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<sh>Motorcyclist Killed in Chantilly

<bt>A 54-year-old motorcyclist from Bealeton was killed, early Tuesday morning, in a crash at Centreville and Lees Corner roads in Chantilly. The tragedy occurred Oct. 2, around 5:21 a.m., and Fairfax County police say a 52-year-old Ashburn man reportedly drove his truck into the motorcycle's path.

Alan Hensberger of 20399 Tholen St. in Ashburn, was traveling south on Centreville Road in his 2003 Dodge Dakota. But police say he tried to make a left turn onto Lees Corner Road, under a green light, without yielding to oncoming traffic. Robert Knight Jr. of Bealton was driving his 2005 Harley Davidson north on Centreville Road and also had a green light when he was struck.

Police cited Hensberger for failure to yield on a left turn and released him on a summons. Knight was Medevaced to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after noon. Hensberger was not injured. Police say speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

<sh>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Thursday, Oct. 4, and Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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.

Note: The new, Virginia child-passenger law requires all children under 8 to be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat. However, those 8 or older should continue using booster seats if they're shorter than 4 feet 9 inches.

<sh>Kids Health and Safety Fair

<bt>Join Inova Fair Oaks Hospital at Fair Oaks Mall for the Kids Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families will have an opportunity to visit the Fair Oaks Hospital Operating Room surgery simulator to try their hand at laparoscopic surgery and visit the Emergency Department (ED) booth where they can conduct a simulated ultra sound, and meet the ED staff. Other interactive learning modules for car blind spots detection, the new booster seat law, common fire hazards at home, 911 simulator, poison control, lunch box nutrition and much more will be available.

<sh>Equality Fairfax Political Forum

<bt>Local candidates for the Virginia House and Senate will participate in a discussion forum sponsored by Equality Fairfax. It's slated for Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly.

Candidates from high-profile, contested races have been invited and will field questions dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues. In attendance will be candidates vying to represent districts in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Oak Hill, Herndon, Fairfax, Oakton and Fairfax Station. Contact Sarah Gustafon at 202-365-7514 or at sarah@equalityfairfax.org.

<sh>Park Authority to Meet

<bt>The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, Oct. 10, 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>Westfield Community Coalition

<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, at 2:30 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Contact Jennifer Cooper at 703-966-8304 or at jalcooper@aol.com.

<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.

<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 melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov.