News to Use Podcast Transcript: Sept. 18, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about a watershed workshop, Electric Sunday recycling, Jeans Day and increased pay for election officers. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The first ever Northern Virginia Watershed Workshop will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College in the Ernst Community Center. The watersheds of Northern Virginia are home to diverse flora and fauna and a community of over 2 million people. Cooperation between communities, businesses and individuals is necessary to improve and preserve the health of our watersheds and promote sustainable practices. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Fairfax County residents can recycle televisions, computers and peripheral devices – including keyboards, speakers, printers, external drives and other such materials – and unbroken fluorescent light bulbs and tubes on Electric Sundays. There is no charge for Fairfax County residents to participate in Electric Sunday; however, you may be required to show proof of residency. The next event is Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax. For more, visit and click on recycling.


Register your business or donate online to help the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness by “Putting the Zip on Homelessness” during Jeans Day 2013 on Friday, Oct. 18. Jeans Day Fairfax is an awareness campaign and fundraiser for ending homelessness in our community. Since 2011, Jeans Day has involved over 200 organizations representing more than 10,000 employees. Get involved and donate to help the nearly 3,000 children, women and men who are affected by homelessness in our community. Register today to “Put the Zip” on Homelessness by donating $5 to the cause and wearing your jeans to show your support on Oct. 18. Learn more at


The Fairfax County Electoral Board recently approved a compensation increase for Fairfax County election officers. Effective for the Virginia Nov. 5 General Election, election officers will receive $175 for working on Election Day. The Office of Elections estimates it needs approximately 2,200 election officers. Qualifications include being a registered voter in Virginia and availability to work on Election Day. Each election officer is required to attend a training class in September or October. For more information go to


Join the Fairfax County Police Department’s 7th Annual K-9 Krawl on Saturday, Oct. 19. The K-9 Krawl is a free 5k community walk to increase awareness of the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. Come alone, with friends or family, and feel free to bring your canine companion along. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month; come out and show your support for both human and animal victims of domestic violence. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, parking lot C. Register at  or call 703-814-7009, TTY 711.


Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404.

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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