Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,
**We need some feedback on the first article below, please.**
National Night Out - is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
VW Pool President and I think we can pull this off this year with a simple ice cream social and free pool time for members and non-members alike. We’ll pull money from other lines in our budget and will be able to contribute our share without a budget amendment.
The question is just how many people have interest so we can get good numbers for the ice cream purchase. Is this a good idea and will you consider attending? Not trying to lock you into a RSVP – just how many are interested and will be in town. Feel free to comment on the event, but also let us know you won’t be there.
Plastic Bags Don’t Go in Recycling Bins - Please don't put plastic bags in recycling bins. The bags often get wrapped around rollers and stop conveyor belts from processing recyclable materials. Workers then remove the bags by hand. Plastic bags that make it past the rollers can contaminate other recyclable materials.
Instead, take plastic bags back to grocery stores or place them in the trash. Better yet, use reusable bags. Here's more information on what to always place in your recycling bin and what to never place: http://bit.ly/fairfax-what-to-recycle
Mortgage, Housing Optimism Stays Strong – at least for now. Following submitted by Chris Creasi (Rolling Road) who is a Realtor with Samson Properties licensed in Virginia since 1986
American optimism about buying homes is just as high in the second quarter as it was in the first quarter of the year. The National Association of Realtors' Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey found that 68% of people think it's a good time to buy - statistically, pretty much the same as in the first quarter.
That optimism has remained steady among homeowners in particular. As with last quarter, 39 percent strongly agree that now is a good time to buy, while 29 percent moderately agree. Among renters, however, those positive feelings dropped from 55 to 49 percent in Q2. Optimism is highest among older buyers (65 or over) and those living in the South and Midwest regions.
NAR economists believe that affordability and low inventory are raising prices and eroding buyer confidence. Improving supply conditions are critical to improving buyer optimism and helping to remove some of the barriers for first-time buyers. Even in our area, we see that there are too few homes on the market and increased prices for those that are selling.
The largest change in perception from Q1 regarded mortgages. 46% said they do not believe it would be difficult to obtain a mortgage, up from 36% in the first quarter.
Availability of good mortgage rates, low inventory and high buyer confidence are great for those looking to sell their homes according to Chris.
Contractor Recommendation Wanted – Village Neighbor has had foundation wall leaks after heavy rains. He believes now that a French Drain may be needed and the foundation wall re-sealed. He is asking for a recommendation if you have had similar work done by a competent contractor. If so, please send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll forward to you him and to our webmaster for posting on the village website (http://westspringfieldvillage.org/).
Free Hostas: - Molly Alonzo has several large hostas plants. These hostas can be kept “as is” or the bulbs can be divided into several smaller plants. If you are interested, please call 858/231-7484. See attached photo.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Preschool - A developmental, Christian preschool for children two and a half to five years old. Designated Music Teacher and Math/Science Teacher. Weekly Chapel services, lunch bunch and enrichment classes.
Openings in classes for two, three and four year old children. Visit www.preschool.standrews.net. For more information contact Jeanne Jones (Vancouver Road) at 703/455-8458 or email@example.com.
Village West Swimming Pool News:
Thursday - Family Yoga. Last week's class was super! Hope you can join us in the grassy area from 7-8 PM each Thursday. $5 per person or $15 per family; pay and get your wristband at the front desk.
Friday - Grill Night. Basic burgers 'n' dogs menu...maybe some Mexican leftovers from the swim meet if we're lucky. Serving 5:30-7:30 PM, and as usual we need volunteers to make it happen. Sign up under Activities>Volunteer>Friday Night and a Float.
Saturday - Corn Hole Pot Luck. Bring a dish to share and join us for some good clean family fun. Dinner will be at 6 PM and the Corn Hole tournament will start at 7 PM. It costs $5 per person to play...there will be prizes! Advance registration by Friday is appreciated for planning purposes. This event requires a few volunteers (each slot is an hour), and we could use a few more loaner corn hole sets (for one hour volunteer credit) as well. Sign up to volunteer under Activities>Volunteer>Socials.
1. *New!* CPR Class - Tuesday, July 17, 6:30-8:00 PM. Get your CPR certification from an instructor certified by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. (Note: the class will require some kneeling on the grass.) It's cheap, it's convenient - and you just might save a life someday! Cost: $5.00. Advance registration required. Pay online or at the event. Ages 12 and up.
2. Adults Night After Hours - Saturday, July 21, 9 PM until the wee hours. Join us after pool hours for some adult libations and a variety of snacks. Yes, you can bring your cigars. Make your favorite dip and bring it - we'll supply the chips and give a prize for the best one. Cost: $20.00. Advance registration requested. Pay online or at the event. Ages 21 and up, of course.
Stay cool; be safe.