The Braddock Beacon: September 2009

In this Edition of the Braddock Beacon

Seeking your Input: Should the School System Help in Meeting the Budget Challenge?
Next year’s budget cuts will be more painful than this year’s. If the schools do not participate in the reductions, then every other county department must take twice the cuts because the schools are over half the budget.  As we begin to deliberate the budget, I would appreciate your input on the question of whether we should seek reductions in the school budget.  If we do not, are we prepared for large reductions in the rest of the budget, or should our tax payments increase?

Braddock District Community Corner
Community Engagement Initiative news, a look at where Supervisor Cook was been in the month of August and information and dates for Budget Dialogues and Townhalls on the upcoming Flu season.

Back to School Welcome
A note from Braddock District School Board Representative Tessie Wilson, a reminder on traffic safety as school starts, a Back to School Nights Schedule and contact information for Braddock District Schools.

Information on Braddock District Schools
A look at Annandale High School’s Culinary Program, the Junior Achievement Finance Park at the Frost-Woodson Campus and on Braddock Neighborhood News Supervisor Cook talks with School Board Representative Tessie Wilson.

Burke Centre to Hold 32nd Annual Festival in September
The Burke Centre community cordially welcomes members, neighbors and the general public to participate in Burke Centre’s 32nd Annual Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, 2009, on the Conservancy’s Festival Grounds (6060 Burke Centre Parkway). A 10:00 AM flag-raising on Saturday will kick-off the festivities for this weekend of fun.

Dam Repairs Cause Temporary Closure of Park Trail
As construction begins on Lake Accotink Park’s dam, a portion of the 3.8-mile loop trail will be temporarily closed at the fair-weather crossing at trail marker three (right in front of the dam) to thru traffic for several days up to three times between late-August and December.

Family Caregivers Seminars Start in September
This fall, Fairfax County will offer 10 seminars, each on a unique topic that will help family caregivers of older adults and adults with disabilities. Speakers include experts in law, care management, finances and community resources.

Important Tax Information for Seniors
Many citizens are unaware of the Real Estate Tax Relief Program for Seniors and Disabled members of the community.  The program is authorized by state law and in FY 2009, the county had 7,717 participants who receive over $25 million in tax relief.

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