Neighborhood News Archives
INAUGURAL BLOOM DAY A SMASHING SUCCESS!
Saturday, May 18 was a day to remember in the Mews. The first-ever Bloom Day could not have been more sucessful or rewarding for all those who participated. Despite the threat of rain, more than 20 dedicated Mews residents showed up at Kelly’s Circle at 9 AM sharp to begin tackling the list of planned community projects developed by the dedicated members of the Grounds Working Group. We accomplished much throughout the remainder of the morning:
1. We began clearing the “jungle” around the fence along upper Readsborough that borders Cravens Nursery. More than three truckloads of debris was removed and bagged, including some small pieces usable firewood that are stacked near the mailboxes along upper Readsborough. Please help yourself if you need wood for your fireplace.
2. We cleaned up on Guysborough around the access road and cleared debris (sticks, stones, bricks) at the bottom of Colchester Brook.
3. We cleaned every last bit of debris along the perimeter of aMewsments, totally swept the basketball court, tennis court, and playground, and began to clear the brush away from the fence around the basketball hoops.
Afterward, as the rain finally began to pelt down, the participants enjoyed refreshments and healthy snacks under the sanctuary of a canopy donated for the cause by the Howden family. A drawing was held, and 11-year-old basketball player extraordinare Amelia Noca was the proud winner of an aMewsments key. No doubt she’ll now be practicing her jump shot and ballhandling skills even more. Because the threat of rain remained for the rest of the weekend, the GWG opted to postpone activities on Sunday. If you didn’t get the chance to participate this time, fear not. This will become a regular activity in the Mews. Stay tuned for an update soon on the next opportunity.
A list of all those who participated can be found here Bloom Day Participants
Many, many thanks to all who serve on the Grounds Working Group…it has clearly established itself as a community treasure!
ANNUAL MEETING MOST ATTENDED IN YEARS
The Chesterfield Mews Annual Meeting was held as scheduled on April 30, 2013 at Fairfax Circle Baptist Church. The strong sense of pride by all of us in the Mews was clearly demonstrated on this night. 43 neighbors attended in person and 55 additional neighbors attended by proxy. President Bob Parker spoke of new parking restrictions likely to come for all roadways inside the Mews in response to a notice from the Fairfax Fire Marshal. Tresurer Bruce Pincus spoke of the solid financial position the Mews is in, with no increase to dues this year. Jo Ann Andren gave us all a brief history of the community’s efforts to improve the common grounds, and outlined current and future efforts for plantings around Kelly’s Circle and the addressing of erosion issues on the lower ends of the Mews. Four board positions were open with Gordon Silcox, Bill Saint, and Jimmy Xu elected by the membership. The nominating committee will propose a candidate to the new board at its May 28 meeting to fill the fourth board position; this position will be decided at that time. The strong sense of community was further underscored with seven candidates expressing an interest in serving on the board! Very special thanks go to outgoing board members Jo Ann Andren, Nancy Minter, and Brian Saal for all their valuable contributions over the years. The community would not be in the strong position it is in without their participation.
NEED TO RECYCLE OLD ELECTRONICS?
Trying to figure out how to dispose of old TV’s, computers, printers, etc that you might have sitting around? Looking to shred old paperwork but you don’t have the means to do it at home? Take advantage of some free recycling events offered every Sunday through Fairfax County. “Electric Sundays”, or electronics recycling events, go from 10 am to 3 pm at either the I-66 Transfer Station at 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax, or at the I-95 Landfill Complex at 9850 Furnace Road in Lorton. Secure Document Shredding runs from 8 am to noon at various locations throughout the county. Here is a link to the complete 2013 schedule, which also includes a link to a printable calendar of both electronics recycling and secure document shredding events throughout the county www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/electric-sunday.htm
REGARDING THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS…
The architectural control committee is currently working on CMCA guidelines for solar panels. These guidelines will be published by the summer. More information on this topic is in the latest newsletter that was distributed to your homes on Wednesday, April 3, and at the below link to the Virginia State code. You may also contact board president Bob Parker or any member of the ACC for more details.
IF YOU NOTICE THAT A STREETLIGHT IS BURNED OUT…
Some of you have asked the board of directors what to do if you see that a streetlight is burned out. We appreciate your concern for the safety of our community. If you do see a burned out light, you can take matters into your own hands. All street lights in the community are maintained by Dominion Power. If you notice a burned-out light, you can get the light number from a plaque that is attached to the base of the pole and call Dominion Power directly at 888-667-3000. Thanks again for your concern for the well-being of the Mews.
LEASH LAW ENFORCEMENT
The Chesterfield Mews Community Association gives its approval to the Fairfax County Police Department to enforce the Fairfax County Leash Law and other related animal control laws on the private property of the association.
GROUNDS WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED
The charter for a new advisory Grounds Working Group was approved by the board at its September meeting in order to provide “thoughtful, positive, constructive” comments to the board relating to grounds and landscaping. The idea for such a group was initiated by community members and the board recognizes as well that many owners have a passion for the appearance of the community and also useful knowledge relevant to grounds planning and care. The GWG will have a maximum of seven members: up to five Chesterfield Mews volunteer residents, and two currently serving board members, initially Margaret Kerr-McKown and Gordon Silcox. Residents interested in being considered for one of the five seats are encouraged to contact any board member as soon as possible or send an e-mail notification through the “Contact Us” feature of www.inthemews.com
SECOND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE!!
Please join us for the Second Annual Chesterfield Mews Halloween Parade. It will take place on Saturday, October 27, at 4:00 PM. Participants will meet at the aMewsments playground, parade the neighborhood, and then return to the playground for food and socializing. Once again, we owe our thanks to Patricia and Jeremy Trillet for putting this together. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Preparing for Hurricane Sandy
- Sign up for the County’s Community Emergency Alert Network text/email updates that will provide weather alerts and other critical information.
- Check back for updates on the County Emergency Information Blog
- Make sure you have emergency supplies such as extra water and food, as well as additional batteries for flashlights and radios.
- It’s Fall and trees are showing off their reds and oranges, but many leaves have hit the ground. Keep storm drains clear in case we receive inches of rain.
- If you happen to live in an area that is prone to flooding, be prepared to relocate your family and vehicle before flood waters have an impact. In past events, there has been little warning once the water begins to rise.
The Post has now reported four separate robberies in Mantua. The latest occurred December 3, adding to the November 3, August 25 and September 8 thefts that saw prescription drugs, jewelry and heirlooms stolen from residences in Mantua. Residents are urged to be especially vigilant since Mantua is so close to the Mews. Please be sure to lock your doors and windows when you are not at home, keep your outside lights on at night, and help your neighbors by keeping an eye out when you know they are gone. Street lights are also a deterrent to theft, so if you notice any that are out in the neighborhood, please call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report. Make sure you have the number (found on the pole) handy when you call. Thank you!
LANDSCAPING IN THE MEWS IS UNDER WAY
While the minutes of the board of directors’ May 30 meeting are still in the process of final approval due to the many expenditures and details that must be confirmed, here is an update on the status of most of the near-term neighborhood landscaping projects. As many of you are already aware, a number of these projects have already begun or are now fully planted:
1. Turf rejuvenation and turf aggressive renovation to be addressed in the fall of 2012 at a cost of $5,000.
2. Community entrance enhancements at a cost of $3,000.
3. Up to $12,000 to address erosion areas including lower Colchester Brook Lane and lower Readsborough Court, plus other areas to be identified at future board meetings and with community involvement.
4. Landscape improvements at the northeastern corner of Colchester Brook Lane (at the intersection at the bottom of the hill) for over $4,000.
5. Trees and plantings in areas surrounding the Guysborough traffic circle for up to $6,000.
6. Landscape plantings for Traffic Circle improvements for approximately $3,000.
7. Landscape plantings on both sides of opposite-facing corner beds at the intersection of upper Eakin Park Court and Guysborough for approximately $6,000.
8. Parking island landscaping for approximately $15,000.
Additionally, the board approved over $3,000 for water truck services as recommended by Professional Grounds to ensure the new plants survive the transplanting.
The above motions totaled approximately $58,000 and are in addition to setting aside $8,000 for emergency tree funds. Professional Grounds is developing proposals for areas where the board asked for changes to the first set of proposals.
As always, please feel free to post any comments/concerns through the Contact Us section of the website.
NEW CMCA OFFICERS ELECTED
The newly installed CMCA Board of Directors has nominated and elected the following officers for the upcoming year:
President: Bob Parker
Vice President: Nancy Minter
Secretary: Gordon Silcox
Treasurer: Bruce Pincus
DRAFT GROUNDS PLAN
Thanks to all of you who commented on the draft Grounds Plan for the Mews. For your reference, here is a link to the plan Draft Chesterfield Mews Grounds Plan
****ASPHALT SEAL COATING UNDERWAY***
Dominion Paving is in the Mews this week to seal our roadways and parking areas. Due to the weather forecast, this will be a 2-day effort. On the day that your street is scheduled for work, all vehicles on your street and in your parking area must be moved by 6:30 a.m. Work will begin at 7:00 a.m. Any vehicles not moved by 6:30 will be towed at your expense. Please move your cars to the service road (parallel to Route 50) or along other roads in the community not scheduled for a seal coating work day. Please DO NOT park in other owners’ reserved parking spaces. Note: On Wednesday, June 13 yard waste will be picked up starting at 6:00 a.m.
Here is the work schedule:
Day One – Wednesday, June 13
- Readsborough Court
- Delburne Court
- Guysborough Drive beyond the circle to Readsborough Court -one half
- Eakin Park Court – “Lower Eakin” street addresses of 3150 through 3191
- Asphalt walkway to the tennis courts
Day Two – Thursday, June 14:
- Eakin Park Court – “Upper Eakin” street addresses of 3130 through 3145
- Guysborough Drive beyond the circle to Eakin Park Court – remainder
- Guysborough Parking Area – both Odd and Even numbered addresses
- Colchester Brook Drive
Because of the condensed schedule, No Parking will be available either day on Guysborough Drive beyond the circle.
Here’s what to expect: each day’s designated areas will be thoroughly power cleaned, including the curbs. Parking space numbers will be written on the curb with chalk. Areas will have sealant applied and striping and numbers will be reapplied the same day.
Vehicles may be returned to completed work areas at 6:30 the next morning.
Note: If rain is forecast, the schedule may have to be altered, as this work cannot be undertaken in the rain. Check back frequently for updated information right here on our website:
GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!
Open the link to see the complete schedule for cleanup of the Accotink Creek, which runs right behind the Mews. Cleanup will go at various locations along the creek every Saturday between March 31 and April 28, and is sponsored by Friends of Accotink Creek. Two of the locations of the April 21 cleanup date (Pickett Road and Barkley Drive) are near the Mews. This is a great opportunity for any middle- or high-school students of yours to earn community service hours, or for your younger children to help out while having a great adventure! Accotink Creek Spring 2012 Cleanup
HALLOWEEN PARADE A ROUSING SUCCESS!!
We are happy to report, despite Mother Nature dealing us an unseasonable wintry blow on the designated day of Saturday, October 29, that the turnout on the makeup date of Sunday, October 30 was fabulous! Many thanks to Trish and Jeremy Trillet for starting what we know will be a permanent tradition in the Mews! Look on this website for future announcements regarding other Holiday parades.
The second stage of our tree work was begun today in the Mews, and will last for several days this week. You have all gotten a flyer in your door that identifies which trees are targeted for attention and/or removal. Here is the link to the flyer…click on it twice to open. Homeowner_grounds_update
The Post reported on 8/25 and today 9/8 that jewelry and heirlooms were stolen from 2 residences in Mantua. Residents are urged to be especially vigilant since the latest robbery occurred close to the Mews. Please be sure to lock your doors and windows when you are not at home, keep your outside lights on at night, and help your neighbors by keeping an eye out when you know they are gone. Street lights are also a deterrent to theft, so if you notice any that are out in the neighborhood, please call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report. Make sure you have the number (found on the pole) handy when you call. Thank you!
Neighborhood Parking Concerns
At the CMCA Annual Meeting May 24, residents from upper Eakin Park Court brought up a particular issue concerning curb parking that impedes an owner’s access to his duly assigned spot. The Board formed a Street Working Group (SWG) of four of its members to address the problem and make recommendations.
The SWG made three recommendations at the Board’s July 26 meeting: (1) Identify a small number of “no-parking” curb areas to be marked by yellow paint; (2) Establish a procedure for giving warning notices to violators; and (3) Establish last-resort procedures for towing vehicles should the notices go unheeded. The Board unanimously approved all three recommendations.