Village News, 5/18/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

Lengthy report today, but all good stuff.

Copperhead Snakes – They’re here with us and now active. Some of us are tardy at getting up the leaves from last fall. Those leaves make great hiding places for snakes, in particularly the Copperhead that is venomous. Might be worth your time to have your children review internet pictures of copperheads.

Community Yard Sale – Come rain or shine, we are a go for conducting the sale this Saturday, 20 May from 8 AM – 2 PM. Below is the list of participants by address and a general category of items for sale. The final list will be attached to a map of the village, delivered to those participating to be given to your customers to guide them to other sale locations.

**You still have time to be added to the list of participants by notifying Ed at All are invited to participate. At least stop at the sale locations and buy.  

            1. Free for All - Same day and times as the yard sale. Similar to the German Sperrmuell – you can put curbside useful items that still work that can be taken free by anyone who passes by. Suggest you label those free items and place them separate from other stuff you don’t want taken.

            2. Lemonade Stands –corner of Barnack Drive & Wythe Lane and at 8133 Edmonton Court

            3. Yard Sale Participants (let Ed Wyse, know ASAP if we missed your listing): 

            Many addresses throughout the Village – MarkedFree” Stuff left curbside

            6823 Barnack Drive - household items and baby/children's items (clothes/toys/etc)

            6826 Barnack Drive – Proceeds to support Village West Swimming Pool - decorations for a girl's room, backpacks, coolers, bread machine, portable air conditioner and heater, Thomas the Tank Engine train table with all of the accessories, kids toys, magic kit, girl's bike, bike helmets, Justice Gap/Old Navy/Abercrombie & Fitch name brand clothes, fancy dresses for girls, Bean Bag Princess stuff, full twin set of a princess bedding, princess blanket, My Little Pony twin set that includes comforter, sheets & blanket, My Little Pony play mat, My Little Pony toys, little pet shop toys, Strawberry Shortcake toys, grill lights, play house, play mat girls skirts/shorts/jeans, household items, wine glasses,  picture frames, cookbooks, nice throw pillows, Crystal candlesticks, kids videos, DVDs, kids’ books, kids’ music CDs, kids shoes, boys Lands End vest, a men's Nautica bathrobe, curtains, & ice insulated lunch sack for kids, jewelry box, baby gates, boys’ metal toy cars/army trucks/convertible sports, antique drop leaf desk and a mini expresso machine, slipcovers for a chair and a sofa.

            6813 Brisbane Street - Wood, Wall mounted shelves, brushed aluminum lighting fixtures, lots of brand new items:  fondu set, electric skillet still in box, pull up bar, IKEA lights in box, games, corkscrew set in box, Monet large picture, kids gates large and small, kids toy chest, Dora toddler potty, brand new car seat cover, serving tray, misc frames and household items.  New Food scale and blinds still in box. Some kids items. 

            6910 Brisbane Street - Shoes, clothing, a single bed with mattress, books, & other household items

            8132 Edmonton Court - BOB stroller, kids cloths, books, power tools, stainless steel grill, adult cloths, antique dresser, pool storage boxes, wicker baskets, banana stroller, storage containers, miscellaneous quirky items

            8133 Edmonton Court – Lemonade Stand

            6807 Landor Lane - Kids toys, table, clothing, old computers/ monitors, tricycle, & miscellaneous

            6810 Landor Lane - kids toys: 16" bike/other outdoor toys, geo trax, and more || furniture: small dresser, coffee table || B&D electric edger, only used once

            6811 Landor Lane - various household items, movie screen, monitors, speakers, games & puzzles, army duffle bags, various portfolios, picture frames, old garden wheels, arts & craft books, records, cassettes, VHS tapes, skates, skis, poles & boots

            8017 Springfield Village Drive - furniture, bedding sets, children cloths (boys 5-6) (girls 18-24 months), baby accessories (travel, play, sleep), boys power wheel, toys, women's fashionable/trendy cloths, men's cloths, women's boots/shoes, girl toddler shoes, miscellaneous  household items, & above-ground pool plus accessories

            8125 Springfield Village Drive – boy’s clothes and shoes (about 6 to 18), men's clothes, children's books, toys, balls 2 single mattresses, odds and ends.

            8126 Springfield Village Drive - Menswear, women's and teen clothes, household items, lamps, etc.

            8206 Springfield Village Drive - baby stuff/clothes, household items, maternatify clothes, miscellaneous

            6922 Vancouver Road - clothing (for teenage girls (small) and boys (medium)); a decent treadmill that is good for walking only; a large dog crate; & a patio table.

            6924 Vancouver Road - new Mamaroo baby swing/glider | perfect/ excellent condition | value $220 or more | asking $150 OBO

            8310 Wythe Lane - toys, women's clothes and household items and nick knacks.

            Wythe and Barnack – Lemonade Stand 

Memorial Day Activities – Yearly, your civic association co-sponsors a pool party and barbeque with the Village West Pool. Your CA provides sodas, water, chips and other drinks for free. We ask that those who participate to provide a small side dish to complement typical grill food (potato salad, baked beans, melons, salad, deviled eggs, cookies, etc). The pool staff grills food to sell at very modest prices. Family members of deployed service members will eat for free. The pool will open its doors free to all in the village regardless of whether or not you joined the pool or our civic association during the 3-day weekend. During the Memorial Day weekend, the pool’s hours of operation are: Saturday 1 – 9:00 PM, Sunday 12 – 6 PM and Monday 1 – 8 PM. 

            Parade - Last year we had too few participants in the parade to justify closing Barnack to vehicular traffic. 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.

Community Service Credits – As we near the end of the school year, many are now looking for community service credit to meet their school’s standard. If your child is in need, we always need a police call (trash pickup) along the Pohick Stream and the drainage that runs below the WSES school. The Pohick Stream has re-channeled so many times that it is hard to tell where the deep pockets of water are and which ones have debris that can’t snag a person as the water pushes them under. Adult supervision (parent) is advised, but this is a meaningful project. Take full trash bags back to your home for disposal with your household trash.  

Who Are Original Home Owners? Village West Pool Board of Directors want to honor original owners still living in the village at the Pool’s 50-Year Anniversary Gala. I know some, but doubt I know all plank owners.  

Early Years Pictures Wanted - The pool and also your civic association would hope you will share pictures of the VW Pool and village construction and the early years of village and pool life.  

Boys Bike Donated – Last week, I appealed for a boy’s bike for a neighborhood lad who really wanted to join others for bicycling. Several families wanted to donate a bike that they no longer needed; one offered to buy him a bike. One bike needed repairs, but The Bike Lane took care of it at no cost. All who witnessed the hand off to the youngster can attest to the absolute joy he had knowing that he could now run/ride with the brumbies. Overall, a very good deed was turned and thanks to all who offered a bike and to The Bike Lane. 

Contractor Recommendation – For work never performed, I recommend ABC Glass & Mirror (703/257-7150, They came to my home to measure for a sliding shower door and provide free estimate, but realized that a shower door would leave only 27” of left & right maneuver space while showering. Their recommendation which I gladly accepted was to stick with a shower curtain. Ordinarily, they would have installed the door and left me to live with the outcome, but I applaud their honesty and therefore recommend them to you. They also do custom mirrors, windows, patio glass replacement and more.   

RE Agent Recommendation – Marilyn Sullivan, an original owner in West Springfield Village. I have known RE Agent Chris Creasi (Rolling Road) for a long time. When it was time to sell my home I knew exactly who I would call. Before putting my home on the market I needed to make some repairs. Chris took care of coordinating these things for me very quickly. Having not sold a home in a long time I had many questions Chris was always available to answer all of them for me. We had 3 offers and it sold for more than it was listed for in 5 days.  He was extremely professional and patient with me I highly recommend him as a listing agent. 

Chris chimed in that if you’re selling yours, call me today - Chris Creasi, Samson Properties, Alexandria, VA 571/205-5642 or Licensed in Virginia since 1986.  

The attachments show a recent mug shot of Chris and a picture of the home he recently sold for Marilyn.  

Take care, stay cool and please drive carefully.  

John Cooley, CAWSV 

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