Village News, 4/6/20

Dear West Springfield Neighbor / Friend,

Assembled much too quickly and surely fraught with grammatical mistakes and spaling errors.  

Some Good Village News - from Kirby Myers, Springfield Village Drive (east) –somebody or a group performed random acts of kindness up and down our street today by leaving handmade signs on every doorstep: "Smile," "Be Kind," Be Happy," "Have Faith," "Enjoy the Day." This one was placed on my doorstep. Kirby and all of us appreciate the kind hearts who did the deed!

COVIG – 19 Update: (taken from County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay and Supervisor Pat Herrity newsletters):

Good News FCPS has served 14,000 meals a day on average to students and their families. As of 1 April, total meals served was 170,434. You can donate to the Foundation for FCPS here.

  • The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide flexible funding resources for nonprofit organizations and other programs in our region. This week they awarded $360,000 to 28 organizations in the area meeting basic needs and offering emergency financial assistance. Learn more and donate here.
  • Uber is providing ten million free rides and deliveries for frontline healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need. They are working through existing organizations to help implement. Organizations looking for support with rides or food deliveries can reach out to impact2020@uber.com.
  • Northern Virginia Community College provided 516 computers to NOVA students who expressed need in order to take online classes. You can support students at NOVA by donating to the NOVA Foundation here.

FCPS

  • Distance learning packets for students PreK through Grade 8 should be arriving in mailboxes in the next week.
  • Food distribution will continue during the week of Spring Break April 6 - 10 with some changes to hours.

Homeless Shelters

  • Virginia Governor announced an initial $2.5 million in emergency funding to shelter Virginia’s statewide homeless population.
  • This emergency support will provide temporary housing for the approximately 1,500 Virginians who are currently unsheltered or rely on shelters.
  • The funding will also provide housing for individuals in shelters that may need to be quarantined, or where social distancing is not feasible.
  • Read more.

Financial Updates

  • Our business website has information on collecting unemployment and other information for workers and employers.
  • The Virginia Employment Commission is reminding those filing for unemployment insurance benefits to do so weekly after you have filed your initial claim.
  • If you are in need of financial counseling, the Financial Empowerment Center is supported by Fairfax County.
  • Call 703/704-6101 or email info@fecsoco.org
  • They are also looking for professional banking/lending volunteers to virtually assist applicants of small business loans. They are especially in need of volunteers speaking Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Contact Dawn Sykes at dsykes@britepaths.org for more information.
  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.
  • Residents will receive direct cash assistance of $1,200 per person earning up to $75,000 or $150,000 for married couples filing jointly; an additional $500 cash payment available per child.
  • Seniors who receive Social Security will automatically receive checks.
  • However, those individuals that don’t receive Social Security and did not file a tax return last year will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
  • Read more.

County Courts

  • Fairfax County's Commonwealth's Attorney is reviewing case files and will petition the courts to release selected non-violent inmates with limited time remaining on their sentences.
  • The General District Court will not issue new evictions through April 26. Likewise, the Sheriff's Office will not execute pending evictions through April 26. Read more.

Legal Resources

  • Legal Services of Northern Virginia is providing free legal counsel to low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals and families.
  • Some areas they are working on: unemployment claims, housing evictions and foreclosures, and protective orders.
  • Call: 703/778-6800; Monday - Thursday; 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM & 1:30 - 3:30 PM.

Water Main Flushing – the discolored water was in part (at least) due to county water authority’s annual water main flushing done by free flowing water from fire hydrants for a short while. Everyone should have by now returned to clear water, but may smell or taste the free chlorine used to flush the water system. It isn’t harmful. Good to note that even though we (me, at least) weren’t notified in advance, the alarm went out via FaceBook Group and the right answer was posted quickly by Regan Carver. The FB Group was also instrumental in finding a runaway turtle. Get into it or make a deal with someone to tell you what’s happening in the village.

Rolling Road 2020 Paving – only isolated areas of distressed pavement are scheduled to be patched during 2020. Expect some travel diversions and/or interruptions.

Metro to Further Reduce Service Hours - starting Monday, 6 April rail to open at 5:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM (M – F); 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Saturday & Sunday). Bus service ends at 11:00 PM. For more information, https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Pandemic-service-schedule.cfm#main-content.

County Budget Adjustmentstomorrow, we should be able to see the revised budget based on necessary changes due to the COVIG-19. You can and should provide comments via mailed written testimony, online written testimony, phone, video testimony, and in-person testimony while maintaining social distancing orders. You can share your comments with the entire Board by emailing ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov.

2020 Graduates – Kathy Ciro volunteered to lead any effort we may have as a community to recognize our 2020 graduates. She will also need to know if your graduate will take part in whatever social-distanced festivities we collectively decide upon. Please respond to Kathy (klciro@msn.com) and cc me (john.t.cooley@verizon.net).

Village West Community Pool – from Pool President Jen Guernsey:

            “After much consideration and number-crunching, your pool board has made the difficult decision not to open Village West Pool this season. The season has already been shortened by Virginia's stay-at-home order through June 10, and there is a definite possibility that even beyond that date there may be restrictions that would affect our operations. We also anticipate decreased membership numbers as families weather changes in their financial situation. The anticipated decrease in membership revenue would not be offset by a decrease in operating costs. We make this decision with tremendous sadness, but it is the best way to ensure that Village West minimizes its losses and remains financially viable to open as usual in 2021.

            Your swim team rep and team rep emeritus, Sarah Seufert and Amy Meli, are researching options that would enable our swim team members to participate in the NVSL season together in the event that other area pools open and the NVSL season takes place. Stay tuned for more information.

            Although we will not be opening Village West this season, we will still have expenses. For health reasons and to ensure that our equipment stays in good working order, we will need to clean the pool and keep it minimally chlorinated and filtered (though still NOT safe for swimming!), and then close the pool back up as usual in the fall.

            With this in mind, we would like to offer three options to our members.

                        1) Members can opt not to join the pool at all this year. (Members who have already joined can request a full refund.)

                        2) Members can purchase their 2021 membership now. This gives members the benefit of locking in their rates now, and gives the pool the benefit of improved cash flow and flexibility during this non-season.

                        3) Members and non-members alike can purchase a 2020 membership and donate it to the pool. Several of us on the board already plan to take this step to help our beloved Village West Pool. We welcome all donations, big or small from all members and those not now members as well. Your donations will help offset the expenses of our non-season and improve our financial footing for the 2021 season. If you want to donate, mail a check in any amount to Village West Pool, P.O. Box 2522, Springfield, VA 22152.

            Please communicate directly with our treasurer, Jackie Glass, at vwpooltreasurer@gmail.com regarding your membership plans.

            Although the pool is a nonprofit, we are a 501(c)7 (social club), so donations to the pool itself are not tax-deductible. (The swim team is a separate 501(c)3 entity - athletic club - so donations to the swim team are tax-deductible.)

            One final note - we would like to thank everyone who has been keeping an eye on the pool as they travel through the neighborhood. Many of you have noticed that there is an AirStream trailer in the pool parking lot hooked up to the pool's electricity. This is with the pool board's knowledge and permission, and the pool will be compensated for the electricity use.” It helps to have someone living there in the Airstream for the time being, as he can help keep an eye out.

Securing the pool is definitely a concern, not only for the pool board, but for our CAWSV and parents. Chris Pappas is looking to add motion-sensor lighting. The pool board will also post signs that the pool is not safe for swimming. All are asked keep an eye on the pool.

Need Help? Let us know if or when you are close to being out of essential items – we should be able to help provide for each other. Please do what the experts say we should do to stay healthy. Some communities have their senior citizens post a green piece of paper in their front window to indicate that all is good and nothing needed, or a yellow piece of paper meaning that they are ok, but need help getting groceries or meds or similar. In emergencies, they post a red piece of paper indicating that something is wrong and they need help. Of course it means nothing unless your neighbors are aware of the plan. You can also set off your car alarm using your key fob’s panic button. That attracts attention!

Happy Birthday! Ayden (A.K.A. “Dancer”) John Cooley, now 7 years of age.

John Cooley, CAWSV

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