News to Use Podcast Transcript: Mar. 5, 2014



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about the county’s budget, saving money with surplus property from Fairfax County, an upcoming summit for disaster resiliency, Reston Community Center’s annual Diva Central prom dress giveaway, the emergency information blog and the “Weekender” email newsletter. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Fairfax County Executive Ed Long presented his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 25. More information about the $3.29 billion budget is available online at There are many opportunities to provide input before the final budget is adopted by the board on April 29. Residents are invited to attend public hearings scheduled April 8-10 at the Government Center, town hall meetings held through April 1 throughout the county, or provide input via email. Dates, locations and email information can be found at


You can save thousands of dollars when you set up a home office or small business by buying used office furniture through the Fairfax County Government public auction site. Find chairs, desks, computer tables, shelves and more for a small fraction of what they cost new. Inventory is constantly changing, so check back often. To get to the public auction site, go to That address again is


The Fairfax County Community Collaboration Summit for Disaster Resiliency is designed for organizations that provide day-to-day support to Fairfax County community members and sustained support when a disaster strikes. The summit will be held Tuesday, March 25, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 6600 Old Centreville Road, Centreville. Faith-based and community-based organizations, disaster volunteer groups, residential management groups, civic associations and representatives from the private, public and nonprofit sectors involved in disaster recovery should attend. Register at


All high school girls in Fairfax County are invited to Reston Community Center’s annual Diva Central prom dress giveaway on Saturday, March 8, from noon to 6 p.m. Bring your friends to RCC Lake Anne and shop the collection of more than a thousand designer-brand prom dresses, shoes and accessories… all for free! While you’re there, enjoy hair and makeup demonstrations, free giveaways, music and snacks. For more information on this event, visit the RCC website at


The recent snow is a good reminder to subscribe for email updates from the Fairfax County Emergency blog. Just go online to for the latest news during severe weather as well as preparedness information. By subscribing to the blog, you’ll get every article sent automatically to your email address so you won’t miss anything. That address again is


Finally, subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county including theater, concerts, outdoor adventures, gardening workshops, presentations on nature and history, family fun and much more, 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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