Welcome to the monthly newsletter from Rock Spring Civic Association. We hope to provide timely and interesting news items affecting our community.
1. Community Facilities Planning: The Public Land for Public Good effort by the County was scrubbed for a more inclusive group now called the Community Facilities Planning Study. The group is made up of 24 citizens appointed by the County Board and School Board. A RSCA member (Lynn Pollock) is a member. Their charge is “to build consensus framework regarding future revenue and facility needs that will inform County and School Board decision-making related to meeting the community’s requirements for additional school, fire station, vehicle storage sites and other facility needs in the context of Arlington’s and the region’s projected economic and demographic growth.” Two County Board members (Hynes and Vihstadt) and two School Board members (Lander and VanDoren) are liaisons to the group. The committee’s report is expected to be submitted to the dual Boards in September and November.
A Resident Forum, a group open to all interested Arlingtonians, meets with the committee and provides broad input throughout the process. If you are interested in the Resident Forum, you can join by filling out a form at http://commissions.arlingtonva.us/community-facilities-study/join-community-facilities-study-resident-forum/ Next meetings are March 26, April 8 and April 22.
You can learn more about the process and see the presentations made to the committee at their twice monthly meetings by going to the home page, http://commissions.arlingtonva.us/community-facilities-study/ The third meeting dealt with County demographics and Schools projections. A review of the meeting from Arlington Now can be found at http://www.arlnow.com/2015/03/12/aps-single-family-homes-generate-most-student-growth-but-that-could-change/?utm_source=ARLnow.com+After
2. Discovery Elementary School: The PTA is sponsoring several social opportunities for families ranging from meeting the principal to separate grade socials. The complete calendar: http://www.discoverypta.org/calendar.html
3. Farmer’s Market: Did you know that there is a move afoot to start a farmer’s market at Marymount University? See: http://www.arlnow.com/2015/02/26/residents-hoping-to-launch-north-arlington-farmers-market/.
4. County Opportunities: E-CARE. April 18, 8:30 am – 3 pm at TJ Middle School. Dispose of hazardous household materials, computer monitors, and televisions), and recycle small metal items, electronics, shoes, clothes, linens and more! Serviceable bikes will be collected. E-CARE is open to Arlington residents and employees only; bring your ID. Commercial or business waste will not be accepted. For more information, http://arlingtonva.us and search ’E-CARE.’
Native Plant Sales: Parkfairfax native plant sale: Saturday, April 25th http://home.earthlink.net/~sknudsen/; Long Branch Nature Center Native Plant Sale. Saturday, April 25. Order online at: https://registration.arlingtonva.us; Sangha Native Plant Sale. Sunday, May 3rd http://www.earthsangha.org/