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President’s Report Board Briefs Lakeshore Condominium News Operating Budget Pavilion News On the Home Scene Critter Corner Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Library Corner
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Around the Village What You Might See Going On in the Village Assessment Service Fee Snow Removal Information
13 Sports Pavilion Strategic Renovation and Expansion Plan 30 Master Gardener News
Community News & Information
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Homeowner Board Member Association Staff Committee Meeting Dates Important Numbers Calendar
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Committee Meetings Check Village message boards and our website for any last minute changes and for important information. Message boards are located on Ashburn Village Boulevard at the Farmwell entrance of the Village near Fultonham Circle (northbound lane) and at the Rt. 7 entrance to the Village at Courtland Drive (southbound lane), as well as near the pool areas of the Mills, Lakes, and Woods Recreation Centers.
Upcoming Meetings Board of Directors (BOD) Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle Architectural (AERC) Tuesday, January 5, 6:00 p.m. AVCA Office, Courtland Drive Budget & Finance (B&FC) Monday, January 25, 6:30 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle Competitive Swimming Committee (AVCSC) Thursday, January 14, 7:30 p.m. Lakes Recreation Center, Cheltenham Circle Facilities & Grounds (F&GC) Monday, January 11, 6:00 p.m. Mills Recreation Center, Grottoes Drive Lakes & Ponds (L&PC) Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. Mills Recreation Center, Grottoes Drive Neighborhood Watch (NHW)– Meeting Date/Location Change Meetings to be held every other month beginning February 9, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Woods Recreation Center, Louisa Drive Recreation and Community Events (R&CEC) Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. Sports Pavilion Tennis (AVTC) Tuesday, January 5, 7:00 p.m. Woods Recreation Center, Louisa Drive
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Doug Carlson President firstname.lastname@example.org 2008 - 2010 term
Greetings, fellow Villagers and Happy New Year! Sports Pavilion Renovations – Update Over the last couple of months, information regarding the options for renovating, updating and expanding the Sports Pavilion has been published and made available in the AVCA office and Pavilion. January will mark the beginning of the community sessions designed to solicit feedback on the plan concepts, provide cost details, timelines of possible renovations and more. The Renovation Committee has been refining the potential design options with the assistance of homeowner feedback, input from Dewberry (the association’s engineering firm) and our architecture firm, MTFA. We have begun informal discussions with Loudoun County in order to narrow our scope and properly define a project that can be approved. There are many reasons why we are approaching the renovation in this manner; the most important one is cost. By taking these meetings now and understanding which options the County is most likely to approve and those they would not, we contain the cost of design and the overall process to gain approval. In addition, I would like to add that some of the preliminary review has been extremely beneficial in reducing building costs already. The public meetings are essential to the overall communication plan for the community. At this time the schedule for our meetings is to have one session each in January, February, March and April (please see the article on the project outline and scope in this edition for those dates). We will then hold a community referendum in late April. The vote will be similar to the annual meeting proxy votes that are held each year. A ballot will be sent to every homeowner of record who is in good standing. The BOD will set the date of the cut-off for good standing along with notice of the meeting in either the January or February regular monthly business meeting. I encourage all homeowners to stop by and see what these possible renovations of the Pavilion will do to enhance our property values and sustainability as a premier community in Loudoun County. The committee empanelled by the BOD would like to hear what you think so don’t be shy, drop a comment or suggestion in the box provided or email us at email@example.com. I encourage
all homeowners to participate and/or submit your thoughts and ideas. New Administrative Processing Fees and the FY2010 Budget During the final meeting of the 2008-2009 Board of Directors on October 27, 2009, the members passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Budget. This information has once again been published in this edition of The Villager. Several accounting changes have been implemented this year in order to curb our administrative fees. The most notable of these are the increase in late fees and the processing fees for assessments that are received in the form of a check. The overwhelming increases in processing fees passed on to us by the banks have necessitated this change in policy. We are encouraging all homeowners to sign up for direct debit in order to avoid these new charges. If you do not wish to provide the association with the information necessary to create a monthly debit, then we encourage you to use your financial institution’s bill-pay mechanism. We have recently completed an update to our banking process that allows the association to receive ACH payments from other institutions. In other words, your financial institution no longer must send a bank check for your monthly assessment if you use their bill-pay feature. Most financial institutions prefer this method for convenience as well as a cost savings measure. In addition, please do not forget that assessments did increase from 2009 to 2010. If you are using your bank’s bill-pay mechanism, you need to make certain that you have adjusted your monthly payment amount. All homeowners received a letter indicating their new payment amount for the new fiscal year. If you have any questions regarding payment options or the budget itself, I encourage you to send an email to the Finance Manager, Gail Ogle, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enhancement to Pavilion Lake During the final meeting of the BOD in November 2009, a motion was passed to revitalize and improve the water quality from upstream sources, typically street runoff, that are deposited into Pavilion Lake. The Lakes & (Contin u ed on ne xt page )
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Important Numbers Ashburn Library (703) 737-8100 Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department (703) 729-0006 AVCA Office Direct Dial (703) 723-7910 Fax Line (703) 478-8583 E-mail email@example.com Website www.ashburnvillage.org Dominion Virginia Power (888) 667-3000 DMV 1(866) 368-5463 Loudoun Co. Animal Control (703) 777-0406 Loudoun Co. Board of Supervisors (703) 777-0204 Comment Line (703) 777-0115 Loudoun Co. Chamber of Commerce (703) 777-2176 Loudoun Co. Crime Solvers (703) 777-1919 Loudoun Co. Game Warden (703) 777-0445 Loudoun Co. Health Department (703) 777-0236 Loudoun Co. Parks, Recreation & Community Services (703) 777-0343 Loudoun Co. Public Schools (703) 771-6400 Ashburn Elementary (571) 252-2350 Broad Run High School (571) 252-2300 Dominion Trail Elementary (571) 252-2340 Farmwell Station Middle School (571) 252-2320 Loudoun Co. Senior Center, Cascades (703) 430-2397 Loudoun Co. Sheriff ’s Department Administration (703) 777-0407 Emergency 911 Non Emergency (703) 777-1021 Community Policing (703) 729-0581 x123 Loudoun Co. Traffic Hotline (703) 771-5798 Loudoun Hospital Center (703) 858-6000 Loudoun Co. Library Administration (703) 777-0368 Loudoun Co. Planning Department (703) 777-0246 Building Permits (703) 777-0220 Miss Utility 1 (800) 552-7001 New Vision Trash and Recycling 1 (703) 331-0600 Saddle Ridge Apartments (703) 729-0090 Sequoia Realty-Lakeshore Condos (703) 723-7960 Sports Pavilion (703) 729-0581 Virginia State Police 1 (800) 572-4510 Washington Dulles Int’l Airport (703) 572-2700 Washington Gas (703) 750-1000 Wingler House Apartments (703) 858-9507 YMCA of Loudoun County (703) 777-9622 6
Ponds and Facilities & Grounds Committees worked with staff and our engineering firm, Dewberry, to create a pilot culvert renovation. This project got underway a little more than a month ago and will provide much-needed protection for the head of Pavilion Lake as well as the “Ringold Cove” area. The goal of this project is to enhance the ability of the upstream culvert system to trap silt and trash along with fertilizer and chemical-laden water before it enters the lake. This improvement will substantially decrease the inbound flow and will allow several hundred species of native plants to absorb excess nutrients prior to the water spilling into the lake. In addition, a plunge pool and weir will be installed. The plunge pool will decrease the water flow rate and the weir will prevent large deposits of silt from infiltrating the lake, thereby reducing the time between dredging that will become a necessity in the future. This project received accolades from the State, Army Corps of Engineers and other environmental agencies. We applied for grants to help offset the cost and thus far have been promised at least $180,000 in grant money. Once this pilot is proved, we will explore other culverts that drain into Pavilion Lake as well as possible other areas of the Village that may benefit from a similar project. This endeavor is yet another way your association is looking out for and improving upon the community in which you live and raise your family! See you around the Village.
It’s All About the Money Brownie Troop 4480 spent Election Day visiting the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. to learn about the making of money. Their trip supports the third grade school curriculum where the girls have learned about government and also ties into their work to earn the GSCNC Capital Currency Try-It. The troop consists of third grade girls who all attend Hillside Elementary School in Broadlands. For more information on other activities sponsored by Ashburn’s Girl Scout Service Unit 70-10, please contact Joanne Poesch, Local Press Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-858-9560.
B oard Briefs
November Meeting The November 24, 2009 regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the 2009-2010 Board of Directors was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by President M. Doug Carlson. Among other business: n
Received the monthly Community Policing report.
pproved the minutes of the October 27, 2009 2008-2009 A Board of Directors meeting.
pproved the minutes of the October 27, 2009 2009-2010 A Board of Directors meeting.
eceived report from Tim Tynyk, chairperson, NeighborR hood Watch Committee
homeowner presented concerns regarding association fees, A specifically the $25 check processing fee.
everal residents affirmed the Lakes and Ponds Committee S support of the Ringold Creek/Cove Revitalization project.
homeowner expressed concerns regarding the use of A athletic fields by athletic teams, specifically the Ashburn Football League.
homeowner expressed concerns regarding the use of the A AVSP indoor pool lap lanes by the swim team as well as space usage issues at the AVSP.
Received the President’s Report.
Received the Treasurer’s Report.
Received the Finance Manager’s Report.
Old Business: None. New Business consisted of the following items: n
he Board approved the cancellation of the December 22, T 2009 Board of Directors meeting.
he Board approved the Lakes and Ponds Committee T Charter.
he Board authorized the General Manager to execute the T Ringold Creek and Cove Project Plan at a cost of $325,000 in reserve funds.
he Board issued a revocable license to the homeowners of T 20557 Flattop Court to plant up to six (6) trees on common area.
he Board denied the request of the homeowners of 21272 T Rosetta Drive for a revocable license to extend a fence across common area to the Cameron Chase fence.
Received the AVSP Management Report.
he Board approved tennis pro compensation from the T period November 21, 2009 through December 31, 2009 or as long as the tennis bubble is down.
Received the Facilities and Grounds Manager’s report.
Received the Resident Services Manager’s report.
Received committee reports and minutes.
The following property was granted an extension through December 31, 2009 to make property repairs as identified by the lot by lot inspection process: n
44176 Mossy Brook Square
The following properties’ hearings for lawn and landscaping were cancelled because the violations were cured prior to the meeting: n
20940 Glenburn Terrace
43943 Louisa Drive
The following properties were assessed for lawn and landscaping violations. Assessments will be waived if properties are brought into compliance by the compliance deadline: n
20951 Glenburn Terrace
20922 Killawog Terrace
20968 Killawog Terrace
The following property’s hearing for property maintenance was rescheduled to January 26, 2010: n
20444 Cool Fern Square
The following property was assessed for trash and recycling violations. Assessment will be waived if the property is brought into compliance by the compliance deadline: n
20384 AltaVista Way
The following property was assessed for vehicle policy violations and the assessment will be posted to the homeowner’s account immediately: n
44037 Lords Valley Terrace
The Board went into Executive Session at 9:23 p.m. The Board came out of Executive Session at 10:15 p.m. The following decisions were made during Executive Session: n
he Board authorized the General Manager to engage T Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston as Collections attorney.
he Board authorized the General Manager to contract T with an answering service to provide services at a cost not to exceed $100.00 per month for 90 days.
The meeting adjourned at 10:17 p.m.
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Around the Village Marian Wright Edelman, founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, once said, “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” The same holds true in the Village. The New Year brings opportunities for us to rise to new challenges, tackle ongoing issues, and continue to look for ways to better the lives of our residents. Lot by Lot Inspections…the Process Continues In years past, the association has conducted lot by lot inspections beginning with the spring months and concluding in late fall. In an effort to provide better service by informing residents of issues with their properties at the earliest time possible, the AVCA’s Covenants staff will now inspect properties on a rolling basis and inspections will be performed throughout the calendar year. Other changes to the inspection protocol are as follows: n Each home will be photographed (front and back). This will occur even if there are no violations noted, as it will provide the AVCA with up-to-date photos detailing how a property looks present day.
Beginning with the February 2010 Around the Village
article, residents can find out what sections of the Village are currently under inspection. These inspections will include first time inspections, as well as follow up inspections. n For those residents who are in need of additional time to make necessary repairs, the AVCA’s Covenants staff is now authorized to offer sixty (60) day extensions. Extensions beyond 60 days will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for consideration. Should you have any further questions regarding the inspection process, please do not hesitate to call 703-7237910 ext. 102. Parking Area Patrols Our Facilities and Grounds team is now inspecting the townhouse parking areas and tagging those vehicles that are in violation of the Vehicle Policy. The association’s townhouse parking areas are being patrolled twice weekly and those vehicles found in violation will be tagged and towed within 72 hours. For more information, please contact the AVCA office at ( Continu ed on ne xt page) 703-723-7910.
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Important Information for Landlords If you are an owner who leases your unit, we’d like to make the leasing experience successful and positive for everyone by informing you of your responsibilities. This will help preserve your property value specifically and maintain the association’s property value in general. Your tenants may not be familiar with common-interest community living. Please take a few minutes to explain to them that living in a community association is very different from living in a rental apartment community. Specifically, your tenants, like all residents, are subject to the rules and regulations of the association, and it’s up to you to educate them and see that they comply. The association will assist you in this area, but the responsibility lies with you. We recommend you provide your tenants with written copies of all policies and rules and advise them on the proper use of the association’s facilities. You can obtain copies of these and other useful documents from the manager. We strongly recommend that you have a written lease agreement with your tenant. As a lessor (landlord) of a home in a community association, the lease you use must require tenants to comply with the association’s governing documents. In the event your tenant fails to comply with these documents, including the bylaws or its rules and
regulations, a representative of the association will first contact you in an attempt to remedy the problem. Additionally, a copy of the notice will be sent to your tenant. If the violation is not corrected within the time specified in the notice, the association may call you to a hearing before the Board of Directors in an effort to resolve the issue. Follow these simple steps and you, the tenants and the association will all have a positive community association living experience: n
Provide your tenants with copies of association rules.
Educate tenants about the need to follow association
rules, and see that they comply. n
Advise tenants on the proper use of association
Use a written lease agreement.
Make sure your lease requires tenants to comply with
all association governing documents. n
Provide the association with contact information for
your tenants. Renters: If you don’t have a copy of the association rules or you’d like more information about the association, please contact the AVCA office at 703-723-7910 ext. 102 or via email at email@example.com. Finally, the association’s goal is compliance and not punitive measures against residents. Let’s all do our part to ensure that the Village remains a great place in which to live. Fresh Ideas for Around the Village Article It’s been over two years since I’ve been with the association and after writing over two dozen articles for The Villager, it has become increasingly difficult to come up with interesting content for our readers. If you are a resident with a fresh idea for my article, I would love to hear from you. Please forward your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
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LAKESHORE CONDOMINIUM OFFICE 44190 NATALIE TERRACE ASHBURN, VA, 20147 Office Telephone: (703) 723-7960 Office FAX: (703) 723-7961 Site Manager: Susan Londos E-Mail Address: Lakeshoreoffice@verizon.net
January 2010 Board of Directors Meeting – January 28, 2010, 6:30pm
Board of Director Members Claude Gianino – President Calvin Coolidge – Vice President Kay O’Sullivan – Treasurer Mellissa Spedden – Secretary Robert Ollen – Member at Large Many thanks to all of the Board members offering their time to Lakeshore Condominium. Renters: Please ensure if you are renting your unit that your renters have a copy of the By-Laws and Rules and Regulations for Lakeshore Condominium. Holiday Decorations and Lights: Holiday Lights and Decorations need to be removed no later than 30 days after the Holiday. Winterize Your Unit: If your unit is vacant, ensure that it has been winterized to avoid pipes breaking in extreme cold weather. If you plan to be away from your unit for an extended period of time in the winter months, be sure to leave the heat on at a low setting. Privacy Fence: There are a few privacy fences that have been put up on decks at Lakeshore Condominium. If you have put up a privacy fence
please take a picture of it and send it to the Site Manager for Board of Director approval. If you plan to put up a fence, the Board of Directors must approve it first. Commercial Vehicles: If you are a homeowner or renter, Commercial Vehicles are not allowed to be parked on the property. If you have a truck that you are using for a business and you store ladders on the top, the ladders must be removed each night and stored in your unit. Water Leaks: Please make a habit of checking in the utility closet of your unit (where your air conditioner/heater and hot water heater are housed) on a regular basis to ensure there are no leaks coming from the unit above you or from the roof. Please report any leaks immediately. Pets: Please be sure to pick up after your pet. Do not leave bags of waste in the walkways, on porch steps or on the ground in front of the dumpster. Dumpsters: If the dumpster is full, please walk to the nearest dumpster to deposit your trash. Trash is picked up Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week. Bulk trash is picked up on Wednesday. Try to hold off on leaving bulk trash until Tuesday evening.
What You Might See Going On in the Village in January 2010 What is the Difference Between the two Streetlights on the Cover? While the two streetlights may look quite similar to the normal passerby, the one on the left is the same technology that has been installed in the Village over the past twenty years. It is an attractive light and quite effective at illuminating the ground. The shape of the light fixture itself is designed to focus the light on the ground and to reduce light spill around the fixture. This light requires a 175 watt bulb and consumes about 783 kilowatts per year. This bulb must be replaced about every two years. The one on the right, although it looks quite similar, is a radically different technology. Instead of a metal halide single bulb technology it uses a series of light emitting diodes (LED). It provides the same light pattern and degree of illumination on the ground as did the earlier design. The only perceptible difference is that the light it sheds is slightly more blue. However the LED fixture only requires a 36 watt bulb equivalent and consumes about 145 kilowatts per year. In addition the LEDs are good for
at least ten years. The LEDs do cost more than the metal halide bulbs today although that price is dropping annually. This may not seem like a lot of money when you look at two lights but when you multiply the reduced costs by the roughly 1,200 streetlights in the Village, the savings should amount to more than $500,000 over a ten-year period once we have all the LEDs in. That savings takes into account the additional initial cost for the LEDs. As of November 30th we had replaced about 40 poles in the Village. We will continue to replace the old technology as streetlights fail. In addition to the savings for the Village there is also a positive environmental impact as well. Reducing the required kilowatts of electricity reduces the pollution created by the generating plants. In addition, reducing the trash generated in disposing of the bulb every two years by an LED that requires replacement every ten years plus, reduces the material going into landfills. So what is the difference you might spot easily? The LED poles have a shiny black finish while the old poles have a dull dark brown finish. Count the LEDs along your next walk and see how we are progressing. VDOT Versus AVCA Streets Why should you care who owns which streets? As we come into the winter, the difference is very important. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for maintaining those streets that belong to the Commonwealth (public). Maintenance of streets that belong to the association is the responsibility of the AVCA (private). Maintenance in both cases includes snow ( Continu ed on ne x t page)
plowing, sanding, etc. In addition the association maintains the trails, sidewalks, Pavilion parking lot, recreation center parking lots, and the office parking lot. The association is not permitted to perform any work on the public streets and VDOT will not perform any work on the private streets. Please look at the listing of streets on the AVCA’s website, www.ashburnvillage.org, so that you know who is responsible for your street and be aware that additional streets were turned over to VDOT this summer. What does this mean to you? If you live on a private street you will see trucks from the AVCA and from Community Landscaping working on your street. Please understand that if your private street or court connects to a public street, the association crews will clear your street but will not be able to clear that connected public street. If you have a problem on a private street please call the AVCA Office at 703-723-7910. If you live on a public street you will see trucks from VDOT or its contractors working on your street. If you have a problem on a public street please call VDOT at 703-383-VDOT. Revitalization in 2010 Revitalization in 2010 will include the common areas south of Gloucester Parkway from Ashburn Road to
Grottoes Drive; north of Gloucester from Ashburn Road to the Ashburn Village Shopping Center; the townhome complex east of the Boulevard that includes Mossy Brook, Cool Fern and others; and the Choptank Terrace townhome area. This work will not include Ashburn Elementary School, Capital Community Church, the Ashburn Village Shopping Center or the Lakeshore Condominium complex since their land does not belong to the association. A presentation about this portion of revitalization will be held on January 21st at the Lakes Recreation Center beginning at 7PM. All association homeowners are welcome while homeowners in the area described above may find this meeting especially useful. Work on the trails and walks in this revitalization area will begin in 2009 and continue into 2010. Weather will be the key factor in terms of timing. Walks and trails will be closed only when they are actually being redone. If possible we plan to complete trail and path work before the weather attracts more people to the outside in the spring. Plantings of trees and shrubs will begin after New Years Day and will continue until completed. If you have any questions on these three items, please contact the Office at 703-723-7910 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sports Pavilion – Strategic Renovation and Expansion Plan Community Update – January 2010
By now most Ashburn Village residents have either read or heard about the development of the Sports Pavilion “Strategic Renovation and Expansion Plan” currently being pursued. The efforts that have been expended so far are due to the many requests from homeowners who wish to see changes to the facility that will accommodate more simultaneous programming and revitalization of the existing spaces. Over the past few months, information has been presented to the community regarding the planning of these possible additions and renovations. First a presentation was given at the Annual Meeting that outlined the analysis, planning and preliminary ideas that have been proposed. Second, the renditions of these potential renovations were made available for viewing at the Pavilion along with survey forms and a CD-ROM containing the original presentation. In addition, an email address has been created, email@example.com, to accept homeowner input, comments and suggestions. Many questions have been asked since this plan was placed before the membership. The purpose of this article is to break down the directions we are currently pursuing, the anticipated cost ceiling and where the program of development for the property currently stands. Since the unveiling in October we have received a tremendous number of positive comments and feedback regarding the plan to renovate and expand the Sports Pavilion. We have also received some emphatic “no” responses from a few homeowners. Many of the comments and emails being received are from those members who are excited about the prospect of the expansion, but they want to know why we are looking to expand, what the cost would be, the timeline and what this may mean to the overall values of their property. These are all valid questions, and over the coming months we will provide full details and explanations beginning with this article. Let me first begin with the “why” question. There are two primary drivers for the BOD when considering the renovation/expansion of the Pavilion: one, a good many residents who use the facility have made the request and two, the facility is aging and requires many upgrades and revisions to support our community now and in the future. The Pavilion, like many other facilities owned by the association, requires constant care, updating and oversight. This is the
primary purpose of the association and those elected or hired to oversee and manage the community. Ashburn Village is not getting any younger and our amenities are aging. Aside from the main office (formerly the Developer’s Visitor’s Center) and the Woods Recreation Center, the Sports Pavilion is the oldest amenity within the Village and by far the most used. Despite the overall size of this building, we are running out of space for programming and the ability to serve the residents of the community. For example, many pieces of equipment are scattered around the upper floor which creates crowding and hazards, there is no room for simultaneous group exercise programs, youth activities are shoe-horned into the various areas, there are access control point challenges for the winter tennis programs, we have limited racquetball court space and there is constant competition for indoor pool time during peak hours as well as competition for the gymnasium to name but a few. The renovation and expansion will provide enhanced/ dedicated areas for all cardio, weight, group exercise and youth programs; new active adult/senior areas; a new gymnasium for teenagers and adults; an indoor running track; locker areas geared towards families; a dedicated nursery and tots playground, and a new tennis and racquet facility that will double ( Continu ed on ne x t page)
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Sports Pavilion Strategic Renovation and Expansion Plan Community Meeting Schedule Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Wednesday, March 24, 2010 All Meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and will be held at The Lakes Recreation Center located off Cheltenham Circle
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as multi-purpose courts for programs such as roller hockey and indoor soccer. In addition, we are exploring ways to relieve primetime crowding of the indoor pool. The committee and the BOD understands that this is a large endeavor and we are working closely with architects, engineers, Loudoun County and the community to refine the scope of the program to be as comprehensive, efficient and cost-controlled as possible while providing the most return for every dollar invested. Preliminarily the committee and our consultants are targeting a program of renovation that will cost no more than 25-30 million dollars. On the surface that is a tremendous amount of money. The Board of Directors is aware of the large capital outlay involved for a project of this magnitude. However, the benefits of the renovation and expansion are far reaching to every corner of our community now and for many years to come. It is for this reason that we are exploring every possible avenue of every element of construction, design and programming to deliver the best renovation for the community. The preliminary dollar figure is being revised each week with the changes we are exploring and we are confident that we can narrow the cost. However, I would like to take a moment and break down the pieces of the puzzle, including financing, each homeownerâ€™s share of the renovation cost and the amount of time to pay for a wide array of improvements. By breaking it down to the smallest element it is easier for each homeowner to understand their portion of the cost. For example, a loan amount of 30 million dollars for 30 years at an interest rate of 7.5% would equate to roughly $42 per month per home or the equivalent of $504 per year. Drilling down even further, over
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a 10-year period, assuming that a homeowner occupies their home for the national average of 7-10 years, the amount of investment would be $5,040. This is an investment in your property that will pay off when you sell. We have spoken to many realtors in the area who sell property throughout the Ashburn area (Belmont, Broadlands, Brambleton, Loudoun Valley Estates, Ashburn Farm and Lansdowne) and all agree that an investment such as this will enhance the overall property values within the community, increase resale potential and lower the amount of overall time to sell. The timeline for such improvements is being carefully weighed and evaluated given current economic conditions. Moreover, the current climate affords the association the ability to get more for every dollar spent now versus in the future when the economy fully recovers and costs rise once again. Both our bankers and consultants agree that the current climate provides an environment that lends itself to not only lower borrowing rates but also lower costs for materials and labor. It is for this reason that it is important to educate the membership now, develop a plan of improvement, place the referendum before the homeowners and take decisive action. The intention of the BOD at this point is to hold community input meetings on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 and Wednesday, March 24, 2010. All meetings will begin at 6:30PM and be conducted at the Lakes Recreation Center off Cheltenham Circle. A meeting of the membership will be called on Thursday, April 29, 2010 for the community vote on the measure. The procedure followed will be identical to the one used for the associationâ€™s Annual Meeting held every October. The BOD will set a date of record for the proxy, and a proxy package will be mailed to every owner of record and in good standing as of the date set. Currently, the plan is to set the date of record as Wednesday, March 31, 2010. The proxy packages will be mailed shortly thereafter and will most likely be in mailboxes on or before Saturday, April 3, 2010. As of this publication, the association and its consultants have met with Loudoun County planning officials to further narrow the scope and options from a land-use perspective and general guidelines allowed by local building codes. We have also met with our financial partners to review options for financing terms. All of these meetings have been instrumental in the early decision-making process and have thus far resulted in possible construction/design and financial savings. By the date of the first community meeting later this month, we plan to have narrowed the overall program scope, thoroughly vetted the overall cost of the program and have preliminary understandings of how the County views the project. Our first community information session will outline the planned renovations, methods of cost control and a second pass at the preliminary cost estimates. I invite all members of the association to attend one if not all of the planned community sessions to gain further understanding of the project and what this will mean to our community.
Fiscal year 2 0 1 0 bu dget s u mmary
2010 Operating Budget and Annual Assessment Approved The Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Operating Budget was approved by the Board of Directors during their meeting on October 27, 2009. The 2010 Annual Operating Budget Summary (shown below) provides a summary of the budget. The Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Assessment Notice (next page) provides a comparison of the 2009 assessments currently in place to the newly approved 2010 assessments by dwelling type. The 2010 assessments were also approved by the Board of Directors during their meeting on Oct 27, 2009 and are effective January 1, 2010. Homeowners should adjust all payments to be made in 2010 for assessments to reflect the new approved amount according to their dwelling. Questions about the 2010 Budget Summary or Assessment Notice should be directed to Gail Ogle, Finance Manager, at (703) 723-7910 x103 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. TOTAL AVCA 2010 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET SUMMARY INCOME Assessment Income Other Income Special Income TOTAL INCOME
$6,394,038 $ 252,700 $1,180,710 $7,827,448
EXPENSES General Common Expenses General Assessment equals General Expenses, less Other Income, Commercial Income, Builder Assessments and Deferred Assessments divided by the total unit months for all SFD, TH, CONDO, and MF dwellings. Administrative Expenses General Operating Expense General Services / Utilities Expense
$1,342,949 $1,944,162 $ 273,112
Townhome Limited Common Expenses Townhome Limited Common Expense TH Services/Utilities Limited Common Expenses Services/Utilities (Gala Circle) TH Refuse/Recycling Limited Common Expenses
$ 213,931 $ ---$ 11,352 $ 436,970
Single Family Detached Limited Common Expense Single Family Detached Limited Common Expenses SFD Services/Utilities Limited Common Expense SFD Refuse/Recycling Limited Common Expense
$ 32,840 $ ---$ 362,030
Recreational Facilities Limited Common Expense Recreational Facilities Limited Common Expense RF Services/Utilities Limited Common Expense RF AVSP Services/Utilities Limited Common Expense RF AVSP Limited Common Expense TOTAL EXPENSE
$ 628,016 $ 31,870 $ 153,212 $2,397,004 $7,827,448
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Fiscal year 2 0 1 0 budget s ummary
AVCA 2010 ANNUAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE Assessment (Per Unit Per Month) Single Family Detached Townhome Gala Circle TH Age-Restricted TH Condominium Age-Restricted Condos Multi-family Commercial
2009 $106.92 $106.59 $116.80 $124.59 $ 85.41 $ 85.41 $ 52.30 $.3927/sq ft
2010 $114.23 $114.61 $125.36 $129.93 $ 92.37 $ 92.37 $ 52.62 $.3927/sq ft
%Increase 6.8% 7.5% 7.3% 4.3% 8.1% 8.1% .6% 0%
General and Limited Common Expense Breakdown (PUPM) General Common Expenses General Services/Utilities Fire & Rescue Squad Fee Age-Restricted Condo Management Fee Townhome LCE TH Services/Utilities LCE Gala Circle TH Services/Utilities LCE TH Refuse / Recycling Age-Restricted TH Single Family Detached LCE SFD Services/Utilities LCE SFD Refuse/Recycling LCE Recreational Facilities LCE RF Services/Utilities LCE RF AVSP Service/Utilities LCS RF AVSP LCE
FY2010 $2,928,875 $ 273,112 $ ----- $ ----- $ 210,071 $ ---- $ 11,352 $ 436,970 $ 19,860 $ 32,840 $ ---- $ 362,030 $ 628,016 $ 31,870 $ 153,212 $1,216,394
Bookkeeping for Small Businesses Monthly Financial Statements • Bank Reconciliations Payroll Reports • Sales Tax Returns • Business Tax Returns Individual Tax Planning and Preparation
Applicable Units SFD,TH,CONDO,MF SFD,TH,CONDO,MF SFD,TH,CONDO,MF AR CONDOS TH TH GALA CIRCLE TH TH AGE-RESTRICTED TH SFD SFD SFD SFD,TH,CONDO SFD,TH,CONDO SFD,TH,CONDO SFD,TH,CONDO
Assessment Service Fee This note addresses questions about the new $25.00 processing fee levied on assessments paid with individual checks. Please remember that the association is a non-profit corporation set up for the sole purpose of maintaining the common property of the Village. The association does not operate for profit and the annual budget is a zero budget. The expenses are offset exactly by the assessments; therefore the higher the expenses the higher the assessments. The association processes over 5,000 checks a month and so the fees per item are large and as you know growing larger as the banks increase their fees almost monthly these days. Using direct debit, a bill paying service, or your bank bill pay will save the association in many ways: n
Processing fees incurred for the quantity of checks we
Deleting the cost of a check processor lock box which
is currently in GA
Deleting the cost of coupons which for 5,000+
residents is in the thousands of dollars per year n
Allowing us to identify bad payments earlier and
collect sooner to offset any legal actions which might be necessary There are many ways to avoid the fee by using electronic payments such as: n
Signing up for direct debit with the association to be
withdrawn on the 5th of each month (see form on next page) n
Signing up with your bank to automatically pay the
association monthly before the 10th of each month n
Electronic bill pay service through your bank or other
services on a monthly basis to arrive before the 10th of each month. Any one of the three methods above does not incur the $25.00 processing fee since they come to the association as electronic payments from your bank. If they come as checks from your bank or bill pay service you will not be penalized and we will coordinate the transition from check to electronic form directly with your bank or service. Board meetings are a great place to get information as well as volunteering on a committee in which you are interested. The Board meetings are held every 4th Tues of each month at the Lakes recreation center on Cheltenham at 6:00 PM. This would also be the time to express any interest in committees that you might like to join as each committee has a board liaison assigned to it. If you have further questions or concerns please contact Gail Ogle, the association Finance Manager, at email@example.com or at 703-723-7910 ext 103 or Jim Tracy, the association General Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 703-723-7910 ext 101.
Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 5:00am - 10:00pm Saturday-Sunday: 7:00am - 8:00pm 20585 Ashburn Village Boulevard (703)729-0581 AVSP@ashburnvillage.org
AVSP ADULT TENNIS SOCIAL
Whether you are interested in weight loss, strength training or conditioning, AVSP has certified personal trainers who can build a personal training program to fit your needs. During the month of January, purchase any 10 session Personal Training package and receive 2 FREE sessions. That is 12 sessions for the cost of 10. Offer expires January 31, 2010.
An evening of social tennis with a hint of professional help! Bring your friends and adult family members to share in the fun. Get to know some new tennis players and bring a food dish or snack to share. AVSP will provide drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic will be available). Expect music, AN EXCITING RAFFLE PRIZE WITH A CHANCE TO WIN JUST FOR COMING, food, and fun….and don’t forget your game because you might end up on the court with an AVSP tennis pro!
Special Package Pricing Includes: • Private- One Hour Sessions $500 • Express- Half Hour Sessions $355 • Partner Sessions $780 • Small Group (3 people) $900 • Small Group (4 people) $1,100
ASHBURN RESIDENTS: Dust off those tennis racquets and join in the fun at this Winter’s Tennis Social. Bring this Villager ad to the tennis social and receive an EXTRA raffle ticket for your chance to win an exciting piece of tennis gear!
Personal Training Special!
For more information, contact Fitness Director, Diane Sohn at email@example.com or by phone 703-729-0581 ext. 114.
Date: Friday, January 22 Time: 8:00-10:00pm Cost: $20.00 Residents; $22 NRTM
Creative Dance at AVSP! Sign your child up for Hip Hop/Jazz Dance classes at AVSP! Spaces are limited! Day: Fridays Ages/Time: 5-6 years 3:15-4:00pm 7-11 years 4:15-5:00pm
Dates: January 15 - February 19 Location: AVSP Group Exercise Room Cost: $95 Residents; $115 Non-Residents
Biggest Loser Challenge This new fitness program will offer 8 weeks of group personal training which is geared towards anyone interested in decreasing inches from their waist! We welcome everyone as our training program is designed to accommodate all levels of fitness. The person who has lost the highest percentage of body weight at the end of challenge is crowned the Biggest Loser and awarded a prize. Challenge Begins January 11! Cost: Residents $129 Non-Residents $159
Boot Camp Boot Camp is a four-week, comprehensive fitness and weight-loss challenge that provides the tools and inspiration to get in shape, shed extra pounds and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday Time: 5:30 am Dates: Jan. 4 - 29 Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Time: Tue/Thu 5:30am; Sat 7:00am Dates: Jan. 12 - Feb. 6 Instructor: Chris Peterson Cost: Residents $90 for 12 classes Drop-in $12 Non-Resident $110 for 12 classes Drop-in $15
Core Conditioning Instructor: Laura D’Agostino Days/Times: Tuesdays, 5:15 pm Dates: Jan 12 – Feb. 2 Cost: $40.00 - 4 Classes Drop In- $15.00
Belly Dance Instructor: Stephanie Niday Days: Saturdays Time: Level I 12:30-1:30pm Level II 11:30am-12:30pm Dates: Jan Cost: $65 Residents / 8 classes $87 Non-Residents / 8 classes Drop in: $10 Residents; $15 Non-Residents
Lunchtime Circuit Workout Do you want to: Lose Weight? Gain Energy? Feel Better? Try Lunchtime Circuit! Days: Wednesdays & Fridays Times: 12:00-1:00 pm Dates: Monthly starting January 7 Cost: $99 Residents $120 Non-Residents
Fit Camp Instructor: Kristin Tan Day: Wednesday Times: 5:30am Dates: Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 Cost: Residents $65 / 8 weeks Drop-in $10 Non-Residents $87 / 8 weeks Drop-in $15
Fit For Life Comprehensive exercise and weight loss program. Gain the tools needed to lose the weight and be “Fit For Life”. Instructor: Kristin Tan Days/Times: Wednesday’s at 10:30 Dates: Jan. 20 – March 10 Cost: $65 for 8 classes Residents; $87 for 8 classes Non-Residents
Six Tips on How to Stick with Your New Year’s Resolution AVSP Personal Trainer & Fitness Director, Diane Sohn advises: 1. Focus on the positive. Congratulate yourself every time you take a step towards your resolution goal. Be your own best cheerleader. 2. Avoid berating yourself if you should fall back or break a resolution. Just brush yourself off and start over again. Remember just because you have one bad day does not mean you need to blow it for the entire week. 3. Stick to your resolution by considering it a promise to yourself, not a test of your willpower. 4. Avoid situations that put you in temptation’s path, meaning if you’re on a diet, don’t go to the ice cream parlor. 5. Keep a sticky note in a prominent place so that you see it every day, reminding yourself of your resolutions. (i.e., on your bathroom mirror, next to your bed, on the visor of your car, on the refrigerator) 6. Be realistic. Make sure your plan is a realistic one that can fit into your lifestyle. Make changes as easy and convenient as possible. If you would like more information on Personal Training or Fitness Orientations at AVSP, contact Diane Sohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminar: Healthy Eating on the Go Join Dietician and Village Resident, Alison M. Sonak, RD, as she gives tips on staying healthy even when in a hurry. Date: Saturday, January 23 Time: 9:30-10:30am Location: Lakes Recreation Center Cost: $15 Residents; $20 Non-Residents Advance registration is required. Register at the AVSP Front Desk.
Fitness Fusion for Girls
This fitness class introduces pre-teens ages 11-14 to a non-competitive group fi tness environment, teaching them fun and healthy habits for life. Class incorporates a variety of exercises for aerobic conditioning, strengthening and stretching. Instructor will work with girls to have a greater understanding of self esteem and how staying active and fit can be fun. Instructor: Cost: Days: Time: Dates: Cost: Drop in:
Tracy Faber $65 Residents; $87 Non-Residents Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15-5:00pm Jan 12– Feb 4 $90 Residents; $110 Non-Residents $12 Residents; $15 Non-Residents
Infant Swimming Resource This class teaches babies ages 6-18 months to be aquatic problem solvers by teaching them survival skills for water related emergencies. Classes begin Monday, January 25. Cost: $115 per week for Residents $120 per week for Non-Residents Please fill out an interest form at the AVSP Front Desk.
Beginner Adult Group Swim Classes If you’re hesitant in the water and want to learn basic water skills, this is the class for you! Days/Time: Dates: Cost:
Tues & Thurs, 8:00-8:45pm January 10 - February 10 $80 Residents; $95 Non-Residents
For more information, please contact Marti Schenck, Aquatics Director, at mschenck@ ashburnvillage.org.
Racquetball Subject Matter Clinics Improve your game with one of our subject matter clinics! Sign up at the front desk today! Space is limited. Rules Clinic Did you know there are 9 different kinds of fault serves? What happens when the ball hits the crack? What is a hinder? Learn the answer to all these questions and more as well as tips for match management for tournaments and league play. Day: Wednesday, January 13 Time: 7-8pm Backhand clinic Get more power and precision, turn your backhand into a strength rather than a liability. Day: Saturday, January 16 Time: 10-11am Beginning/Intermediate Serve Clinic Learn basic serving theory and strategies. Polish your old serves and learn some new serves as well as how to recognize what to serve and when. Day: Sunday, January 17 Time: 5-6pm Cost for each clinic is $15 for members and NRTM, $20 for non-members.
Winter/Spring Racquetball Leagues 2010 Winter/Spring Racquetball Leagues now forming. Registration is open at the front desk from January 6 to 17th. League play begins on January 25. We will be offering the following leagues: • Individual Competitive Flex League • Women’s Individual Non-competitive Flex League • Doubles League Players must be a member or a non-resident tennis member to participate in the leagues. Cost for participating in any of the leagues is $15/members, $25/ non-resident tennis members. Players may sign up for more than one league.
Beginning Players Racquetball Clinic Learn the basic rules and strategies for playing racquetball. Open to men and women who’ve just started playing or never played before. Cost is FREE for members and NRTM $10 for non-members. Equipment Provided. Day: Saturday, January 23 Time: 10-11am Cost: FREE for members and NRTM and $10 for non-members but you must sign up at the front desk.
Jr. Racquetball: Introductory Clinic and Play Session Ashburn Village 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Save the Date! The 2010 Ashburn Village 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run has been scheduled for Sunday, April 29. Look for registration beginning soon at the AVSP Front Desk and online!
Racquetball is a sport that helps kids learn the value of exercise, competition, and sportsmanship. It develops hand-eye coordination, speed, agility, and cardiovas-cular health. Plus it’s fun! Days/Times: Friday, January 15, 5-6pm and Sunday, January 22, 3-4pm Cost: FREE for members and NRTM and $10 for non-members but you must sign up at the front desk.
AVSP Adult Tennis: January 2010 BEGINNER SKILLS & DRILLS
EVENING PLAYERS DRILL
January 4-25: Class meets 4 times. Res $96 NRTM $114 Min 4/Max 6 players. Monthly Sign Up QUICKSTART TENNIS FRIDAY
January 4-28: Class meets 4 times.
January 5-28: Class meets 4 times.
Res $96 NRTM $114
Res $96 NRTM $114
Min 4/Max 12 players. Monthly Sign Up
Min 4/Max 12 players. Monthly Sign Up
MEN’S PRO WORKOUT
January 8-29: Class meets 4 times.
Don’t Miss Event!!
Res $84 NRTM $92 Drop In $25/Res; $29/NRTM
January 9-30: Class meets 4 times.
Min 4/Max 6 players. Drop in rate available for 24-hour advance sign up. STROKE of the WEEK 3.0+ MONDAY
Res $96 NRTM $114 Drop In $28/Res; $32/NRTM Min 4/Max 6 players. Drop in rate for 24-hour advance sign up. Class cancelled 24-hours in advance if minimum not met.
TENNIS SOCIAL FRIDAY
An evening of social tennis with a hint of professional help! Raffle prizes with your chance to win just for playing. Expect music, food, drinks, and FUN! Bring your game because you might end up on the court with an AVSP pro!
Jan 4 Forehand Jan 11 Backhand Jan 18 Volley & Overhead Jan 25 Serve & Return
Res $24/per class NRTM $30/per class
January 5-28: All classes are weekly sign up required at least 24 hours in advance.
Res $20 NRTM $22
Min 4/Max 12 players. 24-hour advanced sign up required. Class will be cancelled 24-hours in advance if minimum not met.
Res $21/per class NRTM $23/per class
Min 12/Max 20 players.
USTA TEAM PRACTICE
Min 4/Max 8 players. Class cancelled 24-hours in advance if minimum not met.
8:30-9:30am 11-12pm High Intensity 12–1pm
Advanced Doubles for 4.0+
January 5-29: Class meets 4 times. Res $96 NRTM $114 Min 4/Max 12 players. Monthly Sign Up
January 8-29: Class meets 4 times. Res $96 NRTM $114 Min 4/Max 12 players. Monthly Sign Up
ASHBURN RESIDENTS: Bring your January Villager ad for the tennis social and get an extra raffle ticket!
Private & Small Group Lessons Available Questions?
Email us at email@example.com! The Villager
On the Home Scene
Jeanne Siracuse, ABR, Realtor Weichert Realtors Office 703.726.3909
Short on Information on Short Sales Short sales are going to be a substantial portion of the market for several years. Many of the properties going on the market have higher debt on them than they can be sold for. This leads sellers to request that their lenders accept less for the property than the net sales price. Per the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR), approximately 1 in 4 of the short sales under contract goes to closing. Many more short sales are foreclosed on prior to even going under contract. Some things to understand: Sellers: n Determine if you truly have a hardship. Banks will not accept a short sale if you are capable of continuing to make payments or are simply “under water.” To have a true hardship, there must be some change in income or expenses. n Some banks are now requiring that the homeowners attempt a loan modification prior to accepting a short sale. Know your bank’s requirements. n Know where you are on the pre-foreclosure time line. It is most often best to start the short sale process prior to late payments. n Know your bank and what to expect in the process. Many banks take 90 days to approve the sale. Expect to submit, resubmit, update and resubmit information. n Understand that the recently released Federal “guidelines” are just that. Banks are not mandated to follow them, and many banks simply do not have the resources to do so. n Contracts fall out often. Keep marketing the property even after contract acceptance.
Ashburn Activity (Zip Codes 20147, 20148 as of 12/10/2009): Active listings..........................134 Under contract.......................230 Sold in November...................103 Ashburn Village only has 14 single family, townhouse or condos on the market! 24
people to help who are well versed in the process.
Buyers: n Patience, patience, patience. It can take months to get a sale approved. n Don’t assume the seller is truly a hardship case, ask the questions. n Write the cleanest contract you can. Limit your contingencies. n Keep in mind that sellers may be accepting additional offers, even after contract acceptance. Sellers are motivated to get the most money with the fewest risks possible. It is possible for you to lose primary position if a more acceptable offer comes in. n For that matter – don’t immediately rule out short sales that are already under contract. Check to see if they are still accepting offers. n Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Make backup plans so you are not “homeless” in case it takes longer than expected, or if the sale is rejected by the bank. n Hire professionals who are well versed in the process. n A short sale is better for the neighborhood values, property maintenance, and security than a foreclosure.
Ashburn Classics The Ashburn Classics will hold its monthly meeting on January 9 at the Mills Recreation Center in Ashburn Village at 9:30 am. The guest speaker will be a representative from HOSPICE. The presentation for our February 13 meeting, which is HEART MONTH, will be by a cardiologist. Refreshments will be served at both meetings. These are two important meetings which the Ashburn Classics will not want to miss. Others in the Ashburn area who are age 50 or over are welcome to attend and learn more about these issues. For more information, please call 703-723-3056.
F REE G ARDEN L ECTURE Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers invite the public to attend a FREE monthly meeting
Loudoun Extension Office 30 Catoctin Circle, SE Suite B (Wachovia Bank Building) Leesburg
Top Ten Best Composting Practices
January 7, 2010
Dave Hellums, a Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteer and â€œComposting Kingâ€? at the Master Gardener Volunteer Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park will talk Compost! Come learn tips for composting in your own back yard from an expert. The Lecture will be January 7, 2010, at 7 pm, at the Loudoun Extension Office, 30 Catoctin Circle, SE, Suite B (Wachovia Bank Building), Leesburg. Dave has a BS in Business Administration and served with the U.S. Marine Corp from1962 -1992. He had two tours of duty in Vietnam, serving in the infantry, with other responsibilities as a Drill Instructor and Recruiter. He joined the Master Gardener Volunteer program in 2005 and started working in the Demonstration Garden in 2006. He wanted to contribute to the Demonstration Garden by making use of all the waste material generated. As a result, he became interested in compost and began doing extensive research, which included attending lectures at Virginia Tech, as well as several other programs.
For more information visit the Loudoun County Master Gardener website: www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org or call the Loudoun Extension Office if you have questions at 703-777-0373. Debbie Dillion coordinates the Master Gardener Volunteer program. "If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debbie Dillion, Loudoun Extension Office, at (703-777-0373/TDD*) during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
the critter corner
Angus and Eddie, two tabby cats, didn’t get along. Angus would stalk Eddie all the time, including when Eddie would try to eat, sleep, or go to the litter box. Eddie got to hiding in Mr. and Mrs. Jones’ bedroom, and that’s also where he decided to “relieve” himself. That’s about the time when Mrs. Jones gave us a call here at the animal hospital. Last month’s article dealt with interdog aggression, and as you can tell from above, this month’s article deals with intercat aggression. There are many different types of aggressive behavior in cats, including blocking access to territory, staring, chasing, hissing, growling, biting and of course attacking. This can lead a “victim” cat to hide, stop eating, or stop grooming, for example. Litter box use by all cats should be examined since social issues (along with medical) often contribute to non-litter box usage (as in the above case). Further, in order to achieve a diagnosis and then hopefully a resolution, the aggressive behavior should be categorized into territorial, social status, redirected (as when an indoor aggressor cat sees a stray cat outside the window, then “takes it out” on the victim cat), fear, defensive, offensive or intermale. As you can see, with so many different scenarios, a history of the behavior is imperative. We typically ask people
Dr. Steve Velling www.ashburnanimals.com 703-729-0700 to fill out a 2-3 page history of what’s been happening at home. Once that is in place, then we can see how to solve the problem. For instance, in territorial disputes, one cat will usually chase another. This may result in one cat living in a restricted area to keep away from the aggressor. Therefore, it may be necessary to create separate areas for food, resting places, and litter boxes for each cat in order to create harmony. Cats don’t usually share space equally, so this can be a challenge for people. It also helps for the aggressor to wear a quick release elastic collar with a bell on it to forewarn the victim of their approach and thus allow escape. When territorial aggression is severe, cats may need to be separated at all times to avoid injury, or alternate living arrangements found for one of the cats. Fortunately for Mr. and Mrs. Jones, we were able to get Angus and Eddie to get along through a combination of separation, synthetic pheromones (Feliway aerosols), and time. There were controlled interactions, and after 3 months, Angus stopped beating up on poor Eddie. Yay! If you are having any frustrated feline issues, give us a call. P.S. After a fight, be careful if you pick up your cat. They may be so agitated that doing so may trigger your kitty to lash out at you! It’s better to throw a big blanket over your cat and then pick it up.
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Snow Removal Information
Fellow homeowners and residents, the purpose of this column is to inform you of our procedures when plowing snow covered streets and treating the roads during inclement weather. The area’s recent blizzard proved to be very challenging and frustrating for many. The Association works very diligently to make certain ANSWERS YOUR that the streets are plowed QUESTIONS in a timely manner and to the best of our ability given the circumstances. Please remember that very large amounts of snow are difficult to deal with and create many issues. The association is responsible for plowing the townhome sections, the private circles off VDOT roadways, the recreation centers and the office parking lot. Many times you will see our trucks or those of our contractor out before you ever see VDOT or their contractors. Depending on the predictions and the actual accumulations we may have several employees staying on the property in order to begin the removal as quickly as possible. One thing we all need to understand is that our roadways and private streets are not built to handle
very large amounts of snowfall as there is just no place to put it all. For this reason AVCA and VDOT push snow into as many areas as possible without creating harm to vehicles, burying fire hydrants and when possible, driveways and mailboxes. Sometimes there is no alternative except to deposit snow behind vehicles and pile it as high as possible in areas that are seemingly less traveled or would create little pain for the homeowners in the area. However, no plan is flawless and there may be times when snow is pushed in front of a driveway, mailboxes or behind parked vehicles. We ask for your understanding when this happens. It is certainly not done with malice. I think most would agree that during a normal 3”-6” snow event, the association does a very good job in clearing the streets and private areas for which we are responsible. It is impossible for the Budget and Finance Committee or the BOD to predict in advance how many snow events we will have in a fiscal period or how much snow will fall. We budget for events that are average and hope for the best. Any monies not expended in a given year are returned to the same operational line item in the following fiscal budget. This prevents unnecessary increases in annual assessments and is fiscally prudent on our part. I want to thank you for your patience and understanding when a large snow event occurs. We do all that we can to provide the best services possible using all of our financial and
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for clearing snow and ice on more than 16,000 lane miles of state-main-tained roads in Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties. About 7,000 of those miles are interstate, primary and high volume secondary roads. Primary roads are numbered 1 through 599 and secondary roads are numbered 600 and above.The remainder are neighborhood streets and low volume roads. Cities, towns and some developments clear their own streets.
Winter Weather Driving Tips • Before you get behind the wheel, know the road conditions and weather forecast. For road conditions in Northern Virginia, call 703-383-VDOT (8368). For statewide highway information call the Highway Helpline at 800-367-ROAD. TTY users 800-432-1843. •R estrict travel until road crews have had a chance to clear the roads. •K eep vehicle windows, mirrors, roofs and lights clear of snow and ice. •W ear your seat belt! •A llow extra travel time. •K now the road surface. Black ice is invisible and could be present. • Be alert to potentially icy areas like shady spots and bridges. •K eep a safe distance of at least 5 car lengths behind other vehicles. •S tay behind the snowplow. The road BEHIND the snowplow is safer. •N ever cut between a caravan of snow plows. •W hen snow is forecast try not to park on your subdivision street, particularly in a cul-de-sac. •K eep an emergency winter driving kit in your vehicle.
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Snow Removal Information Here are the answers to questions most often asked about VDOT’s snow removal operations. How does VDOT prepare for the snow and ice season? Throughout the year, VDOT employees get ready for snow removal by stockpiling thousands of tons of salt, sand and chemicals at 20 strategically located maintenance areas throughout Northern Virginia. Equipment is continually tested, employees are given special training, snow routes are driven and private individuals and companies with heavy equipment are contracted to help as needed. Which roads are cleared first? VDOT has a dedicated fleet of equipment for high volume roads as well as a fleet for subdivision streets. With more than 9,000 lane miles of subdivision streets in Northern Virginia, VDOT begins clearing subdivisions in the early stages of a storm. When do crews begin clearing roads? When snow or ice is forecast, trucks are loaded with salt and sand and deployed to staging areas on assigned routes. Crews begin treating the roads as soon as precipitation begins, and begin plowing at about two inches. They work 12-hour shifts, around-the-clock, until all the roads are clear.
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What does VDOT use to clear roads? Interstates, primary roads and high volume secondary roads are treated with a mixture of salt and liquid calcium or magnesium chloride. Subdivisions and low volume roads are plowed then sanded as needed. Can VDOT treat the roads before it snows? Putting salt on roads prior to snowfall wastes time and money because the salt blows off the roadway. Below 20 degrees, salt is mixed with sand for traction. Liquid calcium chloride or magnesium is used to melt the snow and ice. Salt is most effective after snow has accumulated about an inch and the temperature is 20 degrees or higher. Under these conditions, the salt and snow mix, melting the snow into a slush that can be plowed off the pavement. What should I do in an emergency if the roads have not been cleared? Call 911 immediately. If emergency responders need help getting to you, they will work with VDOT to get the road cleared. What are snow emergency routes and how do they affect me? Snow emergency routes, designated by local jurisdications, are cleared immediately for emergency vehicles. When snow is forecast, state law prohibits you from impeding traffic on these routes. These roads are easily identified by “Snow Emergency Route” signs. Does VDOT lift HOV restrictions when it snows? Lifting HOV restrictions is a joint decision made by VDOT and Virginia State Police. Restrictions are lifted during snow storms only when needed to improve traffic flow on the regular lanes. Why do snowplows block my driveway with snow when they clear the road? Snowplow operators push snow off roadways in smooth, continuous passes. The snow ends up on roadway shoulders, in gutters and sometimes blocking driveways. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this inconvenience. To avoid double work, try to shovel snow from your driveway after plows have passed. And, try to shovel the snow to the right side of your driveway as you face the road. Is VDOT responsible for clearing sidewalks or trails? VDOT does not remove snow from sidewalks or trails. Some jurisdictions have ordinances requiring homeowners to clear sidewalks adjacent to their homes.
ashburn volunteer fire rescue department
Notes From Your Neighbors… My name is Terry the Traumasaurus, and I am a paramedic dinosaur whose job it is to help promote the well being and safety of not just children, but everyone in the Ashburn community. I am big, and friendly & green. My friends say I am cuddly, too! I will be bringing you safety tips all year long. After all, accidents are preventable!! Senior Safety No matter your age, everyone should have a fire escape plan that they’ve prepared and practiced with all members of the household. n
You should have two ways out of every room in your home.
Practice your plan during the day and even hold one drill at night to see if
everyone wakes up to the sound of the smoke alarm. n
Clear the way:
I f there is a fire, you may have as little as 2 to 3 minutes to get your family to safety. You have to snap into action and get out fast! Keep your exit routes clear at all times.
ove everything off the stairs and out of the way. Make sure all doors and M windows open easily.
For the hearing impaired, there are special smoke alarms that vibrate or have
lights that flash to alert someone of a potential fire. There are also special alarm systems that can alert fire departments of a fire or other problems if an older adult or disabled person lives by themselves. n
For both young children and older adults, assign an adult to each person who
needs help getting out.
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Interested in becoming a firefighter/EMT? We are always looking for new members. We NEED You!! We promise great job satisfaction – being there and trained to help your friends and neighbors when they need you! FREE training! We also need administrative members for the multiple “behind the scenes” activities needed to run a complex organization! Call 703-7290006, or stop by the fire station & pick up an application. Prospective Member Meetings are the last Tuesday of every month, 7 PM at the AVFRD, 20688 Ashburn Road. www.ashburnfirerescue.org
Held the first Sunday of every month. Next dates: January 3, February 7, and March 7, 2010, 8 a.m. until Noon. Terry the Traumasaurus will be making an appearance for great picture taking. Join us for “Kid’s Corner” Every month will feature a new surprise, a visit by a special guest, a craft project, etc. As always there is an opportunity for child and adult to tour the fire engines and ambulances that protect you every day. If you have a youth group that requires community service hours, please contact Ronnie Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Loudoun County Master Gardener News
Use Texture to Add Landscape Interest Landscapes that attract my eye are ones that don’t have the typical evergreen balls as foundation plantings. I like it mixed up, with deciduous as well as evergreen plants and prefer the natural shape of plants over those that have been sheared. Don’t worry, if you have a boring landscape you can easily change and improve it by adding plants with different textures. Variation in textures can come from actual leaf size or overall plant size. In comparing a tree with an azalea plant, for example, the tree is obviously more massive and of a much heavier texture than the azalea. But two trees can give the appearance of different textures even if they are the same size. The honey locust with its open branching and finely segmented leaves has a light, airy texture, while the maple tree with more dense branching and large, rounded leaves has a much heavier appearance. Some of the most interesting landscapes are appealing because the designer has used a wide range of textures. Many landscapes are monotonous as far as textures are con-
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cerned, even though a number of different kinds of plants are used. In foundation plantings, we commonly see two basic textures - the small leaves of Japanese hollies, boxwoods, and azaleas; and the short-needled evergreens, including junipers, arborvitaes, and yews. The larger leaves of the American, English, and Chinese hollies add some variation, but this is often not enough to create anything very exciting. Large-leaved plants are the main ingredient lacking in many landscapes. Careful use of them can provide pleasing contrasts and provide a tropical effect to a planting. A good, broad-leaved plant for northern Virginia is Japanese aucuba, an evergreen shrub with larger leaves and several variegated forms. Smaller herbaceous plants with good, broad foliage during the summer include hostas, cannas, and bergenias. Tender tubers of elephant’s ear (Calocasia sp.) and its close relative, the caladium may be started indoors in moist sphagnum and transplanted to the garden after the weather gets warm. One good, annual plant raised for its broad leaves is castor-bean (Ricinus communis). It grows quickly to a height of up to 10 feet. Color ranges from green to bronze to purple. The seeds of castor-bean are toxic, so keep children from them. A tree that I want to try in my own garden is the Royal Paulownia, (Paulownia tomentosa). I saw this grown at Swathmore College in Pennsylvania as part of an ornamental planting. It was cut down to the ground each year, so it maintained its juvenile growth form, growing 12-15 feet tall each year with leaves the size of those of an elephant ear. Texture is usually determined by leaf size, but it can also be influenced by growth habit or by pruning. Individual branches of santolina are delicate, but a mounded plant, if trimmed a few times during the year, can give a hard, rocklike appearance. The small-leaved Japanese hollies can give a heavy-textured look when sheared into a compact ball. Study landscapes that appeal to you to determine what gives them interest. Textural variation may be the element that catches your eye. Take that information and use it to make your own landscape more interesting. For questions on plant selection or horticulture topics, contact the Loudoun County Master Gardener Volunteers at their Help Desk Office at 703-771-5150 or email@example.com or stop by 30 Catoctin Circle, SE, Suite B, (Wachovia Bank Building), Leesburg, Monday-Friday, 9 am – Noon.
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Recycle Your Cut Christmas Tree Now that the holidays are over, What do you do with that cut tree? Well, you have a “forest” of options! Here are a few: n
Stake the tree in your landscape and adorn it with
edible food to attract wildlife – one of the easiest is to load pine cones up with peanut butter and hang them in the tree. My son and I did this one year and the squirrels were after them almost as soon as we closed the door – of course they dragged them away, so the entertainment factor was relatively short-lived! n
Hang cut fruit or suet cakes purchased from the store
to attract birds. n
Start a brush pile with your cut tree, if you live where
you have plenty of space and no restrictions – this provides essential cover for birds and small mammals. n
Cut the boughs from the tree and use them to cover
perennials and small shrubs that may benefit from the extra protection from harsh winter weather, then “plant” the trunk and use it as a rustic vine support next growing season. n
Clip the needles off and if the cones are small use
them as an ingredient to make your own potpourri. n
Give your used tree to a public park or landowner
who may have a pond and may collect/accept used trees – they can weight them and drop in the pond to provide fish habitat. n
Cut the tree and boughs into smaller pieces and add
to your compost. n
Your community may offer curbside recycling - contact
your homeowner’s association, town office, or private waste collector for information. n
Recycle into mulch - December 26, 2009, through
January 20, 2010, Loudoun County will collect Christmas trees which are recycled into mulch available for free to Loudoun residents. Call the Loudoun County Recycling Hotline for information and for collection locations: 703-771-5318, select option 5 and option 3, or visit their website at www.loudoun.gov/oswm. n
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January Gardening Tips n
Remove dead, diseased, and storm-damaged branches. If left on the tree, these weakened limbs can cause damage by falling on buildings or passers-by. n
Assess the energy efficiency of your landscape. Do
you have evergreen trees or shrubs blocking a window where the sun’s warmth would be welcome? Consider replacing them with a deciduous plant that would let sun in during the winter, but cast cooling shade in the summer. n
Because the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.
Examine the limb structure of your shade trees.
On mild winter days, remember to water window
it carefully to avoid damage to nearby shrubs. Damage to needle-type evergreens will be evident next spring by copper and yellow tones. Damaged deciduous plants will have bronze or reddish leaves. Consider using sand, sawdust, or kitty litter instead. n
Brush snow from evergreens as soon as possible after a
storm. Use a broom in an upward, sweeping motion. Serious damage may be caused by heavy snow or ice accumulating on the branches. Prop up ice-covered branches and let the ice melt rather than trying to remove ice from brittle branches.
boxes or other outside containers planted with evergreens. n
When using salt to melt ice on walks and drives, spread
Winter is the time to apply horticulture oil to kill over-
wintering mites, aphids, and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray horticulture oil when temperatures are above 40 °F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze.
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Happy New Year! This month the Ashburn Library Advisory Board (ALAB) holds their annual fund raising event, the 2010 Used Book Sale. Buy used books, videos, and music at the Ashburn Library (43316 Hay Rd.) on Fri, Jan 29th (10 am to 9 pm), Sat, Jan 30th (10 am to 5 pm), and Sun, Jan 31st (12 noon to 3 pm, for our bag/box sale). Prices from 50 cents to $2.00. To make the sale a success, please bring used book, software, video, and music donations between Sat, Jan 16 and Wed, Jan 27th during normal library hours. For info, contact Larry Stepnick at 703-858-9066 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer during the sorting period or sale, contact Douglas Nelms at email@example.com. We depend on the public to support the additional programs ALAB funds with your book and materials contributions, and with your purchases during the sale! Lots of exciting events are happening during the month of January at the Ashburn Library. The Mad Scientist’s Club explores space weather, the Family Movie Matinee features the Spiderwick Chronicles, we take a look at the Chinese New Year with storyteller Linda Fang, and we have a Wii night to play popular games with your friends and family! The Parent University topic this month is Reading Readiness, and we are assisting INOVA with a blood drive! Check out all the details, below: Storytimes Baby Storytime (0-18 months) Mondays, 10:00 AM & Saturdays, 11:00 AM Toddler Storytime (18-24 months) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 AM
Rhythm, Rhyme & Tune Time – Registration required (by lottery) Mondays, January 4, 11 & 25 and February 1 & 8, 11:15 AM (5-week session) Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27 and February 3 & 10, 11:15 AM Sing, chant, play instruments and move creatively as we explore the sounds, rhythms and patterns that make up our language. For ages 0-4 with a parent or caregiver.
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Preschool Storytime (3s to 5s) Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 AM Wednesdays, 1:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Mother-Daughter Book Discussion – Registration required For girls, aged 7-9, with a parent or guardian. Tuesday, January 5, 4:00 PM Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
Musical Storytime (2 & up with a caregiver) Fridays, 10:00 am Family Storytime (2 & up with a caregiver) Saturdays, 10:00 am Sundays, 1:00 pm (begins January 3) Babygarten – Registration required Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27 and February 3 & 10, 2:30 PM A fun, exciting and informational program that focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich your children’s lives and promote later learning success. For ages 0-18 months with a parent or caregiver.
Ashburn Kids Book Club – Registration required For ages 8-11. Thursday, January 7, 7:00 PM Don’t Know Much About the Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis and Vinnie and Abraham by Dawn Fitzgerald Virginia Readers’ Choice Primary Book Club – Registration required For ages 5-8. Thursday, January 14, 7:00 PM Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk, and Fred Stays With Me! by Nancy Coffelt. Junie B. Jones Book Club – Registration required Books written by Barbara Parks. For ages 5-8. Thursday, January 21, 4:00 PM Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Parks. ( Continu ed on ne xt page)
PROGRAMS Teen Reading Buddies Storytime Mondays, January 4, 11 & 25 and February 1, 8 & 22, 4:30 PM Encourage your child’s love of books by pairing them with a teen reading buddy for one-on-one reading time. For ages 3-6. Thursday, January 7, 4:00 PM - Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes Stories, music, crafts and collaborative activities to help strengthen participants’ understanding of tolerance and how working together benefits their larger community. For ages 5–8. Seasonal Storytime & Sing-Along Saturday, January 9, 10:00 am - Winter is here! Monthly storytime & sing-along based on a seasonal theme with stories, songs, flannel board activities, musical instruments and a craft. For ages 2-6 with a parent or caregiver. Family Movie Matinee Saturday, January 2, 3:00 pm - Spiderwick Chronicles, Rated PG, 97 minutes Mad Scientists’ Club – Registration required Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 PM - Space Weather Explore scientific topics through activities. For ages 8-11. The Monster at the End of This Book – Registration required Wednesday, January 6, 3:30 PM Special storytime and craft. For ages 3-7. Sticky Rice & the Chinese New Year with Storyteller Linda Fang Saturday, January 9, 3:00 PM Stories about the tradition of sticky rice and other fabulous stories about Chinese New Year traditions. For all ages. LOUD Poetry with James Scott, The Loud Poetry Guy Saturday, January 23, 3:00 pm The Loud Poetry Guy entertains and impresses his audiences with animated, fast-paced and creative poetry that is LOUD! For all ages.
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Ashburn Library Advisory Board Book Sale Friday, January 29, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Saturday, January 30, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, January 31, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Books, movies, music and more - all at great prices! Donations of paperback and hardback books, CDs, DVDs and software will be accepted January 16 - 27 during regular library hours. Wii Night Mondays, January 25, 7:00 PM Play popular games with friends and family. Meet new people and play new games. Door prizes! Take part in a current generation console game swap (Rated E - for Everyone). For all ages. TEENS FOR AGES 12-18 Teen Book Group Thursdays, January 21 and February 18, 7:00 PM Accept the challenge: pick the best teen book of 2009. We’ll meet once a month to discuss books published in 2009. In February 2010, we’ll vote for Ashburn’s Best Books for Young Adults. Books are available at the Information Desk. ADULTS Adult Book Club Monday, January 4, 7:00 PM Recommended Reads. Come and talk with the group about a book you’ve read recently. Share your opinions and get ideas for future reading! Monday, February 1, 7:00 PM The Outlander: a novel by Gil Adamson Parent University presented by Certified Educators from the Goddard School for Early Childhood Development – Registration required Informational sessions for parents and caregivers. Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 PM Reading Readiness One-on-One ESL Tutoring January - February 2010, by appointment Starting December 14, come to the Information Desk to sign-up for English as a Second Language tutoring during January and February. ESL learners will be partnered with a trained Ashburn Library volunteer for a one-hour session each week for two months. ESL - English Conversation Group Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, January – February Thursdays, 10:00 AM, January – February An informal conversation group for non-native speakers to practice speaking English. Blood Drive With Inova Bloodmobile Tuesday, January 12, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM Give blood at the library! For an appointment call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372). Walk-ins are also welcome. ART ON EXHIBIT January – February 2010 Techno-Impressionism by Tony Carp Saturday, January 23, 2:00 PM Meet the Artist – Tony Carp
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For Sale: Moving sale, everything must go, TV/with ENT/ CTR, double stroller, toys, formal chair, formal sandals size 8.5/9, decoration and house/h pieces, and a lot more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org For Sale: Boy’s twin wooden bunkbeds, w/drawers, matching nightstand, $200. Air hockey table, full size, 88”x 44”, $100 –obo. Call 571-215-3982 For Sale: IMPEX multi-station weight set with weight bench and arm pulleys to workout entire body. IMPEX Marcy Platinum Model MP3100 barely used $150.00 or best offer. Call 703-7233679. For Sale: Legacy brand crib and Colgate mattress $50. Crib bedding and accessories – unisex ABC themed pattern $25. ( Continu ed on ne xt page)
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Graco pack n play unisex pattern with two matching sheets $20. All items in very good condition. Call 703-723-7255. For Sale: Firewood. Buy local—OAK and other hardwoods from Loudoun Tree Farm. $100/half cord. Delivery (included) starting November. Contact Ashburn resident via email LoudounForesteremail@example.com For Sale: Famous name gorgeous cut aquamarine loose stones appraised at $1100 only $250. Cardio Glide $25, some Pampered Chef pieces varied prices, Afghan prayer rug authentic $200. 703-723-6321-H or 703- 927-5031 Cell. Leave message & call back. Speak clearly. For Sale: 9-ft Pre-lit Kirkland Signature Christmas tree. 1800 constant-on lights, hinged branches pre-attached to center of tree, on-off foot pedal, stand included. Sells for $300+ at Costco. Like new! Your price $150 OBO. 703-858-1171 or 703-303-6072. For Sale: Foosball table great condition. $50. 571-225-1781. For Sale: Cargo bunkbeds with mattress, matching nightstand with draws, desk w/chair, two book shelves, matching winter / summer bedding. $800 OBO. 703-729-9224 or 703-851-2200. For Sale:: Piano – Everett Studio Style excellent condition $1200 OBO, Thomasville entertainment center French Country Style – tall with doors and slide out shelves on top and bottom. $399.00. 703-723-3679. For Sale: Desk – white wash with medium color wood top designed by Christopher Lowell – orig $425 will sell for $150 OBO. Bookshelves – 3 tall white bookshelves $20 each. 703-723-3679. For Sale: Turn of the century English antique armoire with mirrored door 80 x 15 3/4 x 33 3/4 . Matching chest of drawers with attached swivel mirror and candle holders 32 x 39 x 20 3/4 . $1000 OBO. Call 703-729-8904. For Sale: Antiques for sale. Victrola phonograph cabinet style works with records. Art Deco radio floor model, works. Decons bench white oak with storage. Walnut rocker hand carved 150 yrs. Barister chair. 1940’s typewriter many other items as well. Call Gary and Linda Paul 703-858-5782. HEALTH & WELLNESS A Touch of Health: Offers classes in 1. Dr. Mom’s introduction to pure essential oils, 2. A Woman’s Wellness Awakening Class 3. Aroma Touch Wellness Massage for couples. Eight oil used to help stress immunity, inflammation and hormones. 703-887-6634. www.atouchofhealth.biz HOME IMPROVEMENT A-1 Home Services: Small jobs honey do lists. Basements, decks, plumbing, elec., drywall, paint, roof repairs, odd jobs. 540-454-5024 Home Improvement Contractor: Specializing in finishing basements, remodeling bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, exterior hot tub installation, express water heater replacement, expert at water-proofing wet basements. 30 years experience. Free estimates. For all your home improvement needs, call Marc at 703-724-0772.
Home Improvement Specialist: Low rates for basements, drywall, fences, decks and small jobs. 25 years carpentry experience. Member Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Excellent Ashburn Village references available. Licensed/insured. Call Chris 703-771-9004. Handy Guy: Painting, window washing, minor plumbing and electrical, new light fixtures, shelves and closet organizers installed AND everything in between. Free estimates. Call 703729-0184 evenings, 925-548-1725 days.. Full Circle Home Improvement: Kitchen and bath remodeling-flooring, installation hardwood tile etc. Finish trim moldingslighting-decks-finished basements-painting and more. Licensed and insured. Call Rich at 703-723-4268 email full_circlehome@ yahoo.com Allfix: Have something in need of repair or replacement? YOU NAME IT-WE’LL FIX IT…or, we’ll remodel it! Trusted in tri-state since 1985. Lic/Ins. Discounts and Assurance Warranty. Carpentry, built-ins, painting, drywall, electrical, plumbing, more…See feedback at: www.allfix.us 888.4.ALLFIX LAWN/LANDSCAPING Grass Mowing “Cheap”: Ashburn Village Residents only – for town home and single family, now accepting new residential clients for spring 2010. Mow, edge, and blow. FENCE POWER WASH and re-stain, Retired Professionals: email: firstname.lastname@example.org 703-858-0103. LOST AND FOUND Jewelry found near the intersection of Cobham Station Court and Hillary Way. Please email description and approximate date lost to email@example.com in order to claim item. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Affordable Carpet Cleaning & Restoration: Whole house special – 7 rooms/areas only $147. Carpet stretching/repair. 24 hour emergency water damage. Mold experts. Pet odor/spotting, scotchguarding, upholstery cleaning, oriental rug cleaning. 30 years experience, including The White House. Please call 703-978-2270 Ashburn Electric: Specializing in Recess Light Installation & Service. Licensed/Insured. Call Craig at 703-858-7332. Ashburn resident. Computer Repairs: Need computer repairs, backups, wireless networking, virus or spyware removal? Call Brian at Circle Blue for fast and friendly service. We have the lowest prices in the neighborhood! Check out the one rate pricing at http://www. circleblue.com! 703-648-0810. REAL ESTATE Paladin Real Estate: LLC leasing sales and property management call Matt Everly a licensed Virginia broker for 20 years and your Ashburn neighbor to lease, sell or manage your real estate. I will work hard for you. Call 703-898-4741. ( Continu ed on ne x t page)
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SPECIAL INTEREST MOMS Club of Ashburn Village: Offers fun and support to mothers through playgroups, field trips, Moms’ Night Out, and more! Meetings held the third Thursday of each month are open to prospective members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.avmomsclub.50webs.com/.
Babysitting/Pet Sitting/Tutoring: Mackenzie Scofield, 4 plus years of experience as a Village Helper, with significant repeat business. Babysits for ages newborn – 12 years of age. Contact Mackenzie at 703-858-9707.
Pet Sitting: Jessica Feddersen Loves animals, very responsible. Call 571-271-9002 or email me at jessicaf_dancer_11@hotmail. com.
In an ongoing attempt to provide the best service to our residents, we will no longer be listing the ages of the Village Helpers. Parents are encouraged to closely monitor any correspondence directed at their children as a result of these advertisements. Babysitter and/or Tutor: Ty Sheedlo, great with kids. Babysitter training course and experience. All honors classes and Spectrum. Very patient and good at entertaining kids. Please call 703-729-2182. Babysitting: Brice Pinson, Will baby-sit 6 months on up. 3 years experience (can provide references) Please call 703-729-5642.
Pet Sitting and Babysitting: Pet sitting and babysitting Neil Hartman very responsible. Please call 703-729-2453.
Will Mow your Lawn: Ryan Johnston will mow and trim your yard. Very dependable. I have my own equipment. Please call 703-723-1915. Fishing Lessons: Ryan Johnston will teach you or your child to fish. I have fishing gear, if you don’t. Please call 703-723-1915 Flute Lessons: I have eight years of flute playing experience and am offering lessons for beginner and intermediate level flute students. The fee will be $15 per half hours session. Contact 703-729-1591.
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