Flaherty Gets Economic Honor

Richard M. Flaherty, director of economic development for Alexandria, has earned the highest professional honor of the American Economic Development Council. He has been certified as an industrial-economic developer, a title held by only 16 persons in Virginia and about 390 in the United States and Canada. Flaherty earned the title by passing an eight-hour written and oral examination that tested his knowledge of all aspects of economic and industrial development. TV Producer Honored

David L. Charney has been presented the 1985 Volunteer Producer Award sponsored by the Alexandria Cable Television Advisory Commission for a program entitled "Psychiatry Today: Overeaters Anonymous." Charney hosts the series "Psychiatry Today" seen on cable television Channel 10. The commission established the award program in 1985 to recognize locally produced cable television programs and the people who donate their time to produce them. Charney's film program has been submitted to the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers' "Hometown Video Award" competition whose winners will be announced in July. Gifted Students Program

Michael P. Morrissey of Bishop Ireton High School; T.C. Williams High School students Christopher O. Blum, Jennifer L. Feller, Alexander Kerr, Carlisle Levine, Justin D. Martino and Elizabeth A. Stief; Jennifer Griffin of St. Agnes Episcopal School; and Eugene Chen and Ian Jones of St. Stephen's School have been selected to attend the Virginia Governor's School for the Gifted. This summer the governor's school program, in its 14th year, will be held at Mary Baldwin College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Radford University, NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. The school was established in 1973 and provides academic and artistic experiences for about 600 students attending private and public schools in Virginia. For four to six weeks these juniors and seniors pursue studies not generally available in high school. Literature Panelists Appointed

Louis J. Wasser and Erana B. Leiken have been appointed by the Alexandria Commission on the Arts to its Resource Panel on Literature. Wasser, a Temple University graduate in English literature and philosophy, is also a free-lance musician and a music librarian. Leiken, who received an advance degree in English from the University of Richmond, has been a television news reporter and teacher. Wasser and Leiken will review grant applications and provide assistance and technical evaluations of the progress of grant recipients. They will serve one-year terms and can be reappointed for two more years. Heart Campaign Chairman

Joseph R. Koons has been named chairman of a $1 million building campaign for the American Heart Association in Northern Virginia. The campaign funds will be used to construct a 6,500-square-foot building in Annandale that will serve as a regional headquarters for the American Heart Association. Meeting facilities will be available to community groups. In Northern Virginia the American Heart Association has more than 15,000 volunteers and sponsors programs ranging from heart health education for preschoolers to cardiac rehabilitation programs.