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Centre View Roundups March 28

Chantilly Crash Victim Identified

Fairfax County police have identified the victim of a one-car crash, March 20 in Chantilly, as Robert Bittner, 56, of Ashburn. The incident occurred on the Fairfax County Parkway near Franklin Farm Road. Shortly before 1 p.m., he was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry south on the parkway when his vehicle left the roadway just past Franklin Farm Road and struck the sound wall.

Passers-by pulled Bittner from the car and he was Medevaced to a nearby hospital where he died. Police say speed and alcohol were not factors in this crash, but they haven’t released information about what caused the tragedy.

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 Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, April 5 and April 19, 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.

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; salad dressing, jelly; jam; spaghetti sauce, 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 are laundry detergent, toothpaste and shampoo.

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: Volunteers needed Mondays and Fridays, for two or three hours between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Volunteers needed Tuesdays and Thursdays, for two or three hours between 1-6 p.m., as well as Saturdays, from 2-5 p.m. For more information, contact Volunteer Manager Annette Bosley at 703-988-9656.

Food pantry: Volunteers are needed Mondays and Wednesdays, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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

Become a CASA Volunteer

A new case of child abuse or neglect enters the Fairfax County Domestic & Juvenile Relations Court system once every 38 hours. These children need caring advocates to help ensure that they grow up in safe and permanent homes. Fairfax CASA trains volunteers to advocate for a child's best interests in Court.

To become a volunteer position with a serious purpose that can create real change, attend Fairfax CASA's upcoming information session at the Centreville Regional Library on Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m.-12 noon. For reservations or information, contact Elisa Kosarin, associate director, Recruitment and Training, at 703-273-3526, ext. 22, or at ekosarin@casafairfax.org, or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.fairfaxcasa.org" www.fairfaxcasa.org.