The Shadowbrook HOA will no longer publish a newsletter. Any updates and newsworthy information will be disseminated via our resident email distribution list and included in this section, if appropriate. If you have not done so, we encourage you to subscribe to the list via email.
We encourage you to check our website often. We would also like to hear from you, get your feedback, hear your concerns or answer any questions that arise in between meetings. Send us an e-mail from the Board & Committees page.
OPEN LETTER TO RESIDENTS – DECEMBER 2019
Shadowbrook Street Smarts and Courtesies
By Your Shadowbrook Board of Directors
1. A driver can have an unconscious tendency to want to continue driving the same way they have driven on surrounding roads once they have entered the short and confined streets in our Shadowbrook community. But the fact of the matter is that when operating our cars and trucks on our community streets, we must do so smartly and courteously…for several good reasons.
2. Carefully drive and keep us all live…by driving slowly and safely!
a. By their very nature of running past homes and play areas, residential streets warrant our undistracted and careful attention by driving slowly and safely on them. Please also remember that we are all required to fully stop at our community intersection Stop signs just as we are required to stop at the same signs on roads outside Shadowbrook. These expectations and requirements are not meant to frustrate us…they are meant to protect us.
b. Another good reason to drive slowly stems from the fact that our community streets are short and narrow. Many stretches are bordered by parked cars, have blind bends, and lead into T-boned intersections. These are not the makings of the race track at Le Mans. They warrant our full attention and prudence by driving a slow and safe speed.
c. Perhaps the best reason is ourselves as pedestrians…and particularly our children. You’ve probably noticed the proliferation of young children across Shadowbrook that has occurred over the past couple of years. They add vibrancy and energy throughout our community…but they also require our complete attention and caution whenever we operate our vehicles on our streets. You can google a thousand articles about “negligence” as it pertains to automobile accidents involving pedestrians. When you do, you’ll find a couple of key common themes:
(1) The first theme is that “negligence” will likely aggravate the consequence for a driver involved in an accident on a residential street because it stems from the driver’s failure to adhere to their duty of care. That duty of care is founded on a driver’s basic responsibility to drive safely, keep a proper lookout, maintain a safe speed and distance given the driving environment, and obey all traffic laws.
(2) The second theme is that our laws tend to impose a higher duty of care upon drivers when it comes to children. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are at the greatest risk of being hit because they are smaller and less predictable than older children and adults. Children live in homes and play on all of our Shadowbrook streets, and they provide a danger warning to us as drivers to exercise greater care. We are obligated and expected to exercise a greater degree of care when we drive on our streets because small children are likely at play in our residential community. If we don’t…and hit a child…then we not only aggravate our negligence, but we incur an incalculable level of regret that comes with failing to exercise the care that we should have.
3. Be fair and share our streets…by parking properly!
a. At all three Shadowbrook street entrances you will find a large sign that indicates all yellow curbs mark fire lanes. Parking a car or even standing in these fire lanes is illegal because those lanes must always remain immediately available to emergency vehicles that may be needed in a moment’s notice. Parking or standing in those locations also imposes even greater restrictions on the ability of others to maneuver into adjacent parking spots and driveways. Please don’t ever park or stand your vehicle alongside any portion of a yellow curb.
b. If we are to preserve the safety, security, and civility of our community, then the other major courtesy that we must exercise toward each other involves the use of street-side visitor parking spaces. All homes without garages have two adjacent numbered parking spaces available to them for vehicles. The spaces that are labeled “Visitor” exist for exactly that reason…to accommodate the parking needs of visitors to our homes. It is clearly selfish, unfair, and inappropriate for anyone to use these visitor spaces on a perpetual basis to park excess personal vehicles. Although it may seem like little consolation, parking is nonetheless available for excess vehicles on the streets outside of the eastern and western sides of our Shadowbrook community.
4. As we approach another new year, it is more than satisfying to be able to say that our Shadowbrook community has been a safe and proud place to live for more than 25 years. On behalf of all Shadowbrook neighbors, your Shadowbrook Board of Directors greatly appreciates your efforts to help keep it that way by driving slowly and safely on our streets, fully stopping at our Stop signs, watching out for the many children who play in our neighborhood, avoiding parking along yellow curbs, and keeping our visitor parking spots open.
Please have a safe holiday season, and…
A happy new year in 2020, and…
YARD WASTE POLICY
Yard waste material may NO LONGER BE PLACED IN PLASTIC BAGS. American Disposal Services will only accept yard waste material in compostable paper yard waste bags or personal containers clearly marked "YARD WASTE MATERIAL".
These paper yard waste bags can be found at local grocery stores, hardware stores and through on-line retailers. Please consider mulching your material whenever it is possible.
If you have any questions concerning this policy please feel free to contact American Disposal at 703-368-0500. Any other questions may be directed to Cardinal Management Group, Inc.
SHADOWBROOK COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION PROGRAM NEW!
All too often, the only things we tend to focus upon in our community are things that go wrong, shortfalls, and complaints. However, we also know that good things are also common…but nothing exists to even modestly recognize the individuals who make them happen.
The Board of Directors for the Shadowbrook Homeowners Association has adopted a new program meant to address this consideration. The Shadowbrook Community Service Recognition Program has been designed to provide a means for members of Shadowbrook to help recognize the positive and helpful contributions of those who live in and support our community.
The program guidelines are meant to provide an easy yet structured way for any of us to recognize the good deeds of our neighbors. Nomination criteria and submissions are simple, as is the form of recognition…a certificate of appreciation. But we hope and trust that this program will speak volumes for the gratitude and appreciation our community has for the good things that occur within it.
At last week’s annual community meeting, the first three certificates of appreciation were awarded. The very first certificate was awarded posthumously to Dan Hupfer for the many years of devoted service he provided as a member of the Shadowbrook Architectural Committee. His wife, Kathy, accepted it on his behalf, and she was also recognized for her many years as a dedicated member of the Shadowbrook Board of Directors as well as the community webmaster. The third certificate was awarded to Aaron Rosenberg for his several years of meticulous service as the Treasurer of the Shadowbrook Board of Directors as well as providing vital assistance for Shadowbrook’s National Night Out events. Click here for copies of their certificates.
We know there are many others among our community who will be similarly recognized for their actions, and we welcome your nominations to come. Thank you for your consideration and support!
FAIRFAX COUNTY RESIDENTAIL MEMOS NEW!
Periodically our BOD receives correspondence from Fairfax County Government agencies that pertain to all county residents. Health, safety, infrastructure and so on. They come in the form of letters or flyers. In order to disseminate the information in a timely manner, outside the scope of the newsletter we have decided to create this section of the News page dedicated to just those messages. They will be in PDF form, accessible via link.
IMPACT OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY ON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
Please CLICK HERE TO VIEW the brief PDF containing slides that identify the roster of panel members as well as the slides they used to summarize the highlights of the legislative changes.
ELECTRONIC MAILING LIST
If you would like to receive e-mails containing the newsletter and/or meeting reminders, we encourage you to send us an email and give us your contact information. In your message please specify which e-mail(s) you wish to receive.
The Fairfax County Police Department implemented a new information dissemination protocol this year. Not only can you get your news and daily reports through and email update but can also get update Tweets®. Simply subscribe to either by going to their website at https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/
The information will include all Fairfax Police districts including the West Springfield Police Station (the PD jurisdiction we are in, not to be confused with our Mt. Vernon Magisterial jurisdiction).
Fairfax Alerts is a customizable way to get emergency and non-emergency alerts in Fairfax. It is customizable to what types of weather alerts you wish to receive, along with traffic and public safety alerts. Learn about county government non-emergency notices such as taxes and elections. Choose up to 10 delivery methods like home phone, cell phone, email, text messaging and more. Look at the information card here or to register please visit their website http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts
It has come to the attention to the Board of Directors that many residents are violating Policy Resolution Number 4, Rules and Regulations Relating to Vehicle Parking.
We would like to remind you of the requirements of this policy and ask that you be mindful in adhering to it. There is limited parking in the Community and it is important that when residents have guests, they have available parking. Guest spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and are to be used for guests only. No Association member or member’s tenant shall park in any guest parking space. Open spaces should be treated as temporary or guest parking, not as an additional space to be used on a regular basis for an extra vehicle you may own.
If any vehicle is found in violation of the above mentioned policy, an orange warning sticker will be placed on the window seventy-two (72) hours prior to towing. If remedied, but found in violation on a future date and time, the vehicle shall be subject to immediate towing without warning. Please be advised that all expenses relating to the towing of a vehicle is at the owner’s expense, not the Association’s.
No one likes to head out to work and find that their vehicle has been towed. This can cost you an entire day’s work, towing fees, cause your child to be late or miss school and much unnecessary frustration and stress. The Board of Directors and Management do not wish to resolve this problem by having vehicles towed. However, enforcement of this policy will be taken more seriously.
The Board is in the process of revising the current parking policy in an effort to further stream-line enforcement. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to email them to Ms. Candace Lewis (our Property Manager) or to the Board of Directors.
We would like to remind you that we currently have one volunteer Parking Liaison appointed by the Board to patrol the parking situation. However, if you are interested in assisting with this, or any other aspects of the Community, please email your contact information. We welcome ideas for committees and volunteer opportunities.
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Lewis via EMAIL HERE or phone at 703-565-5244.
We hope that you will be able to attend all of the HOA quarterly meetings this year. Please keep checking the Calendar of Events page for location updates, as well as other important community events.
COMMUNITY CONTRACTOR ISSUES
If you experience any problems with services provided by contractors employed by the community (i.e.: landscaping service, paving, trash collection, snow removal) please contact our Community Manager, Ms. Candace Lewis at Cardinal Management by phone at 703-565-5244, and not the individual contractor, thank you.
We hope you find this website helpful.
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