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<sh>Cause Found In Owen's Death

<bt>Fairfax county investigators ruled the death of Terri Lynn Owen of Herndon to be an "apparent suicide." Owen, 44, a former United Flight attendant and union representative, died when she fell from the top floor of the four-story Herndon-Monroe parking garage in Reston last month.

<sh>Traffic Signal System Upgraded

<bt>An upgrade of the Town of Herndon's traffic signal system was recently completed in an attempt to reduce overall delays on Herndon's major roads.

Synchronized timing coordinates traffic signals to work together as a network. Timing is prioritized based on traffic flow at different times of the day. Signals along the Herndon Parkway have been synchronized to encourage its use as an alternative to Elden Street.

Wireless radio communication allows the Town Shop to monitor and adjust the system, providing for a quick response to signal problems. This is helpful in events such as traffic accidents. Overall adjustments will be made if needed over the next few months.

The upgrade was funded by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grants and administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation. An additional CMAQ grant will fund coordination of the town's system and VDOT's signals at South Elden Street and Fairfax County Parkway. To provide feedback on the signals, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6853.

<sh> Community Awareness Day

<bt>Community Awareness Day is slated for Monday, Aug. 11, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Four Seasons Community Center, 1201 Herndon Parkway. The event will feature personnel and equipment from the Herndon Police, Fairfax County Police and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue departments.

In addition, the Friends of Runnymede will have a tent operated by Nature's Web, which will include hands-on exhibits and animals.

Parking is limited. For more information, call Sgt. D.L. Burns, 703-435-6881 ext. 230 or Senior Sgt. Jerry Keys, 703-435-6435.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Thursday, Aug. 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market. Station Street Parking Lot.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.

Farmers' Market Fun Days. Town Hall Square, 730 Elden St.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.

Community Association Coalition meeting. Fortnightly Library, 768 Center St.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Summer concert, The Covairs, '50s-style retro rock 'n' roll. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.

Friday, Aug. 8, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live, Junk Food and Quazi. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council, regular session. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Heritage Preservation Review Board work session. Herndon Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market. Station Street Parking Lot.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.

Farmers' Market Fun Days. Town Hall Square, 730 Elden St.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Summer concert, Sam's House, funk. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.

Friday, Aug. 15, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live, rain date, band to be announced. Town Green, behind the Municipal Center, 777 Lynn St.