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Make Your Home Safe: Get Tips from Building Inspectors May 7-8

From Fairfax County:


In honor of International Building Safety Month, residents can get free advice from building inspectors and engineers on how to make their homes safe.

On May 7-8, building safety experts from Fairfax County and six other Northern Virginia governments will be at these four Home Depot stores from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

Invasive Plant Removal Day Arrives

From Fairfax County Park Authority:


To mark the Fourth Annual Invasive Plant Removal Day the Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking volunteers with a passion for the environment to help remove non-native plants from local parks on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Volunteer site leaders from the Invasive Management Area (IMA) program will lead groups at eight parks located throughout the county.

Invasive Plant Removal Day is a great event for civic groups, faith organizations, families, and local businesses looking to make a positive difference in their communities, and a good place for students and scouts to earn service hours.

Choose a site and register by calling 703-324-8681.

Annandale Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Falstaff Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Nottoway Park, 9 a.m. to noon

Holmes Run Stream Valley, 9 a.m. to noon

Pohick Stream Valley, 10 a.m. to noon

Rutherford Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

Home Built by 90 FCPS Students is Part of this Weekend's Parade of Homes

For 40 years, students in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) residential construction program have been building houses as part of the partnership between FCPS and the Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE). This weekend, the 18th house in the series will be part of the Northern Virginia Parade of Homes. Parade homes are open from 1-5 p.m. on April 30 and again on May 1. 

NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

Today 153 preschoolers at Chesterbrook Academy in Fairfax released 3,000 ladybugs into the environment for an Earth Day activity.

Why release ladybugs? "Lady bugs basically kill the bad insects that harm our trees, and our plants and our flowers. They eat those and the children have learned that for the week," said Maria Murphy, the Principal of the school. Murphy has been Principal of Chesterbrook Academy since 2007 and this is the school's second time doing the ladybug release. 

"It has been a week filled with Earth Day events, so they have been excited for this all week," said Murphy. Watch the reaction of the children as the ladybugs tickled their palms and crawled around their arms. Priceless! 

Chesterbrook Academy in Chantilly and Sterling also participated in today's ladybug release. 


Barbeque Grill Fire Season Upon Us Soon

Barbeque Grill Fire Season Upon Us Soon

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

As the grilling or barbeque season descends upon us, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department wants to remind residents that grill fires cause an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property loss each year nationwide, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Almost half (49 percent) of grill fires on residential properties occur from 5 to 8 p.m.  Thirty-two percent of all grill fires occur in the months of May, June, July, and August, and the leading category of equipment power source is "gas fuels," (79 percent).

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open


Local, Fresh Produce Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Markets are open Thursdays and Saturdays, now through November. The Thursday Farmer’s market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion and the Saturday market, located in Lot B, is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information about the Historic Manassas, Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

It’s definitely a sign of spring when our local Farmer’s markets open for business, and we’re happy to host a place for our community to purchase local produce, said Debbie Haight, Historic Manassas, Inc. executive director.

Emergency Phone Number for Wastewater and Stormwater Backups Restored

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

Service has been restored to the county's regular 24/7 emergency phone number for reporting sewer back ups. To report these problems, residents should now call 703-323-1211, TTY 711. This phone number was temporarily out of service yesterday as Verizon repaired its phone lines.

This number also can be used to report storm drain flooding after normal business hours. During business hours, however, residents should call 703-877-2800, TTY 711, to report storm drain flooding.

Storm drain backups also can be reported online. For street flooding, call the Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711.