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October 2005 FAIRFAX COUNTY TAX DEADLINE REMINDER Personal Property tax & decal bills due Oct 5th!
Everyone is invited to attend the Annual Chantilly Highlands Halloween Parade & Party!! Meet Sunday, October 30th at 1:30 PM at Kilbrennan and Kinross, near Centreville Road.
You can pay online, by telephone 703-222-6740 (VISA or MC) or 703-222-8234 (Discover), banks in Fairfax County (SunTrust, Wachovia, or Bank of America), kiosks, or by mail. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta
The parade will end at the Community Center with treats, fun and lots of surprises!
If it is raining, meet at the Community Center at 1:30 PM.
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.
The Haunted House Awaits You! There’s something for everyone!
Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd From 7 - 9 PM at the Community Center Donations requested for the Haunted House Games and food tickets are 25¢ Hosted by Girl Scout troops 541 & 3122
Call (703) 435-0736 For Exterior Home Improvements you need to submit an ACC Exterior Alteration Request Form BEFORE starting your project! Get your request form online at www.chha.org or call Carla Abbud at 703-925-0949 for a form.
In This Issue: Board & Committee Contacts……….. Board Minutes…………………………. Classified Ads…………………………. Community Calendar……………….… Garden Club News…………………… Neighborhood Watch..….…………….
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Chantilly Highlands Homes Association Board of Directors Meeting Thursday, September 1, 2005 Submitted by: Wendy Osborn 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, Mary Kerr, Karen McGreevy, and Wendy Osborn Absent Board Attendees: Chris Tacinelli and Darin Welt Home Owner Attendees: One Resident. The Chantilly Highlands Homeowners Association Meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m. by President Jim Ceh. Meeting Minutes: The August minutes were reviewed and accepted as written. Treasurer's Report: Jim Ceh distributed the current budget in Chris’ absence. Pool guest fees collected thus far is $4,779.92. That is approximately $500 higher than last year. This is due to the pool company verifying that patrons were residents. The board will be meeting to discuss the 2006 budget in the near future. Community Events: Debbie Bowen announced that this year’s Community Day theme is “Country Fair” and is planned for Saturday, September 17th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everything is on schedule and should be fun for everyone. Volunteers are still needed and the committee is looking for 7th, 8th graders or scouts to help out. Girl Scout Troop #3132 will be handling the food sales. Long Range Planning: No news to report at this time. Community Facilities: Jeff Boehlert stated that the pool season went quite well. The pool company will be winterizing the pool in a couple of days. The pool cover was repaired over the summer and is ready for the winter. Repairs that will be needed prior to next pool season include: one Funbrella will be sent to the company for repair of a split, pool needs to be white-coated, tiles are falling off and need to be replaced, baby pool filter pump needs replaced, fencing needs posts replaced in some areas. Jeff will be getting estimates before presenting to the board for repair. The parking contractor will be returning to repair the poor sealing/striping job performed. Land Management: Estimates for the lawn maintenance contract will be brought to the board at the October Board meeting. Trees need to be trimmed around the pool area. Trees near the lights will require a tree service because of the height of these trees.
Neighborhood Watch: Multiple vehicles have been tampered with throughout the subdivision, drinking of underaged children has been taking place on the snow sled hill, pool chairs have been thrown into the pool after hours and someone used the baby pool as their personal restroom. Reports have been filed with the police, and increased police patrols will be performed. Architectural Control: Mark Hassinger and the ACC Committee are designing a check-off form to be used by the Board when performing the neighborhood walk-thru required by the By-Laws. A training session will be held so that the entire board assesses the properties by the same standards. An article will be included in the newsletter as to what areas will be reviewed. Newsletter: A resident asked to write an article regarding the industry in which they have a business. The board encourages residents to write articles as long as it doesn’t promote their individual business or trade. Old Business: No news to report at this time. New Business: Mary Kerr asked that the COMFAC Committee look into the cost of some smaller type umbrellas for the pool deck. Residents have asked for these umbrellas so they can be sitting near their children and still have protection from the sun. Due to VDOT providing notices to anyone with basketball hoops in violation, a request has come to the board for a basketball court to be established within the common grounds of the subdivision. The board discussed this in great detail and it was decided that this project isn’t included in the short or long-term budget and that hoops are available at Oak Hill Elementary. The current 25 year plan includes maintenance of what the community has and to do some small additional items. Large ticket items need to be part of the Long Range Plan. January of 2006, the CHHA Board of Directors will have 3 three-year openings and 1 two-year opening. Members leaving are Jeff Boehlert, Jim Ceh, and Mary Kerr and Debbie Bowen. This is volunteer community and an article will be placed in the newsletter asking for residents to step forward so it may continue to be a volunteer community versus a managed community. If we are unable to meet the minimal board staff requirements, we will be forced to consider acquiring a management company at an increased cost to be passed on to the residents. A traffic study will be performed in the near future on Kinross Circle, Cobra Drive, Kinross and Stone Heather, and Kinross and Cobra Drive to review possible traffic flow management additions. Adjournment: Jeff Boehlert made a Motion to adjourn the meeting and Mary Kerr Seconded. The Board approved and the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Get On Board We need FOUR civic-minded residents to fill upcoming vacancies on the board. If you are interested, or even curious, please contact Jim Ceh or Wendy Osborn for more information: Email Jim Ceh at email@example.com Or Wendy Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Hill Elementary PTA Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11th in the school cafeteria. 7:00 PM - Welcome Reception for New Families 7:30 PM - PTA meeting
Shop & Support By Barbara Philipps, Oak Hill PTA Oak Hill Elementary is once again saving the following: •
FRONT labels and UPCs for the Campbell's, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, V8, Swanson, FrancoAmerican and Pace products.
Tyson's Project A+ side labels found on Tyson's frozen and deli products.
Empty ink cartridges and old cell phones.
General Mills Box Tops for Education.
Drop off in the collection boxes located at the Franklin Farm Giant, Food Lion-McLearen Rd, and Food Lion-Rt 50 by Staples. Please remember to sign up with Giant (School #01962), Food Lion, Harris Teeter (School #5407) and Safeway (Group ID #6608471) for their fundraising programs. You can register on the school's website at www.myschoolonline.com/va/ohespta or at the stores. We must have you register every new school year. Thank you so much for your support with these programs! It does not cost you anything to participate but a few minutes of your time to sign up.
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1:30 PM Halloween Parade
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Recently there has been an increase in malicious/criminal activity in our neighborhood. Below are listed some of the incidents of which we are aware. If you are the victim of any such activity, please do two things: report the incident to the police so they can monitor increased problems (report the incident even if you don’t immediately notice it); contact our Neighborhood Watch Liaison, Karen McGreevy, (during daytime hours, please) so that she can also be aware of the activity in our area. Law enforcement officials are also asking anyone who is aware of gang activity to call 1-800-ATF-GANGS or 1-866-NO-GANGS.
Please take the time to discuss these incidents with the young people in your home. You can make it a casual discussion, but make sure they know your expectations of their behavior, consequences for activities such as these, how the intended target feels, and how one bad choice (no matter how innocent the intention) can have a lasting impact on their future. Remember to lock your vehicles and homes at all times (don’t forget those back or side garage doors). Report any suspicious activity or persons to the police at 703-691-2131, or 911 if it is an Emergency. Also report the incident to the Neighborhood Watch liaison, Karen McGreevy, at 703-435-1141, each and every time. Please contact the police if you have any information regarding any of the incidents reported below.
8/31/05—FIVE Cars in the 3200 block of Kinross Circle were tampered with. In one car wires were pulled from under dash. The other vehicles has personal possessions stolen. Two cars were vandalized. These cars were parked outside, and happened after 9 p.m. Underage drinking on the sledding hill by a large group of young people in August on more than one occasion. The police were called and the youth ran off, leaving behind empty beer cans. License plates were noted, and the police have increased patrol of this area. The swimming pool was broken into, and chairs were thrown in the pool; someone defecated in the baby pool. Numerous cars were egged on Ravenscraig and other streets. Oak Hill Elementary was apparently broken in to and vandalism occurred. Toilet Papering of houses has occurred. While teenagers may think this activity is clean fun, it leaves an arduous and sometimes dangerous task of attempting to clean up the paper, and makes the property unsightly. 9/3/05 (Saturday) - a satchel was found on the sledding hill and was turned over to the police. It appears to have contained illegal drugs.
The police will increase patrolling of the area. We ask the community to work together to report illegal and suspicious activity, or even suspicious cars around the sledding hill, the playground, the school, or your street. Take your cell phone with you when you walk the dog or walk with your neighbor so you can report things promptly.
We cannot ignore illegal activity in our community! We have to call the police so that the message is very clear - Do not use Chantilly Highlands as your hangout for this type of behavior. Karen McGreevy Neighborhood Watch Chairman
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Auto Maintenance Equals Savings With gas prices hanging in the upper atmosphere, and no idea if they’ll ever descend, it is time to look for other ways to keep your money in your wallet. Aside from buying a new, energy efficient auto, there are some simple ways for you (and your teenage drivers) to save some money, and preserve our natural resources. $ Keep the tires inflated per your vehicle’s recommendation (which may be different from the pressure marked on the tire). Properly inflated tires will not only give you the best fuel efficiency (possibly by 5%) and prolong the life of your tire, but may also save your life. $ Make sure your tires are properly balanced and in alignment. $
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$ Consider the octane of gasoline that you purchase. Check your owner’s manual for the minimum octane for your vehicle. Some manufacturers recommend a higher octane for better performance. $ Change your driving habits: make gradual starts (no “Jack Rabbit” starts); don’t rev your engine; slow down—the faster you drive, the more gas you use. $ Combine errands and plan your route for efficiency. Don’t leave your engine running while you chat with a friend. $ Consider whether you need to use the air conditioning. Highway driving with the air conditioning running is more efficient because closed windows reduce air resistance. If the weather and personal conditions allow, open the windows while in stop-and-go traffic to decrease your fuel consumption. Air conditioning use can affect your fuel use up to 20 percent. $ Maintain a constant speed. Use your cruise control option, if you have it, to help with this. $ Avoid unnecessary braking by using rolling resistance to slow down rather than braking; keeping a proper distance between vehicles will allow you to do this. This deceleration technique is a great fuel saver. $ Carpool, walk, bike, or use public transportation whenever possible.
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Chantilly Highlands Garden Club News By Virginia Hodge
The Chantilly Highlands Garden Club welcomes anyone interested in gardening to our monthly meetings to share information on gardening-related topics and to share gardening experiences (both the successful and the not so successful) in a social environment. There is no membership fee or requirement. In October, we will celebrate the season with a harvest meal, Myanmar style (menu still in development). This will take place in a member’s home, so if you are interested, please contact our President, Jim Skaptason, at 703-742-6228. Our full schedule for the year is provided below. Meetings start at 7:30pm at the Chantilly Highlands Community Center on Kinross Circle, unless otherwise specified. Oct 18
Harvest Fare Myanmar Style (at member’s home, call for information)
Seasonal Craft – to be announced
Making Garlands for the Holidays (will hang garlands in neighborhood on December 3)
Sharing Garden Tips over Potluck with White Elephants (at member’s home, call for information)
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Seasonal Craft – Grow a Spring Basket of Grass
How Does My Garden Grow – Tour Gardens In Our Neighborhood
Vegetable Gardening (at member’s home, call for information)
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Fall Clean Up As the weather becomes more tolerable for fall yard chores, take time to walk your property for potential obstacles to pedestrians. Kids are making their way to and from school and bus stops. Adults are resuming, or starting, a walking routine. They need to have a safe path. Walk the sidewalk that runs across your property to assess it. If you have a sidewalk that needs repair, such as severe buckling, you can contact the VDOT Customer Service Line at 703-383-VDOT. If you have shrubs or trees on your property that project into the sidewalk path you need to trim them back. These are potential hazards to pedestrians, and you could be held accountable should they cause injury. If you don’t have a sidewalk, walk the area that pedestrians may be forced to travel if traffic, snow, etc. compels them there for safety’s sake. Make sure the area is level to prevent injuries. Some of the above are legal responsibilities, and some may be civic responsibilities. As a community we need to look out for each other.
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First came the terrorist attacks of 9/11, then our area had to deal with snipers. There were the anthrax attacks, La Plata’s tornado, the London bombings, and now the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Even under the best of circumstances, we have to realize that resources may be stretched so thin, or even immobilized, that we may have to fend for ourselves—maybe for a few days. Living in the Metro area we all need to realize that it COULD happen to us. The reality is that you could be forced to evacuate in an emergency, or you could be forced to stay put. Either way, you need to have plans in place to get you through the crisis. Realize that hurricane season continues through November 30, then winter will come with its own hazards. There are numerous web sites with information and ideas on how to prepare yourself. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has information at www.VAEmergency.com, and the Federal Government has info at www.fema.gov. After you accept the possibility that you could experience a disaster or emergency, the next step is to create a plan. Following are some suggestions: ◊ Have a family meeting to discuss the possibilities. ◊ Determine where to meet, whether right outside your house in the event of a fire, or somewhere outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. ◊ Have an ‘Out-of-Town’ Contact. After 9/11 we saw that the communication systems are often overloaded immediately following an emergency. ◊ Plan a variety of evacuation routes. ◊ Know where your shut off valves/switches are for your water, gas, and electricity—only do so if instructed by authorities. ◊ Have a list of personal belongings, bank accounts, insurance, and copies of other important documents. ◊ Keep enough supplies in your home for each family member for 3-5 days. Have a supply kit ready to grab and go in easy to carry bags such as backpacks or duffel bags. Include: One gallon water per person per day—replace every three months Canned or packaged food— replace every six months Battery-powered or crank radio First aid kit Flashlight and extra batteries—replace regularly Manual can opener Toiletries Blankets/sleeping bags Prescription medications Special items for infants, elderly, disabled family members or pets Take the time now to be prepared later.
REPORT UNSAFE DRIVING The Police are asking for our help in cutting down on driving violations, and they even have a form to use! You can find it at www.fairfaxcounty.gov - go to the Public Safety link on the right of the site, scroll down to the Special Programs section, and click on the Traffic Safety link. Then click on whichever incident you want to report - Child Safety, Photo Red Light , or Aggressive Driving. Simply print some of these out and keep them in your car to record the information that is required to file a complaint. The goal is to help the police in letting them know when you experience an aggressive driver, kids not buckled up, person running a red light, etc. They need good tag info and a brief description of the vehicle. If that matches, a letter is then generated to the owner of the vehicle to advise them the vehicle was seen driving in such a manner.
Minimize Winter’s Costly Bite With this winter’s heating costs expected to be at record highs, it seems prudent to take some time now to alleviate the pain of the monthly heating bill later. Below are some things you can check to minimize heat loss in your home. Have your heating system inspected and adjusted annually. While you might think this an unnecessary expense, it could save you hundreds of dollars in fuel consumption from a dirty unit. Make sure your fireplace damper is tightly closed to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney. Change your furnace filters monthly—do it when you receive your monthly heating bill (that should be a good reminder!) Consider signing up for a budget plan where your monthly bills are the same amount based on the average of the last year’s of heating. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your heat when you are away or asleep. Turn down the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. Do full loads of clothes and dishes. Take showers instead of baths, and keep them short. Fix any dripping faucets, toilets, and pipes. Keep heat vents clear to allow proper circulation of air. Install ceiling fans to circulate the hot air that has risen to the ceiling back down to your living area. Caulk and weatherstrip your windows and doors. Of course, if making purchases, be sure they are energy efficient products.
Register for CEAN Emergency Alerts County residents can receive emergency information in times of crisis or severe weather through the Community Emergency Alert Network, or CEAN. Alerts may include personal safety, weather, major accidents involving utilities or roadways, or disaster notification such as a terrorist attack. Messages can be delivered to e-mail accounts, cell phones text pagers, satellite phones, and wireless PDAs registered on the system. To register, visit the Fairfax County Web page, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean. For additional information on the CEAN, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711.
Join the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Having properly trained volunteers who are committed to emergency preparedness and can respond when disaster threatens their community will make the county safer for everyone. The Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council has many opportunities for you to join and help make a difference in your community. More information can be found at www.fairfaxcountycitizencorps.org or call 703-246-3460. There is something for anyone interested in supporting these programs.
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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 the Board President. 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 Newsletter@chha.org, 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 703-834-7978 with questions and if you are able to help on the Land Management Committee.
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 accepted, 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: Newsletter@chha.org (Please include ‘Chantilly Highlander’ in the subject line so it is not deleted as spam) Mailing address: CHHA, c/o The Chantilly Highlander, P.O. Box 710238, Oak Hill, VA 20171 Please submit articles, advertising (with payment), and photos so they are RECEIVED by the 12th of each month for consideration in the next month’s issue: be sure to allow sufficient time for mail processing. Any non-profit notices will included only if space allows—for guaranteed placement it must be paid advertising. Advertising Rates:
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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.
Chantilly Highlands Committees Architectural Control (ACC)
Carla Abbud Andrea Ward Cindy DiPalma Civic Affairs Jeffrey Parnes Community Ctr Rental Answering Machine Community Activities OPEN Community Facilities Jeffrey Boehlert Database Administrator Dave Puchrik Garden Club Joanne Abrams Land Management Wendy Osborn Karen McGreevy Neighborhood Watch (see Comm Facilities) Pool House Phone Lori Manik Resale Packages Bill Marlin Swim Team Chair Steve Edwards Tennis Courts Jeffrey Parnes Webmaster Jane Huang Web Posting
703-925-0949 703-481-3192 703-471-1874 703-904-0131 703-435-0736 703-435-2836 Database@chha.org
703-444-0328 703-834-7978 703-435-1141 703-435-2081 703-796-1061 571-203-0440 703-742-3353 703-904-0131 703-707-8889
2005 CHHA Board of Directors President…………... Vice President…….. Treasurer………….. Secretary………….. Architectural Control Liaison…………... Community Facilities Liaison…………... Land Management Liaison…………... Newsletter Liaison… Neighborhood Watch Liaison…………... Community Activities Liaison...
Jim Ceh Wendy Osborn Chris Tacinelli Mary Kerr
703-709-8560 703-834-7978 703-787-0315 Secretary@CHHA.org
Wendy Osborn Darin Welt
Chantilly Highlands Homes Association P.O. Box 710238 Oak Hill, VA 20171