March 31 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 8 Presentations


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March 28, 2008

March 31 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 8 Presentations

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, March 31.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, March 31, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will recognize residents and issue proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Attention Parents
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Parents Who Host Lose the Most Month in Fairfax County. It is illegal in Virginia for a person under 21 years of age to consume or possess alcohol and for an adult to provide alcohol to a person under 21 years of age. Of underage youth, 65 percent say they obtain alcohol from family and friends. In recent years, Fairfax County has experienced an increase in teen deaths due to drinking and driving. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has made the prevention of underage drinking and driving a priority.

Oakton High School Turns 40
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Oakton High School for its 40th anniversary. Classes began at the school in the fall of 1967. Since the beginning, the students, faculty and administration have garnered numerous awards that include a 2008 Governor’s Award of Excellence; a 2007 U.S. News & World Report Top 100 Schools award; and a multitude of awards in sports, music, theater, journalism and academics.

Public Safety Telecommunications Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 13-19, 2008, as Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications — the crucial first contact with those in need of emergency assistance — is the vital link between those who need help and the public safety provider or responder who may apprehend a criminal, save possessions from fire, or save the lives of loved ones by dispatching the appropriate assistance expeditiously.

Childhood Immunization Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Childhood Immunization Month in Fairfax County. The county is committed to increasing the level of immunization compliance for children of all ages by diligently monitoring immunization rates and by implementing countywide public education activities. Public education messages are focused on reassuring parents that immunizations are safe, effective and necessary to prevent specific childhood diseases in the community.

Donate Life Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate April as Donate Life Month in Fairfax County. More than 98,000 people in the United States are currently on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant with more than 2,500 residing in the Fairfax County service area. Nationally, 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant. The ability to provide a patient with an organ or tissue transplant depends on the availability of donated organs and tissues. Virginia’s online organ donor registry, www.save7lives.org, provides an easy and secure method for Virginians to record their wish to be an organ, tissue or eye donor. County residents are urged to consider giving the gift of life by becoming a donor.

Public Health Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 7-13 as Public Health Week in Fairfax County. This year Public Health Week will focus on the connection between climate change and public health.

Nifty 60
The Board of Supervisors will designate April 15 as League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area Day for its 60th anniversary. Established in 1948, the organization provides nonpartisan information on candidates and issues; encourages voter registration and informed voting; assists residents in understanding the structure and function of government; and works to achieve government policies that promote public interest.

April 12 Is Invasive Plant Removal Day

The Board of Supervisors will designate April 12 as Invasive Plant Removal Day in Fairfax County. Non-native invasive plants are associated with significant declines in habitat health, water quality and forest structure, and can only be stopped by an aggressive eradication effort. The Fairfax County Park Authority has begun the Invasive Management Area program to train volunteers to go into parkland, clear invasive plants and become stewards of the habitat.

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