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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.

9th Annual Springfield BridgeWalk

On Friday, September 10, Springfield residents, businesses and other community members are invited to participate in the 9th Annual Springfield Community BridgeWalk in celebration of Springfield’s commercial revitalization. Lee District Supervisor, Jeff McKay, is inviting community members to march over Veterans Bridge on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. The march will be led by a color guard from the American Legion and a contingent of soldiers from Fort Belvoir.  After the march, there will be a free celebration at the American Legion with music, food, and door prizes.

If you are interested in participating in the BridgeWalk, you need to meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Kinko’s on the north side of the bridge at 6998 Bland Street at 7:00 p.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.

 

Courtyard Marriott in Springfield Gets a Facelift

The Courtyard Marriott in Springfield, VA is almost done with the renovation that it began in April. Renovations of this Marriott include a brand-new lobby, updated business center, and new places to eat, including The Bistro restaurant and Market. Renovations to the courtyard and fitness center are still a work in progress and should be complete this fall.

Last Chance for Island Bash at Fireside Grill

Saturday Island Bash at Fireside Grill is a special evening of live island music, special drinks and appetizers and even special pricing. There is only one more Island Bash this summer and it’s this Saturday, August 28! Come and enjoy live music from 8:30 to midnight and let your taste buds enjoy flavors inspired by the Caribbean.

There will be margaritas (that you might need to hold with two hands) and traditional and flavored mojitos. Appetizers include margaritas shrimp skewers, with garlic bread and margaritas sauce, fireside ceviche, PEI mussels with tomato sauce, creole chicken skewers, and emerald bay crab and shrimp cakes. Some entrees include sunset tilapia, lobster flatbread, and Hemingway’s filet!

Fireside Grill is located at 9000 Lorton Station Bolevard in Lorton, VA. For more information you can call 703-372-1923 or visit www.firesidegrillVA.com.

Lions Club Meeting

Tonight, Tuesday, September 28, the Lions Club is holding their bi-monthly dinner. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and there will be social time directly after the club meeting at 7:00 p.m. The venue for the meeting is the Springfield Golf and Country Club at 8301 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield, VA.

Va. Police Seek Help in Identifying Human Remains

LORTON, Va. (WUSA) - Detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department are asking for the public's help in identifying human skeletal remains found Monday, July 12 just off Furnace Road.

Police said the medical examiner's office reported the victim died of trauma to the upper body and ruled the death a homicide. It is estimated that the remains went undiscovered for up to one year, detectives said.

A forensic anthropologist working with the medical examiner's office believes the skeleton is that of a European male with the possibility of East Asian or Hispanic ancestry. The anthropologist believes the man was in his mid 30s to early 40s and approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall.

The man had on a chain necklace with a stone-heart pendant and an evil-eye talisman attached. The stone pendant is multi-colored and has a geometric design on it.