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Week in Herndon

Herndon Man Stabbed

A fight that erupted outside a party early Sunday, Oct. 31, in Sterling left one man with stab wounds and has Loudoun County Sheriff's Investigators searching for the suspects.

The victim in the case, a 21-year-old Herndon man, was found driving a car away from the scene when he was stopped by a Loudoun County deputy who was responding to the incident. The deputy noticed the man had wounds on his hands and discovered he had been stabbed, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The victim told authorities that a dispute inside the party may have led to the fight in the parking lot.

Just after 1 a.m., deputies were called to the 1700 block of

Greenthorn Avenue where a third-party caller reported a fight had broken out in the parking lot of a clubhouse maintained by a local home owners association. Deputies canvassed the area as several cars were reported to have left the scene.

The victim was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was treated and released on Sunday.

The suspect in the case is described as a Hispanic male with black hair, and is said to be 5-feet-5-inches in height.

Those with information regarding this incident are asked to contact Investigator Colantonio of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact Loudoun County Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the tip leads to an arrest and indictment in this case, the caller could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

St. Joseph's School Hosts Book Fair

The St. Joseph's School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold its annual Book Fair fund-raiser in the new parish hall for the first time, 750 Peachtree St., Herndon, on Nov. 6-10. The times are Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 8, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; and

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Featuring nearly 1,000 different titles, the Book Fair will offer mostly recent releases of children's books ranging in ages from kindergarten through eighth grade, including popular favorites such as "Magic Tree House," "Lizzie Maguire," "Spongebob Squarepants," "A Series of Unfortunate Events," and the entire five-volume set of the "Harry Potter" series. Some children's classics will also be on hand, as well as children's holiday books and some for the adults, too.

All proceeds will go to purchase books for the new school library, which opened during the 2003-2004 school year. The school sold over 3,000 items at the Book Fair last year.

Call 703-430-7048.

Airports Authority To Hold Hearing

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National and Dulles International Airports, will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to the authority regulations regarding the possession of weapons on airport property. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon.

The authority’s current regulation on weapons requires passengers checking firearms to deactivate the weapons to the extent possible. The proposed change would require the passenger to transport the firearm unloaded and in a locked, hard-sided container to which only the passenger retains the key or combination. The proposed regulation amendments would also clarify that agents of the Airports Authority may possess a weapon to be used under authority direction for an authority purpose. Other persons, such as armored car guards, would be permitted to possess a weapon on airport property for a legitimate airport purpose with prior, written approval of the airport manager. The Hyatt Dulles is located at 2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard in Herndon. Any person may appear and be heard for or against the proposed amendments. Speakers are requested to limit their remarks to five minutes.

Written comments on the proposal may be addressed to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Office of the General Counsel, 1 Aviation Circle, Washington D.C. 20001. Written comments must be received not later than Nov. 5, 2004, to be assured of consideration.

Comments and questions may be e-mailed to airportsregs@mwaa.com. The complete text of the proposed amendments is available on the Authority Web site at http://www.mwaa.com/authority/publications or from the Office of the General Counsel, 703-417-8615.

Elden Street Players

The fall play season has begun for The Elden Street Players, with "Thumbs," a comedy-thriller from Rupert Holmes.

The play takes place in a small ski-country town in Vermont where a stalking serial killer has a penchant for removing victims' thumbs.

Shows run at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, through Saturday, Nov. 13. One Sunday show will be held, this Sunday at 7 p.m.

All shows are at the Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Business Park Drive in Herndon. Tickets are $15 adult, $12 senior/student. For information and reservations call 703-481-5930.

Herndon Festival Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Herndon Festival planning and entertainment committees. Interested members of the community and civic groups from throughout the town are invited to assist the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department in the planning and execution of the 25th annual Herndon Festival to be held June 2 - 5, 2005.

The first meeting of the planning committee is Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Town Council's conference room, 765 Lynn Street. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers are also needed to serve on the Entertainment sub-committee, which will meet once or twice to consider possible performers and make suggestions to the festival executive committee.

For more information about the planning committee call the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6800, ext. 2123. Those interested in the Entertainment sub-committee should call 703-435-6800, ext. 2120.

Town Receives Finance Award

The Town of Herndon has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This is the 29th consecutive year the Town has received this award.

The award will be presented to the Town of Herndon by Shelley Carmichael, state representative for the Virginia GFOA at the Town Council public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Accepting the award on behalf of the town will be Mary Tuohy, director of finance; Nancy Souders, manager of financial operations, and Teri Kent, senior accounting technician.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, the GFOA said.

The Herndon Town Council meeting is held at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers located at 765 Lynn Street.

Construction to Affect Elden Street

Construction work required for the completion of the new Safeway on Elden Street between Grant Street and Post Drive is under way. One lane heading eastbound will be eliminated for approximately 60 days. Traffic will be slowed, but should flow smoothly. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays. Contact Hardaway Construction at 1-540-295-5768.

Sewer Construction

A contractor for the Town of Herndon will be repairing the sewer system at the locations listed below. Restoration is necessary to meet current standards and eliminate maintenance problems.

The construction will take place with advance notice to all businesses and residences that will be affected. Effort will be made to complete this project with minimum inconvenience to residents, businesses and motorists.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6860 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays.

Sewer reconstruction locations are: Elden Street between Van Buren Street and after Herndon Parkway; Charlton Place — all; Dranesville Road between Madison Forest Drive and Fillmore Street; Missouri Avenue between Alabama Drive and Stuart Court; Stuart Court — all; Virginia Avenue — all; Cordell Way — all; Reneau Way — all; Tamarack Way — all.

Volunteers Needed

Area residents and civic groups are invited to participate in the 9th annual “Herndon Lights Up the Holidays” as volunteers.

Volunteers of all ages can join the already more than 200 volunteers from many civic and cultural organizations, local residents and families to help with the lighting of candles, greeting guests, offering refreshments, coordinating entertainment and more.

As a thank you for their participation, volunteers receive a commemorative sweatshirt.

“Herndon Lights Up the Holidays,” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at Worldgate Centre in Herndon. Set against a backdrop of 2,500 luminary candles, the holiday celebration includes a variety of professional and student entertainment, along with photos with Saint Nicholas (cameras welcome), kids’ crafts, tattoo station, Rudolph nose painting, elf’s hats, a holiday hayride with a Dickens era storyteller, free cookies, hot cocoa and popcorn.

The holiday celebration will begin with a candle lighting ceremony led by Herndon Mayor Michael O’Reilly and other county and town officials.

To participate, contact the Council for the Arts of Herndon at 703-689-9535 or go to www.herndonarts.org.

Worldgate Centre is located at exit 10 off the Dulles Toll Road at the intersection of Centreville Road/Elden Street and Worldgate Drive in Herndon.

The Council for the Arts of Herndon, Worldgate Centre Merchants and The Rappaport Companies are sponsors of “Herndon Lights Up the Holidays.”

Senior Cinema

Seniors can enjoy an afternoon of refreshments and a movie for free. Senior Cinema will be held every first and third Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center. All movies are rated PG or PG-13.

Senior Cinema schedule is:

* Nov. 4: "Welcome to Mooseport," starring Gene Hackman.

* Nov. 18: "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck.

* Dec. 2: Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," starring Jim Carrey.

* Dec. 16: "A Christmas Story."

Call 703-435-6868 or register on-line at www.herndon-va.gov. The Herndon Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Avenue.

Town Calendar

This Week: leaf collection north of bike trail.

The Week of Nov. 8: leaf collection south of bike trail.

Reminder: Herndon 2005 vehicle decals must be purchased and displayed by Nov. 15.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council public hearing.

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Heritage Preservation Review Board work session.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day ceremony, Town Green. For details call 703-435-6800.