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8/12/2014

Charlestown Owners Association

Springfield, Virginia

A Williamsburg Townhouse Community Established in 1966.

 

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SHRUB PRUNING

McFall and Berry will begin hedging and pruning of shrubs the first two weeks of September, weather permitting.

If you prefer to do your own pruning, please place a white ribbon on any bushes or shrubs that you do NOT want trimmed.




CHEMICALS BEING APPLIED

Broadleaf weed control spraying will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 7th and 8th. The COA landscaping contractor will be applying weed killing agents to grassy areas in the community. These chemicals are safe but may bother people and pets with sensitivities to chemicals. The COA suggests that the grassy areas be avoided during and immediately after spraying.




PAINTING PROCESS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR OWNERS

Painting Process and Instructions for Owners - click here to view.




COMMUNITY PRUNING BEGINS

JUNE 9th - Bldgs 29-42, Paint Cycle Buildings

JUNE 16th - Community-wide

Do Not Prune - If you do not wish for McFall & Berry to prune your foundation bushes, please place a white tag on the bush in a location where it can be easily seen by the pruners.

  • Please keep in mind that if you opt out of McFall & Berry pruning, you are responsible for ensuring that they are appropriately pruned or trimmed and present a well-maintained appearance.
  • Pruning for Paint Cycle Homes - Pruning begins next week for the homes on the paint cycle, in order to have bushes and shrubs pruned before the start of painting

    Any bushes or shrubs that are touching or brushing up against painted elements of the home will be trimmed back so that they do not impede painting. This includes bushes that are crowding the stoop railing or the downspouts. The painters will not paint areas where bushes and/or plants are leaning or brushing against the house.

  • If you choose to do your own pruning, please remember that it is important to trim all bushes and plants away from the painted elements of your home.



  • 2013 REPORT FROM THE ASSOCIATION'S AUDITOR

    2013 Report from the Association's Auditor - click here to view.




    SECURITY TIPS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

    Click here to view helpful personal security tips.

    Click here to view helpful home safety tips.




    ASSESSMENT PAYMENTS CAN NO LONGER BE DROPPED OFF AT THE ASSOCIATION OFFICE OR CARDINAL FOREST OFFICE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014

    At the July meeting, the Board approved a proposal to discontinue accepting assessment payments dropped off at either the Lakinhurst Office or the Cardinal Forest Office effective 1 January 2014. Residents will continue to have the option of making their assessment payments by: direct debit (click link below for form); check with coupon via mail; online bill pay; or, credit card. Dropped off payments have been accepted for many years after the accounting function was transferred to CMG as a convenience to owners. These payments now take considerably longer than mailed payments to be received and recorded properly. In addition, only a few owners still drop off their payments and many of these drop them off at the last minute at the end of the month. This generates considerable extra and unnecessary effort for both our office staff and the accounting staff to avoid charging or to reverse late payment charges. Owners have a wide variety of easy payment methods and we have provided ample lead time to make the change to your preferred method. Please take the time to read the information included at the link below and make your choice of payment method. Click here to view assessment payment options and print out a direct debit form.




    FAIRFAX CONNECTOR EXPRESS LANES SERVICE: REDUCED FARE STARTS JULY 1, 2013

    Fairfax Connector Newsletter - Springfield




    CHILDREN PLAYING IN STORM DRAINS

    Children have been observed going in and out of storm drains within Charlestown. This is not safe and parents should discourage such activity. Animals, including foxes, live in some of the storm drains or use them as passageways. And, there is no telling what sort of debris has been washed into the storm sewers.




    CHANGES TO THE PAYMENT OF ASSESSMENTS

    Beginning January 1, 2013, there may be changes to the way you pay your assessments. Click here to learn more.




    LOST AND FOUND

    Looking for something? Homeowners occasionally bring items to the COA office that they have found on the common grounds. A pair of glasses was recently brought in. If you think you may have lost something on the grounds, remember to check with the COA office at 703-569-1959. We just might have it.




    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DOG OWNERS AND FOR RESIDENTS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH DOGS

    Reminders of association and county laws regarding dogs, dog owner responsibilities, and where residents can turn for assistance if they are have trouble with neighborhood dogs - click here to view.




    GROWING THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TEAM

    As the community knows, the Neighborhood Watchers are performing exactly as expected -- excellence! The evidence is the relative absence of trespassing and/or any other significant issues. The program's only problem is the shortage of watchers, i.e. only 14 are on the roster, yet not all are equally available. At present, there are potentially seven two-person teams, but the same teams are working every 4-6 weeks, which is wearing. If we could recruit ten more residents -- who would be trained of course -- the potential would become twelve teams and that would change the rotation to one shift every 7-10 weeks. If you are at all interested, please contact the Neighborhood Watch coordinator, Marc Powe.




    COA TRASH SERVICES

    Contact Trash Away, Inc.: 703-339-4560

    Trash Away, Inc. Services

    Trash Away, Inc. Recycling Information




    CHARLESTOWN LADIES BOOK CLUB UPCOMING MEETINGS

    Mennonite and a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen, Tuesday, August 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the home of Ann Brown

    A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Tuesday, September 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Location TBA

    New members always welcome! See the community newsletter for more information.




    EMERGENCY SERVICES

    Emergency Services Information - click here to view.




    TIPS FOR STORMS, CLEANUP AND HEAT

    Tips, resources and information to help you deal with storms, heat and cleanup activities - click here to view.




    What's New

    *Monthly Assessment for 2014 is $213.01, due on the first of each month.

    *August 2014 Newsletter

    Coming Soon

    * August 5, September 2, October 7 - Monthly Architectural Committee Meeting - 7 pm

    * August 19, September 16, October 21 - Monthly Board of Directors Meeting - 7 pm



    Important Property Management Contact Information

    Victoria Garner, Community Manager: 703-565-5016
    E-mail: v.garner@cardinalmanagementgroup.com

    Ashley Fleck, Account Representative: 703-565-5028
    E-mail: a.fleck@cardinalmanagementgroup.com

    Carolyn Kitrinos, Customer Service Representative: 703-569-1959
    E-mail: coa@cardinalmanagementgroup.com

    Fax: 703-569-6109

    After Hours Emergency contact: 866-370-2989

    Site Office: 8533 Lakinhurst Lane, OPEN Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

     

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