News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 28, 2010
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for July 28, 2010. Coming up, learn how to volunteer with the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament, find out how to get involved with watershed management plans in your neighborhood, two programs to help residents stay cool this summer, and the new county vehicle registration fee, due Oct. 5. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Golfers with military service are needed for the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 5, 9:10 a.m., at Burke Lake Golf Course. As part of Operation WOW!, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services is looking for residents with current or previous military experience to volunteer to participate with wounded warriors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Volunteer golfers will not be required to pay any golf fees for this event and will be paired with a wounded warrior. To learn more, call 703-324-9566.
Watershed management plans help identify and address the issues impacting our environment to protect and restore county streams and other water resources. Fairfax County invites residents to a series of open forums in August and September to help develop seven draft watershed management plans. For information, contact the Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324-5500.
For eligible Fairfax County residents who need help keeping cool this summer to prevent a health emergency, two programs administered locally by the county's Department of Family Services can help. The Cooling Assistance program, a federally funded program, helps eligible low-income households with at least one person considered especially vulnerable to heat: a child under age six, a disabled individual or an adult age 60 or older. Applications are accepted through Monday, Aug. 16.
The Fan Care program is another way to help older Fairfax County residents stay safe in the summer heat. This electric fan distribution program, sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with the Virginia Department for the Aging, annually provides about 200 free fans and/or window air conditioners to eligible senior adults in the Fairfax area. To qualify, a person must be at least 60 years old, need a fan to prevent heat-related health problems and meet income eligibility requirements. Not everyone in the home needs to be an older adult to qualify for a fan, but all incomes must be counted. There is a limit of one fan per household. The Fan Care program runs through the end of September. More information about both programs, including how to apply, is online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs.
Finally, 2010 Fairfax County Personal Property Tax bills are due on Oct. 5. The bill includes a new $33 registration fee for cars normally located in the county as of July 1, 2010. There is no county windshield decal to purchase or display. Residents living within the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna have additional decal and/or fee requirements. Fairfax County residents, including town residents, must register vehicles with the Department of Tax Administration that are normally garaged or parked in Fairfax County, even if the vehicle is registered in another state. Failure to locally register vehicles on time will result in additional penalties. Register online or call 703-222-8234. More details are at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta.
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.