F.C. Schools Send Swine Flu Advisory to Parents
The Falls Church City Schools announced yesterday that an advisory was sent home with students to all school households, and also posted on the schools’ web site.
It stated as follows: “The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional cases of confirmed swine flu, a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients, and one infant death in Texas. Although there are no confirmed cases in Virginia, the Fairfax County Health Department encourages anyone with flu-like illness to follow these standard guidelines: * If you get sick, see a doctor, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. * Sneeze and cough into your upper sleeve, not your hands. * Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective. * Try to avoid close contact with sick people. * Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. * Please be assured we are continuing to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Fairfax County Health Department and other local agencies.”
Youth Partnership Concert Saturday to Allay $ Cuts
With a full third of the money cut out of the Fairfax County budget for the Fairfax Partnership for Youth, a jazz concert has been organized for this Saturday night as a benefit to raise money for the cause. Ericka Ovette will appear in concert with the Stolen Moments Jazz Quintet at 7:30 p.m. at the Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Dr., in Burke. Tickets are $25, with 18 and under admitted free. With May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Partnership has also scheduled a 5th annual mental wellness conference, “Bridging the Gap: Paths to Well-Being,” on May 19. More information is available at www.fairfaxyouth.org.
F.C. Council Declared ‘Cancer Awareness Month’
This Monday, the Falls Church City Council designated May as “Cancer Awareness Month,” which will culminate in the City with the 3rd Annual Falls Church Relay for Life on May 30-31 in the track at George Mason High School. The F.C. event is one of 5,000 such events nationwide sponsored in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness on how to prevent and detect cancer, to celebrate cancer survivors and remember victims of the disease, and to raise funds for the fight against cancer. At last year’s Falls Church Relay, 39 teams raised $83,000. This year, 70 teams have already been organized and more than 500 participants registered. So far, $83,000 has been raised, a figure that will grow as the event approaches. Information on the event is available at www.fallschurchrelay.org.
Hull Hailed by Va. League of Conservation Voters
Virginia State Del. Bob Hull, whose 38th District represents much of the Greater Falls Church portions of eastern Fairfax County, was named a ‘Legislative Leader’ by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters based on his voting record in the 2009 General Assembly session. The designation is given to legislators who vote in concert with the League’s recommended environmental positions at least 75 percent of the time. Last year, Hull was designated a ‘Legislative Hero’ by voting with the League 100 percent of the time. “I am honored to receive this recognition from such an important environmental group,” Hull said in a statement.