Braddock District Community Corner

Upcoming Community Meetings in Braddock  

  • VRE Public Hearing: February 23, 7:00 p.m at the Burke Centre Conservancy. The hearing is to solicit comment related to several proposed changes.
  • University Mall Information Meeting: February 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Oak View Elementary School
  • Budget Town Hall: March 14, Robinson SS Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
  • Joint Budget Town Hall with Springfield Supervisor’s Office: West Springfield HS Cafeteria, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Community Environmental Leadership Institute, May 7, time and location to be determined (details in next month’s Beacon)

Supervisor Cook in the Community

On January 6th, Supervisor Cook’s office hosted a town hall meeting at the Landings Community Center in Burke which focused on the proposed monopole at the Shurgard Storage Facility.

On January 12th, Supervisor Cook attended Chairman Bulova’s Holiday Reception at the Government Center and then went back to Braddock Hall for the January Braddock District Council Meeting.

On January 16th, Supervisor Cook addressed the 2011 Korean American Day Celebration at the Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus of NVCC.

On January 17th, Supervisor Cook observed and took part in the Family Volunteer Day at George Mason University. This event was coordinated by Volunteer Fairfax and people came together to assist groups such as FACETS, Fairfax 4-H, Herndon Senior Center, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Operation Military Kids and Orphan Foundation of America.

On January 20th, Supervisor Cook addressed the monthly Lunch N’ Life which was held at the Jubilee Christian Center in Fairfax. These luncheons are sponsored by the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke.

The weather was definitely a factor for the District this last month and two events had to be cancelled due to the snow. The Monticello Dog Park meeting and the Braddock-GMU Community Forum will be rescheduled for a later time. We’ll make sure to get that information out as soon as dates have been set.

Bed Bug Forum Scheduled

On February 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Park West Lions Club, 8620 Sunnygate Drive Manassas, the Virginia Cooperative Extension is holding a forum on bed bugs. Pre-registration is required.

Who should attend?
Apartment/multi-unit housing managers, daycares, shelters, nursing homes, assisted living communities, hospitals, urgent care facilities, hotels & motels, public & private schools
What will you learn?
VT Entomologists & local professionals will share Bed Bug Biology, Prevention, Detection Methods, Control in Multi Unit Facilities, Challenges of the Apartment & Multi-Family Housing, & Effective
Methods for Detection & Control
Contact VA Cooperative Extension at 703-792-6285 or email

Your Community, Your Call

There will be a live, call-in TV program for homeowner and condominium association members, February 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The subject is fair housing laws.

Is your association board aware of its requirements under the law? How does the law relate to parking rights? Michelle L. Thompson, Consumer Affairs Branch; Lella Amiss E. Pape, attorney with Rees Broome; Susan Rae Helander, senior community manager with Value Properties, will respond to your calls, 703-818-1445 and e-mails ( The program also will be online here:

Fire Department Offering Training Class for CERT Program

The Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team Program is offering the CERT Basic Training Program over five Saturdays in February-March 2011. The classes will be limited to 15 students due to classroom size.

The CERT Basic training program is designed to prepare residents to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, the individual can learn about disaster preparedness and receive low-impact training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations, to be able to provide immediate assistance and critical support before emergency responders arrive on the scene. The classroom instruction incorporates some hands-on skill development and experience in conducting a search and victim assessment. Participation does not require any physical exertion such as lifting or carrying.

The eight required modules will be taught in four sessions split between the Springfield District Government Center (Feb 19 and March 5) and the Braddock District Supervisor’s Office (Feb 26 and March 12). A fifth morning only session (Fire Safety) will be conducted at the Burke Volunteer Fire Station.

Each of the four sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m., with a one hour lunch break, and end no later than 4:30 p.m. The Fairfax County CERT Program is administered through the auspices of the county Fire and Rescue Department. For more information and to enroll contact

Local Food Pantries Need Help Restocking Their Shelves

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and the Office of Public Private Partnerships are partnering with MV Transportation, Inc. and local grocery stores to collect donations of food to assist the most vulnerable in our community. Please look for the Fastran bus parked at the following locations between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All donations will go directly to local nonprofit organizations that help feed needy families and individuals in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community. For a full listing of sites visit

Sites that are convenient to the Braddock District include:
February 5 - Huntsman Square Giant, 7501 Huntsman Blvd. Benefiting Ecumenical Community Helping Others
February 12 - Fair City Shoppers, 9622 Main St, Benefiting Food for Others.
February 19 - Fair Lakes Center Bloom, 13065 Fair Lakes Center, Benefiting Our Daily Bread.

2011 Electric Sunday Schedule Released

Fairfax County residents may use each Electric Sunday recycling event to recycle their electronic devices. Residents may also recycle their unbroken fluorescent tubes and light bulbs. This is a free service for Fairfax County residents. For additional information, please contact us at 703-324-5230. All events are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Feb. 27: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • March 27: I-95 Complex, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA 22079
  • April 10: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • May 22: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • June 26: I-95 Complex, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA 22079
  • July 24: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • August 28: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Sept. 25: I-95 Complex, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA 22079
  • Oct. 23: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Nov. 20: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Shepherd Center of Fairfax-Burke Offers Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group

The Shepherd Center of Fairfax-Burke is offering a new support group for anyone who wants to be of service to a friend or family member with a dementia disorder.
Learn and share with others experiencing similar challenges. Contact Eileen Thompson, facilitator, for more information at 703-451-8626 (please leave a message), or

Friends of Sadie Annual Valentine Blood Drive, Sunday February 13

To raise awareness of childhood cancer, the Friends of Sadie ask that you please join them for their Annual Valentine Blood Drive, Bake Sale and Raffle.

When: Sunday, February 13, 2011 from 9 am - 4 pm
Where: Woods Community Center, 10100 Wards Grove Circle, Burke

You can sign up now and make an appointments to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code 17053. The Bake sale and raffle will benefit CureSearch and raffle prizes include two 2011 season tickets to the Washington Redskins. For more information visit

BNN: Annandale Food Site and Hypothermia Program

On this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Wendy Breseman, the Braddock District appointee to the Fairfax County Human Services Council, and Ann Woodle of the Annandale Food Site. With demand for the most basic of needs at its greatest in recent history in our community, Wendy and Ann came to discuss how volunteers are pitching in through the hypothermia program and the Annandale Food Site to help our neighbors in need.

Viewers this month have the opportunity to learn about how each of these programs started, became active in our community, and find support from the donations and time of our neighbors. Both are helping to address critical needs for food and comfort during this exceptionally cold winter and provide services that aid affected communities year round.

To learn more about these programs in our community and how you can help, 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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