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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Posted on Feb 19th, 2019

Fox Mill School will hold their 2019 Kindergarten Registration Round-Up for the parents of incoming kindergarten students on Friday, March 29 from 9:00am-10:30am in the school cafeteria.  Please check the school’s homepage at http://www.fcps.edu/FoxMillES/for more information on registering your new kindergartener as this date gets closer. To start the process, you can download a copy of the Survey of Preschool Children, fill it in and send it in to the office (can be found on Fox Mill’s homepage).  If you know of someone in the neighborhood who has a child who will be entering kindergarten this fall, please mention this orientation to him or her.  For further information call the school at (703) 262-2700; ask for Amy Migliara.

 
JANUARY PRESIDENT'S UPDATE
Posted on Jan 30th, 2019
Dear Neighbors,
 
As an update, at the January FMEHA Board meeting we were pleased to install volunteers for all committees for 2019. A lot of the same faces will continue to participate on those committees to help the community. The roster for the chairs and membership will be posted to the website soon. If you’d like to join a committee, there are still opportunities available. Please write to hoa@fmeha.org. In addition, Board members selected their positions for 2019. In short, each member will retain the same role as they held in 2018.
 
I’m pleased to note that the reports from Welcome, Neighborhood Watch, Social, Roads and Common Land were all normal and largely uneventful.
 
One highlight from Common Land, is that Cub Scout Pack 159, led by Scout Aidan Hileman, has volunteered to build two bee houses for us in the park at Viking and Kettering. The houses are scheduled to be constructed and installed by the Pack in February or March and we are looking forward to the benefits this project will bring to our environment this spring. These particular “mason” bees don’t sting, but they will pollinate!
 
In other news, the ACC reported 28 applications for exterior improvements this month, which is quite a high number for January. The volume suggests we’ll see a lot of work in the neighborhood again this year, which is welcome as the neighborhood ages. Unfortunately, there is one home in the neighborhood which has multiple, chronic issues, and the owner has refused to respond to any notices over many years. That property has been referred to legal counsel.
 
With regard to finances, our Treasurer’s report showed that dues payments are coming in as expected and our accounts are healthy. With this in mind, the Property Manager recommended a transfer of some funds to an account which will bear greater interest, and that is under consideration this month to optimize our financial well-being.
 
On that note, if you have paid your 2019 dues already, thank you very much. If you have not yet had a chance to get them in, please do so asap. The deadline for payments ($165) was Jan. 1, and late fees begin to accrue after today, Jan. 30. Your payment must be received before that date or charges will automatically be added to your account. Please visit fmeha.org and/or call AMV at 703-771-3995, for more information on how to pay.
 
While 2018 seems like ages ago, the Board would like to thank Scout Troop 159 for volunteering to place luminaries on common land on Christmas Eve last year. Also, the Social Committee announced the award winners for the holiday lights competition. Two homes on Framingham, at 12831 and 12904, went all-out to impress for first and second place, respectively. While our neighbor at 12415 Wendell Holmes had the “best blow ups.” Congratulations to those owners, and thanks to all who made the neighborhood shine this Holiday season.
 
If you have any questions on these or other topics, please feel free to email hoa@fmeha.org.
Happy New Year!
 
Regards,
Mark Hazlin
President
FMEHA
 
PAYING DUES
Posted on Dec 28th, 2018
$165 annual fee for Fox Mill Estates Homes Association was due on January 1, 2019, and late fees begin to accrue, by policy, after Jan. 30.
 
There are four ways to pay dues: 
1. Send a check to FMEHA, c/o AMV, P.O. Box 64791, Phoenix, AZ 85082.
2. Pay by credit card through Mutual of Omaha.
3. Pay by eCheck from Mutual of Omaha.
4. You can make a one time payment or set up an automatic bank withdrawal with AMV to make a payment from your checking account, also known as an ACH payment.
 
PLEASE NOTE - This link will take you directly to the payment loginhttps://mutualpaypropertypay.com/
From this linked page, Click  "Pay Now".  Click "Yes" to agree to Terms. Fill in the form with your name and address and use the additional account information provided on your payment remittance coupon (statement) to fill in the Management, Association and your property account numbers. Click "pay by eCheck".  Enter all the info, i.e routing #, acct. #, etc. You can also click on pay with a credit card, however, there is a service fee to use a credit card. 
 
For even more detailed directions on making payments, click here. If you need your account information please check your annual invoice or call AMV at: (703) 771-3995.
 
If you are a federal worker or contractor directly affected by the government shutdown, and would like to request an extension for payment of 2019 annual dues, please write to the FMEHA at hoa@fmeha.org and let the property management know. Please include in your message your name, address, email address, and evidence of your current employment. Please make your request prior to Jan. 30. 

If you have any other questions about your dues payments, please contact AMV, the property management company, during business hours at 703-771-3995.
 
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
 
NOW YOU KNOW .... THE HISTORY BEHIND OUR NAME
Posted on Mar 19th, 2018
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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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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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.