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LEE DISTRICT | FAIRFAX
COUNTY | HOME & BUSINESS
The following links are taken from past issues of eNews, the monthly
electronic, member-only newsletter of BBHCA. If you have suggestions or find that
a link is no longer working, feel free to send an e-mail to
To view past issues of eNews, click on "What's New!" at the top of
http://www.bbhca.org/Whats Your Problem.htm
Is a neighbor too noisy, repairing their car on
the street (not just an oil change), or is she running a business from her home
without a permit? Before reporting them to one of the authorities provided here,
we encourage you to talk to them about your concerns. They may not realize their
actions may violate the Fairfax County zoning laws. If that doesn’t resolve the
issue, contact the respective authority and keep BBHCA informed. If the
authorities don’t respond, contact BBHCA.
Online Guide to Services
provides you with the names and phone numbers of selected agencies that provide
frequently-requested human services in Northern VA. This and other links to
resources provided by the
Northern Virginia Regional Commission.
Lee District Calendar of
Find out what's happening in your own backyard. Best of
all, most activities are free!
Calendar of Public Meetings
All meeting times and
locations are subject to change. The online calendar is updated often so you
may want to check it again as it gets closer to the meeting date. For more
information relating to specific meetings, call the contact number listed. For
general information about the calendar, call the Office of Public Affairs at
703-324-3187, TTY 711.
Channel 16 Viewing Guide
Associations in Fairfax County
Commuter RideSources Program
Operated by the Fairfax
County Department of Transportation, the RideSources program provides commuters
with free ridesharing information, including ride matching assistance to form or
join carpools or vanpools.
Your gateway to all the
information you need regarding consumer protection, licensing, homeowner
association and tenant-landlord issues, utilities, and related county
In addition to providing consumer
education, Fairfax County Consumer Affairs investigates and mediates
consumer complaints and tenant-landlord disputes
to determine whether consumer protection laws have been violated.
Dogs: Off-Leash Play Areas
Your dog needs a social life too! For owners of well-mannered canines who enjoy a good run or a
friendly romp, now there's the option of dog parks— fenced areas where unleashed
dogs can have free play. SEE ALSO: Pets & Wild Animals
One of the easiest steps you
can take to be prepared and be informed in the event of an emergency is to
subscribe to emergency alerts as an individual or as a business. During a
major crisis or emergency, Fairfax County uses the award winning Community
Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) to deliver important emergency alerts,
notifications and updates. Fairfax County government offers the Medical Needs
Registry, the Social Needs Registry, and the CEAN as a public service. The
registries (see above story) and CEAN will be used in conjunction with other
public notification methods such as Fairfax County Government Channel 16, the
Fairfax County Web site, the Fairfax County Emergency Information Line
(703-817-7771, TTY 711) and area media.
Fairfax County Podcasts
Podcasts are audio files that
deliver content over the Internet. Fairfax County now offers podcasts as an
additional way to provide information. A podcast is different from other
digital audio formats because of the ability to downloaded audio files
automatically using RSS or subscriptions. Podcasts may be listened to on a
computer with a media player. An audio device such as an iPod is not required
to listen to podcasts.
Listen to a program on your computer by simply clicking on
the "Listen" link.
Subscribe to a podcast to have new programs automatically
downloaded to your computer or portable device by right clicking "Subscribe,"
choose "Copy Shortcut," and then paste the address into podcatching software
such as iTunes.
Fairfax County Transportation
Have questions about
transportation? Save this all-in-one site for information on commuting, public
transportation, residential traffic and parking, road conditions and
maintenance, and vehicles and vehicle safety.
Offer Free Entertainment Indoors
Authors, actors, artists and animal wranglers will give free
performances and presentations at library branches all summer long. Also,
teens can participate in special activities such as film production workshops;
and students entering 7th and 8th grades can win up to $100 in a special
writing contest co-sponsored by the For Love of Country Foundation. The events
and activities are free; registration is required for most. Call your local
library branch to sign up beginning two weeks before an event; a list of
branches and telephone numbers is available via the above link.
Fairfax County Park
You must check
out the Fairfax County Parks Web Site for their Calendar of Events and other
park information―from classes to walks to
musical events to out of town trips and much more. Sign up also for summer camps
and a wide range of volunteer opportunities. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at
the variety and beauty of Fairfax County’s parks. See how those bonds are put to
Summer Concert Series
The Web site for the summer concert series has
had a major facelift. You can now search by genre, performance type, date, or
key word. Plus, you can download and print the brochures for each region.
Summer has never been hotter!
Green Springs Park
Located in Alexandria off Little
River Turnpike and Braddock Rd, this gem of a park is less than six miles away.
Green Spring's grounds are open dawn to dusk every day of the year. The
Horticulture Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, and
Sunday, noon to 4:30 pm. Walk the beautiful grounds or take a class.
The Golden Gazette is a free, 24-page monthly newspaper dedicated to
informing and serving senior adults in the greater
Fairfax area. A large-print (24-point font) abridged version of the Golden
Gazette and a recorded version are also available. For more information or
to subscribe, click on the link above or call 703-324-5633. Published by
the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging.
To receive the Fairfax County
Public Library Events, Activities & Services E-Letter, go to
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/email/lists/. You will need to
scroll down through numerous county electronic newsletters, some of which you
may find interesting as well.
Fall is coming. Wondering if you have leaf collection? Don’t assume
do you. For example, only a portion of Westchester has leaf collection. Find out
how to submit an application if you don’t.
Click above for link, then go to > Tentative Start Dates >
Permits, and Regulations
Planning on a new addition this
spring? Did you know that a Home
Occupation Permit is required for a business to operate at a home address?
Wondering if you need a special license to practice your trade? Start with this
Pets and Wild Animals
Information to ensure the safety
and health of pets and other animals: adoption, shelters, legal requirements,
wildlife, etc. SEE ALSO "Dogs: Off-Leash Play Areas."
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
is responsible for removing snow and ice from the thousands of miles of public
roads (interstate, primary and secondary) in Fairfax County. Clearing is done on
a priority basis, with interstates and high volume roads cleared first. Once the
most heavily traveled roads and emergency routes are adequately clear, snow
crews move to less-traveled roads and subdivisions. For more information, click
on the link above.
TRASH: Special Trash Collections
You may be thinking it’s time to
dump grandma’s couch, but how? Just call Special [Trash] Collections at
703-802-3322, TTY 711. Or fill out their online form by clicking on the link
above. Be sure to read and follow directions carefully. Note: A fee is charged
for over-sized collections.
Household Hazardous Waste Information
Looking for opportunities to volunteer in our community?
Don’t have much time? Check out Volunteers for Change, our weekend and evening
program for busy, working adults. Need service hours for middle or high school
requirements? Click the link above for more information and the most current
HOME & BUSINESS
“Virginia was recently named the `best state’ in the nation
to do business by Forbes Magazine. The Virginia Department of Business
Assistance (VDBA) is committed to maintaining that stellar rating by a
commitment to our mission: To promote economic growth by helping
Virginia businesses prosper.” If you are thinking of starting a business in
Virginia, the staff of the VDBA will connect you with the resources you need
to meet challenges and realize market opportunities. Make your dream a reality
and check out the Web site today.
>> Virginia Guide to Establishing A Business
>> Business Registration Guide
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receive by mail.
Online free classifieds for
anything and everything, including the June BBHCA Community Yard Sale.
Free Online Newsletters
What's New on Consumerreports.org
Best Buy Drugs
for Environmentally Sustainable Living
The site offers information, activities and ideas which help us live more
simply, efficiently and with less impact on the environment.
“Green Guide to Go” by
“As part of its ongoing mission to inspire people to care
about the planet, National Geographic Society acquired the Green Guide in
March 2007. Dubbed the `green living source for today’s conscious consumer,’
The Green Guide is an invaluable resource for men and women, from young
adults to grandparents, striving for a healthy and `greener’ lifestyle.”
Subscribe for FREE online via the above link.
tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on
guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal
manual developed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society designed to deliver
helpful, consistent, and correct information about living with wildlife. The
solutions listed have been tested by government agencies, humane societies,
and homeowners—and found to be the most successful.
Association of Home Builders
The Consumer section of the NAHB Web site is full
of information for homeowners, including home maintenance, remodeling, and
green building options. The site is not comprehensive by any means, but it has
The International Society of Arboriculture publishes a series
of consumer education brochures on tree care, maintenance, hiring an arborist,
etc. that are available on the web site.