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July 2020 Newsletter

posted Jul 15, 2020, 1:32 PM by c traband   [ updated Jul 15, 2020, 1:32 PM ]
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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  The Arlington County Board will hold its July Regular Meeting on Saturday, July 18, 2020, a Recessed Meeting on Tuesday, July 21, and a Carryover Meeting on Wednesday, July 22. All three meetings will be virtual.  The agenda can be found at

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the County Board is holding virtual meetings, as allowed under Virginia law. Board members, staff, applicants, and the public all will participate remotely. Members of the public who wish to speak at public comment at the start of the Saturday, July 18, Regular Meeting, or who wish to speak on an agenda item, should visit the County Board website for information on how to register online to comment virtually.

County Board meetings are live-streamed on the County website, and broadcast live on Arlington TV, the County’s cable channel, with live captioning, on Comcast 25 & 1085 (HD), and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40. The meetings also are live-streamed on ATV’s YouTube channel. Videos of Board meetings are archived on the County website (with captions and staff reports) and on YouTube.

2.  Arlington Announces Compliance with Virginia Community Policing Act:  Takes effect July 1 2020:
Their statement says:

This law requires law enforcement and State Police to collect certain information from the driver during all motor vehicle (traffic) and investigatory stops and prohibits law enforcement officers and State Police from engaging in bias-based policing.

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) will comply with the requirements of this bill and begin collecting required data on July 1, 2020 Members of the public should be aware of the new information collected, as it may involve the officer asking them additional questions on a traffic stop. On each stop conducted by a local law enforcement officer or State Police officer, the following information will be collected, based upon the officer’s observation or information provided to them by the driver:

  • Race, ethnicity, age and gender of the person stopped

  • The reason for the stop

  • The location of the stop

  • Whether a verbal warning, written citation or summons was issued or whether any person was arrested

  • If a verbal warning, written citation or summons was issued or an arrest was made, the violation or crime charged

  • Whether the vehicle or any person was searched

The data collected during traffic and investigatory stops will be reported to the Department of State and included in the Community Policing Reporting Database. Access to this database will be provided to the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for the purpose of analyzing data to determine the existence and prevalence of the practice of bias-based policing and the prevalence of complaints alleging the use of excessive force. In addition to the reporting required by the Community Policing Act, the Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility will continue to conduct internal audits on all allegations of misconduct and fully review and investigate incidents involving use of force.

ACPD remains committed to serving with utmost respect, while remaining engaged and transparent with our community. The information and data collected as a result of the Community Policing Act will further enable us to ensure we hold ourselves accountable to the highest professional standards. Moreover, the Department will continue to work proactively with the community in identifying needed data values to increase transparency with the public.

3.  Covid Testing:  Arlington operates two COVID-19 Sample Collection Sites:

  • Drive-through Site at 1429 N. Quincy Street: Patients must have an existing order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider, but no appointment needed. Weekdays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

  • Walk-up Site at the Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S Dinwiddie St.) for low-income, uninsured and under-insured residents. Residents must schedule an appointment (call 703-912-0118), but there is no fee, medical consultation or insurance required. Weekdays from 1–5 p.m.

Find publicly-available tests at VDH’s COVID-19 Testing Site page.

 Additional locations in the Arlington area with COVID-19 testing include Preston’s Pharmacy,  select CVS Pharmacy stores and Inova Urgent Care – North Arlington.


4.  Glass Recycling:   Glass Drop-off Bin Moving to Madison Community Center from Cherrydale Library:  Friday, July 10: 

A glass recycling drop-off bin is now closer for Rock Spring citizens.  A recent broadcast on NBC4-TV stated that there is a shortage of recycled glass because so many people are throwing away their glass bottles into the trash rather than recycling them.  Glass vials for vaccines are made of recycled glass as are most of the glass bottles used for food.  Please try to recycle your glass. 


5.  Potential Trash Disruptions:  Due to an electrical problem at the trash waste-to-energy processing facility used by the County, residential solid waste will continue to be collected but will have to be transported to a separate facility farther away. This may impact our collection schedules and efficiency.

If your trash cart is not collected on its assigned day, please leave it out for the following day. If it has not been collected by the end of the following day, please submit a missed collection ticket online or call 703-228-5000. Visit for updates.

6.  Arlington Public Schools Plan for the Fall:  For the most current information about fall school opening, go to:

7.  School Pools Open: Yorktown and Washington-Liberty public indoor pools are now open! For specific information on reserving a swim time, as well as health and safety procedures, see before-you-come/

 8.  Arlington Public Library updates: For complete information on library services currently available, see or for details, go to

On July 1 it was announced that, “Arlington Public Library eliminated overdue library fines to make the library’s collections more accessible to all Arlingtonians.”   For more information, see:

9.  Lubber Run Schedule:  Saturdays at 5 p.m., July 11 through August 8 (live streaming on ). 
From Lubber Run

Thanks to the old-school medium of radio, Arlington Arts is able to forge ahead with Lubber Run Live on WERA 96.7 FM –LIVE performances and discussions broadcast weekly with host Ken Avis (The Antidote).

Lubber Run Amphitheater is a summertime tradition for Arlington residents. Through the magic of radio, audiences can still enjoy a range of music, with no threat of ‘rain-outs’: Jazz and Go, Roots Rock, Soul and Blues are all part of the mix.

This partnership between Arlington Arts and WERA was a natural. Arlington’s only radio station, WERA’s mission is to enlighten, enrich and entertain Arlington’s diverse community by promoting and facilitating independent radio. A project of Arlington Independent Media, WERA’s programming is produced by and for the community.

The lineup for Lubber Run LIVE is brimming with a mixture of toe-tapping Amphitheater favorites, and a splash of new talent, including:

July 11: The Jogo Project:The JoGo Project is a fusion ensemble with Jazz and Go-Go at the core. Founded in 2014 by D.C. native Elijah Jamal Balbed, the band is dedicated to keeping Go-Go music alive while also exploring new sounds.

July 18: Nkula:  Ethiopian-born “Ras Abel” Mekonnen’s band Nkula features a unique blend of foundational reggae with infusions of African influence (e.g. zouk and soukous riddims). Their high-energy groove exposes audiences to musical styles that broaden horizons.

July 25: Caz Gardiner:  A 2019 Wammie (Washington DC Area Music Association) nominee for best Soul Artist/Group, Caz Gardiner is a high energy performer who writes songs of overcoming struggles and celebrating life with a Soul Rock and Reggae sound that is as diverse and driving as she is.

August 1: Justin Jones:  A native Virginian, Jones started playing open mic nights in Charlottesville in his early teens, and has appeared at the Virgin Mobile Festival and the Floyd Festival. At the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), Speakers in Code named his one of the Event’s top-ten performances, and Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered lists Justin Jones “as one of the top performances of the year.”

August 8: Lauren Calve:  Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter, guitar and lap steel player Lauren Calve has brought a vital new energy to the Americana scene. On her latest EP, Wildfire, Calve delves into complex issues ranging from the increased polarization and divisiveness prevalent in the U.S. and around the world, corporate greed and their role in both the climate crisis and gun violence, women’s stories that are dominating public consciousness, and even the precarity of online dating.

So, tune-in for Lubber Run LIVE on WERA 96.7. Bookmark their website to listen to the live-stream. Create your own Live Listening Experience when you fire up the car radio or pull the speakers onto the porch! Listeners are encouraged to recreate their own Lubber Run picnic experience.

10.  Parks and Recreation:  Now that we are into the heat of the summer, maybe you are looking for something to do inside.  Check out the programs available from Parks and Rec.  They have something for everyone, toddlers to adults.  Examples include:  snails, Pictionary, charades, the Union Army, and slithering snakes are just a few.

Quick Links for Parks and Rec:

Nature & History Programs | Registration 

Gulf Branch Nature Center: 3608 N. Military Rd. Email, 703-228-3403.

Long Branch Nature Center: 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Email, 703-228-6535.

Nature Centers Hours: Tue. - Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1 - 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Fort C.F. Smith: 2411 N. 24th St. Email, 703-228-4775.

Visitor Center Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10am - 2pm.

11.  Gardening questions? Contact the Arlington Master Gardener “Help Desk” at 703-228-6414, or reach them by email at

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