Aug. 14, 2019
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about the Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care Center, a new digital mapping application from the county called Jade, lock and talk, glass recycling and hear some of the results of the recent 50+ community survey. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The new Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care Center is open and accepting new participants. If you are the caregiver to an older adult who lacks the ability to be independent during the day, this service is for you. Email email@example.com to schedule a tour.
While Fairfax County has long provided many specific, web-based maps and applications, the release of the new Jade interactive mapping application serves a unique mission as a general map viewer. Users can virtually move around any location in Fairfax County with side views from each cardinal direction. Jade is designed to provide the public with never-before released map layers, reports, exclusive aerial imagery and analytical tools to explore county data and business processes. There are over 170 map layers to explore, including property information, land development, public facilities, infrastructure, environmental and more. Most layers also provide easy access to other county resources such as applications and webpages for more information. Jade is particularly applicable to those undertaking land development and other engagements with Fairfax County Government using custom reports and workflows. Businesses, community-based organizations and residents often seek information to inform them about demographic and economic changes occurring in the county. Jade is one of many county efforts to democratize open data through powerful, yet intuitive, interfaces. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “jade.”
Did you know that you can pick up a free locking device for medications and firearms? Fairfax County’s Community Services Board’s Wellness, Health Promotion and Prevention program and the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia are part of the regional Lock & Talk program, a firearm and medication safe storage initiative to encourage community members to secure guns and medications in their homes. Free medication lock boxes, locking pill bottles and trigger and cable locks are available for individual pickup at six Community Services Board locations during regular business hours; get the details online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “Lock and Talk Pickup.”
Fairfax County, the City of Alexandria, Prince William County and Arlington County have a new strategic partnership to recover and recycle glass. In Northern Virginia, glass collected in curbside recycling bins is sent to recycling facilities where it eventually ends up in landfills. During the transportation process to the facility glass is broken and becomes mixed with recycling residue (small bits of plastic and paper) as part of the sorting process, making it unrecoverable. To tackle this challenge, Fairfax County has committed to collecting glass via purple glass-only drop-off containers and bringing it to the county’s “Big Blue” processing plant, where it will be recycled for use in a variety of projects. For the partnering jurisdictions, all colors of emptied glass bottles and jars are acceptable materials for glass drop-off. Food residue from jars should be rinsed out before placing glass in the bins. Items that are not accepted include food, plastic bags, lamps or light bulbs, ceramics, porcelain, mirrors, windows, and glass sheets. New purple bins are rolling out weekly at various locations throughout the county. Find out where the purple bins are located and get more information at www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search “purple can club.”
The Board of Supervisors was recently presented a collection of key findings and data from the 50+ Community Survey. The purpose of the survey was to assess the local lifestyles, community perceptions and access people 50+ have to the things they need to age the way they want to age. Among the key findings:
- More than three-quarters report feeling safe in their community.
- Some concerns were expressed about the variety of housing options and the availability of quality housing.
- Nearly half of the respondents used public transportation last year.
- Most survey respondents rate Fairfax County favorably as a place to live overall.
- More than half of respondents are likely to remain in the county throughout retirement, but less than half view it as a good place to retire.
- Less than 15% consider the cost of living in the Fairfax County area as good.
To read the full report, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov and search "50+ community survey."
Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsCenter is your comprehensive county news source, offering the news that's important to you and your community. Find the NewsCenter online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.
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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You also may call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government.