Annual Meeting - Tue 3/13 8PM
Phillips School, 7010 Braddock Rd, Annandale
Refreshments available before the meeting so you can meet your neighbors.
Two $50 gift cards will be raffled off to those in attendance.
Welcome to the Leewood Homeowners Association
Our association is online to provide you with a wealth of information,
services and opportunities and to share ideas and information. This
will enable our members to receive news and announcements, access
important association documents, forms and much more.
Feel free to click around to discover something new about Leewood,
the association services and events offered to you by your Leewood
Homeowners Association (LHOA).
We hope you'll take advantage of this service. Your input and suggestions
will be appreciated.
Online Index of Articles (feed
Did you know over 260 articles have been written and included in your Leewood Times Newsletter? A pretty full
Archive is available for you to view online.
Here are some highlights:
Taste of Leewood” Cookbook Fundraising Efforts – A Huge
Money Saving Tips
Traditions Around the World
Spotlight – Lights of Leewood 2006
Times Summer Fun Guide
THE BOARD - Some Information about the Swine Flu
Independent Audit Online
An independent accounting
firm has audited the Balance Sheets of the Leewood Homeowners Association,
Inc. as of December 31, 2010 and 2009 and the related Statements
of Income and Comprehensive Income, Members' Equity and Cash Flows
for the years ended, and expressed thier opinion. The report is
posted online for you to view, More
Here for the Independent Audit
Leewood Reserve Study is online
At the Direction of the LHOA Board, Reserve Advisors, Inc conducted
a Precision 20/20 Full Reserve Study of the Leewood Homeowners Association.
This 39 page Reserve Study is a budget planning tool that identifies
the current status of the reserve fund and stable and equitable
Reserve Funding Plan to offset the anticipated future major common
Here to view the Reserve Study
Leewood Financials are Online
Leewood tracks their financial health via monthly statements that
are presented at the board meetings and yearly audits by an outside
accountant and are online for you to view. Just posted your you
to check out is the LHOA Reserve Funding Plan and Cash Flow Analysis.
here for links to the financial statements that we have retained.
All 2007-present Financials are in Adobe® Portable Document
Format (PDF) and can only be viewed with Adobe® Reader®.
New Blog Fosters Two-way Communication
With Park Users
Stories and Perspectives, a new blog created by the Fairfax
County Park Authority (FCPA), will feature interesting content and
diverse perspectives on park-related topics. Beginning in March,
visitors to the blog will find informative posts from staff, stakeholders,
volunteers and Park Authority Board members that address provocative
issues or simply highlight success stories which may have previously
gone overlooked. Posts will provide context to better understand
current park initiatives, and present expert opinions. Readers are
encouraged to submit comments to further the conversation. With
420 parks in the FCPA’s system, there is a wide variety of
ideas, opinions, and stories to share and discuss. \
Fairfax County Podcasts
To listen to a program on your computer, click on the "Listen"
link. To subscribe to a podcast so that new programs are automatically
downloaded to your computer or portable music device, right click
"Subscribe," choose "Copy Shortcut," and then
paste the address into podcatching program such as iTunes. Listen
or subscribe directly on iTunes
Here is the link:
Wine of The Week
Every week, D.C. Examiner wine columnist Scott Greenberg will give
his tasty tips for the perfect wines. More
Advice for your garden from organic gardener Mike McGrath. More
The Vistors are Coming! The Vistors are
Tourist season is about to explode in the Washington area and maybe
you have some friends or relatives who will be visiting. Show them
how in the know you are by using these tips to get into the most
popular monuments and attractions.
The warmer weather just around the corner means sightseeing houseguests
are about to descend. So what will it be? Parading around the president’s
place? Checking out dinosaur bones? Gawking at the cherry blossoms?
We can help you come up with a game plan, whether your guests are
the kind who like to have the schedule planned out for months and
written in stone or those who just like to hop on the Metro and
wing it. (For that matter, it isn’t too soon to start planning
for next year’s guests either.) More
Emergency Planning Guide
With the severe weather in our part of the country over the past
year, we thought it would be helpful for you and your family to
have information on planning for an emergency.
Has your family discussed how you will handle a large-scale emergency?
What if you are at work, your spouse is stuck in traffic, your children
are in school and you can't communicate with each other? Will everyone
know what to do?
There is no way to completely plan for every emergency, but there
are steps you can take to make sure you are prepared for different
emergency scenarios. More
All Past Articles from 2007-Present Archived
Ever wonder what happened to the old articles from the home page?
Don't worry we saved them and created a page for you to read them
all over again. Click here
for the archive of articles written since 2007. Keep in mind
that some of them may be outdated and the links to pages outside
of our website may have changed.
Archive of Articles link
Transforming Tysons Corner
By 2050, Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, green urban
center based on a plan approved by the Board of Supervisors that
updates the land use plan and zoning ordinance for Tysons. The Board
also adopted 20 follow on motions to guide progress. The plan envisions
Tysons as home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050.
It will become a 24-hour urban center where people live, work and
play — instead of a sprawling suburban office park.
Because the plan was designed to take advantage of the four new
Metro stations coming to Tysons in 2013, 75 percent of future growth
will be within a half mile of these stations. Many offices and homes
will be a three to six minute walk from the stations, allowing people
to get around on foot, bicycle, bus or Metro. For more information,
Information on How to Adopt a Pet in Fairfax
Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 W. Ox Rd., makes pets available
for adoption by residents of Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince
William counties, as well as Vienna, Fairfax City, Falls Church
and Alexandria. More pets can be seen at www.petharbor.com.
Animal viewing and adoption hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through
Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is closed on
holidays. For information, call 703-830-1100.
The Humane Society of Fairfax County offers animals for adoption.
Call 703-385-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsfc.org
Dulles Rail Phase 2 Project and Silver
Line Station Naming Process
Here is a link to the transcript of the Online Discussion on Dulles
Rail Phase 2 and Silver Line Station Naming Process. More
MAJOR TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE SCHEDULED
I-495 NORTH LEFT EXIT TO I-66 WEST CLOSED
The left exit from I-495 north to I-66 west is permanently close
to traffic. Drivers are required to use the existing right exit
ramp, Exit 49A, I-66 west. The right exit ramp will have two lanes
to accommodate the additional traffic.
Motorists will need to be in the right lane on I-495 north as they
approach the I-66 interchange to access Exit 49A, I-66 west. The
merge point onto Exit 49A, I-66 west has been relocated to just
before the I-66 overpasses.
The closure of the left exit ramp was necessary to shift traffic
to the new Beltway outer lanes and allow progress on a new HOT Lanes
access ramp that will be built in place of the existing left exit
for I-66 west.
Please use caution in this area as a new traffic pattern will be
in place. This work is part of the Capital Beltway High Occupancy
Toll (HOT) Lanes Project.
more information, click here for the I-495 north ramp to I-66 west
Introducing Traffic Jam Mobile
Leewood is a great place to live, but let's face it, the construction
and traffic are not. How many times have we left the house or office
only to only get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. There are plenty
of websites dedicated to helping you keep informed about the traffic
in our area and we have created a mobile - friendly webpage with
helpful links you can use to take some of the stress out of traveling
on the area roadways. We hope you bookmark it to your device and
it helps you avoid getting stuck. More>
Northern Virginia Construction Highlights
Last June, VDOT began the first of several planned spot improvements
to add capacity on I-66 west inside the Beltway. The first is between
George Mason Drive/Fairfax Drive and Sycamore Street.
- This summer, VDOT finished widening I-66 in both directions
out to Route 29 in Gainesville.
- Construction began early in 2011 on an interchange at Route 29
and Linton Hall Road in Gainesville. The project, scheduled for
completion in summer 2014, will remove a long-standing bottleneck.
- VDOT plans to repave 6.5 miles of I-66 from the Beltway west
to Route 50, with scheduled completion by fall 2012.
- VDOT is launching a study of topics that include greater transit
service along the corridor, tolling, traffic management options
including high-occupancy vehicle and high-occupancy tolllanes and
localized improvements on I-66 from the Beltway west to Route 15.
A draft environmental impact statement on options should be ready
by June 2012.
- Two highway projects near Fort Belvoir are well along. VDOT opened
a two-mile extension of the Fairfax County Parkway. I-95 is being
widened for six miles between Route 123 and the Fairfax County Parkway.
A fourth northbound lane opened in December 2009. A fourth southbound
lane is scheduled to open soon.
- Work continues on ramps and interchanges that will open up access
between the parkway, I-95, and the federal bases as thousands of
additional employees arrive.
- A total of 78 projects will be underway next year in Northern
Virginia here are just a few.
- Intersection improvements are planned at Route 29/Gallows Road,
Route 50/Courthouse Road, the Fairfax County Parkway's Fair Lakes
Boulevard interchange and Route 28's Wellington Road interchange.
- Construction at Wellington Road began this summer and is scheduled
for completion in fall 2012.
- Construction at Fair Lakes Boulevard begins this fall and is
scheduled to take three years.
- Construction at Gallows Road is scheduled to begin in early 2011
and be done by mid-2013.
11th Street Bridge: The new bridge rising
in the Anacostia River is the District's biggest transportation
project, and several important developments are scheduled for 2011.
This spring, a new segment of southbound DC 295 should open. Then
in the fall, the two new freeway spans under construction between
the old bridge spans should be completed. A little over a year later,
the new local span is scheduled to be done.
Intercounty Connector: The connector highway
also made the list for 2010, because project managers had hoped
to open the first segment of MD 200 in the fall. But after half
a century of on-and-off planning and construction, what's another
short wait? We're pretty confident that drivers soon will be paying
the tolls to use the connector between I-270/370 and Georgia Avenue.
Dulles Metrorail: Drivers will encounter major
detours on I-66, the Dulles Toll Road and side roads that intersect
with Routes 7 and 123 in Tysons Corner. Most of these will occur
overnight, but commuters should expect to see lane closings and
congestion throughout 2011. Some Metrorail service disruptions will
occur at the East and West Falls Church stations as work continues
on connecting the new line to the Orange Line. The first phase of
construction to Reston is scheduled to be done in 2013.
I-66 West: The widening of the westbound interstate
inside the Beltway for two miles between Fairfax Drive and Sycamore
Street is scheduled to be done by the end of the year. This is the
first of the "spot improvements" welcomed by long-distance
commuters but unpopular in Arlington County.
Telegraph Road interchange: The final part
of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, this construction will narrow
northbound Telegraph Road to one lane between the ramp to the inner
loop of the Beltway and Pershing Avenue until the summer 2012. The
connection from Pershing to northbound Telegraph Road will be closed,
and cars will be detoured via Eisenhower Avenue and Holland Lane.
I-66 pavement: This spring, work will begin
on fixing one of the worst stretches of highway pavement in the
region, along I-66 from the Beltway to Route 50 in Fairfax County.
All work will be done between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to minimize impact
on traffic. The project will continue through 2012.
New York Avenue: The rebuilding of the bridge
over the railroad tracks north of Union Station was delayed during
2010, but it's getting underway now and will continue into 2013.
In the first phase, through the winter and spring and into the summer,
one of the six lanes along this half-mile stretch of New York Avenue
will be taken away by construction. At rush hours, there will be
three lanes in the peak direction and two in the other direction.
Starting in the summer, two lanes will be taken away for about two
years. This will leave two lanes open in each direction, and project
managers think it will result in traffic delays of 15 to 30 minutes.
14th Street Bridge: The rehabilitation project
that has required lane closings and lane shifts on the northbound
span since it began in spring 2009 is scheduled to end this fall.
Fairfax Parkway interchange: This summer,
a six-month detour for Fair Lakes Parkway traffic is scheduled to
begin as part of the Fairfax County Parkway interchange project.
In November, county parkway traffic will be shifted to new northbound
and southbound ramps to allow for the reconstruction of the parkway
over Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive. The project is scheduled
to be done by the end of 2013.
Virginia Proposes I-95 HOT lanes
The proposed a 29-mile project between Garrisonville Road in Stafford
County and Edsall Road, just north of the Beltway. VDOT said construction
could begin as early as spring and probably would take three years
The new environmental assessment covers a 46-mile route that also
ends at Edsall Road but begins about a mile south of Route 17 (Mills
Drive) in Spotsylvania County. That southern portion could be built
later and is not a part of the current program.
The HOT lanes corridor is in the median of I-95 and consists of
a two-lane reversible, limited-access express route from the southern
end to just north of the Prince William Parkway interchange (Exit
158). There, it would expand to three lanes, ending at the Beltway,
with a transition to the I-395 high-occupancy vehicle lanes and
general-purpose lanes near the Edsall Road interchange.
The I-95 HOT lanes would connect with the 14 miles of HOT lanes
under construction on the western side of the Beltway, which are
scheduled for completion at the end of next year. The operations
would be similar. Drivers who don’t meet the carpool requirements
would be charged a variable toll, depending on the level of congestion.
But the I-95 proposal has generated much more debate than the Beltway
route. The Beltway program involves construction of four new lanes.
The I-95 plan partially replaces the HOV lanes.
Travel-time signs coming to I-66
Starting next month, Northern Virginia drivers will see new electronic
message signs displaying estimated travel times to certain destinations.
These are similar to the travel time displays that drivers now see
on Maryland highways, but the ones scheduled to begin operation
Aug. 15 on Interstate 66 between Gainesville and the Capital Beltway
will be the first from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
This will be a two-month pilot project. If VDOT rates the program
a success — if the system provides good estimates and drivers
find them helpful — it will be expanded to other Northern
Virginia Interstates and eventually to highways throughout Virginia.
Here are the three initial locations for the travel-time signs:
— Eastbound I-66, just east of Route 28, displaying travel
time to the Beltway.
— Westbound I-66, just west of Route 50, displaying travel
time to Gainesville.
— Westbound I-66, just west of Route 7100, displaying travel
time to Gainesville.
The travel times will be displayed weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Guide to the Capital Beltway
The editors of the Leewood Times have created a guide that gives
you everything you need to know about our fine Capital Beltway I495.
There is extensive information on the history of the highway, and
helpful links to LIVE
traffic cameras, construction updates and the Dulles Metro Project.
LHOA Board Meeting Minutes Online
In an effort to keep the membership informed, The LHOA Board has
posted every meeting minutes online dating back to April 2000. In
addition to the minutes, association members have access to the
agenda and topics discussed each and every month. Once the previous
minutes are voted on and approved for the record, you can find them
by using the "Administration"
Tab on the top left side of your screen and following the "minutes"
link or by clicking
American Disposal Services Offers New 64
American Disposal Service is determined to increase the amount
of refuse that is recycled. Through thier Single Stream Recycling
program, it is easier than ever for each person to do their part
for the environment by recycling. They now offer a larger 64-gallon
recycling container to make it easier to for our residents to recycle.
Not only can you recycle more but you can also recycle larger items
like cardboard that won’t fit into smaller bins.
They offer a reduced price for Leewood residents. The cost for
the 64 Gallon wheeled container is $75.00. To order your container,
please call (703) 368-0500. A $5.00 processing fee is charged for
any payment over the phone, and there is no charge for payments
made by mail. They accept Visa & Mastercard as well as personal
checks. For more information, visit www.americandisposal.com
Here for thier Newsletter on Single Stream Recycling.
Recycling & Cleaning up Broken Compact Fluorescent
Many people are unaware that a broken compact fluorescent light
bulb (CFL) can be hazardous. While CFLs are energy efficient and
generally safe to use, be aware that, if broken, you must take special
care in disposing of them. Mercury is a silvery liquid metal identified
by the atomic symbol Hg. Mercury. CFL bulbs get their energy efficiency
from the mercury they contain. However, you must take extreme care
when cleaning up a broken bulb because mercury can be fatal if taken
in large enough amounts. We have created a page with helpful information
on recyling these bulbs and tips you can use in case you break one
in your home. More >
What To Recycle and What to Throw Away
Appliance Removal Information
Special Scheduled pickup for appliances is every THURSDAY. Removal
of ferrous metals/white goods such as stoves, washers, dryers, hot
water tanks and other bulky metallic items need to be called
in 24 hours in advance for scheduling.
There is a charge for removal of appliances. Click
here for the FAQ about trash.
Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must have refrigerants
removed and tagged by a certified technician before they are collected.
There is an additional charge for removal of these items.
Special pickups such as furniture, mattresses and other non-metallic
household items will still be collected on Fridays. White goods
are taken to a separate disposal site where they are recycled. Keep
in mind recycling white goods is environmentally friendly. Recycling
these items conserves energy, natural resources and reduces air
and water pollution.
If you would like to schedule a white goods/appliance pickup, please
contact American Disposal Services’ Customer Service Department
at 703-368-0500 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How to Navigate the Website
As you can see we have general categories on the top left hand
side buttons. If you float your mouse over them you will see what
sub-categories are in each of the groupings. This is by far the
fastest way to explore the site.
How are things organized?
In the Administration
category we have the minutes,
etc. Governing Docs
contains all the manuals
and papers distributed to you in case you have misplaced your manuals
or simply want to search within the documents online. In the Architectural
category you will learn about the ARC, find the forms you need and
view the approved color
chart for any exterior paint projects.
Articles on home improvement are linked from either the Home
Repair category or under News, Recent
Web Articles. Our newsletter the "Leewood
Times" is indexed by both date of issue and past subject
matter. Not all past newsletter articles are in the subject matter
index, only those deemed to be of enduring interest. Our Leewood
Links are subdivided into categories to make them easier to
We Have Our Own Search Engine (below)
On the bottom of this page you will see a search box. You can use
this to search for articles particular to our site. If you are trying
to find an article on parking, for example, enter parking into the
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refer to parking. You will get less hits, but it refines the search
considerably. A list of pages that contain the search terms you
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off you go!
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