Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens
Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
March 20, 2003
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to
Recognize Citizens and Issue Proclamations
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on Monday, March 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and organizations for their achievements and contributions to the community. Proclamations will be issued as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
Home Sweet Home
Lu Ellingwood has demonstrated to the community her persistent and strong dedication to helping community members in need. She has served Fairfax County for the past 10 years as a member of the Homeless Oversight Committee, along with other housing initiatives. The Board of Supervisors will commend Ellingwood for her noteworthy service to the vulnerable individuals of the community.
Driving Through the Adventure
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Steve Titunik, Jennifer Finstein and Virginia State Trooper Michael Walter for providing safe driver information to new high school drivers. Fairfax County Public Schools are now using a new program and handbook, “Adventures in Driving – Survive the Ride,” written by Titunik and Finstein. The program is aimed at informing newly minted teenage license holders of the dangers of driving in order to reduce the fatality rates that can result from poor decision making.
Don’t Neglect Our Future
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. As a part of this effort, the Department of Family Services’ blue ribbon campaign urges all residents to wear a blue ribbon as a show of support for the families and neighborhoods working at “Keeping Kids Safe” in the Fairfax County community. The display of blue ribbons is aimed at raising awareness of the available resources that are used to help protect children from maltreatment and teach our residents how to nurture and care for children.
Science Whiz Kids
The “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (FIRST) Lego League Teams representing Hunters Woods Elementary School will be recognized for their achievements. The teams include The Eraticators, The L.A. Landslide, The Capital Girls, City Slickers I and City Slickers II. Their challenge was to research an urban planning dilemma with the theme “City Sights” and find and present a robotic remedy, as well as build a Lego robot. Of the five teams, two competed in the state tournament, garnering high awards. Those competing in the regional tournament also fared well, receiving a first place award, a top ten placement and a team spirit award.
March 24 is Tuberculosis Awareness Day
March 24 will be recognized as Tuberculosis Awareness Day, marking the day that the organism that causes the disease was discovered. Currently, the estimated worldwide rate of death from tuberculosis is an alarming one every 15 seconds. With the proper health interventions, nearly all of these deaths can be avoided and further infection prevented. Directly Observed Therapy has been identified by the World Health Organization as one of the most cost effective health strategies available to fight tuberculosis. Consequently, the theme for this year’s World Tuberculosis Day is “Directly Observed Therapy Cured Me – It Will Cure You, Too.”
In Praise of Good Health
The week of April 7-13 will be designated as Public Health Week in Fairfax County. In conjunction with this proclamation, the Board of Supervisors will recognize the members of the Fairfax County Bioterrorism Medical Action Team for their outstanding collaboration, support and assistance in smallpox pre-event planning. The members of this team include Dr. Daniel E. Keim, Fairfax County Public Schools, Dr. Anthony DiPaola, Dr. Diane Dubinsky, Dr. Donald Knox, Dr. Sylvia Larkin and Dr. Ian Leibowitz.