Over the Fence
News for Neighbors
July 2002

AHCA Meeting, Tuesday, July 16, 7 pm
by Jay Jacob Wind

Arlington Heights Civic Association (AHCA) hosts its quarterly membership meeting Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 pm, at Patrick Henry Elementary School's library. Here is the agenda:

Please join AHCA. Use the form in this issue so you can vote at the meeting on July 16.

4th of July Park Groundbreaking, July 4

On Thursday, July 4, at 8:30 pm, AHCA officially breaks ground on the new park at Arlington Boulevard and South Garfield Street. Come help turn the first shovels of earth and plant the firs tree to make this lot into a showcase park for our neighborhood. After the groundbreaking ceremony, we celebrate with a nationally-televised firework show!

Arlington Park and Recreation Commission is currently considering our proposed name, "4th of July Park."

CoPA Arts & JazzFest, Saturday, July 20
by Pat Rosensteel <pattii@aol.com, 703-979-4555)

AHCA's 3rd annual Columbia Pike Arts & Jazz Festival (CoPA) is Saturday, July 20, 4:00 - 10:00 pm at Pike Park, Walter Reed and Columbia Pike, in front of Eckerd Drug.

If you make arts or crafts or you know craftspeople, please come sell your wares or invite them to join us. Table space is $15 by July 20, $20 on July 20 (if space is available). Bring your own table & chairs. Please contact me to register.

Starting at 4 pm, come and buy beautiful handworks. At 5 pm, enjoy open mike music, featuring the reunion of Linus & Schroeder. At 7:15 pm, bid in a live auction featuring fast-talking Todd Ottenstein, and at 7:30 pm, dance to the sweet sounds of The Colleen Shanley Band.

Live Music Permit at Casa Mia?

Newly-remodeled Casa Mia restaurant at 3111 Columbia Pike is under new management, and owner Jorge Escobar V and manager Daniel Riccardo Fernandez have applied to Arlington County for a live music permit.

Arlington County Board considers the permit July 20. Marcia Smith <msmith4@co.arlington.va.us, 703-228-3525> of Arlington's planning staff collects comments before July 13 from neighbors concerning the proposed use permit.

The restaurant previously at that location, Coco's, had a live music permit until April 11, 2001, when the County Board voted to end the permit after neighbors' complaints about noise and outdoor drinking, and police and fire reports.

The new Casa Mia has a formal dining room to the north facing the neighborhood. The music room is to the south, facing Columbia Pike. The front windows, once bricked-in, are now glass. The entryway, once a cantina, is now a carpeted sitting room with easy chairs.

In his letter below, Mr. Fernandez invites you to visit Casa Mia. All neighbors can provide their individual comments to Ms. Smith. Then on July 16, AHCA as an organization considers Mr. Fernandez' proposal.
Dear Neighbors in Arlington Heights:

Let me introduce myself, My name is Daniel Riccardo Fernandez and I am the new general manager of the newly remodeled Casa Mia Restaurant (formerly Cocos). 

I extend an invitation to all of you and the community to take time and visit the premises of Casa Mia, to learn my plans and how I will improve the quality of service and food for all my patrons. Please feel free to visit any time from 11:00 am to 11:00 PM any day of the week. It will be an honor for me to shake your hand and answer any questions. 

Thank you for your interest in making Columbia Pike a better place to live.

Sincerely yours, Daniel Riccardo Fernandez
Casa Mia Restaurant General Manager
<dalifeso@cs.com, 703-920-5450, 571-331-6844 cell>

AHCA Garden Tour, Saturday, June 22
by Joan Gill <gill@erols.com, 703-685-1760>

This year's AHCA Garden Tour was Saturday morning, June 22. As in past years, Jim and Joan Gill hosted a light breakfast for early risers who arrived 8:00-9:00 am to their home at 121 S. Hudson Street. 9:00 am to noon, they visited several lovely gardens in the neighborhood. They saw exciting innovations in many neighbors' yards. If you want your garden on future tours, please contact Joan.
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Columbia Pike Design Charette
by Tim Lynch <cpro@uptownarlington.com, 703-892-2776>

At a 5:00 pm press conference, Wednesday, June 19, at Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., County Board chair Chris Zimmerman, County Manager Ron Carlee, and Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization introduced Dover Kohl Architects as the lead firm in the Columbia Pike Initiative (CPI) Charette. The public attended the press conference at the top of the Sheraton and enjoyed one of the finest views in the area.

The charette process is an intensive seven-day public design project, July 12-18, on top of the Sheraton.

Arlington Boulevard Design Charette

A design charette on Saturday, June 1, produced drawings outlining the future of Arlington Boulevard. The meeting at Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church began a lengthy process.

Arlington County Fair, August 15-18

Celebrating the Best of Arlington - Four days of peace and love

The 26th annual Arlington County Fair opens at 7 pm, Thursday, August 15, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, and continues through 10 pm, Sunday, August 18. Indoor events run 7-10 pm Thursday,. 10 am-9 pm Friday and Saturday, and 12 noon to 5 pm Sunday. Outdoor events are open until 10 pm.

Fair President Paul Showalter discusses the fair and answers questions at AHCA's meeting on July 16.

TJ contractors race against time to get the gym ready for the fair. So far, contractors stripped the old surface and removed equipment. They plan to pour concrete and the new floor in July.

Children and adults race at the annual County Fair Mile run, Saturday, August 17, 8:30 am, coordinated by AHCA president Jay Jacob Wind. Register for $5 via the web page www.pvtc.org/fair.htm or on-site after 8:00 am. Every finisher gets a prize, courtesy of a County Fair vendor, and kids get one free ride in the amusement park.

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Traffic Calming Crosses a Hump
South Highland Street project goes to County Board

In April, AHCA's team of Nancy Edwards, Karen Laake, Carole Lieber, Dan Morrisey, Ken Nagle, Betty Siegel, Bryan Sieling, and Jay Jacob Wind collected signatures from 84% of the residents of the affected blocks, 700-900 South Highland, 700-900 South Irving, and 3100-3200 9th Street South, in favor of traffic calming measures for 700-900 South Highland: textured crosswalks, speed humps, and nubs. On May 23, the County's Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee voted unanimously to recommend the project to the County Board, after members of the team spoke and presented the petitions.

The County Board considered the project on Saturday, June 22, during our Garden Tour. By coincidence, the County Board considered our proposal for sidewalks on 200-500 South Highland on the same day as our 2001 garden tour. We broadcasted the hearing live via cell-phone as we walked.

Now that we understand the traffic calming process, AHCA considers asking for a 4-way stop at 6th and Highland at the meeting on July 16. If you live at that intersection, expect a knock on your door from a petition team led by Patricia Bullington-McGuire. Moreover, neighbors on 1st Road South, 7th Street South, and 400-500 South Fenwick requested traffic studies for future calming projects. If you think your block qualifies, pick up a copy of the green traffic calming book July 16.

We thank County staffer Ron Hicks and NTCC members Lewis Bromberg, Ed Hilz, and Juan Tovar for their help.

Street Paving and Unpaving

According to the County's website, 000-100 South Hudson gets repaved this season. For a County-wide map, see www.co.arlington.va.us/dpw/engineer/pave/paving.htm

Contractors completed fiber optic excavations on 7th Street and 9th Street South without flooding any basements. Some sidewalk panels are hot-patched, to be paved later.
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2002 Community Calendar

Saturday, June 22, 9:00 am - Garden Tour

Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 Potluck Dinner
    7:30 pm - AHCA Membership Meeting

Saturday, July 20
4:00 pm - Columbia Pike Arts & Jazz Festival at Pike Park (in front of Eckerd Drug)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Live Music with The Colleen Shanley Band
7:15 pm - Arts & Crafts Auction

Thursday-Sunday, August 15-18 - Arlington County Fair/TJ

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 - Potluck Dinner
    7:30 pm - AHCA Membership Meeting

Sunday, October 27, 2:00 pm - Children's Hallowe'en Party

Saturday, December 13, 4:30 pm - Holiday Caroling and Decorating Contest

Tuesday, January 21, 2001, 7:00 - Potluck Dinner
    7:30 pm - AHCA Annual Meeting

AHCA Officers for 2002

President Jay Jacob Wind
1st Vice President Patricia Bullington-McGuire (703-979-4380)
2nd Vice President Pat Rosensteel (703-979-4555)
Treasurer Bob Dannemiller (703-685-3795)
Secretary Betty Siegel (703-892-1959)
Membership Patricia Bullington-McGuire, Kimberly Sumner
Civic Federation Delegates: Carole Lieber (703-892-0362), Rich Bolczak, Bob Dannemiller, Jay Wind
Alternates: Kevin Whyte, Stacy Whyte, Jim Gill, Dan Morrisey
Neighborhood Conservation Betty Siegel (703-892-1959), David Reidy (703-920-2940) and Alison Byron
Newsletter Patricia Bullington-McGuire (703-521-4957)
Newsletter Distribution Bahar Hess (703-521-8528)
Social Barbara Mascareñas (703-920-3768)
Garden Tour Joan Gill (703-685-1760)
Social Action Lydia Nuñez (703-979-7499)
Traffic Karen Laake (202-441-0352), Carole Lieber, Dan Morrisey, Betty Siegel