Week In Great Falls

Week In Great Falls

Fatal Crash In McLean

<bt>On Wednesday, September 13 around 3:40 a.m., the driver of a 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Old Dominion Drive at a high rate of speed when he ran off the road striking a tree at the intersection with Swinks Mill Road. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Chris A. Erbey, 26, of 829 Sugarland Run Drive, Sterling, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger in the vehicle, a 22-year-old Manassas woman, was transported to the Inova Fairfax Hospital in serious condition. This investigation is continuing.

<sh>McLean Theater Alliance Changes Hands

<bt>David and Sue Khan recently handed over the reigns of the McLean Theater Alliance to a new Board of Directors. Falls Church resident Lauren-Nicole Gabel heads up the new Board and the group plans to put on a production of the musical "Guys and Dolls" at the McLean Community Center's Alden Theatre next spring. Next season, the group will have the opportunity to put on more than one show. Gabel said that she is looking forward to beginning production of "Guys and Dolls" in the spring.

"It's going to be huge," said Gabel. "We only have one production this year, so we sort of wondered, do we come back gracefully or do we come back with a big bang, and I think it's going to be the latter."

<sh>Events Rescheduled

<bt>Due to scheduling conflicts, the McLean Community Center (MCC) will postpone its “Back to School Bash” for fifth- and sixth-graders from 7-9 p.m., scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22, to Friday, Oct. 13 from 7-9 p.m. The dance will be held at the center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

All previously purchased tickets will be honored on Oct.13. Tickets for the Center’s “Monster Mash” dance on Friday, Oct. 27, which were scheduled to go on sale at the Alden Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 23, will now go on sale at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28. Tickets to each dance are $25 per person/$20 for McLean district residents. Anyone who would like to receive a refund for tickets they purchased to the “Back to School Bash” may contact the center for instructions on how to receive a refund. Additionally, the Old Firehouse Teen Center’s Family Day, which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, will be postponed until Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. OFTC is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Road. Admission to Family Day is free. Call the center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 703-827-8255, or E-mail mail@mcleancenter.org.

<sh>FCPS Installs AEDs in School Buildings

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) now has automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in each of its school buildings. A total of 580 AEDs are being installed in schools in an effort to improve the survival rate for cardiac arrest in Fairfax County. Nearly 100 AED units were donated by Phillips Medical Services to Fairfax County for county facilities and schools. Fairfax County and FCPS, in partnership, are purchasing the remainder of the units.

Each Fairfax County public high school, middle school, and elementary school now has at least one AED; each elementary school is due to have a second unit delivered within a month. The units are located in a hallway or lobby inside a wall cabinet. Anyone can use an AED; each unit includes a list of steps and pictures to guide the user through the process.

AEDs help reestablish normal cardiac rhythm when a person experiences a heart attack by delivering an electric shock to the heart. With early defibrillation, potentially life-saving aid can be administered before an ambulance arrives. Chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest decrease by 7 to 10 percent each minute without defibrillation. Revival within a few minutes offers the best chance for survival.

FCPS is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED training to interested employees at its schools.