Village News, 11/12/20

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

As my family and friends exchanged Veterans Day thankfulness yesterday, I realized that even though 1-2% of the U.S. population is involved in the military or in our conflicts/wars, we are still a large slice of America, not only those who wore the uniform, but also their spouses and family. Thanks to all Veterans in all the U.S. services, including my son’s service in the Air Force and finally in the Space Force.

Directory Ads – Please let your contractors or business owners who have done good work for you know about the opportunity to advertise in our next Community Directory. The ads are sold by Printing Ideas to cover the cost of our directory without costing us (CAWSV) anything other than a bit of effort to help sell ads. Here’s the price list for ads in our FY21 Community Directory:

  • Back cover - $300
  • Inside front/back cover - $250
  • Full page ad - $150
  • Half page ad - $100
  • Quarter page ad - $75

If your business or the one where you work want to advertise, reserve a spot by contacting Steve at Printing Idea, Inc (, 703/591-1708, And, we also post their ads to our website and include them in our enews at least twice per year.

Thief in the Night – More cars have been ransacked since last Thursday’s edition. It is just a matter of time before the thief is hurt or hurts one of us. Please check and double check that your vehicles including those in your garage are locked when not in use and also that you don’t leave valuables in plain sight in the parked vehicle. Suppose the best way for us to respond is to make ourselves a less lucrative target area.

Republic Trash Service – I was missed yesterday for yard debris collection and see that many of you were also. I called them at 703/818-8222 (as each of us need to) and was told that I’d get yard debris collected tomorrow, Friday, 13 November. And then this morning we received a recorded message saying that household trash collection is way behind, apparently due to me getting rid of a lot of stuff (not true, btw) and they should get us today, tomorrow or by Saturday evening. All the extra trash on the curb does make our homes upscale, don’t you agree?

Village West Pool News – Want to know what’s up with the pool?  Please come to the Village West Pool Annual Members Meeting next Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 PM via Zoon. Not a member? You're still invited to attend! Please contact to receive a Zoom invite Current pool members should see one in their email in-box already.

At the meeting, we will cover:

          - Financial status
          - Physical condition of facility
          - Plans for 2021
          - Election of officers
          - Bylaws amendment for annual meeting date
          - Member comments and questions

Calling all Potential Lifeguards! Lifeguards need to be at least 15 years old. If you have or know kids who would be interested in a lifeguard position next summer, please email This information will help us prepare for the 2021 season.

Covid-19 Update – We now have a treasure trove of data available to each of us. Draw your own conclusions and notice that I did not represent mine; instead just reporting information from CDC, NIH plus Virginia and Fairfax County Departments of Health. It has been well reported that there is and continue to be an uptick in the number of confirmed cases. Thankfully, a vaccination is not far off.

Fairfax County has had 24,601 confirmed cases, 2,409 hospitalized and 624 deaths due to comorbidity or the virus alone. That came from this single source website that also has links to the scientists and health organizations: There I found links to the information below:

          CDC Report states that 94% of Covid-19 deaths had underlying medical conditions. According to the CDC 9,683 died in the United States only having Covid-19 listed on their death certificate (as of 11/10/2020). Here’s that link - . Top underlying medical conditions linked with Covid-19 deaths.

  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Hypertensive disease
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular and unspecified dementia
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Heart failure
  • Renal failure
  • Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events
  • Other medical conditions (?)

Comorbidity and underlying conditions can both be used to describe conditions that exist in one person at the same time. These can also contribute to a person’s death who had been diagnosed with Covid-19. Older individuals and those with underlying conditions were considered the most vulnerable to this deadly virus and likely to have the most severe outcomes. This recently released CDC data (as of 08/10/2020) reinforces that information. See


In case it is too small to read: protect yourself by wearing the mask, maintaining 6’ social distancing, frequently and thoroughly wash your hands and clean / disinfect areas you suspect may harbor the virus.

County Sales Tax – I didn’t know that Fairfax County now also collects sales tax; did you? Virginia has state sales tax of 4.3%, and allows local governments to collect up to 1.7%; Fairfax County collects an additional 1%, so the minimum sales tax rate in Fairfax County is 5.3% plus 0.7% special tax that is designated to fund county transportation districts, local attractions, etc. Fairfax County's maximum sales tax rate of 6% is higher than 96% of Virginia counties. But it is also lower than 74% of counties nationwide. Take a look at to see other taxes collected by county. Do you think this will hold our Real Estate taxes down in out years? Nope, me neither.

Hand Poured Holiday Candles Sale – by Shelly Fowler – If you missed her show last Saturday, you can still place by calling her at 703/282-3002 or by email at

  • Gel Wax Candles Stemmed Wine Glass - $3000
  • Stemless Wine Glass Gel Wax - $29.00
  • Coffee Cup Gel Wax - $20.00
  • Soy Wax Candles Stemless Wine Glass - $28.00
  • Coffee Cup Soy Wax - $20.00
  • Tea Lights 1 doz. - $10.00

Shelly uses more scent than most. Her holiday collection of scented candles include Christmas Tree, Christmas Eve, Smells of Christmas, Winter Wonder Land, Snicker Doodle, Ginger Bread, Orange Spice and Spice Cranberry. She is very happy to take your candle orders with full payment. Candles can be delivered within 2 weeks.

Scouting for Food Drive – we have two groups involved in this food drive in support of ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others):

          1. Scout Troop 1501 will be conducting our annual Scouting for Food drive as a drop off event. Please bring your donations to Messiah Methodist Church (6215 Rolling Rd, West Springfield, VA) from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon on Saturday, 14 November. The troop will collect all the donated food and deliver it to ECHO for distribution to needy residents in the local area. This will be a contactless drop off. No need to get out of your car, the masked scouts will happily do all the unloading. You may also drop off food at David Kirk’s 7910 Springfield Village Drive home before 14 November, and he will make sure it gets delivered. If you have any questions please contact David Kirk (, 703/451-1307).

          2. Pack 1545 and Girl Scout Troops 52010, 52099, and 1573 will be collecting food for their annual Scouting for Food Drive on Saturday, 14 November at the Rolling Valley Elementary School Parking lot from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon. Food donations will go to ECHO, our local food bank. Please help our Cub and Girl Scouts to do their best by donating to their food collection.

          Food Items Requested:  Can Meat, Can Tomatoes, Muffin/Cornbread Mix, Can Fruit, Can Vegetables, Tortillas, Instant Potatoes, Jelly, Crackers, Jello/Pudding Mix, Juice (family size), Tea/Coffee, Spaghetti Sauce, Bag (Dry) Beans, Pancake Syrup, Margarine, Sliced Bread and Salsa

           Personal Care Items Requested:  Shaving Cream, Razors, Liquid Dishwashing Detergent, Band Aids, Deodorant, Hand or Body Lotion, OTC Pain/Flu/Cold Meds for Children/Adults and Baby Wipes.

Every year the scouts deliver thousands of pounds of food to ECHO for distribution for the Thanksgiving Holiday and beyond. This year the need is even greater. Please consider donating to help everyone in our local community have a happy holiday.

Stay dry, safe, happy and healthy.

John Cooley, CAWSV



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