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Newsletter for October 2014

posted Dec 16, 2014, 1:21 PM by RockSpring CivicAssociation   [ updated Dec 16, 2014, 1:21 PM ]

Welcome to the monthly newsletter from Rock Spring Civic Association. We hope to provide timely and interesting news items affecting our community.

1. Want to hear the two County Board candidates debate? Bring your written questions to the RSCA Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 30, 7pm at Williamsburg Middle School. Do you want an update on all of the County construction projects happening in our neighborhood? Are you concerned about the location of the proposed new fire station, Lee Highway development, or the new elementary school? Come to the RSCA Annual Meeting to hear the latest.

2. Are you aware of the new ID requirements for voting? Voters must produce a driver’s license or other photo ID issued by the state, a U.S. passport, a photo ID issued by the federal government, a student ID card that has a photograph and was issued by a school in Virginia, or an employee ID card with a photograph. You will be asked for it at the Nov 4 elections, so please be prepared.

3. During their 10/21 meeting, the School Board agreed that building additions to 4 middle schools (which includes Williamsburg MS) could not provide the required number of seats within the allotted $126 million budget and should be removed from consideration. There are, however, still options on the table which include a 300-seat renovation at one of the middle schools, but no decision on which one. School Board members will continue to work through the remaining options, and plan to make their determination on the location(s) of the secondary seats by December 2014. Additional community meetings are scheduled for November 5 and November 15.

4. The Lee Highway Alliance invites members of Rock Springs civic association to a joint community meeting on the future of Lee Highway.  What do you and don't you like about Lee Highway?  What services, land uses and character would you like to see along this street?  Although County staff do attend, this is a grass roots initiative organized by the civic associations.  The meeting will be at Langston Community Center, 2121 N. Culpepper St, 7:00 pm, Nov. 18th.

5. Public Land for Public Good will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Arlington Civic Federation meeting on November 12 at 7:30pm at the Hazel Auditorium at the Virginia Hospital Center.

6. Landscaping in Virginia seems to be all about native plants. Find out what they are and how to utilize them. Plant Nova Natives campaign created this printable resource book on planting natives. The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia site is also very helpful:

7. It is getting to be leaf-raking time. Did you know you can get biodegradable bags at the Madison Center? How about when the leaf truck is coming?

8. Now that the weather is turning chilly, have you thought about taking an indoor swim? See the 3 new high school aquatics centers’ schedules.

9. Nextdoor, a free private social network has a group for our Rock Spring neighborhood. Sign up for messages about lost/found pets, advice on contractors, the need for bridge players, moving sales, free shrubs and plants, etc.