Laurel Hill Letter
Laurel Hill Letter A bi-monthly publication for the Laurel Hill Community ● Written by Residents for Residents Volume 5, Issue 4Volume 5 , 8380 Laurel Crest Dr, Lorton, VA 22079838 September/October 20082 The Laurel Hill Letter is brought Laurel Hill Tritons - Bringing Laurel Hill Together to you by many hardworking indi- viduals who live right here in Christine Morin LAUREL HILL Board of Directors President Peter Dickinson 703-690-8323 firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President Pete Meincke 703-646-5288 email@example.com Secretary Craig Griffith 703-500-6300 firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Greg Lyle-703-690-5226 When Tom and Denise Thanks to the Gemma’s intensifies once the kids start Gemma moved to Laurel leadership and commit- swimming. The Tritons sum- email@example.com ment, the Laurel Hill Hill in 2004, they had mer began in May with a been part of swim leagues Community has been part kick-off at the community cen- in their other neighbor- of the Northern Virginia ter and sign-ups. During List of Advertisers hoods for years and un- Swim League and has swim season, Tom is usually derstood the huge com- moved up from Division very busy every night of the A&R Contracting………………......13 17 to Division 15 this munity benefits of a swim week with swim team activi- CertaPro Painter………………......11 team. Swim teams bring year. The Tritons were ties, including roster changes communities together created with a practice and orientation with the op- Clean As A Whistle Services…..…4 team in 2005 of 20 kids, throughout the summer posing team, going to league Dr. Gene Sweetnam……………..…9 and they provide an en- grew to 60 in 2006 (first meetings, and coordinating riching social atmosphere year in NVSL), 90 in volunteers for the upcoming Fairfax Station Chiropractic…...…7 for neighborhood kids and 2007, and 140 this sum- meet. On Friday Nights dur- parents that last year mer! ing the swim season, the Music Together…………………...…8 round. The swim team Leading the Laurel Hill swim team hosts TGI Fridays New York Carpet……………...…..10 provides the largest com- Tritons is an enormous with grilled dinners and a pep ProTech…………………………...…12 munity function in Laurel undertaking that takes rally to get the kids ready for Hill with several hundred hundreds of year-round their Saturday meet. ReMax—Jeri Sellman………….…17 residents participating volunteer hours, begin- VacuumZone………………….…….11 with the team, TGI Fri- ning in February and days, and other events. Walk In Medical Care……………...5 Zampiello Paint Contractors…...…2 PAGE 2 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Laurel Hill Tritons - Bringing Laurel Hill gratulations to Denise! Annita Cox and Karen Schultz - Together (continued from page 1) Scorekeepers and ribbon makers The swim team has an intensive 9-week season Frani Peterson, and Denise Baird - On Saturdays, Tom begins the (June and July) with over 15 major Clerk of course (shuttling kids to the morning by 6:00 am to prepare for events/ swim meets held at our com- right races) the meets. This includes getting munity pool and at other pools swim lanes ready, bringing out all Chris Bidwell and Steve Shappell - throughout Northern Vir- the banners, marking saved park- Announcer ginia. Every swim meet takes a ing spaces for team reps, setting up minimum of 46 parent volunteers to Greg Baird and David Moser - Head the sound system, turning on the run the event and over 300 people of the timers coffee, and several other tasks. are usually present at most Triton This year, Denise became a swim meets. The parent volunteers Colleen D'Anna, Patti Stratton, Vic "Certified Referee," this summer who spent Leung - Marshalls (police of pool) which qualifies her every Saturday and to wear the Certi- other weekdays volun- League trained swim officials: Below fied Referee teering include: officials required annual training classes Patch. In order to and certification to become experts in Carl DeSpiegelaere - swim strokes and league rules. obtain this patch, in computer data coordi- addition to being Joey Booher, Gary Cox, Gordon and nator ribbons and meet recommended by Tania Slaton, Nick Dizon, Denise preparation Division 15, she Gemma, Chris D'Anna (Stroke and had to be evaluated Tracy Frye, Karen Turn Judges) Chris D'Anna by a member of the DeSpiegelaere, (Starter) Denise Gemma - Referee( in NVSL Observation Committee to Stephanie Cox --concessions heads charge of the meet) ensure every aspect of the meet she (trips to Costco and Bjs, prep, grill- was refereeing fully complied with ing, sales, etc.) Thank you to Tom and Denise all of the NVSL's many rules. Con- Gemma and their family for devoting so much of their time and energy to get the Tritons up and running and for leading the swim team over the last few years. Each year gets better and better! PAGE 3 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Laurel Hill Tritons Swim Team Completes Another Successful Season! In just the third year in sportsmanship and holding fun basic swim strokes. At Satur- the Northern Virginia Swim community events such as the day and Monday meets, they League weekly TGIF swam in special Lollipop races (NVSL), the Barbeques at for the obvious treat. They Laurel Hill Tri- the pool. had great fun and are the fu- tons finished in ture of our team. second place in The Tritons also their division participated in Next time you are at after being the Springfield the pool, look for the NVSL moved up two Burke Develop- championship trophies and the divisions after mental “B” Triton record board, which dis- the undefeated Meet League. plays our community record 2007 season. These events holders and invites our swim- It was a very exciting are non-competitive swim mers to attain new goals. We season with a nail-biter finish meets held on Monday eve- are looking forward to welcom- to an exciting meet held nings throughout the summer ing our new neighbors and against Brandywine Pool that to give all swimmers on the members to the team next year ended with Laurel Hill win- team a chance as we move upward in the ning by one point determined to compete. NVSL division in the last of 50 events. Sam We encourage We are looking forward structure. If you Holton touched the wall first our swimmers have any questions for the unbeaten mixed-age to swim events to welcoming our new throughout the year girls relay team of Maura they would not about the team neighbors and members please contact Tom D’Anna, Danielle Gemma, Ash- normally swim leigh Stratton, and Samantha on Saturdays. to the team next year. Gemma, Holton to secure the win. This season the firstname.lastname@example.org for team welcomed more information. The Tritons also were 25 Little Tritons. The 4-7 year champions of the Division Re- olds had special practices three lay Carnival that pitted the times a week and learned the team against 5 other communi- ties’ best relay teams. The NVSL comprises 104 community teams and has been supporting over 15,000 young No. VA swimmers for over 50 years. Swimming is a great way to meet new friends, get some great exercise and learn to compete in a friendly, supportive environment. The Tritons displayed this attitude with great PAGE 4 PAGE 4 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Moments From The Triton’s 2008 Season Caption describing picture or graphic. PAGE 5 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G PAGE 6 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G HELP PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY Do you have 6 hours to spare this year? That’s all the time it takes to participate in the Laurel Hill Neighborhood Watch Program. Before you can patrol you must take a one hour training session provided by the Fairfax County Police Depart- ment. If you have not taken the required training, please plan to attend this meeting. Wednesday, September 17th, 7:00 pm at the Laurel Hill Community Center, 8380 Laurel Crest Dr. Refreshments served. Currently we are scheduling residents to patrol 4 times per year. This is a total time commitment of only 6 hours per year. Please get involved and help to keep Laurel Hill a safe place to live. Please contact Diane Hampel at email@example.com or 703-690-7429 if you have questions. See you there!! PAGE 7 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Laurel Hill Book Club Every other month, a member of Laurel Hill Our current book picks a book of their choice for the Laurel Hill club selection is Book Club and hosts the meeting. We have “The Friday Night been having a great time reading and discuss- Knitting Club” by ing a different variety of selections. The books Kate Jacobs. We have been ranging from comedy to serious, will meet on Mon- classics to modern day and fantasy to non- day, September fiction. We then meet at the host’s home to 15th. discuss our thoughts about the book. The next book club meeting will be in November It is a great opportunity to read a book that and the selection will be “The Garden of Evil” by you would not necessarily pick out for yourself David Hewson. A suspense murder mystery taken and also a chance to meet some new friends. place in a deserted artist’s studio in the heart of We are always looking for new members to Rome. Look out for time and location on your email participate. Whether you love to read every- from the Laurel Hill Yahoo Group. thing or would prefer to pick and choose from our selections that interest you, everyone is Please contact Laura Griffith @ lauragrif- welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to sign up to host a book club meeting. PAGE 8 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MINUTES MAY 21, 2008 A motion was made and seconded that the President Peter Dickinson presided over the Board adjourn to Executive Session to discuss delin- May 21, 2008, meeting of the Laurel Hill Community quencies, collections, violations and legal correspon- Association (LHCA) Board of Directors. He called the dence. The motion passed unanimously (4 Yes – 0 No meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. in the Laurel Hill Com- – 0 Abstain). munity Center. Board members present were: Vice- President Pete Meincke, Secretary Craig Griffith and The Board adjourned to Executive Session at Treasurer Greg Lyle. Also present, representing Car- 8:50 p.m. dinal Management, were Terry McGuire and Donna The Board returned from Executive Session at Carlson. President Dickinson determined that a quo- 9:15 p.m. rum was present in compliance with the By-Laws of the above named corporation. A motion was made to send 43 accounts to legal counsel for collection. The motion was seconded, Ms. Ryan submitted the minutes from the and passed unanimously (4 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). Board of Directors’ Meeting on April 16, 2008, which had been circulated to all Board members. A motion A motion was made and seconded to adjourn was made to approve the minutes as amended. The the Board of Directors’ Meeting. The motion passed motion was seconded, and passed unanimously (4 Yes unanimously (4 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). The meeting – 0 No – 0 Abstain). was adjourned at 9:26 p.m. A motion was made to appoint Tony Martin to JUNE 18, 2008 the Architectural Review Board (ARB) for a three year term to expire in May 2011. The motion was President Peter Dickinson presided over the seconded, and passed unanimously (4 Yes – 0 No – 0 June 18, 2008, meeting of the Laurel Hill Community Abstain). Association (LHCA) Board of Directors. He called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. in the Laurel Hill Com- A motion was made to appoint Tatiana Pom- munity Center. Board members present were: Vice- mer to the ARB for a three year term to expire in May President Pete Meincke and Treasurer Greg Lyle. 2011. The motion was seconded, and passed unani- Also present, representing Cardinal Management, mously (4 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). were Terry McGuire and Donna Carlson. President Dickinson determined that a quorum was present in A motion was made to hire All Saints Security compliance with the By-Laws of the above named cor- to provide an unarmed guard. The motion was sec- poration. onded, and passed unanimously (4 Yes – 0 No – 0 Ab- stain). Ms. Ryan submitted the minutes from the Board of Directors’ Meeting on May 21, 2008, which A motion was made to add lights to the Com- had been circulated to all Board members. A motion munity Center in conjunction with the security sys- tem installation at a cost not to exceed $5,500. The was made to approve the minutes as amended. motion was seconded, and passed unanimously (4 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). The motion was seconded, and passed unanimously (3 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). Tulip Shah submitted his resig- nation from the Board on June 14, 2008. A motion was made to approve Shenandoah Landscape Services’ sub- mitted proposal for irrigation maintenance at a total cost of $6,833.75. The motion was seconded, and passed unanimously (3 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). PAGE 9 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Board Of Directors’ Minutes (continued from page 8) PLEASE REMEMBER A motion was made to approve Shenandoah TO REMOVE THE Landscape Services’ submitted proposal for removal and installation of shrubs in front of the Laurel Hill STAKES AND WIRES entrance feature at Sweet Pecan Drive at a cost of $1470. The motion was seconded, and passed unani- FROM YOUR TREES. mously (3 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). THIS WILL PREVENT A motion was made to approve the proposal from Clean As A Whistle Services to scrape, prime and THE TREES FROM paint the gazebo at a cost of $1,000. The motion was DYING. seconded, and passed unanimously (3 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). A motion was made and sec- onded that the Board adjourn to Execu- tive Session for a hearing and to discuss delinquencies, collections, violations and legal correspondence. The motion passed unanimously (3 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). The Board adjourned to Executive Ses- sion at 8:00 p.m. The Board returned from Execu- tive Session at 8:58 p.m. A motion was made and seconded to ad- journ the Board of Directors’ Meeting. The motion passed unanimously (3 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). The meeting was ad- journed at 9:06 p.m. This version has been abbrevi- ated from its original text submitted by Karen Marie Ryan, Recording Secretary. Full copies are available in the Manage- ment Office. Office Hours Monday…………………………..12-8 Tuesday-Friday…………………10-6 Saturday & Sunday……...CLOSED Phone/Fax 703-493-8961 / 703-493-8962 Email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 10 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Hi members willing to take on this thankless job It’s Me Again, for all of us. I mention that they don’t get paid? Like the old movie “Support Your Local Your Neighbor Sheriff”, we need to “Support Your Local HOA’’. Thanks for Listening Your Neighbor, Bill Brown P.S. Thanks for the yard work Thanks for clearing the minefields of dog waste Thanks for flying our flag Thanks for being my neighbor When I was out last week for my daily walk I was stopped by two of our residents. Both of the residents were concerned (mad) about the lack of interest in the HOA about several of their concerns. I asked them if they went to the HOA meeting to voice their concerns, and the answer was no. I suggested that this was the best way to resolve any issues that they might have. The first seg- ment of the HOA meeting was set-aside just for residents that needed to address the HOA. Their replay was that the HOA should know to take care of these problems without their going to a meeting. Their attitude was that the HOA was their employee. I explained to them that the HOA was not their employees, but volunteers, with- out pay. That all of the HOA members have full time em- ployment in highly responsible positions that take more than 40 hours per week, plus a home life. Their day-to- day work, home life, plus the added workload and respon- sibility of the never-ending issues of the HOA are not only time consuming but stressful. The time that they spend in HOA meetings, community meetings, and outside of the community meetings concerning civil issues such as our schools, requires 20 to 30 hours per month. Remem- ber that they don’t get paid. In parting, I suggested that these two residents were at best naive and misinformed about the duties and responsibilities of the HOA (I am now too polite to suggest that they were a little bit igno- rant and thankless. You can see that I have mellowed in my USMC retirement.) I think, when we have neighbors that don’t under- stand the partnership that we have with our elected members of the HOA we need to educate them to all the work that the HOA does in our behalf. If we have an issue we need to present it to the HOA in a professional and civil manner. We need the few members of our community that are willing to spend 20 to 40 hours of their time each month to keep our community going. We are lucky that we have committed community PAGE 11 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G COMMUNITY CENTER ENCHANCEMENTS In August the LHCA Board of Direc- tors approved a revision to the Community Center Facilities Rules & Regulations. Spe- cific changes apply to the use of the Great Room, the Boardroom and the Picnic Area. The most significant change was the installation of new lighting and a security system that covers both the Pool and the Club House. In addition to access control this system includes both AUDIO & VIDEO SURVEILLANCE. A copy of the revised rules (August 2008) is available at the Community Center and online at : www.laurel-hill.org PAGE 12 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Want to Have a Better spreader and going over the entire lawn. You can fill in bare spots with extra seed. Use 2 to 3 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet of Looking Lawn Next lawn area. Make sure to purchase high quality grass seed, and one Year? that is suited for the sun/shade conditions you have in your yard. Now is the Time to Act!! WATER, WATER, WATER. Do not let the seed dry out! The new seed should be watered lightly each day until the seed germi- By Diane Hampel nates. The grass can be mowed once the seedlings are 3 to 4” tall. I The cooler cannot stress enough the importance of getting your weather condi- soil tested in order to determine the amount of fertil- tions we usually izer and nutrients that you should add. If you have have in fall make a vegetable or flower garden in your yard these areas it the best time of should be tested as well. You can pick up soil test year to work on kits at many of the Fairfax County Farmer’s Mar- improving the kets and all libraries. After you mail the kit to the grass in your soil lab at Virginia Tech you will receive the results yard. Follow these easy steps to in a few weeks. I would be happy to see results next spring: review the results with you. Evaluate your lawn. If you have Feel free to contact me if you have more than 50% weeds or weedy questions about maintaining your grasses in your lawn you may lawn, testing your soil, or other gar- want to choose to renovate the dening questions. entire lawn. Feel free to contact You can reach me at 703-690-7429 me for more information about or email@example.com this process. Core aerate your lawn to allow air and nutrients to enter the soil and prevent soil compaction. I can guarantee you that you have compacted soils if you have not aerated your lawn since you moved in. You can rent a core aerator at garden centers and hardware stores or hire a land- scaping company to do this for you. The machine pulls out a plug of grass and soil as it moves over the lawn. If the soil is dry, be sure to water your lawn the day before you aerate. Level all uneven areas and cover bare areas with a high quality topsoil or compost. Add ¼ to ½” compost to the entire lawn. Overseed the entire lawn with grass seed. I do this by putting the grass seed into my fertilizer PAGE 13 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G PAGE 14 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G September 2008 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 Labor Day Pool Closed Pool Closed Pool Closed Pool Closed Extended pool hours 12-6 Ice Cream Social 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Extended pool Pool Closed Pool Closed Pool Closed Pool Closed Pool Closed Extended pool hours 12-6 hours 12-6 PFC Mtg SCF Mtg 7:30 7:30pm SCSS 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Extended pool ARB Mtg BOD Mtg 7pm hours 12-6 7pm Neighborhood Last Pool Day Watch 7pm 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 PAGE 15 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G October 2008 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 PFC Mtg ARB Mtg 7pm BOD Mtg 7:30pm SCF Mtg 7:30 7pm SCSS 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Halloween Party 26 27 28 29 30 31 PAGE 16 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G Help Keep Our Streets Safe: Report Aggressive Driving! At the last Laurel Hill Board of Direc- If you see someone driving aggres- tors meeting, the Board Members received a sively through our neighborhood, provide the question about the possibility of putting speed vehicle info (license plate, color, style (4-dr control bumps along Laurel Crest and in other sedan, 2-dr, etc.)) and details of the offense areas, to try to curtail residents and others to the FCPD thru their website. While they from speeding through our cannot write citations or impose streets. Unfortunately, fines based on this information, VDOT cannot take any ac- they will send the reported vehi- tions until the builders turn cle's owner a letter of warning. the streets over to VDOT, which will happen at Bond For more information, release. please refer to Traffic Watch In- formation page on the FCPD website: In the meantime, there is something http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/trafficwa YOU can do. The Fairfax County Police De- tch.htm partment (FCPD) has an online form you can fill out (anonymous, if you wish) to report ag- Thanks, gressive driving. -Pete Meincke, VP LH BoD PAGE 17 LA U R E L HI L L LE T T E R WW W. LA U R E L- HI LL. O R G PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. Postage PAID Fairfax, VA Permit #6531 8380 Laurel Crest Dr Lorton, VA 22079 Board Of Directors’ Minutes (continued from page 9) JULY 16, 2008 President Peter Dickinson presided over the 2009 budget requests from the committees July 16, 2008, meeting of the Laurel Hill Community (including Architectural Review Board, Pool & Facili- Association (LHCA) Board of Directors. He called the ties Committee, and the Laurel Hill Connection) meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. in the Laurel Hill Com- should be submitted to Cardinal Management no later munity Center. Board members present were: Vice- than August 31. President Pete Meincke, Secretary Craig Griffith and Treasurer Greg Lyle. Also present, representing Car- A motion was made and seconded that the dinal Management, were Terry McGuire and Donna Board adjourn to Executive Session to discuss delin- Carlson. President Dickinson determined that a quo- quencies, collections, violations and legal correspon- rum was present in compliance with the By-Laws of dence. The motion passed unanimously (4 Yes – 0 No – the above named corporation. 0 Abstain). The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 8:42 p.m. A Neighborhood Watch has been activated in the community. Video surveillance has been installed The Board returned from Executive Session at at the community center. Residents noting suspicious 9:01p.m. activity should call 911 or the police non-emergency A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the Board number (703-691-2131) as appropriate to the situation. of Directors’ Meeting. The motion passed unanimously Ms. Ryan submitted the minutes from the (4 Yes – 0 No – 0 Abstain). The meeting was adjourned Board of Directors’ Meeting on June 18, 2008, which at 9:02 p.m. had been circulated to all Board members. A motion This version has been abbreviated from its was made to approve the minutes as amended. The original text submitted by Karen Marie Ryan, Re- motion was seconded, and passed unanimously (4 Yes – cording Secretary. Full copies are available in the 0 No – 0 Abstain). Management Office.