Franklin Farm Hit-and-Run

<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for a man who struck a 56-year-old Franklin Farm woman twice with his car and then fled the scene. The incident occurred Friday, around 11 p.m., and police are investigating it as a hit-and-run.

The woman was walking her dog and crossing Kinross Circle, near Stone Heather Drive, in the Franklin Farm community. According to police, a man backed up his car at a high rate of speed and hit the woman, breaking her arm. The driver then backed up a second time, striking the woman again and knocking her to the ground.

Afterward, he sped away. He is described only as a black male; his car is described as a silver or gray Honda. Anyone with information about this man, his vehicle or the incident is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Three Charged with DWI

<bt>Fairfax County police nabbed three drunk drivers while conducting a sobriety checkpoint, Dec. 20-21, between 11 p.m.-2 a.m., in the Fair Oaks area. Approximately 1,278 cars passed through the checkpoint at Route 50 and Alder Woods Drive; police screened 29 motorists and charged three with driving while intoxicated.

<sh>Illegal Substance Abuse and Prevention

<bt>Parents and students are invited to hear local professionals talk about illegal substance abuse and prevention on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Chantilly High School's Media Center.

A panel discussion with community leaders on drugs and alcohol will be held. There will be displays of illegal substances and paraphernalia as well. Contact Nancy Knighton at 703-620-2131 or John Hanyok at 703-262-2475


The next meeting of the Chantilly Community Coalition will be Monday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library.

<sh>Teen Depression, Suicide Program

<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition, in conjunction with the Centreville and Chantilly community coalitions, will present a program on Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention. It will be held Monday, Jan. 13, from 7-9 p.m., at Centreville United Methodist Church (on New Braddock Road, off Route 28).

This is a free program for teens and parents to inform them and help them detect the warning signs of depression and suicide. Several experts in this field will speak, as well as a parent who lost a teen-ager to suicide. For more information, call Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370.

<sh>Land-Use Committee Hears about Homes, Family Shelter

<bt>The Springfield-Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee will learn about Fairfax County's proposal to build a family shelter and transitional housing units near the intersection of Route 29 and Stringfellow Road. The site is just west of the Meadows Farms nursery. A community meeting about this project will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in conference rooms 4 and 5 of the county Government Center.

At the same meeting, the committee will hear details about a plan by Christopher Cos. Inc. to construct 17 single-family homes off Braddock Road in the Fairfax Center area. The proposed location is 4,000 feet west of the Fairfax County Parkway. The applicant is seeking a rezoning from one home per acre to two homes per acre.

The land-use committee reviews and receives comments on projects proposed for the northwest corner of the Springfield District. The committee covers the geographic area from Stringfellow Road to the Fairfax County Government Center to Braddock Road and Route 50. For more information, call Marlae Schnare at 703-324-2500.

<sh>Library Copies of Virginia Tax Forms

<bt>Due to Virginia's budget cuts, the Fairfax County Public Library and other Virginia public libraries will no longer have free copies of Virginia income tax forms. Virginia tax forms are available online; check the Library's Web site at for links to IRS and Virginia tax forms. Library users can make copies of Virginia tax forms on library copy machines, or print out the tax forms from the Internet on library PCs, for 15 cents per page.