July 2019

President's Message- July 2019


School is out, and summer seems to be here in full strength. The neighborhood is bright with color from the annuals being planted at the entrances and throughout the community, to the bright green lawns maintained by neighbors and the canopy of trees. The 4th of July will be here soon when we celebrate the birthday of the United States. This is a time to celebrate with joyful activities, and we hope everyone will do so safely. Vacation season is also a time to celebrate and enjoy. If you are traveling, please tell a neighbor or friend to check on your property and perhaps cut the grass.

There are several issues which I want to discuss this month.

GAZEBO Vote – July 1st is the due date for comments about the gazebo proposed for Avalon on the island at Killarney Circle. If you need information, please see the article below. Please send your comments to the website webmaster@birkdaleonline.com.

SAFETY – School is out and many school age children in Birkdale are active around the neighborhood, riding bikes, making trips to the pool, visiting friends, and meeting at the gazebo. We don’t have sidewalks everywhere and there are no cross-walks in the neighborhood, so drivers need to be aware of this and slow down. Likewise pedestrians need to exercise caution. Remember the speed limit in Birkdale is 25 MPH.

ANNUAL INSPECTION – The Covenants Committee has completed the Annual Inspection and was very pleased with the results. Complete information is later in this edition.

THIRD QUARTER ASSESSMENTS DUE - Third quarter assessments are due July 1st. See the treasurers report for more information. Several owners continue to be delinquent and will be addressed by the Board shortly. Collection agency activity can be costly for delinquent accounts.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – There has been significant turnover in the ARC and Covenants Committees due to some of long-term members leaving the neighborhood. Other opportunities include a vacancy in the Communications Committee for maintaining the entrance message boards and assisting with the gas light maintenance. Ad-hoc volunteers are also frequently needed to assist the Board. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please send an email to earlbishop8313@gmail.com.

COMMON COURTESIES – One of the strongest traits of a neighbor is the respect which neighbors have for each other. Common courtesies like picking up trash and properly walking your dog go a long way. Lawns and flowers are beautiful now, but the lack of these courtesies can spoil them all.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS – It may seem that October, when the next annual meeting and Board elections will be held, is very distant; but now is a good time for members to consider running for Board of Director’s positions. All homeowners have a vested interest in the community and have talents to offer.

Earl Bishop,


Birkdale Community Association Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting will be August 8th

6 pm at the Birkdale Clubhouse

Birkdale Golf Club, 8511 Royal Birkdale Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23832

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Aug 8th - Board Meeting

Oct 3rd - Annual Meeting

Oct 5th - Yard Sale (with Goodwill truck at SRES)

Oct 6th - Fall Festival (tentative)

Nov 14th - Board Meeting


Treasurer's Report

July 1, 2019

Reminder: Your 3rd quarterly Birkdale assessment of $101 is due on July 1, 2019. Most Birkdale residents are on time and to our new community manager, ACS West, Inc. Thank you! However, 49 accounts, or 7.4%, are delinquent. This total delinquency equals $25,088.23, a significant amount. Make certain that your account is current.

If your payment is late, additional fees and late charges apply. Once an account has been referred to our collection agency, Equity Experts, residents must deal with the collection agency, not individual Board Members nor ACS West, our Community Manager.

Many Birkdale residents pay their assessments in a single payment for the entire year. However, thirteen homeowners have credit balances greater than $303. When reviewing records, we have found that some residents have been paying monthly rather than quarterly. If you have questions regarding the status of your account, please contact ACS West, Inc.
1904 Byrd Avenue, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23230
804-282-7451, or admin@acswest.org

Your Board appreciates your cooperation with the transition to our new managing company. Thank you for making this change with very few problems.

Contact Betsy Martello, Treasurer, 804-739-7487, or, betsy@martellofamily.com.


Birkdale's Most Recent Financial Statement

july 2019Annotation 2019-06-30 122312
July1 2019

ACS West is our Managing Agent

You may use your coupon book to send in your payment or set up quarterly payments through ACS West or your bank.
link to: ACS WEST


Thank you!


News from the Architectural Review Committee


Summer is here with its hot and dry weather. During last month I helped with the Community house inspection and saw that the majority of the houses in our community are well cared for with owners taking pride in their property. Please keep up the good work throughout the year.

When sending in ARC requests you can get the information on line thru Birkdaleonline. com Click on the important documents tab and scroll down to ARC application and instructions.

Applications submitted to ARC for approval:

14415 Mission Hills Circle - Trees removed
9105 Royal Birkdale Drive - Landscape
8816 Thornton Heath Drive - Replace windows
9106 Stonecreek Club P - Install storm door
14401 Twickenham Place - Driveway rework

Lee Kemmet
ARC Committee

Mailbox Maintenance

When painting your mailbox, Lowe’s on Hull Street has the equivalent paint color as Benjamin Moore which is Lowe's - Valspar, Quart, 372, Birkdale Vanilla Cookie, Exterior Satin, Duramax, 105-1, 107-1, 214-2.5.

For your metal mailbox, Cottage Red Benjamin Moore is available at Virginia Paint and can also be mixed at Lowes.

The Birkdale logo and numbers may be purchased from Sign Crafters Inc., Attn: Barbara Isenberg, 804-379-2004 or email bisenberg@sign-crafters.com OR from Pat Faivre, our Birkdale resident, who has maintained mailboxes in Birkdale for several years, 804-608-0418 or Faivre.pat@gmail.com.


Landscape and Lighting

▪  NO DUMPING-Please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
▪ Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
▪ NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.
NO DUMPING-Please do not drag brush and clippings or debris into the common areas to include the area surrounding the power lines behind Royal Birkdale. Those areas belong to you and to me as property owners.
Do not park on the green spaces in Birkdale.
NO FIRES whatsoever. Fires require a permit from Chesterfield County. It is not appropriate to burn any vegetation in common areas and cause alarm to nearby homeowners.

If you have any problems or complaints regarding common areas, please call Wayne Bass at 804-639-0795.


If you smell gas or think you smell gas around any of our lights, please call 911 then call the gas company at 1-800-543-8911.

If residents observe a problem with a gas light such as no light at night, please call Nick Martello at 804-739-7487.


Covenants Committee

To understand the functions of the Covenants Committee requires understanding some of the structure of a Homeowners Association (HOA) and its governing documents, referred to as Covenants. HOAs are legal entities and are bound by these documents: Master Declarations, Single Family Declarations, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and rules which the Board may adopt. The Board has adopted a Collections Policy, Architectural Guidelines and Standards, and a Complaint Resolution Process to enforce these standards. Additionally, the Board has the power to do periodic reviews of the community to enforce these standards. All homeowners should have copies of these governing documents and rules. They were agreed to as part of the home purchase process.

In the past few weeks the Covenants Committee has conducted the annual review. The reviews generally cite violations of the ARC Guidelines or an occasional Covenant violation. In 2019, the Committee revised its evaluation process to cite some issues which were borderline violations as Warnings. An example of these might be a mailbox or post which is in good condition but needs cleaning or paint only.

The results of the review were 33 Violations and 111 Warnings. Of the 33 Violations 16 were related to mailboxes, 13 were related to the house, and the others to driveways and landscaping. Several of these have already been corrected or work is underway. Violations will be reviewed during the summer.

In prior months, the Covenants Committee has also issued Violations Citations to several homeowners for various infractions and sent Warning letters to many regarding curbside trash cans. We are pleased with the response and cooperation of the community.

A volunteer is needed to head this important committee. If you would like more information or are interested in helping out, please contact Earl Bishop at 639-5915, earlbishop8313@gmail.com

DSC 0051

Last Call for Thoughts on Proposed Gazebo

Dear Birkdale/Avalon Residents,

Last month the Birkdale Board of Directors reported the proposed construction of a gazebo in the Avalon area to enhance the community and provide a point of connection and gathering similar to the gazebo currently in place on Royal Birkdale Drive.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their comments with the board. If you would like to have your voice heard, please provide your comments to the Board via the website, webmaster@birkdaleonline.com and clearly identify these as pertaining to the gazebo.
Please reply by July 1st, 2019.

The board has considered several locations and designs and arrived at the following: an open gazebo similar to the one on Royal Birkdale Drive to be stained or painted in natural tones. The gazebo would be on the island at Killarney Court near Spyglass Hill Circle. The Little Library is currently at this location and could be enclosed in the structure, as it is on Royal Birkdale Drive. There would be no lighting or parking provided other than what is currently there. The beautiful trees on Kilarney court would not be altered in any way. A path would lead to the gazebo.

Yours truly,
Board of Directors


Birkdale Celebrations and Shout Outs

Congratulations to all the students who graduated from high school and college last month!

Share your pride....do you want to congratulate a family member or neighbor on a BIG accomplishment? Let us send them a shout out in next month's newsletter.
email to:
Subject line- congratulations

Trent brown

Congratulations to Trent Brown

Trent Brown earns Eagle Scout rank in Troop 2806. Trent was very grateful for the support from residents in Birkdale on his Eagle Project to collect supplies for the Chesterfield Animal Shelter. He received over 935 items for donation to the Shelter. Trent is a rising Senior at Carver College and Career Academy. He and his Grandparents, Dean and Noreen Brown, reside in Birkdale.


Barracuda Swim Team

The Swim Team is in full swing at Collington Pool. It is open to all Birkdale residents.

Here's the link to the website with detailed information. https://bcbarracudas.swimtopia.com

The contact is Joy Blocher, email: collingtonswimteam@gmail.com


Fourth of July Events in the Greater Richmond Area

The Fourth of July is just around the corner so now is the time to start planning how you’ll celebrate! For some families, a quiet backyard barbecue with close family and friends is the way to go. Others like to celebrate the holiday with a little more flash. But whether you’re looking for a quieter event or want to end the night with fireworks, there’s something for everyone here in Richmond.
To help you plan your Fourth of July festivities, here is a list of local happenings, festivals, and family-friendly Fourth of July events here in the Greater Richmond area.

The Flying Squirrels with Dueling Fireworks

A baseball game and a grand firework display are the perfect combination for celebrating the 4th of July in the Richmond area.
Richmond’s Flying Squirrels vs. Reading’s Fightin Phils.
• Gates open at 5:00 PM.
• The game starts at 6:35 PM.
• Dueling fireworks after the game.
This annual Independence Day celebration hosts one of the largest fireworks shows in the region. The event is sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Virginia Birth Father Registry.
The Diamond – 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230.

Richmond Concert Jazz Band w/ Fireworks

Join the community for an evening of jazz music and fireworks at the Dogwood Dell in Bryd Park on July 4th. The event is hosted by the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.
Dogwood Dell – Bryd Park – 600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220.
The amphitheater seats 2,400 people, but we suggest you get there early to grab a seat. Visitors may bring a blanket to enjoy the concert from the surrounding park.
• Richmond Concert Jazz Band 6:00 PM
• Declaration of Independence 7:00 PM
• Richmond Concert Band 7:30 PM
• Fireworks 9:30 PM

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

This daytime event, CarMax Free Fourth of July, is the perfect way to spend time in the morning or afternoon before heading off to fireworks in the evening.
Children’s Garden
• Happy Lucky Combo (live music) from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
• 2:00 PM – Parade around the garden
• Free admission: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228. For more information, call 804-262-9887.
Strollers and wagons may be decorated for the Children’s Garden parade. Remember to wear red, white, and blue to help celebrate the day!
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Children can enjoy the WaterPlay area.
Points of Interest
• Historic Bloemendaal House: open 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
• Water stations available
• Library open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sid Kingsley’s 4th of July Buffet

A musical event that is perfect for a mellow afternoon of celebration is what you’ll find at Bryd House’s rooftop bar on July 4th. Sid Kingsley‘s connection with the personal side of music is evident when you listen to his soulful tunes.
Presented by Broadberry Entertainment.
Event Details
• 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
• Tickets/RSVP
Bryd House – 301 West Franklin Street, Graduate Hotel, Richmond, VA 23220.

Fireworks on the James River

Looking for an adventure that helps you celebrate this patriotic holiday? RVA Paddlesports is hosting an expedition style trip that takes you three miles up the James River to an island with a sandy beach to enjoy a fun evening of great food and amazing fireworks.
Forest Hill Park – 4021 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225. For more information, call 804-989-0697.
Event Details
• July 4th from 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM
• Meet at Forest Hill Park
• Taco Bar Dinner
• Raft to the island
• Experienced guides
• $110 per person (registration required)
Bring along swimwear, footwear, and beach towel. They provide raft, safety equipment, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and shuttle.

Celebrate America 2019

The James River Hikers are holding their annual Celebrate America event that brings history to life as you play a role in signing the Declaration of Independence.
• All ages welcome
• Bring food and drinks
• Non-partisan event
This event is hosted by Dennis, a member of the James River Hikers, at 413 Stuart Circle. For more information about event and parking, see this meetup posting.
Event Schedule
• 4:30 PM – Arrive at the event and take on a role as a signer or spouse of a delegate. Socialize.
• 7:00 PM – Declaration Ceremony
• 8:45 PM – Drive to Riverview Cemetery to watch fireworks.
You can choose your role as a specific signer or have it assigned when you arrive.

Richmond’s Monuments Bus Tour

Celebrate Richmond’s rich history on July 4th as you hear stories about the monuments located throughout the city. The tour fee also covers admission to Valentine Museum for the day.
The Valentine – 1015 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219. For more information, call 804-649-0711.
Tour Details
• 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
• $25.00 per person
• $20.00 per person, Valentine members
• Reservations Required
• Rain or shine

July 4th Reenactments at St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church Foundation presents a historical reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention that was held March 1775. Professional actors in period clothing represent ten delegates with debates that led to Patrick Henry’s famous speech.
St. John’s Church – 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223. For more information, call 804-648-5015.

Event Details
• Show times are 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM.
• Not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
• Admission with ticket only, $5.00.
• Seating is first come, first served.
• The entire party must be there to be seated.

No admission after the event begins or once church reaches maximum capacity for seating.

Star & Beer Spangled Celebration

Castleburg Brewery & Taproom invites you to join them for a 4th of July celebration. Live music from The Illbillys and fireworks from The Diamond can be seen from the parking lot.
Castleburg Brewery & Taproom – 1626 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220. For more information, call 804-353-1256
Event Details
• 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
• Free admission
• Free hot dogs, while supplies last
• Additional food available for purchase
Drink responsibly and plan for a designated driver.

Buying Fireworks in Richmond

• Big Bang Fireworks – 12853 Broadstreet Rd., Richmond, VA 23233. For more information, call 804-673-2264.
In some areas, even sparklers are prohibited. Check with your local law enforcement agency before purchasing and using any type of fireworks.
Many fireworks are illegal in the state of Virginia and a permit must be obtained to set them off professionally. Get more information here!
• Know the laws.
• Don’t make your own fireworks.
• Keep water nearby.
• Clear area of anything flammable.
• Have emergency numbers at hand.

July 19 recycle sign

Go Green with Recycling

Have you been thinking of recycling, but not sure of where to start or who to call? Call 349-0900 and ask them to sign you up. You can use your own bin or request that they deliver one to you (fee). They will also provide a list of what can and cannot be recycled.

Every other Tuesday, just place your full recycling bin on the curb by 7:30am, and Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will come by and pick it up.

Afraid you won't remember to put out your recycling? Sign up for a FREE email that alerts you the day before collection and reminds you to put out your recyclables. Just go to CVWMA.com to sign up.

Thanks for doing your part to help our environment!

july 2019-recycle

Schools Out for Summer!

School is out for the summer! Please slow down when driving through the neighborhood as children will be out riding bikes and playing. Please avoid parking in the streets as it blocks the view and affects the safety of everyone.

Here is the 2019-2020 School Calendar. New this fall -students who are entering kindergarten, starting middle or high school will have a different start date than the general population. This change is to help with the transition to a new school. See the 2nd page of the calendar below for details.

school schedule

Neighborhood Watch


Any suspicious activity should always be reported to the local police to investigate.

Bear and fox sightings should be reported to the Animal Control number.

Emergency 911 | Non-emergency 804-748-1251

Animal Control 748-1683

Traffic Hotline 804-318-8084 or speeding@chesterfield.gov


Lake Committee

lake Aug 2018

Birkdale Lake Report

If you would like to serve on this committee or have suggestions/comments, please contact Derek at the email below.

Derek Evans
C - 400-2295

Be a good neighbor

Be a Good Neighbor

The Chesterfield County Office of Community Enhancements offers several recommendations for being a Good Neighbor and making Great Neighborhoods. In spring and summer these can take on added emphasis.

Maintain property and home appearance-summer is a great time to power wash your house, stain the deck, spruce up your mailbox (see the ARC report below for paint specs), trim bushes, and add a fresh layer of mulch to your beds.

Pick-up and clean-up including litter, debris, and garbage-remember we require back yard trash pickup in Birkdale.

Control pets and clean-up after them; it’s your responsibility as a pet owner. If you take your pooch for a walk, be sure to bring along a bag. Be respectful of your neighbors' yards and be sure to pick up waste from common areas.

Be mindful of noise situations whether pets, lawn equipment, music.

Respect others property and space usage by limiting on-street parking- Emergency vehicles need to be able to move through the streets of Birkdale. Children are out riding bikes and scooters, and may not be seen behind a car parked on the street.

Respect public and common areas and be mindful of regulations The speed limit in Birkdale is 25 mph.

Thank you for being a great neighbor!

IMG 4112

Little Libraries

Many thanks to everyone who has helped keep the Birkdale Little Libraries up and running. We’ve had a constant rotation of great reads for kids and adults alike! If you have some great books to share, please leave them at the gazebo on Royal Birkdale or at the new location on Killarney Court. As you finish a book this month- think Little Library! Please continue to let your neighbors know that the Little Libraries are located in the gazebo on Royal Birkdale Drive and Killarney Court, and are full of great books of all kinds.

Take one, read one, leave one…it’s free for everyone!


Please Serve on our Committees


Want to participate on a committee? This is a great way to meet and work with neighbors for a common goal: helping our community. We are currently looking for Neighborhood Watch, Covenants and Social Committee chairs.

Please send a message to this newsletter with your interests or contact any Board member, and the BCA will gladly and willingly find a place to use your talents! Many thanks!



We are alway looking for residents willing to lend their time and talents to help make Birkdale the community we are all proud to live in. We are grateful to the many kind folks in Birkdale willing to help with committees and social activities, and serving on the Board of Directors. It takes many hands to successfully execute the duties of our Birkdale Community Association for the benefit of all the residents of our 657 homes.



Community Contact List

The Birkdale Board Members
* Earl Bishop, President, 639-5915, earlbishop8313@gmail.com
* Doug Craig, Vice President, 639-1439, cckcraig@aol.com
* Betsy Martello, Secretary/Treasurer, 739-7487, betsy@martellofamily.com
* Wayne Bass, Member-at -Large, 639-0795
*ACS West, Community Manager, 804-282-7451, fax 804-282-9590, E-mail: admin@acswest.org

Association Contact Names and Numbers
* ARC—Lee Kemmet, 739-6405, clkem5@comcast.net
* Covenants Committee--- a volunteer is needed to head this committee
* Landscaping/Lighting—Wayne Bass, 639-0795; Nick Martello, 739-7487
* Newsletter—Cynthia Steiner, 804-852-3365, newsletter@birkdaleonline.com
* Social Committee—VACANT
* Neighborhood Watch--VACANT (Won't you please put your name here?)

Other Community Contact Names and Numbers
* Women’s Club—currently inactive
* Lake Committee---Derek Evans 804-400-2295, husker19642002@yahoo.com
* Swim Team—Joy Blocher, email: collingtonswimteam@gmail.com
* Birkdale Golf Course Clubhouse, 739-8800, www.acumengolf.com
* Birkdale Golf/Swim Membership, hospitality@acumengolf.com


Support your Neighborhood and Local Businesses who Advertise in the Birkdale Classifieds

Summer is here and its time for vacations and fun. Do you need help with your yard and home projects? Time to contact the advertisers in this month's Classifieds to help tackle those chores. The Classifieds are filled with local businesses that offer services to make our lives easier. To view the current issue of the Birkdale Classifieds click the link below. This publication is printed and delivered to paper boxes of all Birkdale residents the first week of each month. If you would like to run an ad in the Birkdale Classifieds, contact Cynthia Steiner at classifieds@birkdaleonline.com. Resident rates start as low as $15/month.

Powered by Mad Mimi®A GoDaddy® company