The Chantilly Highlander Your Community Newsletter Serving Chantilly Highlands V i s i t u s on t h e N E W LY r e d e s i g ne d w e b s i t e a t www.c hha . or g
The Year in Review The community held its annual meeting on Thursday, January 15th. President Paul Thurneysen began the meeting with a review of the major events of the previous year. Included in the review: the conclusion of a five-year effort to get approval of traffic-calming measures; major repairs to the pool; record participation by the swim team; a successful outcome of the school redistricting effort, with our students staying at Chantilly HS; a new and improved web site, by Greg Zilberfarb; great social events, organized by Wendy Hunt; landscaping following the widening of Centreville Road. Paul also complimented the bookkeeping and newsletter. He pointed out that the community successfully completed its financial audit. The neighborhood has only two houses falling into foreclosure, which is very good, given the circumstances of the Washington metropolitan area. The Board approved next year's budget, which will have a $1.86 increase to dues (consistent with the rise in the federal consumer price index. We will be losing Board member Wendy Hunt, who coordinated support for community events such as the Egg Hunt and Community Day. We really need a resident(s) to step forward and volunteer for this position, otherwise our kids will miss out on these events. The Board also elected/appointed officers. Paul Thurneysen will return as president, and David Howlett will continue as vice president. Michelle Doucette will be treasurer for another year, and Mike Laverdure will take over as secretary.
Lost Car Keys Please call Lee at (703) 675-0523 if found.
2009 CHHA Annual Dues will be $234.50, with a $25 fee assessed if postmarked after March 31, 2009 Per the By-Laws of Chantilly Highlands Homes Association, Article XII: Section 3, Paragraph a: â€œFrom and after January 1 of the year immediately following the conveyance of the first Lot, the maximum annual assessment may be increased effective January 1 of each year without a vote of the membership in conformance with the rise, if any, of the Consumer Price Index for the Washington D.C. standard metropolitan area (published by the Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.) for the year ending the preceding July 1; provided, however, that any increase in an annual assessment as provided hereinabove shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the preceding annual assessment.â€? The CPI for DC in the month of June was 1.1%, which is an increase of $2.50. Dues invoices will be mailed in February. If you have not received your invoice by March 5th, contact Treasurer Michelle Doucette at email@example.com. Tenants should make sure that any invoices are forwarded to the property owner. All homeowners are responsible for paying their annual dues regardless if there is a delay or problem with the mail service.
*After the board meeting (minutes on page 2), the board realized that the wrong CPI was used to calculate the dues increase, and subsequently a $2.50 increase based on the June CPI was approved.
In This Issue: Annual Dues Notice Board Minutes Community Events Coordinator Needed Poet Laureate Contest Community Calendar Exterior Alteration Application Classified Ads Board & Committee Contacts
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Chantilly Highlands Homes Association Annual Meeting Thursday, January 15, 2009 Submitted by David Howlett
Minutes are tentative and will be reviewed and approved at the upcoming Board of Directors’ meeting.
The annual meeting was called to order at 8:12 on January 15, 2009. There were two residents and 10 additional residents represented by proxies. All Board members were present except Brian Keagy. The President began by reviewing the major events of the previous year (see article on page 1). There was a discussion of the airport noise issue that came up in early January. Issues with a house in poor repair will be in court based on a complaint by Fairfax County at the end of January. We elected/appointed officers for the coming year: Paul Thurneysen - President David Howlett - Vice President Michelle Doucette - Treasurer Mike Laverdure - Secretary We voted to approve the budget and to approve a $1.86 increase in dues. This increase is based on the rise in the consumer price index. There was a general discussion of the need to update information before putting out another directory. We also discussed whether we should require cards for entrance to the pool. There was a lengthy discussion on whether we should reinstall security cameras. We discussed a need for a new community events organizer. Please contact the board at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. We also discussed long-range planning (scheduling periodic repairs such as the roof of the community center).
Fairfax County Public Schools' Telephone Tip Line for Safety As part of Fairfax County Public Schools' continuing efforts to maintain safe schools, a telephone tip line is available. The Tip Line phone number is (703) 658-3636. Individuals can also anonymously report Tip Line information by utilizing the web site submission process at http://188.8.131.52/FCPSTIPS/.
Get Paid in Smiles! Make a whole lot of kids happy and volunteer to be our new Community Events coordinator! Outgoing Board member Wendy Hunt has been serving our community in this position for the past few years, and it is time for someone new to take over. Partner up with a friend, or make some new friends while coordinating the events! Our annual Egg Hunt is scheduled shortly, but with no one to coordinate the efforts it just won’t happen for our children. Contact one of our board members directly, or email the board at email@example.com to see what is involved or to take on the position. You’ll be glad you did it (and so will the children)!
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Chantilly Highlands Poet Laureate Once again, the Homeowners' Association is sponsoring a contest to select our Poet Laureate. The winner will be announced in the April edition of the Highlander. Entrants must be residents of Chantilly Highlands and can be of any age. If an entrant is under age 18, we will ask a parent's or guardian's permission before awarding the laurels. It is very easy to enter! Send up to three poems to Poet Laureate Selection, c/o David Howlett, 13153 Ladybank Lane, Oak Hill, VA 20171, by March 31, 2009. To paraphrase W.B. Yeats, "Chantilly Highlands poets, practice your craft!"
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Air Traffic Noise If you travel by air, you likely appreciate our proximity to Dulles Airport. However, there are probably times when the noise generated from the air traffic is bothersome. For residents wishing to voice a complaint about noise from Dulles Airport, call their 24-hour Noise Complaint Telephone Center at 703-572-8215. You can also get information from their website at http:// www.metwashairports.com/dulles/ about_dulles_international_2/aircraft_noise_iad. Another place for information and to voice a complaint is at CAAN, Citizens for the Abatement of Aircraft Noise, Inc., at http://www.caan.org/gripe.html. Their website lists the above phone number as well as other numbers. Publishing of the CHHA Directory has been delayed until after annual dues are collected in March 2009 in order to have the most current information in the directory. Advertising will continue to be accepted until then. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for advertising rates, or go to the November newsletter at www.chha.org/newsletter/ nl200811.pdf for details.
Check out our redesigned website at www.chha.org.
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7:30 PM -CHHA Board Mtg
Washingtonâ€™s Birthday NO SCHOOL
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Recycle Small Electronics and Compact Fluorescent Lights Small electronics, such as cellphones, PDAs, digital cameras, MP3 players, and inkjet cartridges, can be recycled through a U.S. Postal Service pilot program. Free postage-paid mailers are available at all post offices for mailing electronics to a company that reuses or recycles the equipment. For information about this and Fairfax County recycling events, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes, and click on Recycling and Trash under subject areas. Fluorescent lamps contain small quantities of mercury which may create potential adverse health effects if released into the environment. By recycling these lamps, the mercury is removed and recovered for reuse while the balance of the materials are either recycled or disposed of according to federal and state environmental regulations. Compact fluorescent lights that no longer work can be dropped off for recycling by the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program at the front desk in Suite 458 at the Government Center. Please wrap the lights individually to prevent them from breaking in transit. No broken compact fluorescent lights will be accepted. No fluorescent tubes will be accepted; take tubes to one of Fairfax County's household hazardous waste collection sites - the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax, or the I-95 Solid Waste Complex, 9850 Furnace Road, Lorton. Unbroken compact fluorescent bulbs may also be taken to the returns desk of any Home Depot Store. See individual store for details. Further information on fluorescent light recycling, is available online http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/recycling ("fluorescent light bulbs" on the A-to-Z List of topics) or call 703-324-5068. For reasonable ADA accommodations, call 703-324-5253.
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Keep In Touch In Fairfax County The following is a list of links to various county resources online. Fairfax County Public Schools
www.fcps.edu Fairfax County Web Site
www.fairfaxcounty.gov Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/ Budget Information
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/budget Emergency Information
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency Channel 16 Viewing Guide
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/schedule.htm County Government Holidays
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ Economic Development Authority
Cold Temperatures and Wind Chill Wind chill indicates how cold people and animals feel while outside. According to the National Weather Service, wind chill is not the actual temperature but rather how the wind and cold feels on exposed skin based on the rate of heat loss. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at a rapid pace, driving down skin temperature and eventually the body’s internal temperature. Therefore, the wind makes it feel much colder. If you are going to be outside, the American Red Cross encourages you to: • Dress appropriately (this includes teenagers!). Air temperature does not have to be below freezing for someone to experience cold emergencies such as hypothermia and frostbite.
• Dress in layers to adjust to changing conditions. • • • •
Avoid overdressing or overexertion. Wear a hat, preferably one covering your ears, because most body heat is lost through your head. Wear mittens as they provide more warmth to your hands than gloves. Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm & dry and to help maintain your footing in ice and snow. After coming inside, immediately get out of wet clothes and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids such as hot cider or soup. Avoid caffeine or alcohol in cases of hypothermia or frostbite.
More info can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.
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Classified Advertising Chantilly Chefs–Winter classes now enrolling. Cooking classes for children & adults taught right here in Chantilly Highlands. For more info call Amy Bevins 703-437-8473 or visit www.amycarneybevins.com/chantilly_chefs. King-size bed (mattress, box springs, metal frame) $175; 2 bookcases $25 each; tile-topped dining table (59”x36”) w/6 wood chairs $250. Please call Judy at 703-435-8288. 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. GOT JUNK? 123JUNK hauls virtually everything: furniture to garage clutter, appliances to yard debris. We’ll even donate items in good condition! Call 703-400-7645 for a free estimate. 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)926-8700 cell.
KidWorks Babysitter/Pet sitter - Need a responsible babysitter or pet sitter? Call Katie at 703-471-8654. Certified babysitting program completed. Pet Care-12th grader willing to take care of your pets anytime. Experienced, responsible, and dependable. References available. Call Jennifer at (703) 787-9323.
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 Carla Abbud Cindy DiPalma Brian Keagy Michelle Doucette Jeffrey Parnes Civic Affairs Community Ctr Rental Answering Machine OPEN Community Events Community Facilities Jeffrey Boehlert Database Administrator Greg Zilberfarb OPEN Garden Club 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 Greg Zilberfarb Webmaster Greg Zilberfarb Web Posting
Architectural Control (ACC)
703-925-0949 703-471-1874 703-909-7698 See to the right 703-904-0131 703-435-0736 OPEN 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 703-779-4890 email@example.com
2009 CHHA Board of Directors PRESIDENT Paul Thurneysen 703-318-1468 VICE PRESIDENT David Howlett 703-689-9840 TREASURER Michelle Doucette firstname.lastname@example.org SECRETARY Mike Laverdure 703-481-4551 email@example.com COMMUNITY FACILITIES Larry Miller 703-707-0891 LONG RANGE PLANNING Mike Laverdure 703-481-4551 firstname.lastname@example.org ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL David Howlett 703-689-9840 NEWSLETTER, DATABASE & WEBSITE Greg Zilberfarb 703-779-4890 NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Imrana Umar 703-471-4923 COMMUNITY EVENTS LAND MGMT & CIVIC AFFAIRS
Paul Thurneysen 703-318-1468 BOARD MEMBER Brian Keagy 703-909-7698
Chantilly Highlands Homes Association P.O. Box 710238 Oak Hill, VA 20171
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