December 2017 Meeting Minutes

Greater Hillwood Citizens Association
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Quarterly Meeting Minutes

Board Members in Attendance:
Ryan Keedy – President
Alex Strong  – Vice President
Mike McCarthy – Treasurer
Mariel Cortese - Secretary
Jeff Hilton – Officer at Large

Halloween Decorating Contest Winners
Thanks to all of our judges who helped decide the winners.   Winners were as follows:
1st Place - 200 Cleave - $50 prize
2nd Place - 2841 Brook - $25 prize
3rd Place - 2825 Meadow - $20 prize
Please remember to submit your homes next year. There were so many great decorations!

Nominating Committee - Dave Sprague
Voted unanimously to accept the current slate of officers as referenced above.

New Vice President - Alex Strong
Board introduced our new Vice President, Alex Strong.  Alex and his family live on Meadow Lane and are fairly new to the neighborhood.  He will be replacing Emily Jenkins as VP.  Thank you Alex!

2017 Homeowners Dues Update – Mike McCarthy
Mike informed us that we currently have approximately $440 in the GHCA bank account. Dues can be paid at a meeting or anytime via cash, check, PayPal (GHCA account), credit card (manual swipe charge of 2%). We are always looking to raise more money by offering advertising space within the Hillwood Herald to local businesses.  Please spread the word.  Also, a potential motion to increase dues was discussed in addition to offering a discount to the seniors in the GHCA community. The notion seemed well received and we will discuss again in the upcoming meeting.

Bozzuto Proffer Funds Update – Ryan Keedy
Bozzuto has released funds to the county.  Now is the time to continue to discuss what we as a community would like to do with the funds.  Currently there are 10 suggestions that have been given:

  1. Additional swings; more age appropriate seats
  2. Additional playground equipment that suit a broader age range
  3. Dog waste area; maintained by a company
  4. Lighting in Azalea park
  5. Replace furniture (benches, picnic tables) in the park
  6. Off-leash area for pets
  7. Community garden behind South Street
  8. Speed bumps
  9. Stop sign at Brook Drive and Westover (from Hillwood down to Cedar)
  10. Welcome to Hillwood Sign

These are all excellent suggestions and we would love to hear more! Please feel free to submit additional feedback via email (hillwood@gmail.com) or the Facebook page.  We will have to vote on the funds so it’s important that everyone pay their dues.  If you do not pay your dues, unfortunately you will not have a vote.  

Fall Park Clean Up
It was an extremely successful event.  THANK YOU to everyone who helped and THANK YOU to everyone who contributed supplies.  Looking forward to the Spring Clean Up!  Date to follow soon.

Block Parties!
Brook Drive hosted an AWESOME 1st Annual Hillwood Block Party.  So many families came out to eat and mingle.  The turnout was fantastic!  We are looking for the next street to host the second annual block party in late Spring/Early Summer.  Let us know if your street is interested.

GHCA Website
We are currently working on our re-vamping and re-designing our GHCA website (thanks Alex Strong!)  It should be up by the end of January.  Please keep checking back to see the finished product.

Special Meeting Visitor
Zach Hardy from Meadow Lane came to our meeting on behalf of his Boy Scout Troop.  He has a service project he has to fulfill and came to pitch the possibility of building a Little Free Library for the community in Azalea Park.  The idea was welcomed with opened arms and we look forward to receiving Zach’s proposal.

GHCA Block Party - Thank you!

The GHCA Board would like to thank everyone who attended the 1st Annual Block Party and the residents on Brook Drive who allowed us to close off their street for the event. We also wanted to give a big thank you to all the neighbors that brought items to share and a special mention to Anne King of Shady Lane and Bill & Cary Cavness of Brook Drive who were not able to make the event but still donated to its success.

Please head to our Facebook page to see pictures from the event – a great time was had by all and it seems like an event that needs to be duplicated again (who wants to be the next street to host?

 

Greater Hillwood Citizens Association

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Multiple Vehicle Break-Ins Update

We have received the following request from the Fairfax County Police concerning the recent car break-ins: 

Please use the link below for reporting all crimes non- emergency.  This system allows them to track, report and monitor what's happening in your neighborhood (as well as plan on doing increased surveillance in the area based on the increased reporting). They also confirmed that they will communicate with the Falls Church City police about these incidents and to help coordinate efforts. The process takes approximately 5-10 minutes and they've asked everyone who thinks that may have been impacted to please be sure and report. 

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/reportcrime

Thanks and please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Notice: Proposed Amendment to GHCA Constitution

At the December GHCA Meeting there was a proposed amendment GHCA Constitution, Article VI to change the frequency of the GHCA regular meetings from every other month to once a quarter (with the understanding that special meetings of the Association may be called by the Executive Committee whenever necessary).    

This amendment will be brought up for discussion and a vote at the next GHCA Meeting on February 21, 2017.    

In Memoriam: Anna-Liisa Boyle

Anna-Liisa Boyle of Falls Church, VA, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the age of 80.

She is survived by her son, Bob Boyle (Teri); daughter, Annabelle Serrano (Juan); grandchildren, Hanna and Jackson Serrano. She is preceded in death by husband, Francis Boyle.

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Liisa excelled in athletics as a member of the Finnish National handball and basketball teams. In her late teens, she moved to London to work as an Au Pair. In 1961, her work took her to Redbank, New Jersey where she met her husband, Francis. While raising their two children, Liisa continued her athletic ways as she played tennis, soccer, and bowled well into her sixties. When she wasn't tossing 300 games, Liisa helped out at Fairfax Hospital where she was in the Volunteer Auxiliary for over 37 years. Never one to enjoy idle time, when her son gave up his childhood paper route, she decided to take it over. Although she was a devout night owl, Liisa got up at 4:30 a.m., every morning for the next 32 years to faithfully deliver the Washington Post to her Hillwood neighbors. She took enormous pride in the fact that she never missed a day and always insured everyone's paper was safely placed behind their storm door.

Liisa didn't need much to make her happy. A book of cartoons. An episode of Dancing With The Stars or Toddlers and Tiaras. Pepperoni pizza. Her beloved Cowboys beating the Redskins. A Long Island Iced Tea with her ever-present cigarettes. But most of all she loved talking to people. Whether catching up with a neighbor or chatting with a stranger at the super market, her Finnish accent, feisty personality and inquisitive nature left an impact on everyone she met.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Auxiliary of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus 3300 Gallows Road Falls Church, VA 22042 or (www.Inova.org) for donation information.

A celebration of Liisa's life will be held on Saturday, November 19. For details contact- LiisaBoyleCelebration@gmail.com

Notice in Washington Post

 

October 2016 Meeting Minutes

Greater Hillwood Citizens Association
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

Board Members in Attendance:

Alan Ness – President
Ryan Keedy – Vice President
Mike McCarthy – Treasurer
Jeff Hilton - Officer At Large

Bozzuto Update – Alan Ness

Mike in Supervisor Smith’s office – working with association on how funds can be used and any restrictions that may be in place.  The one main point is that in no way will the entire sum be distributed directly to the GHCA Board.  Development is well underway, tenants are expected to occupy in springtime according to certain timelines.

GHCA Board recommends creating neighborhood task force and include neighbors from Falls Church City and Fairfax County.  We have representatives for Cleave, Shady, South Streets.  Still have outstanding streets who we need representatives from:  Meadow, Linden, Cedar.

Dave Sprague – Cleave Street
Darlene Diffy – Shady Street
Dave Geiger – South Street
Marti Wright – Brook Drive
Jeff Hilton – Berry Steet

Task Force Members Requirements - Gather input for the park/use of Bozzuto money, Get email addresses, talk about GHCA.  Make sure that Block Captains understand the value of GHCA and can verbally address that. Azalea Park originally donated as park as a war memorial according to member.

GHCA still working to identify what money can be used with (outside of just Azalea Park).  Potential Stop Signs at Shady and Cleave, Sidewalk along the park,

Nominating Committee / Officers – Alan Ness

We are still trying to fill spots for Vice President & Secretary spots for 2017 year.  Alan Ness will be staying on as Ex-Officio to help with newsletter.  VP Role is help assist President – great opportunity to get involved. 

Halloween Contest – Alan Ness

We’ve had three people sign up for Halloween contest.  Prizes awarded to best four homes – at this point three entries.  Reposting messages to Facebook and Hillwood listserv to ramp up interest among homes in neighborhood.

Park Update – Ryan Keedy

  • Reach out to Dominion Power about street lights not working – Shady & Westover (wires hanging out) need to address
  • Reach out to FFX County about park lights not working
  • No more dedicated pet waste trash can – new FFX County

November 19th Park Cleanup:  09:00am – 12:00pm (Picking up sticks, leaves – basic cleaning)

Dues / Financial Update – Mike McCarthy / Alan Ness

  • Newsletter – paired down to one page with expiring advertising commitments bringing total cost down to $70 per printing.
  • $525 in checking account balance
  • $70 outstanding for last newsletter mailing

Trying to drive all payments possible to website / PayPal – very easy transaction recording and record keeping. 

Voting on new Initiatives:

Increasing Dues Initiative

$15 Motion – Not passed
Raising dues to $10 (from the current $5 dollar amount)
In Favor – 11 in favor
Opposed – 3 opposed

Motion passed to increase dues to $10 starting FY 2017

Changing Meetings from Bi-Monthly to Quarterly.  Will vote at December Meeting.

Comments: 

Kathy S supports lessening of meeting to quarters only.
Mike McCarthy agrees that lessening would be best.

Offer to host meeting

Reduce # of meetings annually at next meeting.

Other Announcements:

Anna Lisa Boyle – she lived in Cape Cod from the park has passed away.  Obituary to be forwarded to listserv to make announcement. 

GHCA to Support Falls Church Homeless Shelter – Kathy S.

Bring items to be donated to December Social.

Make sure to get newsletter out a week earlier than normal – delay on last newsletter was due to Welsh Printing no longer having hard address yet (newsletters had to be mailed).

Deliver by due to time sensitive information to be included on notes to block captains.  

Hillwood Citizens Association
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Bi-Monthly Meeting Minutes

 

 

Seven Corners Comprehensive Plan Amendment Update

Image from Fairfax County

Image from Fairfax County

Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment

At the Mason District Land Use Committee meeting of March 24, 2015, the Fairfax County staff from the Office of Community Revitalization, Department of Planning and Zoning, and Department of Transportation, presented the Seven Corners Plan Amendment to the community.  Some of the major objectives of the plan include: 

Create a long range (2040) vision that is both responsive and a driver of change; Develop a modern transportation network that alleviates traffic congestion and serves all users including pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, and transit riders; Ensure the long-term economic viability of the Seven Corners area; Enhance the appearance and functionality of the area through the creation of a high-quality public realm with a variety of parks, plazas, and sidewalk spaces for the Seven Corners community; Improve the environmental sustainability of the community, and greater region.

Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Fairfax County's annual pedestrian safety enforcement and springtime education initiatives are underway.  In our area, a focus will be placed on the two Metro stations in the McLean District (East and West Falls Church stations). Commuters can expect to see officers monitoring crosswalks, posting electronic signboards and strictly enforcing traffic laws for both drivers and pedestrians. Tickets and warnings will be issued for drivers who are exceeding the speed limit, not yielding to pedestrians and committing other violations. Pedestrians will be expected to use crosswalks. For more information on pedestrian safety check http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians. Countywide, the number of citations written for pedestrian-related violations has increased 173% from 2010 to 2012; from 213 (in 2010) to 582 (2012).