<sh>Gang-Awareness Seminar Set

<bt>The Sully District Police Station's Crime Prevention Office offers gang-awareness seminars for the community, throughout the year. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

<sh>Three Charged With DWI

<bt>A Fairfax County police sobriety checkpoint last week resulted in three arrests. The checkpoint was held Friday, Sept. 24, from midnight to 3 a.m., in the northbound lane of Route 29 at Union Mill Road. Police charged three people with driving while intoxicated.

<sh>Fire-Setting Charges Dropped

<bt>Marvin Martinez of Centreville is a free man; he is no longer in trouble with the law. On Feb. 23, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department investigators charged Martinez, 20, with setting his own vehicle on fire, two days earlier, in Centre Ridge. However, last Wednesday, Sept. 22, in General District Court, before Judge Michael Cassidy, the charges against him were dropped.

<sh>Sully Land-Use, Transportation

<bt>The Sully District Council Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, 703-904-0131, evenings.

<sh>Clifton Town Council Meeting

<bt>The Clifton Town Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton.

<sh>Land-Use Meeting, Oct. 5

<bt>The Springfield District/Fairfax Center Land-Use Committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in conference room 8 of the Fairfax County Government Center.

The members will review an application by builder Stanley Martin to construct townhouses on the south side of Post Forest Drive, east of its intersection with West Ox Road, in Fairfax. They'll also learn about The Peterson Cos.' final development plan amendments to its projects in the Fair Lakes area.

<sh>Coffee House Discussion About the Local Poor

<bt>Wellspring Church and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) will hold a coffee house discussion about "Where are the Poor in Western Fairfax County and What Can We Do?" It will be held Sunday, Oct. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Coffee Time, in the Pickwick Shopping Center (to the left of O'Toole's) off Route 29 in Centreville. WFCM Executive Director Dorothy Fonow will speak, and the entire community is welcome.

<sh>WFCM Urgently Needs Food

<bt>Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is in urgent need of canned goods and groceries for its food pantry for local needy families. Especially needed are all canned proteins (fish, meat, etc.), fruit juice, canned corn, canned vegetables, ravioli, etc., complete box meals, tomato products, canned fruit, canned and dried beans, cereal, pasta, macaroni and cheese, personal products and paper products. Items may be brought to WFCM's Shepherd Center in the Sully Plaza Shopping Center at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly.

<sh>Blood Donations are Sought

<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.