Dear Neighbor,

Nothing says summer has arrived like the return of Braddock Nights, our free community concerts under the stars. Last night, more than 125 people joined us at Rutherford Park to hear Karl Stoll and the Danger Zone. After last year's cancellation, it was great to see folks out enjoying great music, great weather, and a great evening! This Friday, we'll be at Royal Lake Park to hear Paul Reisler and Three Good Reasons, a folk jazz band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday at 10:00 a.m., we will have the first-ever Arts in the Park children's performance at Wakefield Park (behind Audrey Moore RECenter). This week's performance is Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, a touring children's theatre dedicated to excellence in theatre, art, and fun. Bring a blanket, snacks, and plenty of water! Our Arts in the Park performances will continue every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. through August 14.
Thanks to high vaccination rates, Fairfax County is currently seeing some of the lowest levels of COVID-19 transmission since the beginning of the pandemic. That said, the Delta Variant is currently spreading throughout the United States and poses a risk for those who are unvaccinated, including children under 12 years old. For those who are eligible, the vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself, loved ones, and neighbors from COVID-19, including the Delta Variant.
The Board of Supervisors will meet next Tuesday, July 13 and the full agenda is available. As always, I appreciate hearing your input.

Continue reading below for more information on:

  • Summer Entertainment Series
  • PIVOT Grant Application Deadline is Tomorrow, July 9 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Public Safety Alert: Stolen Vehicles
  • Upcoming Police Recruiting Event on Saturday
  • Personal Safety for College Students
  • Neighborhood Watch Training
  • Register Your Community's National Night Out Event
  • New Online PLUS System for Citizens
  • Educational Sessions on the New Zoning Ordinance
  • Funding Available for Tenants and Landlords Through Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • Update on Sick Birds
Yours in service,
Supervisor James Walkinshaw
Summer Entertainment Series
PIVOT Grant Application Deadline is
Tomorrow, July 9 at 11:59 pm
The grant program is called “PIVOT” and it will provide grants to local businesses in the hotel, food service, retail and services, and arts and culture industries. PIVOT will use $25 million provided through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act to provide targeted assistance to the most hard-hit sectors of the Fairfax County economy. The goal of the program is to help those businesses continue their recovery by providing needed capital for ongoing operations and to sustain business sectors.

The grant portal will be open until tomorrow, Friday, July 9Funds will be disbursed via four programs: 

  • Lodging
  • Food service and food truck
  • Retail, services, and amusements
  • Arts organizations, museums and historical sites

Businesses must be located in Fairfax County, including the Towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna, and have a have a commercial storefront (no online only or home-based businesses will be eligible for awards). Businesses must be open or temporarily closed, planning to reopen by August 31, 2021, and have a valid Business and Professional License (BPOL). Grant award amounts, eligibility criteria and other requirements are available on the Fairfax County website.
Public Safety Alert: Stolen Vehicles
Fairfax County Police Department detectives are investigating a series of stolen vehicle reports that have occurred Countywide since the beginning of June. These vehicles have primarily been stolen overnight and it appears the suspects mainly entered unlocked vehicles with keys inside. Suspects have also used garage door openers or forced entry to gain access to at least three homes. In these incidents, the suspects entered homes and stole personal belongings as well as vehicle keys. The suspects then proceeded to steal one or more vehicles from the home.

In response, our district stations are conducting extra patrols and are asking neighbors to follow these steps:

  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times 
  • Remove keys and garage door openers from vehicles 
  • Lock the door to an attached garage 
  • Keep all doors and windows to your home locked 
  • Keep the perimeter of your home well lit 
  • Keep vehicle keys out of view

To report suspicious activity, call the Police Department's non-emergency number, (703) 691-2131 or 911 for an emergency.
Upcoming Public Safety
Recruiting Event on Saturday
Public Safety recruiters will be at the Burke Community Church (9900 Old Keene Mill Rd, Burke, VA) this Saturday, July 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you are curious about working as a uniformed police officer, come and talk to a recruiter.
Personal Safety for College Students
Do you have a student leaving for college soon? The West Springfield Station Crime Prevention Unit will be hosting a presentation on Personal Safety & Situational Awareness and Active Violence Awareness on Saturday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. at the West Springfield District Station Community Room (6140 Rolling Road, West Springfield, VA 22152).

This event consists of two presentations.

  • Personal Safety and Situational Awareness from 9:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m.

  • Active Violence Awareness, Avoid, Deny, Defend, from 10:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

You can attend both presentations, or just one of them. If you have further questions, contact the Crime Prevention Office of the West Springfield Station at (703) 644-7377. Please register for the event.
Neighborhood Watch Training
Police Officers from the West Springfield District Station will be hosting Neighborhood Watch training on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. This training is required (one time only) before you may participate in your Neighborhood Watch Program. The meeting will be held via Zoom. You will need to sign up through the Eventbrite link below to obtain the Zoom information. If you have any questions, contact PFC Tony Capizzi at (703) 277-2363.
Register Your Community's
National Night Out Event
National Night Out (NNO) will be Tuesday, August 3. The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) strongly supports NNO as an opportunity to improve police and community communication. Whether it's a simple ice cream party, or an all-out festival, NNO is an opportunity to gather with your neighbors, get better acquainted, and talk about issues of common concern.

What is National Night Out?

  • Annual neighborhood-based crime and drug prevention event
  • Opportunity to show neighborhood spirit and strengthen partnerships with local police
  • Demonstrates neighborhood commitment to fight crime
  • Observed in thousands of communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world

Please note, if you register using a different link, FCPD will not receive notice of your event.
New Online PLUS System for Citizens
Fairfax County's recently upgraded online Planning Land Use System (PLUS) adds more than 25 planning and land use applications and related information to the online platform.

Please visit the PLUS Support Center website to get all the information about the applications included in this release. If you need help learning how to use and navigate PLUS, several trainings are scheduled throughout the month of July.

Training details and dates are available on the PLUS Support Center website along with video tutorials, user guides, and more.
Educational Sessions on the New Zoning Ordinance
Interested in learning more about the new Zoning Ordinance? Join DPD staff for a series of lunch and learn sessions and a community meeting on a variety of topics, including navigating the new Ordinance, accessory living units, and home-based businesses. The meeting information is listed below and on our zMOD Outreach Page.
Funding Available for Tenants and Landlords Through Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Fairfax County is administering relief for renters experiencing a negative financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. Through this program, tenants and landlords may receive funds to pay delinquent and prospective rent payments.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship directly or indirectly due to COVID-19.
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
  • Have a gross household income at or below 80% of the area median income.
  • Eligible households must have a rent that is at or below 150% Fair Market Rent.
  • Up to 15 months of assistance may be available.

6 Things to Know About Accessing Emergency Rental Assistance

  • Immigration status is not a barrier to receiving services.
  • Minimum documentation includes a lease or rental agreement and proof of income.
  • Residents who have received funding previously are still eligible to receive ERA resources.
  • Residents can get financial assistance if they are unemployed.
  • Coordination Services Planning (CSP) have instituted additional staff and technology to reduce wait times and to ensure that residents speak directly with a staff member.
  • CSP specialists can assist residents in multiple languages.

Tenant Checklists and Landlord Checklists are available in multiple languages including Arabic, Amharic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese. Each case is assessed individually, and assistance is provided based on eligibility requirements.

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Update on Sick Birds
In late May, wildlife managers in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. While the majority of affected birds are reported to be fledgling common grackles, blue jays, European starlings, and American robins, other species of songbirds have been reported as well. No definitive cause(s) of illness or death have been determined at this time.

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has been monitoring the extent of the event in the Commonwealth since late May. The Virginia areas affected by the mortality event include the following counties and cities: Alexandria, Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Manassas, Prince William, Shenandoah, Warren, and Winchester. Between May 23 and June 30, the DWR received over 1,400 reports of sick or dying birds from the affected areas. Approximately 450 of the reported cases described eye issues and/or neurological signs.

Birds congregating at bird feeders and bird baths can transmit diseases to one another. Professionals recommend the following standard precautions:

  • Cease feeding birds in the affected areas until this wildlife morbidity/mortality event subsides;

  • Clean feeders and bird baths with a 10% bleach solution (one part bleach mixed with nine parts water), rinse with water, and allow to air dry;

  • Avoid handling birds unless necessary. If you do handle them wear disposable gloves. If picking up a dead bird, place an inverted plastic bag over your hand to avoid direct contact with the bird

  • Keep pets (including pet birds) away from sick or dead wild birds as a standard precaution; and

  • If at any time you find multiple dead birds in your yard over a short period of time, regardless of whether or not there is an ongoing bird mortality event, it is prudent to clean feeders and bird baths with a 10% bleach solution.

If you encounter sick or dead birds, in Virginia, please submit an event report. To dispose of dead birds, place in a plastic bag, seal and discard with household trash or alternatively bury them deeply.
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