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  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:15 PM | Anonymous member

    For the past 10 months, we've heard some great ideas about ways to improve the Express Lanes. We want to encourage an even greater exchange of ideas by reaching out to our customers and the community throughout the next month to determine how we can improve the 495 Express Lanes.

    Confused about a sign? Have an idea about E-ZPass®? Think we could do something better? Let us know.

    If you're interested in submitting an idea, please visit 495ExpressLanes.com/ideas. Submissions will be accepted through October 25. We hope you'll submit your ideas today.

    We hope that you’ll participate in the campaign to make the Express Lanes an even better choice. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Safe travels,
    495 Express Lanes Team

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:10 PM | Anonymous member

      It is very important that all of us who use and care about Fairfax County Public Libraries attend these meetings and speak up about what we want in our libraries. It appears that only a small window of opportunity is being offered for public input regarding the future of our libraries. It is already clear that the library administration intends to keep pushing the unpopular and ill advised "strategic redirection" (formerly known as the "Beta plan") .  Only if the public speaks out loud and clear will we turn our libraries in a more positive, hopeful direction which is grounded in the wishes of library patrons.

    Charles Keener


    UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC INPUT ON THE FUTURE OF FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

    Monday 10/07/2013, 1-3pm First Monday with Supervisor Hudgins:  FOCUS ON LIBRARIES, October 7, 2013, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library 101 Maple Ave. East Vienna, VA 22180-5794, Vienna 703-938-0405    This FirstMonday session will focus on public libraries.  In light of the library's "beta plan", Supervisor Hudgins would like to hear from you on how you utilize and value library services.  You are invited to come and share your thoughts and experiences with Supervisor Hudgins.

    Monday 10/07/2013, 7pm, Chantilly Regional Library 4000 Stringfellow Rd Chantilly, VA 20151-2628  703-502-3883: community outreach session (Karrie Delaney)

    Monday 10/07/2013 7pm   Fairfax Town Meeting on the Library ( City of Fairfax Library Board member Mary Petersen, host) Work Session Room 111, Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax

    Tuesday 10/8/2013 7pm  Lake Braddock Secondary School in Lecture Hall B135, 9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, VA.

    Wednesday 10/9/2013 Library Board Meeting  7pm Kings Park Library 9000 Burke Lake Rd. Burke, VA 22015-1683 703-978-5600

    Thursday 10/10/2013, 7pm, Open to everyone who cares about our Fairfax County Public Libraries.  We need your thoughts: How do you use libraries? How would you like to use libraries? What do you see as the future direction for our library system? What is the role of books and traditional resources? What is the role of technology? Please join us! Note: This meeting is at the Luther Jackson Middle School Cafeteria 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church 22042. Enter building through Door 4 which has direct access to back parking lot. Sponsored by Providence Supervisor Linda Smyth

    Wednesday 10/16/2013,  7:00 PM  Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Highway Lorton, VA 22079-2124 703-339-7385Please join us for a Public Meeting on what services our Fairfax County Public Library branches currently offer and discuss how they will change to meet the needs of our community.

    Saturday 10/19/2013,  1:30 PM  Kings Park Library 9000 Burke Lake Rd. Burke, VA 22015-1683 703-978-5600Please join us for a Public Meeting on what services our Fairfax County Public Library branches currently offer and discuss how they will change to meet the needs of our community.

    Monday, 10/21/2013 7:00 PM Great Falls Library 9830 Georgetown Pike Great Falls, VA 22066-2634 703-757-8560Please join us for a Public Meeting on what services our Fairfax County Public Library branches currently offer and discuss how they will change to meet the needs of our community.

     

    The League of Women Voters will also be hosting a series of meetings focusing on the future of Fairfax County Public Libraries

    Visit  http://www.lwv-fairfax.org/WhereWeMeet.html and http://www.lwv-fairfax.org/files/2013_October_Voter.pdf  for more comprehensive information.

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:07 PM | Anonymous member
    Dear Dranesville Resident,
      

    The U.S. Government's closure of Langley Fork Park (Colonial Farm Road and Georgetown Pike) and Great Falls Park (Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Drive) is expected to affect parking, congestion and attendance at two County parks that remain open.

     

    The closure of Langley Fork is impacting available parking for visitors to Clemyjontri Park (6317 Georgetown Pike).  Clemyjontri Park is located across Georgetown Pike from Langley Fork Park.  Patrons of Clemyjontri often use the Langley Fork parking area for overflow parking.   During the U.S. Government shutdown, access to the Langley Fork parking lot is not available.

     

    Due to the closing of Great Falls Park, the Fairfax County Park Authority is anticipating a significant increase in the number of visitors at Riverbend Park.  Consequently, Riverbend has increased staffing for the weekend, will provide shuttles from the upper parking lot and will have police assistance with traffic control.  

      
    Feel free to forward this information to your friends and neighbors.
     

    John W. Foust

    Dranesville District Supervisor

    6649-A Old Dominion Drive

    McLean, VA  22101

    Phone:  703-356-0551

    Fax: 703-821-4275

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 8:56 PM | Anonymous
    Friends,

    The struggle continues against the misguided downgrading of Fairfax County Public Libraries under radical restructuring plans which were developed and are scheduled to be implemented with almost zero input from library users and front-line library staff. 

    There have continued to be numerous news articles and commentaries appearing on the situation .Here are the latest. Please share with others as we continue to spread the word on this crisis in Fairfax County :
     
    Library staff, supporters battling plan to overhaul library system 

    Proposed Degradation of Fairfax County Public Libraries


    Board of Supervisors Chairman Bulova and other County leaders have begun to hear the voices of library staff, volunteers, Friends, and users who are speaking out against rushed through changes which they see as unwise and undermining the quality of the libraries they love. Bulova has called for the Betas to be postponed and for there to be genuine participation from the public and front-line staff in the planning process. It is believed that the Supervisors will address the library situation in a resolution at their Sept meeting. Many 
    believe that merely adjusting the existing plans is NOT enough. We need to STOP & RE-EVALUATE completely - with all stakeholders involved in every stage of the planning.

    The voices saying "Stop & Re-evaluate" are growing louder and more determined with each passing day and, despite various attempts at threats and intimidation, will NOT BE SILENCED. Neither will an ongoing disinformation campaign of half-truths, evasions, and distortions succeed in distracting those who oppose both the proposed changes and the process used to produce and implement those changes.

    PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP AND RE-EVALUATE DOWNGRADING FAIRFAX COUNTY LIBRARIES AND READ SOME OF THE WONDERFUL COMMENTS FOLKS ARE POSTING THERE    OVER 1500 HAVE SIGNED IN ONE MONTH !!!
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-and-re-evaluate-proposed-changes-to-fairfax/


    PLEASE CONTACT THE LIBRARY BOARD AND BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WITH THE SAME REQUEST TO "STOP & RE-EVALUATE"

    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/aboutthelibrary/trustees.htm

    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/board/board-of-supervisors-flyer.pdf


     ATTEND THE CRUCIAL LIBRARY BOARD MEETING 
    Wednesday 
    September 11, 2013       7:00 PM
    George Mason Regional Library  
     7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 22003 
    AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILIES , NEIGHBORS...
  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 8:52 PM | Anonymous

    Volunteer Coordinator Needed for McLean  

      

    Meals on wheels is looking for a volunteer who will coordinate two routes in McLean.  If this very worthwhile cause sounds like something you would enjoy doing, please contact Jenny Phipps in Supevisor Foust's office at jenny.phipps@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 571-232-6058.

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    Fairfax County Police urge motorists to be extra vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists as county schools resume classes Tuesday, September 3.
                Commuters should expect increased congestion throughout the week and build time into their schedules to accommodate for the traditionally heavy time period. Residents may also notice police officers posted in school zones and near bus stops helping ensure pedestrian safety as well as safe loading and unloading of students.

                Police remind drivers that when bus lights and stop signs are activated, vehicles must stop in both directions, unless they are separated from the bus by a median.

                In 2012, there were a total of 1,500 citations written for infractions involving school zones and busses, including 961 for speeding in a school crossing and 194 for passing a stopped school bus. Typically, these infractions occur between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

                Additionally, there were 79 reportable crashes that involved school busses in 2012 and there have been 43 so far in 2013.

                Traffic safety is a high priority for the Fairfax County Police Department. To learn more about traffic safety issues contact Master Police Officer Allie Eggers at 703-280-0530.

  • Friday, August 02, 2013 2:25 PM | Deleted user
    [Upate 4:47 PM]: These dogs have been re-connected with their owners.

    Two dogs were found today near Griffth Road and Arch Drive.
    If you recognize these dogs, know their owner(s) or maybe are their owner(s) please contact us.
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 8:28 PM | Anonymous
    In coordination with the citizens in the Dranesville District, the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department’s Training Division will be hosting a live fire training evolution on July 23rd 2013 at 1801 Baldwin Drive McLean, VA 22101. The training is expected to commence around 8:00 a.m. and is expected to conclude no later than 5:00 p.m.

    All Fire & Rescue Department training is conducted in accordance with applicable departmental and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) safety standards. This "hands-on" training is the most valuable and realistic training that we can provide to our uniformed members and it could not take place without the support from Supervisor Hudgins’ office as well as the community we serve.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:21 PM | Anonymous

    Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be holding a “Pardon Our Dust” meeting to discuss the details of the upcoming project to construct sound walls along the Dulles Airport Connector Road between Rt. 123 (Dolley Madison Blvd.) and I-66.

     

    Meeting Details:

    Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.

    McLean High School Cafeteria

    1633 Davidson Rd.

    McLean

     

    The objective of this meeting is to introduce the members of the construction team, present the scope of work and major construction elements, and answer questions from the community.

     

    In an effort to make the meeting even more productive, VDOT asks residents (if they wish) to submit any questions they might have in advance so that VDOT can come to the meeting prepared to discuss their specific situations.  You may submit your questions to project manager Giles Njumbe at Giles.Njumbe@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

     

    For more information please visit the project website at www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/dulles_connector_sound_walls.asp.

 

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