Braddock District Community Corner
Supervisor Cook in the Community
On September 12th, Supervisor Cook greeted citizens at the opening of the Burke Centre Festival on the grounds of The Burke Conservancy at 6060 Burke Centre Parkway. The Festival kicked off at 10:00 am and continued through Sunday, September 13th.
On September 12th, Supervisor Cook attended the Kings Park Civic Association meeting to discuss with members their concerns and the progress of ongoing projects.
On September 15th, Supervisor Cook held a reception for the new and existing Appointees to the various boards and commissions for the Braddock District. They all had a chance to meet and talk with John and his staff and to enjoy some light refreshments donated by Mark O’Meara of Saxby’s Coffee.
On September 18th, Supervisor Cook participated and spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Giant Food store at 6011 Burke Centre Parkway in Burke. This renovation is part of a major three year program that Giant has to remodel or replace approximately 100 stores in Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC and Delaware.
On September 17th, Supervisor Cook addressed the Signal Hill HOA meeting.
On September 18th, at 12:30 pm, Supervisor Cook was an honored guest at the 1st Anniversary of Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.
On September 22nd, Supervisor Cook addressed the Country Club View Civic Association meeting at Oak View Elementary School.
On September 23rd, Supervisor Cook took a tour of Little River Glen Senior Center to meet with residents before heading off to the Braddock Glen Adult Health Care Center to tour their facility. At Braddock Glen, Supervisor Cook was dressed in elderly simulation gear and participated in activities with the seniors to better understand their conditions. He then re-presented the proclamation which was delivered by the Board of Supervisors on July 13th celebrating Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Month.
On September 24th, Supervisor Cook addressed the Stonehaven HOA meeting.
On September 25th, Supervisor Cook, along with other local dignitaries, participated in the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the newly renovated Shuler Science Building on the Annandale Campus of NVCC which promises to provide “Science for the 21st Century”.
On September 26th, Supervisor Cook participated in “Adopt a Soldier” Packing Day on the grounds of the Little River Glen Senior Center. Beginning at 10:00 A.M., residents as well as citizens from the area, came together to pack boxes and care packages for those brave men and women who are deployed overseas defending our freedom back home.
On September 30th, Supervisor Cook was a guest speaker at the whistle stop ceremony at the Burke Centre VRE station on the inaugural run of the new Northeast Regional train service.
Throughout the month of September, Supervisor Cook attended several of the Back To School Night events at the schools in the Braddock District.
Coming up in October:
On October 7th, Supervisor Cook will host a Town Hall style forum in Braddock Hall from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. which will revolve around issues related to George Mason University and the Braddock District. Concerns already raised inlcude transportation and parking.
Appointments to Boards, Authorities and Commissions
Frank Devita - Environmental Quality Advisory Council
Robert Devery - Airports Advisory Committee
Wendy Breseman - Human Services Council
If you live in the Braddock District and are interested in serving, I encourage you to submit your resume addressed to me. If you have questions or are looking for additional information about a particular group, please feel free to contact my office.
Braddock Land Use Round Up: Cell Tower and APR Review
Commonwealth Swim Club
An application by T-Mobile to place a telecommunications facility on the grounds of the Commonwealth Swim Club at 9800 Commonwealth Avenue has now been accepted by the County for processing. The project, to place a 120 foot tower disguised as a pine tree, was the subject of a balloon test and community meeting over the summer. The application will require both a 2232 and a Special Exception Application. The public hearing before the Planning Commission, previously scheduled for December 10, 2009 has now been deferred until February, 2010. A Special Permit Amendment application for this case will also be heard by the BZA in February. This is a recent change to the hearing schedule. Copies of the application are in my office, and you may always contact Rosemary Ryan with questions or comments.
APR Review Cycle
Only one amendment to the Comprehensive Plan for the Braddock District has been received for the 2009 APR Review Cycle. That application relates to an assemblage of land along Olley Lane across the street from Little Run Elementary School. Supervisor Cook will be convening a group of citizens who offered to serve on a review Task Force in January after staff has completed its technical analysis. Any citizen who wishes to become part of this Task Force should contact my office.
Braddock Neighborhood News: Volunteer Fairfax
Last month Braddock Neighborhood News aired an interview with Braddock District’s elected member of the School Board, Tessie Wilson, about the challenges and opportunities facing our public school system.
Viewers learned about FCPS’s vision for addressing increasing enrollment, growing diversity, the H1N1 flu virus, and the persistent goal of academic excellence along with FCPS programs for students with disabilities, students in advanced academic studies, and programs for the broader community.
On this month’s edition, in conjunction with the launch of the Community Engagement Initiative, Supervisor Cook interviews one of our collaborating partners on the project, Executive Director Jeanne Sanders of Volunteer Fairfax.
Viewers will learn about the benefits of volunteering, available volunteer opportunities in our community and upcoming volunteer events.
Supervisor Cook is excited to have the support of Volunteer Fairfax for the Community Engagement Initiative here in Braddock District and hopes you can tune in to learn about the opportunities and resources they offer.
Braddock Neighborhood News airs on Fridays and Sundays at 5 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Channel 16.
Braddock District Staff
Ryan Kelly, Chief of Staff
Issues: Parks, Environment, Human Services, Communications
Rosemary Ryan, Senior Staff Assistant for Legislative Services
Issues: Land Use, Zoning, Stormwater, Transportation, Public Works
Ann Sharp, Senior Staff Assistant for Constituent Services
Issues: Zoning Enforcement, Home Owner/Civic Associations, Traffic Calming, Human Services, VDOT Issues, Relations with GMU and NVCC
Lindsey Smith, Senior Staff Assistant for Administration
Issues: Scheduling, Arts, Technology, Braddock Hall
Kiel Stone, Legislative Assistant
Issues: Communications, Budget, Housing, Revitalization, Board Matters
Ben Bush, Administrative Assistant
Issues: Correspondence, Braddock Neighborhood News, Health