May 5 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 7 Proclamations

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May 2, 2008

May 5 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 7 Proclamations

(Note: A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site at on Monday, May 5. Video will be available by the middle of the week.)

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, May 5, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will issue seven proclamations. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711. For more information on the May 5 meeting, including an agenda, visit

Police Week in Fairfax County
The Board of Supervisors will issue a proclamation to designate May 11-17 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Fairfax County. Law enforcement agencies serve the residents of Fairfax County by safeguarding life and property, protecting against violence and disorder, and defending the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression. Mention will be made of those Fairfax County police officers and sheriff’s deputies who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the community, including Deputy Sheriff George A. Malcolm; Police Officer Karen Bassford; Special Police Officer Hendrik “Sandy” Gideonse; Captain Tommy Bernal; Detective Vicky Armel; and Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino.

Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day is May 17
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 17 as Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day in Fairfax County. Angelman syndrome, named after Dr. Harry Angelman who was the first physician to recognize certain developmental irregularities in young patients, is a genetic disorder caused by an abnormal gene dysfunction. The syndrome affects males, females and all ethnic groups equally. It is estimated that there are 1,000 to 5,000 cases of Angelman syndrome in the U.S. and Canada. The Angelman Syndrome Foundation will hold its annual walk-a-thon in more than 15 cities nationwide, including the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area on May 17.

May Is Older Americans Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 2008 as Older Americans Month in Fairfax County. The county is home to nearly 148,000 residents 60 and older, which is approximately 15 percent of the total population of the jurisdiction. This is an increase of nearly 13,000 people since 2007. The Board of Supervisors approved the “Anticipating the Future: Fairfax 50+ Action Plan 2007” for building a strong, healthy and supportive community for all as our population ages and to ensure that those in need of our help and protection receive it.

Bike to Work Day
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 16 as Bike to Work Day in Fairfax County. May is National Bike Month during which bicycling is promoted as a means of transportation and recreation. Recently, the board approved the Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative and expects to release a new Fairfax County bike route map on May 16, 2008, in conjunction with Bike to Work Day. There will be six Bike to Work Day events held in Fairfax County this year, including Reston, Fairfax Corner/Government Center, Vienna, Fairfax City/George Mason University, Tysons and Springfield.

Fairfax Symphony Maestro to be Honored
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 10 as Bill Hudson Day in Fairfax County.Hudson, music director of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra for more than 35 years, firmly established the organization as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His reputation as a musician encourages community partners to join in developing programs for all residents in Fairfax County and the region.

Nurses Week is May 6-12
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 6-12 as Nurses Week in Fairfax County. Nursing embraces dedicated people with varied interests and strengths. Those in the nursing vocation serve with passion for the profession and share a strong commitment to patient safety. Nursing encompasses a variety of roles — from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and researcher. An adequate nursing staff is critical to the delivery of quality patient care. Northern Virginia is facing a critical shortage of nurses, with a projected shortage of more than 6,000 by 2020.

May is Community Action Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate May as Community Action Month in Fairfax County. More than 40 years ago community action agencies were created to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families with low incomes. The Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board has created the “The State of the Poor 2008” report to convey the challenges faced by individuals and families with low income.


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