News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 10, 2017



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about how to nominate someone for an Environmental Excellence award, the grand opening of the Sully Senior Center in its new location, the first-ever countywide conference on innovation, National Bike Month and how to avoid and stay safe from mosquitoes. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


Excellence always deserves recognition, and you can help recognize environmental leadership by nominating a person, organization or business for a Fairfax County Environmental Excellence award. This honor is given to those who give time and energy to benefit the environment, support county environmental efforts or are a role model for others. The nomination deadline is May 31. Nomination forms and more information can be found online. Just search “Environmental Excellence Award” at


Come and check out a new addition to the 50+ Community in the Sully District. On Monday, May 22, the Sully Senior Center will be celebrating its grand opening at its new location in Chantilly. Join Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services to celebrate the occasion with activities, food, demonstrations and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to see firsthand the variety of activities and opportunities that await older adults, ages 50 and up. We look forward to seeing you Monday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sully Senior Center, 14426 Albemarle Point Place, Chantilly. For more information about this event or the Sully Senior Center, go to or call 703-322-4475, TTY 711.


A Fairfax County citizen advisory board will host the first-ever countywide conference on innovation in the delivery of health and human services to residents in need. The conference will take place on Thursday, May 18, at ICF International, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax from 8 a.m. to noon. The Innovation Challenge is a half-day introductory conference to explore ways the county and allied organizations can effectively meet service demands that are growing in cost and complexity. The conference evolved from an extensive report commissioned last year by the Human Services Council, a county-appointed group of residents that advises the Board of Supervisors on priorities for health and human services. For more information, visit You also can register at


To encourage participation during National Bike Month, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation Bicycle Program has planned many activities throughout May, including special events, themed rides and contests. One of the highlights during Try Biking Week (May 14-20) is National Bike to Work Day, celebrated throughout the National Capital Area on Friday, May 19. There are 13 pit stops located in Fairfax County where bicyclists can stop on their way to work for a morning refreshment, learn about bike services and resources in the community, get a bike tuneup (at select locations) and free giveaways. For more information on the county’s bicycle program, visit or call 703-877-5600.


Don’t be mosquito meat this summer. Beat back the bloodsuckers by following this simple battle plan. First, control mosquitoes where you live. Simple steps to take include eliminating standing water and treating standing water with a larvicide if it cannot be eliminated. If mosquitoes are biting, consider treating your yard with an insecticide. You'll also want to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Do so by wearing an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535. Also, be sure to keep mosquitoes out of your home. NewsCenter has all the details including several helpful graphics, a rap video by a Health Department staffer singing about Zika and other mosquito-related things and a video to a Facebook Live video with Health Department staff on how to stay safe from mosquitoes this summer. You can find that and more on NewsCenter at You also can get more mosquito information on how to not be mosquito meat this summer from the Health Department, online at


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That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for news updates, visit You also may call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. 


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