Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon


<bt>In the Oct. 13-19 Herndon Connection's Week in Herndon section information about the Council for the Arts of Herndon fine art auction was incorrect.

As a whole, the auction raised $22,000. Of that $22,000, the Council for the Arts of Herndon and the Foundation for the Cultural Arts of Herndon will receive $4,000 that they will divide between the two. The money the Council for the Arts will receive from that $4,000 will go toward art scholarships for local artists.

In the People section of the Oct. 13-19 Herndon Connection, the photograph that ran with the "Civil War Takes Over Herndon" story misidentified the two men. The caption says Bert Morgan is standing to the right, and Charles Mauro to the left. In fact, Morgan is on the left and Mauro on the right.

<sh>Clerk Robbed by Gun Point

<bt>A 7-Eleven clerk was robbed at gun point Friday, Oct. 15, about 2:30 a.m., according to the Fairfax County Police. Three men entered the 7-Eleven store at 13190 Parcher Ave. in the Herndon area and demanded the clerk sell them beer. The 37-year-old clerk from the Herndon area refused and one of the men produced a handgun and threatened the clerk. The suspects took beer from the store and fled. No one was injured.

The suspects are described as white of Hispanic descent. All three are believed to be about 18 to 20 years old. One suspect is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall weighing about 150 pounds. He wore a gray hooded sweat shirt, a black T-shirt and black boots. The armed suspect is described as about 6 feet tall and weighing 165 pounds. He wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt and black pants. The third suspect is described as 6 feet tall weighing about 160 pounds. He wore a white hat, white T-shirt and white pants.

<sh>Elden Street Players

<bt>The fall play season has begun for The Elden Street Players, who will open the season with "Thumbs," a comedy-thriller from Rupert Holmes.

The Elden Street Players will premiere the play on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

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

Shows run at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday starting Friday, Oct. 22, until Saturday, Nov. 13. One Sunday show will be held, Nov. 7 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.

<sh>Halloween Spooktacular

<bt>To make the celebration of Halloween last a little longer, the Herndon Parks and Recreation is providing a Spooktacular event Friday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center.

The event gives children aged three to nine years a chance to show off their costumes before the big night while participating in Halloween themed events such as the spooky walk, arts and crafts and spooky entertainment. There will be a magic show starting at 7 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. The event is $5 per child in advance or $7 per child at the door, and will include a Halloween treat bag equipped with a slice of pizza, chips and a drink.

For more information call 703-435-6868 or on-line at www.herndon-va.gov.

<sh>Free Home Maintenance Class

<bt>A one-day overview of effective preventative home maintenance and small repair techniques will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center. The workshop is designed to help homeowners avoid home component failures and the costly repairs that follow, including recommendations on how to develop short and long-term maintenance plans.

The workshop will address problems associated with appliances, HVAC (heating and cooling), kitchens, bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, doors and windows, walls and floors, siding, and roofing. There will be demonstrations of techniques and handouts will be provided.

The Neighborhood Resource Center is located at 1086 Elden Street in the Dulles Park Shopping Center. For more information regarding the workshop, call 703-435-3182 or email pablo.hollstein@herndon-va.gov.

<sh>Fall Clean-Up

<bt>Residents are encouraged to participate in the Fall Clean-Up that started this Monday.

Residents who reside south of the hike and bike trail are asked to clean up next week, starting Oct. 25.

All items must be placed curbside for pickup by 7 a.m. on the regular trash pick up day and should not be placed on the sidewalk or pavement in such a way that would obstruct drainage.

Rules for pick up:

Furniture and wood should be stacked together, any boards must be cut to four foot in length and stacked neatly. All metal should be stacked in one pile, separated from wood and furniture including stoves. Refrigerators must have the doors removed and stacked with the metal items in a neat manner, including vehicles without the tires on them. All metal door frames with the glass still intact must have a large enough cardboard box taped to the glass so that it will not shatter. Tires should be stacked separately. Household trash can be stacked next to wood and furniture. Swing sets and basketball hoops should be broken down into smaller pieces.

Unacceptable materials include: combustible materials, paint or paint thinners, motor oil, dangerous chemicals, infectious materials, dead animals, earth or sod.

Auto parts in excess of 50 pounds and large quantities of building materials can be taken to: Lorton Landfill, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA. Call 703-690-1703 for disposal costs.

For more information call the department of public works at 703-235-6853.

<sh>Local Schools Receive Assistance

<bt>The Assistance League of Northern Virginia, with the donation of 250 new backpacks from Lands End Inc., delivered 96 backpacks to Dogwood, McNair, Mosby Woods and Providence Elementary schools in September.

Volunteers with the organization delivered the backpacks to the schools through its Operation School Bell project aimed at providing backpacks to schools in need, with school administrators and counselors at each school determining who receives the backpacks.

Locally, Operation School Bell volunteers work with Providence Elementary kindergarten and first grade students on the alphabet and reading skills, as well as transferring stories from books to tapes for students to take home and read along to with the group's donation of 35 tape recorders.

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia is a chapter of the National Assistance League, a non-profit volunteer organization. For more information contact president Cindy Burgess, 703-758-8454 or P.O. Box 209, Herndon, VA 20172.

<sh>Herndon Festival Volunteers

<bt>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.

<sh>Construction To Affect Elden Street

<bt>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.

<sh>Sewer Reconstruction Project

<bt>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.

<sh>Senior Cinema at Community Center

<bt>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:

* Oct. 21: "Secret Window," starring Johnny Depp.

* 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."

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.

<sh>Battery Recycling

<bt>The Town of Herndon is participating in a cost-free battery recycling program. There are special boxes located in the lobby of the Herndon Municipal Center and at the entrance to the pool area in the Community Center where residents can drop off used, rechargeable batteries. Each box contains empty plastic bags imprinted with instructions on how to dispose of batteries and what types of batteries can be dropped off in the box. The four types of batteries that are accepted are Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NI-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and small sealed lead (Pb) weighing less than two pounds. The batteries are then shipped to the recycler at no charge to the town.

The Herndon Municipal Center is located at 777 Lynn St. The Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Ave. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 703-435-6853.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Thursday, Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Farmer's Market.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council regular session.

Thursday, Oct. 28.

Closing day Farmer's Market, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals, 7: 30 p.m.