Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Residents and Staff

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Sept. 21, 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. 24. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, Oct. 15.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, 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.

Toward a Greener County
The Board of Supervisors will be presented with a Green Globe Award by the Green Building Initiative of Portland, Ore., to recognize the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter for its environmentally friendly construction.

Mental Illness Awareness Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate Oct. 7-13, as Mental Illness Week in Fairfax County. Through the efforts of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and the formation of the Josiah H. Beeman Commission on Mental Health, the county’s mental health system has improved access to services. Members of the community are encouraged to oppose stigma against those with mental illnesses and to embrace prevention and treatment services available in the community.

Practice Your Escape Plan
The Board of Supervisors will designate Oct. 7-13, as Fire Prevention Week in Fairfax County. The National Fire Protection Association’s theme for this year is “It’s Fire Prevention Week – Practice Your Escape Plan!” Developing a home fire escape plan and practicing it at least twice a year are critical to escaping a fire safely. A complete home escape plan includes knowing two ways out of each room, having an outdoor location where everyone will meet upon exiting and calling 911.

Collaborative Process Reaches Consensus
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Falls Hill/Poplar Heights Stormwater Action Committee for its expertise and years of dedication to reach consensus on how to eliminate residential flooding, mitigate erosion and improve water quality in the communities of Falls Hill and Poplar Heights located in the Providence District.

Vim, Vigor and Vitality
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Emanuel Hershkowitz, of Reston, for his dedication to the Reston community, civic involvement and active lifestyle. Hershkowitz, in his ninth decade, serves as a remarkable example of the growing diverse, older population of Fairfax County.

Making It Happen
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Colleen and Randy Bevan, of Vienna, for their support of trails in north Vienna, which connect many amenities that include Wolf Trap Farm Park, Meadowlark Gardens Park, the W&OD Trail, the Cross County Trail, schools and churches. The Bevans dedicated the necessary right-of-way on their property to complete the trail.

Organ and Tissue Donation Policies
The Board of Supervisors will commend the Fairfax County Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation for its initiative, dedication and insight to encourage county businesses to implement organ donation policies in their personnel leave policies for recipients, as well as those who donate organs or bone marrow. Inova Health System will be recognized for adopting an organ donation policy that provides full-time employees with six or more months of service to receive paid leave while recuperating from procedures relating to the donation of an organ or bone marrow. Included in the policy are provisions for travel and time as needed for medical testing or other procedures to determine organ and bone marrow compatibility.

Five Decades of Service to Fairfax County
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of Fairfax Water. The creation of the Fairfax County Water Authority, now known as Fairfax Water, has ensured the efficient and orderly creation and expansion of a safe and reliable water supply to meet the growing needs of Northern Virginia. Fairfax Water provides the highest quality drinking water at the lowest cost in the Washington metropolitan area, with state-of-the-art treatment facilities on the Potomac and Occoquan rivers. Fairfax Water continues to plan for future needs and is poised to meet the demands of redevelopment and urbanization of the centers of growth in Fairfax County.

Growing Green Since 1957
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Northern Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association for its 50th anniversary. Established in 1957, the mission of the association is to serve its membership through education, training and professional development to promote the field of horticulture. The organization encourages its members to maintain the highest standards of quality, integrity and professionalism.


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