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The Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services Division wants to ensure that everyone take steps to prevent Independence Day festivities from turning into a tragedy at family picnics, outings to the beach and neighborhood barbecues. Each July 4, hundreds of children are permanently disfigured due to burns by fireworks. Here's what you should know:

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Every summer, thousands complain about the horrible mosquito problems they have in their neighborhoods. Often, a nearby pond, puddle, flooded ditch, marsh or swamp are the focus of the mosquito complaint. However, in most cases, the problem mosquitoes turn out to be Asian tiger mosquitoes and the source of them is found to be containers of water on or near the citizen’s property.

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Belvoir facilities reap more than $2.5 million

Soldiers and their families who shopped and dined at Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores and restaurants on Fort Belvoir generated $2,572,362 last year for Army quality-of-life programs, making Belvoir a better place to live and work, while promoting readiness and resiliency.

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Books ClipartVan Noy Library wants to help Fort Belvoir children avoid the “summer slide.”

The term refers to the tendency of children to lose some of what they learned during the school year during summer break. One way to stop it is through summer reading, said Nilya Carrato, Van Noy Library’s supervisory librarian.

Fort Belvoir Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Outdoor Recreation and Child Youth and School Services are partnering for this year’s summer reading program, with the theme, “Read for the Win!”

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At a recent community meeting involving Fairfax County Public Schools, Fort Belvoir residents and garrison staff, there were a number of questions about the status of Meeres Gate and whether or not it would be open to accommodate traffic associated with Fort Belvoir Elementary School. Meeres Gate is no longer safe to use because of the speed and volume of traffic along Jeff Todd Way. Additionally, the gate does not comply with Defense Department standards for force protection and anti-terrorism measures in place at all of Belvoir’s other access control points.

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