September 2017 Newsletter


Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter 

In this issue… 

National Night Out 

Rain Barrels 

Helping Bumble Bees 

…and more! 

September 2017 

President: Kristin Haynes

Vice Pres.: Loretta Rowe

Treasurer: Jeanne Midgett

Secretary and Area Coordinator: Carol Russell

Newsletter Articles or Comments?

Send to: Josh Goodman, WHCA Newsletter Editor



Next WHCA meeting is 7:30 pm, October 30, 2017 

The Council will send a reminder prior to the meeting. 

Summer Stroll 

On Tuesday, August 1, WHCA once again celebrated National Night Out with a gathering of two and four-footed neighbors who met for a pleasant stroll and tour of the neighborhood. Kristin Haynes, Anna Fotias, Jeanne Midgett, Ernestine and Nelson Hall, Ann, Jeff and Sassy Hawkins, Mitzi Mitchell, Karen Skelton, and Michael, Loretta and Luca Rowe all convened on the corner of Hayden and Beverly to meander and chat. After sauntering leisurely through the neighborhood and catching up on each other’s summer happenings, some gathered at the Rowes’ home for light refreshments and more convivial conversation. This community building event, while small, is an important part of WHCA’s efforts to make our neighborhood a friendly, safe and welcoming place for all our residents. 2

Summer Social 

Thanks to the Wilkinsons for so graciously hosting our annual picnic on August 27. Once again they welcomed all to their beautiful deck, yard and pool. Anna tended to everyone’s comfort and enjoyment, Keith cooked the burgers and hot dogs to perfection (with the capable help of Mark Russell), and Steven both guarded and entertained the children — the gales of laughter never stopped! And we thank Kristin Haynes for once again organizing and doing all of the shopping for this social event and to the Russells for their assistance in the final setup and party preparations! We all enjoyed meeting Quinta and David’s longtime friends and houseguests, Mr. and Mrs. Marty. And of course thanks to all the attendees for helping make this a friendly community of fun and fellowship! Here are some photos of the event:

WHCA Member Attends Rain Barrel Workshop 

Inspired at our April 24 meeting by presentations made by Kris Unger and Ted Welch of Friends of Accotink Creek, the editor of this newsletter attended a rain barrel workshop on August 19, one of many rain barrel workshops that Fairfax County organizes as part of its strategy for reducing storm water runoff. By decreasing the volume of storm runoff, rain barrels help moderate stream erosion and the resulting pollution that is harming the Chesapeake Bay. They allow water 3

to absorb slowly into the ground, thus replenishing groundwater supplies. The water stored in rain barrels is naturally soft and better than municipal water for washing cars and watering indoor or outdoor plants.

The instructors began the workshop with a short presentation on problems facing the Chesapeake Watershed and the various actions individuals can take to mitigate them, such as installing a rain barrel, a “green roof”, or rain garden to capture and absorb rainfall; and using porous surfaces instead of asphalt. The instructors then demonstrated how to convert an unfinished commercial barrel into a rain barrel using simple tools and items purchased at a hardware store.

Barrels and materials were then distributed to the approximately twenty participants, among whom were several children who proved very valuable because of their ability to crawl into and out of barrels easily. The barrels had previously been used to store pickles, but for this descendent of a long line of pickle-makers, the faint scent of pickles was quite pleasant. It took just a few minutes to convert his barrel into a rain barrel, which has since been installed and now provides a steady supply of water to outdoor plants and a vegetable garden.

The next workshop will take place on Saturday, September 30. To register, go to

Slavic Festival 

The Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church sponsored its annual Slavic Festival on Sunday, September 10. Providing a hearty welcome to parishioners and guests alike, the event offered a variety of entertainment, including ethnic cuisine, music and dancing, activities for children, and refreshments. Several local artisans also set up stalls to make available their products and wares. The parish clergy welcomed guests, offering intermittent tours of the church interior with its diverse array of beautiful icons. Food tables proved highly popular, with parishioners serving various homemade dishes including stuffed cabbage, dumplings, and cabbage and noodles. The potato pancake booth provided particularly popular. All in all, the festival provided a fun opportunity for socializing, learning, relaxation and community building. A good time was had by all.

Endangered Bumble Bees Need Our Help! 

As residents of a region that has seen a sharp decline in bumble bee populations, we can play an important role in helping these invaluable pollinators. Bumble bees are “buzz pollinators”, meaning that they use their vibrations while clinging to 4

flowers to dislodge pollen. This process enables them to serve as the primary pollinators for agricultural crops such as greenhouse tomatoes and peppers. The unique physiological abilities of bumble bees make these species particularly important to ecosystem health and to the economy.

The rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), once common in this region, has seen a population decline of roughly 80% due to threats that include parasites, disease, habitat loss, climate change, pesticides, and invasive species. It is now only found in isolated areas and in March, 2017 it was the first U.S. bumble bee ever to be listed as endangered.

So what can we do?

Replace a patch of lawn with a native flower garden! Bumble bees need a stable source of nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, so plant a variety of native flowers that bloom from early spring to fall, such as butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), field thistle (Cirsium discolor), great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), spotted beebalm (Monarda punctata), narrow-leafed mountain mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium), and buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis). For tips on gardening with native plants, visit the Virginia Native Plant Society’s website at

Reduce or stop using pesticides! If you use pesticides, visit to learn which chemicals are the most toxic to bees and how and when to apply pesticides in order to minimize their impact on bees.

Protect the nest! Bumble bees nest in the ground during the summer and queens spend the winter just an inch or two below the soil’s surface. If you see an area of your yard with a lot of bee activity, do not disturb it if possible. Postpone tilling and other soil disturbance practices in this area in the early spring to allow queens to emerge.

Become a volunteer! Participating in citizen science-based projects, such as Bumble Bee Watch ( and Virginia Working Landscapes’s monitoring project (, is a great way to assist in the monitoring of long-term trends of native bee species. 5

Poets’ Corner 

Beyond the Red River 

By Thomas McGrath 

The birds have flown their summer skies to the south, 

And the flower-money is drying in the banks of bent grass 

Which the bumble bee has abandoned. We wait for a winter lion, 

Body of ice-crystals and sombrero of dead leaves. 

A month ago, from the salt engines of the sea, 

A machinery of early storms rolled toward the holiday houses 

Where summer still dozed in the pool-side chairs, sipping 

An aging whiskey of distances and departures. 

Now the long freight of autumn goes smoking out of the land. 

My possibles are all packed up, but still I do not leave. 

I am happy enough here, where Dakota drifts wild in the universe, 

Where the prairie is starting to shake in the surf of the winter dark. 

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.

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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. 

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). 7

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. 8

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). 9



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 

July 31, 2017 

Proposed Minutes for Approval at October 30, 2017 Meeting 

Eighteen members were present including four Council members.

President Kristin Haynes called the meeting to order at 7:30, asking for adoption of the draft minutes from the April, 2017 meeting. The minutes were adopted.

President Haynes noted that the WHCA council met on July 10, 2017 to go over the agenda and needs of the community.

With respect to Neighborhood Watch, Ernestine Hall reported that she had attended a Neighborhood Watch informational meeting with Fairfax County Police Officer Eddie Eddy Azcarate.

Ernestine noted that the Camelot Community Neighborhood Watch (NW) is the oldest NW program in the nation. Ernestine continued that Officer Azcarate advised that all neighbors should keep car and house doors locked at all times, and If possible, take a picture of any suspicious activity as well as reporting it.

Kristin Haynes said some neighbors heard gunshots this summer and advised all neighbors to call 911 if gunshots are ever heard. There was discussion about the WHCA fox and everyone agreed that if anyone is seen shooting at the fox, to call 911 immediately.

Kristin showed everyone the NW sign she acquired for our “patrol car.”

Jeanne Midgett, WHCA Treasurer, reported there is a balance of $458.11 in the Treasury, including deductions for our donations to Falls Church High School, the Byzantine of our Lord Epiphany Catholic Church, and Friends of Accotink Creek, and the reimbursement of prior year printing and copying costs ($77.12.) This year’s Treasury reflects dues from 21 paid members. 10

Karen Skelton asked about the printing costs, Carol Russell replied it was due to past printing costs including providing information on the picnic shelter proposal at Eakin Park; proposed walkway to Eakin from Reedy; and information from Fairfax County Police, etc.

Carol also noted that the Council is concerned about printing and copying costs and is making an effort to reduce, an example being that draft minutes are now sent electronically before the meetings.

Loretta Rowe, Vice President reported the County’s interest in increasing the percentage of tree canopy in the county. She expressed her interest in making the WHCA website a resource for improving our community in areas such as recycling and litter control (the Clean Fairfax program) as well as teaching about our natural environment (NOVA Outside.)

Josh Goodman mentioned that the county is soliciting residents to participate in a land use survey.

Josh Goodman reported the next newsletter will be out a little late and requested news articles by early September.

Kristin advised there have been reports of car vandalism in Mantua and Camelot and reminded everyone to keep car and house doors locked. In addition, police advise never leave anything of value in the car.

A resident from Strathmeade Square on Whipple Court talked about recent incidents of suspicious activity in their neighborhood including setting fires to trash cans and attempted break-ins. He has noticed certain suspicious persons hanging out at the Strathmeade playground. Kristin and others thanked him for bringing this to our attention.

In further discussion of crime in the neighborhood, Josh Goodman reported that his mailbox was “blown up.” Kristin said it might be a good idea to combine our NW with our neighborhoods.

Kristin reminded neighbors that the police will conduct free inspections to determine home safety, at the homeowner’s request.

Kristin brought up the status of the Little Lending Library. She talked to Richard Morris since it is on his property and he suggested we keep it and advertise it. Kristin said this is a good project for volunteers to refurbish it.

The Council reported recent complaints from the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church where there had been dumping on the Tobin Road side of their property. There have also been complaints about the large amount of yard debris stacked on the shoulder of Knox Road within the property of 8315 Tobin Road. The WHCA sent letters to the residents on Tobin but there has been no clean up yet.

A neighbor wondered about the recent storm that knocked a tree down on Taylor next to Frank Sullivan’s house.

Nan Bradley suggested we might want to establish a Clean UP Day to take care of yard debris.

Kristin advised that someone dumped a sofa at the corner of Knox and Taylor and Randy Fulk cleaned it up immediately. There was a big thank you to Randy. 11

Kristin advised every one of the National Night Out scheduled for Tuesday August 1, an annual walk to support crime prevention and community spirit.

She also advised the Summer Picnic will once again be hosted by Anna Fotias and Keith Wilkinson on August 27 from 4-7. A flyer was provided with more information.

Ernestine Hall expressed her disappointment with the 11 vehicles parked at a house on Woodburn Road, the Council agreed to look into this.

Josh Goodman gave a presentation on Light Pollution. Thepresentation covered such topics as why darkness is important, how light pollution affects ecosystems and the health of humans, what the state and county are doing and not doing to reduce light pollution, and what we as consumers and citizens can do. The neighbors thanked Josh for the excellent presentation and

Kristin adjourned the meeting at approximately 8:30 p.m.