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The February 2012 Villamay Newsletter is reprinted below. You may also view the PDF version of the newsletter here: February ’12 Newsletter. This includes the Directory form, Dues form and Soiree Invitation.

President’s CornerPatti Heck

On behalf of the Villamay Board of Directors, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a good start to the New Year!  Villamay had a great 2011 and looking forward to more of the same in 2012.

As the winter weather approaches, sidewalks will get slippery so please keep them free of snow and ice.  Also, please check on elderly neighbors who may need help with shoveling or errands.

I would like to welcome all our new residents and invite everyone to come out support Villamay activities and meet your neighbors.  Villamay is a friendly and desirable place to live and it grows stronger, more vibrant and valuable when we get to know our neighbors.  So come to

the activities and bring a neighbor to support Villamay!

Villamay Needs You!!

Our community is only as good as those who participate.  In that regard I am requesting anyone interested and willing to serve on the board contact me.  There are several positions open and of course we will vote on a new Board at the May Annual meeting.  The Board is a fun way to get to know neighbors and be involved in caring for and nurturing the fantastic neighborhood environment to which so many have contributed already.

In a similar vein, we are in need of several volunteers to represent Villamay on the Mount Vernon Council of Community Associations (MVCCA), an association of homeowners groups here in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County. The purpose of this organization is to join with other associations to represent and promote our interests in a collective way. This is done both by our bringing forward issues of concern to us, like improving cell phone coverage while not damaging our parks, and by discussing and commenting on proposals brought up by others, like developers and governmental agencies. Positions are then taken on these issues of concern and presented to our elected and appointed representatives for action.

The eight standing committees are listed below and generally meet a couple of hours one evening once a month (except for August) either at the Walt Whitman Middle School or the Mt Vernon Government Center, both on Parkers Lane.

Budget and Finance
Consumer Affairs
Education
Environment and Recreation
Health and Human Services
Planning and Zoning
Public Safety
Transportation

In addition to gaining insights from more of us, there’s a much greater chance with more volunteers both that our voices will be heard and that nothing that directly impacts Villamay will slip through the cracks unnoticed. As one writer put it long ago, “Many hands make light work.” So please, help us insure that your voice and our voice is heard to guide our county officials in making fair and proper decisions by volunteering a couple of hours a month to represent Villamay on one or more of the Mt Vernon Council committees.  It is a great networking opportunity in addition to being a very good way to individually and collectively help Villamay remain one of the best places to live in Fairfax County.  Please call me at 703.768.3564 to volunteer or ask any questions you might have.

From the TreasurerBryan Oakeley

Thanks to all of you who have faithfully paid your dues over the years.  At this time of year, the dues payments slow so we are including another dues payment form.  This year we hope to again have a strong show of support.   Dues not only pay for the social events, they also pay for the newsletters, new resident greetings, landscaping at the neighborhood entrance, dues to the MVCCA and many other things.

If you haven’t already paid your dues, please do so now by filling out the enclosed form and include a $50.00 check, and deliver to Bryan Oakeley at 7415 Admiral Drive.  If you are not sure you have paid your dues for the 2011-2012 year, you can contact Bryan at Villamay.Treasurer@gmail.com.

New Villamay Directory

It’s been three years since we last updated our neighborhood directory.  We have welcomed many new neighbors and would like to make sure they are included in our newest directory.  Please take a moment to fill out the enclosed membership information form.  This information will only be used to update our Villamay Directory.  Once complete, please return it to Talley Fulghum who has graciously agreed to enter all the data.  Talley’s address is 1200 Belle Vista or you can email her at Talleyful@verizon.net.

Building?  Contact our Covenants, Chair Lea Ekman 

If you are considering making improvements to the exterior of your property, including adding fences or doing construction, please review the covenants in the back of your directory, speak with your neighbors and call Lea Ekman at 571.277.0960, or email her at lea.ekman@ferc.gov.   Lea will help guide you in the required steps to take and, if necessary, contact the board of directors on your behalf.  You must receive prior written approval and no work is to be started without first getting approval from the Villamay Community Association.

Labor Day Picnic

The 11th Annual Labor Day Picnic was a big success even if it was a wee bit soggy.  Thanks to those who brought tents and and braved the weather.  We managed to stay dry, mingle and enjoy the delicious hamburgers and hotdogs.  Daisy the Clown was able to get her show in for the children but we had to stop the The Doug Hepler band early for safety concerns, but all in all, everyone attending had a great time.  A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this event to make it one of the best events of the year.

 Villamay Soiree

Hooray!!  The Villamay Soiree is back!  Matt and Deborah Lerner at 7501 Park Terrace Drive have graciously agreed to host on February 25 at 7:00pm.  Bring a bottle of your favorite wine to share.   See the attached flier for more details.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Villamay Soiree – Saturday February 25
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, March 25
  • Villamay Spring Yard Sale – Saturday, May 5 8a-12n
  • Annual Dinner – May 16

Greetings – New Neighbors

If you are new to the neighborhood and have not been officially welcomed, please call Marjorie Spires at 703-660-6789.   Marjorie will bring you a Villamay directory, welcome packet and other information about our community.  If you are aware of a new neighbor who has not been welcomed, please contact Marjorie and let her know!

Welcome New Families

When you are out and about, please make sure to say hello to our new neighbors:

Peter & Jane Daly — Burtonwood Dr.

Woody Davis & Dori Boulden– Gatewood Dr.

Ken & Laura Sibley–Gatewood Dr.

Peter Insani — LaRonde Ct.

Scott & Mary Johnson — Marine Dr.

Dale & Elizabeth Conwell — Park Terrace

Mike and Corey Thomas — Park Terrace

William & Valerie Owenby — Park Terrace

Community Spotlight

Late in the Summer, fourteen year old Ben Haseltine was swimming with his mother and sister at Moody Beach near Wells, Maine when he noticed an older couple

swimming nearby.  They were Bob and Sue Sherburne of Arlington, Mass.  “I saw a rip tide carrying Mrs. Sherburne out like a slingshot.  She was in way over head,”

Ben later said.  Her husband was being dragged out as well.

According to the National Weather Service, rip currents are the cause of more than 100 drownings each year.

Those moments were frightening ones for the Sherburnes.  Sue remembered to float on her back and called out for her husband to do the same but Bob Sherburne soon began to tire.  “I started to choke on seawater and realized I was about to drown.  I was speaking to my Maker, ready to die,” he recalled.  At that moment he suddenly felt himself being guided toward shore.

It was Ben.  After he had helped Bob out of the path of the current, he went back for Sue.  “He stretched his arm out to me and told me to grab his hand.  Once he’d pulled me to where I could stand, he gave me a hug and asked, “are you okay?”

Ben credits his strong swimming skills to many summers spent at Moody Beach where his father, a former lifeguard, taught him to swim and surf.  When asked what prompted him to swim directly into a current to help two strangers, Ben couldn’t say.  “I didn’t really think about it …it was an adrenaline rush” he said. Reflecting on this experience, Ben added, “You have to take chances in life.  Don’t think twice about doing something nice for someone else – just do it.”

Ben attends St. Stephens & St. Agnes School and, not surprisingly, is involved in numerous sports.  He lives with his parents, Craig and Amy, and his siblings, John and Brooke, at 1201 Villamay Boulevard.

Amy added, “He has a lot of integrity. We’re proud of him.  How right she is and how very fortunate we all are to have such a courageous, quick-thinking young man here in our Villamay Community.

Marjorie Spires

In Memoriam

Margaret Antonelli – Former Resident

Otto Pribram – Former Resident

Santiago Garza

Susan Clark 

Neighborhood News

Recently, there has been a rash of vehicle thefts in the Mount Vernon District.  Please be aware of this and take the following precautions:

Do not leave an unattended vehicle running anywhere, even in our own driveway.  Vehicles are being stolen from driveways while warming up on cool mornings.

Do not leave any valuables visible inside your vehicle.  It is too tempting for thieves.

Always keep car doors locked.

Recycling

Do you have old electronics you’d like to recycle but are not sure how to do it?  Fairfax County residents can recycle television, computers and peripheral devices – including keyboards, speakers, printers, external drives, etc. – and unbroken fluorescent light bulbs and tubes on Electric Sundays.  The Electric Sunday recycling program is a free service to Fairfax County residents. The next few Electric Sundays are 10a-3p on:

Feb. 26: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Mar. 25: I-95 Landfill Complex, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA 22079

Apr. 29: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

May 20: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

If you have any news or announcements to share in our next newsletter, please call Patti Heck at 768-3564 or email it to pheck@crossroadsmedia.tv.   We will make every effort to include all the latest information.

The Villamay Newsletter is provided below, and also as an attached PDF file. Please download the file to access the Dues Payment Form.

President’s Corner – Patti Heck

It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over!  Soon the children will be back in school and the days will be shorter and cooler!

I would like to extend a tremendous thank you to the new and returning members of the Villamay Board.   In June, the Board hit the ground running with Covenants requests and the pending application by AT&T to build a cell tower in Lamond Park.  The dedicated volunteers on the Villamay Cell Tower Committee has been busy working with Supervisor Hyland, the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Planning Commission to craft the best solution to both provide better cell coverage for our neighborhood and keep the Lamond Park the way the Master Plan envisions.  Villamay Cell Tower Committee updates will be sent out periodically via email, the Villamay website (Villamay.org) and by hand to those neighbors without access to email or the web.  If you have any questions for the Villamay Cell Tower Committee, you can email villamaycellcommittee@gmail.com.

I would like to welcome all our new residents and invite everyone to come out support Villamay activities and meet your neighbors.  Villamay is a friendly and desirable place to live and it grows stronger, more vibrant and valuable when we get to know our neighbors.  So come to the activities and bring a neighbor to support Villamay!

Congratulations to our Newly Elected Board of Directors!

We are grateful to these people for volunteering their time and effort to our community:

Patti Heck, President

Chris Herndon, Vice President

Bryan Oakeley, Treasurer

Frank Fuller, Secretary

Joan Baughan, Director

Susan Wiltsie, Director

Denise Henry, Director (Social)

Vacant, Director

Trish Pacious, Past President

Thanks also to the following people for volunteering to serve as principal committee heads:  Steve Markle, Park Liaison; Marjorie Spires, Welcoming New Neighbors; Lea Ekman, Covenants; Denise Henry; Social; Jay Pacious, Security; and Lisa Aramony, Communications/website.

Special thanks to our neighbors who volunteer time to represent our community interests with the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Association:  Sam Wood, Charlie Dale and Jan Speakman and our volunteers on the Villamay Cell Tower Committee.

From the Treasurer – Bryan Oakeley

Thanks to all of you who have faithfully paid your dues over the years!  Burtonwood Court had 100% participation again for the year ’10-’11 with Ft. Hunt Road and Valon Court a close second and third.  This year we hope to again have a strong show of support.   Dues not only pay for the social events, they also pay for the newsletters, new resident greetings, landscaping at the neighborhood entrance, dues to the MVCCA and many other things.

If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Villamay Community Association by filling out the short form at the end of this newsletter.  Please include a $50.00 check, and deliver to Bryan Oakeley at 7415 Admiral Drive.

Building? Contact our Covenants

Chair Lea Ekman

If you are considering making improvements to the exterior of your property, including adding fences or doing construction, please review the covenants in the back of your directory, speak with your neighbors and call Lea Ekman at 571.277.0960, or email her at lea.ekman@ferc.gov.   Lea will help guide you in the required steps to take and, if necessary, contact the board of directors on your behalf.  You must receive prior written approval and no work is to be started without first getting approval from the Villamay Community Association.

Mark Your Calendars!

• Labor Day Picnic – Monday, September 5 at 4:00pm

• Villamay Fall Yard Sale – Saturday, October 22, 8am-12

• Halloween Party — Pizza and Games – Monday, October 31 at 4:30pm LaRond Court

Fourth of July

We had a new route for the Parade this year led by a really cool car (and cool neighbor, Jim Lake).  The kids headed down Burtonwood to the Park entrance where they enjoyed popsicles and face painting.  Thanks to all those who came out to cheer the bikes on!  Many thanks to Denise Henry and the Social Committee for making these events happen.

Labor Day Picnic

The Annual Labor Day Picnic is scheduled for Monday, September 5th at the Lamond Park from 4:00 – 7:00.  Look for the sandwich boards at Villamay entrances soon for more details.

Villamay Soiree

There is renewed interest in reviving the Villamay Soiree.  The Soiree is a great winter event for adults to socialize with old friends and make some new ones.   If there are any neighbors willing to host and share their lovely home, please contact Patti Heck at 703.768.3564.

Greetings – New Neighbors

If you are new to the neighborhood and have not been officially welcomed, please call Marjorie Spires at 703-660-6789.   Marjorie will bring you a Villamay directory, welcome packet and other information about our community.  If you are aware of a new neighbor who has not been welcomed, please contact Marjorie and let her know!

Welcome New Families

When you are out and about, please make sure to say hello to our new neighbors:

Peter & Jane Daly — Burtonwood Dr.

Woody Davis & Dori Boulden– Gatewood Dr.

Ken & Laura Sibley–Gatewood Dr.

Peter Insani — LaRonde Ct.

Scott & Mary Johnson — Marine Dr.

Dale & Elizabeth Conwell — Park Terrace

Mike and Corey Thomas — Park Terrace

William & Valerie Owenby — Park Terrace

Neighborhood Etiquette

In order to preserve the wonderful aesthetics and property values of Villamay the Board would like to remind everyone of a few things.

There have been several complaints about pet waste left in yards and on walkways.  Please be considerate of our neighbors and pick up after your pet when walking the neighborhood.  In addition to being unlawful NOT to pick up after your dog, pet waste is unhealthy for other dogs and those of us who unknowingly step in it and track it home.   Pet waste degrades slowly and is not fertilizer.  Leaving pet waste only encourages other dogs to mark that spot.  So PLEASE be considerate of all Villamay neighbors and pick up after your pooch!

Please watch your speed!  We are still having a problem with speeding on our streets.  All of our streets are experiencing a high number of speeders – some from our own neighborhood!  Please watch the speed especially on the down hills!

Mondays are garbage days but please don’t put your garbage cans out before 6pm on Sunday evening.   Please call for special pick-ups for large or oversized items.   AAA phone number is 703.818.8222.  You can also visit their website http://www.aaatrash.com.

After a spate of break-ins, please remember to keep car doors locked and all personal items out of sight.  Keep all doors and windows locked (even if your garage door is down!).  Report (to the non-emergency police number) any suspicious cars, people or activity.  The non-emergency phone number is 703-691-2131.  Keep your eyes and ears open and don’t be afraid to report something; better to be safe than sorry.

Needed:  Weed Warriors

Have you noticed that exotic invasive vines (porcelain berry, oriental bittersweet, ivy, etc.) are taking over the trees along the George Washington Parkway?  This summer it seems worse than ever, and the longer it continues, the more trees and habitat will be lost.

Members of the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations’ Environment and Recreation  Committee  have arranged to receive the National Park Service training to become certified WEED WARRIORS.    It will be held at NPS Headquarters at Turkey Run Park, starting at 10 a.m. and running until 2 p.m. on Saturday SEPTEMBER 10TH.

After training, several workdays during the fall (when it’s cooler) will be scheduled to tackle a small section along the Parkway.  In these days of budget cuts, it’s more important than ever that we step up to volunteer–there aren’t enough funds in the NPS budget to cover all of the work that is needed to maintain our national parks.

If you are interested please email Betsy Martin (betsy@folhc.org)

Neighborhood News

Do you have old computers or monitors you’d like to recycle but are not sure how to do it?  Fairfax County residents can recycle television, computers and peripheral devices – including keyboards, speakers, printers, external drives, etc. – and unbroken fluorescent light bulbs and tubes on Electric Sundays.  The Electric Sunday recycling program is a free service to Fairfax County residents. The next few Electric Sundays are:

September 25 – I-95 Complex, 9850 Furnace Rd. in Lorton

October 23 – I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax

November 20 — I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax

The VCA is still looking for a few good men and women.  If you would like to volunteer some time and help the community, please contact Patti Heck at 703.768.3564.  There are several positions that need willing hands.

If you have any news to share in our next newsletter, please call Patti Heck at 768-3564 or email it to pheck@crossroadsmedia.tv.   We will make every effort to include all the latest information.

Download the Newsletter with the attached Dues Payment Form.

Please click on the link below for an updated list of addresses with dues PAID for fiscal year 2010/2011 (June 1,2010 through May 31, 2011).

Dues paid as of May 17, 2011

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN MOUNT VERNON

Visit natural treasures of the Mount Vernon area. Learn to make your home and yard friendlier to the environment . Win a rain barrel, take home a FREE tree seedling, and enjoy kids’ activities!

View the Information Sheet.

Download the poster to share with others.

Hollin Hills Tennis Club (HHTC), located across Ft. Hunt Rd. from Villamay, is an independent tennis club which is open for membership to the public. During the early 2011 season there will be upgrades made to the courts. The membership fee has been reduced to $75/family to the public for the entire season. Lessons are also available and tournaments are scheduled. Please take advantage of this neighborhood facility to have some fun.  Contact Joe McGuinn at 757 693 0488 or jpmcguinn@verizon.net with questions. Download the Membership Form here.

Please click on the link below for an updated list of addresses with dues PAID for fiscal year 2010/2011 (June 1,2010 through May 31, 2011).

Dues Paid as of April 14, 2011

In an effort to generate as much neighborhood participation as possible, and to alleviate some confusion, the Villamay Community Association Board of Directors asked Villamay residents to please pay fiscal year 2010/2011 (June 1,2010 through May 31, 2011) by December 31, 2010. Many of you responded – thank you. Below is an updated list of addresses with paid dues as of 2/10/11.

Addresses with Paid Dues as of 2/10/11

In an effort to generate as much neighborhood participation as possible, and to alleviate some confusion, the Villamay Community Association Board of Directors asked Villamay residents to please pay fiscal year 2010/2011 (June 1,2010 through May 31, 2011) by December 31, 2010. Many of you responded – thank you!

Please don’t wait until the next Annual Dinner to pay your dues. The street with the highest percentage participation will be recognized at the Annual Dinner, so get those dues in and encourage your neighbors to do the same!

Below is a link to a Google Document that lists those who HAVE PAID their dues. If you’d like to check to make sure your payment has been recorded, click on the link. If this notice has suddenly made you aware that you have not paid your dues, fear not!  Click on the other link below to view and print the Dues Form. Complete the form and return it to Patti Heck, VCA Treasurer, at 7407 Park Terrace Drive.

Listing of those who have paid their dues Note: the print is small. While in Google Docs, click on the Plus Sign on the far right of the screen to enlarge the document.

Villamay Community Association Dues Form

Thank you!

 

New Officers

The Officers for the Villamay Community Association for the 2010/2011 term are:

Trish Pacious, President
Ali Theriot, Vice President
Patti Heck, Treasurer
Frank Fuller, Secretary
Joe McGuinn, Director
James Bell, Director
Denise Henry, Director
Victor Bodanyi, Director
Chris Fulghum, Past President
The heads of the principal committees are:
Chris Herndon, Restrictive Covenants
Denise Henry, Social Events
Lisa Aramony, Communications/website
Richard Egger, Security
Marjorie Spires, Welcoming
Steve Markle, Community Park
Sam Wood, Rep to the MVCCA

Contact information can be found in the Community Directory.

The next community newsletter will be published in October. Watch your mailboxes!

If you have any questions in the meantime, please call Trish Pacious.

WOW!  What a winter that was!  So much snow and so many of our neighbors were without power for several days.  Thanks go to the many folks that helped others with such seemingly simple items from firewood, refrigerators and food to tasks such as shoveling, snow blowing and plowing.  We appreciate everyone who helped us survive the 100 Year Snow! It will long be remembered, as I believe that many of us are still trying repair, remove or replace the trees and shrubs that took a hit from the weather….

A special thank you goes to Steve Markle and the brigade of neighbors and friends who participated in the clean up of Lamond Park on Saturday, April 17.  Lots of work was done clearing the trails of the fallen limbs and trees from the winter storms and distributing new earth on boggy pathways. We appreciate the efforts of all who participated in this great project.

The yard elves will begin their work of moving the “Villamay Beautification Award” placard around the neighborhood soon.  This sign is just a small recognition to those of you that do an exceptional job at giving the community that extra curb appeal…thanks!  And thanks to everyone in advance for all the efforts in keeping up with the mowing and pet “debris”.

If you need that additional push for a spring-cleaning, the Villamay Spring Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, May 22.  An advertisement will be placed in the Washington Post and signs will go out on the local roads entering the neighborhood. Simply, place your items out on your driveway, and let your trash turn to cash!

Most importantly, enclosed with this newsletter you will find the notice and the ballot for the Villamay Annual Meeting and Dinner and the Election of Officers for next year.  The event will take place at Belle Haven Country Club on Thursday, May 13 at 6 p.m.  We certainly hope that you will be able to make it in person and enjoy what is always a wonderful evening with neighbors and friends.  The nominating committee has approved the enclosed slate for next year’s Board.  Even if you can’t make it, please return the ballot so we can complete the election of the Board members. Note for website viewers, the absentee ballot is also available for download at our google group site. Dinner invitation is coming soon.

Annual Dues

You will also find included in this newsletter the dues reminder and membership information form.  As has been mentioned, dues go to offset the costs of many community items including hosting social events, providing new directories, maintaining Villamay representation in the Mount Vernon Council of Civic Associations and Fairfax County Federation, enhancing community beautification, and maintaining the website.  The Villamay fiscal year runs from June to May.  Please submit your check for $50 made payable to the Villamay Community Association to Patti Heck at 7407 Park Terrace Drive, or phone 703-768-3564 if you have any questions. Note for website viewers, the annual dues flier is also available for download at our google group site.

Spring Community Events

The spring calendar of events is listed below for dues paying association members.  Please see the sign boards located throughout the community for additional details as events draw closer on the calendar.

Annual Meeting and Dinner

Belle Haven Country Club

May 13, 2010 at 6 pm

Spring Community Garage Sale

Saturday, May 22, 2010

8 am to Noon

Other Local Events

Document Shredding and Recycling

Northern Virginia Community College

8333 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria

Saturday, April 24

9 am – 2 pm

Electric Sunday

Recycle TVs, Computers, Peripherals and Fluorescent Light Bulbs

I – 66 Transfer Station

4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax

Sunday, April 25

10 am – 3 pm

E-Mail Updates/E-Newsletter

If you would like to be on the Villamay group list for important community information, alerts and future newsletters please click on Email Updates at the top of this website.  A big thank you goes to Lisa for keeping the website and our email notification list up to date.  If you have not had a chance to visit our website, please check it out at: www.villamay.org.

Covenants

New neighbors are attracted to Villamay by the wide, tree-lined streets and well-maintained, attractive homes built by Gene May.  This look has been maintained through adherence to and enforcement of the Restrictive Covenants listed in the back of your directory.  The Restrictive Covenants appear expressly or by reference in all conveyances of title to subsequent owners, they run with the land, and they are legally binding upon all owners of Villamay property. Covenants reviews assist Villamay in balancing individual rights with community concerns.

If you are considering exterior changes to your property, please take a few minutes to review the Restrictive Covenants and the Covenants Checklist that are found in the back of the 2009-2010 Villamay directory, and on this website.

Winter Cleanup – Yard Debris and Potholes

The county has been delayed in picking up large yard debris (which is not part of the standard landscaping pick up that begins in March). Please call to schedule pick up for large debris, as these items will not be picked up automatically.  The customer service number is:  703-802-3322 from Monday to Friday.

For unrepaired potholes please email or call:

http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp

1-800-367-ROAD (7623)

Community Spotlight – Desmond Sheehan

Desmond was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, the fifth child in a family of seven.

As a State Scholar at the University of Reading, he earned a B.S. degree in chemistry and physics.  His military service consisted of two years in the Royal Air Force as a mathematics instructor and two years with a small research company followed.

In 1956 he married Sheila E. Christie.  They immigrated to the United States in 1958 and settled in Stamford, Connecticut where Desmond became a researcher with American Cyanamid.  Upon being awarded a company scholarship together with a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, he entered Yale University where he received his M.S. degree and a Ph.D.

Several research positions followed.  In 1970 he was made the Manager of the Organic Chemistry Department at Allied Chemical (now Honeywell), a position he held for 18 years until 1988.  After brief try at “early retirement,” he joined the Naval Research Lab in Washington as Associate Superintendent of the Chemistry Division and Branch Head of Materials Chemistry until his final retirement in December 1997.

Desmond and his wife Sheila have four grown children and four grandchildren.  They now spend many hours growing exhibition roses that can be seen all summer long in their front yard on Admiral Drive.  Their lovely roses contribute much to the beauty of Villamay!

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Out of privacy for our new neighbors, this section is only found in the hard copy of the newsletter.

If you are new to the neighborhood and have not been officially welcomed, please call Marjorie Spires at 703-660-6789 to receive a welcome packet and other information that will help make your transition to Villamay a smooth one.

In Memoriam

We, as a community, want to express our 
condolences to those who have lost a loved
one in the last year.  We ask you to pause to
remember these neighbors and past residents:

Jacqueline Ratner

Bill Middledorf

Bill Ecker

Jeb Miller

We would like to take a little space to remember our special junior citizen and unofficial “Mayor of Villamay” – Jeb Miller.  Jeb died on Friday, April 9 at the much too young age of fifteen.

Jeb could always be seen riding around Villamay on his scooter brightening the way as he visited neighbors on his route.  He was always curious about what you were up to – he was interested and interesting.  His charming personality will be greatly missed, and we will think of him often…

Gone From My Sight

By Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore.  A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean.  She is an object of beauty and strength.  I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There she is gone.

Gone where?  Gone from my sight.  That is all.

She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side.  And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me – not her.  And, just at that moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying…