News to Use Podcast Transcript: Oct. 16, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about meetings about library services, an upcoming rain garden workshop, Fairfax County’s social media presence, seminars on Medicare open season, trick-or-treating safety and other podcasts available from Fairfax County. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Fairfax County Public Library is offering a series of meetings for residents to discuss the services Fairfax County Public Library branches currently offer and options to meet the ongoing needs of our community into the future. Meetings are ongoing in October and November. Learn more on the Library Web page at


Rain gardens are attractive landscape features that allow rainwater and snow melt to soak into the ground. Mulch and plants intercept water running off streets, driveways and rooftops. To learn more, a rain garden workshop for homeowners will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street in Arlington. Come learn how to design and plant a rain garden at your home. For more information, go to


Fairfax County is on Facebook… are you? If so, we’d love for you to follow our updates at You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at Engage with us and members of your community about what’s important to you and your neighbors. Follow Fairfax County at and


Seminars on how to register for Medicare during open season -- offered by the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program – are offered during October and November. Learn more at .

That's You also can call 703-324-5851, TTY 711, to request a presentation for your business or community group.


If your children are preparing to go trick-or-treating, make sure that all costumes are flame retardant. You’ll also want to ensure that your children can see and be seen. Expand the eye holes in commercial masks to improve peripheral vision. Add reflective tape to costumes to make them more visible to motorists.

  • Ensure that each trick-or-treater has a working flashlight. Kids should never carry candles when they are trick-or-treating.

  • Tell children to remove their masks and look both ways before they cross a street.

  • Never let a group of children trick-or-treat alone. Adult supervision is a safety “must” during Halloween.

  • Stay away from candles and jack-o’-lanterns that may be on steps and porches.  Costumes could catch fire if children get too close.

More Halloween safety tips can be heard on the “Health and Safety” podcast. Be sure to check it out – as well as “The County Conversation” podcast – online at, as well as on iTunes and the Stitcher app. County podcasts are a great way to stay informed and connected to Fairfax County.


Finally, subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county and delivers them right to your inbox every Thursday evening.  Don’t miss out on fun happenings throughout the county.  Subscribe to “Weekender” 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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