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Falls Church City News Briefs




F.C. Police 1st to Achieve New Accreditation Standards

The Falls Church City Police Department became the first in Virginia to meet the new sixth edition program manual standards of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission when it was awarded accreditation last week.

The accreditation, according to a City of Falls Church statement, “comes after an in-depth on-site assessment of the department, and interviews with City employees ranging from City Manager Wyatt Shields to department personnel. The three-day assessment held in June “found the department to be in full compliance with the commission’s 187 standards. “We are proud to be recognized by our community of law enforcement peers for upholding the practice and for our commitment to the highest professional standards in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said F.C. Police Chief Harry Reitze.


N.Va. Ranks 1st in U.S. in Life Expectancy

According to the Human Development Report of the U.S., as reported yesterday by Rep. Jim Moran, residents of the 8th Congressional District of Northern Virginia have the longest life expectancy in the nation, at 82.9 years, a full 10 years higher than those in the 5th District of Kentucky. The Northern Virginia region, that includes Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and Reston, is ranked second, overall, for “most well off in the nation,” behind only the 14th District of New York, located in Manhattan. Being “well off” involves a combination of a long and healthy life, having access to knowledge and enjoying a decent standard of living. “It’s no secret that Northern Virginia is a great place to live,” said Moran. “But what’s most interesting about the report is the great disparity in our nation between the haves and the have-nots.”


Fairfax Co. Board OKs 16 Revitalization Principles

At its July 21 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted 16 principles for public investment to support commercial revitalization in Fairfax County. According to a county statement, “The principles respond to the county’s changing development climate. By the year 2030, Fairfax County is projected to add 245,000 jobs and 290,000 new residents.” The principles note that planning studies have already been initiated for “activity centers” including Baileys Crossroads, Tysons Corner, Annandale, Lake Anne and Springfield. The goal is to “accommodate future growth in a way that better utilizes available land and assists in the revitalization, redevelopment and reinvestment of our older commercial areas and new transit stations into mixed use activity centers.” The principles suggest that the county “may be asked to use public funds to provide needed public improvements to stimulate” growth.


New Moped, Scooter Laws Reiterated

The Fairfax County Police Department issued a new educational brochure this week to help owners of mopeds and motorized scooters be aware of the “rules of the road,” and new laws. The department cited a surge in the use of the fuel-efficient alternative modes of transportation in the context of soaring fuel prices. A new law in effect July 1, notes that any moped, if driven over 35 miles per hour, is considered a motorcycle, which means that the operator needs to have additional driver certifications and a motorcycle license. In addition, the moped needs license plates, proper registration and insurance. None of these conditions apply if the moped is driven below 35 miles per hour, except the driver must carry identification. Drivers must be 16 years of age and should wear bright or reflective clothing and a helmet. Mopeds and bicycles must stay to the right side of the roadway, and mopeds and motorized scooters may not be operated on sidewalks.


‘Economy on the Brink’ Town Hall Monday

“Economy on the Brink: A Legacy of Debt, Its Impact on Our Children, and How We Can Break the Cycle,” is the title of a town hall discussion hosted by Rep. Jim Moran this Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m. Moran will be joined by David Walker, president of the Peter Peterson Foundation, former U.S. Comptroller General and head of the Government Accountability Office. The Peterson Foundation was established “to tackle critical challenges threatening the nation’s well-being including large and growing budget deficits, dismal national and personal savings rates, and a ballooning national debt that endangers the viability of Social Security, Medicare and the entire economy.” The event will be held at the T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street (Rt. 7), Alexandria.

Hotline Listener Training Class Set Aug. 9

Fairfax County-based CrisisLink, a nationally-recognized non-profit program geared to respond to individual personal life crises, is beginning its summer volunteer hotline listener training program on Saturday, Aug. 9. The program includes 60 hours of training over 10 sessions, training volunteers age 21 or above to be qualified hotline listeners, empowered to save lives and prevent tragedies through service on CrisisLink’s crisis and suicide prevention hotlines. “Our call volume continues to increase at dramatic rates” due to the trying economic times, said Lindsay Paulette-Chapman, CrisisLink’s manager. “The need for volunteers has never been greater.” Anyone interested in registering for the training can contact Ms. Paulette-Chapman at (703) 516-6016.