Annual Meeting

Lakeport’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2022, and will be conducted using Zoom, as allowed by Lakeport’s Bylaws.  The official start time is 7:00 p.m., but we will begin admitting owners to the meeting at 6:30 p.m.  It will be helpful if you join early before the meeting officially begins to avoid a bottleneck right before we start.  SCS, Lakeport’s management company, will mail a packet in late August with the official meeting notice and related documents. 

The main action item of this year’s Annual Meeting is for owners to elect two members to the Association’s Board of Directors for terms of two years.  In addition, the Board will provide a report on cluster operations and finances.

The packet from SCS will contain (1) the official notice of the Annual Meeting, (2) the proxy for voting for Board members, (3) a candidate statement form for those that wish to run for the Board, and (4) three documents that represent changes to the Appendices to the cluster Handbook.  These documents will be discussed during the meeting.

Below you will find information provided in the mailing plus additional items.

For those attending the Annual Meeting, votes will be cast anonymously using Zoom’s polling feature.  Alternatively, any eligible voter (Lakeport homeowner) who does not attend the meeting may designate how they wish to vote by filling out the Proxy Form (with instructions on the back), which is included in the packet from SCS and provided online.  Please fill out and submit the Proxy Form whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting because your proxy counts toward a quorum, which is needed to start the meeting.  You can use the Proxy Form to designate how you want to vote for Board candidates.  If you do not attend the meeting, your Proxy votes will be counted.  If you do attend the meeting, your proxy votes will be discarded, and you will actively cast your votes at the meeting.  Voting is done anonymously using Zoom’s polling feature. 

If you have not used Zoom before or would like more information about what to expect in a Lakeport Zoom meeting, please email chuckfost@aol.com. 

Summer 2022 Issue of Ripples


From the Editor – Stephen Sapp

Lakeport News 


News from Outside Lakeport


Helpful Information

From the Editor

By Stephen Sapp


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Description automatically generatedThis has been a rough summer for me (and Mary). In mid-May I fell in our house, suffered a traumatic brain injury, and spent three days in the hospital, followed by a lengthy recuperation. A few days before my fall, my older brother in Asheville, NC, underwent major surgery and has been in the hospital there ever since with several serious complications because of a mistake by his surgical team. I hold his general power of attorney and his healthcare power of attorney and have been managing both his financial affairs and his medical care since early June, with three trips to Asheville and almost daily phone calls with various of his many doctors. Add to this long-avoided bouts with Covid for both of us followed by rebound Covid for me in early August, and summer 2022—though definitely memorable—is not one I ever want to repeat.


Through it all, I have often found myself gazing out the window (my view is in the photo to the left) or sitting on our deck enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds us in Lakeport and finding there a much-needed sense of peace and relaxation. I urge you also to take advantage of the opportunities we have so close at hand to enjoy nature and not to take what we have here (or your health) for granted! Be sure to take some time to get outside, breathe deeply, and relax!


If you have comments about this Summer issue of Ripples and/or would like to submit an item for our Fall issue, please email me at
ssapp@miami.edu.





From the President

By Chuck Foster 


May be an image of text that says 'POLICE OFFICER POLIOE E P FAIRFAX 1742 COUNTY'Back in March 2017, I wrote an article for Ripples that discussed the low level of crime in Fairfax County, using statistics from 2015. At that time, the County had recorded the lowest level of reported crime since crime statistics were first published in 1970. In the years since then, one measure of crime—total reported crime per 100,000 residents—has continued the declining trend through 2021. Total crime includes three major categories: (1) crimes against persons; (2) crimes against property; and (3) crimes against society.      


Understandably, crimes against persons tend to draw the most attention from the general public. These include assault, homicide, kidnapping/abduction, and sex offenses. In fact, since 2019, the numbers in the County increased in these categories. In the category of property crimes, motor vehicle theft showed a significant jump and burglary showed a significant decline. The latter might be explained by the large number of people working from home during the Covid pandemic. In the category of crimes against society, weapons violations showed a significant increase and drug offenses dropped dramatically. The latter is likely due to virtual learning as drug offenses are often committed on school grounds.    


When I was Chair of the Neighborhood Watch (NW) Committee, I posted three documents on the NW page on lakeportcluster.org. The links are labeled “Process for Handling Crime,” “Evaluating Solicitors,” and “Profile of a Burglar.” These documents contain a lot of helpful information, which draws on my experience in law enforcement and my research while working on my MS in criminal justice.    


For law enforcement professionals, one of the most frustrating behaviors we all display is that we do not call the police when we should or we delay calling until we chat with our friends and family about what happened. If we display these behaviors, the police lose valuable information and valuable time to possibly arrest a suspect responsible for a series of crimes.     


Emergencies require an immediate response by witnesses and/or those involved. Any citizen can summon an ambulance, patrol officer, or fire truck. On a related note, if you (1) notice a suspicious vehicle, person, or event, (2) witness a crime in progress, or (3) are the victim of crime, you are the one person with the responsibility to summon the police. When the police arrive, they will want to talk to you, not anyone who was uninvolved. Please do not be afraid or hesitant to summon the police if warranted.     

Importantly, if you are the victim of a property crime you did not witness, such as theft from a vehicle, theft of a vehicle, burglary, or vandalism, do not disturb the crime scene! The police may find valuable evidence if you leave everything untouched. For example, if you find your car door open in the morning, do not touch anything and summon the police immediately. Further, if you find graffiti on your property, do not attempt to remove it before the police arrive.   


There are some non-emergencies the Board can handle. For example, if you discover (not witness) the destruction or apparent theft of property in the common area (e.g., graffiti, damage to landscaping, damage to infrastructure), you can notify the Board and we will handle it.      


In closing, it is important for you to know that the Fairfax County Police Department is struggling to recruit and retain personnel. In late July, the Chief of Police declared a state of emergency for staffing as they are dealing with 189 vacancies with an expectation of more to come. The staffing shortage is putting a lot of pressure on patrol officers. Officers in specialty units are being put back on the street, patrol shifts have been increased to 12½ hours, and the officers who are on the street are very busy handling the calls that should be spread across a higher number of officers. I recently spoke with an officer whom I worked with for seven years and she told me the job is more stressful than ever and morale is low. She said that she really appreciates it when people thank her for her service to the County. Let’s hope that our County’s leaders can find a way to fully staff the department and improve morale, and if you see a police officer, please thank them for their service.


I Love Lakeport Day

Please mark your calendars for “I Love Lakeport Day” on September 17. The morning will be devoted to improving Lakeport landscaping, and the evening will provide the opportunity for Lakeport families to gather to celebrate our special community as we transition to fall. 

The day will start with coffee and bagels at 9:00 a.m. in Triangle Park before volunteers head off to help with piling up dead trees and limbs so Blade Runners can haul them off, trimming bushes, and a couple of other projects. If you are willing to help, please email msapp@miami.edu


Then at 5:00 p.m., plan to gather at the Lakeport dock for a cookout and pot-luck dinner. Lakeport will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and non-alcoholic beverages; residents and owners are asked to bring a dessert, salad, or other side dish to share plus an adult beverage (if you’d prefer that). Volunteers will be needed to help set up tables and clean up afterward. You’ll be emailed evites to indicate whether you plan to attend, what you plan to bring, and if you can help with set-up and clean-up. You can also email sbfriedel@gmail.com to volunteer or if you have questions.


Read the Social Committee and Landscape Committee articles in this edition of Ripples for more details. We hope to see all of you there!


Social Committee

by Shelby Friedel

As part of “I Love Lakeport” Day, we are going to have a dock party to celebrate our beautiful neighborhood! With COVID cases going down and school starting back up, we hope to have a festive event welcoming fall where we can reconnect as a neighborhood. The party will be on the dock, of course, on Saturday, September 17, at 5:00 p.m., with Sunday as the rain date. Hopefully we will get a bit of cooler weather to really enjoy the day, but no snow this time. 


Be on the lookout for evite emails and sign-up lists. We had a great many people help with our Ukraine event, and I hope to see the same support and excitement with the dock party. As in the past this will be a cookout with hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs, so please bring your best side dishes and games, and if you want, you can teach a few of us younger folks how to properly grill a burger (I honestly have no idea). 


I hope to see you all there and look forward to experiencing my first Lakeport Dock party and first “I Love Lakeport” Day!


Landscape Committee

By Mary Sapp

Despite the heat, landscaping efforts have continued through the summer. Lakeport’s Fall Workday will be the morning of Saturday, September 17 (coffee and bagels will be provided at Triangle Park at 9:00 a.m.). Volunteers will help collect dead branches and trees (cut down by our resident lumberjack Rich Shelton) for Blade Runners to haul away. There will be other projects, including trimming bushes. Please mark your calendars, email msapp@miami.edu to volunteer to participate, and join us to further beautify Lakeport as part of “I Love Lakeport Day” (see separate article for more details, including information about the dock party that evening). 


Riverbend Landscaping and Tree Service removed two live trees that were deemed hazards and three dead or nearly dead trees, and they trimmed four others. While they were here, they also removed two hazardous white pines on an owner’s property (see photo showing the entire top of one of the pines sitting on the road!). In addition, they ground the stump of the large willow oak at the south end of Lakeport Way. As shown in the photo on the left, volunteers spread mulch from there on the row of bushes next to the RA path between 1985 and 1999 Lakeport Way and on liriope next to the fence by the RA path going to the South Lakes Village dock. 

Summer landscaping enhancements included projects on Lakespray Way, where Meadows Farms planted seven viburnums to the right of the mailboxes to help screen South Lakes Drive and also installed steppingstones on the dirt path between the end of Lakespray and the access road to the back Safeway parking lot. In addition, they installed two Twist Encore azaleas near the dock (one paid for by Clarence Delaine—thank you, Clarence!).


Volunteers also added new plants. A number of tiger lilies that had been beside the Lake Thoreau Pool (which would have been destroyed by the renovations there) were transplanted to four areas across the RA path from the dock and also on the hill next to the entrance parking. Mulch from the stump grinding of the two pine trees was added to these areas, and nearby neighbors were recruited to water them. 

Because all of these plants are new, they need to be watered in order to get established, especially in light of the high temperatures this summer. Please read the Ripples article listing volunteers who have agreed to water, plant, mulch, and make other contributions so Lakeport will be more attractive. 


On August 9, RA’s Design Review Board approved a storm-water mitigation project to install two catch basins and two biologs near 11100 and 11112 Lakespray Way to mitigate water flow down that hill. A revised grant proposal was also approved by the Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District to fund 80% of the cost.

        


Book Club

By Barbara Khan, Coordinator

Want to join some of your neighbors and talk about a good book? Lakeport has an informal book club that is always open to new members. No master’s degree in literature is required (not even a bachelor’s!), and no grades are given. Just read the assigned book and show up for a lively, lighthearted discussion. We usually meet monthly on the third Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8-ish, either rotating among members’ homes or, in comfortable weather, taking advantage of our beautiful Lakeport setting to meet earlier (5:00) outside in Triangle Park.

 

The September meeting will feature the two books below. Pick one of them to read (or both if you wish!). We will discuss both books.



Project Hail Mary: A Novel by [Andy Weir]Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBISeptember

  Book 1: Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
  Book 2: Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
  Date: Monday, September 19

  Time: 5:00 p.m.

  Where: Triangle Park (weather dependent, both temperature and precipitation)


Thanks to Our Volunteers


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Landscape Projects 

  • Mary Sapp, Steven Browning, Don Nagley, and Elizabeth Pan – serving on the Landscape Committee 

  • Mary Sapp – handling project management and RA interface for storm water mitigation  

  • Marilyn Bursch and Don Nagley – maintaining Lakeport’s rain garden and conservation landscaping by weeding, spreading 8 bags of mulch and pond stones, cleaning pop-ups that empty water from downspouts, checking observation ports in the rain garden, and purchasing mulch and pond stones

  • Don Nagley, Rosemary Welch, and Stephen and Mary Sapp – transplanting tiger lilies from beside the Lake Thoreau Pool to four areas across the RA path from the dock and on the hill next to the entrance parking 

  • Mary and Stephen Sapp, Gill Blankespoor, Steven Browning, Rosemary Welch, and Don Nagley, – spreading mulch from stump grinding on transplanted lilies, next to fence by RA path to South Lakes Village dock, and on the row of bushes across from 1985-1999. 

  • Marilyn Bursch, Clarence Delaine, Henryk Gorski, Pete Hatfield, Bonnie and Mary Coogan, Carol Leos, Paul Renard, Mary and Stephen Sapp, Rosemary Welch, Don Nagley, Jonathan Hammer, Jerry Beiter, and Jeff and Heidi Warrington – watering ferns, azaleas, liriope, Lakespray hedge, roses, juniper, entrance plants, holly bushes, and lilies

  • Don Nagley – weeding and sprucing up Kid’s Garden and picking up debris around Triangle Park


Social

  • Shelby Friedel – chairing Social Committee 

  • Carol Leos – welcoming new residents


Maintenance

  • Paul Renard – chairing the Maintenance Committee 

  • Chuck Foster, Henryk Gorski, Jonathan Hammer, and Paul Renard – cleaning up paint spill on Lakeport Way

  • Jen Walter – cleaning up the common dock on July 5

  • Paul Renard – keeping our dock clean

  • Kevin Burke and Steven Browning – restocking doggie-bag stations


Other 

  • Barbara Khan – coordinating the Lakeport Book Club 

  • James Pan – chairing Neighborhood Watch

  • Tom Barnett – maintaining Lakeport’s online directory and listserv for announcements and posting Ripples

  • Stephen Sapp – editing Ripples

Lake Thoreau Pool


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Description automatically generatedConstruction on the Lake Thoreau pool facility has finally begun! RA now has final approval for all the required permits after a seven-month delay, which, according to RA’s capital projects team, was unanticipated and unprecedented. RA expects the project to be completed in about 12 months, depending on weather and potential supply chain issues. 


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For more information and further project updates, please visit https://www.reston.org/lake-thoreau-pool-project.


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Neighborhood Watch

By James Pan


Although summer is winding down, many people are still traveling; so here are some security tips for when you are out of your home:


  1. Alert your neighbors that you’ll be gone and ask them to keep an eye on your home and pick up any deliveries that show up at your front door.

  2. If you are expecting a delivery from FedEx or UPS, set up tracking and let your neighbor know when you get a notice that it has been delivered.

  3. Do not post on social media about your trip while you are out of town. Wait to post photos until you’re back home.

  4. Do not leave a spare key in an obvious location (like under the welcome mat). Consider instead a spare key lockbox or alternatively a keypad door lock.

  5. Consider getting a video doorbell or an indoor and outdoor camera system

  6. Consider getting a system to control the timing of your lights such as smart light bulbs, smart plugs, or a more comprehensive smart system. Having lights turn on and off while you’re away will make your home appear occupied

  7. Turn off water into your home so you don’t come back to a flooded home.

Reminders

Maintenance of the Exterior of Your Home: If you make any changes to the exterior of your home, be sure to check Lakeport Standards, and if none exists, you should read the relevant RA Guideline. Links to Lakeport and RA architectural requirements, the DRB application, discussion of RA’s counter-intuitive party-wall rules, and resources for landscaping and replacement trees (required by RA if you remove a tree—see below) are all available in Section A at https://www.lakeportcluster.org/p/documents.html


Maintenance Resources: Be sure to review the Preventive Maintenance Checklist for Summer in this issue for smaller maintenance projects that could save you major expenses and headaches in the future. And remember that RA has arranged with Sherwin-Williams for a discount of 30% to 40% off paints and stains (exterior and interior) and 15% off paint supplies at Sherwin-Williams store #3385, located at 495A Elden Street in Herndon (703-471-1484). If you want to take advantage of the discount, the code is 2214-8496-7.

Washington Consumer Checkbook is a publication, now available online (www.checkbook.org), that offers a huge user-friendly database of reviews of many types of local service providers, along with high-quality advice about how to approach selecting and working with them.


You Must Replace Any Tree You Remove: If you recently removed a tree (dead or alive) on your property, remember that Reston Association requires that you replace it with another tree. RA has several resources for finding a replacement tree: See the lists of recommended trees at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a1epMYHN4gx8EB7l_K68ewk8bZnXnh1-/view

and https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f4ch21s6x062qsc/AABzwoLgm7q7-HL-WcrWbmCOa/Native%20and%20Invasive%20Species?dl=0&preview=Trees+in+Reston.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1.    

 

Party Walls: Although sometimes counterintuitive, the RA Deeds make the repair of any architectural element that falls on the property line between two houses (e.g., wall, trim, fence) a joint responsibility. If you aren’t sure whose responsibility it is to pay for the repair or replacement of a shared wall or trim, please see https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxSpjzCTaI6Jd0xnbEZEcEhLT3NiWjRKODNlZDBtTWdRdTBJ/view for information relating to party walls. 


Composting. If you are tired of smelly garbage cans and want to reduce the amount of garbage you send to the dump, consider signing up for the compost pickup service offered by Veteran Compost DC–From Combat to Compost, which will turn your food scraps into high-quality compost. The company provides a bin, which has a sealing mechanism that is effective at trapping odors inside and is picked up and replaced once a week with a clean bin (currently on Fridays). The group rate for residents of Lakeport is $25 per month. For more information, see https://veterancompostindc.com/ or email Fritz C. Gottschalk (US Army, retired) at Fritz@veterancompost.com


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Description automatically generated with low confidenceDrive Slowly: Neighborhood kids are outside, playing on sidewalks and in the streets, even in the lingering summer heat and as schools reopen. Please remember to drive slowly and keep your eyes out for children (and other pedestrians).


Improve Lighting in Lakeport: Even though it is still staying light later and becoming light a little earlier, please leave your outdoor lights on at night. A well-lit community is one of the most basic measures we can take to ensure the safety of our residents and the security of our property. One way to further the goal of safe lighting is for residents to leave their exterior lights on at night, especially those in end units with post lights, which according to long-time Lakeport residents used to be standard practice. This is of course voluntary, but doing this one small thing is a gracious contribution to the overall safety and attractiveness of our community. 


Lock your cars: If you park your car outside, be sure to lock it and do not leave valuables visible, especially at night. Also remind guests to do the same. 

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Report Suspicious Activity: If you see suspicious activity, don’t confront anybody but instead call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency number, 703-691-2131 (use this number also to report vandalism or any other crime that has already occurred). The police request that even if you just have a “gut feeling” something is wrong, please notify them with as many details as possible. It is helpful if you can also take photos unobtrusively. Police will be dispatched (or you may be able to provide a report over the phone). Also notify Lakeport’s Neighborhood Watch coordinator James Pan at jpamco@gmail.com. Please pay special attention to suspicious activity or sounds near the Lakeport dock, in the woods, or at night.


Help Keep Our Community Clean and Beautiful: Please contribute to the appearance of our community by picking up trash anywhere you see it while you’re out walking and enjoying nature in Lakeport (and elsewhere).


Canada geese used to feed D.C. homeless | CBC NewsGeese: We continue to experience problems with goose poop on our dock. Please don’t feed the geese (not only does this attract them, it’s not healthy for them), but do feel free to shoo them off the dock (just be sure not to harm them or allow them to attack you—we just want to make their time on our dock unpleasant enough that they will choose to hang out somewhere else!). 


Never Again Be Late Paying Your Quarterly Assessment: If you’ve been contacted by the Board for not paying your assessment as the end of the month nears (or even if you haven’t), please consider paying your quarterly assessments by direct debit through your bank instead of mailing a check or paying on TownSq (which incurs an extra fee). Doing so means that you never have to worry about incurring late fees because you forgot to make the payment (currently $25 plus the charge from SCS for sending the letter). Alternatively, you can pay the entire assessment at the beginning of the year. Either approach means the Board doesn’t have to spend time contacting you or pay SCS for mailing quarterly statements to owners who have not set up direct debit or prepaid (the cost to Lakeport last year was around $540). A third option for avoiding late fees (but you’ll still get a quarterly statement) is to use your bank’s electronic bill-pay option to set up recurring checks. For information about any of these three options and for mailing checks, go to https://www.lakeportcluster.org/p/hoa-fee-payments-lakeport-cluster-hoa.html


Update Your Contact Information: Please go to the Lakeport Directory https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lQmLFN8lmLdfoXajXB-j2ad5whVDsmO9/view, PW=lakespray) and check the contact information listed there for you. If a correction is needed, either 1) send an email to webmaster@lakeportcluster.org and copy along@scs-management.com or 2) fill out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFILfWGBoWIgWlBPSQmIKj4kIX0kPA7XsRjnsaOsNXuvVSkw/viewform. If your home has renters, please ask them to fill out the form to be listed in the directory. Remember also that if you need to contact a neighbor or just remember someone’s name you have forgotten, you can always check this directory.