BVSCA Newsletter March 2006
Place: BVSCA's community room located on N. Utah Street between the Willow Restaurant and the Windsor Plaza condominiums
Inside this newsletter
The Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee held their regular Thursday monthly meetings on February 9 and March 9, 2006 at 7:30 PM. After roll call and brief neighborhood reports, minutes for the previous meetings were approved by vote. New officers for 2006 conducted these meetings: Rob Swennes, Chairman; David Haring, Vice Chairman, and Chris Alvord, Deputy Vice Chairman. Committee reports were presented either orally or electronically. A fine presentation was given on the Historical Preservation Master Plan. It focused on what the County government and the private sector could do. Integration, cooperation, and preservation were key concepts.
Much time these past two meetings has been spent discussing the active projects in the stream resulting from NCAC work of initiating and funding the work proposed by the neighborhoods. Concerns center on project progress, cost estimates, cost overruns, and the selection of projects for funding. Cost overruns cut into funds planned for additional neighborhood work. Money has been set aside to cover excess costs. NCAC and Arlington County are working to control these problems.
Once a proposed project is selected for funding, it proceeds as an active project through five phases: 1. Project Definition, 2. Planning, 3. Design, 4. Implementation, and 5. Closeout. We now have 8 projects from the 2000 Bond, 31 projects from the 2002 Bond, 26 projects from the 2004 Bond for a total of 65 active projects. They are in various stages of the process, with the 2000 Bond projects in design or implementation. Some problems associated with the project work are: cost of paving, inflation, and neighborhood participation. The neighborhoods have requirements and obligations as projects proceed through the process. Unfortunately, the longer it takes to get a project done, the more expensive it is in the end. Suspending proposal of additional projects until the backlog clears somewhat has been discussed.
BVSCA has three curb, gutter, sidewalk, and grass area projects currently in the system.
An important component of the Neighborhood Conservation program is the Plan (and/or update) that guides work proposed by each neighborhood. New or updated neighborhood plans have been presented at recent NCAC meetings. In February we were treated to briefings on the civic association plans presented by the Highland Park, the Overlee Knolls and the Yorktown neighborhoods. A few months ago, the Columbia Heights Civic Association presented their plan. They are excellent presentations of neighborhood goals, and contain relevant photographs, charts, and demographic data. Histories include very interesting information from Virginia s colonial period, Civil War era, railroad development, and the emergence of the Arlington neighborhoods we see today. Everyone is welcome to view these planning worksheets, Neighborhood Plans, or other documents mentioned here relative to NCAC activities.
- by Dan Corts
DreamDinners & Coming Soon to Neighboring Cherrydale (Lee Hwy)
Tired of trying to figure out what to have for dinner? Need some extra time for yourself and your family? These two working moms in Arlington felt the same way which is why they decided to open a DreamDinners right here in their own backyards! Sue Mayfield and Laura Lester both married, thirty-something and each a mother of 3 children decided it was time to "stop the madness" and "live the dream" of making life easier not just for themselves but for others in our Northern VA community. No longer are their evenings so stressful and soon yours won't be either. At DreamDinners, Sue and Laura are providing the place, the ingredients and the flexible time schedule to assemble 12 freezer ready meals for your family in just 2 hours! It's easy, just go on-line to www.dreamdinners.com, select Arlington as your store, pick your meals, schedule a time and show up. You assemble your meals how your family will enjoy them.
The two became friends as part of a nanny share when their two oldest children were just a year old and the friendship between the two families has grown from there. Not unlike so many people in this urban area, neither of them lives close to family. As a result, they have become each others extended family and best friends. With the help of their two supportive husbands they have taken on the task of starting their own business.
Sue Mayfield has enjoyed a 15 year career in the software development world, the most recent years in government contracting. Her family consists of husband Chris and three children Samantha age 7, Max age 4 and Luke age 13 months.
Laura Lester has prospered as an attorney for 9 years. Although she loves the work, it definitely takes a toll on spending quality time with her husband Mike and three daughters, Allison age 7, Olivia age 31/2 and Elizabeth age 5 months.
You can contact them at 703.243.7676 or email@example.com.
- by Denise Parks
Key Elementary/Escuela Key 10th Annual Auction
Save the date and join the Key School Community on Saturday, May 6th, 2006 from 6pm to 10pm at National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) building in Ballston. This is an adults-only night of fun so bring yourself, your friends, your neighbors (and your wallet) and get ready to get a great deal on local services, restaurants, weekend getaways, theatre tickets, tickets to sporting events, and gifts. With donations from over 200 business you're sure to find a great buy on something you want or need. There will be both a live and a silent component to this auction.
Key school is a fully accredited public elementary school with an internationally recognized two-way Spanish Immersion Program. It is Arlington's largest elementary School with over 600 students. This is the Key PTA's largest fundraising event. In the past, funds raised from this event have been used to fund field trips, Homework Club, Spanish language materials, Spanish Chorus, and other enrichment opportunities. These funds have also allowed them to outfit classrooms with needed equipment, improve technology throughout the school and enhance teacher projects.
Please join us them Sat, May 6th whether to get into the bidding frenzy for a special item or just to hang out and have a good time. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation please contact Denise Parks, Key PTA Auction Chair at 703-527-1669 or KeyAuction06@yahoo.com.
- by Denise Parks
Arlington County's Dept of Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources, Parks and Natural Resources Division, is offering 1000 trees to be distributed among Arlington County's civic associations and other community groups for Neighborhood Day. Denise Parks will be the one coordinating the tree giveaway for BVSCA again this year. Two types of tree species are being offered sweet bay magnolia (magnolia Virginian), a medium-sized flowering tree, and chestnut oak, a large shade tree.
Trees given away are potted in one gallon containers and range in size from three to five feet. Planting instructions and on-going care and maintenance will be provided with each tree.
Please let Denise know by April 1st what type of tree you would like and how many. You can call her at 703-527-1669 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your name, phone number, address and the number and types of trees you are requesting. She will then forward BVSCA's total request to the County. Trees provided to each association or group will be dependent on the total number of requests received. If requests exceed the 1000 trees, the type and number of trees for each organization will need to be adjusted. Organizations will be notified in early May of the final number and types of trees they will receive.
The trees will be delivered by County staff to the Clarenford Park (otherwise known as the 13th Street park). Delivery will occur during the week prior to Neighborhood Day, Saturday, May 13th. You will need to come to that location to pick up your trees once they are delivered.
- by Denise Parks
Arlington Artists Alliance ArtFest at Fort C. F. Smith
Mar 31 - Apr 7, 2006 at 2411 N. 24th Street This week-long art festival features an all-media art show and sale, workshops, and demos. Open to the public daily. Opening reception Friday, March 31, 6-8pm. Free family-friendly entertainment Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Workshops and demonstrations for children, youth, families, adults, April 2-7; times and topics vary. Reservations required for workshops and demos; fees apply to some workshops. For workshop and demonstration reservations, contact Linda Maldonado, 703.528.5740. Full description of ArtFest events at www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org.
iPark to Simplify Meter Parking
Arlington County introduces a unique electronic parking card called the iPark. This new parking card replaces the old in-car parking meter known as the Parkulator. The new iPark is a thin credit card sized, simple to use, in-car parking device with a large display screen that makes it easy to read. With the iPark you simply select the type of meter where you have parked, start the iPark and place it on your dashboard. When you return to your car you just turn it off and you will have only paid for the minutes you actually parked. 703.228.3082.
Annual Law Day -- focus on "Elder Ready" issues. Tue, May 2, 9:15 a.m. 703.228.4403.
Senior adult sports -- Volleyball teams being organized to play at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St. 703.228.4745.
Arlington Senior Golf Club season begins Apr. 4. 703.228.4766.
Living after the loss of a loved one -- 4 week program focuses on helping widows and widowers. Topics include grief and stress management, cooking for one, staying fit and active, managing and organizing financial and health history records, household maintenance and community services. Programs begin Mon, Apr. 10, 10:00 a.m. to noon, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; 703.228.4403.
Intergenerational opera workshop presented to families and children by the Washington National Opera, Sat, Apr. 29, 11:00 a.m. - noon, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th Street. 703.228.5722.
A night of Hawaiian dancing, Sat, Apr. 29, 7:00 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., 703.228.4403.
Free fire alarms for Arlington residents with hearing loss. Approximately 65 hearing-impaired smoke alarms to be given away. 703.228.4659.
Spring Financial Seminar Series
7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library auditorium, 1015 N Quincy St. 703.228.6417.
Spring Asian Cooking Classes
Room 15 at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford Street in Arlington. 703.228.6417.
Money Talk: A Financial Course for Women
7:00-9:00 p.m. in room 10 at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street in Arlington. $20. 703.228.6417.
The Westin in Ballston
The Westin Arlington Gateway, a $75 million, 336-room-upscale hotel, officially joined the bustling Ballston neighborhood of Arlington on March 1 of this year. The 238,700 square foot property is owned by The JBG Companies. The Westin Arlington Gateway will create more than 200 new jobs and stands as the first Westin in Virginia. As the third and final building constructed as part of the one million square-foot mixed-use Arlington Gateway development, The Westin Arlington Gateway joins The Continental at Ballston, a 411-unit condominium building finished in September 2003, and the Arlington Gateway, a 325,000 square foot office building.
The Capitol Steps Are Coming to Arlington!!!
Washington's own comic and musical satirists who have yet to run out of rich political material. Winner of The Washington Post 2005 Best Bets Readers' Choice Award for Best Live Theater in Washington, DC.
Sun, May 7: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Yorktown High School (to benefit Yorktown H.S. Theatre Program). $26 each. Mail check to (and make check out to): Yorktown High School Theatre, 5201 N. 28th St. Arlington, VA 22207.
Nature Center Events
Nature Center Events
Spring Break Mini Nature Camp
Session I - "Flowers and Bugs" Tue, Apr 11, 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Ages 6-9.
Session II - "Water's Wonders" Wed, Apr 12, 10:00 am. - Noon. Ages 6-9.
Session III - "Spring's Strangest Wildlife" Thu, Apr 13, 10:00 am - Noon, Ages 10-12.
Migration Celebration Sun, May 21, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 703.228.4747.
Conservation & Interpretation Section Programs
BizLaunch Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs
Everything You Wanted to Know About Franchising But Were Too Afraid to Ask, Mar 23, 2006, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Arlington County Public Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Auditorium Arlington, VA 22201. 703.228.0833.
BizLaunch Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs Mar 30 - 31, 2006, 3/30 - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 3/31 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Arlington Business Center, 1100 N. Glebe Road, Ste 1500, Arlington, VA 22201. 703.228.0833.
Starting a Business in Arlington County, Apr 4, 2006, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Arlington County Public Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Auditorium Arlington, VA 22201. 703.228.0833.
Overview of SBA's Programs and Services, Apr 13, 2006, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Arlington County Public Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Auditorium, Arlington, VA 22201. 703.228.0833.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Your Small Business, Apr 27, 2006, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Arlington County Public Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Auditorium, Arlington, VA 22201. 703.228.0833.
Save the Date!!!! Access to Business Success, Aug 3, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., The Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Rd, 2nd Floor, Arlington, VA 22201. 703.228.0833.
Civil War Era Dinner
Fort C.F. Smith Park and the Hendry House will be hosting a Civil War Era Dinner on Sun April 23. There will be a 5:30pm and a 7:30pm seating. Food will be prepared in the traditional method of that time period. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 5-10 years old. Children 5 and under are free. 703.243.7329.
Native Plant Sale
Long Branch Nature Center will hold its annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 8 from 1 to 3 pm. (Raindate, Sunday April 9). There will be a nice selection of spring to summer blooming native plants, including shade tolerant and butterfly host plants. 703.228.6535.
Arlington Police in Unity Ride
From May 9-12, 2006, a team of four Arlington County Police Department officers will be participating in the Police Unity Tour, a 300 mile bike ride from Ground Zero in New York to Washington, D.C. The tour's purpose is to help raise funds for the Police Officer's Memorial Fund which honors those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty and assists their family members left behind.
Last year, the donations exceeded $11,000. They hope to meet or even beat that goal this year.
Tax deductible Donations made payable to Police Unity Tour, Inc. can be sent to: Arlington County Police Department, Attn:. Ofc. B. LeFrancois, 1425 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201
This 10th annual Neighborhood Day will be on Sat, May 13th.. We will celebrate the theme "Many Neighbors, One Community.". We are anticipating a grand day, with numerous neighborhood events in the morning followed by a celebration of Neighborhood Heroes at Ballston Common Mall at noon, then a big parade at 2 PM.
www.Arlingtonva.us/ND2006 for a full list of events.
Register at www.arlingtonva.us/nd2006/NeighborhoodDay2006.aspx.
Backyard Composting Workshops are scheduled for Mon, Mar 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Drive, Arlington, and Sat, Apr 8, at 10 am, at Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center, 2845 Marcey Road. 703.228.6414.
Spring Plantastic! at Randolph Elementary School, 1306 S. Quincy St. on Sat, Apr 1, 2006 from 9:30 to 1:00 p.m. Lectures on gardening subjects such as Using Annuals for Color, Disease and Insect Problems in the Home Landscape, Container Gardening, Invasive Plants in the Landscape, Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Trees for the Small Landscape. 703.228.6400.
If you have text messaging capabilities via a computer, cell phone, pager or PDA, you should sign up for Arlington's free emergency notification service called Arlington Alert. Sign up now at www.ArlingtonAlert.com.
Both hearings begin at 7 p.m. in County Board Room 307, #1 Courthouse Plaza. For those who have not pre-registered, on-site registration begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. the night of each hearing. www.arlingtonva.us.
Take an evening and stroll through the ever-changing Ballston-Virginia Square skyline and treat yourself to dinner.
Fellow BVSCA members are encouraged to patronize a local merchant: Sangam Restaurant at 1211 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22201, 703.524.2728, www.sangamrestaurant.com.
Sangam features fine Indian cuisine from the north and south. They also have vegetarian dishes. They have parking in the Comfort Inn hotel lot for running in to get carry out. They also do catering - their food has been featured regularly at the National Press Club and various events around the metro area to very good reviews. On the weekends, they have just begun to have a belly dancer and other entertainment. It isn't a far walk for anyone within our civic association.
- by Laura Crouch
Join BVSCA Today - Stronger Homeowners' Association Guarantees Better Neighborhood!
One BVSCA goal for this year is to increase membership and encourage BVSCA residents to participate in their Civic Association. This includes new members just learning about BVSCA and all previous members who have lost touch. There are several of you - you know who you are. BVSCA needs you. Your experience, knowledge and voice are invaluable to the Association.
The purpose of BVSCA is "to take action to protect and promote the welfare and livability of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association's neighborhoods in particular, and in Arlington, in general" (By-laws of BVSCA). Only with a large, active and vocal membership can BVSCA be effective in its dealings with the County officials.
Residents can join by filling out the membership application and paying membership dues. You can do this either by 1) coming to a BVSCA meeting, or 2) by mail. The membership application is on BVSCA's web page and on the front of this newsletter.
Dues are $10 per person. Dues are payable when first joining and are renewable each year on or before the anniversary of that date. New members and members who have not paid their dues in the last three years must wait 30 days after paying their dues before receiving voting privileges. Dues are used to help fund the Association's activities and sponsored events. Join the BVSCA today!
BVSCA 2005 Calendar of Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the BVSCA's community room located on N. Utah Street between Gaffney's Restaurant and the Windsor Plaza condominiums on the last Tuesday of alternate months. BVSCA Executive meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Full Membership meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. Meetings adjourn at 9:00pm.
Tuesday, Jan 31
Tuesday, Mar 28
Tuesday, May 30
Tuesday, July 25
Tuesday, Sep 26
Tuesday, Nov 28
Date: ________________________Dues: $10 per year
City: _______________________ Zip:_____________
Send my newsletter via: _____ email or _____ mail.
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Mail to: DeAndra Beck
1301 North Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Please make checks payable to BVSCA.
Dennis Burr (email@example.com)
1050 N. Stuart Street #314
Arlington, VA 22201
Ed Parks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
At Large Executive Committee
Dawn M. Cooper
Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee
Representative Dan Corts
Arlington County Civic Federation
Delegates Ben Axleroad, David Ryan, Lew Gulick, Rohan
Alternates Linda Kyles, Edward Parks, Dennis Burr
Representative Jim Webster
The following positions are not appointed positions but rather volunteer positions. They are listed here so that BVSCA members know who they can go to for information on a specific issue. Please inform Sujit Ray (email@example.com) of any changes or additions to this list.
Cherrydale Relocation Task Force:
District 2 Police Committee:
Clarendon Task Force & Virginia Square East End:
Virginia Square Sector Plan Oversight Group
Condominium Project 10th & Monroe St.
13th Street Park:
Building Level Planning Committee:
(Washington-Lee School Project)
NCAC Sign Committee
YMCA Strategic Planning Committee