Village News, 4/25/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,

 

Thanks for letting us know that you are receiving the enews. Glad to hear it is useful We also have the FaceBook Group that Wendi Dorey started for the village. It is a closed group which means we don’t have attempts by others to influence village decisions. And the most important communications medium is our website (https://westspringfieldvillage.org/) because it also can be reached and read by folks interested in our village perhaps to buy or rent. Many get excited about the website when you want to sell or rent your home, but tour the site now and offer constructive comments to our Webmaster, Bob Havey.

 

Wildlife Neighbors – We have a fox family, actually several who appealed for help to get rid of the family of humans living above them or adjacent to their home. They can’t, of course and nor can we attempt to get rid of our wildlife neighbors on our own. The only approved solution is to call wildlife management who will tell you they will if the animals exhibit signs of rabies.  Meanwhile many have seen fox and their cubs during the day and night. Being out in the daylight is not a sign of Rabies. Other than dining on an occasional, unattended house pet, they help us keep the rodent population in check.

 

Not What I Wanted – I had referred our requests for assistance to Fairfax County concerning what had been inferior trash service, a disregard for the agreement many of us signed with Republic Trash and somewhat cheeky customer service. Even when I was prepared to say that Republic is once again picking up on schedule – they missed yard debris collections yesterday. County staff did discuss our grievances and those of many other communities with Republic and the conclusion they offered is much like what Republic had said to us– “If we don’t like Republic’s service take your business elsewhere”. I am not suggesting you do given that the other two companies that service our area are also receiving as many complaints – just wanting you to know what I learned from county. The only thing Republic offered in their defense is that planned rate hikes are listed somewhere on your bills. Reckon I ought to start reading the fine print.

 

Republic no longer recognizes our Civic Association (or any other HOA/CA) nor the agreement we negotiated with them. That may be their prerogative, but they can’t disavow the agreement between those of you who signed it and their company.  One villager wrote to ask if he’d have to call them to correct every bill and the answer appears to be yes. He also informed me that the local customer service center is no longer taking our calls, but instead routing them to their central office in out west. So – whichever way we go from this point onward – it will be as an individual customer.

 

Income Taxes – those of you looking for a political argument – stand down. I was happy that our 2018 Federal tax return gave us a significant savings over 2017. And then came Virginia tax return. The Commonwealth ran an end run around the Federal Tax Reform Act. The standard deduction for federal returns for married filing jointly returns was raised to a point where it was beneficial not to itemize deductions. And so my wife and I saved over $5K in Federal tax liability. But Virginia decided not to follow suit and instead made it so that by taking the standard deduction for federal – we had to also take the standard deduction for state, even though that is only $3000.00 compared to $24.000.00 for Federal. The kick in the pants is that our Virginia tax liability jumped up by over $700.00.

 

They (VA) included an age deduction for 65+ years of age, but it isn’t for age at all – unless you also have less adjusted gross income. About the time I think I can actually benefit from my advanced years – NOPE!

 

Someone asked the other day why didn’t Virginia follow suit with the federal government and amend their tax codes. And now, I see that they used that time to finagle even more state revenue from income taxes. They are considering a 50% increase in the standard deduction for tax year 2019, that will equate to about $80 savings. We give them an extra $700+ and they act to save us $80 – sounds fair; doesn’t it? NO – it does not!

 

Roofing Contractor Recommendation - MTZ Roofing Contractors Inc. (Guillermo Martinez) - Very honest and reliable! Rob & Lisa Wolfe (Vancouver) had two roof repairs, (not by Guillermo) and continued to experience leaks. Both of those contractors were found using NextDoor.

 

Guillermo had installed gutters for the Wolfe family in November and did an excellent job. We had him take a look at the roof and he said, “it’s bad, but maybe you could get another year out of it.” 

 

Last month when we got the really heavy rain it was coming in the upstairs hallway through the door leading to the attic. Ridge vent was leaking this time. Glad it’s finally been done right! 

Guillermo came highly recommended by our friends in Burke. He’s completed work for several of their neighbors as well. 703/801-9914, mtzroofingc@gmail.com.

 

For Sale - brand new Nuwave, never opened. Sells in stores for over $100, selling this one for $80.00. Interested? Email beckysubido@yahoo.com.

Village West Swimming Pool News - Tell your new neighbors about Village West Pool! We have monthly and annual memberships. For membership info and to join, visit our website, www.villagewestpool.com. For questions, email villagewestpool@gmail.com.

Village West Pool is holding work days this coming weekend: Saturday 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. You don't need to be a pool member to help keep this community asset in good shape! We also welcome kids looking for community service hours. Bring work gloves. Gardening tools and wheelbarrows will be particularly helpful on Sunday.

Home and Pet Sitters – Hang onto this list folks and I suggest you book them early. In the order received: 

  • Kate Weir (SVD east side) – experienced and will work separately or with her sister Teresa.  703/867-3403 / kateweir23@gmail.com
  • Teresa Weir (SVD east side) – experienced and will work separately or with her sister Kate. Teresa’s is tweir284@gmail.com / 703/582-7469
  • Grace Branch (Vancouver) - 2+ years experience working with a vet. Text her at 706/910-7753.
  • Wesley Branch (Vancouver) – pet sit and lawn maintenance. Text him at 706/550-7212
  • Alyssa Burkhalter, age 18 (Ontario) – experienced pet, home and baby sitter. Will work separately or with her sister Rachel. alyssaburkhalter@gmail.com, 703/975-1728.
  • Rachel Burkhalter, age 16 (Ontario) - experienced pet, home and babysitter. Will work separately or with her sister Alyssa. ryburkhalter@gmail.com, 703/975-1748. 

Trade School Career Fair - (taken from county email) - Discover the Possibilities - Going to college is only one option. Learn about different opportunities in a variety of trade industries, including HVAC, commercial driving, healthcare, construction, college security, law enforcement and technology. Meet representatives from trade schools, another alternative to college. Adults and teens come dressed to impress! Some employers attending the Fair are looking to hire now!

Saturday, 4 May 4 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at the John Marshall Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria VA 22310. Free parking available at the library and the elementary school next door. For more information and to register: https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/4905351.

 

2nd Annual Home & Garden Show – Saturday, 4 May from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Our home will be open for those who want to see how we handled a main floor or upper level addition without the home settling into the basement. Maybe you are proud of their home improvements and want to show what your home became or get ideas from what others have done. Where is that load-bearing wall and how can we address it in home remodeling? How do we account for that I-Beam that supports the main floor in the 3-level homes?

 

No one should be looking to see how the rich and famous live – but what did they do to their 50+ year old home to improve it. No one comes away from this with bragging rights, but hope all who will either display their homes or travel about to see the open homes will come away with a deeper appreciation of what we have and what we can do.

 

Contact Tim Royster at troyster1108@gmail.com or 571/275-0871 ASAP if you will show your home and/or garden or simply want to view other open homes.  Homeowners of the Rolling Valley subdivision are 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! Join us to learn about remodeling projects, unique challenges and much more. 

 

Calendar:

 

May 4                          Village Home and Garden Tour

May 9                          WS Village Meeting

May 11                        Village Wide Yard Sale

May 12                        Mother’s Day

May 18                        Yard Sale (Rain Date)

May 25                        Memorial Day Picnic & Pool Party – (Pool open to all 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

 

Village Meeting – 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at Rolling Valley Elementary School. Guaranteed to be finished by 8:30 PM or earlier. Major agenda items include a membership vote to set the dues for the next membership year (1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020). We also hope to have an update on the Rolling Road project and will have a sitrep on our current budget/spend plan. This is a good way to meet your neighbors and to make new friends. Older children are also invited to attend and express their opinions. 

 

Village Wide Yard Sale – 8 – 2:00 PM, 11 May with 18 May as rain date. Thanks to Bernie Koehle (Edmonton Court) who volunteered to help with the yard sale, but we need one more; you? Your civic association will place ads in the Washington Post to include their online service and on NextDoor. We’ll place yard sale signs throughout the village, but have to place them in front yards, not the verge between sidewalk and curb and certainly not in the Rolling Road median. We will also gather the list of participants by address and general category of items for sale and attach a copy of the village map to help guide potential buyers to each participating address. We deliver several copies of that list to participants who in turn provide to your customers to guide customers to other participating homes. We’ll also post on that same list our children’s lemonade stands.

 

During the yard sale, we also run a Free-for-All where you put unwanted, but still useful items curbside clearly marked “FREE” for anyone who drives by to collect them. Have found that this is a good way to keep stuff out of the landfill, increase the interest in our yard sale and make some room in my overstuffed home.

 

Please let me know your intent to participate with your address and a general category of items you want to sell. We have learned that that category should include some “spice” to lure folks to your address.

 

It’s great to see the kids outside playing; if only the tree pollen would slow down just a bit. Stay safe!

 

John Cooley

CAWSV

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