February 2011

  Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  February, 2011

The 2011 Winter Party

Kristin Haynes did a great job of coordinating the 2011 Holiday Party, held in Mimi Harris’s beautiful home.  A huge thank you to Kristin and to Mimi for her generosity in hosting such a nice party.  All who attended had a great evening.

Everyone enjoyed her house tour as well as studio tour to see where Mimi holds jewelry design classes.  Mimi is a metalsmith and an artist.  (Be sure to visit her website:  http://www.mimiharris.com)

President Ed McCurry’s Message

Greetings to all and am happy to see the weather change for the better!  The golf fanatics, gardeners, dog walkers and nature lovers among us really appreciate the approachment of Spring. It’s one of the joys of living in a temperate zone with definite seasons.

My family was personally lucky that our tree service came to take down a couple of trees that were of concern right before the wind storm we had this week.  One was a 50 foot pine tree that was progressively leaning further and further as the seasons progressed, aiming right for our house.  The other was a Maple next to Hayden Lane that had been butchered by the pruning of electric company contractors, enough so that we were worried about its health.  Taking it down we found that it was rotting away from the inside.  Well, enough small talk.

I wish to report that your association is in good health although we can always use additional members. Only about 15% of eligible households belong and we certainly would like to see that increase.  Our next meeting in April coincides with our annual elections for the Board and I would like to encourage you to attend, and, if you feel so inclined, to run for a spot on the Board.  Your current board members will be presented as a slate in order to provide continuity but we need fresh blood and we will be happy to entertain any and all nominations.

One of the benefits of membership is access to a members-only directory of dues paying association members.  We haven’t published this directory yet but at the April meeting we will hand out forms for folks to fill out for information that they want or do no want shared with other families in our neighborhood.  Once all the info has been compiled we will distribute the directory.  The directory will have, at a member’s discretion, names, address, telephone numbers and email.

Hope to see you soon.

Ed McCurry, President.


SCHOOL NEWS- Message from Camelot School Principal

Dear Community,

I want to provide you with an update on the budget.  On January 6, Superintendent Jack D. Dale presented to the School Board a $2.2 billion FY 2012 Proposed Budget with a projected enrollment of 177,416 students.

The proposed budget includes an additional 258.4 positions to support changes in student demographics and projected membership growth of 2,120 students as well as market scale adjustments and step increases for all eligible employees following two years of frozen salaries.

The proposed budget projects that, in FY 2012, one in four students will be eligible for free and reduced‐price meals—the fastest growing segment of FCPS’ student population. We also expect to see a 15 percent increase in the number of students receiving English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) instruction.

For more detailed information on the budget, please go to



Best Regards,

Craig Gfeller


(703) 645-7000

Status of Construction of the New Church

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church on Woodburn Road

A drive by the church is all that’s needed to see the progress in building the new Byzantine Catholic Church on Woodburn Road.

  • All major steel work has been completed and inspected and basement ductwork has begun.
  • Over the next few weeks, framing of the walls and roof will continue; portions of the sprinkler system will be installed in the basement; and brickwork on the window wells will begin.
  • Any questions about church construction should be directed to WHCA President Ed McCurry (703-409-6055) who is our coordinator with the Church Representatives.
  • 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 is restricted to Sunday, Tuesday for bingo, and Day Care staff.

Some Door to Door Fund Raisers Problematic

Some of our neighbors have been visited by school children soliciting door to door for various fund raisers and have been very disappointed when the kids never provided what’s been paid for.

While most of the kids follow up and do the correct ordering and delivery, it is always a good idea to:

  • Pay by check (only to the organization.)
  • Keep a record of what’s promised; the child’s name and phone number; school name; and, date of delivery.

The Fairfax County Police Department has issued the following warning:

Detectives are exploring a possible link between 20 burglary cases across three police districts and are asking residents to be alert to suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Most recently, there were four incidents that took place Saturday, January 29 in the Fairfax Station area.

Thieves have forced open doors of unoccupied homes, typically, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. They have stolen small, easily concealed items from the homes. Cases appear to have started on November 13, 2010 and have occurred in the West Springfield, Mason and McLean Police Districts.

Residents are encouraged to contact police if they see any suspicious vehicles or people in their neighborhood.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.”

In view of this warning the following tips from a number of convicted burglars, a security consultant and a criminology professor seem timely:

1.  Do not allow newspapers to accumulate in your or a neighbor’s driveway.  Also, remove flyers stuck in a door or on a mailbox.

2.  If you are away during a snow storm, ask a neighbor to create car and foot tracks in your driveway.

3.  Be a nosy neighbor – these experts report that burglars dislike nosy neighbors and loud dogs.  They also say that thieves will often select their targets by walking or driving through a neighborhood at night before folks close their blinds so that is a good time to be especially vigilant.

4.  Avoid announcing a coming vacation or planned outing on facebook and discourage your children from doing so, too.

5.  Keep a can of wasp or hornet spray near your door or bed.  If someone breaks in and threatens you, aim at the person’s eyes.  The spray will go twenty feet or so and temporarily impair an attacker’s eyesight giving you a chance to escape and call police.

6.  Keep your car keys by your bed and even carry them with you all day when inside and outside.  If you are threatened, you can press the panic button and set off your car alarm alerting neighbors to a problem.  Also, if you were to fall or injure yourself while alone in your house or yard, you could use the alarm as a call for help.

And finally, WHCA suggests getting to know your neighbors and help build our community spirit by joining and participating in WHCA activities!

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:

Richard Morris

8413 Hayden Lane, Annandale, VA 22003-1126

Reminder:  2011 Annual Dues will be due in April, 2011.

Make check payable to:   Woodburn Homes Civic Association

Neighborhood Directory 

When you send your dues to the Treasurer Richard Morris, please let Richard know if you are okay with including your name and address, etc., in the next neighborhood directory.

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:  hnmehall@webtv.net


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

Update on the WHCA Social Committee

By Kristin Haynes

A couple of years ago, WHCA formed a social committee to try to facilitate small groups interested in similar areas to generate fun and friendship.  Here is a list of ideas that have been on our wonderful website.  Please let me know if you have an interest in joining any group.  I try to keep my eyes peeled for events that may seem of interest such as regional local wine tasting events, for example, and email those who may be interested in the event.  If there is an area you don’t see listed, please let me know of that, too.  We had Mahjongg, genealogy and Tai Chi classes added after first promoting our list.

The following group activities have been proposed and we are seeking individuals who might be interested in participating:

  • Green Team – trash clean up; stream clean up
  • Day-trippers – short day trips primarily through ParkTakes – NYC & Richmond destinations already discussed.
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Dog Walking
  • Golfing
  • Biking
  • Bunco
  • Mahjongg
  • Poker
  • Tai Chi –  The Seida’s Driveway (garage for inclement weather)
  • Genealogy – Where are your roots? One neighbor has offered to help get you started! Initial meeting held 2/24/09.
  • Dessert and coffee/tea night
  • Wine Tasting – Events promoted held 5/16/09; 5/22/10
  • NEW IDEA – Theatre Group

Kids/Family Clubs

  • Biking
  • Geocaching (like a scavenger hunt with GPS) www.geocaching.com/faq/
  • Playgroup

We’d like to host another garden tour and also an Ice Cream Social this spring.  If you’re interested in hosting either, please contact me.  The garden tour is a great opportunity to see what thrives in our area and talk with other gardeners about ideas they’ve implemented in their own yards.  Our last one held was at the home of Nan and Mike Bradley in June, 2009.  The Ice Cream Social will be a short event for a sweet treat on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in May or June.  The host gets to choose the date and time that’s convenient to their schedule!

Thank you to Mimi Harris who generously opened her home to host our Holiday Party in January and to Scott and Patti Bailey who hosted our summer picnic last August.  If you are interested in hosting any social event, please contact me.  Our social committee will handle all of the publicizing and details, as well as bring the supplies needed and clean up!

Kristin Haynes 703-698-5484 whcasocials@live.com


Fundraiser for All Night Graduation Celebration

Falls Church High School is offering a mulch sale to raise money for the alcohol and drug free graduation celebration.

$5.00 for each Bag of Three Cubic Feet of Double Shredded

Hardwood Mulch

15 bags or more, free curb delivery within 5 mile radius

14 bags and under, pick up at Falls Church High School

Ordering Deadline:  Monday, March 28, 2011

Delivery Date:  Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pickup:  Falls Church High School between 10AM and 5PM

Please fill out Order Form below

Send it with a check

Make checks payable to:  FCHS All-Night Graduation Celebration

Send it to this address:

All-Night Graduation Celebration (ANGC)

Falls Church High School

7521 Jaguar Trail

Falls Church, VA  22042


Address:_________________________________City: ____________

Home Phone:____________________ zip-code (9 digit):__________

Email:  _________________________Cell Phone:________________

Number of Bags: ____________   x   $5.00  =  Total  $____________

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, add amount here: ___________

Make Checks payable to:  FCHS All-Night Graduation Celebration

$2 of every bag and your donation are tax deductible

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

Want to Pass on A Referral?

WHCA is starting a Neighborhood Referrals Database!

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

The following have been recommended (or not) by our neighbors.

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

Excellent job of installing heating/air conditioning.  Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical 703-489-7944.   http://www.lanarkmechanical.com  Highly Recommended by Loretta and Mike Rowe. 

Brian’s Home Services for gutter cleaning 703-505-6153.  Recommended by Joyce Mcphee at 703-560-5382. 

CertaPro Painters of Arlington (located in Annandale) for house painting.  1-800-462-3782. Recommended by Joyce Mcphee at 70- 560-5382. 

Randy McKeen (www.smartelectricco.com) for electrical work.  703-914-0044. Recommended by Joyce Mcphee at 703-560-5382.

Excellent House Cleaning on occasional or routine basis. Sabina Carrera 703-583-7509.  Recommended by Carol Russell 70- 573-1124. 

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

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 McCurry 703-560 2262

A neighbor cautions using SkyeBuilders for remodeling.  Seems the work wasn’t right and they didn’t return to fix the problem.



If you want some firewood, give the McCurrys a call on 703-560-2262


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Service & Replacements

Call Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical


Email address is:  sbailey@lanarkmechanical.net

Website is:  http://www.lanarkmechanical.com

Minutes of Woodburn Homes Civic Association Meeting

January 24, 2011

The winter meeting, held at Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:38 pm by Ed McCurry, President.

In addition to the Officers listed below, 11 members attended the meeting. Officers present were:

President Ed McCurry

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Treasurer Richard Morris

Secretary Carol Russell

The President distributed the meeting’s agenda and made a call for additional agenda items; two additional items were requested.  The proposed agenda and minutes from the October 2010 meeting were adopted.

President Ed McCurry distributed copies of the October 2010 minutes and circulated a few copies of the November 2010 WHCA newsletter.

Treasurer Richard Morris gave the Treasurer’s report, announcing that $494.32 is in the WHCA Treasury.  Most recent expenses totaled $12.00 for the holiday party.  Treasurer Morris also announced that the Association is required to file its 2010 tax return with the IRS.”

Copies of the Treasurer’s report were distributed and the report was accepted by the members.  The Treasurer started a 50/50 raffle among the members present.

President McCurry reported that the Council held a meeting just prior to the Association meeting.

Treasurer Morris also announced that the Association has filed the 2010 tax return with the IRS.

Secretary Carol Russell announced that the next newsletter will be published in February 2011 and requested all submissions by February 5.

Vice President Loretta Rowe thanked Carol Russell for continuing the WHCA newsletters and also thanked Mimi Harris for hosting the WHCA holiday party in January.  Ms. Rowe said the party was very successful and fun.

Reporting for the social committee, Ms. Rowe brought up the subject of social activities, asking for ideas for more get together events and announcing the ice cream social may be held again in 2011.

Ms. Rowe reminded members that she keeps the website current with road closures, etc.  There was discussion about adding a section on the website where members can share experiences about contractors and Ms. Rowe said she would include this information.

Ernestine Hall reported for the Welcome Committee, announcing that the new neighbors on Hayden Lane are settling in nicely with their new baby.

Treasurer Morris asked how the Association can recruit new members.  He said that members have expressed interest in many activities and perhaps there will be more get-togethers.  This sparked a discussion of broadening membership.  Vice President Rowe reminded the group of the door to door visits a couple of years ago which resulted in new members.  President McCurry asked if the Association should consider a Facebook page.  He advised (in response to Jeanne Midgett’s question about training) we would give training if needed.

Secretary Carol Russell reported on the trash at the vacant house at 8300 Taylor Lane.  Since a neighbor cleaned up all garbage that might attract rodents, the Fairfax County Health Department is no longer monitoring the property.  President McCurry advised there is a county warning sign on the property.  Carol offered to follow up on what the county is doing about the other types of trash on the property.

President McCurry advised that while he usually attends the Providence District meetings, he could not attend the January meeting since it is the same night as the WHCA meeting.  He asked for a vote on whether the Association should continue membership in the Providence District Council; the members voted and approved this.  The dues are $10 annually.

President McCurry reported further on issues concerning the Providence District.  He gave the members the following information from Chairman Sharon Bulova’s State of the County address on January 13, 2011:

  • The county is facing a $50 million budget shortfall;
  • 1,000 homeowners are in foreclosure;
  • 30,000 residents are unemployed;
  • The county has decided not to provide salary increases to employees;
  • The Fairfax County 2012 budget proposal will be online to residents in February 2011; and
  • The Federal Census results will result in some redistricting.

Other news from Chairman Bulova are:

  • Phase One of the Dulles Metro project will be completed in 2013.  Phase 1 will run from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue on the eastern edge of Reston. It will include four stations in Tysons Corner-(Tysons east, Tysons Central 123, Tysons Central 7 and Tysons West.)
  • Service to Dulles airport is scheduled for completion by 2016; and,
  • The Fairfax County parkway was completed in September, allowing motorists to drive from Reston to Fort Belvoir.

Other news from President McCurry are that Northrup Grumman is still planning to relocate its corporate office to Fairfax County.

President McCurry issued a reminder that the election of WHCA officers is scheduled for April 2011.  He and Vice President Rowe encouraged everyone to consider running for office.  President McCurry advised he initially agreed to serve two terms when he was elected in April 2009 but the election is open to anyone who is interested.

Jeanne Midgett asked if the WHCA Directory has been updated.  President McCurry reminded we must have approval of everyone in the directory and that has created some delays in issuing a new version.  Treasurer Morris suggested when we collect annual dues, we use that opportunity to update contact information and ask the members if they agree to be in the directory.

The 50/50 Raffle was held and Jeff Hawkins held the winning ticket, providing $8.00 to the winner and $8.00 to the Association Treasury.

Ann Hawkins asked if someone could contact the Virginia Department of Transportation about trimming trees at the corner of Woodburn and Tobin.  Michael Rowe agreed the overhanging limbs obstruct drivers’ vision at the corner.  Ernestine Hall added the trees also need to be trimmed at the corner of Taylor Lane and Woodburn Road.

Secretary Carol Russell asked President McCurry about the construction of the new church at Epiphany of Our Lord Church.  President McCurry said he had asked the Church Project Manager for an update but did not receive it in time for the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned around 8:30 pm.

Carol Russell