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New directors selected to lead Reston group

Reston Association members elected three new directors to their board during the associationís annual election.

Donna Miller-Rostant and Michael Sanio were elected as at-large directors. They replace Paul Thomas, who decided not to run for a second three-year term, and Tom Vis, who did not win re-election to a second term.

Richard Chew ran unopposed for the South Lakes District seat. He replaces Kathleen Driscoll McKee, who has completed the maximum number of terms. She served two, three-year terms.

Prince William chairman running for lieutenant governor

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Cory Stewart announced April 11 he will seek the Republican Party nomination for lieutenant governor. Virginiaís next gubernatorial election is in 2013.

He is the first to officially announce his candidacy for the position. The lieutenant governor will have a larger role in Virginia for at least the next few years because the state Senate was split 20-20 between Democrats and Republicans following the 2011 state elections. The lieutenant governor can break ties on nonbudgetary matters.

County animal shelter picks up regional honors

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter received accolades from the Metropolitan Council of Governments for two programs and a large-scale animal rescue in 2010 and 2011.

The Fairfax County Animal Services Division won the Animal Rescue Story of 2010-11 award for a case that involved the rescue of more than 160 cats found in one home. Animal control officers worked for several days to remove the cats. Shelter staff and volunteers provided care and treatment for the cats throughout a five-month period to get many of the cats adopted or transferred to rescue organizations.

The shelter also received the Community Impact Award for its spay/neuter program which provides high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services for citizensí animals and free trap, neuter and return for feral cats. To date, more than 4,200 animals have been spayed or neutered with feral cats comprising about 45 percent of the total animals going to the low-cost clinic.

The trap, neuter, release program has resulted in nearly a 10 percent decrease in the intake of the offspring of feral cats requiring foster care, a 41 percent decrease in neonatal kitten intake, and a 58 percent decrease in feral kitten intake into the foster program in 2010 versus 2011, animal control officials say.

Shelter volunteer Theresa Baker also received the councilís Humane Education Award for her efforts with the shelterís pit bull adoption program.

The shelterís partner, the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic, received the councilís Veterinarian Award for its staffís role in providing low-cost spay/neuter to two jurisdictions. The clinic has provided high-quality, affordable spay/neuter to more than 85,000 animals since it opened its doors in 2005.

Construction to affect Falls Church parks

As of April 16, access to three city of Falls Church parks — Lincoln, Berman, and Crossman — is temporarily limited to allow for construction of rain gardens.

During construction, Lincoln Park will be closed. City officials anticipate the work will be complete within two weeks; however, weather and construction issues could extend the parkís closure through June 2.

Access to Berman Park will be rerouted as a section of the existing pathway will be under construction. In Crossman Park, only one picnic area, located opposite Four Mile Run from the play area, will be affected by construction.

The rain gardens will absorb stormwater and help alleviate persistent flooding issues while improving water quality. As a complement to this project, the city of Falls Church Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free class about residential rain garden design and construction on May 12 at the city of Falls Church Community Center.

To register, call 703-248-5077.