The Holmes Runner Archives page has received a big update featuring scans of select old issues and a cover gallery including gems such as these:
Monthly Board Meetings
The next HRACA Board meeting is on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 8 pm. Should you like to attend, the link to the virtual meeting can be found on the HRACA Board Meetings and Documents page for members only. If you need to register for an account you can do so here.
HRACA 2020-2021 Budget
The proposed 2020-2021 budget for the HRACA can be also be found on the HRACA Board Meetings and Documents page. This proposed budget was approved at the August 2020 Board meeting. The effects of COVID-19 impacted the spending of the HRACA, especially when it came to planned social activities, both for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 budgets. Please take this into consideration when looking at the budget.
HRA 70th Anniversary
October 2021 marks the 70th Anniversary of HRA. A planning committee is being formed to begin working on ways we can celebrate this milestone as a community. If you are interested in helping, we welcome any and all assistance! The more volunteers the more we can do to celebrate. If you would like to help out, please let me know.
Fairfax County - Community-Wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP)
NOTE: The following text is directly from Fairfax County.
Fairfax County is in the midst of developing its first-ever Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan, or CECAP, and today, we would like to share some information with you about local climate action. Climate change occurs when greenhouse gases build up in our atmosphere and trap heat that might otherwise escape, causing shifts in global temperatures and weather patterns over time. The cars and trucks on our roads are one of the top two sources of greenhouse gases in Fairfax County.
In fiscal year 2020, Fairfax County residents owned and operated 933,452 vehicles. In a single year, that many vehicles consume more than 10.6 million barrels of oil. It would take 76 million trees ten years to counteract the carbon produced by these vehicles. It would be impractical to plant 76 million trees in Fairfax County, but we can take action otherwise. Addressing our greenhouse gas emissions now is a wise investment in our future – this problem will not go away on its own and we will end up paying for it one way or another. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The Fairfax County CECAP is unique in that it is being developed by the community, for the community, with input from dozens of organizational, business, and civic leaders, as well as individual residents. The CECAP will outline greenhouse gas reduction goals for the community and will include recommended strategies and actions community members can take on a voluntary basis to help achieve the goals.
We encourage you to learn more about climate action in Fairfax County. Later this month, online surveys will be available, and the county will host public meetings to gather community input on climate change mitigation strategies and actions.
We have added a new page to the site about the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project (zMOD):
The HRA Historic Overlay District section of the website has received an update with the latest documents and information on the project:
Please check out the newly added digitized architectural drawings of HRA homes and historical photos from the HRACA Archives:
As the HRACA Archives are being prepared for donation to the Virginia Room at the Fairfax County Public Library; photographs, publications and other documents of historic interest will be digitized and made available on the website. More to come!
Enjoy our new Wildlife section on the HRA website, which includes a gallery of great photos and videos submitted by residents of the many friends we share our neighborhood with.
Hot off the scanner are digitized versions of the three volumes of "Holmes Run Acres: The Story of a Community". You will find them, along with the original promotional brochure and homeowners guide from the Luria Bros. Builders, here:
Volume one was published in 1976 in honor of the 25th anniversary of HRA, Volume 2 was published in 1991 for our 40th anniversary, and Volume 3 was published in 2001 for the 50th anniversary of HRA. Each is filled with the rich history and stories of the people who lived and continue to live in HRA. In a broader sense it also covers the history of our surrounding areas of Falls Church and Fairfax County. I hope you all will enjoy reading them as much as I have and a big thanks to all the editors and residents who helped put them together. They are a true treasure.