News to Use Podcast Transcript: January 11, 2012

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for January 11, 2012.Coming up, learn about work scheduled next month for some of the trails near the Fairfax County Government Center, Electric Sunday and suggestions on what to look for in a gym at your child care facility. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Government Center tails are popular walking and jogging routes for nearby residents and county employees. Come mid-to-late February, some of the trails east of the Government Center will close for several months. The closings are necessary to allow equipment to enter the area to restore the stream and maintain and retrofit the ponds. Detour signs directing trail users to alternate routes will be installed. The work will take three to four months to complete. Some trees will be cut down or moved. Native plants and trees will be installed to replace the vegetation and enhance the habitat.

County employees and contractors will enter and leave the work area through the trail entrance at Government Center Parkway, near the Forum Drive traffic light. Workers will arrive and leave between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information about the Government Center stream restoration project, call the Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324-5500, or email

Did you receive a new television, computer, phone, MP3 player or other electronic device this holiday season? Are you wondering what to do with your old or obsolete electronics? Don’t pay to trash them, recycle them for free at the county’s Electric Sunday recycling events.

“Electric Sunday” is once a month from January thru November. County residents may dispose of old electronics and fluorescent lights. The first Electric Sunday for 2012 is scheduled on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station. For complete details and a calendar of event dates, visit, or call the Recycling Info Line at 703-324-5052.

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution to join a gym in 2012? If you’re a parent, your decision about which gym to join may rest on whether or not the gym offers on-site child care. The Fairfax County Office for Children suggests seven things to look for in a gym’s child care facility. You can print out the list and take it with you as you visit local gyms. Go to the Office for Children’s website,, and look in the section marked “This Month.”

Finally, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and the Office of Public Private Partnerships are once again partnering with MV Transportation Inc. and local grocery stores to collect donations of food to assist the most vulnerable in our community. All donations will go directly to local nonprofit organizations that help feed needy families and individuals in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community. Plan to join in the 2012 Stuff the Bus - Food for Fairfax Drive at one of the many locations across Fairfax County between now and Feb. 18. More information can be found online at


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 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.  

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