The Braddock Beacon: November 2009

Community Engagement Begins by Reaching out to Your Neighbor
Last month I launched the Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative - a multi-faceted effort that encourages people to get more connected to each other and their communities, and strengthens community organizations through leadership training, support and connections. The first part of this effort is the most basic, but perhaps the most important and it starts with you. We need to get to know each other. Each month, let’s commit ourselves to meeting one new person from our own neighborhood.

Getting Involved with the Braddock District Community Engagement Initiative
David Ellis, the Assistant to the County Executive for Neighborhood Services, writes about Neighborhood College and the Leadership Institute, we recap the Community Engagement Initiative Kickoff event and offer a Community Engagement ‘Tip of the Month.’

Braddock District Community Corner
A round-up of events the Supervisor attended over the last month, meeting time and place for the Wakefield Chapel Road NVCC Forum, a message from Police Captain Bruce Ferguson urging citizens to keep their doors lock and bring valuables inside and an update on the proposed ordinance banning commercial vehicles from residential areas.

News Impacting the Braddock District Schools
Tessie Wilson, Braddock District School Board Representative, profiles Veteran’s Day events at Braddock District Schools and information on the 2009 School Bond Referendum is presented.

Park Authority and Consumer Protection Commission Seek Public Input
Join Park Authority Director John Dargle, Jr. at a “Listening Forum” in Rooms 4/5 at the Fairfax County Government Center, on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7 P.M. Also the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has asked the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) to investigate the rates of the five municipal water utilities in Fairfax County and the CPC would like input from members of the public by November 15, 2009.

Moving Through the Braddock District
Work continues at both the Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike beltway HOT lanes interchanges, with current construction focusing on bridge reconstructions. Also, during November, Metro will replace fasteners, make tunnel repairs and make repairs to concrete slabs underneath the rails.

Programs to Assist Those in Need
Residents who need help to pay home heating bills or who face an emergency heating situation this winter may be able to access assistance from two federally funded programs locally administered by the county’s Department of Family Services. Also, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance of SNAP program can help to defray the cost of food for your family.


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