Tuesday, June 5, 2012

FW: Arlington County Trash & Recycling Survey


Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 11:58:15 -0400
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Subject: Arlington County Trash & Recycling Survey

Arlington County    

Solid Waste Bureau News                           


The County would like your input on trash and recycling services.  We invite you to take this ten minute Trash and Recycling Survey and help us determine  the best way to meet the County's waste management needs.  Results will be used to assess our current services and offerings.


You can access the survey here:




Encuesta sobre la basura y el reciclaje en el Condado de Arlington:



Happy Recycling!


Thank you,

Arlington County

Department of Environmental Services


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


From ARLnow.com:

Arlington and Fairfax counties are teaming up to gather public comment on an analysis of alternatives to building a streetcar line on Columbia Pike.  An Alternative Analysis/Environmental Analysis (AA/EA) was performed as part of the Columbia Pike Transit Initiative, which addresses transit along the five mile corridor from the Pentagon City area to the Skyline area in Fairfax. It's the plan that includes the controversial streetcar system, now believed to cost between $242 million and $261 million.

The AA/EA looked at four alternatives and analyzed how each would satisfy the community's need for improved transit, and how each would affect the environment. One of the options was a "No Build Alternative," which is designed to provide a baseline comparison to the other ideas. Two of the other plans involve beefing up bus operations, and the final is the streetcar option.

Arlington and Fairfax had to devise the AA/EA in order to qualify for federal funding, per the Federal Transit Administration. The documents are available for review on the Columbia Pike Transit Initiative website, and comments can be left there as well. Comments can also be sent to info@piketransit.com.

Public input will be accepted through Thursday, June 21. In addition to providing comments online, there will be an informational public meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at Patrick Henry Elementary School (701 S. Highland Street), where feedback will also be accepted.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Notice of Meeting on on Thursday, May 24: Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan


Dear Neighbors,
Arlington County Planning staff has committed to provide the neighborhood with a briefing on the Draft Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan, a component of the currently underway Land Use and Housing Study.  The results of this study could include recommendations to the County Board concerning potential changes to land use in the Arlington View neighborhood. 
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 7-9 at the Hoffman-Boston school.  It will be an opportunity for you to get informed, express your views, and possibly influence outcomes.  
The program on the 24th will include time to have questions answered by County staff.  Please review the information below, and at the link provided below to the relevant Arlington County web-site.  If you have any questions you would like answered by County staff, please email them to me by this Friday and I will compile them to help ensure efficient use of time on the 24th.
Please ask as many questions as you would like, but limit each question to one issue of no more than one or two sentences.
Finally, please share this notice with others, AND please plan to attend this important meeting.    
Best regards, and looking forward to your participation.

Sent: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 11:13 AM
Subject: Time Sensitive Information: Be Informed - Action Required

Please forward/communicate this important information your neighbors if not part of this email list.
Dear Neighbors,
I urge you to visit the following Arlington County website to get informed on matters that could soon affect Arlington View: 
If you are short on time, in particular you should review pages 1.4,  3.4-5,   3.16,   and    4.19-21 of the  Draft Neighborhoods Plan on that page.
A possible decision by the County on these matters could be taken as early as July (see further below).  
If you are interested in follow-up information, please reply to this email and I will put you on a list for further information.
A little background: 
"The Columbia Pike Form Based Code (FBC) was adopted in 2003.  It is a redevelopment tool intended to implement the first revitalization plan for Columbia Pike (Columbia Pike Initiative Plan) that set careful and clear controls on building form to shape good public space.  The FBC only applies to the commercial centers on the Pike. The Land Use and Housing Study is looking at the residential areas. If it helps meet the stated community goals, a tool similar to the FBC may be adopted at the end of the Study for the residential areas" (emphasis added).
The hi-lited part of the above County description of the Land Use and Housing Study is what is being considered at this time.  It would for example, allow more intensive development of some properties in the Arlington View neighborhood. 
The purpose of this email is not to express a view on the possibility of a change to the land-use in our neighborhood (pro or con), but rather to ensure that the Arlington View Community is informed, and has the opportunity to participate and provide appropriate input to a process that could materially affect our community.
Best regards, and looking forward to your participation.
 Recent communication from the County
We thank you, community members, for taking the time to submit comments and request changes to the April 6, 2012 Draft Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan. 
I am writing to let you know that we are extending the study period by one month.  As outlined below, this is so that staff and the study Working Group can have more time to review and incorporate the feedback we have received into a revised draft.  We are updating our schedule and this additional time will result with a request for advertisement of the revised plan in June 2012 with final consideration and adoption at the Board meeting in July 2012.
Currently, we are:
·         Still receiving comments/concerns from the community.  
·         Working with the Columbia Pike Working Group to discuss the comments and revise the Plan documents. 
·         Continuing to brief advisory commissions and obtain their input.
The additional study time will allow us to fully consider the comments we have received and to develop stronger, more clear and robust recommendations for some critical elements that, we hope, will reach the Plan's goals and objectives.  This schedule and the associated new milestone dates are posted on the study website.
We appreciate your patience and we thank you for being part of this process. 
View the Draft Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan here:
Jennifer Smith
Principal Planner, Columbia Pike Initiative Coordinator
Planning Division
2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 700 
Arlington, VA 22201
703 228-3525 (Main) | 703 228-0068 (Direct)
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From ARLnow.com May 15, 2012
Daytime lane closures will begin this week for the Washington Boulevard bridge project.
The three year, $51.5 million project will ultimately result in the construction of a new, wider Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike, complete with a reconfigured ramps, additional bridge clearance and a new shared use path along Columbia Pike. To help facilitate the construction, daily lane closures on Washington Boulevard will start this week.
"Drivers can expect single lane closures daily on Washington Boulevard in both directions from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.," VDOT said in a press release. "Drivers can also expect periodic traffic shifts, the first this summer to new temporary pavement crews will construct over the next few months."
VDOT also announced additional closures Tuesday night.
"On Tuesday, May 15, crews will close a lane in each direction from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. between I-395 and the entrance to Fort Myer," the press release said. "Beginning at midnight, crews will also stop traffic for up to 30 minutes at a time on southbound Washington Boulevard just prior to the ramp to Columbia Pike to remove an overhead sign structure. Drivers should use an alternate route on this night if possible."
The Washington Boulevard bridge carries more than 80,000 vehicles over Columbia Pike every day, according to VDOT.
In addition to the closures on Washington Boulevard, Columbia Pike will be completely closed up to five weekends per year to allow for bridge demolition and other work.
"These closures will begin after rush hour Friday evening and reopen by rush hour on Monday morning," VDOT said. "Traffic will be rerouted between S. Quinn Street and S. Orme Street around the north side of the intersection. Message signs will notify motorists of these closures in advance."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Letter Carrier Food Drive is SATURDAY! Please leave a non-perishable item by your mailbox by 9:00 a.m. on SATURDAY, MAY 12 and your letter carrier will collect it and bring it to AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center). This is an easy way to help our neighbors in need. Suggested items include: canned tuna, low-sugar cereal, low-sodium soup, rice, pasta, and peanut butter. No glass jars, please.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Please Join Us for a Tree Dedication in Honor of

Mr. Harold Session

Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Hoffman-Boston Elementary School
(1415 S. Queen Street, Arlington, VA)

Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to attend the dedication of one of two recently planted tulip poplar trees at Hoffman-Boston to the work of Mr. Harold Session.

From working with the Parks and Recreation Commission to programming the Carver Community Center, Harold Session was a fixture in the Arlington community for years. His strong dedication to his neighborhood made Arlington View a place to be proud to live in. Other notable activities of Mr. Session's includes saving the neighborhood Boy Scout troop and working with the County to get trees planted in the community.

We hope you can join us to celebrate the life and work of Mr. Session, who was a true pillar of our community.

RSVP tolcorridon@arlingtonva.us or (703) 228-3329.

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Laura Corridon

Special Events and Marketing Contractor

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 414

Arlington, VA 22201


703.228.3329 (v)

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703.228.3328 (f)

Friday, April 27, 2012

FW: Columbia Pike Farmers Market


Columbia Pike Farmers Market Returns!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Pike Park, Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed Drive
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Hello Neighbor!

This Sunday, the Columbia Pike Farmers Market is back in full swing at Pike Park from 9 :00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Please be sure to stop by this and every Sunday for a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, cheeses, jams, jellies, plants, flowers...the list goes on and on!
This year's warmer than usual spring means that the market not only has strawberries and asparagus, but a wide variety of greens, squash and other fresh-from-the-farm goodies!
Also, please help us welcome two new vendors to the market: Spring Gap Mountain Creamery of Paw Paw, W. VA, our new cheese vendor, and Maple Avenue Market Farm of Great Falls, VA, who grows organic-equivalent produce. Welcome to the Pike!
See you at the Market!
Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization [CPRO]
Special Events at the Market
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Wakefield PTA Plant Sale!
Free 15 Minute Massage!


On Sunday, May 6th, we have two special additions to the Market. Wakefield H.S. PTA will be having a plant sale at the market as a fundraiser. Please come out and show your support!
In addition, Amy Fromm of Interlaken Soak Company and other students at Potomac Massage Training Institute will offer FREE seated massage at the market on the 6th from 9 to 1. Sign up for your free massage, do your shopping, and top
off your visit with a free massage!
Where & When
Columbia Pike Farmers Market
Pike Park
Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed Dr.
Arlington, Virginia 22204
May 6, 2012
Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization
The Columbia Pike Farmers Market is sponsored and coordinated by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. Questions? Contact us at cpro@columbiapike.org
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Thursday, April 12, 2012



The Washington DC premiere of FISHING WITHOUT NETS, a film about Somali pirates told from the perspective of the pirates.

The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

There will be a Q&A with director Cutter Hodierne (HBW 2005) and producers John Hibey and Raphael Swann (HBW 2005),
as well as a panel on 'Somali Piracy' featuring experts on the subject.

After party immediately following the screening.

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7:00 pm

Newseum, Washington, DC

Tickets are $15 online. $20 at the door.


A portion of the proceeds benefit 'Film Aid', a humanitarian aid organization that uses film and video to entertain and to educate refugees around the world (FilmAid.org).


After the screening and Q&A there will be a party to celebrate the Washington, DC premiere at Bus Boys and Poets on 14th Street NW!


Friday, March 30, 2012

FW: Insider: E-CARE, Water Treatment, Book Sale, Be a PAL Video, & More!


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Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:47:58 -0400
Subject: Insider: E-CARE, Water Treatment, Book Sale, Be a PAL Video, & More!

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March 29, 2012

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Spring Cleaning Goes Green with E-CARE

Bring your stuff to the Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) on April 7. Arlington residents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials (HHM), and recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing, bed frames, and much more!

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It's Not Just for Pools

You may notice a change in the smell and taste of your drinking water through May 7. This is due to chlorine water treatment.

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Indulge Your Book Craving!

The Friends of the Library will be holding a mammoth book sale, April 12-15 in the parking garage at Central Library.

Learn more
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CIP Public Forum April 12

Come to a Capital Improvement Program Discussion Forum at Fairlington Community Center and share your input.

Event details
News Around Town
Businesses Conclude Green Games
Third Resident Satisfaction Survey
County Introduces New Web-based Forum for Online Feedback
Caps Owner Leonsis Boosts AFAC
Liquor Store Coming to Columbia Pike
Bar Foundation Grants Available
Black Lime Cafe Coming to Crystal City
New Zoning Administrator
Garvey Elected to County Board
Video: Share the Street

pedestrian and driver talkingFind out how to "Be a PAL" in this fun 90-second video! Whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, everyone needs to be a PAL to safely share the streets.

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Mark Your Calendar
March 29: Mosaic Park Public Meeting
March 31: Build a Bird House
April 1: Free Spanish Yoga Class
April 2: Open Door Mondays
April 3: Online Job Hunting Class
April 4: National Walk to Work Day
April 9: Open Door Mondays
April 9: Colorful Realm of Japanese Art
April 10: What is Twitter?
April 11: Intro to Tai Chi
County Q

If my car has been towed, how can I find it?

To locate your towed vehicle, you can contact the Arlington County Police Department's non-emergency number at 703-558-2222.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

FW: Arlington County Virginia's Black History (Freedman's Village)

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Freedman's Village: a lost chapter of Arlington's Black History.
By Stefan Cornibert
The Connection Newspapers
October 1, 2004
Feeedman's Village HARPERS
Freedman's Village as it appeared in Harper's Weekly, May 1864.
First in an occasional series on Arlington's history.
To many black families in Arlington, Freedman's Village is a legend, a story handed down by great-grandparents of a place that no longer exists. Yet it was in Freedman's Village — a camp of former slaves established by the government during the Civil War era — that much of Arlington's modern black community began. As urban development changes neighborhoods like Nauck and Halls Hills, neighborhoods with predominately black populations, historians and preservationists are now looking closer at Freedman's Village as a lost chapter of the African American community's history.
Freedman's Village was established by the federal government in 1863 on the grounds of the Custis and Lee estates, what is today Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Navy Annex building. The village was a collection of 50 one-and-a-half story houses. Each house was divided in half to accommodate two families. The freed men and women — often referred to as contrabands by the government — had all traveled north from parts of Virginia, the Carolinas and other regions of the south in the hopes of finding work and opportunity. Under the direction of the government and the American Missionary Association, the Freedman's Village was intended to house these refugees, train them in skilled labor and to educate freed children. The camp's grounds included an industrial school, several schools for children, a hospital, a home for the aged and churches. But Michael Leventhal, Arlington County's historic preservation coordinator, said Freedman's Village's creation had less to do with helping blacks integrate into free society and more to do with segregation.
"Although slavery was abolished, the North was not really interested in having blacks coming into northern cities," Leventhal said. "It isn't as if the country had made the full leap to integration."
The able-bodied residents of Freedman's Village had to work, often put to difficult labor on construction projects and farming. They were paid $10 each week but half of their salary was turned over to the camp's authorities to pay for overhead costs. According to the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, although the village operated several farms, their produce was sold by the government to consumers in Washington D.C. As a report from the New England Society of Friends, a Quaker group, noted in 1864, residents of the village lived "entirely under military discipline", discipline doled out by soldiers from Fort Myer, and were "obliged to live solely on military rations". The report describes many in the village wandering nearby roads to beg for food. After a brief period of employment in the village, residents had to leave in order to seek jobs elsewhere and make room for new arrivals.
"We found that they were glad to leave," the report said.
The village had only one source of water, a well. It was also constructed on what was then a swamp, which caused several outbreaks of smallpox. Yet despite hardships, the village was always seeing new residents and refugees.
Genealogically, many families in Arlington can trace their roots back to residents of Freedman's Village. Names common in modern Arlington, are found on the village's registry, names like Gray, Tippet, Parke, Pollard and Syphax.
Craig Syphax, researcher and coordinator for the soon-to-come Arlington Black Heritage Museum, said the legacy of Freedman's Village endures as a part of the local black community's social consciousness.
"It's something that's has guided the black community, something it has followed by trying to be a self-sufficient community," he said. "It was a place where freed slaves has a chance to create their own community."
SYPHAX'S ANCESTOR, William Syphax, a former slave on the Custis estate, left Freedman's Village and was later elected to the Alexandria County Board. He only served for six months before winning a seat as a delegate in the Virginia General Assembly. In 1870, Syphax petitioned Congress to obtain a 17-acre plot of land near the village.
"We have a claim on this estate," he wrote.
Other notable residents of the village include Jesse Pollard, the first black judge in Arlington's history. Sojourner Truth, who worked to smuggle slaves out of the south on the Underground Railroad, also lived in the village for one year in 1864, serving as a teacher and helping to find jobs for villagers. According to Talmadge Williams, president of Arlington's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), many laborers in Freedman's Village worked on the construction of the capitol building. In 1866, the Army recruited the 107th regiment of U.S. Color Troops from the village. No one has ever undertaken an organized excavation of the Freedman's Village site but Williams said that when construction crews were laying a foundation for the nearby Sheraton Hotel, part of the village cemetery was uncovered.
The residents of Freedman's Village often found themselves at odds with the society outside its limits. As Washington D.C. expanded, land speculators pressured the government to close the camp. Tensions heightened after the superintendent of Arlington Cemetery, J.A. Commerford, accused village residents in 1887 of cutting down trees on cemetery property. Leventhal said the large in-flux of blacks in the area was also a problem for some racially charged whites.
"As the black population became more and more prominent, the camp started getting overcrowded," he said. "Many spilled out into other parts of Arlington."
Freedman's village was closed down in 1900. At its height, it housed more than 1,100 residents yet it was only constructed to contain about 600. One unnamed reporter from the New York Herald noted days before it was shut down that the closing was mostly due to encroaching development, local plans for the expansion of Mount Vernon Avenue and the coming bridge over the Potomac.
"There is also a political element to the case," the reporter added. "The votes cast by the colored citizens on the Arlington reservation have several times controlled elections in the county."
After Freedman's Village was shut down, local farmers, many of them black, others sympathetic to the plight of the freed slaves, offered land to village residents. These plots became neighborhoods like Halls Hills and Nauck.
As Arlington's black community plans the creation of a museum devoted to its history, Leventhal said the importance of Freedman's Village cannot be underestimated.
"The truth always falls between the cracks," he said. "While things are changing in Arlington in terms of development, we're starting to lose some of the history and the people that made Arlington what it is. It's important that these folktales and myths become reality."
An exhibit on Freedman's Village, including a scale model, is on display at Arlington House, the former estate of Robert E. Lee in Arlington Cemetery. The Black Heritage Museum's web site, www.arlingtonblackheritage.org, is also expected to carry an exhibit on Freedman's Village in the coming months.