Week in Fairfax

Week in Fairfax

<sh>Paul VI to Dedicate New Facility

<bt>Paul VI Catholic High School hosts a dedication ceremony/Mass for its new Student Activity Center on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. The $5.4 million addition houses a gymnasium with seating for 1,200 in bleachers, a wrestling/multi-purpose room, a computer lab, art room, teachers lounge, men's and women's locker rooms and athletic offices.

Building tours will take place 1-3:30 p.m. Arlington Diocese Bishop Paul S. Loverde will preside at the Mass. Following the dedication ceremony, cocktails and a silent auction will take place at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., an awards dinner will honor Bishop Loverde; Father Donald J. Heet, O.S.F.S., founding principal; and six Paul VI families who have been outstanding members of the PVI community. Eight students will also be honored.

Paul VI is located at 10675 Lee Highway in Fairfax.

<sh>Candidate Announces Homeland Security Plan

<bt>Democratic candidate Ron Christian announced a five-point "Secure Virginia" plan during an Oct. 2 homeland security forum that he organized at the Army-Navy Country Club in Fairfax.

The plan called for:

* tax incentives for fire, rescue and police force officers so that they can live in the community they serve;

* coordinated communication efforts to educate citizens about best practices during emergencies;

* efficient communication and information-sharing among state-level staff and across jurisdictional boundaries, as well as an "in place network" of non-profits ready to accept responsibilities;

* short and long-term shelter-in-place plans for school systems that would include a master communication system not dependent on electrical power; and

* protection of citizens' rights, while prohibiting the monitoring of gatherings by people exercising their First Amendment rights, the issuing of subpoenas without court approval or knowledge, and the eavesdropping on confidential communications without court approval or knowledge.

Homeland security "is a topic that's relevant. It's a topic that's important to everyone," said Christian, who had set up a disaster relief grant after Sept. 11. "It's a continuation of concern that I have."

In addition to the "Secure Virginia" plan, the forum included discussions on homeland security at the local and state level by Douglas C. Bass, director of the Fairfax County Emergency Management Division; Gen. Robert T. Herres, USAF (Ret.), former vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former CEO of USAA Insurance; and Gen. William G.T. Tuttle, USA (Ret.), former chief of Army Material Command and former CEO, Logistics Management Institute.

<sh>CUE Bus Green Line Changes on Oct. 14

<bt>The City of Fairfax CUE Bus will be re-routing the Green line, which serves the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station. Green line bus service along Blake Lane, Sutton Road and Country Creek Road will be eliminated. Instead, the Green line going to the Metro station will be re-routed from Fairfax Circle east along Arlington Boulevard, north on Nutley Street, west on Virginia Center Boulevard to the north entrance of the Metro station. The Green line will follow the same path southbound, traveling on Virginia Center Boulevard as it exits the Metrorail station, south on Nutley Street, west on Arlington Boulevard and resume its normal route at Fairfax Circle. This change allows the Green line to serve the Stonehurst neighborhood along Arlington Boulevard and the Pan Am Shopping Center along Nutley Street.

The Gold line bus will continue to operate on Blake Lane, Sutton Road and Country Creek Road. This portion of Blake Lane is also served by Metrobus 2B and 2G operating to and from the Vienna-Metrorail station and Fair Oaks Mall.

For more information about the CUE Bus service changes, call the City of Fairfax CUE Bus System at 703-385-7859 (Voice/TTY). For more information about Metrobus service, call Metro at 202-637-7000, TTY 202-638-3780.

<sh>Fairfax Jubil-Aires to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

<bt>On Oct. 18, the Fairfax County chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3800 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. The shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. will feature the Fairfax Jubil-Aires, international barbershop quartet champions the Suntones, and international chorus champions the Alexandria Harmonizers.

The Rachel M Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is located on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. Tickets ranging from $10 to $30 for the matinee and $15 to $35 for the evening performances may be ordered by phone at 703-758-9764, by fax at 703-414-8267, or by e-mail at ffja2003tix@aol.com.

For more information on the Fairfax Jubil-Aires, call 703-503-2200, or go to their Web site at www.thefairfaxjubilaires.org.