2015 Meeting Schedule

Patrick Henry Elementary School Library at 7:00 PM. Check the newsletter for details.

Dear Neighbors,

TJ Working Group (TJWG), charged with determining whether a new elementary school can/should be sited on the Thomas Jefferson site, presents its final recommendation report to Arlington County Board on January 24.

We hope to "prep" you for that meeting on Thursday, January 15, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a joint AHCA/Friends of TJ Park meeting at TJ Middle School.

I also plan to send-out a summary of my personal viewpoint here (for those who care) prior to Thursday's meeting.

Thank you,
Megan Haydasz
TJ Working Group Alternate (Arlington Heights)
6th St Resident

Dear Neighbors,

Our own neighborhood elementary has now received national recognition in addition to recent state awards. Congratulations to the whole Henry community for making this possible.

This just in from WTOP News (from AP):

2 Va. elementary schools earn national distinction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Two Virginia elementary schools are being recognized for their achievements.

The state Department of Education says Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington County and High Point Elementary in Washington County have been named as Virginia's two 2014-2015 National Title I Distinguished Schools.

Representatives from the schools will be recognized by the National Association of State Title I Directors during the organization's annual conference in February in Salt Lake City.

Officials say the schools were selected from the 40 high- achieving Title I schools honored by the Virginia Board of Education in October.

Patrick Henry Elementary was selected for exceeding federal annual measurable objectives for two consecutive school years. High Point Elementary was chosen for its efforts to close achievement gaps among student subgroups over two consecutive years.

Dear Neighbors,

On November 12, 2014, Arlington Heights Civic Association held its annual elections for Executive Committee members. Please join me in congratulating our 2015 officers:

  • President: Stephen Hughes
  • 1st Vice President: Jeanne Haggerty
  • 2nd Vice President: Jonathan "Jay" Moore
  • Treasurer: Scott Winn
  • Secretary: Maureen Critchley
  • Thank you so much to Stephen and Maureen for stepping up to support our neighborhood as new incoming officers.

    Thank you to Jeanne, Jay, and Scott for their willingness to serve a third term. Many thanks for your tireless efforts on behalf of our community. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with all of you.

    I would also like to take a moment to thank our wonderful out-going secretary, Megan Haydasz. Her dedication to AHCA and commitment to our neighborhood is inspiring. Thank you so much, Megan. You will be greatly missed.

    Best wishes to Executive Committee members past and present.

    Stacey Whyte
    Arlington Heights Civic Association

    Dear Members:

    On November 18, 2014, we sent a letter to Arlington County Board stating the resolution unanimously approved at our quarterly meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

  • WHEREAS Arlington Public Schools is proposing to build a school adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson Middle School, possibly intruding upon Thomas Jefferson Park,
  • WHEREAS Thomas Jefferson Park is an extremely valuable resource for Arlington and its Arlington Heights neighbors, where our children and families use the park for play and recreation, people walk their dogs, runners jog on its measured half-mile trail, neighborhood volunteers maintain the ornamental garden at the southeast corner of the park, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School students raise food in the park's organic vegetable garden for the Arlington Food Assistance Center,
  • WHEREAS Arlington Heights Civic Association deems the boundary of Thomas Jefferson Park to be as illustrated in Figure 1, (see Attachment 1)
  • BE IT RESOLVED THAT Arlington Heights Civic Association opposes Arlington Public Schools building a school, or any facility, that occupies, or infringes upon, any portion of Thomas Jefferson Park.
  • BE IT RESOLVED THAT Arlington Heights Civic Association strongly supports a comprehensive planning approach to the Thomas Jefferson site. Arlington Heights Civic Association is deeply concerned that building a new elementary school by 2018 on the Thomas Jefferson site would foreclose future improvements of the site.


    Stephen Hughes, President
    Arlington Heights Civic Association

  • Click the map of TJ property below to view a larger map.
    Green areas are owned by Arlington County Board. School area is owned by Arlington Public Schools.

    Click the map of Patrick Henry Elementary School / Career Center property below to view a larger map.

    To re-create these maps, open Arlington County Maps, select Parcel Search, and search for Parcel ID 24011037 or 25014010

    Hi neighbors!

    We're looking for volunteers to show their gardens during the annual Arlington Heights Garden Tour. This year's tour will be held on Saturday, June 7. We usually start around 8:30-9:00 AM and go until around 12:00 noon.

    We like variety! So whether you're an avid vegetable gardener, have a casual cottage garden, maintain a more formal approach...we love it all. Please let us know via return email if you're interested in participating.

    Rebecca and John Mashaw

    Dear Neighbors:

    Thank you for responding to 2014 Arlington Heights Neighborhood Improvements Survey.

    This survey provided Arlington Heights Civic Association (AHCA) information needed to prepare an update to AHCA's Neighborhood Conservation Plan. This plan enables us to speak with one voice to county officials about our concerns and changes we would like to see. Completing a plan update also gives us extra credit in the points system used to prioritize funding for neighborhood improvement projects, which totals about $12 million per year for the entire county. Recent improvements include the construction of new sidewalks, curbs, and gutters in several locations around our neighborhood, as well as new streetlights.

    AHCA's 2014 Calendar of Events:

  • Tuesday, February 11: AHCA Quarterly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM

  • Friday, February 21: First snowdrops of spring appear
    3320 6th Street South
    617 South Glebe Road

  • Monday, February 24: Wine Tasting Event 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 18: Newsletter Content Due
  • Monday, April 21: Newsletter to Printer
  • Friday, April 25: Newsletter to Delivery Vols
  • Saturday, April 26: AHCA 5K 9:00 AM

  • Tuesday, May 13: AHCA Quarterly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 17: Arlington Neighborhood Day

  • Saturday, June 7: Garden Tour 8:30 AM
  • Saturday, June 7: AHCA Spring BBQ 12:00-2:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 8: BBQ rain date 12:00-2:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 14: AHCA Community Yard Sale 8:00 AM-12:00 noon

  • Friday, July 18: Newsletter Content Due
  • Monday, July 21: Newsletter to Printer
  • Friday, July 25: Newsletter to Delivery Vols

  • Wednesday-Sunday, August 6-10: Arlington County Fair
  • Tuesday, August 12: AHCA Quarterly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM

  • Friday, October 17: Newsletter Content Due
  • Monday, October 20: Newsletter to Printer
  • Friday, October 24: Newsletter to Delivery Vols
  • Saturday, October 25: Halloween Parade 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Sunday, October 26: Parade rain date 3:00-4:30 PM

  • Wednesday, November 12: AHCA Quarterly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM (note Wednesday date)

  • Friday, December 19: Holiday Caroling & Party 7:00 PM
    Greetings neighbors,

    Many thanks to everyone who attended AHCA's 2013 Halloween parade and party!

    More than 130 neighbors joined us to celebrate this spooky season, we collected 285 pounds of food for AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center) and we added 10 more members to our civic association! What a great day!

    Many thanks to our sponsors - Papa John's Pizza and Simplicity Urgent Care - for their generosity! The pizza was delicious and we ate every last piece and the Simplicity donated moon bounces were enjoyed for hours non-stop.

    Thanks to the volunteers from AFAC and AFC (Arlington Free Clinic) for joining us to share information about their wonderful community organizations.

    Last, but certainly not least, thank you to AHCA Executive Committee members Jeanne Haggerty and Jay Moore for their help coordinating the event today. As for AHCA Secretary Megan Haydasz - our wonderful event today simply would not have happened without all of her hard work and organization - thank you Megan!!!

    We hope everyone enjoyed a happy and safe Halloween!

    -- Stacey Whyte, President
    -- Arlington Heights Civic Association

    Dear Neighbors,

    Some of you may have already noticed the good news - the Glebe Road Bridge Project is finally complete! It looks terrific and traffic is running smoothly - or as smoothly as it ever does on a major thoroughfare. :)

    -- Stacey Whyte, President
    -- Arlington Heights Civic Association

    Recent news:

  • Columbia Pike and 9th Street Bike Boulevard project
  • Information about Route 27 bridge over Route 244
  • Read our Autumn 2013 Over The Fence newsletter
  • Sports score: Saturday, May 12 (softball): AHCA Fightin' Pineapples 25, Penrose 24, on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th (final) inning
  • Columbia Pike Initiative (information about ongoing planning/development on the Pike)
  • Commonwealth Transportation Board approves the transfer of Columbia Pike to Arlington County

    Arlington Heights neighbors' recommendations on contractors

  • Open an account on YourServiceList.org and specify Arlington Heights / 22204

    Arlington Heights School Guide

  • See what public schools serve Arlington Heights, and learn about the many good choices available to Arlington Heights parents.

    Columbia Pike celebrates its 200th anniversary

  • Read "Columbia Pike: The History of an Early Turnpike" by John Paul Liebertz, Arlington County Historic Preservation Office, April 1, 2010