Village News 12/22/16

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Merry Christmas West Springfield Village!


In Preparation for Winter Storms – from District Supervisor Pat Herrity – Before each winter snow storm - fill up on gas, charge your cell phones and other electronic devices, and check on elderly /infirmed neighbors Attached are some important links and phone numbers to keep printed in a safe location in case you need to access this list during a storm. Please note that this list is also on our website ( You may also keep up to date on emergency alerts at Fairfax County's emergency blog: .


WS Village Christmas Party – Great party last Saturday evening thanks to Don & Susan Cheney (Ontario). We had great weather, a nice fire, hot apple cider, good eats and good neighbors to share the evening. Special thanks to Santa & Mrs. Claus who stopped by to give gifts to village children. These events are open to all in the village. I can’t imagine a better way to get to know your neighbors. Thanks to Rudy and Denise Tarlosky for character acting and again to the Cheneys for this great village event


Christmas Caroling – Jason & Kerri Henry did lead a group of carolers from the Village West Pool to the Cheney’s home last Saturday. Jason and Rob Wolfe grilled hamburgers and hot dogs to feed the carolers (and even my wife and I) before starting to sing. Another joyful and fun family event!


Holiday Decorating Contest – We have so many beautifully decorated homes in the village. What we do not have is enough judges to pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. We hope to announce winners tomorrow, but tonight is your last chance to judge. Make a fun family outing to see the lights and Christmas displays. Let me ( know your 1st – 5th place winners. Make sure your home is ready this last night,


Rate Increases and Impact on the Real Estate Market – from Chris Creasi (Rolling Road) - If you are waiting for the spring to sell January will be a better time. As rates increase buying power will be reduced. Pushing home prices down.

Mortgage bond prices finished the week sharply lower which caused rates to spike higher. Rates increased Monday morning tied to reports of rising oil prices. Producer prices rose 0.4% versus the expected 0.1% increase. The core, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose 0.4% versus the expected 0.2% increase. The Fed raised rates as expected but their statement about future rate hikes sent mortgage interest rates skyrocketing Wednesday afternoon. The Fed indicated they see three rate hikes in 2017 while the market expected two.


Chris Creasi
Realtor, Samson Properties Alexandria VA
Licensed in Virginia since 1986


Package Pirates – Several Winter Forest residents reported seeing a gray truck/SUV following the US Postal Service truck recently and looking into mailboxes where the USPS truck stopped for delivery. Enlist the help of your neighbors if you are expecting delivery when you are not at home.


Alpine Interludes – Biking in Germany and ItalyBruce & Suzanne Slawter (Vancouver Road) posted a 42-minute movie on YouTube about their bike rides through scenic portions of the Alps. They gave us permission to post the link to their film in these enews.


The first part of the video takes you through scenic villages, across beautiful pasturelands, through green forests, and along milky blue streams in southern Bavaria.  We are very grateful for our dear friend Christa Rieger of Farchant, Germany, for leading us on this 40-kilometer scenic loop – my first extensive bike ride since I took a bad spill during a trek with the Boy Scouts in the 1990s.


The second part features our first mountain biking excursion – near San Cassiano in the Italian Dolomites – led by our friend Gustav Rudiferia, the young proprietor of the fabulous Hotel Stores.  Gustav introduced us to Mountain "E-Bikes," which are all the rage in Europe.  Unlike motorized bikes, the new E-Bike technology still requires one to pedal under one's own power, but it offers a boost-assist when needed for those tough hills.  The new technology costs about $3K.  Boy did we ever need it when peddling up to the top of the mountain.  On the ride down (without any pedal assistance, of course), you'll noticed that our progress is bumpy and tentative at first.  But the ride smoothes out towards the end as we gain confidence and become the speed demons of our youth. So come join us, become a kid again, as you experience the pure joy of riding a bike.


Make sure you view the video in High Definition by noting the red "HD" tag.  If not, you should go into "settings" by clicking on the sprocket-shaped icon on the screen, and then selecting either 720P or 1080P.  We don't want you to miss a single pebble, as you traverse these serene and scenic byways. Warmest regards during this blessed time of year! Bruce & Suzanne Slawter


Separate Yard Debris Collection – Yesterday was our last day for separate collection of leaves and yard waste until Wednesday, 1 March 2017. During that window of time, limited yard debris collection will happen on Mondays along with household trash collection, but be sure to separate the recycle from the trash from the yard debris. Christmas Trees without ornaments and decorations are to be collected on the first two Wednesdays of 2017.


Directory Ads – Steve at Printing Ideas has set the rates for ads in our next Community Directory:


  • Back cover/inside back cover (8x10") - $230.00 (Only 1 spot available)
  • Full page ad (8x10") - $150.00
  • Half page ad (5x8") - $95.00
  • Quarter page ad (4x5") - $55.00


If interested, reserve a spot with Steve at or by phone at 703/591-1708. You can also find his contact information in their ad in our current directory.


Village-Owned & Operated Businesses – We don’t have one to feature this week. Send me a note if you would like to advertise your business in the enews and on our website at no cost.


Upcoming Events: January edition of the Village Crier and Community Directories will be delivered door-to-door mid to late January depending on when they are done and of course - the weather. All get the Crier; civic association members also get the Community Directory. Non-members may purchase a directory for $10.00, but that comes with membership to our Civic Association of West Springfield Village. New neighbors who arrived our WS Village after 1 November have free membership for the rest of this membership/fiscal year (1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017), but will need to provide membership listing information (name, address, phone & email).  


Nice weather today, but we know what’s coming. 


John Cooley



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