October 2009

Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter  October, 2009

WHCA Social Activities                 By Kristin Haynes

Summer Picnic.  Our WHCA Annual Picnic held at Quinta and David Seida’s home on August 29th was a rousing success.  Thank you to our wonderful hosts and to Frank Sullivan who loaned one of the grills used for cooking the delicious hot dogs and burgers!  Many new and veteran neighbors attended their first WHCA Picnic.   We also enjoyed delicious side dishes and desserts and lively conversations regarding summer vacations, house tours, etc.  A good time was had by all.  Please check out the many wonderful pictures on our website.

November Candy Swap for Kids.  It’s time for the kids to get together!  Patti & Scott Bailey, 3433 Knox Road, have generously agreed to host our First Candy Swap and Final Wearing of the Halloween Costume on November 7th at 3:00.  Bring your Raisinettes (or whatever you received when trick or treating that you don’t prefer) and swap it for something else – hopefully one of your favorites.

Holiday Party Planning.  We are currently looking for a home to host our potluck WHCA Holiday Party tentatively scheduled for the evening of Friday, December 11th.  If you would be interested in hosting, please contact Kristin Haynes at whcasocials@live.com.  All of the details will be handled by the Social Committee.

Status of New Church

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church on Woodburn Road

In the July WHCA newsletter, we included an article about the plans for building the new church in the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic parish.  The new church will face Woodburn Road and will seat approximately 230 people, compared to the current church seating of 175.  Recent reports from the project manager indicate that construction has been delayed until November as the county is still reviewing the permit requests for the building plans.

Neighborhood Rabies Alert

Michael and Loretta Rowe on Hayden Lane found a dead raccoon in their yard and called animal control.  The warden advised that the animal most likely died from rabies.  According to the officer, it is important to be alert for symptomatic animals, particularly during the time period of the end of October through mid-November.

If anyone notices a sick animal please call Fairfax County Animal Control on 703-691-2131.  The office is open seven days a week from 6 am to 12:30 am.

 From Fairfax County Animal Control website:

  • Rabies is a deadly disease, to both humans and animals
  • All dogs and cats over four months old must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed vet
  • In Fairfax, the rabies virus has appeared in raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, and occasionally dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Minimize contact between pets and wildlife.
  • Report animal bites: 703-691-2131
  • Report animals acting strangely or altercations between wild and domestic animals: 703-691-2131
  • Learn more about this deadly virus at: www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/

Fall Festival Parade and Festival 2009 – Saturday, October 24, 2009 

The Annandale Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 24.  Enjoy The Taste of Annandale featuring multiple culinary cuisines, the Community Market with quality merchandise, great live entertainment & interactive games for toddlers to teens at the Kids’ Zone.

  • Parade (Columbia Pike) 10-NOON
  • Festival (parking lot in front of Safeway, Little River Tpk) 10 am – 6 pm.





Join or Renew Membership!!!

Please join or renew your membership (if you haven’t yet paid 2009 dues) in the Woodburn Homes Civic Association by sending your name, address, email address and phone number, along with your $10.00 per household annual dues, to:

Jill Humphries

8423 Hayden Lane

Annandale, VA   22003

You may also pay dues at the meetings.

Make check payable to:   Woodburn Homes Civic Association


Message From Camelot School Principal

Dear Community, 

It was wonderful to welcome our families at Back to School Night.  We are 

looking forward to the following activities in the months of October and 


October 30:  Annual Halloween Parade

November 11:  Chuck-E-Cheese Night


Fairfax County Public Schools anticipate having to face a budget deficit of $100 

to $200 million for FY 2011 (next school year).  During the FY 2010 budget cycle (current school year), FCPS closed a budget deficit of $200 million.  If the school system has to make additional cuts for the FY 2011 budget, it will be the third consecutive year that the FCPS budget has been cut.   


Citizens are invited to help school leaders determine the priorities for the 

next budget year. In partnership with Fairfax County government, FCPS is holding a series of budget community dialogues on six dates throughout the county, and invites all citizens to attend and join in the budget discussions. 

Additional information can be found at:  http://www.fcps.edu/news/fy2011.htm 



Craig Gfeller 

Principal, Camelot School


Support Our Pyramid Schools With Corporate Dollars from Everyday Grocery Shopping!   By Kristin Haynes

Giant, Safeway and Harris Teeter have corporate programs supporting our local schools.  Please email Kristin Haynes at whcasocials@live.com and she will link your card(s) to our schools.  For Giant, she’ll need your 10-digit bonus card number and the first three letters of your last name.  For Safeway and Harris Teeter, she’ll just need your savings card number (Safeway) or your VIC number (Harris Teeter).  These cards must be re-linked every year so please take the few moments needed to help our schools!

School News continued

Local Fundraisers for schools and scouts.

Many groups now recommend that children not go door-to-door for sales so if you are interested in any of the following items, please inform Kristin Haynes at whcasocials@live.com and she will facilitate a sale or provide information for any of the following:

Giftwrap and gifts (Sally Foster and QVC) – Currently In Progress

Magazines – Currently In Progress

Entertainment Books – to be sold in late October/early November

Fresh Lobster (3 times a year)


Holiday Greens

White House Annual Holiday Ornament

Girl Scout Calendars and Girl Scout Cookies

Boy Scout Popcorn – Currently In Progress

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough

Joe Corbi Pizza Kits, Pies and Cookie Dough


BJ’s Wholesale Club memberships

Local Fundraising Activities

FCHS Craft Fair – November

Silent Auction – December

5K Run & Kids 1-Mile Fun Run – May

Falls Church High School

22nd Annual CRAFT SHOW (sponsored by the PTSA)

Saturday, November 14,  10 am to 4 pm

Start your holiday shopping early!  Many unique vendors with a variety of handmade items including glass, candles, jewelry, woodwork, fabric, pottery and fine arts.

Free Admission Great Food

Games for Kids Over 60 Vendors

Live Music

pastedGraphic_1.png Autumn Musings by Alan Mathias

Chimneys and fireplaces are being cleaned, wood is being gathered, as autumn has come upon us and the fall bird migration is drawing rapidly to conclusion. Most of the Warblers and other northern breeding birds have passed through our area en route to their southern destinations. The last hummingbird I saw at my feeder was September 21, although there could be stragglers passing through for the next couple of weeks. If you were fortunate enough to be out on the C.C. trail (Eakin Park) the last couple of weeks, you might have see a black-throated blue warbler or an American Redstart or a Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, a Chestnut-sided Warbler or any one of the many beautiful songbirds that pass through our woodlands and sometimes even come into our yards in their migration. The Myrtle Warbler is the only warbler that winters here and is commonly called the yellow rump. The melodic sounding Wood Thrush has also departed but the Hermit Thrush should be soon arriving to spend the winter here.  The Juncos, White-Throated Sparrows and others will soon be reappearing for their winter stay here.

The leaves on the trees are starting to turn and some falling as the chill of fall fills the air. Reptiles are hibernating and the changing of the season is in full swing. A couple of days ago, I was transplanting flower beds and dug up (accidentally) a baby turtle, just the size of a quarter. I did put him back in the ground. Last year there was a shortage of acorns in the area. This year they are everywhere (happy squirrels!). Rutting season for the deer will soon begin, as they stop eating from our gardens and start running out in front of our cars…so drive carefully!

Embrace the glory and beauty of the colors of fall, the cool, fresh autumn air and the warm friendship of the people in our neighborhood.

Welcoming and Helping Our Neighbors

All WHCA residents please let Ernestine Hall know if you know or hear of new

neighbors or any one who needs any type of assistance (such as a ride to the doctor, or 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@webtv.net

Bird Watching at Eakin Park

There is a county sponsored bird walk every Monday morning (free) at Eakin Park beginning at the parking lot at Prosperity Avenue.  Starting time is 7:00 a.m. March through November.  (December, January, February at 7:30 a.m.)  Cancelled if rain or severe weather. Call 703-941-1065 (Hidden Oaks Nature Center) for further information.


For Police Emergencies, Call 911 For Non emergencies, Call 703-691-2131



  • Babysitting Services.

Kelly Haynes (age 14)

Red Cross Certified Babysitter


  • Pet Sitting Services

Nicole Haynes (age 11)

Pet Sitter


  • Air Conditioning & Heating

Service & Replacements

Call Scott Bailey




Your Neighborhood HVAC Contractor – Please see the separate document on Carbon Monoxide Safety which accompanies this newsletter.