Braddock District Community Corner

Supervisor Cook in the Community

On October 1, Supervisor Cook was at the Woodson High School football game for the unveiling of the “Turf Woodson” Capital Campaign Drive to raise money for the school to be able to put down artificial turf on the athletic field.

On October 3, Supervisor Cook was present for the dedication service and reception at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville.

On October 5, Supervisor Cook held a community meeting at Oak View Elementary School about the proposed changes to the University Mall property.

On October 6, Supervisor Cook was the guest of Charles Dane at the Anniversary Luncheon of the Annandale Chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees which was held at the Fairfax P.J. Skidoos. Later that evening, he held the quarterly meeting of the Wakefield Chapel-NVCC forum at the Sprague Center in Annandale.

On October 9, Supervisor Cook stopped by the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue station for its annual Open House.

On October 12, Supervisor Cook spoke at the beginning of the Great Parks, Great Communities public meeting which was held at the Audrey Moore Rec Center. He then came back to Braddock Hall for the monthly meeting of the Braddock District Council.

On October 13, Supervisor Cook held a public meeting here at Braddock Hall of all the pool associations in the District to exchange ideas and participants asked for a follow up meeting next year.

On October 14, Supervisor Cook hosted a meeting at Woodson High School to initiate discussion and provide information about the proposed school bus parking lot on the corner of Picket and Little River Turnpike.

On October 16, Supervisor Cook had a full day of events in the Braddock District. First, he was present at the begining of the Annandale CROP walk at Lake Accotink Park. After that he went over to Little River Glen Senior Center to help celebrate its 20th Anniversary. From there he went to Historic Oak Hill for Oak Hill Days. To round out the day, he went over to Audrey Moore Rec Center for the Verizon Children’s Health Festival.

On October 17, Supervisor Cook attended two Fall Festivals, one for the Red Fox Forest/Canterbury Woods neighborhoods and then over to Olde Forge/Surrey Square for their festivities.

On October 20, Supervisor Cook was present at Annandale High School to give opening remarks at the County’s Dialogue on Diversity program.

On October 21, Supervisor Cook attended the Champions of Character Awards Ceremony at the Government Center which honored the accomplishments of outstanding students and volunteers of Fairfax County Public Schools.

October 23 was VolunteerFest Day, which is sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax and held each year in conjunction with the national “Make a Difference Day.” Supervisor Cook began his day by kicking-off the opening ceremony of the packing day he sponsored along with America’s Adopt A Soldier program at Lake Braddock Secondary School. From there he stopped by Parliament House, a home for mentally and physically challenged adults. Volunteers there were doing major work in and around the house. After that, he went over to the Pinn Center where volunteers were making sandwiches for a homeless shelter and also doing cleanup of the grounds. From there he went to the Burke Centre Library where volunteers were cleaning and dusting the shelves. Finally, he returned to Lake Braddock to participate again in the Packing Day, where over 400 volunteers packed 1000 care packages to be sent overseas to our deployed troops. That evening, he went over to Kings Park Elementary School for the annual Kings Park Civic Association Volunteer Appreciation Night.

On October 24, Supervisor Cook stopped by Lakeside Park to attend and judge a cake contest for the Kings Park West Halloween Festival.

On October 28, Supervisor Cook attended the annual CARE Awards Breakfast which is sponsored by Northern Virginia Family Service and was held at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church.

On October 29, Supervisor Cook took part in the Women’s Entrepreneurs’ Luncheon at the Waterford Springfield, where he sat and talked with a number of businesswomen from the area.

Join Supervisor Cook at this Year's Taste of Braddock: Thursday, December 2nd

We hope you can join us as we start the busy holiday season with our annual Taste of Braddock. This open house event brings together food, friends and family from around Braddock as well as Fairfax County. Last year we had a sampling from 26 wonderful restaurants in the area with dishes ranging from Italian to Japanese, Lebanese to Mexican, and good old American Barbeque. Last year we also had help from Chef G and her staff from the Annandale Culinary Institute. Pass the word to your neighbors and join us between 5:00 and 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 2 here at our office at the Kings Park Library.


Braddock Neighborhood News: ShelterBox

For this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Wayne Chiles to discuss the ShelterBox program, promoted and supported by the Burke Rotary Club.

ShelterBox is a program that packages and delivers boxes of aid to those most in need immediately after a disaster strikes. It is intended to help an extended family of up to 10 survive when they are rendered homeless by a disaster. Since its inception in 2001, the program has responded to assist earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami and conflict survivors in over 140 disasters in more than 70 countries.

You can learn more about this program and the contributions being made to it by members of our community by tuning in to BNN on Fridays and Sundays at 5 p.m. or Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Channel 16. You can also watch online at

If you are interested in supporting the ShelterBox program, you can contact Wayne Chiles at 703-250-4270 or or visit the ShelterBox website at


You Have a Voice in the Health of Your Community

Take a few minutes to help improve health in the Fairfax community. The brief, anonymous Community Health Survey (online through November 15) will help identify our community’s strengths, as well as issues needing more attention. The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax, a group of community members and organizations working together to improve public health, is conducting this survey to develop goals and strategies to address public health issues in Fairfax.

Anyone who lives, works or plays in the Fairfax area is considered part of the“entire community” and encouraged to respond to this anonymous survey. The survey is online at:


Fiscal Year 2012 Do-It-Yourself Budget Toolkit

This year, Fairfax County is focused on providing the framework and tools for small groups to host and facilitate discussions on the FY12 budget. The Do-it-Yourself Budget Toolkit gives residents, community groups and organizations the opportunity to do just that. With the information provided you will be able to host group discussion sessions about the FY 2012 budget. You will learn of the big picture but you can also choose to focus on the issues that matter most to you. The “Do-it-Yourself Budget Toolkit” is online and can be found at, it includes a 15-minute Budget Video: “Juggling in a Struggling Economy: The FY 2012 Budget Process,” which can be found at that same link and in cd form at the Braddock District Office.

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