Village News, 3/14/19

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,


Short report today.


Recycling Changes Are Coming – I am not Chicken Little, but where will your plastic trash go now that China doesn't want it? By Christopher Joyce, NPR article from 13 March. Last year, China drastically cut back its imports of plastic waste to recycle. Now the U.S. and other wealthy nations must figure out what to do with their discards. Read the full story.



If changes aren’t made to how we recycle, then that could lead to even higher costs, even more environmental impact, wishful recycled items left at the curb and future changes to pick up procedures (such as sorting your recyclables rather than placing them all together). Purchase products made with high recycled content. When in doubt, throw it out in the trash. Make an effort to reduce the amount of waste you create — reuse what you can

Only place empty, clean, dry, loose items in your bin. Never place these five items in your recycling bin:

  1. Plastic bags
  2. Shredded paper
  3. Tanglers (hoses/hangers/cords)
  4. Styrofoam containers
  5. Dirty diapers 

2nd Annual West Springfield Village Home & Garden Tour - The WSV Home and Garden Tour is back! This popular event will be held on Saturday, 4 May from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Contact Tim Royster at or 571/275-0871 by 4 April if you are interested in showing your home and/or garden.  Homeowners of the Rolling Valley subdivision are also welcome to participate! You pick which part of your home you want to show. Remember, it does not have to be perfect to be on the tour! This self-guided tour offers participants an opportunity to visit unique residential properties in our beautiful neighborhood established in 1966.  Join us to learn about remodeling projects, unique challenges and much more. Please start the tour at 6905 Smyth Street.




April 5                         FCPS Student Holiday

April 13                       Secure Document Shredding Event (see article below)

April 15 - 19               FCPS Spring Break

May 4                          Village Home and Garden Tour

May 9                          WS Village Meeting

May 11                        Village Wide Yard Sale – Volunteer Coordinator Needed.

May 12                        Mother’s Day

May 18                        Yard Sale (Rain Date)

May 25                        Memorial Day Parade,

                                    Picnic & Pool Party – Volunteer Coordinator Needed                      

May 27                        Memorial Day / FCPS Student Holiday

June 13                        Last Day School

June 15                        Village Cleanup (note change from the Community Directory)

June 16                        Father’s Day – but then again, isn’t every day Father’s Day?


Secure Document Shredding Events - The Fairfax County Department of Public Works has announced its annual list of dates for free shredding services. The Springfield District event is set for Saturday, 13 April 2019. There are other events scheduled in neighboring districts. Visit for the full list of dates and locations. These are great since you simply drive up with up to 5 medium size boxes of material to shred, stay in your car while county crews unload your boxes and then you drive away. Your papers will be cross shredded right there, but you will not get a certificate of shredding.


Children at Play – Daylight Savings Time does give our children more daylight in the evening for outdoor play, but that often straddles the times that many of you are returning home from work. Be on the lookout for the little people and let’s keep them safe. Suppose a similar caution is necessary when you back out of your driveway in dim morning light as they trudge off to school or their bus stops.


Stay safe.


John Cooley





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