Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter August 2015
The Woodburn Homes Civic Association would like to thank Anna Fotias for her excellent work as WHCA Newsletter Editor for the last two years. It takes a great deal of time, patience and perseverance to seek out and edit articles, ads and other information in order to put together an informative and enjoyable publication. Anna has consistently done all that for our association and on a timely basis! Anna’s newsletters have been extremely informative and current and we are most grateful! Thank you Anna!
We welcome Josh Goodman into the neighborhood, and appreciate his taking over the newsletter.
(Editor’s note: Thank you for the warm welcome!)
WHCA’s Purpose and Goals
For the benefit of those who are new to and less familiar with the Woodburn Homes Civic Association, and as a reminder to longtime members, we would like to take this opportunity to summarize WHCA’s purpose and goals, which, as stated in our bylaws, are to organize a representative group of people in pursuing the following objectives:
To promote organized community interest and action in local affairs,
To promote community interest in the continuous improvement and maintenance of roads and public utilities within the Woodburn Homes area, and
To maintain the rural character of the community within the Woodburn Homes area.
It is important to note that the WHCA does not have the authority to enforce decisions or impose consequences. Rather it exists for the purpose of promoting community, understanding, and collaboration among neighbors.
Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) Speaks at WHCA Meeting
In response to an invitation sent by WHCA Vice President Loretta Rowe following the April 27 meeting, at which members had discussed recent emergency events in the neighborhood, three guest speakers from the Fairfax County Police Department made presentations and fielded questions at the July 27 meeting.
Lieutenant Commander Anthony Matos (middle of photo), Sergeant Rachel Levy (right), and PFC Kathleen O’Leary (left), Crime Prevention Officer, touched on a number of topics, such as the advantage of land lines over cell phones in terms of enabling 911 operators to determine a caller’s exact location more quickly. They reminded everyone of the importance of keeping all car and house doors locked and, to illustrate this point, brought up the recent case of the armed fugitive from INOVA, who managed to hide in someone’s car trunk. The presenters also warned against hiding keys outdoors, saying that floor mats and plants are the first places that home intruders will look under for keys. They recommended leaving a set of keys with one’s neighbors instead.
The three speakers distributed very useful handouts containing important police contact numbers and other information, as well as other materials, including Files of Life magnets, which, when affixed to a refrigerator, help police and rescue workers find important medical information quickly. Kristin Haynes will bring extra Files of Life magnets to the September 12 picnic and the October 26 meeting. The Fairfax County Police Department representatives volunteered to return again to speak to WHCA about any police topics of interest to us in the future.
FCPD Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings
Want to be more involved with the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD)? Want to provide a valuable service to your community, and be more informed about county issues and laws at the same time? Consider joining your local FCPD Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). Meetings are held at your police station each month at 7:30 p.m. (except for Fair Oaks, Mason, McLean and Mt. Vernon; they meet at 7 p.m.)
Citizen Advisory Committees enhance communication between residents and the FCPD and offer residents a chance to dialogue with members of their local police districts. Members are kept informed about significant safety matters in their neighborhoods, and are encouraged to bring any issues or questions to the attention of local police commanders.
Schedule of Citizen Advisory Committee meetings may be found at:
See below for contact information:
Mason Police District, 1st Tuesday of the month at 7p.m.
Captain David M. Smith, 703-256-8035
CAC contact; Gabe Goldberg, email@example.com
WHCA and Pine Ridge Civic Association Support Troop 1115 Eagle Scout Project
At the April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting, Scout Lucas Antosh presented his proposed Eagle Scout project at Eakin Park and asked for a donation. Neighbors voted to donate $300 to his project, which was successfully implemented and is described below:
The project, approved by Fairfax County Park Authority, replaced old, rotted, and broken bollards and also installed new bollards to enclose the upper parking area of Eakin Park.
There had been complaints about vehicles’ driving into the grounds of the garden areas, resulting in damage to the grassy area surrounding the parking area.
Closing off the parking area with completed posts will help keep vehicles in the designated parking area.
The Pine Ridge Civic Association and the Woodburn Homes Civic Association contributed the required funds of $700.
The project was completed under the leadership of Eagle Scout candidate Lucas Antosh with all the helping hands of Boy Scout troop 1115, family, and friends.
42 bollards were installed or replaced around the perimeter of the parking area.
Social Committee News by Kristin Haynes
Please contact Kristin Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas for new neighborhood social events or wish to volunteer to host any social event.
National Night Out 2015
A group of neighbors celebrated National Night Out with our annual walk on Tuesday, August 4th. We’re looking forward to getting together annually to celebrate this countrywide event designed to help build community and prevent crime.
WHCA Annual Summer Social 2015 Picnic
Come one, come all,
Say good bye to summer, Hello to fall!
Greet your neighbors, long time and new,
Eat some food and drink some brew!
Who: All members and neighbors in WHCA – Woodburn Homes Civic Association (Friendly pets also welcome!)
What: WHCA Annual Summer Social – a casual get together with WHCA providing the entree (hot dogs/hamburgers) and soft drinks.
When: Saturday, September 12th at 5 PM (Check WHCA website in case of bad weather.)
Where: The Cul de Sac at the south end of Beverly Drive
Remember: To please bring a dish to share, chairs and BYOB
RSVP: By September 9, to Kristin Haynes, 703-698-5484 or email@example.com
Fairfax County Public School News
New start times: New bell schedules will go into effect on September 8! Please check your school’s website for start and end times or look here: http://bit.ly/1E3PcrU.
Budget woes: The Superintendent’s Budget Task Force continues to meet to discuss options for closing the budget gap in FY 2017. Go to www.fcps.edu/savefcps for the latest.
FCPS anticipates a budget shortfall of more than $100 million for school year 2016-17 (FY 2017). Significant budget decisions must be made by December 2015 in order to effectively plan for school year 2016-17. Check out the budget timeline below.
Lend your voice to the process; share ideas for cost savings, increased fees, or potential revenues. Vote on others’ suggestions, too. http://www.fcps.edu/news/fy2017.shtml
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.), and 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: email@example.com.
Thanks to Loretta Rowe for her efforts to keep our WHCA website up to date. And, a special thanks to Jim Peltz for volunteering to help with WHCA website technical problems. 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.
Air Conditioning and Heating
Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical for air conditioning and heating service and replacement, Call: 703-489-7944, Website is: http://www.lanarkmechanical.com
Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Excellent job of installing heating/air conditioning. Recommended by Loretta and Michael Rowe.
Chimney Cleaning and Repairs
Woodburners Chimney Sweep and Repair, LLC, 8975 Miles Place Manassas, Va. 20110, 571-379-4820. Recommended by Nelson Hall.
Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880. Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry (703-560-2262).
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).
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.
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.
Randy Carroll, who grew up in Camelot neighborhood, at Rimble Landscaping for lawn service. Phone: 703-527-6950. They have done lots of extra work and are awesome! Highly recommended by Mimi Harris (3537 Woodburn Road).
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.
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 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
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Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting
July 27, 2015
Proposed Minutes for Approval at Oct. 26, 2015 Meeting
The summer WHCA meeting, held at the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:30pm by Carol Russell, President.
In addition to the 5 officers listed below, there were 21 members who attended the meeting, for a total of 26 attendees plus 3 guest speakers. WHCA Officers present were:
President Carol Russell
Vice President Loretta Rowe
Secretary Anna Fotias
Treasurer Jeanne Midgett
Area Representative Kristin Haynes
President Russell introduced 3 Fairfax County Police Department guest speakers as follows: Lieutenant Commander Anthony Matos, Sergeant Rachel Levy, and PFC Kathleen O’Leary, Crime Prevention Officer, who gave very informative presentations and supplied WHCA members with extremely useful handouts that provided police contacts and other important resources and guidance to help make our neighborhood a safer place to live. At the end of their presentations, they answered questions about the importance of neighborhood watch programs, the police Citizens’ Advisory Committee and police coverage of the Mason District, the usefulness of land telephone lines vs. cell phones in police ability to quickly contact callers, the effectiveness of life alert systems, and about how to obtain information from police about crime in the neighborhood. They volunteered to return again to speak to WHCA about any police topics of interest to us in the future.
President Russell thanked the 3 Fairfax County Police Officers for their willingness to devote their time and efforts to educating us and building effective communication with our community. After the Police Officers left, we proceeded with the business portion of our meeting.
President Russell reported that WHCA Council members met on July 23, 2015 to prepare for this July 27, 2015 WHCA meeting and to draft the agenda, which had been approved and distributed. A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the previous April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting minutes, which were distributed along with copies of the May 2015 WHCA Newsletter.
The President then proceeded to ask for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows:
Vice-President Loretta Rowe reported that she will be researching a new host website during this year for the WHCA website as the current website host’s service in problem solving has not been very satisfactory. In hopes of contracting with a better web host service provider, she asked that any WHCA members with web technical expertise contact her with recommendations.
Treasurer Jeanne Midgett reported that currently there is $677.88 in the WHCA Treasury.
Secretary Anna Fotias noted that our neighborhood is now using a free, private network called Nextdoor Woodburn at www.nextdoor.com on which we can share service provider recommendations, items for sale/free, safety concerns, schedules of local events and as a way to meet neighbors. She offered to send electronic invitations to WHCA members interested in joining the network.
WHCA’s new Newsletter Editor Josh Goodman reported that the deadline for submission of materials for publication in the next WHCA Newsletter is August 15, 2015. Distribution of the Newsletter is scheduled to occur at the end of August.
Area Representative Coordinator Kristin Haynes reported on our next regularly scheduled WHCA social events, which are: (1) annual National Night Out community walk on August 4, further details to follow via e-mail; and (2) end-of-summer annual WHCA picnic, scheduled for September 12 with follow-up details on time and location to be provided. She encouraged any WHCA volunteers interested in hosting to contact her.
Follow-up items from last meeting: President Russell then reported on the following items of continuing interest to WHCA, which were discussed, as follows:
- Community Sign. Jeanne Midgett reported that she wished to postpone consideration of this proposal to purchase a community sign for our neighborhood until next year. This will permit more time needed to research costs and regulatory requirements for various designs and types of community signs. Also, we have numerous other proposals under consideration for WHCA Treasury expenditures at this time.
- WHCA Magnets. In accordance with a vote taken at our WHCA April 27, 2015 meeting to purchase 250 WHCA magnets for $95.00, Jeanne Midgett reported that she had placed an order for these magnets and would pay the invoice as soon as it is received.
- Street Signs. President Russell noted that the neighborhood street signs have been replaced, which were reported by Ernestine Hall at our April 27, 2015 meeting as being taken down.
- Road Repaving. President Russell reported that she again has contacted VDOT about the status of repaving our neighborhood roads and has been again reassured that we are on VDOT’s list to be scheduled for repaving, but that they don’t know when that schedule is to occur. The WHCA Council will continue to follow-up and report back on this issue.
- Thank You Letter to Police for “Reverse 911 Calls”. President Russell reported that she sent a thank you letter on May 11, 2015 on behalf of WHCA to the Fairfax County Police Chief for the successful use of “reverse 911 calls” by police to our neighbors to alert us about the escaped prisoner from Fairfax Hospital.
- Boy Scout Eagle Service Project. President Russell reported that Lucas Antosh’s Eagle Scout project was successfully completed in June. He used the $300 contributed by WHCA and $400 from Pine Ridge Civic Association to install 24 bollards (posts) to enclose the upper parking area of Eakin Community Park at the end of Tobin Road, which will help keep vehicles in the designated parking area and prevent damage to the surrounding grassy park areas. Eagle Scout Lucas Antosh was very appreciative of WHCA’s donation to his project.
- Proposal for Clearing Walking Path from Reedy to Tobin. Much discussion occurred about Joan Omand’s proposal at the April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting to clear out brush and over growth and create a walking path (the size of a sidewalk) through the existing easement from Reedy to Tobin for neighbors to more easily walk through to Eakin Park. Residents Bob Reed at 3405 Reedy Dr. and Chuck Stan at 3401 Reedy Dr., whose property runs alongside this easement, expressed strong opposition to the proposal on the basis of personal safety and privacy issues. They noted that they have granted permission to Reedy Dr. neighbors who have asked to walk up the Reedy driveway (road) through their property and along their back road (alleyway) to Tobin for easier access to Eakin Park. President Russell thanked WHCA members who expressed their opinions on this issue but said no further discussion on the proposal should occur until we have the facts from Fairfax County on ownership of the Reedy driveway/road going from Reedy to Tobin. This proposal and numerous others, intended to benefit our neighborhood and/or enhance community spirit, are pending consideration by WHCA.
- Garden Plots along Woodburn Road. In response to Ernestine Hall’s concern, expressed at our April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting, that the public garden plots along Woodburn Road present an unsightly view since we can now see all the junk and fenced in garden structures through the recently cut back tall pine trees along Woodburn, President Russell reported that she called the Fairfax County Park Authority Manager of the garden plots. The Manager informed her that she strictly enforces all the rules and regulations specifically set out on their website for the garden plots along Woodburn and that any violators would not be permitted to continue to rent garden plots. After discussion by WHCA members at the meeting, it was decided that WHCA will request that Fairfax County Park Authority plant additional small shrubs at the base of the pine trees on the park side of Woodburn Road to help hide the view of the garden plots.
The following was reported under Community News and Updates:
- Community Needs. Ernestine Hall, who is WHCA’s coordinator for welcoming and providing assistance to community residents, noted that there was nothing new to report.
- Little “Free” Lending Library. Kristin Haynes reported that her daughter, Nicole Haynes, was pursuing her interest in developing/proposing her Girl Scout Gold project (equivalent to Boy Scout Eagle project) that would include designing, building and locating of a free library box in our neighborhood.
- Dumped Sofa on Knox Road Side of Tobin Road Property. President Russell reported a dumped sofa on the Knox Road side of a Tobin Road property earlier this summer to the County, and a County Inspector paid a visit to the property’s residents instructing them to dispose of the dumped sofa. After which, President Russell said that the dumped sofa then reappeared on the other side of Knox Road. She indicated that she was continuing to work with the County to have this dumped sofa removed from our neighborhood.
The following was reported under Public Comments/Concerns:
- Trash along Park-side Shoulder of Woodburn Road. Steve Nider commented that Fairfax Hospital has done an excellent job of having trash picked up along the park-side shoulder of Woodburn Road. President Russell concurred, but also reminded us that the hospital has only agreed to continue doing this trash pickup during hospital road construction, which might be for a long enough time for it to become routine.
- Inconsiderate Dog Owners. Joan Omand expressed concern about inconsiderate dog owners’ failure to clean up after walking their pets. Suggestion was that the problem of inconsiderate dog owners was usually solved by posting a “please clean up dog poop” sign with attached plastic bags on your property after which any offenders will hopefully stop their inconsiderate behavior.
President Russell adjourned the meeting at 9pm. Coffee and desserts, provided by WHCA Council members, were enjoyed by attendees, who remained to socialize. The next WHCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:30pm in the basement of the old Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall.