Dear Village Neighbors / Friends,
Larger than normal report today. Please let me know if I missed your input.
Next Week’s Enews (5 April) will not be delivered to your email inbox, instead it will be posted only to our website. Regular delivery should resume on 12 April. We all should know the contents of our website and may want to offer suggestions for improving the site. Anyhow, it should be posted by Thursday evening on the 5th of April; you can find it and all others at http://westspringfieldvillage.org/.
NOVA Road Projects Funding versus Additional Funding for Metro – Hopefully you also have followed the news about the possibility of robbing northern Virginia Roads projects to help finance Metro going forward. Kathy D’Amato (Barnack) alerted me to the discussion and since then - I wrote to VDOT and Supervisor Herrity to see if there is any credence to the story and if so – can we at least protect enough RR funding to complete Phase I of the Rolling Road project and to resurface RR from the intersection of Old Keene Mill Road down to Viola. VDOT responded that PH I is fully financed and they doubt that PH II will be derailed. We had been told that previously only to watch the project fall off the 6-Year Improvement Plan, Here’s a link that captures the issue: http://thenovaauthority.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FINAL-3-26-18-Press-Release-No.Va_.-Coallition-NVTA-Metro.pdf. Bottom line - VDOT says we’re still a go!
Budget Town Hall – I was wrong! I did the math and assumed the county may increase our real estate tax levy by $0.02, but now know that they’re looking at $0.025 increase per $100 value. So with the $15,000 tax assessment increase and if the Board of Supervisors do increase the levy by 2 ½ cents – my RE Tax bill will jump 5.47% or an additional $290.75. The new County Executive, Bryan Hill and our Springfield District Supervisor, Pat Herrity believe that increase could have and still can be prevented with fiscal responsibility, reducing the redundancy and duplicity between County and FCPS operations and reduced spending (at least that’s what I chose to hear them say..). Suppose if there were to be any good news in a tax increase, it would be that the BOS can’t raise the levy beyond 2.5 cents without first re-starting the whole process. Rather than any attempt to regurgitate notes from the meeting, go to https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/advertised-budget-plan to have a look for yourself. And there you’ll find the schedule for public hearings. Supervisor Herrity suggests that we, average Joe homeowner should attend and speak about the tax burden to help offset those speaking for special interests.
Pohick Stream Park Cleanup – 9:00 AM, 22 April (Earth Day). More to follow, but for now – save the date and let’s all fall in to help protect the Parklands. This is normally a good family outing with meaningful outcomes. Troops, dens, teams and clubs are all welcome to join us. We hope you and your family will as well.
Home for Rent – Stephen & Monica Gagliano (Barnack) own and rent a townhouse in Saratoga (off Rolling Rd). It’s not in our village but close if you know of someone in the market. Information can be found on craigslist at https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/apa/d/tree-top-living/6539372931.html.
West Springfield Elementary School Fundraiser – From our Delegate and WSES PTA President Kathy Tran - West Springfield Elementary School is raising $10,000 to support a STEAM Lab. WSES has implemented an interdisciplinary approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, and our STEAM Lab is an important component of our curriculum.
In its inaugural year, this community-sponsored STEAM Lab has received very positive responses from our students. A generous, anonymous donor has offered a 1:1 match up to $10,000 so that we would be able to raise a total of $20,000.
By 20 April, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the WSES PTA to support our STEAM Lab. You can donate through our website www.wsespta.org or via check made payable to WSES PTA. In advance, thank you!
Contractor Recommendations Wanted – Olin & Liz Greene (Vancouver) need someone that can repair loose drywall seams, cracks in the walls, replace baseboards in a bathroom, and do a nice job painting. Please email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have a recommendation.
WS Village Discount – Gus Hagi, owner and operator of Gus & Sons Home Remodeling, is offerings a 10% off (spring special) to all the village residents. Visit his website for more information - http://gusandsons.com/.
2018 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops:
* Businesses and organizations fill out the application form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzHK-d-RF8bU3eFckMu3CbgSFV6TV98L2e4btPUxk7sHJNmw/viewform.
* Remaining Schedule:
- 7 April from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Chantilly HS
- 14 April from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Mount Vernon HS
- 21 April from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at South Lakes HS
- 28 April from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM at West Springfield HS
Real Estate+ Blog – RE Agent Tim Royster (Smyth) wants to share his blog with village residents. It's not all about real estate, but it's about where we all call home. Take a look - https://timroyster.com/blog/.
Free FCPD Summer Programs - The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) will host three summer programs for high school students and young adults. All programs are free of charge. Flyers are attached. Applications are available on FCPD’s web site. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tracey A. Ryan, Director, Citizens Police Academy, FCPD at 703/246-4315 (voice mail only) or Tracey.Ryan@fairfaxcounty.gov.
- Police Leaders of Tomorrow, 11 – 15 June, Applications due by 30 April:
Police Leaders of Tomorrow was created in recognition of the need for diversity in policing. Although the Fairfax County Police Department is more diverse today than in previous years, the Department continues to seek opportunities to ensure its membership is reflective of the community it serves. There are two goals of the Police Leaders of Tomorrow program. The first is to encourage those who attend to consider a career in law enforcement. The second is to educate young adults about policing.
The program is offered free of charge and is open to young adults with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds between the ages of 18 and 24 in the Metro Washington Area. Class size is limited to 15 students.
Classes will be held Monday through Friday June 11 – 15 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at various police facilities across Fairfax County, including the Criminal Justice Academy in Chantilly, Public Safety Headquarters in Fairfax, and the Pine Ridge Facility in Annandale. Classes are a combination of presentations and facility tours. Participants are expected to attend all classes as well as participate in a ride along with a sworn police officer.
For an application and more details, please see FCPD’s web site: https://www. fairfaxcounty.gov/police/servicesiz/plot.
- Teen Police Academy, 16 – 20 July, Applications due by 14 May
The Teen Police Academy is a week-long program that provides high school students with an opportunity to learn more about the Fairfax County Police Department, understand core police functions, explore careers in law enforcement, and participate in hands-on activities.
The program is offered free of charge and is open to all Fairfax County high school students currently enrolled in criminal justice classes and entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2018 - 2019 school year. Class size is limited to 25 students. Students are expected to provide their own transportation.
Classes will be held 16 – 20 July, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Falls Church High School and Friday: 12:00 noon to 7:30 PM at the Public Safety Headquarters building in Fairfax.
Participants are expected to attend all classes.
For an application and more details, please see FCPD’s web site: https://www. fairfaxcounty.gov/police/servicesiz/teenpoliceacademy.
- Future Women Leaders in Law Enforcement, 6 – 10 August, Applications due by 14 May
Future Women Leaders in Law Enforcement is a week-long program for high schools girls interested in law enforcement. The goal of the program is to encourage more women to consider careers in law enforcement. Participants will learn first-hand about core police functions, meet today's women leaders in law enforcement in Fairfax County, and explore what it takes to become a police officer.
The program is offered free of charge and is open to all Northern Virginia high school girls who will be entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2018-2019 school year. Class size is limited to 25 students. Students are expected to provide their own transportation.
Classes will be held 6 – 10 August, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Falls Church High School and Friday, 12:00 noon to 7:30 PM at the Public Safety Headquarters building in Fairfax
Participants are expected to attend all classes.
For an application and more details, please see FCPD’s web site: https://www. fairfaxcounty.gov/police/servicesah/fwlle.
The mourning doves are back and looking to nest. Spring is here; right? Let’s be extra vigilant with our kids at play.