August 2013

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  August 2013


INOVA Fairfax Hospital News

by Carol Russell

       Planned Activities, subject to County approval:

New Cancer Center Planned.  The county will hold public hearings in October on Fairfax Hospital’s plans to build a new Cancer Center.  The Cancer Center is proposed for the site south of Route 50 and east of Williams Drive, across the street to the north from the Mid-County Center which is currently under construction by Fairfax County.

The Cancer Center will be an outpatient only facility, providing a continuum of cancer services, including diagnosis, treatment and other care.

Change to INOVA Child Care Center.    The existing child care center is next to the Ronald McDonald House and is currently limited to use by hospital employees.  INOVA is asking that the current “employees only”  limitation be removed so that it can offer space in their Child Care Center to others as well (though there will continue to be a preference for employees’ children.)  The facility itself will maintain its current location and size.

This is a change INOVA is requesting at all its hospitals in Fairfax County.  The County Board of Supervisors will discuss this request at the September meeting.

      County-Approved Activities:

Women and Children’s Hospital.  The new INOVA Women and Children’s Hospital will open in late 2015 in a separate 12-story tower.

New Parking Garage.  Construction of the 8-story parking garage on Woodburn Road will begin this fall and will take 18 months to construct, with completion expected in spring 2015.

What is “OLLI”?

by Anna Fotias

Retired? Working from home? Looking for intellectual stimulation in a social setting? You should contact “OLLI”!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, known as “OLLI”, a nonprofit affiliate of George Mason University (GMU), has a current enrollment of over 1000 members attending its classes and other activities.  You can discover incredible social, cultural and academic opportunities at any of OLLI’s 3 campuses at Tallwood in Fairfax, Reston near Lake Anne and GMU’s Loudoun campus in Sterling.  The nearby Tallwood campus, only about 4 miles from our community, is located at 4210 Roberts Road, adjacent to the Fairfax Swimming Pool, offers you the opportunity to:

  • Take fun classes on a wide variety of interesting subjects with NO grades, exams or credits, No college degree required or offered, and NO age threshold — just learning for the pure joy of learning.
  • Meet other stimulating, active people of all ages.
  • Hear noteworthy speakers, including newsmakers in Washington and many distinguished GMU professors.
  • Socialize in special interest clubs and activities.


For people who love to learn, OLLI is a dream come true. You can take classes in “Anything 101” – acting, history, Broadway movies, Latin, writing, you name it! There are also concert series, special presentations, and opportunities to “hang out” in OLLI’s Social Annex, where you can enjoy coffee and talk with other OLLI members.

OLLI members pay annual dues, currently $360 per year, with an introductory fee option of $150 toward full membership.  Payment options include paying the membership fees in 12 monthly installments or in a one-time, yearly payment.  Payment of dues entitles OLLI members to attend offerings at all 3 OLLI campuses of courses, lectures, special events and other activities during 8-week terms in the spring and fall, a 4-week mid-winter term and a 6-week summer program.  OLLI’s current course terms are:

Fall term 2013: September 16  –  November 8

Winter term 2014: January 20  –  February 14

Spring term 2014: March 24  –  May 16

Summer term 2014: June 16  –  July 25

Visit the OLLI website at (or Google “OLLI GMU”) and check out the options.  Take a look at the catalog of courses, and if something interests you, try out an available class or two for FREE.  To put the passion and energy of OLLI into your life, just call (703) 503-3384 or email

The best part of OLLI is meeting many interesting people you might never know otherwise.  Members come from a wide variety of different backgrounds and many have had remarkable experiences — but what they all have in common is having fun learning and sharing knowledge. As we say at OLLI, “Senior Learning Has Never Been So Much Fun.”


Tibetan Monks Come to Eakin Park

by Karen Skelton

If you were at Eakin Park on Sunday, July 28, 2013, you might have witnessed a most unexpected and astonishing sight: a procession of ornately robed Tibetan monks carrying ten-foot-long trumpets heading down to the stream to complete a peace ceremony.

Eight monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery created a beautiful work of art out of millions of grains of sand arrayed in a sacred design called a Mandala. Then the monks came to Eakin Park to release the remains of this ornate sand Mandala they had created over the previous four days into the Accotink stream.

Why, you may ask, did these monks spend so many hours designing a large and elaborate work of art that they then destroyed? That act represents a reminder that nothing lasts and that we should not become too attached to physical objects.  The Mandala is meant to be ceremoniously swept away as a reminder of life’s impermanence, given to onlookers in small bags, and the rest carried to a nearby stream where a monk gives prayers and blessings as he releases this work of art, love and beauty into the water. At the Eakin Park ceremony, the waters of the Accotink will carry the grains of sand to the ocean, where currents spread them throughout the world as part of the monks’ blessing for peace and healing.

So the next time you are out walking on the trail near our little portion of the stream in Eakin Park, think of this special ceremony conducted by Tibetan monks who came from halfway around the world, and maybe add your own blessings for peace and healing for people everywhere.

If you have any questions about this ceremony or would like more information, please contact Karen Skelton at

Photos of a Mandala and Tibetan Monks at Eakin Park conducting ceremony:




July 4, 1970 – August 5, 2013


Irma departed this life after courageously battling cancer for more than 10 years. She was the beloved wife of over 22 years of Richard Morris, who is a former WHCA President and Treasurer. As a husband and wife team, Richard and Irma have been very active neighborhood residents and participants in many of our community activities. A celebration of Irma’s life was held on August 10, 2013 at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA. Those wishing to visit the guestbook and view photos may do so at Memorial contributions in Irma’s name may be made to Legal Services of Northern Virginia, 6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22041, where she worked as a paralegal for over 20 years. Irma will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her, and she will always be remembered.

Social Committee News by Kristin Haynes

Please contact Kristin Haynes at if you have any ideas for new neighborhood social events or to volunteer to host any social event.


by Kristin Haynes

We hope everyone will come to the WHCA annual picnic on Saturday, September 7th at 5 pm in the cul-de-sac on Beverly Drive.  Please RSVP to Kristin Haynes by Sept. 5 (Thurs.) at or 703-698-5484.  WHCA will provide hot dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and paper products for all.  PLEASE BRING:

  • Side dish or dessert to share
  • Other beverages, if you prefer
  • $5 fee per family if you have not joined WHCA in 2013 or $15 annual dues may be paid at this event
  • Chairs for you to sit on
  • Should you have a card table or folding table that we could borrow for the picnic, please let Kristin know.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this picnic and hearing about summer fun and fall plans!

Slavic American Festival

The Epiphany of our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church will hold its 40th annual Slavic American Festival on Sunday, September 8th from 12 Noon to 6:30 pm.

The Festival will offer traditional Slavic food such as Holupki, potato pancakes, haluski, kolbasi, pirohi, and nutrolls. There also will be a rummage sale, bake sale, hot dogs, children’s rides, games, face painting, and much more!  All are welcome!


from Camelot Elementary School Principal

Dear Community,

This September 2013, we welcome approximately 560 kindergarten through sixth (K-6) grade students and approximately 30 preschoolers to the 2013-2014 school year!  As most of you know, for many years, Camelot Elementary has been the FCPS center site for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  This fall, students in this K-6 program will go to Canterbury Woods Elementary as phase two of the redesign of this program.  However, Camelot continues to be the FCPS site for preschoolers in the deaf and hard of hearing program.  In addition, we have a K-6 program for students with intellectual disabilities and a local level IV advanced academic program for students in 3-6.  These programs help create a rich and diverse student body.

I am pleased to share Camelot’s Spring 2013 Standards of Learning (SOL) Test results for grades 3-6.  For comparison purposes, I am including the pass rates for the state and FCPS (state/FCPS/Camelot).  3rd Reading: 72%/79%/90%,  4th Reading: 70%/74%/82%,   5th Reading:  73%/79%/83%,  6th Reading:  73%/84%/90%,  3rd Math:  65%/70%/94%,  4th Math:  74%/78%/98%,  5th Math:  69%/71%/89%,  6th Math:  77%/87%/96%,  7th Math:  61%/ 76%/100%.  As you may have read in a recent FCPS News Release, the 2012-2013 English SOL assessments were more rigorous than in the past and were based on the implementation of new higher-level standards.

Our wonderful Camelot PTA welcomed the new Camelot teaching staff with a luncheon on Friday August 23.  Then, on Monday August 26 when the entire staff returned, the PTA treated everyone to a delicious breakfast.  Many thanks to the Camelot PTA and to the families who contributed to these events!

I hope to see many of you at our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m., at the first PTA meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m., and/or at the PTA Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.


Aileen Flaherty



Falls Church High School News

by Kristin Haynes

Michael Yohe has been appointed as the new principal of Falls Church High School, effective July 29, 2013.  Mr. Yohe recently served as the assistant principal at Falls Church High School. Prior to this, he was assistant principal at James Madison High School and South Lakes High School.  Mr. Yohe brings over 25 years of service in Fairfax County as a teacher and administrator that includes both elementary and secondary experience. He received his Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and School Administration from George Mason University. He also holds a Math Certification from Marymount University.  He is eager to work with the highly skilled staff of Falls Church High School.

Join or Renew 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

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 check payable to:   Woodburn Homes Civic Association

Welcoming and Helping Our Neighbors

All WHCA residents,  please let Ernestine Hall at  know if you hear of new neighbors or anyone who needs any type of assistance (such as a ride to the doctor, the grocery store, or pharmacy for medication, etc.)  Ernestine will try to help or find a neighborhood volunteer.

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


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

Starting a Home Project?     Need Help around the House or Yard?

Want to Pass on A Referral?


What better way to help each other than to use the Association to share contractors you recommend.

If you have any recommendations or cautions please send them to anyone on the WHCA Council.  The database will be posted on the WHCA website and will include referrals.

The following have been recommended by our neighbors.

Please note:  WHCA does not officially promote or criticize contractors.

Jim Hughes of MAILBOXXPRESS at delivers quality service and mailboxes at most reasonable prices! Recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.

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.

Woodburners Chimney Sweep and Repair, LLC, 8975 Miles Place Manassas, Va.  20110,  571-379-4820.  Recommended by Nelson Hall.

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.

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.

Maria Mitchell highly recommends Pier Professional Painting (Bill Pier), who can be reached at: 703-402-2857.  Maria notes he is generally booked far in advance.
Kristin Haynes had her almost 20 year old lawn mower serviced and recommends this company as reasonable and great, quick service:   Branch Grigg Small Engine Service and Repair. Near Woodburn Elementary School.   Mark Griggs: 703-560-3317.  Also, highly recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.

Excellent job of installing heating/air conditioning.  Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical, 703-489-7944,  Recommended by Loretta and

Michael Rowe.

Brian’s Home Services for gutter cleaning, 703-505-6153.  Recommended by

Joyce Mcphee (703-560-5382).

CertaPro Painters of Arlington (located in Annandale) for house painting,

1-800-462-3782.  Recommended by Joyce Mcphee (703- 560-5382).

Excellent House Cleaning on occasional or routine basis.  Sabina Carrera, 703-583-7509.  Recommended by Carol Russell (703- 573-1124).

Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880.   Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry  (703-560-2262).


Ross Tree Service at 703-583-8733.  Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry

(703-560- 2262).



• 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:

Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting

July 29, 2013

Proposed Minutes for Approval at Oct. 28, 2013 Meeting

The summer WHCA meeting, held at Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:30 pm by Carol Russell, President.

In addition to the 5 officers listed below, 10 members attended the meeting, for a total of 15 attendees.

Officers present were:

President Carol Russell

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Secretary Anna Fotias

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett

Area Representative Kristin Haynes

Carol Russell, President, distributed the meeting agenda and made a call for additional agenda items, none of which were submitted.  A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the meeting agenda. The minutes of the previous April 29, 2013 WHCA meeting were also accepted.  A copy of President Russell’s May 9, 2013 letter to Supervisor Linda Smyth expressing WHCA’s concerns about future use of the nearby Exxon Mobil property was distributed to attendees for  discussion later in the meeting agenda.  President Russell reported that WHCA Council members met on July 25, 2013, to prepare for this July 29 meeting.

The President then asked for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows:

The Treasurer, Jeanne Midgett, reported there is $978.63 in the Treasury as of July 6, 2013.  This is the balance after two annual WHCA donations had been made.  She noted that, in accordance with decisions at our last (April 29, 2013) meeting, a donation of $50.00 was made to the Byzantine Catholic Church to express our appreciation for allowing us to hold WHCA meetings in their social hall.  Also, $75.00 (reflecting a $25.00 increase from previous years) was donated to the Falls Church High School Graduation Night Out event, which provides a benefit to our community by being sponsored every year for Falls Church High School graduating seniors. The Treasurer’s and new President’s names recently have been added at the bank as official WHCA check signers.

A motion was then made, seconded and passed to provide WHCA’s Secretary with $20.00 annually, to be adjusted as necessary, for reimbursement of WHCA clerical expenses.

As WHCA Newsletter Editor, Secretary Anna Fotias reported that the deadline for submission of materials for publication in the next Newsletter is August 23, 2013.  Distribution of the Newsletter is scheduled for the end of August or early in September.

The Area Representative Coordinator, Kristin Haynes reported on upcoming community events.  National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2013.  She asked all participants to meet at the corner of Knox and Hayden at 8 pm that evening for a walk through the neighborhood to promote community safety and crime awareness and prevention programs.  Also, WHCA’s annual Summer “Picnic” Social will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the cul-de-sac on Beverly Dr., unless someone volunteers to host the event. More specific details about the location and main course menu, i.e., possibly catering of BBQ instead of hamburgers, will be e-mailed prior to the picnic. Those attending the picnic are asked to bring salads or desserts to share, and WHCA provides the main course, drinks and paper products.  Additionally, the Byzantine Catholic Church’s annual Slavic American Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 2013.

In place of Ernestine Hall, who could not attend the meeting and who is the coordinator for welcoming and providing assistance to residents, Karen Skelton, as a “good neighbor”, reported on a senior neighbor’s need for certain assistance.  This neighbor is quite elderly, lives alone, and has difficulty with walking up and down stairs and with sometimes falling and not being able to get back up.  He greatly values his privacy and independence and does not want to be perceived as a “charity case”.  Discussion occurred on how best to help without offending him.

Irene VanSlyke offered to work with Karen Skelton, along with contacting Ernestine Hall, to develop a contact list of phone “tree” numbers for this elderly neighbor to call if he carries a cell phone with him in case of emergencies. Also to be investigated are: his wearing an Emergency Alert call button (not for contacting an ambulance but another nearby person for help), exploring assistance offered by organizations, such as the Fairfax County on Aging and Comfort Keepers. Richard Morris cautioned about publicly disseminating this neighbor’s private, personal information, which could potentially harm rather than provide the intended help.

The President then moved to Old Business, reporting on the special rates for WHCA members provided by the two local trash companies. AAA Republic Trash Services now provides a monthly fee of $26 for non-Seniors; $23 for Seniors (60 years old or over), and American Disposal Services offers a monthly fee of $23.  WHCA members are billed individually under an annual contract, with opportunity to renew every year.

With reference to the Exxon Mobil land use update, President Russell referenced her May 9, 2013 correspondence with Supervisor Linda Smyth that expressed WHCA concerns about Exxon Mobil plans to vacate its nearby 117 acre campus and what impact a new tenant could have on our community.  President Russell has had several conversations with Linda Smyth’s office and has learned that no decisions have been made yet with respect to new tenants.  The land remains zoned for corporate use only with an option for a hotel, and not for residential or medical facility use.  Also, there may be a delay in the construction of Exxon Mobil’s Texas site, which would result in delays to the scheduled departure in 2014 from its current Virginia location. We will continue to monitor and report on plans for the Exxon Mobil land use.

With regard to Richard Morris’ suggestion (at the April, 2013 meeting) about undertaking a project on the compilation of WHCA’s entire history from years of saved minutes and other historic documents, it was proposed that we search for a willing community Archivist. Betty McCurry, who was not present at the meeting, was mentioned as a possible candidate for this voluntary Archivist position, and Ed McCurry offered to approach her about her availability and willingness to spearhead the project.

The President then moved to New Business with a report from Mike and Loretta Rowe and Jeanne Midgett on the recent Providence District meeting that they attended.  The meeting focused on transportation issues in the Dulles and Tysons Corner areas, where in 1969, 50% of children could walk to school, and in 2009, only 13% of children could walk to school.  Jerry Connolly spoke at the meeting, which was well attended and held at the Mosaic Center theater. We will continue to monitor Providence District issues on behalf of our Association.

President Russell reported on her contact with St. Ambrose Catholic Church concerning recent Public Hearing signs posted on church property.  Currently, St. Ambrose Church’s school covers Kindergarten – 8th grades, and they wish to add a pre-school for ten more students. No new construction for the pre-school is necessary since an existing school room will be used; however, the establishment of a new pre-school still needs Fairfax County approval.  Also, she was informed that discussion is underway at St. Ambrose Church to build a new church at their same location with future plans to remain a small parish and to address their current parking problem.

It was noted again that the Byzantine Catholic Church’s annual Slavic American Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 2013.

Under Public Comment in the agenda, Nan Bradley thanked neighbors who helped obtain recent road repairs between 3438 – 3503 Beverly Drive, which she and others at her end of Beverly Drive appreciated very much.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.  Desserts and refreshments, provided by WHCA Committee members, were enjoyed by attendees remaining to socialize.  Our next Association meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall.