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Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
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April 6, 2007

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

Note to editor: A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site at on Monday, April 9. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, April 23.

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

Fairfax Pets On Wheels Celebrates 20 Years
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Fairfax Pets On Wheels Month in Fairfax County. Fairfax Pets on Wheels, under sponsorship of the Department of Family Services Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, in cooperation with the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Fairfax County, provides pet therapy services to older adults. Begun 20 years ago, the all-volunteer program has grown from 20 volunteers and their pets to more than 300 volunteers and their pets. Volunteers donate more than 8,000 hours of pet visitation annually.

The 1st of the First Responders
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 8-14 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications — the “1st of the First Responders” — is the critical link that provides the county and neighboring jurisdictions with technical and operation excellence in processing and dispatching public safety resources. The Fairfax County 9-1-1 Center is one of the few centers of its kind in Virginia that is accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide Emergency Medical Dispatch and Pre-Arrival Instruction to assist in medical emergencies prior to the arrival of public safety personnel. Department of Public Safety Communications personnel were recently recognized by the E9-1-1 Institute with the national 2007 Call Taker/Dispatcher of the Year Award.

Mike Kane to Be Recognized for 30 Years of Service
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Mike Kane for 30 years of service to Fairfax County. Kane retires as the director of the Fairfax County Park Authority after three decades of initiatives and accomplishments. When asked in a recent interview with The Washington Post what he would like to do over again, he responded, “I’d like to do all of it over again because it has been so much fun and so rewarding!”

One Donor Can Save Several Lives
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Donate Life Month in Fairfax County. More than 94,000 people in the United States are currently on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant. Of these, 470 are transplant candidates in the Fairfax County service area. The online organ donor registry for Virginia is County residents are urged to consider giving a gift of life by becoming an organ and tissue donor.

Fair Housing Month Promotes Equal Housing Opportunity
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Fair Housing Month in Fairfax County. Members of the Board of Supervisors, the Human Rights Commission, Fairfax County agencies, housing industry members, cultural groups, community associations and nonprofit service organizations have worked to expand equal housing opportunities in Fairfax County. Equal housing opportunity enhances the quality of life for the entire Fairfax community and espouses the highest ideals of diversity, community and freedom.

Affordable Housing Week Is April 21-28
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 21-28 as Affordable Housing Week in Fairfax County. Affordable housing is an essential element of healthy communities and strengthens economic development and the social fabric.

Community Development Week Proclaimed
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 9-15 as Community Development Week in Fairfax County to celebrate the federal Community Development Block Grant program, now in its 32nd year. The primary objective of the program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent, safe and affordable housing and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for people of low and moderate income. During the last three decades Fairfax County has received $166.6 million to support a wide variety of community development activities that have benefited low- and moderate-income people, including older adults and children.

Middleridge Women’s Club
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate the Middleridge Women’s Club on the occasion of its 30th anniversary of commitment and service to the community. Throughout the years the club has supported the community by welcoming new residents,
purchasing supplies for students, collecting stuffed animals and shoes to be sent overseas, and gathering books to restock libraries following Hurricane Katrina. In addition, the club has sponsored children for summer camps and contributed to the All Night graduation parties, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, the American Red Cross, Hospice of Northern Virginia and the Pentagon Memorial Fund.

FSO Celebrates the First 50 Years
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, also known as the FSO, for 50 years of music making, education and service in the community. The FSO was founded in 1957 to provide high quality orchestra performances, music appreciation and education programs to enhance the quality of life in the metropolitan Washington area. Each year the symphony presents seven concerts a year at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, a Valentine’s Pops Gala concert and an extensive series of outreach programs in area schools. More than 35 performances are presented in Fairfax County parks each year free of charge by ensembles of FSO members.

Protecting the Environment Is the Theme for National County Government Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 22-28 as County Government Week in Fairfax County. The national theme for this year, Protecting the Environment, gives counties the opportunity to raise public awareness and understanding about the many ways they work to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of residents. Fairfax County is partnering with the Sierra Club in the “Cool Counties” initiative to create a template for local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in favor of environmentally friendly practices. The Board of Supervisors has implemented more than $6 million worth of projects and programs to address air quality and global climate since 2003. Many “Cool County” strategies have been implemented in Fairfax County, including the purchase of 90 hybrid vehicles; the promotion of green buildings for public and private facilities; the purchase of wind power; and the utilization of telework by 20 percent of its eligible workforce on average one day a week — the first jurisdiction in the metropolitan region to reach that goal. Since the inception of a pilot program in 1988, Fairfax County has recycled more than 5 million tons of recyclables.  


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