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Two Houses Near Freedom Hill

<bt>The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a rezoning application that will allow construction of two houses on about three acres on George Washington Road in the Tysons Corner area. The rezoning was approved unanimously during the board's Sept. 12 meeting.

The developer, Anthony Development, had initially asked to build four houses on the lot, but met with community opposition.

The new plan is designed to be more in keeping with the existing neighborhood, said Roger Bohr, a representative of the developer. "We believe this will be agreeable to everyone," Bohr said.

<sh>Explorers Information Session

<bt>The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Explorer Post hosts its annual recruitment and informational meeting Monday, Sept. 26, from 7-9 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.

The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1742 is open to Fairfax County's youths and young adults ages 14-20. The program is administered by the Fairfax Police as a service to county residents. Members receive law enforcement training, citizenship education and experience in leadership roles.

Exploring is a way for youth to prepare for their chosen career field or help them decide if their interest is strong enough to lead them into a law enforcement career. Many active Fairfax County Police Officers were once Explorer Scouts, while many other former Explorers have gone on to varied careers building upon skills provided through the Explorer program. Call 703-246-4311.

<sh>NVCC Accepts Displaced Students

<bt>NVCC is opening its doors to displaced students from the Gulf Coast states. Anyone enrolled at an institution of higher education for the fall 2005 term whose courses were interrupted by the hurricane are eligible for in-state tuition rates at the College.

In addition, NOVA offers faculty, staff, students and community members many other opportunities to assist, including job training for displaced workers and opportunities to volunteer. Visit www.nvcc.org.

<sh>Auxiliary Officers Sought

<bt>Fairfax County has had an established Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) program since 1983, and has a current strength of approximately 85 volunteers. The next Auxiliary Police Academy session is being planned for early 2006. APOs are trained to perform a variety of operational support and administrative duties, which include patrol, traffic control, security of prisoners, communications, desk assignments, fingerprinting, crime prevention and special events. Auxiliary officers undergo almost as much training as regular police officers, but because they offer their services on a volunteer basis, they provide a considerable savings to County taxpayers while allowing patrol officers to handle assignments that only they can perform. The police department provides uniforms, equipment and insurance. Auxiliary officers must perform an average of 24 hours of volunteer service a month to maintain their status in the unit.

To be considered, applicants must live in Northern Virginia and be at least 21 years of age. Applicants must be in good health and without a criminal record or history of drug use, and not be an applicant for police officer in any jurisdiction. To apply, obtain a brochure or additional information about the Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Unit, contact Second Lieutenant Ed O'Carroll at 703-280-0701 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ps/police/Volunteers.htm.