Over The Fence
Arlington Heights Civic Association Newsletter
Please attend Arlington Heights Civic Association’s Quarterly Membership
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm at Patrick Henry Elementary School
At AHCA’s quarterly membership meeting, we will focus
on three key topics in our neighborhood:
In this issue, Jim Gill writes about how Arlington County’s
Neighborhood Conservation program works and proposes priorities for projects
that have received enough property owners’ signatures. At the April
25 meeting, we will decide on the priorities to submit to the County.
Neighborhood Conservation: On which streets shall we ask Arlington County
to improve streetlights, sidewalks, and curbs and gutters
The future of Route 50 past our neighborhood and other traffic-related
The future of Columbia Pike: How AHCA will participate in Arlington County’s
upcoming series of community meetings to develop and implement a master
plan for Columbia Pike
Also in this issue, Douglas Woods of Arlington County’s
planning office write about the background and schedule of events for the
Columbia Pike planning process. Mr. Woods and Columbia Pike Revitalization
Organization interim executive director Tim Lynch will attend the April
25 meeting at 9 pm to present the schedule and ask for our participation.
At the April meeting, we will also hear Eric Lanman’s
update on Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans to rebuild the
bridge over Route 50 at Glebe Road; Jim Gill’s request to VDOT and the
County to improve Route 50’s streetscape and to install a median to improve
Route 50’s safety; our Traffic Committee’s analysis of traffic problems
in our neighborhood; and reports from our secretary Betty Siegel, vice-presidents
Jay Vennette and Pattie DeLoatche, treasurer Bryan Sieling, Civic Federation
delegates David Davis, Carole Lieber, and Bryan Sieling, social chair Monique
O’Grady, liaisons to Patrick Henry Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Middle
School, and any other member who wants to participate.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Please
attend on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 pm at Patrick Henry.
Wanted – Reward Offered
(The reward, of course, is a better neighborhood!)
Volunteers to help build AHCA’s float for Neighborhood Day Parade, Saturday,
May 13. See page 3. Contact Monique O’Grady (703-521-5631,
Volunteers for AHCA’s table at Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Saturday,
May 13, at Patrick Henry. Contact David Davis (703-920-7236, DAVID_DAVIS@HUTCHISON.SENATE.GOV)
Volunteers for AHCA’s table at Arlington County Fair, Thursday-Sunday,
August 17-20, TJ Center. Contact Jay Wind (703-920-5193, JAY.WIND@ATT.NET)
Neighborhood Conservation Process Update
by Jim Gill (703-685-1760, JGILL@EROLS.COM)
Over the last three years, AHCA has been improving
its infrastructure by using the Arlington County Neighborhood Conservation
Advisory Committee (NCAC) process. We have completed two street light
projects and installed neighborhood signs. We have two additional
lighting projects that have been funded and will be installed within the
next six months.
The NCAC process is based on neighborhood participation.
In order to participate, neighborhoods must have a County Board-approved
Neighborhood Conservation Plan. The Arlington Heights Plan was approved
in 1980 and is being updated at this time. Under the rules of the
NCAC, any neighbor or group of neighbors can request that their civic association
initiate steps for proceeding with a particular project covered by its
Plan. Projects are initiated by acquiring signatures from a percentage
of the property owners or residents living on the affected streets.
For example, curb, gutter and sidewalk projects require signatures from
property owners of 60% of the linear footage on the street. Street
light projects require signatures of over 50% of the residents living on
the street. Once these signatures have been obtained, the project is taken
to the civic association for approval and prioritization. The civic
association’s priority listing is then given to the NCAC, which ranks our
neighborhoods’ projects against those of all the other neighborhoods in
the County for funding. The NCAC uses a point system to do this.
Twice a year, the NCAC recommends projects to the County Board for funding.
After the County Board funds a project, County staff installs it.
It can take as long as 18 months from NCAC approval of a project to completion
of the work. Funding for NCAC projects is provided through the sale
of bonds approved by the Arlington County voters.
Currently, Arlington Heights has eight qualified
projects that have not yet been funded. We will vote on these projects
at our April meeting. These projects are described in the proposed
motions listed below. Additionally, we are actively pursuing signatures
on two other projects at this time. If improvements to your street
are not in the queue, and you believe they should be, please contact our
NCAC representative, Jim Gill.
Proposed motions relating to unfunded NCAC projects
for our membership meeting on April 25:
Motion A: AHCA approves of the following
NCAC projects and prioritizes them in the following order:
1. Installation of Carlyle type street lights on South Ivy Street between
2nd Street South and 5th Street South; and on 3rd Street South between
South Irving and South Ivy Streets.
2. Installation of Carlyle type street lights on South Irving Street
between 6th Street South and 9th Street South.
3. Installation of Carlyle type street lights on 2nd Street South between
South Glebe Road and South Fillmore Street; on First Road South between
South Glebe Road and Old Glebe Road; and on Old Glebe Road between First
Road South and 2nd Street South.
4. Completion of installation of Carlyle type street lights on 6th
Street South between South Glebe Road and South Walter Reed Drive, and
installation of Carlyle type street lights on South Garfield Street between
6th Street South and 7th Street South.
5. Installation of Carlyle type street lights on the 200 through 500
blocks of South Garfield Street; and on South Fenwick Street between 2nd
and 5th Streets South, including the 5th Street South cul-de-sac.
6. Installation of curbs, gutters, and Carlyle type street lights on
South Garfield Street between Arlington Boulevard and 2nd Street South.
7. Installation of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and Carlyle type street
lights on South Fenwick Street between Arlington Boulevard and 2nd Street
8. Installation of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and Carlyle type street
lights on South Highland Street between 2nd Street South and 5th Street
Motion B: The AHCA project for installation
of Carlyle type street lights on the 200 through 500 blocks of South Garfield
Street; and on South Fenwick Street between 2nd and 5th Streets South,
including the 5th Street South cul-de-sac is a safety project submitted
in response to a police department criminal activity investigation that
concluded, in part, that the streets were too dark and that lighting should
Motion C. The AHCA project for installation
of curbs, gutters, and Carlyle type street lights on South Highland Street
between 2nd Street South and 5th Street South will result in narrowing
the street and reducing the speed of traffic which passes through it.
It is a safety project submitted in response to the traffic survey conducted
in the neighborhood that found that this portion of South Highland Street
carries a high volume of speeding traffic. Because there are no sidewalks
on this portion of South Highland street, kindergarten through 9th grade
children who walk to Patrick Henry Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Middle
Schools walk in the center of the street. The Principals of both
schools who have stated their concern for the safety of these children
walking to school in the center of this heavily-traveled street.
This project also addresses these concerns.
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Help Make Our Float or Banner for the Neighborhood
Day Parade, Saturday, May 13
by Monique O'Grady (703-521-5631, MONIQUE_CONRAD@METRONETWORKS.COM)
Neighborhood Day is Saturday, May 13, and we need
your help. We will participate in the parade at 2 pm that Saturday
on Wilson Boulevard between Clarendon and the Courthouse. Here's
how you can help:
1. Walk in the parade behind our banner with your neighbors, friends,
and family. Pull your children in a wagon or push them in a stroller.
Arlington Heights T-shirt or sweatshirt optional, but highly recommended!
2. Drive our officers in your convertible
3. Ride on our float sitting in your front porch chair wearing an Arlington
Heights t-shirt or sweatshirt
(See page 5 to order an AHCA shirt or sweatshirt)
4. Buy plywood, 2x4s, paint, and other supplies at a hardware store
April 29 at 10:30 am and transport it
5. Make a banner, and signs for the convertibles April 29 between 1
and 5 pm at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center
6. Use your woodworking skills to cut plywood and construct a house
background for our float at the TJ workshop April 29 at 1 pm
7. Paint our "houses" at TJ at the TJ workshop on April 29 between
2 and 5 pm
8. Store our "houses" in your garage for two weeks until we assemble
9. Bring a staple gun and help put the float together May 13 at 9 am
at a neighborhood site to be determined
10. Disassemble the float after the parade on May 13 at approximately
11. Join the FLOAT COMMITTEE to make it all happen. We will meet
at Monique O'Grady's house, 315 South Highland Street, on Thursday, April
27, at 7:15 pm to finalize the float design and determine what materials
we need to buy.
If you have questions or are ready to volunteer,
please contact Monique O'Grady as above or at MOGRADEEVA@CS.COM as soon
You Are Cordially
Invited To The Dedication Of Arlington Heights Park
Neighborhood Day, Saturday, May 13, 10:00
and Community Yard Sale, Saturday, May 20,
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
by Jay Vennett (703-920-1832, JAJVENNETT@EARTHLINK.NET)
On Saturday, May 13, Arlington Heights Civic Association
will officially dedicate Arlington Heights Park at the intersection of
South 9th and South Irving Streets, the park recently beautified and officially
named via AHCA's efforts. A County Board member will preside.
Then on Saturday, May 20, AHCA will hold a Community
Yard Sale there 8 am - 12 noon, (Rain date for this event is Saturday,
June 10th.) At these events, we will use and support our "new" park,
visit with neighbors, and sell items to a larger audience than we
could at individual sales.
People who live in the AHCA area can participate
as vendors. It is anticipated that the vendors will sell household
items, clothing, crafts, baked goods and more. Space at the park
would limit the event to the first 15 vendors to sign up. Vendors
would supply their own tables and chairs. AHCA is requesting a $10
fee, from each vendor, prior to the event. The cost will help cover
AHCA's commitment to help fund the recent changes in the park, as well
as some of the costs involved in organizing the sale.
Jay and Amy Vennett are co-chairs for these events.
We are looking for 2 or 3 (or more) volunteers to help with publicity,
assist with signs, help organize on the day of the events, etc. If
you would like to help, please come to a meeting at their home at 864 South
Irving Street at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2000. (Note: this
is just prior to the quarterly AHCA meeting at 7:30 pm at Patrick Henry
Elementary School). More information on this event will follow at
the quarterly meeting.
If you want to sign up to be a vendor on May 20,
please contact the Vennetts.
Garden Day at Patrick Henry Elementary School
by Mary Ellen Finn (703-521-3217, MEFINN3212@AOL.COM)
AHCA gardeners extraordinaire plan a Garden Day
at Patrick Henry Elementary School on Saturday, April 29. Between
now and then, if you go by a nursery, pick up an extra plant or two for
the beautification project. Even if you cannot help plant that day, bring
the plant to the April 25 meeting or drop it off at my house before April
29. Help us make Patrick Henry even more beautiful!
AHCA Honors Arlington Principal of the Year
by Monique O'Grady
There's a new sign that Patrick Henry has an award-winning
leader. It’s the banner hanging outside the school honoring Principal
Cintia Johnson as Arlington's Principal of the Year. AHCA and the
Patrick Henry PTA purchased the banner recognizing the elementary school
Late last year, The Washington Post presented the
award to Ms. Johnson after students, parents, and teachers nominated her.
They recognized her dedication to improving the school's Standards of Learning
test scores, and the personal interest she takes in her students' achievements.
Please join us in applauding Ms. Johnson’s award!
Columbia Pike Revitalization Planning Process
by Douglas J. Woods, AICP (phone 703-228-0097, fax 703-228-3834,
Columbia Pike Initiative Coordinator, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite
700, Arlington VA 22201
In January 1998, County Board Chairman Chris Zimmerman
announced the creation of the Columbia Pike Initiative (CPI). This initiative,
which involved Arlington County, CPRO, and the full Columbia Pike community
(residents, business and property owners, civic groups, and interested
citizens) was the result of a series of meetings held in the Columbia Pike
community throughout the fall of 1997. The goal of the Initiative is to
build a safer, cleaner, more competitive and vibrant Columbia Pike community.
The County Board and County Manager formed a CPI
working group comprised of CPRO, community representatives and County staff.
The group was charged to agree upon goals, objectives and action plans
to address both short-term and longer-range community issues and to undertake
immediate action on already-identified short-term goals. The CPI was established
by the County Board to address community issues extending from the Pentagon
to the Fairfax County line. County staff, CPRO and the Columbia Pike community
have been working together since January 1998 to identify appropriate responses
to short–term issues while generating and discussing alternative strategies
to respond to more complicated long-term issues. These activities are summarized
in a CPI Action Plan and include aggressive code and law enforcement, litter
control and other maintenance efforts, graffiti removal, improved lighting,
implementation of approved capital improvements and discussions with business
and property owners on improving their properties. Further analysis and
community input will be required to fully address and make decisions on
more complex issues such as zoning changes or other incentives to stimulate
new investment in the area, major transit initiatives, creation of new
public open space, etc. The information compiled and synthesized
during the above community process can be found in the Columbia Pike Initiative:
Working Group Report, which was presented to the County Board and discussed
in two work sessions. It includes recommendations for creating a cleaner,
safer, more competitive and more vibrant Columbia Pike as well as an action
To further identify and clarify community priorities
and create a community vision for the future of Columbia Pike, CPRO sponsored
a community participation process that ran concurrently with the Columbia
Pike Initiative process and ended in mid-September 1998. This process resulted
in a report, Columbia Pike: A Vision for the Future, which identifies current
problems and strengths and the community’s vision for its future.
This report is part of the Columbia Pike Initiative: Working Group Report.
The Columbia Pike Plan will be a cooperative effort
among Arlington County staff, CPRO, and residents, community based organizations,
property owners, businesses, Civic Associations, Condo and other associations,
churches and all other interested groups in the study area. County
staff will coordinate the development of the plan with all of the above
groups. CPRO will facilitate the process ensuring that all of the
above groups are included at every phase of the process.
The planning process begins with geographically
oriented meetings at which the planning process will be discussed, previous
planning efforts will be discussed briefly, and idea generation and refinement
will follow. The workshops meetings will be geographically based to optimize
citizen participation. The overall Columbia Pike Initiative process
will extend beyond this plan process and will include the implementation
of recommendations contained within the plan.
Phase 1 Workshop Meeting: Wednesday,
April 26, Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Dining Room;
7 pm – 10 pm), including brief presentations of previous planning efforts,
current planning efforts and discussions of Urban Design Analysis/
Existing Conditions Analysis; Preliminary Concept Plan (developed from
previous planning efforts); Economic Development and Commercial Revitalization;
Land Use and Zoning, Development, Urban Design, and Historic Resources;
Transportation, Transit, Traffic, Parking, and Public Infrastructure; Housing;
Open Space and Recreational Needs. Through this process we will be
able to discern area concerns regarding public facilities, housing opportunities,
jobs, and job training. Participants in these workshops are encouraged
to form discussion groups outside of the planned meetings and to encourage
maximum participation within their neighborhoods and organizations.
County staff may also arrange topical discussion group meetings, if needed,
to further discuss the issues. County staff and CPRO will be available
for additional discussions with and presentations to all Civic Associations,
Community Based Groups, Condo Associations, church groups and other organizations.
Phase 1 Group Meeting: Thursday, May
18, Arlington Career Center Dining Room;: 7 pm – 10 pm). The last
workshop meeting will bring the geographic area groups together to further
discussion and refine ideas generated at the three geographically based
meetings and other meetings held prior to the group meeting. A Preliminary
Concept Plan developed/refined from geographic meetings will also be presented
Phase 2 Workshop Meeting is 7:00 pm, Wednesday,
June 28, 2000, Arlington Career Center Dining Room. Phase 2 Group
Meeting is 7:00 pm, Wednesday, July 12, 2000, Arlington Career Center
Dining Room. Then come a County Board work session, Phase 3 Workshop
and Group Meetings, presentations to Planning Commission and to County
Board, and implementation.
Arlington County picks up branches and yard waste
for free along with trash on Friday mornings. You do not need to
bag or bundle branches, but you must call the County Solid Waste office
(703-228-6570) by 4 pm on Thursday to ask for a special pick-up.
Please write for our newsletter. Send articles to editor Pattii
Rosensteel (703-979-4555, PATTII@AOL.COM).
Mike, Brittany, Caitlin, and Monique O'Grady show off their Arlington
Buy an Arlington Heights sweatshirt or t-shirt!
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Mail or drop off your checks payable to AHCA and order forms to
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GOT KIDS? (PART 1)
Please fill out your Census form and send it in
on time. A complete, accurate count makes a big difference in how
the U.S. and the State distribute funds for roads, schools, social services,
and other projects in our community. (Do it even if you don’t
GOT KIDS? (PART 2)
Congratulations to both Kim & Mike Vasconi,
309 South Irving Street, on the birth of twin sons, Zachary (6 pounds 12
ounces) and Benjamin (6 pounds 6 ounces), March 23, 2000, and to Ron and
Cathy Peterson, 3110 6th Street South, on the birth of their daughter Grace
Marilyn, March 8, 2000 (International Women's Day). It’s a population
explosion! Welcome to the neighborhood!
Letter to Prospective Members
Dear Arlington Heights Neighbor:
Arlington Heights Civic Association (AHCA) needs
We are working with Arlington County and the State
of Virginia on many projects to improve our neighborhood, including
These improvements make our neighborhood nicer and increase
the values of our most important investments – our homes. Recently,
houses in Arlington Heights have sold the same weekend they were listed
– solid evidence that our efforts are paying off.
Extensive improvements along Columbia Pike
Streetscapes, beautification, and safety improvements on Route 50
A new bridge over Route 50 at Glebe Road
Sidewalks, streetlights, and street repairs on more than half of the residential
streets in the neighborhood
Continuing beautification efforts at Arlington Heights Park (9th and South
Irving), Patrick Henry Elementary School, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Safety improvements and traffic calming on all the streets in the neighborhood.
In particular, we are urging the County and State to expedite left turns
at Columbia Pike and South Glebe, so that 7th Street can stop being State
To join, send a message to AHCA-SUBSCRIBE@ONELIST.COM.
Conduct neighborhood social activities including yard sales, block parties,
Halloween movie fests, and Xmas caroling
Contact County offices about abandoned vehicles, animal welfare, code enforcement,
potholes, solid waste, street signs, etc.
Publish the OVER THE FENCE newsletter eight times a year
Maintain an extensive website at http://ahca.web.com with photos, news,
Moderate an e-mail discussion list, AHCA@ONELIST.COM, to provide members
with up-to-the-minute news.
Represent our neighborhood to Arlington County Civic Federation, Columbia
Pike Revitalization Organization, and Arlington's Neighborhood Conservation
The only way neighborhoods get resources in Arlington
is via their neighborhood associations. The neighborhoods with the
highest participation get the most resources. AHCA is your neighborhood
Please consider joining AHCA. Family membership
for the year is $10. Business membership for the year is $20, and
you get a $5 discount on ads in four issues of OVER THE FENCE.
If you want more information, please
call our president, Jay Jacob Wind, at 703-920-5193, or our membership
vice-president, Pattie DeLoatche, at 703-979-0484. Thank you for
considering joining AHCA.
To join, send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address,
and membership check to
Pattie DeLoatche, Membership Vice-President, and Jay Jacob Wind, President
Arlington Heights Civic Association
AHCA, c/o Bryan Sieling, Treasurer, 632 South Highland Street, Arlington
City ST ZIP _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone ______________________________ E-mail __________________________________________________________________
Enclosed is [__] $10 for family membership
[__] $20 for business membership [__] An additional
donation of $____________
Arlington Heights Neighborhood Events
Tuesday, April 25, 6:45 pm - May 20 Park Dedication Day planning meeting
- Vennett home, 864 South Irving Street
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm - AHCA Membership Meeting - Patrick Henry Elementary
School, 701 S. Highland Street
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 pm - Columbia Pike Planning Meeting - Arlington
Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive
Thursday, April 27, 7:15 pm - May 13 Neighborhood Day planning meeting
- O'Grady home, 315 S. Highland Street
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 pm - Arlington County Civic Federation meeting - Hazel
Auditorium, 1701 N. George Mason Drive
Saturday, May 13, All Day - Arlington Neighborhood Day
10:00 am - Dedication of Arlington Heights Park
12:00 noon to 6:00 pm - Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Patrick Henry Elementary
School – AHCA volunteers needed!
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Arlington Parade, from Clarendon
to Court House – AHCA volunteers needed!
Saturday, May 20, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon - Arlington Heights Park Community
Yard Sale (Rain date: June 10)
Sunday, May 21, 10:00 am - Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation Mitzvah
5K Run (around Arlington Heights)
Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 pm - Arlington County Civic Federation meeting -
Hazel Auditorium, 1701 N. George Mason Drive
Saturday, June 24, 9:30 am - Arlington Heights Garden Tour – AHCA volunteers
Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. - AHCA Membership Meeting - Patrick Henry Elementary
School, 701 S. Highland Street
Thursday-Sunday, August 17-20 - Arlington County Fair - Thomas Jefferson
Community Center – AHCA volunteers needed!
Tuesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. - AHCA Membership Meeting - Patrick Henry
Elementary School, 701 S. Highland Street
Tuesday, January 16, 2001, 7:30 pm - AHCA Membership Meeting - Patrick
Henry Elementary School, 701 S. Highland Street
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