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  • 12-17-19 Final Newsletter Message Dear Neighbors and Friends, Let me begin with my best wishes for a happy holiday season however you celebrate this time of year. Over the past two decades, I have been honored to serve the Hunter Mill District. I have been fortunate to work with remarkable colleagues and received invaluable community input on a vast array of issues. It has been an adventure of a lifetime and I am deeply grateful for the experience. Thank you for the many kindness you have shown me during difficult times and thank you for supporting my efforts to move us all forward together. While it isn’t mission accomplished, it is mission advanced, nonetheless. In 2020, we will have a new Supervisor and I wish Walter Alcorn well and every success in building the Hunter Mill community. His success is our success. Finally, it is with mixed feelings that I embrace the next phase of my life. I am delighted for the change of gear and slower pace and openly acknowledge that I will miss what I have come to know so well during the past twenty years. Most importantly I have enjoyed the diversity of our community-diversity in every manner. Perhaps that is too strong. A community of inclusion of all people and the differences that accepts the change that has occurs over twenty years. The ability to reflex values that brought us here or to accept an ever-evolving entity. That change I welcome. Wishing all a happy and healthful December.

    Hunter Mill Highlights from Supervisor Cathy Hudgins

    Inside this issue:

    Now Playing on Ch. 16 - Cathy’s Wrap-up Library Events in December Coats Needed Ending Homelessness Events Transportation News Holiday Open House and Farewell for Cathy - photos Land Use Cases/Updates HM Land Use Cases HM Land Use Committee Solar Power Initiative

    Park News Two-Horse Open Sleigh (Wagon) Rides Santa Wagon Rides Bob Brown Puppet Show Candy Cane Lane Mini-Golf Dog Park Study

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    Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office

    1801 Cameron Glen Drive Reston, VA 20190



    On the web:


    Fairfax County government offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 at 1pm for Christmas Eve,

    Wednesday, December 25 all day for Christmas Day, and Wednesday, January 1 all day for New Year’s Day

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    Long-time friend and colleague, Carol Bradley, interviews Supervisor Hudgins on her 20 years of service as Hunter Mill District Supervisor . ⧫Watch video on demand here ⧫

    Each month, Supervisor Hudgins hosts a television program on the County’s Channel 16, on a variety of important issues and topics in the Hunter Mill District and the County. Broadcast times and days, and video on demand links to the current show are available on the “Connecting with Supervisor Hudgins” webpage, or watch on demand from the Hunter Mill District webpage, or here.

    Broadcast times are

    • Sundays at 4 pm

    • Wednesdays at 6:30pm

    • Fridays at 4 pm

    What’s happening in DECEMBER at the Library

    Visit the Fairfax County Public Library website for branch, additional programs, information, and registration. (R) = reservation required

    PATRICK HENRY EVENTS 703-938-0405

    FOR FAMILIES Make & Take Crafts - Sock Snowmen: Monday, Dec. 23, 1:30- 3pm. Join Miss Andrea to create fun and festive sock snowmen. They make great gifts! All ages welcome

    Family Movie Matinees - All movies are rated PG. The Lego Movie will show on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2-4pm. The Lego Batman Movie will show on Monday, Dec. 30, 3-5pm. The Lego Ninjago Movie will show on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2-4pm.

    Noon Year’s Eve! Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30am-12:30pm. Ring in the New Year at a kid-friendly time. All ages welcome


    Welcome to the Neighborhood Storytime: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:30-11:30am. Help us celebrate International Migrants Day with special stories for kids and resources for parents. For preschoolers but all ages welcome.

    FOR SCHOOL AGES Read to a Dog - Woof, and Paws: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4-5pm. Need a little reading help? Sign up to read with a reading thera- py dog. Age 6-12 (R)

    FOR TEENS Dungeons & Dragons: Friday, Dec. 20, 3:30-6pm. Players are forming a party and experiencing the excitement and imagina- tion of D&D. Whether you’re experienced or just starting out, roll and dice and see what adventure awaits you! Grades 7-12.

    FOR ADULTS Genealogy and Adoptees: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30pm. Shannon Combs-Bennett will discuss her book The DNA Guide for Adopt- ees. Learn how to use genealogy and genetics to uncover your roots, connect with your biological family, and better under- stand your medical history. Adults.


    FOR FAMILIES Ukulele Junior Jam Session: Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30-11am. Join us for an exciting musical performance by the North- ern Ukulele Society. All ages welcome

    FOR PRESCHOOLERS Nose to Toes Yoga: Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30-11am. Explore yoga poses and movement while enjoying books and songs with a children’s yoga instructor. Ages 3-5 with adult (R)

    FOR SCHOOL AGES Lego Movie and Playtime: Thursday, Jan. 2, 1-3pm. Join us for a cozy afternoon LEGO movie followed by open-play lego building and crafts. Age 4-10

    FOR TEENS Star Wars Trivia: Thursday, December 19, 6:30-8pm. Bring your own group of four trivia Jedi or join with others. Snack for all and prizes for the winning team. May the Triv- ia Force be with you. Age 12-18

    FOR ADULTS Memory Depot Orientation: Thursday, Dec. 19, & Mon- day, Dec. 23, 10:30-11:15am. Let us introduce you to our Memory Depot station, a do-it yourself location for scan- ning your slides, negatives and photos and to transfer your VHS or audio cassettes to digital formats. Adults One-on-One Computer/Internet/Ebook Help: Tuesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 26 & Friday, Decem- ber 27 - all day. Call us to make an appointment for a one- hour session with a tech volunteer for computer skills, in- ternet and ebook help. Bring your fully charged device and password.

    The library will be closed for the holidays on December 24 at 1pm, on December 31 at 5pm, and all day on January 1.

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    Summer Closures Coming for Metro’s Orange Line Metro’s Platform Improvement Project is moving to the western side of the Orange Line next summer with plans to re- build the deteriorating platforms at Vienna, Dunn Loring, and East Falls Church stations and advance major infra- structure work along the 7-mile rail segment. While full service information will be announced in March, Metro is advis- ing customers today that the three stations will be closed between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2020.

    West Falls Church Station will remain open during the project, because it is equipped with two platforms that can be reconstructed one at a time. The station will become the western terminus of the Orange Line during the summer months. Orange Line service will operate less frequently than normal from the station.

    East Falls Church Station will be closed to customers; however, Orange and Silver line trains will be permitted to pass through the station using a single track through the work area. This will allow Silver Line stations from McLean to Wieh- le-Reston East to remain open, but with reduced service.

    Rapid Flashing Beacons to Improve Pedestrian Safety To enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety, Fairfax County is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to install nine new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) at targeted crosswalks around the County. The flashing yellow lights, when activated, indicate to drivers and bicyclists using the roadway to yield to those in the crosswalk before proceeding. RRFBs are a warning device for drivers. Pedestrians still need to watch for approaching traffic even if the RRFB is activated.

    The new beacons are a result of a $1,263,000 grant through VDOT's Pedestrian Safe- ty Action Plan and funded by the Federal Highway Authority's Highway Safety Im- provement Program (HSIP). The grant also includes other pedestrian safety improve- ments including refuge islands and a signalized crosswalk. More information

    The grant-funded RRFBs in/near the Hunter Mill District are: - South Lakes at Tanbark (East) - Bluemont Way and Discovery Drive (photo above) - Soapstone and Ridge Heights Road - Soapstone and KinderCare/7-11


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