Local Woman is Assaulted

<bt>Fairfax County police are looking for the person who assaulted a 46-year-old Fairfax woman Monday, around 8:15 p.m., as she walked toward her house in the 12000 block of Fairfield House Drive, near the Fairfax Towne Center.

Police say a man approached her from behind and groped her, but fled when she screamed. She was not injured. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned, possibly Middle Eastern or Hispanic man, in his 20s. He's about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs between 130-160 pounds. He wore a red shirt, blue jeans and a blue jacket.

Police believe this incident is similar to other cases that have occurred in the same general area of the county on Aug. 24 and 27 and on Sept. 10. They've released a composite sketch of the suspect and ask anyone who recognizes this person or has any information about any of the assaults to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Democratic Women of Clifton

<bt>Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly (D) will address the first meeting of the year of the Democratic Women of Clifton. It will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2-4 p.m., in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. All are welcome; call Jane Barker at 703-830-1355 or e-mail her at

<sh>Westfield Community Coalition

<bt>The Westfield Community Coalition will meet Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Call Nancy Bennett at 703-266-2370.

<sh>CAC Meeting on Sept. 19

<bt>The next Sully District Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

There will be a presentation from law enforcement and treatment workers titled “Meth360”. As a highly addictive drug, crystal meth has found its way into local neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. Now residents have an opportunity to hear directly from the experts about its dangers, how Fairfax County is affected and how officials are combating its use.

Additionally, the CAC will honor one of the Sully District police officers with the Officer of the Quarter award and will hold elections for the executive committee (chairman, co-chairman and secretary). The CAC will also receive a station update from the station commanders.

<sh>Free Carseat Inspections

<bt>Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections, Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5-8 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. They’ll make sure the carseat is correct for the child’s age, height and weight, the child is securely placed in the seat, and the seat is properly installed in the vehicle.

No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves, so the technicians may properly inspect and make adjustments, as necessary. Call the Sully District Child Seat Information line (703-814-7000, ext. 5140) to confirm dates and times. For additional child seat inspection times throughout Fairfax County, call the Fairfax County Operations Support Bureau at 703-280-0559.

<sh>Donations Are Still Accepted

<bt>The Labor Day car show in the Town of Clifton yielded $28,600 for the trust funds for the families of slain Sully District police officers, Det. Vicky Armel and MPO Michael Garbarino. But since each officer left a spouse and two children, event organizer Jim Chesley is still trying to raise more.

Contributions are tax-deductible. To donate, send checks payable either to Clifton Lions Club or Custom Cruisers of Northern Virginia, with "Police Trust Fund" written on the memo line, to: Jim Chesley, 7207 Main St., Clifton, VA 20124.

<sh>Sully Police Open House

<bt>The Sully District Police Station will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This year's event is also a thank-you to the community for all its support after the May 8 tragedies there. So in addition to the usual displays of police cruisers and equipment, child fingerprinting and child safety seats, there'll be expanded activities for children and families. Planned are a moonbounce, pony rides and an inflatable slide, as well as treats such as cotton candy, Sno-Cones and popcorn. The police station is at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

<sh>Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers

<bt>The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging "Meals on Wheels" program is in immediate need of drivers to deliver meals, Monday through Friday, to senior adults living in Fairfax County. Volunteers who speak Vietnamese are also needed.

The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m.-noon and delivering them to seniors by 1 p.m. Drivers may choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute basis. Call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or e-mail

<sh>Role Models for Children

<bt>Volunteers are needed throughout Northern Virginia to be positive role models for children who currently have an incarcerated parent. Mentors meet with children two hours per week. Weekly meetings are supplemented by monthly group recreational activities. The only qualification required is a desire to help a child in need.

To sign up for the mentor training session at the Center for Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, call Ellen Klene, Volunteer Program manager, at 703-533-3302, ext. 107, or see

<sh>Blood Donations are Sought

<bt>The Inova Blood Donor Center in the Centremed I Building on Route 29 in Centreville (across from the Centreville Multiplex Cinemas) is in urgent need of blood donations — especially O positive or negative, as well as A and B. They're accepted Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For an appointment to give blood, call (703) 322-1970, or drop in at your own convenience.