Village News, 7/15/21

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

The enews is sent to myself with all other village email addresses (including yours and my wife’s) listed in the “BCC” line to help protect our privacy. It may read like comments are directed to you and only you, but instead meant for the plural “you” or better yet “us”.

1. Calendar:

  • 17 July Village West Vikings Swim Meet (last home meet for the Vikings)
  • 17 July – Rocknoceros (Children’s Songs), see below
  • 21 July – Free Summer Concert at Burke Lake Park (see below)
  • 1 August – Civic Association Membership Drive Begins
  • 23 August – First Day of School
  • 6 September – Labor Day (9/03 through 9/06 – FCPS student holiday)
  • 14 October – Village Meeting, 7:30 PM, vote to Ratify FY21 Audit Report, vote to pass a FY22 Budget Proposal with markups if/as needed and vote to elect new Board of Directors.

2. Plastic Bag Tax - By a vote or 9 – 1, the County Board of Supervisors authorized staff to start the process for a 5-cent tax on most disposable plastic bags provided by grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores.

Revenues from this tax are earmarked for (1) environmental clean-up, (2) mitigation of pollution and litter, (3) education, and (4) the provision of reusable bags to recipients of federal food support program (i.e., SNAP and WIC).

If concern for our environment is the driving force, why not simply ban these type plastic bags like they did plastic lawn and leaf bags? Have a look at this site concerning this study. dec08-environmental-2-plastic-bag-tax.pdf ( Yes, that one “Nay” vote was our Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity.

Apparently, the Virginia General Assembly gave the county new taxing authority to include 1) meals tax, 2) a transient occupancy tax, 3) a cigarette tax at a rate not to exceed 40 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes, 4) an admissions tax and 5) a tax on plastic bags. Visit the following site for an overview of county’s taxing authority:  Overview of County Taxing Authority - Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Budget Committee - March 16, 2021. Rich - Look at the far-right column header.

3. Village West Swimming Pool News & Announcements:

*It's not too late to join Village West Pool! In addition to full-season memberships, we offer monthly memberships good for any block of 30 calendar days. For more information, visit and click on the Membership tab. We are also pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with an area scuba instructor and will be offering our members deeply discounted scuba instruction as well as a First Aid / CPR class.

**Congratulations to our Village West Vikings, who took the Division 17 championship at last week's Relay Carnival! If you live near the pool, you probably heard the enthusiastic cheers. Many thanks to all of our Village neighbors for your patience with our increased traffic congestion during the meet. Relay Carnival involves six different swim teams - and the concessions sales make a bundle for our team! Village restaurant owner Natalie Tantivejakul coordinates the best concessions operation in the league! I'll put in a plug for her closest restaurant, Rice & Spice, delicious Thai food located off Beulah across from Wegmans. We are nearing the end of the swim team season, with our last home meet this Saturday morning, July 17. The pool itself is open through Labor Day.

***The Village West Vikings invite you to their lasagna dinner fundraiser! This year's dinner will be held at the pool on Saturday, July 17, with three seatings: 5 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM. Take a load off and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner while our teenagers serve you a nice meal. Adult meals are $8, kids under 12 eat for only $4, and wine will be $2 per glass. Kiddos who aren't into lasagna will have a mac and cheese option. All meals also include non-alcoholic beverages, garlic bread, and brownie dessert. To make your reservation, go to

4. Website Update – are these still active listings? Please review the website periodically if you or your child is/are listed there. These will be pulled unless we hear back from you wanting them to stay. Check the website please (

  • Caroline McDonald (Bluefield Court) – Babysitting
  • Harrison Smith - Lawn Mowing
  • Jakob Ames (SVD) - Babysitting
  • Kate Weir and Teresa Weir - Pet Sitting, House Sitting
  • Niko Porter - Leaf Raking

5. Babysitting / Nannying / Mother’s Helper – Soon to be 16-years old Lily Klimek (Smyth Street) – is available for anyone who may need her babysitting, nannying or mother’s helper services. She has experience. You can call her at 703/344-6940.

6. Free Summer Concert Series – (taken from the Herrity Report) – Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at Burke Lake Park (see schedule below). 2 Silos Beer and Peterson’s Ice Cream will be for sale and La Gringa food truck will also be there. 

Local student talent will perform opening acts. Come early to get settled with your picnic blanket, food, drinks, and enjoy the whole show! For last minute performance cancellations due to inclement weather, call 703/324-7469 one hour before the event would begin.


  • 21 - The Skip Castro Band (Party Band)
  • 28 - The Road Ducks (Southern Rock)


  • 4 - The Johnny Artis Band (Blues, Rock & Roll)
  • 11 - Practically Einstein (Vintage Rock)
  • 18 - The Colin Thompson Band (Blues Rock)
  • 25 - Artist to be determined

Visit Springfield Nights | Park Authority ( for more information and to find other summer concerts at Fairfax County Parks.

Also, there are also Free Children’s Entertainments on Saturday Mornings starting at 10:00 AM at the Burke Lake Amphitheater. Here’s that schedule:


  • 17 - Rocknoceros (Children’s Songs)
  • 24 - Mr. Gabe & the Circle Time All-Stars (Children’s Songs)
  • 31 - Marsha and the Positrons (Children’s Songs)


  • 7 - Ray Owen (Children’s Songs)
  • 14 - Blue Sky Puppet Theater (Puppets

7. Covid-19 – Click here - Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you to find who has which vaccine and to schedule an appointment to include those 12+.

8. Happy Birthdays! – Rigel M. Briggs & Elizabeth (Cooley) Briggs

9. Needing to Borrow - I have two grandsons coming to visit at the end of the month. Hoping to borrow boy toys (bikes, scooters or any other outdoor things).

Seems like we are now officially in the dog days of summer, often with afternoon thunderstorms. Stay cool, dry, safe and healthy!

John Cooley


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