Braddock District Community Corner


Supervisor Cook in the Community

On November 1st, Supervisor Cook served as a judge for the “Reflections” contest at Kings Park Elementary School. This contest showcased the artistic skills of the student body.

On November 3rd, Supervisor Cook met with the Braddock District Citizens Budget Review Committee to discuss concerns and suggestions for the upcoming budget season.

On November 4th, Supervisor Cook helped kick off one of the highly popular listening forums which are put on by the Fairfax County Park Authority. This session was held at the historic Wakefield Chapel.

On November 5th, Supervisor Cook was proud to attend and speak at a special award ceremony for Good Shepherd Christian Academy. The Academy placed 6th in a nation-wide contest of public and private schools that was sponsored by Kohl’s and its “Kohl’s Cares” program. For their achievement, Good Shepherd was awarded $500,000 from Kohl's which will be used to upgrade the playground and computer labs and provide for many other improvements as well.

On November 9th, Supervisor Cook, who is a member of the VRE Operations Board, rode the train into Alexandria for a tour of the VRE headquarters and to receive a briefing from senior staff. Later that day, he stopped by a local Cub Scout Troop for their meeting and then went off to the monthly BDC Meeting here at Braddock Hall.

On November 11th, Supervisor Cook was honored to take part in the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Fairfax War Memorial. This ceremony was held by VFW Post 8469 and American Legion Post 177.

On November 13th, Supervisor Cook took part in a Stop Hunger Packing Event at Terra Centre Elementary School. Volunteers packed over 59,000 meals to be sent to aid starving people in Haiti and Uganda.

On November 15th, Supervisor Cook held the first of two Town Hall Meetings which focus on people with disabilities. Community leaders learned about the great capacity our neighbors with disabilities have to contribute to the community.

On November 20th, Supervisor Cook took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Ossian Hall for the newly renovated park site. The new park is truly magnificent.

On November 23rd, Supervisor Cook was pleased to attend a neighborhood meeting for the Briarwood Court Condominiums to hear their concerns and offer suggestions on how to address their challenges.

On November 27th, Supervisor Cook helped kick off the 8K Drumstix Dash, at Burke Lake Park, which is sponsored by the Housing & Community Services of Northern Virginia.

Taste of Braddock Starts Holiday Season

We hope you had as wonderful a time at the annual Taste of Braddock as we did. Several hundred community members came together at the Supervisor’s Office and Kings Park Library in order to share in some outstanding food from around the Braddock District and kick off the holiday season.

We’d like to thank the students from the Culinary Institute of Annandale High School and Chef Christine Gloninger, or Chef “G” as everyone affectionately calls her. These outstanding young men and women helped set-up, serve and clean-up after the event and brought dozens of freshly baked goodies from their kitchen. The restaurants that helped make our event a success were: Aladdin’s Eatery, BBQ World, Best Deli, Brion’s Grille, Café Ima Asian Restaurant, Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, Chili’s Bar and Grill, Coyote Grill, Duk Wo, Fat Tuesday, Hunan West, Kilroy’s, Luigis, Magill’s Famous Pizza, Mangino’s, Milano’s, Pad Thai Restaurant, San Vito’s, Saxby’s, Smith & Clarkson’s Deli and Spartans. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year and wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Recognizing Winnie Shapiro for her Community Service

First appointed to the Park Authority Board in February of 1997, Winnie Shapiro has skillfully represented the interests of Braddock District park users for more than a decade. Balancing the two aspects of the Park Authority’s mission - to protect and enhance environmental and cultural resources and to provide high-quality recreational facilities and services for all residents – is a tall order, but one she handled expertly.

As she leaves her role on the Park Authority, we in the Braddock Office would like to thank her for her many years of service to the community.

Vellucci Joins Park Authority Board

We would also like to welcome Tony Vellucci, who became the new Braddock appointee to the Park Authority during the December 7 Board Meeting. Tony has been an engaged citizen for many years. He served most recently as President of the Kings Park West Civic Association and spearheaded such projects as the designation of the John P. McAnaw Recreation Area at Royal Lake.

Braddock District Citizen's Budget Review Committe Hard at Work, Seeks Additional Members

Work is already beginning on next year’s County budget and some of the best work is being done by Braddock District citizens.
On Thursday, December 10 the Braddock District Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee met for the second time and had a very lively and productive meeting with Michael Longhi, the Auditor to the Board of Supervisors, and the many citizens who took the time to participate.

The committee is currently busy creating subcommittees to help maintain focus on specific issues and is beginning the process of creating recommendations to bring to Supervisor Cook.
If you are interested in getting involved, email Kiel Stone at kiel.stone@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Braddock Neighborhood News: Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and Commission for Women

On this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Jeannie Jew and Nancy Krakover from the Fairfax County Commission for Women and Kathleen Kelmelis, Program Manager of the Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, to discuss their work on behalf of women and girls in our community.

Topics discussed on the program included the partnership with George Mason University on a Portrait of Women and Girls in Fairfax County, the Commission’s work on domestic violence awareness, services offered to our community by the Office of Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, and information about the County’s shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence, Artemis House.

To learn more about the Office of Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, you can call 703-324-5730. You can also call 703-324-9495 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or call their 24-hour hotline at 703-260-7273 if you or someone you know has domestic or sexual violence issues you would like to discuss. Lastly, if you or someone you know is in imminent danger and in need of immediate shelter, please call Artemis House at 703-435-4940.

BNN airs on Fridays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Channel 16. You can also watch this month’s edition online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/asx/supervisor_cook.asx.

Meeting Scheduled on Parking Concerns Along Zion Drive

For those communities and individuals concerned about parking along the lower portion of Zion Drive, primarily the area from the Greater Little Zion Baptist Church to Guinea Road, a meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2011 in Braddock Hall at Supervisor Cook’s office.

Because several different communities, and a number of individual owners would be affected by changes, a staff member from the County Department of Transportation will attend to explain what needs to be done to establish a Community Parking District in this area.

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please call contact Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300 or ann.sharp@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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