Village News, 4/26/18

Are you also receiving non-stop robo marketing calls? And we have been warned about even more phone scams from someone pretending to represent VISA and also the County Sheriff. It won’t be long before the pseudo IRS starts calling again with their scam.


Potential Safety Issues in the Park – We have many downed trees in the Pohick Stream Park, but more importantly, there are a lot that would have fallen, but are being held up by other trees. It won’t take much wind or movement to cause some of the leaning trees to fall. May want to advise your children who play there to keep away from them.


Pohick Stream Park Cleanup – thanks to those who gave personal time to collect trash from the park. My grandkids enjoyed the experience and giving back to our environment.


Neighbor to Neighbor – N2N is a county initiative to help us help neighbors who may need help connect with those willing to help and for seniors to age in place. We do a lot already and we had some response from folks willing to help as they can. That might be the easy part. Getting folks to ask for help will probably be a bit harder. It wouldn’t be charity if you are willing to repay such generosity with baked cookies, homework tutoring, music lessons or even money. I think we do a decent job taking care of our immediate neighbors, but surely can do more across the entire front.


Are you willing to help by picking up and delivering groceries, prepare meals, assist harried mothers, rake leaves raked, shovel snow, give a ride to appointments or to airports or go with a neighbor to take notes during their doctor’s appointments? Let me know.


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


Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout - Safe disposal of unused or expired medications prevents drug abuse and misuse, accidental poisoning, and protects the environment. 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 Police 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.


Village Wide Yard Sale – 8 – 2:00 PM, 12 May with 19 May as rain date. Your civic association will place ads in the Washington Post to include their online service and on NextDoor. We’ll place yard sale signs throughout the village, but have to place them in front yards, not the verge between sidewalk and curb and certainly not in the Rolling Road median. We will also gather the list of participants by address and general category of items for sale and attach a copy of the village map to help guide potential buyers to each participating address. We deliver several copies of that list to participants who in turn provide to your customers. We’ll also post on that same list our children’s lemonade stands.


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 lure folks to your address.


Yard Sale Coordinator Needed – Volunteer needed to coordinate the community yard sale. Total time investment for this volunteer position will be not more than 6 hours over 3-day period.


Upcoming Dates to Remember (full list is in your directory and on our website):


            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

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

            16 June – Village Home and Garden Tour

            17 June – Father’s Day


WS Village Home& Garden Tour – 10 – 12:00 Noon, 16 June. See the flyer below, but this will be a good chance to see how others have modified their homes within county codes. We’d like to get more homes and/or gardens on the tour list and more wanting to join the fun. See the flyer below.


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


John Cooley


West Springfield Village Home & Garden Tour

Hosted by the Civic Association of West Springfield Village


When:             June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Where:           Start Location @ 6905 Smyth Street


Cost:               Free




The West Springfield Village Home & Garden Tour is a free self-guided tour showcasing some of our West Springfield Village properties.  In 1966, Richmarr Construction Corporation began building what would become the 423 homes that comprise West Springfield Village. The five basic, original home models are the King, Queen (A or B), Prince, Duchess and Duke.  Later newer models were added to the east side of Rolling Road and also east of the previously built homes. As times changed over the past 50 years, the homes and gardens in our village have also changed. This is a great opportunity to get together and learn about the home or garden improvements and their unique challenges, share creative DIY projects and inspire others to start their own projects.  


The tour will begin at 6905 Smyth Street where maps of the showcased properties will be distributed.  Please note that this is a self-guided tour.  We do not announce the homes in advance.  Please show up at 6905 Smyth Street to pick up the maps and you can tour the homes at your own pace.  The event will be held rain or shine. Homeowners interested in showing their home, part of their home, yard or both, please contact Tim Royster at or (571) 275-0871 by June 1, 2018 to be added to the tour map.


If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call Tim.  We look forward to seeing you on the house tour!

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