March 2018 Newsletter

posted Mar 13, 2018, 6:08 AM by c traband

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

1.  Fire Station No. 8 History and Legacy Working Group: 
The Fire Station No. 8 History and Legacy Working Group is being established and charged to develop and recommend strategies to recognize, emphasize and honor the history and legacy of the Hall’s Hill/High View Park Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Station No. 8. Read the 
Final Charge.

The working group will submit recommendations by the end of May. This timeline will allow adequate time for the County to review and consider how the recommendations may be incorporated and funded in the design of the station.

All meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Langston Brown Community Center and are open to the public.  See for meeting dates.

 For more information and future updates about the working group, please visit the Project Page.

2.  Williamsburg Blvd Green Streets Project:  From the County:
The contractor is on schedule and everything should be completed by June 2nd.  There is some concrete curb work that still needs to be completed at the first location, and therefore some barrels and wood are in place to cover a hole in the median until that work is complete.  This concrete work will be completed at both sites at the same time. Typically the project signs remain in place until the project is fully complete and the project is “Accepted,” in the case that any additional work is necessary.  The repaving and marking is scheduled to be completed in the spring.

3.  Multiple Opportunities to Share your Thoughts and Concerns for the County and APS.

  • ·        County Budget Input – by April 21  Share your feedback on Arlington’s FY 2019 Proposed Budget which includes a combination of spending reductions and fee and tax increases to close a $20.5-million budget gap.  Your input will be shared with the County Board as they review the proposal before adopting a final budget on April 21:   
  • ·         Arlington Public Schools (APS) Input:  There are several very important initiatives and processes currently underway where your thoughts and comments are needed – whether you’re an APS parent or you don’t have children in the schools.  The APS website has one page, “Engage with APS,” where there are links to all the items where input is needed, as well as many other links such as advisory committees, volunteering with APS, community meetings and events, and much more.  Please take a look at

4.  Lee Highway Alliance Petition for Adequate Funding:  The following petition will be sent to the County Board.  If you are interested in signing the petition, contact the Lee Highway Alliance at

Under the FY 2019 Budget, we urge the Arlington County Board to increase funding for the Lee Highway Alliance from $60,500 to $85,000. 

This will allow LHA to successfully operate with a full time Executive Director. 


We also urge that the County fully fund and implement the Lee Highway Planning Initiative.   The County promised that the planning effort would start in 2017.

The recently approved Housing Conservation Districts (HCDs) policy makes planning even more urgent. 


Each delay results in a missed opportunity to shape revitalization and to increase the quality of life and tax base in Arlington’s last unplanned corridor.

5.  Arlington Children’s School:  Below is the link to an ArlNow article concerning the possibility of The Children’s School moving from the Reed School into the Alpine Restaurant site on Lee Highway, just south of Glebe Road.

6.  Elementary School Boundaries: APS has gathered community input on elementary school walk zones to support a determination whether to relocate any option or neighborhood elementary schools before considering boundary revisions this Fall. APS is holding a series of meetings on "what we heard" about walk zones for the different elementary schools: the meeting tonight (7 pm at the Education Center) will include Taylor ES, and Thursday's meeting (7 pm at Yorktown HS) will include Discovery, Nottingham and Jamestown. More information about the process and how to provide input is at:

7.  Internal Modifications at Yorktown High School: The School Board has approved a design for internal modifications at YHS to add 310 seats beginning in Fall 2018. More information is at:$file/F-2 Final Design for Yorktown Internal Modifications.pdf

8.  Yorktown Theatre:  March 15 and 16,  7 pm.  March 17, 2pm and 7 pm.
Almost, Maine, by John Cariani is one of the country's most performed high school plays!  General admission tickets can be purchased for $10 at or Don't miss it!

9.  County Potholes:   To report potholes that need to attention, fill out a report :  The County does a good job of taking care of those reported. 

10.  Pollinator Plant Sales:  Want to improve your yard for local birds and butterflies? Check out the Long Branch Native Plant Sale for a list of great pollinator friendly plants to try. You can pre-order your plants online thru April 24 or attend the one-day sale on May 5 from 1-4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center.  See  Information on the benefits of planting native plants is included on that site.

11.  Register for Spring Nature Programs and view available activities.





To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Traband t 

February 2018 Newsletter

posted Feb 16, 2018, 9:03 AM by c traband

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

1.  Arlington Civic Federation meeting:  Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 pm, Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center hosts the Arlington Public Schools Board.  Each Board member will have three or four minutes to address issues they feel are important and then answer questions from delegates, alternates and APS students.  All are welcome.

2.  Tell Us Your Priorities for Arlington:  The County is in the process of developing the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) – and need your help! Take 5 minutes to share what your priorities are for County investments in libraries, parks, transportation, schools, and more. Weigh in now.

3.  Arlington’s Independent Auditor Seeks Public Input:  Arlington County Auditor Chris Horton is looking for suggestions from the public of County departments, programs or services they feel could benefit from an independent audit this year or in the future.

“I’m developing both my 2018 Work Plan and my longer-term Work Plan Horizon,” Horton said. “I would like to hear from the public about which areas of County government they believe I should focus on both in the coming year and in the future.”

While all suggestions are welcome, Horton said that he is particularly interested in those areas that have a broad community impact, a significant financial impact or both. The goal, he said, “is to improve County government efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.”

The public can submit suggestions on the County website. You can submit as many times as you would like, but Horton asks that each submission include only one suggested audit topic. Anonymous submissions are not accepted. In addition to our email address, the auditor asks that you include your neighborhood, for tracking.

About the County Auditor  Chris Horton has been the County’s auditor since November 2016. He was hired by, and reports directly to, the Arlington County Board, with additional guidance from the Audit Committee, appointed by the County Board.

His work supplements the work of the Internal Audit Program, which exists within the Department of Management and Finance. The Internal Audit Program focuses on assessing the County’s internal controls and implementing the Financial Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline, while the County Auditor focuses on whether County activities are effective in accomplishing their purpose, and whether they are providing overall value for money.  The auditor develops his draft Audit Work Plan at the beginning of each year, with input from many sources, including County management, the Audit Committee and the public. The County Board approves his Work Plan.

The Audit Horizon identifies audit areas and objectives that may not be addressed in the current year, but are worthy of careful consideration for inclusion in future Work Plans.

“While the number of audit topics I can include in this year’s Work Plan is limited,” Horton said, “I will review and catalogue every suggestion, and consider them for future Work Plans.”

4. Talking Transportation:  Presented by Arlington County's Transportation and Planning Commissions, County Board, and Transportation Division, Mon, February 26, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST, Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Boulevard

For decades Arlington’s investments in its transportation network have allowed the County to accommodate new homes, jobs and services while decreasing traffic on its main roads. Can Arlington continue to serve as a model for managing growth? Will the future bring new transportation challenges requiring new solutions?

Join us for a conversation about transportation and planning, with local experts providing their perspective on the Arlington experience. Our keynote speaker will be Christopher Leinberger, a land use strategist and author and chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business.

Following the presentations, there will be a panel discussion with audience Q&A and time for networking.  This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged! RSVP at

5.  Music in the Schools

·         Williamsburg Choral Concert:  February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

·         Yorktown Choral Concert:  February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

6.  Celebrate Black History Month:  Feb 24, 1-6, Charles Drew Community Center,

Enjoy live music (including GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon), dance (including Joy of Motion Dance Center), dozens of vendors, delicious food, free kids’ activities and more next Saturday at Charles Drew Community Center. Check out the program here. Even better?  Enter the 1st Annual Soul Food Cookoff! Looking to volunteer at the event? Contact to get involved.

7.  Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo 2018, Saturday, April 14th ~ 10:00am - 4:00pm Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Spring Road

"Arlington's Best Remodeling Event!”  Free admission and parking

►14 Educational Seminars!

►Accessory Dwelling Seminar!

►More than 80 Exhibitors!

►Home remodelers, architects, energy auditors, realtors, master gardeners, banks, nonprofit organizations and Arlington County housing, zoning and inspection representatives!  

Come get GOOD tips on how to make your home more beautiful, valuable, and energy efficient!

8.  Other Recreation and Parks Happenings: for all ages, including teens and summer camps info:

January 2018 Newsletter

posted Jan 12, 2018, 11:25 AM by c traband

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

 1.  Williamsburg Boulevard Update:  We would like to provide an update on the construction of the green streets on Williamsburg Boulevard. Construction on the first green street from Old Dominion Drive to 35th Street N is nearly complete.  The contractor is starting construction on the second location, N Harrison Street to N Edison St, and the work at that location will last through April, 2018.  Both green streets are scheduled to be planted in April, and construction will be complete in June, 2018.

The east crosswalk at Williamsburg Boulevard and Harrison St. will be closed during construction at the second location.  The sidewalk on the north side of Williamsburg Boulevard between N. Harrison Street and N. Emerson Street will also be closed intermittently. The contractor will post signage with a detour for any sidewalk closures.  We have notified staff at the schools about these closures.

If you are interested in what is happening at the Cherrydale intersection or at the corner of Lee Highway and Glebe, here is a report on each.

Lee and Glebe:

2.  Arlington Civic Federation:  Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7.00pm:  The topic for the meeting will be a discussion concerning redistricting and the need to eliminate gerrymandering. This should be a fascinating session to include participation by OneVirginia2021, on a panel discussing the issues and challenges that are involved in redistricting. This will be followed by a vote on the Fair Redistricting Resolution presented in October by the Legislative Committee.

3.  Theatre Comes to the Schools: You Are Invited

to Williamsburg:  January 18 and 19, 7pm in the Auditorium
Our very own 37th Street neighbor, Sydney Inserra, and her classmates will perform Cheaper by the Dozen, by Christopher Sergel from the book by Frank B Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.  The play “recounts the authors' childhood lives growing up in a household of 12 kids in Montclair, NJ.”  Admission:  Adults $5; Students $3; Senior Citizens $1

To Yorktown:  January 19th at 7:00pm in the Auditorium – FREE!
The Yorktown Theatre III & IV class will be performing Voices Out of Chaos, an original play developed by the students in response to current events. The show follows a young girl’s journey as she attempts to make sense of the chaos created by the barrage of daily headlines.  The free performance will be followed by a Q&A session. On January 20th, the group will perform the show at the Virginia High School League competition.  Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this compelling show! The performance is free and open to the public.  Bring friends!

 4.  Schools and County Looking for Your Input:

a. Arlington community members are asked to review the Arlington Public Schools’ 2018-24 Strategic Plan draft.  Please review the potential options for this section of the 2018-2024 Strategic Plan and provide your input by 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 using a brief questionnaire available at

b. See Arlington Public Schools’ Engage With Us! webpage at for links to several important APS initiatives where your thoughts and input are needed.

c. Arlington County leadership and staff also need your input and guidance on several significant County projects.  See for current projects and information on how to share your thoughts, knowledge, and expertise.

d. The draft Public Engagement Guide for Capital Projects is up for public comment through Jan. 18 and County staff are interested in your feedback. The County will be using this guide to plan, implement and assess future public engagement measures surrounding capital projects

5.  Family Skate Night!  Bring the whole family to Thomas Jefferson Community Center for Family Skate Night Saturday evenings 6:30-9 p.m. through March. With a live DJ, moon bounces and snack bar, this is a crowd-pleaser for the entire family. Only $2 to skate and $3 to rent a pair of wheels (moon bounce and concessions are additional). Cash Only. Hint hint...a skate party is a great idea for your 4-11 year old's birthday.


If you prefer ice skating and the canal’s not frozen, try the Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Ballston, for their free skate sessions:  http:/

5.  Gardening Preparations:  It’s almost time to plan that garden and buy those seeds. Two master gardening sessions may help.

a. Vegetable Gardening Part 1: Seed Selection, Starting and Saving:  Saturday, January 27, 10:30 – noon, Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road.
Start your garden early this year by getting the scoop on seed selection, hybrid vs. heirloom, what seeds to start indoors, germination tips, and best bets for seed saving. Find out how to make your own starter pots, and easy-to-create lighting systems to bring the sunlight inside. Free. Advance registration requested at Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email


b. Landscape Design Basics, DIY Sustainable Yard Series

Tuesday, January 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road 
Learn how to create a sustainable landscape, building on the unique conditions of your own site and situation. This class will focus on how to make a base map and introduce you to basic design principles you can use to transform your property.  Free. Advance registration requested at Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email



To contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Traband t 

December 2017 Newsletter

posted Dec 10, 2017, 10:00 AM by c traband

Happy Holidays!

The Rock Spring Civic Association Executive Board wishes you a Very Happy Holiday Season.

1.  Free concert by Encore Creativity:  Yorktown HS auditorium, Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3pm.

Free admission, donations accepted.  Encore is a 10-year old local organization of 1000 singers throughout the metropolitan area.  This concert will have about 200 singers from the Northern VA area, including Arlington.  This will be a seasonal concert, running about 70 minutes.  Families welcome…after all, most Encore singers are grandparents and love to have the kids join in the sing along part!

2.  Yorktown and Williamsburg Concerts:

Yorktown Winter Band Concert with Blackburn HS from Melbourne, Australia:  Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:30 PM in auditorium

Yorktown Orchestra Concert:  Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Williamsburg Orchestra and Chorus Concert:  Monday, December 11 @ 7:00 pm.

2.  Arlington Insider:  The Insider is a bulletin posted by Arlington County Government with a host of events happening in Arlington.  This edition includes a new tool, My Arlington — Projects map for finding out what is happening by neighborhood.

To subscribe to a multitude of County Newsletters:

3.  Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them: Saturday, January 13, 10:30 - noon, Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, 22205.

Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you?  Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home.  Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, so come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreen garden in class!  Free. Advance registration requested at Questions: telephone 703-228-6414 or email

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

November 2017 Newsletter

posted Nov 15, 2017, 3:38 PM by c traband

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

1.  RSCA Annual Meeting Recap:  On October 19, Sandra Chesrown, President of the Lee Highway Alliance, spoke at the RSCA Annual Meeting at Discovery Elementary School.  The Alliance is composed of neighborhoods along Lee Highway from Rosslyn to East Falls Church and neighborhoods adjacent to them.  Chesrown discussed the current activities taking place leading to the ultimate goal: “ the development of a new Generalized Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Highway to guide future rezoning and development applications”.  For information about current activities, check out LHA’s website at  Stay tuned for more information about the Lee Highway planning process, which is expected to kick off in early 2018.

The Executive Board candidate slate was approved for the next 2-year term.  Three new members joined the team:  Nedim Kirimca, Rob Topp and Dana Weng.  Special thanks to Bruce Dodd, Aaron Feit and Gregg Kurasz for their service to the Board.

2.  Break-ins in RSCA Area:  As previously reported, there have been a number of daytime burglaries in the Rock Spring area. The police are saying that the burglaries remain under investigation; there have been no arrests and if you have additional information please report it to the police.  There are crime prevention tips at:

3.  TRAFFIC ALERT: 2017 Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5k, Saturday, November 18.

The Arlington County Police Department will conduct the following road closures from approximately 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM to accommodate this event.  For additional information, please visit their website.

Main Closures:

  • Little Falls Road: N. George Mason Drive to Yorktown Blvd.

  • Yorktown Blvd.: N. George Mason Drive to Williamsburg Blvd.

  • Williamsburg Blvd.: Yorktown Blvd. to N. Emerson Street

  • 33rd Street: N. Emerson Street to N. George Mason Drive

  • George Mason Drive: N. 33rd Street to Yorktown Blvd.

  • Smaller closures exist within the race area

4.  Leaf collection:  November 28-December 5.  The County’s annual leaf collection for RSCA is scheduled to begin the week after Thanksgiving, A second pass will be made later in December.  Recyclable bags are available at the Madison Community Center.  Or just rake the leaves to the street.  For the schedule:

5.  Nature Center Programs:  Winter Registration Opens November 15.  Chilly days and long nights mark the winter season but don’t let the cold and the dark keep you inside this winter. Come out and discover the joys of the season.  Take advantage of the long nights with our family night hikes and campfires. Try your hand at identifying trees without the leaves or spot some winter birds.  You can find all these programs and more in the winter issue of The Snag.   For Parks and Recreation activities for all ages, please see:

6.  Rock Spring Garden Club 7th Annual Holiday Floral Design Event:  November 16th Please join us for our Floral Design Event Featuring Exquisite Designs by SUSIE PONEMAN of Heavenly Hydrangeas of McLean, this Thursday, Nov 16th, at National Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, starting at 6:30 pm - Tickets are only $30.00 each - in addition to fabulous pumpkin designed arrangements for sale, there will be refreshments, tools of the trade, door prizes, silent auction of Susie's designs, free parking. Only a few tickets left! All proceeds benefit our community outreach programs. Please visit or let me know if you're interested.

7.  Local Turkey Trots:  Want to get out and get some exercise before the big dinner? The options:

8.  Arlington Public Schools Events:

9.  Police Host Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive:  Tuesday, November 28, 6-8 pm at the Lee Highway Shopping Center.  Help make the holidays bright for Arlington County children in need by donating to the third annual Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive. The Arlington County Police Department is asking community members to donate new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to children ages newborn  to 17. Donations will be distributed by the police department throughout the month of December.

Those wishing to donate toys but unable to attend the Fill the Cruiser events can drop off donations at Police Headquarters located at 1425 N. Courthouse Road until December 15, 2017.

10.  Help Arlington County’s Secret Santa program reach our most vulnerable residents:  Donate $25 gift cards from area stores – grocery stores, drug stores, clothing stores, Target, etc. (or write a check) and the cards will be purchased for you – and the Department of Human Services will distribute them to more than 1,000 needy children in foster care, people with disabilities, low income seniors, and low income families in our community. Gifts cards should not exceed $25 each, but you can submit as many as you like. Donations are generally tax deductible.  Please remember to include a return mail address or e-mail address so we can send you a thank you note and a tax receipt!  Mail or hand deliver gift cards or checks. They must be mailed or delivered to the Arlington Secret Santa program by December 15th.  See or call 703-228-1775.

If you’re interested in exploring other ways to help those in need this holiday season, visit the Arlington County Volunteer Center website at:

11.  Arlington’s Farmers Markets:  Open through the winter.

  • Westover Farmers Market:  Sundays, 8 am to 12 pm May thru November (9 am to 1 pm December thru April).  The Market is located at the corner of Washington Blvd. and N. McKinley Rd.  The street address is 1644 N. McKinley Road.  For details, including vendors, see

  • Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market:  Saturdays, 8 am to 12 pm.  The Market is located at N.14TH and N. Courthouse Rd.  For details, including vendors, see

  • Columbia Pike Farmers Market:  Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm.  The Market is located at Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Dr.  For details, including vendors, see

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

October 2017 Newsletter

posted Oct 16, 2017, 12:06 PM by c traband

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

1.  Reminder:  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) Annual Meeting, at Discovery Elementary School Thursday, October 19, 7 pm.  Sandra Chesrown, President of the Lee Highway Alliance, will be featured at the RSCA Annual Meeting to talk about initiatives and the County planning process for Lee Highway, which is set to kick off later this year or in early 2018.  Come with your questions about how Lee Highway will look, commercial versus residential, housing options, traffic, how Rock Spring neighbors can help, etc.

We will also vote on the Executive Board candidates for the next 2-year term.  Those running include:

Executive Board Officers:  President: Mark Luncher, Vice President: Judy Wheat, Secretary: Charlie Flicker; Treasurer: Alan Geralnick

Executive Board Members:  Mary Cottrell, Jerry Paull, Steve Pearson, Lynn Pollock, Kevin Scott, Larry Suiters, Nedim Kirimca , Rob Topp,  Joan Trabandt, Lillian Ullmen, Dara Weng

2.  Speaking of Lee Highway:   Lee Highway Alliance Officially Open for Business

In September, the Lee Highway Alliance opened its new headquarters at 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208.  Donations from LHA Board members helped furnish the new offices and recently LHA welcomed its new executive director, Lucia deCordre.  Lucia is an urban planner and designer who came to LHA from the Rosslyn BID.

LHA hosted a number of events this past year, including two community forums, one in July on Transferable Development Rights, and the other on Housing Choice.  LHA has also been actively involved in the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Lee Highway at East Falls Church and the VDOT toll road signage in Cherrydale and Lyon Village.

Upcoming events include:  State of Place ForumSaturday, October 21, from 10 -12:  LHA was one of five finalists in the National State of Place competition, an evidence-based urban design initiative that helps cities achieve their urban design priorities, including livability and economic development.  Join us at the LHA Offices to review the results and continue the discussion about how to make Lee Highway more walkable, liveable and SMARTer!

3.  “ENGAGE WITH US!”  Arlington Public Schools hopes the new ENGAGE webpage, at, will help APS families and other community members find exactly what they need to stay informed and participate in the many APS initiatives, events, advisory groups, learn about schools and register children, become an APS volunteer or learn about job opportunities, and so much more, including providing online feedback to APS.  The site also includes a calendar of upcoming meetings and events, and links to background and updates on 11 current and future Arlington Public School initiatives.

4.  County Government’s Community Engagement Initiative:  “ENGAGE ARLINGTON” at is Arlington County’s new initiative to help community members stay informed and up-to-date on County services, events, community groups and organizations, volunteer opportunities, advisory groups and commissions, and projects and planning by neighborhood.  The webpage includes a link to an expansive “A to Z Directory of Departments and Services,” each with a link to the department, organization, service, etc. and the phone number and address.

5.  Long Bridge Design Concepts:  Thurs, October 19, 7-10 P.M, 2011 Crystal Drive, 11th Floor

Come see the top four design concepts for the new Long Bridge Park Aquatic & Fitness Center and park expansion. Watch the presentations, ask questions and let us know what you think! Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in underground garage.

Can't attend? Between Oct. 19-27, stop by the Courthouse Plaza lobby or visit, search Long Bridge Park Project.

6.  Fall Heritage Festival:  Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-5 pm.  Each fall we gather around the Walker Log House to celebrate our nation's heritage.  Join us this year for a family- friendly day of fun.  Step back into history and try your hand at some old-time games and crafts, make a corn husk doll, try on a coon-skin cap, or work the cider press!  Write with a quill pen or churn butter and enjoy old-time music. Bring your old pants and shirt to make a scarecrow - child sizes work best!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  3608 N. Military Road, Arlington, VA.  For information:  703-228-3403.  Only $5 per person.

7.  Discovery Elementary School PUMPKINFEST, Sunday, October 22, 11:30 am – 3pm (children’s costume parade at 11:30), on the Discovery/Williamsburg soccer fields.  Stop by to enjoy the fun whether you do or don’t have children at Discovery.  All are welcome!

8.  Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7th.  The ballot will include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Virginia House of Delegates, County Board, and School Board candidates.  Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7th.  Polling Place Hours on all Election Days is 6 a.m.-7 p.m.   For complete information on absentee voting, voter registration, photo voter ID requirements, and more, see

9. Capital Steps at Yorktown:  Yorktown High School Theatre Arts is once again sponsoring The Capitol Steps ( on Sunday, November 19th at 7:00pm, in the YHS auditorium.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave all sides of the political spectrum laughing. Tickets are just $39 and can be purchased online at  Enjoy DC entertainment without leaving the neighborhood!  Get your tickets while they last -- this show sells out!  Enjoy a spectacularly funny show and support Yorktown Theatre at the same time!

10.  Looking for other fun things to do in Arlington this fall?  See for an easy way to find events and activities for all interests and ages, throughout the county.

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

September 2017 Newsletter

posted Sep 15, 2017, 1:22 PM by c traband

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

RSCA Executive Board Candidates:  The Rock Spring Civic Association is looking for candidates for its Executive Board.  The term of office is two years and is a relatively light time commitment while serving your Rock Spring neighborhood.  The Executive Board election will be held at the Association membership meeting in October.  Anyone who is interested or has questions about the position should contact Jerry Paull at

Reminder:  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) Annual Meeting, at Discovery Elementary School Thursday, October 19, 7 pm.  The invited speakers from the Lee Highway Alliance will be sharing the latest developments for Lee Highway and its future direction.  Come with your questions about how Lee Highway will look, commercial versus residential, housing options, traffic, how Rock Spring neighbors can help, etc.

APS  Back-to-School Nights

High School Back-to-School Night: Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m.

Middle School Back-to-School Night: Sept. 28, 7-8:30 or 9 p.m.

School Board to Hold Work Session on Middle School Boundaries

The School Board held a work session to begin discussing the process for middle school boundary adjustments on Tuesday, September 12. The session was livestreamed and is posted for rebroadcast online at

APS to Host Open House:  You’re Invited!

Arlington Public Schools is hosting an Open House for the community to learn more about topics that will be discussed for School Board action this year and find out how to stay informed and be involved.

Calendars for the Schools in our Area:  There are plenty of activities happening at each of our area schools.  Check the calendars to find the events of most interest to you.

Discovery Elementary School:

Jamestown Elementary School:

Williamsburg Middle School:

Yorktown High School:     

Williamsburg Blvd Green Streets:  The construction has begun!

Location OneWilliamsburg Blvd from Old Dominion Drive to 35th Street N - Proposed Construction Duration:  September, 2017 - January, 2018

New canopy trees will be planted between 34th Road North and 35th Street North. And, two 1,000-square-foot rain gardens will be planted in the median between 33rd Road North and 34th Road North. These rain gardens will clean the polluted runoff from 1.8 acres within the Little Pimmit Run watershed.

Location TwoWilliamsburg Blvd from N Harrison Street to N Edison St. - Proposed Construction Duration:  January, 2018 - April, 2018

Proposed Planting Date:  April, 2018

Proposed Project Completion Date:  June, 2018

Opioid Town Hall:  Thursday, October 12 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library Auditorium.    Please attend this discussion with community leaders, healthcare service providers, and law enforcement officers serving on the front lines about how drugs and the opioid epidemic are affecting our community.  This forum is presented by Arlington Public Schools, the County Council of PTAs, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Arlington County Police, Arlington County Department of Human Services, and the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families.

Civic Federation Candidate Debate:  The recent candidate debate hosted by the Arlington Civic Federation is available for viewing.  In the first panel, Republican candidate Adam Roosevelt and incumbent Democrat Alfonso Lopez discuss the issues facing Arlington. The second panel includes those running for County Board and School Board.  The next meeting on October 3 will feature those races that are uncontested.

Want a Free Tree?  Arlington County is providing 500 native trees to Arlington residents at no cost. The trees are part of our mission to expand and enhance Arlington's urban tree canopy. Register now; trees will be distributed Sat., Oct. 14 and Wed., Oct. 18. Learn more here.

Nature Center Programs:  at all three nature centers:

55+ Activities:  Did you know that the County has programs specifically for the 55+ group?  There are trips, fitness activities, interesting courses and more.

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

August 2017 Newsletter

posted Aug 9, 2017, 6:51 AM by c traband

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

Reminder:  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) Annual Meeting is going to be at Discovery Elementary School on Thursday, October 19.  The invited speakers from the Lee Highway Alliance will be sharing the latest developments for Lee Highway and its future direction.

Executive Board Candidates.  The Rock Spring Civic Association is soliciting candidates for its Executive Board.  The term of office is two years.  The Executive Board election will be held at the Association membership meeting in October.  Anyone who is interested or has questions should contact Jerry Paull at

Arlington County Fair:  Don’t miss this year’s Fair!  The Fair runs from Wednesday, August 16th, through Sunday, August 20th!  See for hours, events, entertainment, exhibits, food vendors, and much more.

Solar Eclipse:  August 21, 2017: ACE is Watching the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Please join ACE to watch this rare event. Here in Arlington, we will be able to view a partial eclipse with about 80% of the sun covered at mid-eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 1:17 p.m. and will be over at 4:01 p.m. We have invited an astronomer to help in the observation.

Kids and (big kids) of all ages are welcome. We'll meet at the restroom/refreshment building near the baseball fields. Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress for the August weather. Bring your NASA-approved solar viewing glasses. We will have a few extras on hand.

When:   Monday, August 21, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Where:  Barcroft Park, 4200 S Four Mile Run Drive, Driving Directions

Public Invited to Attend Police, Fire and Sheriff Block Party:  Saturday, August 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to join Arlington County public safety personnel at the third annual Police, Fire and Sheriff Block Party! This free, family-friendly event will take place at Kenmore Middle School located at 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. The Police, Fire and Sheriff Block Party provides residents an opportunity to get to know the men and women who protect and serve Arlington County while enjoying interactive stations, safety demonstrations, entertainment, food and much more!  View this release in our newsroom.

Lee Highway Alliance's September Forum on Housing Choice:  Sept 9, 2017: 9:15 - 11:30 am

You are invited to participate in this forum of speakers addressing a better understanding of how/why investors & developers make their decisions and challenges to meeting LHA's Guiding Principles.  Speakers include Katie Cristol (Arlington County Board Member), Mark Franceski (Director of Research, The Bozzuto Group), Laura London, (LHA Board, Assoc. Dir. Real Estate Dev., APAH), Goodwin House Inc. (Senior Executive – to be determined), and Paul Holland, (LHA CAC & President WHCA).  For more information look at the Lee Highway Alliance web site.  Currently nothing is posted, coming soon.

Williamsburg Boulevard Green Streets:  A green street has a planted area in the public right of way that reduces the volume of stormwater runoff and pollutants that enter our local streams, Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater runoff is collected in a planted area — also known as a bioretention area — then filtered through the layers of soil and plants. Green streets are an important tool to address environmental and regulatory stormwater needs.

The County has combined two green street projects on Williamsburg Boulevard to facilitate procurement and construction, and limit disruption to residents and commuters who use this arterial road.  Construction between 33rd Road North and 35th Street North will add bioretention areas, a new median curb, new canopy trees in three median sections and will require new asphalt paving. Construction between North Harrison Street and North Kensington Street will complement recent Neighborhood Conservation Program improvements, adding four biorentention areas to the newly reconfigured median. Together, both projects will manage stormwater runoff from 2.2 impervious acres in the Little Pimmit Run watershed.

Only Rain Down the Drain!  Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one cause of water pollution in Northern Virginia. Please pick up the dog stuff, recycle used motor oil, and don’t over fertilize your lawn. Visit Clean Water Partners at

Bat Fest:  August 27, 6:30-9:30.  Adults, teens, families ages 4 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening and add to your knowledge of local night life! Live bat shows are presented by the riveting Leslie Sturges, director of the Save Lucy Campaign established to protect and conserve bats in this region. Registration for one of our live bat talks is required. All other activities are on-going from 6:30 thru 9pm: habitat walks, games, crafts and much more! For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Registration Required.

Keeping Fido Cool!  We love dogs and we have a cool place for them to explore during the summer months. Bring Fido to James Hunter Dog Park for a cool-down unlike any other -- with water features designed for our canine friends. Check out all eight of our dog parks here. (Should your dog play in an Arlington stream?)

Preschooler Program Openings for Fall:  Space is still available at Carlin Hall, Gunston, Lubber Run and Madison! Half-day preschooler programs provide children ages 3-5 with their first social group experience outside the home. Emphasis is placed on experiencing age-appropriate recreation activities, being part of a group, cooperating, listening, sharing, developing play and movement skills, and discovering nature. The Creative Preschoolers Program is a nine-month program, running from September to May. Details available here.

Arlington Public Schools Start:  Tuesday, September 5 while Fairfax Public Schools start on Monday, August 28.

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

July 2017 Newsletter

posted Jul 17, 2017, 2:50 PM by c traband

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

Mark Your Calendars:  Thursday, October 19 will be the annual meeting for Rock Spring Civic Association at Discovery Elementary School.  The invited speakers from the Lee Highway Alliance will be sharing the latest developments for Lee Highway and its future direction.

Additionally at this meeting, there will be elections for the Rock Spring Civic Association Executive Board members, including officers.  If you would be interested in becoming a Board Member, please email

Williamsburg Median Project Update:  The pre-construction meeting with the contractor was scheduled for early July.   Construction is anticipated to begin in early August.

Neighborhood Conservation Projects:   Rock Spring, like other neighborhoods in Arlington, is able to suggest projects that will enhance the safety, beauty and/or efficiency of our neighborhood.  Some of the past projects include street improvements for pedestrian safety, road safety, beautification and environmental improvements. We have a street lighting project in the process now.  If you have suggestions for projects you would like to see completed in your area of Rock Spring, please contact

County Board Action:

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area:  The County Board accepted an update to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area map.  Some households were added and some removed.  To find out more about your status or if you need additional information about a stream in your area, contact Christin Jolicoeur, (703) 228-3588,

North Sycamore Street:   Improvements accepted include narrowing Sycamore from 4 lanes to 2 between Williamsburg Blvd and North 26th St.  See project information for N. Sycamore St. in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

WMS Field Lights Update:  On June 30, 2017, the County Manager made his recommendation on the Williamsburg field lights.  See his recommendation at:  This was in response to the February 2017 report of the Workgroup (WFWG) appointed in 2015 to evaluate whether or not to light the Williamsburg synthetic fields.  The WFWG final report did not make a unanimous recommendation - the two views were "opposed to lights" and "open to lighting".(  9 members of the WFWG were opposed to the installation of lights at the Williamsburg fields, including all 3 members of the Rock Spring Civic Association.  (In May 2017, the Rock Spring Civic Association Board reiterated the Civic Association’s strong opposition to field lights at WMS.  RSCA past-president, Carl Cunningham, had previously expressed this at the September 20, 2013 County Board Meeting.) The remaining 5 members of the WFWG favored lights on the fields.  On June 30th, 2017, the County Manager's recommendation was to "light the two synthetic fields at the Williamsburg School Campus."  See for more details on the work by the Workgroup.

The County Board will vote on the County Manager's recommendation as part of either the September 16th County Board meeting or the September 19th recessed Board meeting.  Prior to the County Board meeting vote, 4 County commissions will consider and vote on the County Manager's recommendation (see page 25 of County Manager's recommendation for July and September Commission meeting dates and for details on those meetings).  These meetings, as well as the September County Board meetings are open to the public.  See for times and locations of Commission meetings.

Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC):   Join JFAC members and County and Arlington Public Schools staff for an informational briefing on bus parking in Arlington.  Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7-8:30 p.m., County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., 3rd Floor.

Help Arlington Plan for Parks and Recreation Places and Spaces: The Department of Parks and Recreation is revising the Public Spaces Master Plan.  The purpose of the PSMP Update is to assess various aspects of Arlington’s public space system and provide strategies for the future for the full breadth of public spaces, including all of the parks, natural resource and recreational needs that make up that system. The community and park and recreation stakeholders will be fully engaged in the process.   We want your input!   Read the Draft and share your comments by August 11.

Parks and Recreation:  It's Our Birthday!  Come Play With Us! On Sat., July 22, Arlington's Department of Parks and Recreation will turn 73 years old. We have lots going on this summer and invite you to participate. Old or young, artist or athlete, there's something for everyone in Arlington County Parks.  Explore our calendar of activities for the month of July or view our programs, activities and centers online.

River Palooza 2017:  This season-long event is designed to provide families and river enthusiasts with memorable on-the-water experiences that build a deep and enduring appreciation for rivers. This event is organized by Potomac Riverkeeper Network.  The next scheduled events include: July 21, 2017 — Shenandoah River Fishing Trip.  For more information, see

Crickets and Katydids:  August 11, 7:30-8:30.  Adults. Every summer we are serenaded by crickets and katydids. Learn to identify their different calls, how and why they sing, and more. Then help us census Arlington’s cricket and katydid populations as we monitor our parks and backyards for eight different species. The survey itself, or Cricket Crawl, will take place later in August. Teens ages 12 and up are welcomed, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information visit Cricket Crawl Prep:  DC or call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Registration Required.

Outdoor Movies at Market Commons in Clarendon:  Free, family-friendly flick every Thursday in July:  http:/

Sing - July 20

Back to the Future - July 27

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

June 2017 newsletter

posted Jun 14, 2017, 8:20 AM by c traband

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

1.  Old Dominion Drive Phase 2 Improvements
The project is nearing completion. The final inspection with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently occurred - the contractor is addressing all punch list items noted during the inspection. These items primarily consist of concrete and asphalt repairs, as well as storm inlet drain cleaning. Please remember - it is illegal to dump grass clippings, leaves, animal waste, trash and other deposits into storm drain inlets.  Landscaping work is in the final stages. Residents are encouraged to water the groundcovers and shrubs.

Lane closures will be used along Old Dominion Drive to perform the punch list work safely with one lane closed at a time and traffic directed via flaggers.

Construction work hours within the roadway are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30
a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.  View project page. Construction photos are also available on Flickr.

2.  Lee Highway & Glebe Road Intersection Improvements 
Crews continue working to install utility manholes and underground ductbanks along both Lee Highway and Glebe Road. We anticipate this part of the work to be complete by the end of the year.

Construction work hours within the roadway are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Night work is between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends and is determined on a weekly basis.  View project page

3.  Did you know you can rent a picnic shelter in an Arlington park?
Reservable Picnic Shelters can be rented & secured for private or corporate events from the first Saturday in April, through Veterans Day weekend. These shelters are not reservable from mid-November through March, but can be used on a first-come, first-served basis. All other County managed picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis year-round.

  • $170 for residents and $340 for non-residents, regardless of length of the rental. Fees are non-refundable, but we will work with renters to reschedule, if needed.

  • More information:

4.  Nature Programs this summer in Arlington:  The Snag catalog: 
Or you can search all programs by age and topic:

5.  The Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC) is an advisory body jointly appointed by the County Board and the School Board. The JFAC mission is to provide input to the Boards on capital facilities needs assessment, capital improvement plans and long-range facility planning for both the Arlington County Government and Arlington Public Schools

The commission has received a significant amount of feedback from the community on the scenarios it is exploring for Buck and Carlin Springs, as well as its short- and long-term efforts.  As part of JFAC's commitment to a transparent process, we are posting it all online -- including letters, e-mails and comments received via the online form.

6.  Arlington Civic Federation:  The May newsletter can be found at:  The video of the meeting can be found at:


7.  ART Bus Changes:  Starting June 25, the ART bus adult fare will increase from $1.75 to $2.00 and the ART discount fare for seniors, students and people with disabilities will increase from $0.85 to $1.00.

8. Fun Things to Do:

Rosslyn Movie Schedule:  Gateway Park, Rosslyn, at dusk, usually 8:30-9:00 pm

Lubber Run Concerts:   Fridays and Saturdays - 8:00pm; Sundays - 6:00pm (or as noted)
JUNE 16 through SEPTEMBER 17, 2017  Free and open to the Public!

Marymount Farmer’s Market:  Saturdays, 9am – 1pm,

Arlington SprayGrounds for the Younger Set:

Upton Hills Regional Park:  Are you up for a little baseball, mini golf, water park?  Check out Upton Hills Regional Park located on Wilson Boulevard.





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


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