Brief: Week in McLean

Brief: Week in McLean

Fire at Marshall High

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a building fire Saturday, May 18, at approximately 10:25 a.m., in the Dunn Loring area of Fairfax County. The building, George C. Marshall High School, is located at 7731 Leesburg Pike. Firefighters reported smoke coming from the school upon arrival. Firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes.

Five individuals working in the school were treated at the scene, not transported. Fire alarms activated, however, sprinklers did not activate because it was a flash fire only. According to fire investigators the cause is undetermined. Damage is estimated at $20,000. School opened Monday, May 20, on schedule.

McLean Chamber Promotes Bike to Work Day

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce took a step towards making McLean more bike-friendly on Friday, May 17, as local businesses including The JBG Companies and Greenberry’s promoted Bike to Work Day by offering refreshments and information at a morning meet-up. Bikers traveling under the auspices of Bike to Work Day stopped in for snacks, bike enthusing and to learn about the upcoming bike-friendly improvements coming to downtown McLean. These improvements will include a greater number of bike racks throughout downtown McLean as well as future bike and pedestrian-friendly development. Bailey Hopple, a project manager with The JBG Companies, hoped that the popularity of Bike to Work Day and the increase in bike racks would spur further bike-friendly development throughout Northern Virginia.

Book Collection to Support Scholarships for Women

The McLean Area American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Annual Book Collection in preparation for its 44th annual Book Sale is Saturday, June 8 at the Sun Trust Bank, 515 Maple Ave., Vienna, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional collection dates at the Sun Trust Bank are: June 29; July 20; and, Aug. 10. All kinds of books in good condition, especially children’s books and DVDs are needed.

The Book Sale will be Sept. 20, 21 and 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 thousand books on display sorted into 32 categories and AAUW members gave more than 1700 volunteer hours to generate over 36,000 dollars in revenue. AAUW hopes that this year’s 44th Annual Sale will do even better with the support of the metropolitan community.