News to Use Podcast Transcript: Jan. 8, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about becoming a long-term care ombudsman, an upcoming special election, the January “County Magazine,” how to recycle waste cooking oil and registering your vehicles with the county. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Consider volunteering as a long-term care ombudsman. Ombudsmen advocate for the rights of residents of nursing and assisted living facilities. They also help residents resolve conflicts and improve their quality of life. Volunteers commit to working four hours a week for one year and make visits to assisted living and nursing home facilities between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. You can work in any of the jurisdictions the program covers including Arlington, Loudoun and Fairfax counties and Alexandria. The next volunteer ombudsman training is in March. Call 703-324-5861, TTY 711 for more information. 


A special election is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21, to fill the seat of Virginia State Senator Mark Herring, who was elected attorney general and is resigning from the Senate effective Jan. 11. This election will take place only in the precincts within the 33rd State Senate District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. The polls will be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are 10 Fairfax County precincts participating in the special election. For more information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 or email  


On the January edition of "County Magazine" on Fairfax County Government Channel 16, get expert advice on how to keep your financial and health resolutions in the new year. Meet firefighters and paramedics who fulfilled holiday wishes for less fortunate children. Find out the best way to get rid of old electronics without harming the environment at Electric Sundays and discover the best way to keep pets healthy and happy during the winter months. You’ll also see how emergency preparedness ensures sustainability for small business owners and get advice from the Fairfax County Police Department on how to avoid becoming a victim of financial crime and identify theft. "County Magazine" airs on Channel 16 throughout the month as well as on your computer with live video streaming or anytime with video on demand. Learn more online at and search “Channel 16.”


Fairfax County has launched a new pilot program to recycle waste cooking oil. Residents with large quantities of waste cooking oil will be able to recycle it in a specially marked container located by the motor oil and antifreeze recycling location at the I-66 Transfer Station at 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax during normal operating hours. This program allows for the collection of deep fryer oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil and other oils used to prepare or cook food on a grill, griddle, frying pan, fryer or wok. For additional information, call 703-324-5230, TTY 711.


Finally, Fairfax County residents are required to register their vehicles with both the county and state and properly display a Virginia license plate within 30 days of vehicle purchase or establishing residency in the county. Valid temporary Virginia plates are acceptable. This law applies to vehicles that are normally garaged or parked in Fairfax County and are subject to Virginia’s vehicle licensing laws. Failure to properly display a Virginia license plate may result in a $350 tax and penalty, in addition to the personal property tax. The tax and penalty do not apply to certain residents such as active military, active military spouses who co-own a vehicle and non-resident students enrolled as full-time students in an accredited Virginia school, college or university. For more information call the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, or go online to

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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