Arlington This Week

Arlington This Week

<sh>Man Shot in Crystal City

<bt>A 26-year-old Washington, D.C. resident was fatally shot in his car in Crystal City last Thursday according to Arlington County police.

Toney Meadows was shot multiple times in his vehicle at approximately 5 a.m on Sept. 29. When officers arrived on the scene, the car, a Cadillac with Maryland tags, was in the southbound lanes of Jefferson Davis Hwy., near the intersection with 20 St. South.

Meadows was found two blocks south of the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

This is the fourth homicide in Arlington this year.

Anyone who has information relating to the homicide should contact Arlington County Police at 703-228-4242.

<sh>French Sister City Raises Hurricane Relief

<bt>The Arlington-Reims Sister City Committee has learned that its counterpart in Reims, France has launched a fund-raising campaign to aid hurricane victims in the southern United

States. The donations will be channeled through Rotary International, which has launched its own drive to raise money for the victims in the devastated areas. The Arlington-Reims relationship was cemented in sequential signing ceremonies in Reims in 2004 and again this year in Arlington by the Chairman of the Arlington County Board and the Mayor of Reims. Contact Mr. Harry O. Amos, President, Arlington-Reims Sister City Committee, 703-237-7311.

<sh>Marines Aid Rosslyn BID

<bt>Miles, the bulldog mascot of the Marine Corps Marathon , and the Ambassador staff of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District will fall in line behind a two-man Marine team to hang banners on Rosslyn’s light posts in celebration of the Marines’ annual race Friday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The red and gold banners will bring color and excitement to the streets of Rosslyn, where the first leg of “The People’s Marathon” runs on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005.

The ceremonial first banner hanging will be at the intersection of Wilson Blvd. and N. Lynn St. — the heart of Rosslyn and part of the MCM race course. Call 703-432-1165 or e-mail


<bt>In the September 14 article "Baby Torres Dies," there were errors describing the baby's death. According to Virginia Hospital Center where the baby was born at 27 weeks, Susan Anne Catherine Torres was transferred to Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 10 for management of necrotizing enteroclitis. The transfer was made after Baby Susan's team of physicians at Virginia Hospital Center made the determination that she needed to be evaluated by a team of pediatric surgeons at the Children's National Medical Center.

At the time of the transfer Baby Susan was five weeks and five days old. She had been cared for since birth in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Virginia Hospital Center.

The baby died at Children's National Medical Center.

<sh>Students Honored

<bt>Three Arlington Public Schools high school students have been named semifinalists in the 2006 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a competition for Black American high school students, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

The two Arlington high school students earning the semifinalists designation are Catherine E. McDaniel and Carl Pierre, both seniors at Washington-Lee High School. Alexis B. Cook, a senior from Arlington who attends Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology (in Fairfax), has also been named a semifinalist. The Arlington Public Schools pays the education costs for Arlington students to attend Thomas Jefferson.

The semifinalists will compete for more than 800 Achievement Scholarship awards, worth $2.5 million, to be awarded next spring.

The Arlington School Board will recognize the four students during its Thursday, Oct. 20, meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room, Arlington Education Center, 1426 North Quincy Street, Arlington. Call 703-228-6004.

<sh>Support Group for Abuse Survivors

<bt>Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is offering a 10-week therapeutic support group for survivors of sexual abuse. The group will meet Mondays 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 17-Dec. 19, in Arlington. For more information call Patricia Mudd, Victim Assistance Coordinator at 703-841-2530.

<sh>More Volunteers for Katrina Relief

<bt>An 18-member team, representing four Northern Virginia jurisdictions, deployed Monday, Sept. 26, to New Orleans as part of the Northern Virginia region's continued coordinated response to the area ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The team will replace a 14-member Northern Virginia team that was deployed on Sept. 13 and 14, led by Prince William County Executive Craig Gerhart.

Drawing from all levels of government, the team is composed of staff from Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties and the city of Alexandria. Team members include finance, purchasing, warehouse, audit and data entry specialists, along with planning, operations and logistics personnel and public information officers. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Virginia Department of Transportation also have staff on the team.

The team, responding to a request from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, is being led by Fairfax County Deputy County Executive Rob Stalzer. Staff from Arlington include Carl Newby of the Resource Unit and George Barack, purchasing unit.

<sh>Second Rabid Raccoon Found

<bt>Arlington health officials have confirmed that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies after being in contact with a domestic animal in North Arlington. The raccoon bit a dog in the 2700 block of North Randolph Street. The dog's owners reported the incident, and their pet's rabies vaccination was current. This is the second rabies incident to occur in Arlington in the past two weeks. Earlier this month, a rabid raccoon was reported in South Arlington, on South George Mason Drive. While rabies is rare, health officials urge residents to stay away from wild animals and to contact the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) if they notice any animal that is behaving aggressively, appears ill or is acting unusually friendly.

If bitten by an animal, wash the bite wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical care. The Arlington County Public Health Division strongly advises that people take the following steps to prevent families and pets from exposure to rabies:

- Vaccinate all dogs, cats and ferrets against rabies.

- Do not touch or feed wild animals, stray dogs and cats, or bats.

- Eliminate outdoor food sources around the home and feed pets indoors.

- Securely seal garbage containers with lids.

- If your pet has been in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact AWLA at (703) 931-9241, Ext. 200.

- Keep pets confined to your property.