News to Use Podcast Transcript: Apr. 30, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about the Sheriff’s Office participation in a national event, the county’s Fairfax 50+ Plan and how you can provide your input, free movies at the Reston Community Center, Fairfax County Government Radio and National Small Business Week. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

May 3-9 is National Correctional Employees Week. On Sunday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the annual wreath laying ceremony and honor guard competition at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event is free, outside and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and honors correctional officers and deputy sheriffs who were killed in the line of duty. The memorial is located on E Street, between 4th and 5th Streets, NW. If you are taking Metro, go to Judiciary Square and use the F Street exit. The memorial is directly above.


A more aging-friendly Fairfax County is the goal of the proposed 2014 Fairfax 50+ Plan, which is now open to public comment – a worthy goal, especially considering the county projects a dramatic increase in its older population. Between 2005 and 2030, the county expects the number of residents 70 and over to grow 88 percent. The proposed plan is divided into six categories:

  1. Safe and Healthy Communities.
  2. Housing.
  3. Transportation.
  4. Community Engagement.
  5. Services for Older Adults and Caregivers.
  6. Long-Range Planning and Trends Analysis.

So, tell us what you think. Go to and click on “comment period for the 2014 Fairfax 50+ Plan.” Hurry though; the comment period ends May 15.


Reston Community Center celebrates cinema with free movies! On Tuesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., RCC partners with Initiative for Public Art Reston to present “Trash Dance” – a documentary that finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks. On Monday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m., join RCC for a free continental breakfast and screening of the 1953 Oscar Award-winning film “From Here to Eternity.” Then come back on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. when RCC partners with Sustainable Reston to present “Earth: The Operators’ Manual” – an uplifting antidote to the widespread doom and gloom approach to climate change. These events are free and open to the public. All screenings take place in RCC’s beautiful CenterStage theater. For more information on these events, call Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500.


Fairfax County Government Radio is your 24/7 connection to county news and information. Available online at, Fairfax County Government Radio brings you the latest news, weather and more every hour of the day and night. And during emergencies, the Internet radio station also will bring you key updates on county government status, weather alerts and other life safety information. Bookmark Fairfax County Government Radio on your computer, as well as downloading the Tune In app to your phone. Stay connected with Fairfax County Government Radio at


Finally, National Small Business Week begins May 12. The Fairfax County Small Business Commission encourages anyone considering starting a new business, as well as existing small business owners, to take a look at the many free resources that are available from the county.  Go online to and you’ll find a number of free workshops, publications and links provided by Fairfax County, our Economic Development Authority as well as the state. There is also comprehensive demographic information to help you better understand your customer base in our diverse and thriving urban community. And there is information business owners need to know regarding business taxes and licensing, including links to forms. For more information call 703-Fairfax; that’s 703-324-7329.

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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