Village News, 8/10/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Document Shredding – These events are only for county residents to shred sensitive material they have from their home, but no written certification of document destruction will be provided.

There are three more document shredding events planned for this year:


  1. 19 August at Springhill Elementary, 8201 Lewinsville Road in McClean

  2. 23 September at the I-95 Complex, 9850 Furnace Road in Lorton

  3. 14 October at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway in Alexandria


This is a perfect way to shred residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, etc. You can shed up to four medium-sized packing boxes per vehicle.


However, the following can’t be accepted or shredded: Binders of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal), plastic document covers, wet or moist paper, hanging file folders with metal support bars, metal binder clips, electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs

Books, either hardback or paperback, credit cards, magazines, catalogs and newspapers (unless just the page with the address), film or photographs.


Shredding events start at 8:00 AM and conclude at 12:00 Noon. If you are in line at 12 noon, you will be served. These are drive-through events and residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. For safety sake, you will not be able to stand by and watch your paper being shredded. County staff remove boxes from cars and trucks and empty paper into rolling carts. Once full, the carts are taken to the shredding truck where they are emptied into a shredder. All documents are cross-cut shred on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event. Following the event, all paper is delivered to a local recycling facility for processing.


For additional information, 703/324-5230.


Village Meeting in October – I’d like to invite the two candidates vying to fill Delegate Dave Albo’s seat, but need to know that we will have sufficient numbers there to justify their presence. If Kathy Tran (D) and Lolita Mancheno-Smoat (R) agree to give us a few minute discussion about their platform, will you attend? Other village business includes acceptance of the audit for FY17 financial records, passing a budget for FY18 and electing a new Board of Directors. We can do all that and still be out by 8:30 – 9:00 PM


Alpha Bargain – You may also receive a lot of unsolicited ads from this company. I fell for one of their ads and ordered from them. 2 and ½ months later, the orders have not been delivered, they aren’t responding and certainly have not issued a refund. I dropped a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau, but suspect I have been had. I saw that many others also were also had. Just wanted you to know not to do online business with them. I know Bob Havey (our resident computer whisperer) will say that this could have been prevented and he’d be right, of course. Who online can we trust?


Birthdays, Graduations, Promotions, Engagements, Weddings, Births? I remind you that whenever just one of you submit something joyous about your family for inclusion in the enews – I won’t include anything about mine. I am proud of my family, but would love to hear about your happy family events.


Stay dry. Might be as good a time as any to go through your checklists for foul weather and related power, water and other utility outages.


John Cooley


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