SCA Meeting: Washington Gas

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7:00 pm

Crestwood Elementary School, 6010 Hanover Avenue

Social interaction begins at 7 pm and the business portion of the meeting kicks off promptly at 7:30. The drawing for door prizes is promptly at 9 pm. Pay your dues to be a member-in-good-standing for the drawing!

Washington Gas representatives will be on hand to discuss the ongoing infrastructure improvement program that has involved our roads, sidewalks, yards, and homes. Expect an informative session about the overall program, timeline, outcomes, and other details from an engineer who has oversight of the work and also the lead Community Representative for Washington Gas, Mr Huey Battle. 

Thanks to Supervisor McKay's office which helped us to coordinate this program.

Police representatives will also be at the meeting to discuss the Springfield groper case and how to stay safe.

Mall under Construction

As of this week, the razing of the former Sports Authority building on Loisdale has commenced. What a welcome sight! Macy's, Target and JCPenney remain open at Springfield Mall, though the interior was shut down over the summer to begin redevelopment construction. 

Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal recently reported that Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay toured the mall in October. "I’ve seen a whole bunch of gutting in there, which is what I expected," McKay said. "The stores are all sealed off and there's a lot of demolition. There’s no real new things being built quite yet."

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President’s Corner

Dear SCA,

Greetings from the SCA Board; our next meeting is Tuesday, 20 November. We hope that you came through Hurricane Sandy without too much discomfort. Overall, I think that June's Derecho storm cleared out many trees that weren't in the way for Sandy to bring down. There was a silver lining to the June pain we experienced, and for those of us who visited Fairfax County's County Emergency Management Operations Center tour we know that the County was better prepared for anything Sandy would deliver.

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Springfield Groper

Fairfax County Police are investigating the sexual assault of several females in the Springfield area. In September, October, and November, several females have been approached from behind and fondled by an unknown male. The suspect is described as a possible Hispanic male, in his 30s. He was approximately 5 feet 6-8 inches tall, with an average build. The suspect possibly had a beard or goatee.

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High Turnout at Springfield Polls

Thanks to all the Springfield community members who worked and volunteered at the polls on November 6 and to all who voted. It is uplifting to see everyone working together to make our democracy. Turnout was especially high for this election. Crestwood saw 80% of registered voters cast a ballot and Lynbrook saw 79.2%.

Special Program: Community Opportunities

SCA’s October 16th special presentation on community opportunities at Grace Presbyterian Church laid out a myriad of opportunities both for volunteering to help and for benefitting from the services offered by our local organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together those organizations in our SCA area with our membership to explore ways in which we can support each other. Sixteen organizations shared their volunteer opportunities and services they offer with the audience of about 50.

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New Wing at Crestwood

Crestwood is anxiously awaiting the completion of our new addition and expanded classroom space. Our open space is also benefiting by the planting of new shrubs, trees and plants along our entire property. This will visually improve our landscape and help beautify the Crestwood neighborhood.

Along with our new construction, we will also be welcoming our youngest students. We are pleased to have been selected as an Early Head Start School, which will enable us to have an educational impact on our youngest community members.

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Leprechauns Run

There are many exciting things happening with the Leprechauns at Lynbrook Elementary School this school year, but for the month of October nothing was more exciting than the Healthy Kids Fun Run at the Pentagon held Saturday morning, October 27th. Many in Springfield may be unaware of the record setting participation that Lynbrook has in this 1-mile fun run each year, the day before the Marine Corps Marathon. For 11 years straight, YES THAT’S RIGHT, eleven years straight, Lynbrook Elementary School has had the largest number of students participating. Last year we had 300 runners, outdistancing the 2nd place finisher George Mason Elementary School from Alexandria which had 243 and James K. Polk of Alexandria which had 240. 

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Huge Holiday Book Sale

Where can $5 get you an arm full of books and solve your holiday woes? Why the Friends of Richard Byrd Library Used Book Sale, of course! All day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 29th – December 1st, the Friends will host their largest sale ever. With over 10,000 offerings, you'll find your favorite fiction, history (especially military), hobbies, and children’s books, most in pristine condition.

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Utility Pole Hazards and Blight?

You don't have to live with it!

Report it to us by email at springfieldcivic@yahoo.com with the subject "Utility Pole."

Give us the nearest house number and street address and a brief description of problem: broken support wire, hanging cables, coiled wires taped to pole within reach, etc.