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Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

Volunteer Fairfax Present: VolRUNteer 5k & Fun Run

The following was sent to us by Kevin Hunter of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax, Va -- In an effort to encourage volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle, Volunteer Fairfax is hosting it’s first-ever volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run, November 14th 2010. The volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run’s aim is to promote volunteerism, along with offering families the opportunity to get fit by being part of the 5k or fun run. All participants will have the chance to give back, by participating in on site service projects race day. The race commences at 8:00 a.m. November 14th, 2010 at George Mason University.

Chantilly Woman Killed, Husband Charged With Murder

CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- Police in Fairfax County are investigating a domestic shooting in Chantilly that has left one woman dead.

Officer Bud Walker, spokesperson for Fairfax County Police, says police received a report from a family member of shots fired on Rembrandt Way around 3:00 Friday morning. Officers arriving on the scene found 44-year-old Kathleen Tran dead from a gunshot wound to her upper body.

Police say her husband, 43-year-old Tony Tong has been charged with murder. The couple's two sons, one in high school and the other in college were in the home at the time of the shooting.

The Vietnamese couple owned a popular barber shop in Sully Plaza.

Virginia History Textbook Said To Contain Big Lie

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - It's well known, thanks to the movie Glory, that black soldiers fought for the Union. In the Confederate Army, historians say thousands of slaves worked as laborers, not as soldiers, but a new fourth grade textbook, "Our Virginia: Past and Present," has a different take.

"The people in Richmond who approved this book should be fired," said Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Public Policy Associate Professor. "What do you have a credentialling board for textbooks for if not to catch howling errors?"

He and many historians are outraged about this line in the book, "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson."

Veterans Receive Free Car or Motorcycle Wash

The following was sent to us by Asha Bruot:

Manassas, Va.-based, Speedy Green Car Wash is thanking all veterans by offering a free car or motorcycle wash to veterans on Veterans’ Day, Thurs., Nov. 11. In conjunction with the Veteran’s Day salute, The Battlefield Young Marines of Chantilly, Va. will be greeting veterans and hosting a ‘wash and wax’ fundraiser on Sun., Nov. 14 to help benefit their youth education and service program for boys and girls.  Speedy Green Car Wash features the Washington, D.C. region’s first motorcycle wash and the first do-it-yourself car detail center in the United States. Valid veteran identification is required. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view www.speedygreencarwash.com.


Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

Firefighters Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The following was sent to us by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department personnel will don pink shirts between October 26 - 29, 2010, to heighten awareness of breast cancer.  Firefighters and staff will wear the t-shirts as they respond to emergency and non-emergency calls throughout the four-day period. 

This October is the 26th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with many other organizations joining the fight to eradicate this disease.  For example, at their 50th annual convention, the International Association of Firefighters approved a resolution to encourage participation in campaigns honoring women fighting cancer.  Additionally, the National Football League has added a pink ribbon to its logo this month, and players are wearing pink cleats, wristbands, gloves, chin straps, and other items showing their support of Breast Cancer Month.