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GRAFFITI Alert

November 16, 2008

>>>>BUS TOUR OF STERLING BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The board of supervisors went on a bus tour of Sterling on Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and saw many of the troubled neighborhoods, crime scenes and one burned down house. I showed them many areas where there were some improvements and planned plantings and sidewalks. It is an uphill battle as some supervisors can not agree on some of the tactics it will take to deal with crime, overcrowding and some of the quality of life issues or on how to pay for it when there is little money for other government projects.

In summary, the board and county staff got to see some of the problems that were solved by their actions, got to see some of the places reported by the local tv news and other media and were briefed by business owners in the former restaurant known as Pepes. Finally, they got a warning that things will get worse if they neglect to do the best they can to prevent further problems.

>>> SATURDAY SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT IN STERLING

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint Saturday November 15, 2008 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. in Sterling.

"Our ultimate goal is to ensure the roads are safe for all motorists by achieving voluntary compliance with the drinking and driving laws," said Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson. "If you drink and drive, we're going to catch you," Simpson warned.

The Sheriff's Office currently conducts one checkpoint per month throughout the year and holds additional checkpoints during the holidays. The Sheriff's Office designed the checkpoints to raise public awareness and to discourage impaired driving.

>>>GRAFFITI ALERT IN ROLLING RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AREA

On Wednesday 11/12/08 between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. at Goldstone Terr./Bartlet Sq.
Sterling, Destruction of Property: Unknown subject(s) spray-painted vulgar language and symbols on two white vans. Value: $1000.00 C200801948

On Thursday 11/13/08 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the 46600 block Sandalwood Sq. in Sterling
Destruction of Property: Unknown subject(s) spray painted the side of a residence. The incident is possibly related to the above report of two vehicles spray painted. Value: $500.00 C2008019482/1

On Thursday 11/13/08 between at 8 a.m. 46600 block E. Frederick Dr. in Sterling
Destruction of Property: Unknown subject(s) spray painted vulgar language on a construction sign for the Sheriff's Office Sterling Station. The spray paint is similar to the spray paint used in previous case # 2008019482.
Value: $200.00 C2008019489

If you know anything about this , call the non-emergency line 703-777-0445. Keep your eyes out for suspicious activity and call the number to report it. Tell your neighbors we have a person who needs to be caught.

This person must be and will be caught.

>>> STERLING NOW HAS THE MOST WATCHES UP AND OPERATING

It is for matters like this incident that we need functioning neighborhood watches. Sterling now has neighborhood watches in formation in every neighborhood. All we need is some more people to help with existing watches in every neighborhood.

These neighborhood watches do NOT require being publicly identified in any way. They are training and networking to assist with deputies who want to do their job of catching criminals in the act.

>>> THAT MEANS YOU CAN DO IT.

Deputy Spurlock addressed 70 Sterling residents at the community center 2 weeks ago and many signed up. He just gave a report to the board and I am helping him find some wooden posts for the new signs to go up.

If you are a county resident and want to start a neighborhood watch program in your community or would like a Crime Prevention Specialist to teach a class to your PTO, HOA or social club, please contact:

Deputy Specialist Nathan Payne: 703-777-0477; or
Deputy Specialist James Spurlock: 703-771-5749

If you have questions, you can also contact them by e-mail at nathaniel.payne@loudoun.gov or james.spurlock@loudoun.gov.


>>>>LINK Seeks Used Winter Coats for Distribution to the Needy

Record Number 600 Families Apply for Assistance

This year a record number of 600 families have registered for the LINK Thanksgiving Food and Used Coat distribution event on Saturday November 22. The 600 families comprise 1,263 adults and 1,608 children totaling 2,871 needy people. Jim Krips (Used Winter Coat Coordinator) put out a special plea for used winter coats.

Coats can be brought to Sterling United Methodist at located at 304 East Church Road from November 16 to 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be a collection box in the Narthex.

http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/blogs/community-faith/2008-11-10/LINK_COATS_STERLING/

LINK Holiday Basket Information
>>>> LINK to feed needy people in Sterling

Mark Gunderman has been writing me and others to "Come Sinners, Saints and Spanish Speaking Volunteers"

On Saturday November 22, 2008 Food Distribution, 8 am - 4 pm

* Locations: Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church (46833 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling, VA 20164) and Trinity Presbyterian (651 Dranesville Rd., Herndon, VA 20170)

Winter Coat Distribution, 8 am - 4 pm
* Location: Sterling United Methodist Church (304 East Church Road, Sterling, Virginia 20164)

Donations Needed

* Food - Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off during the sorting hours listed below at either Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church or Trinity Presbyterian Church.
* Coats - Donations of new or gently-used winter coats, scarves, mittens, hats can be dropped off at Sterling United Methodist Church from Nov. 16th - 21st, 8:30 am - 4 pm.
* Toys - Donations of new toys can be dropped off at Herndon United Methodist Church from Dec. 15th - 19th, 9 am - 3 pm.

Volunteers Needed - To volunteer, call LINK at 703-437-4409 or send an email (preferable) to Diana@hamiltongroup.com

There is a lot of work to be done by volunteers on Monday November 17, Thursday, and Friday as well on the actual day of the events.

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