GCA News December 2017

Hello Neighbors,

Hope you can join us for some festive fun at the Cale Community Center on December 12 for the holiday party. Come out to meet new neighbors, see old friends, share some cookies, and tell Santa how good the residents of Greenbriar have been all year! Check Page One for details and don’t forget your camera.

Looks like we could be in for a cold and icy winter, but there are plenty of resources to let you “know before you go” … or help you decide to hide under a quilt with a big mug of hot chocolate.

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts/ lets you sign up for weather, transportation, emergency preparedness and many other alerts. This resource lets you pick and choose the type and frequency of messages you receive.

Nextdoor.com is also a great place to find winter weather news and support. Both the county and our wonderful neighbors are timely with helpful posts. It’s a great place to find someone to shovel snow or clear storm debris.

Our community has populated the Recommendations section of the Nextdoor Greenbriar Fairfax webpage with trusted, quality resources that can assist with almost anything you need. It is the first place to look for home repair and improvement services from established companies that have already proven themselves in and around the area.

We do get door-to-door solicitors around here, and they like to tell you they have already done work in the neighborhood. Check them out against the companies that your neighbors actually recommended on Nextdoor. If their name isn’t on the list or if they make you uncomfortable in any way, you might not be dealing with a legitimate business.

Here are some tips from the Fairfax County Consumer page:

What rules must solicitors follow in Fairfax County?

  • Solicitors must have a county-issued license, and they must show it to you if you ask to see it.
  • A solicitor is not allowed to knock or ring the bell where a “No Soliciting” sign is posted.
  • Solicitors may knock on your door only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • A solicitor must leave your property when asked to do so.

What should residents do when a solicitor knocks on their door?

  • You aren’t required to open your door. If you do, ask to see their Fairfax County Solicitors License.
  • Never let a solicitor into your home. Remember, solicitors are strangers. Use the same caution that you would use with any other stranger at your door.
  • If you encounter a solicitor who does not have a county-issued license or violates any of the other rules listed above, call Fairfax County Police non-emergency dispatch at 703-691-2131.

Stay warm, stay safe, look out for your neighbors, and be savvy!

Warm wishes for very happy holidays, Greenbriar.


Rebecca Gotwalt

President, Greenbriar Civic Association




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