Gifts to County Add
To Land for Parks
The county Park Authority recently increased its holdings with the receipt of four parcels of land, bringing to 23,522 acres the total parkland and open space in Fairfax. The four parcels are:
* Nearly three-quarters of an acre in the Sully District from Rita Powell and Mark Johnson, adding to Cub Run Stream Valley Park.
* Several small parcels from four landowners near South Railroad Street in the Providence District: From Sandburg Court Homeowners Association, 0.06 acre; Michel Feghali and Jennifer North, 0.05 acre; Neeraj and Vandna Bhagat, 0.04 acre; and Paul and Joan Baker, 0.05 acre, for a total of about one-fifth of an acre. These properties will be part of a future local park.
* Just over three acres in the Hunter Mill District, at Coppermine Road and Sunrise Valley Drive, from the Dulles Creek Association LLC.
* A gift of 1.37 acres in the Mason District from Helen Rave, a longtime Park Authority employee. This land is an addition to Manassas Gap Railroad Park.
For information, call 703-324-8578 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/openspace.htm.
South Run Center Reopens
After $1.5 Million Upgrade
The South Run RECenter in Springfield has reopened after a 21/2-month shutdown for improvements and renovations.
Work on the 34,000-square-foot facility included improvements to the pool area, the addition of deep-water stairs, a newly painted "beach" area filled with sea creatures and an ultraviolet, medium-intensity light system designed to create a cleaner environment in the swimming pool area.
Other work included roof repairs, a new ventilation and air conditioning system, and heating improvements.
The total cost of the project was $1.5 million, funded from bond sales.
For more information, call 703-866-0566.
Partial Vaccine Shipments
Will Set Pace of Flu Shots
County health officials said that although they anticipate no shortage of flu vaccine this season, the supply is being delivered in partial orders -- meaning that on certain days, some clinics will be unable to give flu shots until the shots arrive.
Kimberly Cordero, a spokeswoman for the department, said the supply has changed each day. On some days, there is plenty of vaccine, but on other days the supplies run out, she said.
"We do not know when we will receive it," she said of the vaccine shipments.
When additional vaccine is received, she said, the information will be posted at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/flu, as well as on the department's flu information phone line, 703-246-8781, TTY 711. The Web site lists the Health Department's five district offices, where residents can schedule appointments. The fee is $25.
Party for Life Fundraiser
To Help Prevent Suicide
The annual Party for Life fundraiser for suicide prevention is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarendon Grill in Arlington.
Founded in 2002 by two Northern Virginia friends who lost their fathers to suicide, Party for Life has raised more than $70,000 for suicide prevention and mental health awareness programs. All proceeds benefit Active Minds, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, CrisisLink and the National Mental Health Association's "mpower" program.
The grill is at 1101 N. Highland St. Tickets are $45 in advance ($50 at the door) and include two drinks, appetizers, a raffle ticket and entertainment from the rock band Gonzo's Nose. For more information or to register, visit www.partyforlife.com.
Discussion to Explore
Women's Bill of Rights
The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax area will present a free forum on the international bill of rights for women from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale.
Christianne Klein, weekend anchor at WJLA-TV, will moderate the forum. The panel includes Sarah Albert, public policy director of the General Federation of Women's Clubs; Itoro Eze-Anaba, former coordinator of the women's human rights program in Nigeria; Penny Wakefield, a civil and human rights lawyer; and Wendy Wright, executive vice president of Concerned Women for America.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations in 1979 but has not been ratified by the United States.
The Ernst Center, part of Northern Virginia Community College, is at 8333 Little River Tpk. For more information, call 703-780-3343, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lwv-fairfax.org.
Reston Charities Request
Food Drive Donations
The Reston Community Center, Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce are holding their annual Thanksgiving food drive through Nov. 24.
Individuals, groups, businesses and organizations are encouraged to donate nonperishable foods such as canned meat and fish, peanut butter, rice, beans, and canned fruits and vegetables at drop-off points.
For a list of locations, go to www.restoncommunitycenter.com/Dropoffs.htm.
Volunteers are also needed to sort and pack food donations from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Donations will be delivered to area families in need during the holiday season and throughout the year.
For more information, call 703-476-4500 or 703-390-6161.
Mason District Event
To Look at Black History
The county Park Authority will sponsor a reception to celebrate the history of blacks in Mason District from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clark House.
There will be exhibits of local black history and memorabilia, including photographs from area families and churches. Also planned are history discussions with reenactors on such topics as schools, churches, social life, transportation and citizen accomplishments.
The Clark House is at 6332 Barcroft Dr. in the Falls Church area. The building is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free.
For more information, call 703-750-1598.
GMU Forum Focuses
On Media, Public Service
The Northern Virginia chapter of the American Society for Public Administration will host a panel discussion called "The Media's Approach to Public Service Issues: Crime, Crises and Critical Incidents," from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at George Mason University.
The panel of journalists includes Tom Jackman, reporter, The Washington Post; Robert Redding Jr., reporter, the Washington Times; Russ McCracken, letters editor, the Washington Times; and Ramon Korionoff, communications director, Prince George's County state's attorney's office. The moderator will be Karen L. Bune, a member of the society's council and a past president.
The event, held in conjunction with the master of public administration program at George Mason University, is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, send an e-mail to CWiltse@gmu.edu.
Tax Relief Workshops
Geared to Senior Citizens
Workshops for seniors on how to apply for real estate tax relief will be held Tuesday in the Alexandria area and next Thursday in Springfield.
Eligible seniors will be able to meet with personnel from the county's Department of Tax Administration and apply for relief.
The Board of Supervisors recently approved expanding the real estate tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. The change increases the maximum net combined financial assets allowed, from $240,000 to the state maximum of $340,000, for those who meet age, disability and income requirements. The annual income limit has also been increased, from $52,000 to the fixed state maximum of $72,000.
* The first workshop is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1). This is for Mount Vernon and Lee District seniors. For more information or to attend the workshop, call Brett Kenney at 703-780-7518, TTY 711, at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center.
* The Nov. 17 workshop, for Springfield District seniors, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Rd. For more information, call Susan Zarybnicky at 703-324-2500, TTY 711.
Seniors looking for more information about real estate tax relief can call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or visit fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/tax_relief.htm. Tax relief applications are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/pdf_files/2005taxrelief.pdf. An affidavit of disability can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/pdf_files/affidavitofdisability.pdf.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY,
C. WOODROW IRVIN
and STEPHEN C. FEHR