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On May 7, Town of Vienna residents will elect three Town Council members who will begin two-year terms July 1. The candidates include Laurie A. DiRocco, Carey J. Sienicki, Howard J. Springsteen and Ryan G. Thomas. DiRocco, Sienicki and Springsteen currently serve on the Town Council.

The Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, is the sole polling place for town elections.

If you will be out of town on Election Day or are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability, you may vote by absentee ballot in person or by mail. The last day to vote absentee in person is May 4, at the Fairfax County Office of Elections. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, April 30. Applications are available at county government centers and libraries or may be downloaded from the county’s website.

Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications also are available in the Town Clerk’s Office, 127 Center St. S, 703-255-6303.

County seeks election officers

The Fairfax County Office of Elections is recruiting election officers for the June 11 primary election and the Nov. 5 general election. Qualifications include being a registered voter in Virginia and availability to work at least half of Election Day.

Election officers are paid $100 for working all of Election Day (about 15 hours); $50 for a half day (about 8 hours). Each election officer is required to attend a one-time training class. For the primary election, training sessions are scheduled for May and June.

For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/working.htm, or call 703-324-4735.

State unemployment rate falls

Virginia’s unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in March, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s office announced April 19. It is the lowest unemployment rate in the state since December 2008.

“Getting people back to work has been the focus of our administration and by working together, we are getting results,” McDonnell said in a released statement. “Over the last few years the private sector in Virginia has created more jobs and more opportunity for our citizens, and today’s announcement shows that we are continuing to make progress.”

Area police collecting old medications

Those with unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs may take them to local police stations Saturday as part of the national Drug Take-Back Day effort.

Area collection sites include police stations in the City of Fairfax, at 3730 Old Lee Highway; the Town of Herndon, at 397 Herndon Parkway; and the Town of Vienna, at 215 Center St. S.

The service is free and anonymous.

The effort is to ensure that medications are disposed of properly. Old medications can be abused, and there are also environmental risks to flushing medications or throwing them in the trash.

For more information on other disposal sites, see the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html