Village News, 4/19/18

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Rolling Road Funding – Haven’t heard any new news about funds being pulled from the Rolling Road Project to help fund Metro, but it appears that $100+ million will have to be taken from road projects to fill the delta. As of now – Rolling Road Phase I is fully funded and should proceed early next year. PH II funding is in play, but also still on track as of this moment. We were here before so hang onto your hats (and wallets). The plans were made available to all on the email distribution list. You can find the link to the plans in last week’s enews that is now posted on our website (


Neighbor to Neighbor – Ed Wyse, Jim & Sandy Kirkpatrick and I attended a meeting last night on how we can improve our opportunities to communicate and support each other. The ultimate goal is to create a more caring community that will also support aging in place. I think we do a good job with the enews, hard copy newsletters for those not in email distribution list, website, FaceBook Group, NextDoor, Social Events, Community Activities such as Yard Sale and Cleanup, but perhaps we need to do more to support those who may need groceries picked up and delivered, food prepared when they can’t, harried mothers, leaves raked, snow shoveled, rides to their appointments or to airports or someone to go with a neighbor to take notes during doctor’s appointments. The success at such outreach implies our willingness to ask for help and the interest by others to provide help.


The real focus has to be based on your ideas about how you and I can improve our village, especially for those just out of hospital surgeries, the infirmed or aging neighbors and then to act on your suggestions. County’s program is a based on a slightly more formal structure with dedicated volunteers to match need with interest to help. I think we can do as much given the structure of our civic association, but would like to hear your ideas. If, however you are interested in coordinating additional efforts in this realm – you’re hired!


Fairfax County does provide many services for older adults such as Adult Day Health Care Centers, Adult Protective Services, Care Management/Social Work, Caregiver Support and Respite, In-Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Senior Centers & Recreation and more. Learn more by calling 703/449-1186 and/or visit their website at At their website you can also subscribe to the Golden Gazette and the Fairfax 50+ e-News.


Pohick Stream Park Cleanup – this Saturday, 9 – 12 Noon. Meet at the park entrance at the end of Smyth Street. There you will be partnered with others and provided heavy duty trash bags and water. Filled bags will be left at the same rendezvous point for Fairfax County Park Authority to collect. My grandchildren and I collected trash there last weekend and advise you wear long pants and shirt and also wear gloves. From Smyth, we will break into groups to move down to the stream along trails off Barnack, Elkton, Smyth and Loudoun. Once we arrive the creek, some will break downstream while others move upstream toward Hidden Pond. We ask that each group check out with us at the trash drop off point so we can account for all. All those with chain saws are asked to bring them to cut only downed trees that block trails and also only those that do not provide erosion control. A pair of gardening snips may be helpful to cut back some of the briars off trails. The stream has re-channeled so many times that it can be dangerous up against debris blocking its flow. Please advise children to stay out of the water. My grandkids enjoyed the work and were quite productive. I hope they can help again.


Lawn Mowing Needed - Village West Pool is looking for teenagers confident in lawn mowing and basic lawn care to fill unfilled volunteer spots for mowing the pool lawn areas during the spring, summer and fall. We provide the mower and gas (stored at the facility) and will pay $30 per cut. Mowing needs to be done during pool close hours (weekend mornings when there isn’t a swim meet are best due to swim practice schedule). Please contact us at if interested!


Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout - Take advantage of a free, convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications during Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout on Saturday, 28 April. Drop off medications at our West Springfield District Station, 6140 Rolling Road) or any of the eight Fairfax County District Police Stations between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles. Safe disposal of unused or expired medications prevents drug abuse and misuse, accidental poisoning, and protects the environment. This is a safe method for disposing of prescription drugs.


2018 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops – Students should register at


Businesses and organizations seeking to secure space at the job fair should fill out the application form at


Remaining Schedule: 


  • 21 April from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at South Lakes HS
  • 28 April from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM at West Springfield HS


Free Prom Dress - Princess for A Night is a project in which prom dresses, shoes, handbags, and jewelry are collected from women in the community and given to high school students for free. Last year, year over 350 young ladies received dresses! Dresses will be available in all styles, colors and sizes but on a first come, first served basis. Attend any of the shopping events:


            * T.C. Williams High School - Friday, 27 April from 3:15 - 6:00 PM and Saturday, 28 April from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Enter through the Chinquapin Drive entrance and follow the signs to the dance studio. Coordinator is Eleanor Muse,, 703/824-6768.

            * Edison High School - Thursday, 5 April from 3:00 -7:00 PM and Saturday, 7 April from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA. Enter through entrance 9 or 10 and follow signs to H137. Coordinator is Ginger White Robertson,, 703/924-8100.

            * Mount Vernon High School - Saturday, 12 May from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM and on Monday, 14 May from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, 8515 Old Mount Vernon Road, Alexandria, VA. Come through the main entrance of the school and follow the signs to H210. Coordinator is Katie Basinski,, 703/619-3304.


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. 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. Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for 3, 4 & 5 above. I will take care of the list and place a stock ad in the Washington Post (print and online editions) and NextDoor. Total time investment for this volunteer position will be not more than 6 hours over 3-day period.


Note to all – Please let me know your intent to participate with your 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 (full list is in your directory and on our website):


            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 and Free-For-All - We need a coordinator for this event.

            13 May – Mother’s Day

            19 May – Rain Date for Yard Sale

            28 May – Memorial Day Parade, Picnic and Pool Party (more to follow)

            9 June – 8 – 12:00 Noon - Community Cleanup – note the change from what’s listed in our directory.

            16 June – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Secure Document Shredding at Springfield Government Center

            17 June – Father’s Day


Happy Birthday Jane Lomax and Suzanne McCormick!


Stay safe and do your part to keep our children safe.


John Cooley


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