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Final paving at Fair Lakes interchange begins

Crews began the final milling and surface paving at the Fairfax County Parkway/Fair Lakes Parkway interchange project this week. The paving, and associated delays, is expected to be complete in about eight weeks.

Drivers can expect single-lane closures and detours onto Fair Lakes Circle from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday through Friday nights.

Crews will begin work on Fair Lakes Parkway and continue to Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) from Route 29 to Rugby Road.

The new $69.5 million interchange improves pedestrian and cycle access, widens more than three miles of the Fairfax County Parkway, and improves traffic flow by separating local and Parkway traffic through the busy area. The entire project is scheduled for completion in October 2013.

Board of Supervisors raises concern with new state regulation



The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is asking Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) not to sign off on a new state regulation that would affect the Adult Protective Services agency. The proposed change, aimed at providing due process to service providers who could lose their jobs as the result of being accused of neglecting a client, would result in an estimated increased cost of about $100,000 per year for the county. This is due to the need to allow all “perpetrators” to request a hearing and contest the findings.

The way the regulation is currently crafted, it would apply to all findings of neglect, according to Deputy County Attorney Cynthia Tianti. However, about half of the cases Adult Protective Services investigates are cases of “self-neglect;” that is, someone who can no longer care for themselves and needs services.

In addition, Tianti said, the agency itself is not responsible for making any of the decisions regarding criminal charges, licensing issues or other things that could cause a person to lose a job. Social workers refer these matters to other agencies.

The letter from the board to McDonnell recommends that the new hearing procedure apply only to cases of neglect that involve a private service provider, not those involving a family caregiver or self-neglect.

Amazon-affiliated company to add 500 jobs in Fairfax



Amazon Web Services Inc., an Amazon.com company, will add 500 jobs in Farifax County over the next few years, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Wednesday morning.

AWS designs and offers IT infrastructure services to businesses and government customers, including web hosting, application hosting, storage and backup, content delivery, and scalable database solutions. The company plans to establish a new office in the Herndon area.

“Amazon Web Services is a perfect example of a company that can take full advantage of the highly skilled workforce and technology community that Fairfax County offers,” Gerald Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, said in a released statement.

The FCEDA worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Fairfax County with the project.

Virginia to offer new Medicaid-Medicare program



Virginia has gained federal approval to implement a new coordinated care initiative for more than 78,000 people currently enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.

The new initiative, branded as Commonwealth Coordinated Care, is designed to streamline clients’ medical care and services by offering them through a single program. It is also expected to help reduce the costs of care.

Under the existing structure, Medicare-Medicaid enrollees must use three separate ID cards for Medicare, Medicaid and prescription drugs and sift through have three different sets of benefits. By choosing this voluntary program, individuals will have one ID card for all aspects of their care, a toll-free number for assistance, service coordination and case management services, and one appeals process.

Commonwealth Coordinated Care begins in January 2014 and will continue through Dec. 31, 2017. Congressional action will be needed in order for the program to continue beyond 2017. Officials will evaluate the program throughout the demonstration period.

Rust aims to educate residents about ‘missing money’ program



Del. Tom Rust (R-Dist. 86), of Herndon, will use his booth space at next weekend’s Herndon Festival to try and educate local residents about the Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program.

The program aims to reunite stocks, bonds and other financial and tangible property with its rightful owner. Rust will be hosting Treasury officials at his booth on Pine Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1.

About one in four Virginians has unclaimed property, Rust said. The Unclaimed Property Program website is vamoneysearch.org.