Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,
FBI Headquarters Will Stay in DC – County Board of Supervisors and homeowners had hoped the GSA warehouse location near the Springfield-Franconia Metro would be the new FBI HQS. It would have helped further insulate our home values from market fluctuations. I believe we’re pretty well insulated by Parkway access to Fort Belvoir and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, not to mention the Pentagon and multiple DC based government entities. Maybe now they’ll give me one of those GSA warehouses for indoor softball; ha!
Black Bears are Amongst Us – Henry Butler (Rolling Road) sent a link that suggests that black bears have been spotted roaming the suburbs in search of food. The article found at https://patch.com/virginia/vienna/bears-spotted-fairfax-area-police contains good information to keep bears from grocery shopping in our village. To report a bear sighting, call the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries through the Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline at 855/571-9003 or Animal Protection Police at 703/691-2131.
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/ - for the latest county news to include some very helpful tips for summer fun. There you’ll also find a discussion about ticks and how to avoid tick fever and the dreaded Lymes Disease. Check it out.
Village Youngsters - who perform tasks such as lawn mowing, babysitting, car washing, mother’s helper, snow shoveling, leaf raking, tutoring, etc may advertise for free in weekly enews and on our website (http://westspringfieldvillage.org/).
Boy and Girl Scout Troops in the Village – we also offer free ads and support of fundraisers in enews and on website. Would like to list the various troops or dens or packs on our website along with a point of contact for those looking to join.
Camp Kesem - from Emma Branch (Vancouver Road, but now at James Madison University) – Camp Kesem is a national non-profit organization that seeks to support children whose parent or guardian has been diagnosed with cancer. Camp Kesem at JMU will offer its first annual camp 13 – 19 August 2017 and is FREE to any 6-16 year old who has, or has had, a parent or primary caregiver with cancer. It will be a sleep-away camp in Charlottesville, Virginia. To learn more, visit our website at http://campkesem.org/jmu. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 540/208-1754. We currently have 10 spots remaining!
Stay cool and please make sure your outdoor pets have sufficient water and shade. Drive carefully. Just this morning while driving in the Mount Vernon area, I was nearly hit by a young man on rolling blades who was using the street as his personal avenue. Brought it home to me that kids do need us to help keep them safe. Drive carefully.