May 19, 2021

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who made Saturday's inaugural Tour de Hunter Mill a great success!

It would not have been possible without the efforts and resources provided by our community partners:
Watch this video to learn more about the inaugural Tour de Hunter Mill!
It was a beautiful day for a bike ride!
Shyamali Hauth (far right) on my staff did a great job coordinating Saturday's bike event. She joined me (center) Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck (left) and Chairman Jeff McKay (second from right) when we were finished with our rides.

Also a big thanks to the rest of my staff who ensured that everything went smoothly. It was quite a team effort!
Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods provided post-ride snacks, water and entertainment. RCC Executive Director Leila Gordon generously shared her staff, volunteers and resources!
Besides enjoying the beautiful trails in Hunter Mill District, we also wanted the event to showcase the functional multimodal transportation opportunities in our community. Part of the route on Saturday was a short trip on Metro. My wife Kristina (right) joined me and it was easy to get bikes on and off the Metro train. Getting across Route 7’s double-crosswalk lighting system to the elevator was not quite as easy – if you are walking use the escalators/stairs to access the elevated walkway. 
The Tour de Hunter Mill's 15 and 20 mile routes included the Town of Vienna (which is in the Hunter Mill District). Mayor Linda Colbert (right) was at the Vienna pit stop to greet riders. We also had a lot of great volunteers who are town residents – thank you Vienna!

We are already looking forward to next year's Tour de Hunter Mill, which is scheduled to start in Vienna. We hope to see you there!

Bike enthusiasts (and anyone with access to a bike, including Capital BikeShare) are encouraged to participate in this Friday's 20th Annual Bike to Work Day. And if you are working from home, bike anywhere on Friday, May 21! Learn more.   
No Newsletter Next Week and Memorial Day is May 31
There will be no Hunter Mill District newsletter next Wednesday, May 26 and it will return June 2. Also, please note that Fairfax County Government is observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 31 and many county offices will be closed.
I hope you and your families have a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

Respectfully,
Walter
Today's COVID-19 Updates (May 19)
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Governor Updates Face Covering Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People Effective May 15; Moves Up Capacity and Distancing Changes to May 28
This is great news for all who have been vaccinated and I hope also an incentive to get vaccinated, if you are not. Find an appointment here. All three available vaccines are safe, effective, and will allow us to return to normal.

Helping Households Stay Connected to the Internet During COVID-19
Help is available for households struggling to pay for internet service because of hardship due to COVID-19 through the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying households.

School Vaccination Clinics
Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Health Department are offering COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for students (ages 12 to 18) at several high school locations. Learn more.

Southgate Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, May 20, 1:30 to 4:30 pm
You must pre-register to participate in the vaccine clinic at Southgate Community Center held tomorrow, Thursday, May 20 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The location is 12125 Pinecrest Rd. in Reston.
Register by phone (English and Spanish) by calling:
  • Southgate Community Center at 703-860-0676 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., or
  • Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center at 703-435-6830 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
More Details:
  • Dose Type: Pfizer
  • Minors (12 to 17 years old) must be accompanied by an adult.

INFORMATION RESOURCES:
Call/Email
If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Fairfax County Health Department:
  • Call 703-267-3511 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
  • Email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays)

Vaccine Updates

Testing

Current Number of Cases in the Fairfax Health District
  • Daily reported case information for the Fairfax Health District: here and scroll down to get to ZIP Code data.
  • Daily reported case information throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia: here and ZIP Code data look for Data Download bar.

Weekly COVID-19 Case/Vaccine Information Chart
Public Forum With Police Chief Kevin Davis
on May 26 at 7 p.m.
The Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel will hold a Public Forum on May 26 at 7 p.m. on WebEx. The Panel will discuss civilian oversight of law enforcement with Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis and will also allow time for the public to ask questions on civilian oversight. For more information on the event and instructions for joining, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/policecivilianreviewpanel/pcrp-meeting-5-26
Mental Health & Wellness
in the Black Community
Tools 2 Thrive - Mental Health & Wellness in the Black Community is Thursday, May 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“Tools 2 Thrive,” a virtual community discussion about mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health within the Black community is being held on Thursday, May 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. This session will address what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19. All are invited to attend; register at bit.ly/Tools2Thrive.

The event is part of the series titled “A Safe Space to Dig Deep: Mental Health & Wellness in the Black Community” presented by the Fairfax County Black Mental Health Committee. The committee is comprised of Fairfax County Government agencies – Neighborhood & Community Services, Health Department, Department of Family Services, and Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board – in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter.

For more information about previous events in the series, visit A Safe Space to Dig Deep
Transportation and Land Use
Wiehle Avenue Pedestrian Study Group Virtual Meeting, May 20, 7 p.m.
The Wiehle Avenue Study Group meeting is Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be hosted on the Webex platform. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 173 873 6216. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. (Please note that each meeting has a unique link and call-in information). 

Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meetings, May 24 and June 1, 7 p.m.
NEW: Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force meetings will now be held weekly through July.
To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study webpage. You can watch a live stream of the meetings on YouTube Live.

  • The Monday, May 24 meeting is at 7 p.m. and hosted on the Webex platform. Details and the agenda for the meeting will be found here. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 173 603 4699. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. (Please note that each meeting has a unique link and call-in information).
  • The Tuesday, June 1 meeting is at 7 p.m. and hosted on the Webex platform. Details and the agenda will be found here. Use this link to attend and participate in the meeting. You will be prompted to register with your email address and ZIP code before logging into meeting. If you prefer to listen to the meeting on your phone, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use access code: 173 921 1875. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. (Please note that each meeting has a unique link and call-in information). 
4 Things to Know Today
Learn About Your Neighborhood Critters Tonight, May 19 at 7 p.m.
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck is hosting a virtual community meeting at 7 p.m. tonight, May 19 with Fairfax County Animal Protection Police and Wildlife Management staff. They will discuss what to do when you see an animal that concerns you and what to know about typical animal behaviors. Learn more.

Reston Cleanup is May 26-29
Join the Reston Association, Fairfax County Police Reston District Station, Southgate Community Center and Dogwood Elementary School for a community cleanup May 26 -29 along Glade Drive from Reston Parkway to Sunrise Valley. For more information or to get involved contact Ha Brock at ha@reston.org.

The 2021 Viva Vienna Festival is May 29-31
This year's festival will be spread out across several central Vienna locations to provide socially distanced zones for carnival rides, entertainment and vendors. I will have a booth in the vendor zone on May 30 and 31, so please stop by to say hello to me and my staff! Learn more.

Tysons Partnership Bike Webinars and Classes for County Residents
The Tysons Partnership is offering cycling webinars and classes this summer. The webinars are free; the classes are $10 for those who work or live in Fairfax County:
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711