Village News, 5/17/18

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Thank goodness for the rain. The cleaner air is refreshing, but would rather spread the rain out over a couple weeks period.


Pool Party and Barbeque - Saturday, 26 May at the Village West Pool. Your Civic Association will provide sodas, water, chips and some cookies for free. Volunteers at the pool grill food to sell at very modest prices. We ask that families 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. Also include serving utensils. 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? – Last call – do you and your family want to include a patriotic-theme parade starting at 12:00 noon from the corner of Barnack and Harland? Interest has waned and in fact we did not have a parade last year. Please let me know if you want the parade again this year. We will assume no parade unless enough express interest. If we do conduct the parade, we will need a few 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.


Rolling Valley Elementary School's 50th Anniversary Celebration - is on Saturday, 2 June from 5:00 - 7:30 PM. If your business would like to be part of this very special event, email or to find out more about both cash and in-kind sponsorship opportunities!


Real Estate Market Report – Natalie Perdue and her RE agency reported that the active inventory in our West Springfield area is down by 45% from same time last year but the median sale price is up by $53,000.00 to $480,000.00. Total months of supply is now 0.7 months with only 59 new homes listed in April (includes condos, townhomes and detached homes like we have in the village). Sale price to list price ratio is now above 100% at 100.8% with homes remaining on the market for an average of 16 days. Seems like a sellers’ market; agree?


Village West Pool Needs Rocks - Yes, rocks! We are trying to finish edging our new flower bed and we could use some rough-hewn rocks, around a foot across give or take. See attached photos. You can just drop them off in the pool parking lot near the flower beds, or contact Amy Klimek via email at or text 703/507-1010 to arrange pickup.


Village Meeting – happened last Thursday. As promised, we finished in one hour. Dues for FY/Membership Year 2019 were set by those attending the meeting at $10.00 per household. We will however, ask those who join at the Community Cleanup to complete the membership form and pay for this membership year plus prepay FY19 or $20.00 total. We updated the Rolling Road project status and received a report from the Village West Pool President. Once the minutes are approved by those who attended the meeting, you can find them on our website. Good to get some new faces at the meeting, but we still barely made a quorum. I welcome any ideas you have to increase interest in our meetings, events, membership and leadership.


Village Yard Sale –We advertised as we do every year and also put ads in NextDoor. We put the signs out along Rolling Road before the evening rush hour traffic and put them back out to include the entire village well before the 8:00 AM start of the yard sale. But even with all that – there seemed to be fewer buyers this year than in previous years. Thanks to those who helped with the signs (Abdullah and Ameerah Haji, Bernie Koehle, Logan Mast and Leela Brennig) and who helped collect them after the sale (Glenn, Brendan and Maddie Cooley). That may seem like enough volunteers, but not. My son’s family made the mistake of visiting and were drafted into helping to recover the signs. Of all the rest, only Bernie Koehle is old enough to vote.


I think I have ran my last yard sale. Glad to help anyone who has a better idea and willing to run the event next year? Great to see the kids selling lemonade; I enjoyed a glass at each of their stands.


Neighbor to Neighbor – We do have good neighbors who are willing to help others. Let me know one of these good hearted folks can help you. And if you are also willing to offer help by picking up and delivering groceries, preparing meals, assisting harried mothers, giving a ride to appointments or to airports or going with a neighbor to take notes during their doctor’s appointments. It may be hard to ask for their help, but happy to know we have some standing by to help.


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


            26 May – Memorial Day Picnic, Pool Party

            2 June – 5:00 – 7:30 PM – RVES 50th Anniversary Celebration

            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. Volunteers and pickups needed!

            16 June – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Secure Document Shredding at Springfield Government Center (must be in line by 12 Noon).

            16 June – Village Home and Garden Tour, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (more to follow)

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


I hope all moms enjoyed their Mother’s Day. We were lucky to have our daughter Katrina here for a quick overnight visit on her way to a summer internship. I am still amazed at the opportunities our daughter and all cadets have at the US Coast Guard Academy. If you want more information on the USCGA – just ask. 38% women, no glass ceilings for promotions, assignments, jobs and advanced schooling – what better place could there be, especially for Katrina V. Cooley?


Stay safe friends! Slow down and advise your delivery drivers to also slow down knowing our children are outside enjoying the weather.



John Cooley


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