Village News, 10/17/19

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

Thanks for joining or renewing your membership in our civic association. Also thanks to those who are encouraging your neighbors to also join or renew. It is our job I suppose to do what we can to fund our next year’s operations. Right now, we are approximately $1000.00 short, but getting there. Thanks to our Membership Chair Julia Hale for staying on it.

Village Meeting – we met last Thursday to ratify the FY19 audit report, pass our proposed FY20 budget with no markups and to elect a new board of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). We had no self-nominations from the floor so the current BOD will stay on in their current positions. The minutes will be posted to our website ( soon after they have been approved by those who attended the meeting.

Also there you will find the update from VDOT about the changed schedule for Rolling Road Project.

DebateWe had the District Supervisor debate last Monday between incumbent Pat Herrity (Republican) and challenger Linda Sperling (Democrat). They expressed similar views about schools, oppressive homeowner tax burden, traffic congestion, tolls, diversifying the county tax base by increasing corporate tax percentage of county income. There were differences in changing the zoning laws, gun control, ways to reduce county and FCPS spending and immigration. Remember the Dillon Rule, which is a legal principle that local governments in Virginia have limited authority, and can pass ordinances only in areas where the Virginia General Assembly has granted clear authority. Some of the candidates’ differences listed above are also restricted since the authority to act has not been downloaded to our county Board of Supervisors.

The next debate one for Springfield District Representative on the School Board has moved date and location; it will now be held Tuesday, 29 October in Barker Hall at Irving Middle School starting at 7:30 PM. We have three candidates for this position: incumbent Elizabeth Schultz (R), Laura Jane Cohen (D) and Kyle McDaniel (I).

5 Recycling Myths Busted – Thanks to Deborah Fantacone for relaying this National Geographic Article written by Brian Clark Howard and published in October 2018. Collecting glass separately is only the first step in what we need to change. This article is worth your time to read Please do read it.

Halloween Party and the Great Chili Cook-off - 4 – 7:00 PM, 19 October at the Village West Pool (7008 Elkton Drive). We moved up to the 19th to avoid schedule conflict with Rolling Valley ES Haunted House. Weather cooperating, this will be great family fun, especially for our kids and those of us still young at heart. Hope you can make it.

            Halloween Party – Party Coordinator, Barbara Naylor will undoubtedly continue the success of past events. She has masks to paint, stick on scary tattoos, face painting, decorate your own cupcakes plus goodie bags. She has offers to bring some chicken nuggets and apple cider and burners to help keep food warm, but may need more. Please let her know if you will contribute ( 

            Annual Great Chili Cook-Off – The Village West Pool is hosting its Annual Chili, Chowder & Cornbread Cook-Off also starting at 4:00 PM on 19 October. They normally have chili, corn chowder, gumbo and much more on the menu! Come warm your belly while visiting with your neighbors and watching the kids play! No entry fee required; food prices start at $5.00 for kids, $10.00 for adults to sample and all fixings are provided. Arrive with your winner in a crockpot by 3:30 PM Sign up online soon (next week) as they post it at www.villagewestpoolcom. Questions? Contact Jen Guernsey at

            Non-Perishable Food Collection – we will again collect donations of non-perishable food at the Halloween Party to help ECHO feed those in need in our regional area. ECHO is looking to fill Thanksgiving baskets and needing:  stuffing mix, gravy mix (packets, jars or cans), boxed potato mixes, package boxed rice, canned vegetables, bread or muffin mix, dessert mix (brownies, cake, pudding), disposable roasting pan, canned fruit, beans, tea and/or coffee, flour, shortening, sugar.

Vendor Fair – from Laura Rozier – Sunday, 20 October from 1 - 4:00 PM in the Village West Pool Parking Lot. Get your holiday shopping started and support your neighbors who operate home-based businesses.  We have 18 vendors signed up so there will be something for everyone – jewelry, crafts, bags, clothing, books, artwork, greeting cards, wine, baked goods, healthy living, sports themed gifts, candles, toys, home décor and more! Skip the mall and shop local!

Notary Public – Olin Greene (Vancouver) is a notary. He will need advance notice so he can bring the stamp home from work. He can be reached at 703/866-0445 or via email at

The Garden – Village resident, Jeremy Barber has added a 3rd restaurant to his line-up. The newest, The Garden at 1503 Mt Vernon Ave in Alexandria was written up in the weekend section of the Washington post! The Garden is beer garden that specializes in Virginia Craft Beer and Octoberfest-friendly menu. It joins Jeremy’s other restaurants (Charlies and Live Oak). My wife and I ate at the Live Oak and can surely recommend it and their cheese grits.


August 1 – 11/01/19   Civic Association Membership Drive

October 19                              Halloween Party and the Great Chili Cook-off, 4 – 7:00 PM at the pool.

October 20                 Vendor Fair at Village West Pool, 1 4:00 PM

October 27                              Taste of Greater Springfield, 3 – 6:00 PM at Waterford Reception

October 29                  Springfield District Representative to the School Board Debate, 7:30 PM

Refrigerator Recycling Program – you should have also received this in a message, but Dominion Energy is launching a refrigerator recycling program that offers a no-cost appliance removal service for Virginia customers. And, they will pay you $20 for that old refrigerator or freezer that is  in working order, but use more electricity than newer, more efficient models. The collected units are will taken to a recycling center.

West Springfield Car Care - has been selected for the 2019 Best of Springfield Awards in the category of Tire Shop. For details and more information please view our website 2019 Best of Springfield Awards - Tire Shop. See their ad in our current Directory.

Stay safe!!

John Cooley, CAWSV



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