Over the Fence
News for Neighbors
from Arlington Heights Civic Association
THANKS EVERYONE FOR A JOB WELL DONE
by Jay Jacob Wind, AHCA President (JAY.WIND@ATT.NET)
So many AHCA members did so much in April and May that it's hard to remember
and thank them all.I hope I didn't
miss anyone.See our website at http://AHCA.web.com
for more details and photos.
Thank you to 65 citizens who attended our quarterly membership meeting
on April 25.At the meeting, we
agreed on the priorities for our applications for County Neighborhood Conservation
(NC) funds (sidewalks and streetlights).In
a dramatic show of democracy at work,we
voted 20-19 among members, 24-20 among all present, tonot
promote the sidewalk request for 200-500 SouthHighland
Street from 8th priority to 2nd.It
was a realcase where every single
vote counted.I thank all the attendees
for their patience during the long discussionand
their willingness to accept the outcome.The
complete list of our NC priorities is in our minutes at http://geocities.com/Heartland/Hollow/7939/20000425.html.
Thanks to Jim Gill for drafting the NC priority list and
for working with VDOT on the Route 50 median strip and streetscape
Thanks to Eric Lanman for working with VDOT on the Glebe
Road overpass over Route 50
Thanks to Monique O'Grady for developing our float in the
Arlington County Neighborhood Day parade on May 13, and to Bryan
Sieling, Cathy O'Malley, and many others whocut
and painted and marched with it.Thanks
to Mike Webb of RE/MAX Horizons (703-824-6482) for
sponsoring the float.
Thanks to Jay and
Amy Vennett for setting up
the dedication ceremony for Arlington Heights Park on May 13.Thanks
to The Uncommon Market (The Arlington Food Co-op), 1041 South Edgewood
Street (703-521-2667) for sponsoring the dedication with refreshments.The
Community Yard Sale that was scheduled for May 20 had to be postponed until
June 10 because of weather.
More thanks to Monique and Cathy for obtaining
the banner congratulating Patrick Henry Elementary School principal
Johnson for her award as Arlington County Principal of the Year.
Thanks to Pattie DeLoatche for bring in more than a dozen
new members.If you are not yet
a member of AHCA, please join us.It's
only $10 a year, and you get this newsletter and sidewalks, streetlights,
social events, and influence over how the County treats our neighborhood
Thanks to everyone from AHCA who attended the Columbia Pike Planning Process
meetings on April 26 and May 18.Thanks
to Arlington's Doug Woods and CPRO's Tim Lynch
for setting up the meetings.
Thanks to Lila Shapiro and all the other AHCA neighbors who
cheered and brought out their water tables and garden hoses for Arlington-Fairfax
Jewish Congregation's Mitzvah 5K Run on May 21.
Thanks to Mary Ellen Finn and her team of volunteers for
all their hard work beautifying and planting at Patrick Henry Elementary
School on April 29 and thereafter.
Thanks to David Davis and his team of volunteers for staffing
AHCA's table at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival on May 13.
Thanks to Rosie Haltigen and her neighbors on 1st Road South
for their perseverance to get their sidewalks fixed after 20 years of Route
50 traffic erroneously routed down their street.We
got the sign moved; now we want the County to repair the damage.
Thanks to Lydia Nuñez and the other members of our
Social Action Committee for starting the delicate process of helping Arlington
Heights neighbors in need of assistance
Thanks to Carole Lieber, David Davis, Rich Bolczak, and Bryan
Sieling for representing AHCA to Arlington County Civic Federation,
and thanks to Bryan and the other members of our Traffic Committee for
their work to make our streets safer.
Thanks to the management at Dominion Arms Apartments and Jennifer
Brawer at Arbors of Arlington condominium for distributing
April's OVER THE FENCE there for the very first time.
Join AHCA's annual Garden Tour.Meet
at Jim and Joan Gill's home at 121 South Hudson
Street at 9:30 am on Saturday, June 24, for light refreshments and orientation.From
there, we'll visit a half-dozen homes and gardens in our neighborhood.E-mail
at JGILL@EROLS.COM for more information.
The Columbia Pike Planning Process continues with our area's Phase 2 meeting,
7 pm, Wednesday, June 28, at the Career Center.E-mail
for more information DWOODS@CO.ARLINGTON.VA.US.For
full details, see http://www.geocities.com/ Heartland/Hollow/7939/FinalProcess1.html
AHCA's next quarterly membership meeting is 7:30 pm Tuesday night, July
18.On the agenda are Janette
Purnell from Arlington County Code Enforcement.(Let's
call it "neighborhood beautification.") and Don Passenant
and Les and Anita Morgan from the Arlington
County Fair.For the agenda, see
Arlington County Fair, Thursday-Sunday, August 17-20, at Thomas Jefferson
Community Center.Carole Lieber
is coordinating AHCA's information booth at the fair; e-mail her at CAROLE.LIEBER@DO.TREAS.GOV
to help out.The Fair has permission
from Arlington County Police to extend amusement park hours until 10 pm
Sunday night (theyclosed at 6 pm
last year).With three Fair Board
members in our neighborhood, including Chairman Les Morgan,
we can count on a listening ear on issues and concerns.
AHCA is planning with CPRO, Eckerd's, and The Uncommon
Market to host a music night at the small park in front of Eckerds,
where the Farmers Market opened May 7.Watch
for more information.
Some time in late summer, Arlington County will begin excavation on 6th
Street South between Glebe Road and Irving Street to improve draining and
eliminate localized flooding.Arlington
County's project engineer is Russell Carroll .For
more information: (RCARRO@CO.ARLINGTON.VA.US).As
part of this project, Lake Irving will be eliminated, and a curb will be
installed at the southeast corner of 6th and Irving.AHCA
is negotiating with the County to follow the repaving with badly-needed
start the summer without an Arlington Heights T-shirt. All sizes are now
Please call Monique O'Grady
to buy yours. Availability is limited, so call. (703) 521-5631.
Adult M - XL$10.00(stonewashed
blue shirt with cream lettering)
Adult 2XL $12.00(stonewashed blue
shirt with cream lettering)
Childrens XS - L$8.00(cream
shirt with blue lettering)
WE NOW HAVE BABY BIBS TOO !$6.00
(white with blue lettering) Welcome the newest addition to your block with
I just want to thank everyone involved with making our float participation
in the Neighborhood Parade possible.
to everyone who marched or rode in the parade.
float made a great showing. All the hard work paid off as the kids got
in the act.
It wouldn't have been
possible without the support of many folks:
cut out and sketched the float design, as well as designed how the pieces
would actually fit together and remain stable on the float.
showed up with everything pre-drilled; pre cut and designed the day we
had to put it together.
It was an
Joan and Jim Gill
were a great help too.
up with the adorable float idea and painted a large part of it, including
that neighborhood sign which she painted free hand.
also drove the red convertible in the parade showcasing our veterans(including
and President Jay
Jim helped a lot with
painting, hauled some stuff between our houses, and gave up Joan a few
late nights to get the thing painted.
-- spent the hottest part of Saturday, May 6th painting for three hours.
also helped us assemble the float before the parade.
-- offered to drive the float and helped us assemble it. Thanks for all
his hard work and expertise.
and her boyfriend Jay
offered to pull our float during the parade.
couldn't have rolled without you. Thank you !
Todd and Julie Hixson
-- gave up the last Saturday in May to help us paint.
know this was a big sacrifice because it was the first nice weekend day
in a long time.
-- managed to put a few hours of painting into his busy schedule two weekends
ago. Thank you.
Sally Ferrett --
by two Sundays in a row and worked till dark to get those houses on the
float looking spiffy.
We had a great
-- lent us his truck to get the float bed down to the park for assembly.
you for allowing us to borrow it !
-- my husband watched the kids, and gave me all the support I needed during
the process, even though at time I wasn't sure the float would make it.
Thanks too to our corporate sponsors:Home
-- provided the supplies Eckerds
- supplied the candy
we threw off the float.Mike Webb
- ReMax / Horizons Realtor
funded the float.
couldn't have done it without all of you !
on 6th Street South
by Jay Wind
I spoke with Ricky Stottlemyer of The Strong Company, the subcontractor
to Washington Gas Lightfor construction
work currently underway on 6th Street South.
According to Mr. Stottlemyer, the goal of the project is to reroute gas
lines away from storm sewer lines so that later in the summer,after
Arlington County contracts with a storm sewer and pavement contractor,the
contractors can do their work safely, without interfering with gas lines.
Three weeks ago, I spoke with Arlington County's street engineering supervisors
Russell Carroll and Sterling Chew about the overall project. According
to Mr. Carroll and Mr., Chew, Department of Public Works hopes to let the
storm sewer and paving contract in July. We should expect full-scale street
construction in mid-September.
Mr. Stottlemyer estimates Strong will continue work on 6th streetfor
another 3-4 weeks. Currently, all work is between Glebe Road and Jackson
Street. Once that stretch is complete,Strong
will dig up between Jackson and Irving Street and some of Irving Street
on both sides of 6th Street.
After Strong finishes an area, they remove the steel plates anduse
hot-patch asphalt to fill holes in the street, sidewalk, and curb. These
patches make subsequent access easier for the storm sewer contractor. The
storm sewer contractor will be responsible for final milling and paving
of the street surface.
I also spoke today with Arlington County sidewalk engineering supervisor
Bill Boyce and explained that, as a result of Strong's current work,some
concrete needs to be replaced:
-- Curb at 3324 6th Street
-- Curb and sidewalk at 3317 6th Street
After Strong completes its work, other curb and sidewalk work may also
be needed. We'll see.
When I walked
6th Street with Mr. Carroll and Mr. Chew, we identified additional curb
and sidewalk work. After the sewer and street paving are complete, even
more curb and sidewalk work may be needed.
If you have any further questions about the current work only, please contact
Pat Estrada-Palma at Washington Gas Light (703-750-5657).
Boundary Steering Committee
Arlington Public Schools has established a Steering Committee to determine
the process by which public school boundaries in South Arlington may be
reallocated in the future, effective fall 2001.
first meeting of the Steering Committee was at the end of May. The coordinator
of the process is Robin O'Hara
background agenda is to establish a boundary for Hoffman-Boston Elementary,
which currently shares a boundary with Oakridge Elementary. It is
possible that H-B's new boundary may catch some student-areas currently
assigned to Patrick Henry, and thus alleviate crowding at Patrick Henry.
(703-892-4780) represented Arlington Heights on the Steering
Committee. She filed this report:
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS CIVIC ASSOCIATION EMAIL LIST
CONCHITA MITCHELL, REPRESENTATIVE TO THE SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGE STEERING
As the representative for the Arlington Heights Civic Association to the
Steering Committee for the Oakridge / Hoffman-Boston / Henry / Long Branch
boundary process, I want to give you some background information and a
report on our first of two meetings.
Although it is hard to imagine that any of the homes in our civic association
boundaries will be impacted by boundary changes, Henry Elementary, our
local neighborhood school, will be greatly impacted. It will likely see
a change in its student enrollment. It seems logical that some of
the large apartment complexes on the East end of Columbia Pike and other
neighborhoods close to the new building will be shifted from Henry to be
part of the new Hoffman-Boston school district. School programs are
determined as much by the number of students as by the needs of students.
The needs of students are determined by many factors - socio-economic levels,
English language skills, preschool experiences, transiency, to name a few.
The ability of Henry to meet the needs of all its students will be greatly
enhanced if the overall population is reduced and the variety of student
needs made more manageable. This is an opportunity for our already
good neighborhood school to become better. That in turn, enhances
our neighborhood. Obviously, the other neighborhoods concerned about
the impact of these changes will be advocating boundary changes that are
best for their school. As residents of Arlington Heights, I hope
we'll determine what would be best for our neighborhood school and become
strong advocates for it.
Background, as I understand it, includes the following:
-- Henry and Oakridge Elementary are overcrowded
-- Long Branch is just about at capacity with its current programs and
students to alleviate crowded conditions, Oakridge has been busing over
two hundred of its students to the Hoffman-Boston building
-- Henry has trailers on site for classroom use
-- The School Board has determined that a new neighborhood elementary school
will be located at Hoffman-Boston (an existing building under renovation
near the intersection of Washington Blvd. and Columbia Pike in the Arlington
View Neighborhood). The new school will house about 500 students
in the fall of 2001
-- The boundaries for this school will be drawn from the current school
boundaries of Henry, Oakridge and Long Branch
-- Criteria for boundary changes have been established and I think include
such things as keeping schools at capacities, keeping students in schools
close to home, safety for students getting to schools, keeping communities
together, keeping neighborhoods and students together through elementary,
middle and high school, and school diversity
-- A process has been established by the School Board that calls for four
community meetings beginning in the fall of 2000
-- These meetings will be held to discuss enrollment projections, discuss
boundary criteria, and look at options for boundary changes. Following
the community meetings, a public hearing will be held in early 2001 after
which the superintendent will make recommendations for boundary changes
which will be acted on by the School Board in time for the opening of the
new school in September 2001
The steering committee is only charged with establishing "the best way
to communicate to and interact with the potentially involved communities."
At our meeting, those present stressed the need for a clear, concise communication
plan. Concern was raised about how information would be disseminated
since school is almost over for the year and most PTAs are dormant over
the summer. A discussion also took place about the need for efforts
to reach special populations - retirees, parents of preschoolers, non-native
English speakers. A number of comments were made about the need for
accurate data so folks understand why the boundaries should be changed
and how any changes might impact school programs and populations.
Concern was also expressed about how the meetings in the autumn could best
produce good dialogues and not result in anxiety and anger and what the
purpose of the fall meetings would be.
I hope this background information is helpful - I apologize for the length.
Stay tuned through the civic association newsletter, your PTA communications
and local newspapers for more information. You can also contact Robin
, the school system representative to the process, at 703-228-7741
or visit the web site
Feel free to pass this message on to anyone.
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Nancy Wheeler of 204 South Irving, a resident of Arlington Heights for
almost 50 years, died on Monday, May 8.She
is survived by her husband Joe, their children Alice, Ann, and Joe Jr,
and their grandchildren.Burial
was at Arlington National Cemetery.We
offer our heartfelt sympathies to Nancy's family.