December 2020 Newsletter

posted Dec 15, 2020, 10:11 AM by c traband

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.


As 2020 closes, we want to let you know that the RSCA distribution list is moving from Yahoo Groups to Google Groups.  This newsletter is being sent to both groups.  If you do not receive this newsletter from Google Groups, please contact at and ask to be added to the Google Groups distribution list. 

Also, because we are moving to Google Groups where anyone can post a message for the rest of group, the RSCA Newsletter is retiring.  We have included a list of links where you can sign up for information from a variety of Arlington County and APS Schools sites.  Most of this information is what would be in the monthly RSCA newsletters. 

It has been a pleasure to share the newsletter with you.  Please stay informed about the County and Schools and post important announcements to RSCA Google Groups to inform the rest of us about what is important for RSCA members to know.   And, please only what is important for us to know.  The address to send your post is  Also, if you need assistance with a neighborhood issue, you can contact RSCA President, Mark Luncher at


Happy Holidays from the RSCA Board
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Lee Highway Renaming:  From the Washington Post
In an act of what might be considered historic poetic justice, a panel of Arlington residents wants to change the name of Lee Highway, which honors Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, to Mildred and Richard Loving Avenue, the couple who successfully challenged Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage.


Last RSCA Leaf Collection for 2020:  Begins Monday, December 14.


Arlington Storm Information:  Includes a real time map of what roads have been cleared.


Civic Federation:  Tuesday, December 15, the Civic Federation will provide an update on the long-awaited Reagan National Airport flight noise study jointly funded by Arlington and Montgomery County and its implications for noise mitigation in the skies over many Arlington neighborhoods. Secure your participation by checking in.


Arlington Seeks New Member Applications for Audit Committee:   The Audit Committee is seeking new member applications for a two-year term beginning February 1, 2021. The committee advises the County Board on County government’s exposure to financial, operational, and reputational risks. Membership includes two Board members; three residents, including a representative from the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee; the County Manager, and the Director of the Department of Management and Finance.

Those with experience in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Performance auditing
  • Risk advisory services
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Government management
  • Financial management

Applications are accepted through January 8, 2021. To learn more about the committee, visit the Audit Committee webpage and read the Audit Committee Charter.  For further questions, please contact County Auditor Chris Horton at

County and School Newsletters You Might Like to Join:

Many of these web sites allow you to sign up for their newsletters.  It is helpful to have the information come directly to you rather than trying to find the information when you need it.



Arlington County Government:

At the bottom of the site is a place to sign up for various newsletters.  Also, Receive important County updates on activities, projects and more, by subscribing to any number of our additional e-newsletters

Arlington Alert:

Arlington County News:


Arlington County Park and Recreation:

Arlington County Nature and History Programs and Events:

Arlington County Recycling:

This includes Leaf Collection and How to Dispose of Various Articles like light bulbs.

Arlington Library:

Lee Highway Alliance:

Civic Federation:

ArlNow:  Newsletter comes each day with highlights of Arlington news.

NextDoor:  Social media site for neighbors.  Sign up for the Rock Spring area notifications for what’s going on.



 School Messenger:  Sign Up Form,

 APS Homepage:

Links to all APS schools and programs, auto-translate options for 15 additional languages, an emergency alert link, and an APS search button. A “Quick Links” side panel which includes a link to the APS COVID-19 Dashboard, an “In crisis, need help now” button, technical support, APS data, school calendars, and more. The homepage also includes a section for “What’s Happening in APS” which covers current news, initiatives and other information for parents and community members, as well as a link to all current APS news. The bottom of the homepage includes dates and links to current APS events.


Engage With APS:

Includes links to: Current APS initiatives, Return to School, Online Feedback, Community Meetings/Events, Past APS Initiatives, APS School Ambassadors, School Board Meetings, Join An Advisory Committee, and Volunteer/Partner With APS.


School Year 2020-21:

Includes information and links related to this school year’s teaching models (virtual, hybrid and in-person. Links also provided to special services, meal services, technical support, instructional models, Parent Academy (videos for parents to help and understand school programs/services/technology), and school year 2021.


FAQs School Board 2020-21:

Includes information on the School Board, their meeting schedule, how to contact Board members, key documents, the Board calendar, a link to policies, past meetings, planning documents and more. board-meetings/ includes information on viewing, attending, speaking at Board meetings, meeting agendas and more.

 School Board Advisory Councils and Committees: and-committees/

Include Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices, Advisory Council on Teaching & Learning, Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs, Arlington Aquatics Committee, County Council of PTAs, Budget Advisory Council, Joint Facilities Advisory Commission, School Health Advisory Board, School Plan Advisory Committees and Student Advisory Board.


APS Departments:

A complete list of all APS departments, with links to each of the departments and departmental staff.


APS Welcome Center:

Includes the Language Services Registration Center, Options and Transfers, Early Childhood/pre-k, and Extended Day, with information and links to each.


About Us:

Includes the APS School Handbook, Registration Guidebook for Parents, annual reports, APS “Quick Facts,” and APS Friday Five which is sent to those who sign up for APS School Talk.


Sign up for School Talk at


APS School and Community Relations:

Is responsible for responsible for media relations, community engagement, public information, electronic,

broadcast and social media, the Volunteer and Partners in Education Program, AETV


APS Podcasts (What’s Up APS):


APS Teaching and Learning:

Includes Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood (Pre-K), Special Education, Student Services, Summer School, Welcome Center: School Options and Transfers, and the Language Services Registration Center.

 Additional ways to stay connected and informed with APS and individual APS schools and programs:


For an alphabetical list of APS Programs and Services, with links, see


The APS Facebook page:


APS Tweets:


APS on Instagram:


See your neighborhood school websites and sign up for their school and PTA newsletters and school newspaper. (Example, Yorktown HS,


School Messenger:  Sign Up Form,

November 2020 Newsletter

posted Nov 17, 2020, 11:06 AM by c traband   [ updated Nov 17, 2020, 11:11 AM ]

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.


From RSCA Board:  Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Note from RSCA Board:  We are looking for some help with the preparation of this monthly newsletter.  If you would be interested in assisting, please email

1.  COVID-19:  If you need information about guidelines for visitors to Arlington for the holidays, please see:

Arlington Public Health Urges Quarantine Compliance: 
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arlington, the Northern Region and Virginia, Arlington County’s Public Health Division is reminding everyone of what should happen under quarantine.
2.  Arlington County Items
Dialogues on Race and Equity
:  Arlington launches new effort to address racial equity and disparities. Sign up here for small interactive virtual conversations.

How Can You Respond Best to Emergencies?  Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Life-threatening emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Emergency responders may not be nearby to help. It's important to learn how to care for yourself and for others until they arrive.

Join your neighbors for a free virtual "Until Help Arrives" training offered by Arlington CERT members. Learn how to respond to injuries and life-threatening emergencies to help those around you until first responders arrive. The skills you will learn in this class are useful in countless emergency situations, such as traumatic injuries from a car collision, household injury, or events like an active shooting. Register online here!

How should Arlington steward its trees and natural resources?  Arlington is developing its Forestry and Natural Resources Plan, which will provide strategies to support current conditions and future possibilities to advance Arlington’s stewardship of its trees and natural resources. Share your perceptions, interests and aspirations about the county’s conservation and maintenance of our ecosystems over the next year to inform the development of this plan and bring your priorities to life. Sign up for updates.  Share your thoughts at

Holiday Toy-Giving Opportunities:
Arlington Police Sponsor Fill the Cruiser:  Friday, Nov 20, from 6 - 8 p.m. Lee Harrison Shopping Center
Help spread joy this holiday season by donating new, unwrapped toys during the Arlington County Police Department’s (ACPD) sixth annual Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive. This year, with families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for donations may be greater than ever and your generosity helps ensure the holidays are bright for some of our most vulnerable community members – children in need.  Officers will collect new, unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 17.  Toys will be distributed by the Police Department to community organizations throughout the month of December.

Upon arrival, participants should stay in their vehicle until they reach the unloading areas, where officers will be on hand to remove donations from their vehicle. A separate area will be available for those arriving by bike or foot. Due to COVID-19 considerations, we will only be accepting toys at predetermined dates and locations

Donate to DHS Secret Santa Program:  By Dec 18:
You can help Arlington families impacted by COVID and economic hardship by donating to the Department of Human Services’ Secret Santa Program! Gift cards are distributed to clients engaged in Department of Human Services safety net programs and other programs for low-income residents, including COVID-impacted households, children in foster care, people with disabilities, seniors with low incomes, teen parents, and families with low incomes. Learn more or make a donation here!

3.  Arlington Public Schools
Confused about the description of synchronous and asynchronous instruction?

Have questions about the current school and winter sports situation?  Here is the November 10 Update from the Superintendent:

Tu. Nov. 17  School Board Meeting: Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Information on School Year 2020-21 Calendar proposal and on Barcroft Elementary Calendar Alignment proposal.
7:00 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 Tu. Dec. 1   School Board Work Session on Special Education
5:15 p.m.    Watch Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 Tu. Dec. 1   Public Hearing on Elementary School Boundaries
7:30 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 Th. Dec. 3   School Board Meeting: Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Action on Elementary School Boundaries. Action on School Year 2020-21 Calendar and on Barcroft Elementary Calendar Alignment.
7:00 p.m.     Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

 4.  Arlington Parks:  Need to get out and get some fresh air?   See information on Arlington parks and their amenities/facilities:

Programs in the Park and Virtual Programs:   Parks and Rec has many programs this fall.  See the full schedule of programs in Arlington parks (exercise, art, bicycling, etc. for children, teens and adults at

Outdoor SkateSaturdays Oct. 24 through Nov. 21. Family skate is 2-3 p.m. or 3:15-4:15 p.m. and tweens/teens-only skate is 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Quincy parking deck.

5.  Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights:  Winter Walk of Lights will open for the season on Wednesday Nov. 11 and run through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The gardens will be illuminated for visitors to follow a one-way half-mile route. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Nov. 11 to Dec. 11 and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Dec. 12 to Jan. 3. The last admission time is 9:15 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit


Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

October 2020 Newsletter

posted Oct 19, 2020, 8:03 AM by c traband   [ updated Oct 23, 2020, 1:38 PM ]

This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Voting Locations:
There are several ways you can vote this year:   in person, drop box and by mail.

Courthouse Plaza  NEW LOCATION

2200 Clarendon Blvd. (Former Wells Fargo Space by Starbucks)

September 18 – October 31

M-F 8am-5pm

Extra Hours

Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm

M-F Oct 19 – Oct 30 8am-7pm

Madison Community Center

3829 N Stafford St

October 17 – October 31

M-F 2-7pm

Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm

For information about Drop Boxes, please see:

To vote By Mail, please see:

2.  Lee Highway Alliance:  The Working Group On Renaming Lee Highway met (via Zoom) for the second time on Wednesday, September 30. The Group voted on a set of rules and criteria to be used to narrow the list of suggested names and decided upon a process for selecting their top choice and 2-4 alternatives for Lee Highway's new name. There are currently 159 name suggestions! To see the list of suggested names in full click here. It will be updated every Friday.  The next Working Group meeting in October will focus on narrowing the long list of names down to 20.

3.  Avoid Contact Tracing Scams
Protect yourself and others against contact tracing scams. If you are suspicious of any call or form of contact that you believe isn't from Arlington County Government, write down the caller’s information, hang up, and call the County's COVID-19 hotline at 703-228-7999.

4.  County Information:
Solid Waste Credit:  The County will issue a $10.77 credit to the Household Solid Waste Rate after a temporary yard waste suspension due to contractor staffing issues related to COVID-19.

Arlington Community Resources:

Arlington County offers food, financial and medical assistance resources. For food, call 703-228-1300. 

SCAN of Northern Virginia shares Covid-19 resources for families.

5.  Arlington Public Schools Information:

Read about the Phased Return Plan:

Meetings of Interest:

Tu. Oct. 27  School Board Work Session on Instructional Program Pathways (IPP)

6:00 p.m.     Watch School Board Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

Th. Oct. 29  School Board Work Session on Elementary School Boundary Process

6:30 p.m.    Watch School Board Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Th. Nov. 5   School Board Meeting: Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Staff presents Elementary School Boundary proposal.

7:00 p.m.    Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Fri. Nov. 6    Facebook Live videos on Elementary School Boundary Process (English and Spanish)

Tu. Nov. 10   School Board Work Session on Budget Status Update / Capital Improvement Plan Framework

6:30 p.m.      Watch School Board Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

Th. Nov. 17   School Board Meeting : Superintendent presents School Year 2020-21 Update. Information on 2022 School Year Calendar.
7:00 p.m.
Watch School Board meetings  live online  or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41 .

6.  Arlington Historical Society:
Due Nov. 6.   The Arlington Historical Society challenges K-4 students to create virtual exhibits about Arlington County. Directions, in English & Spanish, can be found at

7.  Halloween Guidelines:  While Halloween typically represents a time of fun and excitement for children and adults alike, the current Halloween season will be different than prior years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Department of Health has put together interim guidelines for participating in Halloween events. Read all about it here.


Get in the Halloween spirit with the Library's Pumpkin Decorating Contest


 8.  Parks and Recreation: For a full listing of offerings, please see:

Free Redbud Trees!  Thanks to Dominion Energy’s Project Plant It!, EcoAction Arlington is pleased to offer free redbud seedlings. The seedlings will be available between October 24 and October 31 while supplies last. Each seedling will be about 12″ long and will be bare root and wrapped in plastic. To get one of these free trees, you need to fill out an online reservation form and pick up your tree at the designated site.

Trees are available at five events at the dates and times detailed below.

There are two pick-ups being held in conjunction with the Arlington County Tree Distribution Program coordinated by Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation:

  • Saturday, October 24, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm at Barcroft Park.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bon Air Park.

Reservations for the above two sites must be made online through this link. At these two events, you can only get a redbud as part of a tree whip reservation.


Redbud seedlings are also available at the following events. We ask you to limit yourself to one redbud per household.

  • Westover Farmers Market: Sunday, October 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1644 N McKinley Rd, Arlington.

  • Ballston Farmers Market: Thursday, October 29, 3 to 7 p.m., 901 N Taylor St, Arlington.

  • Courthouse Farmers Market: Saturday, October 31, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1401 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington.

Please reserve your redbud seedling for the three farmers markets through this link . This distribution is first come, first served.  Questions? Please contact us at

Foundational Planting:  Wednesday, November 11, 12:00-1:00pm
Are the shrubs and other plants next to your house or business looking tired? Landscape Designer Adele Kuo will address questions about creating a good planting design with native plants for foundation plantings. Register and learn more.

Invasive Plant and Native Alternatives:  Friday, November 13, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE. Invasive plants in the home garden like English Ivy, Bamboo, Porcelainberry, and Mimosa, can spread from cultivation to our natural areas where they out-compete beneficial native plants.  Learn how to rid your yard of some common invasive plants and substitute alternative native species that have similar ornamental qualities and which also support our local wildlife. Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills, a creative force behind the resource Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, serves as a co-coordinator at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden in Arlington, Virginia. Free. RSVP at to receive link to participate.



Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

September 2020 Newsletter

posted Sep 15, 2020, 2:33 PM by c traband

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1.  Arlington County News:

Arlington County Board Approves Satellite Offices for Early Voting:The Arlington County Board approved five satellite offices for early voting in the November 3, 2020, presidential election, in anticipation of unprecedented demand for early voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.  All registered voters are eligible to vote early in the November 3 election.

The satellite locations approved by the Board include:

  • 2200 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite R140 (the former Wells Fargo space)

  • Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 18th S.

  • Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St.

  • Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.

  • Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th S.

Early voting will begin on September 18 at 2200 Clarendon Blvd, Suite R140. The remaining locations will open later in October. Hours of operation for the satellite locations will be posted on the County website by the first week in September.  (Madison Center:  October 17 – October 31:  M-F 2-7pm; Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm)

Visit the County website for more information on voting. If you have requested a mail ballot, you may also check the status of your mail ballot application on the Virginia Department of Elections website. Ballots will be mailed starting September 18.

Additionally, a recent USPS flyer recommends you mail your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.

Police Practices Work Group:  The Police Practices Work Group (PPG) focuses on the associated processes for reviewing ACPD policies, exploring promising practices, and developing a set of recommendations.

Arlington Bans Firearms in County Government Buildings, Parks, at Special Events: The Arlington County Board voted unanimously to adopt a Firearms Ordinance banning guns in County government buildings and parks, and at designated special events that require a County permit. The restrictions will apply where the County has posted notice at entrances to buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at entrances to events. For more detailed information:

Neighborhoods Form Based Code AMI Change:  Tuesday, Sept. 15, 12 - 1 p.m.
Join a webinar to learn more about a proposed amendment to adjust the Area Median Income (AMI) levels and term for required Neighborhoods Form Based Code (N-FBC) ownership affordable housing units.

Learn about:  The proposed amendment to increase the Area Median Income (AMI) level of Neighborhoods Form Based Code (N-FBC) required affordable ownership units:  Adjustments to the affordability term of required affordable ownership units:  Timing of the proposed amendments:  Q&A with County staff.  Questions:  email Akeria Brown at

The event will be broadcast online using Microsoft Teams. Attendees may participate using a web browser (such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari) or via the Microsoft Teams free app.

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Resumes
Green carts and organic bags permitted.
Curbside collection of larger yard waste material like brush and limbs remains available by appointment.

The County will be issuing a $10.77 credit to the Household Solid Waste Rate, which is assessed on the customer’s quarterly water/sewer/refuse utility bills.  The County’s temporary yard waste drop-off locations at the Trades Center and mulch pick-up site at North 26th Street and Yorktown Boulevard are now closed.


Arlington Civic Federation:  At the September meeting, a candidates’ forum was held.  Two resolutions were introduced as well:

 Video footage of the 8 Sept 2020 meeting is available here.  For more information:

2.  Arlington Public Schools

School Board Meeting:  Thursday, September 24, 7 pm     

The Superintendent presents Return-to-School Status Update. The Board will adopt their School Board 2020-21 Action Plan.  Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


3.  Parks and Recreation:
Native Ground Covers for Sun and Shade: 
Friday, September 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am, ONLINE.  A variety of native plant species, including perennials, ferns, grasses, and even some woody plants, can function as ground covers in multiple landscape situations. Learn which native species may serve as excellent replacements for overused and invasive traditional ground covers such as English ivy, liriope, periwinkle, and creeping euonymus, while providing much-need food and habitat for our local pollinators and birds. Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills, a creative force behind the resource Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, will share her experience growing most of these plants in her own garden and at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden in Arlington, Virginia, where she serves as a co-coordinator. Free. RSVP at to receive link to participate

For the Artists:  Get your canvas ready for this 55+ Paint n' Sip Demo on Thurs., Sept. 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. Register here #911301-03.

Other 55+Programs:


Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

August 2020 Newsletter

posted Aug 15, 2020, 12:49 PM by c traband

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 Register for ArlingtonAlert.   Stay informed about major events--hazardous weather, COVID-19 response, traffic disruptions and more.   Free on up to 10 devices.

 1.  Arlington County:  The pre-filled mail ballot applications many voters received from an independent organization this week can be used. While other Virginia localities are reporting errors on their forms, the ones provided to Arlington voters appear correct. Completed forms will be sent to the Arlington County Office of Voter Registration & Elections for processing.

RELATED: Request a Vote by Mail Ballot by Oct. 23

2.  Curbside Bulk Collection:  Regular curbside bulk collection has resumed. For residential customers who may be left with storm-related debris, properly prepare it for pickup on your designated trash collection day.

3.  Missing Middle Study:  The fourth installment of Arlington's five-part series, the Missing Middle Housing Study Research Compendium, was just released.  It deals with zoning and land-use policies.  Each research bulletin can be viewed as a standalone document, or as a chapter in a larger body of knowledge. Bulletins will be published from June through August 2020. The goal is to provide the community with information to explore prior to the Missing Middle Housing Study kick-off.

4.  Reduce Your Risk of Flooding:  Flooding can be a very costly disaster. The risk for flooding can vary within the same neighborhood and even property to property.  Flooding can occur not only in identified high-risk areas, but may also occur in areas that may not have been identified as high risk.  More than 20% of flood claims are from low to moderate flood risk areas.

 Here are steps that you can take as a property owner to reduce your risk of flooding:


Arlington Schools:
Th. Aug. 20        School Board Meeting : Superintendent presents Return-to-School   Status Update. Adoption of Equity Policy .

6:00 p.m.         Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Th. Aug. 27      School Board Planning Work Session 

6:00 p.m.         Watch School Board Work Sessions live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

Arlington Parks and Recreation:  Fall Class Catalog
Parks and Rec is excited to provide our Arlington neighbors with recreational programs this fall! The department has been safely bringing back programs and classes (including virtual)  to keep you active, while practicing safe social distancing and the Governor’s Forward Virginia guidelines.

Check out the fall catalog, ENJOY Arlington, here!

Online registration begins Wed., Aug. 12 @ 8 a.m.

Looking For Things To Do:
Eating OutView a map of restaurants in Arlington that are offering outdoor dining.

Arlington County Fair AT HOME:   Virtual Fair Aug. 14-16!

You don’t have to miss the Fair this summer!  Enjoy the fun starting Fri., August 14 at noon through Sunday, August 16 at 6 p.m.  See for information, schedule  of events, and more - no need to have a Facebook account.  Details also posted at   Don’t miss the music, pie-eating contest, animals, and other Arlington County Fair favorites!

Arlington Victory Gardens:  If you didn’t get a chance to plant your own victory garden this summer, the Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture is looking for some volunteers to help with school gardens.  See for more information.

Donate School Supplies:  For as little as $10, you can help support Arlington children in need of school supplies


 Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

July 2020 Newsletter

posted Jul 15, 2020, 1:32 PM by c traband   [ updated Jul 15, 2020, 1:32 PM ]

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  The Arlington County Board will hold its July Regular Meeting on Saturday, July 18, 2020, a Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, July 21, and a Carryover Meeting on Wednesday, July 22. All three meetings will be virtual.  The agenda can be found at

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the County Board is holding virtual meetings, as allowed under Virginia law. Board members, staff, applicants, and the public all will participate remotely. Members of the public who wish to speak at public comment at the start of the Saturday, July 18, Regular Meeting, or who wish to speak on an agenda item, should visit the County Board website for information on how to register online to comment virtually.

County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website, and broadcast live on Arlington TV, the County’s cable channel, with live captioning, on Comcast 25 & 1085 (HD), and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. The meetings also are live-streamed on ATV’s YouTube channel. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website (with captions and staff reports) and on YouTube.

2.  Arlington Announces Compliance with Virginia Community Policing Act:  Takes effect July 1 2020:
Their statement says:

This law requires law enforcement and State Police to collect certain information from the driver during all motor vehicle (traffic) and investigatory stops and prohibits law enforcement officers and State Police from engaging in bias-based policing.

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) will comply with the requirements of this bill and begin collecting required data on July 1, 2020 Members of the public should be aware of the new information collected, as it may involve the officer asking them additional questions on a traffic stop. On each stop conducted by a local law enforcement officer or State Police officer, the following information will be collected, based upon the officer’s observation or information provided to them by the driver:

  • Race, ethnicity, age and gender of the person stopped

  • The reason for the stop

  • The location of the stop

  • Whether a verbal warning, written citation or summons was issued or whether any person was arrested

  • If a verbal warning, written citation or summons was issued or an arrest was made, the violation or crime charged

  • Whether the vehicle or any person was searched

The data collected during traffic and investigatory stops will be reported to the Department of State and included in the Community Policing Reporting Database. Access to this database will be provided to the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for the purpose of analyzing data to determine the existence and prevalence of the practice of bias-based policing and the prevalence of complaints alleging the use of excessive force. In addition to the reporting required by the Community Policing Act, the Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility will continue to conduct internal audits on all allegations of misconduct and fully review and investigate incidents involving use of force.

ACPD remains committed to serving with utmost respect, while remaining engaged and transparent with our community. The information and data collected as a result of the Community Policing Act will further enable us to ensure we hold ourselves accountable to the highest professional standards. Moreover, the Department will continue to work proactively with the community in identifying needed data values to increase transparency with the public.

3.  Covid Testing:  Arlington operates two COVID-19 Sample Collection Sites:

  • Drive-through Site at 1429 N. Quincy Street: Patients must have an existing order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider, but no appointment needed. Weekdays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

  • Walk-up Site at the Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S Dinwiddie St.) for low-income, uninsured and under-insured residents. Residents must schedule an appointment (call 703-912-0118), but there is no fee, medical consultation or insurance required. Weekdays from 1–5 p.m.

Find publicly-available tests at VDH’s COVID-19 Testing Site page.

 Additional locations in the Arlington area with COVID-19 testing include Preston’s Pharmacy,  select CVS Pharmacy stores and Inova Urgent Care – North Arlington.


4.  Glass Recycling:   Glass Drop-off Bin Moving to Madison Community Center from Cherrydale Library:  Friday, July 10: 

A glass recycling drop-off bin is now closer for Rock Spring citizens.  A recent broadcast on NBC4-TV stated that there is a shortage of recycled glass because so many people are throwing away their glass bottles into the trash rather than recycling them.  Glass vials for vaccines are made of recycled glass as are most of the glass bottles used for food.  Please try to recycle your glass. 


5.  Potential Trash Disruptions:  Due to an electrical problem at the trash waste-to-energy processing facility used by the County, residential solid waste will continue to be collected but will have to be transported to a separate facility farther away. This may impact our collection schedules and efficiency.

If your trash cart is not collected on its assigned day, please leave it out for the following day. If it has not been collected by the end of the following day, please submit a missed collection ticket online or call 703-228-5000. Visit for updates.

6.  Arlington Public Schools Plan for the Fall:  For the most current information about fall school opening, go to:

7.  School Pools Open: Yorktown and Washington-Liberty public indoor pools are now open! For specific information on reserving a swim time, as well as health and safety procedures, see before-you-come/

 8.  Arlington Public Library updates: For complete information on library services currently available, see or for details, go to

On July 1 it was announced that, “Arlington Public Library eliminated overdue library fines to make the library’s collections more accessible to all Arlingtonians.”   For more information, see:

9.  Lubber Run Schedule:  Saturdays at 5 p.m., July 11 through August 8 (live streaming on ). 
From Lubber Run

Thanks to the old-school medium of radio, Arlington Arts is able to forge ahead with Lubber Run Live on WERA 96.7 FM –LIVE performances and discussions broadcast weekly with host Ken Avis (The Antidote).

Lubber Run Amphitheater is a summertime tradition for Arlington residents. Through the magic of radio, audiences can still enjoy a range of music, with no threat of ‘rain-outs’: Jazz and Go, Roots Rock, Soul and Blues are all part of the mix.

This partnership between Arlington Arts and WERA was a natural. Arlington’s only radio station, WERA’s mission is to enlighten, enrich and entertain Arlington’s diverse community by promoting and facilitating independent radio. A project of Arlington Independent Media, WERA’s programming is produced by and for the community.

The lineup for Lubber Run LIVE is brimming with a mixture of toe-tapping Amphitheater favorites, and a splash of new talent, including:

July 11: The Jogo Project:The JoGo Project is a fusion ensemble with Jazz and Go-Go at the core. Founded in 2014 by D.C. native Elijah Jamal Balbed, the band is dedicated to keeping Go-Go music alive while also exploring new sounds.

July 18: Nkula:  Ethiopian-born “Ras Abel” Mekonnen’s band Nkula features a unique blend of foundational reggae with infusions of African influence (e.g. zouk and soukous riddims). Their high-energy groove exposes audiences to musical styles that broaden horizons.

July 25: Caz Gardiner:  A 2019 Wammie (Washington DC Area Music Association) nominee for best Soul Artist/Group, Caz Gardiner is a high energy performer who writes songs of overcoming struggles and celebrating life with a Soul Rock and Reggae sound that is as diverse and driving as she is.

August 1: Justin Jones:  A native Virginian, Jones started playing open mic nights in Charlottesville in his early teens, and has appeared at the Virgin Mobile Festival and the Floyd Festival. At the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), Speakers in Code named his one of the Event’s top-ten performances, and Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered lists Justin Jones “as one of the top performances of the year.”

August 8: Lauren Calve:  Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player Lauren Calve has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene. On her latest EP, Wildfire, Calve delves into complex issues ranging from the increased polarization and divisiveness prevalent in the U.S. and around the world, corporate greed and their role in both the climate crisis and gun violence, women’s stories that are dominating public consciousness, and even the precarity of online dating.

So, tune-in for Lubber Run LIVE on WERA 96.7. Bookmark their website to listen to the live-stream. Create your own Live Listening Experience when you fire up the car radio or pull the speakers onto the porch! Listeners are encouraged to recreate their own Lubber Run picnic experience.

10.  Parks and Recreation:  Now that we are into the heat of the summer, maybe you are looking for something to do inside.  Check out the programs available from Parks and Rec.  They have something for everyone, toddlers to adults.  Examples include:  snails, Pictionary, charades, the Union Army, and slithering snakes are just a few.

Quick Links for Parks and Rec:

Nature & History Programs | Registration 

Gulf Branch Nature Center: 3608 N. Military Rd. Email, 703-228-3403.

Long Branch Nature Center: 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Email, 703-228-6535.

Nature Centers Hours: Tue. - Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1 - 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Fort C.F. Smith: 2411 N. 24th St. Email, 703-228-4775.

Visitor Center Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 2pm.

11.  Gardening questions? Contact the Arlington Master Gardener “Help Desk” at 703-228-6414, or reach them by email at

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

June 2020 Newsletter

posted Jun 17, 2020, 7:28 AM by c traband

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Arlington County:
Voting Information for all upcoming elections:  The safest way to vote in the upcoming elections is by mail. All registered voters in Arlington are eligible to vote by mail during COVID-19, but voters must request a mail ballot, either online, by email or by mail. Learn more about requesting and returning your ballot.  You can apply for the Special Election for County Board on July 7 as well as the November Presidential Election.  Still holding onto your ballot? Consider using a Drop Box next week.

Covid-19 Information:

Capital Improvement Plan:  Joint School Board/County Board Capital Improvement Plan Work Session

5 - 6:30 p.m.       Hosted by the County; can be viewed live on Arlington TV.

2.  Arlington County Public Schools:  Save the Date: Virtual Town Halls with the New Superintendent, Tuesday, June 23 from 7 - 8 pm.  See below.

Tu. June 16       School Board Work Session #4 on FY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan

5:30 p.m.          Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.


Tu. June 23       Virtual Community Town Hall with Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Durán. Simultaneous      interpretation available in Amharic, Arabic, Mongolian, Spanish & American Sign Language (ASL)

7:00 p.m.          LiveStream link here - Email questions in advance to

Th. June 25       Last School Board Meeting of the school year. School Board action on FY 2021 Capital     Improvement Plan

7:00 p.m.          Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

From: Williamsburg Middle School PTA and Jamestown Elementary School PTA:  Please Help Feed our Community:  Randolph Elementary School PTA (in South Arlington) Continues to Host Food Pantries For Needy Families Throughout Summer: 

Please shop from the list below and drop off donations at 4857 N 35th Rd, Arlington by Thursdays at noon. 

  • 1-2 lb Bags of white or brown rice

  •  Bags of dry beans

  • Cans of black, red, white beans

  • Boxes of hard taco shells and packets of mild taco seasoning

  • Bottles of vegetable oil

  • Canned fruit or vegetables

  • Dry pasta

  • Pasta sauce - Since many of our clients are walkers, we would appreciate average-sized jars if possible. BJ and Costco sized jars can cause our bags to become too heavy and break.

  • Boxes of breakfast cereal

  • Macaroni & Cheese

  • Granola bars

Donate Giant Food Grocery Cards – $25 and $50 grocery cards from Giant Food will also be collected at the address above. The PTA cannot purchase gift cards with PTA funds, only donated gift cards can be given to our families.

Make a Tax Deductible Donation to the PTA  – Please donate via Paypal by clicking the button on the  Randolph PTA web site  or by sending a check to Randolph PTA, c/o Meredith Krug, 1719 South Pollard Street, Arlington, VA 22204.

3. Parks and Recreation Guidelines:  Effective Fri., June 12, Arlington County reopens dog parks, basketball courts and volleyball courts for people who practice social distancing and follow the appropriate usage.  Here is a list of open park amenities and their usage guidelines:  Click on the downward facing arrow to open the specifics.

4.  Arlington Library: Starting June 15, Arlington Public Library will accept book returns at all branches and offer a materials pickup service at Central Library to patrons who have a hold which is currently ready. And then starting on June 18, new holds may be placed online in the Library catalog and app. More info.

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt


May 2020 Newsletter

posted May 15, 2020, 3:08 PM by c traband

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  How about a few laughs to start off:

  •  What do you call panic-buying of sausage and cheese in Germany? The wurst-kase scenario.

  •  What do you tell yourself when you wake up late for work and realize you have a fever?
    Self, I so late.

  •  I’ll tell you a coronavirus joke now, but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see if you got it.

  • What’s the best way to avoid touching your face? A glass of wine in each hand.

  • Too bad the virus didn’t start in Las Vegas because what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.

We sincerely hope you stay healthy and can laugh a little each day.

2.  Trash and Recycling Services Available to Residential Customers: Drop-Off: Arlington County has added a temporary yard waste drop-off location at the 26th Street North and Yorktown Boulevard mulch pickup site. 

 Residents are able to drop-off yard waste Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Please bring a driver’s license to show proof of residence. Residents are expected to practice social distancing when showing identification and dropping off material.

 Yard waste can be unbundled or placed in biodegradable paper bags. Plastic bags will not be accepted. 

 If you are unable to drop-off yard waste, keeping it in the green cart until collection resumes is strongly encouraged. Grasscycling – by leaving cuttings on the ground – is a great (and free) way to fertilize the lawn. Schedule a brush pickup online for large-sized yard trimmings like limbs, or call 703-228-5000 Mon.-Fri., 7a.m. to 7 pm.

 On a trial basis, the County will allow landscapers to drop off materials from Arlington County residents.  

 Free bags (15-bag limit per visit) will be available starting Wednesday at 2100 N. Clarendon Blvd. and at 4300 South 29th. St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3.  Other available solid waste services for residential customers include:

  • Trash and recycling curbside collection will continue

  • Household hazardous materials drop-off on Monday through Thursday (By appointment only. Call 703-228-5000 to schedule.)

  • Brush collection pickup by request

  • E-waste & small metal items pick-up curbside by request

  • Mulch pick-up and delivery

  • Recycling drop-off centers, including glass, cardboard and mixed recyclables. Please note that these sites are monitored. Illegal dumping of unaccepted materials is not allowed and may result in a fine.

4.  Arlington Specific Covid Information: If you’d like more data information concerning Arlington, go to:

5.  New APS Superintendent: The Arlington School Board named Dr. Francisco Durán as the new Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools (APS).  He will formally assume the role of Superintendent on June 1, 2020.  For more information about Dr. Duran, see:

6.  Arlington Parks and Rec:  Recreate At Home: Arlington County Parks and Rec has compiled a list of things to do while at home including recipes, kids’ activities, and fitness ideas.  Please see: to sign up for their frequent emails.

7.  Art Anyone?  (Safely) visit Arlington's public art with one of these self-guided walking tours

8.  Grow Food for You and Your Arlington Neighbors:  Plot Against Hunger
Do you have a spot in your yard, some space on your patio, or room on your patio where you could help grow some fresh produce for yourself or Arlington neighbors in need?  You can be a new or experienced gardener, and there’s plenty of information to help you get started. 

See for all the information and details you need.  Start your Arlington Plot Against Hunger victory garden today!

These organizations are accepting food:

Be sure to call first to double check if they will accept what you have grown.

Would you like to do a neighborhood food drive for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)?  AFAC is desperately in need of canned food for the bags they are assembling for neighbors in need.  They especially need canned foods, such as vegetables, soups, tuna, chicken, canned tomatoes, peanut butter in plastic jars, and boxes of cereal.  All the information you need to plan your food drive, including a flyer template and ideas for your neighborhood food drive are on the AFAC site at  See for a list of non-perishable food drop off hours and locations throughout the county, including Madison Community Center ( 3829 N Stafford St).  Make this a family or neighborhood project!

Would you prefer to do a virtual food drive for AFAC?  For all the information you need to help AFAC without doing a food collection, see how you and your neighbors can help provide milk, produce, canned food, eggs and more – or provide a family with a full week of groceries for $35.

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

April 2020 Newsletter

posted Apr 14, 2020, 8:47 AM by c traband

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Stay Safe:  Face Masks Policy and No-Sew Face Mask Video:  Please see the County’s web site on the importance of wearing face masks when out in public.  And, watch County Board Chair, Libby Garvey, demonstrate a no-sew bandana face mask that all of us can make and use.  No bandana, try a scarf or cutting up a t-shirt.

2.  COVID-19 Sample Collection Site Run by Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington County

  • The COVID Scheduling Line is now open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and appointment openings are available on most days.

  • Individuals still need to receive a physician’s order to make an appointment, but they no longer need to be an Arlington resident or employee.

  • Physicians with symptomatic patients can send orders to the Virginia Hospital Center outpatient lab electronically in EPIC or via fax to 703-558-2448.

  • Once a patient has received a physician’s order, they should call the VHC COVID-19 Scheduling Line at 703-558-5766 between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. Patients must schedule an appointment before visiting the collection site.

  • Individuals arriving at the drive-through site must be in a vehicle and should remain in their cars.

  • The site now collects samples from up to 100 adults each day, nearly doubling its capacity.

3.  County Board to Pilot Virtual “Open Door Mondays” During COVID-19:

Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey announced that the Board will pilot a virtual format for
Open Door Mondays, the informal weekly sessions where individuals or small groups can meet one-on-one with a Board Member to raise any issue, starting Monday, April 13, 2020.  “Participation is easy — just fill out a very brief RSVP on the County website, then join us virtually, or by phoning in, at 7 p.m. starting Monday, April 13 We look forward to hearing from you.”

 4.  Arlington County Board Member Erik Gutshall Resigns       

Arlington County Board Vice-Chair Erik Gutshallannounced that he is resigning from the Board, after undergoing treatment for brain cancer for the past month. Gutshall said he will be quarantining with his family at their home. Gutshall was elected to the County Board in 2017, after Chairing the Planning Commission. He represents Arlington on several regional bodies. The County Board will consult with the County Attorney about the next steps, as required under Virginia law, for holding a special election to replace Gutshall on the County Board.

5.  Library at a Distance:  Are you new to the eCollection? Questions about downloading library eBooks and eAudiobooks, or using your eReader? You can get live help (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) from Library staff through Chat or Text (703-783-3898)!

6.  Arlington Reads: One Community, One Book:  The program brings together people to talk about books and the important topics of our time,” said Library Director Diane Kresh.  The library invites you to read and discuss Alexis Coe’s “You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington," and learn how our Founding Fathers and Mothers confronted uncertain times and harrowing situations.  Join an online watch party for Alexis Coe and Diane Kresh's conversation on Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

7.  Supporting Local Businesses:  Want to support local businesses and their employees? Consider purchasing a gift card

8.  Thinking about doing some gardening?  Wondering how to grow some vegetables or flowers?  This could be a great project for kids, adults, neighborhoods, and there’s lots of good information available on gardening in Arlington.  Whether you want to grow flowers for bouquets or attract butterflies and hummingbirds, or tomatoes and a few other vegetables for a fun and helpful family project, good information for beginning and experienced gardeners is available.  Here are a few good resources:

9.  Check out Parks & Recreation’s “Recreate at Home,”

10.  “Parent Support In Challenging Times,” Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families,

11.  Current Arlington County Government and Schools information and updates:

Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

March 2020 Newsletter

posted Mar 16, 2020, 4:49 AM by c traband

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

As you all know, we are under a Coronavirus alert and many activities and meetings have been cancelled for the next few weeks. Please check with your sources concerning cancellations of any activities you normally participate in or meetings you are planning to attend.  Schools are closed until April 14, meaning sports activities are also cancelled. All DPR activities and programs are canceled until April 20.

For Arlington Public Schools Coronavirus/Covid-19 information regarding resources and APS updates for families, students, staff, and community members, see

Arlington Public Library update, including online resources available:  Central Library and the Columbia Pike branch will open Monday, March 16th for Wi-Fi and public PC use, but all other locations will remain closed.  For information on accessing library resources online, see

We know you have been informed multiple times about precautions you should take to keep you and your family healthy as well as what to do if you think you might have the virus.  Here is the Arlington County link:

A few things we can report:

1.  Arlington Summer Camps:  Arlington County is looking for creative, enthusiastic, committed and sincere people to staff summer camps June 22 - August 28. These temporary positions are perfect for teachers, college students and anyone who wants experience working with the best kids in the nation … Arlington kids! You can also support special interests in the arts, nature, sports or working with people with disabilities. Interested? Get all the details on our summer employment opportunities here

2.  Missing Middle Housing:  Don't miss the narrated   Missing Middle Housing Study webinar and feedback opportunity. What does "missing middle" really mean? Why are we going to study it? What will the study include?

The Missing Middle Housing Study will explore how new housing types could help address Arlington’s shortfall in housing supply and gaps in housing choices.

Before the study kicks off, you’re invited to provide feedback on the study's scope. A brief, five-minute survey is posted to collect your input. We’re asking questions such as, how would you like to be engaged or kept informed throughout the process? Do each of the phases allow for adequate community input?

We’re not tossing around housing ideas just yet. There are no proposals on the table. First, we want to make sure we’re set up for a productive, efficient process that will facilitate the community dialogue we need. Help us get it right:

3.  2020 Census. The invitations are going out to 95% of U.S. households, including all 108,000 households in Arlington. 

Upon receiving the invitation, go to to access your 2020 Census questionnaire. The Census Bureau also provides translated web pages and guides in 59 languages that can be accessed from a drop–down menu on the upper right corner of 

People in most areas of the country, including Arlington, are expected to complete the census questionnaire online, so the invitation will direct you to respond at as well as provide a toll-free number for phone assistance. 

4.  Neighborhood College Applications:  Learn how to become a neighborhood advocate and effect change through Arlington County’s free Neighborhood College program, which will meet on eight consecutive Thursday evenings beginning April 23

The program, which launched in 2000, develops civic engagement and leadership skills. It is geared toward Arlingtonians who want to become more involved in neighborhood and countywide issues. Participants will learn about many aspects of Arlington County government and practice core communication and influencing skills. 

Apply to Neighborhood College  Space is limited. Deadline is March 29. Applications are available in English and Spanish. 


Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt

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