<sh>Ashley: Fair Condition
<bt>Four weeks after being struck by a hit-and-run driver, May 2, on Old Centreville Road, Ashley Dubey, 5, of Centreville, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital. A kindergartner at Bull Run Elementary, she sustained a severe head injury in the accident. Police arrested the driver, Duane Thompson of Manassas, and charged him with felony hit-and-run.
<bt>Work will begin next month on construction of a partial cloverleaf interchange from Route 28 to Barnsfield Road, which will convey visitors to the National Air and Space Museum Annex. The facility is being built in Chantilly and is slated to open in December 2003. At the direction of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Shirley Contracting Corp. will construct the $8 million interchange.
The project should begin in early June and be completed by fall 2003, in time for the museum's opening. The interchange will be at Route 28, about a mile north of the Route 50 intersection. There will be no lane closures during rush hours; however, motorists traveling there between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will experience such closures occasionally.
<sh>Land, Traffic Mtg.
<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Supervisor Michael R. Frey's (R-Sully) conference room. It's in the Fort Hill Building, 5900 Centreville Road in Centreville. Call Jeff Parnes, 703-904-0131, evenings.
<sh>Fair Lakes Interchange
<bt>Talk is beginning about the possibility of an interchange at the intersection of the Fairfax County and Fair Lakes parkways. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a citizen-participation and information meeting, Tuesday, June 4, from 5-8 p.m. at Chantilly High.
The interchange is in the county's Comprehensive Plan and, at 6 p.m., VDOT representatives will offer information about preliminary concepts for the proposed structure. Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in the meeting should call 703-383-2433.
<sh>Clifton Town Council
<bt>The next meeting of the Clifton Town Council will be Tuesday, June 4, in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall at 12641 Chapel Road. At 7 p.m. will be a public hearing on the proposed FY 2003 budget, with the meeting following.
<sh>BP Gas Station?
<bt>BP is proposing to build a service station in the Westfields business park, and members of the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) Land-Use Committee learned about it during their May 21 meeting. Civil engineer Jim McCormack said it would be west of Route 28 and south of Westfields Boulevard.
In 1997, the site was approved for an Amoco service station, quick-service food store and carwash. But the original application needs to be amended, explained McCormack, because Chantilly Associates now owns this property and BP Oil purchased Amoco. He said the service station would be near restaurants and a hotel and BP would like to start work on this project in late summer.
BP also wants to increase the size of the originally approved building from 1,250 to 1,872 square feet and add more pumping stations. The WFCCA approved the proposal, provided that BP has a brick exterior, has no neon on its signs and erects free-standing signs no taller than 8 feet. The plan goes to the county Planning Commission on June 13.
<sh>WFCM Personnel Needs
<bt>The Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) has several volunteer positions available.
* It needs a client coordinator to make follow-up calls to members of the community who have recently received assistance. This person would also cross-reference recipients with other WFCM services (food and clothing ministry). It would be a good job for someone who has to stay close to home.
* On-call volunteers are also needed. After receiving training, they'll monitor requests for help, coming from the local community, via a telephone mailbox. There's a social worker on staff, plus an extensive network of support to help and encourage people in self-sufficiency.
* WFCM's food pantry needs volunteers to work Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-2 p.m. To volunteer for any of these positions. or for more information, call 703-378-3045 and leave a message on box 7.
<sh>Food Pantry Needs
<bt>The Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) food pantry is in need of several items. They are: Jelly, coffee, tea, juice boxes, syrup, oil, sugar, cereal, crackers, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning products and diapers larger than infant and newborn.
The food pantry also needs volunteers, Thursdays, from noon-2 p.m. Needed, as well, are: Volunteers with trucks to help move heavy items, a volunteer handy-person good with phones, copy machines, faxes and thermostats, a volunteer to wash the Shepherd Center glass front entrance, artwork suitable for display in pantry waiting area, a vacuum, newer-model frost-free refrigerators and a laptop computer.
<sh>Blood Still Needed
<bt>The Inova Blood Donor Center in the Centremed I Building on Route 29 in Centreville (across from the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas) is in urgent need of blood donations — especially O positive or negative. They are accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. To make an appointment to give blood, call (703) 322-1970, or just drop in at your own convenience.
<sh>WFCM Needs Drivers
<bt>The Western Fairfax Christian Ministries is in need of drivers to take elderly people to medical appointments. Call (703) 378-3045 and press 7 to volunteer for this or any other WFCM ministry.
<sh>Meals on Wheels
<bt>The Clifton Meals on Wheels program urgently needs a volunteer to coordinate the delivery of meals to frail, elderly residents. Call the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at (703) 324-5406.