Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government
Office of Public Affairs
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Nov. 14, 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 following information gives the background on newsworthy stories as well as contact information. For additional questions on the Future Features service, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
And Then There Were Four
Where Does the Time Go
Quadruplets! “We wanted children and the doctors said there was less than a two percent chance that all of the in vitro implants would be successful,” said Sophia Grinnan, Fairfax County police officer, who with her husband, Michael Grinnan, also a Fairfax County police officer, are the parents of quadruplets – two boys and two girls. The Grinnan quadruplets were born May 22. Learning to manage four babies is a big task, and Mike and Sophie have had wonderful help of family, friends and people at work. “Our parents have been incredible support as have our friends and co-workers,” Sophie said. Mike is a police sergeant and works his regular assignments with most time off spent helping care for the children. Sophie, an MPO, works as a police public information officer and plans to continue her career. When asked if they were looking forward to the children playing sports, joining scouts, riding bicycles and doing other things children do as they grow up, Sophie said, “Right now, we’re looking forward to the time when they all sleep through the night and can hold their own bottles!” For more information, call Mary Ann Jennings at 703-246-2253, TTY 711.
Fairfax County’s Urban Forestry Program Celebrates 30
Promoting Compatibility Between the Developed and Natural Communities
With the advent of the first national Earth Day in 1970, residents in Fairfax County were becoming increasingly concerned about preserving trees within the county’s newly built subdivisions and commercial sites. At that time there were few local ordinance requirements for developers to preserve existing trees or provide landscape plantings for new developments. In 1973, as a result of these concerns, a group of dedicated citizens came together to work with Fairfax County staff to develop a Tree Preservation and Planting Ordinance, which at the time was one of the first local ordinances in the nation to require the protection and preservation of existing tree cover during the land development and construction processes. The group also recommended the establishment of the Office of the County Arborist to administer the new land development requirements and the creation of a Tree Commission whose members would be appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
For the past 30 years, the Office of the County Arborist, now known as the Urban Forestry Division, has worked to ensure the vitality of the county’s forest and preservation of the natural environment. The division also leads the fight against gypsy moths and other forest pests and assists in the efforts to battle the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus.
The county’s commitment to preserving trees has brought impressive results. Although the county population has exceeded 1 million, high-resolution satellite imagery reveals that in 2000 about 45 percent, or 105,750 acres, of Fairfax County’s 235,000 acre landmass was covered with trees. In 2002, Fairfax County received its 20th consecutive Tree City USA Award, plus a second Tree City Growth Award for significant improvements to its urban forestry program and local ordinance.
The Urban Forestry Division is part of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. If you would like more information about the division’s services and the Fairfax County Tree Commission, please call 703-324-1770, TTY 711.
Private Room for Nursing
All the Comforts of Home
The Mother’s Room is a private, secure room for county employees who are nursing mothers. It is located in the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Fairfax County is the first jurisdiction in this area to establish a room of this type. Mothers sign up for a specific day and time and gain access by key. Breast pumps are available in the room. Employees bring their own attachments or, if they prefer, their own equipment. For more information, call Sharon Hackett at 703-324-5730, TTY 703-324-5706.