Village News 01/12/2017

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

Village Crier and 2017 Directory Deliverers Needed – We hope to be able to deliver soon, but will need about 20 volunteers for about an hour’s worth of effort to deliver the Criers to all and directories to CAWSV members in the same route. All get the Crier and it will be clearly marked on the route guide who is to also receive the directory. Please let me know ASAP if you will help even if you habitually do help. Community service credit is available for those needing such. 

Computing Corner – from Bob Havey, our resident computer whisperer - I have received several calls over the past few weeks about computers running slow.  Slowness can be caused by several things, but running CHKDSK /R (not case sensitive) is one of the first things to try. Do this when you would normally be shutting down for the evening, and leave the computer on overnight.  The process can take a few hours.

The procedure is as follows (assuming that you have Windows 10):

  1. Right click the Windows box at the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Click Command Prompt (admin).
  3. In the black box that opens type CHKDSK /R  and press <ENTER> on the keyboard – not case sensitive, but just type what I put in caps.
  4. You will get the following response:
    1. CHKDSK cannot run because the volume is in use by another process.  Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts?  (Y/N)
  5. Press Y on the keyboard.
  6. Reboot and walk away.
    1. The scan could take hours.

The system should run faster when the desktop comes back up.

If you have Windows 7, Vista, or (not recommended XP) you still want to run CHKDSK, but the procedure to get to an elevated command prompt is a little different:

  1. Click the Start Button in the lower corner of the screen.
  2. Click Programs or All programs, depending on which Windows you are dealing with.
  3. Click Accessories.
  4. Right click Command Prompt.
    1. Note that in XP you just need to click Command Prompt.  There is no elevated Command Prompt.
  5. Click Run as Administrator
  6. Continue with Step 3 above.

If this doesn’t work, I can be reached at 703/569-8195 or by email at  My home phone is in the directory, but if I am not there to answer it, I might not notice the blinking message light for days.

Village-Owned Businesses – We would like to feature village-owned businesses on our website and in these enews messages, but will need your permission to do so and a brief business-card discussion about your company along with contact information. No cost. Please send to me at This week we’ll feature John Boynton’s J & F Specialties, Inc, a full service remodeling firm.  In John’s own words: 

We offer design/build services to provide our clients a pleasant, stress free remodeling experience from concept to completion and beyond. We take great pride in our many happy clients and are passionate about providing them with the highest quality remodeling service.

We specialize in kitchen remodeling, from cabinet refacing to major design changes; bathroom remodeling, from the hall bath to amazing master baths; along with custom cabinetry and built-ins. As a Class A Builder, we can assist you in adding space to your home and interior renovations to suit other areas of your home such as home offices and basements.

John has lived in the Springfield area since elementary school and has kept his roots there.  Spending many years in the retail home center and wholesale building materials industry he is well practiced at providing the best customer service with a broad knowledge of products and materials needed for home renovations.  As the owner, John works with the client to determine need and investment goals. He oversees each design providing creative solutions to help clients meet their project goals.  He takes great pride in making sure changes and additions blend in seamlessly to the existing home. 

The J & F Specialties, Inc Process:

            Step 1 – Consultation - John will discuss with new clients their remodeling needs and then will set up an in-home consultation.  At this time we listen to the client’s needs and “wish list”

            Step 2 - Scope of Work and Investment - Once the concept of the scope of work is determined we will discuss with the client the investment necessary to accomplish what they wish or offer solutions that may fit a refined budget

            Step 3 - Design  - The next step is to enter into a design agreement with a reasonable deposit.  We then provide plans, assist with material selections, obtain necessary trade estimates, and finally present a detailed contract with final cost.

            Step 4 - Design Presentation - We then present the design and construction contract and determine time frame for project.

            Step 5 - Pre-Construction - Our staff are introduced to the client, responsibilities are assigned, trade contractors are scheduled and project pre-planning occurs

            Step 6 – Construction - Project proceeds through completion.  Regularly scheduled meeting with the client occur to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience.

            Step 7 - Follow up after project completion

You can contact John at, 571/278-2710 and see his website at And you can see his company on Angie’s List and client surveys at

Landmark Mall to Close for Redevelopment – It was news to me and thanks for Kathy D’Amato for sharing this report. Mall store owners have until the end of this month to vacate. The plan calls for demolition of the mall space between Sears and Macy’s to convert the site to an open-air urban village complete with residences, shops, restaurants, plazas and a 10-screen movie theater. See more at

Happy Birthday - Brendan James Cooley turned 8 years of age just yesterday. His father/my son also had a birthday last weekend. Time marches on!

Should be enough for today. Stay safe!

John Cooley



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