Braddock District Community Corner

Braddock Nights at Ossian Hall Wins National Award

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Arts and Culture Commission recently named Fairfax County as the recipient of its 2010 Arts and Culture Award for the Braddock Nights series at Ossian Hall. Entitled “Explore the World in Your Community,” the series at Ossian Hall, which featured a variety of performances by cultural groups, was awarded as part of a program to recognize counties that utilize the arts and cultural activities to address quality of life and societal problems in their neighborhoods.

Set in Fairfax County’s highly diverse Annandale neighborhoods, the “Explore the World in Your Community” Braddock Nights series at Ossian Hall relied on partnerships and community resources to plan, fund and present summer festivals, each with a different ethnic theme, featuring music, dance, traditional crafts and native foods. The international performance series used arts and culture to address two problems facing the neighborhood: how to turn a potential gang hotspot into a community asset and how to engender a sense of park ownership in residents from other countries who are new to Fairfax County.

The success of the “Explore the World in Your Community” series was due to a partnership between the Park Authority, business leaders who funded the program, and Superivsors Bulova and Cook, who raised the private funding, and with the help of volunteers staffed the events.


 Supervisor Cook in the Community

On June 4th, Supervisor Cook attended the 40th Anniversary Celebration at Laurel Ridge Elementary School. Also present for this historic event were past principals, faculty and alumni.

Later that evening, Supervisor Cook helped kick-off the 2010 season of Braddock Nights at Lake Accotink and Royal Lake Parks. This is going to be a great season of fantastic music, so please check the schedule and come on out.

On June 7th, Supervisor Cook was honored to attend the 2010 Lord and Lady Fairfax Recognition Ceremony and Reception. This year, the Braddock District Honorees were Shirley and Sam DiBartolo, who have been longtime champions of the Braddock District.

On June 8th, Supervisor Cook attended the monthly Braddock District Council Meeting here at Braddock Hall. Look for an article here in the Beacon about the BDC’s Best of Braddock recipients.

On June 10th, Supervisor Cook took a tour of the new Finance Park complex on the campus of Frost-Woodson. This center is sponsored by Junior Achievement of the National Capital Region and is also supported by Fairfax County Public Schools as well as the local business community. Every eighth grader in the County will take a six week course in financial literacy that will culminate in a full day immersion program at the Park. It’s scheduled to be up and running by the start of school in the Fall.
Later that evening, Supervisor Cook, along with Supervisor Pat Herrity of the Springfield District, co-hosted a Town Hall meeting on Internet Safety. Look for a more in-depth article in this issue of the Beacon.

On June 15th, Supervisor Cook attended the Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Later that evening he hosted a meeting with citizens concerning the possible development of a 3.4 acre section of land along Burke Lake Road near Bryce Estates. There will be another community meeting forthcoming and if you wish, the application can be viewed in the Braddock District office.

On June 17th, Supervisor Cook was pleased to attend graduation ceremonies for Woodson High School and Robinson Secondary School. On the 22nd he attended the Lake Braddock Secondary School Graduation. It’s always an honor to be present when these fine young men and women move on to the next stage of their lives.

On June 23rd, Supervisor Cook hosted an alumni event for all of the participants from the recent Leadership Institute and Neighborhood College programs. It was a spirited evening as Supervisor Cook charged each individual to go forward and continue to practice what they learned so that our Braddock communities become more engaged in civic engagement.


Board of Supervisors Proclaims June 25, 2010 Korean War Remembrance Day in Fairfax County

June 25, 2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. This conflict brought together the efforts of sixteen nations and featured the first use of United Nations troops and a fully integrated U.S. armed forces. 54,200 Americans lost their lives and another 100,000 were injured in Korea during the 3 years of bitter warfare that ended on July 27, 1953.

Sandwiched between the national unity of World War II and the national discord of the Vietnam War, however, Korea has largely faded from the public consciousness, rendering it the “Forgotten War.”

But neither the sacrifices made nor the hardships faced by those who served should ever be forgotten. To recognize Fairfax County’s Korean War Veterans and to honor their service, at Supervisor Cook’s motion, the Board proclaimed June 25, 2010 Korean War Remembrance Day in Fairfax County.
During a ceremony marking this occasion at the Board’s formal meeting on Tuesday June 22, Veterans of the Korean War were invited to appear before the Board and were recognized for their tremendous service to our country.

A special thank you goes out to Korean War Veteran and Kings Park resident Jim Starrs for bringing this fantastic idea to Supervisor Cook’s attention.


Celebrating Laurel Ridge Elementary School’s 40 years in the Community

To be recognized for their ceaseless dedication to our children, Supervisor Cook asked his colleagues to invite representatvies from Laurel Ridge Elementary School to come before the Board of Supervisors on June 22, 2010.

For 40 years now, Laurel Ridge has been serving the Kings Park West community, preparing youth for future success in life and acting as a model for excellence in the Fairfax County Public School system.It truly is one of Braddock’s great treasures.


Help Us Recognize the Best of Braddock Award Winners - Come on Out to the Annual Braddock Picnic

It’s time again for the Annual Braddock Picnic and the awarding of the one and only BOB Awards! Sponsored by the Braddock District Council (BDC) and Supervisor Cook, the picnic will be held Tuesday, July 13th from 6-8 p.m. at Braddock Hall in the Kings Park Library, 9002 Burke Lake Road.
Please come join us to celebrate those in our community who work so hard to make the Braddock District a better place to live. As a community service, the BDC will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Annandale Neighborhood Food Site. Please bring along an item to share with those in need.

The Best of Braddock Awards for 2010 go to:

Citizen of the Year - Duane Murphy

Club or Organization Making a Difference - Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls

Most Can-Do Public Employees - Local: Neighborhood College Team for the 2010 Sessions, Federal: Mike McMahon, National Park Service

Young Person of the Year - Kelsey Rose, West Springfield High School and Melissa Sbrocco, Robinson Secondary School

Special Achievement Award - Tommy Salvi, Canterbury Woods Elementary School

Outstanding Business Persons - Jules and Nicky Verster, previous owners Great Harvest Bread

Neighborhood Enhancement or Beutification, Homeowner - Fernando Restropo, Wakefield Chapel Road

Neighborhood Enhancement or Beutifcation, Civic Association - Mike Walsh, Woodwalk HOA Landscaping Committee Chair

Congratulations to you all!


Braddock Neighborhood News: How to Prepare Yourself and Your Community for an Emergency

On this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Dave McKernan, Director of the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, and Jeanne Sanders, Executive Director of Volunteer Fairfax, to discuss emergency management planning in Fairfax County and how we can each plan to protect ourselves as well as our families and neighbors in the event of a potential emergency.

Events from the past decade, the 9/11 attacks, hurricanes and the impact of heavy snowfalls, have heightened awareness by Fairfax County residents to the importance of planning ahead for potential emergencies. While our government can play a vital role in preparing the community for emergencies and assisting those in need, many emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of our government.

When an unforeseen emergency strikes, our own preparation is vitally important. We are better able to protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors when we know what to do, where to go and how to help.

To learn more, please tune in to BNN 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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