<sh>Kathy Smith Is Elected School Board Vice Chairman
<bt>Sully District School Board Representative Kathy Smith is the new vice chairman of the Fairfax County School Board. At its meeting last Thursday, Jan. 11, the board elected Dan Storck of the Mount Vernon District as chairman and Smith as vice chair.
A resident of Chantilly's Poplar Tree Estates community, Smith has served on several PTAs and is a former elementary school teacher. She's been a School Board member since March 2002 and served as its chairman in 2004. Storck and Smith will serve one-year terms.
<sh>Caputo, Herring Talk Traffic
<bt>Del. Chuck Caputo (D-67th) and Sen. Mark Herring (D-33rd) will hold a town meeting on transportation, Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Chantilly Regional Library. Residents are encouraged to come and voice their concerns and suggestions. Also present will be Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer.
<sh>Cuccinelli's Town Hall Mtg.
<bt>Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-37th) will hold two town-hall meetings on Saturday, Jan. 20. The first one will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road. The second meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive.
Each one will last an hour, and Cuccinelli will discuss the legislation he plans to introduce in the current General Assembly session. Questions from constituents are welcome.
<sh>Sully District Council Mtg.
<bt>The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and its Land-Use Committee will meet Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.
<sh>Park Authority to Meet
<bt>The next meeting of the Fairfax County Park Authority will be Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900, in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.
<sh>West Ox Road Widening
<bt>Construction is underway to widen West Ox Road from Penderbrook Drive to Ox Trail. The one-mile project will be completed by Aug. 1, 2008. The road is being widened from two lanes to four, with a raised median. Turn lanes will be added at Penderbrook Drive, Penderwood Drive, Waples Mill Road, Tilton Valley Drive and Vale Road.
<sh>Chesley is Named Virginia 'Street Rodder of Year'
<bt>At Saturday's convention of the Mid-Atlantic Street Rod Association, in Pennsylvania, Clifton's Jim Chesley was named Virginia Street Rodder of the Year. He's a member of the Custom Cruisers of Northern Virginia, and that organization's president, Kerry Sponseller, nominated him for that honor.
Chesley orchestrated the Clifton Labor Day Car Show — in which the Custom Cruisers participated — that raised nearly $32,000 for the family trust funds of the two slain Sully District police officers, Det. Vicky Armel and MPO Mike Garbarino. At the convention, Chesley was given a plaque and a special jacket.
<sh>Free Carseat Inspections
<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Jan. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 30, 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.
<bt>The General Assembly's resolution commemorating Duane Heisinger was presented to his widow Judy at the Dec. 20 meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations.
<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>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 firstname.lastname@example.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.