News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 13, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for July 13, 2011. Coming up, learn about an upcoming listening forum hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority, absentee ballots and absentee voting, new hours for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and what’s featured on the July issue of “County Magazine” on Channel 16. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is a complex organization, operating
hundreds of parks, nine RECenters, summer camps, historic sites and many
other facilities. With more than 18 million visits each year, a wide
array of suggestions, concerns or new ideas are bound to come up. That's
where the Park’s listening forums come into play, providing an informal
opportunity for residents and park users to speak up and get their ideas
heard. Join Park Authority Director John Dargle, Jr., on Thursday, July
21, at 7 p.m. in the Cub Run RECenter
for the bi-monthly listening forum. You can participate in this open
dialogue and share your thoughts with Park Authority staff. The Cub Run
RECenter is located at 4630 Stonecroft Boulevard in Chantilly. For more
information, call 703-324-8662.
Fairfax County has already sent absentee ballots for the Aug. 23 primary
election to military and overseas voters. The Office of Elections began
sending absentee ballots to military members and their families and to
civilians working and living overseas 47 days prior to the election, two
days before the required state deadline of 45 days. Voter registration
closes on Aug. 1 at 4:30 p.m. The deadline to apply by mail, email or fax
for a mailed absentee ballot is Tuesday, Aug., 16 at 5 p.m.; the deadline
to vote absentee in person is Saturday, Aug. 20. For more information,
call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 or visit the Fairfax County
Electoral Board at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb.
Starting Aug. 1, the hours of operation for the Fairfax-Falls Church
Community Services Board's entry and referral services call center will
change. New hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday
through Friday. Since its opening in January 2011, the call center has
received relatively few calls between 6 and 8 p.m., with a much higher
call volume during the day. The change enables the Community Services
Board to place more staff on the phones when they are most needed and
reduce callers' wait times. By calling one phone number – 703-383-8500
(TTY 711) – residents of Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and
Falls Church can access services for people with mental illness,
substance use disorders and intellectual disabilities.
Finally, on the July edition of “County Magazine” on Channel 16, you can meet the brave recipients of this year’s Valor Awards; hear how Fairfax County Government is working with the faith community to prevent and end homelessness; learn how the county has streamlined the distribution of emergency information to keep you and your family informed and prepared; avoid heat related illnesses with tips from the Health Department; help your child do better in school by participating in a summer reading program; hear bike riding safety tips from the county’s Police Department; take a look at all the fun-filled highlights from this year’s Celebrate Fairfax; and check out all of the delicious fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade goodies at local farmers markets. Find show times are more online. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov and click on Channel 16 on the left side navigation menu under the “news and events” section.
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.