Supervisors Seek Input

On Spending of Surplus

The county Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing Sept. 12 on what it should do with a year-end surplus of about $46 million. The board will take action after the hearing.

A time for the hearing will be announced Sept. 8, when details of the Sept. 12 board meeting are released. The hearing will be at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy.

Board members and County Executive Anthony H. Griffin have suggested a variety of uses for the money, including savings, school spending, tax relief for retirees, upkeep of athletic fields and an annual report on the county's accomplishments.

For information, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb or call the Department of Management and Budget at 703-324-2391.

Bond Sale to Fund

Variety of Projects

Fairfax County has sold $543.59 million in AAA-rated bonds, the largest such bond sale in the county's history.

The interest rate was 3.882 percent, the fourth-lowest rate achieved by Fairfax since the AAA bond rating was awarded 30 years ago.

The money will pay for various improvements for schools, parks, libraries, transportation, human services and the county jail. The county also refinanced outstanding general obligation bonds, saving about $11.86 million in interest.

The county also sold nearly $18.70 million in parking revenue bonds for future parking needs at county Metro stations.

Hearing to Address

Verizon Cable Proposal

A public hearing on Verizon's proposal to provide cable television service in the county has been set for 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the county Government Center.

Verizon, which is asking the Board of Supervisors to approve a 15-year franchise agreement, would compete with Cox Communications and Comcast. Cox serves most of the county and Comcast currently is in the Reston area. Verizon wants to provide service throughout the county, starting later this year.

The supervisors also announced they would hold a work session on the Verizon plan at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Government Center.

Federal law requires cable companies to obtain a cable franchise from local authorities before providing service. Verizon is installing a fiber-optic cable network to replace its copper-wire telephone network. The fiber-optic network has bandwidth capability for video services, as well as voice and Internet services.

Residents interested in speaking at the hearing should contact the office of the clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 703-324-3151 or send an e-mail to ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov. The center is at 12000 Government Center Pkwy.

For information, call 703-324-3175 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable.

Hotels, Attractions Offer

Late Summer Discounts

County residents as well as visitors to Fairfax can stay at more than 25 hotels and go to many area attractions at reduced rates now through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

The Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Corp. has introduced a summer campaign called "Passport to Adventure" that allows residents to pick up "passports" by staying at a participating hotel, by contacting the corporation at 800-732-4732 or by sending an e-mail to visitfairfax@visitfairfax.org.

A list of hotels offering discounts and complimentary breakfast is available at www.visitfairfax.org. Mount Vernon and Wolf Trap are among the attractions where discounts are available.

Visitors who get their passports stamped from three participating attractions will have a chance every two weeks to win a free Apple iPod mini. Passports must be returned no later than Sept. 7 to: Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Corp., 7927 Jones Branch Dr., West Wing 100, McLean, Va. 22102.

Fairfax City Buys

Property for Park

Fairfax City officials have purchased a 15,630-square-foot parcel that includes the Weight Watchers building as part of the city's open space acquisition program.

The parcel at 3987 University Dr. eventually will be used as park space, officials said in a news release, allowing the city to expand the adjacent Kitty Pozer Garden on North Street.

The city plans to raze the building this fall and build a parking lot on the property to be used during the redevelopment of the downtown area.

The acquisition cost the city $2.75 million, in a "quick-take" condemnation process. To date, the city has acquired nine parcels for open space and public park use totaling almost 44 acres and costing about $12.2 million.

School Official Named

To Accountability Post

County School Superintendent Jack D. Dale has named Patrick Murphy assistant superintendent for accountability. Murphy started Monday.

In addition to supervising the offices of planning, program evaluation and student testing, Murphy will oversee a newly established financial audit program.

Murphy had been the Cluster VI assistant superintendent and is a former principal of Irving Middle School. He started with the county school system in 1988.

Parks Cut Greens Fees

In Honor of Golf Month

Because August is National Golf Month, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is offering $10 off greens fees Mondays through Thursdays at Pohick Bay Regional Park Golf Course in Lorton, Algonkian Regional Park Golf Course in Sterling and Brambleton Regional Park Golf Course in Ashburn.

Golfers must print out an online coupon, found at www.nvrpa.org/NationalGolfMonth.html, and cart rental is required.

For more information, visit www.nvrpa.org.

Construction Prompts

Changes at Fairfax City Hall

Access to the Fairfax City Hall is changing because of construction, and city officials are advising residents to use the Internet or mail for city business.

Two parking lots that will be used for City Hall and General District Court are being completed. The City Hall's back door and old parking lot will be closed.

The new 70-space paved lot and the 28-space gravel lot adjacent to City Hall can only be accessed from Route 123.

For more information, call 703-385-7816 or visit www.fairfaxva.gov.

Seniors at Lewinsville

Celebrate Milestones

The Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean recently celebrated the 99th birthday of Asher Lohman, the center's oldest participant. The party, held for seniors born in July, also honored Ida Clark, who turned 100, making her the oldest member of the facility's Adult Day Health Care Center.

Lohman, whose hobbies are gardening and square-dancing, came to Northern Virginia in the early 1930s from southern Indiana.

Clark came to the area from the Outer Banks of North Carolina when she was 18. Her hobbies are needlepoint, knitting and watching "Wheel of Fortune."

Adoptive Families Picnic

To Feature Chinese Culture

The Washington area chapter of Families With Children From China will sponsor a Chinese culture day and picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

The event offers an opportunity for adopted Chinese children and their parents to experience Chinese culture, including opera, dance, martial arts, crafts and games.

The Chinese Embassy will host a table to teach families about Chinese games, calligraphy and paper-folding.

A variety of vendors will also be on hand.

Chapter members and nonmembers are welcome. Registration for members before Monday is $15 for adults; $25 for nonmembers. After Monday, registration is $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Children of chapter members get in free if registration is postmarked by Monday; otherwise the fee is $7. Registration for children of nonmembers is $7.

The park is at 7700 Bull Run Dr. For more information, visit www.FCCcapital.com or send an e-mail to president@fcccapital.com.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR

A party at the Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean recently saluted Asher Lohman, right, who celebrated his 99th birthday, and Ida Clark, who turned 100, making her the oldest participant in the Adult Day Health Care Center.