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Newsletter for January, 2015

posted Jan 26, 2015, 12:38 PM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 11:29 AM ]
1. Are you ready for some US Navy Band music? If so, join them at a free concert at Yorktown High School on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm. They will be honoring veterans at the concert.

2. During its 1/24/15 meeting, the County Board approved a contract to continue making major safety improvements along Old Dominion Drive. For more details, see:

3. Lee Hwy Alliance Community Meeting, 01/27/2015, Tuesday, 7 - 9 pm at Tuckahoe Elementary School. Lee Hwy Alliance, a citizen led group of 15 civic associations along Lee Hwy, has been holding a series of community meetings on the future of Lee Highway. The next meeting will focus on the Harrison Street Shopping Center out to East Falls Church. This is your opportunity to identify what you like, don't like and what could be improved on topics ranging from parking and transportation to open space and land uses. The community ideas will be summarized and used to give initial input into an envisioning effort called a charrette to be held later in the year. Go to for more info.

At the last meeting, The discussion focused upon 5 areas along the corridor approximately between Columbus Street at Fire Station #8 and Harrison Street at the Harrison Street Shopping Center. RSCA was well represented at the meeting.

Comments ranged from “improve the streetscape appearance” to “keep Fire Station #8” as well as “consider some redevelopment of old commercial buildings”. Maintaining adequate parking was mentioned as important. It is important to note that the purpose of the meeting was to get everyone thinking about what could be improved and what should be preserved. The County is providing funding for an official visioning session this spring, and our community needs to give some thought to how we might vision the corridor. Be sure to visit for updates.

4. Arlington County has appointed a Task Force on Volunteer Arlington, which is currently seeking input from the community to be used in helping develop a recommendation/recommendations for program administration (including outsourcing), services, and enhancements. The Task Force would like information and input from a broad range of Arlington residents. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey at

5. Open Arlington is one of the County government's sources for hearing from community members on various topics being discussed by County officials. You can read what others are saying about important Arlington County topics, then post your own statement (sign up required to post). County officials will read the statements and incorporate them into their decision process. Topics may be broad or focus on specific government projects, policies, or initiatives. Sign up at You will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is only used to identify which statements come from residents in and near Arlington County.

6. Please let us hear from you. What would you like to see included in this newsletter? What information would you like to have that you have been unable to find? Please feel free to contact either of the editors, emails below, to let us know how to make this newsletter more informative for you.

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