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May 2018 Newsletter

posted May 15, 2018, 4:37 AM by c traband
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This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  What improvements do you need in your neighborhood?

The Rock Spring Civic Association is large – running from Glebe Road to Kensington Street - with many smaller neighborhood groupings.  The Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) would like to know what you feel that our/your neighborhood needs so we can apply for funding from the County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program.  Please email your ideas titled Neighborhood Improvements to  More about the Neighborhood Conservation Program follows:

[Submitted by Jerry Paul, RSCA Board member and Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee representative]  The Neighborhood Conservation Program helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods. The program was created in 1964 to empower residents by having them come together to discuss and share ideas for improving their neighborhoods. Today, the program provides funding for a variety of improvements including: installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, signs, park improvements, neighborhood art and beautification. This program empowers citizens to identify and plan projects in their own neighborhoods.  RSCA has representatives on the NCAC who help to: suggest proposed projects; develop recommendations for improving the neighborhood conservation process; and participate in implementing County bond funds.

Neighborhood Conservation staff determines if a project request requires an amendment to the existing Neighborhood Conservation Plan and will work with the civic association to decide if the requested project should become a priority.

Approved projects go through a planning and design process. For each type of project, the process differs slightly. For example, new streetlights require a petition that is signed by 60 percent of affected residents, while park projects trigger a field study.

Funding for Neighborhood Conservation projects comes from voter-approved General Obligation Bond Referenda. Since 1996, the County has spent over $62.7 million on Neighborhood Conservation projects. The program has provided funding to assist every participating neighborhood in the County with such improvements as street, gutter and sidewalk repairs, beautification projects and better street lighting.

For more information, take a look at RSCA’s Neighborhood Conservation Plan

2.  Arlington Public Schools Capital Improvement Plan (From the Williamsburg Middle School PTA newsletter):  The School Board is considering the Superintendent's proposed APS Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for 2019-2028. The CIP is updated every other year to reflect major projects, such as new school construction and expansion. Every CIP decision affects all school levels!

At the School Board Work Session on May 7, an alternative CIP (for discussion purposes only at this time) was proposed. This proposal--if adopted--could impact WMS and some of the feeder elementary schools by potentially delaying the construction of Reed, 300 new middle school seats, and the Education Center HS seats in favor of full build-out of the Career Center site. Please see page 20 of this presentation for details: Lots of options are being discussed, so it is a good time to pay attention!!

Meetings this week! Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00-7:00 pm at Swanson MS (in the library).  In addition, there will be a School Board work session on the CIP Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 pm at Syphax Center (2110 Washington Blvd). At this work session, APS staff will be presenting alternative options for discussion. A third information session will be held May 21 at 6 p.m. at Patrick Henry Elementary School, 701 S. Highland St. School Board meetings and work sessions are open to the public, or can be viewed at:

3.  County Board Capital Improvement Plan: Tuesday, May 22.

The County Manager will present the proposed Fiscal Year 2019-2028 CIP to the County Board at the Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Recessed County Board Meeting.   .

The CIP outlines planned investments in building, maintaining, upgrading and replacing County facilities and infrastructure over the next 10 years. This includes investments in libraries; parks; community centers; technology systems; water, sewer, stormwater, and transportation infrastructure; and more.

The Manager’s presentation will mark the start of an intensive public review process. The Manager plans a virtual town hall in late May, the Board will hold four CIP work sessions with the Manager and departments between May 29 and June 26, and a public hearing will take place on June 27. The Board will adopt the CIP at its July meeting.

The Board work sessions and public hearing will be live-streamed on the County website and broadcast on Comcast and Verizon by ATV, the County’s cable channel. For more about the CIP, visit the County website

4.  Lee Highway Alliance’s (LHA) Education Forum on Heritage:  Saturday, May 19.

Learn about the Stratford Middle School’s renovation and interpretive plan regarding civil rights history in the corridor.  Pastries at 9:30 am, followed by the forum from 10-11:30 am. LHA is located at 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208 (second floor), above Long and Foster in the Russell Building

5.  How should Arlington grow?  Arlington County is inviting the community to engage in a broad conversation around this question.  In June, the Arlington County Board, in partnership with citizen commissions, will host a series of Big Idea Roundtables—discussions that move beyond a specific project or proposal to big-picture conversations about our County’s future. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another, identify differences, and find common ground.

Space is limited. Participants should only register for one roundtable to allow everyone who is interested to participate. Register online for one of the Big Idea Roundtables, scheduled in different locations, at different times of the day, across the County.

  • Saturday, June 2, 2–4 p.m., Langston-Brown Community Center Rooms 108 and 109, 2121 North Culpeper St.

  • Monday, June 4, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Drew Community Center Room 118, 3500 23rd St. S.

  • Saturday, June 9, 9–11 a.m.; Arlington Mill Community Center Rooms 411 and 413, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Translation services available for Spanish-speaking residents at this session.

  • Monday, June 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Ellen M. Bozman Government Center Room 311, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

  • Wednesday, June 20, 9–11 a.m., Lubber Run Community Center Multipurpose Room, 300 N. Park Drive.

6.  Marymount Farmers Market:  Opening day is Saturday, May 26, 9 am to 1 pm.

We have seasonal and local fruits and vegetables, pies, pastries, and strudel.  

New this year:

  • Count Pickula - Romanian style fermented pickles

  • The Ethiopian Eatery - Vegetable and mild or spicy meat dish, usually in the form of wat ( also W'et or Wot), a thick stew served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread made out of fermented teff flour

  • Mormor Crepes - Both sweet and savory crepes available every other week

  • Ozfeka Catering - Mediterranean dishes. Try the borek, it is like a Turkish reimagining of lasagna.

  • For more information, see

7.  Taste of Arlington:   May 20, 2018 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Taste of Arlington is the biggest and best family-friendly, food+beer+music street festival in Northern Virginia!  The outdoor festival is located on Wilson Boulevard between N. Randolph Street & N. Lincoln Street.
Taste of Arlington

8.  Arlington’s Beautiful Outdoors:  Enjoy the beautiful weather and explore Arlington’s many walking and biking, and hiking trails.  Whether you want to take a walk or bike ride, or you’re looking for a vigorous workout, you can easily find the right trail on the Arlington County website.  Complete details, including trail maps, type of trail and features, and much more information for each of the 17 off-street trails is available at

9.  Free summer outdoor movie nights!  Mark your calendar and don’t miss the fun!  Whether you’re looking for a fun night with the family, or a great night with friends, check out the wide range of movies and, in some cases, food, drink and games for kids and adults.   For details, see the CPRO Friday and Saturday Movie Nights and Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival information and websites below.   

10.  Free Shade Trees Planted for You:   June 11 Deadline
Concerned about the declining tree canopy in Arlington? In 2009 the Tree Canopy Fund (TCF), was launched after Arlington County Board approval in 2007 with the goals of arresting the decline and restoring and increasing the County’s tree cover over time. Administered by EcoAction Arlington and the Arlington County Urban Forestry Commission (UFC), the fund provides grants to individuals and community groups to plant and maintain trees on private property.  To apply for a free tree, see:

11.  Rain Barrel Workshops:   Rain barrels can be placed under your downspouts to capture runoff from the roof.  Reduce runoff from your house and reuse your rain water! The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $65 per barrel for distribution events. Registration closes 3-4 days prior to the event.   Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.  Learn more and sign up at

  • Saturday, May 19, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Dr, Reston.

  • Saturday, June 9, 10-12:00. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington

12.  Jamestown 4th and 5th Grades Spring Concert:  June 11

Enjoy some free music.  Contact the school to confirm the time.

13.  County Nature and History Programs:  Registration Begins May 15

View the latest Snag for all the fun nature activities available. Click here to view.

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