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May 2017 Newsletter

posted May 15, 2017, 12:21 PM by c traband

May 2017  logo.jpg                                                                                                                                      This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Road Improvements:  Lee Highway & Glebe Road Intersection:  Crews continue working to install utility manholes and underground ductbanks along both Lee Highway and Glebe Road.  Construction work hours within the roadway are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Night work is between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends and is determined on a weekly basis.  Naturally with construction projects, some noise is to be expected. Crews will do their best to keep noise to a minimum, especially during late night work hours. View project page.

Old Dominion Drive Phase 2 Improvements:  The contractor is addressing final punch list items to include: concrete and asphalt repairs, installation of some additional pavement markings, extension of two concrete bus pads and restoration of easement areas with sod or grass where needed.  Landscaping work continues.  Lane closures will be used along Old Dominion Drive to perform the work safely with one lane closed at a time and traffic directed via flaggers.  Construction work hours within the roadway are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

Williamsburg Boulevard:  During the May County Board meeting it is expected that the board will approve the bid to begin work on the two bio retention areas in our civic association. The bio retention construction areas are located along Williamsburg Blvd. One area is the median at the intersection of Williamsburg Blvd. and Harrison St., and the other is the median on Williamsburg Blvd. between Old Dominion Drive and 35th St. North. (Bioretention removes contaminants and sedimentation from stormwater runoff, in this case, by creating a “green street” that will include a landscaped area in the public right-of-way that slows down and filters stormwater runoff before it enters our local streams, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. Green streets are one of the best tools the County has available to meet Arlington’s required stormwater pollution reduction goals.)

This construction is expected to begin in July 2017 and last for six months.  It is likely that the planting and paving will last beyond this six month period and the paving might be as late as spring of 2018. It is not yet known which of the two areas will have the construction begun first.

2.  Marymount Farmer’s Market:  Returns on Saturday, May 27, from 9 am to 12 noon.  Look for the RSCA booth staffed by Rock Spring Civic Association members at the June 10 Market.

3.  I-66 News:  You may have seen the toll signs going up on 66 and the surrounding streets.  The Cherrydale Citizens Association is having a rep from VDOT on Wednesday, May 17, 7pm, at the HB Woodlawn School Library, 4100 Vacation Lane, to talk about the new I-66 toll signs recently installed on Lee Highway.  

4.  Williamsburg Field Working Group Update:  The County Board has delayed the decision about lighting the synthetic turf fields at WMS until the September County Board meeting.

5.  Lubber Run Community Center:  The final community work session for the design of the new Lubber Run Community Center will be held on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Barrett Elementary School.  See for more information.

6.  Options for 1,300 New High School Seats:   APS staff will hold community gallery walks at each proposed location to provide an opportunity to share how each identified site compares to the selection criteria:  May 22, 5 - 8 p.m. Education Center (School Board meeting room) and Kenmore Middle School (Library), May 25, 5-8pm: Career Center (Common Area).  On June 1 APS staff will present proposed high school options and on June 29 the School Board will act upon staff recommendations.  The new high school will open in September, 2022.  See

7.  Arlington’s Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC):  is holding a public forum on May 24, 7 – 10 p.m., at Wakefield High School, in the cafeteria.  Community members are invited to review potential scenarios for the Buck property (located off Quincy St.) and Virginia Hospital sites, including the property at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. During this interactive forum, participants will have a chance to provide feedback on possible use options being explored by the commission.  The commission is charged with making recommendations on near-term use options for these opportunities to the County Board and School Board while considering how to meet the community's changing long-term facility needs.  For more information, see

8.  Fun Things to Do:

Civil War Camp Day, May 20, 10-4 pm, Walter Reed Community Center and Park - On May 24th, 1861 President Abraham Lincoln ordered Union troops into Arlington to defend Washington, D.C. For the next four years, tens of thousands of northern soldiers manned the Arlington Line, a series of fortifications and camps that stretched from Rosslyn to the Pentagon.  Learn how these soldiers lived by walking through encampment displays, practicing military drills, and trying on Civil War uniforms at Civil War Camp Day, a reenactment event.  See for information and the day’s schedule.

Truck and Bus Day, May 20, 9 – 11a.m., Central Library- Parking Lot - 1015 N Quincy St. - Children of all ages are invited to come and see (and even touch) all sorts of vehicles including construction trucks, fire trucks, a recycling truck, an ART bus, and more.

VCE Master Gardener Training Open House will be held on May 24th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Fairlington Community Center 3308 S. Stafford St. Arlington VA 22206.  Let us know you are coming by contacting the VCE Horticulture Help Desk at 703 228 6414 or by email at

Memorial Day Commemoration at American Legion War Memorial, May 29, 1 -2 p.m., Clarendon Central Park, 3140 Wilson Blvd.   Representatives from Arlington American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts will be joined by local officials for the annual wreath laying ceremony and remarks at the war memorial in Clarendon Central Park.  Presentation of colors by Air Force JROTC in replica World War I “doughboy” uniforms, marking 100 years since America entered World War 1.

Parks and Recreation Programs:  View the latest Snag for all the fun summer nature activities available. Registration begins May 16.  Here is a sampling.

The Moon in June Night Hike:  Friday, June 9, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Have you ever wondered what animals are in our local parks at night? Experience our trails under the moon and stars, learn a new constellation, and meet nocturnal critters. Teens ages 13 and up. $5. #642847-C.

Let's Go Camping:  Saturday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. - Sunday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.

Your family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch Fire Ring for this introduction to camping outdoors overnight! We'll set up our tents, have some free time for relaxing or exploring the park, then enjoy a delicious dinner cooked over the campfire with songs, stories and, of course, S'mores. The next morning we'll cook breakfast before breaking camp. Registration fee includes meals. B.Y.O.T. (tent) if you have one. If not, we have family-sized loaner tents available for an additional $25, paid in cash on-site. For information: 703-228-3403. $25. #642857-H

9. Helpful Information:

Will you be away from Arlington or unable to go to the polls in June 13 for the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections? You can vote absentee in-person at the Office of Elections! Weekdays 8-5 starting April 28 (closed May 29) and Saturday, June 10 8:30-5. In-person absentee ends June 10 at 5pm.   The County Office of Elections is located at 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320.

Arlington’s 55+ Guide for May and June is now available.  See for the full guide, plus complete information on County programs, activities, and services for residents 55+.

For information and registration for the Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Center Tiny Tot programs for children 18 – 35 months, see

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