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

https://www.lupjiphotography.com/halloween-2018?fbclid=IwAR2OFM3RP-DCjF5xc0gPdLDEjfNnuw7JE1nEwxH2b0jVz6qFEk1iCQzTjEQ

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Neighborhood BBQ is this Sunday, July 15th

The neighborhood BBQ is this Sunday, July 15th from 4-6 pm at the neighborhood pool. Hope to see you there.

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Pool Forms and Regulations Updated for 2018

The Rules and Regulations page now contains links to updated forms, instructions, and rules for the 2018 pool season.

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March 2018 Newsletter

I have uploaded the most recent newsletter, March 2018, to the Newsletters page. If you wish to receive your own electronic copy, please contact strathmeade@gmail.com.

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December 2017 Newsletter

I have uploaded the most recent newsletter, December 2017, to the Newsletters page. If you wish to receive your own electronic copy, please contact strathmeade@gmail.com.

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August 2017 Newsletter Available

I have uploaded the most recent newsletter, August 2017, to the Newsletters page. If you wish to receive your own electronic copy, please contact strathmeade@gmail.com.

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You Bet Your Aster

It’s National Pollinator Week 2017!

About a decade ago, U.S. Senate unanimously approved for a week in June to be annually designated as National Pollinator Week. This year, from 19 – 25 Jun 2017, our Nation is celebrating this week to focus on pollinators, their conservation and ways to help continue to fight for them.

This week I’ll be providing some key events or tips to help out any pollinator in your garden. As many of your plants are well into their early summer bloom or just ending their spring display, the pollinators are hungry and busy feeding and helping to raise new young. In many cases, butterflies and hummingbirds have possibly traveled many miles to finally arrive back in Northern Arlington to raise a new brood. Exciting stuff!

Where can you go to find more? Check out the Pollinator Partnership website here: http://pollinator.org/pollinatorweek/. This site gives many tools and resources about pollinators, and specifically Pollinator Week.

Stay tuned this week for more information on this great effort and ways we can all take an active part.

Until next time!

Brad

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