Sept. 14 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 9 Presentations

Sep 11, 2009
OPA 165/09

News Highlights  

  • Property donations to public safety; ElderLink and the Independent Living Project; Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind; and Maureen Ribble to be recognized.
  • Child Passenger Safety Week; Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Hispanic Heritage Month; Mental Illness Awareness Week and Suicide Prevention Week to be designated.
  • A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county’s Web site following the meeting.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, 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. More information on the Aug. 3 meeting, including an agenda, can be found online.

Property Donations to Public Safety
The Board of Supervisors will recognize residents and businesses that have made properties available to Fairfax County public safety workers for training. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, marked the beginning of an increased understanding of the complexity of firefighting as well as the dangers faced by the women and men of public safety. One of the best ways to reduce the risks involved is enhanced training opportunities as provided by these property owners.

Child Passenger Safety Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate Sept. 12-18 as Child Passenger Safety Week in Fairfax County.  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 6 and 8 to14. Fairfax County Police will hold a child safety seat inspection Saturday, September 12, at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as a part of Child Passenger Safety Week.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate October 2009 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fairfax County. The impact of domestic violence in our communities and 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.

Hispanic Heritage Month
The Board of Supervisors will designate Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Fairfax County. This month is celebrated throughout the United States to commemorate contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our nation. Hispanic Americans have enriched our county through contributions in many professions and fields, including education, law, government, business, science, sports and the arts.

ElderLink and the Independent Living Project
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Independent Living Project and ElderLink for their work and for receiving a Commonwealth Council on Aging 2009 Best Practices Award. ElderLink’s Independent Living Project is a free program that promotes independent living for older adults and adults with disabilities through exercise classes and seminars on fall prevention, nutrition, medication management and food safety.

Mental Illness Awareness Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate Oct. 4-10 as Mental Illness Awareness Week in Fairfax County. Discrimination, misperceptions and lack of understanding remain 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.

Suicide Prevention Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate Sept. 6-12 as Suicide Prevention Week in Fairfax County. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. and mental health problems affect one in five adults each year. Fairfax County urges all residents to educate themselves about the warning signs of mental illness and seek information about the prevention of suicide.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind for its Bridge to Work Program.  There are more than 165,000 blind or visually impaired veterans living in the U.S. The Bridge to Work program assists these veterans in becoming ready to work, including job preparation training, converting military experience to the civilian workplace and learning assistive technology and computer skills.

Maureen Ribble
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Maureen Ribble winner of the 2009 Ms. Virginia Senior America title. Ribble advanced to the Ms. Senior America Pageant, to be held in Atlantic City in October.   


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