Village News, 4/12/18

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


I was called to Whidbey Island in Washington last week to assist my brother and his family. We took the opportunity to test a system of simply posting the enews to our website to save time and not having to travel with a computer. If you haven’t yet, you still can check out last week’s enews and many before that on our website - My brother is fine with good results from surgery, but still a grumpy old man.


Rolling Road Briefing Slides and the Current Plan – can be viewed and/or downloaded. For the last briefing slides, go to our website ( and they will be looking back at you.


VDOT’s current, 100 page plan is too large for our website, but can be viewed/downloaded at this link:!Ah49hGZe5H1jgRTsNeUzKYzY10dC


  1. Click on the link and it will take you to the file on Microsoft OneDrive.
  2. When you get there click “File” and then “Open” to see the entire plan.
  3. You will be better off downloading the file. To do so, click “Download” in the menu bar.


Sorry it took longer than I wanted to get these plans to you. Let me know if this doesn’t work for you. It did for me and other Board Members on the trial run. I will admit that our resident computer guru, Bob Havey of D2D Computer Services provided the instructions above.


Secure Shredding Event – 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Saturday, 14 April at the I-95 Landfill at 9850 Furnace Road in Lorton. You can shred up to 4 medium size boxes filled with papers you want disposed of in a secure manner or wait for the event at the Springfield Government Center, 6140 Rolling Road scheduled for 16 June, also from 8 – 12:00 noon.


These events are only open to Fairfax County residents; documents from businesses will not be accepted. These are drive-through events and residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. For safety sake, you will not be able to stand by and watch your paper being shredded. You will not receive written certification of document destruction.


*What’s Accepted: Residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, etc.  


*Prohibited Items: BINDERS of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal), Plastic document covers, Wet or moist paper, Hanging file folders with metal support bars, Metal binder clips, Electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs, Books, either hardback or paperback, Credit cards, Magazines, catalogs and newspapers (unless just the page with the address), Film or photographs


*Procedures for the Event: All cars must be in line by 12:00 noon. County staff remove boxes from cars and trucks and empty paper into rolling carts. Once full, the carts are taken to the shredding truck where they are emptied into a shredder. All documents are cross-cut shred on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event. Afterwards, all shredded paper is delivered to a local recycling facility for processing. For additional information, call 703/324-5230.


Village Meeting – 10 May in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley ES starting at 7:30 PM. It is open to all whether or not you joined our civic association. We only meet twice each year, in May and then again in October. During this May meeting we will 1) set the dues amount for FY2019, 2) update the status of the Rolling Road project, 3) review our financial position and solicit input to the direction our CAWSV will take going forward on issues such as Rolling Road.


During the October meeting, we 1) ratify the audit of our FY18 financial records, 2) pass a proposed FY19 Budget with markups as necessary and 3) elect a new Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary). The 5th member of the BOD is the immediate Past President. Our directory editor Kirby Myers agreed to serve as Past President until I get the opportunity fill that post as PP.


Yard Sale Coordinator Needed – Volunteer needed to work with me to coordinate the community yard sale scheduled for 12 May with a rain date of 19 May. Shared duties include 1) making a list of participants by street address and a general category of items for sale. 2) Attach that list to a map of the village and 3) distribute several copies to participants who then should provide to their customers to help guide them to the next sale site. 4) Place yard sale signs Friday, 11 May before the evening rush hour and 5) pick them up after the sale ends on the 12th. Signs can’t be placed on Rolling Road right-of-way; instead we put them just inside the sidewalk along Rolling Road in front of Rolling Road homes. Signs are stored at my 8131 Edmonton Court home. I will help with the list and place a stock ad in the Washington Post (print and online editions) and NextDoor. Total time investment for yard sale coordinator – not more than 6 hours over 3-day period.


Note to all – even though we may be a month out, you can start identifying your intent to participate with address and a general category of items you want to sell. We have learned that that category should include some spice to get folks to your address.


Upcoming Dates to Remember:


22 April (Earth Day) – 9 AM to 12:00 noon - Pohick Stream Park Cleanup

10 May - Village Meeting at Rolling Valley ES

12 May – Village Yard Sale We need a coordinator for this event.

19 May – Rain Date for Yard Sale

28 May – Memorial Day Parade, Picnic and Pool Party

9 June – Community Cleanup – note the change from what’s listed in our directory.



Tim Royster’s Real Estate+ Newsletter – is attached. Tim adds that the real estate market is very competitive right now. Sellers who price their home correctly are getting full price or even a bit over within days on the market. Buyers need to be prepared for possible sales price escalation and discuss with their Realtor how to present a winning bid.  


NOTE: If you provide something that we think will benefit other villagers – we will include it. We’re not trying to serve one RE Agent over others, but thought you might also enjoy his newsletter.


Home for Rent – Stephen & Monica Gagliano (Barnack) own and rent a townhouse in Saratoga (off Rolling Rd). It’s not in our village but close if you know of someone in the market. Information can be found on craigslist at


West Springfield Elementary School Fundraiser – From our Delegate and WSES PTA President Kathy Tran - West Springfield Elementary School is raising $10,000 to support a STEAM Lab. WSES has implemented an interdisciplinary approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, and our STEAM Lab is an important component of our curriculum.


In its inaugural year, this community-sponsored STEAM Lab has received very positive responses from our students. A generous, anonymous donor has offered a 1:1 match up to $10,000 so that we would be able to raise a total of $20,000.


By 20 April, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the WSES PTA to support our STEAM Lab. You can donate through our website or via check made payable to WSES PTA. In advance, thank you!


St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church - Jewelry, purses, crafts, bake sale and more….BIG Fundraiser

14 April, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM ay St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 6509 Sydenstricker Road in Burke. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society-Relay for Life


Free Ink Cartridges - If you have an HP printer that takes O2 ink cartridges John Hoffmann (Landor Lane) has some available for free. 703/866-3577.


With the warmer weather, our children are reclaiming streets and sidewalks for play - please remain vigilant and ask that your delivery services also slow down.


John Cooley




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