Braddock District Community Corner

Supervisor Cook in the Community

Throughout September, Supervisor Cook attended several Back to School Night events to welcome parents. It’s a busy time, but he is excited about the beginning of the school year as his kids are also FCPS students.

On September 6th, Supervisor Cook attended the annual Labor Day picnic at Old St. Mary’s Church in Fairfax.

On September 11th, Supervisor Cook took part in the opening ceremony for the Burke Centre Festival on the grounds of the Burke Conservancy. He also participated in a wreath laying to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

On September 14th, along with all of his fellow Supervisors, Supervisor Cook returned to the Board Auditorium for the first Board Meeting of the Fall session. After that, the Supervisor attended a Braddock District Council meeting at the Kings Park Library.

On September 18th, Supervisor Cook attended a morning meeting of the Barton’s Grove Home Owners Association.

On September 19th, Supervisor Cook was honored to take part in a dedication ceremony of the Fairfax Family Cemetery. Thanks to the extrodinary efforts of Eagle Scout Alex Eggleson of Boy Scout Troop 991, the Benjamin & Mary Fairfax Family Cemetery has been restored to a condition befitting such a historic site. We in the Braddock office are very proud of Alex and the Troop, and thank them for their good work. Afterwards, Supervisor Cook went to Historic Oak Hill for its September Showcase, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.

On September 20th, Supervisor Cook was a guest at a breakfast sponsored by Life Circle Alliances. This was their annual “Kudos for Caregivers” celebration and award ceremony. The event was held at the newly opened Mason Inn at George Mason University.

On September 21st, the Board’s Legislative, Transportation and Economic Advisory Committees met for the first time since the Board’s August recess.

On September 23rd, Supervisor Cook attended a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception for the new headquarters for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.

On September 24th, Supervisor Cook visited Braddock Glen Adult Day Care Center to help celebrate the milestone of Lucille Liechty’s 100th birthday.

On September 25th Supervisor Cook observed an Emergency Management Exercise at the Government Center. Put on by the Fairfax County Health Dept, Office of Emergency Management and Volunteer Fairfax, one of the main goals for the drill was to test their Volunteer Reception Center which assigns volunteers to the needs of emergency response and recovery specialists. That evening, he attended this year’s “Arts by George” event at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. This year the Supervisor was proud to be an Honorary Chairman for the Event.

On September 28th, Supervisor Cook attended the Bonnie Brae Civic association’s meeting which was held at Bonnie Brae Elementary School.

On September 29th, Supervisor Cook held another Braddock/Mason Town Hall at Fairfax City Hall. These open meetings afford citizens an opportuinity to come and speak with the Supervisor along with County staff and representatives of George Mason University about issues that impact this general area.


Braddock Neighborhood News: Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls

On this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Evan Braff, the Division Supervisor for Senior Services, and community activist Cora Foley to discuss the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls program available to area residents.

Over the years, Fairfax County’s population has changed. While the County was once a growing outer suburb of young families and single-family homes, it has become home to an ever more diverse community of all ages and backgrounds. Between families who have lived here for decades and new residents who have moved here to enjoy our quality of life, older adults represent one of the fastest growing populations in Fairfax County.

As our population continues to change in the coming decades, both our community and government will need to develop ways to adapt the services, amenities and activities provided to the county’s growing number of older adults.

Senior Centers Without Walls represent an especially innovative approach to providing these desired services and activities in our community through a variety of locations accessible to residents. The Burke/West Center, in particular, is a public-private partnership between local residents, local businesses, places of worship and the Fairfax County Government. It was created to provide these programs, activities and services to older adults by building upon several successful pilot projects in our area.

To ensure the growth and community-led sustainability of the Center Without Walls, a network of community-based organizations, businesses and individuals committed to sharing and developing resources is being developed to aid the center’s programs and services. To help out, you can call Senior Services at 703-324-5544, TTY 711 for more information.
And if you are interested in learning more about the center, please tune in to BNN on Fridays and Sundays at 5 PM or Wednesdays at 7 PM on Channel 16. You can also watch online at


Community Meetings Set for Land Use Cases

University Mall Rezoning
College Town Associates will present its revised plans to rezone and upgrade the University Mall, located at the southeast corner of Braddock Road and Route 123. This meeting will be held on October 5 in the Oak View Elementary School cafeteria, 5004 Sideburn Road, Fairfax and will begin at 7:30 PM. This proposal is scheduled for a public hearing by the Planning Commission on December 9, 2010.

Woodson High School Bus Parking Lot
Fairfax County Public Schools will present information on the 2232 Application it has filed to build a parking lot for 51 busses on a 2 acre parcel at the corner of Little River Turnpike and Pickett Road. The meeting will be held in the Woodson High School cafeteria on October 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM. This application is scheduled for a public hearing before the Planning Commission on October 28, 2010.


Important NVCC/Wakefield Chapel Road Community Forum Set for October 6

Supervisor Cook invites residents of the communities adjacent to NVCC and Wakefield Chapel Road to attend the Community Forum on October 6, 7:30 PM at the Nancy Sprague Center, 4414 Holborn Avenue. Currently, parking surrounding and adjacent to the NVCC campus is the item of most concern to many area residents. We have also had questions about the new lane markings on Wakefield Chapel Road, and will have representatives from VDOT and the HOT Lanes project to speak about that. Please call Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300 to discuss any other items that may need attention. We look forward to seeing you on the 6.


Community Round Table for Braddock Community Pools Scheduled: October 13

While the outdoor swimming season is over for this year, the concerns about keeping neighborhood pools as vibrant and active parts of our communities never end. On October 13, at 7:30 PM, Supervisor Cook will be hosting a Round Table in Braddock Hall for interested members of our many community pools. In addition to sharing concerns about pools with difficulties, we hope those who run pools that are performing well will attend and share what practices allow them to “stay above water”.

Please mark your calendar. OCTOBER 13, 2010, 7:30 PM, BRADDOCK HALL, 9002 BURKE LAKE ROAD. We hope you will make the time to attend this important meeting.


25th Annual Lake Braddock PTSA Arts & Crafts Showcase, Saturday, Oct. 16

Celebrating its silver anniversary, Lake Braddock Secondary School’s annual Arts & Crafts Showcase and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, October 16 from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Crafters and artisans will be displaying their crafts, fine arts and holiday merchandise. With approximately 100 exhibitors, you will find a large variety of handmade jewelry, decorative items, personalized gift items, quilted and knitted items, pottery, woodcrafts, photography, original artwork, and much more. Food will be available for purchase.

Admission is $3, seniors 65+ $2, no charge for those under 18. The proceeds support PTSA activities and teacher mini grants. Visit the PTSA website ( for additional information.


Sound Wall Replacement at North Springfield Elementary

As part of the HOT Lanes project, North Springfield Elementary School’s sound wall will be replaced. The new sound wall will run along the Inner Loop of I-495 making a continuous wall from Hemming Avenue to Braddock Road. The new wall will be approximately 3 -6 feet taller than the old wall depending on the topography.

In the coming weeks, crews will work from the Beltway side of the wall and remove the panels and posts. The sound wall removal operation could generate noise as it involves backhoes and construction equipment lifting and breaking the old concrete pieces. Crews will work as quickly as possible to minimize any noise impacts to the school. Crews will not remove the black chain-link fence nor will they need to access the area through school property. By mid to late October the new sound wall posts will be installed and by late October/early November sound wall work will be completed.


Transurban/Fluor Capital Beltway Community Grant Cycle Underway

Since undertaking the construction of the HOT Lanes project, Transurban and Fluor, the managers of the project for the next 75 years, have committed to being good neighbors and longterm partners in the Northern Virginia region. In that capacity they are currently seeking opportunities to respond to the priority needs of communities located near the Capital Beltway HOT Lanes through its Capital Beltway Community Grants Program. Grants range from $250-$5,000, and a new grant cycle began on October 1.

In earlier grant cycles, financial assistance was provided to twenty non-profit and community groups adjacent to and most impacted by construction. Previous awardees may not reapply for funding until one full year after the original award. Successful grant applications might support an event or an organization, or provide benefits to a directly affected community or “environment” located within the HOT Lanes corridor. Projects can promote safety, protect the environment, enhance safety for pedestrians or cyclists, improve the aesthetics of neighborhoods or promote quality of life through cultural events, support families in need or promote sustainable living through community gardens.

Interested community groups should review the grant application online at or direct questions to grants manager, Michelle Holland, at

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