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Thank You to Everyone Who Made the 2019 Picnic a Success

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Hello Westwood neighbors,

We hope everyone who attended last weekend’s WCA picnic and annual meeting had a great time! We need to say a tremendous thank you to the Westwood Club for providing the food and staff; Crazy Greek Restaurant, Metro Diner, and Chocolate Cravings for gift certificates and special coupons; the magician The Amazing Mr. B; the incredible staff of the Henrico County Recreation and Parks Department; and all the volunteers who made this possible, especially Emily LeVasseur, who led the organization efforts!

We’d also like to say a special thank you to our VIP guests including Henrico County Supervisor for the Brookland District Dan Schmitt, Virginia State Delegate Debra Rodman, and Sharon Smidley from the Henrico County Department of Public Works, who gave a presentation on the exciting new plans for pedestrian safety features/new pedestrian walkway on Bremo Road.

Great news: Westwood residents donated more than 140 pounds of food to the food drive this year. The bulk goes to Feed More, and we also make a donation to the St. Mary’s Hospital Guest House.

Thank you to longtime board member Mary Hensley and to Chris Minnigh for their service — they have both decided to retire — we will miss you!  And thank you to Sam Gage for his previous terms as Neighborhood Watch Chair. Thanks to Chris Minnigh, Rich Terrell, Jack Heisler, and Andrew LeVasseur for heading up the nominating committee this year and creating the following slate of board officers, members, and new Neighborhood Watch Co-Chairs, which received a resounding, unanimous yes vote by those present at the annual meeting held during the picnic.

Congratulations to our new board members and officers who will take office for the term of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020:
President:  Emily Dunstan
Vice President:  Rich Terrell
Treasurer:  Jack Heisler
Secretary:  Emily LeVasseur
Immediate Past President:  Maria Holperin Terrell

Returning/previous board members:
Jensey Ancarrow
Sam Gage
David Knight
Jolyn Johnson-Smith
Andrew LeVasseur
Chip Loving
Siyano Prach
Rick Sayed

New board members:
Dale Davis
Carrie Suders

Our new Neighborhood Watch Co-Chairs are Emily LeVasseur and Maria Holperin Terrell.

See you around the neighborhood!

Maria Holperin Terrell
President
Westwood Civic Association

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Green Space Cleanup Was a Success

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Thanks to our volunteers and crew from the Henrico County Recreation and Parks Department, we had a good cleanup yesterday morning (Saturday, May 18), which has served to be the start of some significant cleanup efforts in the green space in the 5900 block of Morningside.

Volunteers, including Mark, Jensey, Dale, Arnaldo, Bill, Rick, Jay, Adeline (the youngest at 3!) and others braved vines, saplings, and over- and under-growth to clean up more than 100 square feet. Even though the Parks Department had sprayed the poison ivy, it still was potent and widespread, keeping us from doing more. A special thanks to Keith and Glen of the Parks Department for their hard work and supervision!

A very good thing that came out of the event is that the Parks Department staff will be returning within the next few weeks to bush-hog the areas alongside the roads and will continue to periodically spray the poison ivy, providing a safe area for people to walk alongside, park their cars, etc.

Many thanks to volunteers Jensey Ancarrow, Dale Davis, and Arnaldo Cardona who wish to continue working with the Parks Department on cleanup and improvement efforts.

Maria Holperin Terrell
President
Westwood Civic Association

Westwood Volunteers Collected 7+ Tons of Trash on Saturday

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THANK YOU so much to our volunteers who worked incredibly hard on Saturday to collect nearly EIGHT TONS of trash during the annual Westwood curbside cleanup! WCA board member Jack Heisler organized the event once again and was assisted by board members Rich Terrell and Emily Dunstan. Volunteer Rick Brown was a tremendous help as well. I also want to thank the kind neighbors who came out to their curbs to help the team load the truck.

I’d like to send a special shout-out to Henrico County employee Susan T. who expertly drove the truck and helped our volunteers clean up our neighborhood!

Please join us on Saturday, May 18, for another type of cleanup project when we tackle the green space between Morningside and Monument bordered by Bremo Road. We’ll meet at the Westwood sign on Bremo at 8 a.m. Please remember to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, hats, gloves, and bring sunblock and bug spray. Water will be provided.

Thank you again to our amazing board members and volunteers. Your participation in Westwood events helps make our community a better place!

Maria Holperin Terrell
President
Westwood Civic Association

Longtime Westwood Resident Passes Away

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Mary Lee Haase, wife of former WCA board member Arthur Haase and longtime resident of Westwood, passed away on March 21st.  We extend our sympathies to her family and friends. Read her obituary here.

Maria Holperin Terrell
President
Westwood Civic Association

Read the Spring 2019 WCA Newsletter

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Hello Westwood neighbors,

Spring is on its way, and that means lots of community events are on the Westwood Civic Association calendar. Read on for dates and key details about the neighborhood yard sale, annual picnic, board meetings, and more.

Thinking of trimming back trees in your yard? See Westwood resident Grant Slegowski’s helpful tips.

See you around the neighborhood this spring!

Maria Holperin Terrell

President, Westwood Civic Association

 

Neighborhood Yard Sale: Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Please email WCA board member Emily Dunstan at emmy.blair@gmail.com or call 804-937-7928 to sign up to participate by 3/31. Please include a brief, general description of items for sale (i.e. holiday, baby furniture, camping equipment, etc.). In addition to neighborhood signage, WCA will advertise the event on Craigslist and Facebook.

Spring WCA Board Meeting: Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. at Westwood Club. Please join us as we welcome special guest Dan Schmitt, Henrico County Brookland District Supervisor. WCA board meetings are open to all Westwood residents.

Neighborhood Curbside Clean-Up: Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m. Please have your debris at the curb by 8 a.m. (no large piles of brush, appliances, or hazmat). Volunteers are needed to help load the trash truck! Let’s meet at Westwood Park at 8 a.m., or look for the truck. Email jack@jaheisler.com to volunteer or just show up with work gloves. Your help is appreciated!

WCA/Henrico County Rec & Parks Dept. Green Space Clean-Up: Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. Join us as we continue to help the HC R &P Dept. with neighborhood improvements by cleaning up the County’s green space parcel in the 5900 block of Morningside Dr.  Please remember to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, long sleeves, hats, gloves, and bring sunblock and bug spray. Meet at the Westwood sign on Bremo at 8 a.m. and bring any hand tools you think might help. Water will be provided.

 

Annual Picnic and WCA Annual Meeting: Saturday, June 1, 4-6 p.m. at Westwood Park. For the third year in a row the Westwood Club is providing the food – hamburgers, hotdogs, cole slaw, beverages, and much more! There will be fun entertainment and door prizes. Annual WCA dues are $15 per household. We’ll vote in 2019-2020 board members and officers. Please bring non-perishable food donations for our annual food drive; this year’s goal is 125 pounds of non-perishable items.

National Night Out: Tuesday, August 6, 6-8 p.m. at Westwood Park. Enjoy free refreshments and support our Henrico County Community Police Officers. NNO is an annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Halloween Event: Are you interested in a neighborhood “trunk or treat” or similar children’s Halloween event on Saturday, October 26, at 4:00 p.m. in Westwood Park? Please email carriesuders@gmail.com if you’d like to decorate a trunk and pass out candy or help in any other way. If there’s enough interest WCA will organize a fun-filled afternoon with contests, prizes, and treats!

 

 

 

Westwood’s Top Ten Tree Tips

by Westwood resident Grant Slegowski

Now is the perfect time of year to consider having trees trimmed back or removed. Who wants to deal with the worry, cost, and headaches caused by branches falling on our homes, cars, fences, or power lines? Please take a moment to think about whether the following helpful tips apply to trees near you:

  1. Are any of the trees on your property old, dead, dying, or diseased? Many tree services will send a licensed arborist to your home for free! They can help you decide which trees may need to be trimmed back or removed.
  2. Take a 5-minute stroll of your property and look to the heavens! Do branches from any of your trees extend over your house, cars parked in the street, or your neighbor’s property? These trees may be ideal candidates for a trim!
  3. By law, if a tree’s trunk resides in your yard and fallen branches from that tree cause damage to a neighbor’s property, you are responsible for that damage.
  4. Trimming back or removing older trees can actually improve the curb appeal (and property value) of your home to potential buyers.
  5. During storms, have you ever noticed that the power seems to go out an awful lot in Westwood? We can help solve this problem by making sure trees and shrubs are cleared away from the power lines.
  6. Certain homeowner’s insurance companies may require you to have trees trimmed or removed before they will insure your property.
  7. Depending on the amount of foliage, certain trees may escape the wrath of a hurricane’s winds, but lightning strikes to tree branches are far less forgiving. Tiiimmmbbbeeerrr!
  8. Trees need not be forgotten. Simply plant a smaller, more manageable tree in the place of an older one that may have slime flux or other diseases.
  9. Maintaining healthy trees throughout our neighborhood helps to promote the safety and beauty of Westwood.
  10. Don’t spend another sleepless night worrying about if (or when) you may hear a THUD on your roof from a fallen tree.  BE PROACTIVE!

 

Neighborhood Reminders

Remember Operation Night Light and please keep porch and lamppost lights on to increase visibility in Westwood. Lock cars, doors, and keep valuables out of sight. Report suspicious activities or crimes to 804-501-5000. If there’s no answer or it’s an emergency, call 911.

Are there potholes on your street? Please report them to Henrico County Department of Public Works by calling
727-8300 or going online to https://henrico.us/services/report-a-pothole/.

Keep Your Lights on to Keep Westwood Safe

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Hello Westwood neighbors,

In last year’s WCA livability survey and focus groups, many residents requested street lights or additional lighting to enhance neighborhood safety. Our community’s security, especially after dark, is a prime concern for everyone. In the absence of street lights in Westwood, we can all contribute to the safety and security of the neighborhood by keeping our exterior lights and lamp posts (where applicable) on overnight.

Operation Night Light is being conducted in cooperation with Henrico County Police. According to Richard Mallory, Westwood’s Community Police Officer, “Operation Night Light encourages neighbors to watch for crime, but you can’t watch if it’s too dark to see. You can keep criminals away by turning on your outside lights at night. Lighting is a major deterrent to crime during the hours of darkness.”

Keeping exterior lights on will also help pedestrians walking through Westwood and provide better visibility for drivers. Motion-detector lights are an effective crime deterrent, but of little use to pedestrians and drivers in the neighborhood.

Cost-effective dawn-to-dusk bulbs have proven useful for some of your Westwood neighbors. If you’re interested in an example, click here for a link to one type of bulb available on Amazon.

If you’re already keeping your exterior lights on after dark, thank you! If not, I hope you’ll consider participating in Operation Night Light to help keep our Westwood neighborhood safe!

Sincerely,
Maria Holperin Terrell
President
Westwood Civic Association

Bon Secours Westhampton School Campus Plan

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Bon Secours will break ground on the Westhampton School Campus on March 1, 2019. Click here to read the Plan of Development summary.