Community Corner

The 2014 Fairfax 50+ Plan Proposed Initiatives!

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, together with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, has been working with the community to create the 2014 Fairfax 50+ Plan. During the summer of 2013, over 800 people offered their ideas at forums held throughout the county.  Work teams of business and nonprofit representatives, residents and county staff then reviewed the ideas and developed a proposed plan. Read the proposed 2014 Fairfax 50+ Plan and let us know what you think! The comment period extends to May 15. 

Cheryl McDonald Named 2014 Braddock Community Champion

On April 24, Cheryl McDonald was honored by Supervisor Cook at the Volunteer Service Awards Breakfast as Braddock’s 2014 Community Champion.

Cheryl currently serves as the Danbury Forest Homeowner Association President and has been actively involved with the community for many years.  She led a successful effort to change the county-approved land use to allow its 326 households to make small changes to their homes which had been built in 1970. She is an individual who embodies the term “community engagement,” and has taken progressively responsible leadership roles in Danbury Forest and in Braddock District.  As a Master Gardener and a Virginia Certified Horticulturist, she has made her expertise available to the residents of her 115 acre community that is largely situated in a Resource Protection Area. She is also adept at pulling members of her community into these efforts, coordinating Danbury Forest’s recent NEPP grant where 67 community members put in over 1300 volunteer hours.  She personally worked to establish two large community garden plots on HOA property in a power line easement in 2003.  The gardens are still thriving and about forty families currently participate and grow their own fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits.  She has also worked closely with Dominion Power on replanting native species vegetation in the transmission line easement.  She has been unflagging as a member of the Friends of Accotink Creek and recently worked with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District on a grant to undertake a stream bank restoration project that will address some significant erosion issues.  In addition to her commitment to Danbury Forest, Cheryl has been a member of the Braddock District Land Use and Environment Committee from its inception and currently serves as its chair.

The Burke Farmers Market is Open!

Dates: Saturdays May 3 - November 22
Time: 8 a.m.-Noon
Location: 5671 Roberts Parkway
There will be a Master Gardener Plant Clinic on site to answer questions about plants in your landscape. More information here.

Fairfax Federation Honors Braddock Residents

Two longtime Braddock residents were honored on April 27 at the 64th Annual Awards Banquet for their contributions to Fairfax County. 

Jan Hedetniemi was named Citizen of the Year for her active engagement in community life.  In her remarks, Hedetniemi used a baseball analogy to describe herself as a “utility player” who does what she is asked.  Over the last decade that has included the presidency of the Oak Hill Citizens Association and the Braddock District Council. Jan also served on and chaired the Transportation Advisory Commission.  Jan served for 7 years on the Tysons Task Force served as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee which helped formulate Comprehensive Plan language for Tysons.  She has served on the Park Authority Board and currently serves on the Planning Commission. Jan also helped to form and served as the first chair of the Braddock District Land Use and Environment Committee.

Tena Bluhm, the President of the George Mason Forest Homeowners Association, was recognized with a Citation of Merit for her work chairing the Commission on Aging where she has guided the development of the County’s 50+ Plan through numerous workshops and hearings.  Tena has also been active on the Braddock District Council.  She planned and helped present two major seminars on Universal Design and the “Village” concept, which helps seniors to remain active in their homes.  Tena works tirelessly on behalf of older adults and has put a “face” on aging issues in the County.

Congratulations to these tireless and dedicated residents.

Don’t Forget: University Community Forum on May 21

The next University Community Forum will take place May 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Fairfax City Hall Work Session Room, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax, VA 22030.

Updates will be provided about the George Mason University Comprehensive Plan and the continuing construction of Campus Drive by the University.  The City of Fairfax will be sharing information about upcoming events, and we will do the same for activities taking place in the county that could affect our surrounding neighborhoods.  If anyone has any questions or concerns that they would like to see addressed in this Forum, please feel free to contact Ann Sharp in our office at 703-425-9300 or 

‘Best of Braddock’ Award Nominations Open

 Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Best of Braddock Awards. The BoB’s are given annually by the Braddock District Council and Supervisor Cook in recognition of those who contribute to the betterment of life and services in the Braddock District.

Awards are given in the following categories: 

  1. Braddock District Citizen of the Year
  2. Braddock District Young Person of the Year
  3. Neighborhood Enhancement or Beautification in the Braddock District/Individual Homeowner or Community Association
  4. Commercial Beautification or Improvement in the Braddock District--Landscaping, Building Appearance, Clean-Up, Other
  5. Most “Can-Do” Public Employee Working on Issues in the Braddock District-- Federal State or Local
  6. Most Outstanding Business Person in the Braddock District
  7. Club or Organization Making a Difference in the Braddock District

You can find the nomination form here and submit your nominations by May 31. You can find more information at the Braddock District Council of Community Associations website.  Awards will be presented at the Braddock District Picnic on July 9.

Grant Cycle Opens

The 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program (NEPP) grant cycle is now open. NEPP is a county-funded competitive grant program that seeks to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods. A total of $100,000 is available, and the deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  This program offers up to $5,000 in matching grant funds.  A full copy of the application can be found online.

The goals of the NEPP program are to:

  • Promote healthier, safer and cleaner neighborhoods.
  • Enhance neighborhood appearance.
  • Encourage or create a culture of engagement, including facilitating communication and connections in neighborhoods between individuals, youth and families.
  • Build or nurture community leadership within a neighborhood.

If you have questions about a project your community is considering or about completing the application, there will be an information meeting on Tuesday, May 13th (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM) at the Pennino Building 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th Floor in the Virginia Room. Visit the website for more information on NEPP and to see the types of projects that have been previously funded. Many Braddock communities have been successful grant awardees in the past.

Braddock Neighborhood News

Supervisor Cook hosts a monthly television show, Braddock Neighborhood News, on Fairfax County Channel 16 which is available on most cable networks. Each month, Supervisor Cook invites topical guests on to share pertinent and informative items with the viewers.

This month’s show features Detective Joseph Sorrentino of the Fairfax County Police Department Child Exploitation Unit to discuss the serious issues that we face, not only in Fairfax County, but nationwide. On a daily basis, our children are being targeted in a number of ways, and Detective Sorrentino came to educate us on what we can to do to be vigilant and proactive against these threats.

The shows air throughout the month and can be seen Sundays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 7pm and Fridays at 5pm.

World Police and Fire Games Coming to Fairfax County

In 1985, the World Police & Fire Games Federation, a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation, established the World Police & Fire Games. Today, the World Police & Fire Games are a spectacular international sporting event, offering police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.

Held biennially, the World Police & Fire Games will be held in Fairfax County in 2015.  The size and scope of the games continues to grow, with both the attendance and number of participating countries steadily increasing. The international community eagerly bids for the rights and opportunity to hold this exciting event.

As Fairfax County and the National Capital Region prepare to host the Games, the role of volunteers has never been more important.

The 2015 World Police & Fire Games will need upwards to 5,000 people to take on a wide variety of roles across the National Capital Region during the Games: from welcoming visitors to transporting athletes, assisting Sports Coordinators in the delivery of sport, helping out behind the scenes in the Technology team and making sure the results get displayed as quickly and accurately as possible.

Without volunteers the Games cannot exist. The organizing committee for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games is determined that this will be a wonderful opportunity for thousands of people to help deliver the most spectacular Games ever.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Games please check the website.

Upcoming Events

NEXUS 2014 All-Day Conference, Access to Hope: Whole Child, & Whole Health… 
Facilitating Health and Resiliency in the Community, Family, and School
Date: May 9 
Time: 10am-3:30pm
Location: FCPS Virginia Hills Center, 6520 Diana Lane, Alexandria
Forums and lunch are free to all – The public is most welcome. To RSVP, contact NEXUS Coordinator, Lainge Bailey by e-mail:; or by phone: 703-660-2327

eBook clinic
Saturdays in May, 11:00 & 12:00
Wednesdays in May, 12:00
Location: Kings Park Library
Learn to use the library’s eBook collection and compatible eBook readers with our one-on-one technology volunteer. Registration required. Kings Park Library. Adults.

Adam’s Angels 5K Run/Walk & Silent Auction
May 17, 2014 
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax VA
Proceeds will enable the Adam P. Seymour Foundation to: raise Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), fund and place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), fund heart research, and award scholarships.  Information and online registration at and or email

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Date: Monday, May 19
Time: 10:30
Location: Kings Park Library
Stories, songs and fun about gardens for preschoolers.  Kings Park Library. Age 3-5 with adult.

Great Decisions Seminar
: Tuesday, May 20
Time:  2:00
Location: Kings Park Library
Roundtable discussion of U.S. foreign policy. Topic: Turkey’s challenges.

Fundraiser and Fashion Show for The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Mason
: May 20
Location: The Country Club of Fairfax Fashions by Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner
Timeline of Events:

  • 10:30 am Social Hour & Entertainment
  • 12:00 Noon Fashion Show
  • 1:00 pm Lunch
  • FUNdraiser to benefit OLLI programs and GMU student scholarships

Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo
: May 30
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
No registration is necessary – just drop by! Admission and parking are free. Attend seminars on changing careers, online job searching, continuing education, starting your own business, job training, resume critiquing and job interviewing. Joyce A. Russell, vice dean of the University of Maryland’s School of Business and contributor to the Washington Post’s Capital Business, will discuss the importance of job coaching.

Brain Health Awareness
: Saturday, May 31
Time: 1:00
Location: Kings Park Library
Learn how to promote and protect your brain function. Presented in conjunction with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Adults and teens.

Cardboard Boat Regatta
June 1
Location: Lake Accotink Park
A 25-year tradition! Find out who will sink and who will float in their cardboard boat on Sunday June 1. Park entrance fee: $4 per vehicle; applies to all vehicles entering the park that day. | 10 a.m.: Boat drop off begins | Noon: Judging | 2 p.m.: Races start | 7 Race Categories - Fun for All Ages! More info here.

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