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3/31/2014

Charlestown Owners Association

Springfield, Virginia

A Williamsburg Townhouse Community Established in 1966.

 

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WINTER WEATHER REMINDERS

Click here to view winter weather reminders and information.




TRASH SERVICE AND INCLEMENT WEATHER

When the weather is severe (snow and ice on the roads) please check on the Trash Away web site, www.trashaway.com, for any news of service cancellations or delays. The home page will have a Service Alert that provides information on changes to the schedule. Please do not put your trash out until you have confirmed that it will be picked up on these snowy/icy days. Thank you and stay safe!




SECURITY TIPS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Click here to view helpful personal security tips.

Click here to view helpful home safety tips.




INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY FOR TRASH PICKUP

Click here to view information on trash service during inclement weather.




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.




WINTER HOLIDAY OUTDOOR DECORATION CONTEST WINNERS

A special thanks to Bruce and Donna Reid, who adorned our many Charlestown streetlights with pretty holiday wreaths again this season.

We would also like to recognize several other residents for their efforts to show holiday spirit. Below are the winners of our community's first-ever winter holiday outdoor decoration contest. Each family will be given a $10 Ledo Pizza gift certificate and a letter of appreciation.

Williamsburg Themed

8248 Carrleigh

8305 Wickham

8336 Garfield

6032 Haverhill

Winter Wonderland

8438 Willow Forge

8317 Forrester




FAIRFAX CONNECTOR EXPRESS LANES SERVICE: REDUCED FARE STARTS JULY 1

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




OWNER INFORMATION UPDATE

Did you know that the Bylaws require all owners to have current contact information on file with the COA? This information is critical for the smooth operation of the COA and benefits the owner in case of an emergency (roof problems, neighbor water leaks, fire) and for reasons of home security, car security, outside maintenance issues and neighborhood upkeep. Many phone numbers, email addresses and other contact information in the COA system is either out of date or missing. Please take a moment to comply with our Bylaws and ensure that the COA can contact you in a timely manner, if necessary. Fill out the information requested in the appropriate form(s) below and return it to the office as soon as possible (Resident Owners fill out the Owner Contact Information Form, Non-Resident Owners fill out the Off-site Owner and Tenant Contact Information Forms). This information is used for COA business only and is not released to third parties.

Owner Contact Information Form - click here to view.

Off-site Owner Contact Information Form - click here to view.

Tenant Contact Information Form - click here to view.




CHARLESTOWN LADIES BOOK CLUB UPCOMING MEETINGS

Life's Sentences by Laura Lippman, Tuesday, April 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the home of Rita Hoskins

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Tuesday, May 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the home of Linda Ragsdale

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.




2012 REPORT FROM THE ASSOCIATION'S AUDITOR

2012 Report from the Association's Auditor - click here to view.




What's New

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

*April 2014 Newsletter

Coming Soon

* April 1, May 6, June 3 - Monthly Architectural Committee Meeting - 7 pm

* April 15, May 20, June 17 - 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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