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Beware Lottery Scams

The Herndon Police is investigating a scam case involving the lottery. The suspects attempted to gain money up front from a Hispanic victim who was promised a share of lottery winnings.

The suspects are describes as:

Suspect 1: white male, approximately 60 years of age, 5 feet 2 inches tall, and 170 pounds, grey hair and brown eyes. Spoke fluent Spanish.

Suspect 2: white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds, black hair and eyes. No further description. Spoke fluent Spanish.

A possible vehicle involved is a silver Dodge Caravan.

Anyone having any information regarding these subjects or other victims is asked to contact the Herndon Police Department at 703-435-6846.

Herndon Man Robbed

On Thursday, Nov. 11, around 10:15 p.m., a 28-year-old Herndon-area man was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Fairfax County Police. The incident occurred in the 2700 block of Merrilee Drive in the Merrifield area. The victim was standing outside smoking a cigarette when he was allegedly approached by two men, one displayed a handgun and the other went through the victim's pockets. The suspects fled towards Dorr Avenue. There were no reported injuries. Both suspects were described as black and in their early 20s. The first suspect was 6 feet tall and weighed about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The second suspect was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777, toll free.

Society Presents Paul McCray

The Herndon Historical Society presents "Labor Unrest on the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad" by Paul McCray on Nov. 17. One episode in the history of the W & OD Railroad was the period of labor unrest during 1916. As was happening at many other railroads during that time, the employees were seeking better working conditions through affiliation with a union, but on the W& OD the results were surprising and unexpected. McCray has been the manager of the W&OD Trail for 19 years and almost from the time he took it over, has studied the history of the railroad.

The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Train Depot on Lynn Street. For more information, contact Chuck Mauro, 703-787-9879.

Town Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Town of Herndon offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Following is a schedule of the holiday hours of operation for the Community Center and Herndon Centennial Golf Course as well as the Thanksgiving holiday trash collection schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 25: Herndon Municipal Center/Town Hall, Closed; Community Center, Closed; Herndon Centennial Golf Course, Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trash Collection, Monday, Nov. 29 and Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Friday, Nov. 26: Municipal Center/Town Hall, Closed; Community Center, Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Herndon Centennial Golf Course, Open 8 a.m. to dark.

Holiday Gift Extravaganza

The Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Gift Extravaganza and Mixer is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at FSI Furniture Systems, 503 Carlisle Drive, Suite 300. Cost is $5 for HDCC members/$15 for the public. For more information, contact Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce 703-437-5556, ext. 100.

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.

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.

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. For more information, contact Hardaway Construction at 1-540-295-5768.

Senior Cinema at Center

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. 18: "Paycheck," starring Ben Affleck.

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

* Dec. 16: "A Christmas Story."

For more information, 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

Leaf Collection North of the Bike Trail Nov. 15 to Nov. 20

Thursday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Ceremony, Town Green, 11 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Historic Preservation Review Board Public Hearing.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council Work Session.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Turkey Trot 5k race, Community Center, 4 p.m.

Herndon Lights up the Holidays, Worldgate Center, 5:30 p.m.