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  • Thursday, May 30, 2013 9:26 PM | Deleted user
    From a Leonard Rd resident:
    I woke up to two piles of dog waste on my lawn last week on two separate occasions.


    Did you know that Fairfax County has a "pooper scooper" law? Pet owners who violate the County’s pooper scooper law may incur a fine up to $250.

    Pet waste left on the grass makes its way to storm drains every time it rains. Storm drains lead to lakes or streams that ultimately lead to our drinking water supply. Pet waste may carry disease-causing organisms, which make water unsafe for swimming and costly to treat for drinking.

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pet droppings can contribute to diseases animals pass to humans, called zoonoses. When infected dog poop is deposited on your lawn, the eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites can linger in your soil for years. Anyone who comes into contact with that soil—be it through gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot or any other means—runs the risk of coming into contact with those eggs.

    Please pick up after your pets. Our health may depend on it.

  • Friday, October 26, 2012 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Several Pimmit Hills residents have shared news regarding the uncertain future of Anthony's Restaurant in Falls Church.  The lease for Anthony's Restaurant expires in March 2013 and the owner has plans to redevelop the lot into a mixed use project including residential apartments and a Harris Teeter grocery store. A patron of the restaurant has started a petition to the Falls Church City Council urging them to save Anthony's Restaurant and find a new home in the City. If you'd like to sign the petition, here is the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/falls-church-city-council-save-anthony-s-restaurant

    For more information see:
    City Wants Anthony's to Stay in Falls Church (Falls Church Patch)
    F.C. Council Gives Final OK to Land Sale, Urges Keeping Anthony's Restaurant (Falls Church News-Press)
  • Monday, October 15, 2012 10:56 AM | Deleted user
    From a Hillside Drive resident

    On Sat. Oct. 13, we helped clean up our neighborhood parks, thanks to all who attended.  Great job!  Those of us that cleaned up Pimmit View Park noticed something odd about the trash we were collecting from the woods and the creek.  There was a lot of bagged dog poop that had been thrown into the woods or creek!  So, what is the point of picking up after your dog if you are just going to harm the environment and possibly kill wildlife by putting it in plastic bags and throwing it in the creek?

    We all know that cleaning up after our pets is good manners, and for the health of all of us.  Animals can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans via infected feces or (which is why we scoop the poop) contaminated soil.  Examples are hookworms, roundworms, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Salmonella.  We don’t want the streams infected with parasites.  Where does our drinking water come from?  The parks are equipped with trash cans, and you don’t have to walk very far before coming across a trash can, so USE THEM.

    Plastic bags are their own environmental hazard, as they don’t decompose, and they just break into smaller and smaller pieces.  Accordingly it is much safer for wildlife if, after you pick up the poop, you dispose of the waste in an appropriate trash receptacle.  Left in the creek, it affects the flow of water, and wildlife can be injured by ingesting the plastic, or getting stuck in the plastic.  Wildlife can also be infected by these parasites, causing illness and death.

    -resident of Hillside Drive
  • Thursday, September 22, 2011 1:46 PM | Deleted user

    From a Hileman Road Resident:

     

    I've noticed recently while jogging that a lot of people are parking their cars in their driveways so that it blocks the sidewalk.

     

    This is a ticketable offense in Fairfax County. It also forces pedestrians to cross into the street, which on certain roads can be very unsafe.

     

    Similarly, some residents are also blocking the sidewalks with their trash bins.

     

    For the safety of pedestrians and residents, please do not block the sidewalks, thank you!

  • Thursday, March 03, 2011 7:57 AM | Deleted user

     

    From Pimmit Hills Resident Di:

     

    I recently discovered 5 bags of dog poop in my garbage can which I just had replaced for a broken one from the collection company. I was wondering why the can was smelling so bad since it was just new - and surprise! I don't have dogs, so it's obviously not mine. Since I had been gone for 2 weeks the cans had just been sitting at the carport empty - besides the dog poop bags.

     

    I asked my next door neighbor if they might have seen anything and they told me that it had happened to them before as well. According to them "people use the cans as public trash cans and dumb their dog's poop bags in there if they are not pulled up from the curb fast enough."

    First of all, none of the trash cans in our community are public. It is obvious that they all belong to a home and that they are private property. Then some people have to work long and irregular hours so they can't always take in their cans right after collection.

     

    I didn't appreciate that my trash can now stinks from someone's dog poop but put it out for collection today and when I came back from work late at night I have to still find 2 bags sticking in there. I don't see why I now have to peel someone's poop out of my trash. It is disgusting and extremely disrespectful. It makes me really uncomfortable because I am now wondering who is dumping their dog poop in my trash that now sticks in there.

    I don't know if people are just rude or if they feel like they can just do that to a woman living alone being at work all day, since she doesn't have time to watch them and tell them to stop using her cans.

    I feel really powerless to be left with this mess and would appreciate some neighborhood support, especially since my neighbors encountered the same thing.

    Your neighbor,

    Di

 

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