The Rotary Ramblin Rabbit 5K

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Our neighbor, Bill Gray, is a Rotary member and asked that this be posted.


The Rotary Ramblin Rabbit 5K

Saturday, May 28 | Piedmont Virginia Community College | 7:30 am, with registration at 6 am

  • Runners and walkers welcome!
  • Prizes for the top overall finishers and for the top finisher in each age category!

Proceeds will benefit The Ben Hair Just Swim For Life Program at the new Brooks Family YMCA and the Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club Foundation!

See course map >

Registration Fees

  • $30 Adult and $15 for children 2-12 years old
  • $40 to sponsor a child for the learn to swim program
  • Race day registration will be available, but only cash or a check will be accepted.

Register now >

Or, register by mail, download form (pdf ) > 

Become a sponsor

Download sponsorship information (pdf) >

Thank you for your support! See you on race day!

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The following vendor review is from our neighbor, Boo Greene:


We just had them out to clean out our dryer vent and they were great.  If anyone needs the ducts in their house cleaned or the dryer vent, which causes a lot of fires, they are very professional and great guys.  DuctMedic 1728 Seminole Trail, 22901.  Wes Ammons is the President and his email is

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VA Garden Week – Flordon Garden Tour

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Historic Garden Week is coming to the Flordon Neighborhood on Sunday, April 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On behalf of the Rivanna Garden Club, we would like to thank all the Flordon neighbors for your generous support, patience and contributions to Historic Garden Week 2016. We would like to especially thank the Brown, Moga, Granville, Burns, and Heiner-Atwood families for opening their beautiful homes and gardens for this event.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program and a new partnership with Virginia State Parks.

The following are a few reminders:

  • Tickets must be purchased prior to the event or at the UVA Foundation Parking Lot, located in the Boars Head Complex. Tickets will be sold at Kenny Ball Antiques, Caspari, The Virginia Shop, The Senior Center,Boars Head Inn Store
  • NO tickets will be sold in Flordon the day of the tour or at any of the tour houses
  • There will be NO parking on the Flordon Roads, including Broomley, Tanglewood, Flordon, Blackwood, or Woodberry. This is to help with traffic control. It has also be mandated by the Fire Marshall. CAR WILL BE TOWED!
  • All visitors will be bussed from the UVA Foundation parking lot to Flordon. Busses will travel in a circular pattern to houses and gardens. If you are traveling in and out of Flordon PLEASE watch out for the visitors.
  • There will be people checking cars entering Flordon at the bridge and Woodberry Road. Hostess cars may only park in designated neighbor’s driveways but NOT on the street!

Thank you again – YOU’ALL ARE THR GREATEST!

If you have any questions, please call or email me (Dana Henderson).

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Reminder – Your Dues are Due!


The 2016 dues letter was mailed two weeks ago.  The due date for payment is 1/31/16.  If you have not already sent in your dues, you can mail a payment to:

Flordon Road Fund
950 Broomley Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

If you want to be included in the neighborhood directory being distributed in February, please submit your information here. The due date for the February release is 1/31/16.  We will release updates as we receive them, so if you miss the February release you can still submit your information or updates at any time.

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Winter Storm

Winter Storm

The National Weather Service is forecasting a potentially crippling winter storm for portions of the mid-Atlantic Friday into early Saturday.

If the storm causes power outages please report the outage to Dominion. You can report and check outages by clicking here.

Earlier today, the Charlottesville, UVA and Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center published a release with preparation suggestions.  You can find it by clicking here.

Our snow plow contractor – Jeff Shifflett – will clear the roads. If you want Jeff’s assistance with your driveway, please contract with him directly by calling (434)987-4055.

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The Bridge is Open!!!

After 7 months and 5 days, the bridge is finally open.  The following is an update from our VDOT rep:


There is some corrective work that will need to be done after the bridge is opened to traffic so we will probably be seeing the contractor out there for a few more weeks.  This should not cause the bridge to be closed again but it may require for flagging operations with one lane operation in the non-peak hours.  I do not expect that it would cause any traffic disruptions.

The bridge is open.  The detour signs will be taken down tomorrow because it would not be safe for the workers to take them down in the dark.


Time for a little Celebration!

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Bridge Update #11

Update from VDOT:

We met with the contractor earlier this week and I did request that they work as much night or weekend work that they could to get the bridge open to traffic.  At this point the remainder of the work will be completed by three subcontractors.  The paving is scheduled to start tomorrow, and be complete on Friday.  The guardrail is scheduled to start on Saturday.  I did ask that they try and get the guardrail contractor to work on Sunday also.  The pavement markings and signs will be done at the same time as the guardrail.  I expect to see weekend work but do not necessarily expect to see night time work.

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Bridge Update #10

Neighbors –

I received the following update from VDOT this evening:

I just got out of a meeting with our construction staff and I expect a new two week look ahead later today or tomorrow but we do expect another change in completion date. 

The conversation we had today was that final paving is scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week.  The next critical item prior to opening the bridge is getting the guardrail installed and that will occur right after the paving is complete, Saturday at the earliest.  Guardrail installation is probably a two day time period and I am not sure if the contractors sub will be willing to work on Sunday.  From now until Thursday, when the paving is scheduled, they need to complete stone base work and grading work. 

They also need to complete pavement marking work and sign installation but I don’t think we need to further delay opening the bridge to traffic for that work since we can probably use temporary markings and signs to get the bridge at least open to traffic.  With all those things and a pretty good look at the weather, the bridge should be open on the 16th or 17th of December and no later than the end of next week.  The VDOT construction staff feels confident that we can achieve that date and we will do everything we can to allow the contractor to open earlier if it can be done safely.

I would also like to share with you what action VDOT is taking on the contractor due to the excessive delay in the completion of the project.  At this time the contractor is responsible for liquidated damages which he is being charged about $1000 per day past the October 30th date.  In addition, VDOT will consider taking this contractor off the potential bidder list for future contracts.  I know that doesn’t help you now but it may help in future projects.

Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience of the extended closure of this bridge.

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Dominion Undergrounding Utilities Update

Neighbors –

Several of you sent us questions for the Dominion rep.  We forwarded those along, and received the following replies (in blue):


Please forgive me for being so behind with my response.  Prior to Thanksgiving, I called around trying to find a location to host a meeting.  I have not locked down a location, so I believe an email response is going to have to be sufficient for now.  With the holidays quickly approaching, it may be best to meet with those homeowners who have questions on an individual basis to make sure their questions are answered appropriately.

  1. Exact location of Easement: Sounds like there still might be a question ‎as to how far into our properties the easement goes–whether it’s 5 feet into our yards from the existing road or 20 feet, eg. Our road right of way may impact this (ie how far does the road right of way extend onto the property, and does Dominion have to go beyond the end of the road right of way to for their easement–the farther onto the property the bigger the concern presumably). This could make a difference to people with homes closer to the road and could impact landscaping, hedges, etc. I am working with our right of way contractors to determine the final answer to this question.  The easement boundaries were initially drawn 15’ from the road edge, however they are doing more research to distinguish the road right of way from the actual property line.  I will follow up with you once their research is complete.
  1. Scope of the Easement agreement we sign:

It’s my understanding that the majority of the work is done using “boring” technology under our yards, but the drill has to get underground from somewhere, so they should also help us understand what, if any, digging /trenching ‎we are allowing through our yards? You are correct, the majority of the job will be done using boring (also known as guide drilling).  There will be pits dug along the cable route so they can install the cable correctly.  We can work with the construction contractors to be better identify those locations once a final design is complete.  All areas where land disturbance takes place will be restored using seed and straw.  I would also like to mention that pits will be dug at the transformer locations so they can properly install and terminate (make connections inside the transformer).  These locations will also be restored using seed and straw.

Also,  ‎if we give them easement, for this project, do they only have easement for 3 feet under our yards? Or do they have the ability to come back later and dig thru our yards from any point along the easement without consent from the property owner? If so, what assurances we will have to be sure they return our landscaping and yards to a mutually acceptable level. Once an easement is signed, it gives Dominion the right to install, access and maintain our facilities on your property.  The easement is not limited to 3’ below grade.  It covers us regardless of the depth of the cable.  That being said, it is standard for Dominion to install primary cable approximately 3’ below the surface and only go deeper under certain circumstances that are typically addressed prior to construction. 

If there is a power outage or an equipment failure (equipment failure is less common with underground than overhead facilities) the crews have the right to come on the property and restore power without notifying the property owner.  However, most construction crews will knock on the property owner’s door to notify them of the work taking place. 

If there is planned work in the area, customers will receive notification prior to work being done on their property.  This notification typically occurs through an automated phone call.  Whether the work is due to an emergency, or is a result of planned work, the property will be restored once the work is complete.

  1. Potential impact of the drilling?

If they are boring in some parts at less than 3 feet, will they impact root structures of landscaping/ hedges, etc? What are our if they damage our landscaping during this process, or later repairs, how are we covered to make sure they pay for repairing/ replacing trees/ hedges, etc that get damaged?

The minimum depth cable will be installed is approximately 2’.  This is the dept that services to the home are installed.  A service is the line that runs from our transformer to the meter base on the side of a house.  Prior to design and construction, site visits are made to determine the cable route.  The route is strategically chosen to avoid the major root system of a tree and most of the time to prevent any permanent damage.  However, if damage is caused to landscaping/trees/hedges, we are responsible for rectifying the situation.

Please feel free to continue sending questions as you receive them.


If you have additional questions please leave them in the comments for this post, and we will forward to Dominion for answering.

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Thwart the Jerk at Work

In the following New York Times article, research by our neighbor,Rob Cross, offers ideas for dealing w/ the office jerk: 

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