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Community Yard Sale: 5/26
The annual spring yard sale will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. That is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend -- always a highly popular weekend for large crowds. Sellers are asked to register with the Events Committee (email@example.com) so that committee members know where to place directional signs and provide guidance to attendees. Also, sellers need to provide generalized descriptions of items being sold so that we can include those in the Craig's List advertising placed by the committee.
Committee will need seller name, location of sales display, and general description of sales items. Registration information must be submitted by 8:00 am on Friday prior to sale day.
Note: All participants must remove their own signs/arrows/ balloons by 3:00 pm the day of the event.
Please Don't Feed the Animals
Our community was built around and through a forest - and the wildlife that called that forest home long before we came. For many, this is still their home. As tempting as it might be to feed them to see them up close, please don't.
Mostly because it's illegal, according to the Virginia Administrative Code 4VAC15-40-286, which reads in part:
"It shall be unlawful for any person...to place, distribute, or allow the placement of food, minerals, carrion, trash, or similar substances when it attracts any species of wildlife in such numbers or circumstances to cause property damage, endanger any person or wildlife, or create a public health concern. Upon notification by department personnel, any such person shall be in violation of this section..."
Squirrels, in particular, have become very aggressive in our neighborhoods, damaging decks as well as furniture and other property.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries warns that:
"Feeding wildlife interferes with normal behavioral patterns, and concentrating animals in urban or suburban areas increases the probability of negative consequences. Over time, fed animals tend to lose their fear of people and can become more bold or aggressive."
Dr. Katherine Edwards, Fairfax County Wildlife Management Specialist, says the practice is harmful to the animals, as well, as quoted by the Fairfax County Police Blog:
"While the intention of those feeding wildlife may be to help these animals, it can create a problem or a potentially dangerous situation within their community. The reality is that healthy wild animals may lose their lives because they have become habituated to people after learning to associate humans with food.”
We live in a forest. If you want to get up close, perhaps a pair of binoculars is a better (and safer!) investment for you, for all of us, and especially the animals.
Please Think Twice About Fire Pits
With the pleasant weather here (most days!), you may be tempted to purchase or use a fire pit. Please think twice, and be sure your plans comply with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention
Code, which states in part:
"...portable outdoor fireplaces shall...not be operated within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material."
Regarding storage of fire pits:
"...outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, chimineas and other similar devices...shall not be stored on a balcony or deck of any structure or within 15 feet of combustible construction or a
The complete code compliance guideline is found here.
Mark Your Calendars
Board of Trustees Meeting
The next HOA Board of Trustees meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 7:00 PM at Pender United Methodist Church. Bring any community questions, ideas, or concerns to this meeting.
Regarding Pickup of Cardboard/Boxes
American Disposal Services will not pick up cardboard from the curbside on Mondays. Further, cardboard boxes should be broken down to less than 36" because of the truck size and need to be sure they are empty of non-recycling material.
Board and Committee Meetings
Board Meetings will generally be held the final Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at Pender United Methodist Church. The 2018 schedule is:
- Thursday, May 31 at 7pm
- Thursday, May 31 at 6pm
- Thursday, June 28
- Thursday, July 26
- Thursday, August 30
- Thursday, September 27
- Thursday, October 25
- The November/December meeting is still TBD
The ARB meetings will be the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at Pender United Methodist Church. Volunteers are always welcome to join. Email the ARB with any questions and to confirm the meeting. The room location is found on the calendar screens when you enter the church.
In the event a meeting is canceled, notification will be posted to the Web site.
Trash and Recycling Updates:
Per our community's guidelines, trash should not be placed out any earlier than 6:00 PM the day before (Sunday or Wednesday). All trash receptacles need to be removed by the end of the day. For large items pick-up, please contact American Disposal at: 703.368.0500. More information can be found at http://www.americandisposal.com.
Trash pick-up: Monday and Thursday
Recyclables pick-up: Thursday
During inclement weather, areas that are deemed unsafe due to snow or ice will be suspended for collection. If American Disposal is unable to provide collection, services will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Be on the lookout for the red alert bar on their website to see if service will be affected due to inclement weather.
HOA Recycling Flyer.pdf
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Want to Help?
We need your help. We are looking for volunteers for multiple committees, including Grounds and Landscaping, the Architectural Review Board, and to assist with the website. If you have experience, please come visit us at our next Board meeting or send an email to our community manager, Patti Picciano.
If you see a trash violation, please email our service management company through the Contact Us form here. Please provide as much information as possible: either an address or a section of addresses (e.g., 13150-13158).
If you or a visitor has been towed, contact Battlefield Towing at 703-378-0059. Battlefield will also provide services to residents (on Fair Woods property only), including jump-starts, tire changes, and unlocking doors.
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