Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The three community groups will use the money for specific improvement projects in their neighborhood, such as reforesting the community property.
Three community associations from the Braddock District, which includes Burke, have won Neighborhood Enhancement awards from Fairfax County. The Country Club View Civic Association, North Springfield Civic Association, and the Woodbury Woods Community Association all received monetary awards from the county’s Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program (NEPP) to go toward their community improvement projects. According to Braddock District Supervisor John Cook’s Braddock Beacon for January 2013, the awards and amounts are as follows: The Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program is “a competitive application process to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods by supporting projects and initiatives that assist in achieving the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The open house was held at Braddock District Supervisor John Cook's office in Burke.
Hundreds of Annandale and Burke residents attended the 2012 Annual Taste of Braddock holiday open house Wednesday at Braddock District Supervisor John Cook's office. Representatives from the West Springfield District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department and Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) also attended. Students from Annandale High School worked as servers and prepared some of the dishes sampled by attendees. Several local businesses also provided food for the event including Spartan's Family Restaurant, Chili's Bar and Grill, Coyote Grill, Magill's Famous Pizza, Swiss Bakery and others. For photos, click through the gallery above.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Fairfax Surf Shop Skate Team presented an opening day demonstration.
The Fairfax County Park Authority officially opened the expanded Wakefield Skate Park on Saturday. The skate park is located at 8100 Braddock Road in Annandale, next to the Audrey Moore RECenter in Wakefield park. It features a Freestyle course and a Competition course. Marie Reinsdorf, Fairfax County Park Authority board secretary, said the idea for the skate park began in May 2000, when local teenagers expressed the need. "Four years later this park opened and today there is no looking back," Reinsdorf said. "Skate parks are here to stay." Braddock District Supervisor John Cook said since the first skate park opened in 1976, there has been a cultural shift that now sees development of public areas designed to encourage skateboarding. "…
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 …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
This letter to the editor explains the EPA’s plan that will cost Fairfax County taxpayers an estimated $110 - $215 million.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Dear Editor: On July 12, 2012, the Fairfax County government and the Virginia Department of Transportation sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court in Alexandria, asking that the EPA be prevented from imposing a costly plan it hopes will increase the worm population in the Accotink Creek Watershed. The EPA’s plan will cost Fairfax County taxpayers an estimated $110 -$215 million, according to the complaint. The gist of the lawsuit is the EPA says it has the right to determine exactly how much water flows into Accotink Creek, as opposed to regulating the amount of pollutants that flow into the creek. (See the complaint attached with the article.) The EPA has ruled that the decrease in water flow is the …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Braddock District Supervisor John Cook addresses the June 2015 closing of the Northern Virginia Training Center.
Monday, February 20, 2012
On January 27, Governor McDonnell announced Virginia had reached a settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice that will result in the closure of the Northern Virginia Training Center by June 2015. The Training Center is home to approximately 200 significantly intellectually and developmentally disabled residents, who require care for many life functions, including eating, bathing, and sometimes even basic physical movements. The settlement implements the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, which declared that institutionalization of the intellectually and developmentally disabled violated those residents’ civil rights by keeping them permanently segregated from non-disabled neighbors. The closure of the …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Community leaders offer a Thanks Giving and invite yours in the comments.
John Cook, Braddock District Supervisor “Thanksgiving is a great traditional celebration of friends and families, and provides an opportunity to reflect on just how fortunate each of us truly is. As we gather to give thanks for all our blessings let us also renew our commitment to making this country and our world a better place for all. I believe that starts with engaged communities and connected neighborhoods, and with a belief that we should always have reason for hope and trust, both in ourselves and in each other. "To those of you traveling to visit loved ones, I wish you safe passage, and to everyone I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.” Nancy-jo Manney, Executive Director, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce "I think too many…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Bedell has served two terms; increased membership, giving and participation.
Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Anthony Bedell will not seek a third term. Bedell's official announcement came one day after the November 8 General Election, but Braddock District Supervisor John Cook says it's been known for several years. "This [high pressure] thankless job is not the type most people stay in for a long time," said Cook. "When Anthony announced he'd serve a second term, he made it clear that would be it." "Anthony has done an outstanding job," said Cook. "When he started as chairman of the committee, it was right at the end of the 2008 presidential election when Republicans had been beaten and the county committee had pretty much hit bottom," said Cook. "Under Anthony's leadership, membership has more …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Cook, who faced strong competition from challenger Janet Oleszek, narrowly won on Tuesday evening
Updated 3 p.m. Wednesday Republican incumbent John Cook was re-elected to his second term as Braddock District Supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening in what was largely considered one of the most contended races in the county. "There are independent voices in the Braddock District, and our voices are going to be heard on the Board of Supervisors,” said Cook in his victory speech at the Fairfax County Republication Committee party at the Fairview Marriott in Falls Church. "This race became a referendum on if a non-Bulova person could hold office in the Braddock District. The answer is yes,” said Cook. Cook, who is focused on community empowerment and engagement and on transportation, particularly Fairfax …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Braddock District said to represent Fairfax County as a whole.
"Fairfax County’s fiercest election battle this year is unfolding in the Braddock District, where the neighborhood concerns and politics are strikingly representative of the county as a whole," reported the Washington Post in Fairfax County eyes Braddock race as bellwether for all. Incumbent Braddock District Supervisor John Cook won the seat in a 2009 special election. It's the first time in 30 years a Republican has held the office. Janet Oleszek, a former Fairfax County School Board member, is the Democrat's hope to take it back. The third candidate is Carey Campbell, chairman of Independent Greens of Virginia, the state affiliate of the Independence Party of America. He's running as an independent, and while no one thinks he can win, …