2018 Meeting Schedule

Meetings alternate between
Alice West Fleet Elementary Library and the
Public Montessori School of Arlington Library.
Meetings start at 7:00 PM.

Please check the newsletter for details.

Fleet dedication and civic pride day

October 9th, 2019

Neighbors,

Here is the invitation for the Fleet dedication and civic pride day, co-sponsored by Arlington Heights Civic Association. EVERYONE is invited, so please RSVP so that the planners know how much food to buy. Please forward to any neighbors not on this list. AHCA will have a table set up so please stop by. I hope to see everyone there!
Join us to celebrate the dedication and fall Festival of Alice West Fleet Elementary school. Saturday,October 19: 

10 AM - dedication 
10:30 AM to 2:30 PM - Fall Festival 

115 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22204

Enjoy bounce houses, food, self-guided tours and Fleet merchandise for sale. “Let nothing and no one stop you”  – Alice West Fleet 

Official unveiling of the mascot and school color: 
Will it be the trailblazer, pioneer, falcon or Fox? Will it be green, purple, Crimson or orange?

Thank you,
Kristi Rupert Sawert
AHCA, President

Quarterly meeting Recap for August 14, 2019

September 3rd, 2019

Neighbors,

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for our quarterly meeting on August 14, 2019. Please save the date for our final meeting of 2019, to be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 7 pm (location TBD).

Please let me know if you have any questions about the following updates discussed during our meeting:

Construction at Westmont Shopping Center

2nd VP Jay Vennett presented on the proposed construction at the Westmont Shopping Center. The developer's final application is currently under final review with county staff. More information about this project (including architectural plans) can be found here.

Second Annual Fall Festival

A 2nd annual fall festival is a go! Please let me know if you'd like to volunteer to help organize the event, which will be scheduled for late October.

Career Center Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC)

Many thanks to Arlington Heights resident Ted Black who gave a presentation on the BLPC for the Career Center redevelopment. The BLPC will help plan for the expansion of the Career Center site to accommodate 800 new seats in the near term and a possible 2500+ seats in the long term. This is a major project that will affect our neighborhood for years to come, so please consider attending the BPLC meetings and getting involved!

Please note that David Priddy is serving on the BLPC as AHCA's representative. Dave will be sending out emails and speaking at our meetings over the course of the BLPC. More information can be found here.

Location of future AHCA meetings

At our meeting, we decided to try to switch off AHCA meeting locations between Fleet and the Montessori school (formerly Patrick Henry).

Fleet Open House

Speaking of Fleet, please save the date for the public Open House and Dedication ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019. More information will be forthcoming.

AHCA Officers Elections

Elections for AHCA officers will occur at our November meeting. Please let me know if you are interested and/or would like further information.

Thank you,
Kristi Rupert Sawert
AHCA, President

Letter to Arlington County regarding Streetlight Color Temperature

May 19th, 2019

Santosh Neupane
Project Manager
Streetlights Management Plan
Arlington County

Dear Mr. Neupane,

Thank you for managing Arlington's streetlight project, in particular its efforts to convert the higher 4000 Kelvin blue bulbs into a more aesthetic and safe 3000 Kelvin bulb. Various members of the Arlington Heights Civic Association have expressed their serious concerns about the blue 4000K lights that are currently in our lampposts. Residents have noticed that the lights contribute to migraine headaches and loss of sleep, and that they prevent people from sitting on their porches or enjoying evening and early morning exercise outside. Our residents are also alarmed by the American Medical Association (AMA) warnings about the blue LED streetlights.

In response to these concerns, the Arlington Heights Civic Association voted unanimously on May 14, 2019, to pass the following resolution, requesting Arlington County to update the bulbs in all the lampposts in Arlington Heights to a safer, AMA-approved bulb:

Arlington Heights Civic Association
RESOLUTION FOR THE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS
Adopted at its quarterly open meeting on May 14, 2019

"In consideration the 2016 American Medical Association report that warns of the health hazards of the high Kelvin 'first generation' LED street lighting--both to the human population and to the nocturnal animal population--the residents of Arlington Heights hereby request that Arlington County replace the outdated 'first generation' LED street light bulbs in lampposts throughout Arlington Heights with the newer, safer 3000 Kelvin LED bulbs--the highest Kelvin approved by the AMA."

In consideration of the health of its residents, Arlington Heights is grateful to the Arlington County government for accomplishing this project as soon as possible. Please let me know how soon we can expect the new bulbs in Arlington Heights.

Thank you very much for your time and attention to this important health issue and for your service to the county.

Sincerely,
Dr. Kristi Rupert Sawert
President
Arlington Heights Civic Association

AHCA Quarterly Meeting Recap - May 14, 2019

May 19th, 2019

Neighbors:

Many thanks to everyone who attended our quarterly meeting on May 14, 2019. We had a great turnout of neighbors to hear presentations from Washington Gas, Code Enforcement, and the Arlington Count Fair.

I'm pleased to announce that the membership unanimously passed the proposed resolution requesting that Arlington County upgrade our current 4000 Kelvin LED lights to the newer, safer 3000 Kelvin lights.

The representatives from Washington Gas have pledged to work with us to resolve the persistent gas smell at the intersections of Irving and 6th & 5th. If you smell gas, please call Washington Gas and 911. The representatives from Washington Gas were very clear that we should call every time.

Please also e-mail Mr. Jayben Castro, who has pledged to follow any call to resolution. Jayben's contact information is as follows:

JEYBEN CASTRO
Sr. Community Engagement Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
Washington Gas
P 202.624.6150 | C 571.623.0567
jcastro@washgas.com
1000 Maine Ave., SW, Washington DC 20024

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kristi Rupert Sawert
AHCA President

Letter from Arlington Heights Civic Association regarding Fleet/Henry school boundaries

November 28th, 2018

Dear Board members and Superintendent Murphy, Please see the attached letter from the Arlington Heights Civic Association.

Thank you,
Kristi Rupert Sawert
AHCA, President

AHCA Q3 2018 Quarterly Meeting Minutes

August 14th, 2018

Dear neighbors:

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for our quarterly meeting on August 14, 2018.

Please see the draft minutes of the meeting (Thanks, Eileen Janas!)

Thanks also to Nick Carrasco, who was unanimously voted in as our new AHCA First Vice-President, and Matt Ambrose, who was unanimously voted in as our new Treasurer. Welcome aboard, Nick and Matt!

Nick is heading up a subcommittee along with Jay Wind to improve our website and investigate delays in sending out Yahoo! mail.

If you have technical expertise and would like to help Nick and Jay, please email Nick at nickc321@gmail.com.

We discussed whether it will be possible to continue to print out our newsletter given our low funds.

We determined that it may be possible to shorten the newsletter but still deliver the newsletter door to door, depending on funds. If you have not paid this year's dues, consider doing so today!

I gave an update on the Career Center redevelopment.

The Career Center Working Group excepts to have a report published at the end of the month.

A representative from Arlington DES also spoke at our meeting.

DES will begin bike lane improvements on South 9th St. this fall.

Note that the improvements will result in the net loss of 2 parking spaces on South 9th.

Our neighborhood has two use permits pending: one for an in-home day care on South Fillmore St. (Penrose), and one for transitional housing on South Glebe Rd. (Alcova Heights).

Please let me know ASAP if you have any further questions or comments on these use permits.

We are planning a social event (BBQ/picnic) for this early fall. Stay tuned for announcements!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2018, 7 to 9 pm.

Thank you,
Kristi Rupert Sawert
AHCA, President

Fleet Elementary School construction update

August 15, 2018

Please see the Fleet Elementary School construction update presented by Steve Stricker at our meeting on August 15

Mr. Stricker reported that the construction schedule is recovering, and APS is confident that the school will be completed for occupancy for the fall 2019 school year.

In addition, I invite you to view Career Center Working Group public information presentations, updated as needed.

Career Center Working Group's final meeting is Monday, August 20, 8:00-10:00 AM, at County Building, Bozman Government Center in Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Lobby Level Cherry/Dogwood Conference Room, located near the elevators.

We will discuss the report that will be delivered to Arlington Public Schools and Arlington County Board at the end of the month.

Public comment will occur at the end of the meeting. THIS IS YOUR FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THE REPORT.

Please join us at our next AHCA meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2018, 7 to 8:30 pm, at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Library.

If you have not yet renewed / joined AHCA for 2018, please see our membership page at ahca.info/about/join

We need your ongoing support for our quarterly newsletter Over The Fence

See you at the County Fair!

Thank you,
Kristi Rupert Sawert, President
Arlington Heights Civic Association

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS CIVIC ASSOCIATION
RESOLUTION
Passed April 10, 2018

WHEREAS, Arlington Public Schools (APS) is planning for the expected growth in high school enrollment and approved the planning for 700-800+ additional high school seats to be added at the Career Center, and the Arlington Tech program is expected to grow to 800 students by 2022;

WHEREAS, the Career Center Working Group (CCWG) is charged with developing a plan that defines how APS can open 700-800+ additional seats to the Career Center site by 2022, within funding already approved by the School Board, and the CCWG will provide options for optimizing future development of public facilities within the study area through a phased development plan;

WHEREAS, Arlington's three existing comprehensive high schools have already been internally maximized, and their academic and extracurricular programs cannot support significant additional growth;

WHEREAS, schools are public facilities, jointly funded by all taxpayers, and therefore all of Arlingtons comprehensive high schools should offer equitable academic and extracurricular opportunities;

WHEREAS, the 22204 ZIP code (in which the Career Center is located) has a higher concentration of low-income residents and families than many other areas of Arlington, and these families already face many resource challenges, such as: (a) childcare affordability, (b) affordable enrichment/tutoring opportunities, (b) scheduling conflicts due to working multiple jobs, (c) dependence on public transportation, and reliance on public facilities, like libraries and community centers;

WHEREAS, studies have shown that low-income and/or minority children have higher instances of drowning, but busing to offsite pools would cut into required academic instructional time;

WHEREAS, the Career Center/Patrick Henry site offers the rare combination of: (a) a physically large parcel of land, (b) a central-Arlington location, and (c) high-accessibility to public transportation; joint-use amenities would provide much-needed recreation, meeting, and performance spaces for ALL of Arlington; and an improved connection to Columbia Pike would draw new and strengthen existing local businesses;

WHEREAS, inequality of funding and/or facilities by 2022 could ultimately result in substandard educational opportunities for 22204 students, which could, in turn, lead to a decline in business, community, and residential support for both this school and the 22204 ZIP code.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that:

CAREER CENTER REDEVELOPMENT: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE HAPPEN AT THE 12 ACRE SITE?

Arlington Heights is home to a 12-acre plot of land known as the Career Center site. Arlington Public Schools (APS) and Arlington County (AC) have committed this site for redevelopment. They have divided the land into two "blocks": the "North Block," which is owned by APS, and the "South Block," which is owed by private property owners. The North Block is currently home to Patrick Henry Elementary School, Arlington Community High School, Career Center, and Arlington Tech High School, and serves approximately 2000 students.

Site Map

APS HAS DECIDED TO ADD 1300+ HIGH SCHOOL SEATS TO THE CAREER CENTER SITE. APS and AC formed the Career Center Working Group (CCWG) to evaluate the site, and to recommend how the site may be developed in phases to accommodate these additional high school seats and associated facilities and community amenities. This is NOT a debate about whether the site is getting high school seats and construction. The debate is what kind of seats (i.e., neighborhood or choice seats), the construction timeline, and what types of amenities will be placed on the site.

This is where you come in!

What would like to see happen at the Career Center site? What type of amenities (if any) would you like our neighborhood to have?

In my view, the Career Center site should be redeveloped into a NEIGHBORHOOD, WALKABLE HIGH SCHOOL that retains a maximum number of county-wide seats for Arlington Tech and Career Center training. The site must have fields, structured (underground) parking, a swimming pool, planned traffic ingress/egress, and the Columbia Pike Library. There is a possibility that the site could be extended through the South Block to Columbia Pike, and the Library relocated to face Columbia Pike.

Make no mistake: this is the time to get involved.

The Career Center Working Group has over 40 members, each bringing their own interests, which may or may not necessarily align with our neighborhood's interests. Personally, I do not want see this - which is what APS WAS PLANNING to do at the site.

Architect's Proposal

As shown here, APS's architects proposed building a third level onto the Career Center building and extending the building's footprint in almost all directions. For example, the Career Center building expansion would have added a 3-story building adjacent to Highland Street.As you can see, the plan simply crams another 1300+ students to the site, takes away what little green space remains, provides no additional parking, no plan for the additional traffic and buses, and no amenities for our neighborhood.

How can I get involved?

Attend meetings of the Career Center Working Group, which are conveniently held at the Career Center and open to the public. See here for meeting times and dates: www.apsva.us/career-center/ career-center-working-group/ career-center-working-group- meeting-dates/. Write to APS School Board (school.board@apsva.us) and Arlington County Board ( countyboard@arlingtonva.us). Contact me and give me your views.

Kristi Rupert Sawert
AHCA President

AHCA 2017 Annual Meeting

November 15, 2017
Dear Neighbors:

Thanks to all who attended AHCA's Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, we had a great turnout of more than 20 people. For those who couldn't make it, here's a summary:

Capt. Adrienne Quigley and Sgt. Damon Washington of the Arlington County Police Department noted some recent crimes to be aware of in our area, including the sexual assault in Shirlington and a number of car break-ins, including at the TJ Community Center parking lot. They reminded us not to leave valuables visible in our parked cars, and to stay alert to our surroundings instead of our phones, especially at night. Heading into the holidays, they reminded us to prevent package thefts by alerting a neighbor to any packages we're expecting when not home, so deliveries can be safely tucked out of sight. A neighbor helpfully noted that FedEx and UPS packages can now be delivered to U.S. Post Office boxes.

The School and County Boards are forming a Career Center Working Group (CCWG) for community input into school plans for that site. Civic associations near the site are currently allotted one voting seat on the working group. Because the Career Center site is within Arlington Heights, AHCA requested an additional seat on the CCWG, plus a seat for an "immediate neighbor" who lives especially proximate to the site. Last week, I nominated Kristi Sawert as AHCA's first appointee to the CCWG. If AHCA receives its requested additional appointees, the new AHCA president will make those appointments.

I am pleased to announce that Kristi Sawert was elected AHCA's new President. She has lived in Arlington Heights for 16 years, "first as a single woman with a dog, and now as a married woman with three kids." She and others including Megan Haydasz have already been working hard to ensure our community's voice is heard with regard to Career Center site planning. Kristi serves on the County's Aquatics Committee, which promotes equity in access to swim facilities around the County, and specifically advocates for a swimming pool at each neighborhood high school, including a fourth comprehensive high school many hope will ultimately be built at the Career Center campus.

I am also pleased to announce the election of Jay Vennett as AHCA's new 2nd Vice President. Kristi and Jay assumed office immediately upon election. Our By-laws provide for a transition period of a couple months between now and AHCA's first quarterly meeting of 2018.

Evan Farley was re-elected as AHCA's 1st Vice President, and Scott Winn was re-elected Treasurer. Thanks Jay for stepping up, and Evan and Scott for providing continuity on AHCA's Executive Committee. Our neighborhood is in good hands with these four at the helm. The office of Secretary is open, and anyone interested in the position can contact the new Executive Committee.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve Arlington Heights for the past couple years as civic association President. There's a lot happening in our neighborhood, whether in planning (Career Center), construction (new elementary) or perpetuity (County Fair, etc.), and our neighbors reliably bring energy, expertise and attention to issues that arise. Thanks for having allowed me to serve such an impressive community.

Thank You,
Molly Culkins
Arlington Heights Civic Association

Thomas Jefferson Middle School Construction Logistics

June 16, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Attached are 2 documents that should be forwarded to all staff and to the larger Jefferson Middle School community. The 2 documents are:

1. Site Logistics Plan During Construction. This is the general logistics plan for site operations for the duration of construction, from summer of 2017 to start of school in fall of 2019. The only thing missing from the plan at this point is the balance of staff parking (60 spaces) for the regular school year. We are still looking for these spaces and hope to secure them at Dominion Arms. Parking hours in the temporary lots are from 6:30 AM-5:00 PM.

2. Temporary Bus Dropoff and Pickup Operation. This is the specific plan for temporary bus operations for summer school 2017 and the regular 2017-2018 school year. Our plan is to have the new permanent bus loop operational for start of school in fall 2018.

Let me know if any questions.

Steve Stricker
Senior Project Manager
Arlington Public Schools
Department of Design & Construction Services
O 703-228-7749
C 571-220-0048
steven.stricker@apsva.us

AHCA Special Meeting - June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Thanks to all who attended last night's Special Meeting of Arlington Heights Civic Association. We engaged in a full discussion of the proposed Resolution, and amended it to reflect the neighborhood's views as well as possible. Thanks in particular to Susan Scott and Kristi Sawert for making the edits on the spot to reflect the discussion. After three hours of debate and editing, we passed the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, Arlington Public Schools (APS) has expressed its preference for a "hybrid" plan allocating the contemplated 1300 high school seats between the Career Center and Education Center sites with approximately 800 seats to the Career Center and only 500 seats to the Education Center, with a potential for another 600 -800 seats;

WHEREAS, the APS design process of selecting a site prior to proposing the school footprint or instructional program prevents optimal analysis of the choices and precludes informed consideration by the community;

WHEREAS, the Career Center site lacks amenities of other high schools such as sports fields, pool, and fine/performing arts facilities, so students attending any of the numerous current or future high school programs at the site might require transportation to other campuses to participate in sports or fine/performing arts;

WHEREAS, Arlington Heights neighborhood may be amenable to a comprehensive neighborhood high school incorporating the secondary programs currently at the Career Center, Arlington Tech High School, Arlington Community High School, and the Columbia Pike Public Library;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that:

Arlington Heights Civic Association (AHCA) opposes adding high school seats to the Career Center site without amenities equivalent to or exceeding those the three existing comprehensive high schools;

AHCA favors and supports retaining the existing Career Center, Arlington Tech and Arlington Community High School programs as they currently are co-located in the space;

AHCA supports a School Board vote in late June to allow the Ed Center expansion for new seats or swing space; and

AHCA requests postponement of the School Board vote on the hybrid seats proposed for the Career Center site until fall 2017, after meeting the following requests:

We will share this Resolution with other civic associations affected by the plans for the Career Center site, and seek their coordination and support when we present the Resolution to the School Board. You may share your opinion directly with the School Board too, in writing and/or by speaking at a meeting. We hope as many neighbors as possible will attend and speak at the next School Board meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Ed Center at 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington VA 22207.

This web page www.apsva.us/contact-the-school-board explains how to contact the School Board, and this web page www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/sign-up-to-speak explains how to sign up to speak at a School Board meeting.

We need to ensure our neighborhood is heard as clearly as all the others. Thanks everyone for participating to the extent possible.

Molly Calkins, President
Arlington Heights Civic Association

AHCA Meeting - February 7, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Thanks to all who attended our quarterly Civic Association meeting on February 7. Here's a summary:

Thank you
Molly Calkins, president

Arlington County Board funds Six Neighborhood Conservation Projects—including Arlington Heights streetlights project

On September 27, 2016, Arlington County Board approved $127,154 for Arlington Heights streetlights project on 5th Street South to South Jackson Street.

LED Carlyle Style streetlights will be installed on 5th Street South, from Glebe Road to South Jackson Street, and the Colonial Style lights will be removed.

During Jay Jacob Wind's four years as AHCA president (1999-2003), following on past-president Jim Gill's efforts, we set as a priority and then successfully petitioned for Carlyle Style streetlights on every block of the interior of Arlington Heights:

With the 5th Street South project approved, 14 to 17 years later, we see the cycle completed. On most of our neighborhood's streets, we can look north, south, east, and west, and see consistent, attractive, safe lighting. Every president since 2003 and many volunteers have kept that effort going. Along the way, we also got improvements to the Glebe Road bridge over Arlington Boulevard, sidewalks and lighting on Columbia Pike, a stop light at 2nd Street South and South Glebe Road, traffic calming on South Highland Street near Patrick Henry School, and new sidewalks on South Fillmore Street.

A big thank-you to everyone in Arlington Heights!

Thank you
Jay Jacob Wind
jay.wind@att.net
South Ivy Stret

Arlingon Heights Little Free Library

May 29, 2015

Arlington Heights now has its own Little Free Library in front of the Dhavale family home at 3104 6th Street South, installed as part of an Eagle Scout project. Come by to donate or borrow a book!
LittleFreeLibrary

Patrick Henry Elementary receives National Recognition

Dec 12, 2014

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.

Thomas Jefferson Park Preservation Resolution

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:

Sincerely,
Stephen Hughes, President
Arlington Heights Civic Association

Thomas Jefferson Map
Green areas are owned by Arlington County Board. School area is owned by Arlington Public Schools.
Career Center Map
(To re-create these maps, open Arlington County Maps, select Parcel Search, and search for Parcel ID 24011037 or 25014010)

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