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Smash and Grab in Tysons Corner Area

Police responded to a robbery in the 7900 block of Tysons Corner Center that occurred Tuesday, July 2. Around 4:11 p.m. five men entered a local jewelry store, smashed several display cases and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry. The suspects then fled on foot. There were no injuries.

Responding officers located one of the suspects and took him into immediate custody. Brandon Bowditch, 22, of Hamtramck, Mich., was charged with robbery.

The other suspects were described as black males, one wearing a bright red hoodie, another wearing a black and white striped hoodie and the others were observed wearing black hoodies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Family Service Offers Foster Care Training

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is recruiting adults from every community in Northern Virginia to participate in its next foster parent training, July 13, 20 and 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the NVFS office in Oakton. Coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The training is the first step into becoming a certified foster parent, and is also required for families interested in providing short-term weekend foster care. Trainees will learn about the foster care system; how NVFS supports foster parents, including round-the-clock access to case managers; and best practices in foster care. Families must complete a home study, and foster parents must be at least 21 years old. For more info, please visit www.nvfs.org/fostercare, or contact Ginny Snaider at 571-748-2557 or gsnaider@nvfs.org.

Book Collections in Support of Scholarships for Women

The McLean Area American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Annual Used Book Collections are Saturday, July 20 and Aug. 10 at the Sun Trust Bank, 515 Maple Ave., Vienna, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All kinds of books in good condition, especially children’s books and DVDs, are needed for the 44th annual Book Sale.

The Used Book Sale will be Sept. 20, 21, 22 at the McLean Community Center on Ingleside Avenue in McLean. Proceeds go toward scholarships and professional development for women and girls. In addition to the well-sorted hardbacks and paperbacks in the main sales rooms, there will be special children’s and “treasures” rooms at the sale for the most valuable items collected.

At last year’s September Sale there were an estimated 46,000 books on display sorted into 32 categories and AAUW members gave more than 1700 volunteer hours to generate over $36,000 in revenue. Questions: 703-527-4206.

Your Dog Could Be a Lifesaver

Old Dominion Animal Health Center of McLean has partnered with Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank (BRVBB) of Purcellville as a canine blood donor host site. Beginning July 24, BRVBB will be at ODAHCenter every five to seven weeks to collect blood from volunteer dogs. Only professional veterinary staff will draw the blood, taking 10-20 minutes, while providing gentle holding and hugs, and treats for your pet.

Visit www.dogsdonateblood.com for details on qualifications and BRVBB’s requirements and standards for donor dogs. Please call ODAHCenter at 703 356-5582 to schedule an appointment.