Braddock Neighborhood News

Supervisor Cook in the Community

On August 2nd, Supervisor Cook rode along with Fairfax County Police Officers and visited sites that were participating in National Night Out, a yearly program that raises the awareness for community safety. Among the Braddock District locations that he visited were Random Hills, Bonnie Brae, Middleridge, Spring Oak, Pine Pond, Olde Forge/Surrey Square, Rutherford, Stone Haven, and Canterbury Woods.

On August 3rd, Supervisor Cook chaired a public meeting of the Mason West Campus Connector Advisory group regarding, the proposed George Mason University West Campus Connector. After opening remarks from Supervisor Cook a presentation was given by Mason’s consultant on this project. The presentation was followed with a community input session. Among expressed concers, were ensuring that an adequate buffer was provided between the roadway and the residents living on Kelley Drive.

On August 6th, Supervisor Cook addressed the Voices of Vietnamese Americans Community Advocacy and Resource Day, held in the Government Center Board Auditorium.

On August 8th, Supervisor Cook attended a community meeting at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College and toured the new Student Services Building which will have its grand opening in September.

On August 10th, Supervisor Cook spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Fairfax County Employees Union, held in the Herrity Building.

On August 18th, Supervisor Cook was given a tour of the Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike bridge construction sites. The tour was covered in the Patch:

On August 20th, Supervisor Cook attended a Police Safety Day, which was held at the Random Hills Pool. This event was held by the Police Department and the Random Hills HOA and focused on safety for children.

On August 25th, Supervisor Cook participated in the first ever Welcome Walk sponsored by George Mason University and the Braddock District Office. Supervisor Cook, Mason officials and community leaders visited Mason students who live in Kings Park West, both to welcome them into the community and ask that they be good neighbors. Later, he held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Terra Centre Elementary School for the new sidewalk, constructed adjacent to Burke Centre Parkway, which will help ensure safety. This event was covered by the Patch as well as the Connection newspaper.

On August 26th, Supervisor Cook was present for the opening of the newly renovated Pinn Center on Zion Drive. Later that evening, he attended the final Friday night series of the 2011 Braddock Nights concert series. It was a very successful year and we can’t wait for next years season to begin.

On August 27th, despite the effects of Hurricane Irene, Supervisor Cook hosted a document shredding event in the parking lot of the Braddock District Office. Even though the weather was less than perfect, hundreds of people came out to participate.

On August 30th, Supervisor Cook spoke before the members of the Burke Rotary Club at Brion’s Grille. He also hosted a Town Hall on concussion awareness, especially relevant as we head into the fall school sports season.

Next University Community Forum Set for October 5

For anyone interested in activities and events taking place in the Braddock District, at George Mason University and in the city of Fairfax, the University Community Forum is THE meeting to attend.
The October 5 meeting will be at the Fairfax City Hall Chambers, 10455 Armstrong Street beginning at 7:30 PM. The first portion of the meeting will cover local information and announcements, while the remainder of the meeting will be dedicated to the GMU West Campus Connector Open House.

Anyone interested in what is going on with the plans for the West Campus Connector is strongly encouraged to attend. For more information on the Campus Connector, call Kiel Stone at 703-425-9300.

Shred-It Event Returns to NVCC Annandale

If you missed the shredding event at the Braddock District office due to Hurricane Irene, NVCC’s Annandale campus is partnering with NBC4 to offer a Community Shred-It event on Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will occur throughout NOVA’s parking lots, with a drop off location in lots B-15, B-16, B-17. They will be working with Fairfax County Police Department to manage traffic flow in the area.

Do You Know if Your Pool Meets ADA Guidelines? Important Meeting to be Held on September 28

Last fall, Supervisor Cook hosted a community round table in the Braddock District to discuss the challenges and best practices that are involved in keeping our community swim clubs alive and well.
It was a great opportunity for our pool members to share ideas, and several have asked that we get together again. Supervisor Cook will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, September 28 and is inviting all pool board members, managers and others interested in their community pools. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM in Braddock Hall, 9002 Burke Lake Road.

Ellen Eggerton, Ombudsman for Religious and Community Groups, and Susan Langdon from the County Planning and Zoning Office will be there to talk about how you can use your pool property in the off season and what permits might be needed. We are also looking at having representatives from Land Development and the Health Department to answer your questions about what would need to be done if your pool is looking at any improvements, as there are new regulations set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act that all pools must meet as soon as March 2012. This is significant!

Our office is sending invitations to all pools in the Braddock District. If you did not receive an invitation, but would like to attend this meeting, or if you have other questions about the meeting, please call Ann Sharp at 703-425-9300.

Annandale Fall Festival: Bigger and Better than Ever

On Saturday, October 22, 2011, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., eighty merchants with all manner of items will fill the community market.

Rock, Jazz & Country Bands along with International Costumed Dancers will set your toes tapping while The Taste of Annandale, with food from many culinary cuisines, will satisfy your every craving. The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a Climbing Wall, Bungee Jump, Bungee Basketball, Face Painters, a Lil Pirate Inflatable & Toddler Games, Costumed Characters, and The Secret Garden which will feature Puppet Shows at 1 & 3 p.m. and The Traveling Storyteller at NOON and 2:00 p.m. along with interactive games for toddlers to teens.

The Annual Parade 10 a.m. to NOON will finish at the Festival Grounds bringing thousands more with it. For further information or Vendor, Volunteer, Entertainment, or Sponsorship forms go to under Our Events or write Entry forms for the Parade are also on the Chamber website. Parade registration deadline is October 5th.

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