Village News, 10/26/17


Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Have you joined or renewed your membership in our civic association yet? If so - thank you! If not, please do so asap. If it will help – I’ll stop by your home to pick up form and dues. 


Prescription Drug Take Back Day – sent in by Ed Wyse (Loudoun Lane) - Saturday, 28 October from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the lobby of the West Springfield District Station, 6140 Rolling Road. Disposal is FREE, convenient, confidential and safe. Drop off unused or expired medications (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles). See attached flyer.


Halloween Party / Chili Cook-off & Food Drive at Risk – Looks like rain on Sunday, 29 October. We’re still planning on a start time of 4:00 PM in the Village West Pool Parking Lot (7008 Elkton Drive), but will make a weather call early Sunday morning. If we cancel, we will not make up the Halloween Party, but hoping to reschedule the Chili Cook-off and the Food Drive. Notice of “Go” or “No Go” will go out via FaceBook, posted to our website and probably a short email dispatched as well. Assuming the weather will cooperate, here’s a reminder of this family fun event:


  1. Halloween Party Party Coordinator, Barbara Naylor has the chicken nuggets covered, but still needs apple cider. She also has the food warmers that we mentioned last week. Barbara can be reached at

  2. 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-OffThe Village West Pool is hosting its Annual Chili, Chowder & Cornbread Cook-Off also starting at 4:00 PM on 29 October. They will 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 to sample and all fixings are provided. Arrive with your winner in a crockpot by 3:30 PM. Sign up online at

  3. Non-Perishable Food Collection for ECHO – Laura Rozier (Wythe Lane) will again collect donations of non-perishable food at the Halloween Party that will then be given to ECHO to help feed those in need in our regional area.

American Trash Company – Christine Daffan (Barnack) was able to negotiate a community rate for our West Springfield Village. You can call and ask for the WS Village rate. They have it documented in the system. The rate is for a year and it includes all the same services as Republic (twice a week pick up, recycling once a week, yard debris once a week). The rate is $75/quarter - $25/month. So the good news is that you have options. Both are competitive and Christine says she has been happy with American Trash Service (703/368-0500). Not sure why American did not get back to me, but glad Christine succeeded – good job!


Leaf Raking, Lawn Mowing, Snow Shoveling, Baby Sitting, Parent Helpers – Below are the young folks who are willing to work. If you have a youngster willing to work for money or to help others for community service credit, please send his or her name and contact information to John Cooley, 8131 Edmonton Court, 703/451-7055 or


Leaf Raking – Wesley Branch (Vancouver Road) wants leaf raking jobs. Reach him at his mother’s email address


Baby Sitting:


Jakob Ames (SVD) - He’d rather stick with younger children (no infants), and is willing to sit in your home. e has He hasHe has a lot of experience watching younger children (babysitting his cousins). Call or text 703/559-5114.


Caroline McDonald (Bluefield Court) is 15 years of age, CPR certified, trained in emergency first aid and looking for babysitting jobs (808/729-5307).


Alyssa Burkhalter (Ontario Street), 16 years of age, CPR certified and willing to watch infants and toddlers, 571/421-0276 or


Rachel Burkhalter (Ontario Street), 14 years of age, CPR certified and willing to watch infants and toddlers, 571/421-0276 or


Live Oak Restaurant – If you haven’t tried Jeremy Barber’s low country, Charleston-inspired cuisine – you’re in for a treat! Chef Justus Frank might have rivaled my mom’s cooking and Jeremy made us feel right at home at 1603 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria 22301, 571/312-0402,


Daylight Savings Time - ends 2:00 AM, 5 November. Clocks fall back. DST begins with clocks springing forward at 2:00 AM on Sunday, 11 March 2018.


General Election – 7 November. Those on the east side of Rolling Road poll at West Springfield ES while those on the west side poll at Rolling Valley ES.


Stay safe!


John Cooley



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