RBCA

Welcome to the RBCA
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RBCA-MapThe Ravensworth-Bristow Civic Association (RBCA) is a non-profit civic association representing over 700 homes in Annandale, Virginia.  RBCA was formed to help build a community in the Ravensworth and Bristow neighborhoods.  Our mission is to protect property values, improve public safety, and to promote cultural and recreational activities.

Please help us grow the Civic Association by encouraging other fellow neighbors to join. 

Yearly dues of $15.00 help fund our website, newsletter, flyer distribution and other activities sponsored by the RBCA.  As a convenience, dues can now be paid online via PayPal!

RBCA is a Civic Association not an HOA.  Property owners and renters are welcome to join!

The RBCA is here to help our community, contact us with any new ideas, comments or concerns you might have. RBCA can be reached via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or traditional mail. 

Attachments on this website are saved in the Adobe PDF format.  If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can download it from here.

 
RBCA National Night Out 2014
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Join our NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Ravensworth Baptist Church Yard.  Free Refreshments.  Designed to raise awareness about the importance of neighborhood safety and security.  Police and fire personnel and equipment will be present!

 
2014 Block Party A Success!!!
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The RBCA held it's annual Block Party on Saturday, May 17, 2014 11am - 3:30pm at the usual location of Ravensworth Baptist Church Lawn Area, on Kalorama St and Bristow Dr.  The weather was beautiful and we hosted quite a crowd.  We raised several hundred dollars to help fund future projects.  The event featured:

* Raffles
* Moon Bounce
* Free Food & Drinks (We served over 160 hot dogs!)
* Martial Arts Performances
* Local Business Booths with free giveaways
* Fire and Police Demonstrations
* And More+

Please send us your photos of the event to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2014 Block Party Picture 1

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Attachments:
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RBCA Communications Update
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RBCA has stopped communicating to neighbors via email and moved to the www.nextdoor.com site.  This enables only people that live within our neighborhood to share neighborhood watch information, general news or announcements, ask questions, and keep abreast of RBCA neighborhood activities.  Recently neighbors have been able to broadcast out to other subscribers about their lost dogs to quickly get the word out to other neighbors, enquire about recommended home builders or summer camps or let others know of bookshelves or other items they have for sale or want to give away, etc.  This site is a great way to communicate quickly with others.

Each week we have new neighbors join up (as of June 1, 2014 we have over 162 residents participating!).  We hope you will consider joining as well so we can share and disseminate information about our neighborhood .  This helps us keep our neighborhood safe too.  There is no charge to sign up and all it will ask you is to validate you’re your home address to ensure you live within our community.  If you ned assistance or have any questions please feel free to email the RBCA for help. 

Just click this link or the logo in right column of the website to get started!

 
RBCA Sign
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RBCA SignAfter long years of exploring ways to install a permanent sign including negotiations with Fairfax County and VDOT, RBCA now has a footprint in our community. 

This sign is a great fulfillment of past and present Board of Directors' efforts thanks to the hard work of Brenda Griffin, Lance Jenkinson.  They worked hard starting in 2012 in getting some funding from TransUrban, selecting the best sign, installing the sign, and negotiating the necessary permits from Fairfax County Zoning Office. 

RBCA is very grateful to Sonny Busa for giving us permission to erect this sign on his property.  The foundation sod on which the sign is erected will be maintained by RBCA to make sure it remains neat and later some flowers will be planted. 

RBCA is grateful to Lance's father, Earle Jenkinson, for donating his time and expertise erecting the sign Sunday, September 15, 2013.

The purpose of the sign is to have one central location on which RBCA notices about meetings and events can be posted and seen by passing pedestrians and drivers besides the existing resources. 

This sign installation marks another milestone in the development of RBCA in using a wide assortment of resources (electronic and signs) to communicate with our neighbors.  This is one of the benefits of RBCA membership that our community can be proud.

 
Annual Block Party A Success Despite Rain!
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The RBCA held it's annual Block Party on Saturday, May 18, 2013 11am - 4pm at the usual location of Ravensworth Baptist Church Lawn Area, on Kalorama St and Bristow Dr.

Despite on and off showers, the event was successful!  We raised several hundred dollars towards our new sign project with the raffle.

The event featured:

* Community Yard Sale
* Raffles
* Moon Bounce
* Hourseback Riding
* Free Food & Drinks
* Martial Arts Performances
* Local Business Booths with free giveaways
* And more!

2013 Block Party

2013 Block Party

2013 Block Party

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Spring 2013 Neighborhood Clean-up A Success
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On Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8am - 12pm the RBCA hosted the annual Neighborhood Clean-Up event.  The RBCA faciliated with Fairfax County to provide junk removal trucks for residents to dispose of their unwanted large items in the Braddock Elementary School parking lot at no cost.  This year we had over 39 passes of vehicles.  Three new members joined on the spot and several others took home membership forms to mail in later.  Later that afternoon several volunteers cleaned the street gutters on Bristow beside the Ravensworth Baptist Church with several bags of 39 gal. trash liners.  The weather was good and we made many new friends.

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Upcoming Severe Snow Storm Update
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Courtesy of our Virginia Delegate Kaye Kory:

There’s bad weather coming: up to 6 inches of snow in our area. As you probably know, VDOT, a State agency, is responsible for snow removal in Fairfax County and, if conditions warrant, there will be as many as 4000 pieces of equipment ready to answer the call. Nevertheless, it’s easy to predict that plowing after a big snow storm requires many hours, or even days, before everything is cleared.

VDOT clears high-volume roads first. Most neighborhood streets will just get a single pass, i.e., one lane, not curb-to-curb. Over half of the trucks have Automatic Vehicle Locating (AVL), which permits VDOT to track plows and manage their efforts in real time. One of the biggest problems is that plows often cannot get through because of private vehicles blocking the street; for that reason VDOT recommends parking in driveways and only on the odd-numbered side of the street. Also, residents shoveling out their property should shovel to the right facing the street, leaving the curb and first 5’ of the street uncleared until the plow has come by – to avoid having to do it over.

Here is some important contact information:
General information and road conditions: www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.app
Snow removal status in neighborhoods: http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov
Real-time updates (and to download a smartphone app): www.511virginia.org
Report unplowed and hazardous conditions: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 800-367-7623
Public Safety Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131
Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771
Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520
Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800
Verizon Customer Service: 1-800-VERIZON (837-4966)
Cox Customer Service: 703-378-8422

Also, we received the following from Dominion Electric earlier today.

Dominion Virginia Power is preparing for this storm and we encourage customers to do the same. This is a significant weather system and Dominion is closely monitoring weather forecasts and moving crews in advance of the storm to areas expected to be hardest hit by the event. Our crews and equipment are ready and we have called in additional resources.

The highest threat for significant snowfall is in the western part of the state, with the possibility of well over a foot of snow across much of northwestern Virginia. Six or more inches are possible across the Washington suburbs. Snow accumulations predictions vary with much of central and southern Virginia likely to see mostly rain.

Winds will increase as the snow tapers off, peaking Wednesday afternoon with gusts up to 45 mph possible across much of Virginia.

Just in time for the approaching storm, Dominion has implemented several steps that will make it faster and easier for customers to report outages. The company has made it simpler for customers to report service interruptions and check on their status when using Dominion’s web site, dom.com, via their computers, smartphones or other mobile devices.

To report outages through one of these devices, all a customer needs is 10-digit telephone number associated with the account, and the last four digits of their Social Security number, federal tax identification number, or PIN. This information will be used to confirm the outages’ locations. Customers will also be asked for contact information to enable Dominion to obtain additional details regarding the outage if necessary. Additionally, customers using smartphones will be automatically directed to a mobile website through which they can obtain outage updates and view power outages by city and county.

Customers who lose power can also report the outages through Dominion’s toll-free customer service line, 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). The company will also issue periodic updates on Facebook and Twitter (@DomVaPower).