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June 2019 Newsletter

posted Jun 13, 2019, 6:59 PM by c traband   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 7:08 PM ]

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

1.  Judge Judith Wheat – Yes, on June 6th our Rock Spring Civic Association vice president, neighbor, active Arlington volunteer, highly respected trial lawyer and friend was sworn in as Judge for 17th Judicial Circuit Court which includes Arlington and Falls Church!  When her eight-year term begins on July 1, Judge Wheat will join Judges Louise Di Matteo and Daniel S. Fiore II and Chief Judge William Newman Jr. on the bench of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.  For more information on this Circuit Court Judge position and Judge Wheat’s career, see  For more on the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, see  Please join us in thanking and congratulating Judge Judith Wheat!

2.  Last School Board Meeting:  Tuesday, June 18, 7 pm at the Syphax Ed Center, 2nd Fl School Board Room, 2110 Washington Blvd.

*View Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Channel 41.

**Watch Work Sessions live online. Work sessions are open to the public but no public comments are accepted.

3.  Arlington Community Events:

Fri. Jun. 14: 7 – 9:00 p.m.      

Dream Project Scholarship Awards Ceremony. RSVP here.  Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St. 22206

Sat. Jun. 29: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit hosted by Edu-Futuro.  Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St. 22206

Save-the-date:  Fri. Oct. 18

Edu-Futuro's 21st anniversary celebration, "Legacy of the Future".

4.  Career Center Building Level Planning Committee:  online application by June 24, 2019.  

APS invites community members to apply to serve on the Arlington Career Center Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC), a diverse group of stakeholders appointed by the School Board to provide input and help guide the next steps in planning for the Arlington Career Center Expansion. The BLPC will start to meet in September 2019. If you’d like to be part of the BLPC, complete your online application by June 24, 2019.

Visit for more community engagement opportunities. General APS calendar, School BoardDocs and/or School Board calendar. Arlington County’s Engage calendar.

5.  Passion Into Action Challenge: Volunteer Arlington is offering a NEW challenge for students in grades K-12! This is an opportunity for students to lead through service by creating a meaningful way for students to increase awareness of the needs of our community. Visit our website to learn more and begin the challenge!

6.  Change in ART Bus Schedule:  The ART 53W extension to Westover will be eliminated starting on Monday, July 1. ART 53A/B service will still operate, but mid-day service will be eliminated. ART 53A/B service will operate Monday through Friday from 6:00 am – 9:14 am and 2:35 pm – 7:39 pm. View the new ART 53 schedule (PDF).

7.  Arlington County Water and Sewer Cost of Service and Rate Study:  The county is embarking on a Utility Rate Study and is looking for someone to represent single family/townhome dwelling residents that would be interested in serving on the Rate Study Advisory Group. The county would like to identify two potential candidates so that the facilitator of the group could briefly interview the two candidates and select one which would best complement the group dynamics. The selected individual would be asked to represent “Residential Customers: Single-Family/Townhome Dwelling” interests as they pertain to the

  • Two of the core environmental services that Arlington County provides are water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment. In 2019, the Department of Environmental Services is commencing a Study to evaluate the rate and fee structures for these services.  The Study will help ensure that Arlington County recovers sufficient revenues through its rates and that our rate and fee structures are aligned with the County’s financial objectives and the community’s values.

  • A wide variety of methods will be used for communication and engagement (e.g., briefings for commissions and neighborhood associations, open-houses, etc.), including the formation of a Rate Study Stakeholder Advisory Group (RSSAG). The RSSAG will serve in a representative and advisory capacity to staff.  RSSAG members will be selected to represent various segments of the County’s water and sewer utility customer base and encouraged to offer feedback on the Study, as it progresses.

  • County staff are actively seeking recommendations for RSSAG members.

If any of you are interested in participating in the study please contact Lisa Wilson, who is a staff person in the communications sections of DES. Her email is

8.  Columbia Pike Blues Festival  

Swing to the blues at the 24th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival Sat., June 15, 1-8:30 p.m. on the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive. Presented by Arlington Arts and the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, the Blues Festival features the best in contemporary blues and blues-inspired genres in the heart of Arlington. Fun for the whole family, the Festival has an array of kid's activities, food trucks, curated craft vendors, the Arlington Art Truck, and beer provided by New District Brewing Company.  

9.  Free Movies + Music at our Parks

Beginning June 7, free outdoor movies can be seen on Fridays at Arlington Mill Community Center and Gateway Park, and Saturdays at Penrose Square. And starting June 14, enjoy the 50th Anniversary season of free live music at Lubber Run Amphitheater.

10.  Turn Your Yard into a Wildlife Sanctuary!  Would you like to turn your garden into a welcoming space for birds, butterflies and other native wildlife and help enhance the value of our urban green spaces?  Get free advice on how to make your yard more wildlife friendly! The Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary certification program assists homeowners in restoring their home’s natural habitat by providing information on sustainable gardening practices. These practices include using native plants, removing invasive species, reducing use of pesticides and fertilizers, and creating space for native flora and fauna.

Audubon at Home ambassadors will visit and consult with you on suitable native plants, landscaping, water retention, or other best practices. To learn more about the program in Arlington or Alexandria, please visit to learn more.  If you have additional questions, please contact Alda Krinsman or Alyssa Ford Morel. Volunteer ambassadors will arrange a site visit and talk with you about ways to enhance habitat in your garden.

11.  Campfire Evenings:  Friday, June 28, 7 - 8pm

The whole family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, S’mores! We'll find out where to look for the earliest signs of spring this evening while keeping warm around the fire. $5.

Skittering Skinks Campfire:  #642859-B

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