Village News 4/6/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

I suppose you have also heard the news that Delegate Dave Albo will not seek re-election. I know that some are upset with his undying support of the Rolling Road project, but he has otherwise served us very well over the years. Dave set up a meeting for Deb Staron (then RVES PTA President) and me with the Virginia Transportation Secretary. The result of that meeting and the willingness of a VDOT representative (Jan Vaughn) to set aside the warrants is the traffic light we now have at Rolling Road and Barnack. He is the first elected official to text me from the floor of the assembly asking for input on how he should vote on a particular issue.

Upcoming Village Events:

Late April/Early May – Village Crier Due Out (Deliverers Needed)

11 May – Village Meeting - 7:30 PM in the Art Room at Rolling Valley ES

13 May – Village Wide Yard Sale – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Coordinator needed, see below)

20 May – Rain Date Yard Sale – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, if needed. Same or Different Coordinator.

27 May – Memorial Day Parade, Picnic and Pool Party (Co-hosted with Village West Pool)

24 June – Village Cleanup (this is a change from Directory). 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon. CAWSV members only, but can join at the site (Rolling Valley ES parking lot).

Village Meeting – We meet twice each year in May and again in October. In the spring we set the dues amount for the next fiscal/membership year. In the fall to pass a proposed budget wioth markups if needed, elect a new Board of Directors and to ratify the audit of our treasurer’s records. We should have time at the May meeting for a program or guest presentation. If you have an idea – let me know.

The Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting on 2 April watched part 2 of 2 of the documentary "Chasing the Dragon, The Life of an Opiate Addict." This film was produced jointly by the DEA & FBI and features testimony by opiate users about how hard it is to resist the addiction. 

            29 April - Turn in Unused or Expired Medication for Safe Disposal, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the West Springfield (Police) District Station

            2 May - Next Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting, open as always to the public, will feature a presentation by the FCPD Narcotics Unit, 7:30 – 9:00 PM at the West Springfield Governmental Center.

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. Even if you delivered the last Crier, please let me know if you will again or if you are willing to pitch in.

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. Note - We do not include obituaries – just joyous family news.

Yard Sale Coordinator Needed – Volunteer needed to coordinate the community yard sale (13 May). Duties include making a list of participants by street address and a general category of items for sale. Attach that list to a map of the village and distribute to participants who then should provide to their customers to help guide them to the next sale site. Place yard sale signs Friday, 12 May before the evening rush hour and pick them up after the sale ends on the 13th. 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 can help with the list and will place an 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.

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:

Happy Birthday! - Ayden John Cooley (4 April), one of our grandsons. I suspect you’ll see a lot of him around the community pool this summer along with the rest of my grandchildren.

Village West Pool - is celebrating its 50 year anniversary this summer.  Come be part of the community celebration. We will commemorate the milestone along with many other events, so join now! If you are a member of the Civic Association of West Springfield Village, you get $20.00 off your pool membership. Use code “CAWSV”. If you are new to Village West Pool, you will also get an additional 20% off your initial membership. Use code “newmember”.

I think all of us realize the benefit the pool brings to our community. Is it a factor in selling homes and the overall image of our village? Absolutely! We all have a vested interest in the pool’s success. Please join!

Stay safe.

John Cooley, CAWSV 


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