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Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5-9 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They'll make sure the seats are correct for the child’s age and height, the child is securely placed in the seat and the seat is properly installed in the vehicle.

No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves, so the technicians may properly inspect and make adjustments, as necessary. Call the Sully District Child Seat Information line (703-814-7000, ext. 5140) to confirm dates and time. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.

<sh>Sully Republicans to Meet

<bt>The Sully District Republican Committee and others interested in helping elect Republican candidates will gather for a social and meeting on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 4-7 p.m. at 6338 Hidden Canyon Road in Centreville. Attending will be elected officials, party leaders and other Sully Republicans. Refreshments will be available. Contact Bob Carlson at 703-758-5812 or rcc2000@aol.com.

<sh>'Safe Neighborhoods' is Topic at Sully District Council

<bt>"How Safe is Our Neighborhood?" is the topic of the next meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations. The group will meet Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.

Pfc. Liz Barrington from the Fair Oaks District Police Station and Pfc. Mary Hulse from the Sully District Police Station are the guest speakers and will be answering questions such as: "How should we respond to an emergency? Do we have gangs? What should we do to prevent crime in our neighborhoods? What crimes are happening, where and by whom? Are there drug dealers in our neighborhood?"

<sh>WFCM Needs Donations to Help Local Needy Families

<bt>Each month, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) provides food, personal-hygiene and cleaning items to some 300, low-income, working families of all races and religions in western Fairfax County. Its food pantry and clothes closet are at 13981 Metrotech Drive in Chantilly, and it's in great need of donations from the community.

The 10 most-needed items are: Cooking oil (22-34-ounce bottles), flour, (2-5-pound sizes), complete pancake mixes and syrup, juices (preferably concentrate), spaghetti sauce, feminine-hygiene products, deodorant and laundry detergent. Food and personal-product donations are accepted Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at WFCM's back door.

WFCM's thrift shop is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothing, household items, miscellaneous donations are accepted Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the back door. Call 703-988-9656 with questions or to volunteer, or see www.wfcmva.org.

<sh>Park Authority to Meet

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.

<sh>Cub Run Stream Clean-Up

<bt>The next semi-annual clean up of Cub Run stream will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone who can donate some time is encouraged to meet at the pool at 4347 Cub Run Road at 9 a.m. Supplies will be made available and a safety briefing will be given before starting work. The Fairfax County Park Authority will haul away the trash bags when the work is completed.

Bring a partner or two, since volunteers will be working in groups of at least two or more. Children's groups require one adult for every six minors. The stream is very muddy in places, so appropriate clothes are suggested. Those planning to participate should contact Scott Miller at 703-307-1494 or at millerjs@cox.net.

<sh>Sully Land-Use, Transportation

<bt>The Sully District Council Land-Use and Transportation Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.

<sh>Stone Road Safety Project

<bt>A meeting on the Stone Road Safety Project will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the Sully District Government Center. The Fairfax County Department of Public Works is considering improvements to Stone Road to enhance the safety of this roadway. Improvements being considered include extension of the median just south of Awbrey Patent Drive to Route 29, additional traffic signals and signage improvements. This meeting will serve to present the scope of the project. Call Supervisor Michael Frey at 703-814-7100.

<sh>Driver Charged with DUI

<bt>Fairfax County police officers from the Fair Oaks District Station charged one person with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and another with driving without a valid license, during a weekend sobriety checkpoint. Officers conducted the effort from Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 p.m. to Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 a.m.

Some 761 vehicles passed through the checkpoint on Stringfellow Road at Fair Lakes Boulevard. All motorists were stopped, and drivers were checked to assure their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

<sh>Blood Donations are Sought

<bt>The Inova Blood Donor Center in the Centremed I Building on Route 29 in Centreville (across from the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas) is in urgent need of blood donations — especially O positive or negative, as well as A and B. They're accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment to give blood, call 703-322-1970, or drop in at your own convenience.