Welcome to Bentana Woods West

Developed by Bennett of Virginia in the 1970’s, our Cluster of 108 ‘California Townhomes’ at the Southern end of North Shore Drive is in the Tall Oaks section of Reston. The community lies on a total of 17 acres, 10 of which are common areas with open grass, tot lots and stands of trees which are certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Please come and visit us.

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May Board of Directors Meeting

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The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Tuesday, May 3, 7:30pm, 1504 Scandia Cir.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  As always, we start each meeting with a members’ forum in which neighbors are free to address the board.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting can be found here: BWWCA Board Meeting Agenda

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Future of Tall Oaks Village Center

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The future of Tall Oaks Village Center is back open for discussion.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and The Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG) are holding a community meeting on Tuesday, May 10th to share a revised proposal for the ailing Village Center, which has been mostly vacant for several years.

The meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. at Tall Oaks, 12040 North Shore Drive.

More to read at RestonNow

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BWWCA Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors would like to invite all BWWCA cluster residents to our annual meeting on Sunday, April 24th.  Please join us at 1506 Scandia at 7pm for a social followed by the meeting at 7:30pm.  The cluster President will provide a short “State of the Cluster” to update residents on cluster activities.

Agenda and proxy form can be found here.

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Reston Town Center Paid Parking

Reston Town Center ParkingReston Town Center is planning to convert ALL of their parking spaces, including street side and garages to a PAID system on August 1st, 2016, charging as much as $2.00 per hour.

A Community Forum is being held at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom on Thursday, March 31st, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

More information at the Reston Town Center website.

There is a Change.org petition and a Facebook page was set up by opponents to paid parking.

#RTCParkingFee

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April Board of Directors Meeting

Board-meeting-post-itThe next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm, 1504 Scandia Circle.

Everyone is welcome to attend. As always, we start each meeting with a members’ forum in which neighbors are free to address the board.

 

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March Board of Directors Meeting

Board-meeting-post-itThe next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Thursday, March 3, 7:30pm, 1504 Scandia Cir.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  As always, we start each meeting with a members’ forum in which neighbors are free to address the board.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting can be found here: BWWCA Board Meeting Agenda March 2016

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New Path between the Tot Lot and Farsta

Path from Tot Lot to FarstaThere is a new path between the tot lot and the Farsta parking lot.  The cluster landscaping company, Cardinal Landscaping, completed the work in early February after much of the “Snowzilla” snow had melted.  Cardinal also cleaned out  the surrounding wooded area of many invasive and unattractive plants.  Overall, the cluster property looks much better and provides direct access between the tot lot and the back portion of Farsta.  This project is part of an overall effort to clean up overgrown areas and maintain pedestrian access throughout the cluster.  The board would like to thank the Landscaping Committee for coordinating the project.

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February Board of Directors Meeting

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The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Thursday, February 4, 7:30pm, 1504 Scandia Cir.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  As always, we start each meeting with a members’ forum in which neighbors are free to address the board.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting can be found here: BWWCA Board Meeting Agenda February 2016

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Snow Update

IMG_20160125_122125Last weekend was one of the biggest single-event blizzards our neighborhood has ever seen.  Snow totals topped nearly 30 inches — with snow drifts at least twice that height.  This post is to update everyone on what we know about our neighborhood services.

 

Mail – The Reston Post Office remains inaccessible.  Apparently there was a problem with the USPS snow removal contractor not showing up leaving their fleet of delivery trucks stuck in their tracks.  Bottom line – no mail until they can get dug out.  [Reston Now]

Update (Jan 27, 2:06pm): The Reston Post Office is now open!!  Mail delivery expected today. [Reston Now]

Trash – As most of you know, trash was not picked up last Monday.  Our trash contractor, Republic Services, was unable to mobilize their trucks.  Also, in several parts of our cluster, snow piles made it difficult to navigate.  The latest information is that Republic was back in service today, but we are still trying to contact them concerning our neighborhood.  I expect an update on Wednesday (Jan 27) morning and will post here. [Republic Services]

Update (Jan 27, 3:51pm):  No trash pickup on Thursday (Jan 28).  We expect service to resume on Monday (Feb 1), but please check back here to confirm.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Update (Jan 28, 3:41pm): I guess there was trash pickup on Thursday!  Republic Services had told us that there wasn’t (hence the fliers) but apparently they changed their minds but didn’t inform us.  The good news is — trash and recycling services will certainly resume Monday (Feb 1).

Snow – Our snow contractor, Perfect Landscapes, has done a wonderful job of clearing the roads within the cluster in a timely and professional manner.  This was the first attempt to implement a formal snow parking emergency plan, and it achieved its goal of making sure everyone had an opportunity to get their cars out.  Several of our neighbors were kind enough to relinquish their parking spots for this storm to facilitate the plowing.  Also, we authorized Perfect Landscapes to come in with a bobcat yesterday and clear out some of the larger piles in a few key areas of the cluster.  Thank you everyone for their patience.  It was such a great site for me to walk around the cluster and see many of our neighbors helping each other out. Please contact me (Dave Berger) or JoAnne Henck if you have any questions or concerns about snow removal.

School – FCPS schools are closed for the entire week. Private school and college students should check with their individual institutions.

Update (Jan 28, 6:11pm): FCPS schools will reopen this weekend for scheduled activities and for school on Monday (Feb 1).  Please make an effort to clear sidewalks as well as possible.

Metro/Connector – All metro train lines, including Silver, are operational.  Metro bus is running “moderate” winter service plan.  Fairfax County Connector buses may have limited service.

Update (Jan 27, 6:10pm):  Fairfax County Connector will resume regular  service on Thursday (Jan 28).

I will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.  Stay safe and be careful out on the roads.

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Snow Emergency Parking in Effect

A blizzard is expected to hit our area starting Friday afternoon and lasting through the day on Saturday.  Snow totals are expected to be in the double digits!  Please be safe and careful if you have to drive or shovel snow.

 

 

Snow Emergency Parking is in effect this Friday (Jan 22) through Monday (Jan 25).  To facilitate snow removal, it is important to continue to  follow the cluster parking regulations, which include:

  • Park ONLY in your assigned spots.
  • No standing or parking along any curb or non-designated spot at any time.
  • Only two vehicles per house may be parked in the Cluster at any one time and it is expected that houses with garages park one of those in their driveway. Overflow parking is available along North Shore Drive.

If you are parked in a designated “snow collection area,” a cluster board member will contact you and coordinate an alternate parking location.  A map of the snow removal plan will be forthcoming.

Please be patient as we work to remove the snow from the parking lot.  We ask that you please address your concerns to a board member and not the snow plow driver.

 

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