Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

Delegation Meeting

<bt>Delegates Joe May (R-33), Bob Marshall (R-13), Tom Rust (R-86), David Poisson (D-32) and Chuck Caputo (D-67) and Senators Russell Potts (R-27) and Mark Herring (D-33) will hold a joint public hearing on the upcoming General Assembly session, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m., at Loudoun County Government Center, board room. A sign-up sheet will be provided for those wishing to speak before the delegation.

<sh>Information Session

<bt>View the plans for the new Gum Spring Library, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., at Mercer Middle School auditorium, 42149 Greenstone, Aldie. Have questions answered by representatives from Grimm & Parker Architects, Van Metre Companies, Friends of the Gum Spring Library and Loudoun County Public Library Administration. For more information, e-mail GumSpringLibrary@msn.com.

<sh>Upgrading System

<bt>The Loudoun County Voter Registration Office is in the process of upgrading to a new, centralized, statewide voter registration database.

During the transition process, from now through Feb. 1, the office will be unable to process any new voter registration applications or update voter registration records.

Residents may continue, however, to submit new applications or make changes to their voter records. Qualified voters will receive a Voter Information Card by mail after their applications have been processed in February. Registration rolls also will be updated after Feb. 1.

The Voter Registration Office, at 26-C Fairfax Street, S.E., Leesburg, will remain open during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., throughout the transition period.

The Virginia State Board of Elections is in the final stages of implementing a new statewide registration database to comply with the Help America Vote Act, which was passed by Congress in 2002.

<sh>Teen Charged

<bt>A Chantilly teenager was charged Thursday, Dec. 21, with the armed robbery of another teen.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the 15-year-old suspect is accused of robbing a 16-year-old Ashburn boy as he stood in the breezeway of an apartment complex. The robbery occurred around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in the 21880 block of Blossom Hill Terrace in Ashburn.

On the night of the robbery the victim told deputies that he was approached by an unknown subject who asked to use his cell phone. The suspect held the phone and walked away to another breezeway. The victim followed asking for his cell phone back but was confronted by the suspect when he pulled out a knife and demanded money.

The teenage suspect has been charged by Loudoun County Sheriff's investigators with armed robbery. He was being held at the Loudoun Juvenile Detention Center.

<sh>New Homes

<bt>The Loudoun County Animal Shelter announces that more than 1,100 animals have been adopted from the shelter in 2006.

Additionally, through Jan. 4, the Loudoun County Animal Shelter is part of Iams Home for the Holidays 2006, a partnership with the Helen Woodward Animal Center, The Iams Company, and more than 2,100 pet adoption centers nationwide. Home for the Holidays is organized to raise awareness of the joys of owning shelter-adopted pets. Organizers hope to link more than 350,000 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other companion pets across the country with adoptive families.

Animals for adoption can be viewed online 24 hours a day at www.loudoun.gov/animals.

The Loudoun County Animal Shelter is located at 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197. Shelter information and directions are also on the Web site.