Village News 7/1/21

Before the rains arrive, please check the storm water intakes both curbside and on some properties to make sure the openings are free of debris. Practically all the past flooding we have had was the result of clogged storm water intakes.

 

Highlights:

 

  1. Calendar
  2. 4th of July Community Flag Project
  3. Door-to-Door Solicitors and Sales Reps
  4. Computer Corner
  5. New Neighbors & Directories
  6. Child Labor Laws?
  7. Lawn Mowing Services
  8. ECHO
  9. House Cleaners
  10. Covid-19 (thankfully, now it’s below the fold!)
  11. Steel Wheels for Sale
  12. Free (2 Items)
  13. Lemonade Stand

 

1. Calendar:

 

  • 4 July – Independence Day – commemorating the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Celebrate safely.
  • 23 August – first Day of School
  • 6 September – Labor Day (9/03 through 9/06 – FCPS student holiday)
  • 14 October – Village Meeting, 7:30 PM, vote to Ratify FY21 Audit Report, vote to pass a FY22 Budget Proposal with markups if/as needed and vote to elect new Board of Directors.

 

2. 4th of July Flags – Special thanks to Tim & Yee-Peng Royster (Smyth Street, 571/275-0871) and The Royster Hearth Group Real Estate Team for their community flag project that we’ll see during the weekend. Class act Tim & Yee-Peng; well done and thank you both!

 

Also, Yee-Peng wanted to thank the volunteers who will put them out and pick them up after the weekend:  Amanda & Brian Taugher, Brad & Jeannette Swain, Carrie Mast, Debbie Bunyea, Glenn & Dianna DeMarr, Greg Nakamura, Ittylene Neal, Marilynn & Patty Bianco, John & Lois Hoffmann and the Chang children, Julia Hale, Larry & Sandy Kinde and family, Michael & Amy Bowab, Michele Schulker & kids, Nick Baccari, Rob Muegge and Suzanne McCormick

 

The 12" x 18" American Flags on a 31.5" wooden staff will be on display until removed on Monday, 5 July by the same volunteers.

 

3. Door-to-Door Solicitors and Sales Reps – We had one rather aggressive and rude man soliciting in our village and other high pressure sales reps are mentioned on NextDoor in surrounding communities. Keep in mind county’s rules for door-to-door sales and solicitations.

 

  • Door-to-door salespeople must be licensed by Fairfax County.
  • Door-to-door sales are restricted to between 9 AM and 8 PM.
  • A salesperson may not solicit at a residence which posts a “No Peddlers or Solicitors” sign.
  • Solicitors must provide, upon request, a written receipt that includes a brief description of the goods or services sold, the total purchase price, amount of cash payment, if any, and the balance due and terms of payment.

 

When a salesperson or solicitor knocks on your door and you answer:

 

  • Ask to see their license to solicit in Fairfax County.
  • If they do not have a valid license, ask them to leave; close and lock your door.
  • If they do not have a license, immediately call Fairfax County Police (non-emergency) at 703-691-2131 to report the violation.

           SOlicitor Badge

For more information - 5 Tips When a Salesperson Knocks on Your Door | News Center (fairfaxcounty.gov).

 

4. Computer Corner – from our webmaster and Owner/ Operator of D2D Computer Services, Bob Havey (Rolling Road) - A couple of weeks ago I told the story of a customer whose email had been stolen.  There wasn’t much she could have done about it.  Another a customer allowed a caller to have access to her computer.  The details are a little fuzzy.  This caller was doing something with the customers banking information and allegedly deposited $10,000 in her account.  When she realized how vulnerable she was, she shut down her computer and called for help.  Before I could return her call the caller had called her several times, wanting “his money back”.  As far as we can tell there was no money.  My advice at the time was to ignore him, if the money was real, he put it there so he could steal more, and if it wasn’t real, she’s just asking for more trouble.  I cleaned up the computer of any software that I could find that might give someone (other than me) access.

 

Allowing this kind of caller access to your computer or dialing the number on your frozen screen can have serious consequences for your computer. Before Windows 10, if someone refused to pay a scammer, he would delete the registry files, rendering Windows inoperative.  There was a backup copy of the registry which could be restored if you could start the computer from a USB drive or a DVD.  I haven’t seen that in Windows 10, which is good because Microsoft removed the registry backup.  The trick they do in Windows 10 is to change your logon account to a Microsoft account with a fake name and a free email address.  Fortunately, activating the hidden administrator account allows the computer to be restored to the proper user.

 

Recommendations (mostly common sense):

 

  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • A random phone call telling you that your computer has a security (or some other problem) is definitely something to ignore. Hang up. There is no way that such a caller can tell you anything about your computer. Of course, if you have subscribed to a service that has unattended access or otherwise given someone that access, they can check on your computer. One would hope that such a service or person is someone that you can trust.
  • Calls about various accounts are trickier , but don’t respond directly.  Calling the customer service number on the back of your credit card or the statement from the financial institution or merchant is a better idea than answering that phone call.
  • If you get a pop-up telling you to call the number on your screen.  Restart the computer. The warning is fake. Under no circumstances should you call the number on the screen.  If in doubt call me at 703/569-8195.
  • Never let unknown person on your computer.  Google does not validate phone numbers. The number you find there might not be correct.  It could be a scammer.  I saw an article that recommended www.gethuman.com, but I have no real experience with it.  A quick check showed that they have the numbers from the website, but be careful, they are selling a support service.  It’s best to get the customer service number from the website.  Dig for it a little before you give up.
  • Along with not allowing a stranger to access your computer, NEVER give a random caller any private information – Social Security Number, credit card information, bank account numbers, etc.

 

5. New Neighbors & Directories – Welcome to Dallas & Cindy Gipson, 7914 SVD! Stop by to say hello if you have the chance. Let me know if you have a new neighbor who arrived our village after 1 November 2020. We will give them a welcome letter along with a community directory. Or better yet – give it to you to present to them.

 

6. What Child Labor Laws? - Besides lawnmowers, some have asked if we have any responsible children willing to baby sit, be a nanny or a mother’s helper, a dog/pet sitter, or house sitter, etc. We have a listing at the Resources tab on our website (West Springfield Village). That list needs to be updated – please check it and let our webmaster, Bob Havey (havey@dtwod.com) know if you want to add your child or an adult member of your family to that “Neighborhood Chores” or “Resident Businesses” list.

 

7. Lawn Mowing Services - Michael Murray has lawn mower and electrical edger and ready to mow. You can reach him at 571/341-0188. 

 

8. Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) - Current list of food needs is posted at www.echo-inc.org. An aspiring Eagle Scout will conduct food drives from 8:00 to noon on July 17, 31 and August 7 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon each day at Cardinal Forest Giant, 8320 Old Keene Mill, Springfield.

 

Additionally, the ECHO Clothing Room needs infant items such as pacifiers, thermometers, infant towels, crib sheets, changing pads, and snuggle blankets. Teen boys’ shoes in men’s sizes 7,8 and 9, and jeans in waist sizes 30 to 34 are needed for the older children of families we serve.

 

9. House Cleaning Recommendations: (in response to inquiries)

 

  • Lidia (Betty) Palacios has cleaned my home for a very long time. She has other village references and is remarkably thorough and honest. She will clean your home before and / or after a family celebration, once each week, twice a month or monthly. Prices vary with frequency, but are very reasonable and competitive. She is at 571/241-7133 or by email at lidiapalacios1981@gmail.com.
  • House Cleaning by Rosalia - Jhonny Esquivel (Rolling Road) recommends House Cleaning by Rosalia, 20+ years of experience in Northern Virginia. Will clean weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. References available upon request. Contact 571/435-6897.
  • HomeCleaners4You – 703/256-1288 – see their ad in our 2021 Directory.

 

10. Covid-19 –Click here https://vaccinefinder.org to find who has which vaccine and to schedule an appointment to include for those 12+.

 

11. For Sale – 4 steel stock wheels for Ford 250 Super Duty pickup. They are 17” wheels and practically brand-spanking new. $100.00 for the four (4), or best offer. Contact Tom at  tomscabs@aol.com.

12. Free (2 items):

 

  • Concrete Laundry Tray Sink weighing over 500 lbs. Original to Dick Cheslock’s SVD house that was constructed in 1967. First-come, First-served. Some assembly required. See photo.

          Sink

  • This rare beauty is sitting curbside at 8125 Springfield Village Drive (SVD) and hoping to find a new home before the rains come.

          Chair

 

13. Lemonade Stand - Stop by Logan and Miles Spitler (ages 11 and 6) stand at 6509 Greenview Lane next Wednesday, 7 July from 11 AM – 2:00 PM to purchase an ice-cold glass of lemonade, iced tea or Arnold Palmer. Understand from their mom that the boys are excited to meet and serve you!

 

Stay cool, dry, safe and healthy!

John Cooley
CAWSV

 

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