The Chantilly Highlander Your Community Newsletter Serving Chantilly Highlands V i s i t u s o n t h e w e b a t www.c hha.org
September 2008 Kinross Circle & Cobra Drive Traffic Calming Project UPDATE Following the June 2008 field walk with representatives from Fairfax County Supervisor Frey’s office, FCDOT and VDOT, the CHHA Task Force submitted a traffic calming plan to the county for approval. This plan included both proposed locations and type of traffic calming devices for installation. After review of the plan, both FCDOT and VDOT have provided their initial approval, pending approval by CHHA homeowners. Traffic Calming Proposal The proposed plan calls for a total of seven devices, including speed humps (Figure 1) and raised crosswalks (Figure 2), to be installed on Kinross Circle and Cobra Drive. [Diagrams of both devices have been included at the end of the article for review.] Keep in mind that these devices are much different than the devices at Franklin Farm Shopping Center. The speed hump is a 12 foot wide device with a maximum height of 3 inches and the raised crosswalk is 22 feet wide also with a maximum height of 3 inches. These devices were chosen as VDOT feels these are the most effective at reducing speed and volume. To get a better perspective of the devices, residents are invited to view the Franklin Glen neighborhood (across from Giant) where speed humps and raised crosswalks have recently been installed on the streets of Hidden Meadow and Springhaven. These devices are identical to those proposed in the Chantilly Highlands plan. Pictures of those devices have also been included for review (figure 3). In order for the plan to continue to move forward, residents whose property abuts the proposed devices (Affected Residents) must provide their signatures agreeing to the proposed measures. The Task Force is currently gathering the necessary signatures from these Affected Residents. This process should be completed by the end of August, and once complete, a map with the See TRAFFIC on page 6
School Opens September 2nd As the school year gets underway on Tuesday, September 2nd, be aware of increased traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, as you head off in the morning. Be patient around school zones. Sometimes children are unpredictable. Be alert for pedestrians at all times. Slow down and be prepared to stop. Always yield the right-of-way. Also remember that you may not pass a stopped school bus from either direction unless you are on a divided roadway. If you want to review Virginia’s Driver’s Manual, go to https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/ manual/manual.pdf. Take time now, before an emergency arises, to determine how you will handle early releases, sick children, and times when you may be late to pick up your children. For child supervision guidelines from Fairfax County Department of Family Services, go to http:// www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/ChildrenYouth/ homealone.htm. Make note of the Back To School Nights: (www.fcps.edu)
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Franklin MS Grades 7&8 Thurs, Sept 18
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In This Issue: Traffic Calming Project
Dolphins season summary
Board & Committee Contacts
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Chantilly Highlands Homes Association Board of Directorsâ€™ Meeting Thursday, August 7, 2008 Submitted by David Howlett
Minutes are tentative and will be reviewed and approved at the upcoming Board of Directorsâ€™ meeting.
Board Attendees: Paul Thurneysen, Michelle Doucette, Imrana Umar, Brian Keagy, Greg Zilberfarb, David Howelett Absent Board Members: Wendy Hunt, Larry Miller Meeting called to order at 7:36 p.m. 1. The board authorized use of our attorneys to write a letter to a homeowner that has numerous violations of our rules, as well as zoning restrictions. 2. Pool membership: we discussed eligibility rules and whether to use pool ID cards next year. 3. We discussed new homeowners' association rules on fees and resale packets. 4. Discussion of pool expenses, including a wading pool pump and the requirement for a second drain for safety purposes. 5. We discussed the bookkeeping and landscaping contracts, which are due to expire. 6. Wendy brought up the need for volunteers for Community Day. 7. Web site. The Board passed a motion that "the webmaster become part of the duties of the website coordinator and that we purchase a $30 per month Trackvia account." This results in a savings from our current system. The meeting adjourned at 9:46 pm.
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Gas Station Robbery in the Franklin Farm
Picking up phone messages, returning calls, answering questions, meeting to sign contracts...not too difficult, right? This is a great way to meet your neighbors! After eight years of service, our current volunteer scheduler for the Community Center, Pam White, is stepping down (it couldn’t have been too tough if Pam did it for eight years!). Now we need someone to replace her, and Pam is available to help train you! We also need interested person(s) to fill the position of Community Center Cleaner. This could be the same or a different person as the scheduler. Contact Paul Thurneyson at (703) 318-1468 for more information.
Police are investigating a robbery at a gas station that left one man injured. On Wednesday, July 23, at 11:12 p.m., police were called to the Sunoco gas station, located at 13300 Franklin Farm Road, for a robbery. Officers learned that the employee, a 24-year-old Annandale-area man, and a customer, a 24-year-old Herndon-area man, were both inside the store when the suspect walked in and immediately demanded money. He pushed the customer and proceeded around the counter to the clerk. The suspect then produced a knife and shoved the employee as well. The employee struggled briefly with the suspect and was injured by the knife. The suspect took money from the register and fled out the front door. The employee was transported to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital for treatment of his non life-threatening injuries.
Community Day Volunteers Needed
The suspect was described as black, with a large build. He was about 6 feet tall and 230 pounds. He was wearing a long, white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black doo-rag that covered his hair and eyes.
In order to have another successful Community Day, volunteers are needed to make it happen! Contact Wendy Hunt at (703) 467-8188 or send an email to Wendyhunt99@yahoo.com to help. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
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PERMANENT CLOSING OF Northbound Route 28 Access To & From Park Center Road
Low-cost Rabies Clinics The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will be holding low-cost rabies clinics at a new time, now from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Animal Shelter at 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax.
MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2008 As part of the ongoing construction on the Route 28/ Frying Pan Road Interchange, access to Park Center Road from Route 28 and access to Route 28 from Park Center Road will permanently close on or about August 25th. Park Center Road can be accessed from Route 28 by exiting onto McLearen Road and turning left at the first signal. Information on the project can be found at www.28freeway.com.
Dates for the remaining 2008 clinics are: Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008
Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull September 6 from 11 AM to 4 PM The Plane Pull is a benefit for Special Olympics Virginia, and is in its 16th year! Teams of 20 members compete to see which group can pull a 150,000+ pound cargo jet the fastest. Also featured is a Family Festival, Kidsâ€™ Bus Pull, Car Show, and Aircraft Display. Bring the family and support this worthwhile cause. More information can be found at www.dullesday.com.
September 2008 Sun
Mon 1 Pool 11 AM-9 PM
6 Dulles Plane Pull (see above)
7:30 PM Board Mtg
Low-cost Rabies Clinic (see above)
1st day of Autumn
30 Rosh Hashanah
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Chantilly Highlands Dolphins Leap to New Heights By Kim Dare
For many of Chantilly Highland’s families, summer means swim team, and the Chantilly Highlands Dolphins enjoyed a high-energy summer. Our 230 swimmers participated for the first time in the Colonial Swim League’s highest division, the Red Division, and ended the season with a 1 and 4 record. Several team records were broken this year by top Dolphin swimmers. For team relays, the following Chantilly Highlands records were broken: Claire Hewer, Megan Hern, Rachel Jacobs, and Christina Peters set a new record in the 9-10 girls’ 100M Medley Relay (1:17.59 minutes); Christopher Grimmett-Norris, Joshua Clougherty, Casey Trahan, and Bradley Johnston set a new record in the 13-14 boys’ 200M Medley Relay (2:15.53 minutes). For individual records, Chris Marlin broke team records for both the 11-12 boys’ 50M Breaststroke (40.52 seconds), and the 100M Individual Medley (1:16.44 minutes). Joshua Clougherty set a new team record for the 13-14 boys’ 50M Breaststroke at 37.39 seconds. Robert Grimmett-Norris set not only a new team record, but a new record for the entire Colonial Swim League, in each of the following events: 15-18 boys’ 50M Backstroke (27.44 seconds); 15-18 boys’ 50M Butterfly (26.37 seconds); and 15-18 boys’ 100M Individual Medley (1:01.38 seconds). In addition to the weekly dual meets and developmental meets, Chantilly Highlands hosted the IM Tuff Invitational on July 7. This meet tested swimmers’ abilities in all four strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. IM Tuff allows swimmers the opportunity to show their stuff without the wear and tear of other events. Many swimmers set personal bests in their IMs. Seven teams from the Colonial Swim League participated in this event. At July 27’s Divisional Meet, 21 of our Dolphins qualified as All-Stars. This ranks them among the top 12 swimmers in the entire Colonial Swim League for their stroke and age group. The following swimmers achieved All-Star status and will compete in the August All-Star meet: Lauren Bachman, Roni Chang, Joshua Clougherty, Kevin Dinneen, Christopher Donatello, Brenna Ferris, Sarah Graupp, Christopher Grimmett-Norris, Michael Grimmett-Norris, Robert Grimmett-Norris, Megan Hern, Claire Hewer, Rachel Jacobs, Bradley Johnston, Tana King, John MacDonald, Chris Marlin, Christina Peters, Rachel Reinhardt, Katherine Tan, and Richard Tredinnick. Swim team is about a lot more than rankings, though. Countless Dolphins achieved “personal bests” throughout the season, improving significantly on their stroke times and techniques. Each of our swimmers brought gusto and sportsmanship to every practice and meet. The 230 swim
team members and their families capped off the season with a Swim Team Awards and Ice Cream Banquet at Oak Hill Elementary School. Each swimmer was recognized for the enthusiasm and perseverance that contributed to the team’s overall success. It was also the perfect opportunity to recognize the Dolphins’ outstanding coaches, Chantilly Highland residents Bill and Terri Marlin, who, in their 12 seasons of coaching the Dolphins, have brought the team from the Colonial Swim League’s lowest division to the highest. The Marlins were aided by a dedicated group of assistant coaches, who each have a long history of swimming with the team themselves: Lauren Bachman, Kathleen Brophy, Michael Donatello, Brenna Ferris, Tana King, Julie LaJoie, Ryley Trahan, and Janice Wong. If your child has not participated on the Dolphins before, we hope you will consider being part of our wonderful swim team in the future. And there’s no need to wait till summer: Many of the Dolphin swimmers will maintain their conditioning and camaraderie through the Dolphins’ Winter Swim program held each Sunday evening at the Cub Run Recreation Center. Thanks to all the parents volunteers who worked so hard to make this team a success. We hope to see you again next year.
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specific locations for the proposed devices will be posted at the CHHA website. Next Steps After the Affected Resident forms are submitted back to the county, the CHHA Task Force, along with members from Supervisor Freyâ€™s office, FCDOT and VDOT, will host a community meeting (tentatively planned for October) to review the plan, answer questions, and address concerns. The final step requires community-wide ballots to be mailed to all Chantilly Highlands homeowners. Ballots will be mailed from and returned directly to FCDOT. Within a specified time period, 50% of the ballots must be returned. A vote of 60% or greater in favor of the plan is required before any devices will be installed. A date for the ballot to be mailed will be determined after the community meeting.
not indicate your approval to this or any specific plan. These signatures only authorized FCDOT to initiate a traffic calming study. Members of the Task Force are currently developing a frequently asked question (FAQ) list and will post this list, along with the device placement map, on the CHHA website and include this same information in future Highlander articles. Until then, residents are encouraged to visit the VDOT's Traffic Calming Guide for Local Residential Streets at www.virginiadot.org/programs/ resources/TrafficCalmingGuideOct2002.pdf. As always, support and/or concerns can be submitted to email@example.com. Residents of Chantilly Highlands will continue to be informed of this matter through future newsletter articles and website postings. The June, July, and August 2008 issues of The Chantilly Highlander contained important information regarding this project. If you missed these articles, previous newsletters can be found on the Chantilly Highlands website at www.chha.org.
As a reminder, the petition signatures provided in 2007 do
PROPOSED SPEED HUMP
PROPOSED RAISED CROSSWALK
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Police Educate Moped & Scooter Owners In the wake of soaring fuel prices and balmy weather, an increasing number of drivers are turning to mopeds and motorized scooters as alternatives to cars and trucks. The Fairfax County Police Department has released a new educational brochure and wants owners to know the rules of the road, as they pertain to these fuel-efficient vehicles. According to Traffic Safety Specialist Master Police Officer Bob Barton, "We are seeing a surge in people, some more experienced than others, commuting by moped, scooters and motorcycles, which can create safety concerns when mixing with other vehicles." There is a new law, effective July 1, which those contemplating a new mode of commuting need to be aware of. If a moped is driven over 35 mph, it is now considered a motorcycle, which means that the operator needs to have additional driver's certifications and a motorcycle license. Additionally, the moped needs license plates, proper registration and insurance. If a moped is driven under 35 mph, the driver does not need a license (but must carry identification)
and the vehicle does not need license plates or insurance. Additional safety tips for moped and scooter operators include: * Drivers should wear bright or reflective clothing and a helmet. * Drivers must be at least 16 years old to operate a moped. * Mopeds and bicycles must stay to the right side of the roadway. * Mopeds and motorized scooters may not be operated on sidewalks. To learn more about moped and scooter safety, checkout: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ police/brochure/guide-scootermoped-cycle-operation.pdf or call the Fairfax County Police Traffic Division at 703/280-0563.
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RecycleBank—Coming Soon Keep your eyes on the mail for information from AAA and RecycleBank concerning a new partnership which will give its customers the ability to earn a little more for what you already probably do...Recycle! The amount you recycle is converted into Recycle points, which is recorded in your account. When you’ve accumulated enough points, redeem them for rewards from hundreds of local and national businesses. In order to participate, you’ll need to be a AAA customer and you’ll need to sign up once you receive your informational letter. The RecycleBank representative tells us that this program is only available in our area to AAA customers and not those of other trash removal companies. For more information on the program go to www.RecycleBank.com and be sure to sign up!
Virginia Traffic Laws at a Glance Below are some reminders obtained from the Virginia Drivers’ Manual at https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/ webdoc/pdf/manual/manual.pdf. Be sure to keep informed of new legislation affecting drivers. ●
Virginia license plates must be displayed on the vehicle so that all wording, numbers and decals are upright, visible and readable. The license plate holder or frame cannot obscure the license plate number, name or issuing state or expiration decals.
You must use your headlight during inclement weather, or whenever you use your windshield wipers.
It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle, moped or bicycle on Virginia roadways while using earphones or headphones in both ears.
If you change your address, you must notify DMV of your new address within 30 days.
All children under age eight must be properly secured in an approved child safety seat or booster seat.
Never drink or use drugs and drive.
Pull to the curb and yield the right-of-way to all approaching emergency vehicles. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, you must change lanes or proceed with caution.
If traffic lights are not working at an intersection, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.
2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CALENDAR www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb 9/19/08—In-Person Absentee Voting Begins 10/6/08—Deadline to Register to Vote 10/28/08—Applications for Mailed Absentee Ballots Must Be Received 11/1/08—Final Day to Vote Absentee in Person
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Aged Tires: A Driving Hazard? A recent video presented on ABC News discusses a potential hazard that drivers face with their tires that you may be unaware of. You can view the video at http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?
CUB SCOUT REMINDER Cub Scout Pack 160 will have a table with information at Oak Hill Elementaryâ€™s Back to School Nights in September, and will hold a special Join Scouting Night on Thursday, September 18. You can also contact Heidi Guglielmino at 703318-5885, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Host Families Needed Together We Can Change The World (TWCCTW) has brought a group of orphans from Uganda to tour the US as a choir to raise money to build an orphanage and a church/school for their village. TWCCTW will be providing these kids with the money they need to go to school and the university when the time comes, but they also need a safe place to live, learn, and worship. For more information go to www.sifachoir.org and www.thetwcctwsong.com. These children, ranging in age from 7 to 17 years of age, arrived in the US in April, and will be in our area on September 7th. The group is looking for host families for the 20 children and 4 chaperones. They will be returning to Uganda on September 15th. Any families interested in hosting some of them should contact Jacki Varacalli at email@example.com.
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White House Christmas Ornament Sale to Benefit the CHS Indoor Drumline
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The award winning Chantilly High School Indoor Drumline is again selling White House Christmas Ornaments. The 2008 White House Christmas ornament honors the administration of President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), the twenty-third president of the United States. Inspired by the Harrison family’s Victorian Christmas tree, this 24 karat gold finished ornament interprets the first recorded tree to decorate the White House. You can view the ornament at www.whitehousehistory.org.
Almighty & Co-Painting-Int/Ext, Local Ref. Drywall & rotten wood repair, power washing, wallpaper removal. 25 yrs. Free Est. Call Carl (703) 378-5602 (voice mail), (703) 9268700 (cell).
We have 1000 ornaments selling for $18 each. They make great gifts. Don’t delay in placing your order! Order forms can be found on the band website at www.chantillyband.org in the Band Fundraisers section.
Pet Care-12th grader willing to take care of your pets anytime. Experienced, responsible, and dependable. References available. Call Jennifer at (703) 787-9323.
Please consider supporting the CHS Indoor Drumline. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Sutto @703-435-7136 or Bsmsutto@aol.com.
A&S Home Improvement-Remodeling Bath/Kitchen, Ceramic floor & wall tile, Painting, Drywall, Electrical, Plumbing, Ceiling fans, raises light, & more. Lic., Honest, Exp. Free estimates. (703) 860-4734; cell (703) 944-3135.
Babysitting (Rebecca 15 yrs) or Mother’s Helper (Abby 13 yrs) avail to take care of your children. Can also come together. Certified Babysitting classes completed. CH residents 11 yrs. (703) 435-9333.
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 welcomes your articles and community photos of specific events. 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 Paul Thurneysen at 703-318-1468 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 (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 be included only if space allows—for guaranteed placement it must be paid advertising. Classified & KidWorks ad wording should be no more than 30 words, or will be subject to editing.
KidWorks (Under 18 yrs) Classified Ad Business Card 3½”W x 2”H Quarter Page 3¼”W x 4½”H
Resident $ 3.00 $ 15.00 $ 30.00 $ 55.00
Non-Resident $ 10.00 $ 20.00 $ 50.00 $ 70.00
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 Cindy DiPalma Brian Keagy Civic Affairs Jeffrey Parnes Community Ctr Rental Answering Machine Community Events Wendy Hunt Community Facilities Jeffrey Boehlert Database Administrator Dave Puchrik Garden Club OPEN Paul Thurneysen Land Management Imrana Umar Neighborhood Watch (see Comm Facilities) Pool House Phone Lori Manik Resale Packages Karin Johnston Swim Team Chair Steve Edwards Tennis Courts Jeffrey Parnes Webmaster Greg Zilberfarb Web Posting
703-925-0949 703-471-1874 703-909-7698 703-904-0131 703-435-0736 703-467-8188 703-435-2836 Database@chha.org
OPEN 703-318-1468 703-471-4923 703-435-2081 703-796-1061 703-437-5452 703-742-3353 703-904-0131
2008 CHHA Board of Directors President
Michelle Doucette 703-870-7677
Long Range Planning
Architectural Control Newsletter, Database & Website
David Howlett Greg Zilberfarb
Land Mgmt & Civic Affairs
Chantilly Highlands Homes Association P.O. Box 710238 Oak Hill, VA 20171
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