Loudoun housing program applications accepted online

Loudoun County’s housing programs are accepting applications online.

Applications, instructions and program guidelines are on the county Web site:

→Affordable Dwelling Unit Programs, www.loudoun.gov/adu.

→Loudoun County Home Improvement Program, www.loudoun.gov/lchip.

→Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program, www.loudoun.gov/dpcc.

→Public Employee Homeownership Grant Program, www.loudoun.gov/peg.

To contact the programs by phone, call:

→Affordable Dwelling Unit Programs, 703-737-8043.

→Loudoun County Home Improvement Program, 571-258-3115.

→Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Program, 571-258-3814.

→Public Employee Homeownership Grant Program, 571-258-3814.

Leesburg Kiwanis Club stages small-scale Halloween parade

The Leesburg Kiwanis Club held a scaled-down version of its traditional Halloween parade after Hurricane Sandy forced a cancellation of the popular annual event.

In an effort to keep the Kiwanis Halloween Parade’s 56-year tradition alive, Leesburg officials and Kiwanis Club members staged a small, five-car afternoon procession down King Street on Oct. 31.

“I thought it was fantastic,” Suzanne Wright of Leesburg a Kiwanis member and a longtime parade organizer, said in a statement. “We were very thankful to the town for recognizing the importance of our unbroken record since 1956 and helping us to maintain it.”

The Halloween parade is a Leesburg institution, with thousands of residents lining downtown streets each year to collect candy and see an array of costumed characters.

But last week, the arrival of Hurricane Sandy required town staff members to make local emergencies a priority. The extensive response required for Sandy’s arrival and aftermath prompted the Kiwanis Club and local officials to cancel the parade because of public safety concerns, town officials said in the statement.

Open house for Route 28 Corridor Rezoning Ordinance

Residents are invited to an open house for the Route 28 Corridor Zoning Ordinance Update Project next Thursday at Loudoun Water, 44865 Loudoun Water Way, Ashburn.

The all-day open house is designed for people to drop in from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a formal presentation scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

At the open house, residents can meet project consultants and county staff members; learn about the corridor, the project scope and duration, and ways to stay informed; and provide input to help officials shape the direction of the project.

For information, including a recently completed Zoning Discovery Report, go to the project Web site at www.loudoun.gov/route28 or call Michael Salinas, project manager, at 703-777-0246.

To join the project’s e-mail list, send a request to route28@

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson