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<sh>Student Stabbing at McLean High School

<bt>Last week a 16-year-old McLean area boy was stabbed during a cooking class at McLean High School. According to police, the boy began arguing with a 16-year-old McLean area girl, at which point she picked up a knife and stabbed him in the right arm. The suspect then began arguing with a 15-year-old Falls Church area boy and cut his right arm with the knife. Both boys suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police have obtained two petitions against the subject for malicious wounding. No one at McLean High School was available for comment. Mary Shaw, a spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Schools stated that "it was one of those incidents that happened over the course of the day, and we have no further information at this time."

<sh>According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release, Rex B. Wingerter, 67, of McLean, was sentenced on Friday Nov. 18, by the Honorable T.S. Ellis III, to four months in prison, six months in community confinement, and to a $70,000 fine for his role in an immigration fraud scheme. Wingerter was the general consul of Global Recruitment and Immigration Services, Inc., a Falls Church firm that assisted aliens in obtaining green cards to enter or remain in the United States. Global was owned by Naran S. Ivanchukov. On August 30, 2005, Ivanchukov and others pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit immigration fraud. During the course of the conspiracy, Global submitted hundreds of fradulent immigration documents to the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security, among other federal agencies. On August 26, 2005, Wingerter pleaded guilty to misprision of felony for failing to notify authorities of the conspiracy, and for taking steps to conceal the crime. To date, nine defendants have been convicted for their roles in the scheme.

<sh>Correction

<bt>In last week's article "Honored for Being Neighborly" in the Great Falls Connection, Joe Schilling was incorrectly identified as the office manager for the FYInetwork. Schilling is actually Vice President for Finance. In addition, the job title of FYInetwork employee Karen Bush was left out of the article. Bush is the Chief Operating Officer.

<sh>Changing Faces

<bt>A meeting to discuss the changing face of Tysons Corner will be held Dec. 8 at the Fairfax County EDA Conference Room, 8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450, Vienna starting at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and will conclude around 9 a.m. Learn about the changes taking place in the Tysons area, and how this could impact business opportunities. Free. To register call 703-790-0600.

<hd>Food Construction

<bt>Jonathan Krinn of 2941 Restaurant, David Collier of Colvin Run Tavern and Loder Messa of Argia's Restaurant will each be creating their version of a modern gingerbread house for the silent auction at MPA's Museum Shops Holiday Collection and Boutiques on Thanksgiving weekend. In keeping with MPA's mission to exhibit and promote contemporary art, and in keeping with the holiday spirit, MPA invited area chefs to showcase their artistic way with food by building a modern version of the gingerbread house. The silent auction of these gingerbread masterpieces will afford three lucky people a beautiful addition to their holiday decorations. Proceeds from the auction benefit McLean Project for the Arts.

The Modern Gingerbread House silent auction will take place during MPA's Museum Shops Holiday Collection and Boutiques on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue. Visit www.mpaart.org or call 703-790-1953.

<sh>Lawyers Road Park Public Hearing

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. to present a proposal for the General Management Plan and Conceptural Development Plan for Lawyaers Road Park. The hearing will take place in the cafeteria at Flint Hill Elementary School, 244 Flint Hill Road, Vienna.

The park is located at 10049 Lawyers Road and currently includes no structures or facilities. The proposed plan calls for tree preservation on about half of the property and development of a creative play area with a small pavilion, circular loop trail system with fitness cluster, one rectangular field and associated site improvements. The plans are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

Those who wish to speak at the hearing should call 703-324-8662 or e-mail parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.