December 2018

 Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter 

December 2018 

In this issue: 

Holiday potluck party 

New plastics recycling program 

And more…. 

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, January 28, 2019 

The Council will send a reminder prior to the meeting. 

Save the date for the WHCA Annual Holiday Potluck 

‘Tis the season to be merry and bright! Our annual holiday potluck will take place Saturday, January 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. Alan Wong, owner of the senior residence at 3408 Beverly Drive, has graciously offered to host. Let’s kick off the New Year and chase away the winter doldrums by enjoying food, drink, and great conversation with neighbors! Please bring a dish to share. The party will be BYOB. Children are welcome, but please no pets. RSVP to Kristin Haynes at by January 3. 

Hope to see everyone next year at the party! 

New Recycling Program 

Many of us who were present at the October WHCA meeting were surprised to learn that so many types of plastic are not collected by the county for recycling. We will now have a chance to remedy that from December 14 through Earth Day on April 22, 2019. WHCA is joining a multi-group effort to collect 500 pounds of a wide variety of plastic bags and materials to be recycled into decking and other furniture by TREX, a company based in Winchester, VA. 

Please save your plastic grocery bags, LDPE/HDPE films, newspaper sleeves, bread bags, product wrap, cereal liners, food storage bags, ice bags, pellet bags, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, case overwrap, packaging air pillows and salt bags. Make sure they are clean and dry, then bring them to the Rowe’s residence at 8418 Hayden Lane, where you can deposit them in a container located in their driveway. With the holiday season upon us, this is a good opportunity to dramatically reduce the volume of plastic that would otherwise end up in the trash. 

It is still best to avoid using plastics altogether, but at least we now have a constructive way to dispose of more of the plastics that end up in our homes. 

A Hawk by Any Other Name… 

This beautiful avian visitor to Woodburn Road is either a Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) or a female sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus), but it is very difficult to tell which of the two it is. Telling the difference between these closely related hawks is challenging even for the most experienced bird watchers. They are like the Serbs and Croats of the bird world, virtually indistinguishable to outsiders…but don’t ever tell them that! Cooper’s hawks are larger, about the size of a crow, while sharp-shins are about the size of a blue jay. This bird does seem about the size of a crow. It is certainly big enough to catch the squirrel that it is clutching in its talons, which could lead one to conclude that it is a Cooper’s hawk. However, a large female sharp-shinned hawk can be about the same size as a male Cooper’s hawk, making any identification based on size alone tricky. The tail of a resting sharp-shinned hawk is squared off, as opposed to the slightly rounded tail of a Cooper’s hawk, with a little indentation in the 

middle, and there are other very subtle differences, but it would take a more trained eye than that of your editor to make a positive identification at this angle. 

Inova Criticized for Poor Management of Stormwater Run-off 

In a statement made at a recent meeting of the Merrifield Suburban Center Study Task Force, Kris Unger of Friends of Accotink Creek voiced concerns about stormwater run-off from construction sites at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. This fall, according to Mr. Unger, members of FAC began observing and documenting what they considered severe neglect of sediment control measures intended to protect the watershed. He stated that, although he was assured by the county that the run-off situation has been addressed, he is disappointed by the apparent lack of engagement by Inova, adding wryly that the only communication from Inova has been the “No Trespassing” signs around the area in question. Mr. Unger ended his statement with a request for an on-site meeting with Inova representatives and county officials in hopes of working together to ensure that Inova will be a responsible steward of the site’s natural beauty and the watershed 

WHCA supports the mission of Friends of Accotink Creek and joined the organization as a dues-paying member last year. Their meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month in the Audrey Moore RECenter. Their next meeting will take place December 18, 7-9 p.m. in Clubroom 3. 

Poet’s Corner 

A Shropshire Lad, VII 

A. E. Housman, 1859 – 1936 

When smoke stood up from Ludlow, 

And mist blew off from Teme, 

And blithe afield to ploughing 

Against the morning beam 

I strode beside my team, 

The blackbird in the coppice 

Looked out to see me stride, 

And hearkened as I whistled 

The trampling team beside, 

And fluted and replied: 

‘Lie down, lie down, young yeoman; 

What use to rise and rise? 

Rise man a thousand mornings 

Yet down at last he lies, 

And then the man is wise.’ 

I heard the tune he sang me, 

And spied his yellow bill; 

I picked a stone and aimed it 

And threw it with a will: 

Then the bird was still. 

Then my soul within me 

Took up the blackbird’s strain, 

And still beside the horses 

Along the dewy lane 

It sang the song again: 

‘Lie down, lie down, young yeoman; 

The sun moves always west; 

The road one treads to labour 

Will lead one home to rest, 

And that will be the best.’ 

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 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. 

Welcoming and Helping Neighbors 

All WHCA residents, please let Ernestine Hall at 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: 

WHCA Website 

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. 


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. 

Construction and Home Remodeling 

Synergy Design and Construction, 703-766-6333,, 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. 

Oscar Molina of GMG Services, (703) 354-4270, or, cannot be more highly recommended for major home remodeling and repair by Michael and Loretta Rowe. 

Electrical Services 

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

Fence building 

Mill-to-You Fences, contact Barry Potter at 703-370-6455 or 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! 

Gutter Cleaning 

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

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. 

House Cleaning 

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 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. 


F.A. Landscaping, Martin A. Ortiz, Phone: 240 408-9254. E-mail: 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. 

Sweet Garden Lawn Care and Landscape, Leo Coelho, 8401 Hayden Lane, 703-627-7723. Highly recommended by Eileen De Marco. 

Lawn Mowing 

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. 


Jim Hughes of MAILBOXXPRESS at delivers quality service and mailboxes at most reasonable prices! Recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe. Also highly recommended by Carol and Mark Russell. 

Pest Control 

Kyle Hamond of Pest Management Services Incorporated, 703-723-2899 (, is recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe for his thorough inspection, detailed plan, and efficient service. 

Tree Service 

JL Tree Service, Inc., Fairfax, VA, 703-359-4444,, 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 McCurry (703-560- 2262). 



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 

Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) 

Minutes of the October 29, 2018 Meeting 

Proposed minutes for approval at January 28, 2019 meeting 

Kristin Haynes opened the meeting at 7:30 pm. 

There were 19 members in attendance, including 4 officers. 

The minutes of the July 30, 2018 meeting were approved. 

Jeanne Midgett provided a summary of the association’s budget noting that the balance in the Treasury is $488.31 

Carol Russell noted that the Lending Library has been registered. There was a discussion about possibly adding a tracking sheet to the Library to identify how many users there are, but no final decision was made. 

Allen Wong gave an update on his senior living center on Beverly Drive. His first resident has moved in and two more are expected to move in 

before the end of the year. The total capacity of the center is eight residents. Staff rotate in shifts to care for the seniors. 

Carol Russell noted that the house at 3508 Woodburn Road is one of about 10 houses that Fairfax County is putting up for auction on November 7. 

Kristin Haynes thanked Allen Wong for hosting the summer picnic. She asked that if anyone is interested in hosting the holiday party they should contact one of the WHCA officers. 

Kristin welcomed our new neighbor, Brad Keelor who lives at 3438 Beverly. 

Loretta Rowe led a discussion concerning steps that might be taken to better ensure neighbors clean up after their dogs. One of the options presented was to purchase a few signs and to post them at various locations in the community where this issue has been a problem recently. 

Michael and Loretta Rowe brought a poster with recycling information along with helpful brochures. Loretta Rowe gave a very interesting presentation on the recycling center in Manassas that she and Michael Rowe recently toured. The tour was conducted by American Disposal. Among the key points she made were not to put anything smaller than the size of your fist in the recycling bin which includes leaving caps on any plastic bottles and to follow the slogan: REFUSE; REDUCE; REUSE; RECYCLE. 

REFUSE. Say no to things you don’t need. Refuse to buy products that are harmful to the environment. 

REDUCE. Think about what you use and buy. Could you use less? 

REUSE. Reuse something you already have instead of buying something new. Replace single use items with reusable ones. 

RECYCLE. Recycle everything you can. 

Michael Rowe noted they brought reusable plastic bottles. He noted that bottled water is not regulated like our drinking water and furthermore, one reusable water bottle can replace over 150 single use bottles in a year. 

Richard Morris gave an update on the Neighborhood Watch program. He passed around a few stickers to help publicize the program. He noted there will be a training session on November 19 at 6:00 pm and that there will be a personal safety session on January 29. Richard mentioned that the community’s Neighborhood Watch sign will be arriving soon. After the 50 50 drawing, the meeting was adjourned.