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Week in Loudoun

Town Hall Meeting

<bt>Democratic candidate for the 10th U.S. Congressional seat, Judy Feder, is holding a town hall meeting on growth in Dulles South, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Arcola-Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 24300 Gum Spring Road, Sterling. Also at the meeting will be Laura Tekrony of Families for Dulles South, Sandra Chaloux of Gum Springs Regional Citizens Network, Loudoun County Supervisor Sally Kurtz (D-Catoctin) and Virginia Del. David Poisson (D-32).

<sh>9-11 Observance

<bt>To mark the fifth anniversary the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the Town of Leesburg will hold an evening memorial ceremony Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., on the Town Green, 25 West Market St. The ceremony will include messages from the mayor of Leesburg and the chief of police.

In addition, the Town's Freedom Memorial at Freedom Park, 101 Granada Circle, will be open from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. for individuals wishing to pay their respects. Both events are open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department coordinates this event. For more information, call 703-777-1368 or visit the Web site www.idalee.org.

<sh>Collections Rescheduled

<bt>Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management has rescheduled its Muscular Dystrophy Association collections Ñ Fill the Boot campaign Ñ for Thursday, Sept. 7, Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.

<sh>Arrest Made in Stabbing

<bt>A Herndon man is in custody for his involvement in the stabbing of another man Saturday night in Sterling and the SheriffÕs Office is investigating if the case is gang-related.

SheriffÕs deputies responded to the 700 block of North Sterling Boulevard around 11:55 a.m. for a report of stabbing at a home. According to the Sheriff's Office, few hours after the incident Arnulfo Antonio Lopez, 21, was apprehended and is accused of driving the car that was involved in the assault.

According to the report, the incident began a short time before midnight when a 19-year-old man called the residence from a cell phone and asked if he could come over. He said he thought he was being followed. As he arrived a 19-year-old man from Berryville walked out of the residence. At that time several males got out of a vehicle and began throwing bottles at him.

One of the suspects allegedly approached the Berryville man with a knife and stabbed him. The suspects continued to follow the victim into the home where they damaged a front door. A vehicle that was parked out front was also damaged.

Lopez is charged with being an accessory to malicious wounding and is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

The victim was taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital but was later transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Investigator R. Colantonio of the SheriffÕs Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Grant Informational Meeting

<bt>The Loudoun County Government and the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association (LCVA) will conduct a preapplication information meeting for the fiscal year 2007 sports tournament grants funded through the Restricted Transient Occupancy Tax. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Comfort Suites, 80 Prosperity Ave., Leesburg.

Includes information regarding the application process, the sports marketing aspects of the Tourism Destination Strategy and what types of activities would be eligible for grant funding. All nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a Sports Tournament Grant are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The application will be distributed at the meeting. It also is available at the Loudoun County Department of Management and Financial Services' Budget Office at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg and at the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association offices, 222 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Suite 100, Leesburg. The application is also available online at www.loudoun.gov/news/grant.htm.

The applications are due at the LCVA office by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29. Call LCVA at 703-771-2170, Ext. 14.

<sh>New Park Sets to Open

<bt>The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services will open two new park properties Saturday, Sept. 9. The public is invited for the ribbon cuttings. The first ceremony takes place at Lyndora Park at 12:30 p.m. The 17-acre park, located at 43624 Lucketts Bridge Circle in Ashburn, includes one small baseball field, one large soccer field, a tot lot, picnic areas, a trail and a parking lot.

The second ribbon cutting takes place at 1:30 p.m. at the county park site located in the Stone Ridge development at 24915 Mineral Springs Circle in Aldie. The 25-acre property, which is currently in the process of being named, includes three large soccer fields, one small and two large baseball fields and a parking lot.

For more information about the properties or activities planned for Sept. 9, contact Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services at 703-777-0343 or prcs@loudoun.gov.

<sh>Ban Lifted

<bt>The countywide ban on open burning has been lifted by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal. Residents may conduct open burning, provided they meet all other regulations. Residents must call in their location to the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center at 703-777-0637 prior to and at the conclusion of the burning and must stay with the fire at all times to prevent unwanted fire spread. Only tree trimmings and leaves or brush may be burned, and the burning must be no closer than 50 feet from a structure.

There is no open burning in the towns of Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville and Leesburg.

For more information, contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-737-8600 or visit www.loudoun.gov/fire/marshal.htm.

<sh>County Receives Award

<bt>The Loudoun County Procurement Division has received the Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute (NPI).

The NIGP award is a three-year accreditation for local, state and federal agencies, which formally recognizes excellence in public purchasing by establishing a body of standards that should be in place for solid purchasing operations. The county has maintained this accreditation since 1999 and is one of 88 entities to earn this recognition in the United States and Canada.

The NPI award is presented to organizations that demonstrate excellence in procurement by obtaining a high score on a rating of standardized criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.