Taxpayer Alliance Meeting

To Focus on Transportation

The annual meeting of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marco Polo restaurant in Vienna.

The meeting will center on a discussion of public-private transportation partnerships. The speaker will be Patrick M. McSweeney, chairman of the Virginia Conservative Alliance.

The alliance describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan volunteer organization founded in 1956 to prevent excessive real estate tax increases in the county.

The restaurant is at 245 Maple Ave. W. For more information, call 703-642-5567 or send an e-mail to luncheon@fcta.org.

Aide to Supervisor DuBois

Is Moving to Arizona

Linda Lammersen, legislative aide to Supervisor Joan M. DuBois (R-Dranesville) is leaving next month to move to Arizona.

Lammersen is a longtime county employee who worked in a similar job for previous Supervisors Stuart Mendelsohn, who held the Dranesville seat before DuBois, and Robert B. Dix Jr. (R-Hunter Mill).

"Losing Linda will create a big void in my office," DuBois said in a news release.

Lammersen dealt with numerous county residents and groups. Her areas of service include parks, youth athletics, community recreation services and public relations.

Anyone interested in learning more about the opening should contact the supervisor's office at 703-356-0551.

Meetings Look at Barriers

To Public Transportation

The county government is planning three forums next month to solicit comments about barriers that prevent people with disabilities from riding buses, taxis and trains.

Publicly funded transportation systems in the county include the Fairfax Connector, Metro, MetroAccess, FASTRAN, Medicaid-subsidized transportation, taxi services and Seniors-On-the-Go.

The forums will be:

* Nov. 1, 7-9 p.m. at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1) in the Alexandria area.

* Nov. 3, noon-2 p.m., Department of Systems Management for Human Services Building, Region 3, 11484 Washington Plaza W., Reston.

* Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Rd. in Falls Church.

The forums are sponsored by the county Department of Transportation, the Disability Services Board, the Area Agency on Aging, the county departments of Systems Management, Family Services, and Community and Recreation Services, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

Those interested in speaking at one of the forums should call 703-324-1439.

Written comments can be e-mailed to denis.paddeu@fairfaxcounty.gov or mailed to Denis Paddeu, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, 12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 1034, Fairfax, Va. 22035-5511.

Smaller Trees Along Trail

Replace Ones Cut Down

Employees from Dominion Virginia Power and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority planted 100 trees and removed invasive, nonnative vines Oct. 11 along a two-mile stretch of the Washington & Old Dominion trail in Vienna and Reston.

The power company has been criticized by some residents of the area for removing trees along the trail that could come into contact with transmission power lines. The company advocated removing the taller, fast-growing trees and replacing them with slow-growing, smaller trees that do not threaten power lines and do not require frequent trimming.

The volunteers also helped build information kiosks between Clark's Crossing in Vienna and Hunter Mill Road in Reston.

Talk Centers on Rebuilding

Of Schools in Postwar Iraq

Robert Gordon, an international education consultant and engineer, is scheduled to talk to Reston area residents at 7 p.m. Monday about the challenges he faced heading up a project to rebuild Iraqi schools.

Gordon was sent to Iraq in 2003 by Creative Associates International Inc., a company in which Gordon was a senior executive, to supervise the rebuilding of schools. He is now the owner and president of R. Gordon Associates LLC of Northwest Washington.

The program is part of the Reston Presents series sponsored by the Reston Community Center and the Reston Association.

The talk will be held at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza.

For more information, call 703-390-6157 or 703-435-6577.

Improved Reston Pool

Is About to Reopen

The indoor aquatic center at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods is scheduled to reopen Oct. 29 after being closed for renovations.

The locker rooms have new tile work, countertops, sinks, shower controls, benches and partitions.

The pool will be open for lap swimming at noon and for open swimming at 1 p.m. Admission is $3 for Reston area adults, $2 for youths and seniors. The nonresident fees are $5 and $3 .

The center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Thanksgiving Baskets

To Help Needy Families

The Leadership Cares Foundation is sponsoring its annual Thanksgiving basket program for needy area families.

With a $15 donation, an individual or organization can adopt a local family. The family will receive a basket with the makings for a Thanksgiving meal as well as personal care items such as soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes and toothpaste. There is no limit on the number of families who can be adopted.

Baskets will be assembled Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 and delivered the afternoon of Nov. 22.

Leadership Cares is a Maryland-based nonprofit group that helps train children and adults how to be leaders. For more information, call 301-540-5791 or visit www.leadershipcares.org.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR

Employees of Dominion Virginia Power and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority planted 100 small, slow-growing trees and removed invasive vines last week on the Washington & Old Dominion trail in Vienna and Reston.