Village News 4/20/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

Great weather of late, but we know the dog days of summer are just around the bend. Village activity picks up now through end of June. Hope all can take part in sponsored or co-sponsored events.

Cats Have to be Included - Last week we had more discussion about picking up what your dog drops during walks and about barking dogs and quiet hours. Some asked that we add roaming cats that poop on neighbors’ properties to the list of recent complaints. We don’t have covenants and haven’t had them for about 40 years. Covenants would empower your Board of Directors to force compliance up and including a mechanics lien on your home. Frightening thought isn’t it? I certainly am happy that that power now lies with county. I am willing to help mediate complaints between village neighbors, but there is a formal complaint system in place if you believe county needs to be involved. I think we can resolve most, if not all between ourselves. At least we have to try; right?

Ripped From the Herrity Report:

            1. Operation: Medicine Cabinet Cleanout - April 29th 10 am - 2 pm. Every day in Virginia, three people die from opioid overdoses.  In Fairfax County, it is about once a week.  Many of these deaths start with prescription opioids. 70% of those that abuse prescription drugs obtain them from a relative or friend, typically without their knowledge. Safe handling of unused or expired medication prevents accidental poisoning, protects the environment, and prevents prescription medications from falling into the wrong hands.

            "Operation: Medicine Cabinet Cleanout" will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to 2 pm. Any person may drop off any unused or expired medications at any Fairfax County Police Station where the disposal is free, confidential, and safe. Pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles.

            Operation: Medicine Cabinet Cleanout is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Fairfax County Police Department, and the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County in partnership with local businesses and in collaboration with the following Fairfax County government departments: Police, Health, Public and Private Partnerships, Neighborhood and Community Services, Public Works and Environmental Services, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

            Click here  for a listing of Police Stations participating in the operation. 

            2. 2017 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Workshop April 29th, 11 AM – 1 PM. Our teen job fairs at West Springfield, Oakton and Chantilly High Schools attracted over 400 students to each fair and were a big success based on the feedback from the teens and parents leaving the job fair. Our last Teen Job Fair this year will be held Saturday, April 29th from 11 am to 1 pm at South County High School. These job fairs 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 resumes. Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their companies, brand their businesses in the local community, and advertise the positions they have available. There is no cost to participate. Click here to register or for more information.

Secure Document Shredding - The next local Fairfax County Secure Document Shredding event will be held on Saturday, 22 April from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Springfield Government Center on Rolling Road (just past the Post Office).  Up to four (4) medium-sized storage boxes (paper only) is permitted per vehicle.  For more details: you have to do is drive up and let the county staff unload and deliver your papers to the shredder. Thanks to Kirsten Seckler (Kenwood Oaks) for this announcement.

ECHO's Semi-Annual Yard Sale - Saturday, 22 April at St. Bernadette's gymnasium from 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon. Thanks to Joan Wheaton SVD) for this announcement.

WSHS Spartan Baseball - Little League Night - next Tuesday, 25 April at the West Springfield High School Baseball Field as the Spartans take on South County Stallions. Free admission for kids in uniform (accompanied by an adult) and a free concession stand hot dog and drink! Sign-in by 6:15pm to join Varsity players on the field for the National Anthem. Game time is 6:30 PM. Kids run the bases after the game! Thanks to Sue Susa for this heads up.

Public Safety Day – 22 April, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (sponsored by the Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee, including FBI, sheriff's office, FCPD, Fire & Rescue, state police, & county Office of Emergency Management). Enjoy a day with your community and the public safety family.

Face painting, ballons, games, food and drinks, Fire and rescue vehicle display, Police, state patrol, sheriff, & FBI vehicle display

At Southrun Road at Ballfield in Newington Forest. From the Newington Forest Community Center on Southrun Rd near the intersection with Pohick Road, go 1/2 mile to ballfield on the left.

Four More Crier Distributors Needed – It takes about 12 folks to deliver the Crier to each home in the Village. It is a great way for young folks to get community service credit. Goal is to deliver Criers during the weekend of 29 April. Even if you delivered the last Crier, please let me know if you will again or if you are willing to pitch in.

Crier Input - Also let Crier Editor Larry Mark ( and me ( know if you have announcements, articles or ads you want to include in the April/May edition of the Village Crier. We should have a lot of HS seniors committing soon to a university or college; others getting promotions or new jobs, some getting engaged to be married, even more celebrating anniversaries and some of us simply getting older, but still celebrating birthdays. All joyous family news helps promote our “village” lifestyle.

Free Wooden Pallets – Two of the extra-long pallets are available, first come - first served at 8129 Edmonton Court. You’ll see them from the road; if not someone beat you to them.

Dine Out Night - Wednesday 4/26 & Thursday, 4/27 – from Angie Walker (Brisbane Street) - Save the Date for Dine Out Night at Coal Fire (9276 Old Keene Mill Road)! Bring a hard copy of the fundraising flier or show it electronically on your phone to help WSES PTA fundraise. The PTA will receive 20 percent of the proceeds on those nights. The flier is available here:

Stay safe and drive carefully. And for the sake of our village, get to know your neighbors.

John Cooley, CAWSV