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November 2018 Newsletter

posted Nov 12, 2018, 9:13 AM by c traband

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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for neighbors in the Rock Spring neighborhood.

From the Rock Spring Civic Association Board

1.  RSCA Annual Meeting Recap:    On Thursday, October 18, our annual meeting hosted two speakers, Noah Simon and Christine Winn.  Mr. Simon has been appointed the Chair of the 26th Street Task Force which will be studying the 7.5 acres property where the Salt Dome resides off Old Dominion Drive.  The committee will begin its meetings in November and send recommendations to the County Board by April 1. The County requires the property to include a new Salt Dome, a mulch site, the current trailhead and a 1-1.5 acre park (gardens, playground, or playing field). Where those four are located will be part of the committee’s recommendations. Rock Spring Civic Association has a seat on the committee and we will provide updates periodically.

Ms. Winn, Director, Business Investment Group, Arlington Economic Development (AED)gave an interesting presentation about the reasons for Arlington’s elevated office vacancy rate and the County’s plans to entice new business and retain current businesses in order to return to the 50/50 split in commercial and residential share of tax base.  Arlington is positioned well to market to and attract businesses. Some of its features include:

·       Concentration of federal research agencies

·       Highly-educated workforce

·       Among best schools in the nation

·       Globally-attractive location

·       High-tech/cybersecurity clusters

·       Transportation/accessibility/walkability

·       Small town charm and big city amenities

The AED office not only focuses on big business, but small businesses as well and provides many services to small business owners.  They have streamlined the process for small business owners to make it easier to get started and meet County requirements.

2.  Leaf Collection:  First Pass Nov. 27- Dec. 4

Second Pass Dec. 17-20

3.  Lee Highway Alliance Events:

Dec. 1, 11:30 - 2:30 pm, FREE Winter Festival of Lights

Lee Highway Corridor

Have FUN and celebrate a winter wonderland of 10,000 lights!    Holiday music, food, and performers at four venues!   Compete in the Amazing Passport Race

·       start at the Lee Arts Center to sing & do print and button making,

·       visit the Big White Tent at Lee Harrison for magic, music, puppies, & wreath making,

·       enjoy holiday music, heritage, and photos with fire fighters at Langston Brown CC,  and Shop Lee, Shop Local at the Holiday Market, Cherrydale Historic Fire Station!

·       For map and more information:

December 4, 6:30 pm:  ARTIS Senior Living proposal:  LHA’s Office, 4620 Lee Highway Suite 208.

You are invited to the third community meeting at LHA on the ARTIS Senior Living proposal. The meeting will be HELD JOINTLY with the Waverly Hills CA and the Cherrydale CA. ARTIS has responded to many of the community's concerns.

The results of the traffic study are not yet available, but will be presented at the meeting.

4.  Arlington Public Schools:

Check out results from YOUR VOICE MATTERS, a new survey of Arlington Public Schools (APS) 5th – 11th grade students, parents and school staff at  The survey was a collaborative effort by APS and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, with the goal of providing the Arlington community with “a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being.”  The survey focused on bullying, communications, safety and quality of instruction.

Monday, November 26, 7 pm, in the YHS auditorium: YHS hosts third annual CREATING A YORKTOWN COMMUNITY OF CARING:  A PROGRAM ON SUBSTANCE USE

This year's featured speaker will be Arlington parent Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, whose son attended Washington-Lee High School and died of an opioid overdose last fall at the age of 20.  In addition to sharing his son's story and the science behind addiction, he will be accompanied by a student recovering from addiction. Admiral Winnefeld has spoken to some members of our school athletic community and has been well very received by students and adults alike.   He and his wife founded SAFE, Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic, last year and has been sharing his son's story nationally.

Research indicates addiction almost always starts with experimentation with alcohol or marijuana.  While this year’s event will highlight the fatal effects of opioid addiction, the stories will show the progression of addiction as well as the science behind it.  Admiral Winnefeld will speak about his son’s journey and the many resources available to our community.

Community resources such as The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, Arlington Public School’s Substance Abuse Counselors, READY Coalition, Arlington Police, SAFE and Arlington Assistance and Recovery Initiative (AARI), will be available before and after the event.  YHS welcomes all parents, students and community members to attend.

More information on SAFE can be found at

Williamsburg Middle School Events:

·       December 5-12 - WMS Book Fair

       December 6 - 7:00 WMS Band Concert

·       December 11 - 7:00 WMS Chorus/Orchestra Concert

Yorktown High School Events:

·       December 13, 14, 15 - Theatre Arts Musical

·       December 17 – Band Concert

·       December 17 – Choir Concert

5.  E-CARE:  November 17, 8:30 -1 pm.  The biannual Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) allows Arlington residents to safely dispose of household hazardous materials and electronics, plus recycle bikes and small metal items among other things.  Talk to neighbors and combine loads, saving extra trips to the collection site.

New location: 1425 N. Quincy St., formerly known as the Buck Property, directly across the street from Washington-Lee High School and the David M. Brown Planetarium.

Commercial waste not accepted.  View a complete list of accepted items. Rain or shine. E-CARE Fall 2018 printable brochure

6.  Bounce over to Madison beginning November 3

Have an active child 3-9 years old who loves to bounce? Bounce on over to Madison Community Center for Open Bounce Saturday mornings. Hop to it: choose a session (9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.) and join in the fun for just $3 per child. Details here. You can even schedule a birthday party at the Bounce!

7.  Family Skate Night:  Live DJ, moon bounces and fun. What else could a family need for an adventurous Saturday night? Thomas Jefferson Community Center hosts Family Skate Night Saturdays, 6:15-9 p.m. Only $2 to enter and $3 to rent skates (don't forget: cash only). Details here

8.  Families Unplugged: Printed Cards and Calendars:  Sat., Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-noon
Come by Arlington Mill Community Center to get ready for the holidays at this fun and exciting Families Unplugged. The experts from our Community Arts team will guide you and your family through a fun project for each upcoming holiday: a wooden turkey craft perfect for Thanksgiving decor, winter holiday cards, and a 2019 calendar. Only $8 per person. Details and registration

9.  Holiday Wreath Workshop

Adults. Using all-natural items, we’ll create some delightfully decorative crafts you can use to spruce up your home or give as special gifts. We’ll provide music, refreshments, basic instruction and enough materials for each participant to make at least two wreaths. Participants should bring hand pruners or wire cutters (if you have them) and any extra materials or special decorations you may wish to add. Teens ages 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road  Event # 622949-A

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