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Park Authority launches new audio sign

Visitors to Freedom Hill Fort Park in the Tysons Corner area can now read or listen to historical information about the site.

As a pilot project, the Fairfax County Park Authority installed an audio recording that makes the park’s interpretive signs more accessible to people with visual disabilities.

Using a solar-powered device called the Tour-Mate Solar Eco-Post that is designed to withstand severe weather, the recording provides audio information about the words and images displayed on the interpretive sign at the Freedom Hill redoubt.

Freedom Hill Fort Park, located at 8531 Old Courthouse Road, is home to a Civil War redoubt, one of the small, earthen batteries built as an outpost for the fortifications established around Washington, D.C., to protect the capital city during the Civil War.

The Park Authority is considering using similar audio recordings for other signs throughout the system.

Falls Church holds school supply drive

The City of Falls Church Housing and Human Services is holding a school supply drive for students in need. Donations are being accepted through Aug. 20 at the HHS office in City Hall (G Level, Room G04, 300 Park Ave.) during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Helpful donations include new:

• Backpacks

• Binders (1”, 1.5”, 2”)

• Binder/subject dividers

• Double-pocket folders

• Spiral notebooks

• Graph paper notebook

• Index cards

• Post-it Notes

• Compasses, protractors, rulers

• Pens, markers, highlighters (no crayons or pencils)

• Pencil pouches

• Hand sanitizer, deodorant and tissues

The agency will also accept gift cards to stores that sell school supplies, like Staples, Giant and CVS, and donations to the School Family Assistance Program.

For more information, call 703-248-5005 or email

Reston Community Center seeks candidates for board

Reston Community Center is seeking interested candidates to run for seats on its Board of Governors, a nine-member body responsible for oversight of the RCC. All residents of Small Tax District 5, age 18 or older, are eligible to run for appointment to the RCC Board of Governors.

Candidates must complete a candidacy statement to have their names placed on the preference poll ballot. Candidate paperwork will be available online at and at the community centers beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 1. The deadline for candidacy filing is 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

This year’s preference poll will fill three positions for three-year terms. Online and mail-in balloting and walk-in voting will take place Sept. 12 through Oct. 3 until 5 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors makes the official RCC board appointments after residents of Small District 5 have made their preferences known in the annual poll.

For more information on the 2014 RCC Preference Poll or Board of Governors, visit or call 703-476-4500.