News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 15, 2013


Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for May 15, 2013. Coming up, learn about the upcoming primary elections in June, Lyme Disease, kinship care, the Exceptional Design Award and Older Americans Month. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Absentee voting is underway for the June 11 Virginia primary. Voting in the primary is open to all registered voters. There are a number of qualifications to vote absentee, including having a disability or being the primary caretaker of a family member who is disabled or ill, working and commuting more than 11 hours on Election Day, or working or vacationing outside of Fairfax County on Election Day. For more information, call the Office of Elections at 703-222-0776, TTY 711.


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month – it’s a good time for everyone to remember the importance of taking steps to protect yourself and your family from tick bites. As you head outdoors, use repellent containing DEET; dress properly to keep ticks on the outside of your clothes; avoid places where ticks may be present, like wooded or high-grass areas; and each time you come in from outdoor activities, check yourself and your kids for ticks. If you find one, promptly remove it. The Fairfax County Health Department will identify ticks that are brought to the Health Department’s Environmental Health Services building in Fairfax; call 703-246-8931 for information. It’s also a good idea to know the symptoms of Lyme disease, which include a bulls-eye rash, fever, headache, achy muscles and joints, and fatigue. Consult your doctor if you experience these symptoms. Learn more about Lyme disease prevention at


Are you a kinship caregiver? Kinship caregivers are relatives raising a child for another family member. Taking care of a child is a full-time job and we can help you find some “me” time. Drop your child off on Saturday, May 18, at the Gum Springs Community Center in Alexandria from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will provide activities, lunch, and a snack. This is free and open to all grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends or relatives who are raising a child for another family member. For more information and to register, call 703-324-3517 or visit


If you’ve see an outstanding piece of architecture, you can nominate it for an Exceptional Design Award from Fairfax County. Award entries are due Friday, June 7. The awards will be presented before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in September. This award recognizes superior architecture that incorporates outstanding site design and landscaping or accounts for the building’s surroundings or applies green building or energy conservation practices. For more information, visit or call 703-324-1380, TTY 711.


Reston Community Center celebrates Older Americans Month in May. On Wednesday, May 22, author and former Washington Post writer Abigail Trafford highlights how to “Celebrate Your Bonus Years” with a keynote address, panel discussion and book signing. Blood pressure screenings and prescription reviews are also available. Stop by Reston Community Center Lake Anne all month long to see an art exhibit celebrating RCC’s visual arts program. The 14th annual Teacher to Student Exhibition runs through June 2. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the RCC website at or call the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, TTY 711.

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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