Braddock District Community Corner

 Supervisor Cook in the Community

August brought some welcomed “R&R” for the Supervisor, but his work in Braddock District continued.

Throughout the month, Supervisor Cook attended the remaining events at Royal Lake and Lake Accotink as this year’s Braddock Nights series came to an end. This was a remarkable season, not just because of the wonderful performers, but also because not one show had to be cancelled due to weather. There were some hot nights, but we flocked to these wonderful concerts nonetheless. We would like to personally thank our emcees, Chet McLaren and Jim Hickey at Accotink and Tom Frenzinger at Royal for their continued work, as well as our volunteers, especially Bob and Carol Devery, and corporate sponsors for making these events possible.

On August 3rd, Supervisor Cook dropped in on several neighborhoods in the Braddock District for National Night Out. Accompanying him were members of The Fairfax County Police Department and also Tessie Wilson, the Braddock District School Board representative.


Important Braddock/Fairfax/Mason Forum Scheduled: Wednesday, September 29

For any Braddock District residents interested in what is going on at George Mason University, or anyone who drives through the Route 123/Braddock Road intersection, the meeting on September 29, 7:30 P.M. at the Fairfax City Hall Council Chambers is a must attend event! Representatives from both Mason and the County Department of Transportation will discuss the results of the long term transportation study completed earlier this year. While implementation may be in the future, the vision is worth hearing.

Additionally, Delegate David Bulova, Supervisor Cook and Mayor Lederer will all be in attendance to make an announcement about the formation of a George Mason University Fairfax Campus Advisory Board. Traci Claar will be there to tell us about what is new at Mason this year, and by the time of the meeting, there may be some news about the University Mall renovation plans. We encourage as many of you as possible to come out for this Forum. If you have any interest in what is going on with Mason and the surrounding communities, this is the place to hear the news!


Date Set for Community Pool Round Table: Wednesday, October 13

As you well know, pools can help strengthen our communities by offering a place for us to meet and get to know each other throughout the summer. Unfortunately, community pools are not always easy to maintain. A few years ago, a community round table was held in the Braddock District to discuss the challenges and best practices that are involved in keeping our community swim clubs alive and well.

In that tradition, Supervisor Cook will be hosting a gathering of representatives from Braddock District’s community pools at Braddock Hall on Wednesday October 13, 2010 from 7:30 – 9:00 P.M. to discuss the state of your community pool and what we might be able to do to keep our pools viable parts of our neighborhoods. By meeting after the season is over, each group will be able to assess the organization’s membership and financial status, see what has worked and what may need improvement. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for pools to exchange information and to hear what other groups are doing.

We look forward to at least one representative from each pool joining us. If you are able to attend, or if you have any questions regarding this meeting contact Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300.


NVCC/Wakefield Chapel Road Community Forum: Wednesday, 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 P.M. at the Nancy Sprague Center. Topics to be discussed include traffic calming measures along Wakefield Chapel Drive and parking concerns, and we would welcome additional input. Please call Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300 to discuss items for the agenda.


New Braddock Neighborhood News: National Preparedness Month

On this month’s edition of BNN, Supervisor Cook invited Jean Zettler from the Fairfax County Citizens Corps Council, Lewis Saylor from the Northern Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, and Beth Goss from Faith Communities in Action to discuss National Preparedness Month in September and how neighbors can volunteer to help neighbors prepare for emergencies.
Volunteers and volunteer organizations play a critical role during emergencies. Government services often perform exemplary and courageous work to assist those in need, but difficulties in transportation and communication can make it difficult to meet the sheer volume of demand faced in an emergency. As individuals, families, and neighborhoods, we all have an important role to play.

On the program, our guests share with viewers how they became involved as volunteers, how volunteer organizations are helping to prepare our community for emergencies, and how you can help to protect your family and neighborhood by joining these efforts.

If you are interested in learning more, please tune 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

To volunteer, you can contact the Fairfax County Citizens Corps Council at or contact Lewis Saylor from the Northern Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster at 703-955-6310.


Free Seminars for Family Caregivers

The Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium will present a series of seminars this fall for caregivers. Two that are being held in locations convenient to Braddock residents are highlighted below. For a full list of seminars go to and select the events link.

Making Life Easier: Gadgets, Gizmos and Home Modifications
Learn about home modifications and inexpensive devices that can help your loved ones maintain independence. Wednesday, September 15 7-9 pm. Braddock Glen Adult Day Health Center, 4027B Olley Lane, Fairfax. For Directions: 703-978-0502

Navigating the Medicaid Maze: Waivers, Eligibility and Documentation
Learn about Medicaid’s eligibility criteria, screening process, required documentation and how to access Medicaid to help fund home-based and nursing home care. Tuesday September 28, 7-9 pm. George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. For directions: 703-256-3800


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