Oct. 14, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Early voting began today at the North County Government Center in Reston, as well as 13 other locations countywide. As we have seen at the Fairfax County Government Center since early voting began last month, there is a lot of enthusiasm for voting early. We had a tremendous turnout today and I really enjoyed seeing so many of our neighbors. A few reminders and what to expect when you come to vote at the North County Government Center:
  • If you are dropping off an absentee mail ballot, the ballot box is located just to your right inside the building and is available during voting hours.
  • There will be curbside and handicapped parking spaces that are marked. However, the process of voting is taking longer with health precautions in place so please be patient if you are waiting for a parking spot. Waits for curbside voting may be shorter at the main Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax than at satellite locations. 
  • If you are able, please consider parking on the streets or nearby parking lots such as the Reston Regional Library.
  •  Take a few minutes to review your ballot before you head out to vote; it will help you vote more efficiently and make the line move faster.
  • Use the links below to get additional information.

Thank you for voting! 

Today's COVID-19 Updates (Oct. 14)

COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Underway
Planning is underway at the federal, state and local levels to order, distribute and administer a safe and effective vaccine as soon as it becomes available. The Fairfax County Health Department is working with the Virginia Department of Health to develop these plans for our health district. Learn more.

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.

COVID-19 Case Information Chart (as of publication on Oct. 14)
Volunteer Opportunities
Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition Community Cleanup, Saturday, Oct. 17
The Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a community cleanup this Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to join the Fairfax County Police Department and local businesses, organizations and nonprofits to cleanup the area around the Hunters Woods Plaza and Reston Association trails. Meet in front of the Reston Community Center at 11 am. Bags will be provided. Please bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Pandemic precautions of masks and social distancing will be practiced during this event. Sign up here

The annual VolunteerFest is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25. VolunteerFest is a region-wide weekend of service that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers in a variety of volunteer events across Fairfax County. Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate. Due to the pandemic, Volunteer Fairfax has incorporated at-home (virtual) projects from which you can select. Opportunities include making holiday cards, cleaning up yards and assisting with food drives. Learn more.
Board of Supervisors Update
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet next Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m. The draft agenda and other information can be found here. There are several options to participate in public hearings during the board meetings, details are here.

I am also happy to note that the meeting is scheduled to include a presentation honoring former Town of Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco for her years of service. You can read my June Board Matter here. 
Land Use and Transportation
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force Meeting Held Tuesday,
Oct. 13
The Task Force held its seventh meeting yesterday, Oct. 13. You can watch the meeting here. To learn more about the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study and the task force, visit the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study web page. Details for upcoming meetings will be found here.

Wiehle Avenue Crossing Study Group Virtual Meeting, Oct. 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
Wiehle Pedestrian Crossing Study Group virtual meeting is Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting is 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 only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-844-621-3956 and use Access Code: 173 482 2404. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711.
Hunter Mill District Land Use Committee Virtual Meeting, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
The next meeting of the Land Use Committee is Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Staff from the county's Department of Planning & Development (DPD) will be presenting on the Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) Policy Plan Amendment. The meeting is 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 only listen to the meeting, you may call 1-408-418-9388 and use Access Code: 173 403 3126. This is also the number to use if accessing TTY 711. More information or contact Jose Delcid. 
Public Safety Reminder
More Than Half of Deer-Related Crashes Occur in the Fall
The Fairfax County Police Department is reminding residents that fall is breeding season for deer and you can expect to see more of them on our roads. Half of our county's deer-related crashes occur October through December. If a deer is injured or killed, immediately report the crash to the police on the non-emergency line at 703-691-2131.
Please drive carefully and review these safety tips.
2 Things to Know Today
Nine County Community Centers Have Reopened
Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) Community Centers have reopened for limited use. Centers will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for self-directed activities, technical support and the Parent Connect program only. Organized sports/team play and group activities will not be allowed at this time. Youth participants must be accompanied by an adult; those who are at least 9 years old may attend an appointment time alone. Learn more.

Register Now for Oct. 15 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
Earthquakes can occur anytime and anywhere without warning. To help you prepare, one easy and safe step is to participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 15. Each year, on the third Thursday of October, millions of people participate to learn how to stay safe during earthquakes. Learn more.
Stay Informed and In Touch
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn
703-478-0283, TTY 711