Village News, 10/25/18

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,


Halloween Party / Chili Cook-Off & Food Drive – this Sunday, 28 October from 4 - 7 PM. Open to all. Come, join us at the pool (7008 Elkton Drive) for the Village West Pool Annual Chili Cookoff and our Civic Association's Annual Halloween Party! Plus a local teen will be collecting food donations for two very meaningful food causes.


            Halloween Party – Party Coordinator, Barbara Naylor will have games, face painting and snack foods for children and their parents. 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 Please check in with Barbara if you intend to bring stuff for the party.


            Annual Great Chili Cook-Off – The Village West Pool will also host its Annual Chili, Chowder & Cornbread Cook-Off from 4 – 7 PM on the 28th. 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! Sign up to enter the cook-off at ( and then arrive with your winning chili in a crockpot with a serving utensil by 3:45 PM. Wendi Dorey is the POC for the cook-off and can be reached at


            No entry fee required; food prices start at $3.00 for kids, $5.00 for adults to sample and all fixings are provided. Chili sampler + bowl of chili + drink = $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Non-chili-eaters can substitute homemade mac & cheese for the chili, plus your Civic Association will be providing chicken nuggets, hot cider, and goodies for the kids at no charge.

            Food Drive – At these events, Ava Hamilton will be collecting food for two noteworthy causes – 1) Thanksgiving Baskets and 2) Snacks for School-aged children. So - bring along ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner basket that ECHO will deliver to local families who may need such (stuffing mix, gravy mix or cans/jars of gravy [not glass], cranberry sauce, boxed potato mixes, rice, canned vegetables, bread or muffin mix, dessert mix [cake/frosting, brownies, cookies, pudding, etc], disposable roasting pan, flour, shortening, sugar, tea/coffee, canned fruit).


            And the other drive needs individually wrapped packages of snack items (goldfish, pretzels, applesauce, fruit cups, tuna/cracker packs, cheese or peanut butter cracker packs, small boxes of raisins, cereal, oatmeal packets) plus 16 ounce jars of peanut butter and jelly in plastic bottles.


So - come join us for some fun. Eat some yummy food and hang out with your neighbors!!  Any questions, please contact Barbara Naylor at or Wendi Dorey at


Tolls on the Parkway? – check out this link to an article concerning the Fairfax County Parkway and possibly adding HOV & HOT lanes and then click on the embedded link to provide your input.

Warning – Archery season for deer is ongoing to include in the Pohick Stream Park. Stick to the trails and avoid any hunter you may encounter. Hunters will be in deer stands up off the ground. Also there are a lot of trees that have been uprooted or broken that are being held aloft by a neighboring tree. Given the normal fall/autumn winds – some of those widow-makers will come down without warning. A request to remove these dangers was submitted to Fairfax County Park Authority.


The Cardinal Flyer - Below are a just few of the articles featured in Tim Royster's October Newsletter:  


            Is The Era of Television Ending?  It wasn’t that long ago when friends and family would crowd around a TV to watch their favorite shows in real me. But those days are seemingly over. Read more…

            Big-ticket Items: When's the best time to buy?  From furniture to refrigerators, big-ticket items are often a major consideration during the home-buying process. Read more…

            Bleeding Molten Chocolate Cakes Recipe - Perfect for Halloween. Read more…


The Stone Team – RE Agent Jamie Tomberlin (SVD) wanted to share some news about her real estate company. 


            Things have been evolving here at Stone Properties and I am pleased to announce our new "Stone Team." We each love guiding and protecting our clients so much, Keira D'Amato, Liane MacDowell and I thought, "let's band together and share our passion and wisdom!"  


            We want you to know that we are here to help whether you are looking to buy, sell, rent or just explore the real estate market! We LOVE what we do and vow to continuously learn and create so we can best serve and protect our clients.  Call us anytime, we're always here to help!


            Your friendly realtors - Jamie, Keira & Liane


Taste of Greater Springfield (TOGS):  Our friends at the Rotary Club of West Springfield (who pick up the trash on Rolling Road every three months) are hosting their 6th Annual TOGS event on Sunday, November 11 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at Waterford Receptions on Commerce Street.  Come hungry and enjoy food from many local restaurants.  Price is $30 for adults, $25 for active duty/veterans, $10 for ages 6-13.  Get complete information and purchase tickets online at or contact Jim Kirkpatrick at 703/866-7078.  All proceeds go to scholarships and community service projects.

Foundation Leaks –Bob & Jane Lomax (8126 Edmonton Court) have had foundation leak problems. 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. 


Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout – this 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. Help prevent accidental poisoning, protect the environment and help prevent drug abuse. 


West Springfield Elementary School PTA News: From WSES PTA President Amanda Jones (Quebec Court) - 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!


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


October 28      Halloween Party & Chili Cook-off – 4 – 7:00 PM – open to all.

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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