Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government
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May 15, 2003
Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government
The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs provides a summary of news briefs designed to inform the media about great story ideas in Fairfax County government. The information provided gives the background on a newsworthy story as well as the contact information to provide more information, interviews, etc. For additional questions on the Future Features service, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
Olympic Cycling Hopeful
Todd Roberts, master planning project manager with the Fairfax County Park Authority and ranked 13th nationally in amateur cycling by the U.S. Cycling Federation, hopes to make the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team. Roberts, a serious cyclist for many years, has entered more than 350 races and holds the 2002 Virginia State Cycling Championship. Having earned a place in the Elite level of the amateur category qualifies Roberts for the Olympic trials next year. Each day he begins a conditioning program that starts at 4:40 a.m., followed by a full day of work, a workout at the employee's fitness center and at least four hours of cycling training in the evening. Roberts plans to go to Holland in October to compete on the European cycling circuit to better prepare himself for the Olympic cycling trials. For more information, contact Judy Pedersen, public information officer for the Park Authority, at 703-324-8662, TTY 703-324-3988.
Making Democracy Work
The strength of a democracy depends on the level of involvement of its citizens. A rewarding way for citizens to get involved in the democracy on which our nation was founded is to serve as an election officer. Approximately 2,500 officers are needed to help staff Fairfax County's 225 polling locations for every general election. General elections are held every year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. If you would like to serve as a Fairfax County election officer or if you would like more information, please call the Fairfax County Electoral Board at 703-324-4735, TTY 703-324-1877, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb.
Tim Harmon 5K
Building on the success of the past three years, the fourth Annual Tim Harmon 5K is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, at 8:30 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. The morning will feature awards to the top three finishers overall and to the top three finishers in numerous age categories. There will be food, T-shirts and live classic rock music performed by the Sock Monkeys. In addition to runners and walkers divisions, there will be divisions for county employees and baby joggers. The 5K is sponsored by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board - Alcohol and Drug Services and many other organizations and businesses. Proceeds will go to the Hepatitis Foundation, Friends of Sunrise, Friends of Crossroads and the American Liver Foundation, Washington D.C. Metro Chapter. Tim Harmon was the director of the CSB Alcohol and Drug Services residential program until he lost his fight with hepatitis C in 1999. For more information or a registration form, call 703-318-7261, TTY 703-538-5292.
County Hires Environmental Health Entomologist
Fairfax County has hired Jorge Arias as its first environmental health entomologist to serve as the program coordinator and technical expert in the arbovirus control program with a special emphasis on mosquito abatement. Arias will be responsible for planning and administering comprehensive programs focused on monitoring and controlling diseases spread by insects. In addition to developing local programs, Arias will develop policies and guidelines that align with regional, state and federal recommendations to ensure a coordinated control effort and will serve as the county's technical expert on environmental health and public safety issues related to arbovirus control. Arias earned a Ph. D. in entomology from the University of California, Riverside in 1973 after receiving a Masters in Science from Whittier College in 1969. He has most recently worked with the Pan American Health Organization as the regional advisor in communicable diseases. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.