Village News, 10/18/18

Dear Village Neighbor,


The change in our weather feels good, but the acorns hand grenades are plentiful this year.


Halloween Party / Chili Cook-off & Food Drive – Sunday, 28 October 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Village West Pool Parking Lot (7008 Elkton Drive). Weather cooperating, this will be great family fun, especially for our kids and those of us still young at heart. Hope you can make it. It will be good family fun.


            Halloween Party – Party Coordinator, Barbara Naylor will undoubtedly continue the success of past events. She asks for donations of chicken nuggets and apple cider plus the use of your burners to help keep food warm. Barbara can be reached at

            Annual Great Chili Cook-Off – The Village West Pool is hosting its Annual Chili, Chowder & Cornbread Cook-Off also starting at 4:00 PM on 28 October. They normally have chili, corn chowder, gumbo and much more on the menu! Come warm your belly while visiting with your neighbors and watching the kids play! No entry fee required; food prices start at $5.00 for kids, $10.00 for adults to sample and all fixings are provided. Arrive with your winner in a crockpot by 3:30 PM. Sign up online at Questions? Contact Wendi Dorey at

            Non-Perishable Food Collection – we will again collect donations of non-perishable food at the Halloween Party to help feed those in need in our regional area. We asked Ana Hamilton to set up a donation site for ECHO and her project discussed below. ECHO is looking to fill Thanksgiving baskets and needing:  stuffing mix, gravy mix (packets, jars or cans), boxed potato mixes, package boxed rice, canned vegetables, bread or muffin mix, dessert mix (brownies, cake, pudding), disposable roasting pan, canned fruit, beans, tea and/or coffee, flour, shortening, sugar.


Village Meeting - Thanks to those who attended the meeting last Thursday. As planned, we voted to ratify the FY18 audit report, pass a FY19 budget proposal and we elected a new Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer).


Pohick Stream Park Cleanup – Last Saturday, 13 October we had 5 of us help clean our park along the trails and stream side: my daughter-in-law Kerry Cooley, two of her children, Brendan and Maddy and one village teenager, Rachel Burkhalter. Not sure why we didn’t have more, but the numbers for the last couple clean ups have been much too low. First couple times we had a couple dozen and lots of kids. What happened? I do know that some worked the Accotink Stream watershed behind eastside Springfield Village Drive homes and would like to recognize those civic minded folks as well. I know we all are busy with our lives, but had thought this type civic project would interest more, a lot more.


Warning – While in the park doing the cleanup, we noticed a lot of trees that had been uprooted or broken, but being held up by trees that it fell into. Some are very large and quite tall. We used to call them widow makers, but given that we have a lot of youngsters in the woods – it might be a good time to remind our kids to beware of those trees that could come down without much provocation. Perhaps you remember we had one young boy get seriously injured when the tree he was playing on fell onto him. I did put in a request to Fairfax County Park Authority to remove the dangers, but that might take a while.


Foundation Leaks – Too many of our homes cracks in the foundation and foundation walls that allow water to seep into your home. Bob & Jane Lomax (8126 Edmonton Court) have had this problem whenever we get heavy or sit-in rain. They found a contractor to dig in a French drain and re-surface the foundation wall and pad. They are working there now. Bob invites you to stop by to see the extent of the repair and pick up a business card from this company. It ain’t cheap, but the company Bob hired had a good game plan and were very competitive with their bid. Bob may recommend them, but wants to first see the job through to and including cleanup. 


RE Market Report - There were 13 units fewer sold in September 2018 than in August 2018. The total number of homes available this month is higher by 13 units. The median sales price is about $28,000 less than in September 2017 and 8% lower than in August 2018. There are more units available for sale – 2.1 months of supply which is also higher than same time last year. In September, the average sale price in West Springfield was 99.1% of the average list price, which is about the same as a year ago. This month, the average number of days on market was 16, lower than the average last year, which was 18.


I’m not a RE Agent, but suspect we’re in good shape. We do have WS Village RE Agents who can explain better, but we are good.


Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout - Saturday, 27 October from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Location is our West Springfield District Police Station at 6140 Rolling Road. Drop off unused or expired medications at a Fairfax County Police district station (pills or liquids only, no pressurized canisters or needles). Disposal is FREE, convenient, confidential, and safe. eHelp prevent accidental poisoning, protect the environment and help prevent drug abuse. 


West Springfield Elementary School PTA News:


            1. WSES PTA membership drive and donations will run till October 31.  Please visit WSES FB page to donate or join the PTA (click on the donate button) or visit our webpage at and find the donate button (PayPal) in the upper right hand corner.  Thank you!  Your donations and membership help fund our staff appreciation events, field trips, technology, library, our STEAM lab and so much more.  The PTA does a one-time ask membership drive along with donations - no other fundraisers will be held by the PTA during the school year!

            2. WSES Dine out nights at Ledos will be Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24 starting at 5pm.  Must have a flier in order for WSES to get donation credit.  Please stop by the school or email PTA President, Amanda Jones to receive a flier.


Missing Mail – Last week we discussed mail that should have been delivered, but not to the correct address. Ming Fang (Barnack Drive) responded with a USPS program that should help.


            USPS has a service called Informed Delivery. With this, you could know what you are going to receive. If you see the image, but fails to receive it, you would know that it is misplaced in other's mailbox. You can digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mail pieces and track packages in one convenient location. Here’s the link:


Girl Scout Silver Award – Ava Hamilton is continuing the efforts of her Cadette Troop 5727 with the food drive assisting Abiding Presence Lutheran Church and she is working towards her Silver Award. I invited Ana to set up a collection point at the Halloween Party. Here’s Ava in her own words:


            “I am continuing the efforts of my Cadette Troop 5727 with the food drive to assist the families in our community who are short on food. I am also pursuing my Girl Scout Silver award and need your help! I am working with Abiding Presence Lutheran Church located on Lee Chapel Road. I am collecting the items listed below for the next delivery on October 18th.

I can come by your home and pick up any items or if you pass my house they can be dropped off at the Hamiltons 6826 Barnack Drive home. Our phone number is 703/913-8017 if you want to call us for a pick up at your home. A huge THANK YOU for helping me achieve my Silver Award and the continuing efforts of my Cadette troop. Items needed are: 16 ounce jars of peanut butter, jelly in plastic bottles, individual serving size of cereal, oatmeal packets, individual serving size pretzels and Rice Krispy treats”.


Upcoming Village Events (updates included the weekly enews and on our website):


October 28      WS Village Halloween Party & Chili Cook-off – 4 – 7:00 PM - open

                        to all (note date change).

November 4    Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 6    Election Day – VOTE!

December 22  Village Christmas Party – open to all.


Hope to see you at the party and other community events. Stay safe.


John Cooley



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