Now Is the Time
To Show County Decal
By today, the green Fairfax County tax decals for 2006 must be displayed on vehicles, or police can issue a ticket and fine. The legal deadline for applying the new sticker was Tuesday.
Police and sheriff's departments in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church and Manassas, and the towns of Herndon and Middleburg are participating in a regional effort to enforce display of the decals.
The decal should be placed next to the state safety inspection sticker, and last year's tax decal should be removed.
Motorcycle decals should be put on the bike's fork next to the state inspection sticker.
For more information, call 703-222-8234 or 703-324-4636.
Day Laborers Are Focus
Of Regional Meeting
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments will host a meeting for area elected officials on the issue of day laborers from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today.
COG officials said the meeting is the first time the regional organization has discussed day laborers with leaders from Maryland, Virginia and the District.
The meeting will be in the council's boardroom, 777 N. Capitol St. NE, Suite 300. For more information, visit www.mwcog.org.
Public Can View Changes
To Dulles Rail Design
State transportation officials will hold a public information meeting Dec. 8 in McLean to present proposed design refinements for the first phase of the planned extension of Metro to Dulles International Airport.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will host the session, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School. Officials said in a news release that the meeting is intended to explore changes made to the project along Routes 7 and 123 in Tysons Corner. The changes were part of cost reductions that led to the $1.8 billion preliminary engineering cost estimate submitted to the Federal Transit Administration in mid-August, according to the news release.
Officials will also update the public on the status of a supplemental environmental review being conducted to assess the potential impact of the design changes.
Project leaders will be on hand to discuss issues related to the proposed Metro stations in the Tysons Corner area: Tysons East, Tysons Central 123, Tysons Central 7 and Tysons West. Changes to the alignment along Route 7 and to the tunnel at the intersection of Routes 7 and 123 also will be presented.
The formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The school is at 8201 Lewinsville Rd.
The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is a 23-mile extension branching off from the Orange Line after the East Falls Church Metro station. The project is being conceived in two phases. Phase 1 has five stations, four in Tysons Corner and one at Wiehle Avenue on the eastern edge of Reston. Phase 2 has six stations, including Dulles Airport and ending at Route 772 in eastern Loudoun County.
New Park Opening
Near Vienna Metro
The county Board of Supervisors and the Park Authority will have a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the opening of Briarwood Park near the Vienna Metro station.
The 2.7-acre park is at 2837 Zimple Dr., just east and south of the interchange of Interstate 66 and Nutley Street. It features woodlands, a playground, a basketball court, a picnic pavilion and trails.
Christopher Cos. of Fairfax developed the park for the county in exchange for a rezoning.
Briarwood Park is accessible to pedestrians from three locations: at the end of Hideaway Road, off Topaz Street across from Swanee Lane and at the main entrance on Zimple Drive, which has parking.
For more information, call 703-324-8662.
Lee District RECenter
To Celebrate 25 Years
The Lee District RECenter will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with children's activities, interactive displays, demonstrations and food.
In 1966, voters approved a park bond referendum that led to the acquisition of 118 acres for what formerly was known as Rose Hill District Park. Twenty-one acres were added to the site between 1970 and 1976. The park's facilities were made possible through a bond approved in 1971.
In 1973, the park consisted of two baseball and football fields. In 1974, lighted tennis courts, a practice wall and multi-use courts were added, followed by more landscaping and fields in the mid-1970s. In 1977, the trailer originally used to house the park staff was replaced by a railroad caboose acquired from the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad.
In 1978, local Boy Scouts worked with park naturalists to complete a quarter-mile nature trail. An amphitheater was built, where the first nature programs were held.
Groundbreaking for the RECenter took place on Aug. 15, 1979, and 14 months later it opened for use. Expansions in the 1980s added a gymnasium, spas, dance room and weight room. The space increased to 83,000 square feet total.
For more information, call 703-324-8662 or visit www.co.fairfax.va.us/parks/leerec25.htm.
Gallery Showcases Kids
Who Need Adoptive Homes
On Monday, a photo panel from the National Heart Gallery exhibit will be on display at the county Government Center.
The exhibit, which has been at Union Station in the District, features portraits by professional photographers of some of the children in foster care throughout the region who are waiting to be adopted. Two Fairfax County children, named Roosevelt and Dominique, are among those featured.
Also on Monday, the county Board of Supervisors will proclaim November to be Adoption Awareness Month.
The panel will be at the government center Monday to Wednesday and at the county's Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Pkwy., from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Freddie Mac Foundation, which is based in McLean. The Heart Gallery began in 2001 in New Mexico as a way to recruit adoptive families for children in foster care and has branched out to include 34 states. This is the first year it has come to the Washington area and the first time Fairfax County children have participated.
For more information on foster care and adoption, call 703-324-7639 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs. To find out more about the family recruitment program Kidsave, call 703-683-5437 or visit www.kidsave.org.
Difficult Run Watershed
Is Topic of Two Workshops
The county Park Authority will hold two public workshops -- including one today -- for residents to comment on the draft Difficult Run watershed management plan, which is designed to restore streams, improve water quality and reduce flooding.
Today's workshop is from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the county Government Center, Room 3, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. The focus will be on the watershed's southern area: Little Difficult Run, South Fork Run, Upper Difficult Run, Rocky Branch, Piney Branch and Angelico Branch.
Another workshop will be held from 1 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Forest Edge Elementary School, 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston. It will focus on Reston and the western area: the Glade, Snakeden Branch, Colvin Run, Dog Run, Piney Run and Captain Hickory Branch. Each workshop will have displays, presentations and group discussions on the draft plan.
An optional "watershed basics" session will begin a half-hour before each workshop. A question-and-answer session with county staff members and consultants will be the final portion.
A watershed is an area of land that drains into a body of water. The Difficult Run watershed, the largest in Fairfax County, consists of areas in the north-central part of the county, from Great Falls to Fairfax City and from Tysons Corner to Herndon.
The draft plan is available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds or at local libraries. For more information, call 703-324-5500.
Town Meeting to Focus
On Medicare Drug Benefit
U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) will hold a town meeting today to discuss the new Medicare prescription drug benefit from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the James Lee Community Center.
Representatives from the Fairfax County Agency on Aging and the Social Security Administration will present information.
The community center is at 2855-A Annandale Rd. in the Falls Church area.
New Officers Chosen
At Women's Center
The Women's Center of Vienna recently elected Dorothy M. Isaacs as president and chairperson, Madelyn P. Jennings as vice chairperson and Gail Rissler as secretary-treasurer.
Seven new directors were also elected to the board for two-year terms: LaTosca Brown, Leslye E. Fenton, Leily Kaddissi, Jasmin El Kordi, Jessica Malasek, Eva Neumann and Rissler.
Isaacs, a lawyer with Surovell Markle Isaacs & Levy, is a founding member of the firm and has been practicing domestic relations law since 1988. She has served on the Women's Center's board of directors since 1991.
The Women's Center offers mental health counseling, career, legal and financial services, and educational programs to women and families regardless of their abilities to pay.
For more information, call 703-281-2657 or visit www.thewomenscenter.org.
Gang Awareness Guide
Issued by Falls Church
The Gang Intervention and Prevention Committee for the city of Falls Church has published an online prevention and awareness guide.
The site provides tools for identifying gang activity, understanding how gangs operate and combating illegal gang activity.
The committee was formed in January as an effort involving the school system and human services, recreation and parks, court and law enforcement officials to bring attention to gang activity.
For more information, call 703-248-5230 or visit www.ci.falls-church.va.us/government/publicSafety/PoliceDepartment/GIPC.html.
Reston Center Hires
Bonnie K. Freeman has been named executive director of the Reston Community Center.
Freeman replaces Dennis Kern, who moved to the San Francisco area. She has experience in the public and business sectors, with a background in communications, marketing and management at jobs in Colorado and Washington, including the Urban League. She has degrees from Regis University in Denver and Clark Atlanta University.
The center offers more than 1,800 programs, trips, events and services each year to the residents of a special tax district covering the Reston area.
For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.
Race, Parade, Festivities
Coming Up in Reston
The annual Race for the Kids to benefit Neediest Kids will be at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Reston Town Center. The annual Reston holiday parade will follow at 11.
There will be several races by age category, including a "tot trot," along with refreshments, awards and prize drawings.
A one-mile race for children through high school age will be led by Olympian Alan Webb, a South Lakes High School graduate.
Neediest Kids is a nonprofit organization that works with local school systems to help disadvantaged youth in the Washington area. Corporate sponsors include Equity Office Properties Trust, Pfizer Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., East West Mortgage and M&S Grill.
Race registration is free. For more information or to register, visit www.neediestkids.org.
At 6 p.m. that night, the lighting of the town center's holiday tree and a singalong will take place. Horse-drawn carriage rides will run through the evening.
For more information, visit www.restontowncenter.com.
A delegation of Chinese earthquake administrators visited Fairfax County earlier this month, and another one is planning to come Nov. 30 to observe how emergency management operates in the United States.
County officials said in a news release that the administrators were interested in the role Fairfax County plays in federal and local response efforts and how those are coordinated.
The delegations, sponsored by the China Earthquake Administration, have met with the county Office of Emergency Management and the Fire and Rescue Department and will visit the county's Emergency Operations Center on Nov. 30.
For more information, call 703-324-3187.
Luncheon Offers Support
To Caregivers of Adults
A program to honor caregivers of older adults will be held Nov. 29 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club.
Mary C. Fridley of Gero-Resources in Maryland will speak on coping skills for caregivers. The "Give Care, Take Care" program, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is sponsored by the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging with funding from the National Family Caregiver Support Program. November is National Caregivers Month.
The cost is $10, including a buffet lunch. Scholarships are available. The country club is at 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd. For more information, call 703-324-5425 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/aaa.
-- Compiled by
and STEPHEN C. FEHR