Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff

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Nov. 12, 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, Nov. 15, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments and issue proclamations and adopt resolutions as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Let the Holidays Begin
Vienna to host our nation’s 2004 holiday tree
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Town of Vienna for hosting a Capitol Holiday Tree Festival to celebrate the last whistle-stop of our nation’s holiday tree – the first-ever from Virginia – selected from the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in Highland County, Va.

A Winning Team
Dedicated players take the championship
The McLean Little League 9-10 Softball All-Stars will be recognized for its accomplishments during the 2004 season. Demonstrating the principles of teamwork and good sportsmanship, the team won the 2004 Virginia State Little League Championship in Bridgewater, Va.

A Pyramid In Our Time
Like days of old, building one block at a time
The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee will be recognized for 20 years of service to minority students in Fairfax County. Through the leadership of Shirley and Johnny Nelson of Chantilly, the organization was established in 1984 to foster improvement in the academic achievement of minority students in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Springfield United Methodist Church Celebrates 50 Years
Commitment to the community
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Springfield United Methodist Church on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Through the years the church has been a model of responsible service to the community, feeding and clothing the hungry and the homeless; forming a partnership with Garfield Elementary School to assist the newest residents in learning to read and succeed in their academic lives; and working with the Virginia Department of Transportation on rebuilding the Springfield Interchange. Charter members of the congregation who will be present to accept the resolution include Jane Anderson, Marian Gonzales and Ruth Weiss. The Reverends Pam and Dan Horner are co-pastors of the church.

Substance Abuse Awareness Week
Gaining awareness and knowledge are key
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim the week of Nov. 15 - 19 as Substance Abuse Awareness Week in Fairfax County. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs is one of the greatest health concerns for all individuals. The Board of Supervisors urges all residents to gain awareness of and knowledge about substance abuse in a common effort to create a healthy and hope-filled community.

Deborah Tyler Selected
Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award
Deborah Tyler, principal of Pine Spring Elementary School, Falls Church, will be recognized for her selection to receive a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for furthering excellence in education. Tyler, principal of Pine Spring Elementary School since 2001, was selected as a recipient for her exceptional educational talent via instructional practices in the classroom, school and profession; outstanding accomplishments and long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and an inspiring presence that motivates students, colleagues and the community.

Pamela Danner To Be Recognized
Service to residents of the county
Pamela Danner, of McLean, will be recognized for 12 years of service representing the residents of the Dranesville District on the board of Fairfax Water. During her tenure, Danner served on the finance, governmental relations, infrastructure planning, Occoquan access, and legal services committees; chaired the water quality committee; and served as board secretary for two years.

Jack Wilbern
Helping to revitalize McLean
Jack Wilbern, of McLean, will be recognized for his work in the revitalization process of the McLean Community Business Center. Wilbern’s efforts lead to a final plan that is a model throughout Fairfax County and the securing of more than $800,000 in transportation enhancement funding.

Andy Szakos Retires
Career in public transportation spans more than three decades
Andy Szakos, of Fairfax, will be recognized for more than three decades of service in public transportation. Most recently Szakos has managed activities and public transportation outreach efforts associated with the FAIRFAX CONNECTOR bus system, a system that carries more than 25,000 passengers each day on 58 bus routes operated with 170 buses throughout Fairfax County. Since 2001 he has served as acting chief of the Transit Services Division of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. In that position, Szakos was responsible for transit initiatives that included the development and implementation of the Dulles Bus Rapid Transit project, transit centers and the Virginia Railway Express.

James Gorby Selected for Professional Management Award
Perspective, vision and initiative
Department of Vehicle Services Director James Gorby will be recognized for his selection by the American Public Works Association as the Professional Manager of the Year in Public Fleet for 2004. Gorby’s vision led to the application for and the receiving of a $1 million grant from the U. S. Department of Energy to retrofit the Fairfax County Public School buses with diesel-oxidation kits. In addition, he initiated a long-range strategic plan that calls for exceptional maintenance of the county’s vehicle fleet at the best possible price, pioneered the development of a fleet of clean-burning vehicles through the purchase of hybrid-electric vehicles and the use of ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, and instituted an intern program for the Department of Vehicle Services in partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools high school academies to train 12 students a year in the county’s maintenance facility.

America Recycles Day
Raising awareness about recycling
The Board of Supervisors will designate Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day in Fairfax County. Fairfax County surpasses the Commonwealth of Virginia’s requirement to recycle 25 percent of all trash generated and was the recipient of the national grand prize for the best America Recycles Day event in 2003. Recycling prevents pollution, saves millions of dollars in disposal costs, creates jobs and is recognized as an essential component of the county’s long-range solid-waste management plan.

AIDS Awareness Day
Education is key
The Board of Supervisors will designate Dec. 1 as AIDS Awareness Day in Fairfax County. Education and prevention continue to remain the only effective methods of decreasing the spread of HIV. More than 1,800 county residents have developed AIDS and over 900 county residents have succumbed to the disease. Everyone is urged to increase their awareness and understanding of HIV and AIDS.


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