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October 2017 Newsletter

posted Oct 16, 2017, 12:06 PM by c traband

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

1.  Reminder:  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) Annual Meeting, at Discovery Elementary School Thursday, October 19, 7 pm.  Sandra Chesrown, President of the Lee Highway Alliance, will be featured at the RSCA Annual Meeting to talk about initiatives and the County planning process for Lee Highway, which is set to kick off later this year or in early 2018.  Come with your questions about how Lee Highway will look, commercial versus residential, housing options, traffic, how Rock Spring neighbors can help, etc.

We will also vote on the Executive Board candidates for the next 2-year term.  Those running include:

Executive Board Officers:  President: Mark Luncher, Vice President: Judy Wheat, Secretary: Charlie Flicker; Treasurer: Alan Geralnick

Executive Board Members:  Mary Cottrell, Jerry Paull, Steve Pearson, Lynn Pollock, Kevin Scott, Larry Suiters, Nedim Kirimca , Rob Topp,  Joan Trabandt, Lillian Ullmen, Dara Weng

2.  Speaking of Lee Highway:   Lee Highway Alliance Officially Open for Business

In September, the Lee Highway Alliance opened its new headquarters at 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208.  Donations from LHA Board members helped furnish the new offices and recently LHA welcomed its new executive director, Lucia deCordre.  Lucia is an urban planner and designer who came to LHA from the Rosslyn BID.

LHA hosted a number of events this past year, including two community forums, one in July on Transferable Development Rights, and the other on Housing Choice.  LHA has also been actively involved in the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Lee Highway at East Falls Church and the VDOT toll road signage in Cherrydale and Lyon Village.

Upcoming events include:  State of Place ForumSaturday, October 21, from 10 -12:  LHA was one of five finalists in the National State of Place competition, an evidence-based urban design initiative that helps cities achieve their urban design priorities, including livability and economic development.  Join us at the LHA Offices to review the results and continue the discussion about how to make Lee Highway more walkable, liveable and SMARTer!

3.  “ENGAGE WITH US!”  Arlington Public Schools hopes the new ENGAGE webpage, at, will help APS families and other community members find exactly what they need to stay informed and participate in the many APS initiatives, events, advisory groups, learn about schools and register children, become an APS volunteer or learn about job opportunities, and so much more, including providing online feedback to APS.  The site also includes a calendar of upcoming meetings and events, and links to background and updates on 11 current and future Arlington Public School initiatives.

4.  County Government’s Community Engagement Initiative:  “ENGAGE ARLINGTON” at is Arlington County’s new initiative to help community members stay informed and up-to-date on County services, events, community groups and organizations, volunteer opportunities, advisory groups and commissions, and projects and planning by neighborhood.  The webpage includes a link to an expansive “A to Z Directory of Departments and Services,” each with a link to the department, organization, service, etc. and the phone number and address.

5.  Long Bridge Design Concepts:  Thurs, October 19, 7-10 P.M, 2011 Crystal Drive, 11th Floor

Come see the top four design concepts for the new Long Bridge Park Aquatic & Fitness Center and park expansion. Watch the presentations, ask questions and let us know what you think! Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in underground garage.

Can't attend? Between Oct. 19-27, stop by the Courthouse Plaza lobby or visit, search Long Bridge Park Project.

6.  Fall Heritage Festival:  Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-5 pm.  Each fall we gather around the Walker Log House to celebrate our nation's heritage.  Join us this year for a family- friendly day of fun.  Step back into history and try your hand at some old-time games and crafts, make a corn husk doll, try on a coon-skin cap, or work the cider press!  Write with a quill pen or churn butter and enjoy old-time music. Bring your old pants and shirt to make a scarecrow - child sizes work best!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  3608 N. Military Road, Arlington, VA.  For information:  703-228-3403.  Only $5 per person.

7.  Discovery Elementary School PUMPKINFEST, Sunday, October 22, 11:30 am – 3pm (children’s costume parade at 11:30), on the Discovery/Williamsburg soccer fields.  Stop by to enjoy the fun whether you do or don’t have children at Discovery.  All are welcome!

8.  Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7th.  The ballot will include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Virginia House of Delegates, County Board, and School Board candidates.  Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, November 7th.  Polling Place Hours on all Election Days is 6 a.m.-7 p.m.   For complete information on absentee voting, voter registration, photo voter ID requirements, and more, see

9. Capital Steps at Yorktown:  Yorktown High School Theatre Arts is once again sponsoring The Capitol Steps ( on Sunday, November 19th at 7:00pm, in the YHS auditorium.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave all sides of the political spectrum laughing. Tickets are just $39 and can be purchased online at  Enjoy DC entertainment without leaving the neighborhood!  Get your tickets while they last -- this show sells out!  Enjoy a spectacularly funny show and support Yorktown Theatre at the same time!

10.  Looking for other fun things to do in Arlington this fall?  See for an easy way to find events and activities for all interests and ages, throughout the county.

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