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Supervisor Cook Featured on Cover of Burke Connection with Kirk Cousins in Support of Safe Driving Initiative

November 29, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, Supervisor Cook joined Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins and Transurban representatives in support of the “Phones Down Touchdown” safe driving campaign.  To learn more about the campaign, visit the online webpage.

Supervisor Cook Works with Community to Renovate Surrey Square Park Playground 

July 24, 2015

Braddock District Supervisor John Cook said, “Working hand-in-hand with the community to get this playground from concept to reality has been a pleasure. These types of partnerships are good for the neighborhood, good for government and of course, great for the children and families that will enjoy them.”.  (Read Full Story)

Volunteers Recognized at Best of Braddock Awards

July 16, 2015

Opening the program, supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) referenced the John Mayer song “Waiting on the World to Change.” “We are the direct opposite of that,” Cook said. “Not every county has that same spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the community that’s exemplified by people getting awards tonight.”.  (Read Full Story)

New Giant Opens at Kings Park Shopping Center

June 25, 2015

Kings Park-area residents have been waiting for the return of their neighborhood grocery store. “The neighborhood has been buzzing for months,” supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) said before the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Giant Food grocery store at Kings Park Shopping Center. (Read Full Story)

Supervisor Cook Recognizes Lake Braddock Cross Country Team 

June 11, 2015

“This team is a phenomenal team,” said Cook. “The program year after year after year after year comes out on the top.” (Read Full Story)

Northern Virginia Training Center Property Put on the Market

June 4, 2015

“No matter what is done, the community will have a very big say in how the land will be used,” Cook said. (Read Full Story)

Supervisor Cook Sponsored T-ball team, the Grasshoppers, take on the Hotrods

May 13, 2015

It was the perfect spring day for a game of T-Ball between the Hotrods and the Grasshoppers at Howery Field # 2 in Annandale (Read Full Story)

County looks to improve mental health programs

April 29, 2015

Fairfax County is launching a new initiative to better address mental health needs of people who end up in the criminal justice system.  (Read Full Story)

U.S. Rep. Comstock, Regional Officials Address Local Human Trafficking at Mason

April 20, 2015

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R), who has made human trafficking and child sex trafficking a priority in her Congressional career, is the keynote speaker of a summit addressing human trafficking in the Washington, D.C., region.  (Read Full Story)

Fairfax County Task Force to Recommend Sexual Assault Education Reforms

April 16, 2015

Fairfax County is examining how it prepares students to prevent and respond to sexual assault. In December, Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) brought forward a board matter concerning sexual assault culture. County staff responded in March with a report that assesses what Fairfax County Public Schools is doing in this area.  (Read Full Story)

VRE gives new life to Haymarket rail line

April 10, 2015

Last month, the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board voted 9-0 in favor of authorizing a contract for the planning and engineering of a westward extension of the Virginia Railway Express from the Manassas area to Gainesville and Haymarket.  (Read Full Story)

John Cook Announces Re-Election Bid for Braddock Supervisor

March 12, 2015

Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) was first elected to represent the Braddock district in a 2009 special election. He won his first full term in 2011 and on March 3 formally announced he would seek another term to sit on the Board of Supervisors.  (Read Full Story)

Sixth Friends of Sadie Blood Drive in Burke Draws More Than 200 Donors

February 12, 2015

For the sixth year in a row, Burke resident Amy Dozier celebrated Valentine’s Day by helping manage a blood drive. Her daughter Madeline, barely a tween for the first Friends of Sadie drive in 2010, is now a 16-year-old sophomore at Robinson Secondary School. She’s old enough to drive and old enough to donate blood for the first time.  (Read Full Story)

Board Approves Supervisor Cook’s Proposal on Electronic Data

January 24, 2015

Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved a board matter submitted by Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock). The submission directs the County Executive to provide the Board with a recommended policy to govern the County’s collection and retention of electronic data. With advances in technology comes the ability of the government to collect and retain significant amounts of electronic data. License plate readers are being used locally for beneficial tasks such as locating suspected criminals or analyzing travel patterns. Tracking the location of cell phones is also being used in some localities as part of police surveillance operations. While Fairfax County uses license plate readers, the County has not publicly confirmed whether or not it uses cell phone location technology.  (Read Full Story)

VRE board elects 2015 officers

January 19, 2015

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board last week installed its officers for 2015, including Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook as chairman.  (Read Full Story)

Fairfax County Leaders Outline Plan to Address On-Campus Sexual Assault

December 7, 2014

The rising awareness of sexual assaults at universities has created a new sense of urgency in Fairfax County. Braddock District Supervisor John Cook says America has a cultural problem with sexual assault. “It cannot be the case that one in four people are experiencing this crime but it’s somehow isolated and has nothing to do with what we teach or don’t teach our children and ourselves and how we tolerate it,” he says. Cook says he is hoping to take action on the campus of George Mason University.  (Read Full Story)

Addressing Domestic Violence

October 29, 2014

Joe Meyer, executive director of the Reston-based Shelter House organization that provides support for victims of domestic violence, began his remarks at the Coyote Grille in Fairfax with some sobering statistics. “One in four women across our country are victims of domestic violence. One in seven men are victims,” he said. “Domestic violence is the leading cause in Fairfax County for homicides, the leading cause.” For the second year, Shelter House was being honored and supported by the Oct. 22 fundraiser, co-hosted by Braddock Supervisor John Cook and Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne. Cook serves as the Board of Supervisors liaison to the Domestic Violence Prevention Policy Coordinating Council.  (Read Full Story)

Purple Is the New Black: Campaign Raising Domestic Abuse Awareness

September 24, 2014

The “purple purse” is winding its way through Fairfax County. It’s part of a campaign to increase awareness about domestic abuse. Braddock Supervisor John Cook was first to receive the purse and passed it on to the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova. As the purse is passed, money is raised for Shelter House, a non-profit in Northern Virginia that provides services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence. Joe Meyer, executive director of Shelter House, says proceeds will help build services to financially empower the clients served by the charity. (Read Full Story)

Fairfax County Kicks Off Campaign to Curb Speeding Through Neighborhoods

August 28, 2014

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, FCPD leaders and dozens of homeowner association and Neighborhood Watch residents gathered today to kick off a new community-wide speed initiative at the FCPD driver training track in Chantilly, according to a news release from FCPD.  (Read Full Story)

Neighbors, Police, Firefighters Promote Safe Neighborhoods

August 7, 2014

Neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County held National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime” events on Tuesday, Aug. 5. These events are designed to promote crime prevention activities, partnerships between law enforcement and the community, and neighbors getting to know each other. Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock) emphasized the importance of community involvement.  (Read Full Story)

Residents Learn the Ins and Outs of Fairfax County

May 29, 2014

Braddock District residents came to Supervisor John Cook’s Neighborhood College Program for a variety of reasons, from wanting to be better leaders of their civic associations to looking to refresh their knowledge of local government, but all will be better informed and more able to navigate Fairfax County after graduating from the class.  (Read Full Story)

Celebrating 50 Years of Strong Community

May 15, 2014

With a strong neighborhood watch program, a 4th of July parade, and a hayride, the Little Run Citizen’s Association has had a productive 50 years. Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) honored the group at their annual meeting on May 9 in celebration of their 50th anniversary.  (Read Full Story)

Cook to Host Neighborhood College

May 8, 2014

Beginning in May, Supervisor John Cook (R- Braddock) will be hosting a new Neighborhood College program. This program is a civic engagement program open to residents interested in learning about Fairfax County and how to work with neighbors, community organizations and local government.  (Read Full Story)

Budget Dialogue Continues in Braddock District

April 3, 2014

Fairfax County needs to be looking at the long-term picture in terms of the budget, Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock District) said at a town hall meeting on April 1. “Of course, we’re all looking at the budget that starts July 1, but I’m really interested in hearing some dialogue about the next three, four and five years,” Cook said.  (Read Full Story)

Sweet Saturday

December 5, 2013

“There was Black Friday, and that’s great for small businesses,” said Braddock District supervisor John C. Cook. But, he continued, “This makes it a really nice day to celebrate small, independent businesses where you get a different shopping experience, an alternative to going to the malls.”  (Read Full Story)

Forum Highlights Domestic Violence

October 24, 2013

Oct. 17. The back patio at Kilroy’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on Port Royal Road in Springfield was the scene of a gathering described by host Fairfax County Supervisor John C. Cook (R- Braddock), as “part of an effort to shine the light on the oft-hidden and denied blight on our families … of domestic violence.” Cook was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in February to be their liaison to the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council.  (Read Full Story)

Braddock Supervisor John Cook and McGruff Educate Students About Pedestrian Safety

September 13, 2013

Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Master Police Officer J.T. Frey with the West Springfield District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department had a little help from McGruff the crime dog on Wednesday when they hit the streets to discuss pedestrian safety tips with Burke-area students. Cook arranges such visit a few times in the fall around the time kids return to school, according to his office.  (Read Full Story)

New Effort Could Slow Down Drivers in Virginia

September 10, 2013

A Tuesday vote by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors could have many Northern Virginia drivers hitting the brakes. Supervisors approved $350,000 for a public awareness campaign and “traffic calming” in the county. The initiative was brought by Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, who has been gathering signatures of support through an online petition. The “traffic calming” could include the installation of speed bumps in neighborhoods. (Read Full Story)

Being Connected in a Positive Way

June 5, 2013

Braddock District residents were hit by a message as big as Facebook and as ubiquitous as the Internet itself. Their communities are embracing the virtual world to keep up with the actual one. Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) hosted a seminar called “Community Communication in the Digital Age,” which focused on the swiftly changing manner in which people interact with one another in their own neighborhoods.  (Read Full Story)

Supervisor John Cook, Residents Break Ground at Site of New Park

January 31, 2013

Braddock District residents and Supervisor John Cook helped break ground Wednesday at the site of the former Kings West Swim Club and the new location of Rabbit Run community park at 4803 Tapestry Dr., in Fairfax. The new park, which Cook called a “win-win-win” for Fairfax County residents, will include a new stormwater management facility in addition to the park, which will replace the clubhouse and parking lot.  (Read Full Story)

Supervisor Cook, County Police Promote ‘Operation Blue Guardian’

September 14, 2012

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 Full Story)

Cook Presents Transportation Plan

March 22, 2012

As the Board of Supervisors moves through its discussions on the FY2013 budget, Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) introduced a plan that begins to address the lack of funding for transportation in Fairfax County.  (Read Full Story)

Fairfax County Supervisor Cook Backs New Tax Breaks for Nonprofits

May 18, 2011

Fairfax County supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock)said this week that property-tax exemptions should be given to all nonprofits that offer social services in the county, not just those that provide affordable housing.  (Read Full Story)