Village News, 10/12/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


We have three issues working that has caused some frustration 1) Membership Drive that ends on 1 November, 2) Replacing the Village Crier with a mailed newsletter to those who do not receive the enews and 3) getting each household a copy of the new Republic Trash Agreement that has a suspense of early December. First priority was to get each of these to residents who we can’t talk via email for whatever reason. That is done. Second group will consist of those who did provide an email address, but we have no way of knowing if they are still in the village, receive the enews or want the newsletter and/or the trash agreement. That means we have to ask in yet another email. Our goal is to mail only to those homes that need snail mail in order to save money and time. We want to keep all informed, but move away from door-to-door delivery and snail mail.


Village Meeting Tonight - 7:30 PM in the Art Room at Rolling Valley ES. We’ll quickly conduct our business and then move to either the library or cafeteria to hear from the candidates wanting to fill Dave Albo’s House of Delegates seat. Kathy Tran and Lolita Mancheno-Smoak have agreed to meet with us to give their ideas about moving forward in support of our district. We plan to start that segment at/about 8:00 PM. Please be there or send a family delegate so we can justify these candidates’ time. Even if yiou can’t make the business meeting, come meet the candidates.


Republic Trash Company – considers us “seniors” at age 60 and no matter if you sign up as senior, military or regular customer – we all get twice per week collection of household trash (Mondays & Thursdays) plus pickup of recyclables also on Mondays along with household trash and pickup of yard debris on Wednesdays in the spring, summer and fall. The agreement is attached for your convenience. You can see their terms of service at our website, Republic’s website or email me for a copy. Our current agreement expire at the end of this year.


You may want another trash company. Christine Daffan (Barnack) actually negotiated a rate with American that is even better than Republic. Perhaps you can also get that rate by mentioning her name to one of the American CSRs. We invited American to bid on our agreement, but nothing heard back from them.


Preparedness Awareness Weekend (PAW) Event – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday, 14 October at the Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax. The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is partnering with numerous county agencies and other partners, such as the American Red Cross, to host a Preparedness Awareness Weekend (PAW). Event will feature CPR demonstrations and a presentation for daycare centers on daycare preparedness by the county’s Office for Children. In addition, Fairfax County Public Schools will present on emergency management and response, the Sheriff’s Office will provide child identifications, attendees can “touch a truck” during the display of emergency vehicles and emergency preparedness start kits will be given away at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and again at 1:30 PM.


Other agencies involved include the county’s Health Department, Neighborhood and Community Services, Police Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Citizens Corp programs and Inova.

PAW is a free, family-friendly event and children of all ages are welcome. It’s the perfect weekend event to help you and your loved ones prepare for any emergency. Specialized information will be available for parents of children in various age groups, ranging from infants to toddlers, to pre-kindergarten to school-age children. Free parking is available at the Vienna Metro Garage; look for shuttle service to the Providence Community Center. For more information go to


Fire and Rescue Stations Open House - In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, 14 October from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Stop by your local station that day to meet your firefighters, see the fire trucks, join in the activities and learn about fire safety. And, it’s free!


Leaf Raking / Grass Cutting – Wesley Branch (Vancouver) is your young man for the job. Contact him initially via his momma's email -


Free Plywood – 3 sheets of plywood apparently fell off a truck and landed at 6900 Rolling Road. The plywood is curbside and free to anyone who stops by to claim them.


Rolling Valley ES PTA Restaurant Fundraisers:


Ledo's Pizza - 10/16 & 10/17 - 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Come and dine at Ledo's Pizza and support Rolling Valley Elementary School and the PTA. Mention RVES when you dine and 20% of receipts will go to the school's PTA to help directly support the school and students. This fundraiser is being held on Tues and Wed, Oct 16 & 17th. Can't make it to dine out the restaurant? It works for to-go orders too. Have a large catering order? Any catering order placed by a school, parents, or businesses that mention Rolling Valley will get 10 percent off the order, and RVES PTA will get 10%. This will count for the entire week, so it would be any catering orders placed from Monday the 16th through Sunday the 22nd.

Panera: 11/8 - 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Bring the attached flyer or show an electronic version to the cashier when you place your order and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will go to RVES PTA! Ordering Online for Rapid Pick-Up or Delivery? Enter FUND as your Promo code!

Glory Days: Anytime! When you dine out at Glory Days, please save your original itemized receipt and donate it to RVES PTA. The PTA will get a portion of the checks paid donated back. Receptacles located at RVES, or you can contact and I can arrange a time to pick them up from you. Every dollar counts!


Rolling Valley ES PTA Events:


Pyramid Challenge - Saturday, October 14. A fun run race for all elementary schools in the West Springfield Pyramid for a morning of exercise and comradery! Consider coming out from 10am -Noon to cheer on the kids!

RVES Haunted House & Funfair - Saturday, October 28 – 4:00 PM. Come to Rolling Valley Elementary for an evening of spooky fun! There's a Haunted House for those daring enough, or if you'd prefer the lighter side, a Fun Fair with games, activities and food for kids of all ages. Mark your calendars!


Anxious to include updates from the WSES Mustangs and their school’s PTA. I suspect their PTA President is quite busy these days.


Stay safe. Hope to see you tonight.


John Cooley


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