Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Feb. 13, 2004

 

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.

Youth Talk Trash -- In a Good Way
A sweet deal

Clean Your Files Week, Jan. 19 - 23, 2004, was celebrated in Fairfax County to encourage schools, civic groups and county employees to improve the environment by cleaning out and recycling the contents of file cabinets and closets. The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Solid Waste Management Program sponsored a "sweet" contest. The groups/organizations that initiated and followed through with the most creative recycling or reuse efforts were rewarded with coupons for free ice cream cones.

Camelot Elementary School, Annandale, won in the elementary school division for collecting athletic shoes for the Reuse-a-Shoe program sponsored by Nike. The recycled athletic shoes will be used to make basketball courts and soccer fields.

South Lakes High School Environmental Club, Reston, captured the high school division title for collecting 25 pounds - and that's a lot - of aluminum cans that were donated to the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children program which provides services to child burn victims.

Brownie Troop 2864, Chantilly, won the scout division of the contest for Movie Medicine, a program established for the purpose of recycling movie videos to be given to the children's wards of area hospitals. To date, more than 800 videos have been collected and distributed.

For more information, call Meredith Eisenberg in the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services at 703-324-5313, TTY 703-324-3949.

Department of Finance Creates Initiative to Assist Citizens
Making matters easier

The Department of Finance has created a system enabling current and former citizens of Fairfax County to log on to the Internet to see if the county is holding unclaimed funds in their names. These funds may be for such things as overpayments of taxes or other fees. The Department of Finance makes a diligent effort to locate citizens who are owed refunds, but they are not always successful, hence the need for this Web site. "Anyone can log on to this Web site at any time of the day or night and determine whether the county is holding funds in their name," according to Accounting Operations Chief Shakeel Yusuf. The Web site is www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gov/finance/unclaimedmoney/. The Department of Finance won a National Association of Counties Achievement Award in 2003 for this initiative.

In addition to continually working to improve systems and develop initiatives for county residents, the Department of Finance (and other agencies reporting to Chief Financial Officer Edward L. Long Jr.) participates in a partnership with Willow Springs Elementary School, Fairfax, to mentor and tutor students during the school year.

For more information, call Shakeel Yusuf in the Department of Finance at 703-324-5071, TTY 711.

In Addition:

  • Feb. 22 - 28 is National Engineers Week in Fairfax County. For more information, call Howard Guba in the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services at 703-324-5033, TTY 711.
  • The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board will jointly issue a proclamation to designate March as Purchasing Month in Fairfax County at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23. For more information, call Bill Miller in the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
  • Photos of the presentations to citizens and staff, proclamations issued, and resolutions adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are posted on the new Office of Public Affairs Web page on the Fairfax County Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa. Click on Board Presentations, and presto, you’re in the know. For more information, call Bill Miller in the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.
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