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May 2020 Newsletter

posted May 15, 2020, 3:08 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.  How about a few laughs to start off:

  •  What do you call panic-buying of sausage and cheese in Germany? The wurst-kase scenario.

  •  What do you tell yourself when you wake up late for work and realize you have a fever?
    Self, I so late.

  •  I’ll tell you a coronavirus joke now, but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see if you got it.

  • What’s the best way to avoid touching your face? A glass of wine in each hand.

  • Too bad the virus didn’t start in Las Vegas because what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.

We sincerely hope you stay healthy and can laugh a little each day.

2.  Trash and Recycling Services Available to Residential Customers: Drop-Off: Arlington County has added a temporary yard waste drop-off location at the 26th Street North and Yorktown Boulevard mulch pickup site. 

 Residents are able to drop-off yard waste Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Please bring a driver’s license to show proof of residence. Residents are expected to practice social distancing when showing identification and dropping off material.

 Yard waste can be unbundled or placed in biodegradable paper bags. Plastic bags will not be accepted. 

 If you are unable to drop-off yard waste, keeping it in the green cart until collection resumes is strongly encouraged. Grasscycling – by leaving cuttings on the ground – is a great (and free) way to fertilize the lawn. Schedule a brush pickup online for large-sized yard trimmings like limbs, or call 703-228-5000 Mon.-Fri., 7a.m. to 7 pm.

 On a trial basis, the County will allow landscapers to drop off materials from Arlington County residents.  

 Free bags (15-bag limit per visit) will be available starting Wednesday at 2100 N. Clarendon Blvd. and at 4300 South 29th. St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3.  Other available solid waste services for residential customers include:

  • Trash and recycling curbside collection will continue

  • Household hazardous materials drop-off on Monday through Thursday (By appointment only. Call 703-228-5000 to schedule.)

  • Brush collection pickup by request

  • E-waste & small metal items pick-up curbside by request

  • Mulch pick-up and delivery

  • Recycling drop-off centers, including glass, cardboard and mixed recyclables. Please note that these sites are monitored. Illegal dumping of unaccepted materials is not allowed and may result in a fine.

4.  Arlington Specific Covid Information: If you’d like more data information concerning Arlington, go to:  https://www.arlnow.com/2020/05/12/six-additional-coronavirus-deaths-in-arlington-reported-overnight/?mc_cid=20e5f5a78d&mc_eid=262b373539

5.  New APS Superintendent: The Arlington School Board named Dr. Francisco Durán as the new Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools (APS).  He will formally assume the role of Superintendent on June 1, 2020.  For more information about Dr. Duran, see:  https://www.apsva.us/post/arlington-school-board-names-new-superintendent-following-nationwide-search/

6.  Arlington Parks and Rec:  Recreate At Home: Arlington County Parks and Rec has compiled a list of things to do while at home including recipes, kids’ activities, and fitness ideas.  Please see:  https://parks.arlingtonva.us/2020/03/recreate-at-home/ to sign up for their frequent emails.

7.  Art Anyone?  (Safely) visit Arlington's public art with one of these self-guided walking tours

8.  Grow Food for You and Your Arlington Neighbors:  Plot Against Hunger
Do you have a spot in your yard, some space on your patio, or room on your patio where you could help grow some fresh produce for yourself or Arlington neighbors in need?  You can be a new or experienced gardener, and there’s plenty of information to help you get started. 

See http://home.arlingtonurbanag.org/foua-victory-gardens-project/PLOT-grow-food-for-neighbors for all the information and details you need.  Start your Arlington Plot Against Hunger victory garden today!

These organizations are accepting food:  https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxhcmxpbmd0b251cmJhbmFnfGd4Ojc2ZTRhM2JhMGI0MjM3NTk

Be sure to call first to double check if they will accept what you have grown.

Would you like to do a neighborhood food drive for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)?  AFAC is desperately in need of canned food for the bags they are assembling for neighbors in need.  They especially need canned foods, such as vegetables, soups, tuna, chicken, canned tomatoes, peanut butter in plastic jars, and boxes of cereal.  All the information you need to plan your food drive, including a flyer template and ideas for your neighborhood food drive are on the AFAC site at https://afac.org/food-drive/.  See https://afac.org/food-donation-drop-offs-march-2020/ for a list of non-perishable food drop off hours and locations throughout the county, including Madison Community Center ( 3829 N Stafford St).  Make this a family or neighborhood project!

Would you prefer to do a virtual food drive for AFAC?  For all the information you need to help AFAC without doing a food collection, see https://afac.org/donatepage/virtual-food-drive/See how you and your neighbors can help provide milk, produce, canned food, eggs and more – or provide a family with a full week of groceries for $35.

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

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