Dranesville Happenings - February 2013

Supervisor John W. Foust
Dranesville District Office
6649-A Old Dominion Drive • McLean, VA • 22101

703-356-0551, TTY 711 • FAX 703-821-4275
E-mail: dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov
Web: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dranesville

If you would like your community announcement included in Dranesville Happenings please send an email to dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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In This Issue:


Scheduled Activities and Events:



January 31, February 4, 5, 6, 7, 11: Public Meetings on Proposed Dulles Rail Bus Service Plan

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will hold six public meetings and one Ask Fairfax! online discussion to review proposed changes to Fairfax Connector service as part of the opening of the Phase I Silver Line Metro stations near Tysons Corner, Reston and Herndon.

Two meetings will be held within the Dranesville District, emphasizing service in the McLean area and the Herndon area:

McLean Service Discussion:
Dolley Madison Library
Thursday, January 31, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
1244 Oak Ridge Avenue

Herndon Service Discussion:
Town Council Center
Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
765 Lynn Street

Other meeting locations outside of Dranesville:

Vienna Service Discussion:
Westbriar Elementary School
Monday, February 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
1741 Pine Valley Drive

Ask Fairfax! Online Discussion :

Questions can be submitted online starting on January 31.

Merrifield-Tysons Service Discussion:
Luther Jackson Middle School
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
1741 Pine Valley Drive

Reston Service Discussions:
JoAnn Rose Library
Thursday, February 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m..
1609A Washington Plaza

Lake Anne Elementary School
Monday, February 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

11510 North Shore Drive

To help residents in the area of the future Phase I Silver Line stations access the Metro by bus, FCDOT has developed the Phase I Dulles Rail Bus Service Plan, based on the recommendatins of the County's 2009 Transit Development Plan. The Service Plan proposes circulator routes (internal to the Tysons-central area) and feeder routes needed to access Silver Line Metro stations slated to open next winter. Also recommended are realignment and/or replacement of some existing routes.

The services described in the plan are only proposals. At this time the County is collecting comments from the public through the project website. In addition, the County is holding these meetings as part of a robust public outreach effort to collect community feedback on the plan.

To review proposed route and/or schedule changes and make comments, please visit the project website at www.fairfaxconnector.com.

For more information, please contact Julie Ide in the office of Supervisor John Foust at 703-356-0551 or email Julie.Ide@FairfaxCounty.gov.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accomodations will be provided upon request. For accomodations, call the Department of Transportation , 703-877-5600, TTY 711, at least five business days prior to a specified meeting.

February 2: 6th Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase

McLean Community Center will host the 6th Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase on Saturday, February 2. This juried event will feature a variety of quality, handmade jewelry collections and designs by exhibitors from around the region. This is a must-attend event, happening just in time to buy the perfect gift for Valentine's Day. Admission cost is $3.00 per person.

Saturday, February 2

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

McLean Community Center

1234 Ingleside Avenue


For additional information, please call the McLean Community Center at (703) 790-0123, TTY 711.

January 12, 17, 19: McLean's "A Community for All Ages" Seeks Volunteers for Help Desk/Phone Line Training

Do you love living in McLean? Want to help make it easier for yourself, friends and neighbors to continue to live in this great community and "age in place?" You can help make it happen by volunteering with the newly-formed McLean Senior Source to conenct residents with resources making it possible to live active, independent, and social lives in a familiar, multi-generational neighborhood. <\p>

Volunteers are needed to staff the resource desk located in the McLean Community Center (MCC). Volunteer for a few hours a month to answer telephones and connect callers with the "village of services" that residents can safely, easily and affordably access. Join your neighbors in contributing your time, energy and good ideas to make McLean a connected and supportive community for all. Training will be provided by the Fairfax Area agency on Aging.

The next training session will be held:

February 1

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

McLean Community Center

1234 Ingleside Avenue

(Particpants should bring their own brown bag lunch.)

For more information and to get involved, contact Betty Yukewitch by email at betty.yurkewitch@verizon.net or by tlephone at 703-790-9586.

  February 5 : Bullying Prevention Class Offered by Fairfax Partnership for Yout

Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Inc. (FPY) is offering instruction for youth service providers in northern Virginia who want to teach youth and adult members of their organization or fath community how to prevent bullying and intervene in bullying situations

The "Bullying Prevention 101" program costs $149 per trainee and space is limited. Reduced rates may be available for non-profit representaties on a limited basis.

Course participants:

  • Learn how to facililtate a prepared 1-hour training on bullying prevention and intervention
  • Receive resources to assist with managing ongoing bullying situations
  • Have access to continued technical support

FPY's Training Approach:

  • Provides participants with the ability to teach others how to recognize and address bullying behavior among youth
  • Emphasizes respect and empathy as key skills for those who bully and targets of bullying
  • Provides specific strategies for intervention when bullying becomes a problem
  • Teaches the use of Restorative Justice principals for prevention of bullying

To register visit www.fairfaxyouth.org/event_1029.xml?document_id=1149. For more information contact Kristin Brennan at 703-324-5703.

February 7: Lifetime Leadership Program Information Sessions

The Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP) provides individuals who have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership, a way to use their wealth of knowledge to make a difference in their lives and in the community.

The LLP Spring 2013 class begins on Wedneesday, March 20. Please attend an informational session to learn more about this program. Registration is encouraged.

Thursday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Leadership Fairfax

8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350


For more information or to RSVP for the information session, please contact Moniek at Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org or call (703) 752-7504. You may also visit the LLP website at www.leadershipfairfax.org/lifetimeleadersprogram.

February 26: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on Sign Removal in Public Right-of-Way

Residents have long been aggravated by the prolifferation of advertising and political signs in the medians and along the roadsides in Fairfax County.

Acting at the direction of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in coordination with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, the Office of the County Attorney has drafted a proposed agreement between the Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Commissioner of Highways. If approved by the County Board, the agreement will authorize the County to remove signs and advertising located within the limits of any VDOT maintained road in Fairfax County and to collect penalties and costs from those who post signs in violation of Virginia Code. Penalties and removal costs will be paid to the County of Fairfax. If approved, those signs illegally posted in the right-of-way will be removed utilizing the Community Labor Force under the supervision of the County Office of the Sheriff.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a Public Hearing to consider approval of this agreement:

Board Hearing details:

Tuesday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Board Auditorium

Fairfax County Government Center

12000 Government Center Parkway


As written, the agreement makes an exemption for advertising of "special events".

If approved, this agreement takes the authority for sign removal away from VDOT and their agents such as Adopt-a-Highway, and makes it the responsibility of Fairfax County.

For more information, please contact Donna Keefe in the office of Supervisor Foust at 703-356-0551 or email Donna.Keefe@FairfaxCounty.gov.

Fairfax County Sheriff's Office Announces College Scholarship Opportunity

If you are currently enrolled in a Virginia college or university and are pursuing a degree in the field of criminal justice then you are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the Virginia Sheriff's Institute (VSI) Scholarship program. Scholarships are available to both full and part-time students.

As part of the applicatin process, Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Berry must submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. A letter can be obtained by contacting Lieutenant Steve Elbert at shf-pio@fairfaxcounty.gov or by calling 703-246-3250.

Founded in 1981, the Virginia Sheriff's Institute is a non-profit professional and educational organization. In May 2012, the VSI Scholarship Committee awarded 63 scholarships for a total of more than $30,000. There are $500 available for full-time students and $250 scholarships available for part-time students. The number and amount of scholarships awarded each year varies depending on the number of eligible students and the amount of money that is raised.

For more information on the VSI Scholarship Program or to download an application, visit vasheriffinstitute.org/scholarship/.

Regular Fairfax County Government and Dranesville District Community Meetings Open to the Public

County wide:

  • The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors usually meets two Tuesdays per month in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  For the schedule of meetings visit the Board’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/board/meetings.
  • The Fairfax County Public Schools School Boardholds regular business meetings at 7 p.m., twice monthly in the auditorium at Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. For the schedule of upcoming meetings visit the Board’s website at http://commweb.fcps.edu/schoolboardapps/meetings.cfm.
  • The Fairfax County Planning Commissionprovides the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and/or the Board of Zoning Appeals with recommendations on land-use policies that will result in orderly, balanced and equitable County growth.  The Commission holds approximately 75 meetings per year and usually meets every Wednesday and Thursday evening, beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the Board Auditorium in the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  For more information, including a calendar of scheduled meetings, visit the Commission’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning.
  • The Fairfax County Park Authority Board holds public meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at park headquarters in the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, in the 9th floor Board Meeting Room in Fairfax, VA.  For a schedule of meetings visit the Board’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/boardagn2.htm.
  • The Fairfax County Community Services Board oversees the establishment and operation of services for people in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church who have mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or intellectual or developmental disabilities. For a schedule of meeting dates and locations visit the Board’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/board/schedule.htm.

Great Falls:

  • The Great Falls Citizens Association Board ordinarily meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Executive Suites Offices, 774A Walker Rd. (In the Great Falls Village Center). These dates and times may vary.  Please consult the Great Falls Citizens Association community calendar at http://gfca.org for exact meeting dates and times.


  • The Herndon Town Council holds public hearings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, except during June, July, August, and December, during which only one meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Work sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month with the exceptions of June, July, August, and December, during which only one session is held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Alterations to this schedule are noted on the monthly calendar listings at

http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Government/Town_Council/Town_Council_Meeting_Dates.  All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers Building located at 765 Lynn Street, Herndon.


  • The McLean Citizens Association Board typically meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.  These dates and times may vary.  Please consult the Board’s website to confirm at http://www.mcleancitizens.org/schedule.asp.
  • The McLean Community Center Governing Board ordinarily meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.  These dates and times may vary.  Please consult the Board’s website to confirm at http://www.mcleancenter.org/about/governing-meetings.
  • The McLean Planning Committee ordinarily meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean. 

Pimmit Hills:

  • The Pimmit Hills Citizens Association (PHCA) usually holds community meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Pimmit Hills Center, 7510 Lisle Avenue, Pimmit Hills.  These dates and times may vary.  Please refer to the PHCA’s website for exact meeting dates and times at http://www.pimmithills.org/pimmit-hills-events.

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