Transcript NewsCenter Podcast

NewsCenter Podcast

March 23, 2022

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County NewsCenter podcast. Coming up, learn about the Mount Vernon District Neighborhood College, the county’s Redistricting Advisory Committee, the Miller’s House at Colvin Run Mill re-opens for the season, a Golf Fairfax Spring Pass Sale, the Board of Zoning Appeals seeks a new member and the Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services’ Mount Vernon District Neighborhood College, a free eight-session certificate program, is now open for registration. Sponsored by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck, this unique program is open to Mount Vernon District residents interested in learning about Fairfax County and the Mount Vernon District. Sessions will feature guest speakers, interactive activities, breakout room discussions, networking opportunities and information about advisory boards and other volunteer opportunities. The program is designed to provide each participant with a valuable and enriching experience. Classes will be held virtually on consecutive Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., from April 21 to June 9 via Zoom. For more information and to register, visit https://bit.ly/MtVernonNeighborhoodCollege. Registration must be received by April 7. Residents can use Fairfax County’s MyNeighborhood page to confirm in which magisterial district they reside. If you'd like more information, please call 703-704-6700.

 

Fairfax County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee recently approved its final report to the Board of Supervisors, recommending that Lee and Sully magisterial districts be renamed. The report recommends that these two names be changed because they no longer reflect the county’s values due to their association with the Confederacy and slavery. The volunteer group, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, was charged with evaluating the names of the county’s nine districts with a focus on racial and social equity. With the group’s report in hand, the Board of Supervisors will now decide whether to rename any districts, as well as determine any public process for choosing new names. Committee members, who are county residents, also represented Fairfax County’s diversity. The committee was composed of members from each of the county’s nine magisterial districts, along with representatives from the African-American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and Arab-American communities. Civic, labor, and business organizations were also represented on the advisory group. Learn more on NewsCenter at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.

 

Come to the mill and experience history firsthand. The public is invited to join in the fun at Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, April 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. as the Miller’s House reopens. After extensive renovation, the house now offers an interactive design representing home life in the early and late 1800s. The grand opening is free to the public and includes a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. in the gardens adjacent to the house. Guests can also enjoy historic outdoor games, blacksmithing and a woodcarving demonstration, along with open tours of the house. Light refreshments will be served following the garden ceremony. Visitors will also have a chance to tour our 200-year-old water powered mill while it is running and grinding grain. Then visit our store to buy some of our own stone ground flour, cornmeal and grits. For questions or more information email fcpacolvinrunmill@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-759-2771. Colvin Run Mill is located at 10017 Colvin Run Road in Great Falls.

 

Golf weather is on the horizon and so is the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass Sale. Stock up on rounds at seven Park Authority golf locations, at the lowest rates of the season. Through April 8, save up to 25% when you purchase multi-round passes at Fairfax County Park Authority golf facilities, including the Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest and Twin Lakes golf courses. Seniors receive 15 rounds for the price of 14 with the purchase of a senior pass at all courses including Laurel Hill Golf Club. Passes can be purchased in pro shops and are valid for two years. To learn more about the Park Authority’s municipal golf courses, sign up for the Golf Fairfax e-news or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf.

 

The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals has an opening for one member. Interested candidates must apply by Monday, April 11, to the Fairfax Circuit Court, which appoints the board’s seven members. Applicants should send their resume to Chief Judge Penney S. Azcarata, Fairfax Circuit Court, by email entitled “Board of Zoning Appeals Application” to kim.callahan@fairfaxcounty.gov, or by first-class U.S. mail to Chief Judge Penney Azcarata, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Applications should be sent via only one form of correspondence, whether by email or U.S. mail. Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are appointed for staggered five-year terms from the date of the appointment. They are compensated at a bi-weekly rate of $357.69 and serve as private citizens, not as county employees. Applicants must be residents of Fairfax County. For more information, call 703-324-1280.

 

Fairfax County, together with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, wants to learn more about the aging experience in our area to plan for a more aging-friendly community. That’s why we are asking select households to weigh in and tell us what could make our area a better place for older residents. The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults is sent to a scientifically random sample of adults ages 50 and older. The survey is available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. While not everyone will receive a survey, we want everyone to have a chance to make their voice heard. You will have a chance to contribute additional insight and feedback in the coming months. The survey will ask for information about the lifestyles of our older adults, including opportunities to work, socialize and volunteer, as well as issues they face, such as retirement, housing, caregiving, and their use of community services like public transportation and senior centers. Information collected will be used to inform the "SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan," a strategic plan for aging services. The previous survey was distributed in 2019 as part of the “50+ Community Action Plan.” If you need have questions, call 703-324-7948 or visit NewsCenter at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.

 

Finally, get more Fairfax County news at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. And find other county podcasts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/podcasts.

 

That’s all for this NewsCenter 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 publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. 

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