Braddock District Community Corner

 Its Party Time! Get Out And Meet Your Neighbors By Throwing a Block Party

Summer is upon us. It’s the season of barbeques, trips to the beach, ball games, and fun. So let’s have some fun right here in the neighborhood. I encourage you to get to know your neighbors a little better by having a block party. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Draw up a flyer, pick a date, ask everyone to bring a dish to pass, and hand them out up and down your block. That’s it.

You may be surprised how many people show up. Grill some burgers and hot dogs, bring out the sweet tea and lemonade, and enjoy getting to know your neighbors.

Block parties are more than plain summer fun. The police tell us that the neighborhoods with the most block parties have the least crime. It’s true! And the same holds true for zoning enforcement. Neighborhoods where people know each other, look out for each other, and take pride in their community stand out, and criminals and those seeking to violate zoning rules lear to go elsewhere.

So fire up that grill! Not only will your block party be a great time, but you will bring your neighborhood together, and make it a safer, more attractive and more vibrant place to live.


Supervisor Cook in the Community

On May 1st, Supervisor Cook was present at Royal Lake Park to help dedicate “Katie’s Playground” in honor of Katherine Ross Thelin. Later that afternoon, Supervisor Cook stopped by the St. George’s Methodist Church Pig Pull Barbeque.

On May 2nd, Supervisor Cook was honored to attend the Fairfax County Federation Banquet where Braddock resident Clark Tyler was recognized as “Citizen of the Year”. Governor McDonnell addressed the gathering.

On May 5th, the Supervisor attended a solemn ceremony at the Public Safety Building Rose garden honoring Fairfax County’s Fallen Officers who gave their lives while protecting our safety. Later that evening, Supervisor Cook hosted a Town Hall Meeting that centered on the issues concerning the area around Braddock Road, Route 123 and George Mason University.

On May 6th, Supervisor Cook attended the Minority Parents for Excellence in Education annual dinner, held at Lake Braddock SS.

On May 7th, Supervisor Cook attended the Senior Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon where a number of Braddock residents were honored for their selfless volunteer work in the County.

On May 11th, Supervisor Cook answered questions at the Burke Village HOA meeting and also attended the the Braddock District Council meeting.

On May 15th, the Supervisor was the Master of Ceremonies at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Woodglen Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project. Later that evening he attended the Little Run Civic Association’s annual Potluck which was held at Canterbury Woods Elementary School.

On May 17th, Supervisor Cook hosted a Constituent Day at Keene Mill Elementary School. These events give constituents a chance to meet and talk with their Supervisor about any issue that concern them.

On May 19th, Supervisor Cook addressed the annual meeting of the Chapel Square Civic Association at the Sprague Center. Questions were answered about things pertinent to the residents, such as parking and sound barriers for the new Beltway construction.

On May 20th, Supervisor Cook attended the Kings Park Civic Association Annual Meeting at Kings Park Elementary School.

On May 22nd, Supervisor Cook stopped by the North Springfield Pool for its annual social and then later went to the Ravensworth/Bristow Block Party which was held on the grounds of the Ravensworth Baptist Church.

On May 31st, Supervisor Cook was honored to speak at a number of Memorial Day Ceremonies. First, he was at the Old Fairfax Courthouse Lawn for a Ceremony hosted by the VFW Post 8469 and the American Legion Post 177. From there he went over to the grounds of the Burke Conservancy for the annual Ceremony hosted by the VFW Post 5412. After that, he stopped by the American Legion Post 1976 in Annandale for a reception which followed their Ceremony. To round things out, the Supervisor stopped by the Cardinal Plaza Shell Station where they were hosting an Oil-Change-A-Thon to aid in raising money for The Fisher House which assists families of Service Members. There were also members of Boy Scout Troop 1849 who were holding a car wash to raise money for this cause.


High School Graduation Schedule 2010, Held At Patriot Center

Due to expected congestion on Braddock Road and Route 123 near George Mason, we recommend taking alternative routes at these times

Saturday, June 6
2:30 P.M. - Pope Paul VI

Friday, June 11
7:00 P.M. - Garfield

Saturday, June 12
9:30 A.M. - Hylton High
2:30 P.M. - Forrest Park

Thursday, June 17
9:30 A.M. - Oakton
2:00 P.M. - West Springfield
7:30 P.M. -Robinson

Friday, June 18
9:30 A.M. - Centreville
2:00 P.M. - South County

Saturday, June 19
10:00 A.M. - Stone Bridge 2:00 P.M. - Broad Run
7:30 P.M. - Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, June 20
2:00 P.M. - West Potomac 7:00 P.M. - Westfield

Monday, June 21
9:30 A.M. - Falls Church
2:00 P.M. - Briar Woods
7:30 P.M. - Lake Braddock

Tuesday, June 22
9:30 A.M. - Herndon
2:00 P.M. - Freedom (LCPS)
7:30 P.M. - Chantilly

Wednesday, June 23
7:30 P.M. - Lee High


Get Ready for the 16th Summer of Braddock Nights

This series of free musical performances held throughout the summer presents a wide array of artists, from classical to bluegrass and everything in between. The events take place every Friday evening from June 4 to August 27 at Royal Lake and Lake Ac­cotink Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A full list of performances and more information on the 2010 Braddock Nights Summer Concerts can be found on Supervisor Cook’s website (

If the weather looks threatening and you think it may result in a canceled performance, you can call the office at 703-425-9300 until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the concert or the county hotline at 703-324-SHOW (4796). We are always looking for volunteers to help staff the events, so if you are interested please contact Lindsey Smith at 703-425-9300.

Braddock Nights is an outstanding tradition that allows our community to come together and celebrate with each other an evening of entertainment and fellowship. It is a fantastic series of events that truly help strengthen our neighborhood spirit. The atmosphere is informal and with free entertainment for the whole family, this is a great year for folks to make their first trip or their sixteenth. This summer Braddock Nights are the place to be and I hope that our residents will be able to join us!


Area Farmers Markets Now Open

From May to November, twelve sites throughout Fairfax County spring to life with the activity of an open-air market. These bustling marketplaces draw thousands of Fairfax County residents every week. The Markets offer a wide variety of freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers. There are also fresh eggs, baked goods, honey and cider to purchase. Milk and cheese products, along with a wide array of meat products, round out the edible delights. If gardening is an interest, many vendors have small plants at the beginning of the season, while other vendors have larger landscape plants for more ambitious projects.

The Farmers Markets are supervised by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The daily operations of the markets are managed by volunteer Market Masters. The markets within easy driving distance for Braddock District Residents are listed below. A full listing of market sites can be found at

Wakefield Farmers Market -
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays
8100 Braddock Road
Annandale, VA 22003

Annandale Farmers Market -
8:00 a.m. to Noon on Thursdays
6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

Burke Farmers Market -
8:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays
5671 Roberts Parkway
Burke, VA

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