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<sh>Elem. School Boundary Meeting

<bt>The second boundary meeting for the new northeast Centreville elementary school will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7:30-10 p.m., at Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. The school is being built in the Centreville Farms community, off Route 29 and Stringfellow Road, and is earmarked to relieve overcrowding in other area elementary schools. The public is welcome to participate and have input in the process of drawing the boundaries for this school which will open in September 2003.

<sh>Hugo Intensifies 40th Campaign

<bt>Following James K. "Jay" O'Brien's successful race to become senator of the redrawn 39th District, fellow Clifton resident Tim Hugo has intensified his campaign efforts to fill O'Brien's former seat as delegate from the 40th District.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th), O’Brien, Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37th) and Virginia activist Mike Thompson are co-chairs of his campaign which has already raised nearly $60,000.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to give something back to my community,” said Hugo, an established leader in transportation and technology policy issues. "As delegate, I will fight to reduce traffic congestion and other transportation problems, improve our children’s education and future, continue efforts to protect our children, and put a stop to higher taxes.”

<sh>Meetings About GT Centers

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools announces changes in the schedule of town meetings on boundaries for several new proposed gifted and talented (GT) centers.

The meeting for the Oak Hill proposed GT center will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carson Middle School cafeteria.

The meeting for the Mosby Woods proposed GT center will be held Monday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rocky Run Middle School Little Theater.

The Providence proposed GT center has been eliminated as an option at this time.

For more information, visit the FCPS Instructional Services Department web site at http://www.fcps.edu/DIS/gt/boundary.htm.

<sh>Ethics Seminar for Students

<bt>An ethics seminar will be held Monday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Westfields Marriott. In partnership with Westfield High and Mountain View High schools, the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce will present a program designed to provide students with opportunities to discuss values and how those values affect ethical decision making in the workplace and society. The program includes a mock trail and workplace dilemmas. Volunteers are needed to act as group leaders. A complete Thanksgiving dinner, compliments of Westfields Marriott will be provided. Training will be from 9-10 a.m. The Westfields Marriott is located at 14750 Conference Center Drive in Chantilly. Call the Herndon Dulles Chamber at 703-437-5556.

<sh>WFCM Needs Food, Volunteers

<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministry's (WFCM) food pantry — which provides food to local needy families — is in urgent need of several items. They are: canned vegetables (corn, green beans, peas), baked beans, spaghetti sauce, jelly and jam, canned fruit, chicken soups, pasta, cereal, rice, tuna, canned meats and dinners (ravioli, chili, stew, kids' meals).

To donate, call 703-815-3238, or bring these things to the Shepherd Center. It's open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and is between Fashion Bug and Payless Shoes in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center at 13924 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly. The WFCM also needs volunteers, Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-noon and from noon-2 p.m. To volunteer, call 703-988-9656.

<sh>Blood Urgently 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, as well as A and B. 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>Kids in Crisis Ministry

<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministry's (WFCM) Kids in Crisis Ministry provides emergency assistance to families impacted by a child's illness. Since such families are too distracted to research all the organizations that might help them, If anyone knows of a family in need, please advise them to call the hotline at 703-378-3045. Leave a message on the "Kids in Crisis" box, and a volunteer will return the call.

This program offers a safety net for families whose income or expenses are affected by a child's illness. Besides medical bills, they'll incur costs such as travel, babysitting, special equipment and home health care.

Even families with adequate health insurance may find it difficult to meet these expenses. Kids in Crisis aids in areas not covered by traditional health insurance policies. For more information, call the hotline or Karen Dolan at 703-266-3144.

<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>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.