News to Use Podcast Transcript: Oct. 30, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about meetings this fall where you can submit your thoughts on unfunded transportation projects, the county’s new visualization and Infographic gallery, a tip from our Risk Management staff about wet leaves, tree topping and how to get the latest weekend events and activities emailed to you so you can enjoy what Fairfax County has to offer. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is holding a series of meetings this fall to gather community feedback on groups of currently unfunded transportation projects. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback in person at one of the meetings or online via survey, social voting or email at Visit the website for meeting dates and more information.


Fairfax County’s online new data visualization and Infographic gallery offers a range of resources on economic and demographic topics including characteristics of the county’s 50+ population; a look at those moving to and from the county; the characteristics of our residents living in poverty; and more. The images in the gallery provide an enjoyable way to learn about a complex topic without a lot of reading. Check out the gallery at That Web address again is


The county’s Risk Management Division reminds residents that while autumn leaves are beautiful, when they are wet and fall on walkways they can become a dangerous slipping hazard. To prevent often serious injuries from slips, trips and falls, pay attention while you are walking and avoid distractions such as texting.


Tree topping, cutting off large limbs and tops of trees, should not be confused with proper pruning. Topping creates wounds in the tree that insects and diseases may enter and attack the inner portions of the tree. A dramatic reduction in the leaf surface of the tree may cause damage to the root system, which reduces the natural function of the tree to absorb moisture and nutrients to sustain life. A topped tree is easily recognized as the natural shape of the tree is changed dramatically. A properly pruned tree looks as if no work was done. Proper pruning takes professional skill to select the right branches to remove and to make the correct cut. When searching for tree care companies, check their certifications or credentials, professional affiliations, insurance and references. Always get estimates before making a choice. It could mean the difference between the life and death of your trees. For more information about tree care, call the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711, or send a message to


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


Is there an eBook in your future? Learn which new eBook devices work with your Fairfax County Public Library card and learn how to download library books to your device. This program is at Pohick Regional Library on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The Pohick Library is located at 6450 Sydenstricker Road in Burke. No registration is required. You can call the branch at 703-644-7333 if you have any questions.


On Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., catch crayfish and stream bugs and learn about local stream ecology. Come help monitor Popes Head Creek in Clifton, one of the cleanest streams in the county.  Register 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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