News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 24, 2017



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about Knit in Public Day, accreditation for the police department, the new BusTracker, an award for the county’s commitment to bicycling, a sustainable garden tour, the Discovery Trial Map and LEED Gold certification for another county building. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


The city of Fairfax Regional Library invites everyone to "Knit in Public Day" on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Knit in Public Day is celebrated worldwide; it’s a chance to meet other knitters and support beginning knitters or others who want to learn. The first year, 2005, 25 communities participated, and in 2016, over 1,000 Knit in Public events were held in 57 countries. So join us at the Fairfax branch and bring your yarn and knitting needles. To get more information on this event and others at library branches throughout the county, visit


The Fairfax County Police Department has received its sixth accreditation award from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). The county’s Police Department was the first agency in the state to be accredited through the standards commission in 1996, and they have maintained this accreditation status each evaluation cycle. The assessment requires the department to adhere to 190 standards. Get more details on the Police blog at


The Fairfax County Department of Transportation recently announced BusTracker – the Fairfax Connector’s real-time passenger information system that uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to provide estimated arrival times and locations of Fairfax Connector buses. Connector passengers can access the scheduled and estimated arrival times of their bus by using a smart phone, tablet or a computer. Passengers can visit to access BusTracker, learn how to use the system and provide feedback. The BusTracker "how-to" online resource also provides information for third party developers.


Speaking of transportation, the League of American Bicyclists has recognized Fairfax County with a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award. The bronze level designation lauds Fairfax County’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Take a spin to this webpage for all the details.


On Sunday, June 11, from 1-5 p.m. make plans to be part of this year’s sustainable garden tour that features rain gardens, conservation easements, native plantings and edible landscaping in the Alexandria-Mount Vernon area. Don’t miss it. Hidden treasures and verdant landscapes await you. And it’s free. To learn more, visit


You'll always find something fun to do in Fairfax County parks, and the Park Authority's Discovery Trial Map is your guide! The journey features 12 distinctive sites that give children and adults the chance to discover each site's unique features. Since this is the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County, the 2017 Discovery Trail Map has an historical theme. Educational messages on the map explore the history of each featured site and explain how the site evolved into a park. Learn more and get your map from the Park Authority online at


The Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects are scored based on points earned in sustainable design categories. Certified buildings are resource efficient and less expensive to heat, cool and maintain, and Fairfax County now has 11 LEED Gold certified public buildings in its inventory. The $7.1 million project included the renovation of the 24,500 square-foot library to meet current design standards, serve an increased customer base and reorganize the library's functions without expanding the building. The renovated library now includes more quiet study spaces and meeting rooms, and natural light illuminates the open atmosphere. The library has a new roof and windows, and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing components were all upgraded. Site work included the construction of a new exterior canopy, ADA ramp and sidewalks to the new entrance, the implementation of a safer one-way traffic pattern, and an asphalt trail connecting the library to parkland was repaired.


Finally, Fairfax County’s Weekly Agenda provides meeting agendas and information for the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, plus county news. Find it in your inbox Thursday mornings by subscribing at


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 You also may call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. 


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