AMERICAN DISPOSAL, OUR TRASH AND RECYCLING SERVICES CONTRACTOR, IS GOING TO ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE TRASH AND RECYCLING PICKUP ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 28.
American Disposal will be out and attempting services on Thursday, January 28th, and advises us:
"Keep in mind many secondary and neighborhood roads are still in poor condition. If our large trash and recycling trucks are unable to maneuver around safely, services will not be provided. Your safety, as well as our safety, is our top priority. If services are not provided, please bring your items back to your home. Service will resume on your next scheduled collection day. As a reminder, your TRASH service will resume on your next scheduled trash collection day. Your RECYCLING service will resume on your next scheduled recycling collection day. Please be assured we will collect any accumulated material when we return."
A Few Winter Storm Reminders:
We are all part of a community. Storms can bring us together or cause problems. Let's avoid unnecessary stress and friction and let the only problems be the ones caused by nature.
1. Everyone is responsible to clear the sidewalks that border their home and keep them clear. That may be a challenge if we get the drifting snow that is forecast, but it is a necessity. Don't clear your snow by putting it on the sidewalk, in the street, covering the fire hydrant, or in front of your neighbors' cars (and yes, people have done all of the above). If your neighbor can't shovel his/her property alone, do it for him/her or contact Pat Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get a Snow Angel to clear the sidewalks. This is a safety issue for all.
2. Don't park in fire lanes, don't double park, don't park on sidewalks, and don't block the entrance or exit to any house or road. You not only risk a ticket from the police, but Runnymeade can also have a vehicle immediately towed without notice for any violation that presents a safety hazard or issue.
3. Please keep one side of High Meadow Rd (the state road) free of cars. We don't need to park on both sides. It is essential for emergency vehicles and for safe driving to only park on one side of the street when there is reduced room to maneuver and when cars are slipping and sliding. VDOT has already pretreated High Meadow but had to skip over the places where cars were parked. For the area along the island, this means VDOT could only pretreat the center of the street. Once plows come through, there will be even less space to get through. For most of the last 25 plus years, cars only parked on one side of High Meadow. Only recently did we start to see cars using both sides of the street to park. It may be a convenience to park on both sides, but right now it is dangerous and unnecessary.
4. Don't hog non-reserved parking spaces. There is no reserved non-reserved parking space in Runnymeade--even if you shoveled it clean. Don't put a chair in a parking space or mark it as yours. It is not yours.
5. Please use your reserved parking space, garage, and/or driveway. Clean the snow off your reserved space where it says "reserved" so that visitors will recognize it is reserved when you are not home. But when you are home, use it.
6. Definitely don't put your garbage in the street!
7. Please don't use chemicals that are harmful to pets to treat your sidewalks. Cats and dogs lick their paws and ingest the chemicals you put out to melt the snow and ice.
8. Please keep fire hydrants cleared off so that emergency crews can find them in a hurry.
Thanks for your consideration.
WHO ARE THE SNOW ANGELS? About 5 or 6 years ago, we created the Snow Angels program. It is not a group of residents who come and lie on the snow in front of your house and flap their arms. It is a group of residents who volunteer their time to help other residents who need assistance to clear off their stairs, sidewalks, and cars/parking spaces when it snows. If you need assistance or you know of a neighbor who needs assistance, please contact Pat Mahoney at email@example.com, and she will match you up with one or more Snow Angels to help. If you are willing and able to help, please contact Pat Mahoney so that you can be matched up with someone who needs your help.
THE RESULTS ARE IN -- While there are still a few lingering decorations up, the 2015 Runnymeade Holiday Homes Decorating Contest is over and the unofficial observation is that we had the greatest degree of participation ever with some truly spectacular displays. Once again, the street that had the highest percentage of homes participating was Castletown Way, which was crowned the Brightest Street for the 4th year in a row.
The Winners were:
MOST FESTIVE 6162 Castletown Way
MOST UNIQUE 6045 Crown Royal Circle
MOST CHARMING 5922 Langton
MOST ELEGANT 5913 High Meadow
MOST FESTIVE 5921 Ambassador Way
MOST UNIQUE 6111 Castletown Way
6166 Castletown Way
MOST CHARMING 5870 Langton
6020 Crown Royal Circle
5923 Heatherwood Ct
MOST ELEGANT 6094 Heatherwood Dr
The Elegant Row: 6014-6018 Knights Ridge Way
The Prize Patrol has not finished delivering the prizes. This year we had prizes from:
*Nalls, which donated the Grand Prize (for the Most Festive Winner) as well as $5 Nalls Gift Certificates for all the Honorable Mentions
* Unos, which donated the prize for Most Charming
*Karen Wyatt Skin Care, who donated an Advanced Facial
*Pat Mahoney, who donated a gift certificate from Bath & Body Works
PARKING ON CROWN ROYAL DRIVE - By now you know that High Meadow and Crown Royal Drive have been re-paved, and new parking areas and bike lanes have been added. Please encourage your guests to park in the new parking spaces. Runnymeade was instrumental in getting the new parking spaces added. Now please let's use them!
Also at Runnymeade's request, VDOT installed new signage on High Meadow Rd to prohibit on street parking in places too close to intersections to be safe. These prohibitions are being enforced.
RUNNYMEADE ROOFS -- Most of Runnymeade's roofs were replaced more than 20 years ago and may need replacing now. Please remember and factor into your planning that replacement of your roof is a major exterior modification requiring that an Application for Exterior Modification be submitted to the ACC and approved by the ACC prior to any construction.
FURRY RESIDENTS -- a number of homeowners have discovered unwelcome furry residents overhead and in their walls. Squirrels have discovered our townhouses. They may get in through holes in your roof or even through holes in the wall between your house and your next door neighbor's. It is strongly suggested that you keep the trees on your property trimmed to keep the squirrels away from your house, look closely at your roof and sides of your house for areas that appear to have separated from the roof or sides of your house, and listen carefully for suspicious noises.
RUNNYMEADE DECKS -- The Runnymeade Board has clarified and harmonized positions on whether composite materials may be used on decks. At its September 22 meeting, the RHOA Board adopted a revised policy that can be found on the ACC Info page on this site.
ACC REMINDER: Are you planning to paint and/or to make any exterior modifications to your home? Please see the "ACC Info" page on this site. If you would like to reach all ACC members at once, using only one, easy-to-remember email address, send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will go directly to all members of the ACC without you having to look up their names and email addresses. If you have any ACC questions or concerns, please contact the ACC directly, using the ACC email address, or contact Runnymeade's Property Manager, Jeff Turner, at email@example.com.
RUNNYMEADE ON FACEBOOK: Our Runnymeade Facebook Group is growing. We are now up to 218 members! If you are a Facebook member but have not yet joined our closed group, you should consider doing so. It is an active group where timely and useful information is regularly exchanged. Search for the group on Facebook by name: Runnymeade Homeowners Association. Note: This is a closed group for Runnymeade homeowners and residents. If you would like to join, please make sure your request reflects your connection to Runnymeade. If it is not apparent from your request or your Facebook page/profile, your request may not be granted.
We now have a group photo on our Facebook Group page. It is a photo collage of scenes from Runnymeade events and activities over the last 6-7 years. If you have photos you would like to be included for future group photos and collages, please send them to Pat Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the first collage:
5 Ways Trees Help Us Everyday:
- Trees located along streets act as glare and reflection control
- Trees cut down on noise pollution by acting as sound barriers
- Trees provide shade, reducing yearly heating & cooling costs by nearly $2.1 Billion
- In 1 year, an acre of trees can absorb as much carbon dioxide as produced by a car driven up to 8700 miles...that is more miles than it would take to drive around the world.
- Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rainwater.
Protect Our Water
When it rains, the water running along our streets vanishes down storm drains in Runnymeade. Although many people assume otherwise, the water in a storm drain does not go to a wastewater treatment plant. Instead, it drains directly into Cameron Run, which leads to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.
This means motor oil, pesticides, paint, yard debris, harmful fertilizers, and trash all have the potential to impact our drinking water, as well as impair or destroy many forms of aquatic life.
Fortunately, there are some steps we can all take to make a difference:
· Storm drains are NOT trash cans! Put trash and recycling where it belongs, not in our streams.
· Properly dispose of motor oil — one gallon of oil can pollute two million gallons of water
· Don’t let suds from washing your car go down the storm drain – they can be toxic to wildlife.
· Scoop the poop. Help keep harmful bacteria from dog waste out of our waterways.
· Be careful with fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. Use only when necessary, apply when rain will not wash them away, and sweep up excess.
· Prevent and report storm drain dumping. If you see hazardous wastes like paint, pesticides, or motor oil dumped in storm drains, report it to Fairfax County at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
Only Rain in the Storm Drain! Make sure that nothing other than water ever goes down your storm drain. Help keep water safe for children and future generations.
Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
(703) 324-1423, TTY 711 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd
LET FAIRFAX COUNTY HELP YOU
Fairfax County offers free document shredding of personal (not business) documents at various locations throughout the year. Here’s a link for the secure shredding:
Fairfax County also has a recycling program called "Electric Sunday" to help residents dispose of old electronics. For more information, here’s the link for Fairfax County’s Electric Sunday monthly electronic recycling: