Village News, 2/4/21

Dear Neighbor / Friend,

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog, awoke earlier this week to see his shadow which means six more weeks of winter according to legend.

    COVID-19 – County will begin regular communication with those waiting in the queue (about 200,000 of us) through automated messaging. It will be impossible to predict when those registered will receive doses as supply of vaccine varies from week to week. County has been receiving about 13,600 doses per week which means 15 weeks to get first dose to those now in the queue. The strategy is to schedule quickly only once we have doses versus another need to cancel. The queue is being processed on a first come first served basis for those eligible within the categories outlined by VDH.

    And, as we have grown to expect – the scammers are now attempting to use the virus and vaccine to extract your personal information and payment information. Be warned, beware.

    As of yesterday (3 February) and since 27 January, Fairfax County has had 1,624 more confirmed cases (51,688 total), 63 more hospitalized (3,338) due to the virus and 33 more deaths (811 to date) attributable to the virus or co-morbidity. Still that suggests a survivability rate of 98.4%.

    The number of cases in the 22152 area population increased to 1362 testing positive out of recorded 28,550 population.

    2021 Teen Job and Opportunity Fairs - For six years District Supervisor Pat Herrity, Fairfax County Public Schools and Connection Newspapers, along with other Supervisors’ offices, businesses, and community organizations including our local chambers, have hosted very successful teen job fairs and career-building workshops.

    Registration for businesses and students is now open for the 2021 Teen Job and Opportunity Fairs. Due to the pandemic, this year’s fairs will be hosted virtually through Brazen, a professional job fair platform.

    These events focus on students and young job seekers looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions. The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for our employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions.

    The virtual fairs are scheduled for Saturday, 13 March from 2 – 5:00 PM and Saturday, 20 March from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Students can register for the fairs on Saturday, 13 March from 2 – 5:00 PM and Saturday, 20 March from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    They are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume with help from our Chamber of Commerce partners. 

    Free online booth space will be provided to businesses and organizations to advertise their available positions. Interested businesses can register here.

    Document Shredding: Mark your calendar. 7 – 11:00 AM, 8 May at the Rolling Valley Park & Ride, 9220 Old Keene Mill Road in Burke. Residential sensitive material only, no businesses. Recycle junk mail and magazines through normal collection service.

    These are drive-through events and residents will be asked to remain in their vehicles. You have to be in line by 11:00 AM. County staff will remove up to four medium-sized packing boxes per vehicle with residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, etc. 

    All documents are cross-cut shred on-site, by a private contractor, on the day of the event. Shredded paper will then be delivered to a local recycling facility for processing.

    Prohibited Items: 

    • BINDERS of any type (3-ring, plastic, spiral, metal)
    • Plastic document covers
    • Wet or moist paper
    • Hanging file folders with metal support bars
    • Metal binder clips
    • Electronic media including computer disks and diskettes or CDs
    • Books, either hardback or paperback
    • Credit cards
    • Magazines, catalogs and newspapers (unless just the page with the address)
    • Film or photographs

    There will be no written certification of shredding provided at this event. For additional information and the dates & locations for other districts, Document Shredding | Public Works and Environmental Services (fairfaxcounty.gov) or contact 703/324-5230.

    2021 Directories – The wind and weather caused delays, but you should have your copy by now. Look it over and provide feedback to our Directory Editor, Kirby Myers. His email address (kirbytmyers@yahoo.com) will also be in the directory. Two additions to the community directory; please make these pen & ink additions:

    • Carver, Regan & Erin Bevis-Carver, 6613 Holford Lane
    • Ogebe, Morenike & Emmanuel, 8301 Harland Drive, 202-746-6657, morenikaydiq@aol.com       

    I failed to mention a few volunteers who also delivered the directories door-to-door:   Val & Felix Bois and Suzanne McCormick. Val and Felix are undoubtedly more understanding than that McCormick lady.

    2021 Directory Advertisers – We all need a contractor or a business for those tasks that are beyond our time and talent to accomplish. Look to the businesses who placed ads in our community directory and if you contact one of them, please let them know you saw their ad there. If you are looking for estimates, consider getting one from one of the advertisers in our directory.

    Their ads make the hard-copy directory possible. We can’t nor will we recommend them just because they advertised, but most are often recommended if or when I’m asked. For those who can’t find their directory here’s a summary of their ads:

              The Royster Hearth Group, Tim Royster, Realtor and West Springfield Resident. 571/275-0871, tim@roysterhearthgroup.com, www.roysterhearthgroup.com.

              D2D Computer Services, Bob Havey, Upgrades, Repairs, Troubleshooting, Virus/Spyware Cleanup, Software Installation, Networking plus Website Development & Maintenance. 703/569-8195, havey@dtwod.com.

              Mr. Gutter, Owner Richard Sumner, Cleaning, Screening, Repairing and Roof Repairs, 703/323-4671.

              HB Home Services, Harry & Barbara Hink, Home Improvements Inside and Out (Roofing, Siding, Windows, Kitchens, Basement, Additions, Decks and Bathrooms). Complementary Estimates, 703/764-0498, www.hbservices.biz.

              HRM Automotive, Tim O’Connell, ASE Certified Honest, Reliable Mechanics, 703/866-0602, www.hrmautomotive.com, 8086C Alban Road.

              Donna’s Nails, Professional Nail Care for Men & Ladies, 6442 Landsdowne Circle (Corner of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street), 703/339-9510.

              Breathe, Body & Mind – Your Place to Take Care of You, Yoga, Pilates, Barre, Core Conditioning, Strength Training, Personal Training, 703/829-0167, https://breathebodymind.com, Info@breathebodymind.com.

              Rice & Spice, Authentic Thai Lunch and Dinner, Two Alexandria Locations (703/750-1084 at 6466 Landsdowne Drive and 703/339-9775 at 6244 Little River Turnpike), www.asianineva.com. Supporting Local Schools and Our Community.

              West Springfield Car Care, Foreign and Domestic Repairs plus VA State Emissions and Inspections, All Major Brand Tires, 8400 Old Keene Mill Road, 703/912-2900.

              Village West Pool, Kick Back, Relax with Neighbors & Friends for Fun in the Sun, 7008 Elkton Drive, https://villagewestpool.com. Email villagewestpool@gmail.com Home of the Village West Vikings Swim Team (www.villagewestvikings.com).

              Rotary, Join the Rotarians who are “People of Action” Committed to Creating Positive Change in the World. Contact Jim Kirkpatrick at 703/866-7078 for more information. Rotaryofwestspringfield.org

              Comfort One, Heating and Air Conditioning, 1-800/472-2408. Mention Code WS152 for 15% Off. Plus $1,200.00 Off any New Heating & Cooling System (call for details).

              Marcel’s Home Building & Improvement, Custom House & Remodeling, Additions, Concrete & Stone Work, Decks, Garages, etc. 571/233-4290, marcbonafeiii@yahoo.com.

              Windows Plus, LLC, Windows, Doors, Siding, Roofs, Superior in Performance, Honest in Pricing, 703/256-0600, www.WindowsPls.com.

              Home Cleaners4You, Come Home to a Clean Home, Call 703/256-1288 for a Free Phone Estimate. $20.00 Off Move IN/Out & One Time Cleanings.

              Davis Roofing, Residential Roofing Specialists (New, ReRoofing, Repairs), Seamless Gutters and DownSpouts (All Colors), 703/569-3388, www.davis-roofing.net..      

              Printing Ideas, Printing, Signage, Banners, Window Displays, Graphic Design and much more, web@printingideas.com or 703/591-1708. These are the folks who print our directories!

    Proposed Zoning Changes – As expected, during the zMod public hearing held last Thursday evening one after another citizens’ groups (HOA, Civic Associations, District Councils) expressed non-support of the proposed changes that would allow us to put an apartments in our single-family, detached homes and expand Home Based Businesses (HBB) with increased customer activity. And, the proposed changes would eliminate the public hearing process which has historically accompanied applications for each of these uses, to instead approve them through a simple administrative permit without notifying or seeking input from neighbors.

    In fact, not one speaker representing a citizens’ group voiced support up to the time I logged off 2 and ½ hours into the meeting. The ability of county to enforce code compliance was mentioned by many. The effects on the nature of residential communities was the most often included reason for non-support.

    The notion of additional living units in existing homes was cited as being part of affordable housing initiative in the county, but without controls and enforcement, rent could quickly become whatever the market will bear.

    What are the chances these proposals will be adopted even with public support?

    Snow Shoveling: We appealed for volunteers to help shovel snow for some in the village who aren’t as capable. These four made themselves available to help. Might want to keep their names and numbers available for the next storm.

    • Jolen King, 571/294-9396
    • Jay Wimberly, 202/367-8603 (text)
    • Tim & Jenna Barron’s kids, 703/798 4833 (text)
    • Abdullah Hagi, 571/621-2996

    Besides these good people, Pete & Becky Hatcher wanted to publically thank Dale Marhanka for shoveling their driveway and sidewalk. On our street, Mark Gregris on his Johnny Popper, Jason Henry, Jim Womack & his sons plus Gus Hagi were out shoveling and plowing Edmonton Court, sidewalks and driveways while I huddled inside with a hot cup of coffee. Johnny Popper? Google it.

    No doubt there were many others who helped their neighbors and our community; send their names to be mentioned in the enews. With all the negative, a bit of feel good reports will benefit all. The wintry conditions do bring out the best in us. Thanks to all for your random acts of kindness.

    Stay safe, warm and healthy!

    John Cooley, CAWSV