News of interest from across Fairfax County:
SUPERVISORS LAUDED FOR SUPPORT OF TRANSIT: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) and Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) recently were among those honored by the Virginia Transit Association for their work on transit issues across the commonwealth.
Each was presented with the Distinguished Public Official Leadership Award.
Award recipients are “going the extra mile to improve public transportation for all Virginians,” said Virginia Transit Association executive director Lisa Guthrie.
Both Bulova and Hudgins are retiring at the end of the year. Hudgins for many years represented Fairfax County on the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
‘CLEAN THE BAY DAY’ PROVES A SUCCESS: Thousands of volunteers across Virginia on June 1 took part in the 31st annual Clean the Bay Day, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s shoreline and stream cleanup and one of the largest volunteer events in Virginia.
“This is how we meet our clean-water goals – all of us working together for the common good,” said Tanner Council, a grass-roots manager for the organization.
Preliminary numbers show that in just three hours, and under heavy rain in many cases, approximately 3,500 volunteers gathered at nearly 200 sites across the state, on foot and in boats, removed an estimated 45,000 pounds of litter and debris over an estimated 250 miles of shoreline.
(Cleanups were postponed or canceled in some areas due to thunderstorms around Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore, and will be rescheduled.)
As usual, the most common items found during the cleanup were plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags and cigarette butts. But volunteers recovered many larger items, such as appliances, car and boat parts, tires, large blocks of Styrofoam, a 16-foot cattle panel and more.
Among the more unique items found: A gold watch, a cowbell, vintage milk bottles and a small amount of cash.
Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged nearly 162,000 volunteers who have removed approximately 7.1 million pounds of debris from over 8,000 miles of shoreline in Virginia.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2019-20 LEADERSHIP TEAM: The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has announced its officers and 2019-20 members of the executive committee and board of directors.
Todd Rowley of Old Dominion National Bank will chair the 2019-20 board, with Kathryn Flak of Cox as vice chair and Luanne Gutermuth of Washington Gas as secretary.
(A full list of members of the incoming board of directors and executive committee can be found at www.novachamber.org.)
“These regional leaders will be instrumental in meeting the strategic goals of our chamber – to position our chamber and the business community as a diverse, impactful driver of the region’s economic success,” said Julie Coons, president and CEO of the business organization, which has 700 member organizations with 500,000 employees and is the largest business group in Northern Virginia.
TRAINING PROGRAM FOCUSES ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: SCAN of Northern Virginia will host workshops on the prevention of child sexual abuse on Friday, June 14 and on Thursday, June 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day at the Pennino Government Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.
To date, SCAN has trained more than 1,500 adults across Fairfax County to prevent, recognize and responsibly react to abuse.
The workshops are free, but registration is required. For information, see the Website at https://scanD2Lfairfax.eventbrite.com.
NEW CHOIR TO FEATURE SENIORS WITH MEMORY IMPAIRMENT: Encore Creativity for Older Adults is developing a choir for adults across Northern Virginia with early to moderate memory impairments.
“Sentimental Journey Singers” will launch in September with a performance in Fairfax. Singers will have caregivers with them during the 15 weeks of performances.
An open house to discuss the program is slated for July 15 in Fairfax. For information, call (301) 261-5747.