Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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March 17, 2005

 

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
to Recognize Citizens and Issue Proclamations

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, March 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will recognize the following citizens for their accomplishments and issue proclamations as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Ellena Soule Acts Quickly
Alertness saves a house
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Ellena Soule, of Clifton, for her clear thinking and decisive action to summon the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to a neighborhood residence. Soule, a Brownie Scout, saw smoke emanating from a garage as she made her rounds in the neighborhood selling Girl Scout cookies. Drawing upon fire-awareness instruction she received in kindergarten and elementary school from the county fire department, Soule rang the door bell of the residence. When no one answered, she went to a neighbor’s house and called 911. Because of her decisive action, the fire department arrived and the blaze was put under control and contained to the garage in approximately 10 minutes.

Jeffrey Karatz To Be Recognized
Nearly two decades of service to the community
Jeffrey Karatz, of Springfield, will be recognized for nearly two decades of service to the community as the director of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. During his tenure, Karatz oversaw the building of the new community center, the community center’s affiliation with the Gesher Day School, and services to thousands of Jewish families in Northern Virginia and Fairfax County.

March 24 is Tuberculosis Awareness Day
Care providers are crucial
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim Thursday, March 24, as Tuberculosis Awareness Day in Fairfax County. This date is set aside in countries throughout the world to raise awareness of tuberculosis and its effects on public health. It was on this date in 1882 that Robert Koch, a German physician and scientist, announced his discovery of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. With proper health interventions, almost all tuberculosis is curable and further infection can be prevented.

April 2 is Fairfax Clean Stream Day
Tons of trash removed in 17 years
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 2, 2005, as Fairfax Clean Stream Day in the county. This year will mark the 17th year of the Potomac Watershed Cleanup event that involved more than 3,600 volunteers across the region last year. The Fairfax Watershed Network is a dedicated group of organizations, agencies, and individuals that support and promote the improvement and protection of the streams and watersheds in Fairfax County.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Working to protect children
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim April 2005 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Fairfax County. Keeping children safe and protected from abuse and neglect is the primary goal of the county’s child welfare services. Child maltreatment may result from a family history of abuse, mental health and substance abuse problems, and the stress associated with financial difficulties.

Community Development Week
March 28 through April 3
The Board of Supervisors will designate the week of March 28 through April 3, 2005, as Community Development Week in Fairfax County. The Community Development Block Grant Program was enacted in 1974 to assist localities in meeting the needs of low- and moderate-income residents. Since 1975, more than $153.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds has been used by the county to provide affordable housing, neighborhood improvements, revitalization programs, community facilities and critical services to benefit low- and moderate-income residents, the homeless, elderly and persons with disabilities.

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

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