Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter
In This Issue…
WHCA joins Friends of Accotink
Call for Volunteer(s)
President: Kristin Haynes
Vice Pres.: Loretta Rowe
Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett
Secretary: Anna Fotias
Area Representative Coordinator: Carol Russell
Newsletter Articles or Comments?
Send to: Josh Goodman, WHCA Newsletter Editor
Next WHCA meeting is 7:30 pm, July 25, 2016.
The Council will send a reminder prior to the meeting.
Thank you to everyone who attended the April 25 WHCA meeting and participated in electing our current council. We appreciate your support in helping us to serve our community.
Kristin Haynes graciously volunteered and was confirmed by unanimous vote to serve as our new President. Carol Russell will now serve as Area Coordinator. The remaining Council officers will continue serving in their current capacity.
WHCA wishes to express its gratitude to Carol Russell for serving as president for the past three years. She has worked hard to advocate on behalf of our neighborhood and build relationships with VDOT, various Fairfax County departments and Fairfax Hospital. She will continue this work in her new role as WHCA Area Coordinator.
Special thanks also go to Kristin Haynes for her work as WHCA Coordinator the past seven years. Kristin has been the prime mover behind countless WHCA activities and projects, including all the social events. She has served as our liaison with the local schools, where she has also been serving in PTA leadership roles, and has represented WHCA in communications with various Fairfax County offices.
Seeking Social Coordinator
There are many in our community willing to help out with social events, but it really takes a good social planner to pull it all together and make things run smoothly. Kristin Haynes has done a wonderful job in this regard for seven years. Now that she is president of WHCA, it is time to pass the baton to a neighbor who is organized and willing to take on the responsibility of planning WHCA social events. Kristin would be happy to share advice with her successor(s).
WHCA has historically hosted two annual social events: a winter holiday social held in December, January, or February, depending on the host’s preference; and a summer picnic, which has typically been scheduled in July or August in the host’s yard or in a cul-de-sac.
In addition, depending on the level of interest in the community, we would like to add two more annual events: a “Spring Clean-Up Day”, possibly scheduled to coincide with Earth Day in April, during which WHCA neighbors would join other civic groups, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to remove litter from neighborhood streets and common areas; and a Harvest/Halloween event in October, which would include activities such as decorating pumpkins, imbibing apple cider, and perhaps having a Halloween costume parade or contest.
If you are interested in volunteering to fill this much-appreciated position, please contact any WHCA Council member listed at the head of this newsletter as soon as possible. We need your help! Thank you.
WHCA joins Friends of Accotink Creek
Following a discussion at the last WHCA meeting about the admirable work done by Friends of Accotink Creek in cleaning up the creek this spring, a motion was made and unanimously approved to support their mission of removing litter from the creek. WHCA joined their organization for a $25 membership fee. Friends of Accotink Creek has since thanked WHCA for its support and extended an invitation to drop by any of their meetings, which take place on the third Tuesday of each month in the Senior Center Lobby of the Audrey Moore RECenter. Their next meeting will take place June 21, 7-9 p.m.
Little River Turnpike Bicycle Study open for public comments
Woodburn residents are encouraged to provide input and suggestions for improving the seven miles of bike corridor along Little River Turnpike. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has posted an interactive map that allows one to post comments directly onto the map. $7.35M in funding is available for implementation of short-term improvements to the bike corridor. The interactive map and other information about the project are available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/littleriverturnpikebicyclestudy.htm.
We end this issue of the WHCA Newsletter with a poem by Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), author of The Prophet (1923):
And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness. And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
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:
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.
Air Conditioning & Heating
Service & Replacements
Call Scott Bailey
www.lanarkmechanical.comMake your 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 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: email@example.com.
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.
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 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.
Air Conditioning and Heating
Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical for air conditioning and heating service and replacement, Call: 703-489-7944, Website is: http://www.lanarkmechanical.com
Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Excellent job of installing heating/air conditioning. Recommended by Loretta and Michael Rowe.
Chimney Cleaning and Repairs
Woodburners Chimney Sweep and Repair, LLC, 8975 Miles Place Manassas, Va. 20110, 571-379-4820. Recommended by Nelson Hall.
Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880. Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry (703-560-2262).
Brian’s Home Services for gutter cleaning, 703-505-6153. Recommended by
Joyce Mcphee (703-560-5382).
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
F.A. Landscaping, Martin A. Ortiz, Phone: 240 408-9254. E-mail: Martin03072@hotmail.com. 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.
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: Also, highly recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.
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.
JL Tree Service, Inc., Fairfax, VA, 703-359-4444, www.jltreeservice.com, 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 and Betty McCurry
CLASSIFIEDS and ADVERTISEMENTS
KIDS SEEKING WORK
• Babysitting Services
Nicole Haynes HaynesFamily5@cox.net
• Pet Sitting Services
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOST A JAPANESE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT THIS SUMMER
The TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange Program is looking for families in the area to host Japanese high school students for less than two weeks this summer. TOMODACHI is a two-way exchange program investigating topics such as leadership, community engagement, social entrepreneurship, historical memory, civic education, diversity and inclusion, and culture.
The program brings together 18 students (nine from Washington, D.C. with nine Japanese high school students from Tohoku and Tokyo.) A unique feature of this program is that it seeks to expose participants to civic engagement and social entrepreneurship through experiential learning, focused teamwork and deep cross-cultural immersion. If interested in hosting a student(s), please email Benjamin Gaylord at Gaylord@americancouncils.org.
Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting
April 25, 2016
Proposed Minutes for Approval at July, 25, 2016 Meeting
The spring WHCA meeting, held at the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:35pm by Loretta Rowe, Vice President. President Carol Russell could not attend the meeting.
In addition to the 4 officers listed below, there were 11 members who attended the meeting, for a total of 15 attendees.
WHCA Officers present were:
Vice President Loretta Rowe
Secretary Anna Fotias
Treasurer Jeanne Midgett
Area Representative Kristin Haynes
Vice-President Rowe reported that WHCA Council members met on April 18, 2016 to prepare the agenda for the April 25, 2016 WHCA meeting, copies of which had been distributed. She asked for approval of the previous Oct. 26, 2015 proposed minutes (also distributed). A motion was then made, seconded and passed to approve the Oct. 26, 2015 WHCA meeting minutes. (No meeting was held on January 25, 2016 because of a snow storm.)
Vice- President Rowe proceeded to ask for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows: Vice-President Loretta Rowe reported that WHCA has switched its website domain host from Just Host to another company, In Motion, which offers much improved customer service. As a result, WHCA’s website hosted by this new company will be up and running soon.
Secretary Anna Fotias reported that she attended represented WHCA at the annual Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Leaders Conference, held at Falls Church High School on March 5, 2016. She attended sessions to learn about common types of community concerns and how Fairfax County uses ordinances and codes to bring properties into compliance. The Fairfax County Code Compliance, Zoning, Animal Control/Wildlife Offices, and Transportation and Police Departments offered Conference presentations in addition to many other County offices providing community services. She distributed numerous pamphlets and other information gathered from this Conference which could be of help/interest to WHCA members. She then noted that the Fairfax County Police Department has initiated use of the free, on-line, private network called Nextdoor Woodburn, which neighbors have been invited to join, to post periodic important police updates and information to area neighborhoods. She offered to help interested WHCA members join the Nextdoor Woodburn network.
Treasurer Jeanne Midgett provided a report on the annual WHCA budget. She reported that last year there were 24 paid WHCA members (with annual dues of $15 per household) and that last April there was $907.75 in the WHCA Treasury. After disbursements of $75 to the Byzantine Catholic Church, $75 to the Falls Church High School All-Night Graduation event, $50 to the Annandale Fire Dept., $300 for the Boy Scout Eakin Park project, $95 for purchase of 200 WHCA magnets, and expenses for website hosting ($176.15), the annual WHCA (September) picnic ($107.63), various WHCA printing bills, and a gift card for Nicole Haynes in appreciation for her work in completion of the WHCA Little Lending Library, she reported a current April 2016 balance of $275.23. She then noted that she would be available for payment of 2016 annual WHCA dues of $15 after the meeting.
Area Representative Coordinator Kristin Haynes reported that our next scheduled WHCA social event was the annual end-of summer WHCA picnic, usually held after Labor Day in September. However, because of past experiences with picnic cancellations due to rainy weather that late in the season, she recommended WHCA schedule the annual picnic earlier in the summer. She also asked for other suggestions for possible WHCA social events and for a volunteer to be the WHCA social event contact/planner.
WHCA’s Newsletter Editor Josh Goodman reported that the deadline for submission of materials for publication in the next WHCA Newsletter is May 20, 2016. Distribution of the Newsletter is scheduled to occur at the end of May.
Ernestine Hall, who is the WHCA Contact for Help to Our Neighbors, reported that Mitzi Mitchell was having surgery for a hip replacement, and that the Hall’s next-door neighbors on Beverly Drive , Fred and Recy Soriano’s son, Max Soriano, who is in the Air Force, is being deployed to Afghanistan on his next assignment. She asked that we keep both in our thoughts and prayers.
WHCA OFFICER ELECTIONS.
Vice-President Rowe then announced that next on the agenda was annual WHCA Officer elections, noting that the minimum attendance of ten members was present as a quorum required by the Bylaws. A motion was made, seconded and passed to elect the proposed slate of Officers as a group; thus, the election was held by voice vote. The Officers elected were:
President: Kristin Haynes
Vice-President: Loretta Rowe
Secretary: Anna Fotias
Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett
Area Coordinator: Carol Russell
Follow-up items from last meeting: Vice-President Rowe then reported on the following items of continuing interest to WHCA:
Garden Plots along Woodburn Road. In response to Ernestine Hall’s concern that the public garden plots along Woodburn Road present an unsightly view since we can now see all the fenced in garden structures through the recently cut back tall pine trees along Woodburn, President
Russell wrote a letter on October 21, 2015 requesting that Fairfax County Park Authority plant additional small shrubs at the base of the pine trees on
the park side of Woodburn Road to help hide the view of the garden plots. Vice-President Rowe, reported that their response (December 29, 2015 letter) was that the available planting area is too narrow, and there are no evergreen shrubs that would survive the shady dry conditions present under the trees along that section of Woodburn Road. They regretted not being able to change the existing conditions, but said they would continue to work with garden plot renters to ensure they are maintaining their plots in accordance with all requirements.
Nan Bradley offered to contact Greenspring Gardens to see if they had any suggestions on how to address this issue.
Knox Road. Vice-President Rowe reported that conditions of concern along Knox Road are being addressed. The County Inspector reported that work with the homeowner, who has been cooperative, has resulted in improvements to the property and successful efforts to be in compliance with County codes.
Clean-up Day in Neighborhood Proposed. To help address on-going concerns about litter along Woodburn Road and elsewhere in the neighborhood, Steve Nider proposed having an annual “clean-up day” in our neighborhood. This could be in coordination with the Park Authority and environmental events, such as Earth Day, in which neighbors spend several hours, possibly together with Boy/Girl Scouts, to pick up and dispose of litter along our neighborhood roads and other areas. There was unanimous support expressed for such an annual community effort.
Also, there was a suggestion expressed to contact VDOT to request that “Do Not Litter” signs be posted along Woodburn Road.
Little “Free” Lending Library. Nicole Haynes has designed, built and located a free lending library box in our neighborhood. It is very attractive and securely nestled among several trees along the Beverly Drive side of Richard Morris’ property. WHCA presented a gift card to Nicole in appreciation for her completion of the Little Lending Library. Thanks was expressed to both Nicole and Richard for this wonderful gift to our neighborhood.
The following was reported under Community Needs:
Friends of Accotink. Vice-President Rowe highlighted the organization, Friends of Accotink Creek, and their Potomac Watershed Cleanup activities of April and May 2016 (copy of website description was distributed). She particularly noted their April 8 stream cleanup of Eakin Park at Woodburn Road where 25 volunteers joined by a Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troop collected 33 bags of trash, 4 tires, and a plastic tricycle. This is an environmental effort in our community that WHCA could participate in and support.
Therefore, Vice-President Rowe proposed that WHCA join the Friends of Accotink Creek for $25 in order for us to receive notices of their activities and events in which we could take part. A motion in support of this proposal was made, seconded and passed.
In addition, a proposal to make WHCA’s annual donations of $75 to the Byzantine Catholic Church, for use of its social hall for WHCA meetings, and of $75 to Falls Church High School All-Night Graduation event, to help maintain a safe, alcohol-free environment for our community’s graduates, was made, seconded and passed.
Fairfax County Code Compliance Office. Carol Russell has received offers from the Fairfax County Code Compliance Office to provide speakers for our WHCA meetings. Members expressed interest in having such speakers at future meetings.
The following was reported under Public Comments/Concerns:
Road Repaving. Dan Pritchard asked about the status for repaving of our neighborhood roads. Vice-President Rowe responded that we are still on VDOT’s list to be scheduled for repaving, but that VDOT don’t know when our repaving is to occur. The WHCA Council will continue to follow-up and report back on this issue.
Proposal to Invite Political Speakers. Steve Nider suggested that WHCA invite local elected officials to speak at future WHCA meetings, such as Lynda Smyth and new School Board members. WHCA members expressed interest in having such speakers in order for them to get to know us and our concerns.
Vice-President Rowe adjourned the meeting at 8:10pm. Coffee and desserts, provided by WHCA Council members, were enjoyed by attendees, who remained to socialize. The next WHCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:30pm in the basement of the old Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall.