Village News, 7/11/19

Dear West Springfield Village Neighbor / Friend,  

I apologize if you receive a second copy of today’s enews.

As I mentioned last week, we are experimenting with other ways to get these type messages to you. We have had more and more undeliverable messages bounce back at me when I copy and paste email addresses on the BCC line. And mail services such as Mail Chimp were not acceptable to many in the village. This one was sent from Word Mail Merge. It takes a little less time, but also protects your email information. We had several errors and many more failed delivery. Back to the drawing board.

Contractor Recommendation – short of maintaining your own list of go-to contractors – visit our website ( And please do recommend a contractor who met or exceeded your expectations. Granted, there is no way you can tell how they’ll perform at the next jobsite, but it helps to know that a neighbor used them and satisfied with their price, punctuality, workmanship and cleanliness.

Having said all that – Mark Jessica Gregris (Edmonton Court) recently had landscaping done at their home and were very pleased with the contractor. They even sent in their recommendation, but I lost it. Yes – I know that is hard to believe - but come have a look at 8132 Edmonton Court. Eventually they’ll provide the referral again.

National Night Out / Ice Cream Social – Tuesday, 6 August from 6 – 8:00 PM at the Village West Pool. We will again co-sponsor an ice cream social with the Village West Pool as our National Night Out. It will be open to all in the village, regardless of membership in our Civic Association or in the Pool. More to follow, but put it on your calendar. I mean FREE ICE CREAM – who wouldn’t want to join in the fun?

Real ID Act of 2005 – Wonder why the DMV lines and wait are much longer? Virginians now have the option to upgrade to a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card, or stick with DMV’s standard credential. Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.”

The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

REAL ID is not a national identification card. REAL ID does not create a federal database of driver license information. Each jurisdiction continues to issue its own unique license, maintains its own records, and controls who gets access to those records and under what circumstances. The purpose of REAL ID is to make our identity documents more consistent and secure.

Reference the following websites from which I shamelessly pulled this report: and

Holders of licenses and ID cards that meet federal requirements will be able to use their Virginia DMV-issued credentials as identification to access federal buildings, including military installations, and board domestic flights. Beginning 1 October 2020, the federal government will require you to present this upgraded REAL ID compliant credential or another form of approved identification in order to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities. Verify identification requirements prior to your visit. The Real ID will have a star in the upper right hand corner.

Lasagna Dinner - hosted by the Village West Vikings Swim Team, Saturday, 13 July from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Our neighborhood swim team's lasagna dinner fundraiser is back again!  This year's dinner will be held at the pool on Saturday, 13 July with three seatings: 5 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM.  Take a load off and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner while our neighborhood teenagers serve you a nice meal! Open to all in the village and in Rolling Valley subdivision as well.
This year's prices are as follows - adults meals are $8, kids under 12 eat for only $4, and we have an ABC banquet license that permits us to sell wine, which will be $2 per glass.  Kiddos who aren't into lasagna will have a mac and cheese option. All meals also include non-alcoholic beverages, bread and brownie dessert. Reservations are strongly encouraged - you can sign up on the pool's events page:

Glass Recycling – Bill & Carrie Mast, 6805 Landor Lane are willing to accept your glass bottles, haul them to the purple container at West Springfield Government Center or to the I-95 Landfill to convert them back into a useful product instead of adding more to the landfill. The purple bin should be in place at the West Springfield Government Center, but not there as of this moment.   


August 1                      Civic Association Membership Drive Begins

August 6                      Ice Cream Social / National Night Out

August 15                    Village Newsletter to be mailed to those not on our email list (input?).

Early October             Audit team meets to review our financial records and procedures (wanna help?)

October 10                  Village Meeting at 7:30 PM at RVES

Recent rain caused some damage at our home when one of my gutter downspouts partially clogged and could not handle the volume of water during that very heavy rain. Once again, I had to learn the need to make sure they are open before working on the Ark. Stay safe!

John Cooley, CAWSV


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