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April 2017 Newsletter

posted Apr 17, 2017, 8:01 AM by c traband

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

1.  TRAFFIC ALERT: 2017 Marymount University 5K Race:  The Marymount 5K Race will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  The Arlington County Police Department will conduct the following road closures from approximately 8:45 AM until 10:00 AM to accommodate this event:

  • 26th St. between Yorktown Blvd. into 31st Street all the way to Military Rd.

  • Military Rd. from 31st St. to N. Lorcum Ln. (Road is not closed but traffic will be slowed)

  • Lorcum Ln. to N. Vacation Ln. (Westbound Lorcum Ln. closed)

  • Vacation Ln. from Utah St. to N. Vermont St.

  • Vermont St. from Vacation Ln. to N. Vernon St.

  • The remainder of the race will take place on the trails

Any questions regarding the race can be directed to the Emergency Communications Center at (703) 558-2222.

2.  Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the listed sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted.)

The Arlington County Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs at many sites.  The one closest to Rock Spring is:

Fire Station #8

4845 Lee Highway

Arlington, VA 22207  (Side parking lot)

If residents are unable to participate in this event, the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services advises residents to throw unwanted prescription drugs in the trash! Arlington County recommends disposing of over-the-counter and prescription medications with your regular trash. The County’s municipal solid waste is incinerated at the Waste-To-Energy facility so medications, when thrown away, will be incinerated. To dispose of medications in the trash, remove them from their original container, add water to melt the pills then place them in an unattractive substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter and put them in your garbage. For more information about disposal of medications visit:

3.   Old Dominion Drive Phase 2 Improvements

  • The final three streetlights have been installed. The installation required demolition of some sidewalk sections. These sections will be restored over the next few weeks.

  • Landscaping/planting will begin the week of April 17. Planting will start on the western end of the project and move eastward.

  • Re-construction of the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad (GF&OD) historic pillar (at the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Rock Spring Road) has been completed.

According to Deirdre Donahue, a Rock Spring resident, the pillar mentioned above “commemorates the contributions of Thomas Bronson Jewel (1951-1928) and other early residents to the birth and development of the Rock Spring area.”  Jewel gave an easement across his property for an electric trolley line that ran from Rosslyn to Great Falls Park (along the current Old Dominion Drive route) from 1906 to 1934. He also donated land for a Congregational Church at the current Rock Spring Congregational Church location and sold “small parcels of land for summer homes to be built near the trolley line.”

Look for the pillar as you walk the Old Dominion Drive and Rock Spring Road intersection. The commemorative plaque will be installed soon.

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4.  Apply for StormwaterWise 2017!

The StormwaterWise Landscapes program provides matching grants for Arlington property owners to reduce stormwater runoff from their property.  Approved projects include pavement removal, pervious driveways and patios, rain gardens, or conservation landscaping.

Stormwater is rain that flows over the land, into a storm drain and then into the nearest water body, without any treatment. Stormwater runoff carries pollutants such as fertilizer, oil, bacteria, and sediment into Arlington’s streams. The practices funded by the StormwaterWise program collect or slow down stormwater, and help keep pollutants out of Arlington’s streams.

Applications for the StormwaterWise Landscapes program will be accepted from March – April 30, 2017!    Single family homeowners, businesses, churches, and HOAs are all eligible to apply. Potential applicants should visit the StormwaterWise Landscapes page to learn more about the program and to submit their application.

5.  Earth Day at the Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo!  Saturday, April 22. 10-5. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South.

Join staff from DES' Solid Waste, Stormwater and Rethink Energy Teams at the Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo!   Learn more about:

  • StormwaterWise Landscapes - Apply by April 30!

  • Home Energy Rebates - apply by June!

  • Arlington Solar Co-op - new one starting soon!

  • Green Home Choice

  • Rain Barrels

  • Recycling

  • Composting

  • Native Plants (free native seeds available)

6.  Composting Bins:  Food waste should go in your black trash cart, not your green organics or blue recycling carts. If you are interested in composting food waste, consider the following:  

  • The Arlington Farmers Market offers a composting drop off program.

  • The Solid Waste Bureau also sells composting bins (see photo below) for $20 (cash or check). To purchase a compost bin or for help locating a compost bin that meets your needs, call 703-228-6570. Supplies are limited. All sales are final.

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7.  Raptor Rapture:    Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - noon.
Celebrate Earth Day by learning more about raptors on the banks of the Potomac River. See live raptors up close that were injured and have been rehabilitated. Sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, and the US Park Service. Free. Great for families. More information is here.  Belle Haven Picnic Area of the GW Parkway, two miles South of Old Town Alexandria

8.  Hometown Habitat Film Showing:  April 26 at 7 pm.  Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits.

The film is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington Do It Green (DIG) Group. The other co-sponsors are: Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Kol Ami, and the Virginia Native Plant Society Potowmack Chapter.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 4444 Arlington Blvd, at George Mason Drive.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Kit Britton,

9.  Lee Highway Community Walking Tour - with artist Graham Coreil-Allen - Sunday, April 30 (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 2121 N Culpepper Street. Learn more here.

10.  Potomac Overlook Park (PORP), Open House and Heritage Festival:  May 6, 12-5pm.  Get outside and join us for this wonderful springtime tradition!  Our Open House is full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages! This year marks the 32nd year of this event and will include several live music performances, entertainment, community exhibits, games, and much more! This is a free program. No registration required. 2845 N. Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207. More information.

11.  Street Sweeping Season Begins April 10

Street sweeping removes accumulated debris and pollutants such as sand, salt, metals, petroleum products and bacteria before they wash into streams, the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Arlington’s 59 civic associations have been grouped into 11 street sweeping zones. Tips for residents:

  • Please try to move your cars from the street when your neighborhood is scheduled to be swept. This ensures that the street sweepers can be more effective.

  • If you see a hanging tree limb by a curb and are able to safely remove it, please do so. This helps the sweepers clean the curb.

  • View the street sweeping schedule to see when your neighborhood will be swept.

12.  Civic Federation News:

Please go to the Civic Federation website, to read the latest newsletter and to view the video of the School Board panel and Arlington Tech principal :

13.  Spring Student Concert and Plays at our local schools:  As the school draws to a close, check the school calendars for concerts, plays, art shows, and other activities.




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Contact the newsletter editors for information, Judy Hadden , or Joan Trabandt,