Village News, 6/6/19

Dear WS Village Neighbor / Friend,  

Thanks to those from the Greatest Generation who hit the beaches 75 years ago and worked at home to support the war effort. Probably all of us have or had a relative who served during that war. My Uncle A.R. Johnson (now deceased) made it just beyond the water’s edge onto the beach before losing his right leg. His sister, my mother worked long hours in armament factories to help supply the war effort. I am sure you also have similar stories, but imagine how different the world would be today if the allied forces had not prevailed. Bless all who are still with us.

Now on to the village news.

Community Clean Up – Our annual cleanup will be 8 – 12:00 Noon on 15 June (Saturday) at Rolling Valley Elementary School Parking Lot. The cleanup is intended to provide collection of: large appliances, furniture, mattresses, lawn mowers (with gas and oil removed) tires (limit of 4, without rims), etc. Washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifies and air conditions, etc. will be separated for recycling at the collection point. You drive up and county plus our own volunteers will unload you.

The following items WILL NOT be collected as part of the community clean-up: normal household trash, brush, yard waste, rocks, bricks, concrete, stone, dirt, motor oil, hazardous waste, car batteries, paint, roofing shingles, construction debris, drywall, asbestos, glass, pesticides, toxic waste, hazardous chemicals, animal waste and explosives. Other items may be subject to approval by the county.

This event is for Civic Association West Springfield Village members only, but membership forms will be on site for those still needing to join. If you join there, it will cost you $20.00 dues for the rest of this membership/fiscal year and next (FY20). Residents who arrived the village after 1 November 2018 are still free for this year; just complete the form.

Line up starting at 7:30 AM so we can optimize our time with the county crews, but do not put your offering on the parking lot before the county crew is set up and ready for you. This is how you can get rid of items too large for curbside pickup by your trash company without an additional cost. This one event more than pays your cost of membership for several years. Rolling Valley subdivision residents who are members of our CAWSV or who will join at the site are invited to join our CA and partake in the cleanup.

As you enter the parking lot, stop to unload unwanted items that still have useful life at the Last Chance Corral where anyone can take them for free. Every year we have wonderful treasures in the LCC making it worth your while to stop by to shop. This has been a very meaningful way to reduce and reuse items that still have useful life. Items not taken by 11:45 AM will be fed to the Jaws of Junk. So even if you have no junk, stop by to see if there may be a treasure for you in the LCC.

We still need volunteers to work the site and crew pickup trucks to help move certain items from curb to the site. We will help civic association members who need assistance, but will not have time nor the insurance to move items from homes. If you need help, let me know ( and have someone there to help load and at least make sure we take what you intended. Just keep in mind that those collecting from your curb are your neighbors, not paid employees. We will not pick up junk left curbside without prior coordination. Call or text my cell phone (703/628-3613) during the event if you have items and need help.

Please let me know in advance if you are willing to work the cleanup. Kids love watching the county crew operate the site.

Trash Collection Issues – Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity’ reported that our problems are countywide regarding missed and/or unreliable service from several trash companies including American Disposal Services and Republic.

The trash companies’ problem which is apparently nation-wide is recruiting and retaining employees to drive and work their trucks. Trash haulers are at the bottom of the totem pole for potential drivers. There are many other jobs that have better work conditions and higher pay.

County licenses the trash service providers, but service is provided to residents under private contracts with individual homeowners, business or HOAs. Providers are required by code to pick up once a week each for trash, recycle and yard debris. The county can take some action against the providers, but the agreements are private contracts between them and you. Yes, we the CAWSV negotiated the rates we had been enjoying; that is, until Republic decided to set aside all CA/HOA umbrella agreements. Now, are in the same boat as you.

County’s Solid Waste Management Division has set up a special email to register a complaint with your service provider if you are not receiving trash pick-up as promised by your provider. You can register a complaint with the county at Supervisor Herrity’ asks that we also continue to notify his office ( of missed service.

Free Summer Concert Series at Burke Lake Park – all are welcome at Burke Lake Park every Wednesday night from 10 July 14 August for exciting live music starting at 7:00 PM. Also back by popular demand are 2 Silos beer and Peterson’s ice cream! The free concert series will feature a wide array of well-known local bluegrass, pop, rock and R&B music and artists. The atmosphere is informal, so bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs, and relax with friends and family. We will have brief opening acts from some of our local talented high school musicians as well.

Supervisor Herrity’ is again partnering with the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Park Authority Foundation, our sponsors and 2 Silos Brewery to host this six-show series with free music and delicious food and drink options. All concerts start at 7:00 PM:

            10 July - Randy Thompson Band

            17 July - The Reagan Years

            24 July - The Woodshedders

            31 July - The English Channel

            7 August - The Colin Thompson Band

            14 August - The Johnny Artis Band

Volunteers are also welcome! For more information, please contact Meredith in Pat Herrity’ office at 703/451-8873.  

Celebrate Fairfax! Festival – 7 – 9 June - Don't miss out on Northern Virginia's largest community-wide event! The 38th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival is set to take place June 7 - 9 on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia!

The festival will feature 2 5 acres of amazing concerts, family programs, exhibits, thrilling carnival rides and nightly fireworks. Among the festival's highlights are more than 120 performances on seven stages, with an exceptional line-up of national, regional and local artists. Included are three main attractions:

            1) Friday, 7 June at 8:00 PM - Better Than Ezra

            2) Saturday, 8 June at 8:00 PM - Smash Mouth

            3) Sunday, 9 June at 11:00 AM - The Sunday Brew featuring 12 local and regional breweries.

Visit for more information.

ISO Home to Rent - Mark Gregris has a military family moving into the area this summer and is looking to rent in our village. They are expected to arrive in July and will need 3 or 4 bedrooms. If you know of one coming available about then, contact Mark at

Power Outage Signal – Bob Brien thought of a novel way to signal neighbors who has had electrical power restored to their home after outages like we had a week or so ago. Bob suggests we turn on our outside lights when the power goes out and leave them on after it has been restored. You and your neighbors can then see if the outage is widespread or just your own home.

Contractor Recommendation - Louise Calise (Dante Court) hired Harrison Smith (Vienna Court) to do some yard work. He is hard working and did a good job.  We recommend him to others in the neighborhood. He can be reached via phone or text at 757/350-5159. His rates are reasonable, and he brings his own mower, weed whacker, and gas.

Pre-School Openings - Jodi Murray teaches at the Messiah CEP at 6215 Rolling Road and wanted you to know about their programs.

We are still enrolling for classes in the fall and I wanted to let you all know that we have openings in our 2's W/F Class, 4s MWF and 4s Tues-Friday class! The Director is Julie Wells and be reached at 703/569-3033 or;<

Congratulations Casey Myers – Kirby Myers’ daughter (who just graduated from University of San Diego with her Masters) is starting a non-profit. Here’s an interview:


June 13                        Last Day School

June 15                        Village Cleanup

June 16                        Father’s Day (but isn’t everyday Father’s Day?)

August 1                      Membership Drive Begins; ends in November.

October 10                  Village Meeting at 7:30 PM at RVES

Stay cool do drive carefully knowing the little people are fearlessly enjoying the good weather.

John Cooley, CAWSV