News to Use Podcast Transcript: March 21, 2012

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Mar. 21, 2012. Coming up, learn about nominations for the Friends of Trees award, National Nutrition Month, Government Center trails closure, finding a job with the county, the March issue of “County Magazine” and how to follow Fairfax County on social media. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

If you know someone who is a true tree lover and has preserved, protected or planted trees in Fairfax County, now is the time to nominate them for a Friends of Trees award from the Tree Commission. Projects and programs may be nominated in addition to individuals. There are four categories: preservation of trees; education about trees; planting trees or seedlings or restoring riparian buffers; or innovative maintenance projects. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 30. Nomination forms are on the Fairfax County website or available by calling the Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770. Members of the Tree Commission provide leadership in tree conservation throughout the county. For more information about the Friends of Trees annual award and nomination forms, visit

National Nutrition Month reminds you to pay attention to what your family is eating and offers tips on how to get back on a healthy track. is a good place to start to see if your family is getting the nutrition they need. provides shopping, cooking and meal planning tips. A variety of other resources from can help you figure out the best food choices for you and your family. Additional health information is online from the Fairfax County Health Department at

Beginning mid-March, trails to the east of the Government Center building will close to allow equipment to enter the area to restore the stream and maintain and retrofit the ponds. Look for detour signs to alternate routes. The work will take three to four months. 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, 703-324-5500, or email

Looking for a job? Visit the Fairfax County website,, for news of job openings with the county, frequently asked questions on how to apply for a job with Fairfax County, resume guidelines and more.

This month on “County Magazine” on Channel 16, hear County Executive Tony Griffin's proposed budget recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013; learn about Tax Relief workshops for families on fixed incomes; discover how the fair market value is determined for real estate assessments; find out how everyone in your family can be eligible to receive discounts on prescription medication; meet a popular blogger and learn the basics of saving money using coupons; meet a couple that opened their hearts and home for a spectacular teen through adoption; and find out how the Economic Development Authority is helping entrepreneurs jump start their small businesses. Find show dates and times and the video on demand feature at

Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404. And for a comprehensive list of news headlines, photos, videos, social media, email newsletters, events and more, visit the Fairfax County NewsWire 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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