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Center View Roundups: Sept. 20, 2012

Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Sept. 20, 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.

Low-Cost Rabies Clinic Offered

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host its low-cost rabies clinic at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2-4 p.m. The cost for rabies shots at the clinic is $12 per pet. Fairfax County 2012 dog licenses will be sold separately at the clinic and cost $10 per dog.

Dogs and cats only will receive rabies vaccinations at the clinic. Pets will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. To obtain a three-year vaccine, citizens must bring their pet’s rabies certificate showing the animal’s current rabies vaccination and vaccination expiration date. Rabies certificates only — no tags — will be issued. All dogs should be on leashes and all cats should be in carriers.

The Sully District Chantilly clinic is a partnership with the office of Supervisor Michael Frey and the Sully District station of the Fairfax County Police Department and is being sponsored by the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and Deepwood Veterinary Hospital.

Democratic Women to Meet

The Democratic Women of Clifton (DWC) will meet Sunday, Sept. 23, from 3-5 p.m., in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. All Democratic women in Northern Virginia are invited. Democratic Fairfax County School Board members have been invited to discuss later school start times, parental notification and discipline policy reform, school lunch reforms, renovation queues for schools, the superintendent search and the budget.

For more information, e-mail cliftonwomendems@aol.com or visit www.democraticwomenofclifton.org.

Meet Congressional Candidates

Transition Centreville & Clifton – which helps make communities more resilient and self-reliant in the face of today’s climate, energy and economic shocks – will meet Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The members will hear and interact with congressional candidates for Districts 10 and 11, view their environmental positions and the actions of the incumbents.

All have been invited and, at this point, speakers will include Kristin Cabral (D-10), Peter Marchetti (IG-11) and Joe Galdo, Jr. (G-11). Cabral believes that rebuilding the economy and the job market begins with “funding education, prioritizing basic services and infrastructure, and ensuring entrepreneurs and small business owners can innovate and thrive.”

Marchetti calls for “more trains, less traffic” and “more candidates, less apathy.” He writes, “We only have one environment to live in; we have to keep it livable [and not] allow industry to pollute [it].” Galdo is known as a “proactive champion for the environment and renewable energy.” He believes big results may be achieved on a relatively small budget.

Author To Discuss Battle

Author David Welker will talk about the Battle of Ox Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m., at Cabell's Mill, 5235 Walney Road in Chantilly. Light refreshments will be served. John Shafer, manager of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, will also speak. The Battle of Ox Hill, fought Sept. 1, 1862, was the largest battle in Fairfax County. The Historic Centreville Society and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park are hosting the event. For more information, contact Cheryl Repetti at ccf@centrevilleva.org.

Fair Oaks CAC to Meet

The Citizens Advisory Council of the Fair Oaks District Police Station will meet Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., in the roll-call room of the police station. It’s at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly.

Countywide Transportation Meeting

Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) and the Sully District Council are co-hosting a Transportation Outreach Meeting. It’s set for Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. It’s to discuss funding sources and the decrease in funding from the traditional sources, federal and state governments. Speakers will discuss possible ways of meeting Fairfax County’s existing and projected transportation needs.

Sully District Council Meeting

The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and its Land-Use Committee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The panel will hear a presentation on the new I-495 express lanes and also on a proposed residential development on the EDS site fronting Centreville Road between Wall Road and the Cox Conmunications offices. For more information, call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.

Park Authority to Meet

The Fairfax County Park Authority will meet Monday, Sept. 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.

Clifton Day is Oct. 7

The annual Clifton Day festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Rain date, Oct. 14). The family-friendly fun includes crafts, food, antiques, jugglers, bagpipe players, unicyclists, music, pony rides, civil war reenactments and children’s activities. For VRE train schedule plus parking information, go to www.cliftonday.com.

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); rice; canned meats; salad dressing, jelly; jam; peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, Ramen Noodles, canned fruit; canned beets and collard greens; canned soup and beans; dry pasta and beans; ketchup, mustard, pancake mix and syrup; hot and cold cereal and coffee. In addition, the Food Pantry would appreciate fresh produce, such as tomatoes, from local gardens.

Also needed are laundry detergent, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and diapers (sizes 4, 5 & 6). WFCM clients are also in great need of gasoline cards.

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 are needed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to receive donations. Contact Volunteer Manager Annette Bosley at 703-988-9656.

Food pantry: Regular volunteers are needed needed to pick up donated food from Costco on Thursday mornings and from Harris Teeter on Fridays between 9-10 a.m.