Braddock District Community Corner


Supervisor Cook in the Community 

Santa’s Ride
The Police Motorcycle Squad, in cooperation with public safety agencies from local jurisdictions, gathered games, toys and books as part of the 21st annual Santa’s Ride holiday campaign. Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity (center) joined Santa and the elves from the motor squad during their visit to the Government Center. The event was coordinated by Officer David Pierce. Photo courtesy of the Fairfax County Police Department

Braddock District Council
The next meeting of the Braddock District Council will take place on January 12 at 7:30 PM in Braddock Hall. This month’s meeting will include a discussion on the BDC mowing initiative, as VDOT funds are expected to be even tighter for the next few years. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Wakefield Chapel Road/Danbury Forest Drive Feasibility Analysis
On January 27, Supervisor Cook will be hosting a meeting for those concerned with the traffic issues in the area of Wakefield Chapel Road and Danbury Forest Drive at Braddock Road. This intersection has some of the worst backups in the District, and appears to have worsened during the construction of the HOT Lanes. Supervisor Cook has earmarked funds to undertake a feasibility analysis for future improvement and congestion reduction. Those in the Kings Park, Danbury Forest, Stone Haven, Park Glen and Canterbury Woods neighborhoods, as well as anyone else who uses these roads on a regular basis, are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will take place at Kings Glen Elementary School at 7:30 PM. Its purpose is to identify alternatives, hear suggestions from the community and essentially begin the process of analyzing the traffic problems and potential solutions at this important section of Braddock Road. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 703-425-9300 and ask for Rosemary Ryan or Ann Sharp.

Braddock - George Mason Forum
The first Braddock - George Mason Forum of 2010 will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 PM in conjunction with the Fairfax City residents that regularly meet with George Mason University. The City of Fairfax has graciously offered to host the meeting at the Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street. The agenda is not finalized at this point. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300.

Braddock NVCC Forum
Please mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Wakefield Chapel NVCC Forum, which will be held Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Sprague Center. If you have any issues that you want to see on the agenda, please contact Ann Sharp. 

The Cook Family Welcomes Two New Members

On December 30, my wife gave birth to Andrew John and Stephen Michael Cook. My wife and the babies are doing well, and our daughters are very happy about the arrival of their brothers.

As you might imagine, under the circumstances, I am scaling back my public schedule somewhat for the next few weeks, but you can be assured I continue to work on County and District issues and communicate with my staff on a regular basis. 

Looking Back At Fairfax: Little River Turnpike

As a new feature for a new year, each month we will take a look back at a significant event in Fairfax County history.

Fairfax County, like all communities, is linked by transportation. The month of January represents a major milestone for a major Fairfax artery: Little River Turnpike, a historic road that has played a significant role in moving our county from the early years to today. George Washington, Fairfax County’s most famous resident, commented on the subject of the importance of good roads when he opined that it was not an “utopian dream” that roads might someday connect the county and the country.

That day got closer on January 28, 1802, when the Little River Turnpike Company was established with a president, four directors and a charter to sell twenty shares of stock for $100 each. Ten years later, on January 11, 1812, the 34-mile Little River Turnpike, running from the George Washington Masonic Temple in Alexandria to the Little River in Aldie, Virginia, was completed at the cost of $6,292 per mile. Altogether, seven tollbooths lined the turnpike.

Users who took evasive actions to avoid paying tolls were referred to as “shunpikers,” but by 1896, tolls were no longer collected. In 1815, there were fifty-five turnpike companies in Virginia, but the Little River’s success dwarfed all others. In 1818, the Turnpike made enough money to pay a 6.7 percent dividend.

In one sense, it might be said the turnpike even connected Fairfax to Europe, for the last principal road engineer (from 1822-1843) was Claudius Crozet - an artillery officer from Napoleon’s Army.

This feature is brought to you by: Paul N. Herbert, President of the Historical Society of Fairfax County and the author of “God Knows All Your Names.”

 

Braddock Neighborhood News: Sit Down with the Office of Public Private Partnerships and Fairfax Fish

Last month, Braddock Neighborhood News aired an interview with George Braunstein, Executive Director of the Community Services Board, to discuss the challenges facing our neighbors living with intellectual disabilities, mental illnesses and substance abuse as well as the challenges faced by those who may be living without a home in our community.

On this month’s edition, Supervisor Cook interviews Ingrid Parris-Hicklin from the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships and Joe Christiansen from Fairfax FISH to discuss Fairfax Cares. Formed by a broad coalition of public and private partners in the Fairfax County community, including Volunteer Fairfax, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and a variety of private charitable organizations, Fairfax Cares is an initiative to utilize the resources and support of the private sector to assist those in our community who are struggling to meet their most basic needs.

With the demand for the most basic of needs at its greatest in recent history in our community, there is no better time for each of us to become involved. You can learn more by tuning in to this edition of Braddock Neighborhood News and by visiting the Fairfax Cares website at www.fairfaxcares.org.
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 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/asx/supervisor_cook.asx.


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