November 2014

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  November 2014

Proposal for Picnic Shelter at Eakin Park – All Neighbors are Invited to Attend Public Meeting

 The Pine Ridge Civic Association (PRCA) has notified our Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Council of a proposal to build a picnic shelter at the Tobin Road entrance to Eakin Park next to the existing tennis courts.

PRCA presented the recommendation for this picnic shelter to the Fairfax County Park Authority.  The Park Authority is holding a public meeting to discuss the details of all proposed improvements to Eakin Park, including the picnic shelter.

When:  7:00 pm on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Where:  Mantua Elementary School, 9107 Horner Court, Fairfax,VA. 

The meeting will include a staff briefing on the proposals and opportunity for public discussion and questions.  Expressed views will help determine the size and nature of proposed Eakin Park improvements, including building a picnic shelter at the Tobin Road entrance. All Fairfax County residents are invited.

For more information, call Fairfax County Park Authority’s Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

VDOT Finds Our Neighborhood Roads in Need of Repaving

At the April 2014 WHCA meeting, Steven Nider expressed concern about the condition of the roads in our neighborhood.

Over the next few months, the WHCA Council worked with the VDOT Road Repair office to ensure our roads were inspected for any needed repaving.

In July 2014, VDOT completed this road inspection.  Our neighborhood roads received the following ratings:

VDOT Ratings for the Condition of Our Neighborhood Roads

VDOT scale for road condition is:  49 and below = Very Poor

    50-59 = Poor

Very Poor Condition 

Beverly = 28

Hayden = 39

Poor Condition 

Taylor = 54

Reedy = 55

Knox = 57

As a result of VDOT’s ratings, these roads have been identified for future repaving.

While our roads are now on the schedule for repaving, VDOT reports that given limited funding, it is not possible to give us a time frame for repaving our roads.  Over 70 percent of the secondary roads in Northern Virginia have a Poor or Very Poor rating.

Finally, the WHCA Council asked VDOT to prioritize the repair of our two roads that are in Very Poor Condition (Beverly and Hayden).  However, VDOT’s policy is that all roads in a neighborhood are repaved at the same time.

Request Proposals for WHCA Community Projects

The Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) requested at the October 26, 2014 WHCA meeting that WHCA members submit proposals in order to spend a portion (approx. $300 – $500) of the WHCA Treasury funds on a community project that would benefit our neighborhood and enhance community spirit.

WHCA members should submit their community project proposals to the WHCA Council during the next two months so that the proposals may be presented at the January 26, 2015 WHCA meeting and members may vote to select a proposal for funding. Then, implementation of the selected WHCA community project could occur in the spring 2015.

Several proposals for WHCA community projects were submitted for consideration at the October 27, 2014 WHCA meeting, as follows:

  • Neighborhood Free “Little Lending Library” Proposal. This is a proposal for purchasing, building and locating a free “little lending library” in our neighborhood, which is an idea that former WHCA President and Treasurer Richard Morris has previously recommended. Locating these small, free neighborhood lending libraries in Fairfax County communities has become quite popular.  A list of “Little Free Library” model kits, ranging in price from $300 – $500 and more, is available at the following website:

http://littlefreelibrary.org/product-category/library/

  • Byzantine Catholic Church “Sidewalk/Pathway Extension Proposal. This is a proposal for extending the currently existing sidewalk in front of the Byzantine Catholic Church along Woodburn Road by building a mulched pathway to connect the sidewalk to Tobin Road. It would provide a much safer walkway for pedestrians between Hayden and Tobin Roads. A request to the County that they put in such a pathway under the DOT Pedestrian Program has been made. However, since lack of funds is often an issue, the proposal is for WHCA to consider using some of its Treasury funds to help defray the cost of building this pathway extension.

 

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 to volunteer to host any social event.

WHCA Annual Holiday Social

A “host home” for the WHCA annual Winter Holiday Party is being sought for December 2014 or January 2015.  This WHCA social would be potluck, and the WHCA social committee will handle all of the shopping and preparations.  Please let Kristin Haynes know if you are interested in hosting this WHCA party by calling 703-698-5484 or e-mailing: whcaareacoordinator@live.com.

Reflective Tape for Neighborhood Trash and Recycle Bins

Our WHCA neighbor Larry Binner brought to the October 2014 WHCA meeting a Nighttime Safety Project and shared strips of reflective tape for neighbors to attach to their trash and recycling bins.  There were some sets of reflective tape left over; so if you’d like some tape, please let Kristin Haynes (703-698-5484) know and she will deliver to you.  Any extras will be brought to the January 2015 WHCA meeting for distribution.

Neighborhood “Slow Down” Signs

You may have seen some neighbors displaying  signs in their yards with the tag line: “Slow Down. You Live Here. We Live Here”.  Fairfax County is trying to emphasize safe driving through residential neighborhoods with these signs that are to only be used in residential yards.  Several of these signs were distributed at WHCA’s October 2014 meeting.  If you would like one, please contact Linda Q. Smyth, Providence District; Providence District Office; 8739 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031-2198; Phone: 703-560-6946

More information can be obtained at:

http://patch.com/virginia/burke/fairfax-police-department-makes-slow-down-signs-available-burke-neighborhoods-0

SCHOOL NEWS

Middle and High School Start Times Will Change in 2015

The Fairfax County Public School Board has approved later high school start times to begin in 2015-16.  Elementary schools will remain starting between 8:00 am and 9:20 am; middle schools will begin at 7:30 am, and high schools will start between 8:00 am and 8:10 am.  Twenty additional school buses were approved to be purchased to accommodate this change in school start times.

School Performances

On December 4, 5 and 6th, 2014 several of our young neighbors will be part of “The Music Man” performances at Falls Church High School.  Show time is 7:00 pm.  Ticket prices are $5 for students, $6 for teachers and $8 for adults.  Break a leg!

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

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 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 hear of new neighbors or anyone who needs any type of assistance (such as a ride to the doctor, the grocery store, or pharmacy for medication, etc.)  Ernestine will try to help or find a neighborhood volunteer.

Also, please let Ernestine know if you would be willing to help in such situations. You can email her at:  hnmehall@gmail.com.

WHCA Website

Thank you to Loretta Rowe for efforts to keep our WHCA website up to date! And, a special thanks to Joe Loudon for volunteering to help with updates to the WHCA website.

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 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.

Yolanda Ochoa for excellent, dependable house cleaning.  Phone: Jose Funes at

571-238-5447. Highly recommended by Anna Fotias (3434 Beverly Dr.)

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.

 

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Woodburners Chimney Sweep and Repair, LLC, 8975 Miles Place Manassas, Va.  20110,  571-379-4820.  Recommended by Nelson Hall.

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.

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.

Maria Mitchell highly recommends Pier Professional Painting (Bill Pier), who can be reached at: 703-402-2857.  Maria notes he is generally booked far in advance.
Kristin Haynes had her almost 20 year old lawn mower serviced and recommends this company as reasonable and great, quick service:   Branch Grigg Small Engine Service and Repair. Near Woodburn Elementary School.   Mark Griggs: 703-560-3317.  Also, highly recommended by Michael and Loretta Rowe.

Excellent job of installing heating/air conditioning.  Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical, 703-489-7944,  http://www.lanarkmechanical.com.  Recommended by Loretta and

Michael Rowe.

Brian’s Home Services for gutter cleaning, 703-505-6153.  Recommended by

Joyce Mcphee (703-560-5382).

CertaPro Painters of Arlington (located in Annandale) for house painting,

1-800-462-3782.  Recommended by Joyce Mcphee (703- 560-5382).

Excellent House Cleaning on occasional or routine basis.  Sabina Carrera, 703-583-7509.  Recommended by Carol Russell (703- 573-1124).

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

 

Ross Tree Service at 703-583-8733.  Recommended by Ed and Betty McCurry

(703-560- 2262).

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AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING

Service & Replacements

Call Scott Bailey at Lanark Mechanical

703-489-7944

Email address is:  sbailey@lanarkmechanical.net

Website is:  http://www.lanarkmechanical.com

Woodburn Homes Civic Association (WHCA) Meeting

Oct. 27, 2014

Proposed Minutes for Approval at Jan. 26, 2015 Meeting

The fall WHCA meeting, held at Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church, was called to order at 7:35pm by Carol Russell, President.

In addition to the 5 officers listed below, 10 members attended the meeting, for a total of 15 attendees.

Officers present were:

President Carol Russell

Vice President Loretta Rowe

Secretary Anna Fotias

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett

Area Representative Kristin Haynes

Carol Russell, President, distributed the meeting agenda, which was accepted as proposed.  A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the previous July  28, 2014 WHCA meeting minutes, which had also been distributed. President Russell thanked Secretary Anna Fotias for production of the quarterly meeting minutes and reported that WHCA Council members met on Oct. 23, 2014 to prepare for this Oct. 27 WHCA meeting.

The President then asked for the Officers’ reports, provided as follows:

Vice-President Loretta Rowe had no new items to report.

Treasurer Jeanne Midgett reported that currently there is $1,026.64 in the WHCA Treasury.

Secretary Anna Fotias, as WHCA Newsletter editor, reported that the deadline for submission of materials for publication in the next Newsletter is November 17, 2014.  Distribution of the next WHCA Newsletter is scheduled to occur at the end of November.

Area Representative Coordinator, Kristin Haynes reported that our next WHCA social event is the annual WHCA holiday party, which has been typically scheduled on a Saturday evening beginning at 5pm during December or January.  She requested that anyone wishing to host this year’s WHCA holiday party contact her as soon as possible so that plans for the event may be made and announced.

Ernestine Hall, who is the coordinator for welcoming and providing assistance to community residents, reported that she was not aware of any neighbors’ requests for assistance.  She requested that if anyone knows of a neighbor who may need some help, such as with transportation to their doctor, pharmacy or grocery store, contact her to let her know by telephone or e-mail .

President Russell then mentioned that we have new neighbors, Mark and Miriam Faloni and family, who recently moved into their house on Beverly Drive. They were welcomed to our neighborhood by members of the WHCA Council and invited to join WHCA although they were not able to make the October meeting.

Follow-up from last meeting was a report by President Russell concerning street repaving needs in our neighborhood.

  • Schedule of Street Repaving in our Neighborhood. As follow-up to a request by Steven Nider at the April 2014 WHCA meeting for VDOT’s schedule of street repaving, President Russell requested that VDOT evaluate our neighborhood streets to determine if they are eligible for repaving. She reported that VDOT completed their street repaving assessment in July 2014, and have rated several of our neighborhood streets (Beverly and Hayden) as being in “very poor condition” with other streets (Taylor, Reedy, and Knox) as being in “poor condition”. She reported that these neighborhood streets have been placed in line for future repaving based on this VDOT assessment and on VDOT’s available budget. WHCA will monitor VDOT’s street repair scheduling process and provide updates.

The following was reported under Community News and Updates:

  • Voting on November 4, 2014. President Russell reminded attendees about mid-term elections on November 4 and referenced the hand-out of a sample ballot as a helpful guide.
  • Update on Fairfax County Schools Change in Start Times. Kristin Haynes reported that the Fairfax County School Board is voting on high schools starting later in the morning, 8am or later (as opposed to the current 7:20am start), in order to give teenagers more sleep time. If approved by the School Board, implementation of the new start time for Fairfax County high schools would occur in the Fall 2015. This change will also impact start times for elementary and middle schools as well as require the purchase of additional school buses.
  • Reflective Tape for Trash Cans. Larry Binner distributed to WHCA meeting attendees strips of reflective tape with written instructions on how to adhere these strips to recycling bins. Attaching these strips of reflective tape to trash bins will enhance neighborhood safety by making the bins more visible at night. Any neighbors who wanted to have additional, left over reflective tape strips were instructed to contact Kristin Haynes.
  • Neighborhood “Slow Down” Signs. Kristin Haynes offered several neighborhood “Slow Down” signs to WHCA meeting attendees that she had obtained from the Office of Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth. These signs are to be displayed only in residential yards to emphasize safe driving through residential neighborhoods.
  • Exxon Mobil Property Sale.  President Russell reported on an October 4, 2014 Washington Post article, “Inova seeking to buy Exxon Mobil campus”, (Economy & Business section, page A10). This article stated that INOVA executives have been in lengthy negotiations with officials from Exxon Mobil in order to acquire the company’s 117-acre campus in Merrifield as a new home for its Translational Medicine Institute, which conducts genomics research.  Other speculation was that INOVA was also considering the relocation of its cancer center onto the Exxon property. These are rumors on which INOVA and Exxon have refused to comment. WHCA will continue to monitor and report on what impact a new buyer/tenant of the Exxon Mobil property could have on our community.
  • Picnic Shelter Proposal for Eakin Park. President Russell announced that the Pine Ridge Civic Association (PRCA) has notified the WHCA Council of a proposal to build a picnic shelter at the Tobin Road entrance to Eakin Park next to the existing tennis courts at an estimated cost of $70,000 – $100,000 (although funding for this picnic shelter is currently not in the Fairfax Park Authority budget). She noted that the proposed picnic shelter could provide an excellent option for holding future WHCA summer picnics, particularly in cases of rainy weather that has caused cancellation of this WHCA social event in the past. However, one WHCA meeting attendee expressed opposition to the building of the picnic shelter at Eakin Park’s Tobin Road entrance based its potential for creating a negative environmental impact. On December 4, 2014, the Park Authority has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the details of all proposed improvements to Eakin Park, including the picnic shelter proposal. The WHCA Council will provide specific information on the time and place of this meeting so that individual neighbors may attend to ask questions and express their views.

In mid-November, as follow-up to the Oct. 27 WHCA meeting, the WHCA Council sent an e-mail to all WHCA neighbors notifying them that Fairfax County will hold a public meeting to discuss Eakin Park improvements on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at 7pm in the Mantua Elementary School cafeteria. If neighbors have any concerns about the proposed Eakin Park improvements, including the building of a picnic shelter, they were encouraged to attend the meeting. Links to the press release and a web page that the Park Authority released about the public meeting were provided, as follows:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/pr2014/pr082-14.pdf 

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/pr082-14.htm

Also, a WHCA Newsletter article containing this information will appear in the November 2014 WHCA Newsletter scheduled to be distributed by the end of November.

  • Neighborhood “Lending Library” Proposal. It has been suggested that WHCA consider and vote on proposals to spend a portion (approx. $300 – $500) of the WHCA Treasury on a community project that would benefit our neighborhood and enhance community spirit. As a result, Anna Fotias presented a proposal for purchasing, building and locating a “little free lending library” in our neighborhood, which is an idea that former WHCA President and Treasurer Richard Morris has recommended in the past. To help explain how locating these small, free neighborhood lending libraries has become popular in Fairfax County, she distributed a copy of the Washington Post article, “The little libraries that could” (Aug. 14, 2014), with an attached listing of “Little Free Library” model kits, ranging in price from $300 – $500 and more.  It was requested that other WHCA members submit any proposals for similar community projects to the WHCA Council so that WHCA members may vote to select a proposal for funding at the January 2015 WHCA meeting with potential implementation in the spring.
  • Byzantine Catholic Church “Sidewalk/Pathway Extension” Proposal. Loretta Rowe then proposed another community project for WHCA members to consider funding. She proposed extending the currently existing sidewalk in front of the Byzantine Catholic Church along Woodburn Road by building a mulched pathway connecting the sidewalk to Tobin Road. This would provide a much safer walkway for pedestrians between Hayden and Tobin Roads. Loretta Rowe explained that she submitted a request to the County that they put in such a pathway under the DOT Pedestrian Program.  She also intends to contact the Church to request that they submit a similar request. Since lack of County funds is often an issue, she proposes that WHCA consider using some of our Treasury funds to help defray the expense of building this pathway extension.

The following was reported under Public Comments/Concerns:

  • Recommended Methods for Large Trash Pick-Up. Jeanne Midgett noted that the Faloni family, our new neighbors on Beverly Drive, have asked her to request any suggestions for best methods to obtain large trash pick-ups. Recommendations included contacting Fairfax County trash removal or the companies that normally pick up regular trash, and  hiring private truck removal services, which were all quite expensive.

President Russell adjourned the meeting at 8:15pm. Coffee and desserts, provided by WHCA Council members, were enjoyed by attendees, who remained to socialize. Our next WHCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:30pm in the basement of the Byzantine Catholic Church’s social hall.