<sh>Centreville Crash Kills Trucker

<bt>A 57-year-old man driving an 18-wheeler tractor trailer died Wednesday when his truck flipped on its side and crashed on the roadway in Centreville. According to Fairfax County police, around 6:25 a.m., the man exited Route 28 north at the eastbound Westfields Boulevard ramp. But then the tractor trailer rolled on its side, crushing the driver’s cab as it slid across the road.

The driver, Cletus M. Helmick, from Augusta, W. Va., was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit and Motor Carrier Safety Unit responded, and their investigation is ongoing. No other vehicles were involved.

<sh>Child Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, April 20, and Tuesday, April 25, from 5-9 p.m. each day, at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They’ll make sure the carseat is correct for the child’s age, height and weight, 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 times. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.

<sh>Clifton Candidates' Forum Slated

<bt>A candidates' forum for those running for office in the upcoming Clifton election will be held Sunday, April 23, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) and the Clifton Betterment Association (CBA) are co-sponsoring the event.

The election for a new mayor, plus five town-council members will be Tuesday, May 2. Tom Peterson is the lone candidate for mayor. Running for town council are incumbents Mac Arnold and Brant Baber, as well as Michael Anton, Lane Johnston, Patrick Layden, Wayne Nickum, Chuck Rusnak Jr., Jeff Stein and Marilyn Stoney.

The forum is a way for Clifton residents to obtain information about these candidates and their stands on issues important to the town. Following introductory statements, candidates will be asked to respond to questions from the audience. Sherry Zachry, LWVFA president, will be the moderator.

<sh>Clifton Road Cleanup Sunday

<bt>The Democratic Women of Clifton are cleaning up Clifton Road from the triangle to Braddock Road, this Sunday, April 23, beginning at 2 p.m. Participants will gather at Clifton Elementary. For more information, e-mail

<sh>Sully DWI Checkpoint Results

<bt>Police officers from the Sully District Station conducted a sobriety checkpoint from Thursday, April 13, at 11 p.m. to Friday, April 14, at 2 a.m. All motorists were stopped, and drivers were checked to assure their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Some 351 cars passed through the checkpoint conducted in the north and southbound lanes of Union Mill Road near Union Village Circle. One motorist was charged with possession of marijuana, and another was cited for driving without a license.

<sh>WFCCA Land-Use Election

<bt>Eleven local residents were elected Monday night to the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) Land-Use Committee. Re-elected were: Mary Coyle, Carol Hawn and Chris Terpak-Malm, all at-large; Kathleen Hill, Centre Ridge Owners; Jim Katcham, Centre Ridge Regent; Dorothy Steranka, Willoughby's Ridge; Ted Troscianecki, Virginia Run and Russell Wanek, Heritage Forest.

And joining them on the committee will be Scott Miller, Pleasant Valley; Jim Neighbors, Sully Station I; and Karen Wedekindt, Woodgate Manor. They'll all serve one-year terms. Re-elected to chair other WFCCA committees were: Mark McConn, education; Wanek, environment; Terpak-Malm, parks and recreation; and Kathleen Hill, social services and outreach. At Tuesday night's Land-Use Committee meeting, Katcham was re-elected as that group's chairman.

<sh>Sully District Council Mtg.

<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations will meet Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Mark McConn at 703-818-9124.

<sh>Park Authority to Meet

<bt>The next meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.

<sh>Public Hearing on Sully Woodlands Master Plan

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a public hearing Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., in Chantilly High's auditorium on the proposed Sully Woodlands Regional Master Plan. It encompasses some 4,400 acres of parkland in the Bull Run and Cub Run watersheds.

It addresses approximately 2,150 acres of recently acquired park property in western Fairfax County, as well as 2,250 acres of existing parkland including E.C. Lawrence, the Cub Run Stream Valley and Richard W. Jones Park.

To speak at the hearing, call 703-324-8662 or e-mail The proposed plan may be reviewed at the Park Authority offices in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, or at

Comments will be received by the Park Authority for 30 days after the hearing. Send them to Angie Allen, project manager, Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 421, Fairfax, VA 22035. Or e-mail them to: After all comments have been reviewed, the plan will be presented to the Park Authority Board for final consideration.

<sh>Senate, Congressional Candidates Forum

<bt>The Democratic Women of Clifton and the Springfield Democratic District Committee are co-hosting a Candidates Forum on Sunday, May 7, from 2-4 p.m., at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall. It's at 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton, and all Senate and Congressional candidates running in the June 13 primary have been invited.

The list includes Harris Miller and James Webb, both running in the Senate primary race, and Congressional candidates Andy Hurst and Ken Longmeyer. All Virginia Democrats are encouraged to attend this event, and all Northern Virginia Democratic women are invited to join the DWC. Contact or call 703-631-5262 for more information.

<sh>Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers

<bt>The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging "Meals on Wheels" program is in immediate need of drivers to deliver meals, Monday through Friday, to senior adults living in Fairfax County. Volunteers who speak Vietnamese are also needed.

The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m.-noon and delivering them to seniors by 1 p.m. Drivers may choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute basis. Call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or e-mail

<sh>Role Models for Children

<bt>Volunteers are needed throughout Northern Virginia to be positive role models for children who currently have an incarcerated parent. Mentors meet with children two hours per week. Weekly meetings are supplemented by monthly group recreational activities. The only qualification required is a desire to help a child in need.

To sign up for the mentor training session at the Center for Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, call Ellen Klene, Volunteer Program manager, at 703-533-3302, ext. 107, or see

<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.