News of interest from across Fairfax County:

GOVERNMENT CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY: Most Fairfax County government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

PARK AUTHORITY PICKS UP ADDITIONAL ACREAGE: The Fairfax County Park Authority’s acreage has grown by 7.3 acres with the acquisition of land that will be combined with an existing 6.1-acre parcel at Chantilly Park.

The new acreage was transferred to the Park Authority from the Board of Supervisors. It originally was part of a larger parcel that includes the Chantilly Library.

The land transferred to the Park Authority contains three 60-foot ball diamonds, two of which are lighted. The fields originally were developed by the Chantilly Youth Association, which continues to maintain them under the Park Authority’s Adopt-A-Field Program.

The property also includes a 105-space parking lot and a trail that connects to an existing trail in Chantilly Park. The combined trail runs for approximately 800 feet and connects the parking lot to Brookfield Court cul-de-sac, which is part of the Brookfield residential community.

Because of the development already on the new parkland, no new facilities are planned, Park Authority officials said.

NEW CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE TAKES OATH: David Oblon was presented his official commission as a Fairfax Circuit Court judge on Jan. 5.

At the event, Del. Rip Sullivan presented Oblon with his official commission, and Oblon’s law-school friend, 17th Judicial Circuit Clerk of Court Paul Ferguson, administered the ceremonial oath. (Oblon took his formal oath of office on Dec. 21.)

Before being elected by the General Assembly to the Circuit Court, Oblon served almost a decade as a substitute judge for the General District Courts while engaged in private practice with the law firm Albo & Oblon L.L.P.

Oblon earned a bachelor of arts in international affairs from the George Washington University and his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law (now the Antonin Scalia Law School).

SONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION PRESENTS PUBLIC-SAFETY AWARDS: The Fairfax Resolves chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently presented its 2017 Fire Safety and EMS Commendation Medals to members of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue department.

Chapter president Jeff Thomas and fire-safety chair Vern Eubanks made the presentations at Fire Station 29 in Tysons.

The chapter presented the SAR Fire Safety Commendation Medal to Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, an officer of Tiller Truck 429, and the SAR EMS Commendation Medal to Technician Tory Albertson, lead provider of an EMS transport unit. Both are veterans of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

COMMUNITY FORUM SET ON MILITARY-HELICOPTER NOISE: U.S. Rep. Don Beyer will host a community forum on military-helicopter noise on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Abingdon Elementary School in Arlington.

Under the Defense Reauthorization Act, the Department of Defense is mandated to study excess noise from military helicopters in local airspace. The measure directs the Pentagon to consider changes in flight routes, operating procedures and the types of helicopters flown, in an effort to find ways to mitigate noise in local neighborhoods.

The school is located at 3035 South Abingdon St. in Arlington. For information and to register, see the Web site at

COMMUNITY FORUM TO FOCUS ON UPDATING ZONING LANGUAGE: The Fairfax County government will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 24 as it moves to modernize its 40-year-old zoning ordinance.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in conference rooms 4 and 5 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway.

Dubbed “zMod,” the project aims at revamping the county government’s zoning regulations, first adopted in their current form in 1977.

This effort started in March 2017. Now, officials are focusing on making the overall ordinance easier to use and establishing new, more general zoning-use categories.

The public also is being asked to take an online survey that will be available at through Jan. 31.

DONATIONS FOR TRANSPLANTS UP IN REGION: For the second year in a row, the Washington Regional Transplant Community surpassed expectations by recovering and allocating 444 life-saving organs in 2017, an organizational record.

The organs – hearts, lungs, pancreases, kidneys, intestines and livers – aided in saving the lives of 386 individuals throughout the metro area and the nation, while also contributing to the national transplant wait-list numbers dropping from 18,895 in January 2017 to 15,639 in January 2018, a decline of more than 17 percent.

In conjunction with the record number of organs, the organization facilitated the gift of 372 tissue donors, which will be used in hundreds of life-enhancing surgeries across the country.

“Our team of experts exceeded expectations because of their passion, dedication and commitment to saving lives,” said Lori Brigham, president of the transplant consortium.  

Currently, there are more than 2,300 patients on the transplant waitlist in the Washington metropolitan area. The Washington Regional Transplant Community  works in partnership with six transplant centers and 44 hospitals, as well as providing public education.

For information, see the Web site at

READ-A-THON WILL CELEBRATE WORK OF CONSERVATIONIST: A read-a-thon to celebrate the 131st anniversary of the birth of conservationist Aldo Leopold will be held on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington.

Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, the event will feature readings from “A Sand County Almanac.” (For information on volunteering as reader, e-mail Daniel Saltzberg at

The program is free; dinner service will be available. For information, see the Web site at

DANCE COALITION TO HOST TWO-DAY GATHERING: The Virginia Dance Coalition will present DanceFest 2018, a two-day celebration of dance in the commonwealth, on Jan. 19 and 21 on George Mason University’s main campus in Fairfax.

The event will feature a gala performance, additional performances, master classes and workshops.

For information, tickets and a schedule of events, see the Web site at


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