February 2013

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  February, 2013

SOCIAL COMMITTEE NEWS

Elections of WHCA Officers to be held at April 29th meeting.

Ed McCurry Will Step Down After Three Years As President.

The WHCA will elect new officers at the April 29th meeting.  President Ed McCurry has announced that he will not run for reelection.

If you would like to serve as President or as any other officer, please notify anyone on the Council so your name can go on the ballot.  Please be sure to come to the April meeting so you can participate in the election of officers.

Appreciation to Ed McCurry.  Ed has served as President of WHCA for three years.  Ed has done a great job of staying in close communication with the Providence District and other Fairfax County offices and keeping the neighborhood informed.  During his tenure, Ed started a traffic calming study and represented our neighborhood in zoning and planning meetings.  Ed did an excellent job as WHCA Liaison during the construction of the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church.  He was always well prepared and informed when he presided over our WHCA meetings.  Thank you Ed!!

Results of 2012 Neighborhood Traffic Calming Study

BACKGROUND:  2011 Study.  You may remember that in 2011, , the Association worked with Supervisor Linda Smyth of Providence District and with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to complete a traffic calming study of our streets.

The 2011 study was conducted on November 9, 2011, by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.  The 2011 study found that there is speeding in our neighborhood, particularly on Beverly and Hayden.  Nevertheless, the County could not institute traffic calming measures since the volume of drivers was below 600 per day.

The County does not impose traffic calming measures until both of the following two conditions are met:

1.  Volume exceeds 600 drivers per day, and

2.  Average speed is at least 5 mph over the posted limit (e.g.,  30 mph in a 25 mph zone) or, 85th percentile speed is at least 10 mph over the posted limit (e.g., 35 mph in a 25 mph zone.

2012 Study.  The Association requested that the County repeat the study in 2012 on Beverly and Hayden, the streets with speeding problems.  The results are provided below:

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If anyone wants a copy of the entire report for 2011 and/or 2012, please email Carol at mrussell54@cox.net

Social Committee News by Kristin Haynes

A big thank you to Carol and Mark Russell who organized the Second Annual Caroling Party and invited everyone back to their home for refreshments after caroling.

If you have any ideas for new social events and neighborhood get togethers, please contact Kristin Haynes with any questions or to volunteer to host a social event at whcaareacoordinator@live.com .  Our new “Upcoming Event” signs will remind you to check our website for RSVP and updated information for these socials.

2012 Summer Picnic – A Great Success!!!

Everyone had fun at the September picinic!!  Thank you Kristin for organizing this wonderful annual event!!

No News on Who Will Move into Exxon Mobil Campus

The Secretary of the council recently contacted Linda Smyth, Supervisor, and Providence District, to find out who is moving into the ExxonMobil campus in 2014, when ExxonMobil relocates to Houston.  Ms. Smyth responded that her office has not heard any definite plans for the campus.

SCHOOL NEWS

Letter from Camelot School Principal

Dear Community, 

Friday January 25 marked the end of first semester!  December and January were busy months at Camelot ES.  We had numerous musical performances including the winter chorus concert, the winter band and strings concert, the chorus performance at the Pageant of Peace, and the third grade singing of the National Anthem before the School Board.  Select chorus members also participated in the Virginia Organization of Kodaly Educators Choral Festival weekend.  Our fourth graders took a field trip to Jamestown and Yorktown, and our fifth graders visited the National Geographic Museum.  Our sixth graders attended the Luther Jackson Middle School winter concert, and we hope that many will be inspired to play and sing in middle school.  We also enjoyed the Kids’ Night In event, sponsored by the sixth graders and their parents, and Popcorn Day sponsored by the PTA.

In February, we look forward to the Spelling Bee finals for fourth through sixth graders, a puppet performance, entitled Knight Time, for our Head Start through second graders, and PTA Bingo Night.

Camelot ES was highlighted in the news this winter: Two Camelot staff members sponsor a knitting club for over forty sixth graders.  The knitting club story and its plan to give back to the community was highlighted in a Fairfax Times article.  The link to the story is http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20121120/NEWS/711209412/-1/students-at-annandale-school-look-to-give-back&template=fairfaxTimes.  Channel 4 News also featured the club in a brief news story on December 3.  We have received some wonderful donations as a result of this publicity, which means the sixth graders will be very busy knitting for the rest of the year! 

Here are a few dates for orientations:  Rising seventh grade parent orientation for Luther Jackson Middle School will be Monday, February 25 at 7pm.  Sixth graders will visit Luther Jackson on Thursday, February 28.  Finally, while our kindergarten orientation is still months away, I want to let you know the date for this event is May 6.  

Sincerely, Aileen Flaherty, Principal, Camelot Elementary School

Take a Walk in the Woods and View the Beaver Dam

By Karen Skelton

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Did you know that a family of beavers has recently built a dam nearby on Accotink Creek?  It’s easy to get to from our neighborhood, and makes for a nice destination if you’re out on a walk.  Here’s how to reach it:  enter the woods at Eakin Park baseball field and turn right when you reach the main trail, heading towards Prosperity Ave, about 500 yards ahead.  Cross Prosperity and walk about another 200 yards until you come to a very small bridge over this narrow creek.  Stop and look all around – you’ll see evidence of beaver activity in all directions: gnawed tree stumps with their distinctive pointed shape, downed trees, and the beginnings of a wetland in the woods due to the dam.  Over to the right you may see a small channel of water that leads to the creek; the beavers created this so that they can float larger trees back to the dam site! To see the dam itself, turn left onto a narrow trail immediately before the little bridge.  Notice even more gnawed trees as you walk a short distance to see where the beavers have dragged these logs, branches, other plants and even rocks, inserted them across the creek, then plastered it all with mud to help it hold.

Why do beavers build dams, you may wonder? (Especially if it’s been 30 or more years since school days!)  In a word – safety.  By flooding an area, they can keep predators at bay, build a lodge in the calm, deeper pools that develop, and have access to lots of tasty trees without having to leave the safety of the waterways.  (Their main source of food is the bark of certain trees.)  I haven’t spotted these beavers yet; not surprising since they are most active at night.  But a friend just captured these shots at Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, where she has seen them on every visit around sunset this month.

Who will be the first to spot a beaver here at Accotink?  Be sure to bring your camera along on your next walk, and I’ll look forward to seeing your photos in the next issue of the newsletter!

SAVE THIS WEBSITE FOR THIS WINTER!!!

VDOT is testing a new online tool where residents can track VDOT snowplows by computer.  Next time it snows we can track which neighborhoods have been plowed!!

http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov

Thank you Loretta Rowe for keeping our WHCA website up to date!

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:  2012 Annual Dues are due in April, 2013.

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:  hnmehall@webtv.net.

FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

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?

WHCA has a Neighborhood Referrals Database!

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, etc.

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

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

Need your Gutters Cleaned?  Call Jose Landscaping 571-594-6630.  Recommended by Mark Russell.  Nan Bradley recently called Jose to clean the gutters on her house and was also very pleased.

Woodburners Chimney Sweep and Repair, LLC (Recommended by Nelson Hall)

8975 Miles Place Manassas, Va.  20110  Phone 571-379-4820

 

Capital Discount Fuel Company in Purcellville, Virginia for home heating oil.(Recommended by Ernestine Hall) 115 East Main Street, Purcellville, Va.  20132 Telephone 703-978-6400.

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 ES.   Mark 703-560-3317.  Also recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.

Excellent job of installing heating/air conditioning.  Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical703-489-7944.   http://www.lanarkmechanical.com  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 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.

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AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING

Service & Replacements

Call Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical

703-489-7944

Email address is:  sbailey@lanarkmechanical.net

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

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Meeting

January 28, 2013

Minutes

The winter meeting, held at Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:30 pm by Ed McCurry, President.

In addition to the Officers listed below, 13 members attended the meeting.

Officers present were:

President Ed McCurry

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett

Secretary Carol Russell

Area Representative Kristin Haynes

The President asked everyone to introduce themselves.  New members were welcomed:

Annette Ansong, newly moved to Reedy Drive, and,

Jessica Bielecki and Randy Fulk, newly moved to Taylor Lane.

Ed then distributed the meeting agenda and made a call for additional agenda items.

Ed noted that the September meeting was cancelled due to the storm.  The minutes from the July, 2012 meeting were accepted and the President asked for the Officers’ reports.

The Treasurer, Jeanne Midgett,  reported there is $818.63  in the Treasury.  She noted the Association switched to a checking account in August.

Loretta Rowe, Vice President, advised that there was a pre-meeting Council meeting on January 21.

Carol Russell, Secretary, advised the deadline for submitting articles for the newsletter is February 15.

Kristin Haynes, Area Coordinator and Chair of the Social Committee, said there were no volunteers to host the annual holiday party; however,  Carol and Mark Russell invited all neighbors to a Caroling Party they hosted in December.  Ed remarked that the summer party was a big success.

Carol Russell presented the results of the Traffic Calming Study.  Carol reminded folks of the results of the First Traffic Calming Study conducted in November, 2011 which studied Beverly, Hayden, Knox, Reedy, and Taylor and found that the speeding threshold was surpassed on Beverly and Hayden; however.  the volume of drivers was not high enough to institute traffic calming measures.  Carol noted that in order for the County to institute calming measures, both of two conditions must be met:  1. Volume exceeds 600 drivers per day; and, 2. Average speed is at least 5 mph over the posted limit (e.g.,  30 mph in a 25 mph zone) or, 15 percent of drivers are at least 10 mph over the limit (e.g., 35 mph in a 25 mph zone.)

Carol provided additional background that the county agreed to repeat the study on Beverly and Hayden.  The study was conducted in November, 2012 with the following results:

On the day of the study, Beverly drivers totaled 427 with an average speed of 30 mph and 15 percent were driving 38 mph or over; and,

Hayden volume totaled 464, with an average speed of 26 mph and 15 percent were driving  31 mph or over.

Neither street had sufficient volume to institute traffic calming measures.

Ed McCurry thanked Carol for the report and Richard Morris suggested we ask the County about next steps that either the County or the Association could take to abate speeding.  Carol agreed to look into this.

Ed McCurry asked if anyone had heard who is moving into the ExxonMobil campus; there was some discussion but no one knew for certain.

Loretta Rowe reported on the walkway extension from the Byzantine Church to Tobin Road.  She has explored the possibility of a path with the church representatives who advised that they are waiting for the County to approve the current sidewalk.  Once the County approves, we can pursue installing a path.

Loretta reported that the Association Website is down.  Our new neighbor, Herbert Pinder, has offered to help solve the problem.

Mr. McCurry advised that Elections will be held in April.  While the entire board is up for reelection, everyone is willing to run again, with the exception of himself.  Ed will step down in April so the office of President will be vacant and thus open for election in April.  Ed advised the attendees to please consider running for Office, especially President.

President McCurry then turned to the neighborhood news.  Carol Russell is calling the county to see what can be done about the house at 8407 Tobin Road.  There was a fire in late October and the house has been abandoned ever since.  It doesn’t appear there has been any progress in repairing the house or moving furniture and debris from the yard.

Ed noted that we sent a card to the longtime residents, Dean and Joyce McPhee, after they moved from Reedy Drive.

Anna Fotias asked about additional street lights in the neighborhood.  Ed responded that Daniel Pritchard had been instrumental in securing additional street lights.  Karen Skelton added that two new lights were installed on poles already standing on Beverly.   Additional lighting is still needed at the corner of Beverly and Hayden.   Members all agreed that lights are needed on Taylor as it is very dark.  Ed will ask Daniel about his efforts with respect to installing new lights on Taylor.

Anna Fotias asked if we were caught unawares by the building of Wellness Boulevard.  Ed responded that he and Mike Rowe did attend a meeting alerting the neighborhood to INOVA’s new streets.  There was discussion of the additional traffic this has caused.  ….

Mike Rowe announced there is a shortcut on Williams Drive all the way to Lee Highway, and asked that this be included in the next newsletter.

Ed repeated the need for elections in April, particularly the election of the new President.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.  Folks then gathered for brownies brought by the Rowes and baklava courtesy of Jeanne Midgett.