Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter
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
In This Issue!!!
WHCA Elections in April
Little Lending Library
Summer pool information
……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
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 Annandaleva.blogspot.com, 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.
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 http://fchsptsa.org/allnight-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: http://holmesrunpool.org 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 camelotcommunityclub.org or email Courtnie Ross,
Membership Director, at email@example.com for membership details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
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
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.
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
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
• 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.