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September 2017 Newsletter

posted Sep 15, 2017, 1:22 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.

RSCA Executive Board Candidates:  The Rock Spring Civic Association is looking for candidates for its Executive Board.  The term of office is two years and is a relatively light time commitment while serving your Rock Spring neighborhood.  The Executive Board election will be held at the Association membership meeting in October.  Anyone who is interested or has questions about the position should contact Jerry Paull at

Reminder:  Rock Spring Civic Association (RSCA) Annual Meeting, at Discovery Elementary School Thursday, October 19, 7 pm.  The invited speakers from the Lee Highway Alliance will be sharing the latest developments for Lee Highway and its future direction.  Come with your questions about how Lee Highway will look, commercial versus residential, housing options, traffic, how Rock Spring neighbors can help, etc.

APS  Back-to-School Nights

High School Back-to-School Night: Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m.

Middle School Back-to-School Night: Sept. 28, 7-8:30 or 9 p.m.

School Board to Hold Work Session on Middle School Boundaries

The School Board held a work session to begin discussing the process for middle school boundary adjustments on Tuesday, September 12. The session was livestreamed and is posted for rebroadcast online at

APS to Host Open House:  You’re Invited!

Arlington Public Schools is hosting an Open House for the community to learn more about topics that will be discussed for School Board action this year and find out how to stay informed and be involved.

Calendars for the Schools in our Area:  There are plenty of activities happening at each of our area schools.  Check the calendars to find the events of most interest to you.

Discovery Elementary School:

Jamestown Elementary School:

Williamsburg Middle School:

Yorktown High School:     

Williamsburg Blvd Green Streets:  The construction has begun!

Location OneWilliamsburg Blvd from Old Dominion Drive to 35th Street N - Proposed Construction Duration:  September, 2017 - January, 2018

New canopy trees will be planted between 34th Road North and 35th Street North. And, two 1,000-square-foot rain gardens will be planted in the median between 33rd Road North and 34th Road North. These rain gardens will clean the polluted runoff from 1.8 acres within the Little Pimmit Run watershed.

Location TwoWilliamsburg Blvd from N Harrison Street to N Edison St. - Proposed Construction Duration:  January, 2018 - April, 2018

Proposed Planting Date:  April, 2018

Proposed Project Completion Date:  June, 2018

Opioid Town Hall:  Thursday, October 12 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library Auditorium.    Please attend this discussion with community leaders, healthcare service providers, and law enforcement officers serving on the front lines about how drugs and the opioid epidemic are affecting our community.  This forum is presented by Arlington Public Schools, the County Council of PTAs, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Arlington County Police, Arlington County Department of Human Services, and the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families.

Civic Federation Candidate Debate:  The recent candidate debate hosted by the Arlington Civic Federation is available for viewing.  In the first panel, Republican candidate Adam Roosevelt and incumbent Democrat Alfonso Lopez discuss the issues facing Arlington. The second panel includes those running for County Board and School Board.  The next meeting on October 3 will feature those races that are uncontested.

Want a Free Tree?  Arlington County is providing 500 native trees to Arlington residents at no cost. The trees are part of our mission to expand and enhance Arlington's urban tree canopy. Register now; trees will be distributed Sat., Oct. 14 and Wed., Oct. 18. Learn more here.

Nature Center Programs:  at all three nature centers:

55+ Activities:  Did you know that the County has programs specifically for the 55+ group?  There are trips, fitness activities, interesting courses and more.

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