Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Adopt Resolutions and Issue Proclamations


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March 9, 2007

 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Adopt Resolutions and Issue Proclamations

Note to editor: A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/presentations.htm on Monday, March 12. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, March 26.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, March 12, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will adopt the following resolutions and issue the following proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Training in Disaster Response
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to recognize the Community Emergency Response Team program, known as CERT, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. The program began in Fairfax County in 1996 with the primary goal of training residents to respond and assist others in their communities effectively and efficiently in the event of an emergency. The CERT program is administered by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and consists of 26 hours of FEMA-authorized training in order for residents to make decisions and act in the event of a disaster.

Setting Sail Safely
The Board of Supervisors will proclaim March 24 to be Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron Day in Fairfax County. Chartered on May 14, 1976, the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, which is dedicated to safe boating through education. The organization provides the instruction, assistance and guidance necessary to boat owners, operators and crews to ensure the safe operation of their crafts.

Tuberculosis Awareness Day
The Board of Supervisors will designate March 24 as Tuberculosis Awareness Day in Fairfax County. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the discovery of the organism that causes tuberculosis. In countries worldwide, this day is set aside to raise awareness of tuberculosis and its effects on public health. There are 2 billion people in the world infected with the TB organism, 8 million people develop the disease each year and every 20 seconds a person dies of the disease.

Through the Years
The Board of Supervisors will issue a proclamation to declare March as Women’s History Month in Fairfax County. This year marks the 159th anniversary of the Women’s Rights Movement, which led to women securing the right to vote, own property and receive equal opportunities in the workforce and in education. During the presentation, members of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area will present the Board of Supervisors with a photograph of the Occoquan Workhouse. The photograph shows the wooden building – part of the federal prison at Lorton – where many of the suffragists who picketed the White House in 1917 for the right to vote were imprisoned.

Serving the Community for Half a Century
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate Fairfax Memorial Park and Funeral Home on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Milestones include the construction of an above-ground mausoleum in 1984 and a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, some of whom are interred in the cemetery.

Choosing an Alternative
The Board of Supervisors will declare March as Alternative Dispute Resolution Month in Fairfax County. Residents of the commonwealth of Virginia and Fairfax County recognize that resolving conflict through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution promotes mutually agreeable outcomes, preserves relationships and enhances collaborative efforts. Residents are urged to recognize the benefits of alternative dispute resolution programs and to acknowledge the valuable role of volunteers who offer their services to neighbors, students and peers in the workplace.

Gail Condrick Changes Her Channel
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to thank Gail Condrick for her years of service to Fairfax County and its residents. Condrick has served Fairfax County in the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection for more than 24 years, commencing in 1983. During her tenure she was instrumental in the first cablecast of a Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 10, 1984. Condrick also developed a nationally recognized government TV station, which has been honored four times as the best in the nation and has won more than 200 national awards for cable television excellence. Committed to the benefits of new technology, Condrick also oversaw a transition to digital technology in television production, print services and mail services.

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