We have an informal listserv run by parents in the neighborhood. This is not an official tool for our association, CWCA, but instead, it is a network of neighbors in Chesterbrook Woods along with other nearby neighborhoods. It is a very active, friendly and fun online Yahoo Group of 360+ members who have posted 10,000+ messages over the past 9 years.
We began in July 2004 with five families from Chesterbrook Woods and one from Chain Bridge Forest, meeting at a home for a baby playdate. Over the past 9 years, we have grown from 6 to 360+ Neighborhood Connect listserv members with both moms/dads/adults (& even grandmothers) joining, comprising of families with no kids to those with newborns through college age and out-of-home kids.
As members told their friends and neighbors, our group expanded to other families in nearby McLean, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna and Great Falls neighborhoods (i.e., Potomac Hills, Franklin Park and Country Club Hills, to name a few).
One of the main uses of this group is as a listserv resource for family and neighborhood-related questions with anything from child care issues to finding a good house painter, hairdresser, pet sitter, recommended dentist, PC technician, gardening service, kid summer camp, etc.
Additionally, we have had many Spin-Off Groups over the 9 years, including a very well attended Book (supper) Club. We have also had a Mom/Nanny/Kid/ weekday afternoon playgroup, a Spanish-speaking kid playgroup, Spring/Fall Saturday morning kid Soccer classes, quarterly weeknight Moms Night Out Dinners, and a Moms Running Club.
We moved from old-fashioned email for our communications to a private (unlisted) Yahoo Group listserv/website in December 2006 (all members come thru referrals). Six years later, we have posted 10,000+ messages, ranging from 10-275 emails/monthly. On average, 190+ emails per month are posted by members.
If you would like to find out more or join this listserv, please contact Chesterbrook Woods resident, Lori Boerner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.538.1712.
In July 2007, large counties from across the country, led by Fairfax County, King County, Wash., and Nassau County, NY, announced the creation of the Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration. The counties pledged to reduce global warming emissions 80% by 2050. In July 2008, McLean Hunt Estates became the first community in Fairfax County to be part of that effort by becoming a "Cool Neighborhood." In order to qualify as a Cool Neighborhood, at least 20% of the neighborhood's households must either reduce their carbon emissions by 2% annually or have a carbon footprint 80% or less of the county average for homes with the same number of people. More information about the program is at: www.fairfaxfounty.gov/living/environment/councounties/neighborhoods.
Contact Rose Wells at 703-538-1008 if you'd like to help qualify Chesterbrook Woods as a "Cool" Neighborhood.