Village News 3/2/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

With all the problems I have experienced with bulk enews, please hit reply to this message let me know you received this. Even a blank message back from you will reassure me that the enews did make it from my computer, through cyberspace to your computer or phone or tablet or whatever…

What’s Up with Verizon Email? – from our Village computer guru, Bob Havey (Rolling Road) of D2D Computer Services:

            I was asked this morning about what is happening with Verizon and email.  A copy of the notice that Verizon sent out is attached.  A Google search turned up this link:

            The article is comforting, but it is not quite accurate.  Verizon is in fact getting out of the email business. The Verizon FAQ regarding their exit is at this link: If the link does not work, log into Verizon and search for Announcements.

            In a nutshell, Verizon is in fact exiting the email business, but they are not just abandoning everyone.  If you opt to keep your Verizon email address, you can do so.  Verizon will move these accounts to a 3rd party provider.  I suspect that the provider will be AOL, though I have seen nothing to that effect.  Verizon owns AOL, and AOL is not exiting the email business. You will have 3 choices:

            1.         Keep your Verizon email address.

            2.         Migrate to an AOL email address.

            3.         Move to another provider.

            Verizon will handle everything if you choose to keep your Verizon address or migrate to AOL.  You will have to manually import any saved contacts or calendar entries if you move to another provider.

            My recommendation, and the simplest thing to do is to keep your Verizon email address.  It’s not clear how you will access that email on line in the future or whether the server names will change in your local email client (Outlook, Thunderbird, smart phone app, etc.), but we can deal with that in  another if it becomes a problem.  In the mean time I will do what I can to mitigate the confusion.  I can be reached by phone at 703-569-8195 or by email at

Illegal Dumping - Late Sunday night, someone dumped a box spring in a Springfield Village Drive yard close to the Pohick Stream Park. Two weeks ago, the matching mattress was dumped also late at night, in the same spot. If anyone know where these items came from, or saw anything Sunday night, please let me know ( and I’ll forward your information. It is very upsetting that someone in the Village would do this to a neighbor!

Illegal Dumping

TickBox? Has you tried any of the alternatives to Cable TV? If so, what is your recommendation? I have seen a lot of ads for TickBox, but hate being the first to get duped. But if Verizon wants to bail on me – I may pull away from them as well.

No Increase in the Real Estate Tax Rate – from Springfield District Supervisor, Pat Herrity - Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors approved advertising a flat tax rate which means there will be no increase in the tax rate for the FY 2018 budget. It was one of the more responsible budget proposals we have seen in many years. With a near flat tax bill for the average homeowner, this budget demonstrates that the Board of Supervisors got the message taxpayers sent when they overwhelmingly rejected the meals tax last November. After a 25% tax increase in the last 5 years, this budget is a good start at providing tax relief for our overburdened homeowners. Guess I ought to get started on eating my hat..

2017 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops – also from the Herrity Report - Connection Newspapers and I invite you to attend our 2017 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops. These events will focus on student job seekers looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences. It is open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment or wanting tips to build their resume. Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their companies, brand their business in the local community, and advertise the positions they have available. It does not cost to participate.  To register or for more information go to

Appliance Recycling – Just got rid of an old refrigerator without having to move it myself or hauling it to the land fill. Dominion Virginia Power still offers a rebate program that we included in previous enews. Not only did I get rid of the old fridge, but will also get $50 from them and didn’t have to break a sweat. I pulled this off Dominions website to share with you:

If you're a Dominion Virginia Power customer, you can easily get rid of your old refrigerator or freezer. We'll pick up the appliance at no cost and you'll receive a $50 incentive for participating. However, don't wait too long, as this program will be closing and no longer accepting new participants for pick-ups (subject to funding availability) after 31 May 2017. All rebates will be paid by 31 July 2017. For more information, go to

Storm Water Drainage Intakes – Recent heavy rains washed the storm water lines onto the recently finished culvert and erosion control drainage into Pohick Stream. It wasn’t just leaves and dirt that washed through the lines, there was also a lot of trash. A while back, a few village girls spent a weekend labeling the intakes to remind us that they aren’t for trash, grass clippings or leaves from your yard. Understand some trash took flight with recent high winds, but just a reminder – storm water only into the intakes.

Trash in SWD

May have to turn your head a bit to view the photo until I learn more about gmail.

​Enjoy One-Stop Shopping for Summer Camps - at Fairfax County Park Authority’s Camp Fair 2017, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, Saturday, 11 March at the Audrey Moore RECenter gymnasium (8100 Braddock Road in Annandale). At the Camp Fair, you’ll find day camps that cater to current interests or discover something intriguing and new. FCPA camps range from baseball to basketball, coding to cooking, gaming to golfing, rocks to rock ‘n’ roll, and science to sewing. There will be more than 30 booths featuring games and interactive displays. Bring the whole family; it’s all free! For more information and to find the source of this plagiarized report, visit

Bikes and MotorCycles – Henry Butler (Rolling Road) reminds us that warm weather generally means more bikers come out to enjoy the open road. Be attentive and careful sharing the road with them.  

Drive safely and stay safe.

John Cooley, CAWSV 

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