Village News, 10/24/19

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

Our membership numbers are down possibly due to us emailing previous residents rather than those now in a home. I could use your help notifying me if / when you get a new neighbor, when you have a vacant house next door, informing new neighbors of our voluntary civic association and asking them to email me with their contact information. Those arriving our village after 1 November get full-voting rights membership for the remainder of FY20 for free once we know about them.

And, if you have yet to join or renew your membership, please do make your $10.00 check payable to “CAWSV” and mail to CAWSV, P.O. Box 2204, Springfield, VA 22152. Or, you can pay $11.00 using PayPal by clicking “Here”.

Vice President – Your Board of Directors with input from the Executive Council appointed Bernie Koehle as our new Vice President. I hope you also will thank Don Hale for serving in that capacity.

Speed Limit in the Village & Traffic Calming – It’s 25 MPH on all of our streets other than Rolling Road which is 30 MPH. Slow down, even 25 MPH may be too fast when your children are playing in front yards, walking on sidewalks, crossing the street or riding bikes in the street. And please direct your delivery drivers to also go slowly.

Years ago we tried, but failed to get speed humps on Barnack before the traffic signal light was installed and without knowing that those who do have them in front of their home really don’t like the road racing sounds of traffic as it speeds up, slows down to bump over the hump before speeding up again. Kings Park residents wanted speed humps, but now many wish they could be removed. We failed in our attempt since we could not arrive at a majority position about them. Go figure!

VDOT promised to consider traffic calming measures once they start work on widening Rolling Road assuming that some frustrated drivers may bail out of RR traffic onto Barnack, Greeley / Greenview, Bellamy and Springfield Village Drive. I suppose we ought to determine if we want to request a traffic calming study to see if we are eligible for the radar speed detection trailer, striping, curb bump-outs, speed humps or more police presence. The road under consideration must:

  • Be in the state system of highways owned and maintained by VDOT. Be classified as a local, collector, or arterial road.
  • Function as a residential street.
  • Have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour (MPH).
  • Have a traffic volume between 500-6,000 vehicles in a 24-hour period.
  • Have an 85th percentile speed of at least 35 MPH in at least one direction.

Look here to see more about traffic calming - https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/residential-traffic-administration. Send me a note with your opinion on this matter. The opinions that matter most are those who live along the road requiring traffic calming.

Debatefor Springfield District Representative on the School Board will 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).

National Drug Take-Back Day – Saturday, 26 October - Do you have unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medicine in your cabinet? Dispose of them properly to help prevent misuse and accidental poisonings and to protect the environment. A collection station will be set up in West Springfield District Police Station parking lot from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/drug-disposal 

Recycle Used Clothing and Household Goodstaken from Supervisor Pat Herrity’s report - at the I-66 Transfer Station and also at the landfill complex in Lorton; both open seven days a week, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Donation Stations offer another option for residents to divert material from the waste-to-energy plant and landfills. Reducing waste by repurposing unwanted but usable goods is an important part of the county's integrated waste management strategy.

Attendants at the Donation Stations will help you unload items and provide a receipt for the donations. The collected items are prepared for sale in local thrift shops. Textiles that are no longer serviceable are recycled into carpet, upholstery, and other uses. Residents with unaccepted items can dispose of them in a different area of the site.

Accepted items include:

  • Clothing, shoes, hats, outwear and accessories
  • Toys and games
  • Books
  • Records and CDs
  • Household items, such as toaster, glassware, dishes, and cookware

Donation Stations do not accept: car seats, cribs, playpens, bike helmets, food, plants, pets, lawnmowers, swing sets, things that are broken or missing pieces, electronics, propane or fuel containers and weapons.

Bikes for the World also has a collection location at the I-66 transfer station for used bicycles. They fix them and distribute them to those in need. Habitat for Humanity picks up paint that is dropped off at the transfer station for resale at their Restores locations to fund their work in the community. 

Contractor Recommendation – Bob Lomax (Edmonton Court) recommends Frank’s Tree Service, LLC. You can contact Francisco at 540/222-5648 or frank89r20@gmail.com. They also do driveways, retaining walls, power washing, snow removal and fencing.

Handyman Recommendation – Samuel Machado did drywall repair, painting and reinstalled molding in our home after we experienced water damage. He specializes in bathrooms, kitchens, decks, painting and drywall. He can be reached at 703/687-5938 or at waltermachado012@gmail.com. You are welcome to visit my 8131 Edmonton Court home to see his work.

Taste of Greater Springfield (TOGS) - Our friends at the Rotary Club of West Springfield are hosting the 7th annual TOGS on Sunday, October 27, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Waterford Receptions in Springfield. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rotaryofwestspringfield.org and all proceeds go to scholarships for needy WSHS students to attend Northern Virginia Community College, as well as numerous projects that benefit our local community. Members of this Rotary club pick up the trash on Rolling Road 4-5 times a year and I encourage you to attend TOGS and enjoy great food from 12 local restaurants, as well as craft and beer tastings. 

Halloween Party – thanks to Barbara & Lon Naylor for another successful, family-friendly party.

Calendar:

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

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

November 3                Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM

November 5                Election Day

Below is a letter from the West Springfield Elementary School PTA that may interest many of you business owners. Give it a quick read and due consideration please.

John Cooley, CAWSV

Friend of the WSES PTA - Right now, you have an extraordinary opportunity to transform the futures of youth in our community by becoming a Friend of the WSES PTA. This is an investment worth making for both your business and the community.

Every year the West Springfield Elementary School (WSES) PTA asks our families, friends, and local businesses to support the PTA in reaching a $40,000 budget goal, over $20,000 of which helps to fund a fully staffed Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math (STEAM) Lab, utilized by students both throughout the school day and during after school clubs. The remainder of the funds raised support the students, staff, and school by maintaining, updating, and enhancing programs. These include the school library, computer lab, music program, gym and sports equipment, and to enable school and community wide art projects. Portions of the budget are also used to bring cultural arts programs into the classrooms, provide manipulatives and other hands-on learning material to the students, support buddy programs within the school, and to fund clubs and other leadership programs for our students.

In exchange for your generous donation, your business will be acknowledged in our Friends of the WSES PTA booklet. This booklet will be published in both in the Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020 and distributed to the families of the 580 students, 85 staff members, and to all additional friends and family members that donate and support the WSES PTA, many of whom live, work, shop and do business in and around West Springfield.

Every penny of your tax-deductible gift will be used right here in the community, at West Springfield Elementary. Without your support, all of our programs would suffer and our STEAM Lab could certainly not be possible.

Our kids deserve the very best, and all of us - parents, faculty, neighbors, and the community - play a critical role in supporting them and their education. This is such a wonderful opportunity to deliver on that promise. Thank you for your time and we hope you partner with us as a Friend of the WSES PTA. The WSES PTA is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.

Rainey Chase
2019-2020 WSES PTA President(FriendoftheWSESPTA@gmail.com)

To be included in our Fall publication, return before November 8, 2019. Please note if you are/will be submitting separate artwork for the Spring publication.

Business Name: ____________________________________________________________________

Contact Name & Title: _______________________________________________________________

Phone number: _____________________________________________________________________

Mailing address: ________________________________________________________

                           _______________________________________________________ 

 

Donation Amount:_______________________________________________________ 

               Bronze: $50 donation, 1/8 page recognition (business card)

               Silver: $100 donation, 1⁄4 page recognition

               Gold: $200 donation, 1⁄2 page recognition

               Platinum: $400 donation, Full page recognition & display for your location

Artwork included?

___ yes attach file to be scanned OR email file to: FriendoftheWSESPTA@gmail.com

Email address: ___________________________________

___ I would like to be recognized by name: ___________________________________

___ I would like to remain anonymous

Donations smaller than $50 will be recognized by name only 

If you would like your business card, coupons or other printed material distributed in addition to being printed in our booklet, we require a minimum donation of $250 and 600 pieces.

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