Green Activities in Braddock

 Recycling Your Aluminum Cans at Lord of Life Helps Support Charitable Causes in Braddock

Since 1990, the Lord of Life Lutheran Church has collected over 70,000 pounds of aluminum cans and scrap aluminum to support a variety of worthy causes throughout Braddock District. 

This completely self-supporting program has generated over $23,000 in “aluminum dollars,” and has broad support from church members, a number of corporate supporters who batch their employee soft drink cans for pickup, the Braddock District office and that of the Chairman. Even the trailer out behind the church, which transports cans to local redemption centers, was purchased with funds generated by the program. 

Current collection efforts support the Church’s Adopt-A-Highway Program and have, over the years, sustained charitable efforts that have benefitted the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s “Aluminum Cans for Burned Children” program; NOVACO (Northern Virginia Coalition, which provides housing, education and child care support for victims of  domestic abuse);  Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief; Habitat for Humanity projects;  and Lutheran Social Services’ HIV/AIDS Camp for Kids. 

Contributions to charitable organizations are enhanced by leveraging these dollars with the “Community Cares” program of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The recycling center is behind the church, which is located at 5116 Twinbrook Road and your cans will be gratefully received to support this worthy program. Questions regarding establishing a similar aluminum recycling program can be directed to Tom Frenzinger, “The Can Man,” at (703) 323-5831.

Tell us if you know of other programs that should be highlighted in the Braddock Beacon!

Greening Fairfax County Series:  Restoring Land, Restoring Water

Save the Date: March 27 1:00 PM– 3:00 PM
In an ongoing effort to encourage residents and homeowner associations in Braddock District to actively engage in improving our neighborhoods, there will be an abbreviated version of the Greening Fairfax County Series: Restoring Land, Restoring Water. Seating is limited and registration is required.  The event will be held in Braddock Hall, 9002 Burke Lake Road on March 27.

If you live along the I-495 Corridor and have been impacted by the HOT Lanes Project, this seminar will be of particular benefit. If you have stormwater problems or if you are looking to beautify the common areas or the entrance to your community in an environmentally friendly way, there will be speakers who will provide you with ideas and case studies of other successful green communities. 

More information will be forthcoming in the March Beacon, but you can read about the conference and get other helpful information by going to the group’s website at

Ossian Hall Park Now Closed for Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Ossian Hall Park, located at 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale, officially closed for the start of its multi-million dollar renovation on February 1, 2010. The parking lot that serves the park will be closed during these renovations as it becomes a staging area. Most importantly, vehicles parked in the lot will be towed!

During construction, the tennis courts at the park will be closed as will the playgrounds, basketball courts and selected trails. Next fall, the park will open with significant new amenities. The renovations planned for Ossian Hall include a community plaza, two lighted basketball courts, an enlarged parking lot with an underground storm water management system, a multi-use athletic field, two new playgrounds, associated trails, site lighting and landscaping, as well as parking lot lighting.

Funding for this project is provided through the 2008 Park Bond. The contractor for this project is Jeffrey Stack, Inc., of Jersey, VA. Residents who are interested in seeing the Ossian Hall of the future are welcome to stop by the Braddock office to view the Plan.

Braddock Neighborhood News: Fairfax County Parks and Recreational Services

This month on Braddock Neighborhood News, Supervisor Cook interviews John Dargle, the Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority, and Tawny Hammond, the Director of Frying Pan Park and a well known community volunteer. They discuss the outstanding parks and recreational services we enjoy in Fairfax County and the benefits they provide to our standard of living.

Additionally, this month’s guests addressed how the assistance of volunteers from our community can help our parks through difficult budget times, provide valuable recreational and educational services and continue to maintain some of our most beautiful undeveloped land in trust for future generations.

Last month, Supervisor Cook interviewed Ingrid Parris-Hicklin from the Office of Public Private Partnerships and Joe Christiansen from Fairfax FISH about Fairfax Cares.  They discussed how Fairfax County and a coalition of non-profit organizations are working together to help our neighbors who are most in need in these difficult times.

Braddock Neighborhood News airs on Fridays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Channel 16.  You can also watch a streaming video of the show by visiting


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