Stringfellow Road Project

On Track for Completion

The county Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement to complete the widening of Stringfellow Road from two lanes to four lanes between Interstate 66 and Route 50.

The $13 million needed to finish the $16 million project will come from county bond sale funds. The other $3 million had previously been allocated from bond money.

The project is part of the county's four-year transportation plan, which has identified $215 million in proposed improvements to roads and pedestrian areas.

School System to Study

Attendance Boundaries

The Fairfax County School Board has requested four attendance area studies to examine the boundaries for several schools, officials said.

The studies, to be conducted by the school system's Department of Facilities and Transportation, will take place during the next two years as follows:

* This fall, boundary studies will be performed for a new elementary school under construction on Dixie Hill Road in western Fairfax that is scheduled to open in September 2006. Also during the fall, officials will look at the boundaries of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Lee High School in Springfield, West Springfield High School, and Key and Irving middle schools, both in Springfield. The study will focus on the split feeder schools in the West Springfield High School attendance area.

* In fall 2006, officials will study the boundaries of middle school gifted and talented centers, with the goal of reducing overcrowding and making transportation more efficient.

* In fall 2007, high school attendance areas in the western portion of the county will be examined, coinciding with the completion of renovations at South Lakes High School in Reston. The study will focus on using available classroom space in the Herndon-Reston area to relieve overcrowding at Westfield, Chantilly, Centreville and Oakton high schools. Any boundary changes adopted would become effective in the 2008-09 school year.

Drunken-Driving Crashes

Are Down, Group Reports

Alcohol-related traffic deaths, crashes and injuries declined in Northern Virginia for the second straight year, according to an analysis by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program. The program is best known for its free cab ride service on holidays for people who have been drinking.

The McLean-based nonprofit organization, which focuses on education and advocacy to fight drunken and drugged driving, said it had examined 2004 crash data from Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. In those jurisdictions, traffic deaths in which alcohol was a factor dropped an average of 8 percent between 2003 and 2004. Alcohol-related crashes declined by an average of 4 percent, while injuries in such accidents fell an average of 7 percent.

Program officials said the decline was due in part to the increase in sobriety checkpoints to apprehend drunk drivers. At a checkpoint conducted between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, Fairfax County police officers from the West Springfield and Sully district stations stopped 750 cars in the southbound lane of Ox Road north of Flora Lee Drive. One motorist was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and two people were cited for other offenses, police said.

Board Weighs Improvements

Near Burke Centre VRE Station

The county Board of Supervisors will consider adding money to pay for pedestrian and intersection improvements near the Virginia Railway Express station in Burke Centre.

The projects, suggested by a citizen task force, include trail connections and stream crossings between the VRE station and the Burke Centre area and pedestrian improvements at the Burke Centre Parkway-Roberts Parkway intersection. The projects are part of the remaking of the Burke VRE station, where construction of a parking garage is scheduled to begin next summer.

Supervisor Sharon S. Bulova (D-Braddock) on Monday proposed that the board spend about $700,000 in carry-over budget funds on the projects. The board voted to consider Bulova's request when it considers the fiscal 2005 carry-over budget later this year.

Workshops Aimed at Survivors,

Others Affected by Sept. 11 Attack

Northern Virginia Family Service is inviting people who were directly affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon to attend a series of free weekly workshops beginning Aug. 7 in Oakton.

The ongoing workshops were created to assist survivors, their families and first responders with their continuing recovery needs, according to a news release. Sessions will run from 3 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the organization's office, 10455 White Granite Dr., Suite 100.

Registration is limited to 10 participants who will be able to attend all four workshops. For more information or to register, call Karen Fischer at 703-219-3920 or send her an e-mail at kfischer@nvfs.org. If you are interested but are unable to attend the August series, call to register for the next series. More information about the organization is at www.nvfs.org.

Tarbert Appointed to Board

Of Regional Park Authority

Jeffrey Tarbert, a former mayor of the city of Falls Church, has been named to the board of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. He succeeds Walter L. Mess of Falls Church, who was on the board for 45 years and was its chairman from 1975 through 2004.

Tarbert is senior vice president of the American Public Power Association.

The regional park authority operates 19 parks in the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun.

Seniors Invited to Event

At Reston Community Center

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods is hosting a meeting Aug. 17 for senior citizens to learn about recreational activities in Reston.

The "senior social" is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. No registration is required for the free event. For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

U-Va. Center to Discuss

Education Programs

The University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center will hold an education information night Wednesday.

The free event, which begins at 5 p.m., is aimed at people interested in learning about opportunities in the field of education. There will be sessions about obtaining graduate degrees and about programs in school administration and supervision, special education, social foundations of education and reading.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be a session about the steps to becoming a teacher and about how to make sense of Virginia licensing requirements.

To RSVP, call Olga Holod at 703-536-1128 or visit web-nv.scps.virginia.edu/ednight. The center is at 7054 Haycock Rd., next to the West Falls Church Metro station.

Springfield Transportation Group

To Elect New Board at Meeting

The annual meeting of the Transportation Association of Greater Springfield will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Springfield.

The association discusses transportation issues in the Springfield area and advises county officials. A new board will be elected at the meeting. Sam Zimmerman, a transportation planner and analyst of rapid transit bus systems, is the scheduled speaker.

The Hilton is at 6550 Loisdale Rd.

-- Compiled by STEPHEN C. FEHR