Covid-19 Update – Fairfax County has had 29,420 confirmed cases (up 1,873 from 11/25/2020), 2,627 hospitalized (up 100) and 639 deaths due to virus or comorbidity (+4 from last week).
Christmas Party, Caroling and Visit with Santa – cancelled! This will be the first cancellation is many years. This started with Don & Suzan Cheney inviting all of us to their front yard for a social gathering and then Jason & Kerri Henry added Caroling to the festivities and then Rudy & Denise Tarlosky added a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause to give gifts secretively left by parents for their child. Good community effort on this one, but we can’t accept the COVID-19 risk this year.
Holiday Decorating Contest – we can do this safely; right? Many of our homes are beautifully decorated and worth loading the family into your car to drive to see what others have done. For years now, we have had a friendly competition to honor 1st – 3rd place winners with the coveted yard sign we place in respective yards until the New Year. If we want this to continue, we’ll need to identify beforehand those families who are willing to drive to see each home as depicted in our directory map and then submit your top 5 picks based on whatever criteria you and your family use (theme, use of props, lights, etc). Why 5? In case of ties after we tabulate your input with all others. So – care to entertain your family and vote for in the contest? Just let me know well before the judging period (17 – 20 December). I can provide maps for those who may need directions.
Yard Waste – If Republic sticks to their normal schedule, we have two more, separate yard waste collections on 9 & 16 December. 23 December is possible, but haven’t seen their holiday schedule. They normally collect Christmas trees on the first two Wednesdays of the New Year and then suspend Wednesday yard waste collections until the first Wednesday in March 2021. We can put a small amount of yard waste in with our household trash but in the toter, not on the ground beside it. Expect a ban on plastic lawn & leaf bags will be in place before 1 March 2021.
Recycling – Don’t bag recyclable waste! It will only add another task and additional expense to the recycling operation. You can recycle flattened cardboard, newspapers, magazines, office paper, common mail, beverage and food cans, plastic bottles & jugs with the lids left on them.
Glass should not be placed in with other recyclable waste; take glass instead to the purple container in the Springfield Government Building parking lot behind the post office. If that isn’t an option and as a last resort – put glass into your regular household trash. Bubble wrap, Metallic wrapping paper, ribbon and bows, sticky gift labels, gift bags (if coated, laminated, dyed) and foam peanuts are not recyclable.
Be sure the toter lid is closed to prevent your recyclable waste from becoming a neighbor’s or neighborhood’s problem.
Kerri Henry Pottery Home Show – Saturday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 8137 Edmonton Court, Kerri in her own words: “It's my pleasure to be bring another fellow artist to share her goods with you this year at my Anual Home Show. Jen's Heart and Soul Kitchen will showcase her Belgium Chocolate bombs. Kerri Henry Pottery will have some new clay forms and some of your favorite classics. If the weather is nice we plan to be outside. If not, we will limit the number of guests in the house for everyone’s safety. Masks will be required since social distancing may be difficult.”
For Sale - Oak China Cabinet - 2 pcs - $200 or best offer. Perfect condition, see pic below. We re-did our kitchen and have no room for it. Interested, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Trees For Sale - The Knights of Columbus Council 6153 is/are selling Christmas trees in the lower parking lot of Saint Bernadette Catholic Church, 7600 Old Keene Mill Road. The lot will be open from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on weekdays, and from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on weekends. Come buy a tree, a wreath and or a swag to support the charitable work of the Knights of Columbus.
22152 & the Virus – By now, you should know that we had 3 clerks at our post office test positive for Covid-19. Delegate Kathy Tran reported that the building was thoroughly cleaned and aerated. Supervisor Herrity reported that they are working to safely catch up with mail deliveries. The death that our mail carrier mentioned was apparently not due to the virus. He still advises that we wash our hands thoroughly after we’re done with our mail.
7th Annual Victim Service Division (VSD) Holiday Gift Card Drive – from Michelle Hamilton - Fairfax County Police Department and specifically the VSD is collecting gift card donations to give to families of child victims in an attempt to allow them a more joyous holiday season. You can drop off or mail gift cards to: Sally Fayez, Director, Victim Services Division, Fairfax County Police Department, 12099 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035. See the attached flyer for more information.
Handmade Christmas Ornaments - Celia Cavizza is selling Christmas Ornaments that she has made herself. Celia lives at 8111 Springfield Village Drive and can be reached at 703/451-7540. See all on the attached flyer.
Christmas Gift Wrapping Service – the holidays are coming up quickly; aren’t they? Teresa Weir will wrap your gifts for very reasonable prices as seen below. Let’s help this young college student earn money as she helps us gift wrap presents.
ECHO Toy Drive – Donors can help by donating new children’s toys or teen gifts (not gift-wrapped, please) until Monday, 7 December. Donations can be delivered to our donation door (Door #6) at 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, on weekdays between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM, or Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00 PM. This year we have made an ECHO Holiday Wishlist on Amazon.com. You can shop from this list, or select from the list of ideas below for popular items we hope to make available; new items in original packaging, but not gift wrapped, please.
- Baby Dolls (with or without strollers)
- Remote control Cars
- Cars and Track Sets
- Legos (all ages)
- Nerf Activities
- Skateboards and Scooters (with helmets)
- Sketch Pads, Drawing Pens and Pencils, coloring books and crayons
- Riding Toys for toddlers
- Teen Jewelry
- Spa Set (for teens)
- Books (Grade 3 and higher)
- Large Stuffed Animals
For questions please contact, Echoholidayshop@gmail.com.
Winter Prep – I still need to drain the fuel from lawn mowers and other gas powered equipment, clean gutters, drain outside hoses and shut off outside water spigots, finish raking leaves, trim leggy bushes and trees to help them withstand winter snow & ice. Also need to top off windshield washer fluid in vehicles, find the snow shovel and windshield ice scrapers to position for convenience. Discuss a curbside parking plan with neighbors that will help snow plows clean our streets (park in driveways, park on odd number address side or even side, park bumper to bumper, etc). Anything you care to add to this list?
Stay safe, happy and healthy.
John Cooley, CAWSV