Village News, 6/22/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,

Many of you apparently are not receiving the enews. Whether my provider will not communicate with your provider or the news ends up in your spam folder, I receive questions often about what had been printed in the latest edition. I know that many who had or still have Verizon addresses apparently aren’t receiving the news. It is on you to fix since I have tried all possible means to cut through the fog in cyberspace. You can see the enews on our website and catch up on topics of interest in previous editions.

Next week’s enews will be distributed on Wednesday and possibly later than normal the week after. Let me ( know earlier than normal if you have ads, articles or announcements to include in next week’s edition.

Village Cleanup and Last Chance CorralThis Saturday (day after tomorrow), 24 June, 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon at the parking lot of Rolling Valley ES. Yes, it is expected to rain, but we have one shot at this per year – so we just have to get wet if it rains. It’s free for Civic Association members, but membership application forms will be on site for those still needing to join. We will ask new members who join at the cleanup to do so for current membership/fiscal year 2017 and also for FY18. Rolling Valley subdivision residents are also invited to join our CA and to partake in the cleanup.

            You can get rid of old grills, appliances, mowers, bikes, furniture, old tires (off rim) and other items too large for curbside pickup by your trash company. The cost of membership dues is far less than what it will cost for your trash service to do a special, curbside pickup at your home. Anything gas operated and oil lubes should be drained of gas and oil before getting to the site.

            You can’t bring regular household trash, brick, mortar, ceramics, concrete, stone, dirt, engine oil, car batteries, paint, roofing shingles, drywall, asbestos, glass, animal waste, yard debris, brush or hazardous materials to the cleanup.

            We do have a volunteer pickup and driver and skeletal crew; we should be able to help move items to the site. Please remember that they will be your neighbors and not paid staff. We do not drive the streets looking for curbside junk. If you need help contact me.

            Let me ( / 703/451-7055) know if you will help at the site or as a crew member on a pickup or help at the Last Chance Corral (see below). Expect we may have to rotate crew members once they are drenched. Also let me know if you need assistance moving items from your curb to the parking lot at Rolling Valley ES.

            Last Chance Corral – Just short of the Jaws of Junk, we put useful items in the Last Chance Corral that can be taken by anyone stopping by. This has been a very meaningful way to reduce landfill waste and reuse items that still have useful life. So even if you have no junk, stop by to see if there may be a treasure for you in the LCC. Kids love watching the county crew operate the site.

Economic Indicators – County had forecasted dismal growth in home values during the budget meetings, but it appears that homes values are up by 2.7% during the period April 2016 – April 2017. Detached homes like in our village are up by 1.7% over the same period. And, homes are on the market 13 fewer days on average in April 2017 (37 days) compared to 50 days in April 2016.

Computer Corner – by Bob Havey, our resident computer whisperer who owns and operates D2D Computer Services (703/569-8195).

            This week a customer asked:  “Since I had Word, Excel, PowerPoint with my old computer, how can I transfer those to my new computer?”  I get this question a lot, so I thought my answer might help someone else.

            It depends on what you had.  If you had Office 2003 or earlier, you need a new copy of Office.  If you had Office 2007, 2010, or 2013, you need the CD and/or the product key.  You may have a card the size of a credit card (but flimsier) with the license key.  Or, if you bought Office online, you may have to log in to your Microsoft Account and download it again.

            If you have your Product Key you can download Office 2007 or 2010 here

            If your old computer is still running you can get your product key by downloading Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder from

            If you had Office 2013, 2016, or Office 365, use this link, and log in.  You can log in with your email address.  If you have lost your password, use the “forgot password” procedure.

            If you need a new Office you have several choices.  Home and Student ($150 or so) does not include Outlook.  Home and Business ($230) includes Outlook.  Office 365 Personal ($70/year) gets you 1 computer and 1 device (tablet or phone) and more Office stuff than you know what to do with (Outlook, Publisher, Access).  Office Home ($100/year) is the same as personal, but it’s good for 5 computers and 5 devices.

            As far as data goes, If you have Carbonite (shame on you if you don’t), you can move the account to the new computer and restore your files to the new computer

            If you are feeling adventurous, I have had success with LapLink’s PC Mover.  It’s a $40 download and both computers have to be on your network (not a big trick).  If you use LapLink, anything that is capable of running on the new system will run, except for intuit products (Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax).  Intuit products are finicky, but you can reinstall them on the new computer.  The data will also be transferred.

            There are a lot of “ifs” that make things look complicated.  Find the “ifs” that apply to you and things will be simpler.  If you run into a problem following this, call me at 703-569-8195 or email me at and I will do what I can to help.

Neighborhood Complaints and Concerns – go to this website to find forms to report complaints, concerns and issues in your neighborhood or community  Most can be submitted anonymously, but I’d hope that you first have a civil conversation to keep us friendly.

House for Sale – David & Maurisa Versel’s 8205 Springfield Village Drive house is on the market. Their asking price is now reduced to $469,000! Please share! Their realtor is Hugo Romero ( who is with Coldwell Banker.  

Seafood Boil – Jeremy Barber (Elkton Drive) is having a Low Country Seafood Boil at his Live Oak Restaurant (1603 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301) on Sunday, 25 June from 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM. Cost is $25 per person, but that includes all you care to eat oysters.

Stay cool and please drive carefully.

John Cooley,CAWSV 

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