March 2016

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter

March 2016

Elections in April

The January quarterly WHCA meeting was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

The next meeting will take place Monday, April 25.

Elections for WHCA officers will be held at the April meeting. If anyone would

like to serve on the WHCA Council, please let us know so we can include you in

the election. There will be at least one vacancy to fill on the council, since Carol

Russell will not run for reelection as President. She will be available to help ensure

a smooth transition for the next president of the council.

The other members of the council will run for reelection for at least one more year,

but we welcome the candidacy of others who are interested in serving in any of the

officer positions, i.e. President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Area

Coordinator, who also serves as Social Organizer. The roles and responsibilities of

each officer can be found in the bylaws, which are posted on the WHCA website,



President: Carol Russell

Vice Pres.: Loretta Rowe

Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett

Secretary: Anna Fotias

Area Representative Coordinator: Kristin Haynes

Newsletter Articles or Comments?

Send to: Josh Goodman, WHCA Newsletter Editor



Next WHCA meeting

is 7:30 pm, April 25,


The Council will send

a reminder prior to

the meeting.

In This Issue!!!

WHCA Elections in April

Little Lending Library

Summer pool information

School news

……and much more!!!!

The Woodburn Homes Civic Association wishes to express our condolences to the

family of Meg Rowe, who passed away on February 2, 2016. Meg was the

daughter of longtime residents Michael and Loretta Rowe and sister of Michael

and Brian.

Meg was born in 1974, grew up on Hayden Lane, attended Falls Church High

School, and graduated from Virginia Tech. Meg lived in Virginia Beach until

2012, when she was diagnosed with a malignancy related to neurofibromatosis, a

genetic disorder with which she had lived all her life.

Meg was known for her determination, courage, and sense of humor. She was an

outgoing “people person” and had hundreds, if not thousands, of friends. She was

an ardent supporter of the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation (NF) which

became and is currently the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). Because of her

great fundraising success for CTF through the Baltimore Cupid’s Undie Run, last

year Meg was named their “NF Hero.” She was recognized posthumously for

having raised over $20,000 for this year’s event.

A Celebration of Life was held on February 20 in Meg’s honor. A video of the

celebration will be made available for viewing online shortly. Details will be made

available in the next newsletter.

WHCA Thanks Nicole Haynes for the Little Lending Library

Come check out the WHCA Little Lending Library near the

stop sign on Beverly Drive where it intersects with Hayden

Lane. Nicole Haynes, a senior at Falls Church High School,

created the library as a service project for her government

class. Please feel free to borrow or donate a book anytime.

Special thanks to Richard Morris for allowing the use of his

land for the library and for agreeing to be our community’s

little lending library’s caretaker and guardian. And a big

“Thank you!” to Nicole for the wonderful gift to our


Fairfax Plaza Redevelopment Plans

No sooner had your newsletter editor, notorious tightwad, and recent transplant to

the neighborhood come to know and love the rich offerings of Unique thrift store

than Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI) announced that it has purchased and


plans to redevelop the 138,000 square foot property that Unique and CubeSmart

Self Storage occupy.

According to, RPAI plans to develop a mixed-use

project on that site, which it says will be “integrated with Merrifield I and serve as

a complement to the adjacent Mosaic District.”

Although the news is sure to disappoint those of us whose idea of a good time is

hunting for such treasures as second-hand Hawaiian shirts, twenty-year-old CD

racks, and faded Georgia O’Keefe reproductions, others will welcome the arrival

of more upscale shops to the area.

School News

Show your support for Falls Church High School’s All Night Graduation

Celebration by placing your order for mulch, to be delivered to your home on April

2. Each bag costs $5.50 and contains three cubic feet of double-shredded hardwood

mulch from Merrifield Garden Center. There is free curb delivery within a fivemile

radius for purchases of fifteen bags or more. Orders comprising fourteen bags

or fewer must be picked up, or they can be delivered for an additional $20. Orders

can be made online or by printing out the order form at


Community Summer Pools

There are two nearby community pools for neighbors to join for summer fun:

Holmes Run Acres Pool

3451 Gallows Rd.

Falls Church, VA 22042

Tel: 703-560-2750 (in season),

Camelot Community Club

3604 Balin Court

Annandale, VA 22003

703-560-1222 (in season)

Holmes Run Acres (HRA) Pool

The HRA Pool is a family-friendly community pool with three sparkling pools in a

large wooded, private park-like setting with picnic areas and grills. It offers

numerous recreational and social events and activities and is located in an area that

is sheltered from the noisy road traffic, but with easy access to a large parking area.

Kids can learn how to swim, join a swim team, or just relax and have fun. Adult

social events include movie nights and food festivals throughout the summer. To


join, e-mail for information. Information is also

available at the front desk beginning Memorial Day weekend.

The Holmes Run pool will be offering a discount for new members who join

before June 30. Membership forms for the 2016 season will be available on the

website: by mid-March. An early bird discount will again

apply for all current members joining before April 15.

Camelot Community Club (CCC) Pool

The Camelot Pool is a family-friendly pool offering swimming lessons, swim and

dive teams, and social events for adults and children. The Camelot Community

Club will celebrate its 50th season this summer. The pool is open from Memorial

Day weekend through Labor Day and is within walking distance of the Winterset

community. The CCC offers a wonderful environment to swim, relax and have fun

during the summer. Visit or email Courtnie Ross,

Membership Director, at for membership details.

Poets’ Corner

As shown by the recent creation of the WHCA Little Lending Library, Woodburn

residents appreciate the written word. So, at the suggestion of neighbor Richard

Morris, for your reading pleasure a poem will now be included in each newsletter.

With the growing chorus of spring peepers in our neighborhood telling winter to

get a move on, and with cherry blossom season right around the corner, these

verses from A. E. Housman’s book of poetry, A Shropshire Lad, seem fitting:

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.


Social Committee News by Kristin Haynes


Please contact Kristin Haynes at if you have any

ideas for new neighborhood social events or wish to volunteer to host any social


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.

Make your check payable to: Woodburn Homes Civic Association.

Welcoming and Helping Our Neighbors

All WHCA residents, please let Ernestine Hall at 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


WHCA Website

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?


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:

Email address is: 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.

Electrical Services

Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880. Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry


Gutters Cleaned

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.

House Cleaning

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 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.


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..

Lawn Mowing

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 delivers

quality service and mailboxes at most reasonable prices! Recommended by Michael and Loretta


Tree Service

JL Tree Service, Inc., Fairfax, VA, 703-359-4444,, 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

(703-560- 2262).




• Babysitting Services

Nicole Haynes

• Pet Sitting Services

Nicole Haynes


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