from ARLINGTON HEIGHTS CIVIC ASSOCIATION
I'm excited to announce that Arlington Heights will be having its first block party in quite a few years. The block party will be on Saturday October 22 (with a rain date of October 23) from 1-5PM in the 600 block of S. Highland Street. We will have grills, tables, sodas and possibly a moon bounce and ice cream. Families will be asked to bring their own main lunch item (grills will be available), to contribute a side dish and to donate $5 to the event. Many thanks to Megan Booth for organizing this event.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30PM at Patrick Henry Elementary School. We will have two presentations. The first will be from Michael Leventhal. He will be speaking about the possible designation of Arlington Heights as a historical district. After that we will hear from Jim Hamre, the Arlington Transit Program supervisor, about a number of bus service changes (Metrobus and ART) that will affect our neighborhood, particularly along Columbia Pike.
I'm also excited to announce that after a lot of positive feedback from neighbors and the county, we've submitted our Parks Enhancement Grant application. The Park Enhancement Grant (PEG) program funds a number of small improvements (up to a maximum of $12,000) to parks and other publicly owned land every year. This year we applied for $10,625 to landscape the west side of Irving Street from Arlington Blvd to South 2nd Street. This is the land adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Middle school, just outside the fence line. This would be a very visual improvement to one of the main entrances to our neighborhood, as well as a great improvement to the TJ walking trail which runs along side the project area. We're very hopeful that our application will be approved. Many thanks to Cathy Camp for the extraordinary amount of effort she put in to pulling this application together. Also many thanks to Susie Ensign for designing our proposed landscaping plan.
If you want to get more involved in the neighborhood, we're currently looking for volunteers for a number of positions. We still need one more representative for the Columbia Pike Implementation Team (CPIT). We also are looking for more volunteers to represent the neighborhood on the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC). I would like to thank Betty Siegel, who has done an outstanding job as our representative. She is no longer able to attend the meetings, so we need someone to step in so we can keep getting neighborhood improvement projects like the new street lights on South 6th Street. Also for NCAC, the county wants to begin planning for our third highest priority project, so we're looking for a block captain for this project on Irving Street. All of these opportunities are described in more detail later in the newsletter, but please contact me if you're interested in any of them.
I hope to see many of you at both our coming meeting and block party.
AHCA Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 7:30PM
- Introductions (3 minutes)
- Guest Speakers
- Michael Leventhal, Historic Preservation Coordinator (25 minutes)
- Jim Hamre, Arlington Transit (20 minutes)
- Review of Minutes (3 minutes)
- Treasurer's Report (5 minutes)
- Neighborhood Conservation report and approval of priorities (5 minutes)
- Civic Federation Report (5 minutes)
- Committee Reports
- Old Business
- New Business
- Set 2006 dues
- Elect nominating committee
- President: Adam Croswell (703-553-0523) email@example.com
- 1st Vice-President: Martin Chadzynski firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2nd Vice-President: Kimberly Sumner email@example.com
- Secretary: Betty Siegel (703-892-1959) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer: Bob Dannemiller (703-685-3795) email@example.com
- Neighborhood Conservation Representatives:
- Newsletter Editor: Megan Booth (703-553-9712) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newsletter Distribution:
- Web site: Richard Bullington-McGuire (703-979-4380) email@example.com
- List serve: Jay Jacob Wind (703-218-2726) firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Council (NCAC) representatives needed
We're currently looking for representatives to NCAC (Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee). The NCAC is the organization which administers and awards bond funds for neighborhood conservation projects such as sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and streetlights. The recently completed street lights installed on South 6th Street are one example of how NCAC has benefited Arlington Heights. Their mission statement is: "To enhance residential areas by providing citizen-initiated public improvements in a timely manner, based upon regularly-updated, neighborhood-developed plans." You can find a more complete description of the program on the web at:http://www.co.arlington.va.us/Departments/CPHD/ons/CPHDOnsConservation.aspx
NCAC meetings are on the second Thursday of every month. Contact Adam Croswell (email@example.com or 703-553-0523) if you'd be interested in representing our neighborhood in this group.
Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE)
Saturday, October 22 - 9am to 3pm.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School parking lot, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. One block east of Glebe Rd. and one block south of Rt. 50. (The entrance will be marked.)
Safely dispose of household hazardous materials, such as paint, motor oil or other chemicals, at this event. Used bicycles will also be collected by Bikes for the World for recycling. Computers, televisions, and other electronic materials will be collected for recycling as well (a small fee is charged for monitors). Other groups will collect shoes and eyeglasses. Call 703-228-6832 for more information, or check the E-CARE web site at https://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/EnvironmentalServices/EnvironmentalServicesEnvex.aspx
Be Part of the Revitalization of Columbia Pike!
Arlington Heights Civic Association is still looking for one more representatives for the Columbia Pike Implementation Team. If you're interested in representing AHCA at these meetings on the first Wednesday evening of every month please contact Adam Croswell (firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-553-0523).
Here's a description of the CPIT from Betty Siegel who is our current representative:
When the form based code was adopted the streetscape and width was left out on purpose and a team of county residents and members of various commissions was appointed by the County Board to make recommendations. That Columbia Pike Streetscape Task Force worked for about a year and made recommendations, one of which was that an implementation team be put into place to ensure that the Pike vision was carried out. CPIT is the Columbia Pike Implementation Team and is made up of County Staff and representatives of neighborhoods along the Pike.
Write to AHCAemail@example.com and get involved with the neighborhood.
E-mail topics include construction, lost cats, advice on vendors, information about meetings, and other fun stuff! Join today!
Jay Wind, (703) 920-5193. Daughter available for: Babysitting, Pet/plant sitting, House sitting
Sharon & David Kinsman, (703) 892-1472. Son available for: Pet sitting, Snow shoveling
Kathy & Mike Jackson, (703) 920-9534. Son available for: Pet/plant sitting
Amy & Jay Vennettt, (703) 920-1832. Son available for: Pet sitting, Dog walking, Snow shoveling, Leaf- raking
Would your child like to be added to our RENT-A-KID resource? Email Betty Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in our next newsletter.
Block Captain needed for Irving Street neighborhood conservation (NCAC) project
The county wants to begin planning and scoping for our third highest project in our NCAC queue. That project is:
Installation of curbs, gutters, and Carlyle type streetlights on South Irving Street between Arlington Boulevard and 2nd Street South.
There currently is no block captain for this project. The block captain coordinates the project's progress with the affected neighbors, the civic association's NCAC representative, and the County staff to ensure that the neighbor's specific concerns about the project are incorporated. It's normally not a large time commitment but does allow you to be involved with the details of the project happening in your front yard. Please contact Adam Croswell (email@example.com or 703-553-0523) if you're interested.
- Guest Speakers