Here are some questions that seem to come up regularly from our members.
If you don't see yours, contact your zone representative or
email info <at> tcavienna.org.
Questions are organized into those that are
What TCA zone do I live in?
You can look up your street location on the
web site's zone map
Who is my zone representative?
Who else volunteers for Tanglewood Community Association?
Other regular volunteer positions include the Architectural Control Committee,
Newsletter, Park Maintenance, Picnic, Neighborhood Watch, Welcome Coordinator,
and Web Master.
The current volunteers for these positions and contact information
are listed in the
Other Board Members
How can I help TCA?
This is, unfortunately, a RAQ - Rarely Asked Question.
Contact any of the board members
Your help would be much appreciated.
Who are my government representatives and how do I contact
Who do I contact about street conditions, e.g., snow removal and potholes?
Information about how to contact VDOT can be found in the 'Other'
area of the
Vehicles are speeding through the neighborhood. Can we get a stop sign?
It has been tried. There isn't enough traffic and Tanglewood's streets are
not through streets. Just ask your neighbors (or tell their parents) to
please slow down and respect that residents and their children would think
more kindly of them if they wouldn't speed. Or wave at them in a friendly way
and maybe they will get the message. If you can't bring yourself to
talk to your neighbor then contact your
Why must I keep my dog on a leash at ALL TIMES when off my property?
For the safety of your neighbors, their children; to protect others' pets and
property; and lastly because it is the law in Fairfax County! (County code
section 41-2-4 to be precise.)
are some excerpts.
Why don't snow plows keep our streets cleaner?
One reason is that the smaller plows that do the side streets have
trouble manuevering around cars parked on the streets. People who
live in snowier regions know that if you pull your cars into your
driveways, the streets get cleaned better.
Why should I clear the snow off my sidewalk right after a snowstorm?
If you don't do it right away the snow invariably turns to ice in a
day or so and lingers for a long time. This makes it dangerous for
children walking to the bus and your neighbors (who are
getting older you know) trying to walk through the community. Cleaning your
sidewalk is the neighborly thing to do.
Why should I keep my front yard looking neat and trim?
Because it is the right thing to do and keeps home values up. Please
keep shrubs and trees trimmed so that sidewalks are clear and there is
at least seven foot height clearance.
Why am I required to operate a yard light in my front yard that remains on
from dusk to dawn?
Without any overhead street lights in our neighborhood the yard lights
illuminate the sidewalks for those that walk at night and provide security
within the neighborhood. It is also required in the
A, Item 11 which each Homeowner agreed to when they signed the documents
purchasing their homes within the TCA community. Please keep them lit, it
really does help. You might be surprised at how many neighbors walk at night.
Why can't my front porch light substitute as a front yard light?
Most homes are set back from the street / sidewalk so far that the front porch
lights do not illuminate the sidewalk properly.
Why do I have to pay my Homeowners' dues annually?
You agreed to when you signed the deed for your home -
that is a part of all of our deeds. We all pay dues.
You must pay the dues to satisfy your escrow when you sell your home.
If you don't pay on time you'll be paying interest on what you owe and the
association will attach a lien on your property.
What are my Homeowner dues used for?
The money from homeowner dues is used to maintain the community park lands
(which increases all our property values),
for the annual community picnic,
and to buy insurance, pay community taxes, and other fees. The
has the details.
I understand I need some kind of Tanglewood legal information packet to
provide to buyers at settlement. Where do I get that?
What do I need to do if I want to install a new or replacement building, garage, barn, shed, fence or other structure?
What should I do to get my trash and recycling picked up?
Nothing. TCA arranged that we would have our trash and recycling picked up by
Fairfax County. This eliminates many different trash companies coming through
the neighborhood on different days. For bulky items, special pick ups, and
electronics recycling see the links in the
What about leaf removal in the autumn? Can TCA arrange that the county pick
The homeowners looked into this several times. A majority did not see
paying the county for leaf removal to be cost effective.
Can I dump leaves that I have raked in my yard into the park?
Please do not; the park is not your dumping ground. Your neighbors who live
adjacent to the park do not want your leaves blowing into their yard. The
best approach is simply to use a mulching lawn mower and leave the leaves on
your lawn to return nutrients to the soil. If you must, bag them for trash
Web Site Related
I'm not getting any email from TCA, why not?
Please complete the
information update form
or send a note with your current email address to the
Including your zone number or street address will help with the update process.
Note that some Internet Service Providers routinely reject mail that
comes from the TCA website because they believe it might be spam and/or
hold it for 5 days before rejecting it. (I'm looking at you AOL.) The
webmaster has tried to get TCA's website "white listed" with these providers,
not always successfully.
Where can I find a directory of TCA members?
My directory information is wrong, how do I fix that?
Why is there a restricted access part of the web site?
Web search engines, spammers, and other not so nice characters have access to
the open parts of the TCA web site. Information useful to residents but
containing details that are a bit more personal are maintained in the
restricted access area.
How do I access the restricted access members' area if I've forgotten the
Can I include something in the TCA newletter?
Newsletter contributions are welcomed. You can email your
newsletter contribution to the
For information about advertisements in the newletter see the
advertising guidelines in the
of the web site's documents area.
Can I send an email announcement to the membership? How about just my fellow
The email lists on the tcavienna.org site are restricted so that only board
members can send email to the entire membership. Each zone
representative and the executive board can send email to individual zones.
This is intended to limit the chance that our email lists become the target
for spammers or a computer virus. As it is the tcavienna.org mailing lists
get a lot of spam that only the webmaster sees.
What happens if I "reply to all" a message that I received from a TCA mailing
Depending on how the original message was addressed your reply will probably
go back to the sender only. Messages sent to one of the tcavienna.org mailing
lists by unauthorized senders get bounced to the webmaster as
undeliverable. Legitimate messages will be forwarded to the appropriate zone
representative and/or the board.
Is there a listing of contractors that residents have used and would recommend?
There used to be but it was not maintained and got out of date. For
ratings, recommendations, and subscriber comments on local services you might
try the Washington DC Area version of
The web site doesn't look right in my browser, tablet, phone - how come?
The webmaster tries to test the web site for accessibility with various
browsers/devices. Let him know what doesn't look the way you expect and he'll
My TCA related question wasn't answered or I can't find it on the web site,