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6/18/2014 Roundups

Eight Charged with DWI

Fairfax County police conducted a DWI checkpoint Saturday night, June 14, at Route 28 and Old Mill Road in Centreville to search for drunk drivers. Some 536 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and police charged eight of them with DWI.



Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, June 19, from 5 p.m. to dusk, at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed.

Because of time constraints, only the first 35 vehicles arriving on each date will be inspected. That way, inspectors may have enough time to properly instruct the caregiver on the correct use of the child seat. (The inspection may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather). Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140, to confirm dates and times.



Safetypalooza for Children

A Safetypalooza for children will be held this Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Sully District Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Children will rotate through various stations to learn about fire, bike and school-bus safety, plus stranger-danger. The event was designed by Westfield High sophomore Alex Battani as his Eagle Project for Boy Scout Troop 893 in Centreville.



Strawberry Festival on Saturday

An old-fashioned strawberry festival will be held Saturday, June 21, from 1-3 p.m., at E.C. Lawrence Park, off Route 28 in Chantilly. The fun includes ice-cream making, badminton, croquet, crafts, people in 1890s costumes and a tour of the historic grounds.



Fair Oaks CAC to Meet

The Citizens Advisory Council of the Fair Oaks District Police Station will meet Tuesday, June 24, at 7 p.m., in the roll-call room of the police station. It’s at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly.



Sully District Council Meeting

The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and its Land-Use Committee will meet Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.

The topic is the proposed Arbors of Fairfax, a 48-unit assisted-living facility dedicated to serving senior citizens with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. It’s planned for construction at 13622 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, on the north side of Route 50 and east of Downs Drive.



Help County Succeed Economically

For the past year Fairfax County has been updating its vision for creating an environment conducive to continued economic success. County leadership and staff members have worked with the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Advisory Commission (EAC) to develop “The Strategic Plan to Facilitate the Economic Success of Fairfax County,” an update of the 2011 plan. The draft update includes four, main focuses – people, places, employment and governance.

But the plan also needs residents’ and business owners’ input, so two stakeholder-input sessions are slated. They’re set for Wednesday, June 25, Session 1 – 8:30-11 a.m., Session 2 – 1:30-4 p.m.; and Thursday, June 26, Session 1 – 8:30-11 a.m., Session 2 – 1:30-4 p.m.; in conference rooms 9/10 at the county Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

People will be able to tell the decision-makers what they need from the county to help them, their businesses and their community achieve economic success. To register for one of the sessions, email Charles.Suddith@fairfaxcounty.gov by June 20. Due to limited space, provide first and second session-choices in the email.



CarFit Event June 27

The Sully District Police Station will host a CarFit event on Friday, June 27, from 1-3 p.m. It’s a program designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their vehicles. The program highlights actions they can take to improve their fit and greatly increase not only their safety, but the safety of others.

CarFit is voluntary and confidential, and CarFit staff won’t make any changes to the vehicle, but might recommend some adjustments be made. No appointment is necessary, but the event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather exists. The Sully District Station is at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.



2014 Fairfax 50+ Plan

Fairfax County projects a dramatic increase in its older population. Between 2005 and 2030, the county expects the 50-and-over population to increase by 40 percent and the 70-and-over population by 88 percent. So the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, together with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging and local residents, has been working with the community to create the 2014 Fairfax 50+ Plan.

What’s proposed is at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/fairfax50plus.htm under the topic headings of Safety & Health, Housing, Transportation, Community Engagement, Services for Older Adults & Caregivers, and Long-Range Planning & Trends Analysis. Comments may be emailed to DFSCommunity@fairfaxcounty.gov until June 30.



Food Donations for WFCM

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ food pantry urgently needs donations of canned vegetables (no green beans), vegetable oil; dry pasta, flour, canned fruit and meat, white or brown rice (1- or 2-lb. bags), cold cereal, pancake mix, powdered and evaporated milk. Also needed are toilet paper, diapers, shampoo and baby wipes. (WFCM clients cannot purchase toiletries with food stamps).

Bring all items to WFCM’S food pantry, weekdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at 13888 Metrotech Drive, near Papa John’s Pizza and Kumon Learning Center, in Chantilly’s Sully Place Shopping Center.

Thrift-store needs include spring and summer clothing, quality shoes and like-new houseware. The store is at 13939 Metrotech Drive. In addition, food-pantry volunteers are needed Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Contact Annette Bosley at 703-988-9656, ext. 110, or abosley@wfcmva.org.



Teen Girls May Explore Law-Enforcement

Rising 10th through 12th grade girls are invited to consider a career in law-enforcement by attending a week-long class this summer. A select group of young girls will learn firsthand about core police functions, such as patrol, K9 and crime-scene investigations. They’ll also discover the importance of having leadership skills, will meet today’s female law-enforcement leaders in Fairfax County and explore what it takes to become a police officer.

This unique opportunity is free but, to be selected, girls must first complete and submit an application and medical form by June 25. In return, they’ll either receive an acceptance letter or be notified that they’re on a wait list.

This class will be held Monday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Gatehouse Administration Building, 8115 Gatehouse Road in Falls Church. Participants are expected to attend the entire session. For more information, call 703-280-0713 or email CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov. Download an application and medical form at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/topics/0522214fwlle.htm.



Citizens Police Academy

People interested in law enforcement and who’d like to learn about the Fairfax County Police Department and meet many of those who serve in it may now do so. They may apply to join the Sept. 11-Nov. 15 session of the Citizens Police Academy. It’s a free, 10-week program put on by the Police Department and is open to people who live or work in this county.

Participants complete some 40 hours of learning to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for police via a combination of lectures, tours and hands-on activities. Topics covered include the 911 Call Center, patrol, traffic stops, Adult Detention Center, gangs, financial crimes and SWAT team.

To apply, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/services/citizens-police-academy.htm or email CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov.



Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Fairfax County needs Meals on Wheels drivers in Chantilly and group Meals on Wheels coordinators in both Chantilly and Fairfax. Contact Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 711, VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.



How to Hire CLRC Workers

The Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) serves businesses and homeowners needing help with just about any home remodeling or maintenance project. And local residents who’d like to hire a worker from the CLRC may do so easily. Either call 703-543-6272 or go to www.centrevilleLRC.org and click on the “How to Hire” link. Tell what kind of work is required, how many workers are needed and when.

The CLRC will match the needs to its registered workers’ skills and set up the job. The price for work will be negotiated. After the job is completed, employers are encouraged to provide the CLRC with feedback to ensure that the work was done well and to their satisfaction and to make sure the workers are fairly paid.



Long-Term Care Advocates

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteer advocates for residents in assisted living and nursing facilities. Training is provided in March. Call 703-324-5861, TTY 711 or email Lisa.Callahan@fairfaxcounty.gov.



Give Caregivers a Break

Fairfax County needs Respite Care volunteers throughout the county to give family caregivers of a frail older adult a well-deserved break. Volunteers visit and oversee the safety of the older adult for a few hours each month. Volunteers are matched with families in or near their own neighborhoods. Support and training is provided. Contact Kristin Martin at 703-324-7577, TTY 711, or Kristin.Martin@fairfaxcounty.gov.



How to Help the CLRC

The Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) needs volunteers to lead vocational training workshops to increase the workers’ job skills. A Wednesday morning ESOL instructor is also needed; contact Molly Maddra at coordinator@centrevilleLRC.org for more information.

In addition, end-of-year contributions to CLRC may be made at www.centrevilleimmigrationforum.org. The organization is supported totally by grants and donations; it receives no government funding.



Drive Seniors to Appointments

Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive older adults to medical appointments and wellness programs. Call 703-324-5406, TTY 711, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and link to Volunteer Solutions or email VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov.



Personal Trainer Is Needed

The Sully Senior Center, at 5690 Sully Road in Centreville, needs a certified personal trainer – preferably, one with experience working with older adults – for one hour, two days a week. For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and click on Volunteer Solutions.



Women's Self Defense Program

The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation is partnering with the Fairfax County Police Department to offer the Women's Self Defense Training program. It’s based on the SAFE program formerly provided by the Police Department, but now being taught by C&J Security Corp.

The program is a two-day class that will meet on consecutive Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15-9:30 p.m. It’s currently offered free and all class materials are included. Program funding is provided through the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation.

The course is offered to females, age 13 and older. A female guardian must accompany girls 13-18. No men other than the instructors are permitted to be present during a class. For more information, call 703-246-7806, e-mail WSD@fairfaxfoundation.org or go to www.fairfaxfoundation.org.