May 2015

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  May 2015

WHCA Thanks Fairfax County Police Department

for Alerting Us to Fugitive in Neighborhood 

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, a prisoner escaped with a gun from INOVA Fairfax Hospital, setting off a lockdown and police search throughout our neighborhood and the surrounding areas.

“A shot was fired during the struggle around 3 a.m. on this Tuesday morning at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church,” Fairfax County Police Chief  Ed Roessler said.

Since the prisoner escaped on foot, the Fairfax County police made “reverse 911” telephone calls to those in our community with land lines soon after his escape, advising us to stay indoors until the police apprehended the escaped prisoner.

On May 11, 2015, WHCA mailed a letter to the Fairfax County Chief of Police, expressing our sincere appreciation for their prompt notification of the residents in our neighborhood.

Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) Invited to Speak at WHCA Meeting

At the WHCA April 27, 2015 meeting, members discussed recent emergency events in our neighborhood: escaped prisoner from INOVA Fairfax Hospital, attempted arson near Strathmeade, assault along Woodburn Road in front of Byzantine Catholic Church, and decided to invite Fairfax County police to the upcoming July 2015 WHCA meeting to speak on how we can improve our neighborhood safety.

WHCA members want to ask police about re-starting our Neighborhood Watch program and about how to help establish better communication between police and our community.

FCPD Citizen Advisory Committee Meetings

Want to be more involved with the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD)? Want to provide a valuable service to your community, and be more informed about county issues and laws at the same time? Consider joining your local FCPD Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). Meetings are held at your police station each month at 7:30 p.m. (except for Fair OaksMason, McLean and Mt. Vernon; they meet at 7 p.m.)

Citizen Advisory Committees enhance communication between residents and the FCPD and offer residents a chance to dialogue with members of their local police districts. Members are kept informed about significant safety matters in their neighborhoods, and are encouraged to bring any issues or questions to the attention of local police commanders.

Schedule of Citizen Advisory Committee meetings may be found at:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/jobs/citizenadvisorycommittee.htm

See below for contact information:

Mason Police District, 1st Tuesday of the month at 7p.m. (There are no meetings for the months of July and August)
Captain David M. Smith, 703-256-8035
CAC contact; Gabe Goldberg, gabe@gabegold.com

WHCA Contributions to Community

WHCA members voted at the April 27, 2015 meeting to provide contributions of WHCA Treasury funds that would be of benefit to our neighborhood and/or enhance community spirit, as follows:

  • $300 in support of Lucas Antosh’s Eagle Scout project, which is in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority to install approx. 24-25 bollards for the upper parking lot of Eakin Park at the end of Tobin Road. His project includes replacing old, rotted and broken bollards, as well as installing new ones to enclose this parking area on June 6, 2015. In closing off the parking area with completed posts, his project will help to keep vehicles in the designated parking area and prevent damage to the surrounding grassy park areas.
  • $95 to cover cost of 250 WHCA magnets indicating the name and website address of our civic association for distribution to the approx. 150 homes within WHCA’s jurisdiction and to future new neighbors to encourage them to join WHCA.
  • $75 annual donation to the Falls Church High School All Night (7 hours) Graduation Celebration. It is held at Providence Recreation Center after graduation and provides a safe, drug-free and alcohol-free evening for the entire senior class. It is organized by Falls Church High School parents, and funded entirely from donations, fundraising and ticket sales.
  • $75 annual donation to the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church for permitting WHCA the use of their social hall as our quarterly WHCA meeting space.
  • $50 to Annandale Volunteer Fire Department in appreciation for their support during the recent attempted arson in our neighborhood near Strathmeade.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Social Committee News by Kristin Haynes

Please contact Kristin Haynes at whcaareacoordinator@live.com if you have any ideas for new neighborhood social events or wish to volunteer to host any social event.

Proposal to Clear Pathway along Reedy Drive Easement

for Easier Walk to Eakin Park

At the WHCA April 27, 2015 meeting, Joan Omand recommended that WHCA members consider clearing out brush and over growth to create a path the size of a sidewalk through an existing easement from Reedy Drive to Eakin Park so that the walk to the park could be much easier without having to go all the way down Tobin Road. It could provide an easier way for families with children and/or dogs, or for those who like to bike or walk to get from Reedy through to Eakin Park.

When Joan Omand contacted the County several years ago, they said they didn’t have the funds to do the clearing out of the existing easement. She believes that if neighbors were willing to incur the initial expense and heavy work of getting an easement cleared, and could maintain it a few times a year by keeping growth down, it would help improve home values and make for a much better walk to Eakin Park.

Joan Omand agreed to do further research and to provide a report on her findings and any progress on this issue at the next July 27, 2015 WHCA meeting.

COMMUNITY SUMMER POOLS 

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

  • Holmes Run Acres (HRA) Pool at 3451 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042, phone: 703-560-2750 (in season), website: holmesrunpool.org
  • Camelot Community Club (CCC) at 3604 Balin Court, Annandale, VA 22003, phone: 703-560-1222 (in season), website: camelotcommunityclub.org

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 hnmehall@gmail.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.), and  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:  hnmehall@gmail.com.

WHCA Website

Thanks to Loretta Rowe for her efforts to keep our WHCA website up to date. And, a special thanks to Jim Peltz for volunteering to help with WHCA website technical problems. Please provide Loretta with any ideas and feedback on improving the website’s effectiveness.

SCHOOL NEWS

Fairfax County Public Schools E-NEWS

A new issue of the My FCPS (Fairfax County Public Schools) – Community

e-newsletter for residents without kids in school, is available online at:

http://t.co/Y4aiwinzCU

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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:  sbailey@lanarkmechanical.net  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  (703-560-2262).

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).

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.

Landscaping 

Alex Mendoza of Olympian Landscapes for masonry work is absolutely fantastic in quality, cost, and work ethic. He formerly worked for Merrifield and does an outstanding job at a significantly lower cost. Contact phone is: 571-432-7841. Highly recommended by Loretta Rowe.

 

Randy Carroll, who grew up in Camelot neighborhood, at Rimble Landscaping for lawn service. Phone: 703-527-6950. They have done lots of extra work and are awesome! Highly recommended by Mimi Harris (3537 Woodburn Road).

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.

Mailboxes

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.

Tree 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 and Betty McCurry

(703-560- 2262).

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KIDS SEEKING WORK


• Babysitting Services

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HaynesFamily5@cox.net

• Pet Sitting Services

Nicole Haynes

HaynesFamily5@cox.net

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Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting

April 27, 2015

Proposed Minutes for Approval at July 27, 2015 Meeting

The spring WHCA meeting, held at the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:30pm by Loretta Rowe, Vice-President.

President Carol Russell was unable to attend the meeting as her mother-in-law, Eleanore Russell, age 95, passed away on April 21. Family and friends attended the funeral service on Sunday afternoon, April 26, and remained to visit during the week. WHCA meeting attendees expressed their condolences to Carol and her husband Mark on the death of his mother.

In addition to the 4 officers listed below, there were 15 participants who attended the meeting, for a total of 19 attendees plus 1 guest speaker.

Officers present were:

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Secretary Anna Fotias

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett

Area Representative Kristin Haynes

Vice-President Rowe introduced Lucas Antosh, a local Boy Scout working on his Eagle Scout project on which he reported to WHCA meeting attendees and requested monetary contribution for purchasing necessary materials. As part of his Boy Scout Eagle service project, Lucas Antosh is collaborating with the Fairfax County Park Authority to install approx. 24-25 bollards for the upper parking lot of Eakin Community Park at the end of Tobin Road. His project includes replacing old, rotted and broken bollards, as well as installing new ones to enclose this parking area on June 6, 2015. In closing off the parking area with completed posts, his project will help to keep vehicles in the designated parking area and prevent damage to the surrounding grassy park areas.

Lucas Antosh estimates cost of materials for his Eagle Scout project to be approx.: $400 for bollards, $190 for concrete mix, and $100 for miscellaneous items. He is asking other community civic associations and businesses for contributions to help cover the costs of his project materials. He reported that the Park Authority would try to make up difference if he could not raise sufficient funds, and he promised to return any surplus of funds to contributing donors.

WHCA members offered Lucas Antosh advice on where to purchase materials at lower cost. Also, Richard Morris suggested that he consider creating a plaque (possibly to be attached to one of the bollards) to give credit to those contributing to his project and as a possible inducement for their contributions.

Vice-President Rowe thanked Lucas Antosh for his presentation. She indicated that he was free to leave the meeting and that she would later contact him to let him know the results of WHCA’s vote on his monetary request, which would be considered with other votes on WHCA contributions later in the meeting agenda.

Vice-President Rowe then reported that WHCA Council members met on April 25, 2015 to prepare for this April 27, 2015 WHCA meeting.  The agenda was distributed and accepted as proposed. A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the previous February 2, 2015 WHCA meeting minutes, which were distributed along with copies of the February 2015 WHCA Newsletter.

The Vice-President proceeded to ask for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows:

Vice-President Loretta Rowe reported that recent WHCA website technical problems have been resolved and thanked Jim Peltz for his work in solving them.

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett reported that currently there is $907.88 in the WHCA Treasury and that annual WHCA dues of $15.00 per household are due at this meeting.

Secretary Anna Fotias was pleased to announce that Josh Goodman has agreed to become the new WHCA Newsletter Editor, and that they would work together to produce the May 2015 Newsletter so that he could learn the process. She reported that the deadline for submission of materials for publication in the next WHCA Newsletter is May 15, 2015.  Distribution of the Newsletter is scheduled to occur at the end of May.

Area Representative Coordinator Kristin Haynes reported on our next regularly scheduled WHCA social events, which are: (1) Community Yard Sale on May 9, 2015 (Saturday) at corner of Hayden and Beverly from 8am-12Noon, co-hosted by Anne Hawkins and Ernestine Hall; (2) National Night Out, community walk in August; (3) end-of-summer WHCA picnic, which has been typically scheduled in September after Labor Day. She encouraged others to help in providing ideas and support for new and interesting WHCA social activities during this summer.

Follow-up items from last meeting:  Vice-President Rowe then reported on the following items, which are of continuing interest to WHCA:

  • Trash Along Woodburn Road. In response to President Russell’s February 18, 2015 letter to INOVA Fairfax Hospital, the hospital has agreed to arrange for pick up of the trash on both sides of Woodburn Road every week during Fairfax Hospital construction.
  • Collapsed Drainpipe on Hayden at Corner of Woodburn. In response to President Russell’s recent call to VDOT, VDOT has repaired this drainpipe.

WHCA Officer Elections.

Vice-President Rowe then announced that next on the agenda was WHCA Officer elections, noting that the minimum attendance of ten members was present as a quorum required by the Bylaws. Richard Morris then made a motion to re-elect the current officers as a group; the motion was seconded and approved; thus, the election was held by voice vote. The officers elected were:

President: Carol Russell

Vice-President: Loretta Rowe

Secretary: Anna Fotias

Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett

Area Representative: Kristin Haynes

The following was reported under Community News and Updates:

  • Community Needs.  

Ernestine Hall, who is WHCA’s coordinator for welcoming and providing assistance to community residents, happily reported that our neighbor Bill Corfitzen, who had another bout with cancer this winter, is recovered and is in attendance at this evening’s meeting. Bill expressed his appreciation for the community’s offers of assistance. Ernestine also mentioned that our neighbor Tawab Farzad is currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer and that she and her husband Nelson have offered their support to Tawab and his family and shared their experiences in cancer survival with him. She asked that when other neighbors see Tawab walking along Beverly Dr. to encourage him as he struggles both physically and emotionally to get well.

  • Neighborhood Safety. After discussion of recent emergency events in neighborhood; escaped prisoner from Fairfax Hospital, attempted arson near Strathmeade, assault along Woodburn Road in front of Church, WHCA membership decided to invite Fairfax County police to the July 2015 WHCA meeting to report to us on how we can improve our neighborhood safety. We will also ask police about re-starting our Neighborhood Watch program. WHCA members expressed an interest in establishing better communication between police and our community.
  • Contributions. Motions were made, seconded, and passed to provide the following WHCA contributions to:

(1) Lucas Antosh’s Eagle Scout project =  $300.00

(2) Falls Church High School Grad. Party

(annual donation)=       75.00

(3) Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church

(annual donation)=       75.00

(4) Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept. =       50.00

(for support during recent attempted arson near Strathmeade)

Since Jeff Hawkins stated that Fairfax County Police were not permitted to accept monetary donations, WHCA decided to send them a “thank you” note for their successful use of “reverse 911” phone calls to neighbors to alert us about their search for the escaped prisoner from Fairfax Hospital.

 

  • Proposals for WHCA Treasury Spending

(1.)  Little “Free” Lending Library. Kristin Haynes photographed the Little Free Library in Camelot located near the Camelot Elementary School, and copies of these photos were provided to WHCA members. She reported that her daughter, Nicole, was interested in developing/proposing her Girl Scout Gold project (equivalent to Boy Scout Eagle project) that could include designing, building and locating of a free library box in our neighborhood. If this project is approved by the Girl Scouts, Nicole could possibly be prepared to make a project presentation at WHCA’s July 27, 2015 meeting. There was also discussion about where to locate the library box, with Richard Morris agreeing to locate it on his property along Hayden Lane, and Joan Omand suggesting an alternative location of it on the Park Authority easement on Reedy Drive.

(2.) Community Sign. Jeanne Midgett reported that she needed more time to research costs and regulatory requirements for various designs and types of community signs.

(3.) WHCA Magnets. Jeanne Midgett proposed purchasing a supply of WHCA magnets indicating the name and website of our civic association for distribution to the approx. 150 homes within WHCA’s jurisdiction and in future to new neighbors to encourage them to join WHCA.

A motion was made, seconded and passed by vote of 8 to 6 in favor (with 5 abstaining) for purchase of 250 WHCA magnets for $95.00.

(4.) Sidewalk/Pathway Extension of currently existing sidewalk in front of the Byzantine Catholic Church along Woodburn Road to Tobin Road. Loretta Rowe reported that she has not heard back from the Byzantine Catholic Church about the proposed sidewalk/pathway and suggested that this proposal be withdrawn until we hear back from the Church since it is an issue between the Church and Fairfax County that has been going on for some time. She also suggested that we might replace the Church sidewalk project with another project to create a pathway along an easement to access Eakin Park pending further study by and report from Joan Omand.

The following was reported under Public Comments/Concerns:

  • Opening/Clearing One of the Many Easements on Reedy to Tobin in order to More Easily Walk to Eakin Park. Joan Omand reported that there could be an easier way for families with children/dogs, or for those who just like to bike/walk to get from Reedy to Tobin and through to Eakin Park. If neighbors were interested in clearing out brush and over growth and creating a path (the size of a sidewalk) through the existing easement from Reedy to Eakin Park, the walk to the park could be much easier without having to go down Tobin. She said that several years ago she contacted the County, who indicated that they didn’t have the funds to do the clearing out of the existing easement. But, if neighbors were willing to incur the initial expense and heavy work of getting an easement cleared, and wouldn’t mind maintaining it, keeping growth down, a few times a year, it could help improve neighborhood home values and make for a better walk to Eakin Park. Joan said she would provide further details on this issue for a newsletter article in the next WHCA Newsletter. Also, Vice-President Rowe invited Joan Omand to provide a report of her findings and progress on this issue at the next July 27, 2015 WHCA meeting.
  • Street Signs Down/Unsightly Public Gardens along Woodburn Road. Ernestine Hall reported that several of our street signs are down and in the ditch along Hayden. She is also concerned that the public garden plots along Woodburn Road present an unsightly view since we can now see all the junk and fenced in garden structures through the tall pine trees along Woodburn Road. She asked if WHCA Council would follow-up and report back on her concerns. Vice-President Rowe assured her that President Russell/WHCA Council would follow-up on both of her concerns.
  • Squirrels in Home Attic. Lisa Plummer reported that squirrels have been found in the attic of her home and asked for neighbors’ experience with this problem. WHCA members offered to share their advice/experiences with her for how to solve problem of unwanted squirrels in house.
  • Re-paving of Neighborhood Streets. Dan Pritchard asked about status of re-paving of our neighborhood streets. Vice-President Rowe reiterated that we’re on VDOT’s list to be scheduled for re-paving, but they don’t know when that schedule is to occur. Vice-President Rowe assured him that President Russell/WHCA Council would follow-up and report back on status of re-paving our streets.

Lisa Plummer noted that Falls Church High School’s spring play, The Giver, is being presented this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 30 – May 2, 2015).

Vice-President Rowe adjourned the meeting at 8:45pm. Coffee and desserts, provided by WHCA Council members, were enjoyed by attendees, who remained to socialize. The next WHCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:30pm in the basement of the old Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall.