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  • Friday, January 28, 2011 7:28 AM | Deleted user

    From Dranesville Supervisor John Foust:

    Here is another update on our snow storm aftermath and power problems.

    • Fairfax County Government offices and all the courts will be open on time tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 28, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave.
    • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Friday.
    • VDOT is asking that if possible, residents in subdivisions not park vehicles on the street so that the neighborhoods may be more effectively plowed.
    • If it is absolutely necessary to park on the street, please park on the odd numbered side to assist VDOT plows.
    • In addition, residents are encouraged to clear the areas around mailboxes and fire hydrants. Postal service employees are working to deliver important medicines and other mail and need access to mail boxes.
    • And by clearing snow and ice away from all fire hydrants, they will be clearly visible to public safety personnel in the event of a fire.  
    • Residents and businesses should also make sure that all parking spots identified as accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities are cleared of snow and ice.

    Regarding the wide spread power outages:

    • Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) tells us that Fairfax outages numbers are now down to 46,225 – down from 71,000 this morning.  Problems are being corrected at a much faster rate than was anticipated.   Crews have been brought in from North Carolina to help.
    • With about 2000 workers engaged and over 300 bucket trucks dispatched, crews have restored power to over 130,000 customers. 
    • The company expects to restore power to 90 percent of the affected customers by Friday night, with the remaining work continuing overnight into Saturday until all customers have been restored.
    • Repairs are taking place while detailed damage assessments are being made.  Heavy, sticky snow that was twice as wet as typical snow brought tree limbs and trees into contact with electrical lines and caused extremely difficult driving conditions for repair crews. 
    • If you have not already done so, the DVP number to report outrages is 1-866-366-4357.
    • You may now call 1-866-366-4357 to get individual restoration time estimates for your neighborhood or home.

    As I said in our previous notice, please let my office know if your street has not been plowed.  You may reach us by email at Dranesville@fairfaxcounty.gov or you may call these temporary numbers until our normal phone number is operational: (571) 606-0022 or (703) 927-9997.


    John W. Foust

    Dranesville District Supervisor

    1437 Balls Hill Road

    McLean, VA  22101

    Phone:  703-356-0551

    Fax: 703-821-4275

  • Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:32 PM | Deleted user
    What are your experiences with this latest snowstorm? Did you get stuck in the nightmare 15-hour commute on GW Parkway? What do you think of the roads in Pimmit Hills? Any damages, tress down?
  • Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:30 PM | Deleted user

    Message from John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor: My office is open but we currently do not have phone service at our regular phone number. If you need to reach us please email me at Dranesville@fairfaxcounty. gov or call (571) 606-0022 or (703) 927-9997.

    I know that many Dranesville residents, particularly in the McLean area, are without power. The latest information I have from Dominion VA Power (DVP) is that there are approximately 71,000 customers in Fairfax County without service.  DVP restored service to about 30,000 customers in Northern Virginia last night.  DVP has informed us that it will be able to provide estimated times for restoration of service by 2:00 p.m. today. DVP has been hampered in making repairs because of the number of downed trees and abandoned cars. My office will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed.  The DVP number to report outrages is 1-866-366-4357.

    VDOT appears to have done a good job plowing the streets given the severity of the rush hour storm. Please let my office know if your street has not been plowed.

    For more information on Winter Weather Preparedness from Fairfax County visit:



    John W. Foust

    Dranesville District Supervisor

    1437 Balls Hill Road

    McLean, VA  22101

    Phone:  703-356-0551

    Fax: 703-821-4275


  • Saturday, December 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Anonymous member
    March 12, 2011 the Student Symphonic Orchestra of Fairfax will hold their first concert of the season at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA  22101.  7:30 p.m.  Open and Free to the Public.
  • Wednesday, December 01, 2010 5:08 PM | Deleted user

    The Pimmit Hills Citizens Association (PHCA) has a new, interactive membership website, but it’s still at the same address: http://pimmithills.org/. The new website is powered by a membership software company designed for community associations. Membership means once you pay your dues, you have access to the restricted parts of the website, including the new Community Forum where we can discuss issues.

    We’ve already posted the first two topics: the sewer line replacement issue and the extra parking lot issue at the Pimmit Hills Center. The only way to access the Community Forum and post comments on this and other blogs on the site is to be a member of the PHCA.

    Unlike in the past where we’ve taken membership dues via cash or check and you had to mail these in, it is all done securely on our website now. And, the yearly dues start when you become a member and are renewed one year later (no more September to September memberships). The site makes it easier for the PHCA Board to keep track of memberships and dues for better accounting. The dues go automatically into the PHCA bank account.

    Unlike your friends and relatives who may live under a homeowners or condo association with high dues (anywhere from $100 to $800+ EACH MONTH), we’re a CITIZENS association so our YEARLY membership dues are very minimal. Here are our two membership levels:

    • Resident Membership is open to homeowners and renters currently living in Pimmit Hills. $20 annual dues
    • Non-Resident Membership is open to businesses, owners of PH houses who don't live here, former residents and other friends of Pimmit Hills. $25 annual dues

    It's easy to join, just click on JOIN PHCA/PAY DUES. Your dues help fund community activities, neighborhood projects, our newsletter and the new membership website which will be a central resource to connect our neighborhood.

    Once you’re a member, you can log in and see the Member-Only pages on the site (which you can’t see when you’re not logged in), including:

    • The Community Forum, where you can add your comments and discuss neighborhood issues
    • Advertise your local business (we want to encourage our community to “buy local” and use services/products from the small/home businesses of PH residents
    • The archive of Pimmit Hills Dispatch newsletters since 1952
    • Pimmit Hills history, photos Photo Galleries
    • And more

    We also want to know your news, events and announcements.

    On the front page, you’ll see upcoming community events we’ve already entered, but if something is missing, let us know.

    On the Announcements page, we’d like to post your school announcements, clubs, organizations, church, Scouts, awards, graduations, birth, death, marriages, etc.

    Our Classified Ads page is now more controlled than what we used before. Too many spammers were infiltrating it with junk. Your ad will now stand out and be relevant and current.

    The emails that the PHCA President sends out will be transitioned over to being sent out via the website to the membership list. We’ll keep sending out the normal email for a period of time, but then we’ll transition over and you’ll only get the email as a members so join today, help out and be ‘virtually’ involved with your community and neighbors!


  • Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:44 AM | Deleted user
    November 2010 newsletter of our Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust.
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:24 AM | Deleted user

    From Mark Zetts, co-chair of the McLean Citizens Association Planning and Zoning Committee:

    Fairfax County Public Schools is proposing to use Pimmit Hills Center as a dispatch center for FCPS building maintenance vehicles. This use requires a 2232 Review and a public hearing. 

    Sunny Sarna from FCPS will be giving a presentation on the proposal to the MCA Planning and Zoning committee on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 PM at the McLean Community Center.  This presentation is the second item on the agenda so it should start between 8:00-8:15 pm.

    I attached an informative spreadsheet from FCPS that lists the number of trucks that will be parked there (with pictures) and all the schools in the northeast district that would be supported by this facility. 

    I have no further information on the details and hours of operation, potential impacts on the local neighborhood, etc.  These are questions we will be asking at the meeting. 

    Please forward this meeting notice to the nearby residents as it will be a good opportunity to hear the proposal, ask questions and comment.

    Thank you,
    Mark Zetts
    Co-chair MCA P&Z Committee


  • Monday, November 08, 2010 7:22 PM | Deleted user

    From the PHCA President Carol Martz:

    The PHCA Board met with gentlemen from the Fairfax County Public School system. They are planning to put in an extra parking lot at the back of the Pimmit Hills Center. 

    This lot will only house about 40 small box trucks and assorted work trucks which are involved in maintenance of our local schools during the day and parked at night. There will be no maintenance done at this facility. The trucks will leave the lot between 7 and 8 a.m. and return midafternoon. This should not interfere with the current traffic between 8:30 and 9 as parents deliver their children to Westgate. The facility will be surrounded by a 6 ft. fence. The outside perimeter of the fence will be planted with bushes. The current multitude of trailers will be taken away.

    If you have any objection to this plan, please let us know by adding your comments (you must be a PHCA member to comment) or come to our next meeting: Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at the Pimmit Hills Center.

    Pimmit Hills Center parking lot plan (.pdf)

  • Monday, October 18, 2010 8:54 PM | Deleted user
    Mclean Police District (Oct 15, 2010)– Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit are seeking witnesses to a crash that occurred near Tysons Corner Center shopping mall involving a Physician’s Transport ambulance and a 2008 silver four-door Mazda around 4:17 p.m. on Thursday, October 7.

                The ambulance, driven by a 39-year-old man, was headed northbound on Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) near Tysons Boulevard. The driver of the Mazda, a 28-year-old woman, was attempting to turn left onto Chain Bridge Road from the shopping center when the ambulance struck the driver’s side of her vehicle.

                The woman, who was nearly nine months pregnant with twins, was transported to the hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries. As a result, she gave birth to the twins prematurely. They initially appeared to be in good condition; however, several hours later, one baby developed a life-threatening condition and remains critical.

                 The driver and passengers of the ambulance were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

                Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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