Week in Burke

Week in Burke

Friends of the Burke Centre Library to Sponsor the Jubilee

The Burke Centre Library Friends Group pledged to be the Signature Guardian level sponsor for Fairfax Library Foundation’s upcoming Library Jubilee! Let Loose in the Library! event, planned for Oct. 5 at the Burke Centre Library. The Signature Guardian level sponsor is the exclusive lead sponsor for the event, requiring a pledge of at least $25,000 to the foundation, which will be used to support programs and services for Fairfax County Public Library.

The Friends of Burke Centre Library take part in daily book sales as well as several larger book sales throughout the year to raise money, which they donate to the foundation and their respective library. Including the recent Signature Guardian sponsor pledge, the Friends of Burke Centre Library will have donated over $54,000 since their first gift in 2004.

Citizens Fire & Rescue Academy

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is giving residents a chance to learn what firefighters and paramedics do every day. They may apply to attend the Citizens Fire & Rescue Academy. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 23 or until the class of 25 is filled.

The free classes will begin Sept. 19 and run nine consecutive weeks, from 6-9 p.m., at various locations in and outside the department. Each session will cover different aspects of the organization. Topics include fire suppression, emergency medical services, training, recruitment and special operations. Attendees must be at least 18; sign up at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cfa.

Beware: Prepaid Money Cards Scam

Fairfax County police are investigating a scam in which a local couple was bilked out of thousands of dollars by an unknown suspect claiming to be affiliated with the Internal Revenue Service. The caller also claimed to be holding a family member in exchange for numbers associated with prepaid money cards in the victim’s possession.

The victim relinquished information from the cards and the money was gone. But no family member had actually been held against his will. So police are warning residents to beware so they don’t fall prey to this kind of scheme.

Generally, say police, “If anyone except a legitimate business asks for your card numbers, it could be a scam. Avoid using money card numbers if someone contacts you regarding prize winnings or sweepstakes, and do not use card numbers to purchase something from a classified advertisement.”

Furthermore, they warn, “Do not give your card numbers to another person, unless you’re absolutely certain of their credibility. In most cases, the money lost from this type of scam is not insured; so when it’s gone, it’s gone.”