March 2012

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  March, 2012

SOCIAL COMMITTEE NEWS

Elections of WHCA Officers to be held at April 30 meeting.

The WHCA will elect new officers at the April 30 meeting.  President Ed McCurry has announced that he will step down in April.  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 meeting so you can participate in the election of officers.

Appreciation to Ed McCurry.  Ed has served as President of WHCA for two 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!!

New Street Lights in Our Neighborhood.  Our neighbor Dan Pritchard is lighting up our lives! Soon we will be seeing brighter street lights and some new street lights in our neighborhood.   A huge thank you to the initiative and hard work of Dan Pritchard, and to Fairfax County.

It all started with Dan inquiring about the possibility of the county installing a light near his house on Beverly Drive, a particularly dark stretch of road.  Dan was pleasantly greeted with a positive response and an offer to upgrade the light at the corner of Beverly and Hayden.  The county asked that Dan draw up a petition and obtain the necessary signatures, including the backing of the WHCA.  Dan quickly followed through and these first two lights already have been approved.

In the process of talking with neighbors, questions were raised about  the possibility of other lights and to make a long story short, more conversations and another petition later (all handled by Dan), the county is currently processing requests for more new and upgraded lights. It may take a couple of months or more for the county to fully deal with these requests, especially since one of the lights might involve a tree removal.   Dan learned that Fairfax has a budget for neighborhood street lights but that many areas are not aware of this service.  We are indeed fortunate that thanks to Dan’s bright idea, the allocation for our neighborhood will now be used to brighten our lives!

SCHOOL NEWS

Letter from Camelot School Principal

Dear Community, 

I want to provide you with an update on the FCPS budget.  The Fairfax County School Board has adopted the FY 2013 Advertised Budget of $2.4 billion, an increase of 8.9 percent, or $200.6 million, from the FY 2012 Approved Budget. The FY 2013 budget includes 741.3 new positions, most of which are being added to address enrollment growth—projected to be 181,608 in FY 2013—and student demographic changes. Extended learning time for students and extended time for teachers are included in the budget, as are compensation increases for employees. 

In its passage of the Advertised Budget, the School Board incorporated Superintendent Jack Dale’s Proposed Budget and approved several additions.  FCPS is projecting an increase of more than 3,900 students for the 2012-13 school year. Since FY 2008, the district’s enrollment has grown by more than 15,000 students. The majority of the budget (85.9 percent), and the majority of positions (94.6 percent) are directed to instructional programs. 

FCPS receives the majority of its funding from Fairfax County and this year will request an increase of 8.4 percent over FY 2012. The projected cost per pupil for FY 2013 will be $13,645, an increase of 6.4 percent over FY 2012. As determined by the Washington Area Boards of Education (WABE), FCPS ranks fifth among 10 area school systems in cost per pupil. 

For complete information on the FCPS FY 2013 budget, including the budget calendar, visit http://www.fcps.edu/fs/budget/index.shtml.

Sincerely,  Craig GfellerPrincipal, Camelot Elementary School(703) 645-7000

More School News

  • Kindergarten orientation will be held Monday, March 26 at Camelot Elementary School 2:00 pm.
  • Falls Church High School recently won on “Its Academic.”  Two thirds of the winning team students live in Strathmeade Square and are alumni of Camelot Elementary School.
  • Melody Cariello, a counselor of Falls Church High School, was named VSCA Secondary School Counselor of the Year.

EDITORIAL SECTION

Falls Church High School UPROAR

The following is an Opinion piece from Kristin Haynes and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Association:

A parent group from Falls Church High School was formed last fall called UPROAR – United Parents to Renovate Our Academic Resource to address the proposed charter school at the current Graham Road ES site and to draw attention to the dilapidated building conditions at FCHS.  Last November we learned that instead of renovations occurring in 2014, they’ve been reprioritized by FCPS to 2024.  We find this unacceptable and have tried to convince the School Board we need attention now.  There will be a work session in June or July to address the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which ranked and prioritized the schools in need of work.  UPROAR and school administration have made some progress and maintenance crews are now often found at FCHS.  We have been promised new auditorium seats with ADA accessible seating over the summer.  We’ve been told some bathrooms will be brought up to code and crews have been and will continue to be painting and doing facelifts to improve the appearance.  We even had a new state-of-the-art water fountain installed with a water bottle filling option. 

Our next UPROAR meeting will take place after a short PTSA meeting on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:15 if you would like to join us.  So far, three School Board members have agreed to come so we can have more of a dialogue instead of letter-writing and 3-minute speeches.

If you are on Facebook and would like to join our group to stay apprised of updates more quickly, please ask to join “Falls Church High School PTSA”’s group.  I would advise younger families to get involved in their schools before their children starting attending them because as in the case with high schoolers, sometimes the plans are so far into the future, your child might graduate before they see the planned progress.

Kristin Haynes

School Fundraising.  Falls Church High School is running its ANNUAL MULCH SALE…Please see the flyer attached to the email that distributed this newsletter.

Social News

Winter Holiday Party.  Thanks to Ann and Jeff Hawkins for hosting a terrific holiday party in December.  There was a terrific turnout and everyone had fun as it was a great evening of conversation and cheer.

Caroling Party.  Carol and Mark Russell organized the First Annual Holiday Caroling Party in December.  Neighbors got together to sing carols….or were serenaded!

An ice cream social event is planned when the weather warms up.

Please let Kristin Haynes know if you have any ideas for social events.  Kristin can be reached at 703-698-5484 or whcaareacoordinator@live.com.

Neighborhood Updates

The Spring Providence Report gave this update:

  • The Dunn Loring metro will include a 2,000 space parking garage.
  • Mosaic at Merrifield will include an urban Target store, grocery store, restaurant space, a new movie theater and a one acre urban park.   This phase will open in the Fall of 2012.
  • Subsequent Merrifield Mosaic phases will include retail, restaurant space, and multifamily residential buildings.
  • A new Fairfax County community center is planned just south of the Vienna Metro Station, scheduled to be completed in 2013, with a full sized gym and other recreational facilities.
  • Military health care (Tricare) administrative operations are being consolidated into the former Raytheon Building on Route 50. Phased occupancy should begin this spring.

SAVE THIS WEBSITE FOR NEXT 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 Kirstin Haynes and Jeanne Midgett for all the work spent in designing and purchasing our new Woodburn Homes Civic association signs.  They will add to the beauty of our neighborhood.

 

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

Thank you to Richard Morris for excellent work as Treasurer!

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:  2012 Annual Dues are due in April, 2012.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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

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

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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 23, 2012

Minutes

The fall 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, nine members attended the meeting.

Officers present were:

President Ed McCurry

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Treasurer Richard Morris

Secretary Carol Russell

Area Representative Kristin Haynes

The President distributed the meeting agenda and made a call for additional agenda items; two items were added.

The minutes from the October 2011 meeting were accepted and the President asked for the officers’ reports.

Treasurer Richard Morris initiated the 50-50 raffle and then gave the Treasurer’s report, announcing that $677.02 is in the WHCA Treasury.

Vice President Loretta Rowe advised that Richard Morris helped improve the WHCA website.

Kristin Haynes, Area Coordinator and Chair of the Social Committee, thanked Ann and Jeff Hawkins for hosting the holiday party, which was a great success.  Loretta Rowe offered that the Holiday Caroling Event, hosted by Carol and Mark Russell, was also a huge success.

Secretary Carol Russell advised that articles for the newsletter are due in early February.

President McCurry gave a status report on the traffic calming study.  He hasn’t heard anything from VDot about when the study will start, although he may have seen some signs on traffic monitoring equipment in the neighborhood.

Ernestine Hall mentioned that someone turned their car around and knocked their mailbox over by driving onto their yard.

Jeanne Midgett suggested additional streetlights may be needed, particularly on Beverly Drive.  Ed McCurry said the new street light near Byzantine Church has been helpful.

Daniel Pritchard asked about neighborhood plowing; President McCurry advised Woodburn Homes is among the last of the neighborhoods to be plowed.

Kristin Haynes advised she will look at new WHCA signs.  We need large signs and small signs, and we need to replace the large metal sings.

President McCurry said that the Epiphany of our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church has invited us to take a tour of the new church.  He asked Loretta Rowe to notify the neighbors about possible dates for the tour and she agreed.

Treasurer Richard Morris noted that each year at the WHCA April meeting $15 per family in annual dues is due.  He proposed that, following each April meeting, any subsequent receipt of annual dues be based on a reducing scale of a $1.25 per month.   This will ensure fairness in the payments and help tracking of dues.   He added that the association will welcome the payment of full annual dues in the amount of $15.00 at any time throughout the year.

Mr. McCurry gave notice that the Providence District Council meeting will be held on January 24 and will address homeowner and condominium associations.  Ed also requested a vote on using $10 from the Treasury to pay annual dues to belong to the Providence Council; this was unanimously agreed upon.

Kristin Haynes reported on Falls Church High School, saying that despite great need for renovation, the high school is not scheduled for repair until 2024.  Kristin’s daughter Kelly was present in order to answer questions.  There was a suggestion that a bond referendum may be needed to finance the repair; Kristin advised the county uses bonds to fund parks and recreation.  There was general discussion of how demographic changes in the county impact the renovation schedule.

Also a topic of discussion was the proposed charter school that will target at-risk kids.  The current proposal is to use the facility at the Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church.

Ed McCurry advised Fairfax County is partnering with ProAct to help citizens save money on prescription drugs.  The website is http://www.fairfaxrxdiscountcard.com.

President McCurry also reported on recent scammers in the county who are aggressively preying on seniors.

Ed advised that the April 2012 meeting will call for election of new officers.  He plans to resign as President so a new President is needed.  He advised that the other officers will stay on as long as they are needed and the council runs itself which helps the President’s duties.

Ann Hawkins expressed gratitude for the neighbors who helped her after her surgery.

Richard Morris announced he will complete the requirement that WHCA file a tax return.  He also suggested that we may want to consider doing something in the neighborhood with the Treasury balance.

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