September/October 2007 Newsletter
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Thanks to the 250-300 neighbors (80+ families) that attended our First Annual Third of July Party in Chesterbrook Woods. And, a big thanks to the Moss Wood Lane residents for hosting the event and to the family that stopped by to give a cash donation in support of this new neighborhood event - even though they couldn’t stay for the party! A great time was had by all ages with fun company, food and drink plus, a Pie-Baking Contest, Moon Bounce, Balloon Man, Face Painting and Bike Parade (see the photos on the CWCA website)! Thanks for all the time and effort by Party Co-chairs, Rachel Deutsch and Yvonne Mizusawa, and the 32 volunteers: Stewart Andrews, Edie Ashton, Diane Davis, Laurie Dicker, Betty Ende, Dave Gates, Ellen Greenwood, David Guas, Heather Haberl, Bea Helguero, Mark Heslep, Marlene Hoskins, John Kadyszewski, Beth Lord, Beth Mahoud, Laura Mecagni, Jennifer & Neil Mendelsohn, Bert Mizusawa, Elizabeth Morton, Art Murton, Sylvia Pierson, Beth Stewart, Kara & Tom Stoll, Steve Sunderhauf, Leslie Tabackman, Lisa Trangsrud, Roy Van Buskirk, Jessica Whitehurst, Cathy Wilson and Beth Winston.
The ever popular, annual CWCA Halloween Party will be on Sunday, October, 28th, 3:00pm – 5:30pm in Autumn Drive. Please consider helping with the planning or with tasks at the party. Volunteers are needed for organizing food/drinks, manning a Welcome Desk, taking shifts for grilling hotdogs or overseeing the moon bounce, leading the Kid’s Costume Parade, running games, face painting, tattoo parlor, taking photos for our website, set-up/clean-up, etc. Middle School students can get Community Service credit for their time! To sign up yourself or your teens to help, email Michelle Joss or call her at 534-2296. See the pdf Party Flyer or see the information at end of this newsletter.
Started in 2004 by six families in Chesterbrook Woods, the Neighborhood PlayDates network has grown to 70+ families with kids ranging from newborns to 15 years. Members share family and neighborhood tips via a private Yahoo Group website and email listserv. Activities include weekend Fall/Spring Kid Soccer Classes, a weekday Mom and Toddler Playgroup, a Spanish-speaking Playgroup, quarterly Working Mom Dinners and adult and kid combined social events at local pools, parks, book stores, coffee shops, etc. To join, contact Lori Boerner at 538-1711.
OPEN CWCA POSITIONS
To find out more about CWCA positions, contact Lori Boerner at 538-1711.
- Traffic/Street Safety Manager – Address traffic-safety & calming measures, serve as liaison between residents and government/private entities such as Fairfax County, VDOT, utilities.
- Student Rep – High-school student involvement in newsletters, annual meeting, parties, etc.
- Advertising Manager – Promotion and management of resident and local business ads and coupons for inclusion in the Annual Directory, New Neighbor Welcome packets, website, etc.
- Newsletter Writer – Write new section, “Neighborhood News,” with resident updates, etc.
COMMUNITY JOBS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
We are updating CWCA records for teens/college students interested in helping neighbors and earning some extra cash. Residents are often looking for students to baby-sit, dog walk/pet-sit, check on the house (feed fish/cats, get mail/newspapers), remove snow and perform lawn services (mowing lawn, raking leaves). To be included in the Community Services list, mail completed form (at end of this newsletter) to Lisa MacArthur at 534-2266 by October 10th. This list will be made available only to CWCA residents, printed in the new Directory in November.
We are finalizing the 2007 CWCA Directory with updates received from residents via the Contact Info/Dues form. If you have any other changes for your phone, email, etc., please contact our Secretary, Nicki Watts at 532-8296 by October 10th. The new Directory will be delivered to homes by Block Captains in November. Also, we are offering advertising space for your businesses in the Directory with black & white ads at $25 for 1/8 page, $50 for 1/4 page, $75 for 1/2 page and $100 for a full (8.5” x 11”) page. To promote your business directly to 500+ neighborhood homes, contact us.
CWCA has received payment from 426 or 85% of the 502 occupied houses in Chesterbrook Woods. Although, dues are $15 for this Fiscal Year (Apr 07 – Mar 08), we have received $8,070 or $18.94 per household on average, due to many families contributing above the $15 minimum. Thanks to the neighbors that paid promptly and to those who generously gave our association a few extra dollars!
If you have not yet had a chance to pay your Annual Dues, please make out a check to CWCA for $15 and mail it to our Treasurer, Charles Hoyt, 1532 Woodacre Drive. If you need to verify whether you already paid your dues, contact Charles at 534-6266.
Join our Welcome Committee to create Welcome packets, bake desserts and/or visit new residents or if you moved in recently and have not heard from us or your Block Captain yet, contact Jessica Dovi at 536-2375 or Edie Ashton at 534-3743.
With colder weather approaching, for any questions on Snow Removal, contact Roger Nucho at 237-3646 or
Dave Stevens at 531-0558.
Help Neighborhood Watch patrols cruise our streets with other volunteers or as a family event! We need Day and Evening drivers to volunteer just 1 – 4 times a year. First-time volunteers are paired with another neighbor to become familiar with our patrol routes. To try it out, contact Ione Braswell at 536-1681 or Virginia Dillon at 536-8729.
For any suspected criminal activity, contact our Security Committee, John Glowacki at 533-0717. John is in frequent contact with Officer Black of the Fairfax County Police.
Recent Security Incidents in Chesterbrook Woods:
For crime reports, contact McLean District Station, 703.556.7750, Commander, Capt. Graham McGowan and Assistant Commander, Lieut. Sue Lamar. Also, Doug Bass from Fairfax County’s Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN), spoke at our CWCA Annual Meeting in March. To subscribe to this free CEAN service that sends alerts during a major crisis/emergency to various devices (email, cell/satellite phone, text pager, wireless device), go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean.
- In July, a visiting child was lost in the Chain Bridge Forest end of Highwood Drive. Police responded within minutes and the child was found in an hour. Police should be commended for their prompt and thorough response. Thanks to all the neighbors that assisted in this search. CWCA is investigating a local civic alert system for lost children. Resident ideas are welcome.
- In September, a rabid fox entered a fenced backyard on Hardwood Lane and was caught and put down by Fairfax County. For animal violations, contact the County’s Animal Control at 703.691.2131. Remember to keep your pets’ rabies vaccinations up to date.
- Recent reports of mailbox damage, offensive items inside mailboxes and fundraising letters with obscenities on Forest Lane and Highwood Drive. As tampering with mail is a federal offense, residents should report incidents to the Police and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Proposed/Current Fairfax County Work Projects in Chesterbrook Woods:
To get added to the CWCA Email List, contact us at: ChesterbrookWoods@gmail.com
- Proposal by the Stormwater Planning Division and an engineering firm re: “Existing Dry Detention Pond Retrofit” (rebuilding existing dry pond & creating a paved access road) on land behind Grady Randall Court and Woodacre Drive. 27 CWCA households on these two roads plus, Aspen Wood Court, were sent letters by Bob Pitera, Project Coordinator (703.324.5189), announcing the Proposal Review meeting on Thursday, October 4th, 6:30pm, at the McLean Government Center (1437 Balls Hill Road). All interested residents are encouraged to attend.
- Ongoing resident concerns re: storm drain damage repair and addressing water runoff entering sewer system at intersection of Chesterbrook Road and North Albemarle Street.
To check out the CWCA Website, go to: McLeanOnline.com
Click “Chesterbrook Woods” for Latest News, Upcoming Activities, Newsletters, Block Captains, Neighborhood Watch, Snow Removal, Dues Form, Service Providers, etc.
CWCA Website: www.mcleanonline.com (click on Chesterbrook Woods)
Chesterbrook Woods Citizens Association|
(April 2007 – March 2008)
||Neighborhood Watch Co-Chair
||Neighborhood Watch Co-Chair
||Welcome Committee Co-Chair
||Welcome Committee Co-Chair
||Snow Removal Co-Chair
||Snow Removal Co-Chair
||Email List Manager
||McLean Citizens Association Rep
CWCA Email: ChesterbrookWoods@gmail.com
Thanks to our 28 Block Captains for their ongoing time, effort and dedication: Shirley Bell, Betsy Brand, Doug Broome, Carole Browne, Jim Childress, Kathryn Condello, Sue Corbin, Jackie Danforth, Patti DeBuck, Alexis Fooshe’, Patty Freeman, Kevin Grady, Wendy Habicht, John Holt, Katie Hood, Bill Howard, Charlotte Jones, Katherine Key, Margaret Klarman, Diana Lavik, Frankie Mulloy, Roger Nucho, David Porter, Glenn Smith, Mary Lou Spear, Pat Stearns, Bill Stephens, Brian Wilkerson. Block Captain Routes are listed in the Directory and on our website.
For suggestions or issues that you would like CWCA to review or to submit ideas for future CWCA Newsletters, Monthly Emails or our Website, please contact us at ChesterbrookWoods@gmail.com.
CWCA Young Entrepreneurs
Please complete the YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS COMMUNITY SERVICES SIGN-UP SHEET if one or more of your Young Entrepreneur family members would like to sign-up for any of the community services listed. The Young Entrepreneurs Contact List will be included in the back of the CWCA Directory that is revised and distributed to all residents each November. Additionally, for any updates throughout the year (after Directory is distributed), residents may contact Lisa MacArthur to receive latest list or to add new students to the list.
Please note that this information will be made available only to CWCA residents.
Chesterbrook Woods Citizens Association
invites residents of all ages to its|
ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY
Sunday, October 28th, 2007
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Autumn Drive cul-de-sac
(Same location as last year: off of Woodacre Drive and right behind Forest Lane at Calla Drive)
Children’s Costume Parade at 4:15 p.m.
(Kids start lining up for Parade at 4:00 p.m.)
Moon Bounce, Face Painting/Tattoos and Games
Hotdogs & Drinks provided
Please bring a dish to share (by last name below) for 5-6 people:
G-L: Salad or Fruit
M-S: Side Dish or Casserole
T-Z : Dessert
(Please take your dish with you when leaving the party or bring it in a disposable container)
Let us know if you can volunteer for set-up, clean-up, party tasks or assisting with children’s activities. Contact Michelle Joss at 703.534.2296 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget that Middle School students can earn Community Service credit for volunteering.
Trick-or-Treating in the neighborhood will be on Halloween night, as usual.
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