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WEBSITE SOLICITATON  - NEXT DOOR SOUTH WALES                                    Posted 8/18/2019

Some of our residents may have received a communication regarding a private social networking site calling itself Next Door South Wales, purporting to have some affiliation with South Wales. The site is not affiliated with South Wales Community Association and we do not endorse, participate in, or support the platform.  It is strongly suggested that any owners who may consider joining or providing any personal information to such platforms research them thoroughly before registering.

NEED A VOLUNTEER TO CHAIR OUR SOCIAL COMMITTEE

South Wales is a great community and a beautiful place to live.  One of the things that makes it so special is the friendliness of our neighbors and the work of our dedicated volunteers who serve on our Committees and our Board. We are seeking a volunteer to chair our Social Committee.

If you have an interest but don't want to take it on alone, consider Co-Chairing the Committee with a friend in the community or other neighbor.  Please give some thought to volunteering to chair this committee.  More information about the position and a contact person if you have questions or wish to volunteer are outlined below.

The Social Chairperson is the volunteer responsible for SWCA social events and organization, to include things like Community Coffees, neighbor's nights out, family gatherings, outdoor movie nights, holiday parties (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.), and block party. The position also covers the community yard sale scheduling and signage as well as scheduling for the semi-annual cleanup days..
 
The costs of these events are covered by an annual social budget, and the board members and other chairpersons are very supportive of the position and the volunteer in charge. Neighbors have been open to new ideas. The new chairperson will have a great time making the chair their own!
 
If you are interested in becoming our Social Committee Chairperson, or have any any questions about the position, please contact the current chairperson and President, Susan Borrelli at borrellise@gmail.com  or directly through the website.  

INFORMATION ABOUT BEARS

Excellent information on Bears provided by William Warfield

This is a repost of my call to the Virginia Willdife Conflict Helpline about the bears.

They also told me that trapping does not help as they usually return to the same area.

As we discussed, the key with all bear is to ensure there is no easy food reward and harass the bear if you see it.  This does not mean to put yourself in jeopardy or chase the bear, but loud  noises, panic alarm on car, paintballs, etc.   It is important to keep trash, bird feeders, pet food and other food attractants secure to ensure a bear does not get access at all.   As long as there is potential for food, bear could decide to frequent your property.   I have attached information on unwelcome mats that may be modified for under bird feeders, as recommended by the Living with Wildlife Foundation.  Please also find additional included links to information on bears and how to deter them from an area.  The first link is a good summary of a lot of information; the second has links to videos on bear behavior and do-it-yourself tips.  Paintball guns work well to harass and are fairly safe to use in a community.  Information on modifying trash storage is below the trash heading.   These are good tips to ensure you do not have bear problems in the future.  Please share any helpful information with any neighbors.  If you or any of your neighbors have any additional questions, feel free to call us directly toll free 855-571-9003 or email.  I hope this information is helpful in resolving your issue. 


http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/black-bear-factsheet.pdf

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/black-bear-facts/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul6LIx9dKto  response to paintballs (or rubber ammo) for harassment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LUih6YuBLY   video on living with bears – about 4 mins in they discuss what to do if you see a bear…

 

Trashcan modifications/waste management:

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/bear-resistant-retrofit-polycart.pdf  instructions to modify existing trash

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/bear/bear-proof-garbage-can/   video shows above modification being tested

Affordable alternate storage container good for pet food, bird seed, trash, etc – submitted to similar test as video above – instructions to modify for ease of use attached:   http://www.zoro.com/eagle-salvage-drum-open-head-30-gal-yellow-1600sl/i/G0954737/?utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Google_Shopping_Feed&gclid=CLT6kYPfqMcCFcQUHwodM0AN5g&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

Fencing:                             

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/fencing.pdf  pay attention to specs from this if you plan to use external power on an electrified unwelcome mat

http://www.counterassault.com/ef.htm  portable electric fence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHKMFRrFkCI&feature=youtu.be  response to fence – shows it works

 

Unwelcome mats:

http://www.bearsmart.com/docs/unwelcome-mats.pdf 

 

Paintball gun kits

http://www.discountpaintball.com/Tippmann-Gryphon-Players-Pack.html

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/tippmann-gryphon-paintball-gun-kit-17nuwugryphnpntblptb/17nuwugryphnpntblptb

http://www.choicepaintballguns.com/less-lethal-paintball-gun-ammo  Rubber balls for paintball

Legal authority to use a pneumatic gun – part b states landowners can use on their own property with effort to keep projectile on said property.  Part E defines pneumatic gun to include paintball guns.  http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title15.2/chapter9/section15.2-915.4/

 

Sincerely,

Carrie

Carrie Pomfrey

Certified Wildlife Biologist®

Wildlife Specialist

Virginia Willdife Conflict Helpline

1-855-571-9003

NEED A PLOT PLAN OF YOUR LOT IN SOUTH WALES?

If you do not have a house location survey showing your lot lines and the location of any improvements and you would like to try to find your property corners you may contact the Culpeper County Department of Zoning and Planning - Tel. 540-727-3404.  They can provide you with an excerpt of the recorded plat of subdivision for South Wales showing your lot.  This would be a good starting point.  If you are unable to locate your property corners yourself, you may have to contact a registered land surveyor to find them for you or to set new corners for you.

 

 

 

CLEVENGER'S VILLAGE UPDATE

Last evening at our SWCA Annual meeting we had a presentation by Emad Saadeh and Christopher Saadeh owners of the Clevengers Village property formerly owned by Pulte/Centex.  The Saadeh's also have a contract to purchase the Commercial zoned property bordering 211 currently owned by the Thompson family. They are currently working with Culpeper County in submitting their proposals for development of the properties.  They shared some of the current planning with our attendees last evening and we have posted a short summary and a plot plan from their public website which was shared with us.

 

About the Project

Clevenger’s Village is located in northern Culpeper County about 7 miles from Warrenton, Virginia. The project is master planned for residential cluster lots with commercial village center. As planned the project boosts 776 residential single family attached and detached homes; multifamily units; 144,000 square feet of retail and 210,000 square feet of office.

Clevenger’s Corner has been identified as one of Culpeper County growth areas along with to the Town of Culpeper and Brandywine/Elkwood. The property that is now known as Clevenger’s Village was part of a larger assemblage that was settled back to the early 1800’s.

The design and development of the project will keenly focus on promoting the presence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks and trails; as well as other pedestrian right-of-ways, roadway crossings, building accessibility, and safety; among others.

Project amenities will include nature trails, paved trails, recreational center, Silver Dollar Lake and family play fields to include a small soccer field and baseball fields. The project will also preserve over 750 acres of undisturbed land to the east to protect the Rappahannock River and to the south. Two sites are set aside for public schools.

 

Click here to view the current proposed plan for this property. (Click the backarrow to return to the website)

 

SOUTH WALES TRAIL MAP

If anyone would like to view or print a map of the South Wales Trails, click on "Grounds Committee" on the left side of this Homepage.  You will find the links to the trail maps at the top of the page.

 

                                           BENCHES FOR SOUTH WALES TRAILS

Your South Wales Community Association installed two benches on our trails last year - one on the Somerset trail near the bridge and one on the Donnington trail near the bridge. (see the picture below)  Many folks have commented on how nice they are to take a little rest or just enjoy the natural surroundings.  There have been several inquiries by members regarding the possibility of donating  additional benches.  The cost to procure and install a bench is approximately $450.00.  If a member or members would like to sponsor the donation of a bench the cost to the member would be $300.00 and the SWCA would absorb the additional cost.  A plaque would be placed on the bench with the wording chosen by the donor/donors.  It may be in honor of someone or in memory of someone or just list the donors names and the date.  At this time the Association has authorized the expenditures associated with four additional benches with the participation of donors as outlined above.  Locations of additional benches will be determined by the Grounds Committee in conjunction with the donor and approval by the Board.

If you would like to sponsor the donation of a bench or would like more information please contact Tom May on 540-937-4613 or ptmboat@comcast.net .

      ******ITEMS FOR SALE OR GIVEAWAY BY MEMBERS******

LIBERTY FAT BOY, JR GUN SAFE FOR SALE

We have just moved to South Wales, and our new home has a gun safe that conveyed which we want to sell. It is a Liberty Fat Boy Jr. with reinforced walls and measures 42" wide, 22" deep, and 60" high. It has an organizer for hand guns on the inside of the door and upgraded lining. We estimate the age of the safe to be 5-1/2 years. It is in excellent condition. Email me and I will send you back photos, or you can come see it. (No photo function here.) Asking price is $600. eBay has has comparable models for as much as $1800.

ruth.fugee@gmail.com 540-321-4440

FREE CUSTOM MADE DRAPERIES

Draperies and valance, draperies are lined and weighted, pristine condition .  Approximately 105" width.  Fabric is a light beige with a subtle floral print. See the picture belowIf you are interested contact Mary Ann May on 540-937-4613 or email ptmboat@comcast.net.

LARGE STAINLESS STEEL GAS GRILL FOR SALE

We have a large stainless steel gas grill for sale. Used very little just too big for us. Asking $100. It's in excellant shape. Call 540-219-1518 if interested. Sue Puffenbarger

****SPECIALIZED SERVICES OFFERED BY MEMBERS****

SNOW REMOVAL ASSISTANCE

If anyone needs help in snow removal only in South Wales I can be reached by phone at
703-851-2712. I live on the corner of Somerset and Berkshire Drive.  Glenn Younes

BABYSITTER SERVICES                                                 Posted 11-5-2017 Updated 5-24-2019

Babysitter services available in South Wales. Ashley Lauritzen is a rising sophmore student, age 15, who has successfully completed the Fauquier Hospital babysitter course. She also has several years experience working with children in her church kids/toddler/infant ministry . She can be reached at 540-937-6459 or Ashleylauritzen10@gmail.com.

BABYSITTING SERVICES                                                                        Posted 5-30-2017

I am a rising Junior at George Mason University. I am looking for work over the summers and am interested in babysitting within the community. I am Red Cross CPR and AED certified and have experience babysitting and working in a preschool. My phone number is (540)423-7218. Thank you, Abigail Thompson

PIANO LESSONS                                                                                 Posted 1-23-2017

Hello! My name is Dana Wonch and I am piano teacher residing in South Wales since August 2013. I have openings for private piano lessons in my home at 3458 Stratford Dr. I have been teaching for over 20 years, and teach beginner through intermediate level piano to children age 5 and up. My students have the opportunity to perform in Piano Events at the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival in Manassas. For more information please call me at 540-937-4239 or e-mail at dmw8889@comcast.net.

PIANO LESSONS

I am available for piano lessons starting September 2nd. I have taught beginning to intermediate piano lessons for the past six years in Colorado. I have a limited number of openings in the mornings and early afternoons. Lessons will be given at my home, 3410 Southampton Dr. I am also available for vocal/choral/instrumental accompaniment from elementary to high school levels. Please contact me, Sarah Miles, at 719-393-3977 or sarah@musicalmiles.com for prices and availability.

SPANISH TUTORING

I am available for Spanish tutoring. I worked as a Spanish teacher at Benedictine University in Springfield, IL. I have also worked elementary, middle and high school levels. I have over 12 years of experience as a teacher and tutor. Recently moved to the South Wales community. Please call Irma Jimenez at 217-391-6705

Welcome to the South Wales Community Association website

If you are just joining the website please click on the link on the Homepage TO REVIEW THE TERMS OF USE POLICY then click on "JOIN HERE" and then click on your name and follow the instructions for your initial logon.  PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IN COMPLETING YOUR INITIAL LOGON: Your last name should appear ONLY in the "last name/maiden name" field DO NOT use the "married name" field.  You will establish your password here; please make a note of it.  The site will step you through the process.  Please be sure to enter your email address again on page 2.  Be sure to check the box allowing ONLY logged on members to see your profile details including your email address.   In order to foster communication between members we are also suggesting you check the boxes allowing comments from members on your profile and allowing  other members to send you instant messages through the website.  Once you complete the initial logon you may now enjoy the website.  Please see the Homepage for feature descriptions and navigational instructions.  ENJOY YOUR WEBSITE!

If you are a returning member please logon using your email address and password.  Additional feature and navigation information is on the Homepage.

Welcome to the South Wales Community Association Website. This is the official website for the South Wales Community Association.

The purpose of this website is to provide neighbors with a simple means of communicating, a place where we can stay informed and interact with each other.

Designed for the exclusive use of the members of the SWCA and Guest Members, it is a secure, password protected site, and those who join will be asked to comply with the conditions of the 'Terms of Use' policy.  There will be no outside advertising.

The site is being introduced as a work-in-progress; your suggestions and comments are welcome as development continues.  Current features include:

.  Board of Director Meeting Minutes, to be a rolling 12 months

.  Board of Director updates on important issues

.  Email contact to any active member including Board & Committee Chairs

.  Committee information - duties, responsibilities and activities

.  SW Community News (newsletter), and other newsworthy articles

.  Listing of Top Shops/Services and Resident Owned Businesses

.  Photo Galleries

.  Posting of announcements, items for sale, upcoming events etc (restrictions apply)  

.  Local Neighborhood Directory & Emergency Numbers

.  Chat Groups to allow private and open discussion among members

.  Message Center allowing messages to be sent to a member or group

.  Member Profiles - controlled by member (contact and other information)

.  Link to Architectural Change & Approval Form (Covenants Committee) 

. Member Forums - Posting/Discussion of various topics and also a sharing of stories. 

 

Please click on the link below to review the TERMS OF USE POLICY for this website which must be accepted at the time of joining the website:

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PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

 

NEW MEMBERS LOGGING ON FOR THE FIRST TIME, PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO VIEW AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT PRIOR TO LOGGING ON.

 

 

WEBSITE FEATURES AND NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS

This website is for the exclusive use of the Members of the South Wales Community Association and Guest Members.  It is a secure, password protected website.  It is designed to promote communication among our members and between our members and our SWCA Board, Committees, and other volunteers in order to make us a better informed more cohesive community. 

After you sign on, you will notice a box on the upper right of the Homepage entitled "Profile Updates".  This will show the names of members who have recently updated information on their profiles.  They may have added comments, pictures or updated contact or other profile information.

At the top of the Homepage is a selection bar; clicking on "Home" will always bring you back to the Homepage.

Clicking on "Contact Us" will allow you to send a message to the Website Administrator.  Use this feature if you have a problem or need a question answered about the website.

Clicking on "Member Topic Discussions" will allow you to enter a discussion with other members about any specific topic to ask or answer a question etc. or to relate a story to share. Topics are single threaded.  These forums are open to all logged on members and may be viewed by any logged on member.

Clicking on "Member Profiles" will bring up a listing of all members.  To find a particular member instead of scrolling down the list, just click on the search button and you may search by first name, last name or partial name, then click on the name you want.  You will then be taken to the member's profile which will contain any other information the member wishes to share as well as pictures.  You may also make a comment about the member's profile or send a private email message directly to the member through the website.

ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE THERE ARE A SERIES OF SELECTION BARS

SW Photo Galleries:  This area will contain photo galleries of general interest to all members.  Currently there is one gallery containing photos taken at the 2011 Holiday Party.  The photos are courtesy of Kim and Denise Williams.

Message Forum:  Allows any logged on member to post a comment or question on any topic of general interest to the community.  This area is not single threaded by topic

Live Chat:  This will allow any logged on member to join a live chat.  There are excellent instructions there on how to participate and how to share information with others in the chat.

Emerg/Local Numbers:  This will bring up a listing of frequently used emergency and local numbers including your SWCA Board members and Committee Chairmen and other SWCA contacts.

Top Shops:  This will bring up a listing of SWCA member recommended vendors by category.  If available, it will also list the last name of the recommending member and the year of the recommendation.  If you have a vendor to add, please contact Joe Kreck at the email address shown.  Also listed in a separate section are SWCA member owned businesses.

South Wales News:  This takes you to the latest edition of the South Wales News (Newsletter) which may be read online or printed.  Also other newsworthy items of interest will appear here from time to time which may be read or printed.

SWCA Board Minutes:  This will display the latest approved minutes of the meetings of the SWCA Board of Directors.  We plan to try to keep a rolling twelve months of minutes online.

Neighborhood Watch:  This will bring up info regarding our Neighborhood Watch Program, ways members can volunteer to assist in the effort, and links to state and local crime information and notification programs.  There will also be articles from time to time specific to reports for South Wales.

Grounds Committee:  Provides information about the duties and responsibilities of the Grounds Committee and any timely information of grounds projects planned or in process.

Social Committee:  Provides information about the duties and responsibilities of the Social Committee and a proposed schedule of events for the year.  Also, additional information will be provided from time to time regarding details of upcoming events.

Covenants Committee:  Provides information about the Covenants Committee, which is critical to maintaining our covenant community.  There is also a link to the Architectural Change and Approval Form to enable printing of the form.  In accordance with our covenants, this form must be submitted to and approved by the South Wales Covenants Committee before any work commences. There is also a link to the current Architectural Standards.

The next section of the selection bars on the left side of the Homepage is entitled "Member Functions".

Notify Me:  Clicking here will allow you to receive an email when there are new postings to our website. You can decide which type of postings you would like to know about.  It's a nice new feature.

Message Center:  Clicking here will allow you to send a private message to any member or group of members or to open a message from another member.  Only you and the sending or receiving members may see these messages.  Click on "compose message", key in the recipient name, click on the name, compose message and send.  To view previously sent messages click on outbox, to review incoming messages, click on inbox.  You control keeping or deleting messages in your inbox and outbox.

Edit Contact Info.:  Allows you to change or add to your contact information - name, address, phone numbers, email addresses.  Always click on "save changes" at the bottom of the screen to save any changes you have made.

Edit Profile:  Allows you to change or add profile information, email address, comments, adding pictures and information to share with other members.  Be sure to click on the box to allow only logged on members to see your profile information and also be sure to click on the box to allow logged on members to see your address and phone number information to allow our website to function as an online directory.  Always click on "save changes" at the bottom of the screen to save any changes you have made. 

Edit/Upload Photos:  Click to add or change photos on your profile.  Follow instructions which step you through the upload of photos.

Post Announcement:  Allows you to post information which may be of general interest to our members such as community events or personal items you may have for sale.  This area is NOT for items you may be selling in your business nor any business type advertising.  Please be sure to put an expiration date on your announcement.  If no expiration date is put on your announcement, 30 days will be placed on items for sale and event announcements will have an expiration date of the day after the scheduled event.  All announcements will be routed to the Website Administrator for review prior to posting.

Change Password:  Allows you to change your password whenever you wish.  Just be sure to make a note of it and do not share your password with anyone.  The Website Administrator cannot see your password but can issue you a temporary password.  If you forget your password, you can so indicate on the signon screen and your current password will be sent to your email address.

Log Out:  Clicking here logs you off of the website.  Please be sure to logoff before exiting the website.

 

To the right of the Homepage there is a box showing who is currently on line.  By placing the cursor on the member's name you can go directly to that member's profile or you can invite them to a private chat.  You can invite more than one logged on member at a time to a private chat and only you and the others you have invited can see the dialogue, a very nice communications feature.  There are excellent instructions in the chat for participating and for sharing information. 

 

We hope these feature descriptions and navigational instructions will help you to understand the basic features of the website and how to navigate around the site.  If you experience any problems or have questions please contact the Website Administrator through the "Contact Us" at the top of the Homepage.  We hope you enjoy the website and please be sure to add information and pictures to your profile to share with your fellow members.  We will be adding features from time to time but please remember this is a volunteer effort and we are constrained by software and time.

ENJOY YOUR WEBSITE, SIGN ON REGULARLY, SHARE INFORMATION.

James Hawkins, CMCA®, AMS®

Community Manager

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4330 Prince William Pkwy, Suite 201

Woodbridge VA 22192

Email: j.hawkins@cardinalmanagementgroup.com

Direct: 703-565-0042

Fax: 703-866-3156

Website: www.cardinalmanagementgroup.com