Village News, 10/3/19

Dear West Springfield Village Neighbor / Friend,

Still in NM visiting family; due back this weekend. It is great to escape the angst and politics of our region. Most folks out here in the oil and gas region care about their family, job, paycheck, taxes and much less (if at all) about the political BS on the evening network news. The pace out here is relaxed by simply not losing sleep over what’s happening in the District. I could get used to this life again. So here I am on my daughter’s laptop drinking coffee and now a beer writing the enews. Life is good, but not as sure about my spaling and grammar.

Civility - I think that as neighbors we should to be friends or at least friendly in dealing with each other. We all make mistakes that may easily upset neighbors, but as friends we can try to not upset them and then to forgive when it does happen. That’s all I got to say ‘bout that. Run Forest!

CAWSV FY20 Membership Drive – If you haven’t yet joined or renewed your membership in our civic association – please do so as soon as possible. We need better projections for our proposed FY20 Budget / FY20 Spend Plan. Make $10.00 check payable to “CAWSV” and mail to CAWSV, P.O. Box 2204, Springfield, VA 22152. We also have a PayPal link, but I don’t have that with me. The link is on our website and on our Facebook Group.

Glass & Glass Bottle Recycling – Thanks to CAWSV Secretary Kim Brown for sending this report.  We saw this coming, but glass and glass bottles will no longer be collected in your recycling toters on Mondays. Instead, we can drop bottles off at the purple collection bin behind the Springfield Government Center on Rolling Road (preferred solution) or simply put them into your trash toters to be added to our landfill (ouch). Here’s the link to the story:

Debates – The Springfield District Council will host debates between candidates for the Springfield District Supervisor, but the debate for candidates for our Springfield District Representative to the Fairfax County School Board has been cancelled. The first event will start at 7:30 PM in the Rolling Valley Elementary School cafeteria as indicated below.

            1. Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day):  Springfield District Supervisor

                        Pat Herrity (Republican) - incumbent

                        Linda Sperling (Democrat)

            2. Thursday, October 24 School Board Representative - **Cancelled due to schedule conflict**: 

Halloween Party and the Great Chili Cook-off - 4 – 7:00 PM, 19 October at the Village West Pool (7008 Elkton Drive). Seems like changing the date and time of these events has created confusion. They are scheduled from 4 – 7:00 PM, 19 October. 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 asks for donations of chicken nuggets and apple cider plus the use of your burners to help keep food warm Barbara can be reached at

            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 - Get your holiday shopping started and support your neighbors with home-based businesses.  Stop by our Vendor Fair on Sunday, 20 October from 1 – 4:00 PM located at the Village West pool parking lot. 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!


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

October 10                   Village Meeting at 7:30 PM at RVES Library

October 14                   Springfield District Supervisor Debate, 7:30 PM

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

Village Meeting – 7:30 PM, Thursday, 10 October in the Rolling Valley Elementary School. Major agenda items that will require a vote are:  1) ratification of the FY19 audit report, 2) passing our FY20 budget with markups as needed, 3) election of new board of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Let me know if you want to be considered for one of the elected positions. We should also have an update from VDOT about the Rolling Road Project and hope to get a report from the Village West Pool at the meeting.

Stay safe!!

John Cooley, CAWSV

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