Village News, 9/25/19

Dear West Springfield Village Neighbor / Friend,

Need to put this out a day earlier than normal. And, next week’s enews, if there is one will be posted to our website ( with an alert via Facebook group saying when it posted (should be on Thursday).

CAWSV FY20 Membership Drive – We are now at 195 members for FY20, leaving us $1550.00 or 155 members short of expected funding objective. Yes, we need your membership and $10.00 dues for FY20 (10/1/2019 – 9/30/2020). Yes, we are a volunteer citizen’s association, but rely solely on membership dues year by year. We have 153 FY19 members who have yet to renew for FY20. Was it something I said? And we have 122 households who did not join last year, but hoping to persuade them to become part of our association. May need your help getting the word out to them.

Make check payable to “CAWSV” and mail to CAWSV, P.O. Box 2204, Springfield, VA 22152. Or, you can pay $11.00 using PayPal by clicking “Here”. The extra $1.00 covers the charge PayPal exacts on our transactions.

 We do a lot with your $10.00 to include maintenance of the Rolling Road median, a community yard sale, cleanup, maintain a website that attracts potential buyers and renters and host or co-host several social events during the year. And, the VW Pool gives you a discount on their membership if you also are a CAWSV member.

Is Fairfax County a Sanctuary County?  No – it is not (at this moment). There are some confusing reports circulating that county is now a sanctuary. Fearing the crime that Montgomery County has experienced and the misleading report generated the question. I asked our Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity to confirm or deny the report. His staff responded that the Board of Supervisors (BOS) has not voted to make Fairfax County a sanctuary county. Here is the official statement from the County on this issue and the link ( to the County’s page on all immigration policies:

            “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has not designated Fairfax County as a sanctuary county. Fairfax cooperates to the fullest extent required by federal, state or local law with any law enforcement agency, including ICE, requesting criminal law enforcement assistance. The federal courts have determined that the enforcement of civil immigration laws is a federal responsibility. Fairfax County seeks to protect the federal and state constitutional rights of all persons, including immigrants.”

I’m not looking for a debate, just trying to debunk a misleading article that is floating about. You will have the opportunity to ask about this issue and other questions at the two debates listed in the next article.   

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 (Republican) - incumbent and Linda Sperling (Democrat)

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

Halloween Party and the Great Chili Cook-off - 4 – 7:00 PM, 19 October at the Village West Pool (7008 Elkton Drive). Seems like changing the date and time of these events has created confusion. They are scheduled from 4 – 7:00 PM, 19 October. We moved up to the 19th to avoid schedule conflict with Rolling Valley ES Haunted House. 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.

             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.

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**  


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 

Village Meeting – 7:30 PM, Thursday, 10 October in the Rolling Valley Elementary School. Major agenda items that will require a vote are:  1) ratification of the FY19 audit report, 2) passing our FY20 budget with markups as needed, 3) election of new board of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Let me know if you want to be considered for one of the elected positions. We should also have an update from VDOT about the Rolling Road Project and hope to get a report from the Village West Pool Board. Come join us at our fall meeting. 

Contractor Recommendation – Hannah’s Pet Care for personalized pet care. Hannah Roddy actually works for a Veterinary Clinic and willing to combine home and pet sitting including overnight stay as you may need. Call text or email her at, 703/507-8233 

Stay safe!!

John Cooley, CAWSV


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