Story Ideas in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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March 17, 2004


Story Ideas in Fairfax County

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.

National County Government Week
Transportation is an issue that has an impact on everyone's lives in this region. Fairfax County residents are no exception. In recognition of the great level of involvement your local Fairfax County government has in the system of roadways and transit options available to the public – despite the fact that county roads are owned and maintained by the commonwealth of Virginia -- the county is participating in a celebration of National County Government Week. During this week, April 18 - 24, sponsored by the National Association of Counties, Fairfax County will observe the theme, "Transportation: Counties Move America's People and Products." This will also be the theme at the Annual Bring Your Children to Work Day event for children of county employees to be held April 22. Residents should watch for other activities celebrating county government that week. For additional information, contact Angela Morlu in the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Sheriff's Department Employees Shine in Competitions
Master Deputy Sheriff James Pope works at the booking desk in the Adult Detention Center in the Jennings Judicial Center. He has been powerlifting for a long time. His dedication and persistence paid off on Dec. 13 in Omaha, Neb., at the 2003 Police & Fire Powerlifting National Championship. Pope, a 15-year veteran of the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, returned as the 2003 Superheavy 319 Class Master Lifter (age 45-49). Pope lifts weights in three categories: bench press, squat and deadlift. His lift totals at the event were not only impressive but record setting as well: bench press -- 501 pounds, squat -- 661 pounds and deadlift -- 727 pounds. Total weight lifted -- 1,890 pounds. All four lift combinations set new records in the following categories: Police & Fire National 319 Class Master Lifter (age 45-49); Virginia State 319 Class Master Lifter (age 45-49); National Masters 319 Class Master Lifter (age 45-49) and American Master Records 319 Class Master Lifter.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maltagliati, also of the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, claimed first place in his weight class at the Virginia State Judo Championships that were held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on March 6. A total of eight teams competed in the tournament, and Paul's excellent showing assisted Sport Judo in winning the first place overall team trophy.

For more details on either Pope or Maltagliati, contact Anthony Shobe in the Office of the Sheriff at 703-246-4495, TTY 711.

In Addition--

  • The sixth annual Employee Art Show, sponsored by the Employees Advisory Council, will be held at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, beginning March 19 through May 27. For more information, contact Doug Guzman at 703-324-8744, TTY 711.
  • Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Timeline
    • Monday, March 22, at 10 a.m.-- Board of Supervisors Budget Committee
      Topics: Report from Human Services Council, CIP, EMS Transport Fee, FY 2004 Third Quarter Review, Consideration Items, Q/A. Meeting will be held in the Government Center, Rooms 9 & 10, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
    • March 29, 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m.-- Public hearings on the FY 2005 Fiscal Plan
      Those wishing to speak at the public hearings should contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903 to place their names on the speakers list.
    • Wednesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. --School Board presents FCPS Proposed FY 2005 Budget to the Board of Supervisors
    • Friday, April 16, at 3 p.m. -- Board of Supervisors Budget Committee (Government Center, Rooms 9 & 10, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax). Topics: FY 2005 Add-on Package, Review of Proposed Adjustments to Advertised Budget, Review of Proposed Adjustments to CIP
    • Monday, April 19, at 10 a.m. -- Budget markup session by Board of Supervisors
    • Monday, April 26, at 10 a.m. -- Adoption of the FY 2005 budget by Board of Supervisors
    • For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935 or visit the budget news Web page at
  • The Fairfax Virginia Cooperative Extension, a branch of the Department of Community and Recreation Services and Virginia Tech, will present the Fairfax Community Tree Forum II on Wednesday, March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of Walt Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria. For details, call 703-324-5369, TTY 703-222-9693.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, April 4. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms every six months, or every time the time changes. Approximately 80 percent of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home. Fatal residential fires most often occur at night when residents are sleeping. In most cases, the best way to survive a residential fire is early fire detection and rapid escape to a safe area. For more information, call the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department at 703-246-3801, TTY 711 or visit



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