June 10, 2022
Dear Neighbor,

I was devastated when I heard the news of the terrible crash that happened on Tuesday, June 7th at the intersection of Blake Lane and Five Oaks Road, not far from Oakton High School. As a new mother and your neighbor, I am heartbroken for the families affected by this tragedy. Since our streets are owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), I am in conversation with our state counterparts to ensure all necessary parties are available for a discussion. I am committed to doing everything I can to ensure our community’s safety. I am working with the Chairman’s office, our State representatives, and our School Board member on a community meeting to bring together stakeholders including neighbors, VDOT and Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), Fairfax County Police Department, and Fairfax County Schools, to continue to address possible short- and long-term safety improvements for this corridor. Blake Lane safety continues to be one of my utmost priorities. I will communicate once we have scheduled a community meeting. Improvements that were implemented or proposed last year by VDOT following the community meetings can be found here: Blake lane presentation april 19,2021.pdf (fairfaxcounty.gov) 

I am hoping these conversations foster new safety developments to the corridor. Immediately, the Fairfax County Police are increasing police patrol presence along the corridor and have deployed a radar speed sign at the site.

You can find the Providence District updates below in this newsletter:
  • Board Meeting Highlights
  • Machinery and Tools Tax Depreciation Schedule
  • Green Corner
  • Know Your Local Government Survey
  • Hoarding Video Mini-Series
  • Transportation Updates
  • Upcoming Events

With gratitude,
Supervisor Dalia Palchik
Board Meeting Highlights
At Tuesday's meeting, the Board designated June 19, 2022 as Juneteenth in Fairfax County and recognized the recipients of the 2022 Juneteenth Resiliency Award. The Board also designated June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ+) Pride Month and lastly, June as Fatherhood Awareness Month.

Board Matters:

The Board approved authorization to advertise public hearings on:
  • To Consider a Temporary Uncodified Ordinance that Will Provide for up to a Two Dollar Per-Trip Emergency Taxicab Fuel Surcharge on June 28 at 4pm;
  • Amendments to the Fairfax County Code related to motor vehicles and traffic on June 28 at 4pm; and
  • A proposal to vacate a portion of Westbranch Drive in the Providence District on July 19 at 4pm;

The Board held a public hearing and approved the amendment and re-adoption of Fairfax County Code sections 7-2-5 and 7-2-13 to relocate a polling place and rename polling places in the Providence District.

To access the materials or watch the meeting on demand, click here.
Machinery & Tools Tax 2022 Depreciation Schedule
On April 25, 2022, the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) advertised a proposed Machinery and Tools (M&T) depreciation schedule for 30 days in the Washington Times, as required by state law. The Board’s intent in making this adjustment is to provide more opportunity for small businesses like breweries choose Fairfax County as their location, as we focus on community building and diversifying the tax base.
There were no significant questions or comments from Fairfax County taxpayers. As such, retroactive to January 1, 2022, the new M&T depreciation schedule will now assess equipment starting at 50% of its original cost in the first year of ownership, declining 10% each year, with the minimum assessed value reduced to 10%, as shown below. The depreciation schedule change is in addition to the Board of Supervisors' approval of the M&T tax rate reduction (see “Tax Relief” section) from $4.57 to $2 per $100 of assessed value to be applied for Calendar Tax Year 2022 (Fiscal Year 2023).  
Green Corner
Resilient Fairfax Public Comment
Through June 15, all Fairfax County residents can participate in a public comment period on the county's first-ever climate adaptation and resilience plan. Review the plan online and share your thoughts directly in the document here.
Grass Height

As warmer weather and longer daylight hours have arrived, grass is beginning to grow faster, and citizens may notice tall grass that has not been regularly mowed on properties in their neighborhoods. Chapter 119 of the Fairfax County Code regulates grass height, which must not be taller than 12 inches on any residentially developed property that is less than a half-acre (21,780 square feet). Additional information, including the grass height regulations for vacant lots and nonresidential properties, is available on DCC’s website here.

DCC accepts complaints and concerns about potential violations through the DCC website or by telephone during regular business hours, at 703-324-1300.
Know Your Local Government Program
In a joint effort with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a "Know Your Local Government" Program in the coming months. This is a program that is designed to allow members of the Providence Community to learn about the wide variety of work that local government does here in Fairfax County. These workshops will be geared towards all ages and any level of expertise! So whether you are a local government expert or new to the entire process, this workshop is for you!

In order to design a program that best fits the interests of our community, we are asking you to fill out a survey that will ask you about which topics within local government you are most interested in learning more about.
The a survey is offered in seven different languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Somali, Korean, and Vietnamese. Please take a minute to fill out this short survey so we can get insight as to what our community is most interested in learning about.

Thank you very much and looking forward to seeing you all later this year.

Scan the QR code to access the surveys or visit here.
Hoarding Video Mini-Series

Hoarding is the extreme and persistent collection of possessions or trash inside a dwelling (newspapers, trash, unopened sale items, clothing, paper, rotting food and even animals), which creates a dangerous living situation and may impact health, wellness, or quality of life for occupants. You can find more information, as well as part 1 of the series, here.
Transportation Updates
Road Closures
The ramp from I-66 West to Vienna/Fairfax/GMU Metrorail Station (Country Creek Road and Virginia Center Boulevard) is scheduled to close for about three weeks beginning on or about Monday, June 13, for continued construction of the new westbound I-66 express and general-purpose lanes. This work is part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.  
Drivers will be detoured around the closure via Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) and I-66 East. As an alternate work around, drivers may exit prior to the closure at Nutley Street. 
More information can be found here.
Upcoming Events
Fam-mingle Fridays
The first Fam-mingle Friday event at the Providence Community Center will be taking place on June 24th from 3:30 to 6pm. The Fairfax County Police Department will will be doing car seat checks, the Sheriff's office will be issuing child ID's, Fairfax County Public Library will be issuing library cards and the Health Department will be providing vaccine navigation and resources. There will be fun games, yummy food, snow cones and more! Come out and kick off the start of Summer!
Shop Local Market
Get ready to shop local! The Next Shop Local Market is Saturday, June 11th from 12-5pm at the PARC at Tysons. Shop Local Markets feature local craftsmen, artisans, and makers from throughout Fairfax County and the greater DMV.

More information here.
Tysons Block Party
Are you ready to sing at the top of your lungs? The Fairfax County Karaoke Wildcard competition will be held at the first Tysons Block Party of the summer! So mark your calendars for June 17th, and get ready to party!

You can find more information here.
Pride Celebration Events at Capital One Center
Capital One Center is proud to team up with SMYAL —Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders — which empowers LGBTQ youth in the Washington DC Region. For more information or tickets, please click here.

June 9th - 15th:
Pose with giant "LOVE" letters on the Great Lawn of The Perch (no advance registration required) 

June 21st at 7pm:
Drag Bingo Night at Starr Hill Biergarten in partnership with SMYAL (no advance registration required, but arriving early is recommended) 

June 26th at 2pm and 6pm: 
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Performances at Capital One Hall (tickets required)
INOVA Saville Cancer Screening & Health Fair
The Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Saville Center for Cancer Screening and Prevention (8081 Innovation Park Drive) will provide informative sessions from their team of experts, free cancer screenings, and recommendations for healthier living on Saturday, June 11 from 10am to 2pm.

More information can be found here.
Fairfax County Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge
Here's how you can participate and explore "Oceans of Possibilities:"
  • Go to fairfaxcounty.beanstack.org and pre-register for the 2022 Summer Reading Adventure appropriate for your age.
  • Once the Adventure begins on June 10, explore a variety of engaging activities, choose the ones you want to complete and collect virtual badges.
  • When you have earned ten badges, visit your neighborhood library branch and receive prizes for finishing the program! 

More information can be found here.
Mosaic Pride Parade
Join Mosaic’s very first Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11. The parade begins at 6pm in front of Praline Bakery and will run all the way down District Ave. to Strawberry Lane. The celebration will continue on Strawberry Lane until 7:30 pm with drag queens, pretzels, dance performances from Kazaxe and more.

More information can be found here.
Pathways Out of Poverty
Sunday, June 12, 2022. 3:30-5:00pm
Panelists will share experiences at helping the eligible formerly convicted and incarcerated to rebuild their lives and become self-reliant, and suggest ways we can help. Sponsored by Lewinsville Presbyterian Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church of McLean and Tysons Interfaith coalition. Register for the virtual meeting here.
Oakton Summer Reading Block Party
Oakton Summer Reading Block Party will be on Saturday, June 18th. Registration for Summer Reading Adventure started on June 1st. Come to Oakton Library to sign up!

More information about events can be found here.
Juneteenth with the Park Authority

You can find more information or register for these events here.
Engaging Men & Boys in Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Prevention
Join Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and Equimundo: Center for Masculinities and Social Justice for this hybrid in-person and virtual event on June 23 from 2pm to 4pm. Panelists include Equimundo co-founder Gary Barker, Neil Irvin of Men Can Stop Rape, Leila Rassekh Milani of Futures, and Equimundo's Brian Heilman leading the discussion on engaging men and boys in the work of preventing gender-based violence/intimate partner violence. For more information and to register, click here.
Mosaic Skateland Opening & Pride Celebration
Join Mosaic for the grand opening of Mosaic Skateland on Saturday, June 25 from 11am to 7pm. The event welcomes four-wheeled enthusiasts and beginners alike for a spin around the rink with live entertainment. The event also honors June PRIDE month with Mosaic District partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools Pride (FCPS Pride). For more information about this event, click here.
Providence Presents

Welcome to the newly expanded Providence Presents! I am thrilled to announce that in addition to Nottoway Nights in Vienna, we’ve now added the Global Music & Dance in Falls Church. This new program will highlight local international arts groups, with a focus on dancing. All shows are free, outdoors, and appeal to all ages. Thank you to our corporate and private donors for making this event possible. If you would like to volunteer for the event, email us at Providence@fairfaxcounty.gov to coordinate. Join us to listen and dance to the world of music!
Contact Us
We want to hear from you! Please reach out to us with questions, comments or just to say hello. Please feel free to email us with events you would like to be included in my newsletter.

Office Phone: (703) 560-6946 | Email: Providence@fairfaxcounty.gov