Board of Supervisors to Recognize Residents and Staff


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Sept. 7, 2007

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Residents and Staff, 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, Sept. 10. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, Sept. 24.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will recognize residents and staff, adopt resolutions and issue proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

In the Swim of Things in Reston
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to thank Terry L. Smith, of Reston, for nearly 20 years of service to the Reston Community Center. Smith served on the Reston Community Center Board of Governors and was chair from 1998-1999. He led the effort to build the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne and guided the 20th anniversary celebration. The Hunters Woods Aquatics Center has been designated the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center to honor his devotion and dedication to the Reston community.

Public Safety Training
The Board of Supervisors will recognize more than 45 individuals and businesses that made properties available for training to Fairfax County public safety agencies. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, marked the beginning of an increased understanding of the complexity of firefighting as well as the dangers faced by the women and men of public safety. One of the best ways to reduce the risks involved are enhanced training opportunities as provided by these facilities.

Be Prepared
The Board of Supervisors will designate September as Emergency Preparedness Month in Fairfax County. This month provides the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness and to encourage all to better prepare their home and communities for emergencies. Residents are encouraged to take steps to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies by organizing an emergency supply kit, formulating a personal preparedness plan, becoming knowledgeable about various threats and becoming involved in preparing their community.

Organizing to Meet, Greet and Discuss
The Board of Supervisors will recognize James P. Riddel, of Vienna, for organizing and hosting the Retired Police Officers Association monthly luncheons for 15 years. During the luncheons, retired law enforcement officers met with elected officials and policymakers to discuss important issues and voice concerns about law enforcement in Northern Virginia.

Great Falls Increases Wildlife Habitat
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Great Falls Habitat Team for creating an environment in its community where people, flora and fauna can flourish. The National Wildlife Federation has designated Great Falls as one of only 23 Certified Community Wildlife Habitats in the nation. To achieve this designation a percentage of homes, schools and common areas in Great Falls had to meet the specified requirements of the Backyard Wildlife Habitat program. Through the efforts of the Great Falls Habitat Team and residents of Great Falls, the requirements were not only met but exceeded.

Hispanic Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Fairfax County. This month is celebrated throughout the United States to commemorate contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our nation. Hispanic Americans have enriched our county through contributions in many professions and fields, including education, law, government, business, science, sports and the arts.

It’s in Our Hands
The Board of Supervisors will designate September as Food Safety Education Month in Fairfax County. The theme for this year, “Viruses: They’re In Your Hands,” focuses on the importance of hand washing to prevent food-borne illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that viruses cause more than half of all food-borne illnesses. It is estimated 76 million people experience food-borne illnesses each year, resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths annually.

Burke Centre Conservancy Celebrates 30th Anniversary
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to congratulate members of the Burke Centre Conservancy Homeowners Association board and all residents of Burke Centre on it 30th anniversary. This planned residential community has prospered and grown since its inception in 1976. The Burke Centre Conservancy is a community of nearly 6,000 homes on 1,700 acres. Burke Centre received the 2007 Best of Braddock Award for Neighborhood Enhancement and Beautification.

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