GCA News February 2017

Did you know that our beloved Greenbriar and the GCA will soon be turning 50? Sounds like a good excuse to bump up community events and parties. We have been kicking around a few ideas: enrichment events like CPR and yoga classes, themed parties at the Cale Community Center, even a car show! The GCA is looking for more ideas, lots of community interest, and plenty of volunteers to help make it all happen. It would be great to form a Party Planning Committee and really amp up the fun and community feel. Email or call me or attend a monthly GCA meeting to get involved. We meet at 7:30 p.m. on the rst Tuesday of the month at the community center.

While Greenbriar is 50 years young and getting better all the time, we cannot say the same about the Cale Community Center. Some neighbors have pointed out that “it’s a little dated.” The center is a great space and conveniently located; the rent is still very reasonable; but it really needs sprucing up and refreshed. The Greenbriar community donated labor, money and materials to build our community center in the first place. We hope we can count on Greenbriar to help bring back some of its former glory. Then it’ll be even more fun to have our events and parties there!

Water Main Breaks. I met with the Fairfax Water board at its December meeting and called attention to the increased number of water main breaks we have experienced in the neighborhood. The engineers acknowledged that we have an issue, and they have looked into our case. They found that the vast majority of breaks have been on cast iron pipe, installed in the late 1960s. The failures are typical of those experienced with cast iron pipes, and Fairfax Water has repaired them by installing clamps.

Fairfax Water has a distribution system sustainability program to identify and prioritize water mains for replacement. The increased number of water main breaks in 2016 will move some of the water mains in Greenbriar up the priority list, but it is too early to determine if they will be included in the 2018 program. I will provide updates as they become available.

Our neighbors have done a great job of alerting the community to all the breaks and repairs through greenbriarfairfax.nextdoor.com — keep up the good work!

Vehicle Trespass Arrests. On December 23, the police arrested four young men in the Majestic Lane/Point Pleasant area of Greenbriar for vehicle trespass and a slew of other offenses. We can’t be certain if these are the same people who have rifled through cars in Greenbriar and surrounding communities over the last several months, so we still advise you to keep your vehicles locked and keep valuables out of sight. And, as always, if you see something, say something — report all suspicious activity to the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Okay, neighbors, stay warm, stay safe, get involved, and get ready for some fun!

Rebecca Gotwalt
President, Greenbriar Civic Association


Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer!