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Falls Church police chief to retire next month

City of Falls Church Police Chief Col. Harry Reitze announced his retirement, effective Nov. 11.

Reitze joined the city’s police department in 1975 as a patrol officer, and worked his way through the ranks to obtain the position of captain in 1998, overseeing the Department's Services and Operations Divisions. He has been the chief of police since May 2007.

“Chief Reitze has been a strong leader for the police department and the city as a whole,” said City Manager Wyatt Shields. "He has fostered a culture in which the men and women who serve in the department want to be the best, period."

Bridge work requires lane closures on Old Keene Mill

A Virginia Department of Transportation contractor has begun work to reconstruct a bridge on Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. The bridge crosses Pohick Creek just east of Huntsman Boulevard. The $2.1 million project is expected to be complete by May.

Drivers can expect one of two lanes to be closed from morning to afternoon and late evening to early morning every day of the week.

Martins Construction Corporation is the contractor for the project.

All fire stations to host open houses Oct. 13

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is hosting a Fire Prevention Week open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at all stations throughout the county. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is: “Have Two Ways Out!”

Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home. To learn more about fire prevention, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

School system plans ESOL parent meetings

Fairfax County Public Schools will play host to English for speakers of other languages parent meetings at three locations in October and November. The meeting, titled “Strengthening Family-School Connections,” will be offered at Hayfield Secondary School Oct. 10, Chantilly High School Oct. 22 and Woodson High School Nov. 13.

The meetings will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and feature a general session, breakout sessions and exhibits. Interpreters will be available for the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Activities will provide parents with information about instruction and resources available from the school system and community organizations. Superintendent Jack Dale will deliver a welcome message.

Parents can register through the school or online at www.fcps.edu/is/esol/parents.shtml.