County Manager

Awards: Community Services


ACPD's "Chooser Cruiser" Recognized with Governor's Transportation Safety Award
The Commonwealth of Virginia bestowed its top Transportation Safety Award to the "Chooser Cruiser," a joint project of ACPD, Red Top Cab, and WRAP (Washington Regional Alcohol Program) to help prevent drunk driving in the National Capital Region. (June 2013)

Healthy Meals for Healthy Families Program Wins Award
Inova and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recognized Arlington County’s efforts to encourage better nutrition for children and combat childhood obesity. Arlington Public Health Division's “Healthy Meals for Healthy Families” program received first place recognition at the third annual “Let’s Move the Needle on Childhood Obesity Conference." The bilingual program taught children and their families from Carlin Springs Elementary School nutrition fundamentals and how to prepare healthy meals that also taste great. (September 2013)

Recognizing efforts to protect children
Mary Ann Moran, who recently retired from Arlington County service, has been named a 2013 Allies in Prevention Award Winner by SCAN. Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect. (April 2013)

County’s Chief Building Official Receives Award
Shahriar Amiri, Arlington County’s Chief Building Official, received Maryland Building Official Association’s (MBOA) “life-time honorary member award”. The award is given to individuals that have given substantial contribution to the association and the building safety profession. Amiri was the MBOA’s president in 2006 and the Building Official in Montgomery County, Maryland before coming to Arlington. (2012)

Recognizing Advocates for Seniors in Need
Arlington's Culpepper Garden senior living residence recognized Arlington's Adult Protective Services team with its Elder Service Award, citing the team's collaborative efforts to find solutions. At the awards event, Kathy Anderson, CEO of Goodwin House, said, “Arlington County is known, again and again and again, for never dropping a senior." (Nov. 2012)

Best New Park
The Virginia Recreation and Park Society honored Arlington's Long Bridge Park with its 2012 award for Best New Facility - Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways and Trails (population over 100,000).  (Sept. 2012)

ACPD Named Best Traffic Safety Program in Virginia
The Arlington County Police Department was  recognized with an award for the best traffic safety program in the state during 2011 at the 87thAnnual Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP). Arlington earned a first place finish for a municipal Police Department with 301-450 sworn officers. (August 2012)

Arlington's Plan to End Homelessness Recognized
The 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness recognized theCounty’s successful efforts to house the chronically homeless. The County’s ongoing drive to house the vulnerable, chronically homeless members of the community is part of Arlington’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and includes the ongoing 100 Homes Campaign. Through 100 Homes, Arlington has surveyed 218 homeless individuals, identifying 113 as “vulnerable,” or at high risk of dying on the streets. Since launching 100 Homes in the fall of 2011, Arlington has housed 30 of these vulnerable individuals. (July 2012)

Best of Show Awards to Arlington Public Libraries
The Library Administration and Management Association honored Arlington Public Library with two 2012 Best of Show awards for Outstanding Public Relations Efforts (electronic). (July 2012)

  • The first award was for an online video tribute to Steve Jobs, created for National Library Card Week in September 2011 and scripted before it was known Jobs was in failing health. Library Director Diane Kresh showed her acting chops as America's best salesman of innovation.
  • The second award was for a QR code-based multimedia project for Banned Books Week 2011. QR codes were place on the back of selected titles, explaining "This title has been challenged or banned in some libraries. Find out why with this code. FREE TO READ--ARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY." The QR code linked to a selection of "video book blurbs" of Library staff reading from favorite banned books.

Arlington Behavioral Healthcare Unit Receives Major State Award
An Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare Division program received the Virginia Health Care Foundation’s 2012 “Unsung Hero” award in the Teamwork category for its outstanding efforts in providing primary health care and access to prescription medicine for people with a primary diagnosis of mental illness. (July 2012)

Arlington Public Library Wins 2012 Top Innovator for Sustainability
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) hailed Arlington Public Library for expanding “the library’s role in promoting, informing, and modeling the county government’s commitment to environmental sustainability including nurturing a bike-friendly community, reducing energy consumption in library buildings, and becoming a community gardening leader.” The ULC serves as a forum for sharing best and next practices culled from targeted research, education, and emerging trends. Its programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities. (June 2012)

Central Library Named Community Partner of the Year
Arlington Public Library's Central Library accepted its award as Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) 2012 Community Partner of the Year for its work building and maintaining the community vegetable garden on its East Plaza. Food from the garden is donated to AFAC. The garden was created as part of Arlington Reads 2010, which focused on food and sustainability. (June 2012)

Award from Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition
Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation was recognized for our Teen Fitness Challenge program, which incorporates a mentor/mentee aspect in which older teens mentor and teach younger teens proper weight lifting and other fitness techniques. This program won the Coalition's award for "Let's Move the Needle on Childhood Obesity." Nottingham Elementary School's "Knights Do Wellness Right" program was also recognized (April 2012). 

2012 Ally in Prevention Award
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia named Valerie Cuffee  Arlington recipient of its 2012 Ally in Prevention Award. Ms. Cuffee recently recently retired as chief of Child & Family Services Division of Arlington County Department of Human Services. “Over the course of her nearly 30-year career in child and family welfare, she has gracefully handled the overwhelming, complex and changing needs of abused and neglected children,” SCAN officials said. (Apr. 2012)

Arlington Food Assistance Receives National Award
Arlington’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) has been named a 2011 Hunger Champion by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A federal program operated locally through the Arlington County Department of Human Services, SNAP ensures that children and people with low incomes receive food and the nutrition education they need. In Arlington, 4,300 households currently  receive SNAP benefits, up nearly 14% from this time last year. (Nov. 2011)

Arlington WIC Program Wins Breastfeeding Award
The Virginia Department of Health has recognized the Arlington WIC Program for having the highest breastfeeding rate statewide among WIC participants.  The 2011 WIC Highest Breastfeeding Rate Award was announced at the annual WIC training conference.  Arlington's program was recognized for its efforts to promote and support breastfeeding to participating families. (Nov. 2011)

Arlington Public Library Wins Local Government Innovation Award
Arlington Reads 2010
was selected for a 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award from the Alliance for Innovation. Innovation Award winners were chosen from more than 40 applications received from across the United States and Canada. Selection is based on a proven dedication to stretching and improving the boundaries of day-to-day government operations and practices, implementing creative business processes, and improving the civic health of the community. Arlington Reads 2010 examined the issues of food and sustainability. The featured author was literary legend and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry, who made a rare public appearance at Central Library. The Library also hosted urban farmer Novella Carpenter. Arlington Reads 2010 also inspired the Central Library's community vegetable garden. (June 2011)

  • The Virginia Public Library Directors Association has named Arlington Public Library a winner of its annual Association Award in the category of Outstanding Public Program for a system serving at least 100,000 people. The Library was honored for Arlington Reads 2010, which celebrated locally grown food and sustainability, and included two major author events and the installation of a community vegetable garden at Central Library. (June 2011)

Arlington's Culpepper Garden Partnership Wins Top "Best Practices" Award
Arlington County's partnership with a low-income apartment complex to provide cost-effective assistance that helps older residents live independently won the top 2011 "Best Practices" award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging. (2011)

Arlington County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Earns National Accreditation
PRCR earned a national re-accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).  Only 99 out of more than 10,000 park and recreation agencies nationwide have achieved this level of excellence. (Mar. 2011)

Design Award for Human Services
NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Northern Virginia has given Arlington’s new Human Services Center its 2010 Award of Excellence. The award, in the "Best Interiors - Tenant Space-50,000 sq ft and Above" category, named Architecture, Incorporated and Turner Construction for their work on the building, as well as the County staff who played a role in the winning design. 

Best Practice Award
The Commonwealth Council on Aging has recognized Arlington’s unique approach to helping older adults and adults with disabilities age in place safely and with the highest possible levels of independence and quality of life. Arlington’s Customer Service Center – which provides “one-stop shopping” for a range of services from meals to nursing care to social services – received the Council’s Best Practice Award for 2010 for the innovative way it connects people to services and resources.

Arlington's Flu Fighting Hailed
The University of North Carolina Management Academy for Public Health presented its Managers’ Choice Award to a six-person team from Arlington County government and its health partners -- for its collaborative project -- “Arlington Fights the Flu!” -- to increase the number of individuals who receive seasonal-influenza vaccine. (2010)

Arlington Leaders Honored for Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Older Adults
Two of Arlington’s strongest advocates for older adults and people with disabilities received major honors at the annual Virginia Guardianship and Elder Rights Conference April 26- 27 in Richmond (2010).

  • Erica Wood, who chairs Arlington’s Commission on Long-Term Care Residences, was honored by the Virginia Elder Rights Coalition for her three decades of work on behalf of older adults in Virginia.
  • Edith Gravely, of the Department of Human Services’ Aging and Disability Services Division, was given the Virginia Guardianship Association’s Award of Excellence for her efforts at the local and state levels on behalf of vulnerable adults.

SCAN 2010 Allies in Prevention Award
Robin Tarver received SCAN's (Stop Child Abuse Now) 2010 Allies in Prevention Award for her tireless advocacy for her clients when they might otherwise not have a voice. Robin has worked with children and families in Arlington for nearly 30 years, earning a reputation as someone who will challenge systems when they don’t work.

SBA Director's Award
The Washington Metropolitan District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) selected Arlington Economic Development's Tara Miles as this year’s winner of the 2010 SBA's District Director's Award, honoring Tara’s dedication to the small business community. (2010)

Arlington CERT Given "Superstar" Status
The Arlington County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been selected winner of the Most Effective Citizen Corps Program category of the 2009 Virginia Citizen Corps Superstar Awards. This is the first year for this Virginia Department of Emergency Management program. (2010)

Arlington Police Win National Law Enforcement Challenge
The Arlington County Police Department took top honors among similar sized agencies (201-500 officers) at the 2008 National Law Enforcement Challenge, which was presented Oct. 2009. Earlier, Arlington had won the Virginia competition in its size category. The Law Enforcement Challenge recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in the country. Read more. (2010)

Arlington Schools Top Newsweek Rankings
In June 2009, Newsweek's annual ranking of high schools places all four Arlington Public Schools high schools in the top one-half percent of high schools in the United States.

Julie Huff Named 2009 Nurse of the Year
Julie Huff, supervisor of clinical programs for the Community Health Services Bureau of Arlington’s Public Health Division, has been named 2009 Arlington Public Health Nurse of the Year. The award, from the Virginia Department of Health, recognizes her exceptional contributions to the public health field. Read more>>

SCAN Honors Dr. Claire Cifaloglio
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) and its Allies in Prevention Coalition honored Arlington School Health Physician Dr. Claire Cifaloglio for having gone above and beyond in her efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in the community. In her commitment to treating the "whole child," she was a leading supporter in the creation of Arlington's Child Advocacy Center and a teen health clinic in Arlington. (2009)

DHS Gets High Marks from HUD
The Department of Human Services’ Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program has been designated a “high performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For FY 2008, Arlington scored 93% in an evaluation of performance measures.

REEP Volunteers Receive Presidential Service Award
The Arlington Education and Employment Program (known as REEP) received the President's Volunteer Service Award for service to the community. The 42 volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers were honored for helping immigrants to learn not only English, but how to participate in their communities, at work, and in their children's schools. Since the program’s inception in 1975, REEP has helped more than 70,000 adult English language learners from 80+ countries. (2008)

Community Role Models Garner Acts of Caring Award
Arlington's Community Role Models (CRM) program was recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACo) with a national Acts of Caring Award. The CRM program engages Arlington’s young adults in volunteering and other civic activities, educating youths about community issues, recruiting young adults and facilitating their participation in volunteer service and addressing an emerging concern over generational turnover in the volunteer population. (2008)

National Recognition for Arlington Psychiatrist
Arlington County psychiatrist Dr. M. Lawrence Spoont has received the 2008 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. This annual award is presented to psychiatrists who have demonstrated exemplary commitment, expertise and excellent clinical care to diverse populations across the life span. Dr. Spoont was recognized for his work with Arlington's Department of Human Services' Senior Homebound Program, which promotes and enhances independent living of persons 65 years of age and older through the stabilization of their mental illness or emotional disturbance. (2008)

Arlington Wins Regional Award
Arlington's Employment and Day Support Services received a Regional Partnership award at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s 60th anniversary celebration on Dec. 7, 2007. The awards honor partnerships or coalitions which make important contributions to regional cooperation and collaboration that improve regional services, programs and activities.

Arlington's Elder Readiness Plan Wins Top Award
The National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED), an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACo), recognized Arlington with its 2007 Award of Excellence in the Planning/Policy/Program Management category for Arlington's Elder Readiness Plan. The plan recommendations address housing, supportive services/health care, transportation and community involvement. 

2003 Community Impact Award to Project Family
Awarded by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). Each year, HMHB presents awards to recognize exemplary efforts in maternal and child health. The Impact Awards acknowledge innovative programs that, through partnerships, education and outreach, bring important health messages to individuals and organizations across the country, states or communities.

Project Family, a Department of Human Services parenting program, was showcased for its successful health promotion activities for Hispanic and other families in the Arlington community. Since its inception, Project Family and its staff have received 11 awards, including the one from HMHB. For more information, contact Gloria Starr, Project Family Coordinator.

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