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<sh>Tysons Development Meeting

<bt>On Thursday, January 26, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., residents of McLean are invited to attend a dialogue to identify what is important to the community regarding the future growth of Tysons Corner and how the introduction of rail stations will affect growth. The meeting will be held at the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. Residents, business and property owners, commuters and nonprofit organizations will meet in groups of 30-50. Participants will be provided with a short presentation on Task Force activities, followed by small group discussions to identify their values and concerns. The results of these discussions will then be shared with the entire group. The Tysons Land Use Task Force is hosting approximately 20 community dialogues, the results of which will be captured and included in a final report for the Task Force. The Task Force will use the input from the dialogues to help shape their recommendations about revisions to the Tysons Corner Comprehensive Plan. The Task Force will develop options to be considered in the Comprehensive Plan and will provide additional opportunities for public input in the evaluation of those options before any final decisions are made. Dialogues are being scheduled throughout January and early February. If you are unable to attend a dialogue, you may provide your comments online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner. Please RSVP and reserve a space for yourself in one of the dialogues by calling the Tysons Community Dialogue Hotline at 703-324-1344, or by sending an e-mail to tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov. If you are unable to attend the January 26 meeting, a General Dialogue will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School. Call the hotline for details and to RSVP.

<sh>Supervisor DuBois Continues Office Hours in Great Falls

<bt>Great Falls and area residents are invited to meet with Dranesville District Supervisor Joan DuBois at her Great Falls office. Supervisor DuBois is available to residents on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 3-6 p.m. at the Dranesville District Great Falls office in the Great Falls community library. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome. To make an appointment to meet with Supervisor DuBois, contact her McLean office at 703-356-0551.

"I am trying to make it more convenient for citizens in the Great Falls community to meet with me, and this is an opportunity for them to voice their questions, concerns and comments," said DuBois in a press release.

<sh>MCC Governing Board Meeting

<bt>The McLean Community Center Governing Board will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to speak during the "Citizen Comment" period at the beginning of the meeting can call 703-790-0123 to have their names placed on the schedule.

<sh>342 People Arrested for Drunk Driving in December

<bt>Members of the "Safe December" campaign were successful in their effort to educate the public about the dangers of irresponsible alcohol use and underage alcohol purchases. A select group of officers formed a roving squad with the primary purposes of identifying and arresting drunk drivers. The squad made 1130 traffic stops, issued 1097 traffic summonses and 261 warning tickets. The squad charged 142 individuals with driving while intoxicated, and 27 of these individuals were repeat offenders. They also charged 125 individuals with reckless driving, 79 individuals with driving on a suspended license and 28 individuals with criminal charges. Five sobriety checkpoints resulted in nine arrests for driving while intoxicated. The blood alcohol limit (BAC) in the state of Virginia is .08. The highest BAC detected during the Safe December campaign was .27. In an effort to thwart alcohol sales to underage drinkers, police conducted six underage alcohol stings in which police cadets in plain clothes attempted to purchase alcohol from retail stores and restaurants. Cadets entered 173 establishments and 23 of them illegally sold alcohol. Officers from the rest of the department made 200 arrests for driving while intoxicated in December. Fairfax County police arrested 2,949 people for driving while intoxicated in 2005. These numbers do not reflect arrests made by other jurisdictions within Fairfax County.