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February 2017 Newsletter

posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:41 AM by c traband

Efforts by Lee Highway Alliance Saluted in Richmond (from a news item in ArlNow)
Efforts by the Lee Highway Alliance to plan for the future of the major north-south thoroughfare and its development are receiving accolades from the General Assembly.

Created by Ginger Brown and Sandi Chesrown and an initiative that comprises 18 civic associations along the corridor – from Rosslyn to East Falls Church – the alliance conducted a “visioning” effort in 2016, which will lead to a county-government community study this year.

The effort will focus on everything from transportation to public spaces to encouraging economic vitality in the corridor.  See the link just below for updates on the project.

New Lubber Run Community Center (from Parks and Recreation)
The proposed revisions to the Lubber Run Community Center are taking shape.  Stay up-to-date and get the latest news on County projects and planning, including both Lee Highway and the Lubber Run Community Center, at  Find out more about how you can stay informed, share your input, and get involved (if you wish to) in the many, many Arlington County initiatives, studies, programs, advisory groups and commissions, and more at

Civic Federation Issues: At its February meeting, the Civic Federation discussed several issues of importance; 1) Real Estate Tax Relief and 2) Floodplains and Storm Water.  

  • Real Estate Tax Relief (RETR) is available to those who qualify based on annual household income and household assets.  “A working group has been studying the current RETR program and is developing recommendations.”  For more information on this process and the developing recommendations, please see the Civic Federation Newsletter, The Civic Voice,  There is a meeting, March 6 at Arlington Mill Community Center to learn more about this and share your ideas.

  • Floodplains and Storm Water:  Do you know your flood risk?  See Flood Tools,com for an online tool called Map My Risk.  The county has plans to improve storm water capacity, but as urbanization increases, the amount of tree canopy decreases and impervious cover (asphalt) increases, causing the amount of storm water runoff to increase.  To learn more, please see the Civic Federation Newsletter, The Civic Voice,  

The next Civic Federation meeting is March 7 at 7 pm and the topics include APS Arlington Tech and presentations by the School Board.  

Register for Arlington Summer Camps starting on Wed., Feb. 15 at 7 a.m. Catalogs have been mailed and are online. Teens 13-18 can volunteer in Arlington County summer camps as well.

Note:  Some camps fill up quickly. Be sure you have all the information you need prior registration day. Learn more here.

Digital Destiny – Learning in Arlington:  scheduled for Wed., February 15th, at 7 pm in Arlington Central Library, will focus on the future of learning in Arlington.   Speakers will include School Board member, Tannia Talento; Diane Kresh, Dir., Arlington Public Library; Howard Feldstein, Dir., Arlington Employment Center; and Susannah Spellman, Exec. Dir., U.S. UCAN for Internet2.  Digital Destiny is a series of public discussions hosted by Arlington County’s Dept. of Technology Services to explore the impact of the Digital Revolution.  More details available at

Feel the Heritage Festival
Celebrate Black History Month at Arlington’s 25th annual Feel the Heritage Festival on Sat., Feb. 25, 1 - 6 p.m. at Charles Drew Community Center. This FREE event is fun for all ages with live music and dance, a “Hall of History” with photos and artifacts from Arlington’s historically African-American churches and organizations, free children’s activities, delicious soul food and a great selection of vendors.

Public Skate Times at Kettler Iceplex in Ballston!  Each week Kettler updates the public (children and adults) and senior skate schedule at their website  Skate rental is available and on the $1 County skate days, the $1 admission also includes skate rental!  There’s plenty of parking available in the Ballston parking garage and up to 3 hours costs $1.

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Seedling Sale makes low-cost bare-root native shrub and tree seedlings available to Northern Virginia residents. Seedling packages are announced in January, go on sale in February and are available for pickup in late April or early May. Trees and shrubs help cleanse water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat, cool our climate and clean our air. Consider adding native trees and shrubs to your community today!

Arlington Public Schools wants to help county residents stay up-to-date and informed about school system projects, planning, news, and opportunities for feedback and involvement.  See to find out more.

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