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September 16, 2014


Sept 1 2013 - Dec 31 2014


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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 webmaster@bbhca.org.

To view past issues of eNews, click on "What's New!" at the top of this page.



What’s Your Problem?

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.

Northern Virginia Online Guide to Services

This index 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 Events

        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

By date: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/schedule.htm

By subject: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/programs.htm

Community 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.

Consumer Protection

Your gateway to all the information you need regarding consumer protection, licensing, homeowner association and tenant-landlord issues, utilities, and related county commissions. 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

Emergency Alerts

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 Services

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.

Fairfax Libraries 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 Events

You must check out the Fairfax County Parks Web Site for their Calendar of Events and other park informationfrom 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 use!

Fairfax County 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.

Golden Gazette

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.

John Marshall Library

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.

Leaf Collection

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 > Area 8.

Licenses, 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 comprehensive guide.

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."

Snow Removal FAQs

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

Recyclable Materials

Computer Recycling

Bicycle Recycling

Volunteer Fairfax

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 postings.



Business Assistance

“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

Catalog Choice

Too many catalogs? Use this free service to eliminate the catalogs you don’t want to receive by mail.

Craigslist―Northern Virginia

Online free classifieds for anything and everything, including the June BBHCA Community Yard Sale.

Consumer Reports Free Online Newsletters

4     What's New on Consumerreports.org
4     Cars Newsletter  
Safety Alert 
Health Alert 
Best Buy Drugs


Eartheasy—Ideas 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 National Geographic

“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.

OnGuard Online   

Provides practical 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 information.

Living With Wildlife

An online 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.

National 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 good information.


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.

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