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Woman Assaulted in Vienna Area

<bt> A 37-year-old Vienna-area woman was assaulted near her home on Sunday, Aug. 27. At about 9:50 p.m., the victim was walking in the 2600 block of Glengyle Drive when a man approached her from behind. The suspect assaulted her and attempted to pull down her shorts. The woman screamed and the suspect fled. The victim received non life-threatening injuries during the assault.

The suspect was described as a dark-skinned male, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing a white football jersey with a blue number.

Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Man Assaults Two Women near Vienna Metro

<bt>Police received calls last Thursday morning, Aug. 24, from two women reporting that a man had assaulted them. The first call came in to the Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) at 7:26 a.m. A 39-year-old woman reported that she had been walking on the connector trail from Nottaway Park to the Metro station (near Vaden Drive and Kelly Square) when a man passed her on the trail then turned around and grabbed her shorts from behind, said police. She screamed and ran, and the suspect fled in the opposite direction. The victim was not injured.

At 7:32 a.m. a second woman, 32, called DPSC reporting that about 20 minutes previously she had been walking westbound on Country Creek Road, just past Shawn Leigh Court near the Vienna Metro, when a man came up behind her and groped her. She yelled at him, and he fled. She was not injured.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 20 years old and 150 to 160 pounds. He was about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build and curly or wavy black hair. He wore a white T-shirt, black sneakers and either very baggy gray jeans or gray sweatpants. Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. Callers may remain anonymous.

<sh>Intersection Preemption Signaling Devices

<bt>The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has begun the installation of Opticom preemption signal systems throughout Fairfax County. A total of 19 intersections will be affected. The preemption signal system allows apparatus to safely respond through intersections.

Affected local intersections include: International Drive and Chain Bridge Road, Leesburg Pike and Gallows Road, and Dolley Madison Boulevard and Old Dominion Drive.

<sh>Post, Town Hosts Sept. 11 Event

<bt>Ron Miluszewski, who coordinated the arrival of casualties from the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, as director of admissions at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, will be the guest speaker on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Town of Vienna's fifth annual "A Day to Remember" community commemoration of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the historic Freeman House, 131 Church St., N.E.

"A Day to Remember" is sponsored by Vienna's American Legion Post 180 in cooperation with the Town of Vienna.

<sh>'Parallels Between Iraq and Vietnam'

<bt>Al Weed, a Vietnam War veteran, will discuss military and political parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars at the Sept. 21 meeting of Chapter 227, Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. Weed is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major and served in Bosnia.

Veterans and the general public are invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. chapter meeting at Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Cedar Lane Shopping Center, Vienna. Admission is free.

For information, call Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353 or visit the web page at www.geocities.com/vva227.

<sh>Club Supports Cancer Research

<bt>The Optimist Club of Vienna is sponsoring a fund-raising walk to benefit the Growing Hope and the Childhood Cancer Campaign. This year's event will be on Saturday, Oct. 7, on the W&OD Trail. It will begin and end at the Mural/Train Station parking lot with registration between 8:30 - 10 a.m., with closing ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. with refreshments.

Participants are invited to walk at their own pace or sponsor others. All of the net proceeds from this event will go to Growing Hope and Optimist International fund for childhood cancer research.

Growing Hope is a non-profit organization operating through Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Offices of Northern Virginia, the only pediatric oncology office in Northern Virginia. It has been providing non-medical care and educational, financial and social support to children with cancer and their families since 1998.

The club will use their portion of the proceeds towards Optimist's goal of providing $1 million to Johns Hopkins Hospital for childhood cancer research.

To get involved, visit www.viennaoptimist.org or call Bob McCormick or Ruth Korobov at 703-242-0564 or email bobmccorm@aol.com

<sh>Author To Discuss Vietnam

<bt>Dorothy Fall, wife of author, Bernard Fall, will discuss her book, “Memories of a Soldier-Scholar,” at the Oct. 19 meeting of Chapter 227, Vietnam Veterans of America Inc. Veterans and members of the general public are invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. chapter meeting at Neighbor’s Restaurant, 262D Cedar Lane, Cedar Lane Shopping Center, Vienna. Admission is free.

Her book centers on her husband's love for the Vietnamese people and his effort to prevent a U.S. disaster in Vietnam. For information, call Len Ignatowski at 703-255-0353 or visit the web page at www.geocities.com/vva227.

<sh>Adult Fall Tennis League Begins

<bt>The registration deadline for the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department's adult fall tennis league is Sept. 9. League play begins Sept. 16, with men's singles games on Saturdays and women's singles games on Sundays at Glyndon and Meadow Lane Parks. Each participant will play a minimum of seven matches during the season. The fee is $15 for town residents and $20 for nonresidents. Call 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.