Week In McLean

Week In McLean

<sh>Mall Holds Flag Flying Pledge Drive

<bt>Shoppers will be seeing red, white and blue as Tysons Corner Center joins hundreds of shopping centers across the nation in kicking-off “An Old Gloryous Celebration,” promoting patriotism and the American flag. The campaign launched over Memorial Day weekend with a community pledge drive to raise the flag across America this Flag Day, June 14. The drive is a patriotic national effort by the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC), is supported by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and AMVETS (American Veterans), two of the nation’s most prominent veterans organizations. Fairfax County Public Schools and the USO of Metropolitan Washington are supporting the local campaign. The community is encouraged to visit Tysons Corner Center to fill out their pledge cards. Participants will receive a free stick flag and their pledge cards will be placed on a store front barricade in the new expansion wing for the public to see their commitment.

The pledge drive will be held through Flag Day when Tysons Corner Center will join other shopping centers across the county for a day of patriotic activities in honor of America and U.S. troops and veterans.

<sh>Pedestrian Enforcement Campaign in McLean District

<bt>Officers from the McLean District Station have been conducting a pedestrian enforcement campaign for the past five weeks in order to prevent injuries and deaths due to pedestrian crashes. Since the initiative began on April 21, officers have issued 30 warning tickets and given numerous verbal warnings to pedestrians to use cross walks. Throughout the campaign, message boards were placed on Lee Highway and Arlington Boulevard to advertise pedestrian safety. In addition, crime prevention officers spoke with neighborhood civic associations and requested that safety tips be included in their association newsletters. Officers conducted aggressive enforcement and education at various locations along Lee Highway. This campaign will end on Friday, May 26. There have been seven fatal pedestrian crashes in Fairfax County this year. Pedestrian safety is a high priority of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. For information about the Fairfax County Pedestrian Task Force, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/pedestrian.

<sh>Community Dialogues to End Homelessness

<bt>Join Fairfax County residents, businesses, and faith organizations to learn about and participate in the goal to end homelessness in Fairfax County in 10 years. Be an important contributor in developing strategies and identifying resources, sharing ideas and perspective, to "Create a Blueprint for Success." Community Dialogues will be held in each of the four Human Service Regions around the county on the following evenings from 6 - 9:30 p.m. A light supper is included:

May 30, Bethlehem Baptist Church, 7836 Fordson Road, Alexandria. Call 703-794-6700;

June 7, St. John Neumann Catholic Church 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston. Call 703-787-4962;

June 12, First Christian Church of Falls Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-533-5701;

June 14, Pender United Methodist Church, 12401 Alderwoods Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-324-5285.

<sh>Dispose of Old Flags

<bt>On Flag Day, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., residents may bring well-worn flags to the rear parking lot of the Great Falls Library to have them destroyed in the proper and respectful manner. Residents may bring them in person or drop them off at the Library at any time preceding June 14. The ceremony is sponsored by the Children of the American Revolution. All Great Falls community members are invited and welcome to attend.