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3/6/2015

Charlestown Owners Association

Springfield, Virginia

A Williamsburg Townhouse Community Established in 1966.

 

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FRIDAY TRASH PICK-UP DELAYED UNTIL SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Trash Away has informed our office that Friday pick-up services will be delayed until Saturday, the 7th.




CHARLESTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH UPDATE

Over the period of 20-23 Feb 15, several Charlestown residents recently reported unauthorized entry into their personal vehicles. Unfortunately, these vehicles were left unlocked overnight. In each case, the vehicle's trunk and glove box were accessed and valuables stolen. Access to the glove box is especially disturbing as personal information from car registration and insurance cards could have been taken. Please lock your vehicles to prevent unauthorized entry.

On Sunday, 22 Feb 15, multiple back gates along S Drive were accessed and left opened during the late evening/early morning hours. It appears someone was looking through residents' back yards.

Charlestown residents are encouraged to leave their outside lights on each evening. This remains the best deterrent to nefarious activity in our neighborhood.

Nonresidents transit through Charlestown as a short cut between Rolling Road and Old Keene Mill. If you see suspicious activity, report it to the Fairfax County Police Department Non-Emergency number: (703) 691-2131. You may also file a Crime Report online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/complaints/.

As always, we're seeking new volunteers to reenergize our Neighborhood Watch Program. If interested, contact Bob Angwin at rkangwin@gmail.com.




NOTICE: SOIL CORE BORING WORK ALONG S DRIVE

The County contractors will be doing soil core boring work along the S Drive portion of the creek the week of 9 February.




PLAYGROUND WORKING GROUP MEETINGS

The Playground Working Group will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Association office on February 12, February 26, March 12 and March 26. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend.




FAIRFAX COUNTY STREAM RESTORATION PROJECT ALONG S DRIVE

The County has started the project design effort. During the week of 19 Jan 2015 survey teams were out marking water flow areas and placing survey markers on trees. NOTE: the tags on the trees do not mean that the trees will be taken down.

As project details become available they will be posted to our website and published in the Chronicle.




LOST AND FOUND

Found: One key ring in the front area of 5941-5945 Queenston Street. If you have lost a key ring, please contact the COA site office at 703-569-1959 or coa@cardinalmanagementgroup.com.




HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

Wreaths, Wreaths, Wreaths

The COA would like to thank Donna Reid and her elf (Eugene Wallace) for once again dressing up our street lamps with beautiful holiday wreaths. What a treat! It's quite a job to arrange and hang almost 90 wreaths, so thank you, Donna!

Holiday Decoration Winners

The COA would like to acknowledge the owners of the below units for their festive, original or Williamsburg-themed winter holiday decorations. All will receive a $20 Ledo's Pizza gift certificate as a sign of appreciation for their community beautification efforts during the holiday season.

6035 Queenston St.
8323 Wrenford Ct.
8422 Grenoble
8323 Forrester Blvd.
8339 Garfield Ct.

A special mention goes out to the owners of the following units for their decorations, which brought much cheer to the neighborhood, including those who were recognized during last year's contest:

8515 Forrester Blvd.
8438 Willow Forge
8336 Garfield
8317 Queenston
8252 Carrleigh
8217 Carrleigh




ALERT FOR POSSIBLE SCAM

We'd like to remind everyone to be cautious this season. Unfortunately, the frauds are out there around this time of year. Recently, several owners on Queenston St. noticed a person behaving suspiciously on their block. A man was going door-to-door and knocking on each door. When the owner opened the door, he claimed to be delivering a package from a company. He asked for the person's name. In one case, he returned with a package with a handwritten address of a company that is not legitimate. The package contained nothing but an old CD. These owners have filed a report with the West Springfield police concerning this individual. If you see someone behaving suspiciously in the neighborhood or have someone claiming to need personal information from you - please call the police and file a report.

A few reminders on keeping safe this season:

Do not open your door to strangers. There is no need to open the door. Legitimate delivery services (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc) will leave the package at the door step. If a signature is required, they will leave a printed delivery notice, stating that a signature is needed by the individual. If the delivery notice looks unfamiliar and/or the company name is unfamiliar, please investigate the company before responding. Advice on how to identify a fraudulent company can be found at www.wikihow.com/Check-if-a-Company-Is-Genuine.

If you open the door - Do not give your name or any other information about yourself. Legitimate delivery services have the name of the intended recipient - they do not need to ask your name or any other information about you. If they need a signature, they will state the name of the person they are looking for. Simply put - no one should ask for your name or any other personal information.

Do not give them money or credit card information, unless you have been notified in advance that there will be a C.O.D. delivery to your home. Legitimate delivery services, (UPS, etc.) that offer C.O.D. delivery will notify the recipient by email in advance of the charges due and the delivery date. If you are unaware any packages that might come to you and/or you don't recognize the sender - you should first request a ticket for the package so that you can check out its validity before you pay.




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.




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, Bob Angwin.




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

Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, Tuesday, February 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the home of Lois Lightfoot

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout, Tuesday, March 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the home of Karen Heal

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 2015 is $215.22, due on the first of each month.

* March 2015 Newsletter

Coming Soon

* March 3, April 7, May 5 - Monthly Architectural Committee Meeting - 7 pm

* March 17, April 21, May 19 - 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-Putnam, Account Representative: 703-565-5028
E-mail: a.putnam@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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