Boat Owners: Lake Thoreau’s Annual End-of-Summer Boat Party will be held Saturday, August 28, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Turtle Recall will be performing again. The rain date is Sunday, August 29, at the same time. Donations to pay for the band ($30 per boat recommended) should be sent to David Prochnow, 2000 Swans Neck Way, Reston, VA 20191 (you may also donate via PayPal). Attendance is at your own risk. Maintaining social distance and using lights after dark are requested.
Maintenance of the Exterior of Your Home: Be sure to review the Home 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 entered into an arrangement 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.
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 small trees and here.
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 the Reston Association for information relating to party walls.
Glass Recycling: Glass pickup, free for all Lakeport residents, will be the first Wednesday of each month, but if you’re ever unsure of the date, you can go to http://www.lakeportcluster.org/ and check the calendar under the photo of the Community of the Year banner on the left. Just leave your glass by the curb in a plastic bin by 7:00 a.m. Bins will be emptied and left (cardboard boxes or plastic or paper bags cannot be used). Your glass will be taken to the glass recycling center in Lorton so that it doesn’t end up in the landfill with your garbage (glass is no longer allowed in the regular recycle bins).
Regular Trash and Recycling Collection: If your trash or recycling is not picked up by 2:00 p.m. on a scheduled collection day, please call ADS at 703-388-0500 (if you forget the number, it also imprinted on the outside of your trash bin).
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, you 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 email@example.com. Please pay special attention to suspicious activity or sounds near the Lakeport dock, in the woods, or at night.
Improve Lighting in Lakeport: Even though it is still staying light later and becoming light somewhat 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 would be a gracious contribution to the overall safety and attractiveness of our community.
Reston Association Covenants Portal: RA has launched a Covenants Portal that has a record of all communications from RA relating to resale inspections and DRB approvals for your home. It also allows you to see the status of current DRB requests. To create an account, go to https://hoa.smartwebs.com/Jicv2 and enter “Lakeport” as your association. If you have any questions or encounter a bug in the new system, contact Meagan Micozzi (mMicozzi@reston.org) or Vern James (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Drive 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).
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). Also, if you notice overflowing trash from the can in Triangle Park or the one at the entrance to South Lakes Village, please take a photo and forward it to the Board so we can pass it on to Reston Association or South Lakes Village management company.
Dog Waste: If you see a dog walker who fails to pick up the dog’s waste, please remind the person that doggie bags are available at two stations, one on the RA walking path in Lakeport and another on Lakespray Way.
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Questions for the Management Company: If you have a question about quarterly assessments or other questions for Select Community Services (SCS), contact Lakeport’s portfolio manager Ali Long at email@example.com.
Update Your Contact Information: Please go to the Lakeport Directory and check the contact information listed there for you. If a correction is needed, either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com or fill out the form. 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 forget someone’s name, you can always check this directory.