Centre View Roundups March 21

Centre View Roundups March 21

Fatal Crash in Chantilly

A 56-year-old Ashburn man died Tuesday following a car crash on the Fairfax County Parkway near Franklin Farm Road. The incident occurred March 20 shortly before 1 p.m. Fairfax County police say the man was driving southbound on the parkway and, for unknown reasons, left the roadway just past Franklin Farm Road and struck the sound wall.

After passers-by pulled him from the vehicle, it caught on fire. The driver was Medevaced to a nearby hospital where he died. Investigation by Crash Reconstruction Unit detectives is still underway. However, police say speed and alcohol are not considered factors in this crash.

County Budget Meeting, March 22

Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) is holding a Sully District Town Hall meeting to discuss Fairfax County’s proposed 2013 budget. It’s set for Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., in the cafeteria of Rocky Run Middle School, 4400 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. Also participating will be Sully District School Board representative Kathy Smith, plus representatives of the county’s office of Management and Budget.

Learn Centreville Railroad History

Centreville railroad history is on tap for the quarterly meeting of the Historic Centreville Society. It’s slated for Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Drive. This event is free and open to the public and will include the election of officers, plus light refreshments.

Centreville had the first railroad in the world constructed for military purposes. It was built in February 1862, and the public is invited to join Civil War re-enactor and historian Arthur Candenquist — portraying Confederate Capt. Thomas Sharp — for a lively discourse about this railroad. He’ll talk about the building of the Centreville Military Railroad and the events surrounding it, including Jackson's famous raid in May 1861 on the B&O railroad to "appropriate" engines for use by the Confederacy.

Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, March 22 and April 5, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed.

However, because of time constraints, only the first 35 vehicles arriving on each date will be inspected. That way, inspectors may have enough time to properly instruct the caregiver on the correct use of the child seat. Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140, to confirm dates and times.

Fair Oaks CAC to Meet

The Citizens Advisory Council of the Fair Oaks District Police Station will meet Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., in the roll-call room of the police station. It’s at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly.

Sully District Council Meeting

The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and its Land-Use Committee will meet Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The topic will be Fairfax County’s FY 2013 budget, presented by Christina Jackson and Ellicia Seard, both with the Department of Management and Budget. For more information, call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.

Park Authority to Meet

The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 900 in Fairfax. Call Judy Pedersen at 703-324-8662.

Animal Shelter Match-a-thon

March madness arrives at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter with a Mega Match-a-thon. Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, April 1, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., shelter dogs and cats will be available for adoption during a two-day adopt-a-thon. The shelter is at 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax.

Adopters will receive $10 off the adoption fee for all cats, and all dogs and cats will receive a free spay/neuter prior to being adopted. Dog adoptions for the special event will cost $40 and cat adoptions will be $20 (after the discount). Available animals will be on view at the shelter; call 703-830-1100.

Free Income Tax Preparation

People who worked in 2011 and earned less than $50,000 may qualify for free, income-tax preparation. It’s available Saturdays, through April 14, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly. If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must be present. For a list of items participants must bring with them, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.nvacash.org/" www.nvacash.org and click on “free tax preparation.”

Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Fairfax County needs Meals on Wheels drivers in Chantilly and group Meals on Wheels coordinators in both Chantilly and Fairfax. Contact Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 711, HYPERLINK "mailto:VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov" VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm" www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.

WFCM Seeks Food, Volunteers

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ (WFCM) food pantry urgently needs donations of oil (48 oz. or smaller); flour (2-5 lb. bag); sugar (2-5 lb. bag); canned meats; juice (64 oz. or smaller); jelly; jam; canned fruit; canned beets, spinach, greens, potatoes and mixed vegetables; pancake mix and syrup; mayonnaise, baby food (stages 1 and 3); cocoa, coffee, ketchup and mustard. Also needed is laundry detergent.

Bring all items to WFCM’S food pantry at 13981 Metrotech Drive (near Backyard Grill and Bar) in Chantilly. Volunteers are also needed:

Thrift store: General assistance needed Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A regular weekly volunteer is needed Thursdays, from 1-6 p.m., as well as Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact Volunteer Manager Annette Bosley at 703-988-9656.

Furniture ministry: One person is needed to help move furniture that will be given to clients in need.