Letter from the President Regarding Pool Closing due to COVID-19

Strathmeade Square Community Association
June 24, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
At the Strathmeade Square Community Association Board Meeting, held on June 9, 2020 all seven Board members present approved a motion that the pool would not open this season due to the impact of COVID-19, after receiving input from over 20 members in attendance. After that vote, the Governor of Virginia indicated that the Phase 3 opening guidelines would come into effect sooner than originally indicated. Mindful that any decision should be based on health and safety, and not finances, the announcement was held until there was a full understanding of what a phase 3 pool opening would entail. That information became available over this past weekend.

In the past two days, there were conversations with the company that manages our pool, legal counsel, and health experts. The phase 3 requirements such as 10 foot distancing, medical screening before entry, control over the number of persons in the pool area, closure of the splash pool (baby pool), and extensive cleaning of all surfaces after each individual use were carefully evaluated, as well as the liability to the community of a pool season under the COVID-19 cloud. As a result, the Board felt we could not guarantee with certainty proper implementation and enforcement of the phase 3 requirements. Thus, the Board, in the best interest of the health of community members, saw no option but to stay with the June 9th decision that the pool will remain closed this season. Given the canceled season, Sequoia will return any checks for an extra visitor pass if not yet deposited or make a refund.
I believe I can speak for all the Board when I say that this decision was perhaps one of the most difficult that we have ever had to make. The pool has always been, and will continue to be, an important element of community pride and activity. Personally, the pool was a fundamental part of the growth experience for my children and has always been for me a primary source of neighbor interaction. Within a few weeks, you will see work begin for a complete rebuild of the pool’s shell to ensure that it is fully ready for the 2021 season, and to provide that same experience for it is hoped many years to come.
Take care and be safe,
Jon Burton

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Message from Providence District Supervisor Dalia A. Palchik

Dear Providence Residents,
I want to provide you with a list of Fairfax County resources and closures due to COVID-19. Visit the Fairfax County COVID-19 site & TwitterVirginia Department of Health and CDC for updates on COVID-19 in our area. Please continue to protect yourself and your family by following the preventative measures of washing your hands often and practicing social distancing. For Fairfax County text updates, text COVID19 to 888777. We are continuing to closely monitor this situation along with you. We will get through this together.
With gratitude,
Dalia Palchik

 

Fairfax County Closures
Mass Gatherings and Community Events:
·   CDC reccomends no public gatherings more than 50 people
·   For events of any size (public or private), organizers and participants each have a responsibility to reduce the chance of disease transmission.
·   Persons considering attending any event, regardless of the number of people attending should consider the risks and benefits in deciding to attend. In particular, those who are at high-risk of severe disease if they become infected – persons who are older than 60 years old, have chronic illness, have a compromised immune system, are pregnant – should know the status of COVID-19 in the community and not attend the event if local infection is widespread.
Fairfax County Public Schools
·   All FCPS school buildings are now closed until further notice.
·   With the school buildings closed, the laptop distribution scheduled for tomorrow is postponed.
·   All FCPS administrative offices are closed until further notice.
·   Only essential personnel as defined by FCPS will be asked to report to work until further notice. All other employees will work remotely.
Food distributions will continue through the closures, now at 18 locations. Breakfast will be available from 8 am to 10:30 am and lunch will be available from 10:30 am to 2 pm, Monday-Friday at the following locations:
·   Annandale Terrace ES, 7604 Herald St., Annandale
·   Bailey’s Primary ES, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church
·   Braddock ES, 7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale
·   Brookfield ES, 4200 Lees Corner Rd, Chantilly
·   Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Rd., Burke
·   Centre Ridge ES, 14400 New Braddock Rd., Centreville
·   Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield
·   Cunningham Park ES, 1001 Park St., Vienna
·   Dogwood ES, 12300 Glade Dr., Reston
·   Garfield ES, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield
·   Graham Road Community Center, 3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church
·   Fort Belvoir Upper ES, 5980 Meeres Rd., Fort Belvoir
·   Hutchison ES, 13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon
·   Hybla Valley ES, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria
·   London Towne ES, 6100 Stone Rd., Centreville
·   Mount Vernon Woods ES, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria
·   Providence ES, 3616 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax
·   Weyanoke ES, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria
All students enrolled in FCPS and other County children 18 years and under receive one meal at no-cost; and, may have additional meals at no-cost upon request. Adults may purchase breakfast and lunch meals at a cost of $2.00.
For more information on FCPS’s response to coronavirus click here. For more on food distribution and other community based resources that offer food assistance for students and families click here.
Fairfax County Government
·   All County agencies have been directed to identify core functions that we must continue to carry out. We are shifting resources to those essential functions, as needed.
·   We strongly encourage residents to conduct County business online if possible.
Fairfax County Parks, Libraries, and Community Facilities
·   Effective Monday, March 16, Fairfax County parks, libraries, and community facilities will be closed for two weeks.
·   This includes: recreation, nature, community, resource and teen centers, golf courses, historic sites, athletic fields, and picnic shelters.
Senior Centers and Adult Day Health Care Centers
·   Beginning Monday, March 16, Fairfax County will provide meal delivery services to registered participants who wish to obtain them.
Information on other Fairfax County Services
For the latest from the Health Department on COVID-19:
·   Visit the Health Department Website, see their FAQs, and tips for social distancing.
·   Sign up for text message alerts­: text FFXCOVID to 888777
·   Call the Health Department from 9:30 am to 9 pm weekdays and 9:30 am to 5 pm on weekends.: 703-267-3511
If you have further questions or are in need of services, below are some good references:
Neighborhood and Community Services provides access and referrals to both government and community-based resources for assistance with, but not limited to: food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.
·   Call: 703-222-0880, TTY 711
·   Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Community-based resources for food assistance and donations can again be found here.
For small businesses in need of relief, we have created a webpage that we will continue to update with guidance.
Utilities
We have reached out to area utility companies to assure that they are working to protect those at risk of utility disconnection. We have received confirmations from:
·   Verizon, Comcast, and Cox, have pledged to keep customers connected for the next 60 days and not terminate services to any residential customer or small business that are unable to pay their bills. Read more.
·   Dominion Energy suspended disconnections. Read more.
·   Washington Gas will be waiving late fees and suspending disconnections. Read more.
Fairfax Connector Bus
·   There have been no changes to Fairfax Connector services, however cleaning protocols have been reviewed and updated.
·   Increased vehicle cleaning cycles are occurring with a special focus on bus interiors and critical touchpoints. These cleanings incorporate disinfection procedures indicated to be effective against COVID-19.
Metro
·   METRORAIL service:
·   Monday-Friday: Trains will operate every 12 minutes on each line throughout the day. The rail system will maintain normal hours, opening at 5 am.
·   Saturday: Trains will operate every 12 minutes on each line, with service from 7 am until 1 am (normal Saturday service).
·   Sunday: Trains will operate every 15 minutes on each line, with service from 8 am until 11:00 pm. (normal Sunday service).
·   METROBUS service:
·   On weekdays, bus service will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule.
·   Weekend bus schedules are unchanged.
·   WMATA also asks that customers do not use Metro to go to healthcare appointments if you are showing signs of illness.
·   As a reminder, in preparation for Metro’s summer repair work parking will continue to be reduced at the Vienna, East Falls Church, and West Falls Church stations.

Community Resources & Food Assistance

Community Based Resources within Fairfax County that Offer Assistance of Food for Students and Families:
Annandale:
Fairfax:
Falls Church:
Vienna/Oakton:

 

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Pictures from our neighborhood BBQ

Some pictures from our August 24th Neighborhood BBQ.

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Neighborhood BBQ Pictures

Some photos

 

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Traffic Calming for Beverly Drive

February 12, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

Many of you have expressed concern about the increased traffic and speed of vehicles on Beverly Drive.  As a result, the Strathmeade Square Community Association Board requested that Fairfax County perform a traffic claiming study.  The result of that study indicates that vehicles were in fact  traveling at excessive speed and posed a threat to safety, especially during peak hours when there was increased traffic and students were waiting for or being discharged from busses.

The County has proposed a traffic calming plan which the Strathmeade Board has adopted but before any such plan can be instituted there are a number of steps that must be performed.  Next in the process is to hold a community meeting where residents can hear what is proposed and ask questions to be better informed before a vote by the community residents is taken on the proposal.

The Community meeting is scheduled for:

Thursday, March 14, 2019

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Thomas Jefferson Library

7415 Arlington Boulevard

Falls Church, VA, 22042-7409

 

Please note that this meeting is for informational purposes only.  Before a final decision is made to proceed with the traffic calming proposal, a community vote must be held after 30 days’ notice.  Sometime after the community meeting, all owners in Strathmeade Square that live on courts that access to Beverly Drive or Thompson Road, and those who live in a portion of Prosperity Heights (area bounded by Monarch Lane and Happy Heart Lane), will be provided with such notice, given detailed information about the proposal, and be asked to vote on its approval.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on this important step in our communities’ safety.

Sincerely,

Jon Burton,

President, Strathmeade Square Community Association.

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Strathmeade Square Community Association Reminders

BOARD MEETING DATES CHANGED

To accommodate Board conflicts, the meeting dates for February, March, and April have been changed to the second Tuesday.  Thus, the new dates are February 12th, March 12th, and April 9th.  All meetings will still be held at 7:00 pm at the Poolhouse.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON TRAFFIC CALMING FOR BEVERLY DRIVE

Meeting to be held Thursday, March 14, 2019.  Please see attached link for details.

TRASH

Household Trash: Please put trash in an appropriate container and place behind your home on Monday and Thursday night for pickup on Tuesday and Friday.  Please do not put it out at some other time.  Please also avoid using flimsy bags that break upon handling or that animals can easily get into.

Recycling: Recycling is picked up on Friday ONLY.  Please place it out for pick-up Thursday night and not any other time.

Yard Waste: In season, yard waste will be picked up from the curb on Wednesday.

Bulk Trash: DO NOT PUT BULK ITEMS OUT FOR REGULAR PICKUP!  Except for certain pre-announced days of the year, our trash contract does not cover bulk items such as larger furniture, mattresses, construction debris, and white goods (refrigerators, stoves, etc.).  Every time we must pay to have them removed it costs all of us!  If you have Bulk Items, please contact the trash company directly at 703-818-8222 to arrange for a special pickup at your expense.

If you see someone else put out bulk items, PLEASE HELP US by approaching them and reminding them of the rules, or if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, and can identify who dumped, please let Dale Edwards know at 703-803-9641 so we can bill them.

PARKING

Residents are reminded that in each court there are numbered and permit spaces.  No one should park in a numbered space except a resident of that home or their guest.  Permit spaces in each court are open for those that have a permit for THAT court.  Any vehicle found in a permit space must have displayed the permit for that court or it is subject to towing and Henry’s Towing can be contacted at (703)-698-8900.  Open parking is available on Beverly Drive, Thompson Road, and Tobin Road except for trailers and certain large and/or commercial vehicles.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dale Edwards of Sequoia Management Company is the Senior Property Manager who handles the operations of our community.  Please send any questions, concerns or comments you may have in an email message to Dale Edwards at dedwards@sequoiamgmt.com, with SSCA in the subject line. You can also call (703) 803-9641 between 8:30am – 5pm, but it may take longer for voicemail messages to be returned.

 

Please note that neither Dale nor the Board regularly reviews social media such as FACEBOOK for issues.  For attention they must be communicated via phone or email.

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Message from our President

Strathmeade Square Community Association

February 12, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

It has been sometime since our last newsletter so I am taking advantage of this special mailing to bring you up to date on a number of issues impacting the community.  First though, I wish you all belated New Year’s greetings and hope that the weather, government shutdown, etc. has not had a large impact on your prosperity and happiness.  Hopefully soon, signs of spring will begin to appear and the winter doldrums will be behind us.

In this mailing you will find the announcement for a meeting to be held on March 14, 2019, to discuss the Fairfax County traffic calming proposal for Beverly Drive.  This came about at the request of residents who were concerned about the increasing speed of vehicles on Beverly Drive and in particular the safety of children waiting for and being discharged from busses.  Please join us on March 14th if you wish to learn more about this issue.

Trash continues to be a growing problem and I plead with all of you to adhere to the trash regulations for the betterment of the entire community.  We have seen a significant increase in bulk trash items being placed on the curb that costs us extra to remove, as well as improper placement of trash and recycling on the wrong days and in improper containers.  This has directly resulted in an increased rodent problem, not to mention the spoiled look of our community.  The Board is looking at various alternatives but the bottom line is that we all must be part of keeping our neighborhood clean.

Recently parking complaints have risen, particularly in those courts that do not have two spaces for every home.  Please make sure that you are properly parked as well as your guests.

The Board currently only has six members when the total by charter is supposed to be nine.  I would encourage all of you to consider whether you would like to contribute to your community by serving on the Board.  Meetings are always open and we welcome residents to come and ask questions and share their views and it is a great way to see what board work is all about.  Please note below the new schedule for Board Meetings for the next few months.

Fortunately, the issues mentioned above are the work of only a few though they have a substantial impact on us all.  I want to thank the vast majority of residents who work so hard to make Strathmeade Square such a great place to live.  As I walked around the other day when it was 60 degrees, there were signs of community building everywhere.  Children were on the playground, neighbors were gathering for impromptu barbecues, and the basketball court was in full use.  This is what makes our home special and on behalf of the Board we look forward to working on your behalf to make it even better.

See you around the neighborhood!

Jon Burton, Board President

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Halloween Parade

Some pictures from our community Halloween Parade

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