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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.

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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 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…

President’s Corner – Chris Fulghum

As we all tend to say each summer at about this time, “where has it gone!?!”  I must say having lived in the Washington area my entire life that this has been one of the mildest summers that I can remember.  We did have a fair amount of rain early in the season, but it certainly helped to keep the lawns and gardens looking great well into summer.  Now on to the heat….

The yard elves have been busy at work moving the “Villamay Beautification” placard around the neighborhood.  This sign is just a small recognition to those of you that do an exceptional job at giving the community that extra curb appeal…keep it up!  And thanks to everyone for all the efforts in keeping up with the mowing, pet “debris” and summer pruning.

The Villamay Community Association has been hard at work this summer on curb appeal projects, as well.  We have repainted the curb numbers, scraped and painted the street signs and made several larger repairs to a couple of signs at Valon and Tatum that needed work.  Additionally, Ali Theriot came up with a great solution for our summer flag displays that will help maintain the sign poles for the long run.

Also this spring, the Villamay Directory was updated by Talley Fulghum with new homeowners, and emergency and government listings.  It also contains a handy covenants checklist in the back for those homeowners thinking of any changes to the exterior of their property.

At the May Annual Dinner and Meeting, we had a great turnout of neighbors.  I would like to recognize the hard work of John Veatch – past Villamay President.  We had a remarkable year and a half under his leadership, and this year we also have a strong team giving valuable time to make this community a wonderful place to live.

The VCA Board Members are as follows:
Chris Fulghum, President, 703.768.8232
Trish Pacious, Vice President, 703.768.3853
Patti Heck, Treasurer, 703.768.3564
Lea Ekman, Secretary, 703.765.9733
Frank Fuller, Director, 703.971.3945
Chip Lowry, Director, 703.721.0987
Joe McGuinn, Director, 703.765.1372
Ali Theriot, Director, 703.768.7314
John Veatch, Past President, 703.768.8807

The heads of the principal committees are:
Chris Herndon, Covenants, 703.768.9650
Ali Theriot, Social Events, 703.768.7314
Lisa Aramony, Comm/Website, 703.768.7216
Marjorie Spires, Welcoming, 703.660.6789
Steve Markle, Community Park, 703.765.1816
Sam Wood, Rep to the MVCCA, 703.765.7765
TBD, Security Patrol

We could use some help in a couple of open positions.  First, Chris Herndon has a space open on the Covenants Committee.  This position involves reviewing and approving Covenants applications with other committee members.  If anyone would like to volunteer, please contact Chris directly at the above number.  Second, as we have noticed an increase in thefts and attempted robberies in the neighborhood, it would be good to fill the Security Patrol position.  The position entails coordinating volunteers in the neighborhood to patrol the neighborhood three times a week at random times convenient to each volunteer.  If someone is interested in heading up this effort, please contact me directly.  We are a volunteer organization, and your help is appreciated!

Recent Thefts/Attempted Robberies

As mentioned above, please be aware that our neighborhood has had several recent security incidents including a theft on Burtonwood Drive and an attempted robbery on Gatewood Drive.  Please report any suspicious activity to the authorities.  If it is not an emergency – such as a suspicious car or person – call the Fairfax County Non-Emergency Number at 703.691.2131.  Of course, if there is an act in progress call 911 immediately.  As neighbors leave on summer vacations, please be diligent about keeping an eye out for problems for them.  Certainly, picking up the non-subscription papers that we all receive is a big help in eliminating a simple signal of a vacant home.  Some other helpful security do’s and don’ts are:

Do make your home look like you’re there.  Lights on timers are ideal.

Do have good locks.  Dead bolts on all outside doors are important. (Don’t leave the keys near)

Don’t leave your home unlocked.   Even for short trips this can invite trouble.

Don’t hide a key outside your home.  Leave keys with a trusted neighbor, friend or family.

Don’t put a name or address tag on your keys.  This is an open invitation to a thief.

Do put a radio on a timer as well – tuned to a talk radio station at a low volume.  Light and noise are a burglar’s worst enemy.

Keep hedges and shrubs trimmed back in front of windows to avoid a hiding place.

Don’t leave your garage open.

Do have a free home security inspection offered by the Fairfax County Police.

Annual Dues
So that we may accurately include you in all of the social events of the season, provide you a new directory, maintain Villamay representation in the Mount Vernon Council of Civic Associations and Fairfax County Federation, enhance community beautification, and maintain the website, please submit your dues for this year.  The Villamay fiscal year runs from June to May, and we ask that all Association members be paid in full to participate.  Please submit your check for $50 made payable to the Villamay Community Association to Patti Heck at 7407 Park Terrace Drive.  Her phone number is 703.768.3564 if you have any questions.

Fall Community Events
The fall and early winter 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.

Labor Day Picnic at Lamond Park
Monday, September 7, 2009
3 – 7 pm

Daisy the Clown, the Band, the Grills, the Fun – don’t miss our annual Labor Day Picnic at the Park.  It is a good way to “fall into Autumn!” Bring a side dish and get caught up with your neighbors. We’ll provide the rest.  Please RSVP to Ali Theriot at ali.theriot@cox.net or 703.768.7314.  Please let her know if you can help with clean up after the big event, as well.

Fall Community Garage Sale
Saturday, October 17, 2009
8 am to Noon

The Villamay Community Association will advertise in The Washington Post, and we will put out directional signs along with balloons to indicate your sale.


Halloween Party

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time TBA
Join the Little Ghouls and Goblins for a pre-Trick or Treat pizza party at LaRonde Court.  Please feel free to come in costume or simply stop by to see the children in their costumes.   Kids of all ages are welcome!

Christmas Sing-a-Long
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Location/Time TBA
Join us for caroling and hot cocoa to start the holiday season off right.  More details to follow…

E-Mail Updates/E-Newsletter
We are trying to have important community information, alerts and future newsletters go out over the Villamay website.  A big thanks goes to Lisa Aramony 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: http://www.villamay.org.  Please send any e-mail notification list updates to Lisa at laramony@aol.com.

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 which are found in the back of the 2009-2010 Villamay directory.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Please welcome our new neighbors that have moved in over the last few months:

JOHN & SUSAN YURCHAK at 1209 Belle Vista

PATRICK HAYS at 7215 Marine Drive

DAVE & KIM BEYDLER at 7209 Marine Drive

STEPHEN and VALERIE MARSH at 1211 Belle Vista Drive along with brand new daughter Sarah Beckwith (born July 22) and older brother Jack.

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.

Trash Reminder
Monday is trash day in Villamay.  The neighborhood standard is to wait until after 7 p.m. on Sunday evening to put out your trash (but get it out before 6 a.m. Monday morning) – this includes lawn waste.  By waiting until then our streets retain the character that we all cherish, thanks for your help!!  If you have boxes to dispose of, they must be flattened.  Small branches and brush must be no longer than 4 feet and bound together with string.  To remove large brush or bulk items, contact the Fairfax County Department of Solid Waste Removal at 703.802.3322 to schedule a pickup.

Villamay Women’s Club
The Villamay Women’s Club invites all neighbors in Villamay to join them. This social gathering of women in our community fosters friendship and social activities among the women of Villamay.  A meeting will be held in September at the home of Marjorie Spires to discuss future gatherings of the women’s club.  If you would like to be included in this planning session, please contact Marylou Wall at 703.660.9055 or Marjorie Spires at 703.660.6789.