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November 2019 Newsletter

posted Nov 13, 2019, 6:06 PM by c traband
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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

1.  Summary of RSCA Annual Meeting, October 24:
Mark Luncher, RSCA President, opened the annual meeting at Discovery Elementary School by introducing County Board Member Erik Gutshall, who was the main speaker.  Mr. Gutshall was accompanied by Dennis Leach, Arlington County Director of Transportation.

Mr. Gutshall opened his remarks with a summary of the challenges facing Arlington County as a home for the middle class, especially with regard to housing for the “missing middle” such as teachers and public safety officials.  He believes the 1951 zoning code is in need of updating with regard to residential neighborhoods. Gutshall also observed that more schools will be needed, and that Arlington cannot absorb more cars. The County goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and the problems with stormwater resulting from decisions 60+ years ago to pave over most local streams, he said, will not be solved by installing bigger funnels/drains, but through slowing water flow and absorbing more of it during heavy downpours.

He closed by observing that taxes from more jobs, such as Amazon, will help pay for capital improvements.

Mr. Leach stated that safety is taken very seriously by his department, citing a Vision Zero campaign to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.  Two issues were raised with him by residents: recent traffic deaths on Little Falls Rd near Nottingham school and speeding/lack of sidewalks on 33rd Rd N between Glebe and Little Falls.

Leach stated that a traffic survey was underway for Little Falls Rd and Williamsburg Blvd, and that traffic enhancements were being placed near Nottingham School. 

In addition:  The nominating committee slate for RSCA Board for the 2019-21 period was approved without objection: Mark Luncher, President, Judith Wheat, Vice President, Charlie Flickner, Secretary, and Mike Whatley, Treasurer. 

Members at Large are:  Roy Gamses, Mike Jensen, Nedim Kirimca, Jerry Paull, Lynn Pollock, Rob Simcox, Kevin Scott, Rob Topp, Joan Trabandt, and Doug Wagley.  If you are interested in helping the Board with community issues, please contact the President, Mark Luncher,

2.  Leaf Truck Alert: The first vacuum-leaf-collection in the Rock Spring Neighborhood is scheduled between November 25th and 30th.   If you prefer to bag your leaves, free bags may be obtained at either the Lee Center (5722 Lee Highway) or the Madison Center (3829 N. Stafford St.)  

3.  Civic Federation:  Tuesday, Nov 19, Refreshments at 6.30p, meeting at 7p. Hazel Auditorium, Virginia Hospital Center: Topics include: 
  • Virginia General Assembly Elected Senators and Delegates
  • Stormwater Management

4.  County News

The Joint Facilities Advisory Commission's (JFAC) Scoping Committee will meet on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting location is the Bozman Government Center, Room 715 (2100 Clarendon Blvd.). 



Other Items:

 5.  News on Lee Highway planning and ways to stay up-to-date: The LEE HIGHWAY ALLIANCE is working with the County’s PLAN LEE HIGHWAY planning process to encourage and leverage broad citizen participation in the Plan Lee Highway process, which began in January. See both websites for information on their work, future meetings, and to sign up for email updates.

Get started by completing a brief County survey by November 30 at

6.  Arlington County Schools:
Proposals for Elementary School Boundary Changes:  Elementary School Planning for 2021:

 APS High School Options & Transfers Information for SY 2020-21  APS High School Options & Transfers Information for SY 2020-21 – see

Did you miss Middle or High School Information Night?  See for videos of Middle School Information Night, High School Information Night, and H-B Woodlawn Middle School Information night.

Music Season Is Coming:


Dec 12:  7 pm Band Concert
Dec 17:  7 pm Chorus Concert
Dec 18:  7 pm Orchestra Concert


Dec 5 - Band Concert
Dec 10 - 12 - Book Fair
Dec 10 - Chorus Concert
Dec 12 - Orchestra Concert

For more information from the APS School Board:

7.  Tons of Fun
Bounce, Bounce, BounceHave an active child (3-9 years old) who loves bounce houses? Join us for Open Bounce on Saturday mornings from November 16, 2019 to March 28, 2020 at Madison Community Center. We host two bounce sessions: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. $3 per child. Drop-in or purchase tickets online.

Play with your food! Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-noon at Walter Reed Community Center:  Learn how to create an amazing, Pinterest-worthy fruit & veggie turkey appetizer centerpiece to take home  You and your family will also create beautiful turkey tail fans to add to your festive décor. Just in time for your Thanksgiving feast! Register online or by phone at 703-228-4747 using activity code #730020-D! $8 per person.

Looking for Holiday Gift Ideas.  Paint a Plate at TJ Art Studios and transform a ceramic piece of pottery into a personalized work of art for yourself or someone special.

Holiday Wreath Workshop:  December 7, 1-4 PM. 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.  Register here.   612949-L

Winter Registration for Parks and Rec Activities:   Begins Nov. 12: View the latest guide for all the fun nature & history activities available! 


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