Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter February 2014
WHCA Works to Eliminate Parking on Woodburn Road
by Carol Russell
At our January 2014 civic association meeting, members expressed concern about the safety hazards and unsightly appearance caused by the many cars parking on the right shoulder of Woodburn Road travelling towards Gallows Road.
Your WHCA Council took several steps to install NO PARKING signs on this stretch of Woodburn Road, including:
- A meeting with construction managers at Fairfax Hospital, to determine the extent the problem is due to construction workers parking on Woodburn Road. The construction managers advised that they provide parking to all construction employees, providing dedicated parking lots with bus service from the lot to the job site;
- Several requests to VDOT with photos and descriptions of the safety problems and unsightliness of the problem;
- Requests to Virginia Delegates and Supervisor of Providence District to expedite NO PARKING signs;
- Communication with the local neighborhood groups including Woodburn Village condominiums, Prosperity Heights, Strathmeade Springs, and Camelot community associations, requesting that they also contact VDIT.
VDOT Representatives have informed the Council that:
- They investigated and found the problem warranted immediate correction with NO PARKING signs.
- By mid-March, they will extend the NO PARKING restriction further, up to Wellness Boulevard.
- By April, they will begin shoulder repair next to Woodburn Road.
Providence Community Center Focus Groups
by Kristin Haynes
From Fairfax County Government website: Announcing focus group meetings on:
Thursday, February 27 – 10 a.m. – Noon – Vienna Presbyterian Church – 124 Park Street NE, Vienna, VA 22180
Tuesday, March 4 – 6 – 8 p.m. – Oakton Elementary School – 3000 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, VA 22124
Thursday, March 6 – 10 a.m. – Noon – Vienna Presbyterian Church – 124 Park Street NE, Vienna, VA 22180
Tuesday, March 11 – 6 – 8 p.m. – Oakton Elementary School – 3000 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton, VA 22124
Thursday, March 13 – 10 a.m. – Noon – Vienna Presbyterian Church – 124 Park Street NE, Vienna, VA 22180
Construction of the new Providence Community Center in Fairfax is currently underway! We’d like to hear from the community about what types of programs and services you would like to see offered for participants of all ages – from elementary aged children, to teens, to adults and older adults. Please join us at one of the upcoming focus groups to share your thoughts and ideas. If you can’t attend in person, please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for one of the sessions or for more information, call 703-787-4962, TTY 711, or email Jessica.Rhoades@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
Social Committee News by Kristin Haynes
Please contact Kristin Haynes at email@example.com if you have any ideas for new neighborhood social events or to volunteer to host any social event.
by Nan Bradley
A bit of explanation to start. Even though my youngest child is now a senior in college, I still get a thrill when the school kids get a “snow day.” I remember the absolute joy that announcement could bring to our house.
The all-time best snow occasion was the Blizzard of ’96. It was a week off with a ton of snow. We had snow forts, snowmen, snow tunnels and even a slalom run for our sleds. The weather broke just enough mid-week to refresh supplies—hot cocoa and mini-marshmallows.
So, after one of our earlier snows this year, I was really disappointed in myself that I hadn’t even stepped out into the snow. Not even a nighttime snow walk—one of my favorites. The news reports showed people frolicking in the snow. Even the guy at the Giant deli counter asked me if I had done anything fun in the snow. When I answered “no,” I had to wonder, “am I getting too old for stuff like that?”
It’s not that I love winter. I really don’t. I’m a summer person all the way. But with a big birthday heading my way this year, I want to go downhill fighting—winter, spring, summer and fall!
That’s why as we struggled to shovel the measured 11 inches of snow from our driveway and our walkway and our street parking space after the Valentine’s Day snow, the consistency of the snow spoke to me. Then the giant pile of snow at the end of the driveway practically screamed at me—“IT’S SNOWMAN TIME!”
I made myself wait until all the work was done, and this would be my reward. The snowgirl was so much fun to make, and she shares my sentiment that I can’t wait til spring. And I proved to myself that as I march toward the Big 6-0, I can feel as young at heart as I want at any age!!
Reprinted by permission from Betty McCurry
In 1960, Betty McCurry, who is Ed McCurry’s wife and currently resides at 8302 Hayden Lane, moved here from Luttrell Road, just the other side of the Exxon station next to Holly Road. She is a native of College Park, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Political Science and later received a Masters in Library Science. For many years she taught in Fairfax County Public Schools, both as a librarian and as a substitute. Her base school was Pine Ridge Elementary (where the Police communication center is now located on Woodburn Road). Following are Betty’s recollections of what the neighborhood was like back in those days. [EDITOR’S NOTE: The WHCA Newsletter welcomes more recollections from Betty McCurry for future publication in the Newsletter about what our neighborhood was like back in those early days.]
“To understand the Woodburn area some forty years ago is to understand the topography. Woodburn Road was a lazy, sleepy, narrow (as it still is) path winding from Gallows Road to Route 236 – over a rickety one lane bridge spanning Accotink Creek. Although the bridge stood above the frequently flooded bottom land, as today a big storm can make Woodburn impassable. Hayden Lane was three blocks long – rutted, gravelly and very dusty. It ended between what is now Knox and Beverly which was a wonderful wooded area that ran all the way to Tobin. Knox Road north of Hayden was a path ending in a deep ravine that neighbors tried futilely to fill with yard debris. South of Hayden, Knox was grassy with a two wheel path to Taylor – passable carefully. Beverly south of Hayden was a narrow one lane dirt path with not much gravel. At the corner of Tobin and Woodburn on the hill was a house that was the original Woodburn School. For some reason lost in the mist of time, Tobin was blacktopped – and ended where Beverly would be. The rest was dirt. On each side were woods. A steep rutted path with grass growing between the tire marks led to three houses where the tennis courts are now. The whole area saw little traffic except from the residents.
Since I am the oldest in age and second oldest in residence (Hazel Mathias was here earlier) in the Woodburn neighborhood, I would like to reminisce about the very different feeling of neighborhood that was here some forty odd years ago. Although small in size this was a neighborhood in the true sense of the word – neighbors knowing and caring about each other was the usual – when one family had a problem others pitched in to help. Perhaps the fact that all the mailboxes were at the corner of Woodburn Road and Hayden Lane had a part in making for a friendly, unifying spirit. Another unifying factor was only one family had a working mother – everyone else was a stay at home Mom. Each day, the ladies with strollers, carriages and toddlers in tow, made the trip to the mailboxes. Since mail delivery was very reliable between 10:30a.m. and 11 a.m., the ladies knew when to make the trek. Meeting each other and chatting made for a congenial visiting time between lunch and naps.”
Betty McCurry, 8302 Hayden Lane
Another Request for Volunteers for
WHCA NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK CAPTAINS
by Anna Fotias
We are again requesting volunteers to be WHCA Block Captains to help with better distribution of community activity information throughout our neighborhood. Establishing Block Captains also will help us keep more current in providing WHCA information to new residents and in our learning about any residents who might need assistance.
Those interested in being Block Captains are asked to contact Kristin Haynes, WHCA Area Representative Coordinator, as soon as possible via her e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org and to indicate specifically which block or blocks of the neighborhood they are interested in servicing.
To help allocate “blocks” or sections of our community for Block Captain volunteers, the following map describes the current Boundaries of the Woodburn Homes Civic Association:
Volunteers to be WHCA Block Captains received to date are:
Carol & Mark Russell – Knox Road
Anna Fotias & Keith Wilkinson – Beverly Dr. Block between Taylor & Hayden
Multiple volunteers for the same blocks are encouraged so that service can be shared and there is ample back-up if one Block Captain is not available. The more volunteers, the merrier we’ll all be! Please volunteer to be a Block Captain and to help our community better communicate with our neighbors.
from Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School (FCHS) announces its: MULCH SALE with proceeds going toward their All Night Graduation Celebration. There is even an early-bird special this year, as well as an online/credit card option! Go to following Internet site:
http://www.fchsptsa.org/all-night-grad-celebration/mulch-online-ordering.html to download order form or place online order.
3 Cubic Foot Bags of Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch, $5.50 each ($5.25 if order is placed by 2/28!) 15 bags or more, free curb delivery within 5 mile radius; 14 bags and under, must pick up at FCHS School.
Order Deadline: Monday, March 24, 2014
Delivery Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Pickup: Falls Church High School between 10AM and 3PM
$2 of every bag and your donation are tax deductible. (Check with your tax advisor.)
Contact Jen with any questions at email@example.com
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com.
Thank you to Loretta Rowe for efforts to keep our WHCA website up to date! And, a special thanks to Joe Loudon for generously volunteering to help with updates to the WHCA website. Improvements in website content and organization will be coming soon thanks to Joe’s technical computer and website expertise.
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.
The following have been recommended by our neighbors.
Please note: WHCA does not officially promote or criticize contractors.
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.
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, http://www.lanarkmechanical.com. Recommended by Loretta and
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
CLASSIFIEDS and ADVERTISEMENTS
KIDS SEEKING WORK
AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING
Service & Replacements
Call Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical
Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website is: http://www.lanarkmechanical.com
Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting
January 27, 2014
Proposed Minutes for Approval at April 28, 2014 Meeting
The winter WHCA meeting, held at Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:35pm by Carol Russell, President.
In addition to the 5 officers listed below, 9 members attended the meeting, for a total of 14 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, which was accepted as proposed. A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the previous October 28, 2013 WHCA meeting minutes. President Russell thanked Secretary Anna Fotias for production of the quarterly meeting minutes and newsletter and Area Representative Kristin Haynes for coordinating the WHCA annual holiday party. She extended everyone’s special appreciation to Ann and Jeff Hawkins for hosting the well attended Dec. 7, 2013 WHCA holiday party at their home. President Russell also reported that WHCA Council members met on Jan. 22, 2014 to prepare for this Jan. 27 WHCA meeting.
The President then asked for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows:
Vice-President Loretta Rowe reported that work is progressing on updating the WHCA website. Joe Louden has spent considerable time and effort in showing her how to post pages to the website.
Treasurer Jeanne Midgett reported there is $909.06 in the WHCA Treasury as of Dec. 31, 2013. This is the balance prior to payment of $46.31 to Kristin Haynes for the WHCA 2013 holiday party expenses. She also re-iterated that WHCA by-laws were amended at the October 28, 2013 meeting to raise the spending authority to $100 per transaction for the President and $200 for the Council, and only to permit expenditures in excess of $200 upon approval by a majority vote of members present at a duly convened meeting.
Next, Treasurer Jeanne Midgett distributed a WHCA proposed 2014 Spending Plan for discussion. This was in accordance with a decision at the previous October 28, 2013 meeting that a Spending Plan would be presented in January to outline typical annual WHCA revenue and expenditures but that it would not be a binding budget. In this proposed 2014 Spending Plan, based on end of year revenues of approx. $900 and WHCA dues of $375 (for a 25 household membership payment of $15 annual dues in April 2014), proposed expenses included Summer picnic ($200), Winter Holiday party ($100), supplies ($50), website ($60), Welcome gift baskets ($50), Federation of Civic Association dues ($20), and annual donations to the Byzantine Catholic Church for WHCA meeting space ($75) and to Falls Church High School for graduation events ($75). Support was expressed for raising our donation to the church in order to make it comparable with our donation to the school and for increasing both annual donations if deemed appropriate and money was available in Treasury.
President Russell also expressed support for including an expense for WHCA meeting refreshments in the 2014 proposed Spending Plan, noting that Loretta and Mike Rowe always provide coffee and desserts at our meetings and that reimbursing them an estimated amount seemed appropriate. Consensus was that the 2014 WHCA Spending Plan seemed reasonable and fiscally responsible.
Mark Russell then proposed that WHCA either keep the 50/50 raffle but stipulate that winner not donate his/her 50% of winnings to WHCA or discontinue the 50/50 raffle entirely. It was noted that although it is an individual choice whether to keep 50% of raffle winnings, there is perceived peer pressure to donate all of raffle collection back to WHCA. Also, it was noted that there currently is nothing specific for which WHCA needs to be collecting/raising money. By a vote of members in attendance at the meeting, there will be no 50/50 raffle for 2014.
Secretary Anna Fotias, as WHCA Newsletter editor, reported that the deadline for submission of materials for publication in the next Newsletter is Feb. 21, 2014. She requested that members consider submitting their input and any articles of community interest as well as service ads to help make the Newsletter as informative as possible. Distribution of the next Newsletter is scheduled to occur at the end of February.
Area Representative Coordinator, Kristin Haynes reported on upcoming social activities. Mainly, Dan Pritchard has offered to host this year’s annual WHCA Summer picnic at his home on Beverly Drive in September 2014, with specific date to be determined and announced. Also, she invited members to let her know of any interest in hosting neighborhood social activities, such as summer garden tours and bird watching events. Finally, there is a need for volunteers to re-initiate WHCA’s Neighborhood Block Captains in order to help with better distribution of information throughout our community. WHCA’s original plan was to have Block Captains help deliver the Newsletter and other fliers with community alerts or announcements of social events, especially to those who do not have e-mail access. Anyone interested in being a Block Captain is encouraged to contact Kristin Haynes via her e-mail address (email@example.com).
Ernestine Hall, who is the coordinator for welcoming and providing assistance to community residents, reported that she was not aware of any new neighbors or requests for assistance. She asked that neighbors contact her if they are aware of any new neighbors or people in our community who might need assistance, particularly during recent snow/ice storms. Vice-President Loretta Rowe also reported that Welcome gift baskets for new neighbors, at a cost of approx. $10 per basket, would be prepared by Council members as needed, estimated as potentially 5 or 6 times per year. These Welcome baskets would contain small gifts, such as WHCA notepads and magnets, with local business coupons and other community information of interest as well as promoting WHCA membership.
The President then provided updates on community news. There has been interest in the preparation of a WHCA Membership Directory containing names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of members, who give their permission to be included in the Directory, for distribution only to WHCA members who have paid their upcoming April 2014 WHCA annual dues. President Carol Russell agreed to handle this initiative with assistance from other Council members as needed.
President Russell noted the death of our neighbor Jack Butts (90 years old) on December 15, 2013. He was a long-time resident of the community who resided at his home on Beverly Drive for 30-35 years. It was asked that neighbors keep an “eye on” Jack’s house as it will be vacant until sold after probate of his estate. Treasurer Jeanne Midgett offered to provide the name of a recommended, local estate clearing agent to help Jack’s relatives with sale of any estate property, if necessary.
Kristin Haynes then reported on the Fairfax County School Renovation issues being considered by the Board of Supervisors at their Luther Jackson Middle School meeting on Jan. 27, 2014. Of particular concern to our community is getting Falls Church High School as well as 5 – 6 other local schools on the list to be renovated despite deep budget cuts in Fairfax County.
With respect to the Exxon Mobil land use update, President Russell reported that the Exxon Mobil’s 117 acre campus was officially put up for sale during the week of November 18, 2013. There is no information yet on any potential buyers or new tenants. The land still remains zoned for corporate use only with an option for a hotel, and not for residential or medical facility use. We will continue to monitor and report on what impact a new buyer/tenant of the Exxon Mobil property could have on our community.
Regarding INOVA Fairfax Hospital updates, President Russell reported that the new Women and Children’s Center, which is to be a 12-story building on the main hospital campus, is scheduled to open in 2016. The new 8-story hospital parking lot with access from Wellness Blvd. is scheduled to open in 2015. Finally, the current Fairfax County Woodburn Mental Health facility is being torn down, and its services will be consolidated with other county mental health care and substance abuse services in the new Merrifield Center, which will be located between Willow Oaks and Williams Drives.
There has been community concern expressed about problems with the many cars parking along the shoulder of Woodburn Road on the way toward Gallows Road across from the Woodburn Village Condominium complex and just before the new Wellness Blvd. entrance to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. This is creating a severe safety hazard to both pedestrians and drivers on Woodburn Road because drivers heading to Gallows Road are forced to move to the left to avoid hitting cars parked along this eroded section of what is not a real shoulder, and drivers going both ways on Woodburn Road must watch out for pedestrians, particularly those getting in and out of the parked cars on that shoulder, who are trying to cross the road. President Russell on behalf of WHCA has contacted VDOT to request that No Parking signs be installed on this stretch of Woodburn Road.
Also, in order to determine if the parking on Woodburn Road was due to Fairfax Hospital construction workers needing a place to park, President Russell met with two of the three Construction Managers in charge of the Fairfax Hospital building expansion. They advised her that they provide parking for all of the construction workers. An offsite parking area is provided with bus service to and from the hospital job site.
Secretary Anna Fotias then reported that she had called the Woodburn Village Condominium Management Office to determine if they were concerned about the cars parked on the shoulder along the section of Woodburn Road across from their Condominium complex. The Office personnel agreed that cars parked there posed a hazard to the community and that they advised their residents not to park there. They stated that their Property Manager and Board President had also contacted VDOT last month to request that No Parking signs be posted along that portion of Woodburn Road.
Under the Public Comment portion of the agenda, Ernestine Hall asked for WHCA help in removing a truck with attached snow plow that has been parked on the right side of Hayden Lane just before the circle. She had been advised by Supervisor Smyth’s office to call Fairfax County police, but prior to doing that she wanted to ask WHCA for any suggestions. President Russell said she would look into it and respond. Richard Morris then suggested that WHCA undertake a membership drive/outreach project to attract more residents to join WHCA this year, and he volunteered to participate. This drive to increase WHCA membership could include personal contact by knocking on neighbors’ doors as well as dropping off fliers throughout the neighborhood advertising WHCA membership.
President Russell noted that WHCA elections will be held and annual dues collected at the upcoming April 2014 meeting. She adjourned the meeting at 8:25pm. Coffee and desserts, mainly provided by Vice-President Loretta Rowe supplemented with donuts provided by Secretary Anna Fotias, were enjoyed by attendees remaining to socialize. Our next Association meeting is scheduled for April 28, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall basement, with separate entrance across from church.