July 9 Board of Supervisors Meeting


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July 6, 2007

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Residents and Staff, 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/presentations.htm on Monday, July 9. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, July 23.

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

And the Winners Are …

The Board of Supervisors will recognize two programs for receiving National Association of Counties 2007 Achievement Awards.

The nonprofit Lorton Arts Foundation developed a vision for reuse of the Occoquan Workhouse site, which is a former correctional facility. The Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget, Wachovia Bank and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority collaborated in assembling the financing for the development and operation of the project. This financing plan won the Bond Buyer newspaper 2006 Southeast Regional Small Issuer Deal of the Year.

“Sharing the Wealth – Teen Volunteer Fairs” is a project benefiting four constituencies – teens in search of volunteer opportunities; nonprofit and government groups in need of volunteers; schools trying to help their students find valuable community service opportunities; and library staff looking to better serve potential teen volunteers. Since 2004, the Fairfax County Public Library has connected more than 1,500 teens with nonprofit agencies and government organizations that need volunteer help at a series of volunteer fairs held each October. In partnership with Volunteer Fairfax, a nonprofit organization that developed a list of organizations that needed student volunteers, coordinators at participating library branches set a fair date, contacted local nonprofits and provided space and logistical support for each teen volunteer fair.

An Unique Nationwide Crime, Drug and Violence Prevention Program

The Board of Supervisors will issue a proclamation to designate Aug. 7 as National Night Out in Fairfax County. On this night communities across the nation and in Fairfax County demonstrate neighborhood spirit and cooperation among residents and police. The first Neighborhood Watch Program in the nation was founded in Fairfax County, and today more than 500 county communities and tens of thousands of volunteers continue this tradition of community service.

Safety First

The Board of Supervisors will recognize three Fairfax County Public School safety patrols selected by the AAA Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education to receive awards for demonstrating excellent leadership qualities and safety skills, noteworthy involvement in school and outstanding citizenship. Matt Hoch, of Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Annandale; Kacie Townsend, of Terra Centre Elementary School, Burke; and Sophia Okorn, of Crestwood Elementary School, Springfield each received a 2006-2007 Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrol Award. In addition, Okorn was named a National Outstanding Patroller of the Year.

That’s all she Wrote

The Board of Supervisors will recognize Amber Healy for the 2006 Virginia Press Association awards she won for general news writing; health, science and environmental writing; specialty section writing; and spot news writing.

Catalogue of Philanthropy

The Board of Supervisors will recognize eight nonprofit organizations in Fairfax County selected by a review committee of experienced grant makers and members of local nonprofit organizations to be included in the 2006-2007 Catalogue of Philanthropy. Criteria for selection was based on excellence, innovation, cost-effectiveness and diversity of field. Each nonprofit selected has a budget of no more than $2 million per year. Organizations selected include the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, Annandale; the Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, Fairfax; Food for Others, Fairfax; the Ecumenical Community Helping Others, Springfield; the Lorton Community Action Center, Lorton; Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia, Springfield; Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Alexandria; and Coptic Orphans, Merrifield.

For the Love of Art

The Board of Supervisors will recognize the McLean Project for the Arts for initiating the Art Reach program to organize after-school art projects, trips to museums and galleries, and exhibit the work of young Fairfax County school art students at the McLean Community Center.

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