Braddock Neighborhood News

Supervisor Cook in the Community

On June 1st, Supervisor Cook, along with Burke Conservancy Executive Director Patrick Gloyd and Conservancy Board President Denis Gulakowski, toured the Lake Barton area in order to see first-hand the dredging and dam restoration project.

On June 3rd, Supervisor Cook was present for a meeting of the Mason Fairfax Campus Advisory Board and then went to the Bonnie Brae Elementary School Fun Fair, the Long Branch Civic Association Annual Meeting and then to Lake Accotink and Royal Lake to kick off the 2011 Braddock Nights concert season.

On June 4th, Supervisor Cook attended two neighborhood events. First was the Ravensworth/Bristow Block Party and then off to the George Mason Forest HOA Picnic and Potluck.

On June 6th, Supervisor Cook attended the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s 33rd Annual Valor Awards Ceremony at the McLean Hilton. The ceremony honored Fairfax County Police and Fire and Rescue members for their bravery and dedication.

On June 7th, Supervisor Cook attended a reception which honored the Lord and Lady Fairfax recipients for 2011. The Braddock award winners this year were Charlie and Dottie Dane.

On June 9th, Supervisor Cook hosted a ceremony in Braddock Hall that honored the graduates from Robinson Secondary School who were enlisting in the Armed Forces. This event was attended by a full house and we plan on making this a County-wide recognition in the future. Later that evening he attended a meeting at Trinity Christian School to discuss the school’s land use application.
On June 11th, Supervisor Cook was an honored guest at the Trinity Christian School Commencement Ceremony and then stopped by the Government Center to attend some of the Celebrate Fairfax events. Later in the afternoon he stopped by the Bonnie Brae/Woodglen Lake Day picnic.

On June 12th, Supervisor Cook attended the Danbury Pool for the Danbury Forest Community Association Annual Meeting.

On June 13th, Supervisor Cook hosted a meeting at Braddock Hall about the proposed traffic signal on Wakefield Chapel near NVCC.

On June 16th, Supervisor Cook attended two graduation ceremonies, first, Robinson Secondary School’s at the Patriot Center and then the Woodson High School Commencement at Robinson Secondary School. In between these two events, he was present for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new and improved pedestrian bridge at Wakefield Park.

On June 22nd, after the Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Supervisor Cook attended the Lake Braddock Secondary School Commencement Ceremony at the Patriot Center.

Second Coffee Connections Scheduled

As part of his ongoing Community Engagement Initiative, Supervisor Cook hosted “Coffee Connections,�? a social opportunity for residents with special needs to learn about events that they can be a part of within the larger community. Our first “Coffee Connections�? featured a member of the Fairfax County Park Authority who discussed opportunities related to the upcoming Braddock Night’s concert series. As you may recall, this past fall Supervisor Cook hosted a Town Hall which focused on improving connections between our neighbors with disabilities and the community at large.
The second “Coffee Connections�? will take place on July 15 at 7 p.m. in the Kings Park Library. Supervisor Cook would especially like to thank Braddock District residents Donna Goldbranson and Mark O’Meara for their generous support. For more information please contact Evan Braff at 703.324.5650 or Lindsey Smith at 703-425-9300.

Best of Braddock Celebration July 13

Every year the Braddock District Council and the Supervisor’s office celebrate and recognize those citizens, organizations and businesses of the Braddock District whose excellent performance or contributions to the welfare, beauty, or strength of Braddock District deserve special recognition. Supervisor Cook invites you to join him at the Braddock Picnic on Wednesday, July 13 starting at 6 p.m. at the Kings Park Library/Braddock Office where we will be honoring our Best of Braddock award winners of 2011.

This year’s honorees are: Citizens of the Year – Marie and Henry Cullerton, Kings Park Civic Association; Young Persons of the Year – Jessica Aviles and Alexander Emmons, both from Kings Park West; Most “Can-Do�? Local Employee – Ned Barnes of the Pinn Center; Most “Can-Do�? Federal Employee – Clayton Redfern, USPS; Commercial Beautification – Rick Wolff; Neighborhood Enhancement by an Individual – Theresa Kurtz, Burke Cove; Neighborhood Enhancement by an Organization or Group – Kings Park West Civic Association, with special recognition to Tony Vellucci; Organization Making a Difference – Ravensworth Farm Civic Association; and Special Achievement Award – Timothy Cho, Robinson Secondary School.
Come out and congratulate your neighbors for what they’ve done to make the Braddock District a better place.

National Night Out Challenges Neighborhood Crime

On August 2, neighborhoods across America will celebrate National Night Out to show that they are taking a stand against crime. Between 5:30 and 10:00 p.m., neighbors, families and friends in communities all over the United States are encouraged to gather outside and spend an evening together.

Events can range from the simple block party or cook-out to rallies with games and activities and visits from the police and other local officials. It can be just the people in your cul-de-sac or the whole HOA. The goal of the event is to promote efforts to prevent crime and drug use in our neighborhoods. It also is a great opportunity to show off community spirit and strengthen bonds with the local police.

The best means for you to be involved with the community is to simply come out and have a good time with neighbors and friends. If your community has established a Night Out Event, then attend and be part of the fun. If you do not know of any events being held, then volunteer to organize an event for your neighborhood. Setting up an event can be easy if you ask someone to help. You can call or email a crime prevention officer at your district police station and they would be happy to provide you with information on how to get started. If you’d like Supervisor Cook to stop by your event, give our office a call at 703-425-9300.

In the Braddock District, with the busy lifestyles that so many of us embrace, what better excuse do we have to knock on the door of someone we’ve only seen as we come and go to work and ask them to come out and get to know their neighbors?

It’s Summer Cookout and Party Season

So you’d like to invite friends over, maybe have a cookout or just enjoy the afternoon or evening out of doors. Maybe the neighborhood pool is having a party. It’s a great idea and great way to build community. There are few things you might want to remember in order to maintain that good relationship that you have with the neighbors.

Be aware of the Fairfax County noise ordinance. Section 108-4 of the County Code limits excessive noise between the hours of 11 p.m.and 7 a.m. What is normal for one person may be excessive for another, so please be considerate of your neighbors. Be aware of your surroundings when cooking on an open-flame grill. Make sure that any flammable material is at least 15 feet away, and as a precaution, always have an extinguisher available. Many of us enjoy an open flame recreational fire all year round. It’s important to have a cleared space surrounding your fire pit, and remember to use clean wood. Burning of trash, paper or other combustibles in a recreational fire is not permitted. Be aware of the parking situation in your neighborhood. If you are inviting a number of people who would be driving to your party, it’s a good idea to make sure there is enough parking available. Let your neighbors know if it might cause a problem in the neighborhood.

If the teenagers who live in your home are having a party, here are few more tips.
• Try to avoid the “open�? party by checking the guest list and not using email or Facebook to send the invitations.
• Make it clear no alcohol or other drugs will be tolerated. Provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages. And if anyone arrives with alcohol or under the influence, call their parents and do not let them drive away.

If needed, don’t be afraid to call the police. Remember, it’s illegal to serve minors, or to knowingly allow a minor to have, alcohol on your property. These tips and others can be found in the West Springfield Police District’s June 27 News Bulletin at

Car Seat Checks in full Force at West Springfield Police Station

West Springfield Polcie will be holding these events two times each month and the dates for July are Thursday the 14th and the 21st, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. These are by appointment only, so please call the main station number, 703-644-7377, and at the recording press “0�? (zero), and ask the Police Communications Aide to schedule your time. The August and September dates have yet to be scheduled so be sure to check the West Springfield Station website - - or weekly e-mail blast for upcoming times.

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