Supervisor Cook in the Community
On January 5th, Supervisor Cook acted as the emcee for a ground breaking ceremony for the new Campus Drive project at George Mason University. This is a significant undertaking that will ease traffic in and around the campus. The intent of the bypass, which begins on Braddock Road just west of Route 123, is to keep eastbound traffic headed toward campus and westbound traffic leaving campus from entering the intersection of Braddock and Route 123. As a result, a 10 to 30 percent reduction in congestion is expected.
On January 9th, Supervisor Cook met with members of Boy Scout Troop 1131. The Troop is sponsored by St. Stephens Methodist Church and they came in to discuss local government issues and policy. Afterwards, Supervisor Cook joined the Scouts at the Braddock District Council Meeting.
On January 10th, Supervisor Cook, along with Community Services Board (CSB) Appointee Jessica Burmester, visited one of the group homes that are part of the CSB’s Good Neighbor Program which helps to provide community housing options for people with disabilities.
On January 12th, Supervisor Cook spoke at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Fairfax Connector Express Bus line that will run from the Burke VRE station to Tysons.
On January 14th, Supervisor Cook attended an afternoon event at the PRS Recovery Academy 50th Anniversary Celebration. PRS (Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services) exists so that individuals with mental illness, emotional and/or behavioral disorders achieve personal wellness, recovery and community integration.
On January 16th, Supervisor Cook stopped by to enjoy some holiday cheer at Chairman Bulova’s Holiday Reception at the Fairfax County Government Center.
On January 17th, Supervisor Cook attended, as a member, the first meeting of the newly revised Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC). Later that day, Dawson Taylor came in to the office to receive his plaque that honors him as a 2012 Best of Braddock award winner in the Young Person of the Year category.
On January 23rd, Supervisor Cook met with the members of the Dunleigh HOA at their annual meeting and talked about some of the ongoing issues of concern to the residents.
On January 26th, Supervisor Cook spoke at Luther Jackson Middle School for the 2013 Chinese New Year Festival Ceremony. This year the Chinese celebrate the Year of the Snake.
On January 30th, Supervisor Cook was present for the kickoff of the demolition of the Kings West Swim Club which is being turned over to the Park Authority and will in the future be a natural park. Much more information on this can be found on the front page of the Beacon. Later that night, he attended the Croftwood HOA annual meeting at Braddock Hall and then went down the hall to Kings Park Library for the University/Community Forum which focuses on issues of importance to those communities that surround George Mason University.