News Briefs

‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ for Parents of Teens

Fairfax County police are offering a hands-on, learning adventure for parents and guardians of teenagers. Called “Hidden in Plain Sight,” it’ll be held this Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30-8:45 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. 

Attendees will be guided through a presentation opening their eyes to what’s right in front of them. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” indicating risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify these red flags. 

Afterward is a PowerPoint presentation detailing the red-flag props the room contained and how they indicate or are used in risky behavior. Police include up-to-date statistics and local trends, and law-enforcement officers will share experiences they’ve had in the community identifying risky behavior and helping put teens on the right path to a healthy life. 

Register at Or register for other, upcoming presentations dates at Registration is required, and seats are limited for this free event. For further information or to arrange a presentation for an organization, club or group, email PFC Meg Hawkins at

Scouts May Tour Sully Police Station

The Sully District Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly, will host Scout tours on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. These tours will be done by appointment only and are first come, first served, so Scout leaders are encouraged to reserve their spots as soon as possible.
The tours are open to all Boy and Girl Scout troops in the Centreville/Chantilly/Clifton/Fairfax Station area. Besides the group tour of the police station, troops will also receive a short presentation about the police department. After signing up for a one-hour slot at, Scout leaders will receive an email with further instructions.

Sully District Coat Drive for Children

Supervisor Kathy Smith (D-Sully) and various community partners are teaming up with Operation Warm to purchase new winter coats for children in the Sully District. To make a donation through Operation Warm, go to

For more information, email or call 703-814-7100.