Archive: September 2006

UPDATE 10/2: Man Arrested In Father's Death

Updated 10/2 Dail Brown Jr. was arrested in Ohio on Friday night. The story is here. Originally posted 9/29 From the Fairfax County Police Department: Victim Identified, Homicide Investigation Continues Detectives have identified the body found in the trunk of the car. An autopsy was conducted and results determined that the dismembered remains were those of 64-year-old Dail Brown. Cause of death was due to traumatic injuries. The victim's son 35-year-old Dail Brown Jr. is a person of interest in this murder investigation and detectives are still seeking his location. The silver Ford Escape with Virginia license plate YCT 4771 is also still missing Anyone who might have information regarding the location of Dail Brown Jr.or the vehicle is as asked to call Fairfax Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. Human Remains Discovered at Home On Thursday, September 28 at about 5:15 p.m., human remains were...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 29, 2006; 3:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

Man Sought in Reston Attacks

From today's Metro section: Police believe a man wielding a knife may have accosted five women in the Reston area in recent days, including one who was sexually assaulted near Lake Anne Elementary School last week. The first two incidents occurred Sept. 14 about 90 minutes apart, Fairfax County police said. Two women walking separately on North Shore Drive near Moorings Drive reported being grabbed by a man with a knife but escaping. On Sept. 19, a woman walking on North Shore Drive near Fairway Drive was pulled into a wooded area and sexually assaulted by a man with a knife. On Tuesday, a woman sitting outside in the Northgate Square apartment complex on North Shore Drive was approached by a man with a knife, but she fled. On Wednesday, a woman walking near the northern intersection of North Shore Drive and Wiehle Avenue told police she was grabbed by...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 29, 2006; 9:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Love Books? GMU Has Something For You

Here is a look at what book lovers can expect at the eighth annual Fall For the Book Festival at George Mason University. The festival began yesterday....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 12:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Pedestrian Deaths Already Exceed 2005 Totals

In the first nine months of this year, a dozen pedestrians have been killed on Fairfax roads. According to this Fairfax Extra article, 11 of the 12 who died were crossing street improperly and the minority population is disproportionately represented among the casualties. Ten pedestrians were killed in the calendar year 2005. A link to information about the county's pedestrian program is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bond Referendums on Ballot For Nov. 7

By now most Fairfax County households will have received a brochure from the Board of Supervisors explaining the upcoming bond referendums to fund public safety renovations and expansions and parks and recreation facilities development. The mailing explains the basic arguments for and against issuing bonds to pay for these types of expenses, but there is certainly more to both the pros and cons of borrowing the money. What's your take?...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Email a Comment

Update 9/28: Democrats and Senate Leaders Critical of GOP Transportation Plan

Updated 9/28 An article in today's Metro details the arguments for and the $2.4 million dollar proposal which its critics say would divert necessary funds from schools, public safety and human services. Updated 9/27 According to this article, the plan was shot down by the House of Delegates Finance Committee. Originally posted 9/18 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly (D) said on Friday, "Local government is mad as a hornet" about the lack of funds in the state's spending bill to fix Northern Virginia's transportation problems. But according to this article, given the lack of state funds, there is little consensus on how to get the needed money for fixes....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 27, 2006; 9:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Supes Want Competitive Bidding for Dulles Rail

Saying that the current contractors have stripped crucial features from the plan but kept excessive profits in it, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors yesterday asked the state to consider competitive bidding for the construction of a Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner. The Posts' story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 26, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Supervisors Tackle County Car Use, Roof Heights

Updated 9/26 The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors yesterday demanded that employees caught running up miles on their vehicles be disciplined. Also, the board voted to allow homeowners to occupy new homes that are in violation of the height restrictions so long as the roof was in place by July 1. Coverage of yesterday's supervisor's meeting is here. Originally posted 9/25 Faced with the possibility of losing their government-issued vehicles because they hadn't driven their cars a minimum of miles set in new cost-cutting measures, this Post story reveals that some county employees took to creative ways to up the numbers on their odometers rather than turn in their underused cars. The cars and maintenance are taxpayer-supported. What do you think of this?...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 25, 2006; 12:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, the Extra Credit education column, the Fairfax Business Notebook column, the Varsity Letter sports column, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 22, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Theater Season Preview

Courtesy of this week's Fairfax Extra, here is a preview of how the 2006-2007 Fairfax County theater season is shaping up....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 22, 2006; 10:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Classes Explore Diverse Set of Professions

School systems in Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia jurisdictions are offering courses that give students a sense of careers in professions such as pharmacy technology, screenwriting and environmental management. The story is in this week's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 22, 2006; 9:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Escaped Emu Still on the Lam

From today's Metro section: If you're passing through Centreville and see an emu, you're not hallucinating. Three emus escaped from a farm in the 15000 block of Braddock Road Monday, Fairfax County police said yesterday. One of the brown, ostrichlike birds rambled back home that day, and animal control officers found a second not far away, on Chandley Farm Circle just off Braddock Road in western Fairfax. But the third remained at large. It was last seen yesterday morning near Kamputa and Sully Park drives, a fair distance from the farm. Police said the emu will probably stay off roads unless scared or cornered, but they warned motorists to be cautious in the Sully area. Anyone who spots the emu is asked to call animal control at 703-830-1100. -- Tom Jackman...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 21, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Gets Funds for Arabic, Chinese Classes

The federal government, aiming to increase the number of Americans who can speak Arabic or Chinese, has granted Fairfax County schools $188,000. The story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 21, 2006; 10:02 AM ET | Email a Comment

TJ Grad Finishes Double Major at U-Va. in a Year

Fairfax County's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is well-known for its high achieving students, but the school's recently graduated David Banh, 18, of Annandale, takes it to an enitrely new level: Banh has graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in just one year and is headed to graduate school at the Charlottesville university. Read about Banh in this front page story from today's paper....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 10:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Former County Police Chief Richard King Dies

Here is the obituary from today's paper for the former county police chief and interim county executive who died on Sunday....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Local Priest/Advocate for Immigrants Wants Amnesty

Jose E. Hoyas, a popular priest who has led churches in Falls Church and Dale City, is making a name for himself as an advocate for immigrants. Today's Metro section takes a look at Hoyas and his work....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Truck Shot at on I-395, Police Say

A dump truck driver travelling north on Interstate 395 yesterday suffered a minor injury when his passenger-side window was pierced by what police say was likely a small caliber bullet. A subsequent investigation turned up no other evidence of a shooter. The Post's story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/22: Huntington Flood Prevention 5-7 Years Away?

Updated 9/22 From today's Metro section: Flood-Control Timetable Rejected The Fairfax County Supervisor who represents the Huntington community stricken by flooding last June said yesterday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' estimate of five to seven years to build a protective wall or other measures to keep out high water was "not acceptable." "They don't know what they're talking about," said Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon). Hyland said it made no sense for the Corps to set a timetable until it knew exactly what kind of flood control was needed. The Corps' report on the cause of the June 25-26 flooding, which damaged more than 300 homes and caused losses estimated at $10 million, is due in December. The estimate was mentioned in a July e-mail from the Corps to the county's public works department. Hyland said that neither he, the board nor County Executive Anthony H. Griffin...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 9:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lorton Arts Foundation Begins Prison Conversion

Construction to transform the former prison at Lorton into a vibrant arts center officially began over the weekend. Read the Post's coverage here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 18, 2006; 10:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

Nearly 700 Fairfax Deaths Possible in Worst-Case Flu Scenario

Fairfax County's government is the first in the local area to issue a comprehensive report on preparations for a pandemic flu outbreak. The Washington Post story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 18, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Same Old Arguments Threaten Plan for New Roads

According to this article from today's Metro section, the unlikeliness of support from the General Assembly for new taxes and other fees to help fix Northern Virginia's transportation problems may doom the newest $417 million plan from Northern Virginia's GOP delegation....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 15, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Did you see the nifty package of stories that marks another season of coverage of local high school sports in today's Fairfax Extra? The local sports stories are just one reason that Fairfax County residents should make the Extra a weekly part of their news reading. Your Extra has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 12:36 PM ET | Email a Comment

New Sign at GMU Lights Up Neighbors' Complaints

Is this the Las Vegas Strip or Braddock Road? That's the question some disgruntled neighbors of George Mason University's new two-story electronic animated sign are asking. A photo of the George Mason University sign as it flashes a promotional message for an upcoming boxing match at the Patriot Center. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post) The news about the controversy is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 12:22 PM ET | Email a Comment

George and Martha Go AWOL

No one has seen the bald eagle pair known as George and Martha -- who had been nesting near the Woodrow Wilson bridge -- in almost four months. An environmentalist says the lack of sightings is not yet cause for alarm. Read the Fairfax Extra story here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 12:03 PM ET | Email a Comment

County Needs Volunteers for Advisory Groups

According to the cover story in this week's Fairfax Extra, officials are having a hard time finding volunteers to fill vacancies on some of the county government's key boards, authorities and commissions....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 11:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

Man Killed in Car Race; Teen Charged

From today's Metro section: A 23-year-old Fairfax County man was killed late Tuesday while racing against a teenager on Hayfield Road, police said. Michael S. Garcia of the 7000 block of Darby Towne Court in the Alexandria area of the county died after his 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse struck a tree heading east on Hayfield Road near Kingstowne Village Parkway, police said. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, whom police identified as Bryan Flores, 18, of the 6000 block of Liverpool Lane in the Alexandria section of the county, has been charged with reckless driving, police said. Officer Tina Prescott, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman, said the investigation is continuing. -- Fredrick Kunkle...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Women Assaulted Near Vienna Metro Station

Updated 9/13 The number of assualts is now up to five and police have a sketch of the assailant that they are circulating. A detailed article is here. A police sketch of the suspect. (Fairfax County Police Dept.) Originally posted 8/30 From today's Metro section: Three women have been assaulted near the Vienna Metro station in the past week, and Fairfax County police said yesterday they think the same man was involved in each attack. All three women were accosted in or around Nottaway Park, about a quarter-mile northwest of the station, police said. The assailant tried to pull down their shorts or groped them before running away when the women screamed. Two of the assaults took place Thursday, and one took place Sunday, police said. -- Jerry Markon...

By | September 13, 2006; 11:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Performance Center Sought by Supervisors

An arts center was planned for the government center complex when it was conceived, but cost overruns brought the axe. Now the Board of Supervisors has allocated $150,000 to study how to build it on the grassy 50 acres behind the main government center building. Metro section coverge is here. What do you think about such a center?...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 13, 2006; 11:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fisher on Steak and Sympathy

Metro columnist Marc Fisher today opined on the situation with the Texas Roadhouse in Chantilly. The restaurant was forced to close its doors when large crowds turned out for the funeral processions of the two officers killed at the Sully District police station in a shootout at the station earlier this year. The manager calculated that the restaurant lost about $9,000 in business and asked the police for compensation in the form of forgiveness of fines the restaurant had incurred after a series of false burglar alarms due to system malfunction. Though Texas Roadhouse corporate management has since withdrawn the request and disciplined the manager who made it, Fisher calls the request callous and wonders how it could have ever been made. What's your take? Was the manager out of line, or was his request not entirely unreasonable considering the loss of business?...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 12, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/12: Day Care Cuts May Be Solved

Updated 9/12 According to this article from this morning's Metro section, the county will not be dropping children from its subsidized child-care rolls, but it also will not offer its own money to keep the program going. The Board of Supervisor's is insisting that the state continue to back the program. Updated 8/28 Elizabeth Page, the executive director of the Falls Church-McLean Children's Center, wrote about this issue in an opinion column in yesterday's Washington Post. Originally posted 7/11 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) yesterday criticized Virginia's Republican-controlled General Assembly for their refusal to pass a budget that would provide funding for day care for about 1,900 low-income children in the county. The story is in today's Metro section....

By | September 12, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

720 Apartments for Dunn Loring Metro Area?

About 720 new apartment units would be built on what is currently a 15 acre parking lot according to this article. The proposal comes before the county planning commission this fall....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 11, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Tonight's Rush Hour and Football: Expect Backups.

With the Redskins playing their opening game tonight at 7 p.m., local officials are anticipating a tough commute tonight on the area highways with back-ups potentially extending five miles from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Fairfax County. The story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 11, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Require More Parking for New Townhouses?

That is the question that is facing county officials. While some argue that we should be trying to reduce traffic by restricting vehicles, others say that current requirements are far too low. Read the story in this week's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 8, 2006; 1:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

World Police and Fire Games Here in 2013?

Officials from the biennial games, which pit athletes from public safety departments from around the world against each other, are in Fairfax to check out what the county has to offer in the way of facilities for the 2013 competition....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 8, 2006; 1:07 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/12: Kaine Backs Overhead Rail in Tysons

Updated 9/12 From today's Metro section: Kaine Urged to Reconsider Route Rejection WestGroup, the biggest landowner at Tysons Corner, has urged Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) to reconsider his rejection of an underground rail route through Tysons, saying a tunnel should be explored further at the same time as plans for an elevated track proceed. In a letter to Kaine, WestGroup chairman and chief executive Gerald T. Halpin said he was "extremely disappointed" by Kaine's "stunning reversal of direction" against a tunnel. On Wednesday, Kaine ruled out a tunnel for the four-mile Tysons stretch of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport, after federal officials made it clear that switching to a tunnel would imperil the entire 23-mile, $4 billion project. Two weeks ago, many had been expecting Kaine to choose an underground route, which supporters say would contribute more to Fairfax County's vision of Tysons as a walkable urban...

By Focus on Fairfax | September 7, 2006; 7:04 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax City Resident Has West Nile Virus

A Fairfax City resident has Virginia's first diagnosed human case of West Nile virus this year and has been treated at a hospital and released, Fairfax County officials said yesterday. The resident is 61 years old, but no other information was available about the person, said Kimberly Cordero, a county Health Department spokeswoman. Lab samples were taken Aug. 26 and confirmed to be West Nile on Aug. 31. There was only one human case reported in Virginia all of last year. West Nile is spread through mosquito bites. Cordero said it was not known when or where the resident was infected. Symptoms usually resemble a mild flulike illness, but people older than 50 are at risk of more serious illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. Officials warned that standing water from recent rainfalls could contribute to the hatching of large numbers of mosquitoes in coming weeks. -- Tom Jackman...

By Robert Samsot | September 6, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Email a Comment

Affluent Fairfax Serves its Needy

"Affluent" seems to be joined to "Fairfax" in reference after reference. But the nation's second-wealthiest county has people who need help. Here's a piece that shows some of them and how they get help. The Sunday Metro story by Bill Turque is here: http://arktype/read.php?id=60905&yr=2006&pass=read&xsl=read.xsl&bdysrch=bill!turque...

By Robert Samsot | September 5, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Korean Language Service Begins

>Fairfax County starts a new service today--for Korean seniors and their families. The service is described in a Monday piece by Karin Brulliard: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/03/AR2006090300788.html...

By Robert Samsot | September 5, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

Storm Emergency Declared; Be Careful

The state is under an emergency declaration as it waits for heavy rains from tropical storm Ernesto predicted to fall at least through the night and perhaps into tomorrow. Winds will increase during the day. Be careful; do not try to drive through standing water; exercise caution. Read about the declaration here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 1, 2006; 7:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

More Middle Schools Fall Short of "No-Child" Grade

New mathematics requirements of the No Child Left Behind act are described as the major contributing factors to the failure of more of Northern Virginia's middle schools to make the grade this year. The story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | September 1, 2006; 7:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/1: Why Is That Section of Faifax Parkway Unfinished?

Updated 9/1 In this article from today's Metro section a top U.S. Army official is quoted as saying that the parkway will be completed by 2011. Originally posted 8/28 So just when will the final piece of the Fairfax County Parkway, the section that runs through Fort Belvoir, be finished? Not until the U.S. Army and the Commonwealth of Virginia can decide who will pay for it. Read the news story here....

By | September 1, 2006; 7:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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