Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Wednesday's meeting will also feature representatives from the Virginia E-Z Pass team.
The Interstate 495 Express lanes team will be at the Braddock District Council Meeting today to present an overview of the project and answer questions, according to Supervisor John Cook. The meeting will be held in Braddock Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Information provided will include: The Virginia E-Z Pass team will also be at the meeting to answer questions, exchange standard E-Z Pass for E-Z Pass Flex and register people for a new E-Z Pass account. Those who register for a new Virginia E-Z Pass account in September will receive two toll-free weeks on the Interstate 495 Express Lanes.
McGruff visited Kings Park West to promote back-to-school driving safety.
Braddock District Supervisor John Cook joined “McGruff” the Crime Dog and Officer J. T. Frey of the Fairfax County Police Department greeting Laurel Ridge Elementary students and parents Monday. The outreach initiated the Police Department’s Operation Blue Guardian, part of Supervisor Cook’s ongoing campaign to combat speeding and unsafe driving in our communities. Read the story here.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Supervisor John Cook and the Braddock District Council invite residents to the July 11 event.
Braddock District Supervisor Cook and the Braddock District Council of Community Organizations will honor the 2011-2012 Best of Braddock Award winners at the annual awards picnic on Wednesday, July 11. The event is at the Braddock District office, located in the same building as the Kings Park Library. The picnic begins at 6 p.m., and the awards ceremony follows at 7 p.m. This year's Best of Braddock Award winners are: The staff of Braddock District Supervisor John Cook provided this information to Patch.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Environmental sustainability was a hot topic at the final meeting of the county's 'Evolution of Fairfax' series.
The future prosperity of Fairfax County lies in environmental consciousness, alternative energy and “transitional thinking,” according to architect Doug Carter. Carter was one of three speakers at Wednesday night’s final installment in the Evolution of Fairfax lecture series. Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova curated the event, and Supervisors John Cook (Braddock District) and Catherine Hudgins (Hunter Mill District) joined the discussion with residents. “Collectively, we are messing up our planet,” said Carter, who has lived and worked in the area for 40 years. “I happen to think that global warming is real and a very imminent danger to all of us. We need to change the way we do things, and we need to generate new alternative …
Monday, May 7, 2012
About 100 Braddock District residents participated Saturday in Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook's Citizen Governance Conference.
May 5 was a beautiful Saturday, a spring day perfect for outdoor activities. Yet almost 100 local citizens gathered inside at the Junior Achievement Finance Park on the campus of Frost Middle School in Fairfax to participate in Supervisor John Cook's all-day Citizen Governance Conference. "We are at our best when we don't spend all our time pursuing our own interests, but fully engage in our citizenship opportunities," said Cook in his introductory remarks. "Policy is best when it is informed by engaged citizens." “This conference is meant to provide the information and structure to help Braddock District residents form and participate in a number of Advisory Committees that will work directly with me and my office, helping create a long-…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Officials provide information, receive community input after two sexual assaults in the Braddock District.
In response to two recent sexual assaults in the Braddock District, Supervisor John Cook held a community awareness meeting at Robinson Secondary School Monday. Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) joined more than 100 concerned residents in a review of the incidents and discussion of safety procedures in place and proposed. A 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the woods off Commonwealth Boulevard in Kings Park West on March 14. Less than a week later, on March 19, a 16-year-old W.T. Woodson High School student was assaulted while walking home from school near Frost Middle School. Capt. Joe Hill of the West Springfield District Police Station said increased police …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Panel, citizens agree a higher salary is needed to attract the right candidate for an impossible job
"We’re not going to get somebody in here on Tony’s salary," said a constituent at Supervisor John Cook's Town Hall on Monday night. Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin is scheduled to retire in April, and the Board of Supervisors has begun the process to replace him. According to Cook, Griffin currently earns about $240,000 a year. School superintendent Jack Dale earns about $320,000 a year, and many in the room said that discrepancy would need to be adjusted if the county wanted to attract top candidates for county executive. Supervisor Cook agreed. "The Board of Supervisors hasn't yet set any parameters, but when you're as big as Fairfax County, you find who you want and you get them," he said. "We’re going to pay what we need to pay…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
In the wake of Lee, roads still closed, residents still struggling.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Hillside Road in Springfield is one of the most extensively damaged in Fairfax County. VDOT said that some 100 roads were flooded, damaged or closed in northern Virginia during the September 8 rains of Tropical Storm Lee. Three bridges and four roads remain closed and require extensive repairs. VDOT says at least another eight roads, while open, also need long-term fixes. “Work is either already under way or will begin shortly on roads requiring reconstruction,” said VDOT Northern Virginia district administrator Garrett Moore. “We expect most of these roads should reopen within eight weeks, while a few with more extensive damage, such as Hillside Road, may take as much as ten…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Improvement part of long term plan to address pedestrian safety.
Burke residents have won a victory for improved safety. The new sidewalk connecting Pond Spice Lane and Burke Centre Parkway at Terra Centre Elementary School is open. Broddcok District Supervisor John Cook (R) hosted a ribbon cutting on August 25, with members of the Burke Centre Parkway Pedestrian and Motorist Safety Task Force. The sidewalk improvement project was part of the county’s 2009 Spot Transportation Projects list. Construction began earlier this summer, and was completed ten months ahead of schedule, according to Bob Ayers of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Cook said the sidewalk project is just one step among many to improve pedestrian safety along Burke Centre Parkway. In 2010, Cook created the Burke …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Ribbon cutting to officially open bridges is Tuesday, August 30.
Braddock District Supervisor John Cook toured the Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike (Rt. 236) overpass projects in preparation for an officials only ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Over the last year, traffic crossing over the Beltway was shifted to at least one new overpass at all of the interchanges between Braddock Road and Route 123. Tuesday's ribbon cutting will mark the official opening of the Braddock Road and 236 overpasses. Jeff Wagner, communications manager with Fluor-Lane, a partner in the project, said both overpasses will be basically complete as of the ribbon cutting. "We'll be tweeking the ramps and completing some punch list items on the bridges, but the overpasses will be open to traffic," he said. The two new…