Staying Engaged in the Braddock District

Community Engagement: Community Cleanup Days this Spring

Clean Fairfax Council and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District encourage Fairfax County residents and homeowner associations to coordinate a community “Cleanup for Spring!” Organized clean up days are a great way get engaged, to meet your neighbors and improve your neighborhood at the same time.

Neighborhood trash washes into community storm drains and ultimately into area streams, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Studies also suggest that cleaning up a community helps it stay cleaner by discouraging future littering. Clean neighborhoods usually show higher property values and in some cases, less crime.

Free clean up supplies - such as trash and recycling bags and gloves - as well as tips on how to have a successful neighborhood clean up are available through Clean Fairfax Council ( ). Supplies can be picked up at the Council’s office or sent to your supervisor’s office.

Finally, the Alice Ferguson Foundation is hosting the 22nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup beginning in late March and continuing through late April. Since 1989, more than 50,000 residents from around the entire region have removed over 3 million tons of trash from our waterways, public lands and communities at this annual clean-up event. For more details and a complete list of event locations in Fairfax County and beyond, go to

As one additional item of note, now that the snow has finally melted, the damage is evidenced everywhere. Because this situation is so widespread, VDOT has asked for our help with cleaning up on 8,000 miles of roads in Fairfax County. In many cases, the sod plowed up in the VDOT right-of-way is still alive, and can be transplanted back on the sides of the roads. Sand can be swept from curbs and gutters.

Braddock District Staying Engaged with Cleanup Days, Informational Sessions and Community Celebrations


Recognizing everyone’s busy schedules, two weekends - April 10th and April 17th - have been identified this year to focus effort on the upkeep of the parks surrounding Royal Lake. Pick the weekend most convenient for you. There will be a refreshment station at Royal Lake and Lakeside Parks for clean-up volunteers. A picnic lunch consisting of hot dogs and chips will be at Royal Lake Park - by the basketball courts provided there are sufficient volunteers.
It’s important to get an accurate count for the refreshments and picnic lunch, so please RSVP. If you don’t know who to contact, please call our office at 703-425-9300 and we will connect you with Tony Vellucci. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the community and to help keep these parks the pleasant places we all enjoy.


The Braddock District Council will host our State Representatives on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 P.M. They will discuss this year’s session of the General Assembly. Please come out and hear your elected officials talk about what they were able to accomplish, what they hoped to accomplish and what they look forward to working on in the year to come.


On Saturday, May 1, the Fairfax County Park Authority, with the support of Fairfax County Human Services, will be holding the South Run Community Day 2010 at the South Run Recreation Center. The purpose of this event is to bring the community together in the Burke/Springfield area of Fairfax County for a day of celebrating who we are and all that we have in common.

From 10 A.M. until 2 P.M. there will be dancing, music and games, as well as resource/information tables highlighting county and community programs. The REC Center will also be open for tours, allowing you to see the extraordinary facilities available to county residents.
The Community Day is made possible thanks to donations from local businesses and time given by volunteers from the local area. Admission is FREE, so come out and meet new people, learn new things and have a good time. Everyone is welcome!


Get Ready for the Annual Spring Carnival from the Annandale Chamber of Commerce

The Annandale Chamber of Commerce will host their Annual Spring Carnival in the parking lot of K-Mart from May 13-23.Bring the family and enjoy food, fun, midway games and rides. Monday-Thursday 5-11 P.M., Friday 4 P.M. to Midnight, Saturday NOON to Midnight and Sunday 4 P.M. to Midnight. The Annual Hospital Bed Race will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 on John Marr Drive in front of K-Mart at 10:00 AM. The Bed Race is a fundraiser for Virginia Special Olympics and the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, organized in cooperation with the Fairfax County Police Department. Beds are provided, and teams of five decorate and “race” their bed through a course on John Marr Drive in a timed competition. Prizes are awarded in several categories – with the overall bed race winner receiving a trophy.

For further information, please contact: Carol Zach Reuss, Annandale Chamber of Commerce: 703-447-7128/ or Michelle Gates, Special Olympics Virginia 703-359-4301/


Support Fairfax Public Libraries: Donate Books Through Amazon’s Wish List Program

Thousands of people are on the library’s waiting lists to check out popular books and bestsellers. The Fairfax County Public Library is not always able to buy enough copies to satisfy demand. Now you can help shorten the waiting lists for yourself and others through the First Loan program.
Library specialists have created a list of high-demand books that you can purchase through a special’s Wish List. By donating one of these books to the Library, you can be sure that you’re meeting an immediate and specific need.

When you buy books on the library’s Wish List, they will be mailed directly to the library’s book processing center. The Library will place a sticker on each book letting future readers know it was a gift to the Library. In addition, you will be notified by the Library Foundation that your generous donation was received. Your donation will be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. If you would like to be the first to read your donated book, check out our First Loan Program:
    1. Go to the Library Foundation’s’s Wish List page.
    2. Select the books you want to add to the Library’s collection then proceed to the checkout.
    3. At the bottom of the “Shipping Details” page, click the “Change” button next to “Gift Options.”
    4. Enter the words, “First Loan” and the library branch where you wish to pick up the book and your email address in the text box on the right side of the page.
    5. Complete your purchase. Once the book arrives at the branch, you will receive notice that the ‘first loan’ book is on hold for you!

For more information on donating a book through the Wish List program, please call 703-324-8300, or e-mail us. We hope you will consider this quick and easy method of supporting readers of all ages.


Fairfax Health Department Looking for Volunteers

April 18-24, 2010 is National Volunteer Week - a time to honor volunteers who are dedicated to taking action and solving problems in their communities and to inspire others to make service and volunteering a part of their lives. The Fairfax County Health Department invites you to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). You do not need a medical background to become a MRC volunteer. The Fairfax MRC is an all volunteer program designed to augment the ability of our public health system to help our community during natural disasters and other types of emergencies.

Fairfax MRC volunteers recently played vital roles in Fairfax County’s H1N1 vaccination campaign. Over 1,000 Fairfax MRC volunteers donated more than 18,000 hours to support this unprecedented effort during the 2009-2010 flu season.
It takes just ten hours of training to make a difference in your community. For more information about the Fairfax MRC, call 703-246-8641 or log on to


Help Manage Wildlife in Fairfax County

The Fairfax County wildlife management program is seeking interested volunteers to join an effort to help control the growing population of Canada geese across the region. Volunteers will learn to use a safe and humane technique called “addling.” Addling is a simple process that was developed by the United States Humane Society that involves applying oil to goose eggs to prevent embryo development.

Learn more about the ecology of geese and their behavior, how to locate and identify goose nesting areas and how to addle eggs. Attend one of the hands-on training sessions at the Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3 on:
    1. Monday, April 5, 1:30-3 p.m.
    2. Sunday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

For more information, and to register to attend a training session, contact the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist at 703-324-0240 or email

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