Board of Supervisors to Recognize Residents and Staff

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Sept. 8, 2005


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Residents and Staff, Issue Proclamations and Adopt Resolutions

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following residents and staff for their accomplishments, issue proclamations and adopt resolutions as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

The Practical Made Possible
Generosity Makes Hands-on Training a Reality
The Board of Supervisors will recognize more than 30 residents who have loaned properties intended for remodeling or demolition so that firefighters, police officers, deputy sheriffs and all residents may benefit from the unique training opportunities created by this generosity. The knowledge and experience gained will benefit residents and public safety staff for years to come in terms of lives saved and property protected.

When the Call Goes Out
Community and County Rally for Timber Lane Residents
On Sunday evening, July 3, the Fairfax County Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire in progress at the Timber Lane Village Garden Condominiums, Falls Church. While the fire was brought under control within 50 minutes, many residents of the condominium were displaced. The Board of Supervisors will recognize the more than 20 individuals, organizations and county agencies who extended the hand of humanity to bring the residents to safety and help them rebuild their lives.

September Is Fairfax Prepares Month
Residents Urged to Be Ready for What May Come
The Board of Supervisors will designate September 2005 as Fairfax Prepares Month in Fairfax County. Residents are urged to make a basic home emergency supply kit for all kinds of emergencies. Information on what to include in the kit will be distributed throughout public locations in the county that include libraries, community and senior centers, and on the Fairfax County Citizen Corp Web site at In addition, a “How to Make a Kit” video produced by the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection will be shown continually during September on Fairfax County government Cable Channel 16.

Nifty 50
Flint Hill Elementary School Reaches a Half Century
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate Flint Hill Elementary School, Vienna, on 50 years of exemplary educational service to the community. The school opened in 1955 as a 10-room institution to serve the Vienna community, growing in 1977 to include Oakton families. The current enrollment now stands at 691. A major renovation in 1994 updated the library and included an adjacent reading room and computer lab. The instruction at the school is supported by a strong parent volunteer program logging more than 7,000 donated hours in a year. Salvador Rivera is the current principal.

Celebrating Hispanic American Contributions To Our Nation
Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2005, as Hispanic Heritage Month in Fairfax County, noting that more than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino American in the 2000 census. Hispanic Americans contribute to our society in government, business, industry, armed forces, agriculture, science, sports and the arts. People of Hispanic heritage are a growing segment of our nation’s population and are the largest minority group in the United States.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Celebrates 50 Years of Service
Service in the Community, the Region and the World are Hallmarks
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to commend and congratulate St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Springfield, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Founded in September 1955, the church has expanded its outreach throughout the world. In the local community, the parish continues to provide shelter to many women, men and children who are homeless; blankets and warm clothing to many who are cold; and transportation to those who find themselves stranded on highways near the church. This summer the church fed hungry children and provided activities for them as part of the Fairfax County Summer Food Program. The Rev. Susan E. Goff serves the parish as rector.

Mental Illness Awareness Week
Increasing Awareness of Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
The Board of Supervisors will designate the week of Oct. 2-5, 2005, as Mental Illness Awareness Week in Fairfax County. Medical and psychosocial advances have provided answers for living with mental illness and in some cases preventing serious and persistent mental illness. Recovery is increasingly possible but appropriate and timely services and support are key.

Vivian Watkins to be Recognized
Serving More Than a Quarter of a Century
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to commend and thank Vivian Watkins of Burke for her noteworthy advocacy and exemplary service on behalf of individuals with disabilities in Fairfax County. Watkins, an active member of the Therapeutic Recreation Advisory Council of the Department of Community and Recreation Services for 28 years, currently serves as the chairman of the council. Throughout her tenure on the council, Watkins has worked to increase scholarship opportunities, decrease waiting lists and provide essential feedback on policies and procedures developed and implemented for therapeutic recreational programs.

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