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January 2017 Newsletter

posted Jan 15, 2017, 3:29 PM by RockSpring CivicAssociation

Fire Station #8:   The Arlington County Board approved the purchase of two properties behind Fire Station No. 8, at 4845 Lee Highway, to locate a temporary fire station and firefighters during construction of a new Station No. 8 in its current location.

Old Dominion Drive Update:  Many of the improvements to the Old Dominion Drive Project have been completed.  Those improvements that are still in progress include Streetlight installation and cable and conduit work (throughout the winter months) and the plant procurement and landscaping (will take place in spring 2017).

Williamsburg Green Street Project:  From the County’s Watershed Outreach Program Manager:
“We received the bids from our on-call contractor in November, but unfortunately, they were much higher than the cost estimates (1.5 to 2 times the cost estimate).  Although we understand the urgency to complete the project, we strive to be good stewards of public funds and want to make sure the project is cost effective.   Therefore, we are going to go to bid for construction of the project.

We are assembling the bid documents now and expect to release them later this month.  The bid will be open for 30 days. The construction contract will have to go to the Board for approval and then construction will start. As the procurement process moves forward, we should be able to share more specifics about the construction timeline. 

We understand that the neighbors are eager to get this project completed. We apologize for the delays and we are working diligently to get the project constructed.”

WMS Field Lighting Update:  The Williamsburg Field Evaluation Work Group (WFWG) met on 1/4 (see minutes and future meeting dates at  The WFWG will have a work session with the County Board this month (exact date TBD – see WFWG website above) and a final WFWG report will be made to the Board in Feb.  More details will be included in the next newsletter, but until then, see the WFWG website at for the most recent updates and information. 

Arlington County Civic Federation:  The next meeting is February 7 and the topics will include:  

Storm water, resource management and flood maps; Real Estate Tax Relief (tentative); Planning & Zoning; and Accessory Dwellings.  For more information:


Fun Things to Do This Month:  

1.  Music, Music, Music:  Saturday, Jan. 28, 7pm.  The United States Navy Band will be at Yorktown High School for a performance in the auditorium.  Free admission.

2.  Vegetable Gardening Part 1: Jumpstart Your Garden With Seeds: Saturday, Jan 28, 10:30 – noon, Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road
Start your garden early this year!  Get 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

3.   Who Lives in the Chesapeake Bay:  Saturday, Jan 28, 2 pm or 3:30 pm.  Gulf Branch Nature Center.
Families ages 3 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Join an educator from Under the Sea to learn about the ecology of the  Chesapeake, and meet and touch live creatures native to the bay. We’ll learn how Arlington connects to the Chesapeake Bay and how what we do here affects water quality and wildlife. For information 703-228-3403. $10.   2 - 3pm #622857-G or 3:30 - 4:30pm #622857-H

4.  Full STEAM Ahead!  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center
Families with all ages are invited to join the fun at our winter day of Art & Creativity.  We’ll Paint, Build, Create! From creative workshops to an art swap, from cooking activities to a sound studio – you’re sure to find a creative outlet. Even better?  Join us as we blow off some STEAM at our indoor snowball fit!  Learn more here.

5.  Waterfowl at Gravelly Point:  Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 - 9:30am. 
Gravelly Point is a great spot for viewing winter waterfowl on the Potomac.  We will bring spotting scopes, and stroll around the park looking for winter specialties and maybe a Peregrine Falcon.  Flat terrain.  Meet at Gravelly Point, George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Arlington.  #622857-J

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