Village News, 3/28/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,


It Works! Allow me to brag on our redundant communications capabilities. Just a few days ago a small dog got loose and became lost. Since it happened between enews editions, we posted the alert onto our FaceBook Group and the hunt was on. We also scanned postings on NextDoor to see if the dog had made it to a neighboring community and we notified Animal Control in case she (the dog) had been dropped off there by good intentioned neighbors. And now we can report, the dog is back where she belongs. I know many of you aren’t a fan of FaceBook or other social media, but our West Springfield Group on FB is closed group and relatively safe to use. Relatively safe only because out resident computer whisperer, Bob Havey says nothing is truly safe out there in cyberspace. But it works and you do not have to wait for editorial filters by a grumpy old man or the next enews cycle.


I bet some of you are grumbling right now about never to be on FB. If so, my advice is that if you were to lose your pet or child – do so Wednesday evening or Thursday morn when we assemble the enews. OK – I’d probably invest another 45 minutes for a special message if a child is involved, but there isn’t any such thing as a quick email to the village. We also have a great website ( and publish weekly enews. All that plus word of mouth, neighbor talking to neighbor. If you ain’t informed, it may just be because you don’t want to be.


Before anyone accuses me on holding myself in too high a regard – the FB Group was started by Wendi Dorey, the website by Sheri Butler and Dick Denny and morphed into what we now have by Bob Havey. Me? I just watch their action.


Village West Pool News - Pool season is just around the corner! We offer full-season and monthly memberships. New members get a 20% discount. Renewing and monthly members who are also members of the Civic Association can get a $20 discount. For more info, visit our website at

            Early Bird Special: Annual members who join the pool by April 1 get two free guest passes and two free front desk concessions items with your membership!

            Pool Opens May 25! The pool is open to the entire community for all of Memorial Day weekend, so come check us out for free!

            Need Help and Stuff! We are doing our annual preparations to get the pool ready for the season. We welcome any assistance you can provide with the following:

  • Helping hands - Come join your neighbors and help keep our pool looking good! If you have a teen looking for community service hours, this is a great opportunity. We will be doing landscaping work this Sunday, March 31 from 10 to 4, and laying a replacement drain on April 6 (rain date April 7) from 8 to 5. Gloves and shovels and rakes will be helpful. No experience necessary. Come for whatever time you can spare.
  • Stereo receiver - We are looking for replacement stereo equipment to hook up to the pool's speakers. Let us know if you have anything lying around that we can take off your hands.
  • Landscaping pavers - We could use some of these! Square and about 2x2 feet are ideal, but we're not picky. If you have extras lying around, let us know.

Let’s see – the pool gives you $20.00 off if you are a member of our CAWSV and dues for the CAWSV are only $10.00. Questions? Email us at


Volunteer Coordinators – Did you notice my request for help in the calendar of events? The yard sale has one gentleman ready to help, but he’ll need at least one more to make it go smoothly. And we need one to coordinate our role in the Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party and Barbeque. The latter is mostly shopping for the drinks, chips, desserts, etc and helping the pool staff set up. Not hard, but I can’t do it from Connecticut and I don’t want to task another from the Board of Directors or the Executive Council. Help!


Collecting - used purses, scarves and jewelry for our annual sale to benefit Team Believe (the Relay For Life team of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church), which donates all funds to The American Cancer Society. The sale will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 6509 Sydenstricke31 March or contact Jeanne Jones to arrange for pick up. Call 703/913-9863.


Home Grown Lawn Mowing Service - Bernie Koehle (Edmonton Court) is looking for three more lawns to mow this summer. Bernie cuts only when your lawn needs cutting unlike other services that cut every week regardless of need. Prices are negotiable, but a typical lawn will cost $25 - $30 per cut, that includes trimming, blowing the clippings off sidewalk and bagging on a case by case basis. He can be reached at 703/569-2989. NOTE – Bernie cuts my yard and does excellent work. I recommend him.


Contractor Recommendations:


            Mr. Electric, 703/657-7800, Mr. Belal Aljaradat is gifted with major and minor electrical work. He is highlty recommended by two homeowners here on Eedmonton Court. Belal’s prices are competitive, but his work is second to none. He is a Class A contractor and warranties his work for much longer than most.


            Juan Claudio Tree and Landscaping – I have recommended him before, but since spring is here – thought to send out his name for all who may need not on tree and landscaping, but also fencing, pressure washing, concrete work and more. I have found his prices to be negotiable and very fair. Juan can be reached at 540/522-3273


Calendar (I’ll try red this time):


April 5                         FCPS Student Holiday

April 13                       Secure Document Shredding Event

April 15 - 19               FCPS Spring Break

May 4                          Village Home and Garden Tour

May 9                          WS Village Meeting

May 11                        Village Wide Yard Sale – Another Volunteer Coordinator Needed.

May 12                        Mother’s Day

May 18                        Yard Sale (Rain Date) – Volunteer Coordinator May Be Needed.

May 25                        Memorial Day Parade, Picnic & Pool Party – Volunteer Coordinator Needed (Pool to be open to all during this weekend.)                  

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?


LED Lightbulb Giveaway - Fairfax County is planning an LED lightbulb giveaway to brighten local homes. All households can get a free LED bulb during the giveaway and are eligible for up to four more, in exchange for turning in incandescent or compact fluorescent lightbulbs.


In last year’s giveaway, 8,000 LEDs were distributed, resulting in nearly 200,000 kWh and $22,000 saved. The giveaway is part of the LED exchange program, a partnership between Fairfax County, Energy Action Fairfax and the Fairfax County Public Library.


Go get yours on Wednesday, 10 April from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Pohick Regional Library (6540 Sydenstricker Road, Burke). For more information go to:


Spring has to be here; right? Watch for our kids out frolicking after their winter hibernation. Stay safe!


John Cooley





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