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Fairfax County Schools Drop Chocolate Milk, Nuggets, Corn Dogs

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County elementary school students will no longer be able to buy chocolate milk in school cafeterias. It's one of several new recommendations to make school food healthier, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"They don't need all that sugar and calories. No child does," says Penny McConnell, Director of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Not all parents are happy about this new decision. Some worry if there's no chocolate milk, their children won't drink any milk. McConnell says if kids won't drink fat free milk, they can drink water.

But some parents support the decision. "Chocolate milk is only for special occasions. It's like a milkshake, not for everyday," said Monika Sibert.

McConnell and her team have also taken corn dogs and chicken nuggets off the menu because they're too high in fat. More meaty, less breading chicken tenders are still available and so are low fat hot dogs on a whole wheat bun.

Living Well Expo Coming Soon to Herndon

This was sent to us by Marion Myers of Myers Public Relations, LLC:

Announcing The Living Well Expo, the area's first region-wide health expo! Held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, presented by Title Sponsor Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, The Living Well Expo will bring together area residents and health care professionals and organizations under one roof for an entire day.  The Expo with feature health care exhibitors, interactive health & fitness demonstrations, a healthy food stage featuring demonstrations and cook-offs, free health screenings, entertainment, food, and much more!  We are also pleased to announce that Radio Disney will be prominently featured, bringing their "Move It" campaign to the Expo.  This event will be free to the public.

Herndon Community Center Introduces Revised Fees

The Herndon Community Center continues to offer classes for all ages and all interests. These classes are year round and give you the opportunity to learn some new skills or improve on the ones you have for a variety of different activities. Starting on September 7, the Herndon Community Center will have revised fees for admission and passes. Also, the center hours starting on September 7 are as follows:

Monday – Friday               6:00 a.m.

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.


Road Paving in Progress

Work on the annual asphalt repaving project began on Monday. The repaving project is aimed to improve the safety of the streets of Herndon.

Herndon residents should be aware of alternate routes during the paving to avoid delays. While notices will be posted door-to-door, you can call 703-435-6860, the Herndon Maintenance Facility, Public Works, for more information.

Paving on Van Buren Street between Elden and Monrore streets and northbound lanes from the intersection of Spring and Van Buren streets to the W&OD trail are in the course of planning.

Commander Swim Season Coming Up

The 2010-2011 swim season is right around the corner. Head coach, Bruce Andersen, is holding a mandatory meeting for all Commander parents on September 8.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Herndon Community Center at 814 Ferndale Avenue. For more information about the swim team you can contact Coach Anderson at Bruce.Andersen@herndon-va.gov or call him at 703-435-6800 X 2122.

16th Session of Herndon Citizens Police Academy

The Herndon Citizens Police Academy is holding its 16th session starting on September 1. The academy is designed to give citizens of Herndon a better understanding of the police operations in the town. The session will run through November 17, running a total of 12 weeks.

Some topics that will be covered by the Herndon Police and representatives from the Fairfax County Judicial System are firearms training, traffic enforcement, gang activity, and community policing. The academy presents information in a classroom setting as well as through “on-the-street” demonstrations.

In order to participate in the academy you must be at 18 years old and have no criminal record. Herndon residents will get first priority. Applications can be downloaded here: http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/public_safety/CPA/Application%20packet%202010.pdf.