Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize citizens

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April 3, 2003


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize
Citizens, Issue Proclamations and Adopt a Resolution

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on Monday, April 7, beginning at
9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and organizations for their achievements and contributions to the community. Proclamations will be issued and a resolution adopted as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

There's No Business Like Show Business
The Theater Arts Department of South Lakes High School, Reston, will be recognized for sharing the arts with other cultures. Students from the department will travel to Beijing, China, to participate in the Art Culture Theater (ACT) festival. While at the festival, the students will perform the musical, "Singin' in the Rain," and share in cross-cultural workshops and events.

Of Pedals, Spokes and Wheels
Friday, May 2, will be proclaimed "Bike to Work Day" in Fairfax County. The proclamation supports "Clean Air Month" which is designated as May each year by the American Lung Association. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are organizing "Bike to Work Day" events in the region, including a pit stop with refreshments for riders available in front of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, from
7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.

Gifts That Keep On Giving
The month of April will be proclaimed "Donate Life Month" in Fairfax County. More than 200 individuals in the county are currently on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant. Advances have been made in recent years in the technology of organ and tissue transplantation. This technology has extended life for many and provided a significant improvement in the quality of life for others. Virginia's organ donor registry will come online this spring. The Web site address, www.save7lives.org, provides an easy and secure method for Virginians to record their wish to be an organ, tissue or eye donor. The Old Dominion Eye Foundation of Richmond will be recognized in conjunction with this proclamation for its service to Fairfax County residents in raising awareness of cornea donation and transplant coordination. The Board of Supervisors urges all residents to learn more about the need for organ and tissue donors and to consider giving the gift of life by signing a donor card or participating in a living donor program.

Making a Difference
The Board of Supervisors will recognize a diverse cross section of citizens, businesses and institutions in the community, including Del Walters, five o'clock anchor of WJLA-TV News, for their contributions and support to the Medical Care for Children Partnership, Computer Learning Center Partnership and the Adopt-A-Family program. These contributions have helped to provide medical and dental care, access to technology and general support for the underserved children in Fairfax County.

Building Safety Week
The week of April 6-12 will be proclaimed "Building Safety Week" in Fairfax County. Since the beginning of this nation, it has been the responsibility of the states and their local governments to adopt legislation and enforce laws and ordinances whenever necessary to protect the health, welfare and safety of citizens. To ensure safety, Fairfax County, working with other jurisdictions in the state, enforces the Uniform Statewide Building Code. This code is designed and maintained with the assistance of the building industry and citizens. In addition to the proclamation, the Board of Supervisors will recognize Sara C. Yerkes of the International Code Council, Falls Church, with the 2003 Building Safety Community Partnership Award.

Fair Housing Month
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim April as "Fair Housing Month" in Fairfax County. This month is designated to recognize the value of equal housing opportunities for all individuals and espouses the ideals of diversity, community and freedom.

For the Care of Pearly Whites
The Mission of Mercy Dental Project, an initiative of the Campbell Hoffman Foundation, Great Falls, will be recognized for providing the vision and sponsorship to coordinate 135 dentists and 600 volunteers to provide oral healthcare, health screening and translation services resulting in the treatment of more than 700 adults and children. Individuals and institutions to be recognized for providing services include: Andrea Lomrantz; Tho Duong; Carmen Aponte; Deitra Kirk; Shannon Doran; Steven Yaffe; Nancy Hoyler; Tom Wilson; Dave Anderson, D.D.S.; Su Hamilton; Joan Kelly Ozdogan; Betty Connal; Little River United Church of Christ, Annandale; and Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Annandale.

Many Hands Make Light Work
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 23 as "Volunteer Recognition Day" in Fairfax County. The critical factor in the success of our democracy has been the volunteer spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. In Fairfax County, thousands of volunteers use their skills and talents to benefit the community. The Board of Supervisors urges citizens to observe this day by connecting with friends, fellow employees, and relatives with faith-based, school and civic groups to celebrate and promote volunteerism.

Providing Quality of Life
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate the Fairfax Education Association Retirement Housing Corporation of Virginia for 25 years of providing quality, affordable housing for seniors and citizens of Fairfax County with physical and mental challenges.

April is Immunization Month
To urge county residents to increase their knowledge of the importance of timely childhood immunizations and increase the compliance rate of childhood immunization to 90 percent countywide, the Board of Supervisors will declare April as "Immunization Month" in Fairfax County. The Health Department has partnered with community businesses to educate parents concerning the importance of immunizing children to facilitate the goal of 90 percent compliance in the county.







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