September 2018

 Woodburn Homes Civic Association Newsletter 

In this issue: 

Local police officer receives praise 

September 2018 

New Lending Library open for business 

Neighbors enjoy annual summer picnic 

And more…. 

According to Dr. Mark Hyman of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the “power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital”. This bit of wisdom could serve as a motto for the WHCA annual summer picnic that Allen Wong hosted at his residence for seniors on Beverly Drive on September 8. Mother Nature once again smiled upon this year’s event, where neighbors enjoyed good conversation and sampled the burgers, hot dogs, and a variety of delicious potluck dishes. Thank you, Allen, for hosting the picnic! 

Local police officer commended for saving infant’s life 

Fairfax County Police Officer Darrell Haley, Jr., who grew up on Robey Road and graduated from Falls Church High School in 2013, was made Sully Station Officer of the Month for August 2018. The award was in recognition of his actions during a recent emergency situation in which officers initially only knew that a woman was screaming over the phone. Through a translator, his team discovered the woman was frantic because her baby had stopped breathing. Officer Haley was the first officer to arrive on the scene, and he was handed a seemingly lifeless infant. He quickly assessed the child’s condition and started performing chest compressions, which he continued diligently until the infant started to show signs of life. The baby was then turned over to the Fire and Rescue Department, where it was determined that the child had an adverse reaction to immunizations coupled with a probably lung infection. We are proud of Officer Haley for his calm and decisive response to this stressful situation and for his ongoing service to the community! 

Officer Haley (right) named Officer of the Month for August, 2018. 

Monarch butterfly on common milkweed near Woodburn Road. 

More about this story and Officer Haley’s background can be found on the Fairfax County Police Department’s Facebook page: 

Monarchy reigns! Dragons abound! 

If you think you’ve seen lots of monarch butterflies and dragonflies in your yard this summer, it’s not just your imagination. 

Following years of continual decline, there has been an encouraging spike in the number of monarch butterflies this year. Some of the monarchs in our neighborhood have emerged from their chrysalises nearby, while others are making a stopover to build up lipid reserves on their way south. 

The annual migration of monarchs is a spectacular event. After wintering in Mexico, monarchs migrate north and start laying eggs in the southern part of the U.S. around mid-March, with successive generations continuing the journey north. Driven by instinct alone, this year’s fourth or fifth generation of 

This dragonfly in no way approves of this highly invasive, non-native bamboo. 

monarchs is currently beginning the long journey back to their ancestral home in mountain sanctuaries in Mexico. 

Meanwhile, the particularly heavy rainfall this summer has resulted in more dragonflies and their smaller and slimmer damselfly cousins because most hunt and mate near water sources. Also, according to local naturalist Alonso Abugattas, since as aquatic young they feed on other aquatic organisms, more water also means generally more aquatic food for them as well. 

Volunteers needed to serve on Merrifield Special Study Task Force 

As Supervisor Smyth wrote in her fall newsletter, the Providence Site-Specific Plan Amendment Task Force will be reconvened this fall as the basis for an expanded Merrifield Special Study Task Force. The Merrifield Special Study Task Force’s first meeting will be held on Tuesday October 23 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH) Conference Center, 3225 Gallows Rd. 

The purpose of the meeting will be to review goals and process an overview for the study of plans to develop the area that includes the new ICPH campus. Task force meetings will be open to the general public, but only members of the task force will have the opportunity to voice their opinions. Therefore, WHCA is looking for volunteers to serve on the new task force. For more information, go to 

New Lending Library opens for business 

Thanks again to Jeff Hawkins for building and installing the new lending library, which Carol Russell has entered into the national registry of lending libraries. We are happy to hear that kids using the school bus stop at the corner have taken an interest in the library. If you wish to donate books to the library, note that there is a particular need for more children’s books. 

New houses coming soon to Robey Avenue 

Brush Arbor Home Construction has announced that it is partnering with BPG Enterprises to build custom homes in a new development on Robey Avenue. Named The Woodlands, the development will comprise eight half-acre to one-acre lots, with some lots backing up to Accotink Creek. Brush Arbor’s website makes it known to potential buyers that the houses will 

be located “just one mile outside of the Beltway and minutes away from a Metro station, restaurants, movie theaters and the specialty stores of the Mosaic District.” 

Poet’s Corner 

Red Brocade 

By Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952 

The Arabs used to say, 

When a stranger appears at your door, 

feed him for three days 

before asking who he is, 

where he’s come from, 

where he’s headed. 

That way, he’ll have strength 

enough to answer. 

Or, by then you’ll be 

such good friends 

you don’t care. 

Let’s go back to that. 

Rice? Pine nuts? 

Here, take the red brocade pillow. 

My child will serve water 

to your horse. 

No, I was not busy when you came! 

I was not preparing to be busy. 

That’s the armor everyone put on 

to pretend they had a purpose 

in the world. 

I refuse to be claimed. 

Your plate is waiting. 

We will snip fresh mint 

into your tea. 

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 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. 


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. 

Construction and Home Remodeling 

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. Oscar Molina of GMG Services, (703) 354-4270, or, cannot be more highly recommended for major home remodeling and repair by Michael and Loretta Rowe. 

Electrical Services 

Quality Electric Services at 703-642-1880. Recommended by Ed 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! 

Gutter Cleaning 

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. 

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. 


F.A. Landscaping, Martin A. Ortiz, Phone: 240 408-9254. E-mail: 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. 

Sweet Garden Lawn Care and Landscape, Leo Coelho, 8401 Hayden Lane, 703-627-7723. Highly recommended by Eileen De Marco. 

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. 


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 McCurry (703-560- 2262). 



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 

Minutes of July 30, 2018 Meeting 

Proposed Minutes for Approval at October 29, 2018 Meeting 

Kristin Haynes opened the meeting at 7:30 pm. 

14 members and 3 officers were in attendance. 

The prior meeting minutes were approved. 

Jeanne Midgett reported on the Treasury; there is a balance of $502.65. Recent expenditures were as follows: reimbursing Jeff Hawkins for his materials for the Little Lending Library as well as a thank you gift certificate to Jeff. 

Josh Goodman, Newsletter Editor, requested more contributions to the newsletter. Articles are due Labor Day. He welcomes articles about who Eakin Park is named after. 

Kristin thanked Jeff Hawkins for rebuilding the Little Lending Library. Anne Hawkins suggested more children’s books are needed. As of now, the adult section is on the top shelf; the children’s section is on the lower shelf. 

Anna Fotias suggested registering the library in the national registry. Neighbors voted in favor of this, as long as the registration fee is still approximately $35.00 

A report was given on a planned senior living residence on Beverly Drive. The County reported to the WHCA Council that senior living homes are allowed in Fairfax County and the owner has all permits in order. The fence, however, is not in compliance with county regulations. The county is working with the owner to resolve. 

Kristin advised that National Night Out is August 7 and asked whether folks want to walk in a group or independently; response was mixed so the subject was tabled. 

Kristin asked if anyone had suggestions for speakers for future meetings. Everyone said they really appreciated Linda Smyth’s presentation. 

Richard reported on Neighborhood Watch. He said the police told him that homes that are for sale are popular sites for criminals. He reminded everyone that is a useful website for looking up neighborhood crimes. 

Josh Goodman reported that Earth Sangha is offering matching grants for native land restoration projects. Josh will ask the Friends of Accotink Trail if they are interested in this program. 

Kristin announced that Fairfax County is participating in a new and free beehive program which will provide beehives to new and established beekeepers in an effort to increase the number of bee colonies in the county.