Supervisors to Appeal
Lewinsville Park Ruling
The Board of Supervisors decided Monday to appeal a recent Virginia Supreme Court ruling barring Marymount University's soccer and lacrosse teams from playing on an artificial turf field at Lewinsville Park in McLean.
The high court did not rule on the merits of the case, reversing a lower court on a technicality. The supervisors want the court to reconsider.
The court ruling invalidated an arrangement between McLean Youth Soccer and Marymount that allowed the private Arlington school's home soccer and lacrosse games to be played at Lewinsville Park. Marymount's soccer team is planning to use the field despite the court decision.
The board also voted to seek a change in the county's zoning ordinance that would allow private institutions such as Marymount to play on publicly owned fields.
County Welcome Signs
Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said he wants signs welcoming people when they drive into Fairfax.
"While our towns and several unincorporated areas have such signs welcoming people, there are currently no signs welcoming visitors to Fairfax County," Connolly told his colleagues at Monday's board meeting.
At Connolly's request, the board asked the county Convention and Visitors Corp. to look into the possibility of installing "Welcome to Fairfax County" signs at key roadway entrances to the county.
Reston Church Quiets Bells
While Dispute Is Resolved
A neighbor has complained that the new bells at St. John Neumann Church in Reston are too loud, prompting the Roman Catholic church to silence the bells until the matter can be resolved.
The bells, which were installed a year ago as part of a church expansion that upset many neighbors, were rung at specific times on weekdays and weekends. After the neighbor filed a complaint, the county determined that the decibel levels of the bells did not comply with county regulations.
Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) said she has been unable to work out the dispute administratively and has asked the supervisors to review the ordinance relating to church bells.
Hunter Mill Road Panel
Plans Public Workshop
The Hunter Mill Road area special task force will hold a public "visioning workshop" from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Madison High School in Vienna.
Attendees will work in small groups led by volunteer facilitators. The workshop will result in a written document that will be submitted to the task force in November. The panel is trying to decide how the area between Reston and Tysons Corner should look and how dense it should be.
The process will end with recommendations to the county Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in December.
A follow-up open house for the public will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Madison High School.
The school is at 2500 James Madison Dr. For information, call 703-324-1379 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/huntermill.
Web Site Links Groups
Concerned About Growth
Citizen groups concerned with county development policies have started a new Web site, www.Fairgrowthnetwork.org, that allows residents to discuss concerns about the direction and effects of growth.
The site combines elements of a community newspaper and an electronic town hall meeting. Visitors can read local development news, find links to media stories on development, learn about hearings and meetings, scan a community calendar and exchange views in electronic discussion groups.
Deborah Reyher, a Vienna resident and a member of Wedderburn Neighbors, said the Web site will help communities identify issues that connect them. "Common problems require common solutions, and the sharing of resources, insight and expertise to achieve them. Our goal in partnering with other groups is to recast and re-energize the role of the citizen," Reyher said in a news release. The site enables groups to create their own news pages and link readers to their organizations' Web sites.
Power Company to Install
Wireless Digital Meters
Dominion Virginia Power officials said the utility will begin installing more than 80,000 wireless automated digital meters in Vienna, McLean, Dulles, Falls Church, Great Falls, Reston and other areas of Northern Virginia.
The new meters will transmit usage data electronically to specially equipped mobile vehicles that will be driven through neighborhoods. The meters will also allow the company to read as many as 10 times more meters each day.
Some of the new meters will have a digital display of numbers instead of the more familiar dials.
Customers will receive a letter about the installation of the new meters.
Two "neighborhood colleges" are planned in Burke and Vienna in October.
* The Braddock District neighborhood college will be held Thursday nights from Oct. 6 through Nov. 17 at the Kings Park Library in Burke.
The history of the community; how to work with other residents, community organizations and local government; and how to access community resources will be taught through lectures, discussions and hands-on activities.
Sponsors include the county Department of Systems Management for Human Services, the Fairfax County Park Authority and Kings Park Library.
Classes are free and will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Light meals will be provided. Registration is required. The library is at 9002 Burke Lake Rd. For information, call 703-533-5701.
* In Vienna, a teen neighborhood college is accepting applications.
Classes will be from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 18 through Nov. 15 at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St.
The leadership program is offered by the county Department of Systems Management for Human Services in partnership with the Vienna Community Center and the Vienna-Madison Community Coalition.
A light dinner will be served. The registration deadline is Oct. 7. For information, call 703-787-4962 or send an e-mail to Isabel.email@example.com.
Offers Grant Workshops
An affiliate of Goodwill of Greater Washington is offering competitive grants of $5,000 to $25,000 to small Northern Virginia faith- and community-based organizations that serve job seekers facing employment barriers such as limited English, reading and math skills.
Workforce Organizations for Regional Collaboration will hold four workshops to assist organizations in developing requests for funding. Although the sessions are not mandatory, grant applicants are encouraged to attend at least one.
Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center; 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at the Job Hut Center, Manassas Mall; and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the South County SkillSource Center in the Alexandria section of Fairfax.
For more information or to RSVP, call 703-769-3707 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for proposal forms can be downloaded at www.myskillsource.org. The application deadline is Nov. 14.
Reston Walk to Benefit
Suicide Prevention Efforts
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold a community walk at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Reston Town Center.
Money raised will go toward suicide prevention research, education and awareness programs, and help for those who have been affected by suicide.
The six-mile route follows walking paths and a small stretch of the Washington & Old Dominion trail to Herndon. The route is handicapped accessible.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults and the second leading cause of death for college students. Americans older than 65 account for 20 percent of all suicides, according to the foundation.
For more information, call 703-963-2797 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Herndon to Conduct
Home Buyers Program
The town of Herndon will hold a free seminar for home buyers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center.
The program will cover home-buying options, the advantages of home ownership, qualifying and applying for a loan and how to establish or restore credit. Washington Mutual Home Loans will give attendees a certificate to use when applying for programs for first-time home buyers.
The resource center is at 1086 Elden St., Herndon. For more information, call 703-435-3182.
Planned for October
The Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Connection will conduct a waterway cleanup Saturday at Cub Run and Oct. 22 at Lake Accotink Park.
Volunteers will collect beverage containers, discarded cigarette butts, deflated balloons, fishing line and other litter. Litter can kill or severely injure fish, birds and marine life. The majority of debris found in oceans and along beaches originates from inland sources such as storm drains and roadside trash.
The Virginia cleanups are organized by Clean Virginia Waterways.
For a complete list of coastal cleanup events in the state, visit www.longwood.edu/cleanva/iccva.htm. For more information on the Cub Run cleanup, which will start at 9 a.m. at 4347 Cub Run Rd. in Chantilly, call 703-307-1494. For more information on the Lake Accotink cleanup, call 703-569-3464.
Event to Highlight
A community services open house will be held Saturday for residents of Annandale, Baileys Crossroads, Falls Church, Merrifield, Pimmit Hills and Seven Corners. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Region 2 human services building in the Falls Church area.
The event will offer information about human service programs and services in the county in English, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, Vietnamese and Korean.
There will also be entertainment, refreshments, games and activities for kids. Participating agencies include the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Falls Church SkillSource Center, and numerous county departments and nonprofit service providers. The building is at 6245 Leesburg Pike (Route 7).
For more information, call 703-533-5701 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents Invited to Create
The McLean Community Center will host a Halloween gingerbread house workshop for families Oct. 7 at the center.
Hours are 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $44 a family; $36 for McLean area residents; each additional gingerbread house will cost $25.
Registration is required. The center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.
-- Compiled by
and STEPHEN C. FEHR