Sept. 22 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 6 Presentations

Sept. 19, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Bishop Floyd B. Brown Jr. to be honored.
  • Fire Prevention Week, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Disability Employment Awareness Month and African American Adoption Awareness Month to be designated.
  • A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county's Web site.

More Information 

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 22, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will make the following presentations to residents and county staff. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711. For information on the Sept. 22 meeting, including an agenda, visit

Fire Prevention Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate Oct. 5-11, 2008, as Fire Prevention Week in Fairfax County. The National Fire Protection Association’s theme for this year, “It’s Fire Prevention Week – Prevent Home Fires!” reminds residents to take precautions at home to reduce the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Domestic violence in 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 resiliency of victims and survivors, raise community consciousness about the prevalence of domestic violence and encourage prevention activities.

Mental Illness Awareness Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate Oct. 5-11, 2008 as Mental Illness Awareness Week in Fairfax County. Discrimination, misperceptions and lack of understanding continue to be significant challenges for individuals with mental illness in obtaining the help they need.  Residents are encouraged to increase their awareness of serious and persistent mental illness, and promote greater understanding throughout the community.

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.

Bishop Floyd B. Brown Jr.
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Bishop Floyd B. Brown Jr. for his 50th anniversary of outstanding and noteworthy service as founding pastor and shepherd of the Church of the Blessed Trinity. Brown established the first Pentecostal congregation in Fairfax County.

African American Adoption Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate October as African American Adoption Awareness Month in Fairfax County.  As of Aug. 1, Fairfax County had 429 children in foster care, of which more than 40 percent were African American. Residents are urged to remember that it is never too late for a child to have a family, to recognize families who have adopted African American children and further the awareness of this critical need.



Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

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