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The Chantilly Highlander Your Community Newsletter Serving Chantilly Highlands Visit us on the web at

March 2005 2005 Annual HOA Dues Statements have been mailed for your 2005 HOA Dues, assessed at $210. Payments are due no later than March 31, 2005. Those received with postmarks after March 31, 2005 are subject to a $25 late fee. If you have not received a statement please contact Chris Tacinelli at 703-787-0315.

HOP on OVER To the CHHA Community Center For a Spring Egg Hunt and Craft Party!

Saturday, March 12th from 2-4 PM Egg Hunt, Crafts and Refreshments Join the Easter Bunny for an Egg-citing Time! Meet at the park by the Community Center at 2 PM. Each age group (ages 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8+) will have their own egg hunt. After finding the eggs, we’ll do crafts and enjoy a treat in the Community Center. Bring a basket and a camera for a picture with the Easter Bunny. Rain Date: March 19th 2-4 pm. Same bunny time, same bunny place.

Land Management Meeting The Land Management Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 PM at the Community Center. Topics to be discussed include the Stone Heather sign replacement, seasonal annuals, front entrances in works, common ground debris clean up, and Centreville Road widening and its impact. Residents are encouraged to come with ideas or concerns. Please contact Wendy Osborn at 703-834-7978 or email her at

HELP WANTED... ...Intelligent, ambitious, and eager persons with a strong desire to make a difference and join a community-minded group needed. The Architectural Control Committee and the Community Facilities Committee really need volunteers to join their committees to help get things done, and keep things running! This is a great way to give back to your community! In addition, all of the committees are always seeking new volunteers. If interested, look over the committee descriptions on page 14, and contact the liaison for that committee listed on page 15. You can make a difference!

In This Issue: 2005 Budget Report………………….. Board & Committee Contacts……….. Board Minutes…………………………. Classified Ads…………………………. Civic News…………………………….. Community Events & Calendar……...

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Chantilly Highlands Homeowners Association Board of Directors Meeting Thursday, February 3, 2005 Submitted by: Chris Tacinelli Minutes are tentative and will be reviewed and approved at the upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

Board Attendees: Jeff Boehlert, Debbie Bowen, Jim Ceh, Mark Hassinger, Karen McGreevy, Wendy Osborn, Chris Tacinelli, Darin Welt, and Dan Feer (Dan was present to open the meeting and conduct officer elections only). Absent Board Attendees: Mary Kerr. Home Owner Attendees: Two residents. Outgoing President Dan Feer called the February Board Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Board of Directors – Officer Elections: Dan Feer opened the meeting with the election of officers for 2005. The following individuals volunteered their names for 2005 officer positions: Jim Ceh (President), Wendy Osborn (Vice-President), Mary Kerr (Secretary) and Chris Tacinelli (Treasurer). Ballots were distributed and cast by the Board in private. By unanimous vote the four positions were filled as slated. Jim Ceh then took over the meeting and followed the agenda. Meeting Minutes: The January Minutes were reviewed and accepted. Treasurer's Report: Jim Ceh reported that dues letters will be sent out within the next 30 days. Annual Assessments are due March 31, 2005. Any payment received after that date will be subject to late fees. The HOA is starting the year with $259,000 in the bank allocated toward Capital Improvement Projects. Community Facilities: The floor in the community center has been recently cleaned and waxed. The Community Facilities (ComFac) committee is looking into options to provide floor waxing and other cleaning services for the community center on a more regular basis. Bids are being received to improve the lights in the playground area. A local tennis pro is also helping review the bids received for the tennis court resurfacing to provide assistance in the bid selection process. The ComFac committee held a pool work session on February 2nd to discuss this coming years pool operation. Splash Aquatics (last year’s management company) was in attendance and represented by the company owner. Splash Aquatics has submitted a proposal for this year’s management contract. They have hired a new manager to cover our pool and have committed to incorporate the concerns they have heard from our community into this year’s operational plan. Two residents of the community were present and voiced their concerns with both the pool company’s management last year and the manner in which a selection was made. Jeff Boehlert commented that the ComFac committee is a very small group with a very large task. Volunteers are needed to help address concerns and turn them into results. Jeff Boehlert noted that the ComFac committee recommended keeping Splash Aquatics for one more season. The recommendation is contingent on a careful review of the contract to make sure it includes the provisions noted by the community (these include but are not limited to the number of guards in chairs at any given time, the selling of concessions, guard interviewing…). Jeff Boehlert asked that anyone who was unable to attend the meeting and had comments should submit them either via e-mail to the board at or in writing to CHHA Comfac Committee, PO Box 710238, Oak Hill, VA 20171. Land Management: The Garden Club has expressed interest in enhancing the landscaping in the area around the entrance sign on Stone Heather. Land Management is looking into possibilities for improving and/or replacing this entrance sign with a more stable sign. The Land Management Committee requested that all community members should work together to pick up blowing debris both on individual properties and throughout adjacent common areas. This will help keep the community clean and beautiful. The Land Management Committee is looking into working with the community youth groups to further assist in this effort. Community Events: The volunteer recognition party was a success, well attended and enjoyed by so many wonderful resident community volunteers. The party recognized volunteers dating back to the beginning of the community's establishment and welcomed new resident volunteers. The upcoming Spring Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 12th with more details to follow in the Highlander. Long Range Planning/Neighborhood Watch: Nothing to report at this time. Architectural Control: The ACC is looking for volunteers to help process exterior alteration requests. The ACC is researching a current county regulation to create residential parking districts within HOA governed developments. More information will be forthcoming. See BOARD MINUTES on Page 3

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BOARD MINUTES from page 2

Newsletter: The Newsletter Committee will hold a work session with interested community members in March or April to solicit input on improvements to the layout, design and content of the Newsletter. Old Business: None. New Business: Wendy Osborn has investigated the current levels of insurance coverage for the HOA, Board of Directors and Officers. It may be necessary to update the coverage to reflect current year values. This issue will be looked into and reported back to the Board. There was discussion about the possibility of utilizing an outside management company to assist with the community compliance walk through. The Board and ACC are obligated to conduct a walk through of the community to identify individual lot violations that deviate from the covenants and by-laws. It is possible that a management company could assist with this task and conduct the initial site visit for all 908 homes and perform the follow up to make sure any violations are brought back into compliance. The fee for these services would be approximately $25,000 per year. It was decided that this item would need to be discussed in more detail at the next Board meeting. The discussion at that time will include if this expenditure is necessary and, if so, how to pay for the fee, as it is not identified in the current year budget. The Swim Team has requested the $1,000 set aside in the annual HOA budget to cover swim team activities, and further requested additional funds, if available, to cover this year’s anticipated swim team related expenses. The Swim Team provided details on what the money would be used for. The Board has requested additional information on the use of the funds in order to review and take action at the March Board Meeting. Adjournment: Chris Tacinelli made a Motion to adjourn the meeting and Darin Welt Seconded. The Board approved and the meeting adjourned at 10:04 p.m.

Rob DeLeo Office: 703-376-6888 Cell: 571-332-6379 Fax: 703-376-6889

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Chantilly Highlands Annual Yard Sale

Adopt-A-Spot Notice

Mark your calendars! It’s time to clean out your basements, closets, and garages for the Annual Chantilly Highlands Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 30th from 8 AM to 12 Noon...Rain or Shine! If you have any questions contact Susan McCullough at 703-904-8453.

The Garden Club Adopt-A-Spot will be unable to continue without additional community interest and support. This has been a clean-up event in which residents in the community and youth groups seeking service hours have participated two to four times a year. The areas have included the Stone Heather designated Adopt-a-Spot area, the sledding hill, and other Chantilly Highlands grounds. Over the past two years the Garden Club has seen fewer and fewer helping hands. Without more help they will not be able to continue the adopt-a-spot efforts. It truly would be unfortunate if this tradition and community service would no longer continue. Please consider donating an hour or two in the spring and fall to help keep our community grounds free of debris for a cleaner, safer, and more attractive environment. Please contact Liz Grasty of the Garden Club at 703-904-8151 or email at if you would like to help.

Spring Egg Hunt Saturday, March 12th from 2-4 PM See page 1 for more details!

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CIVIC NEWS The Police Unity Tour is an organization established to raise awareness of and monetary support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). While we accomplish this mission, we also honor the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement. The mission is primarily accomplished through an annual bicycle trek from either New York, New Jersey or Virginia to the Memorial, located in Washington D.C. The “riders” are all active, former or retired sworn law enforcement officers and are supported during the bicycle journey by both sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel, survivors, immediate family and/ or trusted friends. Each officer that participates must raise $650 by April 10th. If you are interested in making a contribution to this non-profit organization, please make checks payable to The Police Unity Tour and mail to: Fred Sanborn, 6811 Landor Lane, Springfield, VA 22152. More information on this event and the organization can be found at

Choral Showcase and Spaghetti Dinner at Chantilly High School On March 9th and 10th the Chantilly High School Choral Department will present their annual Choral Showcase and Spaghetti Dinner. Dinner will begin at 5:30 and the concert will start at 7:30. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 12. The ticket price includes dinner and the concert. In addition to performances by the choirs from Chantilly, guest choirs from Rocky Run and Franklin Middle Schools will perform Wednesday and Thursday evening respectively. Tickets will be available to the community beginning Friday, March 4th, and continuing through Monday and Tuesday March 7th and 8th. The tickets may be purchased in the CHS cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions about tickets, please call Joyce Resua at 703-4786382.

BOY SCOUT MULCH SALES The following Boy Scout Troops are hosting mulch sales in our neighborhood. Please contact them directly for more information or to place an order. Troop 160 - Mark Keffer (703) 620-2231 or email at Troop 811 - Ken Rich (703) 435-3034

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS VOLUNTEER AT THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGGURATION Girl Scout Troops 541 and 3122, from Herndon, Virginia, braved the cold weather to be among the selected volunteers at this year's 55th National Inauguration festivities. The girls were assigned to the Capitol where they helped the many visitors find their appropriate seating areas. Their favorite part was getting stuck in an elevator with Congressman Van Hollen for about 15 minutes! Most of the scouts go to Chantilly High School; one girl attends Oakton High School. Despite the weather the girls all agreed it was the opportunity of a lifetime and one they would always remember!

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Volunteers, We Salute You! By Wendy Osborn

The Volunteer Recognition Party took place on Sunday, January 23rd. We were spared the foot of snow as predicted and had an attendance of almost 40 residents who trekked through the 5 inches of snow for a festive Mexican themed party. The Tortilla Factory catered the event with yummy cocktail tidbits. It was a wonderful gathering of residents, including volunteers from the inception of Chantilly Highlands to our new resident volunteers of today. The stories shared by residents about the start of the community were fascinating and worth

having another community get-together and future articles in the newsletter. Residents had a chance at a drawing to win generously donated restaurant packages and gift baskets from the following establishments: Balducci’s, Bertucci’s, Coastal Flats, On the Border, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, San Vito Restaurant, and The Tortilla Factory. Franklin Farm Starbucks generously donated coffee for the event. Beth Whisamore, our new social coordinator, was on hand and participated in making this event a success. Thank you, Dan Feer, for believing in initiating a community volunteer recognition. I wish to thank all the residents who supported our efforts.

Thanks to Our Generous Donors for the Volunteer party:

BALDUCCI’S 11860 Spectrum Center, Reston, VA 20190 (703) 787-4888

13915 Metro Tech Drive Chantilly, VA 20151 703.818.3713



brick oven ristorante

13340 Franklin Farm Road Herndon, VA 20171 (703) 707-6400

13195 Parcher Ave. –Herndon, VA 20170 (703) 787-6500

COASTAL FLATS Fairfax Corner 11901 Grand Commons Avenue Fairfax, VA 22030


Starbucks Coffee Company 13340-B Franklin Farms Road Herndon, Virginia 20171 571-203-0355


11880 Spectrum Center Reston, VA 20190 (703) 904-1240

703-471-1156 648 Elden Street Herndon, Virginia 20170 THANK YOU, DONORS!

2403 Centreville Road · Herndon, VA 20171 (703) 793-5277 ·


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A friendly reminder We have had some fierce winter winds this year, causing many of our trash bins to blow over and recycling debris to be strewn about our streets. Please be mindful of these windy days, taking particular precautions with loose recyclables. Land Management thanks all residents for their consideration and efforts of keeping our streets and common grounds clean. Please be a good neighbor and pick up blowing trash!

When the Snow Falls‌ Remember to grab your shovel and clear your sidewalk before you head out for the sledding hill (because you will likely be too cold and/or too tired to shovel when you get back!). You have a legal obligation to keep the sidewalks on your property safe for others to use. There have been complaints that some residents do not adequately shovel their sidewalks (some do not seem to shovel at all!). We have a lot of children who walk to school and residents who walk for exercise.

The sledding hill is always a big hit, with even the smallest amount of snow!

Former and current volunteers gather at our recent Volunteer Recognition Party to share stories, catch up on happenings, and meet new faces.

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We have just completed a 7-month long remodeling project, and I have learned a few things in the process that may be helpful to those of you contemplating remodeling projects in the upcoming months. The first, and most important, thing you can do to make your project successful is to plan for it. Borrow ideas from others. Before beginning any project, look through home magazines for ideas that appeal to you. Cut them out, being sure to also clip resource lists located in the back of the magazine for each featured story that is of interest to you. (This will save a lot of time trying to track down featured items that you wish to purchase.) Store the file for a few weeks or months, and then review it. Do the items still appeal to you? Is there a common theme or item that all the pictures you clipped seem to have? Know what you want before you begin remodeling, because the quickest way to surpass your remodeling budget and timeline is to make structural, design, or major material changes once construction has begun. Don’t change things you like, or make changes that are impractical or inconvenient. Be careful not to sacrifice the features that you truly like about your home in the remodeling process. For example, if your house has a very open and airy feel to it that you love, are you really willing to sacrifice the cathedral ceilings in your family room to build an additional bedroom over that space? Will the house still have the same appeal after that is done? Or, if you move the washer and dryer to the garage in order to make a mudroom out of the existing laundry room, is it really practical or convenient for you to carry the laundry in and out of the house, especially in extreme cold or heat? How will your appliances function in extreme weather conditions? Or, if you are contemplating an addition, are you truly willing to sacrifice yard space to gain the extra square footage? Plan for your family’s immediate needs, but also for future needs. For example, your kids may be toddlers now, and the basement remodel you are planning calls for a playroom area. But as your family grows, you may want to convert that space to a home office, or bedroom/guest room and bath. If so, plan now to minimize future structural changes and building expenses. For example, have extra electric outlets and recessed overhead lights installed, have the space wired for high speed internet access, have plumbing roughed in, or have a larger ingress/ egress window installed now. These items may increase your current project budget, but they will be much more costly and disruptive to install later. Seek assistance from designers, architects, and others

with good design skills. Many people feel that small remodeling projects do not warrant the expense of consulting with a professional. This can be a mistake, especially for kitchen and bath remodeling projects. A good designer or architect can show you a number of design possibilities that you probably wouldn’t have thought of on your own. Good designers will also save you money in the long run by helping you avoid costly mistakes. For example, if you choose to upgrade your stove to a top of the line, commercial-grade one, a designer would be aware that the exhaust fan for such an item will require 10-inch ductwork, and their design plan will take this into consideration. Most of us don’t have the time to research all of the material options and brands available, their installation and space requirements, and the pros and cons of each. Designers can help you narrow these choices, and make suggestions about the products that will best meet your functional, space, and budget requirements. Friends or neighbors that have good design skills are also a great (and free) resource to tap. Consult your realtor before making major changes. They will be able to give you some idea as to which types of home improvement projects will yield the biggest resale value. Some home improvement magazines also track this See REMODELING on page 9

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REMODELING from page 8

information on a national basis, but your agent can give you more specific information regarding local market trends. Be aware that some improvements, such as the installation of a swimming pool, may be viewed by some prospective buyers as a liability rather than an asset. Of course, resale value alone should not be the sole determining factor in choosing whether or not to move forward with a project, especially if you plan to live in your home for many years. Your enjoyment of the contemplated improvement over many years is valuable too. Know neighborhood and county code requirements. In addition to CHHA architectural standards, familiarize yourself with basic Fairfax County Building Code requirements, as they may factor into your overall design plan. For example, additions must be set back a specific distance from the property line, and there may be utility or other types of easements unique to your lot that you can not build over or near. Also, in order to achieve the correct roof pitch on a new first floor addition, existing upstairs windows may need to be made smaller. There are code requirements as to how small window openings can be, and how they must swing open. If you don’t factor these modifications into your original design, your project could be significantly delayed. With our remodel, we found lead times for well-known door and window manufacturers were extremely long; nearly double the time estimate that we were told when placing our initial order. Set a realistic budget. Once you know what basic design you want, you need to decide how much money you want, or can afford, to spend. Be realistic. Learn the general price range of materials you are considering. Set a separate budget for various types of materials. For example, in a kitchen remodel set an appliance budget, a cabinetry budget, a countertop budget, a flooring budget, and an installation/construction budget. Remember that remodeling costs are often more than new construction costs, simply because you are not getting volume discounts on materials and labor, and there is some element of the unknown involved in trying to meld a new structure with an existing one. Plan on spending only 80 percent of what you can afford. Put the additional 20 percent in reserve to cover changes, unforeseen problems, and miscellaneous charges. Remember that anything not included in the original contract will cost extra. It's very easy to start tacking on hundreds, and even thousands of dollars in change orders that will break both your budget and your timeline. Stay focused. Stick to the project you have planned, rather than deciding that now is the time to overhaul the rest of the house. NEXT INSTALLMENT… CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

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Chantilly Highlands Homes Association 2005 Budget 2004 Actual

2005 Budget

INCOME Directory Advertising Newsletter Advertising Community Activities ComFac HOA Dues: Collection Costs Current Year Dues Late Fees Previous Year Dues Interest Miscellaneous Pool Resale Package Investment Interest TOTAL INCOME

$415.00 9,527.50 1,050.00 5,378.50

$500.00 8,000.00 1,000.00 5,400.00

5,461.00 186,244.00 2,065.00 439.00 2,968.51 0.14 3,550.50 6,100.00 22.50 $223,221.65

0.00 190,470.00 1,500.00 0.00 3,000.00 0.00 4,250.00 6,250.00 0.00 $220,370.00

EXPENSES ACC Administration Capital Improvements Civic Affairs Community Activities Community Center Cleaning Electricity Fees Garbage Miscellaneous Pool Telephone Water Community Center Insurance Landscaping Land Management Neighborhood Watch Newsletter TOTAL EXPENSES

$0.00 33,842.54 0.00 0.00 2,849.13 2,997.50 6,913.54 200.00 872.50 227.92 56,581.00 1,400.68 1,567.09 1,909.62 7,550.00 45,138.00 1,441.62 0.00 19,421.18 $182,912.32

$450.00 32,000.00 25,000.00 150.00 7,250.00 3,000.00 7,700.00 200.00 750.00 500.00 59,500.00 1,300.00 1,500.00 2,400.00 7,750.00 46,000.00 5,120.00 300.00 19,500.00 $220,370.00




* This budget was created as a summary report for informational purposes. For the complete

budget contact the Board, or go online to view at

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Give Your Mailbox a Facelift! As the weather gets nicer, and you get out in the yard more, don’t neglect your mailbox. • Keep the approach to your mailbox cleared of snow, vehicles, and other objects (and don’t block your neighbor’s mailbox when parking on the street!). • Keep your mailbox and support in good condition and free from rust. • Replace parts or the entire mailbox if the door or flag are not in working condition, OR ARE MISSING! Make repairs if the box or post are loose. Also, remind family members that mailboxes, and mail, are protected by federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705). It is a crime to vandalize them (and to injure, deface, or destroy any mail deposited in them). Mailbox vandalism should be reported to both the police and the Postal Inspection Service. Violators can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism.

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COMMUNITY CENTER RENTAL INFO When planning your next party, meeting, or gathering, consider renting the community center: $15/ hour + $35 cleaning fee + $200 deposit (which will be cashed, with a refund check processed about two weeks after your event). Call and leave a message with your name, phone number, and possible rental date(s). The Community Center Coordinator will return your call.

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Spring Gardening and Yard Work

Exterior Home Improvements Planned for the Near Future? If so, make sure to submit an ACC Exterior Alteration Request Form BEFORE starting your project! Get your request form online at or call Carla Abbud at 703-925-0949 for a form if you can’t access the internet.

When getting ready to begin your yard work and gardening this spring, take a moment to visit the Fairfax County Master Gardener’s website at for a huge selection of answers to your gardening and lawn care questions. Also visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension at for even more information. Don’t forget to test your soil every 2-3 years. Instructions, fee schedules, and soil containers may be picked up at Fairfax County libraries or the VA Cooperative Extension at 12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 1006, 703-324-8556.


Come to the Cub Run and Bull Run Watershed Forum on Saturday March 19 to learn how you can improve the health, safety and quality of your community by participating in plans to revitalize our community streams. The forum is free and open to the public. Registration: To ensure a space (and light lunch) at the forum, please register in advance by Wednesday, March 16. Walk-in registration will be available but is not guaranteed. There is no fee to attend the forum. To register email us at To learn more, visit the project website at http://

County Board Chairman Has E-Newsletter Fairfax County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Gerry Connolly has a new Electronic Newsletter called “The Chairman’s Report.” It is a periodic emailed newsletter with lots of information for Fairfax County residents on issues such as transportation, housing, environment, gangs, etc. Subscribe at:

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (DEIS) FOR PROPOSED NEW RUNWAYS AS WASHINGTON-DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the airport operator, has proposed an additional northsouth runway, a new east-west runway, and parallel and connector taxiways. The authority's plan also calls for development of a third midfield concourse and navigational aids. Two alternatives to the proposed action and a no-build (or no-action) alternative are evaluated in the Draft EIS. We strongly encourage you to review the DEIS prior to attending the public hearing and submitting comments. The DEIS is available for review at the locations listed below in this email. The DEIS also is posted on the MWAA dulles/EnvironmentalStudies/RunwaysEIS.htm The FAA would like to receive your comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement by March 7, 2005. You may submit verbal and written comments during the public hearings/workshops or mail comments to the project manager, Brad Mehaffy, FAA, Washington Airports District Office, 23723 Air Freight Lane, Suite 210, Dulles, VA 20166.

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Opening doors and closing sales!

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Can your child swim? By The Answerman Bob: My 8 year old can already swim well. He has had swim lessons the last two summers and he doesn’t need to join the swim team. He can swim the length of the pool now without too much struggle. Answerman: Getting your son swim lessons was a great idea Bob, but your son really is not water safe and you really should not classify him as a swimmer. That is a false illusion of safety. My parents got me lessons as a kid and my ability level sounds a lot like your son. That is where my parents stopped back then and that is where most stop now. My wife and I took the same route with our first child. We had no intention of putting her on the swim team. We did not know that young children could learn to swim really well and that there was an alternative way to train them. We were up at the pool one day when our daughter was 6 years old. The swim team came in to practice and she said “Look Mom, they all have matching suits!” That is not what caught her parent’s attention. We could not believe how well the youngest swimmers on the team could swim. We thought that our daughter was doing well for her age. She had her safety patch and could struggle the length of the pool. We saw little kids who could do backstroke, breaststroke and swim several laps without stopping. We were amazed. We put Meredith on the team and that is where she Really learned to swim. Bob: Look, my kid is not a natural athlete. I don’t think he could do those things at 8 years old. Answerman: Most of the kids on the swim team are not natural athletes; maybe 10% of them. That seems to be the percentage in the general population that I have observed in kids sports. I have one child who is a born athlete and one who is not. They both are good swimmers. Both can swim at least a mile without stopping (or more) and both can do all four competitive strokes. My child, who is not a natural athlete, has had a great time in her swimming career. She has made lots of friends and has been able to make good money by giving lessons and coaching. She is not as fast as her younger sister and never will be, but that did not stop her from improving. In fact, swimming is one of the best sports for kids who are not natural athletes. One Olympic gold medalist has noted that he was a failure at all the land sports he tried until his parents put him on the swim team. He found something that his body was suited to and he just blossomed as a competitor. Bob: My son just doesn’t seem to be the competitive type. The swim team thing could be too overwhelming for him. Answerman: The first two years that my youngest daughter was on the team, she sat out of practice half the time, pouting, saying that she was either too tired or too cold. She also did not speak one word to her coaches even when spoken to directly. Today, she is a very aggressive swimmer, able to get herself psyched-up and focused for practice and races. Kids don’t change attitudes and abilities overnight, but if they stick to something tremendous improvements can take place. Bob, don’t sell your son short. I have seen countless kids who are not natural athletes become excellent swimmers. Bob: You have convinced me. When can I sign my son up for the team? Answerman: April 27th and the 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the community center. Put it on your calendar & bring your son’s medical insurance and emergency contact information. I think both your son and you will have a great time making some summer memories.

COMMITTEE INFO Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM at the Community Center. Meetings are open, and all residents are welcome and encouraged to participate. To include a specific item on the agenda, please contact Dan Feer, Board President, at 571-2039558. Architectural Control Committee (ACC) meets monthly at the Community Center. Contact any ACC member or appropriate Board member if you have ACC questions or concerns. Chantilly Highlander newsletter team welcomes your articles and community photos of specific events, or just whatever is going on in your neighborhood! We would also love your suggestions and ideas for new features as well as feedback on current content. Advertising questions and other information may be emailed to, or mailed to the Editor at P.O. Box 710238, Oak Hill, VA, 20171. Community Activities Committee identifies and schedules events for the participation of Chantilly Highlands families. The committee meets as events are scheduled, and chairpersons vary throughout the year. If you are interested in leading an event or have ideas for a community activity, please contact a Board member. Community Facilities Committee (ComFac) meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM at the Community Center. Issues pertaining to our swimming pool, tennis courts, playground, Community Center and its grounds are managed by the Community Facilities Committee. If you would like to become involved in this committee, contact Jeff Boehlert at 703-435-2836. Land Management Committee handles all issues that involve the common areas of our community: primarily lawn care and snow removal. Meetings are held as needed. You may contact Wendy Osborn at 703-8347978 with questions and if you are able to help on the Land Management Committee.

Spring Break at RecQuest If you’re looking for something for your child to do during Spring Break, think RecQuest. The program is offered from March 21-25 at Fairfax County Community Centers from 9 AM to 6 PM. The cost is $70 for the week per child, with a sliding fee scale available. Call 703324-5555 for more information.

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Cut out and hang by your phone for handy reference!

When calling board or committee members, please be mindful that they are volunteers, with jobs and families, making sacrifices to serve our community. Try to contact the appropriate liaison or committee chair for the best response to a concern/question.

2005 CHHA Board of Directors President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Architectural Control Liaison Community Facilities Liaison Land Management Liaison Newsletter Liaison New Board Member New Board Member New Board Member

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The Chantilly Highlander is a monthly publication which informs the community of our accomplishments, upcoming events, committee meeting highlights and decisions, and provides a forum for you and your family to communicate items of interest to your neighbors! Articles are reviewed and published at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Published advertisement is encouraged, however it is not considered an endorsement by the Board. Electronic submissions are encouraged via email; however, please also provide a “camera ready” printed copy for comparison if there are graphics or fonts (print styles) that must be maintained. Email address: (Please include ‘Chantilly Highlander’ in the subject line) Mailing address: CHHA, c/o The Chantilly Highlander, P.O. Box 710238, Oak Hill, VA 20171 Please submit your articles, Letters to the Editor, camera-ready advertising (with check or money order), and/or photos of your event to: The Editor. All submissions and payments must be RECEIVED by the 12th of each month for consideration in the next month’s issue, so be sure to allow sufficient time for mail processing.

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