Supervisor Cook in the Community
On December 4th, Supervisor Cook attended the monthly meeting of the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) which was held at the West Springfield Police Station. The CAC was organized as a way for citizens to come together with their community police force in order to learn about crime prevention and also to be updated on recent issues in their neighborhood.
On December 5th, Supervisor Cook hosted the annual Taste of Braddock Holiday Open House. This has become a traditional event to kick off the holiday season. We had food from over 20 local restaurants and welcomed over 300 people.
On December 6th, Supervisor Cook gave opening remarks for the Employee Incentive Seminar which was hosted by Fairfax County Family Services and SkillSource and held at the Government Center.
On December 12th, Supervisor Cook hosted a meeting of the West Campus Connector Advisory Group at Fairfax City Hall. As we’ve written before, this group is tasked with overseeing the Campus Drive interchange at Braddock Road and 123. Upon completion, this project will create an improved flow of traffic around George Mason University. See page 1 for additional details on the status of this project.
On December 14th, Supervisor Cook and his staff participated in Jeans Day. This one day event is sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and end Homelessness, The Connection Newspaper and Apple Federal Credit Union. Over 130 organizations participated and raised more than $50,000 for the cause.
On December 15th, Supervisor Cook stopped by Irving Middle school to join the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls for their annual holiday potluck celebration. There was even a little bit of line dancing and hula hooping.
On December 16th, Supervisor Cook attended a service and dedication ceremony for the newly completed parking lot at Pilgrim Community Church. This was a big project and has done a great deal for the spirit of the church.
On December 21st, Supervisor Cook spent the evening at Burke United Methodist Church, supporting FACETS’ Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program. Faith Communities across Fairfax and Falls Church work in partnership with the Fairfax County government to offer support to adults in our community who struggle with chronic homelessness. The Hypothermia Prevention Program is an integral part of the County’s effort to prevent and end homelessness. Spanning November through March, last year the program was able to serve more than 1,000 individuals. In addition to providing shelter on a cold winter’s night the program tries to link the chronically homeless with services. For more information on the County’s efforts, visit: fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless. There were no hypothermia-related deaths reported in Fairfax County, in either of the last two years. That’s in no small part due to the collaborative efforts of the County, non-profits like FACETS, and the faith and business communities. But most of all, a big thank you goes to all those who donate their time and volunteer so that initiatives like the Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program can operate smoothly and effectively.
On December 23rd, Supervisor Santa Cook rode along with Fire and Rescue personnel through the streets of the Bonnie Brae Community spreading a little holiday cheer to the neighbors.