June 2012

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  June, 2012


Election of WHCA Officers

At the April meeting, WHCA officers were elected.  All officers were reelected, with the exception of Richard Morris who stepped down after serving as Treasurer.

Welcome Jeanne Midgett!  Jeanne Midgett agreed to run for Treasurer and was unanimously elected.

We want to thank Richard Morris for his excellent work as Treasurer, keeping the books current and accurate.  In addition, a heartfelt thanks to Ed McCurry who preferred to step down as President but was persuaded to run as a write in candidate, and was reelected!  They both have worked hard for our community and we appreciate it!

President’s Message

Thank you for voting for me for a third term and final term as the Association’s President. We have managed to keep our organization active for the last few years and I hope you have found some benefit to belonging to it. On behalf of the Council I wish to thank you for your support in participating in our activities.  We also wish to welcome Jeanne Midgett to the Council as our new Treasurer.  She brings an IRS perspective to our finances. J Finally we wish to thank Richard Morris for his many years of service to you, first as President, then as Treasurer.  He is stepping down from the board but has promised to stay involved with us.  I’m going to hold him to that.

Over the past year we had an outstanding Christmas party hosted by Jeff and Ann Hawkins; Carol and Mark Russell introduced the neighborhood to the pleasures of community caroling at Christmas time with a great turnout of singers despite the freezing weather…. a tradition which will surely be continued; our summer party down at the Beverly cul-de-sac, also well attended; not to mention the good turnouts we had at our quarterly meetings, complete with food and friendly neighborhood gossip.

We, members of the Council, attend as many of the group meetings as we can of those organizations that deal with issues facing our community.  I have attended many of the Providence District Council meetings, the latest of which occurred right after the end of the legislative session in Richmond.  We were fortunate to have Dick Saslaw, State Senator and Dick Bulova, member of the House of Delegates from the 37th district explain the latest laws that have passed, as well as those that didn’t.  If you don’t get a chance to read the news on these we will give you a brief synopsis at the next quarterly meeting.  Also, Michael Rowe and I attended a briefing put on by Fairfax Hospital on their new parking garage construction which will impact us.  Information gathered from that meeting was disseminated via one of the past two newsletters.

There are a couple of things that occurred that disappointed me.  First, we had contacted Lynda Smyth’s office to help initiate a traffic study to try to mitigate the speeding problems we have on our neighborhood streets.  Her transportation staff contacted DOT for us and they apparently did a traffic calming study…..however brief.  To date we have not heard any results.  Second, the Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church in our neighborhood invited us to submit a few dates in which members of the association and neighborhood would be hosted by members of the church congregation to give us a tour of the new church followed by refreshments.  Though I called and gave them some dates we never heard back from them.  That was disappointing.

I did join the bird watching group that meets on Monday mornings at 7 a.m. at Eakin Park. Though the first couple of times were rainy there is a lot to see and hear and learn when walking those trails in the park.  I thank Alan Mathias for pestering me for years to join that group.

Alan brought up an idea for a possible swap meet for the fall and next spring.  This would occur at a volunteer’s yard and involve the possible trading of plants, flower or vegetables for our gardens.  We will pursue this further as autumn approaches to see if there is any interest.

Finally, Richard Morris brought up the idea of the Little Free Library as a possible addition to our neighborhood.  The concept is to build a dollhouse sized repository for books, planted outside someone’s home and stock it with books.  You take a book, return a book.  It’s a concept that has grown to 700 mini-libraries in 45 states and 20 countries.  If you wish to know more please visit www.littlefreelibrary.org 

Thank you for participating in the Association.

Respectfully, Ed McCurry

New Street Lights in Our Neighborhood.  Our neighbor Dan Pritchard is lighting up our lives!   Dan worked with Fairfax County to put new street lights on Beverly Drive.  Dan also asked the County to continue to consider additional lights in the neighborhood.    A huge thank you to the initiative and hard work of Dan Pritchard, and to Fairfax County.

New WHCA Meeting Signs.  Thanks to Kristin Haynes and Jeanne Midgett, we now have more sophisticated meeting signs to put on street corners.  They look good and we thank you ladies!

Upcoming Social Events by Kristin Haynes

• Join us for an Ice Cream Social on Saturday June 16th at 2:00 pm – host home still sought.  We’ll stay in your yard but if you wouldn’t mind sharing your lawn for a bit, we’d love a central location to get together for an hour or so.

• National Night Out – Tuesday, August 7th at 7:30 pm – details to be forthcoming but celebrate this night to promote neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships for a safer nation.  We’ll likely take a group stroll and have a dessert social.   Details being ironed out.

• Summer Social – Picnic to be held late afternoon on Saturday, September 8th.  Host home sought or we’ll plan on the cul-de-sac at the end of Beverly as we did last year.  Reminder that the Epiphany Church Festival will take place September 9th.

Please contact Kristin Haynes with any questions or to volunteer to host at whcaareacoordinator@live.com .  Our new “Upcoming Event” signs will remind you to check our website for RSVP and updated information for these socials.


Letter from Camelot School Principal

Dear Community, 

Four years ago I began my journey as principal at Camelot Elementary School with excitement and great anticipation for the future. Our learning together and working together to support the achievement of our students has exceeded my expectations.  During this time we have celebrated the accomplishments of individual students and teachers, supported each other through personal milestones, welcomed and bid farewell to students and staff, and maintained our traditions while initiating new programs and practices.  We moved forward together and consistently maintained our focus on the academic and social success of our students. Camelot Elementary School is truly a special place!

I want to thank you for the gift that this community has been to me, and to inform you that I have accepted an appointment as the Principal of West Gate Elementary School in Prince William County beginning July 1, 2012.  As you know family is very important to me and as my own family grows it has become a priority to be closer to home, making the decision to accept this new opportunity bittersweet.  

I am confident that Camelot Elementary will continue to be an exemplary place of learning within a supportive and caring community.  No matter where my journey leads, a part of my heart will remain a Camelot Dragon!

Sincerely, Craig H. Gfeller, Principal, Camelot Elementary School

Update on Falls Church High School by Kristin Haynes:

• The proposed charter school to be located at the old Graham Road ES site was approved by the state.  The FCPS School Board will now discuss its feasibility and vote to approve or reject it this summer.

• In part due to UPROAR (United Parents to Renovate Our Academic Resource) bringing attention to building needs at FCHS and others throughout the county, there will be discussion at a June or July School Board meeting regarding changes needed to the CIP (Capital Improvement Plan).  As background information, FCHS was due to be renovated in 2014 and it was announced last fall that it had been pushed back to 2025 in the renovation queue.  Some parents found this push unacceptable and complained at the January 2012 CIP School Board meeting.  Although the proposed CIP was passed unanimously, concerns prompted the SB for the need to review the procedures and criteria for ranking.  It is hoped that once these changes are made, FCHS will move ahead in the queue.

• UPROAR was successful, however, in bringing attention and getting some immediate changes at FCHS including:  ramps from the parking lots, several restrooms will be converted to be handicapped accessible, there will be widening interior and exterior doors to make them more accessible, this summer there will be renovations to the auditorium and replacements of the wooden seats to cushioned seats.  Most of these issues are related to ADA requirements but will benefit all students.

• UPROAR was encouraged to learn in April that due to being lower in the renovation queue but needing updated bathrooms desperately, FCPS Facilities proposed updating group bathrooms starting with the three “legacy” high schools (Herndon, Oakton, and Falls Church) which will be completed this summer.  Funding for these projects will be provided from the construction reserve.

• Next year’s school hours will be changed to 7:20-2:05.    http://www.fcps.edu/news/bellschedule.shtml

• FCHS is #22 in the state and #537 IN THE NATION according to the most recent report entitled “Best Schools in the United States” by US News and World Report. Virginia is home to many schools ranked in 2012 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, including 18 with gold medals, 19 with silver medals, and 59 with bronze medals. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal. FCHS earned a silver medal.  http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/virginia/districts/fairfax-county-public-schools/falls-church-high-school-20438

• Yard signs in support of FCHS for sale:  http://www.fcps.edu/FallsChurchHS/As%20a%20PTSA%20fundraiser.pdf

• Hats off to the Falls Church Jaguar Track Team for an outstanding National District Championship! Pole Vaulter Charlotte Loudoun (Reedy) will represent FCHS at Regional Championships in two weeks.

• This year, there have been many FCHS students nominated and win accolades and awards for various competitions including:  science and engineering, technology in arts, athletics, moot court, music and drama awards; their It’s Academic team won and went on to playoffs; students have been awarded athletic and academic scholarships; students have participated in and won grants to launch rockets in NASA’s Student Launch Initiative to name a few of the achievements FCHS students have received this year.  Students from the Culinary Arts program will participate in the Chef Series of the Falls Church City Farmer’s Market on 6/16.  The Fashion Marketing class is marketing and promoting our Relay for Life team (iHope) by selling “Cupcakes Fight Cancer” t-shirts for $12 and iHope-cakes (purple cupcakes) for $7.  So far the students have raised $500 toward their $10,000 goal.  Facebook:  iHopeRelay; email: ihopejags@gmail.com

Dates for your FCHS Activities Calendar:

June 1 – FCHS “Pops Concert”, 7:30pm in FCHS Auditorium

June 5 – “Senior Night” Spring Band Concert, 7:30pm in FCHS Auditorium

June 6 – Spring Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm in FCHS Auditorium

June 7 – Spring Sports Awards

June 9 – Band/Sports Boosters Yard Sale

June 13 – Sports Physical Night (pre-register online)

June 18 – 22 – Jaguar Football Camp

June 20 – Graduation @ The Patriot Center

June 20 – 22 – Softball Clinic

June 25 – 29 – Baseball Camp

July 9 – 13 – Girls Basketball Camp

July 9-12 & 16-20 – Field Hockey Clinic

July 23 – 27 – Jaguar Basketball Camp

Please contact Kristin Haynes at whcaareacoordinator@live.com with any questions.

FromOur Neighborhood Pets

Of course we love the Fourth of July!

But please be mindful that we hate Fireworks…

we get frightened!


The Pets of Woodburn Homes

From: “The Ghost” of Woodburn Road 

As Woodburn Homes Civic Association’s summer of 2012 begins to unfold we may each do well to pause and reflect on ourselves and those around us.

One of the great things about being a part of WHCA is that it offers us the

opportunity to give to others so that we might find personal satisfaction

within ourselves.


The Patron Saint of WHCA, Fred Rodgers said it best:


“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you

meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.

There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another

person.  We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s

easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my

problem.”  Then there are those who see the need and respond. Fred Rogers

and now “El Ghost” consider those people our heroes.”  To the folks of WHCA

you are my heroes. Anonymous

Girl Scout Troop Cleans up Accotink

Girl Scout Troop 4332 (that is made up of girls from our neighborhood and surrounding ones) participated in a Clean-Up Day for the Accotink Creek on Saturday April 28th. In addition to cleaning up litter, the troop kept record of what was found.  The troop learned what the Top Ten Littered Items are in our area.  They are cigarette butts (which take 13 years to decompose); beverage bottles (plastic); bags/food wrappers; beverage bottles (glass); beverage cans; cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons; caps, lids; and straws, stirrers.  The troop found examples of all of the top ten items. Some other interesting items found included a glass Royal Crown Cola bottle (which may not even be made anymore) and an American flag. 5 golf balls were also found. The organizers of the clean-up told us that a local course’s driving range is close to the creek. While we were close to the bridge on King Arthur, they had travelled all the way downstream!

In 2 hours, we picked up A LOT of trash and items that should have been recycled. Our troop hopes by sharing our experience with the neighborhood, that everyone will think about not littering and will make sure that trashcans at their home are covered so that trash doesn’t blow around.

The Clean-Up was sponsored by Friends of Accotink Creek.  More details about the organization can be found at http://www.accotink.org/.  Additional information about protecting our watersheds and the environment can be found at these websites:  Clean Fairfax Council www.cleanfairfax.org  andwww.volunteerfairfax.org.  Submitted by-Girl Scout Troop 4332


Join Camelot Pool by Jennie Boyd, Camelot Community

We can’t wait to welcome back members and to meet new families for the upcoming 46th season at the Camelot Community Club (CCC)! The pool opened at 10 AM on Saturday, May 26. Registration is required for non-members, but the visit is free of charge!

If you need new membership information, please visit our website at www.camelotcommunityclub.org or contact Bonnie Gagermeier at 703-876-0611 or  bgagermeier@gmail.com). Send us an email if you’d like to receive our weekly email during the season: www.cccboard@camelotcommunityclub.org   We’ll see you soon at the pool!

Join HOLMES RUN POOL – 2012 New Member Special

The Holmes Run Pool is a community pool with 3 sparkling pools in a large wooded, private park-like setting with picnic areas, grills, and numerous recreational and social events.  It’s a great place to meet your neighbors and enjoy your friends and family during the summer at a friendly pool in a diverse community who welcomes all.

Holmes Run Pool is located at 3451 Gallows Road, next to Woodburn Elementary, in an area that is sheltered from the noisy road traffic, yet still offers easy access to a large parking area.  It’s a wonderful haven for summer activities: swimming, sunning, grilling, picnicking, aqua aerobics, and yoga.  Your kids can learn how to swim and enjoy an energetic swim team or just relax and have some summer fun.

E-mail membership@holmesrunpool.org for information on Holmes Run Pool NEW MEMBER SPECIAL pricing.  For swim team information, e-mail hurricane@holmesrunpool.org.  Also, you may pick up information at the Holmes Run pool front desk beginning on Memorial Day weekend.


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!!


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,  22003-1126

Reminder:  2012 Annual Dues were due in April, 2012.

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


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.

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

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 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 703- 560-5382.

Excellent House Cleaning on occasional or routine basis.  Sabina Carrera 703-583-7509.  Recommended by Carol Russell 703- 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 and Michael and Loretta Rowe.

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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Service & Replacements

Call Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical


Email address is:  sbailey@lanarkmechanical.net

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

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Meeting

April 30, 2012


The spring 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, fifteen members attended the meeting.

Officers present were:

President Ed McCurry

Treasurer Richard Morris

Secretary Carol Russell

Area Representative Kristin Haynes

The President distributed the meeting agenda and made a call for additional agenda items.

The minutes from the January, 2012 meeting were accepted and the President asked for the officers’ reports.

Treasurer Richard Morris initiated the 50-50 raffle; announced dues are due; and then gave the Treasurer’s report, announcing that $544.15 is in the WHCA Treasury.    Recent expenses include signs ($152.00) and overdue expenses from the holiday party ($13.00).

Secretary Carol Russell announced the deadline of May 15 for submissions to the newsletter.

Kristin Haynes, Area Coordinator and Chair of the Social Committee, presented the upcoming social events:  ice cream social in June; neighborhood walk on National Night Out (August 7); and, the annual picnic (tentatively scheduled for September 8th.)

President McCurry announced his term as President is over and he does not wish to run for reelection; however, since no one has expressed interest in running for President, Ed said he would agree to another term if elected as a write in candidate.    In addition it was announced that Richard Morris is also not running for reelection; however, Jeanne Midgett has agreed to run for Treasurer.

Ballots were distributed.

Richard Morris announced he will be participating in Relay For Life.

President McCurry presented the Traffic Calming Study status.  We have not heard the results from the County.

President McCurry announced Camelot community is planning a cleanup of Accotink Creek.  He also advised members to let him know if anyone wants a tour of the new church building at the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church.

President McCurry asked Dan Pritchard to report on his success with Fairfax County in securing additional lights on Beverly Drive.  Dan advised everyone that new lights have been approved, with additional lights under consideration.

President McCurry thanked Kristin Haynes and Jeanne Midgett for the new WHCA meeting signs.

Ed McCurry thanked Carol Russell for meeting the new neighbors, Gabrielle and Leo Coelho, on behalf of the Association.

On the budget topic, President McCurry asked for approval to donate $50 to the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church for use of the meeting room, and $50 to the Falls Church High School for the all night graduation party.  Both items were approved.

Mr. McCurry also advised Fairfax County is holding a budget meeting on May 1.  Joe Louden announced that Fairfax County residents can join the DC and Arlington libraries where electronic books can be downloaded.

The votes were counted with the following results:


President (as write in candidate) Ed McCurry

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Secretary Carol Russell

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett

Area Representative Coordinator:  Kristin Haynes

The election results were accepted and carried unanimously.

President McCurry discussed the opening of the old Raytheon Building.  Traffic problems are expected to be minimized since the visitor center is not accessed from Route 50, but from a side road.  Quinta reported the building had asbestos which required significant reconstruction.

The winner of the 50/50 raffles collected the winnings and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.