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Falls Church police chief to step down next month

Col. Harry Reitze, Falls Church police chief, announced his retirement, effective Nov. 11.

Reitze joined the city’s police department in 1975 as a patrol officer and was named captain in 1998, overseeing the department’s Services and Operations divisions. He has been chief of police since May 2007.

“Chief Reitze has been a strong leader for the police department and the city as a whole,” said City Manager Wyatt Shields. “He has fostered a culture in which the men and women who serve in the department want to be the best, period.”

Bridge work requires lane closures on Old Keene Mill

A Virginia Department of Transportation contractor has begun work to reconstruct a bridge on Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. The bridge crosses Pohick Creek just east of Huntsman Boulevard. The $2.1 million project is expected to be completed by May.

Drivers can expect one of two lanes to be closed from morning to afternoon and late evening to early morning every day.

Martins Construction the contractor for the project.

All fire stations to host open houses Saturday

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is hosting a Fire Prevention Week open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at all stations in the county. The theme is: “Have Two Ways Out!”

Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home. For information about fire prevention, visit

Schools plan parent meetings on ESOL services

Fairfax County public schools will host parent meetings on English for speakers of other languages this month and next. The meetings, titled “Strengthening Family-School Connections,” will be offered at Chantilly High School on Oct. 22 and Woodson High School on Nov. 13.

The meetings will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and feature a general session, breakout sessions and exhibits. Interpreters will be available for the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Activities will provide parents with information about instruction and resources available from the school system and community organizations. Superintendent Jack D. Dale will deliver a welcome message.

Parents can register through the school or online at

— Fairfax County Times

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