Week in Fairfax

Week in Fairfax

Robbery Suspect Is Charged

City of Fairfax police have identified and charged a 46-year-old Maryland man in connection with the robbery of a Fairfax restaurant on New Year’s Day. Around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, a man entered the Denny’s Restaurant at 10473 Fairfax Blvd., initially claiming to be a law-enforcement officer.

Police say he then allegedly produced a handgun and ordered the 25-year-old male manager into the office, where he demanded money from the safe. After the manager complied, the suspect fled through the back door of the restaurant with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured. However, as the result of investigation by the Chevy Chase, Md. Man: Police charged him with robbery, abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and impersonating a police officer.

He was arrested Feb. 17 by Takoma Park police and charged as a fugitive from justice from Virginia; he’s currently being held in

Montgomery County, Md.

Animal Shelter Needs "Puppy People"

Are you interested in helping save lives of puppies, kittens, turtles and an assortment of other animals housed at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter? The Shelter will host a special orientation session for citizens interested in learning more about the organization’s animal foster care program. The orientation session will be March 6, at 7 – 9 p.m. at the shelter located at 4500 West Ox Rd. in Fairfax. It is part of the shelter’s "Become a Foster Parent Month." To attend, citizens should RSVP to kathleen.cornell@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Foster care providers save animals’ lives by providing temporary out-of-facility care in their homes for some of the shelter’s neediest animals. No special experience is required to become a foster and the shelter provides training, supplies and medical care for the animals. Foster care providers must be 21 years and older and must go through the shelter’s volunteer process, which includes a background check and home visit.

The month-long "Become a Foster Parent" campaign begins March 1 and runs through the end of the month.

New Scholarship Program for High School Seniors

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., producers of the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, announced a new scholarship program offering ten $1,000 college scholarships to Fairfax County high school seniors. As part of its mission to "Celebrate Fairfax County and Its Communities," Celebrate Fairfax will select scholarship recipients from each of Fairfax County's Supervisory Districts, as well as one at-large scholarship. Recipients will be recognized for their community involvement, academic accomplishment, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership.

Scholarship recipients will be honored at a special Community Spirit Reception at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival on Saturday, June 9. In addition, scholarship, recipients will be treated to a VIP Experience Package at the 2012 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival.

Information regarding eligibility and criteria may be found along with the online scholarship application at www.celebratefairfax.com/scholarships. The deadline for application submission is March 23, 2012.