News to Use Podcast Transcript: Nov. 3, 2010
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for November 3, 2010. Coming up, learn about the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, the Community Association Seminar on Transparent Governance, a new statewide call center for the Virginia Department of Transportation, the November issue of “County Magazine” and Premature Birth Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, which includes the Fairfax County Health Department, is conducting a communitywide health survey online through Nov. 15. Everyone who lives, works or plays in the Fairfax community, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna, is encouraged to take the brief anonymous survey by visiting www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/mapp. The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is a coalition of community members and organizations working together to improve community health. Learn more or get involved at the Health Department's website, e-mail email@example.com or call 703-246-8856.
The Community Association Seminar: “Transparent Governance” will be held on Monday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The event is free, however registration is required. Industry leaders with the Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute discuss how to increase transparency in association governance and recent legislation and regulations that impact homeowner and condominium association communities. The event is co-sponsored by Fairfax County’s Consumer Affairs Branch, Department of Cable and Consumer Services. For more information, call 703-324-3218.
VDOT, the Virginia Department of Transportation, has established a Customer Service Center to take calls and answer transportation questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD – that’s 1-800-367-7623 – from anywhere in the state to report road hazards and potholes, ask transportation questions, request maintenance services or get information related to Virginia’s roads. Fairfax County residents should continue to dial 5-1-1 to get information about traffic and road conditions. This up-to-the minute traffic information is also available online at www.511virginia.org. The VDOT Customer Service Center handles up to 1,000 calls a day; on average, each call is answered in approximately 28 seconds.
Coming up this month on “County Magazine” on Channel 16:
- Fall for Fairfax highlights.
- Driving safety tips to help avoid collisions with deer.
- Winterizing your home and lowering energy costs
- What to know about shopping scams and buying gift cards.
- Tips to keep bedbugs out of your home.
“County Magazine” can be seen on Channel 16: Sunday at 1:30 p.m.; Monday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 5 p.m.; Thursday at 2:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Friday at 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. It also can also be seen on a computer at the above days and times with Live Video Streaming or anytime with Video on Demand.
And finally, November is Premature Birth Awareness Month in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Health Department reminds that the number of premature births can be reduced when expectant mothers choose a healthy lifestyle that includes a prenatal diet rich in folic acid, medical care before and during pregnancy, and knowing how to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of pre-term labor. More information to prevent premature birth is online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd.
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.