Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff

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Sept. 24, 2004

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff and Issue Proclamations

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 27, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments and issue proclamations as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Carter Gospel Singers Celebrate 35th Anniversary
Resounding acclaim
The Board of Supervisors will present a certificate to the Carter Gospel Singers in honor of the group’s 35th anniversary. Juanita Gibson organized the gospel group in 1970 when backup singers were needed to perform skits and poetry readings throughout metropolitan Washington in conjunction with the Urban League. The group celebrated its 35th anniversary at a recent concert at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Alexandria.

McLean Little League Hits Home Run
Eleven and 12-year-old McLean Girls’ All-Stars earn World Series final berth
The Board of Supervisors will recognize and congratulate the 11-to-12-year-old McLean Girls’ All-Stars and their coaches for an outstanding season. The Board will present certificates to the softball players and coaches in celebration of their impressive achievements in 2004 and for demonstrating world-class teamwork and sportsmanship. The season culminated in the team winning the Virginia State and the Southern Regional Championship titles and advancing to the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, where they placed second in a tournament that included more than 3,500 teams from 70 countries.

Mental Illness Awareness Week
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board raises community awareness
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim Oct. 3-9 as Mental Illness Awareness Week in Fairfax County. Members of the Fairfax-Fall Church Community Services Board work tirelessly to educate and serve members of the community with special needs. This year, in an effort to raise community awareness and support for the mentally ill, the community services board will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week by convening a mental illness awareness panel, speaker and luncheon.

Martha Knox Glennan Recognized
Years of outstanding service to the physically challenged
The Board of Supervisors will present a certificate to Martha Knox Glennan in recognition of her dedicated service to the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board. A McLean resident for 37 years, Glennan was among the founders of the disabilities board that was formed in 1992 to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act. Glennan now serves on the Alliance for Human Services Board and on the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council.

Service to Health Systems
Carol Ann Coryell honored
The Board of Supervisors will present a certificate to Carol Ann Coryell in honor of her service to the Health Systems Agency Board. The board is comprised of 10 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors to provide input on health systems policy.

Fire Prevention Week Sparks Smoke Alarm Campaign
Firefighters urge citizens to check smoke alarms often
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim Oct. 3-9 as Fire Prevention Week in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department spotlights Fire Prevention Week each year in an effort to educate and raise public awareness about the importance of fire prevention measures. This year’s theme is “Test Your Smoke Alarm.” Fire & Rescue will host events throughout the week, including a Fire Prevention Open House throughout the day on Saturday, Oct. 9, at each of the county’s 35 fire stations.

Dialog Members Dedicated to Stronger Families and Communities
Focusing on solutions to gang violence and revitalization of Braddock District
The Board of Supervisors will present certificates to a core group of 50 voting participants in the Braddock District Community Dialog, in recognition of their significant contribution to strengthening the community. At the end of a five-part series of programs, the Community Dialog on Gang Activity and Revitalization in the Heritage/Annandale area of Braddock District issued its final report that included recommendations to: revitalize neighborhoods; establish stronger school-community partnerships; coordinate communication and outreach to the community on gang activity intervention and prevention; establish employment programs; and increase community policing efforts in the Annandale/Heritage communities.

Oakton Classic Day
Boosting bands and pride in Fairfax County
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim Oct. 2 as Oakton Classic Day in Fairfax County in celebration of 20 years of service in promoting band boosters, marching band competitions, and community pride. Throughout the years, the Oakton Classic, an invitational marching band competition, has hosted over 20,000 students and featured 270 performances by more than 50 high school marching bands from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. This year’s event will feature performances by over 20 high school bands, East Carolina University’s Marching Pirates and the University of Virginia’s pep band.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Honoring victims and educating the public
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to remember and honor the courage of victims and survivors, to raise community awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence and to encourage prevention activities. Fairfax County is deeply concerned about domestic violence in the community and its devastating impact on families, women and children. In an effort to address this concern, the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council was created to advise and guide a coordinated community-wide response to domestic violence.

Eradicating Food Borne Illness
September is National Food Safety Education Month
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim September as National Food Safety Education Month to promote food safety education to restaurant staff and others in the food service industry. Food borne diseases cause 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths each year in the United States. The annual cost of these illnesses is estimated to be between $10 and $83 billion. Education, awareness and vigilance can prevent food borne illness. In 2003, the Fairfax County Health Department conducted 9,356 food establishment inspections and investigated 907 establishment complaints. Throughout the month of September, the health department will address the proper thawing of food items, hand washing and temperature control in conjunction with similar efforts by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s International Food Safety Council.

Fairfax County Cable Channel 16 Celebrates 20 Years on the Air
Quality programming for Fairfax residents
The Board of Supervisors will present a certificate to the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection in celebration of Fairfax County Cable Channel 16’s 20th anniversary. The first cable program aired gavel-to-gavel coverage of a Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 10, 1984. Over the past 20 years, Channel 16 has produced over 12,000 hours of award-winning educational and informational programs to inform Fairfax County residents. The channel twice has been named the best government access channel in the nation and has received more than 100 national awards for quality programming. Channel 16 is planning a yearlong celebration, through special programming, in recognition of this milestone.


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