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Week in Fairfax

Chip Rome’s Retirement Party

In Celebration of Chip Rome’s 33 years as drama teacher and director at Robinson Secondary, the Robinson Drama Boosters are honoring him with a retirement party. It’s this Saturday, Aug. 9, from 7-9 p.m., in the school theater. All those who know him are welcome. RSVP to Gretchen Laskas at gretchenmlaskas@aol.com.

School Supplies, Backpacks Needed

Our Daily Bread's Collect for Kids Back to School Program is committed to providing school supplies, backpacks and calculators for 2,000 needy children attending schools feeding into the Fairfax High and JEB Stuart High School pyramids. This number is a mere fraction of the children who could really use help, but it would serve 500 more children than last year.

Right now, however, ODB is $10,000 short of reaching its goal and urgently needs the community’s help. Donations are needed by Friday, Aug. 8. Donate backpacks and calculators via Amazon or Dollar Days. Volunteers are also needed to sort supplies, Aug. 12-14. For more information, call Dawn Sykes at 703-273-8829.

Hunger Task Force Created

Some 14 percent of the children living in the City of Fairfax go hungry at some point during the week. So at its July 22 work session, the Fairfax City Council approved establishing a task force to develop recommendations for creating a sustainable approach to addressing child hunger in the City.

“Organizations like FACETS and Our Daily Bread [ODB] are leaders in the nonprofit community helping families in need, but they cannot do it alone,” said Councilman Jeff Greenfield. “We cannot solve hunger nationally unless we do it one community at a time.”

He directed City staff to work with him during August to come up with guidance for putting together a comprehensive task force to deal with this issue. And he said its members should include the faith community, FACETS and ODB.

“We need to see what gaps are out there and what we can do about these shortcomings,” said Greenfield. “Then we can do everything possible to prevent children from going hungry in the City of Fairfax.”

Paving Contract Awarded

The Fairfax City Council on July 22 awarded a nearly $1.8 million contract to Superior Paving Corp. to mill and pave the City streets during Fiscal Year 2015. Councilwoman Janice Miller said she was pleased that “the previous City Council approved such a large amount for the paving because it’s been cut in the past.”

Child Carseat Checks

City residents may have their children’s carseats checked or installed by the City of Fairfax Fire Department. For an appointment, call 703-385-7830.