Week in McLean

Week in McLean

A Meeting on McLean Central Park

On Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., the Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public meeting to present changes to the McLean Central Park Master Plan, made in response to comments from the June 2013 public meeting and afterward.

The event will be held at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.

In fall 2012, the Fairfax County Park Authority initiated revisions to the master plan that will serve as a guide for the future vision of McLean Central Park.

Volunteers Needed for MPAartfest

McLean Project for the Arts needs volunteers for its 7th annual MPAartfest in McLean Central Park, Sunday, Oct. 6. Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event promotional activities and, during the event, setup and breakdown of artist tents, volunteer check-ins, greeting and counting visitors, entertainment setup, assisting with creative activities and projects for attendees and assisting artists with miscellaneous activities. Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054EACA6283-mpaartfest or e-mail us as at mpaartfestvolunteers@gmail.com.

Metro Launches Silver Line Website

Metro has launched a website—www.silverlinemetro.com—for information on the Silver Line. The site will be updated frequently with new service details, destinations and partner information. If you have additions to suggest or links you would like Metro to include, email your comments to externalrelations@wmata.com.

Police Concerned about ‘Molly’/Ecstasy Use

Fairfax County Police Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit (OCN) detectives have seen approximately 168 cases involving MDMA—also known as ecstasy or “Molly”—an average of eight per month between January 2012 and August 2013.

MDMA is a semi-synthetic, chemical compound that has been increasing in popularity across the nation, especially among high school and college-aged students. While it is most often seen in pill form, it also comes in powder and capsules.

This drug “Molly” can be a mixture of caffeine and speed and other stimulants; it’s known as a recreational psychoactive. And between January 2012 and August 2013, the OCN Unit seized some 16.67 pounds of MDMA and more than 3,000 pills.

Police remind residents that parents are still the strongest influencers in their children’s lives. They urge parents to help make their children, of all ages, safer by having a discussion about illegal drugs.

The Unified Prevention Coalition and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America suggest that parents “Make time to talk with children; explain the risks of these drugs. Learn the signs of drug use and how to intervene. Go to www.drugfree.org/. Educate family members on the harmful effects of drugs; make it clear you don’t approve of drug use. Be vigilant and don’t panic; help is available. Secure prescription drugs in the home. Get involved; learn more at http://unifiedpreventioncoalition.org/.”