Village News, 05/08/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,

Sending this out a day early this week due to the imminent village activities discussed below. 

Village Meeting – Tomorrow night, Thursday, 9 May starting at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. Guaranteed to be finished by 8:30 PM. 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 report on our current budget/spend plan. Come meet your neighbors and make new friends. Older children are also invited to attend and to express their opinions. 

Village Wide Yard Sale – 8 – 2:00 PM, 11 May with 18 May as rain date. We have placed the ad in the Washington Post (print and electronic media), published it in the Village FaceBook Group that goes out to about 600 members thanks to Wendi Dorey and in the NextDoor that went to over 10,000 homes thanks to Ed Wyse and we’ll put the signs out before Friday’s evening rush hour traffic thanks to Bernie Koehle. He could use at least one other to help, but we’re pressing on regardless.  

Please do not move the village yard sale signs. Even though we may have enough, you should plan on making your own sign for that last turn toward your home.

What’s missing? More Participants! Look below to see the current list, but we’re hoping to double our triple that number. Even if you don’t know what you will sell, send me your address and intent to participate so we can include in the list that will be attached to a village map and provided each of the participants to give to your customers to help guide them to each participating address. Notice that we 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.

By Friday noon, 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 - Nguyen - HUGE Multi-Family Garage Sale with Refreshment Stand
  • 6826 Barnack Drive – Tons of Great Treasures including - American Girl dolls and furniture; Twin Cherry 4 poster beds, Piano, Twin size kids comforter sets & blankets (Disney Princess, Zebra print and My Little Pony); Girls room decorations:  rug, curtains, wall art:  Various  Kids DVD movies (Barbie Utopia, Disney) ; Various My Little Pony and Hello Kitty items; Monster High dolls and accessories, Diecast cars; Kids music CD's; Girls clothing size 6-16; Twin size sheets sets for kids; Scholastic Kids books K-6; Misc baby items: booster seats; Misc household items:  Chrystal candle stick holders; Girls Lego friends house, car, Plus a Lemonade Stand!
  • 6812 Bellamy Avenue – Luggage Car Carrier, Grass Seed Spreader (Scotts), Indoor/Outdoor Grill, Char-Broil Big Easy Tru-InfraRed Grill (Free), Utility Cart on Wheels, iHome Speaker with Case, Golf Clubs, Bar Bell weight, Karaoke Machine, Music Rain Stick, Saxophone, Guitar, DVD's (children & young adult), Halloween Costumes & Decorations (children & youth), Baseball Catcher's Gear, etc (youth), New Yoga Mat, Power Washer Electric, Weed Eater Mulch Vac, Huskey Wet Vac, Women's Shoes, size 8, Women's clothing sizes med & large, Teen Clothing, shorts, size med & large, Dishes, serving bowls, coffee mugs, etc., Picture frames & vases
  • 6811 Bluefield Court - lots of items for tweens/teens/young adult girls (clothes - Shirts, Pants, Shorts, Dresses, Sweaters, Bathing suits, Rompers, accessories - Belts, jewelry, Blankets, Hats, Scarves, books and Posters, bags - purses, wallets (athletic and non-athletic)
  • 6812 Hathaway Street – weight benches, exercise bike, and miscellaneous items plus fee items (dining chairs in need of reupholstering).
  • 6810 Landor Lane – Sun Joe SDJ616 electric leaf mulcher/shredder/bagger, only used a couple of seasons:, Boys and girls toys (Imaginext sets and figures, Disney Princess castle with figures, etc), Girls 12" BMX bike with training wheels, etc., free items.
  • 6802 Landor LaneFREE FOR ALL - Beach Umbrella, Bamboo Beach Mats, Fishing Poles, Tackle Box, Assorted golf accessories, Carry-on Luggage Bags, Christmas Tins, Assorted Baskets 
  • 6825 Ontario – Bikes (kids and adults) stroller, shoes, crib, books and more.
  • 6910 Rolling Road - Household items, shoes/clothes, electronics, and small furniture.

Seeking Delegates to the Fairfax Federation - Your civic association is a member of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations.  The “Federation,” founded in 1940, promotes the interests of citizens associations in Fairfax County and seeks to further the common good and general welfare of the citizens of Fairfax County.   More specifically, this nonprofit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian organization annually advises our legislators on issues of importance to members, advises our supervisors on budget formation, and issues resolutions to elected officials related to current issues of importance to citizens associations.

The Federation holds about ten membership meetings annually – usually the third Thursday evening of the months September to June -- to which member associations send delegates who vote on the resolutions mentioned above.  Most meetings also feature an informative presentation.  Ed Wyse has been our long-time delegate, but we are authorized to have multiple delegates. 

Ed invites other residents to join him as delegates – or to attend meetings without being named a delegate.  He is willing to give rides to/from meetings.  The last two meetings of this membership year are May 16 at the Fairfax County Government Center and June 20 at Mason District Park, Annandale, (potluck picnic).  For information, contact Ed at or 703/399-9125.

Prescription Drug Take Back – Mary Eskelund reported that she went to the police station on Saturday for the drug return program being advertised for that day throughout the county.  I have gone to the police station on Rolling Road to dump drugs as they have a place as a trial basis for the county.  I specifically asked the policeman on duty Saturday if they were discontinuing drop off any time disposal of drugs.  He said it was being continued and he has not heard of it being discontinued.  I don’t know how many of our residents know they can go anytime the office area is opened to dispose of over-the-counter medicines, outdated medicines, and prescription medicines.  No liquids or needles can be disposed of there.  If anyone needs to know how to dispose of needles used for medicine, let me ( know and I’ll relay your request to Mary.

One Ring Robo Calls (Wangiri Scam) – You get a call, but the phone only rings once and you think to call it back to see what’s up. Don’t! Look here to see why you shouldn’t:

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.

Way to Go Casey and Good Luck! – Kirby Myers’ daughter Casey, who attended WSES, Irving and WSHS quite a few years back (class of ’05) is finishing up her Master’s degree at the University of San Diego later this month. In conjunction with the program, she participated in USD’s competition to represent the university in the Fowler Global Innovation Challenge and took second place.  Hers and other teams from 25+ universities will compete in mid-June for cash funding for their idea. Her program focuses on teaching women in refugee camps skills they can use to enter the workforce after the refugee camp.

The local KPBS Station covered the challenge last evening in the clip below. The segment on USD starts at 7:10.




May 9                          WS Village Meeting, 7:30 PM in the RVES cafeteria

May 11                        Village Wide Yard Sale

May 12                        Mother’s Day

May 18                        Yard Sale (Rain Date)

May 25                        Memorial Day Picnic & Pool Party

May 27                        Memorial Day / FCPS Student Holiday

June 13                        Last Day School

June 15                        Village Cleanup

June 16                        Father’s Day

 Exercise Bike Wanted – Old man looking for a sturdy exercise bike; got one you don’t want, willing to sell (cheap) or willing to loan this old goat. To protect his privacy, let me know ( and I’ll relay to him next time I see him in the mirror.

Stay safe good people!


John Cooley. CAWSV

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