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TREMONT GARDENS CITIZENS ASSOCIATION

tremontgardensca@gmail.com

ANNUAL YARD SALE

June 2nd, 2012

8AM -2PM

GET READY….GET SET….SELL, SELL, SELL!!!

YOUR YARD….YOUR STUFF

 

TGCA will post signs & list the event on the web

Anyone can list the site on the web so if you know of a good site to list it, please do!!!

 

 

Put it out and they will come…..

 

Helpful hints to a successful sale

Put an attention grabber at the front of your yard/driveway

Clean objects for sale of dirt and debris

Talk with potential buyers, they will stay longer and keep looking

Put like objects together

Clearly mark price and expect bartering

Be mindful of your lowest price and when negotiating

Note if object is antique or a collectable

Have small change and bills on hand

Soon after call a charity organization to pick up what you didn’t sell

 

Question or more information contact: Tremontgardensca@gmail.com

TGCA Community Meeting April 19th,, 2012 7:00pm

Held: El Tio Tex Mex Lee Hwy

Please find below the meeting minutes form the April 19th TGCA meeting.

In attendance were 12 community members (see email for attendees)
Guest Speaker: Mike McGurk (Transurban Group)
Meeting discussion Topics:
Recognition and celebration of the Elmwood  Drive street light.  This area of our community was dark and attracted loitering, dumping and illegal parking.  The street light has greatly helped make this small stretch of road more safe.   Fairfax County along with Tranurban through a grant awarded to TGCA provide Tremont Gardens with almost $8000 to have
a street light installed by VA Dominion Power.  Over 11 months of working with Va Dominion Power, VDOT and Fairfax County the street light was installed just before the end of 2011.
Celebration cake was served
Transburban is part of the express Lane management project.  For more information on Transurban go to: http://www.transurban.com/
Mike McGurk from Transurban came and spoke with us about the express Lanes.  This information can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.goc/fcdot/expresslanes/495expresslanes.htm
Mike discussed how the fees would work during peak and non peak hours.  Should you have questions on the express lanes Mike offered to reply.  Simply email Transurban and a team member will respond.
Mike came with token gifts from Transurban which were handed out to those in attendance.
Merrifield Updates: Merrifield Town Center (aka: Mosaic Center at Merrifield) will be open Fall of 2012.  Some stores are now open.
See link for a complete list of shops, hotels and restaurants: http://mosaicdistrict.com/retailers
Defense Health Headquarters – 7700 Arlington Blvd (old Raytheon building), send email to tremontgardensca@gmail.com for detailed information
ZONING VIOLATIONS:  Neighbors continue to report to me in person or by email the following violations.  Please read carefully and if you see these violations occurring feel free notify those in violation, report them to Fairfax County or email tremeongardensca@gmail.com.  Should you email tremont gardens a complain will be logged once repeated offenses are received.  All are ticketable offenses
  • Parking at intersection or within 15 feet of fire hydrant
  • Parking with driver side to curb
  • Trash left at curb longer than 24 hrs.  This includes household items and yard debris
  • Unleashed dogs & owners not picking up after dogs
TREASURY:  Account balance $XXX. Over the past 4 months $36.00 was spend on replacement flags.
 A donation was received at the meeting.  In order to maintain the common areas with mulch and seasonal plants as well as replacement flags, we need to think about ways to replenish our account.  Donations are always accepted and checks should be written out to Tremont Gardens Citizens Association.  If you have ideas about how to raise money for the community please reply via email.   For further information please send a request to tremontgardensca@gmail.com
COMMUNITY CLEAN UP:  We will hold a community spring clean up (weeding, mulching common areas) and litter pick up.  The was to take place on May 5th but due to delay in getting the minutes out and the signs up this clean up is being moved to Saturday May 12th 8am-10am. Meet at the Rt 50 common area. Volunteers are needs so spread the word.  Signs will be posted on the common areas.
COMMUNITY YARD SALE: Is planned for June 2 8am-2pm (again pushed out one week due to communications delay).  Signs will be posted on or close to May 12th on the common area to prepare for the sale.  On the weekend of the sale website notices will be posted and signs will be on the common areas for the sale.  Our sales have been very successful in the past so get ready to make some money.
QUESTIONS?  send an email to tremontgardensca@gmail.com

 

Meeting was held at Bea Collier’s house.  Thanks Bea!

Attendance of 9 (see meeting minutes sent by email for names

Main Discussion tops was sustainability presented by Diane Blust – member and advocate of Sustainable Reston.

See below for topic links.

Other discussion   (open topics)

Treasury

Neighborhood Directory – Stephaine & Heather  discussed how we might start to gather information on a community directory

Bunko events -Heather raised the idea of holding Bunko evenings.  In efforts to get to know each other

Meeting

adjourned at 8:15

Sustainability Resources

Richard Heinberg explains the situation and walks us through what he’s doing at his home:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl8ZHDQQY7I&feature=player_embedded

Richard Heinberg:  The End of Growth

Richard Heinberg, ed:  The Post Carbon Reader

Bill McKibben:  Deep Economy and Eaarth

Rob Hopkins:  The Transition Handbook

Nan Chase:  Eat Your Yardhttp://eatyouryardbook.com/

Rosalind Creasy:  Edible Landscaping, http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/  (Creasy has several additional books in her “Edible…” series – some available at Fairfax County Libraries.)

Dave Jacke:  Edible Forest Gardens

Sustainable Reston:  www.sustainablereston.org

Sustainable Reston Forum:  www.sustainablerestonforum.org

Transition Network:  http://transitionculture.org/

Transition Staunton-Augusta:  http://transitionstaunton.org/

Transition Voice (on line magazine):  http://transitionvoice.com/

Association for the Study of Peak Oil:  http://aspo-usa.com/

Post Carbon Institute:  http://www.postcarbon.org/

Ecolocity:  http://www.ecolocity.org/

TGCA Neighborhood Meeting
October 10th 7PM
Location: Fairmont St   (email: tremontgardensca@gmail.com for location information)
Agenda
  • Neighborhood Updates
  • Finances
  • Events
  • What’s next how do we sustain our community efforts
  • Guest Speaker:  Diane Blust – She will be speaking about Sustainability  she is affiliated with the Fairfax Coalition for Smarter Growth.
  • Guest Speaker:  Local Merchant (TBD)
  • Open discussion
As you can see….we have a full agenda with lots of interesting topics  so please try to attend.

Good morning!

Please find minutes from our June 9th community meeting  below also attached.  In addition attached are also two supplements.  One is the hand out Mike Lee provided regarding ordinances and zoning.  The other is the trash & recycling program pamphlet.
Think about volunteering and participating in the Community Yard Sale on July 16th.

 

Tremont Gardens Citizens Association
Meeting Minutes
from June 9th, 2011 

 

Location: El Tio

Meeting started at 7:05

In attendance was:

(SEE EMAIL FOR LIST OF ATTENDEES)

Please let me know if anything discussed was missed in the minutes below

Topics Discussed:

Zoning & Ordinance

Mike Adams – Code Compliance Supervisor Division 1 Department of Code Compliance Fairfax County

Mike spoke about the Fairfax County Strike Force and how it investigates and enforces most neighborhood quality of life complaints.  Mike offered a hand out on the departments details (see supplement also there are hard copies of this hand out if you would like one please email TGCA.)  To submit a complaint log onto fairfaxcounty.gov/complaints

The topics Mike discussed were:

Blight Homes- If a house is vacant but in good condition and exterior is kept up it can be left vacant indefinitely.  If the exterior has broken windows, siding falling off submit a complaint.  Contact EPA for mold concerns.

Grass height is not to exceed 12 inches, submit a complaint if observed and the county may cut it at owners expense. As a note: House at 2841 Fairmont,  lawn was mowed last year by the church  although a letter was sent to the owner.

Junk/Debris in yard, county allows outdoor storage in the rear of the property, up to 100 sq feet provide it is not in view from the sidewalk.  it must be covered/screened.  It can’t be seen from first story of a near by houses.

Construction/exterior home repair: Ongoing/Unfinished construction may be called into county and will be managed on a case by case basis.  Although there is no time length stipulation on permits, homes should be finished to eliminate the weather which lead to mold, mildew and material damage.

Trash:  Trash may be put out only 12 hours before trash pick up.  Construction materials or lawn debris may not be left at the curb longer than allowed.  Leaving construction material or lawn/tree limbs debris at curb side is a fire and health hazard and is subject to a health code violation of up to $300. Alternatives to piling at curb is to have contractor haul materials away or use the mega bulk pick up program or bag lawn debris or use a bin which will be picked up on the regular trash pick up day without using the mega bulk program (5 pick up allowed see supplement).  Large tree trunks/branches must be picked up within allowable time by the mega bulk program or private pick up.  You must call in any pick up left at curb other than the normal trash recycling containers.  Call 703-802-3322 or on line atwww.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/trash/call_special.htm

House Numbers:  Fairfax County regulation states that all homes must display house numbers clearly and must be a minimum of 4” tall and contrasting color from it’s background

 

Overcrowding:  When overcrowding is suspected submit a complaint.  The department will investigate to the best of their ability but many times this results in a “cat and mouse game”.  The residents will not allow entry to investigators or if entry is granted the overcrowding is stopped for a brief time then resumes.

Vehicles & Parking: *Parking on front lawn is prohibited unless loading and unloading (see code for specifics).  Parking in the wrong direction of traffic  is illegal, cars will be ticketed, inoperable cars are prohibited and a complaint should be submitted, *only one commercial vehicle allowed per household, junk or inoperable vehicles (inoperable – does not start, no valid plates or inspection) on private property 5 or less contact police, 6 or more contact Fairfax County to lodge a complain with the department of code compliance.  No car repairs other than your own are allowed on your property or on street. Blocking sidewalk is a ticket-able offense.  Other parking considerations, park close to the curb and in the direction of travel.  It is prohibited to park in a fire lane, 15 feet from a hydrant, 20 feet of a crosswalk or 30 feet form a stop sign.

Domestic Animals: 2-4 dogs allowed 12,500 Sq feet, 5-6 allowed 20,000 Sq ft, no limit on cats however if hoarding is suspected lodge a complaint. The lot size in Tremont Gardens prohibited livestock/fowl. See code for specifics.

Animal Control:  All dogs are required to be leashed at all times unless on private property or at an authorized dog park.  Dogs must stay on property and be in control at all times when unleashed on private property.

It is unlawful to leave pet feces in public locations.  This offense is punishable by law and subject to fines O

Contact Animal Control if observed, pictures of offender/s may be required

 

Home Businesses: Home businesses are allowed with proper permit, but clients or customers may not come to the house – with the exception of a licensed child care business or teacher such as music or dance.  You may not display signs, store or sell goods on the property.  Repair and service business such as car repair, car detailing or barbers are prohibited.  You may need a permit to operate other allowable businesses from your house.

Construction: Unlicensed contractor is prohibited, if suspected lodge a complaint.  All building other than fences (see code specifics) require a permit.  See FAQ’s on zoning for specific building requirements and limitations.

Noise: Fairfax County has a 24/7 noise ordinance in place.  See below for frequent complaints, see code for details. All are entitled to peaceful and quiet living conditions.

Animals may not frequently bark, howl, squawk, meow or make noise that can be heard across property lines.

Construction activity may not be conducted between 9PM and 7AM Mon-Sat and not before 9AM on Sunday and Federal Holidays.

Electronics/Musical Instruments: Radio, TV’s, Musical instruments, loudspeakers or any type of amplification device may not be used between 11PM – 7AM, if they can be heard across property lines, from parked cars, through common walls.

Cars/Truck : May not be repaired between 9PM-7AM,   loaded or unloaded between  9PM-6Am (see code for specifics).

Yard work: mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, power tool may not be used between 9PM-7AM, see code supplement for additional specifics

Signs/Glare form lights: Lights from security flood lights may not reflect onto neighboring property.  See code specifics for placement and lighted signs.

 

County website FAQ of ordinances: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/faqs/zoning.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Meeting topics discussed:

Several break in’s have occurred over the past several months.  Another recently in Fenwick Park on Elmwood and Lawrence  Be sure to keep yourself and your families safe. As recommended by FFC Police:  Lock your doors; let your neighbors know when you will be away! Call police, for  any suspicious activity

Common Area

Rt 50 & flag pole mowing and continued maintenance required on a volunteer basis.  Do what you can when you can.  All encouraged to maintain as needed.  Our neighbor Ben Pongoeauk has donated supplies and his time to aid in the grass improvement on the Rt 50 common area he also weeded and mulched the garden beds.  Should you see him out there make sure you let him know how much his hard work is appreciated.

Update on West Falls Church Plaza:  What’s not yet done:  Safeway portion of repaving the parking lot, landscaping, lighting, benched and tables.  Tenants identified and soon to be open: Verizon Wireless, Bruggers Bagels and Great Clips.  Soon to sign a lease, an in and out restaurant no name provided, a kids indoor play center, Unleashed (upscale pet food – by Petco), 2 additional spaces available.

Raytheon Building – Privately owned building, is now part of the  BRAC program.  Trees taken down will not be replanted however additional landscaping will be done.  Trees to the right of building when looking from Rt 50 will stay.  Building still has vacancy but tenants will begin to occupy within a few months.  At that time the traffic lights will be altered to accommodate the additional traffic in efforts to easy heavy congestion.

Traffic Calming (Parking/Speeding) – Fenwick Park will soon have the speed humps places.  It is anticipated that this will bring heavy traffic and cut through to our neighborhood.  Adding to the already speeding cars. Our efforts to reduce speeders in the past have not prevailed. Alternative solutions will be looked into.  Sean Parker offered to look into this for the community.  As his efforts reveal solutions they will be passed on.  Keep your eyes open or updates.                                                                                                                                     

Street Light update on Elmwood – Was not discussed at the meeting but the cost for a street light in on Elmwood  per Dominion Power is $11,000, the county will subsidize 6,000 of that, leaving us with a deficit of 5,000.  A grant was submitted to the HOTLANE grant program requesting the 5,000. The deadline for submission for  that grant is June 30, so ours was submitted on time.  Updates will be passed along via email.                                                                                                                                                                       
Community Yard Sale Planned for July16th 8-1                                                                                                                                                                                     Fliers are ready for distribution…volunteers were identified: Thanks to George & Karen Earwaker & Bea Collier.  Additional volunteers are needed.

Signs will be put out on July 5th  for neighbors to being to get ready for the sale.  Signs  for the sale will be posted on the common areas as well as email and Facebook, no later than July 10th.  On the day of the sale a volunteer is needed to visit all those set up for the sale to get an email address.  This is to enable us to grown our email distribution.  Otherwise we’ve missed a big opportunity to connect to additional neighbors.

 

 

 

Ice Cream Social/Fund Raiser – Tentatively Slotted for September 10th  1-3:30 PM

Volunteers/donation needed for the social otherwise it is jeopardy of not taking place
 – Fliers:  Design & Distribute
– Purchase supplies (funds provided)
– Conduct fund raiser at social –Raffle sales

– Find Musician to play, looking for donated or minimal charge band
VOLUNTEERS needed for preparation for the event and the day of the event for set up.

Opportunities to Lead                                            

Community Meetings –Lead needed
Neighborhood Watch
 – Lead needed

Recycling/Litter Program – Anyone interested in leading this effort?

Halloween Parade/Contest – Church has had this event in the past, need volunteer to contact church point of contact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Holiday house decorating contest – Lead needed
ATTACHMENTS FROM THIS MEETING ARE LISTED ON THIS SITE

To volunteer, comment, address issues or concerns please send an email to tremontgardensca@gmail.com

TREMONT GARDENS CITIZENS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL COMMUNITY YARD SALE

JULY 16TH 8AM – 1PM

ALL IN THE COMMUNITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.

NO FEE….YOUR YARD –  YOUR STUFF.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

TREMONT GARDENS CITIZENS ASSOCIATION

 

TREMONTGARDlENSCA@GMAIL.COM

ANNUAL YARD SALE JULY 16TH 201 1

SAM– lPM

READY …..GET SET…..SELL!!!!

YOUR STUFF ..YOUR YARD

TGCA WILL POST SIGNS &

LIST OUR COMMUNITY SALE ON THE WEB ANYONE WHO CAN LIST THE SALE ON A WORK WEBSITE, PLEASE DO!

PUT IT OUT AND THEY WILL COME!!! HELPFUL HINTS TO A SUCCESSFUL SAL,.~

• • • • • • • • •

PUT AN ATTENTION GRABBER AT THE FRONT OF YOUR YARD/DRIVEWAY CLEAN OBJECTS OF DIRT AND DUST TALK WITH POTENTIAL BUYERS. THEY STAY LONGER AND KEEP LOOKING PUT LIKE OBJECTS TOGETHER

CLEARLY MARK PRICE, EXPECT BARTERING BE MINDFUL OF YOUR LOWEST PRICE WHEN NEGOTIATING NOTE IF OBJECT IS ANTIQUE OR A COLLECTABLE HAVE SMALL CHANGE AND BILLS ON HAND SOON AFTER CALL CHARITY ORGANIZATION TO PICK UP WHAT YOU DIDN’T SELL

Our next community meeting will be October 7th.

TIME: 6:30 pm
PLACE: El Tio Restaurant, 7630 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, (703) 204-0233 (map)

We will have a police force representative as the guest speaker. If you have specific questions and would like them addressed please email us before the meeting as we have a big agenda to get through.

This meeting is to focus on our community safety as well as:

  • recent crimes
  • crime prevention
  • what to do and when to report crime
  • neighborhood watch

In addition we will discuss the NEPP grant completion and TGCA future.

This meeting will not cover zoning issues (re: cars, parking, dog leashing, garbage) we will hold another meeting with a representative from Fairfax County zoning agency to come in the near future to discuss those types of concerns.

Please spread the word as there will only be signs on the common areas!

Date: September 11, 2010

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Location: Flagpole Common Area (by the Church)

  • Ice Cream
  • Music
  • Raffle & Prizes
  • Rock Painting

Eat ice cream, talk with your neighbors, take time to relax and enjoy. We’ll have before and after pictures of our common area projects. We’re also inviting county representatives, police, firefighters and the district supervisor.

We will have limited chairs & tables. If you have tables or chairs please bring them or reply to this email and we’ll try to help get them there.

Thanks to the hard work of many and especially to Stacey Boyette for finishing up the flagpole garden we are ready for the final steps to the project.

Friday and Saturday we will getting topsoil and mulch and plants for the flagpole garden. Tomorrow & Saturday we will getting topsoil and mulch and plants for the flagpole garden. If you are interested in helping complete our project please stop by the flagpole Friday & Saturday Aug 6th & 7th at 9:00AM to help. Many hands make light work so please come. We need people helping with sign in and name tags as well as picture taking, clean up, etc. The anticipated time frame of the project each day is 9-11. Come for a few minutes or a few hours or any amount of time will do. We’ll have refreshments and drinks. Hope to see you there!

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GET READY…..GET SET….SELL!!!

DATE: Saturday, July 24, 2010
TIME: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
LOCATION: Your Yard, Your Stuff

TGCA will post signs & list the yard sale on the Craigslist.com, GarageSaleHunter.com, YardSaleSearch.com, GarageSaleFinder.com. Anyone who can list the sale on a work website, please do!

PUT IT OUT AND THEY WILL COME!!!!

Helpful hints to a successful sale
·       Put an attention grabber at the front of your yard/driveway
·       Clean objects of dirt and dust
·       Talk with potential buyers. They stay longer and keep looking
·       Put like objects together
·       Clearly mark price, expect bartering
·       Be mindful of your lowest price when negotiating
·       Note if object is an antique or a collectible
·       Have small change and bills on hand
·       Call a charity organization to pick up what you didn’t sell
·       Have fun!!!