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September 2018 Newsletter

posted Sep 16, 2018, 3:08 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.  County Board Candidate Debate:  Oct 1 at Yorktown Civic Association: Patriot Room, Yorktown High School.  The meeting will start at 7:30 pm, with the 1-hour debate starting around 7:45 pm.

2.  Rock Spring Civic Association Annual Meeting:  Mark your calendars:  October 18, 7 pm.

3.  Stone Monument at Old Dominion Drive and Rock Spring Road:  submitted by Deirdre Donahue, member of RSCA.

Jewell Station

Longtime residents of RSCA will recall that a stone monument used to stand on the SW corner of Rock Spring Road and Old Dominion Drive. The original purpose of the monument, which is over 100 years old, has not been discerned despite many hours of research of historical records. (However, it has been determined that the monument most likely did not designate a stop on the Great Falls and Old Dominion Railroad.). Residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood have enjoyed the mysterious monument for years, and have developed their own ideas about its origins and purpose.

The monument was toppled during a car accident about 12 years ago. Nearby neighbors asked the County to store the monument while its history could be researched, with the intent of asking the County to restore the monument and place a plaque on it commemorating the neighborhood’s origins. The County was eager to assist. The monument has been restored and a plaque (donated by a neighbor) has been installed, explaining the origins of the Rock Spring neighborhood. 

new monument
You can view the monument, and read the “origin story” of the Rock Spring neighborhood, at its new location on the SE corner of Rock Spring Road and Old Dominion Drive. And it’s easy to walk to see the monument, thanks to the new sidewalks!

4.  Don’t’ miss out!  Take a look at the multitude of upcoming and ongoing Arlington event, activities and services available to you!

Start here: to find a park, fitness centers and programs, Arlington’s amazing and free library resources and programs, learn about volunteer needs/opportunities throughout the county, find county events, read current county news, report a neighborhood or county problem and so much more!

And whether you’re a parent or not, make sure you take a look at for Arlington Public Schools’ events, activities, advisory and other volunteer opportunities, a directory of all of our schools and programs, as well as School Board meetings and opportunities for input and involvement.

If you are wondering why, at a particular time, there is additional traffic around the schools (meetings, plays, concerts), check out their calendars.

Discovery Elementary:

Jamestown Elementary:

Williamsburg Middle:

Yorktown Senior:

Speaking of our schools:  Please help keep Arlington children safe in the Rock Spring neighborhood and throughout the county   We’re fortunate to have Discovery Elementary, Jamestown Elementary and Williamsburg Middle School right here in our neighborhood.  We see the happy children walking, biking, on their scooters, in school buses, and being dropped off and picked by their families each school day.  In the evenings and on weekends, the very popular soccer fields are filled with young players and their families.

These children are being asked to be careful, stay safe, look before crossing and are given many more messages to keep them safe.   What children, their families and their schools need from us, RSCA members, is cautious, careful driving whenever you see a child is nearby.  And, stopping for those school buses picking up and dropping off children. Watch for children and others as you drive up our hills, approach traffic lights and intersections where children and others may be crossing.  We all know how busy Williamsburg Blvd. has gotten with many drivers who are in a hurry. Albemarle St., Delaware St., Harrison St. and 36th St. are also busy during school hours.   Many Arlington children cross these very busy streets.  Thank you for watching out for all of our wonderful and loved Arlington children.

5.  Other Items of Interest:

Arlington Hospital Update:

Salt Dome Update:

Lee Highway & Glebe Road Intersection Improvements:   View the project page

Cherrydale Five Points Intersection Improvements:  View the project page

Old Dominion Drive Missing Link:  View the project page  

Permanent Drug Take-Back Boxes: The County installed three permanent drug take-back boxes to address a crucial public safety and public health crisis facing communities across the country.   In 3 months, the public safely disposed of 407 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.  Items accepted at the drug take-back boxes are prescriptions, vitamins, prescription ointments, pet medications, prescription patches and over-the-counter medications. Items not accepted are needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, lotions or liquids and hydrogen peroxide.

Permanent take-back boxes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year with no questions asked at the following locations:

1.     Arlington County Fire Station #2 – 4805 Wilson Boulevard

2.     Arlington County Fire Station #9 – 1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

3.     Arlington County Police Department – 2000 block of 14th Street N.

The Police Department will once again participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Event locations will be announced on a future date.

Marymount Farmers Market:  Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm, Open until November 17.

6.  Learn about Magnificent Monarchs, Saturday, September 22, 1-3pm, National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA

Monarchs and their amazing migration to Mexico are in peril for many reasons.  Learn about the mysterious monarch life cycle and migration at an ASNV class September 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the National Wildlife Federation Building in Reston at 11100 Wildlife Center Drive.  Also learn how you can attract them to your home garden or favorite public space and how to raise them to send them on their fall journey. Resources for milkweed and garden design also included. The class will be taught by Georgina Chin, an instructor with Monarch Teacher Network.  For more details on signing up, check out the ASNV website.

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