May 1 Board of Supervisors Meeting

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

April 28, 2006

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

Note to editor: A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site at on Monday, May 1. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, May 15.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, May 1, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will recognize the following residents and staff for their service to Fairfax County and issue the proclamations below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Herndon High School Boys Basketball Team
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Herndon High School Boys Basketball Team for winning its first AAA Northern Region basketball championship.

Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month in Fairfax County. Currently there are nearly 450 children in foster care in the county. More than 150 foster families in the county provide these children with the love and values that nurture, encourage and prepare them for the years ahead.

Older Americans Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Older Americans Month in Fairfax County. The county is home to more than 88,000 residents age 65 and older.  Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of our population making it important to ensure that we have an aging-friendly community, which provides supportive options for independent and active seniors. The national theme for this year’s Older Americans Month is “Choices for Independence.”

Children Made Her Day
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Kathy May, of Fairfax, who served for 12 years as the director of advocacy for The Arc of Northern Virginia. May also served for numerous years on the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in Fairfax County. Cultural diversity strengthens our county. The values and traditions of the Asian/Pacific American community contribute to the county through family, entrepreneurship, education and community service.

Ensuring Public Health and Safety in Buildings
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 7-13 as Building Safety Week in Fairfax County. State and local governments adopt legislation and enforce laws and ordinances to protect the health, welfare and safety of their residents. Among the most important laws are those that ensure the public’s health and safety in buildings in which people live, work and play. Through the efforts of Fairfax County code enforcement professionals and their cooperative relationships with the community, the administration of health and safety regulations is ensured.

Strength, Commitment and Passion
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 6-12 as Nurses Week in Fairfax County to celebrate the strength, commitment and passion of nearly 2.7 million registered nurses in the United States. Adequate nursing staff is critical to the delivery of quality patient care and the future of the health-care delivery system in our nation. Northern Virginia is facing a critical shortage of nurses, with a current shortage of 1,000 nurses and a projected shortage of 6,350 nurses by 2020.

Eliminating Barriers to Self-Sufficiency
Community Action, which is funded with federal, state and local resources, plays an important role in fostering self-sufficiency in low-income and impoverished Americans. Community Action continues to be a positive force, partnering with low-income and working-poor residents to increase participation in the community and eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency.

Interfaith Mental Wellness Observance Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 15-21 as Interfaith Mental Wellness Observance Week in Fairfax County. Faith communities provide a crucial role in supporting healthy families by teaching values, modeling strong morals and providing a connection to strength and purpose beyond one’s self. Since March 2005, the Fairfax Partnership for Youth has been working in collaboration with Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action to prevent suicide through joint efforts to educate the community regarding the biologic basis for mental illness and effective treatments.

Public Works Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 21-27 as Public Works Week in Fairfax County noting that public works services provided by the county are an integral part of residents’ everyday lives. The support of an understanding community is vital to the efficient operation of public works programs such as storm drainage, streetlights, roads, walkways, public buildings, solid waste recycling, collection and disposal, sanitary sewers, wastewater treatment, land development services and building construction. Residents are urged to recognize the commitment to the community that the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services employees make to preserve the environment and to protect the health, safety and welfare of Fairfax County residents.

This Trail’s for You
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 6 as Trailfest Day in Fairfax County. The Cross County Trail officially opened in December 2005 and is now complete. More than 40 miles of trails are now available in the county for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. The Cross County Trail provides a convenient alternative to motorized transportation, connecting communities and people with transportation hubs, parks, businesses and numerous destinations. A countywide celebration along the trail is scheduled for May 6 that will provide an opportunity for county residents to experience the trail through opening ceremonies, tree plantings, demonstrations, hikes, fireworks and additional activities.

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