Braddock District Community Corner

Important Community Events and Updates in Braddock

Change of Location for Braddock District Council Legislative Forum
The Robinson Secondary School Blue Cafeteria will be the location for the April meeting of the Braddock District Council. There you will have the opportunity to hear what your representatives to the General Assembly were able to accomplish during this year’s session and to ask those same officials questions about issues important to you. All delegates and senators who have constituents in the Braddock District have been invited, and at this time Senators Marsden and Petersen will be attending, as will Delegates Bulova and Watts.

Mark your calendars – Wednesday night, April 13, 7:30 – 9:00 PM at the Robinson Secondary School Blue Cafeteria. Supervisor Cook will be there, and we hope you will be, too.

University and Community Forum Scheduled for May 4
The regularly scheduled meeting of the University and Community Forum will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax City Council Chambers, 10455 Armstrong Street.
The meeting scheduled for January was cancelled due to snow, so this will be the first meeting since last September.

Items on the agenda include dates and times for high school graduations at the Patriot Center, updates on University Mall renovation and information about Patriot Pack-Out. We will also learn about a program that Mason has begun to encourage students living off campus to be better neighbors. Please mark your calendars for May 4. We hope we’ll see you there.

Zion Drive Will Close this Summer!
Fairfax County is planning to realign Zion Drive from Windsor Hills Drive to Grovewood Way this summer. The work will eliminate the dangerous curve in the road that has been the cause of many accidents, and also includes the installation of a dedicated pedestrian walkway, curb, gutter and storm drainage improvements.
To accelerate construction that would otherwise disrupt traffic for many months, the County plans to close Zion Drive on or about June 21, and reopen the road to thru traffic prior to the reopening of school.

Complete closure of the road to traffic will occur between Jib Lane and Windsor Hills Drive. Access will be provided to residents on Zion Drive, the residential communities accessed by Zion Drive, the Greater Little Zion Baptist Church and the Pinn Community Center. More information will be available in the May-June timeframe.
At this time, the proposed detour is as follows: Westbound traffic from Guinea Road to Zion will be detoured to Roberts Road and eastbound traffic on Zion (i.e. coming from Ox Road) will be detoured to Roberts Road and Guinea Road.

The World Famous Best of Braddock (BOB) Awards for 2011
Every year, the Braddock District Council recognizes people and organizations that are in some way outstanding, and nominations are now being accepted for this year’s famous Best of Braddock (BOB) Awards.

Who do you know that makes the Braddock District a better place to live and work? Think about the people that you know, or don’t know, and see if they might be recognized in one of the following categories: Braddock District Citizen of the Year, Braddock District Young Person of the Year, Neighborhood Enhancement or Beautification, Commercial Beautification or Improvement, Most “Can-Do” Public Employee, Outstanding Business Person, Club or Organization Making a Difference, and a special “Personal Achievement” category.

Nominations will be accepted until the end of May, so this gives you plenty of time to think about the person or group of people that you think should be recognized. But don’t wait until the last minute – start sending in nominations now! For more information call Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300.

Town Hall Meeting on Concussions in Sports with the Fairfax Athletic Council
Concussion awareness and management is a major focus of the Fairfax County Athletic Council. As the spring sports season begins, all are invited to attend the Town Hall Meeting on Concussions in Sports, to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in the Cafeteria at White Oaks Elementary School. Jon Almquist, Administrator for Fairfax County Public Schools’ Athletic Training Program and a noted expert on the topic, will be presenting information about concussion symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, research and related developments.

Supervisor Cook in the Community

On March 3rd, Supervisor Cook hosted a reception in Braddock Hall for the Braddock Appointees to Fairfax County Boards, Authorities and Commissions. We salute these fine citizens for stepping up to the plate and volunteering their time and expertise. Later that same day, Supervisor Cook met with students from Lake Braddock, Robinson and Woodson, who are part of the Fairfax Youth Leadership Program. They sat down with the Supervisor and posed some very insightful questions and offered informed opinions. Our County is in good hands with young adults like these coming out of our public schools.

On March 5th, Supervisor Cook stopped by Annandale High School for the Old Dominion District Boy Scout Merit Badge Jamboree. After sharing a little pizza with the Scouts, he spoke to and answered questions from them on his public service.

On March 9th, Supervisor Cook co-hosted, with the Braddock District Council, his first Budget Town Hall during the BDC’s regular monthly meeting in the Kings Park Library.

On March 10th, Supervisor Cook and County staff participated in a lunchtime panel at the Juke Box Diner in Annandale, sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce. The topic was “What Are Your Concerns About Annandale?”

On March 11th, Supervisor Cook attended a breakfast for the members of the Board of Supervisors that was hosted by Leadership Fairfax. Later that evening, Supervisor Cook attended the annual Light of Hope Volunteer Appreciation Evening at the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale campus of NVCC. The event was hosted by the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA).

On March 12th, Supervisor Cook was honored to be a guest at the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s 63rd Anniversary Banquet which was held at Fire Station #14.

On March 14th, Supervisor Cook held the second of his Budget Town Hall meetings, this time at Robinson Secondary School.

On March 15th, Supervisor Cook stopped by Immanuel Methodist Church in Annandale for the Oakwood Village Condominium Association meeting. After that he went up the road to Annandale High School where he participated in a discussion on the budget at their PTSA meeting.

On March 16th, Supervisor Cook spoke to students in a Government class at Woodson High School. Later that evening he was a guest speaker at the George Mason Forest HOA annual meeting.

On March 17th, Supervisor Cook attended the monthly luncheon, “Lunch N’ Life,” hosted by the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke. This time the lunch was held at Church of the Good Shepherd and the program included Joanna and Bruno Walker who shared stories of their trip to Nepal. Later that evening, he attended the Croftwood HOA meeting and answered questions from the members.

On March 19th, Supervisor Cook was proud to take part in the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Kings Park which occurred at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The celebration culminated with a potluck dinner, which is a tradition that Supervisor Cook started four years ago when he was the Kings Park Civic Association President.

On March 22nd, Supervisor Cook Attended the Bonnie Brae HOA meeting which was held at Bonnie Brae Elementary School.

On March 23rd, Supervisor Cook was at West Springfield High School for his final Budget Town Hall, this one being a joint venture with Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity.

On March 24th, Supervisor Cook hosted a group of local Korean businessmen for a small summit on outreach into the Korean Community. Afterwards they all stepped to a local Korean restaurant for a little food and fellowship.

On March 28th, Supervisor Cook hosted a community meeting to discuss and to hear citizen concerns about the proposed “Western By-Pass” near George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and 123. More about this can be found in the Beacon on page 4.

Braddock Neighborhood News: Improving Our Environment

On this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Danielle Wynne from the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division and Daniel Shultz from the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District to speak about improving our local environment and the upcoming Environmental Leadership Institute.

Our impact on our local environment, especially our local watersheds, has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Thankfully, we have also become more aware of our ability to reduce that impact and committed as a community to improving the health of our local environment.

On this month’s program, viewers can learn about how each of us can help make our own neighborhood a place where trees thrive, and litter, fertilizer and excessive water runoff do not threaten the health of our local streams. Both Dan and Danielle will also be part of the Environmental Leadership Institute on May 7th, outlined on the front page of this Beacon.

To learn more about helping to improve our local environment, you can tune in to BNN at 5 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays or 7 p.m. on Wednesdays this month on Channel 16. You can also watch this month’s edition online at


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