News to Use Podcast Transcript: Dec. 1, 2010
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Dec. 1, 2010. Coming up, learn how to find out about weekend events and activities in Fairfax County, attend an upcoming document shredding event, download videos and books from the library, stay safe while shopping this holiday season and learn how to navigate construction around Tysons Corner. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
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There will be a document shredding event on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Lot B15 at the Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. There is a limit of five boxes per family and electronic media or plastic binders will not be accepted. Your car must be in line by 11 a.m. to be served. For information, call 703-324-5230.
And looking ahead, recycling dates for 2011 are scheduled. Find the dates at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/intro-programs.htm
Did you know you could download videos and books from the Fairfax County Public Library? All you need is your Fairfax County Public Library card to access a variety of online resources subscribed to by the library, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eVideos , articles, reports, statistics, documents and more. For more information, visit the Library Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library, or call 703-324-3100.
The holiday season is here, and for many, that means holiday shopping. The Fairfax County Department Consumer Affairs reminds residents to stay safe while out shopping, and offers these safety tips:
- Shop during daylight hours.
- Be aware of those around you when making ATM transactions.
- Avoid shopping alone.
- Never leave your purse or wallet on a store counter or in a shopping cart.
- If you carry a purse, keep it closed and close to your body.
- Do not wear expensive jewelry that may attract unwanted attention.
- If you sense danger or suspicious behavior, contact the authorities.
More safety tips are online. If you have consumer questions or concerns, contact Consumer Affairs at 703-222-8435 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Finally, despite unprecedented road and rail construction in Tysons Corner, the Virginia Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes and Dulles Corridor Metrorail projects, reminds motorists that Tysons Corner is open for business this holiday season. VDOT and its partners are working to ease shopping-related congestion and are suspending all lane closures around Dec. 25 and Jan.1. VDOT will adjust traffic signal timing at intersections near shopping centers to allow additional time for motorists to enter and exit. Portable message boards along the Beltway and on Routes 7 and 123 will direct traffic to use all available routes in and out of Tysons. Additional Fairfax County Police will be deployed in Tysons Corner to direct traffic. Motorists shopping at Tysons Corner Center can check traffic conditions and bus routes before leaving the mall on any of five Traveler Information Display TV screens located throughout the mall. Motorists also are encouraged to visit www.VAmegaprojects.com for updated project information and www.511NorthernVirginia.org for current road conditions.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.