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Drunk Drivers Can’t Hide Behind Halloween Costumes

From the Leesburg Police Department:

As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Leesburg Police Department reminds everyone to keep the party off the road. 

“There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who has made the poor decision to get behind the wheel,” said Lt. Jeff Dubé.Whether you’ve had one too many, or way too many, it is just not worth the risk. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

Street Resurfacing Work To Take Place October 24, 2010 Through October 29, 2010

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – The Town of Leesburg’s Public Works Department will be conducting night milling and paving work from October 24, 2010 through October 29, 2010.  Part of the Town’s regular streets maintenance program, milling and paving is a surface replacement process that eliminates existing pot holes and creates a smooth new road surface.  Milling and paving extends the life of the Town’s streets and is done on any particular street about once every ten to fifteen years.

The road surface replacement process takes place in two steps.  First, the top 1 to 1½ inches of asphalt is milled or ground off the street.  Then, a new overlay of hot-mix asphalt is applied to the street, creating the new pavement surface.  Typically, milling will be done on one day and paving will be done on the next day.  During milling and paving operations, crews will close one lane of the street at a time, so motorists should expect delays.  In addition, no on-street parking will be allowed during the scheduled milling and paving operations.

The schedule below is subject to inclement weather delays.  Milling and paving must be done under dry conditions.  The following night work is scheduled:

1.      Fort Evans Road, from the Route 15 Bypass to Potomac Station Drive

  • Milling:  Sunday, October 24 – Monday, October 25, 7 pm – 7 am
  • Paving: Tuesday, October 26 – Wednesday, October 27, 9 pm – 7 am

2.      Route 15 Bypass, from Route 7 interchange to Edwards Ferry Road (northbound lanes)

  • Milling: Sunday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 26, 7 pm – 7 am
  • Paving: Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, October 29, 9 pm – 7 am

3.      Route 15 Bypass, from Fort Evans Road to Edwards Ferry Road (southbound lanes)

  • Milling: Wednesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 28, 9 pm – 5 am
  • Paving: Thursday, October 28 – Friday, October 29, 9 pm – 5 am

4.      Edwards Ferry Road, from Heritage Way to Route 15 Bypass

  • Milling: Sunday, October 31 – Monday, November 1, 9 pm – 6 am
  • Paving: Tuesday, November 2 – Wednesday, November 3, 9 pm – 6 am

The foregoing road segments are highlighted on the numbered map.

A High-Tech Option To Get Your Kids Exercising

LEESBURG, VA (WUSA) - A 21st Century PE program was getting kids moving and having fun at Tolbert Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia Thursday.

The youngsters couldn't get enough of the different type of gym class. Fourth grader Kristina told us, "I thought is was really fun better then the other PE classes that we have"

They were getting a chance to test out HOPSports. HOPSports is an interactive video computer system that offers all types of exercise programs from aerobics, to kick boxing to badminton.

Miriam Kenyon with HOPSports said "We want kids to get moving, we want kids to enjoy PE classes again. It's just used to enhance the PE program, it's not to substitute the PE teacher because this allows the PE teacher to ask questions and challenge the kids"

Securing Your Home

GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) - "We need to get in habit of doing these things," said Master Police Officer Patrick Lucas who is a crime prevention specialist.   He says people need to remember to make sure their doors are locked and their garage doors are closed before leaving home or going to sleep.

The serial burglar, who may responsible for as many as 100 break-ins or attempted break-in through Northern Virginia, uses the path of least resistance.  He's entered most homes through unlocked doors.

"He seems to be very cash-driven oriented only," said Officer Lucas.  It may be more than one thief or  copy cat thieves.  The thief is using gloves, leaving behind little forensic evidence.  He is generally not stealing property  or credit cards, both of which could be traced back to the owner.

Upcoming Halloween Information and Safety Tips

From the Leesburg Police Department:

Motorists should be aware of the Annual Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade that is taking place on Sunday, October 31st at 6:00 pm. The parade route is from Ida Lee Park south along King Street to Safeway. The streets will be closed from Battlefield Parkway to Catoctin Circle at 5:30pm and reopened once they are cleaned by Public Works staff. Please plan on alternate travel routes and follow the designated detours. The community is also reminded of the Town of Leesburg curfew for minors which is midnight.

Leesburg Police Department School Resource Officers will be teaching a block of instruction on Halloween safety to Kindergartners at the local elementary schools and day care facilities. The presentation consists of trick-or-treating safety tips, a take home pamphlet to educate parents, a Mylar candy bag, and an LED light to maximize visibility.

Traffic Delays Expected

Just as you may have experienced traffic delays today, you can expect the same for tomorrow, October 12. Delays will be mainly on Route 7 and Crosstail Boulevard. Dominion Power crews will be pulling wires from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. again just south of East Market Street.

Reminder: Leesburg Trash Collection Schedule Unchanged for Columbus Day Holiday

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – As a reminder, trash collection in the Town of Leesburg will not be affected by the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 11, 2010.

On Monday, October 11, 2010, residential customers in the Southwest and Southeast Quadrants of Town, including South King Street and West Market Street, will have trash collected.  Trash will also be collected for curbside commercial customers in the Historic District on Monday, October 11, 2010.  Customers are requested to place their trash at the curb after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, and before 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 11.

Residential customers are reminded that extra yard waste collection days have ended.  Yard waste is collected only on regular recycling collection days.  Fall bulk leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 25, 2010.