Village News, 11/2/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Even though we are well short of our membership objective, we are very thankful for those who joined or renewed their membership in our civic association. Efforts continue to close the gap to our funding objective. Are you in?


Heads Up – Rolling Road Project – Expect more on this, but save the date 30 November, 6:30 - 8:30 PM for the Public Information Meeting (PIM) concerning VDOT’s plan to widen Rolling Road into 4 lanes, 2 NB and 2 SB. As of this moment, the meeting will be in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley ES. Confirmation and more will follow, but you may recall that the property acquisition can start soon after all the PIMs have been held.


Make Up Chili-Cook-Off is Also Cancelled – due to lack of responses from contestants and those interested in sampling the various chili, the VW Pool Board cancelled the make-up event. Now what am I to do with what would have been the champion pot of chili?


Trick or Treat – Halloween Party Coordinator, Barbara Naylor and I handed out goodie packets that she had prepared for the party. I hope the ghosts, ghouls, goblins, ninjas, princesses and batman enjoy Barbara’s efforts. Lesson learned yet again – if you aren’t home – it’s probably best to let a neighbor hand out your treats instead of relying on the honor system. Good job Barbara.


Taste of Greater Springfield (TOGS) - Sunday, 12 November from 3:00 - 7:00 PM at the Waterford at Springfield, 6715 Commerce Street. TOGS is a unique food festival organized by the Rotary Club of West Springfield, the folks who clean up Rolling Road from Old Keene Mill to the Parkway at least four times a year. Now in its fifth year, TOGS features local restaurants providing samples of their favorite dishes. Bring your appetite as the offerings are extensive. Dress is casual and feel free to show up anytime during the event. For adult attendees, there will be several Virginia breweries and wineries showcasing their finest offerings.


The funds raised from this event pay for local projects like dictionaries for 3rd graders, human trafficking awareness programs for area schools, scholarships for local high school students to attend NVCC, recognition to our community's teachers, police, firefighters and first responders, and support for military families. A portion also supports Rotary service projects around the United States and internationally.


Tickets can be purchased online for $30 (adult) at or at the door for $35.


Fall Home Maintenance Tips - Here is a posting from Kirsten Seckler from Kenwood Oaks Neighborhood Association (KONA) that may also be helpful to us:

  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation
  • Check your home for water leaks
  • Review your fire escape plan with your family
  • Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs
  • Protect your home from frozen pipes
  • Replace your furnace filter
  • Run all gas­-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone. Edge your sidewalk first to make it easier to shovel snow.
  • Test your emergency generator
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper
  • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss
  • Clean gutters to insure they drain as snow melts and refreezes
  • Drain and store outside water hoses and turn off water to outside taps.
  • Edge sidewalks to make snow shoveling easier.

Credit or Security Freeze – from Patty Zevallos (Bluefield Court – We hear too often about personal information in databases being hacked. Often, there is no way to prevent it since hackers are getting the information from credit card companies, health insurance companies, the federal government, and more. But you can prevent some of the consequences of the hack.

Often, the reason a criminal hacks into an account is to get enough information to apply for credit in a person's name. They then, of course, run up huge bills. Credit card and loan companies do not thoroughly check someone's identity before processing an online credit application. The Credit Card or Loan Company checks the credit record in any of the three credit bureaus to process the application. A credit freeze or security freeze is a method by which a consumer blocks access to their credit report. The primary purpose is to prevent lenders from accessing their report, which prohibits identity thieves from obtaining credit in the consumer's name.


You can prevent a criminal from successfully applying for credit in your name by freezing your credit bureau accounts, and only taking off the freeze temporarily when you genuinely need to apply for credit.


It is a good idea to freeze access to your credit information as a precaution against identity theft. You can lift the freeze when you need access to credit. Patty just did it with the three credit bureaus, and she reports it seemed easier than in the past. And she only paid $10 to one. Sometimes you can do the freeze either through the web site or by phone, and it is a somewhat different procedure for each one.


Equifax 1-800-349-9960,,

Free, PIN number comes by email


Experian 1-888-397-3742,, Free, ID number comes by mail


TransUnion 1-888-909-8872,

(doesn't work on all browsers), You set up a login before setting up the freeze. $10.00.


Contacting credit reporting companies by phone to initiate a freeze is considered to be more secure than initiating the freeze online. If you institute a credit freeze on your report, you will still able to open new credit accounts and take other actions resulting in credit checks, but you must temporarily remove the freeze to grant lenders access to your credit reports. A credit freeze does not block you from receiving a yearly free credit report. Freezing your credit will deter identity theft, but it is not a guarantee that your information is secure.


A credit freeze differs slightly from a fraud report. While a credit freeze makes it impossible for creditors to access your credit report without you lifting the freeze, a fraud report lets creditors access your report after verifying your identity. If you put a fraud alert on your credit report, the creditor may take steps such as calling you to ensure that you requested the credit check. This prevents thieves from opening new accounts in your name, but does not stop the illegal use of your already open accounts.


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.


Rolling Valley ES PTA Events:


  • 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!
  • Chipotle: 12/6 - 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Visit the Chipotle location at 6230 Rolling Rd (next to the Panera and Merchant's Tire) and mention RVES Spirit Night and 50% (!!) of the proceeds will support RVES PTA! If you order online, be sure to pay IN STORE and mention the cause or your order won't count.

  • 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 she can arrange a time to pick them up from you. Every dollar counts!

  • Food Drive: November 8 - 13: Food drive supporting ECHO, which provides assistance to Greater Springfield/Burke residents. Collection boxes will be located in the front lobby of the school.

  • Principal's Coffee: 10:00 - 10:45am - Meet and visit with Dr. Maureen Boland, RVES Principal. Hear more about plans for the new year, school philosophy and ask any and all questions you have about RVES!

  • Book Fair & Literacy Night: November 15th - Book Fair is from 4pm to 8pm, Literacy Night activities from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, and Pizza available in the cafeteria from 5:30 - 6:30 in the Cafeteria.

Welcome Back - Tim Royster, RE Agent with Redfin and his better half Yee Peng Royster have returned to their Smyth Street home after a tour of duty in the Houston, TX area. You can contact Tim at 832/551-6654 or


For Sale - Weight lifting bench; E-Z Curl Bar w/collar; Arm Curl Attachment; Leg Curl Attachment and "Fitness Gear" weight plates (two 25 lb, six 10 lb, four 5 lb and two 2 1/2 lb). Everything in great condition - retail value of $500. Asking $150. Two sets of metal dumbbells (30lb & 25 lb) for $20. Contact Jim Kirkpatrick at 703/866-7078 or See attached photo.


Stay safe!


John Cooley


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