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Week in Herndon

Red Cross Opens Its Doors

Although the doors opened in March of 2001, not many Herndon residents know about the National Chapter of the American Red Cross located at 1112 Herndon Parkway.

That is why Susan Aarhus, executive director of the Fairfax Office, is inviting the community to learn more about the services offered at the northern Red Cross location.

Aarhus said in the four years the American Red Cross has been located in Herndon, in addition to offering CPR classes for residents and various workers, the group has also assisted 17 families in need after fires and other disasters.

In addition to helping locally, the North Fairfax Office has trained 5,650 people in life-saving skills, 426 area residents have become disaster volunteers and trainers and two local Herndon school clubs participate in activities throughout the community. All classes are offered in English and Spanish.

The open house will run Thursday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information call 703-964-0004.

Gang Awareness Seminar

The Greater Herndon Community Coalition presents "Gangs: Awareness, Prevention, Intervention," Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at the Herndon High School lecture hall.

Guest speakers include Fairfax County School Resource Officers Michael Murn and Mark Ours and Town of Herndon Police Regional Gang Task Force guidance counselors.

Contact Lisa Lombardozzi at ghcc@cox.net or 703-973-4444

For more information about the Greater Herndon Community Coalition visit www.fcps.edu/HerndonHS/Coalition/homepage.html.

Herndon Police Seek Translators

The Herndon Police are looking for people who are fluent in any foreign language and would be interested in partnering with the Herndon Police as volunteer translators to assist those who cannot speak English. Interested parties should contact Lt. Don Amos at 703-435-6824. Provide contact information, languages, availability and telephone numbers.

The mission of the Herndon Police Department is to provide law enforcement and related services, in partnership with the law-abiding public, to enrich the quality of life and promote a sense of community.

Fairfax County Federal Credit Union Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Herndon branch of the Fairfax County Federal Credit Union will be held Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m.

Located at 3065-C Centreville Road, the ceremony will include an appearance by the Washington Redskins' Hogettes in addition to guest speakers, city officials and representatives from the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce — all to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

The new Herndon office is located within two miles of Dulles Airport, in McLearen Square Shopping Center.

Founded in 1958, Fairfax County Federal Credit Union is the first community-chartered credit union exceeding $160 million in assets and more than 18,000 members. Membership is available to individuals who live, work, worship, attend school or volunteer in Fairfax County.

"Real Jobs and Good Pay": Job Fair 2005

Job Fair 2005 will be held April 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the ACE Learning Lab at 414-416 Elden St.

The job fair is a collaborative effort between Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Adult and Community Education (ACE), the Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS), local employers and community-based organizations.

The first of its kind in the Herndon community, this year's theme, “Real Jobs and Good Pay,” is targeted to bring students from the ACE English for Speakers of Other Languages program (ESOL), Career Certificate programs and the Adult High School programs, as well as job-seekers, face-to-face with potential employers.

Participating employers include Shirley Contracting, Local Union 26-International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, SODEXHO, Mastec, Comfort Keepers, Air Wisconsin and VOLT Temporary Service.

The event culminates the employment readiness and community awareness segment of the adult ESOL curriculum for advanced ESOL classes at the Herndon Learning Lab.

Designed primarily to facilitate contact between employers and the diverse pool of emerging prospective workers from the Reston-Herndon area, Job Fair 2005 is also open to the public-at-large.

Contact the ACE Learning Lab at 703-707-9230 or visit www.fcps.edu/adult.htm.

Herndon Police Youth Academy

Youths between 14 and 17 years of age interested in participating in the Herndon Police Academy can sign up immediately for the three-month course.

Through the course youth will learn about law enforcement, the community and their role in community policing.

The goal of the academy is to eliminate the misconceptions between youth and police, promote a greater sense of unity and encourage youth to enter the field of law enforcement.

Held every Wednesday, from 5-7 p.m., April 6 though June 22, the academy is $10, with scholarships available, and limited to 25 students.

Classes will be held at the Herndon Police Department, 1481 Sterling Road in Herndon.

Topics covered include community policing, Policing and You: Your Civic Duty, polygraphs, traffic enforcement, police patrol dogs, forensics and evidence collection and criminal investigations.

The academy is filled based on first come, first serve basis.

For more information or to receive a registration packet please contact SPO G. Warren Brathwaite at 703-435-3134.