Animal shelter encourages seniors to adopt older pets

As part of its new Pets for Seniors program, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is launching initiatives for older adults who adopt pets on Wednesdays.

Through August, county residents 55 or older will receive free spay and neuter services for every adopted pet and free adoption on pets older than 7.

A senior orientation and information session for potential volunteers and foster parents will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and April 14 at the shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd. The meeting will include a tour of the shelter at 3 p.m. For information or to attend the sessions, contact Kristen Auerbach at or 703-324-0208.

CSB seeks public input on service priorities

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is conducting a survey to evaluate which services are most valued by people the agency serves.

The CSB provides mental health and addiction services, programs for people with intellectual disabilities, and early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. The agency has faced some severe budget challenges in the past year, requiring an emergency influx of funding from the county. Take the survey at

Simulation lets residents try balancing the county budget

The office of Fairfax County Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock) has developed a budget simulation worksheet to allow residents to experience what county supervisors go through in trying to make the numbers add up.

Cook is encouraging those who complete the worksheet to share their results with his office as part of the community input process on the budget. Download the worksheet at

Chopra and Herring win straw polls at Connolly fundraiser

Lieutenant governor candidate Aneesh Chopra and attorney general hopeful Mark Herring won straw polls at Rep. Gerald E. Connolly;s annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser.

More than 1,400 Democrats, and reportedly some Republicans, and dozens of elected officials from across Northern Virginia attended the event, according to Connolly’s office.

Chopra took 70 percent of the vote in the lieutenant governor straw poll against primary opponent Sen. Ralph Northam. In the straw poll for attorney general, Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun) won 52 percent of the vote, while Justin Fairfax secured the support of 48 percent of those in attendance.

Chopra, who was the nation’s first chief technology officer during President Obama’s first term, is an Arlington County resident. Northam represents the eastern shore of Virginia in the state Senate.

Herring represents parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Fairfax, also a Northern Virginia resident, is a former federal prosecutor.

Connolly (D-Va.) began hosting the St. Patrick’s Day event when he was first elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1995 and has continued the tradition ever since, through his 10 elections.

— Fairfax County Times