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April 2019 Newsletter

posted Apr 15, 2019, 4:34 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.  Agenda Highlights for the April 2019 Arlington County Board Meeting:
The Arlington County Board will adopt the FY 2020 Budget and set the 2019 property tax rate; hold public hearings and vote on the Public Spaces Master Plan and the Bicycle Element of the Master Transportation Plan; consider a resolution asking that the Commonwealth Transportation Board rename the portion of Jefferson Davis Highway that lies within Arlington’s boundaries, and more at its April 2019 Meeting. The Regular Meeting will begin with public comment at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, and the Recessed Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

The Board meets in Room 307 on the third floor at the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. All County Board Meetings are open to the public. Visit the County website for information on speaking at a Regular County Board Meeting.


TO WATCH COUNTY BOARD MEETINGS ONLINE OR ON TV, SEE https://tv.arlingtonva.us/watch/.


2.  Plan Lee Highway Information:  The Kick-off Meetings Summary Report is now available. The summary includes feedback provided during January/February kick-off meetings, where over 200 community members reviewed principles from 2016 Visioning Study and preliminary goals for the planning process. Visit the study website to view the report and learn more.


The Working Group met with County staff on March 21 and discussed a variety of topics, including the roles of the Working Group and Community Forum during the planning process, the community engagement strategy and upcoming schedule for Phase 1 of the planning effort. A meeting summary has been posted to the study website.


Focus group meetings will be held throughout the process to foster small group discussions on specific topics, issues, geography, or neighborhood areas. Let us know if you would like to be invited to a future focus group and which Plan Lee Highway goals are of most interest to you.


3.  National Drug Take Back Drop-Off:  Saturday, April 27, 2019 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 17th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


The Arlington County Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs at the following sites:

Fire Station #2:  4805 Wilson Boulevard

Fire Station #9:  1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

Courthouse Parking Lot:  14th Street N. at N. Courthouse Road

For additional collection sites across the region, visit the site locator


Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted. To safely dispose of sharps, Arlington County recommends placing the item in a hard-plastic container, such as a detergent bottle, securing the contained and placing it in your trash cart.


Permanent Drug Take-Back Locations in Arlington County:  To provide residents with year-round opportunities to safely dispose of prescription medications, Arlington County installed permanent drug take-back boxes in 2018. Residents who are unable to attend the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events can dispose of potentially dangerous unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with no questions asked at the following locations:


Fire Station #2:  4805 Wilson Boulevard

Fire Station #5:  1750 S. Hayes Street

Fire Station #9:  1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

Arlington County Police Department Headquarters:  2000 block of 14th Street N.


Items accepted at the drug take-back boxes are prescriptions, vitamins, prescription ointments, pet medications, prescription patches and over-the-counter medications. Items not accepted are needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, lotions or liquids and hydrogen peroxide.


4.  Free Shredding Event:  Saturday, May 4th at McEnearney Associates, Realtors in the parking lot at 4720 Lee Highway. For details go to:  mcenearney.com/Arlington-recycles


5. A free showing of, ANGST, a film about teen anxiety: Monday, April 29th, 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30), in the Yorktown High School auditorium.  The film tells the stories of young people who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety, as well as solutions and resources, and following the film there will be a Q and A discussion with local mental health experts.  Both teens and adults are invited to this showing of Angst. Please RSVP at WWW.APCYF.ORG.


Beginning at 6:30 pm., local organizations and information will be available to teens and families, outside the auditorium.  For more information about the ANGST film, visit www.angstmovie.com.   Please see the flyer for this screening of Angst and share it with others.


6. The ARLINGTON TEEN SUMMER EXPO 2019:  Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Wakefield High School (1325 S Dinwiddie Street, Arlington).  The Arlington Teen Summer Expo, sponsored by the Arlington Employment Center, is offered free to teens, young adults, age 14 – 21 and there are no fees or registration required to attend the Expo.  Find summer jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and career resources.   See more information at https://aec.arlingtonva.us/draft/youth-services/teen-summer-job-expo/ and https://arlingtonva.s3.amazonaws.com/wpcontent/uploads/sites/27/2019/02/teenexpo19reg.jpg.


7.  New Arlington Community Reports:


8.  Jamestown Chorus/Band/Orchestra Concert:  May 8, time - To Be Determined


9.  Arlington Home and Garden Show:  Saturday, April 27, 2019 10am-4pm, Kenmore Middle School.  Information:  https://arlingtonhomeshow.org/

10.  Some Fun Arlington Parks and Recreation Events:  For others see:  https://parks.arlingtonva.us/programs/

Defending Chain Bridge Hike:  Saturday, April 20, 10 - 12:30pm

Families ages 10 and up. Explore the remnants of Forts Marcy and Ethan Allen, built by the Union Army to defend the Chain Bridge, to learn the stories of the forts and their defenders at this important junction between north and south. This is a three-mile loop-hike over occasionally rocky and steep terrain. Meet at Fort Ethan Allen Park, 3829 N. Stafford Street, Arlington. Free. #632759-F


Let's Go Camping!  Saturday, April 27, 4:30pm - Sunday, April 28 9:30am

Families ages 5 and up. Your family is invited to join us at Bluemont Park for this introduction to camping OUTDOORS OVERNIGHT! Set up your tent (our tent-elves can assist) then enjoy some unplugged free time for relaxing or exploring the park. Bring a picnic dinner. Later nature center staff will lead you in songs, stories and S'mores around the campfire and provide breakfast before breaking camp. B.Y.O.T. (tent) if you have one. If not, we have family-sized loaner tents available for an additional $25, paid in cash on-site. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Bluemont Park, 601 N Manchester Street, Arlington. $15. #632859-I


11.  Local Native Plant Sales


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


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