Village News, 4/15/21

Dear Village Neighbor / Friend,

If the weekly enews isn’t in your email inbox by each Thursday evening, please check for it in your junk or suspected spam folders. It’s ok to whitelist john.t.cooley@verizon.net and also President@westspringfieldvillage.org. I have eaten a lot of Spam, but certainly not a Spammer! If you get a new neighbor, please share my email addresses and/or phone number (703/451-7055) with them; ideally we all can help them become familiar with our community using our enews, website and Village Facebook Group. Certainly could use input from more of us to include joyous family news.

    1. Calendar (Refer to the calendar in your community directory or see details in archived editions of the enews at our website www.westspringfieldvillage.org):

    • 13 -15 April – Fairfax County Budget Public Hearings
    • 23 April – Virtual Scam Jam from 9 – 11:30 AM
    • 24 April – Rx Take Back from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    • 8 May from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Document Shredding at the Rolling Valley Park & Ride, 9220 Old Keene Mill Road in Burke.
    • 13 May – Village meeting (set dues for FY22 and more)
    • 22 May – Scheduled Day for Village-Wide Yard Sale (virus permitting)

    2. Covid-19 – Johnson & Johnson vaccinations are on hold in county, but Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations are staying on track. And, Phase 2 (all 16+ years of age) will begin Sunday, 18 April. Read a report that said that Fairfax County Health Department will stop accepting registration requests for the vaccine once eligibility opens to the general public (Phase 2). Those wanting an appointment will be redirected to a Vaccine Finder to locate approved providers and to schedule your appointment directly with that provider.

    3. Public Input to County’s Budget Proposal – only a few responses, but our Civic Association is on record opposing any non-essential spending increase during these difficult health and economic times. We also requested that there be no increase in our Real Estate property taxes, but I suspect that will also fall on deaf ears as did the majority opposition, including ours to the zMod proposed changes. If you want a copy of our budget proposal letter, let me know.

    4. This Week’s Featured Advertiser: HB Home Services (703/764-0498, www.hbservices.biz) specializing in roofing, siding, windows, kitchens, basements, additions, doors, decks, porches and bathrooms. Complimentary estimates are available as are discounts by using promo code “WestSpringfield2021”. You can also check out their update projects on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks to HB Services for their directory ad!

    5. Free Virtual Scam Jam Event – Friday, 23 April from 9 – 11:30 AM on Zoom. Keynote speaker will be Susan Hogan, Consumer Investigative Reporter for NBC4. She and other speakers will discuss scams targeting Virginians and the latest identity theft scams. For more information and to register, click here - Virtual Scam Jam (aarp.org).

    6. Rx Take Back Day – Saturday, 24 April, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the West Springfield District Police Station, 6140 Rolling Road and it’s free. Safe disposal of unused or expired medications helps prevent drug abuse and misuse, accidental poisoning, and protects the environment. Accepted items: prescription and non-prescription pills, e-cigarettes and vaping devices with batteries removed, small liquid packs/pods for e-cigarettes and vaping devices, prescription ointments, and medications for pets. Not accepted: illegal drugs, pressurized canisters [inhalers/aerosol cans], needles, large sources of liquids, non-prescription ointments and lotions. Disposal is FREE, convenient, confidential, and safe.

    You can also request a free Deterra Pouch be mailed to your home. The pouch can deactivate up to 90 pills, 12 ounces of liquid or up to 12 patches  Learn more here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/news/2021/drug-take-back-day.

    7. Looking for Lawn Mowers – teenagers interested in mowing yards either for pay or community service - let me know and I’ll share with our Webmaster, Bob Havey to post to our website and they or their parents can advertise in the Village Facebook Group; right Wendi?

    8. Free for All? – We have 423 village homes, but invited 15 more to join us since they were land locked from their community and then invited Rolling Valley subdivision to also fall in with us since they were and still are without a civic association. So we have a pretty good number of households, but received responses from too few about the notion of a free for all. Asking for second time - do we want to use the yard sale date for a free-for-all where we put unwanted items that still have a useful life marked “free” curbside for anyone who may want free stuff? The yard sale is looking doubtful, but we’re still a month out (22 May); who knows? I do see that many make good use of the Facebook group for curb alerts so this may not be necessary. Your thoughts please. Thanks to those who did respond.

    9. And to End on a Familiar Note: Dog Waste – Yes, we have to pick up what our dogs leave behind while out for their walk. Yes – it can go into your trash toter, but NO – it should not go into someone else’s trash containers. And, that feces should not be tossed into the curbside storm water intakes. Surely you know that storm water drains into the Pohick Stream and then into our drinking water source – the Occoquan watershed. Please discuss with your children who may also walk the family dog(s). Enough said; right?

    We seem to have a bumper crop of dandelions this year.

    John Cooley, CAWSV

     

     

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