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Mortgage Assistance Workshops to be Held July 13, 16

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:


The Hunter Mill District Office is sponsoring two workshops to help residents who may need mortgage assistance. The first workshop is Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. in the Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Room 206, A/B. A second workshop will be conducted in Spanish and Vietnamese on Saturday, July 16, at 9 a.m. in the same location.

Fairfax County Names Non-Profit Partner for Affordable Housing Program

From Fairfax County:


June 22, 2011 – Fairfax County has named the Northern Virginia Family Service Collaborative (NVFS) as its provider for the county’s newest affordable housing program. Bridging Affordability, a key component of the Housing Blueprint, through its partnership with NVFS will leverage resources generated by the County’s housing program to provide long-term rental subsidies to 72 homeless individuals and families and an additional 303 households on the county’s affordable housing waiting lists. 


Unattended Candle Causes Reston House Fire

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Thursday, May 5, 2011, at approximately 5:55 p.m. in the Reston area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located 1702 Putter Lane.

Firefighters reported fire and smoke coming from the top floor of the two-story home upon arrival. Firefighters found the seat of the fire in a second floor bedroom and quickly brought the fire under control. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the single bedroom. However, there was additional smoke and water damage to other parts of the home. Four adults and one juvenile have been displaced. Red Cross assistance was declined. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.

According to fire investigators, the fire was accidental. An unattended candle caused the fire.

Candle Safety Tips

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. 

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).