The Braddock Beacon: June 2009

In this edition of The Braddock Beacon  

Help Me Clean up Foreclosures
You are familiar with the problem.  A bank or financial institution takes over a property through foreclosure, or maybe the occupant abandons the property.  In any event, the bank is now the owner. But, it doesn’t want to spend its money maintaining the property.

Braddock District Office Open House - Sunday, June 14th
On Sunday June 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., I will host my first Open House at the Braddock District office.

Supervisor Cook in the Community and Upcoming Events
A round-up of events the Supervisor attended over the last month and a brief look at events going on throughout the month of June.

Help Strengthen Your Neighborhood
Summer is upon us. For civic and homeowners’ associations, this often means “down” time as many organizations do not meet during the summer and instead use the time to plan for the upcoming year.

Braddock District Community Corner
2009 Lord and Lady Fairfax Honorees, Recent Appointees to Boards, Authorities and Commissions and the Schedule of Upcoming High School Graduations at the George Mason University Patriot Center.

Cook Proposes Helping Police, Firefighters, EMS and Teachers Buy Homes in Fairfax County
I wanted to make you aware of an initiative I proposed to the Board of Supervisors that seeks to help our police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel and teachers buy homes in Fairfax County.

Moving Through the Braddock District
An update on the HOT Lanes, Route 123 and Braddock Road Interchange, as well as some additional projects.

Illegal Boarding Houses on Braddock Neighborhood News
Braddock Neighborhood News is a TV program on the county government’s Channel 16 which I will be using to provide you with information on issues facing our community, programs and services provided by the county, great things being done by our neighbors and what I am doing to respond to your concerns.

First Constituent Day a Rousing Success
Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to host the first, of what I hope are many, “Constituent Days” throughout Braddock District. Our first Constituent Day took place at Oak View Elementary and it was great to see so many citizens come out and share their thoughts.

Braddock Nights Turns 15
June 5th marks the start of the fifteenth season of music in the parks. Running through August 30th, Braddock Nights takes place every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at both Royal Lake and Lake Accotink, and at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays at Ossian Hall Park, where you will be able to enjoy FREE live music.

Braddock District Budget Committee and Business Advisory Council
Look here for information on how to join our budget committee and business advisory council. 

Land Use Round-Up: Ongoing and Forthcoming Cases
There are a number of land use cases in the Braddock District which have either recently been filed or are now scheduled for public hearings before the Board of Supervisors. I want to be sure you are aware of these cases and expect to hold community involvement meetings on several of them. 

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