Braddock District Community Corner

Lake Braddock Women’s Cross Country Team Wins State Championship

   I’d like to congratulate the girl’s cross-country team from Lake Braddock Secondary School for their win at the Virginia AAA State Championship on November 14th. Led by freshman Sophie Chase and senior Liana Epstein the team added to their already impressive resume and built upon the program’s longstanding tradition.

Braddock District High Schools Dominate Post-Season Football

   Of the four high schools in the Northern Region Semi-Final game, three, Robinson, Lake Braddock and Woodson, were from the Braddock District. The Championship game was played between Lake Braddock and Woodson, with Lake Braddock winning. Way to go guys!


Supervisor Cook Addresses Parking Concerns in Communities Surrounding NVCC and George Mason

   In November, Supervisor Cook spent time with two different communities to address parking issues in their neighborhoods.
Braddock District is unique in that there are two colleges within the district, and with the increase in enrollments over the last few years at both Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and George Mason University, there has been a significant increase in parking in the neighborhoods around those schools.

  On November 9, he met with residents who live in the area of Braddock Road, Roberts Road and Tapestry Drive. Parking by college students along Roberts and Tapestry has created significant safety and quality of life concerns.

   A Residential Permit Parking District (RPPD), applied for by the residents of the single family detached homes along Tapestry, was passed at the Board of Supervisor’s December 7th meeting. Those homes were eligible for the district as they are within 2000 feet of a pedestrian entrance to Mason. We expect students currently parking in the new district will move further down Tapestry. To meet that challenge, Supervisor Cook is working on an amendment to County Code that would permit the expansion of the newly created district.

   On November 18, the Supervisor, along with Delegate Vivian Watts and Dana Kauffman of NVCC, met with residents of the communities along Wakefield Chapel Road and adjacent to NVCC. The primary point of concern is the number of students who are choosing to park in the surrounding neighborhoods rather than on campus, where there appears to be ample parking.

   Residents of the area of Holborn and Mynor would like to see the pedestrian entrance to the campus at Mynor closed off because students park on their streets and then walk to campus. NVCC has agreed to close the entrance if the community agreed. To gauge community support, Supervisor Cook and his staff worked with several residents of Holborn to devise a plan to survey the residents within 1500 feet of the pedestrian entrance at Mynor. If 60 percent of those residents approve, the fence will be built. We are currently awaiting the results of that survey.

   The Supervisor would like to meet with all parties on a regular basis, so he has created the Braddock NVCC Forum, based on the same model as the Braddock Mason Forum, in which communities adjacent to Mason regularly meet with elected officials and representatives of the university. He sees this as an opportunity to facilitate communication between area residents and NVCC, which can be positive and productive for all involved.

   If you are interested in working on a parking issue in your neighborhood, please contact our office at 703-425-9300 or


Get to Know Northern Virginia Community College

   Most residents of Braddock District are aware of our Annandale neighbor on Little River Turnpike, and immediate neighbors experience daily, the continuing growth at Northern Virginia Community College. Working to improve “town/gown” relationships will remain a high priority goal for the Braddock office. However, while meeting on those issues with school officials, we have come to learn quite a bit about NVCC and would like to share that information with you.

   With over 72,500 students projected to be enrolled annually in credit courses during the 2009-10 school year, NVCC is the second largest community college in the United States; one of the 50 largest higher education institutions in U.S. and the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is one of the most diverse colleges in the U.S. with students representing over 150 nationalities. Its ten campuses located across Northern Virginia offer 77 two-year degree programs (A.A., A.S., A.A.A., and A.A.S.), 24 certificate programs and 64 career studies certificate programs.

   On average, one out of every five graduates from a Northern Virginia region public high school attends NVCC. Students are offered guaranteed admission to 33 public four-year colleges and universities and numerous private institutions when they meet the requirements of a written agreement between NVCC and that school.

   Less well-known is the fact that NVCC provides Front Line Training to 80 percent of our first responders in areas such as Law Enforcement, Fire Administration, Environmental Safety, Cyber Security, Power Grid Security, Emergency Response Management, Food Safety and HazMat training.

   Fairfax County, along with eight other jurisdictions makes a contribution every year for the continued construction and maintenance of various capital projects on NVCC campuses.


 Supervisor Cook in the Community

On November 1st, Supervisor Cook attended the dedication of a new building at the Trinity Christian School.

On November 5th, Supervisor Cook attended a community meeting in Canterbury Woods to discuss zoning and law enforcement issues.

On November 7th, Supervisor Cook was an honored VIP at the re-dedication ceremony for Woodson High School.

Also on November 7th, Supervisor Cook attended an Open House at the Little River Glen Senior Center.

On November 11th, Supervisor Cook attended a solemn Veteran’s Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Fairfax War Memorial on the lawn of the old Fairfax Courthouse. The ceremony included the traditional moment of silence at 11:00 am.

On November 12th, Supervisor Cook hosted his third Constituent Day at North Springfield Elementary School. Many issues such as commercial parking restrictions and budget shortfalls were addressed. He also highlighted his Community Engagement Initiative as well as the upcoming Leadership Institute and Neighborhood College.

On November 17th, Supervisor Cook attended the Employee of the Year award ceremony, hosted by the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board.

On November 18th, Supervisor Cook held an open meeting at the Sprague Center regarding the parking issues many of his constituents face in the Wakefield Chapel area. It was a lively event where many concerns were voiced and will be taken into consideration by the Supervisor and his staff.

On November 20th, Supervisor Cook was pleased to have sunny weather as he took an extended tour by golf cart of the George Mason University Campus.
On November 21st, Supervisor Cook was an honored guest at the Jewish Community Center’s annual gala, held at the Westfield’s Marriot in Chantilly.

Supervisor Cook attended two 2011 Budget Dialogue Sessions. One was at Lake Braddock SS, on December 2nd, and the other was at Kings Park Library on November 14th.

December 3rd was the date for the annual Taste of Braddock holiday event. This year over 25 restaurants participated and donated samples of their finest cuisine. The attendance was great, as usual, and Supervisor Cook enjoyed meeting and greeting members of the wonderful Braddock District.

On December 4th, Supervisor Cook attended, with two of his daughters, the Kings Park Civic Association’s annual Children’s Holiday Party.

Throughout the month, Supervisor Cook was involved in a number of sub-committee meetings with the Board of Supervisors addressing the many challenges facing Fairfax County. Visit the County website at and follow the link to the Board of Supervisors for additional information. Also, be aware that beginning in the New Year, Board meetings will be moving from Mondays to Tuesdays. As always, these meetings are open to the public and also are streamed live on channel 16.

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