April 28 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 6 Presentations


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April 25, 2008

April 28 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 6 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, April 28.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, April 28, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will recognize residents and issue proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711. For more information on the April 28 meeting, including an agenda, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/board/meetings/april-28-2008.htm.

1948 Was a Very Good Year
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Burke Volunteer Fire Department for its 60th anniversary and its dedication to public service and commitment to the residents of Burke and Fairfax County. The department was established in 1948 and operated out of Burke’s general store with a 1932 Ford truck and pumper to serve the 240 families in the community at that time. Volunteer firefighters continue to meet the demands of an ever-changing and diverse community.

Making a Difference In a Child’s Life
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month in Fairfax County. There are currently more than 400 children in foster care in Fairfax County. More than 150 foster families throughout the county dedicate themselves to providing these children with the love and values that nurture, encourage and prepare them for the years ahead. Residents are urged during May and throughout the year to volunteer their time and talents on behalf of children in foster care, and to support and recognize the commitment of foster families and professional staff who work with these children.

SCAN of Northern Virginia Celebrates 20 Years
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Stop Child Abuse of Northern Virginia, also known as SCAN, for its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1988 to serve the communities of Northern Virginia, SCAN seeks to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect. In the last year SCAN has directly touched the lives of more than 1,400 children and families in Northern Virginia.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in Fairfax County. In January 2008 a project was begun in Fairfax County to focus on the experience of Asian/Pacific Americans in Fairfax County, capturing oral history interviews and developing community projects that may include articles, a video, a Web site and publication of a book.

Building Safety Week Is May 5-11
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 5-11 as Building Safety Week in Fairfax County. It has long been the responsibility of the states and local governments to adopt legislation and enforce laws and ordinances whenever necessary to protect the health, welfare and safety of their residents. Among the most important and basic of the laws and ordinances are those that ensure the public’s health and safety in buildings in which people live, work and play. It is through the efforts of Fairfax County code enforcement professionals and their relationships with the Fairfax County community that the administration of these health and safety regulations is ensured.

Making Music — A Positive Alternative
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Guitars not Guns for its efforts to stop violence in schools and on the streets by providing guitars and lessons for children in foster care, at-risk youth and underprivileged children. Founded in 2000, Guitars not Guns currently spans more than 10 states and two countries, with numerous chapters in each state. The organization forms partnerships with local organizations that include the Boys and Girls Club, Youth for Tomorrow and Big Brothers Big Sisters to carry out its mission.

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