March 2017

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter

March 2017

Accotink Creek Clean-Up

Neighbors are invited to join Friends of Accotink Creek on April 22 for a clean-up of the portion of the creek that runs through our neighborhood. Volunteers will meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Woodburn Road bridge and remove trash from the creek and surrounding area until 5:00 p.m. It is recommended that volunteers wear sturdy work shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. Wading gear also helps, since much of the trash is in the water. Water, bags, and work gloves will be provided.

WHCA supports the mission of Friends of Accotink Creek and joined the organization as a dues-paying member last year. Their meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month in the Audrey Moore RECenter. Their next meeting will take place March 21, 7-9 p.m. in Clubroom 3.

Inova Research and Treatment Center Approved to Move Forward

The Fairfax Board of Supervisors recently approved zoning changes that will help the Inova Health Care System realize its plan to build an advanced research and treatment center in Merrifield. The hospital system is investing more than $1 billion into its ventures at the new center. The Board’s action allows Inova to convert office space on its 117-acre campus for research and education uses.

The decision gives Inova the flexibility to use 450,000 square feet for research and 75,000 square feet for college and university uses. During the past two years, Inova entered into partnerships with George Mason University and the University of Virginia. The plan is to bring researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs to the Inova’s campus.

The campus also will house an investment fund and startup accelerator. Inova says that it plans to invest $100 million over the next three to five years directly in companies and in health and technology venture funds. Its accelerator will work with six to eight companies a year to provide education, startup capital and access to Inova’s resources.

Mid-Winter Potluck Social a Success


Neither snow nor ice could stop WHCA members from coming to our annual holiday/mid-winter potluck social, which was held Saturday, January 7 at the home of Josh Goodman and Jim Peltz. Thank you everyone for bringing their delicious dishes. A good time was had by all.

Falls Church High School Annual Mulch Sale

Falls Church High School is holding its annual mulch sale to raise funds for its All-Night Graduation Celebration. Three cubic foot bags of double shredded hardwood mulch can be ordered for the price of $5.50 each. Delivery is free for orders of fifteen bags or more within a five-mile radius of FCHS.  The delivery fee is $20 for orders of fourteen bags or under, or else the mulch can be picked up at the school. The deadline for orders is Monday, March 27. The delivery date is Saturday, April 1. Pick-up at FCHS is also on April 1, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The mulch order form can be downloaded at

Poets’ Corner

We end this issue of the WHCA Newsletter with a poem entitled “Weather”, by  Faith Shearin from Orpheus, Turning, published by The Broadkill River Press, 2015.


There is weather on the day you are born

and weather on the day you die. There is

the year of drought, and the year of floods,

when everything rises and swells,

the year when winter will not stop falling,

and the year when summer lightning

burns the prairie, makes it disappear.

There are the weathervanes, dizzy

on top of farmhouses, hurricanes

curled like cats on a map of sky:

there are cows under the trees outlined

in flies. There is the weather that blows

a stranger into town and the weather

that changes suddenly: an argument,

a sickness, a baby born

too soon. Crops fail and a field becomes

a study in hunger; storm clouds

billow over the sea;

tornadoes appear like the drunk

trunks of elephants. People talking about

weather are people who don’t know what to say

and yet the weather is what happens to all of us:

the blizzard that makes our neighborhoods

strange, the flood that carries away

our plans. We are getting ready for the weather,

or cleaning up after the weather, or enduring

the weather. We are drenched in rain

or sweat: we are looking for an umbrella,

a second mitten; we are gathering

wood to build a fire.

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 at:

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.


Synergy Design and Construction, 703-766-6333,, comes highly endorsed by Michael and Loretta Rowe. Although the Rowes have had positive experiences with other construction companies, Synergy has been the best in terms of how organized they were and how well they communicated. They adhered to their timeline 100%, cleaned the construction site at the end of each day, and honored their promise of no cost overruns.

  Electrical Services

Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880.   Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry  (703-560-2262).

Fence building

Mill-to-You Fences, contact Barry Potter at 703-370-6455 or Recommended by Loretta and Michael Rowe for his ability to listen well and understand what the customer is requesting. His crew did the job quickly, efficiently, and economically. Barry made sure everything was as it should be!

Gutters Cleaning

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.


F.A. Landscaping, Martin A. Ortiz, Phone: 240 408-9254. E-mail: 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.

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 Rowe. Also highly recommended by Carol and Mark Russell.

Pest Control

Kyle Hamond of Pest Management Services Incorporated, 703-723-2899 (, is recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe for his thorough inspection, detailed plan, and efficient service.

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).

Thrive, Inc at 703-709-0007 ( Joe Estrada, an arborist from Thrive, Inc. receives thumbs up from Michael and Loretta Rowe for his excellent advice and superior work trimming and caring for trees.  He was recommended to the Rowes by several members of the local Audubon and the Virginia Naturalist Societies.



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

Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting

January 30, 2017

Proposed Minutes for Approval at April 24, 2017 Meeting

Kristin Haynes, President, started the meeting at 7:30.  Twenty one neighbors were in attendance.

Kristin reminded everyone the draft minutes from the October, 2016 meeting had been provided by email or was in hard copy on the tables.  A motion was made to adopt the minutes, seconded, and the attendees voted to adopt the minutes as final.

Kristin advised that a council meeting was held on January 10, 2017, to prepare for this evening’s meeting, and that a small group met with Officer Kat O’Leary on January 24, 2017, to discuss a variety of community safety concerns.

Committee Reports were as follows:

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Loretta Rowe said nothing to report and asked for help with the WHCA webpage.

Jeanne Midgett, Treasurer, reported the Treasury balance of $365.23.  She advised that in 2016, we had 21 paid members.  Annual dues will be due in April, 2017 and will be $15.  If anyone missed 2016 dues, $20 paid now will cover both years.

Josh Goodman, newsletter editor, thanked Loretta Rowe for the interesting article on The Pines which was published in the last newsletter.  Josh hopes to get more articles like that in future editions.  Articles for the next newsletter are due February 25, 2017.

Kristin thanked Josh Goodman and Jim Peltz for hosting the winter social, saying what a wonderful time everyone had.

Loretta Rowe talked about the problem of buying disposable water bottles.  They not only cause harm to our environment, they are very expensive. Loretta reported that, according to the Fairfax County Water Authority, we can refill one 20 ounce bottle of water every day for 10 years for less than the cost of one disposable bottle of water!  She also mentioned that the movie, “Tapped,” gives a great deal of information about this issue.

Loretta showed everyone a thermal leak detector, a device used to detect drafts in the home, thus determining where additional insulation is needed.  As an incentive to increase membership, any dues paying member may borrow the device.

Kristin welcomed Natalie Christian, our new neighbor, to the neighborhood.

Kristin gave everyone an update on the former Exxon Mobil property.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved zoning changes to allow the Inova Center for Personalized Health to convert office space to research and education uses.

Carol Russell reported on further discussion with VDOT and Fairfax County DOT regarding the intersection of Woodburn and Gallows Road.

Carol reminded us that at our July, 2016 neighborhood association meeting, neighbors expressed concern about the new traffic patterns at the intersection of Woodburn Road and Gallows Road in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Neighbors feel that the positioning of all the lanes at the intersection was dangerous no matter which direction one is turning.

With respect to turning south from Woodburn Road onto Gallows Road, the WHCA Council worked with VDOT to add clear lane markers to eliminate confusion and give drivers from either of the two right turn lanes from Woodburn Road the option of remaining in their lane to continue south on Gallows Road.

VDOT installed new markings such that the left-most right turn lane is directed into the left-most south bound lane on Gallows Road, and the right-most right turn lane will have the choice of entering the right-most through lane on south bound Gallows, or the right-most lane that leads onto the south bound I-495 ramp.

Carol continued saying we also worked with VDOT about problems when turning either right or left from Gallows Road onto Woodburn Road.  There are two left turn only lanes from Gallows onto Woodburn.  Cars in the outside (furthest to the right) turn lane make this turn and then realize that this lane then becomes a right turn only lane onto Wellness Boulevard.  VDOT examined the traffic patterns and reported back to us that the recent roadway work in this area was designed and funded by Fairfax County Hospital in an effort to mitigate increased and changing traffic patterns due to the hospital expansion and reconfiguration of the entry and exit points.  Apparently widening this small section of Woodburn Road to allow two through lanes was outside the scope of what was required of the hospital.  VDOT referred us to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation who administers improvement projects on secondary roadways within the county.

There was much discussion at the meeting ending with a final vote in favor of WHCA requesting the Fairfax County Department of Transportation make all necessary changes to ensure there are two westbound thru lanes on Woodburn Road, starting at Gallows Road and continuing past Wellness Boulevard.  Currently, there is only one thru lane for vehicles headed west on Woodburn Road approaching Wellness Boulevard.

With respect to road repaving, Carol Russell reported that she regularly contacts the Fairfax County Road Repaving Office to check on the status of repaving.  The current repaving schedule shows that our roads are not scheduled for repaving in 2017, even though our roads are in poor or very poor condition.

Neighborhood Crime.  Carol Russell gave a report on the January 24, 2017, meeting with Fairfax County Police Officer Kat O’Leary.   The meeting with Officer O’Leary had been requested because of possible criminal activity in the neighborhood.  Church leaders from the Epiphany of our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church as well as a few WHCA members attended.

At the meeting, Officer O’Leary reported the following:

Overall our neighborhood (which may include areas outside of WHCA but excludes Inova Fairfax Hospital) had 71 calls to the police in 2015 for activity such as vandalism, assaults, and drug violations.  In 2016, there were 83 calls.

Police continue to make drug arrests at Eakin Park.

Officer O’Leary also advised us that there was a suspected criminal in the neighborhood who has been charged and will appear in court in April, probably receiving a jail sentence.

Officer O’Leary advised us to call 911 whenever we see anything suspicious.  Calls can be anonymous.

She also informed us of ways our neighborhood can deter and reduce crime:

Neighborhood Watch (NW).  This is a very effective method for reducing crime.  Fairfax County Police will provide training (minimum of five NW participants for training right in our neighborhood; fewer than five must go to the station for training.)

House Study.  Upon request, Fairfax County Police will conduct a one-hour tour of your home to evaluate your safety and security and will provide a written list of recommendations.

While additional street lights may deter crime, it is more important to have motion sensor lights around the house.

She recommends following the police on their twitter account, attending police public citizen meetings, and reading police newsletters.

The handouts from Office O’Leary were distributed to all in attendance at the January 30 meeting.

Neighborhood Watch.  In a follow up to Officer O’Leary’s recommendation to form a Neighborhood Watch, Kristin asked if anyone would be interested.  Ed McCurry, Jeanne Midgett, Mike Rowe, Anne Hawkins, and Natalie Christian all said they would be interested in participating.

Electric Lights in Front Yard. Jeanne Midgett reported that her light post in her front yard is a helpful addition to crime deterrence.  She will report more on this at the next meeting.  Quinta Seida asked about “light pollution.”  Jeanne said the lamp post lights her driveway only.

There was some discussion of sufficient light as well as light pollution; Josh Goodman will look into the possibility of getting more information on this subject.

Quinta Seida asked if we could find out if Dominion Power is burying all the electric wires in the neighborhood as well as the schedule.

The meeting was adjourned with a reminder of the next association meeting on April 24, 2017.