Village News, 5/10/18


Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Tree pollen is making outdoor life difficult, or is it just me? Sorry for last week's enews. Had a lot of problems both with Verizon via AOL and even Gmail. Hoping today goes better.


Village Meeting – 7:30 PM, TONIGHT in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. Should take no more than one hour; in fact – I guarantee it will take less than one hour leaving us some time for catching up with each other. Major agenda item that will require a vote is the dues amount for membership year / FY19. Hope to also have an update to the Rolling Road project, but I know that VDOT is wrestling the 6-Year Transportation Plan to pull money from certain projects to help fund the delta in METRO funding. Hope to see you there.


Village Wide Yard Sale & Free For All – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday 12 May (19 May is rain date). Your civic association has placed 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. Please don’t move the signs! Each participating household should place a sign at the last turn to your home. We will also prepare a 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. You’ll see on the list below that it also includes our children’s lemonade stands.


By Friday morning, 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 list should include some “spice” and possibly free stuff to lure folks to your address. So far we have the following participants, but need a lot more to make this a good use of association funds.


* 7001 Barnack Drive – Lots of kid’s toys and household goods.

* 6900 Barnack Drive – Nordic Track Classic Pro Exerciser, used very little. SEARs 1.5 HP Trolling Motor, used only 2hours. Make an offer. 

* 6702 Barnack Drive – Items in home include Living Room, Dining Room, Bedrooms plus Irani and Afghani Rugs.

* 6813 Brisbane Street - Various household and kids items. 

* 8125 Edmonton Court – various household and furniture items.

* 8132 Edmonton Court – 2 minor outdoor storage building (suitable for bikes and lawn mowers), Military uniforms, kids toys, Job Box Storage boxes, Clothes, Paintings and pictures, Luggage and bags, Pool equipment, Bar Chairs, Flower pots, Hand tools, Shoes, A safe and more

* 6813 Landor Lane - miscellaneous hand, yard and garden tools to include a Craftsman gasoline powered lawn edger.  Power tools to include a Dewalt reciprocating saw, a Rockwell jawhorse, a Dewalt HD small angle grinder, a Dremel rotary tool, a Skil plunge router, a Dewalt 1/2" spade handle drill, a Delta 8 1/4" compound mitre saw, a Wagner Opitmus project power painter, a Dewalt HD 10" Job Site table saw with stand, and a Dewalt 8" circular saw.

            SPECIAL - never used fabric portable yard gazebo - still in the unopened box! Other miscellaneous STUFF from storage shed, attic, and garage! 

            FOR FREE - Craftsman gasoline powered chain saw - good condition - just will not run despite overhaul - good project for a shade-tree mechanic! 

* 6807 Landor Lane – old playstation 2, xbox, tv, books, tapes, toys, cloths, playstation drum set, playstation guitar, various miscellaneous items.

* 6903 Loudoun Lane - infant & baby gear: nursing pillow, play gym, toys, blankets, nursing pump (spectra), swing, jumper, cloth diapers… 

* 6901 Loudoun Lane – general household items

* 6909 Ontario Street – household items, children's toys and books, some adult clothing and tools

* 8006 Springfield Village Drive – wooden bed frame, large gray hanging mirror, sliding glass shower doors, tools, kids toys, misc baby items, men and women clothing, bathroom light fixture

* 6924 Vancouver Road - dining chairs, a crib, LOTS of baby clothes

* 8305 Wythe Lane - Clothes and lots of toys 


Lemonade Stands:


            * 6813 Brisbane Street

            * 8133 Edmonton Court


Free For All - if you have unwanted, items that still have useful life – consider setting them curbside during the yard sale under a sign clearly marking them as “FREE”. Anyone coming can collect your offerings, but do suggest you mark them in such a way as to not be confused with stuff you intend to keep.


You still have time to be added to the list, but please do hurry.


Memorial Day Activities - On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year, your civic association co-sponsors a pool party and barbecue with Village West Pool. Your CA provides sodas, water, chips and other drinks for free. Volunteers at the pool grill food to sell at very modest prices. We ask that those who participate please provide a small side dish if possible (potato salad, baked beans, melon, salad, deviled eggs, cookies, etc.) to complement typical grill food.  Family members of deployed service members will eat for free.


Throughout Memorial Day weekend, the pool is open to the entire community at no cost  you don't have to be a member of the pool or the civic association to join in the fun! The pool’s Memorial Day weekend hours of operation are: Saturday 12 – 9:00 PM, Sunday 12 – 8 PM, and Monday 12 – 6 PM.


Parade? In the past, we have conducted a patriotic-theme parade starting at 12:00 noon from the corner of Barnack and Harland. But interest has waned and in fact we did not have a parade last year. Please let me know if you want to conduct the patriotic parade again this year. We will assume no parade unless enough register their interest. Look for final decision in next week’s enews. If we do conduct the parade, we will need a few several volunteers to keep all safe. We’ll work those details once we determine we have enough interest in the event. So – if the parade is of interest to you and your family – please let me know.


Real Estate Market Report – see the attached for Tim Royster and Sampson Properties May Market Report. Even though my wife and I are not considering selling our home, I find good information in it and hope you do as well.


Grandma Needs a Tricycle – for her granddaughter. She is willing to pay for a good, used one or also happy to accept your generosity, call 703/569-2850 or email Bobbie McClain at we can’t get a good used one, I’m in for $10.00 to go buy one for her; you in?


Neighbor to Neighbor – We do have good neighbors who are willing to help others by picking up and delivering groceries, preparing meals, assisting harried mothers, raking leaves, shoveling snow, giving a ride to appointments or to airports or going with a neighbor to take notes during their doctor’s appointments? Let me know one of these good hearted folks can help you. And if you are also willing to offer help. 


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


            10 May – TONIGHT - Village Meeting at Rolling Valley ES Cafeteria

            12 May – Village Yard Sale and Free-For-All

            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 (those who intend to join our civic association at the cleanup will be asked for $20.00 membership dues for this year and next.

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

            16 June – Village Home and Garden Tour, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

            17 June – Father’s Day, but every day is Father’s Day; right?  


Hoping for rain to wash away some of this pollen. Stay safe!



John Cooley




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