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Man Arrested after Chase

<bt>A Reston man attempted to flee law enforcement Wednesday, Sept. 8, in a car chase that crossed through three jurisdictions, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Jivon Shandell Bryant, 18, was arrested in Herndon after he and two passengers allegedly attempted to flee from a stolen car on Elden Street at the intersection of Sterling Road. A Sheriff's deputy apprehended Bryant in the town as he ran through a parking lot of a church. Deputies continue to search for the two other suspects who also fled the scene on foot.

The chase began shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Route 7 near Potomac View Road when a Sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over the 1996 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. As a dispatcher informed the deputy that the car had been stolen, the suspects momentarily stopped, then continued eastbound on Route 7.

The car then drove at a high rate of speed where it eventually exited Route 7 onto Fairfax County Parkway and into Fairfax County. The car then turned westbound onto Elden Street where officers with the Herndon Police Department assisted in the pursuit. The car eventually

ran over a curb and into a parking lot where it came to a stop in the 1030 block of Sterling Road.

Bryant was charged with larceny of a vehicle and felony eluding police. He was being held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center on a $3,000 secured bond.

<sh>Arts Council Hires Director

<bt>Maureen Ryan has been hired as executive director for the Council for the Arts of Herndon.

Ryan, a McLean native, recently returned to the area after completing a master's degree in arts management and a master's degree in public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She received her bachelor of arts degree from James Madison University.

Although Ryan has several years of experience in the arts and in non-profit fundraising, her graduate work focused on the creation of a sustainable non-profit development initiative. While studying at Carnegie Mellon, Ryan also worked in the corporate and foundation giving office for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

<sh>19th Annual Pet Parade

<bt>The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th Annual Family Pet Parade & Expo this Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is open to participants four-years old and up, as well as pets of all kinds and sizes. Participants are encouraged to dress themselves and their pets in costumes, or build a float for their pet. There will be various categories that participants will be judged in, including, Best Costume, Best Float, Best Trick, Largest and Smallest (nose to tail), Most Unusual and Best of Show. Ribbons will be awarded for each category, and participants can enter more than one category.

For those who do not wish to participate in the parade, there will be vendors from the area offering special treats for pets.

Admission is $4 pre-order and $5 at the event, per person. Spectators are free. To pre-order tickets visit the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Avenue. For more information call the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, 703-435-6868.

<sh>Showcase of the Bands

<bt>Herndon High School will host the 9th annual showcase of the bands this Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Herndon High School Stadium.

The event will feature 17 marching bands from around the Northern Virginia area to compete for 24 trophies and the grand champion title. Each school will perform for 15 minutes in front of the five judges from various universities, competing also for best percussion, best drum major and best color guard. Although the Herndon High School marching band will participate, they will not compete as the host of the event.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All proceeds go to the Herndon Band Boosters to support the marching band and assist in the purchase of band uniforms and instruments.

<sh>Floris Playground Dedication

<bt>A memorial playground will be dedicated in honor of Kylie Xiu Clifford, who died of sudden infant death syndrome in December 2003. Kylie was daughter to Floris Elementary teacher Kathy Clifford.

The dedication ceremony will be held, Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at Floris Elementary School, located at 2708 Centreville Road. Donations from family, friends and the community funded the playground.

<sh>NROTC Spirit Night

<bt>The Herndon High School award-winning NJROTC Unit will be holding a Spirit Night fund-raiser at the Tortilla Factory in Herndon, Monday night Sept. 20, from 5-9 p.m.

Anyone and everyone is invited to come and take part and it is easy to participate. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead for seating, 703-471-1156. Come to the Tortilla Factory and pick up a donation slip from one of the Cadets on your way in. Give the slip to your server when you order and 10 percent of your total party's meal price will be donated to the unit. These funds will help to offset the costs incurred by the unit for academic, physical training, rifle and drill events as well as numerous other sponsored events and transportation needs throughout the year. For more information regarding the HHS NJROTC Unit, please check out the Web site at www.HerndonNJROTC.com.

<sh>Town Calendar

<bt>Thursday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market.

Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. - noon.

19th Annual Pet Parade & Expo.

Sunday, Sept. 19.

Nature Fest, Runnymede Park, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Kylie Xiu Clifford playground dedication, Floris Elementary, 2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 20., 7 p.m.

Planning Commission Work Session.

Architectural Review Board/Herndon Preservation Review Board Public Hearing.

Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Town Council Work Session, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Farmers' Market.