Village News, 4/4/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,


Rolling Road & Eminent Domain LawyerVDOT is scheduled to commence work on Phase I of the Rolling Road Project this spring. PH I is the improvement of the intersections at Rolling Road and Old Keene Mill Road. A questionnaire went out to solicit votes for possible sound barrier walls, but none of our village households has a vote. The results of that vote should be the last piece of the puzzle for VDOT to proclaim the final project plan. And then, property acquisition for Phase II can begin. PH II is the actual widening of the road through us to 4 lanes with left turn lanes, a raised 16’ median and parking lanes will be included where we now have curbside parking along Rolling Road. And there will be a standard 5’ or 6’ cement sidewalk on the east side of Rolling all the way to Old Keene Mill road and a 8’ or 10’ asphalt, multi-modal path on the west side also all the way to OKM Road.


The wider roadbed, size and type of storm water catchment basins that will be put under the road, sidewalk and asphalt path will dictate just how much of the Rolling Road front yards will have to be acquired for the project and also for the temporary construction easement. Virginia (VDOT) now owns that portion of our yards which is curb to home side of sidewalk. They will have to purchase part of your front yard or at least pay for moving that utilities easement back closer to your front door.


Expecting the property acquisition team to visit by the end of 2019, each of those 57 homeowners should prepare to deal with VDOT for just payment. To that end, we have encouraged you along Rolling Road to seek advice from an eminent domain lawyer, ideally one who is reasonable in price and great in performance. I may have missed it, but I don’t think we’ve done that yet. This is not a civic association function or expense, but the Kenwood Home Owners Association has been in contact with a lawyer and they are willing to include Rolling Road homes in their package with the lawyer. If you, the Rolling Road homeowner is interested in being part of that group, contact Mrs. Esperanza Rey at She asked that we put Rolling Road Expansion in the subject line of your email.


The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) – sent in by Lori Branch (Vancouver Road) - is the national non-profit caring for the families of America's fallen military heroes.  Since 1994, TAPS has been keeping the battlefield promise of caring for those left behind through a national peer support network and connection to grief programming and resources at no cost to surviving military families.  We are a 24/7 operation and have assisted more than 80,000 surviving family members, casualty officers, and battle buddies.   

We need 500 active and veteran service members to volunteer as Military Mentors at TAPS 25th annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp over Memorial Day weekend. Ensuring that each of our TAPS kids has the 1:1 companionship and support of a Military Mentor is the key to our success.   

Over the weekend, 500 military children from across the nation will come together and connect with others who have experienced similar losses.  With their Military Mentor by their side, the children create lasting friendships, learn coping skills, and honor their fallen service member

Please visit for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Branch, Volunteer Resources Coordinator at or call 202/391-0845.

Federal Realty Plans Complete Revamp of Northern Virginia Shopping Center – submitted by Kathy D’Amato (Barnack) - Taken from the 2 April 2019 Washington Business Journal written by Michael Neibauer.

Federal Realty Investment Trust announced a plan to completely revamp the physical character of its Whole Foods-anchored Old Keene Mill shopping center in West Springfield. The 90,000-square-foot strip center, located at the intersection of Old Keene Mill and Rolling Roads, is home to Walgreens, BGR, Mezeh Mediterranean Grill and Austin Grill, plus Planet Fitness and other retailers. Rockville-based Federal Realty acquired the center in 1976.

The revamp will feature a communal village design with new retail facades and signage, new gathering spaces, an outdoor fireplace, furnished pavilions and wide sidewalks with lush landscaping. A temporary dining lounge will open in May to provide a gathering place during construction. The work is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.


Also look at our Village FaceBook Group posting by Colleen Airgood to see illustrations of the intended improvements.


Dog Poop Laws – If your pet stops to drop it while outside the confines of your home and yard, you are required by law to also stop to pick it up and take it back to your garbage can or toter, not someone else’s trash toter and certainly never the curbside storm water intakes. Now that spring is here, many of our children are finding pet deposits where they want to play. Not cool pet owners – way not cool!


And while we are on the topic of pets – there is also a leash law in Fairfax County. If outside, he or she must be restrained by a leash that is also attached to its owner or ground stake, etc. Granted your dog may be the best behaved animal ever there was even when off leash, but he or she may encounter other dogs who just want to rumble. You may recall when we had a lady who got her leg broken by a dog who bolted from its home to either attack or play with the lady’s dog that was on leash.


And finally – barking. Quiet hours are from 10:00 PM – 7:00 AM. If your dog is a barker, bring it inside to serenade your family. Continuously barking dogs (in excess of 10 minutes) even during the day may also get you a fine. Our Yemeni street dog barks; hell - all dogs do while communicating to each other, but it is my wife’s and my responsibility to ensure she does not exceed noise restrictions, especially during quiet time. Same for your family.


Now – don’t get me started on cats.


2nd Annual Home & Garden Show – Saturday, 4 May from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM – If you have had a unique problem that had to be solved for a home improvement, please sign up for the Village Home & Garden Tour so others can see how you tackled it in your home. Some may be proud of their home improvements and want to show what your home became. Most have already updated their kitchen, but many want to and want to know what they can do with that soffit cabinet or how to determine if a wall is load bearing or not and whether they can improve their basement with a full bath. These are just a few of the issues we had with our King (Cape Cod) model and happy to show folks how we overcame those obstacles. Not me as much as the contractors and architects we hired. Many of you have green thumbs and can give the rest of us tips on how and where to plant certain trees and vegetation. 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 to improve our 50+ year old homes.


Contact Tim Royster at or 571/275-0871 ASAP 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! Join us to learn about remodeling projects, unique challenges and much more. Please start the tour at 6905 Smyth Street.


2019 Shredding Events - The Springfield District event is set for Saturday, 13 April 2019. Visit for the full list of dates and locations of other shredding events. These are great since you simply drive up with up to 5 medium sized 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.

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. 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.

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

Questions? Email us at or visit the VW Pool Website at


Home and Pet Sitter – We often get requests for help asking for a Pet Walker, Pet Sitter and/or Home Sitter. Pet Walker can be any responsible person including youngsters who can handle a dog during exercise walks. A Pet Sitter implies someone who will be in the home with the pet for visits and also walks. But a Home & Pet Sitter is a young adult and older who is willing to occupy a home day and night to take care of the property and pets. Duration for the latter may be longer due to homeowner vacations or trips for college graduations, etc. So – job opportunities abound in these categories. If you or your older children are interested in such work, let me ( know so we can start a registry. In fact, my wife and I are looking for a home/pet sitter along with many others in the Village.


Volunteer Coordinators –The yard sale has one volunteer 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!


Drywall Contractor Recommendation: Ventura Home Improvements, LLC, 703/537-9053,,


Oscar, owner/operator completed a new drywall repair project for Bob & Jane Lomax (Edmonton Court). The work was completed in one in a half days. He also repaired a ceiling that was beginning to sag in a bedroom. Oscar and his two crew members did a great job from start to finish, keeping things clean and orderly as they proceeded with the drywall job, which isn’t always easy with drywall dust. Ventura Home Improvements remodel bathroom, home painting, and other home improvement projects. Please visit Oscar’s website for pictures of work completed and a list of all they do. Always best to get a few quotes just to make sure you feel comfortable for what you’re paying for the job.  Good luck with your next project. 




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 – We have one, but need another Volunteer                                                                             Coordinator.

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


LED Lightbulb Giveaway – 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 one 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:


Happy Birthday! Ayden John Cooley (AKA “Dancer”).


Stay safe!


John Cooley



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