Village News, 11/11/21

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

1. Veterans Day – Thanks to all who served in the U.S. Military. It is a welcome relief that we, as a nation are again openly thankful for our veterans and to those now in uniform who put their lives on hold to do our nation’s bidding. Take a moment this day to thank a Veteran Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Coastie, Leatherneck or Guardian (Space Force). I am particularly proud of my own children who served but admit that I didn’t know fear until they were put in harm’s way.

2. Noise – Quiet hours are from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM. We all know that usually at/about 10 PM the party is becoming very festive, and the music is turned up and revelers are loudly celebrating whatever. Problem is that the noise generated may offend your neighbors and in violation of county codes. We have discussed many times the restrictions on dogs barking, but generally speaking – any noise that is plainly audible and discernable in neighboring homes with their doors and windows closed is too loud, especially during quiet hours. Have found it useful to alert your neighbors of an intended celebration or party and give them a phone number to call if the noise becomes an issue.

It would be very helpful for all of us to know more about particular cultural or religious celebrations such as the 4th of July when fireworks are used and when the rest of us should expect more than normal noise. Let me know and I’ll include in these enews messages.

We’ll always want you to talk first to your neighbor, but if that doesn’t resolve the issue - call the police non-emergency number (703/691-2131) to report noise violations.

3. A Point of Contact with Republic – from Larry Vogt (Sherbrooke Court) – “After not having had my trash picked up last Thursday, I thought it was time to find out how we can report future missed service without jumping through all of Republic's hoops. Too many times, I have called customer service, just to have them take a report and promise service the next day. It has never worked for me. Now, I think I have the solution. If/when you are missed, call Christian at 703/ 376-4083. He's a supervisor here in our pick-up area. He has the authority to divert trucks the very same day anyone is missed. He gave me permission to share his personal number and assures me that he will take care of your problem (missed service) as soon as a truck can be diverted. I think we may have finally found a way to get some satisfaction from Republic. Recommend not calling him until the morning of the day after we are missed. I don't think it would be good to bother him on a day the crew might just be running late wanting to assure his ongoing cooperation.”

Well done Larry! You got further than I did.

4. Scouting for Food – from Jim Womack (Cubmaster of Pack 1545) - The Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts of Rolling Valley Elementary School will be collecting food donations for our annual Scouting for Food program this Saturday, 13 November. All donated food is delivered to ECHO, our local food pantry. Please leave your donated food in a visible place outside your house by 9:00 AM. Some of our Scouts ran out of door stickers, so we apologize if this is the first you heard of our program. We are also set up to receive donations at the Rolling Valley Elementary School parking lot from 9:00 AM to Noon on Saturday, 13 November.

5. Tree Cutting Recommendation Wanted – Someone was having tree work done yesterday or the day before. If it was you and you thought the company was good in regard to price, quality of work and cleanliness - please give your recommendation to Mark Gregris at  

6. House Cleaners Extraordinaire - Lidia (Betty) Palacios has cleaned my home for a very long time. She has other village references, and we all agree that she is remarkably thorough and honest. She will clean your home before and / or after a family celebration, once each week, twice a month or monthly. Prices vary with frequency but are very reasonable and competitive. She is at 571/241-7133 or by email at

7. Calendar:

  • 24, 25 & 26 November – Student Holidays
  • 25 November – Thanksgiving Day
  • 22 December – Last, Separate Yard Debris Collection

8. Winterfest – at the Village West Pool – 4 December from 1 to 5 PM (rain date is 12/5, 1 – 5 PM). Parents can shop from a variety of handicraft and other vendors while kids enjoy free activities including building their own gingerbread house, making s'mores, a winter scavenger hunt, and winter-themed photo opportunities. Refreshments for sale will include hot cider, sodas, and a hot chocolate and coffee bar. We will be raffling off gift cards and other items (raffle tickets $1; need not be present to win). Vendor spaces are available for $20, or you can donate a comparably priced item for our raffle and get some advance publicity for your business. For questions or to reserve a vendor space, email the pool's socials chair, Emily Stanton, at

9. FCPS’s 8th Annual Holiday Gift Card Drive – Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Services Division worked over 350 cases in 2021 involving child victims and witnesses of domestic & sexual violence as well as children who lost a loved one to homicide. Too many of these children will not get to celebrate holidays due to the financial burden that comes with being a victim of crime. In the spirit of the season, please donate a gift card to help brighten the holidays for these children.

Each child victim selected for the holiday gift card drive has been affected by crime and has been vetted by their assigned Victim Specialist. All the families selected are truly in need. The gift cards can be used to purchase toys, gifts, winter clothing or to purchase food for their holiday meal.

Now through Friday, 17 December you can donate gift cards to places like Giant, Safeway, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Target, Kohl’s, local restaurants, and clothing stores. Gift cards, will allow parents to be active participants in purchasing gifts for each child as well as practical, needed items that they would normally go without.

You can drop off or mail gift cards to Saly Fayez who is the Director of Victim Services Division, Fairfax County Police Department, 12099 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax, VA 22035. For more information, contact Saly Fayez at 703/246-2465 or,

10. Last Chance to Order - Girl Scout Fall Product (nuts, candy, and magazines)! Deadline to order is Sunday, 14 November. Although the girl delivered option has already ended, you can still place an order for donation to our military troops using the “Troop 2 Troops” option or pay for it to be delivered to a loved one. Go to and enter code PVGMTK2V. Questions? Contact Jessica Gregris at or cell phone at 254/383-4015.

11. Winterizing Tips – Jeff Carter discovered a helpful wikiHow article on How to Prevent an Outside Faucet from Freezing. Check it out.

Stay safe!

John Cooley



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