The Chantilly Highlander Your Community Newsletter Serving Chantilly Highlands www.chha.org September 2010
Schools Open September 7 As the school year gets underway on Tuesday, September 7, be aware of increased traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, as you head off in the morning. Be patient around school zones, as 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 have a new driver in your household, please remind him/her of these cautions. To review the Virginia Driverâ€™s Manual, go to http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/pdf/dmv39.pdf. Prepare Now for School Closings 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. Below is the Back to School Night Schedule for our schools in Cluster 7. The standard calendar for the Fairfax County Public School system can be found on page two. Additional information, including schedules for other schools, can be found at www.fcps.edu. Back to School Night Schedule 2010-11 School
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Community Day September 12th Join your neighbors for the annual CHHA Community Day on September 12th, from 2-5 PM. We are hoping the new date is more accommodating to the families of the community. Held in the community center/ pool parking lot and playground area, there will be activities for everyone, including a DJ, petting zoo, moon bounces, face painting, games, and food! Volunteers are needed to help with the day. Adults, youth groups, and teens are welcome (teens can use this to fulfill their service hour requirements!). Please contact Michelle Doucette by email at email@example.com to volunteer with this event. Events like these canâ€™t happen without people like you helping out! Signs for contractors (e.g., remodeling, hail repair, etc.) are to remain in the yard only during the actual construction phase of any project.
In This Issue: Community Notices Calendar Bookkeeper Ad Haunted House Ad Classified Ads Board & Committee Contacts
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Chantilly Highlands Homes Association Board Meeting Minutes No August Meeting Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Help Wanted Adults and Students Welcome— College Students, too! COMMUNITY EVENTS: We have various community events scheduled, but we need help with tasks to make them successful - activities, raffle prizes, decorations, and coordinating volunteers, in order for them to be a success. Events include: Community Day—Sept 12 from 2-5 PM Halloween—October 30 Get your friends and neighbors together and have some fun giving back to the community! Help with set up/prep or the event itself, or both for maximum self-satisfaction! Events risk cancellation without volunteers! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help. ACC: Volunteers are needed to assist ACC and board members with this year’s walk-through inspection of our neighborhood to help maintain safety and property values. If you’d like to volunteer, contact an ACC committee member listed on page 11 of the newsletter or Mike.Donatello@chha.org.
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Bookkeeper Wanted The Chantilly Highlands Homes Association is looking for a new bookkeeper effective October 1st. The contract will run for one year with two yearly renewal options. Hours are very flexible for this part time position and you work from home. Hours vary depending on the time of year. This is a paid position, but keep in mind that we are a volunteer community when submitting your proposal. The primary duties of this position include: Familiarity with Quicken software helpful, but not necessary Input budget into Quicken annually Process annual dues payments Work with Treasurer of CHHA to track dues payments & delinquent accounts Deposit checks and money as needed Reconcile bank accounts on a monthly basis Prepare checks for Board Officers’ signatures approximately twice per month Maintain file of all contracts for CHHA Organize and deliver all required documents to auditor in January for the annual audit Compile and mail 1096 & 1099 forms to IRS Pick up and deliver community mail from the PO box at least twice per week Contact CHHA Treasurer, Dan Overbey, at email@example.com to submit your proposal. Contact the current bookkeeper, Celine Contos, with questions at 703481-5371.
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Girl Scout Cadette Troop 1286 would like to sincerely thank all of the neighborhood families who made a pet supply donation for the Troopâ€™s Silver Award Project. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Halloween Haunted House Needs Help The Halloween Haunted House has been a wonderful Chantilly Highlands tradition for over 10 years, regularly attracting over 400 visitors each year. We are looking for a group or organization to take over the production of this tradition. This is a good fundraising opportunity for a Scout Troop, Youth Group, PTA, or other organization looking to raise money and earn volunteer hours for civic projects. Troop 20 will donate all the props and costumes collected over the years, so you can start with a full ensemble of tricks and treats! I will be available as needed to advise any group on running this project successfully. This is a rare opportunity to step into an existing fundraising event with an audience looking forward to participating. Everyone has a great time! Interested parties please contact me, Mike Tillman at MikeTillman@Verizon.net or 703725-4558. Iâ€™ve truly enjoyed running this event for the past several years, and I hope we can find someone to carry on the tradition.
2010 Reduced Cost Rabies Clinics Remaining 2010 rabies clinics are: September 19 from 2-4 pm at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter November 14 at the Deepwood Veterinary Clinic in Centreville, VA 20121. Dogs, cats, and ferrets will be eligible for vaccinations, and must be on leashes (dogs) or in carriers. Cost is $12. For more information, including location and times, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/ animal/rabies.htm or call 703-830-1100.
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Dulles Day Plane Pull Scheduled for September 25
The Dulles Day Plane Pull will be held September 25, 2010, from 11am to 4pm. Free Admission and Parking! What IS the actual Plane Pull? A benefit for Special Olympics Virginia, the pull is a fun team competition to see which group can pull a 164,000+ pound air bus the fastest. Teams are made up of 25 members, who all line up adjacent to a huge rope attached to the aircraft. The starter signals when to start and starts the stopwatch. After the team pulls the aircraft 12 feet, the stopwatch stops and the elapsed time is recorded as the team score. The day is more than just the Plane Pull! An entire festival has grown up around the competition, and features a wide range of events and activities for the entire family. Come check out the car show, aircraft
displays, exhibitor areas, games, & rides in the Kids Corner, live music, concessions and more! There’s even a School Bus Pull for the kids… so gather your friends and family and make a day of it! Don’t miss this chance to get a good look at some unique aircraft! On display will be World War II and Historic Aircraft, Military Aircraft, General Aviation Aircraft and Commercial Aircraft. Pilots will be on hand to answer questions, and you can climb up for a good look into the cockpits of some of the planes. Come check out the cars, trucks and motorcycles on display and help decide the winners in five different categories: Best Classic Car; Best Street Rod; Best Import; Best Truck; Best Motorcycle. Awards will be handed out to the top vehicles on display. For more information go to www.dullesday.com.
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What Parents Can Do to Stop Kids' Hearing Loss The iPod Generation is losing their hearing. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms hearing loss among teenagers has significantly increased about 30 percent in the last 15 years. According to the study, currently one out of five adolescents ages 12 to 19 has some evidence of hearing loss. Until recently, little data was available to determine whether more kids were being affected, but this study, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marks a growing trend in teens to underestimate the dangers of noise exposure. While researchers do not point the finger at iPods and MP3 players, they do say those popular, high-volume ear buds are a big risk factor for noise-induced hearing loss.
As CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton said on "The Early Show," hearing loss is irreversible and can impact a child's educational, psychological and social development. Ashton suggests parents take control of the situation before it's too late.
Hearing loss among teenagers has significantly increased about 30 percent in the last 15 years.
She advises parents limit the amount of time exposed to noise. Additionally, if necessary, Ashton said parents can use the volume limit feature on their child's iPod and lock it with a code. Kids can also try using noisecancelling headphones, so that the outside noise will not force them to turn up the volume higher.
The full article can be found at http:// www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/18/ earlyshow/health/main6783920.shtml? tag=cbsnewsSectionsArea.2.
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Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food, at least a three-day supply of nonSeptember is National Preparedness Month (NPM)! This awareness month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council. NPM is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. Taking these simple steps now can make a big difference in ensuring your safety and well-being and that of your loved ones. Get a Kit Make a Plan Be Informed Get a Kit You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer, as we’ve seen happen in the metro area this summer.
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries First aid kit Whistle to signal for help Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) Local maps Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger Make a Plan Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. See NPM on page 9
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Family Emergency Plan Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an outof-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts. Teach family members how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through. Subscribe to alert services, such as Fairfax County’s Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) at http:// cean.fairfaxcounty.gov. You will receive text alerts and/or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up your new drivers and other young adults in your household as well. Be Informed Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a fam-
Page 9 ily communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take, whether evacuate or shelter-in-place. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. More information can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem, www.ready.gov, www.vaemergency.com, www.citizencorps.gov, and www.fema.gov.
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Classified Advertising Playgroup: looking for a nanny (or nanny-friendly) playgroup for a 3 year old boy and 2 year old girl. Email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Sale: solid maple bunkbeds, oak entertainment center, PBK airplane quilt/sham, PBK wood curtain rods, brass fireplace screen. Call 703-481-6558 or email email@example.com. Yoga Class – Wednesdays beginning Oct 6th from 9:3010:30am at CH community center. Beginner and all levels welcome, trial class offered. Classes also taught in your home if preferred. RYT 200 and CPR teacher certified and insured. Contact Donna 703-709-8785 or 703597-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. A&S Home Improvement - Remodel-baths/kitchens, ceramic tile, floor/wall tile, basement finishing, painting, drywall, electrical/plumbing, ceiling fans, etc. Licensed, honest, exp. Free estimates. 703-860-4734/703-944-3135. Lawn Mowing+: Mow, Fertilize, Weed control, Aerate, Seed, Mulch, Shrub Pruning, Spring/Fall Cleanups. Reliable svc w/prof results since 1991-Professional Property Maint. Inc.703-273-9626 www.ppmlandscapes.com Almighty & Co—Painting Int/Ext, local references, drywall & rotten wood repair, power washing, wallpaper removal, mouldings. 26 years, family run. Call Carl at 703-378-5602 or cell 703-926-8700.
Don't Flush Your Medications How to Dispose of Unwanted Medicines DON’T FLUSH UNUSED MEDICINES. Why? Because they can end up in our rivers and streams. To help protect our environment, throw unused, unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medicines in the trash. Don’t flush medicines — except when specifically instructed by the label. DO THROW IN THE TRASH. The American Pharmacists Association recommends steps for safely disposing of pills and liquids. These steps will help prevent their misuse or accidental ingestion by children or pets. 1. Keep the medicines in their original container. This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested. 2.
Cross out your name and prescription number for safety.
3. For pills: add some salt water to start dissolving them. For liquids: add something inedible like cat litter, dirt or ash. 4.
Seal the container and secure with duct or packing tape.
5. Put the container in the trash as close to pickup time as possible. Do not put in the recycle bin.
COMMITTEE INFO Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday 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 CHHANewsletter@chha.org or mailed to the Editor at P.O. Box 710238, Oak Hill, VA, 20171. Civic Affairs Committee for comments or questions contact Jeff Parnes at CHHACivicAffairs@chha.org; enroll in the Civic Affairs mail group at CHHACivicAffairsCommittee@chha.org to receive related notices. Community Activities Committee organizes events for Chantilly Highlands families. The committee meets as events are scheduled, and chairpersons vary throughout the year. Interested residents should please contact a Board member. Community Facilities Committee (ComFac) meets as needed regarding our swimming pool, tennis courts, playground, Community Center and its grounds. To become involved and participate in the meetings, 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, meeting as needed. Contact Paul Thurneysen at 703-318-1468 with questions or to help on the Land Management Committee.
The Chantilly Highlander is a monthly publication which informs the community of upcoming events, committee meeting highlights and decisions, and provides a forum to communicate items of interest to your neighbors! Articles are reviewed (subject to editing), 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: CHHAnewsletter@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. Submissions or payments received after the 12th will be held for the following month’s issue. Any non-profit notices will be included only if space allows—guaranteed placement must be paid advertising. Classified & KidWorks ad wording should be no more than 30 words to fit on 4 lines, and is subject to editing due to space constraints.
Advertising Rates: KidWorks (Under 18 yrs) Classified Ad Business Card 3½”W x 2”H Quarter Page 3¼”W x 4½”H Half Page 7½”W x 4½”H
Resident $ 3.00 $ 15.00 $ 30.00 $ 55.00 $100.00
Non-Resident $ 10.00 $ 20.00 $ 50.00 $ 70.00 $120.00
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 703-925-0949 Brian Keagy 703-909-7698 Michelle Doucette See to the right Civic Affairs Jeffrey Parnes 703-904-0131 Community Ctr Rental Answering Machine 703-435-0736 Community Events Michelle Doucette email@example.com Community Facilities Jeffrey Boehlert 703-435-2836 CHHAdatabase@chha.org Database Administrator Greg Zilberfarb Garden Club OPEN OPEN Paul Thurneysen Land Management 703-318-1468 Gerard.Eldering@chha.org Gerard Eldering Neighborhood Watch (see Comm Facilities) 703-435-2081 Pool House Phone Lori Manik Resale Packages 703-796-1061 Kelly Rowell firstname.lastname@example.org Swim Team Chair 703-742-3353 Steve Edwards Tennis Courts Greg.Zilberfarb@chha.org Greg Zilberfarb Webmaster Greg Zilberfarb CHHAwebpostings@chha.org Web Posting
2010 CHHA Board of Directors PRESIDENT Michelle Doucette email@example.com VICE PRESIDENT Bob.Bevins@chha.org Bob Bevins TREASURER Dan Overbey firstname.lastname@example.org SECRETARY Mike Laverdure 703-481-4511 email@example.com COMMUNITY FACILITIES Bob Bevins Bob.Bevins@chha.org LONG RANGE PLANNING Mike Laverdure 703-481-4511 firstname.lastname@example.org ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL Mike Donatello Mike.Donatello@chha.org NEWSLETTER, DATABASE & WEBSITE Greg Zilberfarb Greg.Zilberfarb@chha.org NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, LAND MGMT Gerard Eldering Gerard.Eldering@chha.org COMMUNITY EVENTS & CIVIC AFFAIRS Michelle Doucette email@example.com
BOARD MEMBERS Jeff Boehlert 703-435-2836
Chantilly Highlands Homes Association P.O. Box 710238 Oak Hill, VA 20171
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