Area Roundups - Springfield

Area Roundups - Springfield

Man Struck by Train in North Springfield Area

On Thursday, Feb. 7, police responded to a report of a 64-year-old man struck by a train west of the Backlick Road overpass. Around 7 p.m. an Amtrak train was traveling just west of the Backlick Road overpass, when it struck and killed Richard Anderson of the North Springfield area.

Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to investigate and do not suspect foul play, the investigation continues.

Lee High Library Accepting Donated Books

Cleaning out those old books? The Robert E. Lee High School Library is accepting donations of gently used books for its annual book sale through April 2013. All types of books are welcome—fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, cookbooks, college textbooks and more. All proceeds will go toward new materials and computers for students. For further information or to make a delivery, please contact the library at 703-924-8370.

Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy

Area residents wanting to learn more about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department may now have the chance. They may participate in a nine-week program showing them what firefighters and paramedics do every day.

Applications to the first-ever Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy will be accepted until Feb. 18 or until the class of 25 is filled. The free program is open to those at least 18 years old. The academy will begin March 28, 2013, meeting for nine consecutive weeks, from 6-9 p.m., at various locations.

Each session will cover different aspects of the organization, providing an in-depth overview of it and its uniformed and civilian workforce. Program topics include fire suppression, emergency medical services, training, recruitment and special operations. Apply at

Recycle During Electric Sunday

Residents may recycle old TVs, computers, peripheral electronic devices—such as keyboards, speakers, printers and scanners, as well as household hazardous wastes—including fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, for free, during Fairfax County’s “Electric Sunday” events.

The next one is slated for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-324-5052.

School Boundary Meetings Set

Chantilly High, Fairfax High, Falls Church High, Oakton High, Robinson Secondary, Woodson High, Franklin Middle, Frost Middle, Jackson Middle, Lanier Middle and Rocky Run Middle are all schools involved in the boundary study to relieve overcrowding at Fairfax High and Lanier Middle School.

And the public is invited to participate in community dialogues regarding possible scenarios for the movement of students from one school to another. All meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. and are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20—Lanier Middle School, cafeteria, 3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax (snow date—Feb. 27).

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26—Woodson High School, cafeteria, 9525 Main St., Fairfax (snow date—March 6).

For more information, to sign up for the meetings and to submit questions and comments, go to