2013 Winter Reminders
- Published on Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:16 PM
Happy Holidays! As we all enter the busy Holiday season, we would like to remind you of a few winter related topics.
Thanksgiving Day; American Disposal is closed and no services will be provided. Trash collection will resume on the next scheduled pick up day (Monday).
** Crews may come through earlier than normal, please make sure to put your trash to curbside the night before.**
Yard Debris collection; Ends effective December 27th. If you have yard debris to be collected after this date, place your items to curbside on your 2nd collection day until yard debris season resumes the 1st week of March 2014.
Christmas Tree Collection; Christmas trees will be collected on January 4th and January 8th. We ask all tinsel and decorations are removed. Please do not place trees in plastic bags.
Inclement Weather; Safety in your community is our primary concern. Roads and/or areas which are deemed unsafe due to snow or ice will be suspended for collection. If suspension occurs, services will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day.
If you have any questions regarding trash pickup, please call ADS customer service department at 703-368-0500 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM or visit their website at www.americandisposal.com. The website will provide updates on trash collection services delays and cancellations during inclement weather.
- If at all possible, don’t travel on the streets until the snow fall is complete and plows have passed through the community. Driving on unplowed roads only compacts the snow, making it more difficult for sufficient plowing services to be effective; this can lead to the need for additional equipment.
- Please do not throw snow into the streets when clearing your vehicles or parking spaces. This will increase the cost of snow removal, as well as block previously passable areas.
- Please shovel your sidewalks as promptly as possible for safe passage.
- Please assist in shoveling out fire hydrants for you and your fellow residents’ personal safety, as well as shoveling around mailbox clusters to ensure timely mail delivery. Contracted shoveling crews add to the Association expenses.
- Please clear the opening of storm drains of snow and ice to prevent flooding.
- Plows are dispatched to the community at approximately 2 inches of accumulation. Please do not contact Cardinal Management Group, Inc. for updates on the plow’s location.
- Inclement weather can cause delays or cancellations in trash services, please visit www.americandisposal.com updates during wintery weather. Please do not place trash out if you are unsure rather it will be collected or not. Cans block the plows and the uncollected trash can attract pests.
- Putting salt on road surfaces prior to a snowfall wastes time and money since the salt blows right off the streets. Salt is most effective after the snow has accumulated about an inch and the temperature is 20 F/-6 C or higher. Under these conditions, the salt and snow will mix, melting the snow into a slush that can be plowed off the pavement. This melting action will occur within two hours, less if cars are already using the roads. If the temperature is below 20 F/-6 C, the salt will not melt the snow and ice.
- The plows will not remove snow, only plow. When doing so, snow may get pushed behind your vehicle or driveway as the plow makes a path down the drive lanes. Please do not throw the snow back into the street.
- In order for parking spaces to be plowed, there must be at a minimum 4 consecutive spaces empty to allow the plow sufficient room to work safely. Parking spaces will only be cleared at the direction of the Board and Management.
October Community Events for the Grove
- Published on Sunday, October 6, 2013 8:19 PM
Third Thursday: Board of Directors Meeting
Your Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, October 17 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM to discuss current and future projects around the neighborhood. Come and tell us what we can do to make your experience in the Grove at Huntley Meadows more fulfilling. If you have something you'd like to add to the agenda, contact Cardinal Management using the Management Contacts section of this web site. The meetings is held at the Mount Vernon Government Center at 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306.
Children’s Fall Festival Parade: Saturday October 26 – 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Community Clean-up: Saturday, October 26 – 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Come to the Pool House and participate in the Fall Community Clean-up. Residents walk the edge of the creek and the woods surrounding our properties to pick up trash. It is recommended that you wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Trash bags are provided. Some gloves are available.
Thanks for participating in the Grove’s social events!
Criminal Activity in the Grove this Week
- Published on Friday, September 27, 2013 11:56 AM
Some of you have heard of the incident that occurred Monday night or early Tuesday morning where a resident had the wheels and side mirrors stolen from his Escalade, which had been parked along Cyrene Blvd, near White Heron Trail.
Obviously this is distressing to us all. We've been very fortunate that crime has, for the most part, bypassed us here in the Grove at Huntley Meadows. We've gotten used to hearing about it happening in other places, but not seeing much of it here.
We've discussed this incident with our Neighborhood Watch Liaison Officer from the Fairfax County Police Department, who tells us they believe this was a professional operation, specifically targeting Escalades around the county. They don't believe this is the beginning of a crime wave aimed at the Grove itself.
Still, there are common sense measures we can take to reduce the likelihood of being the victim of criminal activity:
- Lock your vehicles! Two juveniles were arrested last week as they went through UNLOCKED vehicles in our parking lots.
- Park in garages or driveways whenever possible. You may hear something if your car is closer to your home.
- Make sure all of your exterior lights are on and working. Criminals prefer darkness.
- Keep bushes trimmed near exterior doors and windows. Don't give criminals a place to hide while they're trying to break in.
- Report unusual sightings to the police. Use (703) 691-2131 for non-emergency calls; use 911 if you suspect a crime in progress.
- Get to know your neighbors; know when they're home, when they're expecting service workers (moving vans, carpet cleaners, etc.), and recognize their vehicles.
We had a terrific Neighborhood Watch program earlier this year, one that has sadly gone by the wayside when our chair had to step down. If you'd like to help restart this effort, send us a note and we'll put you in touch with the rest of the committee and we'll help you get it up and running.
Finally, while we're all a little anxious whenever something like this befalls a neighbor, it's important to realize that our community is comprised of solid, law-abiding residents who are willing to do what it takes to keep us all safe. We can't worry about the things we can't control, but by standing together we can minimize the risk to our homes, vehicles and families...and our beautiful neighborhood as a whole.
Lindberg Streetlight Outage Reporting
- Published on Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:20 PM
For those residents living on Lindberg Dr, if you note a streetlight out on your street, please contact Dominion Virginia Power to get the bulb replaced. Complete information can be found in the FAQ or Lindberg Streetlight Reporting [PDF].