Welcome to the start of the 2014 swim season. The pool will be opened
before you know it. Our pool is a special place that deserves to be celebrated.
We are in the process of planning activities for the summer including
potlucks, movie nights, raft nights, dance parties as well as events for
specific ages. We would like to have a committee of members who
could help plan these events. Please contact Cindy Woodcock at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
our Pools - Last year, we were
able to get our pools completely rebuilt and the plumbing fixed. Thanks to the
Fairfax County Neighborhood Enhancement Program, we were able to install a
gazebo in the grassy area in the back.
This is available for members to use for parties, or just a family
dinner. We have always had our spring
projects and this year is no different. Again thanks to the NEPP Program grant
we will be adding a drainage system to the backyard and updating the snack shack.
We also will be beautifying the area. Helping with this project can count to
work or pay hours.
Expenses - To cover the long needed pool renovation there will
be an additional $50 fee to cover our debt load for this project as well as to
support our capital improvement account. This fee is the same as last year and
will be in place until the loan is paid off.
Shares - Last year, it was decided at the membership meeting
to bring back shares for members. This is also a loan requirement. Membership
shares allow your family members to lock in pricing from 2014 again membership
rates increase in future years. For 2014, the share price per family is $50.00.
In 2015, the share price will go up to $75. 00. If you have previously held a
share, please email your share number to Bryan at email@example.com.
Fundraising - In addition to the capital fee discussed above, we
need to hold some fund raising events such as a yard sale, car washes,
restaurant nights and a lap-a-thon in late June. The lap a thon will be
open to our entire membership for participation, so we will look forward to
seeing a lot of members during the event. We will begin with two restaurant
nights. One at Subway (5601 General
Washington Drive Alexandria, VA 22312) on March
28th from 3pm to 9pm. Thanks to our member Martika from Subway. The
other restaurant night will be on April
30th, from 5pm to 8pm at the McDonalds at 5506 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22151. We have also started a banner program to
encourage local businesses to advertise at the pool. The banner flyer is on the
can help!! - Last year, we had an
increase in membership; we need this to continue. There are many ways you
can help. First, you can pay for your membership before the season
starts. Paying before May 1st will allow you to save the $15
processing fee (with coupon code Earlybird). This year, we will be using Active.com to
process all of our memberships. We are able to process credit card payments,
e-checks and payment plans through our website.
We will also be doing work or pay again. All members are assessed a $40.00 fee for
Work or Pay. The fee will be waived if you provide 4 hours of support at the
You can also help the pool by donating items the pool
needs on a daily basis during the summer. This includes cleaning
supplies, bathroom supplies, as well as snacks to be sold. Donations that reach
$40.00 or more can be used instead of work or pay. Remember, we all are
in this together.
Talk to your neighbors and friends and share how great
our pool is. Encourage them to stop by and take a look. They will
be glad they did.
The Edsall Park Swim Club Board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Area Residents Urged to Take Survey on Impact of Code Compliance
Community Town Hall to Discuss Resident Concerns with County Officials Set for February 6
Jan. 6, 2014 - Annandale, VA – Mason District Council of Community
Associations (MDC) is urging Fairfax County residents to take a ”code
compliance feedback” survey. The survey, available at www.masondistrict.org and open until January 28, 2014,
seeks feedback on code compliance violations, impact upon quality of
life and suggestions for improving the current code enforcement system.
The Department of Code Compliance (DCC) is responsible for receiving
complaints and enforcing zoning violations in Fairfax County. The
Department investigates quality of life complaints in the County,
including parking in the grass, junk in the yard, too many people living
in a home, uncut grass, building without permits, and hoarding. It
enforces zoning, property maintenance, building, blight, grass, fire and
health codes all within in a single department.
Results of the survey will be released at MDC's public meeting with County officials on February 6 at 7:30 pm
at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, in Falls Church, VA. Invited
panelists include: Director of Fairfax County Code Compliance, Jeff
Blackford, Fairfax County Code Compliance Supervisor, Susan Epstein and
Deputy County Executive, Robert Stalzer. The meeting is open to the
public and will have a Q and A format and will encourage ideas exchanged
among citizens and the panel.
“We have heard from countless residents who have voiced their
frustration with code violations and the county’s enforcement
capability. With our latest survey, we’re asking residents to help shed
more light on the issues they see – and their suggestions for positive
change,” said Mollie Loeffler, Chair, Mason District Council. “The
Council is actively urging the Department of Code Compliance and elected
officials to respond to citizen concerns and revise code enforcement
procedures to dramatically improve outcomes.”
The survey currently being fielded is a follow-up to a 2012-2013
survey, for which more than 600 Mason residents participated and 67.4 %
reported being concerned with overcrowding.
As of the end of 2013 Mason District had the highest number of
open/unresolved multiple occupancy cases in the County followed by
Providence and Lee Districts.
The Mason District Council (MDC) is a non-profit organization
designed to act as a support network and communication forum for
citizens, civic associations and homeowner associations within the Mason
District in Fairfax County, Va. The organization is a branch of the
Fairfax Federation of Citizen Associations. More than 4,000 households
are represented through Civic and Homeowner Association membership in
EPSC was able to raise $150.00 for TAPS. Donated cans to ACCA and won a third NEPP grant. The NEPP grant is to create a new flower bed, French drain and improve the snack shed. Great couple of weeks for EPSC.
Two neighbors looking for babysitting:
Babysitter. For two girls, 7 and 10, after school and at
other times, in their home.
I live off Edsall and Montgomery. I work from home on Saturdays and am looking for someone to help out with my 13 month old. I do all the feeding and changing for him, so. I just need someone to play with him. As for the rest of the week, I'm looking for someone who could come over for an hour after school and watch him so I can get caught up on putting laundry away or doing dishes. It would be a huge help. So, I'm always home and primarily looking for a mommy's helper or even just a back up sitter so the whole burden of Saturdays isn't consistently on one person nor the responsibility for caring for a rambunctious 1 year old.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your information along to her.
On Monday, Sept 9th, the Mason District Council of Community Associations unanimously voted to stand with the Fairfax Federation and other citizens associations to oppose a proposed RSU (Residential Studio Unit) amendment to the Zoning Ordinance.
The main concern is that the proposed amendment would allow the development of RSUs - short-term, rental efficiency apartments of 500 sq. ft or less in most residential areas zoned R-1 and up. While we realize there is a need for affordable housing, we believe strongly that the current amendment would have unintended negative consequences for our neighborhoods.
Attached please find the resolution that the Council approved. Please note the resolution includes many points from the Fairfax Federation resolution, with an important difference: MDC is urging that RSUs be permitted only in areas zoned R-20 and above, which is the standard in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Norfolk and other Virginia cities. (See chart below).
Here is a link to the petition detailing our concerns. Please sign and forward to your neighbors. Every time it is signed, a copy is sent to the Board of Supervisors.
We strongly urge you and your neighbors to attend the Sept.17th Providence District Council meeting (7:30 p.m./Dunn Loring Administrative Center) and the Sept.19th Fairfax Federation meeting (7:30 PM/ Mason District Governmental Center) on this matter and let your voice be heard. See our web page for all of this information as well as other public and council meetings on this important issue: www.masondistrict.org. A flyer with the dates is attached as well.
We have asked Supervisor Gross to delay action on this matter since there are only two public work sessions before the rapidly approaching public hearing by the Planning Commission.
Proposed RSU Amendment link:
Thank you for your timely attention to this important matter and please see attached downloadable docs.
On behalf of the MDC Board,
"I'm not sure if you are aware of this so I just thought I would pass
this along. A neighbor informed me of several decapitated fox's that
were found in our immediate area. There have been 3 in the past few days
with a possibility of a fourth. One was on the sidewalk of Andres
Terrace, and 2 in Deerlick Park (one by the tennis court).
police have been notified and reports were filed for animal cruelty but
otherwise there isn't much they can do. Could our community send
notification to be on the lookout? Maybe that would deter this
behavior. I fear that if someone is decapitating fox (and publicly
displaying it on sidewalks and community tennis courts) that this could
escalate to pets or become more gruesome. "
If you see the foxes in the area being destructive or endangering other animals or especially people, please call the Police non-emergency number immediately.
The Snack shack will be open for business on Sunday, Jone 9,
M - F - 1 -4 and 6 - 8
Sat sun 1 to 6
You kill it we will grill it.
Come out on Saturday at noon and see the grand re-opening of Edsall Park Swim Club.
Come out to Edsall Park Swim Club this Saturday at 8am for the community Yard Sale.
Spots are $10.00 a person.
Come out and support the pool.
Thanks to VULCAN Materials for the assistance of cleaning up the rubble from the first phase of our renovations at Edsall Park Swim Club.
They definitely Rock and are a great neighbor.