Braddock Community Corner


Supervisor Cook in the Community

On May 3rd, Supervisor Cook held the first meeting of the Fairfax County - Fairfax City Interjurisdictional Committee, which he chairs. Topics included George Mason University and its proposed west campus connector road.

On May 6th, Supervisor Cook attended the Little Run Civic Association Meeting at Canterbury Woods Elementary school where he spoke on and answered questions about pending issues in Braddock and Fairfax County.

On May 7th, Supervisor Cook hosted another in his series of Leadership Institutes as part of his greater Community Engagement Initiative. The topic for this one was the Environment and was enthusiastically attended.

On May 10th, before the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Supervisor Cook attended a breakfast at the Waterford at Fair Oaks which was hosted by FACETS. After the Board Meeting, Supervisor Cook stopped by the Bristow Village HOA meeting which was held at Braddock Elementary School.

On May 11th, Supervisor Cook attended the monthly meeting of the Braddock District Council at Braddock Hall.

On May 12th, Supervisor Cook attended a trio of Association meetings in the evening. First up was the Burke Village HOA meeting in the Kings Park Library meeting room, followed up by the Canterbury Woods HOA meeting at Braddock Hall and then rounded out with the Burke Centre Conservancy annual meeting which was held at the Woods Community Center.

On May 17th, Supervisor Cook was present for a ceremony at the Massey Building which honored members of the Fairfax County Police Department who have lost their lives while on duty.

On May 18th, Supervisor Cook attended another Association meeting, this time the Woodhirst HOA meeting which was here at Braddock Hall.

On May 21st, Supervisor Cook started out his day by attending the North Springfield Civic Association Community Social which was held at the North Springfield pool. Later on he stopped by the Fairfax Ridge Community Cleanup and Outreach which was held in the neighborhood.

On May 21st, Supervisor Cook was honored to attend a service at Pilgrim Community Church and then visit with some of the members of the congregation and view first-hand, the parking and traffic issues faced by the church.

On May 28th, Supervisor Cook hosted the Braddock Bike Day at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The event was well attended by children and adults who took advantage of all the info and services that were offered. An article from the Burke Connection can be found here.

On May 30th, Supervisor Cook attended two Memorial Day Ceremonies which honored our fallen service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to ensure our country’s freedom. First, he was at the Fairfax War Memorial for a ceremony that was put on by the American Legion Post 177 and VFW Post 8469. Here is a Connection article that highlights the event. Afterwards he attended the Burke Centre Ceremony which was held on the Conservancy grounds. It was a touching event and was covered by the Patch.

Important Community Events and Updates in the Braddock District

High School, College Graduations Will Impact Traffic

Springtime in Fairfax County means graduations. Because George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and high schools from throughout the area use the Patriot Center facilities for graduation ceremonies, the Braddock District gets a lot of extra traffic throughout the months of May and June.

You can find the high school graduations scheduled for the Patriot Center at the following link: http://communityrelations.gmu.edu/high_school_graduations.html.  You can find a list of all Fairfax County high school graduations at http://www.fcps.edu/news/grad.htm.  This second link is important because at the same time graduations will be taking place at the Patriot Center, ceremonies will also be taking place at Robinson Secondary School on June 16, 17 and 20.  This will probably cause additional traffic headaches for those of you who live in that area, so please try to plan accordingly. 

Coffee Connections Coming Soon

As part of his ongoing Community Engagement Initiative, Supervisor Cook is pleased to announce “Coffee Connections”! 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. Starting this May, in partnership with Saxby’s coffee, Specially Adapted Resource Centers, and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Disability Services Planning and Development, that connection is being strengthened through this unique program called “Coffee Connections”.

“Coffee Connections” is a social opportunity for residents with disabilities to learn about events that they can be a part of within the larger community. Our first “Coffee Connections” will host a member of the Fairfax County Park Authority who will discuss opportunities related to the upcoming Braddock Night’s concert series.

This new program will begin on June 10 at 7 p.m. in the Kings Park Library. We already have a dozen people waiting to participate. 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.

Help Design New Addition to Wakefield Skate Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority is in the beginning stages of developing an addition to the Wakefield Skate Park. They will be hosting a community input / skate park design meeting June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Audrey Moore RECenter (8100 Braddock Road, Annandale). A representative from Spohn Ranch Skateparks, a professional skate park design / build firm, will be present, so please come join the Park Authority so that they can obtain your input and ensure that the skate park built will be what  you want. 

Charlie and Dottie Dane Named Lord and Lady Fairfax in Braddock District

To say Dottie and Charlie Dane are active members of their community is an understatement. Dottie has served over the years as Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Stone Haven Civic Association (SHCA) and is again serving as President. Charlie previously served as Area Improvement Chair of the SHCA, and still coordinates the association’s biennial home tour event to encourage others to remodel and improve their homes and yards.

Their community involvement has extended beyond their immediate neighborhood. Charlie is presently Vice Chair and 8-year member of Fairfax County Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation as Braddock District’s representative. He was President for 3 years of National Association of Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and also served as Treasurer and 1st Vice President. He is a member of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations, was Chair of the Federation’s Land Use Committee for 1 year and 1st Vice President for 2 years. For 10 years he has been Chair of the Federation’s Education Committee. He has served on several advisory boards for the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Dottie is currently the Membership Chair for Braddock District Council and served as recording secretary many years ago. She has been a leader in the local chapter of PEO (Philanthropic Educational Org.), whose mission is to promote educational opportunities for women, and in 2003 established a scholarship which bears her name for her local chapter. She is currently her PEO chapter Scholarship Chair, reviewing applications for the Pell-Dane scholarship given annually to a girl graduating from a Northern Virginia high school. Dottie is the President-elect of the Fairfax Chapter of Quilters Unlimited. They personally make quilts for: Quilts of Valor for injured servicemen/women, Habitat for Humanity’s new residents, the Ronald McDonald House at Fairfax Hospital, NOVECO and Bethany House, and Project Linus for critically ill children. Oh, and she is still actively selling real estate.

The tradition of honoring the Lords and Ladies Fairfax began in 1984 as a way to recognize the accomplishments of the outstanding citizens of Fairfax County. Each member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors selects two people from their district who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service, heroism or other special accomplishments to receive the award. The Tuesday prior to the opening of Celebrate Fairfax!, the Board of Supervisors along with honored guests enjoy a catered meal provided by Coastal Flats, a Great American Restaurant to publicly honor the Lord and Lady Fairfax Honorees. To date, more than 500 individuals have been named a Lord or Lady Fairfax by their respective member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Braddock Resident, Skip Chaples Recognized for his Service

Last month, Supervisor Cook had the pleasure of presenting a Fairfax County Community Champion Award at the Volunteer Fairfax awards dinner. Skip Chaples, the founder of a local chapter of Guitars Not Guns, was the deserving recipient. Mr. Chaples started the local branch of the national organization in September 2006 after Aaron Brown, a neighbor and former member of Chaples’ Boy Scout troop, was shot and killed outside of an IHOP in February of that year. After Brown’s death, Chaples sought to honor the music-loving teenager’s memory and address the violence that had ended his life. His efforts resulted in the Aaron Brown Chapter of Guitars Not Guns. What started as a small group of students that met at the Essex House Boys and Girls Club in Alexandria now has 32 teaching locations in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. Skip Chaples’ efforts to provide children with activities that keep them out of potentially violent situations and keep musical education alive in a time of severe budget cuts, make him an inspiration to the community. Skip is a resident of North Springfield in the Braddock District where he is on the board of the civic association and continues his work with the boy scouts.

Positive Aging Coalition Sponsors Lecture

On Saturday, June 11 well-known author and Washington Post columnist Abigail Trafford will speak about her book, ‘My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades.’ Hosted by Fairfax County’s Positive Aging Coalition, the event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 at the George Mason University Johnson Center Cinema. Free parking will be available at Sandy Creek and Mason Pond Parking Decks, and though registration is free, it is required as space is limited. To register, email msouder@gmu.edu.

Formed in 2009, the Positive Aging Coalition helps ensure the wellbeing of community members who are in the process of transitioning from their work careers into their “Next Chapter.”  This demographic is sometimes called Third Agers, because they have one third of their life left to live after they retire. There are currently well over 250 people who have joined this movement and are helping to plan what a “Next Chapter” would look like here in Fairfax. Next Chapter projects are community coalitions across the country that are working to help people in the second half of life set a course, connect with peers, and find pathways to meaningful work and significant service. 

The Positive Aging Coalition is supported by the Fairfax County’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC), the Chesapeake Life Planning Network and George Mason University’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation. The Coalition provides opportunities for adults of retirement age to explore personal resources, attitudes, preferences, motivation, skills, and interests to stay healthy, active, and connected to their families, friends.  If you’d like to be kept informed of presentations and activities, contact Dorothy.Keenan@fairfaxcounty.gov. 


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