Sheriff's Office Cautions Residents About Jury Duty Scam
Scammers, identifying themselves as deputy sheriffs, are calling residents of Fairfax County and surrounding jurisdictions, claiming that the resident failed to appear for jury duty and must pay a court fee to avoid arrest. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff's deputies will NOT call you asking for money nor threatening you with arrest.
If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty, please hang up immediately. Do NOT give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or any other identifying information. Regularly monitor all of your monetary accounts and always use strong passwords.
Georgetown Pike Pavement Rehabilitation
VDOT plans to rehabilitate approximately 7.5 miles of pavement along Route 193 from south of Springvale Road to just south of I-495. The work is projected to begin in Spring 2014 and continue through December 2014. Some areas will require deep patches, and the roadway will be resurfaced once the repairs are made.
Roads, Traffic and Tolls
The Great Falls Citizens Association Transportation Committee, in collaboration with the Transportation Committee of the McLean Citizens Association, meti with Aubrey Layne, Virginia’s new Secretary of Transportation. For more information, click here
GFCA Land Use and Zoning Committee (LUZ) Hearing Summary re: Molster/815 Blacks Hill Road - SP 2013-DR-052
The purpose of this committee hearing was to (i) provide the applicant with the opportunity to present its plans to the Great Falls community, (ii) to hear from County staff regarding its report on the application, and (iii) to allow members of the Great Falls community to comment on the application.
Background: The applicant has submitted a Special Permit application (SP 2013-DR-052) to operate riding and boarding stables at 815 Blacks Hill Rd., Great Falls, VA. The property is identified on Tax Map 0064-01-0026, contains approx. 5.47 ac., and is zoned R-E (Residential Estate District). To view an excellent summary of the meeting by Andrea Worker of The Connection, click here
Virginia DEQ Approves Contaminated Site Cleanup Plan
In January, the state Department of Environmental Quality approved the first phase Corrective Action Plan (CAP) that details the start of cleanup activities at the old Exxon station. GFCA provided active input to the final CAP. While we are not pleased with all elements of the CAP, substantial improvements have been made to the draft CAP released in the fall, and we are pleased that cleanup will soon begin. For further information, click here.
Plans Revealed for Grange Renovation
At February’s GFCA Town Meeting, David Bowden, Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Planning and Development Division, presented plans to make the Grange building and surrounding grounds more accessible to Great Falls residents and community groups. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires changes to both interior and exterior facilities, FCPA will strive to preserve the Grange’s historic appearance. For additional details, clck here
Brockman Lane Emergency Access Gate
John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor, addressed this issue in a letter to GFCA President Eric Knudsen. To view this letter, click here
Please take the GFCA Survey on Deer
Populaton and Forest Mangement, click here
GFCA April Town Hall Meeting held Part II on Deer and Forest Management Program
Photo by Ed Behrens
Part one of this program was held in March when Commonwealth and Fairfax County experts discussed the role of deer in forest degradation, Lyme disease and car collisions. The April 8th program looked at possible solutions to growing deer populations. Speakers were:
• Kristen Sinclair, Fairfax County Park Authority, will outline deer control in county parks;
• Kevin Rose, certified wildlife biologist with the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will discuss Commonwealth hunting requirements and non-lethal forms of deer control; and
• Jerry Peters, Great Falls resident and founder of Green Fire, will describe his neighborhood's bow hunting program and the impact on local deer herds.
To review the summary of Part I held on March 12 at the GFCA Town Hall, click here
Great Falls Residents Discuss Route 7
Widening Project (Jarrett Valley to Reston)
The second half of GFCA’s February Town Hall meeting focused on VDOT’s plans for widening Route 7 from Jarrett Valley Drive to Reston Avenue. This project is intended to address increasing traffic volume due to economic and population growth along the Route 7 corridor from Tysons Corner to the west. Comments received from the public will be used to “inform” the design process.
While the project schedule has not been determined yet and construction will likely be done in phases, planning is well underway. Over the last two years, the Route 7 Widening Project Working Group—a collaborative effort that involves VDOT, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, District Supervisors’ staff, other agencies, and community representatives—has fostered communications and gathered input for a design that is sensitive to community needs. Recognizing that simply paving two additional lanes may not be the best solution, they have stressed the importance of a design that would allow for HOV lanes and other transit options. To read more about VDOT’s proposed plan as well as comments and suggestions made during the meeting, click here
Great Falls Farmers Market
Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Great Falls Village Centre (parking lot next to the Wells Fargo Bank)
Bring your recyclable bags with you!
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