Village News, 9/19/19

Dear West Springfield Village Neighbor / Friend,

CAWSV FY20 Membership Drive Status – We now have about 185 members for FY20, but about 170 members short of funding objective.   

Debates – The Springfield District Council will host two debates between candidates for the Springfield District Supervisor and secondly for candidates for our Springfield District Representative to the Fairfax County School Board. Both events will start at 7:30 PM in the Rolling Valley Elementary School cafeteria as indicated below. 

            1. Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day):  Springfield District Supervisor  Pat Herrity (R) - incumbent - Linda Sperling (D)

            2. Thursday, October 24:  Springfield District Representative on the School Board Elizabeth Schultz (R) - incumbent, Laura Jane Cohen (D) and   Kyle McDaniel (I)

Vendor Fair - Looking for vendors, home businesses and crafters who would like to reserve a table at our Vendor Fair on Saturday, 12 October 2019, 9:00 to 2:00 PM (set up begins at 8:00 AM). Each table is $40.00. Location: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 6509 Sydenstricker Road Burke, VA 22015.  For more information or a registration form, contact Jeanne Jones at or 703/913-9863.

Halloween Party and the Great Chili Cook-off - 4 – 7:00 PM, 19 October at the Village West Pool (7008 Elkton Drive). Weather cooperating, this will be great family fun, especially for our kids and those of us still young at heart. Hope you can make it. It will be good family fun.  

            Halloween Party – Party Coordinator, Barbara Naylor will undoubtedly continue the success of past events. She asks for donations of chicken nuggets and apple cider plus the use of your burners to help keep food warm. Barbara can be reached at

            Annual Great Chili Cook-Off – The Village West Pool is hosting its Annual Chili, Chowder & Cornbread Cook-Off also starting at 4:00 PM on 19 October. They normally have chili, corn chowder, gumbo and much more on the menu! Come warm your belly while visiting with your neighbors and watching the kids play! No entry fee required; food prices start at $5.00 for kids, $10.00 for adults to sample and all fixings are provided. Arrive with your winner in a crockpot by 3:30 PM. Sign up online soon (next week) as they post it at Questions? Contact Jen Guernsey at

            Non-Perishable Food Collection – we will again collect donations of non-perishable food at the Halloween Party to help ECHO feed those in need in our regional area. ECHO is looking to fill Thanksgiving baskets and needing:  stuffing mix, gravy mix (packets, jars or cans), boxed potato mixes, package boxed rice, canned vegetables, bread or muffin mix, dessert mix (brownies, cake, pudding), disposable roasting pan, canned fruit, beans, tea and/or coffee, flour, shortening, sugar.  

Rolling Road Widening Project – Many of you have taken advantage of VDOT’s offer to provide an enlarged schematic of your Rolling Road property and they still will. Just let me know and I’ll forward your request plus send you the schematic when it is sent back to me. Sound Walls – some have asked what was decided about sound walls and I just heard from VDOT that they will be included in this project. 

Narcan / Opioid Overdosing – We discussed this in a previous newsletter, but the nasal spray that negates opioid overdose is available from a village neighbor at no cost and also from local pharmacies. Administering the nasal spray to a suspected overdose victim is protected by the Good Samaritan Law. I visited Giant Pharmacy this morning and discovered that my co-pay for Narcan is $0.00 and it does not require a specific prescription. Your co-pay may be different, but if you have a relative or loved one who may be at risk – suggest getting it and keeping it with you. The pharmacist told me that when they fill a prescription for an opioid – most doctors also include the Narcan. Let me know if you want to obtain the spray from our village neighbor.  

Online Popcorn Sale – from Brendan Womack (Edmonton Court).  I am an Arrow of Light Cub Scout in Pack 1545 at Rolling Valley Elementary School.  This is my last year as a Cub Scout.  In the spring I will become a Boy Scout.  I am selling popcorn to raise money for my Pack.  The money I raise helps other Scouts who may not be able to afford uniforms, camping equipment, or other things they may need to become a Scout.  Scouting has been important to me because I have been able to help people in our community, and help with nature conservation. Thank you!

            1) Go to Website:

            2) From the website main page, go to “Find a Scout”

            3) From the “Find a Scout” page, type in: Womack, Brendan, 22152 (last name, first name, zip code).

            4) From Brendan’s page go to “products” then place your order, or make a donation. You can also direct that your purchase be provided to service members.

            ** Shipping is Free for now**

Moving Sale – But Most Things are Free - Saturday, 21 September, 10 AM – 12:00 Noon, 6901 Loudoun Lane, Springfield. Ed & Marge Wyse are transitioning from a two-story house with garage, basement, & shed to a two-bedroom apartment.  They have got a lot of stuff that can’t go. Please take it or else next week a downsizing company will! Highlights:

  • Hammock with frame
  • Wooden extension ladder (15 ft length for storage; mid-20 ft extended, bears 300 lbs, but heavy – you haul)
  • Garden tool, Hand tools
  • Office/school items
  • Hazmat liquids (turpentine, paint stripper, white gasoline, herbicides, etc.), Cleaning supplies, Car cleaning material
  • 3-ring binders  - lots
  • Wood boxes (2), Milk grates
  • Multi-purpose cart ($10) (reserve for later pickup/delivery)
  • Scrap lumber, Tarps
  • Electric sander ($10)
  • Portable propane heater
  • Convalescent commodes (2)
  • Card table  ($10) (reserve for later pickup/delivery)
  • Aluminum folding table  ($10) (reserve for later pickup/delivery)
  • Wheel barrow ($10) (reserve for later pickup/delivery)
  • Drill set ($10)
  • Electric drill ($10)
  • Wrench sets (2) ($10 each)
  • Candles & candle holders (lots)
  • Board games ($5 each)
  • Firewood holder, Camping equipment
  • Toys (softball, Frisbee, whiffle ball), Baby ga


August 1 – 11/01/19   Civic Association Membership Drive

Early October             Audit team meets to review financial records and procedures

October 10                  Village Meeting at 7:30 PM at RVES Library

October 14                  Springfield District Supervisor Debate, 7:30 PM

October 19                  Halloween Party and the Great Chili Cook-off, 4 – 7:00 PM at the pool.

October 24                  Springfield District Representative to School Board Debate, 7:30 PM

October 27                  Taste of Greater Springfield, 3 – 6:00 PM at Waterford Reception

Stay safe and enjoy the weekend!  

John Cooley, CAWSV

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