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 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.

Tte event featured:

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

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2013 Block Party

Attachments:
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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).

 
Halloween Parade 2012 a Success
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Our 2012 Halloween Parade on October 20th was ghost-tacular! We counted attendance at over 40 this year.  RBCA would like to thank all the families who provided goodies and to those who took time to dress up for the occasion and help volunteer to assist with setup, clean up and the different game activities we had.  We would also like to thank the WSPD for providing a few officers to assist with traffic along the parade route. Everyone who attended had a great time marching through the neighborhood and showing off their Halloween costumes, then enjoying fantastic refreshments after the parade.

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HURRICANE SANDY
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HURRICANE SANDY IS COMING! BE PREPARED!

Daniel A. Weekley, VP of Government Affairs, Dominion Resources offers the following advice:

I am writing to you today in anticipation of a very significant storm event beginning this weekend as Hurricane Sandy approaches Virginia. This event will likely begin on Saturday night with the most significant impact felt on Sunday evening through Monday morning. This is a very dangerous storm and we anticipate Hurricane Sandy causing significant state-wide damage to our electric distribution system. We are running radio ads and using other communication channels to urge our customers to prepare for the storm and to take steps to remain safe afterwards. I would like to summarize these steps for you:

Before the storm, assemble critical emergency supplies such as water, flashlights, radios, extra batteries, medicine, cash, and first aid items in an emergency kit. Have a plan for how you and your family will remain safe during the storm itself, which may well be protracted, how you will evacuate if necessary, and where you will go. It is a good idea to fuel your cars.

If power is interrupted, call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report the outage. You may also report the outage through our web site (www.dom.com). If your smart phone is registered as your primary phone number for your account, you may report an outage at our new mobile site (http://m.dom.com). To assist you in updating your primary phone number in our records, we have established a dedicated line at 1-800-222-0401 that will allow you to register your preferred phone number.

After the storm, please keep safety as your top priority.

* Treat all fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized and stay away. Report the fallen wire to Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP.

* Follow safe operating procedures for generators. Never operate a generator inside your home or in any enclosed space (such as a garage). Do not hook them directly into your electrical system; instead plug directly into the generator with properly-sized extension cords.

* This may well be a severe outage with a protracted time required to restore power. We have already identified more than 2,000 additional personnel to assist our Dominion team in the restoration effort. Our team will be working round the clock until power is restored to every customer.

The Virginia Emergency Operations Center released this bulletin on October 26, 2012.

Potential Impact to Virginia

* Citizens need to prepare now for a major weather event that starts Saturday and lasts at least through Tuesday.

* The storm will have a strong wind impact. The eastern third of Virginia could experience sustained tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph) for more than 48 hours. Flooding in low-lying coastal areas is expected.

* Downed trees and extensive power outages are likely.

* Heavy rain will start Saturday afternoon with amounts of up to eight inches possible along coastal Virginia and extending west toward Interstate 95.

* Residents in western and southwestern Virginia could experience high wind gusts and snowfall. All areas will have colder temperatures.

Traffic Information

* Real-time road closures and traffic conditions are available by dialing 511 or visiting http://www.511Virginia.org.

* Local weather conditions may cause bridges and tunnels to become unsafe. Based on weather conditions, many bridges and tunnels may be closed. If a facility is not barricaded, gated or otherwise closed to traffic, this does not mean the bridge or tunnel is safe for passage. Motorists should consider their personal safety before using these facilities during severe weather.

State and Federal Preparations

* The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state’s response with increased staffing 24 hours a day.

* Virginia State Police personnel have been placed on stand-by and will be pre-positioned to the areas where they will be needed based on the projected path of the storm. The Virginia State Police Swift Water Rescue Team is standing by.

* Chainsaw crews from the Virginia Department of Forestry are standing by with emergency response personnel to help with debris removal.

* Virginia Department of Transportation crews are ready to clear roads and ensure roads are safe for travel.

* The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring personnel on active duty and begin prepositioning resources.

* The Virginia Department of Health is coordinating with hospitals and long-term care facilities to ensure they are prepared for storm impacts.

Don't forget your pets!

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States has some tips:

Make arrangements to take your pets with you if you are asked to evacuate; check the evacuation centers near you because many do not accept pets.

Our preparedness tips are based on the experiences of previous disasters: http://action.humanesociety.org/site/R?i=1p2x0_ARFHC-qWkRGN5YHg

Do what you can by preparing now, and having a plan in place for you and your pets. You may also follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information on pet-friendly shelters, evacuation routes, and other disaster-related resources. Follow us here: http://action.humanesociety.org/site/R?i=2Nhmi9894ndKe5uHxuATDw

State Resources

* 211 – Call toll-free for information on many topics related to the storm

* vaemergency.gov – go online or on your smart phone for statewide storm updates

* @vdem – Twitter feed for storm updates from the VA Dept. of Emergency Management

* VA Emergency – Facebook page for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Please take care and don't forget to check on your neighbors.

 
SEVERE WEATHER ALERT & TIPS
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Hurricane Sandy is about to get worse. 

Think of the derecho storm with high winds in June that lasted 24 minutes. The winds we’re about to experience beginning this afternoon are like the derecho, but they will last for 24 hours. 

To paraphrase: Instead of 24 minutes of dangerous winds, it will be 24 hours of dangerous conditions.  We need you to stay off the roads and indoors as travel will become extremely dangerous with winds and heavy rain beginning this afternoon. 

Several inches of rain and potential flooding could start happening. We’re beginning to get reports of flooded roads. 

Have your battery-powered radio available and make sure your phone is fully charged if you lose power.

Fairfax County will share any shelter openings and other updates via information channels such as the blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog) or through the news media.

Emergency Hotline Available at 571-350-1300
http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/emergency-hotline-available-at-571-350-1300/

Stay Informed on Your Mobile Device
http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/stay-informed-on-your-mobile-device/

Shelters Not Open as of 5pm 10/29, But Pre-Identified If Necessary
http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/shelters-not-open-but-pre-identified-if-necessary/

Tree Hit Your House? 4 Steps to Follow
http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/tree-hit-your-house-4-steps-to-follow/

HOV Restrictions Lifted Monday 10/29

HOV restrictions are lifted this afternoon on interstates 395, 95, 66, and the Dulles Toll Road, according to VDOT. 
VDOT reminds drivers:

* Make every effort to be off the road during heavy rains and tropical-storm force winds.
* Treat intersections where traffic signals are out as four-way stops.
* Do not attempt to drive through high water.
* Slow down on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning.
* Ensure vehicles have adequate fuel to complete trips during power outages.

Get the latest road conditions at www.511virginia.org or by downloading the 511 mobile app.

View the entire list of roads closed due to the storm, sortable by county, at http://www.511virginia.org/mobile/?menu_id=conditions