Sunday, May 12, 2013
We want to hear from you, Burke. Tell us why the mom in your life is special.
Mother's Day is a time to appreciate the special maternal figure(s) in your life and pamper and spoil them with more love and attention than they can handle while also reflecting on why you're thankful for their presence. I'm thankful for my mom because, well, she gave me life. That sounds like such a cop-out answer, so let me explain. I'm the youngest of four children. When I say I'm the baby of the family, I really mean it. I'm 19 years apart from my eldest brother, 16 years apart from my other brother and 13 years apart from my sister. People in our neighborhood assumed I belonged to one of my siblings because of the age difference. As you can imagine, my mom was pretty done on the kid front before I arrived, but my sister really wanted…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Whether you're a business owner holding an event or just someone with something to say, here's how to share it with everyone in town.
No, as far as I've heard, there are no zombies at Walmart or anywhere else in town. But that, of course, doesn't mean you have nothing to tell your neighbors. And if you do, I'm here to help. Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Jessie Biele, and I'm your Community Engagement Editor. What do I do? I help you reach your neighbors, right here on Patch. And why do I do that? Because Patch doesn't just talk to you; Patch gets neighbors talking to each other, too. So, if you're a business owner with an event to announce, a school teacher who wants to highlight student achievement, a gardener who wants to share tips to get the whole city blooming or a photographer who wants to share some great pix, I'm here to help. Posting announcements, …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The second annual community race will be Saturday, April 27.
The Fairfax County Park Authority and runners from Burke and the Northern Virginia area gearing up for the second annual Healthy Strides Community 5K and 10K races in Burke Lake Park on Saturday, April 27. According to information on the Park Authority's Healthy Strides website, the 10K course will run through Burke Lake Park on paved and unpaved trails around lake and through park and the 5K course will run through Burke Lake Park on paved road. The 5K course is stroller and wheelchair accessible. The 10K begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. Participants are not required to run to join the race and are encouraged to walk, if preferred, and bring friends and family along. To register, interested participants can sign up at www.…
Friday, February 15, 2013
With the support of Cook and other Braddock District residents, the annual event collected 210 units of donated blood.
Friday, February 15
Editor's note: The following submission is from Braddock District Supervisor John Cook's office. Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook was proud to attend the annual Friends of Sadie blood drive last Sunday and support such an amazing group of moms working for such an amazing little girl. While a cold kept Supervisor Cook from donating blood, he was proud of how many Braddock residents braved the winter weather to donate time, food and blood. The drive netted 210 units of blood, which can save up to 650 lives. “It’s heartwarming to see our community rally together like that,” Cook said. “The Friends of Sadie have turned their group into a pillar of Braddock.” Friends of Sadie is a group of moms that came together in 2009 to secure …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
By Supervisor Pat Herrity
Tuesday, February 12
We have had some successes in improving parts of the Parkway (completing the full Parkway repaving, the Fair Lakes Interchange project, and converting the Parkway to a primary road), but even with these improvements, the Parkway is experiencing significant congestion. In order to get in front of the problem and before we wake up and find the Parkway as congested as I-66, I have asked the Board of Supervisors at today’s meeting to request the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) conduct a Corridor Improvement Study (CIS). A CIS will provide a comprehensive look at what improvements need to be made to the Parkway in order to keep up with increased use. The study will outline short and long term solutions, examine various methods for…
Sunday, January 27, 2013
R-rated film released Friday in movie theaters nationwide.
Sometimes a movie is just...bad. We can all watch it and see what they had in mind, how the pitch went, how the director and producers signed on, and talked some pretty big stars into taking part. And we can see the whole thing derail through to post production, delayed release, and as we watch the finished product with an ever-dwindling vestige of hope. Such is the case for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Why Cinema Siren is reviewing this movie at all is a fair question. I go on record as saying there is always a chance a good movie will find its way to the multiplex in January. Not the ones that were in limited released in LA and New York in December to qualify for the Oscars….Those are the movies everyone is busying themselves with…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Director Kathryn Bigelow overlooked for Oscar in Best Director category.
Zero Dark Thirty, which brought in $24 million in its first two days of wide release, has been lauded worldwide and almost universally as an impressive piece of filmmaking, a movie that is anything but formulaic. It is always very different for those of us who live within the Washington area. Our experience of anything political is amplified. The headquarters of the CIA, FBI, and of course, the White House, are all within driving distance. It is, therefore, nearly impossible not to have heard about the controversy surrounding this film. Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) denounced the film, for its depiction of torture. “We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Which stories grabbed the attention of Burke residents in 2012?
The end of 2012 is amost here. Here's a look at the top 12 most-read stories on Burke Patch this year. 12. Saturday Afternoon Update: Hurricane Sandy to Bring 60 mph Winds, Heavy Rain Monday and Tuesday Northern Virginians spent days preparing for the impact Hurricane Sandy would have on th area. One of the many updates on Burke Patch tracking the storm was this update on Oct. 27 which announced Sandy lessening to a Post-Tropical Cyclone. The storm left around 200,000 residents in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, without power. 11. Fatal Crash Shuts Down Ox Road at Zion Drive; Elderly Woman Killed In June, an elderly woman was killed and three others were injured in an afternoon crash at the intersection of Ox Road and Zion Drive. 10…
Friday, December 28, 2012
In the week before New Year's, be sure to enjoy some time away from your screens
I will not be going cold turkey. Technology is a part of my daily routines and during holiday times it is a treat to see updates from friends and family that I am unable to see in person. But I will be making an effort to step away from the tech that just passes time. Some of us either are, or know someone who is, a bit compulsive about 'checking in.' It becomes a part of our busy lives, engaging or entertaining us in the midst of work emails and projects. A distraction from our pressing responsibilities is welcomed during the rush but when work pressures ease and emails are answered with out-of-office notices, it might help to step away from the keyboards to truly enjoy our time off. Time flies when you click links and flip virtual pages…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Great acting makes you join in their crusade.
The film makers want to ask you, "Will you join in their crusade?" After much promotion and fanfare, a new musical film interpretation of Les Misérables is opening nationwide. For you non-"Mis" folk, the story is of Prisoner 24601 Jean Valjean, who breaks parole, is hunted relentlessly by Inspector Javert and encounters various troubled and impoverished characters in post-revolutionary France. Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, it is beloved by generations of musical theatre fans. The musical version of the movie was a risky undertaking, but now promises a huge pay-off to the studio, cast, and crew, thanks largely to a career topping job by several of the lead actors. The endless marketing about the actors singing live has also …