Village News, 6/2/22

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

Ever notice the effects someone else’s smile or wave has on your psyche? It costs nothing but means about the same in all cultures represented in our village. And that simple acknowledgment from others crosses over the differences we may have in race, religion, politics, age, or language. Let me know if I am wrong as you and I next wave at each other.

1. Community Yard Sale & Free for All – hope you agree that it was another success thanks to Lauen & Jeff Fasceski and Lyndsay Latham and her family. It was great to see neighbors and friends again and I am grateful to those who took some of what my wife and I had out to reduce our inventory. I do store some CAWSV yard sale signs that can be loaned out if you want to conduct your own sale. We can also advertise for you in these newsletters.

2. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) - A kind and generous neighbor has a barely used, complete CPAP system and hopes to find someone who can use it for themselves or an elderly relative She does not want to sell it or to have it  be resold, but instead to provide for someone who needs this type of device. And then passed on to another in need rather than sold for any reason. The system includes:

  • Z1 Auto xpap (portable) CPAP machine.  Bluetooth.
  • Philips Respironics DreamStation. Bluetooth.
  • SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner
  • Also, some still-in-package filters, extra hoses, etc.

Maybe some of you in the health care arena will know of a nursing home or similar that can use this device? Contact me ( and I pass on you interest.

3. NextDoor Community Lead – I have been filling in as Lead for too long and admit to becoming weary with the petty stuff folks launch at each other from in front of their monitors. If you are a NextDoor regular – how about taking on the Lead role? Yep – it is as easy as another step or two as you read the postings. I think NextDoor is a good community asset if only all used it for intended purpose. And that is the role of community leads. How’s that for a sales technique? How ‘bout it? 

4. Village West Pool (Home - Village West Pool ) – starting 13 June will add:

  • Water Aerobics T/Th AM 11-12 (will shift to 12-1 in August)
  • Yoga/PiYo T/Th PM 7-8
  • AM Lap Swim M/W/F 6:30-7:30 AM

What is PiYo?

5. ECHO Expecting Shortages – many local families are struggling financially and have become more reliant on ECHO as food donations fall off during summer months. The result is expected supply shortfalls. They are looking for neighborhoods and organizations to host summer food drives. If you can and will, contact their Food Co-Chairs at

ECHO is also getting a jump on their Back-to-School projects to pack backpacks with grade-appropriate school supplies to distribute to financially distressed families. ECHO needs donations of new school supplies as well as volunteers to help us stuff the backpacks. You are invited to email if they have questions.  

A “Share and Shred” event is scheduled for 18 June from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Kirkwood Presbyterian parking lot, 8336 Carleigh Pkwy. Bring your food donations and get your documents shredded while there. Items especially needed now are granola bars, flour, Masa flour, peanut butter, coffee, honey, sugar, bagged rice, dried black beans, dried red beans, canned fish (such as sardines), canned milk, canned fruit, jelly, feminine products, liquid dish soap, deodorant, toilet tissue, razors, shaving cream, hand lotion.

Clothing donations of new or gently used men’s and teen boy’s sweatpants and sweatshirts, short sleeve t-shirts in men’s sizes S, M, or L, and men’s jeans sizes 28/32 and 30/32 are needed. Donations also needed of queen- or king-sized sheets and comforters, towels and saucepans with lids.

All donations, including non-perishable foods can be brought to the Donation Door at 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Check their website ( for that one Saturday morning each month when they also accept donations. Also check their website to discover volunteer opportunities are available. Or contact  Volunteercoordinator@echo-incorg.

6. Real Estate News – I welcome news or articles from all. Only criteria is if what they submit will be of interest to others. Here’s Tim Royster’s input:

eHerCan you let go of your low mortgage interest rate? The biggest challenge that some are facing in 2022 is how to make the sell and buy scenario work so that they can actually get the home they want without being homeless.  Some question if they should sell their current homes that are financed with very low interest rates to buy their next homes.  In this video are two recent conversations with clients with two different solutions, and three additional suggestions that just might be right for you to secure your next home.  Click on the link to watch the video:

Home Seller Seminar hosted by The Royster Hearth Group on Saturday, 18 June, 10 – 11:00 AM in the South Room, Vienna Community Center at 120 Cherry Street Southeast in Vienna, VA 22180.  Click on this link to register: Topics covered for a stress-free home sale include – 1) creating an ideal timeline, 2) Understanding housing market and buyer behavior, 3) Determining the best-selling option for conservative "net" proceeds and 4) knowing what to fix or replace for top-dollar sale

We are hiring! Are you a licensed Realtor in Virginia looking to join a high producing team?  If you are driven, motivated, a self-starter, detailed oriented, quick to respond, passionate about helping others, and committed to providing outstanding client service, please e-mail your resume to  Please include in the subject line: [Your Name] Join The Royster Hearth Group. Click here to learn more:  About The Royster Hearth Group and as always, give Tim a call at 571/275-0871 if you have questions. 

7. Calendar:

  • 10 June                     Last Day of School (Early Release)
  • 19 June                     Father’s Day
  • 19 June                     Juneteenth
  • 23 July                       Secure Document Shredding at Rolling Valley Kiss & Ride

8. Joyous Family News:  Wedding Anniversary – Congratulations to Tom & Liz (Cooley) Briggs on their anniversary and on the purchase of their new home just outside Tulsa, OK.

Surely others have similar news (anniversaries, births, birthdays, promotions, graduations, etc) to share about their families. Even if we are aware – can’t include without your permission.

Wow! I admit not being ready for the 90+ degree temps but took the advice from our dog and retreated indoors to stay cool. Please check on older neighbors to make sure they’re able to stay cool.

John Cooley

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