Sunday, May 19, 2013
FCPD provided information about the new police cruisers during the recent CAC meeting at Franconia District Police Station.
Fairfax County police officers are saying farewell to their old cruisers as the department purchases 127 Ford Police Interceptor sedans and utility vehicles in FY2013. Retired Lieutenant Chalrie Bond — who is now the director of the logistics and property division for the department — conducted a presentation during Wednesday night's Citizen Advisory Committee meeting. Bond said Ford Motor Vehicles recently discontinued the Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. The 2007 model was the last of its kind. FCPD has 1,500 vehicles — 762 which are assigned to eight stations, and Franconia District Police Station has 109 of those vehicles alone, Bond said. The current cruisers are large four-door vehicles with a V8 engine and upgraded brakes and …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Presented by Patch, the theme is 'Fairfax Is Beautiful.'
UPDATE: The deadline for the first annual Celebrate Fairfax Photo Contest has been extended to May 15. Enter today! Your photo could be on display at Celebrate Fairfax! --- Are you a natural photographer or just enjoy capturing snapshots of the world around you? Celebrate Fairfax is looking for the best photographs of the natural beauty of Fairfax County and announces their 1st annual Photo Contest! In order to enter, you must submit a photo of something beautiful you see in nature around Fairfax County. You have until May 1 to get your entry in! Let the county be your inspiration — the top 75 entries submitted will be displayed during the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, which will be held June 7-9. Individuals will compete in one of two …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Hyland said he feels he's at full strength since the procedure last week.
Fairfax County's Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D) will tell you he's the picture of health - and the witticisms are as sharp as ever. Last week, the 76-year-old received two heart stents after feeling weak at home. "I had no energy," said Hyland. "But now I feel like I'm back to full strength." Stents are small expandable tubes used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries in the body, according to WebMD. In patients with coronary heart disease, caused by the buildup of plaque, stents are used to open narrowed arteries and help reduce symptoms such as chest pain (angina) or to help treat a heart attack. A lawyer by trade, Hyland has served as the Mount Vernon District Supervisor since 1988, and is known for a quick wit. …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The first of three public hearings on FY 2014 plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. Speakers can sign up in advance.
A series of public hearings on Fairfax County’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget package will kick off Tuesday evening, giving residents a chance to advocate for changes to funding allocations and other issues. County Executive Ed Long’s advertised $7 billion budget, unveiled in late February, proposes raising the county's real estate tax rate and making cuts to some county programs and services in an effort to close shortfalls. The 2-cent increase in the real estate tax rate, from $1.075 per $100 of assessed value to $1.095, is expected to raise approximately $42 million in revenues. But on top of new, higher real estate assessments, the increase would burden the average county resident with approximately $262 more in taxes each year. Some …
Friday, April 5, 2013
What will it take to make the Workhouse a success? Tell us in the comments.
The business plan at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton is deeply flawed, according to its President and CEO John Mason. "Clearly we remain challenged by our financial model, which I've said time and again doesn't work," said Mason to Patch. "We are in the process with the bank and the county of addressing the business model question." Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You should. Hopes of a restaurant and other amenities on campus are dashed because of the Workhouse's nonprofit status, and renovation can be costly and time consuming given the paperwork and approvals required to develop on the historic former home of the Lorton Prison. The Lorton Arts Foundation, the nonprofit that operates the Workhouse, is asking the …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Fairfax County urban foresters will begin aerial spraying to suppress fall cankerworm caterpillars starting in mid-to-late-April.
This year, Fairfax County will spray approximately 2,000 acres to suppress fall cankerworm caterpillars in the Lee and Mount Vernon districts. Helicopters will spray Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a naturally-occurring insecticide, in infected areas in the two districts starting in mid-to-late April, according to a recent news release. Treatment areas for the aerial spray program are chosen through an annual Fairfax County survey of the fall cankerworm population. Because weather conditions are unpredictable, county officials do not know the exact days when spraying will be conducted. Once spraying begins, it may take ten days or more to complete, depending on the weather. A detailed map showing these treatment areas is available at public …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Brood II cicadas, not seen since 1996, will emerge in the mid-Atlantic region starting in May.
There won’t be quite as many cicadas this year as in the infamous Brood X 17-year cicadas of 2004, but a sizable population of Brood II 17-year cicadas will rise from the ground this spring. Cicadas are common in the mid-Atlantic region and some come out every spring and summer—but this year, local residents will definitely see more than any year since 2004. The Brood II cicadas will emerge probably in mid- to late May from North Carolina to New England. Brood II last emerged in 1996 in our area. "I think by Memorial Day it's just going to be spectacular," University of Maryland entomologist Michael Raupp told WTOP recently. "There will simply be millions of these things in the tree tops, and the boys are going to be singing their hearts …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
What will it mean for the local economy?
(Editor's note: In case you missed it, Patch recently spoke with Fairfax County Executive Ed Long and spoke with him about sequestration - an issue that affects thousands in Northern Virginia.) Fairfax County Executive Ed Long is advising Northern Virginians to save their money for potentially dark days, because, he says, the effects of sequestration on Northern Virginia are not yet known. "Prepare for the worst, hope for the best - whether you're a business, a government or an individual," said Long to Patch from his office in the Fairfax County Government Center. "Two-thirds of GDP is consumer spending, but I think that's the prudent thing for folks to do… You don't know what's going to happen, and I think that in these times of …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A recently executed search warrant provided new details on the case.
(Editor's Note: In case you missed it, additional details have been revealed in the Feburary explosion at the Sub Shop in Lorton. Here's our story about the case from earlier this week.) New details have emerged in last month's explosion at the Sub Shop in Lorton. A suspect, 25-year-old Horace Thompson, is being held without bond, and has been declared by Fairfax County Police as an "associate" of Sub Shop owner Lawrence Reese. Additionally, police have executed a search warrant on a vehicle belonging to Reese. Reese and Thompson were both injured by the blast, which came from inside the sandwich shop, located at 9504 Richmond Hwy., at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Reese recently told WJLA that the incident was "to my knowledge…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way! Easter is March 31 this year. Many Easter egg hunts are scheduled before Easter.
Easter is on its way — wondering where you can find a fun Easter egg hunt for the whole family in and around Northern Virginia? Patch has tracked down a few in the region so you can plan ahead and make reservations if necessary. While Easter is Sunday, March 31, many Easter egg hunts are held on other days leading up to Easter. If you know of another Easter egg hunt not listed here, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll add it to the list! Go to the Town of Clifton Web site for updates! Dates and times: Questions? Contact Joshua Symonette (email@example.com). Register here https://ncc.wufoo.com/forms/q7x2z7/