Village News, 10/15/20

Dear Neighbor / Friend,

I’m thinking that all these robocalls have killed or are killing my home phone. 

CAWSV Membership - We're 70 short of funding objective, but still have a couple weeks left in the drive, ends 1 November 2020. 


Voting 2020 - You can see the hours and times of all early voting locations here. A federal judge extended the voter registration deadline to 15 October at 11:59 PM. If you haven't yet registered to vote, you can do so here.

Curbside Leaves Collections – many of you have asked if we can arrange to have our leaves vacuumed curbside into a truck. I know that at least one commercial service provides such service, but now another offers to 1) vacuum your leaves that you pile curbside or 2) they will blow your leaves from your property to the curb for and then vacuum them. It is easy to recommend Mike McCarron’s Image Works Landscaping since he serves our village by maintaining the Rolling Road median and the area around the village sign. Mike is also the son of a village neighbor, Sheila McCarron.

You can look at this video to get an idea of the service - So you can ask him to vacuum up leaves that you pile at the curb – or ask them to rake and blow the leaves to the curb and then vacuum. He will provide a free estimate.

Contact Mike at, or 703/250-7440 and visit his website at

COVID-19 Update – Since the week of September 13, the COVID-19 positivity in Fairfax County has remained below 5%. Currently, the percent positivity is 3.56% for specimens collected during week 40. The COVID-19 Information Page on FaceBook is great single source with links to the scientists:

October Membership Meeting – Thanks to those who did attend the meeting. We ratified the auditors’ report on our FY20 financial books, passed the proposed FY21 budget without mark ups and re-elected the Board of Directors.

Did You Log Into the Meeting? – Let me know if you did since I failed to have each attendee identify themselves so each could review the draft minutes before posting to our website.

An Offer to Help+ – We had one neighbor lady volunteer to make life easier by raking leaves or shoveling snow for elderly in the neighborhood who cannot do it themselves or afford to pay a lawn company. Now we have another lady offer to do the same. If you are willing to help others or if you need help, please let me know.

Kerri Henry Pottery - Village resident Kerri Henry will be exhibiting her pottery at the Dulles Expo October 16-18.

She has a limited number of free tickets available for Village residents. Visit and enter code FALL200037 in the Promo Code Box. Once the limited number of tickets are gone you can use code TWOF200037 for $2.00 off.

Safety measures will be in place at the Expo Center. The number of people in the building will be limited. Masks will be required. Vendors will have their temperatures taken daily.

Yard Sale – this Saturday, 17 October, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 7000 Vancouver Road. Items include bike rack, furniture, camping equipment, hammock & stand, log rack, clothing, household, books and lots of miscellaneous. Come on down and make an offer!

Anyone interested in also doing one (yard sale) and coordinating signage, please email Jeanne Jones at

Crime Solvers Community Shred Event - Saturday, 17 October, 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon.  Rain or shine. Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22030. Bring your boxes and bags of documents for secure shredding on-site. $5 donation per bag/box is suggested and you can stay in your car.

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides anonymous phone, email and text capabilities for the public to report criminal activity and wanted persons to police. Tipsters and their information are protected under state law. Cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 are paid out if a tipsters’ information leads to an arrest and/or case closure. All funds are raised through donations. Learn more by visiting

Neighborhood Food Drop – So far, Tim & Jenna Barron have arranged a community food drop 5 times, I believe. Last night it was from Nuthinepan (Natalie) Tantivejakul’s Rice & Spice Restaurant (Thai cuisine). Excellent food and very convenient when all we do is order online and show up at the drop off time and collect our order. Next one I believe is Jeremy Barber’s The Garden. Find out the details at our FaceBook Group. If you aren’t in that group, you ought to be and you too could have enjoyed that great Thai food. Thanks Natalie!

Photocopying at a Fair Price – Ken Barber runs Arrow Technologies at 7655 Fullerton Road, Suite F in Springfield 22153. Their costs are a fraction of the costs of more commonly used services. Arrow Tech is fast and the product is excellent. He just did 375 pages with stapling for 4 ½ cents per page or $16.88 for the job. Had I done it elsewhere it would have cost our association $45.00 plus stapling costs. Ken said we would be happy to support your photocopying needs from the PTA, church, athletic group or even those of your family. He does have different pricing guides, but I assure you it will be less than if you did it at those other places. Visit him at his office or call him at 703/866-2566 or email him at

What Do We Do About Halloween? Fairfax County is not recommending traditional trick-or-treating this year Instead County is encouraging low-risk activities that allow for safe social distancing, mask wearing, and limited contact with people outside of your household. Read more on Fairfax County's guidelines here. Halloween Trick or Treating. Parents decide, but encourage you to factor into your children’s safety the Covig-19. Similarly, those who will leave their porch light on to identify yourself as willing to give treats to the kids to do so in as safe a manner as possible. Absence of a switched on outside light means don’t stop at that home.

Seamus O’Connor had suggested a parade in lieu of trick or treating. If that is of interest to you and you are willing to help plan and control it, please contact Seamus at

Nightmare Alley Drive Through Terror - Workhouse Arts Center is doing a Nightmare Alley Drive-Thru Terror on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 October – 31 October. Learn more about it at

Hope you can enjoy the cooler, fall weather and join or renew your membership in the CAWSV. Stay safe, happy and healthy.

John Cooley, CAWSV


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