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National Night Out - August 5, 2014

Help build a stronger, safer Community on Tuesday, August 5 by attending National Night Out at the PWCA Pool.Between 5 and 9 p.m.Police officers will bring along their safety messages to neighborhoods across the county. The goals of National Night Out are to strengthen community connections within neighborhoods and to heighten awareness of crime prevention issues. The best defense against crime in a community is a good neighbor; noticing and reporting suspicious activity immediately helps keep criminal activity low. Visits by Supervisor Cook and Fairfax County Police. Pizza and Ice Cream Social A good night to get to know your Neighbors, learn about Crime Prevention and build Community Ties. And Remember, LIGHTS ON!

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Board of Directors Meeting - August 12, 2014

The next meeting of the PWCA Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00 P.M. at the Kings Park West Swimming Pool. (weather permitting). All members are encouraged to attend.

In an effort to carry out all BOD meetings in a timely manner, the Board asks that you request an item to be added to the agenda. The Board will discuss agenda items first and then open up the floor to general discussion and questions. If you have an item you wish to add to the agenda, please submit a request in writing to:

Park West Community Association
c/o Summit Management Services
Attn: Katie Kight
8405-A Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22039

Or send an e-mail to:
pwca@parkwestcommunity.org

Please have all requests to the board no later than 5:00 P.M. August 5th so an agenda may be compiled.

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Pool Information

The Park West Community Pool is now open. Use of the PWCA pool is restricted to residents of The Park West Community Association and their guests.

Pool passes are required for entry. Pool pass applications were mailed out in March along with the quarterly invoices. Residents should complete and return the application to Joan Murphy, 4804 Treasure Court, Fairfax, VA 22032 by April 30th to receive their passes by opening day. If you reside in a rental property, you will also be required to provide your current lease agreement with the pool application. Residents whose properties are in good standing with the PWCA (no delinquent dues, no 2nd & 3rd ACC violations, and no 2nd or higher unpaid trash violation) will receive their pool passes in mid-May.prior to opening day.

If you have not received your Pool Pass Application please click HERE to print a copy. Send the completed form to Joan Murphy at the address shown on the application form. Please make sure your house is clear of any ACC violations and your have no outstanding balance on your quarterly assessments or trash fines. TENANTS: Please check with your landlord/property manager regarding pool passes. If you have additional questions, send an e-mail message to: pool@parkwestcommunity.org .

See 2014 Pool News for more information.

The Pool hours are:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 11:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.

The PWCA Pool is under the day-to-day management of Atlantic Pool Service of Annandale.FOR YOUR SAFETY, lifeguards are on Duty to Enforce rules and regulations and to respond to emergencies, but you are ultimately responsible for the safety of your children and guests!

See Pool Rules for this year's pool Policies, Rules and Regulations.

Please remember that all guests MUST be accompanied by a resident and present a guest pass or "Sunshine Dollars" for entry to the pool. Each townhouse will receive 10 free guest passes. After reaching the free guest pass limit of 10, each guest is welcome to use the pool for a fee of $2.00. Residents may purchase "Sunshine Dollars" for additional guest entry.

This year’s pool committee chairman is:

  • Rich Juchnewicz (703) 426-8097
Questions or concerns regarding the pool may be directed to him. Please contact Rich to obtain "Sunshine Dollars". No cash will be accepted at the pool by lifeguards!

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Colonial Pipeline Right-of-Way Easement Clearing

Several residents have contacted the Association regarding the tree removal near the pool. We offer this brief explanation.

The PWCA was notified by Colonial Pipeline of their legal right and obligation to trim and remove trees that infringed on the pipeline's easement, to ensure safety and visibility. The removal and trimming of these trees has relieved the PWCA of some nuisance trees at no-cost to your HOA. On the positive side, Colonial Pipeline provided $2000 to cost share the planting of new shrubs in place of the former Pine trees. While the loss of the Pine tree row along the pool fence will take some getting used to, it will result in a cleaner pool area with more sunshine.

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Register for E-Mail Alerts

Please register for e-mail notification of important information or significant website changes by sending a blank e-mail message to pwca_info-subscribe@parkwestcommunity.org with the subject 'Subscribe' without the quotes in the subject line of the message.

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George Mason University Related Road Construction Traffic Update

Starting January 2, 2013, multiple areas of road construction within and adjacent to the GMU campus will begin. Our community will be affected. Braddock Road from Ox Road to Nottoway Drive will be shut down at times to one lane in each direction. Below is a detailed message. Please read and be aware that it will take longer entering and exiting our neighborhood as a result of the construction.

Campus Drive Update - February 2014 to December 2014

In order to help mitigate the traffic concerns in and around George Mason University's Fairfax Campus and improve traffic flow in the region, critical funding was secured to create Campus Drive, a bypass linking the western part of Mason's campus with the eastern part, removing eastbound Braddock Road Mason traffic prior to the Route 123/Braddock Road intersection. The Campus Drive project was expected to be completed summer 2014, however due to a delay related to the relocation of a Verizon communications duct bank contaminated with asbestos, the project overall has been delayed with an expected completion date of December 2014.

A significant phase is construction of a detour on Route 123 (Ox Road), which will allow for the construction of the bridges that will span the new Campus Drive. As a result, the inside lanes of Route 123 between Mason Pond Drive and University Drive will have intermittent closures between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the next month. The Route 123 detour lanes are expected to open by mid-April.

For construction News, visit building.gmu.edu.

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PWCA Community Parking Permit Program

The Park West Community Association has instituted a Community Parking Permit Program as an addition to its Community parking policies. All residents must display a permit on their vehicle or be towed from the community for illegal parking, Any person who maintains their residence within the PWCA area may apply for one parking permit per motor vehicle, up to three permits per household. Non-resident owners with tenants should apply for permits on behalf of their renters. Only resident owners and renters are eligible to receive Parking Permits. One visitor permit also will be issued per household, with additional temporary visitor permits to be made available. The current two parking space-per-household allotment is not impacted whatsoever by the new system, and all current spaces will remain intact, although permits will be needed for parking in them.

Details of the Parking Permit Program can be found by clicking HERE. Download an application to obtain parking permits for your residents by clicking HERE.

PARKING PERMITS MUST BE DISPLAYED ON ANY VEHICLE PARKED IN PARK WEST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AREAS IMMEDIATELY AFTER ISSUANCE.

All non-emergency requests for Temporary Parking Permits are to be made to a PWCA Parking Official between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, and with as much advance time as is possible -- preferably, at least one hour ahead of needed time, and at least one day ahead for multiple permits (i.e., parties, etc.). Click HERE for the list of Parking Officials.

A copy of the Park West Community Association Corporate Resolution for the Parking Permit Program can be found by clicking HERE.

Any questions regarding community parking policies and permits should be addressed to Joe Underwood the PWCA Parking Committee Chairman at parking@parkwestcommunity.org or at (703) 323-4710.

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Community Newsletter (Park West Pages)

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Please click HERE for the Spring 2014 Community Newsletter (Park West Pages). For previous issues, click HERE.

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Special College Student Edition of the Community Newsletter

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Please click HERE for a Special College Student Edition of the Community Newsletter. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an e-mail to communications@parkwestcommunity.org.

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Architectural Modifications

Exterior alteration or modification of a Kings Park West Community townhome is not permitted without prior written approval from the Architectural Control Committee (ACC). Only the original paint, siding, and roofing colors, as designated by Richmarr, are acceptable. Click HERE for acceptable colors for each residence. Requests should be made by clicking HERE to view and print a copy of the Architectural Control Modification Form. The completed form should be mailed to PWCA Architectural Control Committee, Attn: Karie Kigtht, Summit Management Services, 8405-A Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia 22309. Approval or disapproval will occur within sixty (60) days of submission of written request. Questions should be e-mailed to acc@parkwestcommunity.org.

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Speed Bumps

The Community speed bumps are 48" wide by 4" high. Although they are only 4" high, they need to be approached at a low speed to prevent damage to your vehicle. Please exercise due caution and drive safely.

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In the News
Protect Your Family at the Pool This Summer
     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Media Release -->

Home Is Where The Rules Are
   - Love That Private Government
     Washington Post article 12/18/2005

Packing In the Houses, But Not the Parking
   - Dense Developments Skimp on Spaces
     Washington Post article 5/19/2003

Keeping the Peace Among Neighbors
   - Homeowners Associations Help Balance Individual vs. Community Rights
     Washington Post article 4/5/2003

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Reminders

Parking

The PWCA Parking Committee would like to remind everyone of the community parking regulations. Cars double-parked or parallel parked with both curbside tires not touching the concrete gutter (nominally more than 24 inches from the curb) or parked in areas designated with yellow curbs are subject to immediate towing. Also, please be courteous of your neighbor’s reserved spaces. Parking in another resident’s space without permission is also subject to immediate towing. Finally, if you are having someone to your house YOU are responsible for notifying them of the community parking regulations. If your or your guest’s car is towed, please call Dominion Towing (703) 339-2400. If you would like to contest the tow or would like to see the photograph showing the violation, please call or e-mail the Parking Committee Chair, Joe Underwood, at (703) 323-4710 between 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. to schedule an appointment.

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Trash

PWCA has contracted with American Disposal Services for Trash collection. American will pickup large items (furniture, stoves, refrigerators, etc.) without charge. Residents must call American Disposal Services at (703) 368-0500 to schedule pickup.

Please note: As of January 1, 2006, flattened cardboard no larger than 48" X 48" square or that weighs no more than 50 lbs. and mixed paper which fits in the recycling bins are recyclable items. Cardboard too large or heavy can be taken to these recycling centers: I-66 Citizens' Recycling and Disposal Facility, 4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax or City of Fairfax Recycling Center, 3410 Pickett Road, Fairfax.

Click HERE to see the American Disposal Services Curbside Recycling Chart (PDF) for details of what can and cannot be placed at the curb.

Trash cans and bags may be placed outdoors after 6:00 P.M. on Monday and Thursday nights and before 7:00 A.M. on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Under NO circumstances may white trash bags be used. Only dark, heavy-duty trash bags are to be used. Recycling bins may be placed outdoors after 6:00 P.M. on Monday. Trash cans/bags or recycle bins should not be stored in the front of homes at ANY time! Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in a fine of up to $50 per incident.

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Noise

Please respect the Fairfax County Noise Ordinance (CODE County of FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, Section 108-5-1.) This ordinance states that between the hours of 11:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. it shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue to make, or cause to be made or continued, a noise disturbance within the County of Fairfax. This law also includes barking dogs and music from motor vehicles.

You may COMPLAIN to Fairfax County or call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency number (703) 691-2131 about a neighbor who is creating a noise disturbance.

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Speed Limit

Please adhere to the posted speed limit (15 MPH). Please keep our neighborhood safe for all residents.

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Animals

Pets are not permitted in the common areas unless accompanied by a responsible person and unless they are carried or leashed. Please walk dogs only in the common areas. Front yards are not common areas! We are also reminding all dog owners that they are required by Fairfax County Law to CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR ANIMALS. Failure to do so can result in fines by the Department of Health.

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Your Government Representatives

Click HERE for a list of your local and national government representatives and their contact information.

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Park West Community Association
c/o Summit Management Services
8405-A Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
pwca@parkwestcommunity.org