Fairfax County Board of Supervisors To Recognize Citizens and Staff

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Sept. 9, 2004


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors To Recognize
Citizens and Staff, Issue Proclamations and Adopt Resolutions

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments, issue proclamations and adopt resolutions as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Investments for the Safety of County Residents
Property donated for training.
The Board of Supervisors will recognize citizens and businesses in Fairfax County who have contributed properties that will provide unique training opportunities to the women and men of the Fire and Rescue Department, Police Department and Office of the Sheriff. Acknowledging that such gifts will help Public Safety staff be better prepared to protect property and save lives, the board will recognize the following contributors: Miguel Berumen, Fairfax; Ray Carnahan, Annandale; Lachman Keswani, Vienna; Ann Killalela, Fairfax; Gilbert Llewellyn, Alexandria; Donald Nguyen, Falls Church; Christina and Michael Reynolds, Clifton; Parvis Teymourian, Annandale; Sharon Mahler, Vienna; Capital One, Mclean; Pulte Homes Corp., Fairfax; Madeira School, McLean; and Marc Simes & Associates, LLC, Spotsylvania.

Making Ready
September is Fairfax Prepares Month.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly will introduce a proclamation declaring September as Fairfax Prepares Month in Fairfax County. September marks the third anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on our nation and the one year anniversary of Hurricane Isabel that struck the region. These events are reminders that significant natural, technological and terrorist emergencies may happen at any time or place and we must be prepared. Fairfax County has made significant enhancements to its emergency preparedness program that include a new Alternate Emergency Operations Center and an active Citizen Corps program.

Outstanding Student; Outstanding Commitment
Divya Nettimi excels.

Providence District Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth will present a certificate to Divya Nettimi of Oakton to recognize her commitment to the residents of Fairfax County and to the field of science. Nettimi has achieved a remarkable academic record, resulting in numerous honors. These include selection: as a finalist in the nationwide 2004 Intel Science Talent Search; by USA Today for its 2004 High School Academic Team; as the Siemens Corporation Awards for Advanced Placement National Female Winner; as the recipient of the Congressional Award Bronze Medal for exceptional community service and personal development.

From We Can Do It to We Did It
Fairfax County’s very own Rosie the Riveters.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins will introduce a resolution to recognize Dee Cotton of Reston, Eileen Mead of Lorton and Gertrude Porch of Herndon, and to recognize the historical role of “Rosie the Riveter” in our nation’s history. Those who fought in World War II were supported on the home front by more than six million “Rosie the Riveters,” - women who filled positions traditionally held by men. During the war, women entered the workforce in nontraditional roles in an unprecedented number, dramatically increasing gender equity and racial integration and creating public acceptance for employer-sponsored child care.

September is Jewish Heritage Month in Fairfax County
2004 marks the 350th anniversary of Jewish settlement in America.

The Board of Supervisors will proclaim September 2004 as Jewish Heritage Month in Fairfax County. Commitment to democracy, religious freedom, equality, cultural pluralism, social justice and community service are hallmarks of enrichment to our nation by Jewish Americans. Throughout the history of Fairfax County, they have worked and volunteered creatively and industriously in the community, participating fully in its civic, social, economic, religious and cultural life.

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras Tunes for Its 40th Anniversary
Musical and community service opportunities provided to young musicians.

The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to extol and congratulate the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras for its accomplishments and 40th anniversary. The organization comprises four ensembles headquartered in Annandale, Va., serves as Youth Orchestra in Residence at George Mason University, and benefits students and the public throughout the metropolitan region. The orchestra involves more than 350 young musicians from more than 129 different schools in a yearly journey of musical excellence and performance of classical music. The Philharmonic has played to audiences from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Spoleto Festival in North Carolina to the Rachmaninoff Festival in Moscow. Conductor Luis Haza has been honored with an American Heroes award from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and been recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of this nation’s most honored immigrants.

Hispanic Heritage Month
The first Hispanic settlers arrived in 1565.

The Board of Supervisors will proclaim Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Fairfax County. Hispanic Americans contribute significantly to our society in government, business, industry, armed forces, agriculture, science, sports and the arts. Individuals of Hispanic heritage are an important and growing segment of our nation’s population, recently enumerated as the largest minority group in the United States.


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