Over the Fence - Fall 2006

2022 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are virtual during the pandemic. Normally 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.

Fall 2006


President’s Message

The Arlington Heights fall meeting is coming up next Tuesday, October 17, 7:30pm, at Patrick Henry Elementary School.

We will have Arlington County Fair representatives at the meeting to discuss the possibility of opening the midway part of the fair a day earlier next year (i.e., the Wednesday of fair week, instead of Thursday). This would involve the outdoor area, including the rides, but not affect the usual Thursday opening of the indoor part of the fair. The proposal would open the fair from 5-9pm that night and shuttles would not be running. Denise Marshall Roller, Event Manager for Arlington Cultural Affairs and Arlington County Fair, members of the fair board, and a representative from the police department will be at our meeting to discuss the proposal and hear our concerns. This proposal was brought forward for the 2006 fair but not implemented, largely because fair representatives did not have time to address neighborhood concerns. They are therefore coming to talk about the proposal for the 2007 fair to allow adequate time for discussion and implementation. This issue previously generated a lot of debate over our email list when it came up this year. If you have opinions or concerns about this proposal, this meeting will be your opportunity to express them and have them addressed before this proposal is implemented.

Our next big agenda item will be a presentation from our Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC) representative, Juliet Hiznay. For those of you not familiar with the NCAC program, it is a county wide program which allows neighborhoods to propose and receive funding for beautification, parks, and infrastructure projects. For many years nearly all of the sidewalks and streetlight additions in our neighborhood have come from this program. The upcoming bond proposal (to be voted on in November) includes very little funding for the NCAC program over the next two years. This has led to an environment of rapid change for the program. The presentation will be on what these changes are and how they could affect current and future projects for our neighborhood.

We should all thank the members of the Arlington Heights Neighborhood Conservation Committee for their tireless efforts during this period. Despite the work required just to stay on top of the potential program changes, they've also been working on updating our neighborhood plan. This plan is required by the program and is meant to guide what projects are most important and appropriate for the neighborhood. Juliet Hiznay, Tony Halloin, Lynn Michaels, Sean McNamara, Ken Poole, and Richard Bullington-McGuire have all been working hard to make sure that Arlington Heights gets the most it can from NCAC.

In other neighborhood news, we just had another great joint yard sale with the Penrose neighborhood. Thanks to Amy Vennett for helping to organize this.

We also heard back from the county parks department that they have completed the installation of soil stabilizer on the blue stone field at TJ. Hopefully, this should ensure that the neighborhood will not have any more problems from dust blowing on dry days. If anyone continues to notice problems please let me know.

Also, thanks to the efforts of Cathy Camp, Dave Reidy, and county parks staff members, we recently had a very successful plant save day on the properties at TJ’s southeast corner. These properties were bought by the county a number of years ago to be converted to park space. The existing buildings were being used for a temporary school program, but will soon be deconstructed to fulfill this goal. The homes will not be demolished, but carefully taken apart to recycle and reuse the building materials. Most of the existing trees will remain, but it is likely that many of the small plants would have been damaged by the deconstruction. The plant save was organized so that these plants could be protected through transfer into private gardens by neighbors.

I hope to see you at our coming meeting.

Adam Croswell

AHCA Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 7:30PM


2006 Officers:

Northern Virginia Habitat ReStore

The Northern Virginia Habitat ReStore, located at 7770-G Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA (behind Gold’s Gym), sells new and used building and home improvement materials to the general public. We rely on donations from local retail businesses, building contractors, suppliers, remodelers and individuals. These are then made available for sale to the public at 50 to 90% below retail prices.

Donating materials to the ReStore helps builders, contractors, and individuals dispose of usable, excess or unwanted materials that are in good condition in a way that offers tax savings to donors, plus it reduces or eliminates disposal fees. Our staff makes it easy for you to contribute by offering pick up service for your donated items. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. For more information visit www.restorenova.org or call 703.360.6700.


Want to Help a Neighbor?

Meals on Wheels of Northern Virginina (Arlington) needs volunteers who want to chat and deliver meals to an individual who is homebound. We have open monthly routes that can be conveniently placed into your schedule. Each route has between 8-12 individuals and can be completed in less than 1 and 1/2 hours. We operate from 11 am - 2 pm Monday - Friday.

Contact: MOWvolunteer@yahoo.com or Pat Barrett 703-931-4990.

ACE Service Project Leader Training - Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Interested in helping to keep your neighborhood’s streams, roads and parks clean? We are seeking volunteers interested in leading environmental service projects. Opportunities include stream and highway cleanups and storm drain marking projects. We will also provide cleanup kits for people interested in doing individual cleanups in their own neighborhood. No experience is necessary.

Home Owner/ Repair Maintenance Program

The Home Owner Repair/ Maintenance program will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Arlington Career Center, 816 South Walter Reed Dr. , Arlington Virginia 22204. The objective of the program is to provide information and referrals regarding home improvements to Arlington residents. The program also offers the following classes to help residents self maintain their homes: Plumbing, Electric and Home Defects. Classes will be in English and Spanish. These classes are conducted by staff from the Arlington Career Center. Sponsored by Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development/Housing Division and the Arlington Adult Education Program.

Join AHCA's Ever-Growing E-mail List

Write to AHCA-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and get involved with the neighborhood.



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Candidates Night

Civic groups in North Arlington are cosponsoring a Candidates Night in late October so voters can meet and hear from those running for all three local offices—School Board, County Board, and Congress. The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and end by 9:30 p.m. The forum will be held at Reed School, which is just west of the Westover shopping area on Washington Boulevard. The school fronts onto N. McKinley Road, but the closest parking is at the back of the school near the multipurpose room. People can also park along N. McKinley Road and walk around the left side of the school—or through the school if the front doors are open.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Reed School Multipurpose Room (at N. 18th & N. Madison Streets)

Sponsored by the following local civic associations:

Arlington-East Falls Church, Bluemont, Dominion Hills, Highland Park-Overlee Knolls, Leeway Overlee, Tara-Leeway Heights,Waycroft Woodlawn, Williamsburg, Yorktown

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