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Fire Stations Welcome Public

<bt>All four local fire stations — Centreville (Station 17), West Centreville (Station 38), Fair Oaks (Station 21) and Chantilly (Station 15) — will welcome the public to open houses Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents are invited to visit the stations as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Fire engines and ambulances will be on display, and fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to answer questions.

<sh>Chantilly Teen in Easter Seals Walk

<bt>Eric Latcheran, 19, of Chantilly's Poplar Tree Estates community, is this year's Easter Seals ambassador. He has Down Syndrome and graduated from Chantilly High's work/study program in June 2005. He's now employed at the Fair Oaks Marriott.

On Oct. 14, Eric will be participating in Easter Seals Virginia's fourth annual Walk With Me, in Fredericksburg, as his way of helping others. To contribute toward this fund-raiser for Easter Seals Virginia, checks payable to Easter Seals may be mailed to: Eric Latcheran, 4444 Woods Edge Court, Chantilly, VA 20151-2410.

<sh>Chantilly Community Coalition

<bt>The Chantilly Community Coalition will meet Monday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Chantilly Regional Library. Call Carol Hoffman at 703-378-6155.

<sh>Caputo at WFCCA Meeting

<bt>Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67th) will be the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting of the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA). It's slated for Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

<sh>Westfield Community Coalition

<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition will meet Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370.

<sh>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 5-8:30 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 Town Hall Meeting

<bt>Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67th) will hold a town hall meeting on education, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon, in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

Guest speakers will include Kathy Smith and Cathy Belter, Fairfax County School Board representatives from the Sully and Springfield districts, respectively, and Robert F. DuPree Jr., Loudoun County School Board chairman and Dulles District representative. Direct questions to Lu Ann Maciulla McNabb, Caputo's legislative assistant, at 703-476-6944 or at delccaputo@house.state.va.us.

<sh>Animal Shelter Open House

<bt>The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 2-4 p.m., to answer citizens’ questions regarding the shelter’s component of the 2006 Public Safety Bond Referendum, which will appear on the ballot in Fairfax County this November.

Shelter leadership will be available to walk citizens through the shelter and provide information about the county’s existing public animal sheltering facility and operations.

The animal shelter component of the bond comprises $17 million of the $125 million public safety bond for construction, expansion and renovation of four existing police facilities. Located at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax. To learn more, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/bond.

<sh>Commemorative T-Shirts Available

<bt>Special, commemorative T-shirts in honor of Det. Vicky Armel and MPO Mike Garbarino — the two slain police officers from the Sully District Station — are still available. Proceeds benefit the trust funds for their families.

T-shirts in adult sizes from small through extra large cost $15; sizes 2X and 3X are $17; prices don't include shipping. Orders and checks payable to Fairfax Coalition of Police, with "Armel/Garbarino Trust" written on the memo line, may be sent to: JoAnn Rohmann, P.O. Box 29, Great Falls, VA 22066. For shipping cost or to obtain an order form for groups, e-mail her at FairfaxPDFund@aol.com.

<sh>Look Out, Sully Speeders

<bt>Throughout October, patrol officers from the Sully District Police Station will conduct a speed reduction, stop sign and red light campaign. "Give us a Treat. Respect our Streets" will target speeders, stop-sign and red-light runners in areas of concern served by this station, with specific emphasis on cut-through streets.

Enforcement will be emphasized on streets including: Oday Drive, Awbrey Patent Drive/Newton Patent, Sully Station Drive, Cabells Mill Road/Northbourne Drive, Green Trails Boulevard/Rock Canyon Drive, Bay Valley Lane, Singleton’s Way/Old Centreville Road, Fillingame Drive, Sully Park Drive and Sequoia Farms Drive, plus the Town of Clifton.

The effort won't be limited to these streets, but will encompass the entire Sully District. The goal is to promote compliance on residential streets with school zones and bus stops. The campaign will run during morning and evening rush hours.

<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.