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Week in Herndon

Small Receives Formal Burial

First Lt. Sarah Small, a U.S. Air Force public affairs officer from Herndon killed Sept. 19 in a car accident while on active duty in Egypt, was given a formal burial at Arlington National Cemetery Dec. 2.

An Air Force accident investigation board determined the accident was a result of the driver of her vehicle falling asleep at the wheel. The driver was an Air Force-contractor employed by Dahab Tours, a transportation service company owned and operated by the Egyptian Military Intelligence Department.

The investigation board found the Egyptian driver fell asleep while driving at "excessive speed," which resulted in the accident that killed Small. Two other passengers — airmen from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida — were seriously injured.

Small was in Egypt supporting Exercise Bright Star, a recurring joint/combined training exercise. She had been in the Middle East for about two weeks before the accident.

An Oakton High School graduate, Small, 25, was assigned to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. in November 2003 after graduating in 2002 from the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. Small had been on active duty since 2002.

Small is the first VWIL graduate to die while serving on active duty. Small's family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to Mary Baldwin College in their daughter’s name. Funds could be used to establish an award or scholarship for a VWIL senior who is involved in community service.

Winter Concert

The Crossfield Elementary School winter concert is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Reston Town Center. Under the direction of David Willis, this free annual event entitled, "Home for the Holidays," will be held at the fountain. New socks will be collected for distribution to a local homeless shelter.

Herndon Ornaments For Sale

The Herndon Dulles Visitor's Center is selling brass tree holiday ornaments again this year for $12 each. This year's ornament is of the popular Washington & Old Dominion Trail red caboose that sits off of Lynn Street. Ornaments can be bought at the Herndon Dulles Visitor's Center at 717 Lynn St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday or at the Herndon Florist across the street. Profits from the ornaments go to support the daily operations of the Visitor's Center. Ornaments of the Herndon Depot from a previous year are also still available at both locations for the same price. Call 703-HERNDON (703-437-6366) for more information.

Children’s Holiday Show

The Westfield High School Theatre Department is scheduled to present its annual children’s holiday extravaganza, The Ho-Ho Holiday Show Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. and noon at Westfield High School in Chantilly. The show is targeted to preschoolers and elementary school students and will include a Christmas carol sing-a-long and a visit from a special guest. Admission is $3 per person or five tickets for $10. For tickets, call 703-488-6439 or buy them at the door. Seats are general admission. For information about the show and directions, contact the Westfield Theatre Department at 703-488-6439 or visit www.westfieldtheatreboosters.com.

December Chamber Events

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce will host its Better Business Luncheon, Tuesday Dec. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Reston Sheraton. Introduce your business to more than 30 potential clients or secondary targets and enjoy a delicious hot lunch and program. Mike Ferraro of Training Solutions Inc. will present on the topic: "Successful Interviewing and Hiring Techniques: Using More Than a Gut Feeling." Attendees will learn helpful job-related interviewing techniques to enable them to refrain from judging an applicant on just a gut feeling. The Sheraton is located at 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.

Seating is limited; register in advance by Dec. 9 via the Events page of www.HerndonDullesChamber.org or by calling 571-323-5307. Send an e-mail to info@herndondulleschamber.org. $25 for chamber members in advance/$30 at door for members; $35 non members in advance or at door.

* The annual "Seasons Greetings MIXER" will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Washington Dulles Airport, 13869 Park Center Rd. Celebrate the holiday season with many past, present and future friends and business colleagues. Fees: $10 for chamber members; non member rate is $15. Save time in line at the door by registering in advance on-line at www.HerndonDullesChamber.org or call 571-323-5300, or info@herndondulleschamber.org.

Tennis Tournament Results

The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department men's Round Robin Doubles Tournament was held last week at Bready Park Indoor Tennis Center.

Mike Frawley of Herndon and his partner Jeff Tabelon of Burke defeated Frank Alvarado of Reston and Murali Gunasekaran of Sterling in the finals 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). A total of 10 teams (20 players) competed in two five-team divisions. The two finalist teams played six matches. For more information on the Indoor Tennis Center or programs offered by the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, call 703-787-7300 or visit http://herndon-va.gov.

Town Calendar

Monday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.

Town Council special work session zoning ordinance rewrite project

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Town Council public hearing

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Architectural Review Board/Heritage Preservation Review Board work session

Neighborhood College Alumni Group

Thursday, Dec. 15

Loudoun County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on Town of Herndon's appeal to use former police station land for day-labor hiring site.

Friday, Dec. 16

Fairfax County Circuit Court hearing on lawsuit against the Town of Herndon and Fairfax County for approval of regulated day-labor hiring site in town.