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November 2017 Newsletter

posted Nov 15, 2017, 3:38 PM by c traband

This newsletter is produced by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  RSCA Annual Meeting Recap:  On October 19, Sandra Chesrown, President of the Lee Highway Alliance, spoke at the RSCA Annual Meeting at Discovery Elementary School.  The Alliance is composed of neighborhoods along Lee Highway from Rosslyn to East Falls Church and neighborhoods adjacent to them.  Chesrown discussed the current activities taking place leading to the ultimate goal: “ the development of a new Generalized Land Use Plan (GLUP) for Lee Highway to guide future rezoning and development applications”.  For information about current activities, check out LHA’s website at  Stay tuned for more information about the Lee Highway planning process, which is expected to kick off in early 2018.

The Executive Board candidate slate was approved for the next 2-year term.  Three new members joined the team:  Nedim Kirimca, Rob Topp and Dana Weng.  Special thanks to Bruce Dodd, Aaron Feit and Gregg Kurasz for their service to the Board.

2.  Break-ins in RSCA Area:  As previously reported, there have been a number of daytime burglaries in the Rock Spring area. The police are saying that the burglaries remain under investigation; there have been no arrests and if you have additional information please report it to the police.  There are crime prevention tips at:

3.  TRAFFIC ALERT: 2017 Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5k, Saturday, November 18.

The Arlington County Police Department will conduct the following road closures from approximately 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM to accommodate this event.  For additional information, please visit their website.

Main Closures:

  • Little Falls Road: N. George Mason Drive to Yorktown Blvd.

  • Yorktown Blvd.: N. George Mason Drive to Williamsburg Blvd.

  • Williamsburg Blvd.: Yorktown Blvd. to N. Emerson Street

  • 33rd Street: N. Emerson Street to N. George Mason Drive

  • George Mason Drive: N. 33rd Street to Yorktown Blvd.

  • Smaller closures exist within the race area

4.  Leaf collection:  November 28-December 5.  The County’s annual leaf collection for RSCA is scheduled to begin the week after Thanksgiving, A second pass will be made later in December.  Recyclable bags are available at the Madison Community Center.  Or just rake the leaves to the street.  For the schedule:

5.  Nature Center Programs:  Winter Registration Opens November 15.  Chilly days and long nights mark the winter season but don’t let the cold and the dark keep you inside this winter. Come out and discover the joys of the season.  Take advantage of the long nights with our family night hikes and campfires. Try your hand at identifying trees without the leaves or spot some winter birds.  You can find all these programs and more in the winter issue of The Snag.   For Parks and Recreation activities for all ages, please see:

6.  Rock Spring Garden Club 7th Annual Holiday Floral Design Event:  November 16th Please join us for our Floral Design Event Featuring Exquisite Designs by SUSIE PONEMAN of Heavenly Hydrangeas of McLean, this Thursday, Nov 16th, at National Rural Electric Cooperative Assoc Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, starting at 6:30 pm - Tickets are only $30.00 each - in addition to fabulous pumpkin designed arrangements for sale, there will be refreshments, tools of the trade, door prizes, silent auction of Susie's designs, free parking. Only a few tickets left! All proceeds benefit our community outreach programs. Please visit or let me know if you're interested.

7.  Local Turkey Trots:  Want to get out and get some exercise before the big dinner? The options:

8.  Arlington Public Schools Events:

9.  Police Host Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive:  Tuesday, November 28, 6-8 pm at the Lee Highway Shopping Center.  Help make the holidays bright for Arlington County children in need by donating to the third annual Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive. The Arlington County Police Department is asking community members to donate new, unwrapped toys to bring holiday cheer to children ages newborn  to 17. Donations will be distributed by the police department throughout the month of December.

Those wishing to donate toys but unable to attend the Fill the Cruiser events can drop off donations at Police Headquarters located at 1425 N. Courthouse Road until December 15, 2017.

10.  Help Arlington County’s Secret Santa program reach our most vulnerable residents:  Donate $25 gift cards from area stores – grocery stores, drug stores, clothing stores, Target, etc. (or write a check) and the cards will be purchased for you – and the Department of Human Services will distribute them to more than 1,000 needy children in foster care, people with disabilities, low income seniors, and low income families in our community. Gifts cards should not exceed $25 each, but you can submit as many as you like. Donations are generally tax deductible.  Please remember to include a return mail address or e-mail address so we can send you a thank you note and a tax receipt!  Mail or hand deliver gift cards or checks. They must be mailed or delivered to the Arlington Secret Santa program by December 15th.  See or call 703-228-1775.

If you’re interested in exploring other ways to help those in need this holiday season, visit the Arlington County Volunteer Center website at:

11.  Arlington’s Farmers Markets:  Open through the winter.

  • Westover Farmers Market:  Sundays, 8 am to 12 pm May thru November (9 am to 1 pm December thru April).  The Market is located at the corner of Washington Blvd. and N. McKinley Rd.  The street address is 1644 N. McKinley Road.  For details, including vendors, see

  • Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market:  Saturdays, 8 am to 12 pm.  The Market is located at N.14TH and N. Courthouse Rd.  For details, including vendors, see

  • Columbia Pike Farmers Market:  Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm.  The Market is located at Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Dr.  For details, including vendors, see

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