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March 2019 Newsletter

posted Mar 15, 2019, 12:46 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.  26th Street Task Force:  from Rob Topp, RSCA representative:  At the March 7 meeting, the task force eliminated three potential site layout concepts.  This process will continue into the March 21 meeting. The task force hopes to reach agreement by the March 28 meeting regarding its recommendations to the County Board on what should be located on the site and where.  A vote on a final report is scheduled for April 11.

At this point, there are three competing visions for the site: (1) County operations personnel want to expand the snow removal/road salting capabilities on the site, by adding brine tanks, a shift-change building and chain shop, and parking spots for 24 trucks.  (2) Marymount University is pushing for a NCAA-sized soccer field to be located on the site. (3) The various neighborhood civic associations want as much green space as possible, preferably by not disturbing existing green space.

Task Force meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be on March 21 from 7 to 9:30 pm at Marymount University, Rowley Hall, Rm. G127.  Additional information regarding the Task Force’s work can be found on the County website at

2.  Lee Highway Alliance:  Educational Forum: Shared Mobility Devices:  E-scooting/E-biking on Lee Highway: On March 30, 9:45-11:45, the Lee Highway Alliance will host an educational forum on E-scooters and E-bikes at the LHA offices, 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208.

LHA's objective in hosting the forum is to explore this new mode of transportation with discussion about both the pros and the cons - including safety issues.   In addition, presenters will discuss how E-scooters and E-bikes can help to connect the Lee Highway Corridor and contribute to a complete street, and how the County and the State can implement good regulations which enhance safety.  LHA welcomes robust participation from the community in this educational event.

Speakers will include -

*  Libby Garvey, Vice Chair of the County Board,

*  EVGO Charging Network,

*  Bird (private sector operator), and

*  County staff from Commuter Services who are running a nine-month demonstration program.  

3.  Arlington County Civic Federation: Next meeting:  April 2, 7 pm, Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center.  The central focus of the April 2 Arlington County Civic Federation membership meeting will be the proposed FY2020 Arlington County and Public Schools budgets, which were released in late February (more information below).  If you are interested in serving as an RSCA delegate or alternate to the Civic Federation, please advise the newsletter editor of our interest.

4.   Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools’ FY 2020 Budget:  Information and opportunities to provide input:


5.  Summer Employment Opportunity:  Interested in a summer position with Arlington County?  Go to the website for job descriptions, expectations, requirments, requirements, and application instructions.

6.  Barbecue Anyone?
 The Williamsburg area is losing one barbecue restaurant, but gaining another in short order.  Smoking Kow BBQ now plans to take over the space once occupied by Backyard BBQ and Catering Company, located at 2910 N. Sycamore Street at the Williamsburg Circle.

7.  We Stand Ready - Tribute to the Modern American Soldier, March 23 and 24, 3pm, Conmy Hall, Fort Myer.   Join in a special musical tribute to our post 9/11 Soldiers hosted by The United States Army Band and US Army Military District of Washington.  The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" will perform music that captures the determination, patriotism, and esprit de corps found in today’s Army.  This concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

8.  The Union Army Reenactment:  Sat., March 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Fort C. F. Smith

Reenactors from the 3rd United States Regulars and 54th Massachusetts will come to Arlington and set up camp at Fort C.F. Smith Park.   Join in a day of living history that will include drilling, activities, specialized fort tours and more. Come learn about Civil War life in Arlington County and beyond at this free event.    For more information, visit

9.  Planning your Perfect Small Space Garden, Monday, March 25, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205.  What’s the big deal about small gardens? Small gardens can yield big results in food production, color, function, recreation, and aesthetics. Knowing your goals is essential. Learn to identify your objectives for your unique small space; get ideas on maximizing your space, learn the steps to evaluate your existing conditions and the basics of choosing plantings that will both meet your goals and thrive.  We will consider container gardening, balcony gardening, vegetable gardening, and small in-ground gardens. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email

10.  Parks and Recreation programs:  Spring programs for all ages, toddler to adults

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