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PRESIDENT'S UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2018
Posted on Nov 21st, 2018
Dear Neighbors,
 
A few notes from the November Board Meeting and from the Annual Homeowners Meeting held last night…
 
First, I want to thank Kathy Costello, Trish Atkins and Steve Schirtzinger for running for the two board seats available for election this year. Active participation in the HOA makes sure voices are heard and different perspectives are considered in how we work together as an association. It was great to see so many people in attendance as well.
 
While Trish and Steve were re-elected at the Annual Meeting by a vote of the membership to the two seats available, Kathy has already offered to serve on two of our Committees including Budget/ Audit and the Nominating Committees. Her experience in these areas will be of great benefit to all.
 
We still have plenty of other opportunities for volunteering including on the ACC, Common Land, Roads, Social, and Communications Committees. Steve also invited interested members to attend a training for the Neighborhood Watch which is being offered by the FCPD early next year. If you would like to offer your services to the community, please email hoa@fmeha.org for more information. In December, the Board will officially appoint people to all of these roles for 2019.
 
The November Board Meeting, which is technically a separate meeting, was one of the fastest of all time as we had an abbreviated agenda so we didn’t interfere with the start of the Annual Meeting. The Treasurer’s report showed all the finances were in order, the ACC had a slower month for applications as is typical when the weather gets colder, and the Common Land is all set for winter with a snow contract in place.
 
It was also good to hear that the U.S. flags are going back up at the entrances to the neighborhood, which is great to see.
 
And, the ACC is well into the first exploratory phases of digitizing decades of the association’s printed architectural records--a worthy, time-consuming, rigorous and largely thankless endeavor.
 
The Social Committee’s Fall picnic was another great event and, as a reminder, the Holiday lights competition will be starting in December. Get ready!
 
We forgot to mention during the meeting that the Boy Scouts will be offering luminaries for sale prior to Christmas. If homeowners would like to join in the tradition, supplies will be on sale on Sunday, December 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. in front of the Fox Mill Pool on Viking Drive. Email hoa@fmeha.orgfor more info. We will be grateful for the scouts who will earn service hours by  putting them out for us in front of the FMEHA common land starting at dusk on Christmas Eve.
 
If you have any questions on these or other topics, please feel free to email hoa@fmeha.org.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Regards,
Mark Hazlin
President
FMEHA
 
2018 FMEHA COMMUNITY EVENTS
Posted on Oct 28th, 2018

ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOUSE DECORATION CONTEST

December 1-20th

Check out the pictures from our fall picnic! A wonderful array of catered food was provided and dessert was candied apples and apple cider donuts! The favorite game was the Ant Eating Contest. Many thanks to Stefanie Smith for organizing this fabulous fall event.

Visit fmeha.org or https://www.facebook.com/FoxMillEstates for updates as event date nears

 
WELCOME COMMITTEE
Posted on Mar 26th, 2018
Barbara Mehm, FMEHA Welcome Committee Chairman

New to the neighborhood? As a member of the Welcome Committee, I would be happy to stop by and personally greet you.  If you would like a visit, or even just a phone chat, please call me.  I look forward to hearing from you. welcome@fmeha.org (703) 860-4773

 
RESIDENTS MUST REGISTER TO RECEIVE UPDATES
Posted on Mar 25th, 2018
Please register using the "Register" link above to receive email notifications and to have access to all sections of the website. Your personal information can remain out of view or it can be listed in the Resident Directory. We use it only to verify that you are a homeowner or resident.
 
If you are already registered,  please update any of your information, such as a change of email address, using the "Update Your Info" link.  If you would like to "Unsubscribe," please send a request to webmaster@fmeha.org to have your listing in the directory removed. For questions regarding our website, please contact us at webmaster@fmeha.org
 
KETTERING TRAIL BRIDGE REBUILT BY GIRL SCOUT TROOP #2507
Posted on Mar 18th, 2018
                     
             
The Ketttering Trail Bridge was rebuilt by Girl Scout Troop #2507. This 32-foot long bridge was destroyed in 2014 by a fallen tree. The bridge connected the Fox Mill Parkland from Viking Drive and Tewksbury with the easement that runs all the way to Fairfax County Parkway. The troop has spent most of their year learning about planning, building and woodworking in preparation for this project to earn their Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest honor that a Girl Scout Junior Troop can achieve.
 
BEFORE YOU PLAN TO DIG
Posted on Feb 1st, 2018

Before you plan to dig, contact the ACC.  Then, before you dig, dial 811 for Miss Utility.  As a reminder, almost all exterior improvement projects require ACC approval prior to construction.  Exterior improvements requiring approval range from changing the color of a front door to the construction of an addition.

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FMEHA HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE
Posted on Dec 1st, 2017
FMEHA has a Facebook page that is open to the public.  
You can “like” the site and accept notices from it to your own Facebook page.
 
                             
 
REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Posted on Oct 26th, 2017
If you see suspicious activity or have a complaint or concern, call the Fairfax County Non-Emergency number 703-691-2131 and report it or you may report it online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police. Complaints may be filed on the same page by clicking “File a report.”  The more reports made for any illegal activity, the more likely it will be stopped as the statistics and data trends emerge. Emergencies call 911.
 
NEWSLETTER PUBLICATION SCHEDULE & AD SUBMISSIONS
Posted on Sep 20th, 2017
Ad space is available for sale. Ads are taken on a first come basis. 

Winter Edition (Jan/Feb/Mar) Submission Deadline: Dec. 1 
Spring Edition (Apr/May/June) Submission: Deadline Mar 1 
Summer Edition (Jul/Aug/Sept) Submission Deadline: June1 
Fall Edition (Oct/Nov/Dec) Submission Deadline Sept 1
 
Charge for Display Ads
1/8 page ad size: 3.5” x 2”(must have landscape orientation)
$45 per edition

1/4 page ad size: 3.5” x 4.75” (must have portrait orientation)
$90 per edition

Please note to send check to: 

American Management of Virginia, Inc.
722 East Market Street Suite 201
Leesburg, VA 20176
ATTN: Kelsey McKee, Assistant Manager 
 
GUIDELINES REGARDING TRASH CANS AND YARD DEBRIS CONTAINERS
Posted on Aug 16th, 2017
Sometimes trash day can’t come soon enough. 
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DOES YOUR MAILBOX AND POST NEED REFURBISHING?
Posted on May 16th, 2017
Is your mailbox in good condition and repair showing no signs of rust? Mailbox doors and flags should  be present and in working order. Posts need to be mounted securely in the ground in a vertical position. If your mailbox needs to be replaced, see the guidelines set forth by the US Postal Service: Mailbox Guidelines | USPS
 
DOES YOUR PIPE STEM SIGN NEED REPLACING?
Posted on May 15th, 2017
If you can’t read your sign, neither can emergency personnel! 
Pipe stem signs are privately owned and maintained by the property owners on the pipe stem.
One person on the pipe stem needs to take the initiative to order for the “stem.”
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SIDEWALK AND BACKYARD REMINDERS
Posted on Oct 6th, 2016
 
For the safety of our community’s walkers, joggers, and strollers, just a friendly reminder to all homeowners to keep the sidewalks near their homes clear of overhanging tree limbs and encroaching shrubbery.  Please survey your property adjacent to sidewalks, and clear all intruding shrubbery to allow safe passage.
 
Fairfax County Police are warning residents of Herndon and the rest of the county to be on the lookout for bears, as spring is the time of year when black bears and cubs start to emerge from their winter dens. And we've had bear sightings in the area numerous times in recent years.
 
Black bears and their cubs typically emerge from their dens in mid March to early May, so it is prime time for bear activity in Virginia. While bears typically avoid humans, they may wander into suburban areas to dig through garbage cans, gobble up pet food, or pick through shrubs that produce berries, according to a report from the Fairfax County Police Department.
 
A black bear was caught on video last June scampering through Herndon's Fox Mill Estates. Bears are often sighted in nearby Great Falls, and it's not uncommon to see them wander into suburban areas like Reston and Herndon.
 
The best thing to do if you see a bear is to remove the food source as soon as it is safe to do so, which usually resolves the problem, sending the bear looking for food elsewhere.
 
Be very wary of female bears with cubs, who should never be approached. A female bear will usually send her cubs up a tree and leave the area when sensing danger, returning when it is safe. But if you hear her "woof," slap the ground, or clack her teeth together, you're getting a warning you should heed.
 
The Fairfax County Wildlife Management Specialist and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has the following tips for residents:
 
  • Keep a respectful distance. In most cases, the bear will move on quickly.
  • If a bear is up a tree on or near your property, give it space. Do not approach.
  • Bring your pets inside to provide the bear a clear path to leave your property.
  • If you see a very small cub, do not try to remove it from the area or “save it.”
  • Secure your garbage in bear-resistant trashcans or store it in a secure building.
  • If you have a trash collection service, put your trash out the morning of the pickup, not the night before.
  • Do not store household trash, or anything that smells like food, in vehicles, on porches or decks.
  • Keep your grill clean.
  • Don’t put meat scraps in your compost pile.
  • Don’t leave pet food outdoors.
  • Remove bird feeders if a bear is in the area.
  • Encourage your neighbors to take similar precautions.
 
Remember, it is illegal to feed bears. If you see a bear, call the Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline at 855-571-9003.
 
Another concern brought to our attention is foxes in yards, and specifically foxes exhibiting mange. Mange is a condition where the animal loses a good bit of its fur and appears naked. The mangy fox has increased parasitic conditions and loses its ability to regulate its temperature. If you see a fox with severe mange, call Animal Control at (703) 691-2131. The Fairfax County Wildlife Diseases link can assist you in determining if an animal has mange or a disease. Also included is an article about keeping foxes out of your yard and tips from The Humane Society
 
If you would like to volunteer for our committee please email commonland@fmeha.org
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SUSTAINABLE LAWN CARE WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
Posted on Oct 5th, 2016
Plastic Yard Waste Bags Still Accepted in Fairfax
 
You may have heard that the county is considering new rules for yard waste collection, specifically about plastic bags. A decision to pursue a regulatory change that affects how yard waste is collected has been postponed indefinitely. 

Currently, there is not a ban on the use of plastic bags for yard waste in Fairfax County. 

HOWEVER, please be aware that most curbside trash pick-up in the county is provided by private hauling companies which may have their own requirements. 

As spring approaches soon, consider grasscycling, mulching, and composting as environmentally sound alternatives to bagging grass clippings and leaves. 

If you have any questions about this topic, here's a link with contact information.   
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NOW YOU KNOW .... THE HISTORY BEHIND OUR NAME
Posted on Mar 8th, 2016
While many of us associate the community’s name with the foxes that are seen in the area, here is how Fox Mill really got its name ....
 
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A REMINDER FROM THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Posted on Feb 10th, 2016
We have had several vehicles stolen from Fox Mill Estates in the past 2-3 months along with a rash of others in the immediate local area. Many of these thefts happened because the keys were in the vehicle or the thief was able to gain access by using a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle. PLEASE CLICK HERE for safety steps to follow to minimize car thefts.
 
Just a heads up on a DC Police report that states thieves are breaking into locked cars by hacking keyless entry systems.
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ABOUT THE FOX MILL ESTATES BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Posted on Feb 10th, 2016
FMEHA provides a Business Directory to homeowners who may be interested in hiring local vendors. We are not endorsing any particular vendor and advise the homeowner to do his/her due diligence prior to hiring any contractor. Please see FAQ - Public Concerns: Hiring a Contractor.
 
Interested in placing an ad in our Business Directory? 
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HOW TO REPORT A POWER OUTAGE
Posted on Jan 24th, 2016
When the power goes out, the only way the power company knows that happened is that people call to let them know. CALL: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) or go to www.dom.com.
 
NEWSLETTER INFORMATION
Posted on Mar 9th, 2015
FMEHA Homeowners: To receive a copy of the newsletter in hard copy/print, please email your contact info to: newsletter@fmeha.org.
 
FME is a COMMUNITY PARKING DISTRICT (CPD)
Posted on Sep 23rd, 2014
Several boats, campers and other large vehicles have been observed on Fox Mill Estates streets. As a reminder, Fox Mill Estates is designated as part of the " Reston Community Parking District (District #60)," which means there are restrictions on the types of vehicles that can be parked on the streets, including watercraft. The police department will fine owners and remove any vehicles that are found to be in violation. 
Complaints can be called in by residents of FME to the police non-emergency number: 703-691-2131.
More info on the regulations can be found on the County's website.
 
PLEASE BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR!
Posted on Sep 11th, 2014
 
Please Dispose Of Waste Properly
 
FAIRFAX COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CODE COMPLIANCE
Posted on Jul 10th, 2014

Homes and properties must be well maintained both inside and outside, according to the Property Maintenance Code. To keep neighborhoods safe, healthy and vibrant, there also are county rules about everything from broken windows in homes to uncut grass and junk in the yard. 
 
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Fairfax County Water Authority
Posted on Jun 6th, 2014
Fairfax County Water Authority is planning to install 2,500 feet of new 36-inch diameter water main in the vicinity of Fox Mill Estates. Please see the FCWA letter for a detailed description of the project. 
 
Storage Container Removal on Streets
Posted on Feb 9th, 2011
The location of commercial dumpsters and portable, self-contained storage units is regulated by law. A special hotline has been established for you to alert police to problems with commercial dumpsters and storage units in your neighborhood.
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ACC Applications Archive
Posted on Jan 9th, 2011
An archive of applications to ACC is now available on the ACC page.  Scroll to the bottom for the link.  Each street in FMEHA has its own page followed by each address on that street.