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Ask Fairfax! logoAsk Fairfax iconWelcome to Ask Fairfax!, a forum for you and county staff to engage in online discussions about key topics in our community. To participate:

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Upcoming Discussions

   Zika Virus   Submit a Question
Zika virus is spreading throughout the southern hemisphere, but what does that mean for people here in Fairfax County? Join a health department epidemiologist for an online chat Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. to get your questions answered about Zika virus - what is, where it is, and why it is of concern. Submit a question in advance or visit online Feb. 19 to participate.

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Recent Discussions

   Are You Ready to Vote in the March 1 Primary?   Read Transcript
Join General Registrar Cameron Sasnett online Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. as he answers questions about voter registration, absentee voting and our need for election officers. You may also submit your question in advance and check back to this page after the chat for a transcript.


Ask Fairfax - Tips from Master Gardeners   Tips and Tricks from County Master Gardeners: Fall Edition   Read Transcript
The Master Gardeners are back to help residents prep their lawns for the coming fall and winter seasons. Master Gardener Volunteers John Meenan and Sunny Greene will be taking questions about testing soil, planting grass and other fall maintenance lawn and garden projects. Join them online Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. to learn more about the Master Gardeners program, how to become a volunteer and how to find gardening success with your own plot of land in the county.


         Wildlife Safety   Read Transcript
Recent reports of bears, foxes, beavers and raccoons in the county have been hitting the news, but is there a need to worry? Join wildlife management and health department specialists for an online chat Wednesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. to get your questions answered about rabies concerns, potential diseases, population control and more.


       World Police and Fire Games 2015   Read Transcript
Fairfax County is hosting the 2015 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) June 26-July 5. Join WPFG staff and members of the county's Office of Emergency Management on Wednesday, June 17 at 3 p.m. to learn about the games, volunteer opportunities, traffic information and more. Your questions are welcome!


      Help Fairfax County Finalize its Ten Year Bus Plan   Read Transcript
Join Nick Perfili and Randy White from the Fairfax County Department of Transportation on Thursday, May 7 at 11 a.m. for a discussion about Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Transit Plan Update. Ask questions about the “Connections 2015” program; provide comments on draft transit service recommendations; and share other suggestions on how the regional bus network can better serve your needs.


     Learn About Fall Cankerworms in Spring   Read Transcript 
Contrary to its name, the fall cankerworm can be destructive to local trees and plant life during the spring when caterpillars are active. Over the last couple of years Fairfax County has experienced outbreak population levels of this pest. This year, staff have detected population levels stabilizing and suppression efforts this spring will be minimal. On Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m., join Joan Allen, urban forester in the Urban Forest Management Division, to discuss what fall cankerworms can do to our environment, how Fairfax County is addressing the problem and what you can do to help.


    Tips and Tricks from County Master Gardeners   Read Transcript
Did you know that Fairfax County has a robust volunteer Master Gardeners program? Now is the time to start planning and planting, and Master Gardeners John Meenan and Sunny Greene are here to help. Join them online Wednesday, April 8 at 11 a.m. to learn more about the program, how to become a volunteer and how to find gardening success with your own plot of land in the county.


Keeping Your Children Safe Online - Ask Fairfax    Keeping Your Children Safe Online   Read Transcript
Online gaming, instant messaging and chat rooms let children communicate with friends and family members with ease. However, these popular tools also allow kids to connect with people they’ve never met, making them vulnerable to online predators, cyberbullies and scam artists. On Wednesday, March 18 at 11 a.m., chat online with experts and learn about the risks; ways to educate children about the internet; and applications that are available to help protect children in Fairfax County.


  Proposed FY 2016 Budget Chat with County Executive   Read Transcript
County Executive Ed Long will discuss his proposed FY 2016 budget on Friday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m.


State of the County Ask Fairfax! Chat    State of the County Chat with Chairman Bulova   Read Transcript 
Join Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. as she answers your questions about her recent State of the County address. Watch a video of her State of the County address.


Ask Fairfax - Heroin: Recognizing the Signs, Seeking Help    Heroin: Recognizing the Signs, Seeking Help   Read Transcript 
Join Captain Paul Cleveland from the Fairfax County Police Department's Office of Organized Crime & Narcotics and Peggy Cook, director of Residential Treatment Services for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board on Monday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. to discuss the dangers and prevalence of heroin and opiate use and addiction facing our community. The number of overdoses has risen dramatically over the past three years; no one is immune. Learn more about this “national threat” we are facing here in Fairfax County, as well as how to recognize drug use, overdoses, the risks and where to find help and resources.


Trasnportation Bond Referendum   Transportation Bond Referendum: What You Need to Know   Read Transcript
Join Tom Biesiadny on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. to get answers about the $100 million transportation bond referendum on the ballot on Nov. 4. If approved by a majority of voters, this bond will help pay for building roads, missing sidewalks and new bike lanes. For more information before the chat, visit


   Fairfax County’s Adult Detention Center as Seen on “Lockup Extended Stay”   Read Transcript
Join Randy White, comprehensive transit plan project manager, and Nick Perfili, Fairfax Connector operations and planning manager, on Wednesday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. for a discussion on Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Transit Plan for bus service over the next 10 years. Ask questions about the “Connections 2015” outreach program; make recommendations on how to improve Fairfax Connector and Metrobus service in Fairfax County; and other suggestions on how the regional bus network can better serve your needs.


Ask Fairfax! - Adult Detention Center   Fairfax County’s Adult Detention Center as Seen on “Lockup Extended Stay”   Read Transcript 
The county’s adult detention center has recently been featured on MSNBC’s reality show, “Lockup Extended Stay: Fairfax,” which takes viewers inside prisons and jails across America and around the world. On Monday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m., join Lt. Steve Elbert with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about what happens behind the scenes at one of the nation’s more unique detention centers.


Ask Fairfax - Pledge to Prepare for National Preparedness Month   Pledge to Prepare for National Preparedness Month   Read Transcript 
Fairfax County has experienced a variety of unexpected emergencies in the past few years – an earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, tornado and a derecho storm all affected the area. September is National Preparedness month, which is the perfect time to prepare yourself, your family and your workplace. Bruce McFarlane and Whitney Kazragis from the Office of Emergency Management will be available to answer questions about recent emergencies and to share best practices for emergency preparedness on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.


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