Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter
In this issue:
INOVA Open House and community reaction
Annual WHCA Elections
Supervisor Smyth to Speak at Next WHCA Meeting
President: Kristin Haynes
Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth has accepted our invitation to be our guest speaker at our next WHCA meeting on Monday, April 30. She will update us on Inova’s development plans for the Exxon Mobil site and what is going on county-wide. At that meeting, we will be collecting annual dues of $15 per household. We will also be having our annual elections, so let us know if you would like to volunteer to be on the Council.
Vice Pres.: Loretta Rowe
Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett
Secretary and Area Coordinator: Carol Russell
Newsletter Articles or Comments?
Send to: Josh Goodman, WHCA Newsletter Editor
We were saddened to learn of the death of our longtime neighbor, Judson Mackrill, on January 30 at the age of 96. Jud lived on Beverly Drive with his wife, Phyllis, until this past year and moved to North Dakota when his health declined. He is buried at Quantico National Cemetery. We extend our deepest condolences to Jud’s family.
Next WHCA meeting is 7:30 pm, April 30, 2018
Annual WHCA elections will be held.
Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth will be our guest speaker.
The Council will send a reminder prior to the meeting.
Inova Holds Open House at Former ExxonMobil Site
On March 15, Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH) held an open house to provide citizens with an opportunity to learn more about plans to develop the property, located on the 117 acres along Gallows Road and formerly occupied by ExxonMobil. Inova representatives, including CEO Todd Stottlemyer, gave presentations about the new advances in healthcare, frontiers of cancer research, and approaches to wellness that would be central to the ICPH’s purpose.
The ICPH is the result of a major collaboration between the Commonwealth of Virginia and research institutions like the University of Virginia and George Mason University. Inova Health System has spent the past few years working to transform 1.2 million square-feet of office space to house clinics, research labs, a cancer institute, and other vital functions that officials hope will pave the way for the future of healthcare.
At the end of the presentation, Todd Stottlemyer and other Inova representatives fielded questions about, for instance, how they plan to minimize the ecological impact of the development of the site and manage storm water run-off, as well as how the neighborhood would be affected in terms of traffic congestion and need for increased capacity of local schools. Inova emphasized that, although construction of new buildings will require that some trees be felled, they want very much to preserve the natural beauty of the site to a large extent because ICPH will serve as a quiet place of healing and recovery.
The attorney for Inova said that they were at the very early stage of the process in which they will study and address all of the issues that were raised during the Open House. This process will include the convening of a task force, comprising members of the community, to provide recommendations to the Fairfax County Planning Commission regarding possible amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Plan.
A video of the presentation and Q&A session will eventually be made available on the Inova website.
Local residents react to Inova Development Plans
Not surprisingly, opinions on the Inova development plans are as passionate as they are varied. Here is a sampling of comments posted on the neighborhood social media site NextDoor.com and on The Annandale Blog:
“Considering the entrance/egress disaster INOVA made for our northern access onto Woodburn and Gallows Roads….is our Camelot neighborhood going to take a consolidated stand on this latest assault on our local traffic? The blog notes the issue of having only two accesses to the old EXXON/Mobil property, and both are on Gallows Road. It seems to me that accesses from the Beltway and from the Gallows to Route 50 ramp need to be factored into any plans.”
“….Camelot needs to be proactive on this one. We wouldn’t be alone in fighting it, as I could imagine the neighborhoods on Woodburn Road would also be against time….”
“…..During rush hours, I fear coming south on Gallows to Woodburn and trying to cross eight lanes of traffic to get onto Lutrell road fronting the Woodburn medical buildings. The reverse maneuver, to exit Camelot to go north on Gallows is just about impossible at all times of the day.”
“Good luck fighting Fairfax County BOS and INOVA on this plan. (It’s) going through because Fairfax County wants the tax revenue, period. Also INOVA is a very large Fairfax County employer. Traffic will become more horrendous than it already is along Gallows without Major Roadway improvements. I suggest fighting the access points into the new development and not the actual development as the development is a foregone conclusion.”
“This development should not be allowed. It will destroy one of the few green spaces in the area. And the population density cannot be supported in many ways. Preserve this campus as a verdant patch in an increasingly urban landscape.”
“This ‘green-space’ is nothing more than 117 acres of abandoned deadfall that is privately owned and I’m not even sure accessible to the public. This is not 2 coyotes and a bunch of sparrows home, it’s mine. This is a suburban environment, not a national park.”
“I bet the comments on this page would be totally different if everyone learned they would get a $100,000 increase on their property value. As they sip their $8 lattes at Mosaic District and talk about how they are saving the world. Silliness.”
Accotink Creek Clean-Up
Neighbors are invited to join Friends of Accotink Creek on April 28 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 April 17, 7-9 p.m. in Clubroom 3.
Thoughts while taking a walk in the neighborhood
by Quinta Seida
I like to let my mind wander while taking walks through the neighborhood. After our neighbor Judson “Jud” Mackrill died in January, he was on my husband, David’s, and my minds as we walked down to Accotink Park and along the trail. Jud loved walking there and other places both near and far, such as Old Rag Mountain. Seeing a barred owl flying silently around dusk made us think of our other deceased neighbor and friend, Alan, who kept track of the owls. Our thoughts then went back to Jud because Alan used to walk with him.
Striped Wintergreen spotted at Fred Crabtree Park in Herndon.
The crocuses were already up and blooming in February, but we wouldn’t let ourselves be fooled into thinking spring was here. Crocuses in the snow are a lovely but very deceptive picture. They are very poor harbingers of spring.
One of the best parts of my morning walks are my dog petting sessions courtesy of Sassy, Baby, Willow, Loki, Beau, and other people of the canine persuasion.
There are people of the human variety whom I would not see were it not for my walks. The oldest neighbor I know must be Manny on Knox, who told me he is 93 and who grows beautiful roses. The youngest must be the recently arrived Woods baby on Beverly. Congratulations to the Woods family! I happened to run into the grandparents, who were walking Beau.
Unfortunately, I come across quite a bit of litter that’s been thrown out of people’s cars. I wonder if the litterbugs give any thought to what it says about them or how they regard the neighborhood they’re visiting. I try to pick it up and put it in the nearest trash or recycling container. I hope people don’t mind my using their private containers for this purpose, but I do tend to find the litter on or near their property. I have noticed that the Washington Post delivery people often simply discard the plastic binding strips on the ground. The plastic strips are a danger to pets and wildlife, so please remind the delivery people to take them with them.
Know your Native Plants
Chimaphila maculata, commonly called striped wintergreen, has many other aliases, including spotted wintergreen, pipsissewa, and rheumatism root. It is easier to spot this time of year than during the growing season because, as its name suggests, it remains green throughout the winter. Chimaphila roughly translates from Greek as “winter loving” which translates perfectly for this native herb. It is known for its medicinal uses and contains chemical compounds with antiseptic, antibacterial, and astringent properties. One of the compounds, ursolic acid, is effective in treating arthritis and other causes of pain and inflammation (source: https://the-natural-web.org/tag/spotted-wintergreen/). Striped wintergreen has interesting fruit that looks like tiny little wooden pumpkins.
How to Report Potholes Online
VDOT, which maintains most primary and secondary roads in the county, has an online reporting tool that allows you to report a variety of problems and to pinpoint exactly where you
see a pothole. You can report potholes directly from your mobile device and include images (*** But not while driving! ***). The online tool is located at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.
Guidelines on Fallen Trees
Fallen trees were a real issue in our neighborhood this month due to soaking rain and high, gusty winds. Fairfax County has a set of guidelines on what to do if a tree falls.
If a tree falls into your home
1. Get everyone safely out of your house. Use your cellphone or go to a neighbor’s house and call 9-1-1.
2. Stay away from the home until public safety employees can access your home for structural safety, as well as to determine that your utilities are okay or should be turned off.
3. Only after all of these safety measures should you then call your insurance company.
If a tree falls on a road or other land
1. If it falls on adjacent to public roads, contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (TTY 711);
2. If it falls on county parkland, contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594 (TTY 703-324-3988);
3. If it is posing a hazard to public areas, contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770 (TTY 703-324-1877);
4. If it is on private property, removal is the property owner’s responsibility.
If a fallen tree puts downed power lines on your vehicle
Always avoid downed power lines. However, if you are driving and a fallen tree causes downed power lines to come in contact with your car, you should call 9-1-1 and stay in the car until help arrives. However, if staying in the car puts you in physical danger, for instance the car is on fire, follow these steps:
1. Open the door and avoid touching the framework.
2. Jump out of the car as far as you can.
3. Use short shuffling footsteps until you are clear of the area.
Hazardous Trees on Private Property
What do to about hazardous trees on private property depends on the situation. Detailed information can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/hazardous-trees-private-property.
Important Fire Safety Tip
At our January 29th meeting, Wyleng Liew of the Fairfax County Fire and Safety Program gave a very informative and helpful presentation on home fire safety, a summary of which is contained in the draft meeting minutes appended to this newsletter. She has also advised us to check to make sure that the fire extinguishers we have in our homes display the below “ABC” label:
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 and under, or else the mulch can be picked up at the school. The deadline for orders is Monday, April 2. The delivery date is Saturday, April 7. Pick-up at FCHS is also on April 7, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The mulch order form can be downloaded at http://www.fchsptsa.org/all-night-grad-celebration/mulch-online-ordering.html.
13th Annual Jaguar 5K Run and Walk/Kids’ One-Mile Fun Run
The 13th Annual Jaguar 5K Run & Walk and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run will take place Saturday, April 28 at Falls Church High School. This is a fun community event for people of all ages and fitness levels. Register early and save money! Additional information can be found at http://www.jaguar5k.com.
Recipe for Paleo Almond Porridge (thank you, Quinta Seida!)
• 1/4 cup coconut milk, reduced-fat
• 3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
• 1/4 tsp nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tbsp coconut flakes, unsweetened
• 1/2 cup almond meal
• 1/4 cup blueberries
• 1/2 medium banana
• 1 tbsp walnuts
1) Combine all ingredients except blueberries, banana and walnuts in a medium sauce pan.
2) Heat to a slow simmer, stirring frequently, until thick and bubbly. The mixture will thicken up quickly and will continue to thicken after serving. Add water if necessary.
3) Top with blueberries, banana slices and walnuts.
By Stephen Dunn (b. 1939 in New York City)
Just when it has seemed I couldn’t bear
one more friend
waking with a tumor, one more maniac
with a perfect reason, often a sweetness
and changed nothing in the world
except the way I stumbled through it,
for a while lost
in the ignorance of loving
someone or something, the world shrunk
hand-size, and never seeming small.
I acknowledge there is no sweetness
that doesn’t leave a stain,
no sweetness that’s ever sufficiently sweet ….
Tonight a friend called to say his lover
was killed in a car
he was driving. His voice was low
and guttural, he repeated what he needed
to repeat, and I repeated
the one or two words we have for such grief
until we were speaking only in tones.
Often a sweetness comes
as if on loan, stays just long enough
to make sense of what it means to be alive,
then returns to its dark
source. As for me, I don’t care
where it’s been, or what bitter road
to come so far, to taste so good.
Stephen Dunn, “Sweetness” from New and Selected Poems 1974-1994. Copyright © 1989 by Stephen Dunn. Reprinted with the permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
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 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.
Welcoming and Helping 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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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, http://www.synergydandc.com, 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.
Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880. Recommended by Ed McCurry (703-560-2262).
Mill-to-You Fences, contact Barry Potter at 703-370-6455 or email@example.com. 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!
Brian’s Home Services for gutter cleaning, 703-505-6153. Recommended by former neighbor Joyce Mcphee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Also highly recommended by Carol and Mark Russell.
Kyle Hamond of Pest Management Services Incorporated, 703-723-2899 (mypmsi.com), is recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe for his thorough inspection, detailed plan, and efficient service.
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 McCurry
CLASSIFIEDS and ADVERTISEMENTS
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 email@example.com.
Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting
January 29, 2018
Proposed Minutes for Approval at April 30, 2018 Meeting
Twenty one members attended the Woodburn Homes Civic Association meeting on January 29, 2018.
Prior to the meeting, Ms. Wyleng Liew, Life Safety Education Specialist from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue gave a presentation on home fire safety. She advised the following:
Causes of Fire.
Kitchens are the most common rooms where fires start, often from unattended cooking or grease fires. One way to avoid unattended cooking fire is to set a timer.
The best remedy for grease fires is to place a lid over the flames.
Another cause of kitchen fires is unclean work space including grease accumulation on the counter.
Other common causes of fire are smoking; space heaters; faulty electric wiring; and clothes dryer ducts that have become full of lint.
Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher which gauge should be checked monthly to be sure the needle is in the green area, and in addition, each resident should know how to use it. Remember the word PASS:
P: Pull the pin.
A: Aim at the base of the fire.
S: Squeeze the trigger.
S: Sweep side to side.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
Place a detector on each level of your home, near floor level, and within ten feet of any enclosed garage.
If yours goes off, call 911 immediately.
Every home should institute regular fire drills.
After calling 911, if you cannot escape, stand at the window so the Fire Department can rescue you. Don’t go into an interior room.
Decide on where the family will meet once everyone has escaped from the house.
Are required by law.
Should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years.
If it operates with a 9V battery, get in the habit of changing the battery twice a year when you set the clocks for daylight savings.
If it operates with a 10 year lithium battery, replace the smoke detector every ten years.
Place the smoke detector outside sleeping areas.
The Fire Department offers free home safety inspections and will provide a free smoke alarm with each visit. Call 703-246-3801 to schedule an appointment.
File of Life.
Ms.Liew brought several Life Alert packages to place on the refrigerator. She said that is the first thing the fire and rescue workers look for when attending to a call. They are available for free at all fire stations.
Another important life safety feature is the car decal which the driver places on the rear window to notify rescue workers that there is medical information about the driver in the glove compartment. These decals are also available at the fire stations.
The meeting began immediately after Ms. Liew’s presentation. President Kristin Haynes opened the meeting. After the October, 2017 meeting minutes were adopted, Ms. Haynes informed the neighbors that the Council met on January 15 to prepare for the meeting.
Jeanne Midgett, Treasurer, informed the neighbors that the Treasury balance is 550.52. This year’s dues will be due in April.
Carol Russell announced the placement of a new picnic shelter at Eakin Park that should be open soon. Until the rental fee is determined, the shelter will be available on first come, first served basis.
Josh Goodman, Newsletter Editor, said he plans to reformat the newsletter. Articles are due February 25. He requested that neighbors submit more articles.
Anna Fotias reported on her and Keith Wilkinson’s neighborhood watch activities, noting they drive and walk around the neighborhood regularly. They have not seen anything suspicious. Ernestine Hall said she and Nelson also drive around to check on the neighborhood.
Anna asked if the Council could check again on our repaving schedule as they have noticed the roads are in poor condition. Kristin advised there is a VDOT pothole help line.
Kristin presented the idea of a Clean Up Day in April 2018.
Carol Russell reminded the neighbors that at the October 2017 meeting, Richard Morris asked the Council to check into the cost of hiring a junk truck to help with a neighborhood clean up. Carol said she had called two junk hauling companies, including the neighborhood AAA Republic Trash Service and the cost would exceed $500.
Kristin asked about interest in outside speakers. Jeanne Midgett said she talked to Linda Smyth’s office who advised that Ms. Smyth would definitely be available to speak at one of our meetings. Loretta asked if there is interest in a First Aid Lesson. There was a favorable response to the ideas of both speakers.
Kristin reminded neighbors that elections for officers will be held in April 2018 and asked if anyone would like to serve as an officer.
After the 50/50 Raffle, the meeting was adjourned.