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President’s Corner – Chris Herndon

Spring is here! Our spring kickoff was the annual Easter Egg Hunt at McCutcheon Park on Saturday, March 23rd. The kids had a great time! We’re all now looking forward to warmer weather, and to watching our beautiful neighborhood wake up after a long winter. This is always a great time to get outdoors, do our spring yard work, fire up our grills, take walks, and reconnect with our neighbors.

Please mark your calendars for the Annual Villamay Dinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th, at Belle Haven Country Club. You will soon be receiving an Annual Dinner flyer and a ballot for the election of a new slate of Villamay Community Association Officers and Directors. We look forward to seeing all of you at the dinner for a wonderful evening with friends and neighbors!

Cell Tower Update

In our last Newsletter, we reported that the Villamay Cell Tower Committee was continuing to follow attempts to bring Distributed Antenna System (DAS) technology to the Mount Vernon District and to add “cell tower friendly” changes

to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. We also reported that the Fairfax County Park Authority is in the process of reviewing its policy that governs the placement of cell towers in county parkland (Policy 303 of the FCPA Policy Manual), and that the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations (MVCCA) is providing input into this process. A revised policy in this regard is expected to move through the approval process over the next several months.

As part of this process, the cell tower sub-committee of the MVCCA Planning and Zoning Committee has taken on the task of developing an MVCCA resolution to provide recommendations for changing and improving the policy. Charlie Dale and John Yurchak represent Villamay on the sub-committee, and have played a leading role in drafting the resolution.

A year in the works, a draft resolution was finally agreed to by the sub-committee in February, and was sent to the Planning and Zoning Committee for approval. On Monday, March 4th, the P&Z committee overwhelmingly voted to approve the resolution and send it on to the Council for a vote.

The draft resolution includes a number of important recommendations of interest to Villamay as we try to promote better cellular service in the Mount Vernon District while, at the same time, work to safeguard our parks and mitigate the potential impacts of telecommunications facilities that might be located in the parks and surrounding residential areas:

1. The resolution establishes a priority for the use of new micro-cell technologies, such as DAS. DAS is a far less intrusive solution than cell towers and has been used in other parts of Fairfax County to improve cell service in areas where there are no suitable or acceptable sites for towers.

2. The resolution establishes the principle that not all parks are alike and that the impacts of telecommunications facilities on smaller parks, such as McCutcheon, can be magnified and disproportionate to the impacts of the same facilities in larger parks, and recommends that the FCPA take the unique character of each park into consideration when considering applications for telecom facilities.

3. Most significantly, the resolution establishes concrete standoff and other criteria to ensure that the impacts of telecommunications facilities on parks and on neighboring residential areas are minimal. For example, the resolution calls for 500 foot setbacks from bordering properties. This is a significant improvement over the existing policy which simply states that the impact on neighboring areas must be “minimal.”

We owe an enormous thank you to Charlie and John for their continuous work on this effort.

New Villamay Directory
The new Villamay directory has been distributed! The directory is a valuable resource – it not only includes helpful contact information for your neighbors (both alphabetically and by street address), but it also includes a list of emergency and convenience phone numbers, a brief history of Villamay, a list of the current officers and directors of the Villamay Community Association, a copy of the Villamay Community Association, Inc. By-Laws, and a copy of the Restrictive Covenants affecting all homes in Villamay.

If you are current on your dues, you should have received your directory. If you have not received it, please check to see that you have paid your dues – once paid, feel free to contact Joan Baughan and she will be happy to get your directories to you.

Special thanks to Talley Fulghum for pulling the updated information together for the directory!

From the Treasurer – Bryan Oakeley
Thanks to all of you who have faithfully paid your dues over the years. Dues not only pay for the social events, they also pay for the Villamay Directory, newsletters, new resident greetings, landscaping at the neighborhood entrance, neighborhood events, dues to the MVCCA and many other things.

If you haven’t already paid your dues, please do so now by filling out the reminder form that you received recently, and deliver it to Bryan Oakeley at 7415 Admiral Drive with your check for $50. If you are not sure you have paid your dues for the 2012-2013 year, you can contact Bryan at Villamay.Treasurer@gmail.com.

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

Richard Roesel & Dana Greene – Park Terrace

Rick and Whitney DiBella – Park Terrace

Kirk Lippold and Nicole Segura – Huntly Place

Larry Laub & Kris Bogenrief – Villamay Blvd.

Trent and Christine Duffy – Villamay Blvd.

Ryan and Patrice Bolling – Belle Vista

Paul and Brooke Michel – Admiral Dr.

Kirk and Siobhan Casey – Burtonwood Dr.

Brian and Kim Hopkins – Marine Drive

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!

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:

Wendell Westover – Regent Drive

Richard Barrera – Park Terrace

Joe McGuinn – Admiral

Richard Egger – Park Terrace

Norman Mendelson – Park Terrace

Jim Hartman – Gatewood Drive

Dorothea Cadden – Gatewood Drive

Building? Don’t Forget to Consult the Restrictive Covenants
If you are considering making improvements to the exterior of your property, including adding fences or doing construction, please review the Restrictive Covenants in the back of your Villamay directory. The Covenants were made part of the initial dedication of the land in Villamay by its developer, Gene May. They run with the land, and appear expressly or by reference in all conveyances of title to subsequent owners. Our outstanding community of fine homes stems, in part, from the high standards reflected in the Covenants.

Our Covenants specify that, before proceeding with construction, each adjacent neighbor must be notified and an application must be submitted to the President of the Association, setting forth all pertinent details. The application process is described in Article XII of our By-Laws, which can be found in the Villamay directory. If you have any questions about the Covenants or the application process, please feel free to contact our Restrictive Covenants Chair, Dave Baughan, at (703) 768-7208 or david.baughan@verizon.net.

Villamay Needs You!
A great way to serve our community is to participate on the Board of Directors or on one of the Community’s Standing Committees (Restrictive Covenants, Social, Communications, Welcoming, and Security). If you are interested and willing to serve on the board, please contact Chris Herndon. There are several positions open, and we will vote on a new Board at our Annual meeting on Wednesday, May 15th. 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.

Neighborhood Reminders
As the weather warms and daylight grows, more people and activity are on Villamay’s streets; please remain watchful while driving and maintain a safe speed.

Please be mindful that Villamay is a residential community. Our covenants provide that no lots in Villamay shall be used for the conduct of any business.

Please be courteous and clean up after pets while walking in Villamay.

Be cautious about what you post on social media. Posting your travel plans or updating your status while away make your home an inviting target to would be thieves.

Villamay Spring Yard Sale
Start gathering all your goodies for the Villamay neighborhood spring yard sale. We have scheduled the yard sale for Saturday, April 20, from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.

We will list the sale on Craig’s List and post signs to direct people into the neighborhood. All you need to do is gather and price your items, and put them out on the 20th. You also have the option to list specific items on Craigslist in advance (including pictures). If you need help with Craig’s List, feel free to contact Caroline Ferguson at caroline.ferguson@verizon.net.

Mark Your Calendars!
Spring Yard Sale – Saturday, April 20, 8:00 am -12:00 noon
Annual Dinner – Wednesday, May 15

View the newsletter (with attached dues form) as a PDF.

View the 2012 Villamay Dinner Invitation and Response form.

View the Belle View Elementary School May 5 Car Wash Flyer.

President’s CornerPatti Heck

Happy Spring!!  It’s been a long warm spring and it’s been fun seeing all the neighbors out and about and working in yards or walking dogs.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for the Annual Villamay Dinner which is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th at Belle Haven Country Club!  I look forward to seeing all of you there for a memorable evening with friends and neighbors alike.  The Annual Dinner flyer, the ballot for the Election of Officers, and the 2011/2012 dues notice are all included in this newsletter.  The nominating committee has approved the enclosed slate for next year’s Board so even if you are unable to attend the Dinner, please return the ballot so we can complete the election of the Board members.

I would like to thank the entire VCA Board of Directors, the Covenants, Social, and Cell Tower Committee members for their valuable time and effort this past year.  Each of them helped make this another terrific year in Villamay.  We are so lucky to have such an abundance of talent in our neighborhood.

Again, I look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Dinner next month.

Cell Phone Tower Committee
In my last update regarding a cell tower at Lamond Park, I mentioned that T-Mobile had appealed a district court’s decision supporting the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (the Board) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the Court).  The Board had denied T-Mobile’s application to install a wireless telecommunications facility in McLean after a public hearing where nearby residents were opposed as well as other considerations.  The Court ruled in early March 2012 that the Board acted properly in denying T-Mobile’s application based on traditional zoning principles, including the preservation of neighborhood character and the avoidance of aesthetic blight.  The full opinion of the Court may be found at www.fcc.gov/document/t-mobile-v-fairfax-county-bos-no-11-1060-4th-cir.

In a similar case, AT&T appealed a district court’s decision supporting the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  The Board had denied AT&T’s application to install a wireless telecommunications facility behind the Masonic Lodge on Ft. Hunt Road based on public opposition and zoning considerations.  The Court ruled in mid-March 2012 that the Board had acted properly and cited its decision in the above case.  The full opinion of the Court may be found at http://pacer.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinion.pdf/102381.P.pdf.

While these rulings support the Fairfax County Park Authority decision to not consider AT&T’s request to erect a monopole in Lamond Park, the need for improved cell phone service within Villamay is recognized.  The Villamay Community Association will continue to engage with Fairfax County officials in an effort to find a solution.

There are several avenues the Villamay Cell Tower Committee continues to track.  In addition to the legal rulings and their impact on Villamay, we are tracking efforts to bring DAS technology to the Mt. Vernon District, closely following Fairfax County Boards attempts to add “tower friendly” changes to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan, as well as following the Fairfax County Park Authority and MVCCA in their work to amend the Policy 303.

We owe a big thank you to all those who continue to contribute their time and efforts to the Villamay Cell Tower Committee.

Welcome New Families

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

Peter & Tammy Durkin and family – Admiral Drive

Dan Barrera and family – Burtonwood Drive

Dan Periera and family – Gatewood Drive

Karl & Marianne Reichelt – Huntly Place John & Elizabeth O’Connell – Park Terrace Drive

Bob & Janice Vogel – Park Terrace Drive

John & Kathlyn Havranek and family – Park Terrace Drive

Willie Vereen – Park Terrace Drive

 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!

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.  As of right now, we only have 49% participation but 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

Thank you to everyone who returned the directory update forms.  We are working to have it completed in early June.  A big thank you to Talley Fulghum for pulling all this information together.

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.   Through the end of May, 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.

Villamay Soiree

Thank you to Deborah and Matt Lerner for hosting a fantastic Villamay Soiree.  Many neighbors dropped by the Lerner’s for delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  Everyone had a good time meeting new neighbors and catching up with old neighbors.  Thank you Deborah and Matt, your home is beautiful and you made us all feel welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt

Thanks to many Easter Bunny helpers there were many, many eggs for the children of Villamay to hunt and find!  The rain held off long enough for the children to find all of the eggs and play on the playground.  It was a fun morning to catch up with neighbors and friends and watch the kids have a great time.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Annual Dinner – May 17
  • Spring Yard Sale – Saturday, May 5 8a-12n
  • Lamond Park Renaming Ceremony – Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm
  • Annual Dinner – May 17

Lamond Park Renaming Ceremony

The Fairfax County Park Authority voted to rename Lamond Community Park to Gilbert S. McCutcheon Park to honor the former Park Authority board member who represented the Mount Vernon District from 1992-2010.  Mr. McCutcheon was instrumental in the acquisition of the 18-acre park.  Mr. McCutcheon died on December 28, 2011.  He was 95 years old.

The renaming ceremony will be at the park on Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m.  It would be nice if we had a strong turnout from Villamay for the ceremony so please mark your calendar!

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:

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

June 24: I-95 Landfill Complex, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton, VA 22079

July 22: I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

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

Neighborhood News

Tennis Anyone?  The Hollin Hills Tennis Club will soon be open for the season and is welcoming new members of all skill levels from the surrounding communities. The club has three courts at the corner of Paul Spring Road and Fort Hunt Road and plans round robin tournaments, ladies nights, and a juniors program. Membership dues are low: $75 for a regular membership and a discounted $50 membership for those who also belong to the Hollin Hills Swim Club (which is open to the surrounding communities as well).

For information, contact Stephen Ryan at 703-867-3447.

Neighborhood Crime Prevention — Officer Greg Kotteman, our Crime Prevention contact with the police reported slight upticks in the number of property crimes in 2011 as compared to 2010 in the Mt. Vernon District.

Burglary – a 1% increase from 2010 to  2011 (178 to 180)

Auto Theft – a 6% increase from 2010 to 2011 (199 to 211)

Larceny – a 10% increase from 2010 to 2011 (1907 to 2099)

Following are some good reminders for us.

 Home Security:

Always keep home doors locked.

Use exterior lights all night.

Use timers on interior lights.

Keep garage doors closed and lock the  door from the garage into the home. Don’t leave the garage door opener in the car parked in the driveway.

If out of town, have a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to check the house and pick up mail and newspapers.

When trash time comes, do not advertise all the newest gadgets and gizmos.  Make sure to break down boxes and conceal them from view.

Report suspicious or criminal behavior immediately to the appropriate police number –

Emergency/Crime in Progress – 911

Suspicious Activity/Make a Crime Report – 703-691-2131 you can also make an online report of crimes not in progress (some restrictions do apply) https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/crs

Report street light outages immediately –http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/construction/streetlights/light_out.htm

Let’s all be vigilant in keeping an eye on our property as well as our neighbor’s.

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.

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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!

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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.