Police Seek Woman's Attacker
<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for the person who sexually assaulted a local woman, Friday morning, while she walked on a Chantilly bike path. Police say the woman was on the bike path near the pool on Pennsboro Drive in the Brookfield community, around 9:30 a.m., when the incident occurred.
According to police, a man accosted her from behind and attacked her. She sustained minor injuries. No description of the suspect is available, at this time. Anyone with information about this incident or the perpetrator is asked to call police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777.
<sh>Sobriety Checkpoint Nabs Five
<bt>Fairfax County police conducted a sobriety checkpoint, Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Fair Oaks District. Between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. on the 29th, approximately 928 vehicles passed through the checkpoint set up in the north and southbound lanes of the 4500 block of West Ox Road. Police charged five motorists with DWI (driving while intoxicated).
<sh>Cuccinelli Hosts Townhall Mtg.
<bt>Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37th) will host a townhall meeting on Saturday, March 6, to discuss what's happening in the current General Assembly session. It will be from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, in Chantilly. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.
<sh>Westfield Community Coalition
<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition will meet Monday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Chick-Fil-A, off Route 28 and Willard Road in Chantilly. Plans for upcoming programs — including the four-hour, March 27 workshop on teen-agers — will be discussed. The coalition welcomes new members, ideas and suggestions regarding community interest. Call Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370.
<sh>Chantilly Community Coalition
<bt>The next meeting of the Chantilly Community Coalition will be Monday, March 8, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Chantilly Regional Library. Call John Hanyok at 703-262-2475.
<sh>Clifton Town Council News
<bt>During Clifton's February Town Council meeting, Mayor Jim Chesley and the council had Clifton added — along with the towns of Herndon and Vienna — to Senate Bill 627. Proposed by Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites, it deals with a tax that Fairfax County proposes to levy on cell-phone users where they live. The bill would return to these three towns the tax money raised from their own cell-phone users, rather than having this money go to the county.
In other town business, Clifton resident Lev Buller, in charge of the town's solid-waste management plan, was reappointed for another one-year term. Donna Netschert resigned as a member of Clifton's Architectural Review Board, and the council appointed Jeff Stein to replace her. And Boy Scout Troop 1104, which meets at Clifton Presbyterian Church, visited last month's Town Council meeting to observe, firsthand, how local government operates.
<sh>Occoquan Watershed Coalition
<bt>There are two new faces on the Occoquan Watershed Coalition's Board of Directors, Clifton Mayor Jim Chesley and Del. Dave Albo (R-42nd). Chesley is now the organization's vice-president, replacing Bill Cole, who stepped down. (Larry Hensle, who replaced Al Akers in 2003, is still president). Albo is a new, at-large director.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>Battlefield Bypass Meeting Set
<bt>A fourth public workshop for the proposed Manassas National Battlefield Park Bypass is set for Tuesday, March 16, from 5-8 p.m., in the cafeteria of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas. It's sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service, and there'll be a presentation and question-and-answer session at 6 p.m. The school is at 8820 Rixlew Lane, off Route 234 and next to the Manassas Mall.
Presented will be a preliminary summary of impacts for each of the bypass alternatives currently under being studied, prior to publication of the draft Environmental Impact Statement. Citizen input on the alternatives is encouraged. Maps, displays and comment forms will be available. Those requiring special assistance to attend and participate may call 202-775-3484. For more information on the project, see www.battlefieldbypass.com.
<sh>Blood Is 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're accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment to give blood, call 703-322-1970, or drop in at your own convenience.
<sh>Baby Supplies Are Sought
<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministries is currently in need of baby food, formula and large-sized diapers. Please drop off items to WFCM at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly.
<sh>WFCM Seeks Used Computers
<bt>Fairfax County schools require that middle- and high-school students do much of their work on a computer. And Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) has a program that tries to reach children from low-income families who do not own computers. Therefore, any company upgrading its computer system that's capable of running Windows 98, please contact WFCM Executive Director Dorothy Fonow at 703-988-9656 to discuss donating these computers to WFCM's program.
In addition, many Pentium II and III computers now being thrown out by businesses and replaced by newer models could still be used by most nonprofit organizations for: e-mail, Web browsing, office applications, databasing, and accounting.