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May 4, 2007

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

Note to editor: A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site at on Monday, May 7. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, May 21.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, May 7, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will recognize residents and staff, adopt the following resolutions and issue a proclamation. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Police Week in Fairfax County
The Board of Supervisors will issue a proclamation to designate May 13-19, as Police Week and May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Fairfax County. Law enforcement agencies serve the residents of Fairfax County by safeguarding life and property, protecting against violence and disorder, and defending the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression. Mention will be made of those Fairfax County police officers and sheriff’s deputies who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the community, including Deputy Sheriff George A. Malcolm, Police Officer Karen Bassford, Special Police Officer Hendrik “Sandy” Gideonse, Captain Tommy Bernal, Detective Vicky Armel and Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino.

The Community Reaches Out
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Fairfax Coalition of Police Local 5000, Glory Days Grill and the Koons Automotive Group for their efforts to support the Armel and
Garbarino Family Trust Funds. Detective Vicky Armel and Master Police Officer Michael Garbarino died as a result of gunshot wounds received in an ambush outside the Sully District Station on May 8, 2006.

Diamond Jim Dazzles the Show
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim, also known as James, for being named Best In Show from more than 2,600 entries at the 2007 Westminster Kennel Club dog show in Madison Square Garden, New York. James, an English springer spaniel, fulfilled the highest standards for his breed, which include general appearance, temperament, coat and color. The 6-year-old canine has won more than 50 Best In Show awards and is a certified therapy dog.

Gone Fishin’
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Judith Jackson, principal of Franconia Elementary School, Alexandria, for more than 25 years as an educator and school administrator with Fairfax County Public Schools. Jackson, who is retiring and is known for her commitment and enthusiasm, initiated programs to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century through skills, technology and the arts. She has been the principal of Franconia Elementary School for the past decade.

Reston Children’s Center Celebrates 40 Years
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate Reston Children’s Center on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1967, the center was the first nonprofit, parent-owned cooperative in Reston dedicated to the developmental and educational needs of children and providing quality support systems for families. In 1988 it was the first after-school program in Reston honored with national accreditation and the fourth in Virginia to be accredited by the national School Age Care Alliance.

Iona Levin – An Instrumental Voice
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Iona Levin, of Springfield, for nearly 12 years of service on the Community Action Advisory Board. Levin was an instrumental voice for community action in the reorganization of human services and served a term as chair of the Community Action Advisory Board.

James Lafley Served With Distinction
The Board of Supervisors will recognize James Lafley, of Alexandria, for nine years of service on the Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments. Lafley served during a time of rising assessments and increasing caseloads, culminating in serving as chairman during his last term.

Playing Hoops and Mentoring Youth
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Wendell Byrd, of Reston, for 23 years as the basketball coach at South Lakes High School in Reston. With Byrd’s leadership the South Lakes Seahawks achieved six regional basketball titles and recently led the team to the Northern Region first-round playoff game. In addition, Byrd founded Readers Are Leaders to improve student reading skills. The program has expanded to six area high schools. 


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