Week in News

Week in News

July 24, 2002

<sh>Reston Shop Owner Dies

<bt>Reston's Judith Neal Ley, owner of the Ley-Canovas Gallery at the Lake Anne Village Center, died on July 13. She was born on March 17, 1938 in Necedam, Wisconsin. She graduated from high school in 1956 and then she joined the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. She later went to Chicago to join the Merchant Dispatch Crop, part of the New York Central Railroad. Later she joined the Foreign Service where she served in Sierra Leone. While serving there she met her husband Ernest Neal. He died in 1971. Afterwards, she rejoined the Foreign Service in Ecuador and married Col. Robert E. Ley. They moved to Spain and Panama before moving to Reston in 1984. She is survived by her husband, and daughter Amy Long of Sterling, four stepchildren, and her two brothers Robert Strack of New Orleans, and Jerold Stack of Pittsville, Wisconsin and her nine grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon on July 31, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Reston. There will be an internment at Arlington National Cemetery for family only. Visitation will be from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. July 30 at Adams Green Funeral Home in Herndon.

<sh>Knifing at Carson Middle

<bt>Fairfax County Police are investigating a malicious wounding that occurred at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, at Rachel Carson Middle School, 1368 McLearen Road in Herndon. A Reston girl, 14, who was attending summer school, reported that she was approached inside the school by a boy she knew. The boy took out a knife and cut the victim, causing minor, non-life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Columbia Reston Hospital where she was treated for her injuries. The suspect does not attend Rachel Carson Middle School. No arrests have been made in the case. Police are still interviewing suspects.

<sh>Herndon Crow Tests Positive

<bt>A second bird found dead in Herndon found last week tested positive for the West Nile virus. The bird was found close to Spring Street and the Fairfax County Parkway. Last year the number of dead crows that tested positive in Fairfax County was 54. So far this year 35 birds have tested positive.

The West Nile virus can be spread to any mammal through a mosquito bite. However most people that get bitten by an infected mosquito have not gotten sick. Those who do usually suffer a mild flu-like illness.

People can reduce exposure to mosquitoes by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing, using insect repellent in accordance with the product instructions, and by removing containers from their yards where water may collect (old tires, potted plants, trays, buckets and toys). For more information on the West Nile virus, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6853 or visit the Town of Herndon's website at www.town.herndon.va.us.

<sh>Sting's After-Effects

<bt>In last week's Connection, clerks at seven stores were charged with selling alcohol in a sting conducted by the Reston Community Policing Unit, on July 12, using 18-19 year-old cadets as part of the Youth Alcohol Campaign. As a follow-up, Master Police Officer Bob Barton of the Reston Police reports that the information from the sting would be forwarded to the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board. The managers of the store will have to face the board in a hearing. If it is found that the stores have a history of selling alcoholic beverages to minors, the licenses of the stores will be suspended for a period of time.

<sh>NARFE Chapter Marks 30 Years

<bt>The National Association of Retired Federal Employees Dulles Chapter 1241, serving Sterling, Herndon, Reston, and surrounding areas, celebrated 30 years of service at a luncheon and cake-cutting ceremony in Herndon on June 24. One of 1,650 chapters nationwide, NARFE supports current and former federal employees by protecting their retirement benefits. The Dulles Chapter was chartered in 1972 and now has more than 625 members.

Current chapter officers and past members participated in the celebration recognizing the 30th anniversary. The celebration included a speech from Joe Ikenberry of NARFE headquarters in Alexandria. Ikenberry spoke of the benefits of new Federal Long-Term Care Programs for current and past federal employees and their families.