Village News 1/23/20

Dear West Springfield Neighbor / Friend,


2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs – Our District Supervisor Pat Herrity and the Connection Newspapers along with a variety of Supervisor's offices, businesses, and community organizations, will again host teen job fairs and career-building workshops. The fairs will focus on students and younger job seekers looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions. The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions.

They are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, or tips on career-building skills like networking, building a resume or LinkedIn profile, and interviewing. Free booth space will be provided to any business or organization to advertise their available positions. Both teenagers and businesses or organizations may register to attend by visiting the following link: 


First jobs are important, and these events help connect teens with employers face-to-face and prepare our youth for the workforce. Here’s the Fairfax County Teen Job Fair schedule:


  • Saturday, 7 March, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

                        Woodson High School

  • Saturday, 7 March, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

                        South County High School

  • Saturday, 14 March, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

                        Chantilly High School

  • Saturday, 21 March, 10:00 to 12:00 Noon

                        Mount Vernon High School

  • Saturday, 28 March, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

                        West Springfield High School


Directory Delivery – Well, we only ended up one volunteer short of a full deck. We are thankful to those who have or soon will be delivering your directory to your door (Leanna Wilson, young Logan Mast, Michelle Shulkner and her children, Julia Hale, Jim Kirkpatrick, Deb Bunyea, Kathy D’Amato, Kirby Myers, Mark Gregris, Mark Gilbertson, Lori Branch and Susan Ovelar). We’re expecting rain on Saturday so please look for your copy that should be left near your front door. If you believe you were missed, let me know this time next week. If you would like a copy of the directory, but have not joined our CAWSV yet – you can purchase a copy for $10.00, but that comes with a free membership in our civic association for the rest of this membership year (10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020).


Before It’s Needed: I usually remember to do these things, but often after the need surfaces.


  • Run all gas­-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone. Edge your sidewalk before the first snowstorm to make it easier to shovel snow from that sidewalk.
  • Service and test your emergency generator.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean fireplace flues and dampers.
  • Inspect and clean covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. (Look at last week’s enews about getting free alarms w/installation.)
  • Check the caulking around doors and windows. 
  • Clean gutters to insure they drain as snow melts and refreezes
  • Drain and store outside water hoses and turn off water to outside taps.
  • Fill your car’s windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid (not water)
  • If possible, park in your driveway with it facing the street.
  • Discuss curbside parking with neighbors, best to park on one side of the road (odd addresses, for example) to facilitate snow plowing.
  • Park bumper to bumper so you only have to dig the lead car out and those behind can follow.
  • Carry sand, bird seed or kitty litter in your car to throw under tires for traction; a small shovel may help also.
  • Put a windshield ice scraper in your car. Keep a second one in your home.
  • Raise windshield wipers to keep them from freezing to windshield when car is parked.
  • Make sure you have plenty propane for your BBQ grill. Have matches nearby to light stovetop burners when/if we lose electricity (oven won’t light without electricity, but stove top burners on gas stoves will work, but not the striker/ignitor.)
  • Check on your neighbors who may need help prepping for winter storms.
  • Review county’s list of preparations at
  • Stay informed by checking the county news site at


Glass Recycling - More than 4 million pounds of clean glass have been collected since the purple recycling bins made their debut in Northern Virginia. And now all that glass is taking on a new life. Some of it goes to Fairfax County’s reprocessing plant in Lorton to be crushed by “Big Blue” and used for county projects, such as pipe bedding and filter material. Other glass is picked up by Strategic Materials, North America’s largest glass recycler, and hauled to one of its recycling facilities, processed and sold to manufacturers of a wide range of glass products. Glass bottles and jars are no longer accepted in curbside recycling bins. For more information, go to


Storage Space Needed - The Northern Virginia Swim League, of which Village West Pool is a member, is seeking space in which to store and sort swim league supplies for the season. The space would be needed from approximately February through June and must provide shelter from the elements - a garage or a large shed or a basement would do. The league is a nonprofit, but is willing to pay for the use of the space. For more information, contact Jen Guernsey at 703/887-6485 or


The Capital Steps – The All Night Graduation Party Committee of West Springfield High School Class of 2020 is sponsoring The Capital Steps 20 February at 7:00 PM. We will be joined by special guest Fairfax County Springfield District Supervisor Mr. Pat Herrity!

The Capital Steps has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS. They can be heard twice a year on NPR Stations Nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday Radio Special!

All proceeds benefit the Senior Class of 2020 All Night Graduation Safe and Sober Celebration. Tickets:  or call 800/838-3006. Thank you in advance for your Support!


Capital Steps


Free Inkjet Cartridges – My wireless, all-in-one Canon Pixma, MX882 Printer died (or at least I think it’s dead). I had just replaced the ink cartridges 225 PGBK (black), 226Y (yellow), 226Bk (black), 226C (cyan) and 226M (magenta) – all can be harvested for continued use. I also have two each 226Y new in wrapper and one 226 BK (also new in wrapper). Free! If you want to attempt repair of the printer, it will be yours also. 703/451-7055 or Thanks to Jason & Kerri Henry for loaning our CAWSV and me a printer to use until my new one arrived.


Take care; stay warm.


John Cooley



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