News to Use Podcast Transcript: July 10, 2013


Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for July 10, 2013. Coming up, learn about road signs, a town hall meeting, upcoming events at the library and Reston Community Center, cutting your grass and forums on creating a more older adult friendly community. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Say goodbye to those ugly advertising and political signs along the roads! Fairfax County is cleaning up illegal signs on 63 selected, major public roads – or about 200 miles of streets – three days a week. The Sheriff’s Community Labor Force will be traveling the roads on Tuesdays through Thursdays, looking for signs to remove and destroy. The new sign removal program started this month. It was created under a legal agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation, which still owns and maintains the roads. For more information, visit


Fairfax County recently updated its zoning rules for state-licensed, in-home child care providers. For help understanding these new rules and how to apply for zoning permits, providers are invited to attend a town hall meeting on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center. Chairman Sharon Bulova and Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity are hosting the town hall. Details are online at


Isaac Marion, author of the zombie love story “Warm Bodies,” which was made into a movie recently, will be at Chantilly Regional Library on July 24 at 7:30 p.m. This program is for ages 12 to 18. Sign up at or call the branch at 703-502-3883. If you’d like to find your inner zombie before the program, sign up for the special effects makeup program at 5:30 p.m. Seats are limited. Pizza will be available for the lucky participants at the makeup program.


There has been plenty of rain this summer, which means lots of grass to mow. The Fairfax County Risk Management Division encourages residents to follow these safety tips when using a lawn mower: Clear the area you are mowing of objects such as rocks or toys, which could be thrown by the blade. Wear eye protection and sturdy shoes with slip-resistant soles. Never wear open-toed shoes or sandals. And before you check the blades or perform any repairs, shut off the engine and make sure all rotating parts have stopped moving.


Join the conversation this summer on how to make Fairfax County a more older adult friendly community! Neighbors are getting together throughout the county to share their ideas on transportation, housing, safety, access to services and community engagement. The county has already hosted 10 forums and is sponsoring three more in July. Visit and follow the link to the registration page. Comments will be reviewed to develop a new Fairfax 50+ Action Plan. If you can't attend a forum, you can still participate. Email or call 703-324-5411 and leave a suggestion or comment.


Reston Community Center celebrates summer with free summer concerts for audiences of all ages. Bring a chair or visit a Lake Anne Plaza restaurant on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. for the Take A Break concert series, featuring different musical genres every week. Bring the kids to Reston Town Center Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for an exciting lineup of musicians, magicians and other children’s performers. All are free and are weather permitting. Visit or call 703-476-4500 for more information.


Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsWire keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. Subscribe today 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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