Village News, 9/2/21

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend, 

1. Snakes and Family Pets – Dick & Jule Ann Cheslock sent a reminder that was posted on NextDoor about snakes, specifically Copperhead snakes and family pets. Seems like a lady had one of her dogs bitten while it was in her backyard. The lady noticed the dog acting unusually when it came back in, so she examined it to find blood where the snake had bitten. She rushed it to a pet hospital, and it will recover, but she wanted to raise the alarm. The smaller Copperhead’s bite is most dangerous. Thanks to Henry Butler for this picture and reminding us that this snake is most active now until mid-November.

May be an image of text that says 'Boyce-Holland Holland Veterinary Svcs. 21047 JEB Stuart Highway'

2. Delegate Kathy Tran – taken from her newsletter (E-Newsletter — Kathy Tran for Delegate (

  • Afghan Refugees – are arriving, mainly through Dulles Airport. Regional military bases and the Dallas Expo Center are serving as transition stations as Afghans complete their background checks and are processed for resettlement. Consider donating to an agency listed at Virginia’s Resettlement Agencies.
  • COVID-19 Booster Shot – 3rd dose or booster set for rollout 20 September for those who are immunocompromised and who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if it is appropriate for you. Also review the CDC recommends to see if you should get a booster. If you haven’t received the vaccine, find a place to get it here.
  • End of Federal Evictions Moratorium - Fairfax County has money allocated through the VA General Assembly to help keep County residents in their homes. If you need rent assistance, call Coordinated Services Planning at 703/222-0880, M – F, 8-4:30 PM.
  • 2022 Senate and House of Delegates Page Program - The Page Program provides opportunities for 13- and 14-year-olds to see the state government firsthand. Applications are open until 5:00 PM, 1 November. For more information Senate and House Page Programs Delegate Tran asks that you let her know if your child applies.

Delegate Tran wants to know if you have questions or need assistance (804/698-1042 or 

3. ECHO – ECHO needs friendly, kind, and positive-attitude people, especially those who also speak Spanish and are willing to commit one morning a week to interview people requesting assistance. Those selected will work with experienced volunteers until confident in the process. 

Consider helping with our Teen Program if you enjoy working with teens and are available many Wednesday evenings during the school year from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  You would work with another adult to supervise teens as they sort donated items.

A person or a team with good organizational and decision-making skills will be needed to chair ECHO’s clothing operation as incumbents retire. Training will be provided. The chair(s) will work with ECHO volunteers who assess and organize clothing donations and assist clients in finding the clothing they need for their families. For more information e-mail ECHO’s Clothing Department needs polar fleece outerwear and sweatshirts in children’s sizes 8 to 18 as well as athletic shoes in men’s sizes 7 and 8. 

The complete lists of things that ECHO cannot accept and can accept is on our website,, under the tab "Donate Goods.” There is also a list of charitable organizations that might be able to use what we cannot. Also, to ensure the safety of our clients, our Food Room must discard food donations that have been opened or re-packaged from the original, sealed packaging. While ECHO needs common over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, we cannot use vitamins, herbal remedies, protein supplements, etc.

Stuff the Bus events are on 11 September and 9 October where we collect non-perishable food donations at various locations (TBD).  Look for more information on the Fairfax County government website, searching “Stuff the Bus." In the meantime, canned tomatoes, canned meats, cooking oil and tortillas are needed. 

ECHO is open to accept donations Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Volunteers will be at the Donation Door to assist with your donation and offer written receipts. 

4. Stump Grinding – Thanks to those who responded with their experience and recommendation for stump grinders. These will be posted to our website where all of us can go to find contractor recommendations:

  • Tiffany Anderson (Quebec Court) - We have used and would recommend either of these businesses for stump grinding:  1) Big Steve's Tree Care Service 703/499-3668; and 2) Israel Hernandez Tree Service 540/212-1421. Steve is an arborist and is very knowledgeable. Israel is a referral within the neighborhood who most recently removed our lovely front maple tree that had expired. He did quick, clean, and affordable services and even moved wood and mulch into our backyard.
  • Lindsay Beecher Latham (Barnack Drive) - We used Green Visa Tree Care when we had trees removed and stumps in the yard ground down
  • Bill Daugherty (Vancouver Road) - I had a small to medium size stump ground down by JL Tree Service. I believe the price then (couple years ago) was $250. Several years prior JL Tree Service took down an entire large Oak tree and their price was by far the best of the companies contacted. I would certainly start with them again if I need another tree taken down. They have been around a long time.
  • Ben Migliaccio (Sandover Court) - I have used MR Trees for both tree removal and stump grinding. Their work is outstanding, after he ground up and removed a 3-foot diameter stump you didn’t even know it had been there. Contact the owner Marvin at 540/229–9285. They are licensed and insured. 
  • Dawn Leonard (SVD) - We’ve been using Absolute Tree (703/969-6207) for all our tree stumps that needs grinding.  Reasonable price and they have it done quickly. 

5. Calendar:

  • 6 September – Labor Day (FCPS student holiday 9/03 through 9/06)
  • 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.
  • 1 November – end of the FY22 CAWSV membership drive – are you in?
  • 7 November – daylight savings time ends

6. Yard Waste and Household Trash Collections – You may have heard that Fairfax County now allows commercial trash haulers to collect trash and yard waste together if they are experiencing labor shortages that prevent them from completing their routes in a timely manner. This is expected to be a temporary change and certainly won’t be doable when the leaves start falling. I called Republic and was told that we will keep the same schedule (Monday – Recycle, Wednesday – Yard Waste, and Thursday – Household Trash) at least until further notice. I heard that some received contradictory guidance from a robocall. I don’t know what American or Bates intends to do and as you can tell – I am not certain how Republic will play it either. Suppose the best bet for us is to continue to put out yard debris on Wednesdays and if not collected, leave it out for the Thursday collection. VP Bernie Koehle was told that it is now ok to mix yard debris in with our household trash in our assigned toters.

7. Happy Anniversary – Glenn & Kerry Cooley!

Stay safe good people!

John Cooley


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