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Brief: Week in Fairfax

Man Assaulted and Robbed

Police responded to the McDonald’s restaurant at 6302 Little River Turnpike on Wednesday, May 8 at around 7:40 p.m. for the report of a robbery. Officers met with the victim, a 53-year-old Alexandria man who said he walked out of the McDonald’s and was attacked by two men. He was knocked to the ground and kicked and an undisclosed amount of cash was removed from his pants pocket. The victim did not require medical attention. The two suspects, as well as a third man apparently with them, ran toward Landmark Shopping Center.

All three suspects were described as black and between 25 and 30 years old. One suspect was approximately 6 feet tall and was wearing a striped shirt. He was also carrying a backpack. The second suspect had dreadlocks and possibly a mustache. There was no further description of the third suspect.

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.

New Balance to Open New Store in Mosaic

New Balance Fairfax will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new store in Mosaic district in Merrifield on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. John Strojny, whose management company NB Retail Management, Inc. helps prospective managers obtain shares of their local New Balance store and chance of ownership, said he was pleased the new Fairfax store opening in the area’s new urban retail community. His company supported the New Balance store owner/manager Dan Guzman’s move from managing the store in McLean to owning/managing New Balance Fairfax.

The Grand Opening Saturday and Sunday will be a “Fit for All” free for all, featuring freebies, discounts and raffles. Everyone that makes a footwear purchase this weekend will receive a drawstring bag with a free technical tee shirt (while supplies last). Each customer will also get a 10-50 percent discount depending on a random drawing at the register. Sign for raffles for an Apple I-Pod 3 or an I-Pod Shuffle: the winners will be announced on Monday, May 20. There will be free foot screenings; for appointments call 703-382-3411.

The Mosaic New Balance store is located near the Dunn Loring/Merrifield Metro station. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tel: 703-382-3411; or visit www.nbretail.com.

Cycle Fest Ride on Sunday, May 19

The community is invited to join the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) for its fourth annual Cycle Fest ride on Sunday, May 19. The ride benefits Wounded Warriors Project and Hazon, who creates healthier and more sustainable communities in the world and beyond. There are three ride distances from which to choose: 65 miles, 50 miles and 30 miles. All rides begin at the JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax, at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Fees include a Cycle Fest T-shirt, rest stop with tasty treats, SAG vehicle support, mechanical support and light food. For registration information, visit www.active.com or e-mail Paula at PaulaC@jccnv.org. Riders should be experienced; suggested minimum age is 12. Call 703-537-3049 or visit www.jccnv.org for details.

County Animal Shelter Seeks Foster Parents

Kathleen Cornell, Foster Care coordinator, wants to expand the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s foster program with a foster information session slated for Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the shelter, 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax.

“Historically, [it’s] focused on finding foster homes for kittens and puppies until they’re old enough to be adopted,” said Cornell. “We now want to find more homes where adult dogs and cats, as well as rabbits and other small animals, can benefit from a home environment.”

The shelter is also recruiting potential foster parents for adult dogs with special medical needs, puppies and orphaned kittens, plus dogs and cats needing extra attention and socialization before being adopted.

“The shelter provides all the medical care, food and supplies for foster animals,” added Kristen Auerbach, Community Outreach program manager. “As a foster parent, you provide a safe and nurturing place for an animal that needs extra TLC. Our foster parents save lives by the selfless act of opening their hearts and homes.”

To attend the information session, RSVP to Kathleen.cornell@fairfaxcounty.gov. Those unable to attend, but still interested in fostering, may fill out an application at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animal/foster.htm.

‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign Starts May 20

City of Fairfax Police will be focusing on enforcing the use of seat belts as well as all traffic laws during the 2013 national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign from May 20 to June 2, 2013. Motorists found to be in violation of the requirement to “buckle up” will be subject to citations carrying a $25 fine.

While statewide statistics indicate that Virginia’s seat belt use rate has been increasing steadily, approximately 40 percent of the victims involved in fatal traffic crashes each year were unrestrained at the time of the crash. A significant number of the crashes involving unrestrained drivers or passengers occurred between midnight and 6 a.m.

City of Fairfax Police officers on patrol around the clock will be paying special attention to whether the violators of other traffic laws are also not complying with the law mandating the use of seat belts at all times.

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, May 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax. For more information, call 703-324-5052.