Dear West Springfield Neighbor / Friend,
It must be summer time; another short report today.
COVID-19 Update – Apparently, we’re moving into the next Phase (III) of returning to whatever “normal” is or had been. When Virginia does slide into Phase 3 on 1 July, the guidelines can be found in English here and in Spanish here. Key changes:
- Non-essential businesses, restaurants, and beverage services may fully reopen.
- Entertainment venues may open at 50% capacity.
- All open facilities must continue to maintain physical distancing practices and enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices.
- Gatherings of up to 250 people will be allowed.
- Teleworking is still strongly encouraged.
- Face masks are still required.
Latest from Fairfax County concerning the virus can be found here.
4th of July Flag Pride – Tim Royster (Smyth Street, 571/275-0871) of the Royster Hearth Group will, in cooperation with our Civic Association of West Springfield Village (CAWSV) place small American flags by residential mailboxes. Flags measuring 12" x 18" on a 31.5" wooden staff will be placed next to your mailboxes between Wednesday, 1 July and Friday, 3 July. All the flags will be removed on Monday, 6 July for storage until the next holiday”.
“If you do not want a flag placed in your yard, please e-mail Tim with your address at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 29 June.”
Volunteers are needed to place and remove the flags. If you will help, please e-mail Tim at email@example.com.
It Ain’t Personal – holster your shooting irons – I am not the canine etiquette police. I include reminders when one or more of you send in a complaint. I don’t go looking for violations. Many think that I direct these crappy comments at you, but I send the enews to myself and bcc you and the rest of the village. Even if I know who the guilty party is, we do not nor would not include such in the article. So, if the shoe fits – well then take corrective action. If not, know ye that it is just a reminder. And, it was suggested that I include a warning about our territorial dog, Sadiqi. Yes – she will nip (some say bite), but just a heads up.
Live Oak Restaurant – Jeremy Barber (Smyth Street) wanted to inform you that his Live Oak Restaurant, 1603 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria 22301 is reopened for takeout Wednesday - Sunday. Visit their website at https://www.liveoakdelray.com/ to order online or by phone at 571/312-0402. You’ll be in for a real treat
For Sale - Now just $850 and comes with a trailer and grass bag. 42” cutting system, 19.5 HP. Contact Chris Creasi, Samson Properties at 571/205-5642.
Real Estate Market in a Pandemic – from Tim Royster (Smyth Street) - What has happened in our real estate market since the pandemic hit our area in March? Well, new pending home sales are on an upward trend, inventory remains low, median home prices are going up, and we're seeing more buyers taking advantage of historically low mortgage interest rates.
Pending home sales: According to a June 6 economic report issued by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis (GMU-CRA), new pending sales in the Northern Virginia region ticked up in April and May. We're not where we would be normally this time of the year, but we are seeing some improvement.
Inventory and home prices: The pandemic has further affected the already low inventory with new listings falling by 35% in May compared to last year. Median home prices increased by 4.93% compared to May 2019.
Bottom Line: COVID-19 has not diminished the need for housing. People are still moving for personal reasons and we're seeing more pent-up demand this summer.
J & F Specialties, Inc – (https://jandfspecialties.com/, 703/913-3242) is owned and operated by Village resident, John Boynton (Truro Court). You may recall that previously John offered to help older residents or those with physical restrictions with home projects. Even though that program has ended (for now), some of the beneficiaries want to thank him. Here is one such note from Andrew Bilski (SVD):
“Thank you so much for your generosity of free time and labor from you and your employees. Your work was done in a clean and satisfactory way and it greatly enhances the comfort and appearance of my house. I gladly recommend your services to others.”
School Basketball Courts and Playgrounds – now open - use at their own risk and while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Help Requested - The Hoffmann’s (Landor Lane) are donating their RV to a children’s camp in West Virginia. John & Lois need help getting it ready to go. If you can help in de-winterizing, washing the exterior or cleaning the interior please call John at 703/508-0200.
Stay cool, safe and healthy!
John Cooley, CAWSV