The Cook Advisory

'National Night Out' Will Be Celebrated August 6

Supervisor Cook and officers from the Fairfax County Police Department will join in National Night Out festivities on August 6, bringing their messages about safety to local celebrations.

The goals of National Night Out are to strengthen community connections within neighborhoods and to heighten awareness of crime prevention issues. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and Target Corporation, crime prevention officers in Fairfax County have helped coordinate local events all year long, and many communities in the Braddock District are already making plans for neighborhood events. Last year, 36 million people from neighborhoods across the country participated in National Night Out events, according to sponsors.

The traditional "lights on" campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations, and seminars in an effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie," NATW's Executive Director Matt Peskin said. "While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days."

If your community is planning an event this year, please let your local police district station know. If you'd like Supervisor Cook to stop by, let our office know by calling 703-425-9300 or emailing Lindsey Smith at

Learn More About Aging in Place Tomorrow, July 17

Aging in Place is a program consisting of a network of volunteers that help older adults live in their current homes longer and remain productive, contributing member of our communities.

If you are Interested in learning more, stop by a presentation by the Braddock District Council Committee on Aging in Place tomorrow, July 17th, at 7:30 p.m. in Braddock Supervisor's Office at 9002 Burke Lake Road. The topic is Education Opportunities for Older Adults at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Northern Virginia Community College.

Live Call in Show on Homeowners, Condo Association Issues

Your Community, Your Call: 2013 Legislative Review

Where: Fairfax County Government Channel 16

Time: July 23, at 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

What are the 2013 legislative changes that impact homeowners and condominium associations? How can an association board plan for compliance with the most recent legislative changes? How can community leaders get engaged in the legislative process? Call in (703-818-1445) or email ( questions related to homeowner or condominium association management or living.

Michelle L. Thompson, Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch; Jeremy Moss, attorney, MercerTrigiani; and Daniel Bauman, president, FirstService Residential, will respond to your live calls and emails during the hour. View the live broadcast online.

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