Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Representatives from the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division, along with Supervisor John Cook, presented preliminary design plans to the community to remove sediment from Royal Lake.
Around 40 Braddock District residents joined Supervisor John Cook and representatives from the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division Monday night at Robinson Secondary School to discuss the Royal Lake Restoration and Dredging Project. The goal of the meeting was to gather resident feedback about the project, which will reach its final design phase by winter 2013. The intent behind the Royal Lake Restoration and Dredging Project is to remove approximately 101,500 cubic yards of sediment, or dredging, from the lake and improve the quality of the lake water while providing long-term maintenance improvements. Royal Lake is located south of Commonwealth Boulevard near at least five Braddock District communities. Royal Lake is one of five …
Bands will perform at Lake Accotink Park and Royal Lake Park this summer in Springfield and Fairfax.
The Braddock Nights summer concert series, sponsored by Braddock District Supervisor John Cook and the Friends of the Braddock Nights, returns to the Burke area in June. Every Friday night, a different band will perform at either Lake Accotink Park, located at 7500 Accotink Park Rd., in Springfield or Royal Lake Park located at 5344 Gainsborough Drive in Fairfax. There are total of 22 concerts in the series. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and last until about 8:30 p.m. If there’s a threat of inclement weather, call 703-324-SHOW (7469) one hour before the start of the show for updates. The 9 (Folk) Night Music (Rock) Aug. 23
Monday, May 13, 2013
Braddock District residents will have the opportunity to give feedback on the project.
Braddock District Supervisor John Cook and the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division are seeking resident feedback about the Royal Lake Restoration and Dredging Project. Cook will host an informational community meeting about the project Monday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. The goal of the Royal Lake Restoration and Dredging Project is to remove approximately 101,500 cubic yards of sediment from Lake Royal, according to a news release from Cook’s office. Royal Lake Dam is located south of Commonwealth Boulevard near the Braddock District communities of Kings Park West, Glen Cove, Village Park, Chatham Town, Lakepointe and Rollingwoods Estates. Royal Lake is is part of the …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
First Lt. Robert J. Hess, a Robinson High graduate, died April 23.
WTOP reports Sunday that Fairfax County will fly its flags at half-staff Monday in honor of a Robinson High School graduate who died in Afghanistan. First Lt. Robert J. Hess of Fairfax was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan and will be buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the radio station report. In an email update to residents, Braddock District Supervisor John Cook asks residents to honor Hess by flying their personal flags on Monday as well. First Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, had only just this month been deployed to Pul-E-Elam in Afghanistan to support efforts of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed by indirect enemy fire, WUSA 9 reported. According to NBC Washington, Hess was an Army Blackhawk pilot…
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UPDATE: The deadline for the first annual Celebrate Fairfax Photo Contest has been extended to May 15. Enter today! Your photo could be on display at Celebrate Fairfax! --- Are you a natural photographer or just enjoy capturing snapshots of the world around you? Celebrate Fairfax is looking for the best photographs of the natural beauty of Fairfax County and announces their 1st annual Photo Contest! In order to enter, you must submit a photo of something beautiful you see in nature around Fairfax County. You have until May 1 to get your entry in! Let the county be your inspiration — the top 75 entries submitted will be displayed during the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, which will be held June 7-9. Individuals will compete in one of two …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The 130 foot tall poll would be located near the baseball field at the school.
Around 15 residents and representatives from Milestone Communications met Wednesday evening at Kings Park Library to discuss the proposed monopole AT&T plans to build at Lake Braddock Secondary School. AT&T has filed an application with Fairfax County for a new cell phone tower in order to address a gap in wireless coverage in that area of Burke, according to Cristian Hernandez, project manager with Milestone Communications, who lead the presentation. The gap, Hernandez said, is caused by the inability of current coverage to keep up with area residents' extensive use of devices such as Kindles, iPads and smart phones. The existing poles were built to handle voice coverage, but these days, Hernandez said, the issue is more about data and …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Holland worked for the Washington Examiner
Taylor Holland, formerly of the Washington Examiner, has been hired as the chief of staff for Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay. Holland covered Northern Virginia, and was formally hired on April 2. “Taylor will be a tremendous asset to our Lee District team and I am glad to have him on board,” said McKay in a press release. Holland, who takes the job from Mike McClanahan (who held the position for just over a year) previously reported for the Selma Times-Journal and the Tuscaloosa News in Alabama. He received his degree in journalism from the University of Alabama. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” said Holland. “This is an exciting time for Lee District and South County, especially with construction of the Springfield Town …
The commission held a dedication ceremony for a new historical marker.
Tuesday, May 7
The Fairfax County History Commission celebrated a piece of Burke history with Sunday's dedication ceremony to commemorate the Bog Wall Ambush during the Civil War. The new historical marker is located at the intersection of Dunleigh Drive and Braddock Road in Burke. The text on the sign says: On 4 December 1861, fifty-fivemen of the 3rd New Jersey Infantry, Col. George W. Taylorcommanding, set an ambush nearby in retaliation for attacks on Union pickets. They stretched two telegraph wires across Braddock Road at the eastern end of a “perfect bog hole” to dismount riders. Near midnight, twenty-four Georgia Hussars cavalrymen, led by Capt. J. Fred. Waring, entered the trap from the west. A “sheet of fire” erupted from the tree line along …
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Monday, May 6, 2013
With prom and graduation fast approaching, Fairfax County officials launch campaign to raise awareness of what legal consequences await parents who let kids drink on their watch.
With high school proms and graduations right around the corner, Fairfax County has a message for parents: if you host parties and give teenagers alcohol, you will be prosecuted. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the Fairfax County School Board, proclaimed May 2013 Parents Who Host, Lose the Most month last week. Parents Who Host, Lose the Most is a campaign to raise public awareness for parents and other adults about the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors. For the seventh year in a row, Fairfax County officials are taking part. Supervisor Jeff McKay stressed the importance of the campaign and its message. Prom and graduation should be a joyous time, but underage drinking can too often lead to …