Braddock Community Corner
Community Initiative Coming This Fall
This fall Supervisor Cook plans to launch a Community Engagement Initiative that will encourage people to become more connected with each other and their communities. These connections may include participation in civic associations, home owner associations, community organizations, scouts, pools and recreational sports.
Citizen participation in our communities makes them stronger and can be the difference between those neighborhoods that thrive and those that fall behind. The initiative will focus on volunteering, outreach, leadership training and community building.
Supervisor Cook has put together a working group, including our Braddock District Council leadership, and we are developing the particulars of the initiative. More will be coming on this project in the coming months.
Supervisor Cook in the Community
On Friday and Sunday nights throughout the month of July you could find
the Supervisor at Braddock Night Concerts enjoying the entertainment
and raffling off priceless t-shirts.
On July 4 Supervisor Cook participated in both the Fairfax City
Independence Day Parade and his own Kings Park neighborhood
Supervisor Cook sponsored a meeting with the Commonwealth Swim Club
community and their neighbors on July 7 to discuss the possibility of a
cell tower being placed on their property.
The Supervisor spoke at the annual meeting of the Burke Cove
Condominiums on July 9 where he encouraged members to embrace the
spirit of volunteerism in their community.
At the Best of Braddock Awards on July 14 Supervisor Cook presented
awards to the outstanding individuals and organizations that have, by
their activities and lifestyles, made the Braddock District a better
place to live.
Along with other elected officials and dignitaries from around the
County, Supervisor Cook attended FestAbilities – the Virginia Ability
Alliance Summer Festival at the Dulles Expo Center on July 19 where he
celebrated the achievements of people with disabilities.
On July 22 the Supervisor toured the David R. Pinn Center off of Zion
Road to learn about the activities provided and constituents served by
this local community center.
The Supervisor went on a tour of the Annandale Campus of the Northern
Virginia Community College on July 30, guided by Provost Barbara
Sapperstone and accompanied by David Courter, Director of College
enterprises, and Dana Kauffman, Director of Government Affairs and
- On the final day of the month of July, Supervisor Cook participated in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Graduation ceremony.
Constituent Day at Little Run Elementary School
Supervisor Cook recently had the opportunity to host his second “Constituent Day” event, which he plans to host in neighborhoods across Braddock District in an ongoing effort to make himself available to hear about your concerns. On July 29 at Little Run Elementary School, he met with over three dozen residents who came out to share their thoughts on county issues.
A wide range of topics were discussed, including commercial signs along roads, T-Mobile’s proposed leasing agreement with the Rutherford Pool, construction by George Mason University, illegal boarding houses, the lack of transportation funds from Richmond, construction at Little River Glen, a traffic count conducted by the county on Little River Turnpike, business development in the county, reducing the county’s fuel expenses and making the education of neighbors on the details of zoning ordinances a community value.
Supervisor Cook was pleased to meet with those who came out, as these Constituent Days help him learn about issues facing the neighborhoods in Braddock District as well as provide a chance to meet his constituents. He looks forward to meeting more of you when he hosts additional constituent days in the months to come.
Taking Care of Community Problems with the Help of Your Neighbors
We recently received an email from a constituent who is concerned about trees and shrubs located on private properties that are growing over or overhanging sidewalks, making safe passage difficult. This resident stated that while the county would probably come out to trim them back if called upon, this would use precious county dollars that could be better spent elsewhere. Residents should take on this responsibility themselves.
We agree with this concern for the safety of others as well as the need for good stewardship of County funds. What we really see is the opportunity for residents and communities in the Braddock District to step forward and take care of one another. When there are problems or annoyances in your community that can be handled without County interference, try that route first.
Talk to each other, encourage one another, look out for the safety of others. Working together to solve a small problem can be the first step in making each of our communities a better place to live.