roadway from Chantilly to the Dulles Toll Road and Herndon.
In 2003, the average number of vehicles a day on Centreville Road was 21,000; in 2024, it is projected to be 50,000.
County officials said the project is the first major one in the Board of Supervisors' four-year, $215 million transportation plan.
For information, call 703-324-3187.
Director to Leave
Denny Kern, executive director of the Reston Community Center for the last four years, has announced that he is leaving for the San Francisco area.
Kern and his wife, Kate, who works for the county school system, said they are relocating to San Francisco to be closer to family members. Denny Kern has accepted a job as the director of operations for the city's Recreation and Park Department.
The Community Center is hosting a farewell event at 8 p.m. July 14 at CenterStage, with a reception to follow. Those wishing to attend should contact Leila Gordon at 703-476-4500, Ext. 6167, or e-mail Leila.Gordon@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Fairfax County is Tops
In Digital Survey
Fairfax County has been named the top digital county for jurisdictions with populations of more than 500,000 people, according to a recent survey by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.
In April, the nation's counties were invited to participate in a survey. Officials responded to a set of 22 questions that included more than 95 measurements. A top-10 ranking was established for each population category, and Fairfax County finished first in its category.
"Fairfax County is an innovative government, and this is an excellent example of how we are bringing citizens and their local government closer through technology," county Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said in a news release. "I am proud of our e-government initiatives, and it is gratifying to see our program recognized in this way."
To access the county's online services, visit the county Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Couple Gives Land,
Residence to GMU
Joseph J. "Sunny" Mathy and his wife, Liliana, have donated their 10-acre Fairfax residence to George Mason University, in a deferred gift that school officials estimate is worth more than $1.5 million.
The property surrounds the university president's official home, "Mathy House," which was acquired through the Mathy family in 1983.
The deferred gift was given in memory of Mathy's late wife, Sarah "Sally" Garland Mathy. Mathy grew up in Fairfax and is a retired businessman.
"We are truly moved by the magnanimity of this gift. The Mathy family's generosity to George Mason spans several decades and includes a $1 million endowment that provided important encouragement for the launch of the Campaign for George Mason University," GMU President Alan Merten said in a statement, referring to the school's major fundraising effort. The campaign, which began in 1998, has raised more than $126 million.
Report Zoning, Code
Violators on Hotline
Fairfax City has started a hotline to help residents and business owners report suspected zoning and code violations.
The hotline number, 703-385-7800, is operated from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. Help is available for non-English speakers. Calls are confidential.
City officials said in a news release that they will investigate the allegations and take action if needed.
Suspected violations can also be reported online, by e-mailing email@example.com.
Officials said residents can always contact the offices that deal with suspected violations directly: for possible zoning violations, call 703-385-7820, and for suspected code violations, 703-385-7830. Information on city zoning and the city code also is available on the city's Web site at www.fairfaxva.gov.
Picks Slate of Directors
The Fairfax County Public Library Foundation has elected four new directors and reelected seven incumbents.
* Serving one-year terms beginning July 1 are Jeffrey M. Armstrong, a financial adviser with American Express Financial Advisors Inc., and Alvah Beander, a certified personal property appraiser with African Appraisers of Alexandria and vice president of the library foundation's friends scholarship fund advisory group.
* Carroll C. Markley, chairman and chief executive of Millennium Bankshares Corp., and Mary Myers, vice president of the Campagna Center in Alexandria, were elected to three-year terms, beginning July 1.
* The seven directors reelected for second three-year terms included Bobbie J. Denny, director of the Fairfax Public Law Library; Patrick J. Dexter, headquarters community relations adviser for ExxonMobil Corp. and the foundation's immediate past chairman; Charles A. Fegan, former trustee of the Fairfax County Public Library system; Leah R. Fried, vice president of Fried Companies Inc.; Gretchen Moss of TC Consulting; J.A. "Jay" Parker, president of Jay Parker & Associates Inc.; and Mary V. Zimmerman, assistant professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College.
Newly elected advisory board members include a past Virginia secretary of education, James W. Dyke Jr., a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods; Richard Gonzalez, vice president of business development for the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Laura Lewis Mandeles, senior consultant at Wolf, Keens & Co.; and Ann E. Rust, constituent services director for Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.).
Hunters Woods Pool
To Close for 10 Weeks
The Reston Community Center pool at Hunters Woods will be closed from July 25 to Oct. 2 for renovations.
The renovation will include replacing tiles, countertops, sinks, shower controls, benches and partitions. Lighting will also be upgraded.
Community center swim classes will be held at the Vantage Hill Pool until Aug. 21. Registrations are still being accepted for weekday preschool and youth lessons.
For information, call 703-476-4500.
GMU Foundation Board
Elects Its Officers
The George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Fairfax developer Albert J. Dwoskin chairman.
Dwoskin is chief executive and president of A.J. Dwoskin and Associates Inc.
The trustees also elected Michael G. Anzilotti as vice chairman. He is president of Virginia Commerce Bancorp Inc. D. Jean Wu, president of Anteon Corp., was elected secretary. John J. Norman Jr., president of Norman Realty Inc., was reelected treasurer. Paul E. Kyle, president of King Wholesale Inc., will continue on the board as immediate past chairman.
The board generates, manages, invests and administers private support on behalf of the university.
Falls Church Library
Offers Drop-Off Box
The Mary Riley Styles Public Library in Falls Church has installed a drive-up book drop.
The new box, accessible all day, is behind the library at 120 N. Virginia Ave. Patrons can access the drive-up box from the one-way access street off Park Avenue.
Library staff members will retrieve items from the box at least three times a day.
Centreville Park Chosen
For Dog Exercise Area
The county Board of Supervisors has approved Quinn Farm Park for a three-acre dog park in the Centreville area.
Quinn Farm Park is part of more than 200 acres at Braddock and Old Lee roads. The proposed dog park will be split into small and large dog areas.
Centreville Dogs, the group promoting the off-leash exercise area, says it has raised 60 percent of the $10,000 required toward establishing the park. The group had to raise at least that much to apply for a matching grant from the county Park Authority.
The park would be the county's sixth off-leash dog exercise area. For information, visit www.centrevilledogs.org or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/offleash.htm.
Help Dog Get Along
With a New Baby
The Reston Community Center at Lake Anne will hold a workshop at 7 p.m. Monday that explains how parents-to-be can help their dogs get used to a new infant.
Dog trainer and author Stephen Rafe will talk about canine behavior and training, and present tips on changing a dog's behavior.
The community center is at 1609 Washington Plaza. For information, call 703-390-6157 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.org.
Workshops to Focus
On County Transportation
The county Department of Transportation will hold public workshops July 16 and 20 to discuss forecasts of travel demand in Fairfax.
The forecasts and analysis provide insight into the future performance of the countywide transportation system, officials said in a news release. Additional transportation alternatives and land-use issues will also be discussed.
A series of public meetings is planned for September to review the preliminary draft of the county's revised Transportation Plan.
The first meetings are at 9:30 a.m. July 16 and 7:30 p.m. July 20 at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. For information, call 703-324-1100 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR