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<sh>Checkpoint Yields One DWI

<bt>Police officers from the Sully District Station charged one person with DWI (driving while intoxicated) as a result of last week's sobriety checkpoint. Police conducted the checkpoint between Friday, Aug. 11, at 11 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 12, at 2 a.m. to deter and apprehend drunk drivers.

Some 901 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the westbound lanes of Route 50 just before Stonecroft Boulevard. All motorists were stopped, and police checked the drivers to assure that their abilities to drive were not impaired by drugs or alcohol. Besides the DWI arrest, police cited three people for driving without a license and gave summonses to two others for driving on suspended licenses.

<sh>Help Plan Centreville Day

<bt>The annual Centreville Day is Sept. 16, and those involved in making it a reality are busy planning for it. But lots of help is still needed, and people in the community are encouraged to become involved and lend a hand.

The next meeting of the Centreville Day Planning Committee is Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Long & Foster office. It's in the Redwood Square Center at 6101 Centreville Road in Centreville, across Route 28 from the movie theater. (Enter the side of the building facing Route 28). For more information, call Maryanne Toal at 703-966-1719.

<sh>Western Fairfax Republican Women

<bt>The Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club will meet Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. For more information, call 703-266-9531 or see www.wfrwc.org.

<sh>141 Drunk Drivers Nabbed

<bt>The Fairfax County Police Department's "Safe and Sober Summer" campaign — running from July 1-Aug. 4 — resulted in 141 DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrests. Officers issued 598 speeding tickets, 137 reckless driving tickets and 124 driving-on-suspended-license tickets. They also made 51 criminal arrests via this program.

The campaign's purpose was to continually educate the public about the dangers of irresponsible drinking and driving. The "Safe and Sober Summer" program consisted of 12 officers from a variety of stations, plus the motorcycle unit, who identified and arrested drunk drivers. In addition, underage cadets carried out alcohol stings by trying to purchase alcohol from various businesses.

<sh>Fire Department Recruits Graduate

<bt>The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will hold its Recruit School Graduation Ceremony this Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the county Government Center. Chief Dennis L. Rubin — Fire Chief of Atlanta, Ga., and a 34-year fire-and-rescue veteran — will be the graduation speaker.

Since April 2006, some 24 recruit firefighters have been training to respond to hazardous materials incidents, emergency vehicle extrications, swift-water rescues, confined rescues, fire suppression and emergency medical incidents. The 20-week course is strenuous, both physically and mentally, but graduates become professional firefighter/EMTs.

<sh>Sully District Council Mtg.

<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations will meet Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call McMcConn at 703-818-9124.

<sh>Park Authority to Meet

<bt>The next meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be Wednesday, Aug. 23, 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>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 29, 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>Caputo's Citizen Transportation Mtg.

<bt>Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67th) will hold the first meeting of his Citizen Advisory Transportation Committee for the 67th District on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. It will be in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., in Chantilly.

Anyone who'd like to serve on the committee is welcome to attend. Questions may be directed to Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb, 703-476-6944 or delccaputo@house.state.va.us.

<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 melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov.

<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 www.cmhs.org.

<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.