Village News, 05/02/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,


Village SignNot sure how much longer it can stay where it now sits near intersection of Barnack & Rolling, but VW Pool added a complimentary sign to it and repaired the frame. Thanks to the pool and to Chris Pappas (Wythe Lane) for doing this. I am often cornered by VDOT wanting a copy of our permit for the sign. I don’t have it, but have bluffed my way into keeping it there. It will not survive where it is now once the widening project begins – unless, one of you by chance can shed light on that permit.   


Village West Pool News:


Village West Pool/Swim Team Open House: The Village West Pool and Swim Team are holding their annual open house on Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Rolling Valley Elementary School library. Come and learn more about our pool, meet the coaches, and catch up with your friends from the pool!


Village West Pool provides fun in the sun for the whole family. We offer a main pool with diving boards and slide, a wading pool, a picnic pavilion, volleyball, and shuffleboard. Our popular social events include Friday grill nights, lasagna dinner, and crab feast. Choose from annual or monthly membership options.


The Village West Vikings Swim Team is open to all children ages 4-18 of all ability levels. Our goal is to learn the sport of swimming, practice good sportsmanship, and have fun! We are the only pool located in the Rolling Valley Elementary School district, and our pool is a great way to keep in touch with friends over the summer and get to know neighbors. Questions? Want more information? Check us out or email us at


Memorial Day Weekend Picnic and Pool Party – 25 May – VW Pool will be open free to all in the Village and Rolling Valley subdivision. This is a good time with great food and fun in/around the pool. The pool will grill and sell (at very modest prices) hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Our civic association will provide chips, drinks, ice and some desserts that will be free. Family of deployed service members will eat for free – just inform the cashier. Not a requirement, but we do request you bring a side dish (potato salad, green salad, baked beans, deviled eggs) to share with others. If any of you have a good southern recipe for deviled eggs – I’ll buy the eggs if you’ll prepare and bring them to share.


Crime Solvers Community Document Shredding Event, Sponsored by Iron Mountain - Saturday, 4 May, 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon at the West Springfield Governmental Center, 6140 Rolling Road. Bring items to be shredded in boxes or bags.


Fairfax County Crime Solvers is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides anonymous phone, email and text capabilities for the public to report criminal activity and wanted persons to police.  Tipsters and their information are protected under state law.  Cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 are paid out if a tipsters’ information leads to an arrest and/or case closure.  All funds are raised through donations.


A Meaningful Robo Call - one lady reported receiving a robo-call from the FCPD asking for help to locate a missing person and leaving a number in case this lady had any information. Seemed a bit strange, but she verified it to be a legitimate call. And now we know that others also received the same call asking for assistance finding this young person.

The Meat Truck – Bob Lomax (Edmonton Court) reported seeing a white box truck in the village selling meat, poultry and fish. Bob wasn’t sure if they had a county permit, but don’t think I’d buy from the operator without a permit and some assurance that the produce was fresh and had not been thawed only to be frozen again. Your call.

Lawn Mowing Service – Kate Smith’s son Harrison Smith has started a lawn mowing business to earn money for a school trip next year.  His rates are very reasonable, and he brings his own mower, weed whacker, and gas. Please give him a call or text at 757/350-5159 if you need one-time or recurring service within a reasonable walking distance of Rolling Valley Elementary.  See attached flyer!


Home and Pet Sitters – Hang onto this list folks and I suggest you book them early. In the order received:


  • Kate Weir (SVD east side) – experienced and will work separately or with her sister Teresa.  703/867-3403 /
  • Teresa Weir (SVD east side) – experienced and will work separately or with her sister Kate. Teresa’s is / 703/582-7469
  • Grace Branch (Vancouver) - 2+ years experience working with a vet. Text her at 706/910-7753.
  • Wesley Branch (Vancouver) – pet sit and lawn maintenance. Text him at 706/550-7212
  • Alyssa Burkhalter, age 18 (Ontario) – experienced pet, home and baby sitter. Will work separately or with her sister Rachel., 703/975-1728.
  • Rachel Burkhalter, age 16 (Ontario) - experienced pet, home and babysitter. Will work separately or with her sister Alyssa., 703/975-1748.

Trade School Career Fair - (taken from county email) - Discover the Possibilities - Going to college is only one option. Learn about different opportunities in a variety of trade industries, including HVAC, commercial driving, healthcare, construction, college security, law enforcement and technology. Meet representatives from trade schools, another alternative to college. Adults and teens come dressed to impress! Some employers attending the Fair are looking to hire now!

Saturday, 4 May 4 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria VA 22310. Free parking available at the library and the elementary school next door. For more information and to register:




May 4                          Village Home and Garden Tour

May 9                          WS Village Meeting

May 11                        Village Wide Yard Sale

May 12                        Mother’s Day

May 18                        Yard Sale (Rain Date)

May 25                        Memorial Day Picnic & Pool Party – (Pool open to all this weekend.)

May 27                        Memorial Day / FCPS Student Holiday

June 13                        Last Day School

June 15                        Village Cleanup (note change from the Community Directory)

June 16                        Father’s Day


2nd Annual Home & Garden Show – This Saturday, 4 May from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Stop by to see how other homeowners tackled a main floor or upper level addition without the home settling into the basement. Maybe you are proud of their home improvements and want to show what your home became or you want to visit to get ideas from what others have done. Where is that load-bearing wall and how can we address it in home remodeling? How do we account for that I-Beam that supports the main floor in the 3-level homes?


No bragging rights, just come see what others did to their 50+ year old home to improve it. You pick which part of your home you want to show. Remember, it does not have to be perfect to be on the tour! Join us to learn about remodeling projects, unique challenges and much more. 


Tour is self-guided, but starts at Tim & Yee Peng Royster’s 6905 Smyth Street home where you can obtain the listing and last minute changes.


Village Meeting – 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. Guaranteed to be finished by 8:30 PM or earlier. Major agenda items include a membership vote to set the dues for the next membership year (1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020). We also hope to have an update on the Rolling Road project and will have a sitrep on our current budget/spend plan. This is a good way to meet your neighbors and to make new friends. Older children are also invited to attend and express their opinions. 


Village Wide Yard Sale – 8 – 2:00 PM, 11 May with 18 May as rain date. Thanks to Bernie Koehle (Edmonton Court) who volunteered to help with the yard sale, but we need one more who is capable of ducking traffic to put out the signs; you or your older child? Your civic association will place ads in the Washington Post to include their online service and on NextDoor. We’ll place yard sale signs throughout the village, but have to place them in front yards, not the verge between sidewalk and curb and certainly not in the Rolling Road median. We will also gather the list of participants by address and general category of items for sale and attach a copy of the village map to help guide potential buyers to each participating address. We deliver several copies of that list to participants who in turn provide to your customers to guide customers to other participating homes. We’ll also post on that same list our children’s lemonade stands.


During the yard sale, we also run a Free-for-All where you put unwanted, but still useful items curbside clearly marked “FREE” for anyone who drives by to collect them. Have found that this is a good way to keep stuff out of the landfill, increase the interest in our yard sale and make some room in my overstuffed home.


Please let me know your intent to participate with your address and a general category of items you want to sell. We have learned that that category should include some “spice” to lure folks to your address. Here’s what we have so far, but we need a lot more to make this a success.


            6907 Barnack Drive - HUGE Multi-Family Garage Sale with Refreshment Stand

            6826 Barnack Drive – Michelle Hamilton - Two Cherry twin four poster beds with bed frame, Piano, Girls room decorations; curtains,  ipod juke box, wall art/decorations.  Pink and white Chevron stripe throw carpet; Bedding;  All twin size:  My little pony and Disney Brand princess  comforter set w/sham , pillow case, fitted & flat sheet and blanket; twin size sheet sets, pink and teal colors.  Winter flannel twin size sheets sets (snowflakes, penquins, valentines day hearts); Kids music CDs- kidz bop, the backyardigans; Monster high toys:  dolls and furniture American Girl dolls, American Girl furniture, pet beds, and off brand 18" doll furniture, dining table set; Girls clothes: Christmas dress, shorts, purses.  Some never worn or worn once, sizes range from 8-12; Misc items:  baby booster seat, grill lamp, other items; Diecast toy cars:  some go on ebay for $70 or more; Girls lego friends villages:  a big house ,  lemonade stand, pool, cars; Twin black and white zebra comforter with pillow case and pillow sham; Elementary school age books K-6th, soft and hard cover.  DVD movies:  Variety of Barbie, Disney, My little Pony and Hello Kitty. Hello Kitty gumball machine and rolling backpack-luggage.

            6812 Hathaway Street - weight benches, exercise bike, and miscellaneous items plus fee items (dining chairs in need of reupholstering).

            6910 Rolling Road - Household items, shoes/clothes, electronics, and small furniture.

Free - Must pick up and transport from Don & Susan Cheney’s 6701 Ontario Street home.

Suppose it is about time for the spring monsoons and thunderstorms. Stay safe!


John Cooley



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