Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Oct. 12, 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, Oct. 15. These photos will remain on the Web site until the next board meeting with presentations on Monday, Nov. 19.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, 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.

30-Year Tree Canopy Goal Takes Root
At the Board of Supervisors meeting, Fairfax County’s new tree canopy goal will take root with the start of a campaign to plant trees on county properties during the next three decades. Up to 400 trees per year will be planted at county facilities for the next 30 years to curb greenhouse gasses, reduce pollution and cut energy costs.

And the Band Plays On
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the City of Fairfax Band German unit, Alte Kameraden (Old Friends), for it 30th anniversary. Organized in 1977, the ensemble has grown to 30 members. Alte Kameraden entertains audiences of all ages with its festive and spirited programs of Alpine and Bavarian village music, giving 50 performances annually. In 1995 Alte Kameraden became the first American band to be selected for membership in the Musikbund von Ober-und Neiderbayern, the Bavarian regional band association, and is the recipient of numerous national and international awards.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Tops the Nation
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2068 for its success in raising funds through its Fill the Boot Campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Through initiative and dedication by the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, the Labor Day 2007 campaign raised more than $531,000 during the four-day canvass to lead the nation in total funds collected in a local jurisdiction. The women and men of Station #40, Fairfax Center, led all stations of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in gathering donations with a total of more than $38,000.

Crosswalks Are for Crossing
The Board of Supervisors will designate October as Pedestrian Safety Month in Fairfax County. The Board of Supervisors urges the community and all residents to observe this month by embracing this major public safety awareness challenge, recognizing that all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need to work together to prevent future pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities, making streets safer for all who use them.

Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Fairfax County. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 promotes independence, empowerment and quality of life. During October emphasis will be placed on the progress that has been made since 1990 as well as the work that needs to continue to ensure the goals of equal access and full inclusion for everyone.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Domestic violence in our communities and its impact on families, women and children is recognized nationally during October. It is a time to remember and honor the courage and strength of victims and survivors, raise community consciousness about the prevalence of domestic violence and encourage prevention activities.

Making a Difference One Book at a Time
The Board of Supervisors will designate October as Library Foundation Month in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Library Foundation Inc. was established in 1994 as a private, nonprofit corporation to provide supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. Last year the foundation received more than 1,700 gifts from donors totaling more than $1 million. Donations ensure that the library system will be able to maintain excellence into the future in the lives of those who live, work or go to school in Fairfax County.

Getting a Leg Up and a Head Start
The Board of Supervisors will designate October as Head Start Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Head Start was established in May 1965 and has provided health, educational and social services to more than 22 million children and their families in every state and territory of the United States for the last 40 years. To achieve its goals, Head Start provides for the educational and exceptional needs of children, as well as their social, psychological, health and nutritional requirements. Residents are urged to increase their awareness of this unique program.

Oct. 27 Is VolunteerFest Day 2007
The Board of Supervisors will designate Saturday, Oct. 27, as VolunteerFest Day in Fairfax County. Volunteer Fairfax, nonprofit and public agencies, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors join together to promote an annual day of doing good that celebrates and strengthens the spirit of volunteer service. Residents are urged to observe this day by connecting with neighbors, friends, co-workers, family, and faith-based, school and civic groups to engage in projects benefiting our community.

Addressing Health Care Needs
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center for the contributions it has made in Fairfax County and the region. The agency was founded in 1996 to improve access to health and human services for the most vulnerable members of the community. During its 10-year history the center has been a partner with the Fairfax County Health Department and numerous other Northern Virginia jurisdictions and health organizations in addressing the health care needs of those who do not speak English. The organization provides health care interpreter services, written language translation services, a medical interpreter training program and cultural competence training for health care providers. The Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center has educated more than 3,000 providers, trained more than 750 interpreters, tested more than 1,200 volunteers for bilingual proficiency and provided interpreter services to more than 40 client organizations.

November Is American Indian Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate November as American Indian Heritage Month in Fairfax County. America’s heritage is unquestionably linked to the histories of all who first inhabited this great land through the names of our cities, lakes and rivers. American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians have played an important role in our country’s past and are a vital part of our future. During November their many accomplishments, traditions and ancestry are celebrated.


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