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The Runnymeade Homeowners Association (RHOA) is the homeowners association for the community of Runnymeade, a 346-unit townhome community located off South Van Dorn Street in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA. We are a community of well-constructed three- and four-level townhomes situated among mature trees, conveniently located along the Capital Beltway between two major Metro stations and two major shopping malls and in close proximity to many grocery stores, outstanding schools, fine restaurants, golf courses, and numerous other amenities.

We welcome you to our website. You will find up-to-the-minute information about this dynamic community. Explore the links to the left to see what Runnymeade has to offer you and your family. We appreciate feedback on how to improve this site. Thanks for visiting.

For fast response time, send all e-mail to RHOA-Board-Notification@googlegroups.com and all Board members and property management agent will receive a copy.

Driving Directions and Map to Runnymeade at Cameron Crossing.
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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT  --  Runnymeade's celebration for National Night Out was a success again this year, although rain disrupted it several times. Thank you to everyone who participated and to everyone who contributed to organizing and producing the event, including Brian Kirby, Scott Sharp, Kate Nerone, Abbie Staruk Rashbaum, Benjamin Rashbaum, Eric Vicks, Hugh Robertson, Lesley Sobeck, Philip Sobeck, Nour Saad Nourey, Teri Ryan, Phil Ryan, Carrie Arceneaux, Tim Wood, and Pat Mahoney.  As promised, we had Glow Sticks for all kids, Cupcake Decorating, games, bubbles, art activities, and the Second Annual Runnymeade Water Balloon Toss!  We also were visited by our local Franconia-based Fairfax County Police and by Enna Lugo, the Fairfax County Animal Control Officer who spent so much time in Runnymeade last year helping to rescue Teddy.  Steve Blakely, our account manager from Premium Lawn and Landscape, our grounds contractor, had a table throughout the event.  We also had a double rainbow – just for us.

Hugh Robertson has produced a wonderful video of the highlights of this event, which you can view at this link:   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRooCqP4n2U


         

RUNNYMEADE'S FIRST WALKING TOWN MEETING --
Thank you to everyone who participated in Runnymeade's first Walking Town Meeting with Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay. We had a great turnout with representation from every street. We had briefed Supervisor McKay and his staff in advance, and he made sure we had a chance to discuss all the issues we planned to address and more. We took him on a tour of Runnymeade and showed him our trouble spots, as well as features we brag about like our Bat Residences and our Runnymeade Community Library. Joan Clark, McKay's Staff Assistant for parking, traffic, and related issues, who attended our National Night Out, accompanied Supervisor McKay and has already contacted VDOT about some of our issues and proposals.  We were very encouraged by the response from Supervisor McKay and his staff. They knew our issues, were committed to help us address them, and offered advice and suggestions including resources and contacts outside their jurisdiction.
Thanks again neighbors!
 

 

RUNNYMEADE'S ANNUAL MEETING -- The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Runnymeade Homeowners Association (RHOA) was held on June 25, 2015.  At the meeting, Carrie Arceneaux of Heatherwood Drive was elected to the Board, and Pat Mahoney was re-elected. They both will serve three year terms through the Annual Meeting in June 2018.  Special thanks and appreciation to Eric Vicks, who served on the Board since June 2012 and has now retired from the Board.

RUNNYMEADE'S Officers for 2015-16 -- Officers of the RHOA were elected at the July 22 Board Meeting.  They are:  President, Pat Mahoney; Vice President, Scott Sharp; Treasurer, Mary Ann Dougherty; and Secretary, Tim Wood.


NEW ACC MEMBERS:  The Board has appointed Lesley Sobeck (Knights Ridge Way) and Teri Ryan (High Meadow Rd) to Runnymeade's Architectural Control Committee (ACC).  They join Eric Vicks (Chair), Natasha Ofosu, Justin Korber, and Tim Wood on the committee.  If you would like to reach all ACC members at once, using only one, easy-to-remember email address, send your email to rhoa-acc@googlegroups.com and it will go directly to all members of the ACC without you having to look up their names and email addresses.

RUNNYMEADE'S ROOFS --  Most of Runnymeade's roofs were replaced more than 20 years ago and may need replacing now.  The issue came up in the Annual Meeting, and we are looking to see if we can negotiate with a roofing company to arrive at a reduced rate for all Runnymeade homes, similar to what the Board in 1991-92 did that resulted in about 270 Runnymeade homes getting their roofs replaced at a reduced rate at that time.  Brian Kirby, bkirby6276@gmail.com, has volunteered to contact roofing contractors and lead this effort.  If you have suggestions, including contractors that you can recommend, please contact Brian.


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 rhoa-acc@googlegroups.com 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 jeff@jeffreycharles.com.

RUNNYMEADE ON FACEBOOK: Our Runnymeade Facebook Group is growing. We are now up to 195 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.
 
 
 
 




Calendar of Events
 





Runnymeade Homeowners Association Board Meeting
 

The next RHOA Board meeting will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at 7:00 pm at the Franconia Government Center.  At this meeting, the Board will elect its officers to serve one year terms.

The RHOA Board of Directors and interested homeowners generally meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month with the exception of December. The Board has to schedule its monthly meetings around the availability of meeting sites, so dates and locations are sometimes changed for that reason. Residents are advised to check this website for updates as changes can be made at the last minute that are beyond our control. Also, schedule changes are e-mailed to residents who sign up for the RHOA-Web-Site-News notifications.

 
 


The next ACC meeting . . .

The Runnymeade Architectural Control Committee (ACC) normally meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. at the offices of Jeffrey Charles & Associates, 6422 Grovedale Dr., Suite 201-C, Alexandria, VA 22310, in the upstairs conference room.  

The ACC has to schedule its monthly meetings around the availability of meeting sites; so dates, times, and locations are often changed for that reason. Residents are advised to check the Community Sign and this website for updates, as changes are often made at the last minute that are beyond the ACC's control. Also, schedule changes are e-mailed to residents who sign up for the RHOA-Web-Site-News notifications on the home page of Runnymeade.org.  For the location and time of the next meeting, you can also always call Jeffrey Charles & Associates at 703-924-5900.
 



Grounds Committee News. . .

 

 

 
 

Eco-Fact

5 Ways Trees Help Us Everyday:

  1. Trees located along streets act as glare and reflection control
  2. Trees cut down on noise pollution by acting as sound barriers
  3. Trees provide shade, reducing yearly heating & cooling costs by nearly $2.1 Billion
  4. 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.
  5. 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



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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:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/shredding.htm

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:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/electric-sunday.htm

 


 
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