News to Use Podcast Transcript: Nov. 13, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, find out about the next Safety Seat Saturday, a volunteer stream monitoring event, Reston’s Thanksgiving food drive, the Police Department’s online police blotter, how you can get involved to help the county prioritize transportation projects and a student art show. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Are you traveling with young children this Thanksgiving? Make sure your child safety seats are properly installed. The Sheriff’s Office is holding its next Safety Seat Saturday on Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The once-a-month event is always in the public parking garage at the county’s Public Safety Center, 10550 Page Avenue, in Fairfax. Please drive your car one level down from the entrance and look for the Sheriff’s Office signs. For more information, visit


A volunteer stream monitoring event will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Pohick Creek. Catch crayfish and learn about local stream ecology. Help monitor the creek’s health as it flows by the southernmost portion of the Cross-County Trail in Newington/Lorton. For more information, visit


Reston's Thanksgiving food drive is underway until Nov. 25. Reston Community Center and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce partner on this annual event benefitting Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith. Non-perishable food and hygiene items may be dropped off at locations throughout Reston. Donations will be sorted at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods on Thanksgiving Day and delivered to the Cornerstones food storage facility. For a complete list of needed items, donation bin locations and volunteer opportunities, visit


The Police Daily Blotter report is published online every weekday, except county holidays, by the Fairfax County Police Department. The information covers significant criminal incidents from the day before. Reports published on Monday cover the preceding Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Learn more about the daily blotter at You can also search “daily blotter” on


The May passage of Virginia House Bill 2313 provided new funding for both regional and local transportation projects, including roadway, transit, bike and pedestrian. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is engaging residents to help prioritize county needs that could be addressed with the new state funding. Although the community meetings have ended, you still can provide feedback online through Nov. 22 via a survey, social voting or email. For more information or to take the online survey, visit Also at that website you can sign up for email updates or find out if new meetings have been announced.


A new student art show featuring over 80 paintings is on display in the Fairfax County Government Center’s atrium through Dec. 20. The exhibit showcases the work of 16 adult students who took the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Elements of Art – Painting in Oil and Acrylics class at Spring Hill RECenter in McLean. The artwork, which is available for purchase, can be viewed during the building’s regular hours of operation. The Government Center is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.


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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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