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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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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January Board of Directors Meeting

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The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Tuesday, January 5, 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: January 2016 Board Meeting Agenda

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Winter Newsletter

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December Board of Directors Meeting

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The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Tuesday, December 1, 7:30pm, 1510 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: December BWWCA Board Meeting Agenda

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Leaf Pickup Dates

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Remaining leaf pickup dates for the year are November 16th and December 7th.

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November Board of Directors Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Tuesday, November 10, 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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Urgent! Two Upcoming Meetings on Tall Oaks Village Center Development

Please attend one or both meetings:

• The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee is meeting on October 19th at 7:30pm at the South Lakes High School cafeteria
• The Design Review Board meeting is on October 20th at 7:00pm at the Reston Association

Jefferson Apartments Group (JAG) has submitted their redevelopment plan for 154 residences in the Tall Oaks Village Center to the county.  Tall Oaks Village Center is just seven acres in size.

Their plan is not consistent with the Reston Master Plan guidance on Village Centers nor does it satisfactorily address community concerns expressed by the RA Board of Directors and the Tall Oaks community. Shortly before his death Robert Simon came to some of the public meetings and to express his unhappiness with JAG’s plan.

In a letter to Supervisor Hudgins concerning JAG’s plan, the RA Board made a straightforward declaration: JAG’s plan “falls woefully short of meeting even minimum standards sought for a village center.” In fact the submitted JAG plan falls short in just about all, if not all, of the areas of Tall Oaks community’s concerns as expressed at multiple meetings with the developer.

We need as many people as possible to attend the next two meetings to provide a united front and try and stop JAG’s current development plan for the Tall Oaks Village Center.

Please try to attend and bring as many supporters of the Village Center concept as you can. See you there.

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New Door Color Palette

Updated and approved by the Reston Association Design Review Board in 2014

Sherwin-Williams Glossy Enamel Finish

  • Mount Etna SW7625 (Dark Navy Blue) – old Duron name Carolina Slate
  • Laurel Woods SW7749 (Dark Forest Green) – old Duron name Foxhall Green
  • Thunderous SW6201 (Medium Gray with green tint) – old Duron name Cobblestone
  • Mindful Gray SW7016 (Medium Gray) – old Duron name Incense
  • Rookwod Red SW2802 (Rustic Maroon) – old Duron name Farm House Red
  • Latte SW6108 (Sand) – old Duron name Chadwicke Tan
  • Neutral Ground SW7568 (Off white) – old Duron name Amber White
  • Yarrow SW6669 (Bright Medium Yellow)
  • Grasshopper SW6733 (Bright Green)
  • Show Stopper SW7588 (Red)

Olympic Solid Stain (paint to match in glossy enamel finish is allowed)

  • Mahogany
  • Oxford Brown

The Design Review Board notes colors in the old palette are allowed indefinitely, however once a new palette color is selected an owner must continue using a color in the new palette.

The main and external closet doors should be painted the same approved color.

A front screen door, if installed, must be painted the same color as either the front door or the trim.

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