August 2010

  Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  August, 2010

President’s Message

In April, 2010, Ed McCurry was elected President of the Association.  His first message as President is below.

Greetings to the community!

I’m happy to report that your association is healthy and stable.  With a membership of 33 households, which equates to around 20% of the homes in our community, we are at a higher participation level than we have been for a number of years. Your board is stable and we have been actively promoting activities that we think will help bind the community closer. 

In the past 24 months we’ve had yards sales, a number of community socials, a garden tour and a couple of genealogy meetings.  We’ve reestablished a quarterly newsletter and improved our communications to you. Given that, there is much more that could be done. Much of the impetus for change and improvement needs to come from you, our members.  What would you like to see happen?  We have established the electronic method of communication with you…i.e. email and a website….because of its efficiency and low cost.  Would you like to see other methods?  In particular we would like to reach those folks who have no or limited access to broadband communication. 

You should know that we, as a board, are always willing to listen and you should contact us with any concerns or ideas you might have. 

Thank you.  Ed McCurry

Upcoming Events

Neighborhood Picnic August 28 details below

Camelot School Open House September 3 details below

Camelot Back to School Night September 16 details below

Annandale Fall Festival October 23 details below

Summer Picnic – All Invited!

Saturday —August 28 at 5:00 PM

(Raindate– Sunday, August 29 at 5:00 PM  CHECK WEBSITE FOR RAINDATE INFORMATION)

Picnic will take place at Home of Patti and Scott Bailey, 3433 Knox Road

Bring the whole family, but no pets please, and bring swim suits if you would like a cooling dip in the pool!

WHCA will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and soft drinks for all.



  • Side dish or dessert to share
  • Other meat and/or beverages, if you prefer
  • $5 fee per family if you have not joined WHCA in 2010 or $15 annual dues may be paid for at this event
  • Chairs

Please RSVP by August 25 at

or to Kristin Haynes at 703-698-5484

Annandale Fall Festival & Parade

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, the Annandale Chamber of Commerce will

sponsor a spectacular Fall Festival in the Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike. This is the largest public event in Greater Annandale.  From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM scores of merchants with hand made and fashion jewelry, ceramics, imported silks, pet accessories, art work, quality giftware from major manufacturers, exquisite crafts and so much more will fill the community market.

Multiple rock bands and Jazz groups will set your toes tapping while “The Taste of Annandale” with food from many culinary cuisines will satisfy every taste craving. The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a Climbing Wall, 24′ Dual Slides, Bungee Run, a Sticky Wall, an Obstacle Course, Moon Bounce, a Reading Tent with costumed characters, a Musical Petting Zoo, a Treasure  Hunt, and interactive games for toddlers to teens.

The Annual Parade, held since 1950, will march along Columbia Pike from 10 am to NOON and finish at the Festival Grounds bringing thousands more with it.

For further information go to or write  Plan to participate, volunteer, and have fun!  Great advertising opportunities are also available for sponsors of this event

Richard Morris, Treasurer, has suggested that volunteers provide a mini-shuttle service .to the event.


Message from Camelot School Principal

Dear Community,

I am hoping each of you found time this summer to do what is most special for you and your family. My family and I spent time with family in New York, took our three children to Hershey Park, visited college friends at Cornell University and spent many hours playing with our children. 

We have recently received the official results from our end of year Standards of Learning Assessments and our results were excellent!  In fact we saw significant increases in student achievement in the areas of reading, mathematics, and science.  Our overall pass rate in reading was 95% and in mathematics was 91%.  Additionally, for the first time since the 2007-2008 school year, Camelot made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as measured by the United States Department of Education.  These results were possible through the collaboration of our staff and support of our parents and community.  Throughout the school year teachers met on a weekly basis to discuss curriculum, assessments and students progress.  They remained dedicated to the success of all our students, providing support and enrichment.  

We are excited to welcome our students back on September 3rd from 11:00-12:00 for our annual Open House.  Additionally, we will welcome families to our Back to School Night on Sept 16th at 7:00 PM. 

I am excited to begin another school year and to think about the possibilities that come with the start of a new year.  Please know that my door is always open to you.  I welcome your thoughts, your concerns, and your insights.  The 2010-2011 school year is going to be a great learning year!

Sincerely,Craig Gfeller, Principal Camelot School

Area News

Status of Construction of the New Church

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church on Woodburn Road

Any questions about church construction should be directed to WHCA President Ed McCurry (703-409-6055) who is our coordinator with the Church Representatives.

Work Planned for the Coming Weeks

  • Dominion Power has scheduled the power utility line move for Thursday evening, August 19.
  • Installation of the storm water management tanks will begin around August 10, and the temporary holding pond will be removed; work in the creek will continue.
  • Parishioners are asked to be mindful of the construction areas, keep children safe, and not interfere with any of the contractor’s personnel.
  • Parking in the area between the church and Woodburn Road will be restricted to Sunday, Tuesday for bingo, and Day Care staff.

Farmers Markets

Farmer’s Markets Will Continue Through October:  Get the freshest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, plants, cut flowers, honey, meat, dairy, eggs and more at the local farmers markets: For a complete listing of farmers markets and hours, see:

Northrop Grumman is Moving Headquarters to Fairview Park. 

The following is an excerpt from the July 13 edition of the Washington Post:

Northrop Grumman announced Monday that it has selected a 333,000-square-foot building near Falls Church for its new headquarters and will move there from Los Angeles by next summer.

The company has settled on 2980 Fairview Park Dr., a 14-story building that was owned by Verizon until it was sold to a subsidiary of ING Clarion Partners in September 2007 for $105 million. Verizon occupies a small portion of the building but is expected to move out by September.

Northrop initially planned to move 300 corporate jobs from California to the new office, but Belote said the figure will probably grow by “a few hundred” because the company also plans to relocate most of the workers in its Rosslyn office.

The move will be conducted in phases, but the new office will be fully staffed by next summer, Belote said. Because the building needs little work, he expressed confidence that the company will stay on schedule.

Merrifield Development

The Merrifield development project is progressing.  The old Multiplex Theater is gone.  The new site will add a Target, restaurants and two community parks.  Eventually a new movie theater will be added.  Check out

Bird Watching at Eakin Park 

There is a county sponsored bird walk every Monday morning (free) at Eakin Park beginning at the parking lot at Prosperity Avenue.  Starting time is 7:00 a.m. March through November.  (December, January, February at 7:30 a.m.)  Cancelled if rain or severe weather. Call 703-941-1065 (Hidden Oaks Nature Center) for further information.

Join or Renew Membership!!!

Reminder:  2010 Annual Dues were due in April, 2010.   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:

Richard Morris

8413 Hayden Lane, Annandale, VA 22003-1126

Make check payable to:   Woodburn Homes Civic Association

Welcoming and Helping Our Neighbors

All WHCA residents please let Ernestine Hall know if you know or hear of new

neighbors or anyone who needs any type of assistance (such as a ride to the doctor, or the grocery store or pharmacy for medication, etc.)  Ernestine will try to help or find a neighborhood volunteer.

Ernestine has been great in organizing assistance!  Thanks Ernestine!

Also, please let Ernestine know if you would be willing to help in such situations. You can email her at:

Neighborhood Comments

Let’s Keep our Roads Courteous 

From a Woodburn Homes Civic Association Member: 

It is probably not a surprise to hear that Washington DC recently ranked fifth in USA Today’s Rude Drivers Survey.   Chief among complaints about area drivers is loud horn blowing, particularly if the driver ahead isn’t moving fast enough.  When a gentle tap on the horn might work, some impatient folks are blasting away.

Suggest we try to keep our own neighborhood “beep-free!”  Thank you!

Parking on Lawns

At the July meeting, a neighbor asked about parking cars on the lawn.  According to the Fairfax County website on parking restrictions, it is not legal to park vehicles on lawns for more than 48 hours.  More information on county restrictions can be found at:



For Police Emergencies, Call 911 For Non emergencies, Call 703-691-2131

Social Committee Open to Ideas for 2010 Social Events.  Please contact Kristin Haynes at with any ideas for 2010, if you’d like to suggest we do them again, or if you’d like to host an event.  Among ideas under consideration are trips to local theaters and dinner theaters.

Local Artists Feature Handcrafted Work in Nearby Gallery

There is a Craft Gallery nearby with crafts created by local artisans.  Stop by the Craft Gallery in Annandale Community Park.  Artists show and sell works such as pottery, weavings, porcelain, and jewelry.  Check the website for directions and details:


We recently had a large Cherry tree cut down.  There are approximately 24 large chunks of wood next to our driveway, about 30 feet down.  They are free to whoever wants them.  Some have already been appropriated in a midnight raid.  It would have been nice to have been asked.

Ed McCurry

8302 Hayden Lane.

> • Babysitting Services.
> Kelly Haynes
> Red Cross Certified Babysitter

> • Pet Sitting Services
> Nicole Haynes
> Pet Sitter


Service & Replacements

Call Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical


Email address is:

Website is:


Minutes of Woodburn Homes Civic Association Meeting

July 27, 2010

The summer meeting, held at Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:40 pm by Ed McCurry, President.

Including the Officers listed below, 14 adults and one baby attended the meeting. Officers present were:

President Ed McCurry

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Treasurer Richard Morris

Secretary Carol Russell

The proposed agenda and minutes from the April meeting were adopted.

Treasurer Richard Morris gave the Treasurer’s report, announcing that $443.97 is the current total in the WHCA Treasury.  There are 33 dues paying members in the association.  He also issued a reminder that anyone incurring WHCA expenses should request reimbursement from the WHCA Treasury.

Richard Morris announced that WHCA participated in a recent Extraordinary Communities Survey about community associations.

Ed McCurry advised that he, Loretta Rowe, and Richard Morris have developed a draft calendar for the remainder of 2010; the calendar will be finalized at the next Council meeting.

Newsletter Editor Carol Russell reported the next newsletter will be issued in early August; Ed advised that articles should be submitted to Carol by August 5.

Richard Morris suggested that members may want to use the association to share hobbies and interests.  Richard asked some of the attendees about their hobbies.  Knitting, genealogy, and photography were among the hobbies mentioned.

Loretta presented information about the 2010 WHCA Picnic, to be held August 28 at Scott and Patty Bailey’s house.  Families should bring children but please no pets.  It will be a potluck event with further details available on the website.

Ernestine Hall reported that the family who bought the Humphries’ house will move in the first week of August.

Ed McCurry reported on the construction activities of the new church at Epiphany.  There have been some schedule delays related to the transfer of utility lines.  It is anticipated that the utility lines will be placed in August which will lead to further work on the foundation.  Ed also reported that he had to call the church recently because the recent removal of a tree stump on church property had caused excessive noise and shaking of his house.  The project manager was very courteous and asked the workers to stop.

Steven Nider asked about the Merrifield Mosaic Project.  Loretta Rowe offered to put the Merrifield status updates on the WHCA website.  Steven also asked about timeliness of paving Fairfax County roads.  Ed recommended that the Council post State and County road and transportation announcements on the website.

There was discussion of paying extra attention whenever a house is vacant in the neighborhood.  .   Ernestine also asked about a house near Jeanne Midgett who reported the house is rented to dental hygienists and dental hygienist students.

There was also discussion about whether it is legal to park on the residential lawns and to park commercial vehicles in our neighborhood.  A member asked about what appears to be a makeshift telephone wire on Taylor Lane.   It was suggested that the next issue of the newsletter will include a link to Fairfax County residential laws.  (See page 7 of this newsletter.)

Richard asked if there might be interest in attending a dinner theater event.  He will look into different venues.

Ed reported on Fairfax County news.  Channel 16 continues to provide coverage of county events including broadcasts of the Board of Supervisors meetings.  Ed noted that the county is providing cooling assistance to low income families this summer.  He also reminded everyone that there are free concerts every Thursday night at Nottingham Park during the summer.

Ed further reported that a bicycle lane will be installed on Gallows Road.  He distributed a photograph of local construction projects along with VDOT Fact Sheets on local construction.  Ed also reported that he had researched the Fairfax County Police incident reports for the area and there is low crime rate in Mason District, however, 200 pounds of copper was recently stolen from a residence on Tobin Road.  There was discussion of the recent homicide on Williams Drive; police are investigating.  Ernestine Hall said that the police may be looking for a red truck spotted on a traffic camera in the vicinity of the crime.

The 50/50 raffle was held.

The meeting was adjourned around 8:30 pm.

Carol Russell