News to Use Podcast Transcript: Mar. 6, 2013

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for March 6, 2013. Coming up, learn about scholarships for students interested in environmental science, two upcoming events at the Reston Community Center, an Earth Day/Arbor Day event in Lorton, Fairfax County’s license plate and a telephone scam of seniors. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

There are four $1,000 college scholarships available for Virginia high school seniors or college freshmen interested in environmental science or natural resources management. Fairfax County students must submit applications to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District by Monday, March 18. For more information, go to That’s


Visit the Reston Community Center on Tuesday, March 12 for the Tuesday Night Movie, “Art in Embassies,” presented in partnership with the Initiative for Public Art – Reston. Then Thursday afternoon, March 21, join the RCC’s spring Meet the Artists series as it kicks off with local musicians David Lang and Tordis Fahringer. Both of these events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reston Community Center at 703 476-4500, TTY 711.


Mark your calendar now for “Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day” at Springfest 2013, Saturday, April 27. This event is free fun for entire family at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy pony rides, games, farmers market, environmental workshops and more. Get more info at


The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved the design of a new county license plate. You can pre-order your plate today from Visit Fairfax at The Department of Motor Vehicles requires 350 commitments to make the plate available for purchase at all Virginia DMV locations. The fee for this plate is $25 annually. Revenue from the plates will support the World Police and Fire Games, which the county will host in 2015. After the games, the funds will be dedicated to tourism support and advertisement for the county.


Dozens of seniors have been victimized by telephone scammers in recent weeks and police are urging residents not to give out, or verify, financial information over the phone. In the latest scam, victims receive calls from someone pretending to be from a utility company, delivery service or sweepstakes. Residents are told their service will be discontinued unless they pay by phone immediately. Frightened at the thought of no heat, power or phone, for example, victimized seniors provide their account numbers and payment information. Additionally, many of the calls are made under the pretense that the information is required to send out important documents such as new health insurance or Social Security cards. Typically, these calls arrive on weekdays. Callers are both male and female; they may speak quickly or with an accent so that it may be difficult to understand what is said. Often, callers know basic information about the victim, including name, age and address. Some potential victims have challenged the callers and the callers became frustrated and hung up. Police remind residents, particularly older adults and their caregivers, never to provide personal or financial information over the phone. Residents who feel they may have been victimized should make a report at the Fairfax County Police Citizens Reporting System at


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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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