Village News, 9/28/17

Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,


Print Version of the Village Crier – we will discontinue the Village Crier. Financial costs were not the reason, but it won’t cost us any more to go to direct mailings. Why now? Our Crier Editor Larry Mark and his wife Mary are moving on plus the electronic news, our website, our Facebook Group and NextDoor allows us to get the news out without tapping into the available volunteer pool to deliver door-to-door. Granted, there are 20 - 25% of us not in our enews distribution and our commitment to inform all remains the same even if you decide against joining our civic association. So – we will instead prepare the Crier as a letter update to be hand delivered or mailed to each of you who we can’t reach by email. We’ll ask you to respond to that letter to let me (, 703/451-7055) know if you want to continue receiving these letters in the mail whenever we have something significant to report. Even those who don’t respond after two mailings will still receive an annual update letter in the September/October timeframe. That implies that we’ll have to rely more upon you to report new neighbors and to let them know about our communications networks. We are willing to mail the letter also to those who don’t join our civic association; just need to know that it is wanted.


Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Mark; they served our village longer than any other in the history of our village and also the greater community as coach, sports administrator and soccer league director. Larry and his wife, Mary Margaret Mastromarino have two children and eleven grandchildren. Larry carries a fat wallet with pictures of all of them and will gladly show you. Mary not only served our village, but also as a volunteer at ECHO and in the 49ers group of Saint Bernadette's Church. You can track both on Larry’s website Thanks to you both; you are great role models of community service!


Village Meeting – 12 October, 7:30 PM in the Art Room at Rolling Valley ES. We’ll grind through our business (ratify and audit, pass a proposed FY18 budget with markups as necessary and elect a new Board of Directors) and then move to hear from the candidates to fill Dave Albo’s House of Delegates seat. Kathy Tran and Lolita Mancheno-Smoak have agreed to meet with us to give their ideas about moving forward in support of our district. Please be there or send a family delegate so we can justify these ladies’ time and make an informed vote on 7 November.


Republic Trash Bills – County imposed an additional Landfill charge onto trash companies and they, of course passed it onto us. The amount increase for us is $1.35 per quarter, but it started mid-billing cycle which meant my current bill shows $0.90 in past due amount and then the $1.35 for the quarter. So if you add $2.25 to what had been your normal bill amount – should see that the bill most have just received is the correct amount.


The new agreement is attached for your review and appropriate action. The new rates for seniors and military is $70.35/quarter, but the rates for all others will be lessened to $75.50 per quarter. This agreement will be for 3 years, effective 12/1/17 and ending 11/30/20. Yes, it will have a military clause that will also apply to those who have to move due to work reassignment. If you want to accept Republic’s agreement: download and print it, complete and sign and return to Republic no later than 8 December. Current plan is for Republic to send a letter as back up, but primary is this and subsequent enews.


You may want another trash company, but ideally we can limit the number of trash trucks competing for the roads in our village. American had asked to submit their bid, but I’ve heard nothing more from them.


Work Days at Village West Pool! This Saturday and Sunday (9/30 & 10/1) from 8 AM to 4 PM each day, for whatever time you can spare. Join us to improve and beautify our pool and community. Pool members will earn volunteer credits - it's your last opportunity this season. For non-members, this is a great community service opportunity for your teens, and a chance to just do something nice for your neighbors and your neighborhood. For more info, contact Jen Guernsey at or 703/912-9242.


For Sale - Gently Used Children's Oak Dresser/Baby Changing Table w/ Hutch. 52 in. W x 6' 3" H, 4 drawers of oak & pine plywood & a storage area with shelf. Drawers on metal gliders. One drawer has a bit of crayon doodles, but rest of drawers are clean. Asking $250 or Best Offer. You'll need a truck for pick-up. Please contact Andrea Lewis at or call 703/913-4957 if you have questions or to make arrangements.


Volunteers Needed – From Ittylene Neal (Ontario) - Springfield Post 7327 VFW has bingo on Thursday and Friday nights at the Greater Springfield Fire House. The VFW is a non-profit organization who use the bingo proceeds to help military families here in our area as well as across the country. Older children who may need community service credit can also volunteer to chalk up CS hours. If interested, come by the Fire house and talk to our bingo staff on Thursday or Friday.

West Springfield High School Choir Fundraiser – Eat at Chipotle this coming Tuesday, 3 October between 5:00 – 9:00 PM and the choir will receive half of the proceeds. All of you have to do is show the cashier the attached flyer or just tell them that you support the WSHS Choir.

Leaf Raking, Lawn Mowing, Snow Shoveling, Baby Sitting – 2nd attempt, but need to update the list of youngsters willing to work or to help others for community service credit. Please send his or her name and contact information.


Baby Sitter Available – Jakob Ames (SVD) did respond wanting babysitting jobs. He’d rather stick with younger children (no infants), but willing to sit in your home. e has He hasHe has a lot of experience watching younger children (babysitting my cousins). Call or text 703/559-5114.


Stay safe and help get the word out to neighbors about the benefits of joining our CAWSV.


John Cooley


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