News to Use Podcast Transcript: Sept. 8, 2009

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for September 8, 2009. Coming up, learn about cleaning up after your dog, the Police Explorer Program and the 9/11 Memorial Grove Ceremony.


What’s more disgusting than picking up dog waste?  Stepping in it!!!  What’s even more disgusting than that? How about fishing or swimming in it? Or getting your drinking water from sources that contain dog waste? Cleaning up dog waste, with its bacteria, parasites and viruses, is important for our health and the health of our water resources.  Dog waste that is left on the ground, especially near streets and sidewalks, is usually washed into storm drains that flow to local waterways without being treated. Picking up your dog’s waste and throwing it into the trash is the right and the healthy thing to do for us and our environment. Please pick up after your dog. For more information about the environment and what you can do to make a difference call 703-324-5500.


The Fairfax County Police Explorer Program is a great way for youth to prepare for their chosen career field or help them decide if their interest is strong enough to lead them into a law enforcement career.The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1742 is open to Fairfax County young adults ages 14-20.  Members receive law enforcement training and citizenship and character education while gaining experience in leadership roles. 

Exploring is a youth led program with Police Officers serving as advisors and facilitators for the program. The Post routinely provides community service by assisting police officers with crime prevention activities, fingerprinting of children, police open houses and community events, as well as distributing public information and wanted fliers. Membership requires participation in two monthly evening meetings, volunteering for community service events, and attendance at training classes for those competing at the National Conference. 

An informational and recruitment meeting will be held on Monday September 28, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the police headquarters, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.  Free parking is available in the public parking garage located nearby on Page Avenue. Interested youth and parents are invited to attend and no RSVP is necessary.  For more information, call 703-246-4564.


Fairfax County will host its seventh annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 14, at approximately noon at the 9/11 Memorial Grove. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin and Police Chief Col. David M. Rohrer are scheduled to deliver remarks reflecting upon the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The public is invited to attend; please arrive by 11:45 a.m. in the Government Center Forum, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  For more information, call 703-324-3187.


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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