September 2020 Newsletter

posted Sep 15, 2020, 2:33 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.  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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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

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 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

February 2020 Newsletter

posted Feb 18, 2020, 6:15 AM by c traband

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

1.  County Items:
Arlington County Civic Federation:  Next Meeting:  Tonight: Thursday, February 18, Refreshments at 6.30p, meeting at 7p. Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center

Engage: Vision Zero Goals & Values:  The nationally-recognized Vision Zero Network defines Vision Zero as, “a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.”

The Vision Zero goals, informed by community values, will shape and focus the actions to be developed and implemented as part of this Action Plan.  Before getting into the actions needed for Vision Zero, it is important to define the values and goals that will underpin our collaborative approach to safe transportation.

Help define what Vision Zero in Arlington will prioritize by responding to the four (4) short questionnaires.

Missing Middle Study:  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.

What does “missing middle’ really mean?  Why are we going to study it? What will the study include?

On the new study website a narrated webinar provides an overview of the study basis and  scoping document. The Draft Scope of Work outlines three phases of study in detail.   It includes background, goals, key considerations, a proposed community-engagement framework and timeline.

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.

Plan Lee Highway Digital Community Workshop:  open now through February 24.

If you missed the in-person workshop last weekend, you can still share your voice online! How do you imagine living, working and doing business on Lee Highway in 2050? Give your feedback online with the Plan Lee Highway Digital Community Workshop:

2.  Arlington Public Schools:
2020 Arlington “Your Voice Matters” survey deadline, February 28:  Arlington Public Schools families, students in grades 4-12, staff, and teachers. Topics include safety (school and community climate), health and well-being, voice, and engagement.  All individual responses are confidential. APS families, students in grades 4-12, staff & teachers have received an email from Panorama Education with web link to the biannual survey.  APS families with no email address on file have been sent a paper survey by mail.  Contact with questions. Survey reports will be available this spring.

APS Elementary School Planning for 2021 – See for information on elementary planning for 2021.

APS Career Center Expansion – See for information and updates.

APS School Year 2021 Calendar - On February 6, 2020, the School Board approved the 2020-2021 School Year calendar, including a pre-Labor Day start to school.    For details see

Arlington School Board news, updates, calendar, contact information, past and future meetings, and more at

Thu. Feb. 27

School Board Meeting: The Superintendent presents FY 2021 Proposed Budget 

School Board Budget Work Session** #1

7:00 p.m.

Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204

Jamestown Elementary School Play: March 12-13

3.  Things to Do
Winter Bird Hike to the Potomac:  Saturday, February 22, 9 - 10:30 a.m.  Families ages 8 and up. Explore the forest in search of winter birds, including Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Then hike to the Potomac River to search for waterfowl. One-mile round trip over irregular terrain with creek crossings. Birders of all experience levels can participate and loaner binoculars are available. For information: 703-228-3403.

Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.  3608 Military Road. Registration Required: Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult.  More informationRegister online or call 703-228-4747. Activity #: 622850-M

Salt Management Strategy
Winter salt use has many benefits in a storm, but also some negative impacts later. That’s why Arlington and neighbors are taking part in SaMS, a Salt Management Strategy working to balance benefits and impacts. Learn more and sign up to get informed.

Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick-off 2020:  Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Arlington County Library-Central

Plot Against Hunger presents the 7th Annual Spring Garden Kick-off featuring speakers, knowledgeable practitioners, free seeds, and demonstrations of garden techniques.  The kick-off is a great way to learn about how to start a garden for AFAC, how to donate produce to AFAC, and hear from community garden coordinators and others about lessons learned.

  • Learn about AFAC’s Plot Against Hunger gardens in Arlington

  • Sessions for beginners to advanced gardeners

  • Join an AFAC garden team; sign up to help harvest bamboo for garden structures

  • Learn from our community partners Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture, Northern Virginia Master Gardeners, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and more!

Finalized topics and presenters will be announced as we get closer to the event. Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome. Click here for the PDF flyer for the event.

Please fill out the form below to RSVP (or click here).

Rain Barrel Workshop:  Saturday, March 7, 10:30 am - 12, Walter Reed Community Center.
Rain barrels purchased from retail sources can be expensive. As part of a regional initiative, Arlington offers build-your-own rain barrel workshops and distributes low-cost rain barrels to Arlington County citizens. You will learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel and take one homeREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RAIN BARREL WORKSHOPS. REGISTER HERE.  Registration closes 3-4 days prior to the event. The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $65 per barrel for distribution events. Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.

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



January 2020 Newsletter

posted Jan 15, 2020, 5:44 PM by c traband

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

1.  Arlington County Civic Federation:
January Meeting:  featured members of the Arlington County Board. Although the video of the meeting has not yet been posted, go to to view when posted.

February Meeting:  February 18, 6.30 pm, Virginia Hospital Center, Hazel Auditorium
Arlington Public School Board Round Table.  Following the School Board will be a Public Services panel to discuss mental health related to youth.

2.  Arlington County News:
Breaking Down the Budget: WATCH VIDEO of the process (and don't miss your chance to play budget director!)

Receive a Large Water Bill Recently? Read a message from Arlington Director of Environmental Services Greg Emanuel


How Should We Charge for Water? We're reviewing the current rate structure for water and wastewater services  

County Recommendations on How to Dispose of Fats, Grease and Oil:  Not Down the Drain

The Joint Facilities Advisory Commission's (JFAC) Scoping Committee:  Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is the Bozman Government Center, Cherry/Dogwood Rooms (2100 Clarendon Blvd., Lobby Level). 

The Scoping Committee will discuss the content that the upcoming Public Facilities Plan will cover and the public engagement process for developing the plan.

 Please contact Matt Ladd if you have any questions prior to the meeting. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service:  January 20, 10 am - 12 noon.  Join EcoAction Arlington for a cleanup.  Celebrate the day with volunteers cleaning up trash and debris from Four Mile Run and surrounding streets. Everyone is welcome. 

Families, individuals, groups, students and businesses are invited to join in.  This is a very special event, and more than 200 people may contribute to the goal of removing litter from Four Mile Run, Barcroft Park.  4200 S. Four Mile Run drive. More information and registration.


Other volunteer opportunities for Martin Luther King, Jr Day


3.  Arlington Public Schools:
MLK Tribute:  Arlington will celebrate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and legacy on Sunday, January 19, 5-6:30 p.m. at Wakefield High School through the story of the four young students from Arlington’s Halls Hill neighborhood who entered Stratford Junior High School in 1959 and became the first students to desegregate a public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Come join in for a thoughtful evening of music, dance and spoken word. Visit for program details.

Williamsburg Middle School Science Fair JudgesSaturday, January 25, 8-11:30.

WMS is looking for judges for their Science Fair.   For more information, and to sign up, click here . Questions? Contact WMS science teachers  Christy Zarroor Latanja Thomas .

Kindergarten Information Night, Mon. Jan. 27, 7 – 9:00 p.m. (Snow date: Feb. 3), Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. 22201 (Parking lot/garage and street parking) For more information, see and

Summer Activities Fair, Fri. Feb. 7, 6 - 8:00 p.m., (Snow Date: Feb 14), Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. 22204. The summer activities fair features over 100 summer program exhibitors, including APS Summer School, Arlington Aquatics, and Arlington County Parks and Recreation. For more information on this free event, see

School Board Meeting, Public Hearing on Elementary School Planning for 2021, Thu. Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. (Snow date Feb. 6), Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204 (parking garage and street parking)

School Board Meeting, Action on Elementary School Planning for 2021, Thurs., Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m., Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204 (parking garage and street parking)


For links and details on current Arlington Public Schools initiatives such as the new Superintendent search, school boundary planning, the APS proposed 2010 budget, and more, see

New Yorktown HS Principal:  Dr. Kevin Clark has been appointed Principal of YHS. He will take over for Bridget Loft who was recently named APS Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. For details on these two new School Board appointments, see
and superintendent-of-teaching-and-learning/

4.  Lee Highway Alliance:  How do you imagine living, working and doing business on Lee Highway in 2050?  In 2020 LHA is moving into Phase 2 of the four-phase process. The process involves Developing Ideas

• Develop/evaluate land use scenarios and recommendations

• Refine goal

Community Workshop: Washington-Liberty High School (1301 N. Stafford St.)

  • Friday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m.-4 pm 

5. Fun Things to Do:
Keeping Warm Campfire:   Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 - 7pm, Gulf Branch  Families ages 3 and up. Spend a chilly evening by the warmth of a campfire while making S'mores.  You will learn how animals have adapted to stay warm and survive winter outdoors. $5. #622850-H

Ice Skating:  MedStar Capitals IceplexPublic sessions are available for skating.  Check the schedule for times.
Adults 13 & over:  $9 ; Children 12 & under:  $8; Seniors 55 & over: $6; Skate Rental:  $5

Pentagon Outdoor Ice Rink:
Friday Noon - 11pm

Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 10pm      
Monday to Thursday Noon - 10pm

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

December 2019 Newsletter

posted Dec 13, 2019, 3:59 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.

From the RSCA Board

1. Housing Arlington:  Read the most important things we heard during the Community Conversation Series in just five minutes. Summaries with the essential information are now available.!!&app=io.ox/mail&folder=default0/INBOX

2.  From Arlington Public Schools:

Thu. Dec. 19

School Board Meeting*. Full agenda posted one week prior.


7:00 p.m.

Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204





Th. Jan. 9

School Board Meeting*. Information Item on Elementary Boundaries. Full agenda posted one week prior.


7:00 p.m.

Syphax Education Center, 2nd FL School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd. 22204




3.  Lee Highway Alliance:  Save the Date! Community Workshop Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020
All residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders that live, work and play along Lee Highway are encouraged to attend. Stay tuned for details on how to participate and discussion topics. The workshop will have an evening event on Jan. 31, with the main workshop on Feb. 1

4.  Leaf Collection for Rock Spring: Second Pass Dec. 14-18

5.  Fun Things:
Feed the Wildlife:  December 21, 2:30 - 4 p.m.
  Families ages 4 and up. This time of year is the giving season! With food being scarce the local birds and wildlife could use some kindness too. Join us as we make edible garlands and ornaments to hang on trees outside. You can even make an ornament to take home for the wildlife in your backyard. We’ll also learn other ways to help wildlife year-round. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Registration Required: Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Take a Walk to See the Tundra Swans, Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 12:15pm. Mason Neck State Park, Lorton VA
Have you ever seen Tundra Swans, those amazing birds that migrate thousands of miles from the Arctic to spend the winter in our region? Their haunting calls are nearly impossible to forget! You've got a great opportunity to see the Tundra Swans at 12:15 pm on January 1, when the Friends of Mason Neck State Park will lead a guided walk to see them. We'll start from the Woodmarsh Trail parking lot, on the left side of High Point Road a short distance BEFORE you get to the Park's Contact Station. We'll walk about a mile over fairly level ground to the viewing area. You'll likely hear the birds before you see them. We'll have binoculars and telescopes so you can view the swans and other water birds and we'll also help you identify them. There's no charge for this event, which is open to everyone. Come out and enjoy the first day of 2020 with the Friends! The trails can be a little muddy, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots. Learn more.


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

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