1Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter June 2017
In this issue…
Reports of illegal dumping
Remembering Betty McCurry
President: Kristin Haynes
Vice Pres.: Loretta Rowe
Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett
Secretary and Area Coordinator: Carol Russell
Newsletter Articles or Comments?
Send to: Josh Goodman, WHCA Newsletter Editor
Next WHCA meeting is 7:30 pm, July 31, 2017
The Council will send a reminder prior to the meeting.
Help Requested to Stop Illegal Dumping
Our neighbors have brought it to our attention that someone has been dumping yard debris on the shoulder of Knox Road near the intersection with Tobin Road.
In addition, we have learned from representatives of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church that someone dumped yard debris and other trash on their grounds, mainly along Knox Road near Tobin. The church members are concerned not only because it is unsightly and costly to remove, but also because it endangers the safety of the children at the daycare center and attracts rodents to the neighborhood. The church has asked that anyone who sees any questionable or suspicious activity please call them at 703-573-3986 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2
Friends of Accotink Creek Cleanup and presentation at WHCA meeting
In late April, you may have been taken aback by all the bulging trash bags heaped up next to Woodburn Rd. along the Accotink Creek and Trail. However, unlike the unfortunate dumping incidents described above, this trash heap has a positive backstory. It is the fruit of the labor of about a dozen waterlogged volunteers who braved the chilly and dreary weather and dodged poison ivy on April 22 to remove trash and debris from the park and creek. The clean-up, which was organized by Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC), brought together volunteers ranging from enthusiastic girl scouts to spry senior citizens. The bags were color-coded so that bottles and cans could be bagged separately and recycled.
Water bottles collected by the volunteers were used in a demonstration that the NOVA Trash Action Task Force held on May 8 at the Alexandria headquarters of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). The demonstration was aimed at protesting IBWA’s opposition to litter reduction initiatives, such as bottle deposit bills, bans on sale of water in disposable bottles in national parks, and other initiatives to reduce trash in our streams.
Josh Goodman presents Ted Welch with twenty-dollar bill
found in creek during recent clean-up.
Members of the Board of Conservators of Friends of Accotink Creek Kris Unger and Ted Welch came to our April 24 meeting to talk about the work of FACC and about environmental threats faced by the Accotink watershed. Details of their presentation can be found in the draft minutes below.
Friends of Accotink Creek’s meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month in the Audrey Moore RECenter. Their next meeting will take place June 20, 7-9 p.m. in Clubroom 3. All are invited to attend. 3
Conservation Assistance for Homeowners
Apropos of FACC’s presentation on watershed conservation, Loretta Rowe also shared information about the Virginia Conservation Assistance Home Turf and Stormwater Runoff Programs at the April 24 meeting (see draft minutes below). In addition to the information Loretta provided, please note that Fairfax County now provides financial incentives to homeowners to create more watershed-friendly landscapes. For eligible homeowners, the county will offset some of the cost of creating landscapes that use native plants, rain gardens, infiltration trenches, porous pavers, and other conservation methods. For information about this and other programs that help Fairfax County residents go green, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/cap/cap-homeowner.htm.
Remembering Betty McCurry
As many are already aware, our neighbor Betty McCurry, wife of Ed McCurry, died on April 23. Betty was a native of College Park, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland, where she earned a degree in political science and later a master’s degree in library science. Betty moved to Hayden Lane in 1960 from Luttrell Road on the other side of where the Exxon station now stands. She taught for many years in Fairfax County Public Schools as a librarian and substitute teacher. In honor of Betty, we are re-printing her recollections, originally published in a previous WHCA newsletter, of what the neighborhood was like decades ago.
By Betty McCurry
To understand the Woodburn area some forty years ago is to understand the topography. Woodburn Road was a lazy, sleepy, narrow (as it still is) path winding from Gallows Road to Route 236 – over a rickety one lane bridge spanning Accotink Creek. Although the bridge stood above the frequently flooded bottom land, as today a big storm can make Woodburn impassable. Hayden Lane was three blocks long – rutted, gravelly and very dusty. It ended between what is now Knox and Beverly which was a wonderful wooded area that ran all the way to Tobin. Knox Road north of Hayden was a path ending in a deep ravine that neighbors tried futilely to fill with yard debris. South of Hayden, Knox was grassy with a two wheel path to Taylor – passable carefully. Beverly south of Hayden was a narrow one lane dirt path with not much gravel. At the corner of Tobin and Woodburn on the hill was a house that was the original Woodburn School. For some reason lost in the mist of time, Tobin was blacktopped – and ended where Beverly would be. The rest was dirt. On each side were woods. A steep rutted path with grass growing between the tire marks led to three houses where the tennis courts are now. The whole area saw little traffic except from the residents. 4
Since I am the oldest in age and second oldest in residence (Hazel Mathias was here earlier) in the Woodburn neighborhood, I would like to reminisce about the very different feeling of neighborhood that was here some forty odd years ago. Although small in size this was a neighborhood in the true sense of the word – neighbors knowing and caring about each other was the usual – when one family had a problem others pitched in to help. Perhaps the fact that all the mailboxes were at the corner of Woodburn Road and Hayden Lane had a part in making for a friendly, unifying spirit. Another unifying factor was only one family had a working mother – everyone else was a stay at home Mom. Each day, the ladies with strollers, carriages and toddlers in tow, made the trip to the mailboxes. Since mail delivery was very reliable between 10:30a.m. and 11 a.m., the ladies knew when to make the trek. Meeting each other and chatting made for a congenial visiting time between lunch and naps.
There was a child went forth every day
By Walt Whitman
There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder or pity or love or dread, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day . . . . or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child, And grass, and white and red morning glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird, And the March-born lambs, and the sow’s pink-faint litter, and the mare’s foal, and the cow’s calf, and the noisy brood of the barn-yard or by the mire of the pond-side . . and the fish suspending themselves so curiously below there . . . and the beautiful curious liquid . . and the water-plants with their graceful flat heads . . all became part of him.
And the field-sprouts of April and May became part of him . . . . wintergrain sprouts, and those of the light-yellow corn, and of the esculent roots of the garden, And the appletrees covered with blossoms, and the fruit afterward . . . . and woodberries . . and the commonest weeds by the road; And the old drunkard staggering home from the outhouse of the tavern whence he had lately risen, And the schoolmistress that passed on her way to the school . . and the friendly boys that passed . . and the quarrelsome boys . . and the tidy and fresh-cheeked girls . . and the barefoot (…) boy and girl, And all the changes of city and country wherever he went.
His own parents . . he that had propelled the fatherstuff at night, and fathered him . . and she that conceived him in her womb and birthed him . . . . they gave this child more of themselves than that, They gave him afterward every day . . . . they and of them became part of him. The mother at home quietly placing the dishes on the suppertable, The mother with mild words . . . . clean her cap and gown . . . . a wholesome odor falling off 5
her person and clothes as she walks by: The father, strong, self-sufficient, manly, mean, angered, unjust, The blow, the quick loud word, the tight bargain, the crafty lure, The family usages, the language, the company, the furniture . . . . the yearning and swelling heart, Affection that will not be gainsayed . . . . The sense of what is real . . . . the thought if after all it should prove unreal, The doubts of daytime and the doubts of nighttime . . . . the curious whether and how, Whether that which appears so is so . . . . Or is it all flashes and specks? Men and women crowding fast in the streets . . if they are not flashes and specks what are they? The streets themselves, and the façades of houses. . . . the goods in the windows, Vehicles . . teams . . the tiered wharves, and the huge crossing at the ferries; The village on the highland seen from afar at sunset . . . . the river between, Shadows . . aureola and mist . . light falling on roofs and gables of white or brown, three miles off, The schooner near by sleepily dropping down the tide . . the little boat slacktowed astern, The hurrying tumbling waves and quickbroken crests and slapping; The strata of colored clouds . . . . the long bar of maroontint away solitary by itself . . . . the spread of purity it lies motionless in, The horizon’s edge, the flying seacrow, the fragrance of saltmarsh and shoremud; These became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes and will always go forth every day, And these become of him or her that peruses them now.
Join or Renew WHCA Membership
You can join or renew membership in the Woodburn Homes Civic Association by sending your name, address, email address and phone number, along with your $15.00 per household annual dues, to:
Jeanne Midgett, WHCA Treasurer
3413 Beverly Drive, Annandale, VA, 22003-1110
Reminder: Dues are collected annually at the April WHCA meeting; however, payment of dues is welcome any time during the year.
Make your check payable to: Woodburn Homes Civic Association.
Welcoming and Helping Our Neighbors
All WHCA residents, please let Ernestine Hall at email@example.com know if you have information about any new neighbors or anyone in our community who may need some assistance (such as a ride to the doctor, the grocery store, or pharmacy for medication, etc.). Ernestine will try to find a neighborhood volunteer to help.
Also, please let Ernestine Hall know if you would be willing to help in such situations. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 6
Thanks to Loretta Rowe for her efforts to keep our WHCA website up to date. Please provide Loretta with any ideas and feedback on improving the website’s effectiveness.
Starting a Home Project? Need Help around the House or Yard?
Want to Pass on a Referral?
WHCA HAS A NEIGHBORHOOD REFERRALS DATABASE!
What better way to help each other than to use the Woodburn Homes Civic Association to share contractors you recommend. If you have any recommendations , please send them to the WHCA Newsletter Editor. The following have been recommended by our neighbors. Please note: WHCA does not officially promote or criticize contractors.
Chimney Cleaning and Repairs
Woodburners Chimney Sweep and Repair, LLC, 8975 Miles Place Manassas, Va. 20110, 571-379-4820. Recommended by Nelson Hall.
Synergy Design and Construction, 703-766-6333, http://www.synergydandc.com, comes highly endorsed by Michael and Loretta Rowe. Although the Rowes have had positive experiences with other construction companies, Synergy has been the best in terms of how organized they were and how well they communicated. They adhered to their timeline 100%, cleaned the construction site at the end of each day, and honored their promise of no cost overruns.
Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880. Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry (703-560-2262).
Mill-to-You Fences, contact Barry Potter at 703-370-6455 or email@example.com. Recommended by Loretta and Michael Rowe for his ability to listen well and understand what the customer is requesting. His crew did the job quickly, efficiently, and economically. Barry made sure everything was as it should be! 7
Brian’s Home Services for gutter cleaning, 703-505-6153. Recommended by
Joyce Mcphee (703-560-5382).
Need your Gutters Cleaned? Call Jose Landscaping, 571-594-6630. Recommended by Mark Russell (703- 573-1124). Nan Bradley recently called Jose to clean the gutters on her house and was also very pleased.
Home Heating Oil
Capital Discount Fuel Company in Purcellville, Virginia, for home heating oil, 115 East Main Street, Purcellville, Va. 20132 , 703-978-6400. Recommended by Ernestine Hall.
Sabina Carrera, 703-583-7509. Excellent House Cleaning on occasional or routine basis.
Recommended by Carol Russell (703- 573-1124).
Yolanda Ochoa for excellent, dependable house cleaning. Phone: Jose Funes at
571-238-5447. Highly recommended by Anna Fotias (3434 Beverly Dr.)
House Painting and Repair
CertaPro Painters of Arlington (located in Annandale) for house painting,
1-800-462-3782. Recommended by Joyce Mcphee (703- 560-5382).
Norton Enterprises Residential Painting is a family-owned, licensed and insured, personalized painting company serving our community for over 26 years. Services include all types of interior and exterior painting; exterior rotten wood repair and replacement; preparation for painting, including power washing, drywall/water damage repair, caulking, and wallpaper removal; and moldings installation (crown, chair, base, frames, and wainscot). For the quickest response to a request for a free estimate, contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 703-753-2255. Highly recommended by Anna Fotias and Keith Wilkinson (3434 Beverly Dr.).
Pier Professional Painting (Bill Pier), who can be reached at: 703-402-2857. Maria Mitchell highly recommends and notes he is generally booked far in advance. 8
Excellent General Contractor (drywall, painting, tile, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry) Alan Schottroffe 540-869-6390 or 540-533-7467. Recommended by Mark Russell (703-573-1124) and Michael and Loretta Rowe.
F.A. Landscaping, Martin A. Ortiz, Phone: 240 408-9254. E-mail: Martin03072@hotmail.com. Highly recommended by Nelson and Ernestine Hall.
Randy Carroll, who grew up in Camelot neighborhood, at Rimble Landscaping for lawn service. Phone: 703-527-6950. Highly recommended by Loretta and Michael Rowe.
Sergio Ayala and family for lawn maintenance. They do several lawns in the neighborhood and are very dependable. They also remove leaves in the Fall and do landscaping. Phone: 703-981-9060. Highly recommended by Jeanne Midgett.
Lawn Mower Repair
Branch Grigg Small Engine Service and Repair. Near Woodburn Elementary School. Mark Griggs: 703-560-3317. Kristin Haynes had her almost 20 year old lawn mower serviced and recommends this company as reasonable and great, quick service: Also, highly recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.
Jim Hughes of MAILBOXXPRESS at http://www.mailboxxpress.com/index.html delivers quality service and mailboxes at most reasonable prices! Recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe. Also highly recommended by Carol and Mark Russell.
Kyle Hamond of Pest Management Services Incorporated, 703-723-2899 (mypmsi.com), is recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe for his thorough inspection, detailed plan, and efficient service.
JL Tree Service, Inc., Fairfax, VA, 703-359-4444, www.jltreeservice.com, serving Northern & Fairfax, VA, MD, and Washington ,DC since 1975. Certified arborists provide tree removal, tree pruning, tree trimming & cutting, and 24 hour emergency 9
tree service. Recommended by Randy and Jess Fulk at 8300 Taylor Lane, who contacted JL Tree Service to remove 3 trees from their yard due to proximity to the house, and commented that JL Tree Service did an excellent job, was very cost competitive and followed-up to ensure satisfaction with their work.
Ross Tree Service at 703-583-8733. Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry
CLASSIFIEDS and ADVERTISEMENTS
Share, Inc. is an organization based in McLean that provides services to the less fortunate in Arlington and Fairfax Counties. It is looking for able-bodied volunteers to help with picking up donated furniture and delivering it by truck to the homes of needy individuals and families, all of whom are referrals from county social workers, local faith communities, and several nonprofit groups serving the formerly homeless or victims of spousal abuse. Moving crews meet in McLean on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m and are usually finished before 1:30 p.m. Volunteers are generally willing to do three to six furniture runs per year. If interested, please contact Joshua Goodman at email@example.com.
Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting
April 24, 2017
Proposed Minutes for Approval at July 31, 2017 Meeting
The spring WHCA meeting, held at the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:35pm by Kristin Haynes, President.
In addition to the 5 officers listed below, there were 16 members who attended the meeting, for a total of 21 attendees.
WHCA Officers present were:
President: Kristin Haynes
Vice-President: Loretta Rowe
Secretary: Anna Fotias
Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett
Area Representative: Carol Russell
President Haynes reported that WHCA Council members met on April 17, 2017 to prepare the agenda for the April 24, 2017 WHCA meeting, copies of which had been distributed. She asked for approval of the agenda and the previous Jan. 30 , 2017 proposed minutes (also distributed). A motion was then made, seconded and passed to approve the meeting agenda and the WHCA Jan. 30, 2017 meeting minutes. She also noted that a Neighborhood Watch Training meeting, 10
attended by WHCA volunteers, was held on March 20, 2017 and that a follow-up report would be made later in the meeting.
Friends of Accotink Creek Speakers
Mr. Kris Unger, Chief Conservator, and Mr. Ted Welch (Board Member) of the Friends of Accotink Creek provided a brief overview of their organization’s mission and highlighted several recently sponsored activities. The Friends of Accotink Creek is a volunteer organization dedicated to restoring Accotink Creek. They are committed to protecting, promoting and restoring the water quality, natural habitat, and ecological well-being of the Accotink Creek watershed by: (1) Fostering environmental awareness, education, and enhancing recreational use; (2) Reducing storm runoff and its effects; restoring habitats, preserving land; and (3) Enlisting broad-based public and organization participation and support. The Friends of Accotink Creek has several hundred members, and WHCA became a dues-paying member last year.
Several WHCA volunteers participated in the Friends of Accotink Creek annual clean-up activity held on April 22, 2017 of the portion of the creek that runs through our neighborhood. Josh Goodman, WHCA Newsletter Editor, presented the Friends of Accotink Creek speakers with a donation of a $20 bill that he had found in the creek at that clean-up event, which they gratefully accepted.
Also, the Friends of Accotink Creek speakers highlighted an upcoming May 8, 2017 “Battle of the Bottle” Day of Action, which is to take place at the headquarters of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), to protest the IBWA’s opposition to litter reduction initiatives. The IBWA opposes bottle deposit bills, bans on sale of water in disposable bottles in national parks, and other initiatives to reduce trash in our streams.
The speakers answered questions, received unanimous appreciation from WHCA members for their presentation and continued efforts on behalf of our community’s environment, and departed the meeting.
WHCA Neighborhood Watch Status Report
Richard Morris, who volunteered to help out as a substitute Neighborhood Watch Coordinator while Ed McCurry was unable to do so, provided an update on the status of establishing a WHCA Neighborhood Watch program. He gave a brief overview of what the program could entail and asked WHCA members to e-mail him (firstname.lastname@example.org) with whatever activities they were willing to undertake as Neighborhood Watch volunteers. He also asked for a volunteer to attend a Neighborhood Watch Coordinator meeting on May 10, which he was not able to attend.
President Haynes then proceeded to ask for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows:
Vice-President Loretta Rowe expressed a need for help in getting materials posted to the WHCA website. Josh Goodman noted that historical photos and articles on WHCA’s website could help provide information in support of Fairfax County’s 275th anniversary historical project.
Treasurer Jeanne Midgett provided a report on the WHCA budget. She reported that the current balance in WHCA’s Treasury is $398.11. Disbursements have been made of $75 to the Byzantine Catholic Church, $75 to the Falls Church High School All-Night Graduation event, $25 membership fee to the Friends of Accotink Creek, and $176.15 for website hosting expenses 11
for 3 years. She then noted that she would be available after the meeting to receive payment of 2017 annual WHCA dues of $15 by any members who had not yet paid.
Secretary Anna Fotias reminded WHCA members to sign the meeting Attendance Sheet so that an accurate record of attendees could be kept. She also mentioned that because WHCA doesn’t have as much money in our Treasury as in prior years, the meeting minutes would continue to be e-mailed to members rather than providing multiple printed copies during meetings, which would save money and be more environmentally responsible. However, if any members did not have electronic access, they could contact a Council member, and hard copy of the minutes would be made available to them.
Newsletter Editor Josh Goodman stated that the deadline for newsletter submissions was May 25, 2017.
WHCA Election of Officers
President Haynes proceeded to announce the annual WHCA Officer elections. It was noted that Anna Fotias was retiring as WHCA Secretary, and appreciation was expressed for her 4 years of service as Secretary and 2 years as Newsletter Editor. Carol Russell offered to run for the Office of Secretary as well as Area Coordinator unless there were volunteers for these positions. Other WHCA Officers volunteered to continue to serve in their positions unless there was anyone else interested in doing so. With the minimum attendance of 10 members present as a quorum required by the Bylaws and absent any other volunteers for elected Offices, a motion was made, seconded and passed to elect the proposed slate of Officers as a group, and the election was held by voice vote. Officers elected unanimously were:
President: Kristin Haynes
Vice-President: Loretta Rowe
Secretary and Area Coordinator: Carol Russell
Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett
Treasurer Jeanne Midgett noted that since WHCA did not have as much money in its Treasury as in prior years, she proposed that WHCA members consider reducing our annual donation from $75 to $50 to the Falls Church High School All-Night Graduation event. After discussion, a motion was made, seconded and passed for WHCA to make its annual donation to the Falls Church High School All-Night Graduation event in the amount of $50.
Follow up Items from Last Meeting
Electric Lights in Front Yard. Jeanne Midgett reported that she currently has a gas line connected to the light post (not electric) on her property. She researched the option of getting an electric connection to replace the gas connection to obtain a brighter light, and received estimates of approximately $1500.00, which did not seem very cost effective. She was told that having outside motion detector lights installed could provide more outside security lighting at lower cost. Also, a suggestion was made to look into solar powered lights as there have been technology improvements and cost reductions recently.
Light Pollution Update. Josh Goodman noted that he had received information on light pollution and offered to provide a report on it at the next WHCA meeting.
Dominion Power Underground Electric Wires. In response to Quinta Seida’s request for information on Dominion Power’s plans for underground electric wires in our neighborhood, Carol Russell reported that Woodburn Road has overhead wires, and Taylor and Reedy are underground. Dominion Power evaluates 10 years of power outages for overhead wires, and the highest incidences of outages are considered for underground wires. At this time, there is no consideration being given to placing more underground electric wiring in our neighborhood.
Loretta Rowe reported on Virginia Conservation Assistance Home Turf and Stormwater Runoff Programs. These are urban cost-share programs that provide financial reimbursement to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Eligible Best Management Practices include such things as installing conservation landscaping, rain gardens, vegetated conveyance systems, and permeable pavement to help reduce how land development affects stormwater runoff. Rainfall that once soaked into vegetated ground now becomes stormwater runoff, which carries pollutants into local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Construction to help eliminate harmful stormwater runoff are eligible for 75% cost-share and some can provide a flat incentive payment up to the installation cost. Loretta Rowe provided hand-outs on these programs as well as a hand-out on the benefits of planting native plants in Northern Virginia.
Public Comments and Concerns
Loretta Rowe reported the sad news of Ed McCurry’s wife, Betty’s death on April 23, 2017, and sympathy was expressed by all for Ed and his family. She also provided information on the visitation and memorial services for Betty McCurry on May 6, 2017. Quinta Seida offered to create a scrap book of neighbors’ remembrances of Betty for Ed and asked anyone to send her e-mails and photos to be included. Josh Goodman also requested that the past WHCA newsletter article written by Betty McCurry be e-mailed to him for re-publication in the newsletter.
Anna Fotias mentioned that her family enjoyed hosting the WHCA annual summer picnic last year and that WHCA is looking for a volunteer to host this summer’s WHCA picnic in August. She asked that anyone interested in hosting the picnic to contact WHCA President Kristin Haynes.
President Haynes adjourned the meeting at 8:25pm. Refreshments, provided by WHCA Council members, were enjoyed by attendees, who remained to socialize. The next WHCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:30pm in the lower level of the Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall.