Sunday, August 26, 2012
An update from Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
TransUrban Presentation on 495 HOT Lanes During Upcoming Braddock District Council Meeting On Wednesday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Braddock District Council will host a presentation from TransUrban with a construction update and information regarding the upcoming opening of the 495 Express Lanes. The presentation will be in Braddock Hall, in the Kings Park Library Building. Mark your calendars. Additional details will be provided soon. First Meeting of Braddock District Council Aging in Place Committee to be Held The Braddock District Council will be launching a new committee focused on assisting our senior citizens in the Braddock District. The Senior Focus Committee will work to create programs to address the concerns of …
Friday, August 17, 2012
The Republican vice presidential candidate is making several stops Friday in Virginia.
Photos: Springfield Greets Paul Ryan Paul Ryan: 'We Have to Stop Spending What We Don't Have' _____ Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's choice for his running mate, is making a campaign stop at West Springfield High School in West Springfield today. Patch will post live updates from the event as it starts. If you're at the event today, you can upload your own photos by clicking on the upload button below the photo gallery. 4:40 p.m.: The campaign rally has ended and the crowd is leaving West Springfield High School. Stay tuned for a full story and photo gallery from today's rally featuring U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. ------ 4:26 p.m.: Ryan says: "It's not too late to get this right and turn this around." …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, will speak at West Springfield High School.
Live Updates: Paul Ryan Visits West Springfield _____ Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will host a Victory Rally at West Springfield High School on Friday, according to the Mitt Romney campaign. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. The program will begin at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are required to attend the event, and can be obtained online. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin on Saturday morning, Aug. 11, as he prepared for a day of campaigning across Virginia. Both Romney and Ryan were in Manassas later that day. Patch polled several prominent local Republicans and Democrats about their thoughts on Mitt Romney's selection. You can read their comments. Be sure to receive updates…
George Allen supporters gather at the Springfield District offices.
Former first lady of Virginia Susan Allen, wife of former Gov. George Allen, and Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor for President George W. Bush, finished a day of campaigning in Northern Virginia Tuesday at the West Springfield Governmental Center. Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-34) also spoke at the reception. "This election is about jobs, the economy and energy," Susan Allen told about 50 George Allen for U.S. Senate supporters. Former governor and U.S. Senator Allen faces former governor Tim Kaine (D) in the Nov. 6 general election. They are vying to replace Democrat Jim Webb, who is not running for re-election. Allen lost the seat to Webb in 2006. "The biggest problem with our economy is…
Residents are invited to help local students in need.
More than 40,000 children in Fairfax County qualify for free or reduce school lunches, according to Braddock District Supervisor John Cook. "Poverty threatens the academic success of many children in our community," he said. In response, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department have partnered to collect backpacks for this year’s 10th annual Backpack Drive. Last year, more than 2,000 backpacks were filled with school supplies and delivered to students in kindergarten through high school in time for the new school year. This year's goal is 2,800 backpacks. "We hope everyone will get together with members of their community to help reach this goal," said Cook. New backpacks may be delivered to …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Four local parks included in the plan.
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) recently released a draft of its five-year strategic plan. (The draft can be downloaded to the right.) NVRPA manages four parks in the immediate area: Residents are invited to a public meeting to discuss the plan at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the NVRPA Headquarters at 5400 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Residents may also email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some highlights of the 2012-2017 Vision and Plan: The authority controls 100 miles of trails, including some of the longest in the region -- W&OD at 45 miles, and Bull Run/Occoquan at 18 miles -- and has plans expand its role as a leader in developing and promoting major trail systems in Northern Virginia. The group considers itself…
Monday, August 13, 2012
FCPA Director John Dargle will meet with area residents on Sept. 20.
Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Director John Dargle will hold a Listening Forum in the Springfield District at Hidden Pond Nature Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. According to the FCPA, Dargle will host an informal conversation about park-related concerns and issues. Residents are invited to exchange ideas and discuss possibilities. The forums are held throughout Fairfax County to "share thoughts and concerns and exchange ideas." Items of specific interest to Springfield District residents include the Burke Lake dam project and its effect on park users, and the November 6 Park Bond referendum which, if approved, would provide $75 million for park capital improvements.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
A review of some top stories from the week of August 6 - 11, 2012.
Romney Names Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan His Running Mate On Saturday, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan would join him on the ballot in the 2012 election, passing over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had been on the short list of many political experts. Rep. Gerry Connolly called the choice "stunning." "“This is a Hail Mary pass in the third quarter,” Connolly told Patch. “It’s a last-ditch effort in a losing campaign.” Patch readers have been commenting on Romney's choice. Pit Bulls: Love Them or Hate Them Pit Bulls, once loved and revered in America, have become maligned in today's society. "During the first half of the 20th century, they were the closest thing the United States …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Construction on the dam is set to begin in September and last several months.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), the state agency responsible for maintaining Lake Burke, will begin required work on the dam in September in order to meet new state standards. Work is expected to last several months. The Fairfax County Park Authority reports VDGIF is currently notifying neighbors regarding the impacts and effects of the rehabilitation project. "The Park Authority is working closely with VDGIF to assess its impact on park activities and to ensure that wherever possible, public access continues," said Judy Pederson, Park Authority (FCPA) Public Information officer, in a press release. At this time, the Park Authority and VDGIF report: Repairs are required to bring the dam into compliance with …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Online Department of Transportation survey seeks resident input on transportation options.
Residents have two more days to weigh in on the future of transportation in Fairfax County. The 2050 Countywide Transit Network Study, launched last month by the Fairfax County department of transportation to determine how public transit system expansion plans can best meet the county’s goals for long-term economic growth, will close to the public Aug. 10. "An objective of the study is to develop an inter-connected rapid transit system network that gets people where they need to go that connects with transit in Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun and Prince William [counties]," said Tom Burke, a senior transportation planner in the county’s DOT, at a public meeting in Fairfax last month. The 25-question online survey asks questions ranging …