Tonight - August 25th, 2016 at 8:30 pm
Come and join your neighbors tonight on the Plaza at AMCC (909 S. DInwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204)
Summer outdoor movie sponsored by CPRO on the Plaza at AMCC.
Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring your own chair.
In case of inclement weather please check this page, CPRO's Facebook page or Twitter feed to find about a potential cancellation of a screening. We make that call typically at 3pm on the day of every screening.
It is less than a month until our big event! The Arlington County Police Department is hosting the 2016 ACPD Block Party on August 27, 2016. The event will take place at Kenmore Middle School, 200 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, Virginia, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Attractions that do not have a specified time frame below will be available for the entire duration of the event.
Planned attractions include:
- 15 Minutes Behind the Badge (9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Participants will receive a brief training from police instructors on police tactics, attend a simulated Roll Call to gather
information, and play the role of a police officer in two live scenarios.
- ACPD KidZone
The ACPD KidZone is an area inside the school featuring kid-friendly activities like trying on police equipment, learning
about fingerprints, exercising, and playing video games.
- Vehicle VIN-etching (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
A free service offered by the Virginia State Police which etches the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the vehicle's
windows as a deterrent to auto theft.
- Distracted Driving Simulator
Participants will drive a golf cart through a cone course while being distracted by various methods including the use of
special goggles. This event highlights the dangerous effects of distracted driving.
- Police Vehicle Expo
Police specialty vehicles will be on display, including a police motorcycle, the Mobile Command Vehicle, the Chooser
Cruiser, and a SWAT Armored Personnel Carrier.
- Police K-9 Demonstrations (Performances scheduled at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm)
K-9 handlers will discuss and demonstrate some of the capabilities of their canine partners.
- Police Motorcycle Demonstrations (Performances scheduled at noon and 2:00 pm)
Motorcycle officers will demonstrate some of the riding skills needed to perform their work.
- Bicycle Registration
This free service registers bicycles with the County so it is possible to identify and recover them if they are stolen.
- Child Safety Seat Inspection
A certified child safety seat inspector will verify that child safety seats are properly installed to best protect children.
- Inflatable attractions
A moon bounce and similar activities will be available for kids.
- Free food and drinks
Rockland's BBQ and Grilling Company is providing free food. Free cold drinks will also be available due to the
generosity of Coca-Cola.
- Music (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)
There will be a live DJ from HOT 99.5 providing entertainment.
- Various information tables
There will be a variety of County and private organizations with information tables and free giveaway items.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to interact with Arlington County public safety personnel!
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Community Center News
Back to School Supplies Drive
Invest in Arlington's children! Provide school supplies kids need to succeed! Arlington Department of Human Services seeks donations of new backpacks and school supplies for local children in preparation for the upcoming school year. Drop off donations at Arlington Mill Community Center (look for the collection boxes near the main reception desks) through August 26. Questions? Contact call 703-228-1198 or e-mail Susan Stolpe
Know an adult immigrant who needs English classes? Placement tests for adult ESL classes (English as a Second Language) at AMCC will take place Mon. Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, starting at 5 p.m. on the 4th floor. Classes will begin Aug. 22. For more information, call the REEP Program at 703-228-4200 or go to www.apsva.us/reep
Movie Nights at Arlington Mill Community Center
Aug.11 – Kung Fu Panda 3
Aug.18 – Maze Runner, Scorch Trials
Aug. 25 –The Sandlot
Sept. 1 – The Peanuts Movie
Sept. 8 – Brooklyn
Sept. 15 – He Named Me Malala
All movies are on Thursdays and will start just after sunset in the Plaza... provided to you by CPRO - Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization
County Seeks Informal Ideas for Adaptive Use of the Vacant Retail Space at AMCC
Great news for the west end of Columbia Pike. Arlington County is seeking ideas from organizations who would be interested in using the 1,875 sq. ft. of unfinished retail space (with an option for including three unfinished rooms on the 4th floor) at the Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie Street). Specifically, the County is interested in organizations that can provide clear public benefit that adds value to the community center experience and can pay for the entire buildout, operation, maintenance and rent of the space.
· Request for Expressed Interest
· Retail Space Floor Plan
· Dinwiddie Street Level Floor Plan
· 4th Floor Plan
Interested organizations can learn more by contacting Peter Lusk at email@example.com.
55+ Program News
Arlington Mill Pickleball Summer Hours:
- Mon., Wed., Fri.: 10:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
- Tues. & Thurs., 12:30 - 3 p.m.
- No Pickleball: Aug. 22 - Sept. 2, resumes Sept. 6
Call 703-228-7369 for more details.
Parks & Recreation News
Registration for fall Recreation classes begins Aug. 10. Visit parks.arlingtonva.us to view Enjoy Arlington!, our guide to recreation classes and programs.
Ranger Led Walks!
This summer Arlington County’s Park Rangers will lead a series of park-based walking tours. Pack a water bottle, wear comfortable shoes and bring the family to learn about the history and natural environment of these special places. Walks are free, at an easy pace and last 30-45 minutes.
Thurs., Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at Lubber Run Community Center (Meet at center parking lot.)
Sat., Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. at Bluemont Park (Meet at parking lot at 601 N. Manchester St.)
Park Idol & Sing-A-Long
Come Sing with Us or cheer on your friends and neighbors as they perform at our first-ever, free Park Idol & Sing-A-Long! Fri., Aug. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Lower Bluemont Park Picnic Shelter.
Come Make Nature Art with Us!
Kids 8-12 years are invited to join us at scenic Glencarlyn Park to create some Nature Art with colored pencils. And even better…come back to Long Branch Nature Center and to make clay sculptures using our resident animals as models. Wed., Aug. 10 from 2-3 p.m. Only $5. Register either online or by calling 703-228-4747. Activity# 642926-E
Come to the Arlington County Fair Aug. 17-21!
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Arlington County Fair with dozens of rides, over 100 indoor exhibitors, a variety of food offerings and free family-friendly entertainment at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. This volunteer-driven event embraces a diverse community by educating, entertaining and showcasing the best of Arlington. Get specific info on fun things to do here.
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Task Force to Review Real Estate Tax Relief Program
- Manager sets charge for working group
- Addressing needs of low-income senior households
- Reviewing income and asset limits, exemption and deferral criteria
Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz reported today to the County Board on the official charge for a Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group that will perform a comprehensive review of the County’s program.
“We all acknowledge that Arlington’s rising property values and related increase in the property tax burden is sometimes difficult for seniors on a fixed-income to deal with,” Schwartz said. “This working group will be taking a hard look at our current program and present recommendations early next year on what, if any, changes should be made to better achieve our goal of supporting residents, where we can, who wish to age in place.”
The working group, which will be appointed by the County Manager this month and report to him on its findings, is charged with:
- Researching and reviewing best practices across the nation related to real estate tax relief.
- Engaging and informing the community and relevant stakeholders of the group’s ongoing efforts and discussions.
- Determining if there may be Arlingtonians who qualify for real estate tax relief but are not currently participating in the program, and providing recommendations for what could be done differently to effectively reach these residents.
- Collaborating with a consultant to conduct surveys and/or focus groups to gauge the program’s historical success in reaching eligible Arlingtonians and enabling these residents to stay in their homes, and to ascertain what changes (if any) would allow the program to better address elderly and disabled Arlingtonians’ needs.
- Using identified best practices and survey/focus group results to inform an analysis of the current program’s approach to enabling elderly and disabled Arlingtonians to stay in their homes.
- Providing recommendations on how to best structure and administer the program in Arlington moving forward.
Read the charge to the working group, which includes timeline and proposed members.
More than 900 households now participate in the program
In Fiscal Year 2015, 911 households received a full or partial exemption and 29 households received only deferrals, resulting in a combined $4.2 million in uncollected revenue.
The County reviews criteria for the Tax Relief Program annually as part of the County budget process. The working group will conduct a broader review involving the community. One of the key recommendations of the Affordable Housing Master Plan adopted by the County Board in September 2015 was to review the goals and guidelines of the program, and to consider redefinition of income levels, asset levels and criteria for exemptions and deferrals.
Virginia localities are authorized to provide real estate tax relief to homeowners aged 65 or over, as well as to permanently disabled homeowners.
- The current Arlington County Tax Relief Program provides an exemption or deferral from real estate taxes for qualified Arlington homeowners whose annual household income is below $99,472, and whose household assets (excluding the value of their Arlington home) are below $340,000.
- A household may receive a full, 50 percent or 25 percent exemption depending on income, assets and household size. For households receiving a partial exemption, the non-exempt portion of the tax may be deferred.
- Homeowners within the income guidelines who have assets over $340,000 but below $540,000 may defer payment of their real estate taxes until their property changes ownership.
- No interest or penalty fees are charged.
Working Group structure
The County Manager will appoint a limited-term advisory body, the Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group, which will consist of a chair and vice-chair, along with members representing the following:
- Commission on Aging
- Disability Advisory Commission
- Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission
- Housing Commission
- Real Estate Tax Relief Program participant(s)
The working group will produce a final report on its key findings in early 2017. The report could include recommendations for eligibility, structural, administrative and other changes to the existing program.
Kurt Larrick, 703-228-1775
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|Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.|
TO: Arlington/Alexandria Media and Community Organizations
FROM: Teddye Clayton, Publicity Chair, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Arlington/Alexandria)
SUBJ: August VCE Public Education Programs
The following events are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in August. August events will be posted online at https://mgnv.org/events/mgnv-events/ after July 15.
Wednesdays in the Garden, August 3, 10, 17, and 24 (No program on August 31), 7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington 22201. This series of indoor and outdoor programs, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience. Topics by date: August 3, Food Preservation: Can, Freeze, Dehydrate, Ferment (meet in Second Floor Conference Room); August 10, Hydroponics & PVC Pipe Gardening; August 17, Vegetables for Fall; August 24, Preparing the Garden for Winter, Tool Care. No registration required. To confirm topic and room number, check the Arlington Library Events Calendar at http://library.arlingtonva.us or call the library at 703-228-5990.
Saturday, August 13, Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening: Extending Your Harvest, 10:30 to noon, Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304. Join us for a terrific session on fall gardening―what to plant when and simple tips for success. Think healthful greens like kale, collards, bok choy and a wealth of lettuces. Fall is a delightful time to garden, with cool autumn days and waning pest populations. Learn inexpensive techniques to extend your harvest and even how you can enjoy some of your crops in the dead of winter! We'll also cover end-of-season clean up, putting your garden to bed and tool care to give you a head start for next spring.
Sunday, August 14, Sunday in the Organic Vegetable Garden, 1 to 4 p.m., 2845 Marcey Rd, Arlington 22207. If you have questions about what is ailing your tomato plants or eating your zucchini, stop by the Organic Vegetable Garden to speak with a Master Gardener.
Wednesday, August 17, through Sunday, August 21, Arlington County Fair, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. South, Arlington 22204. “Groovy Since 1977, the theme of this year’s fair, celebrates the first fair and subsequent fairs that have showcased the best of Arlington. VCE Master Gardeners will provide staffing and judges for the Open Flower Show and the Open Herb, Fruit and Vegetable Competitive Exhibits. Together with members of Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Master Food and Energy Masters volunteers, VCE Master Gardeners will staff the all-VCE booth on Thursday, August 18, from 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, August 19, from 4 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Master Gardeners will provide information and answer questions about gardening. More information is available at http://arlingtoncountyfair.us/
Virginia Cooperative Extension http://www.ext.vt.edu is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.
Grants to Plant or Maintain Trees on Private Property in Arlington
Arlington County thinks trees are so important that through its Tree Canopy Fund<https://parks.arlingtonva.us/grants-to-plant-or-maintain-trees-on-private-property/
> residents can receive grants to plant or maintain trees on private property. Quality trees that are generally 2" caliper and 7' high, including Southern magnolia, Bald cypress and Red oak, are among the 10 species given away. Funding is also provided to maintain trees with the Champion Tree designation that designated or under application for protection through the County's Tree and Shrub Ordinance as specimen, heritage, or memorial tree. Grants funds are provided to Arlington civic and homeowner associations, community nonprofit organizations, civic service clubs, school-related groups, ad hoc neighborhood groups and individuals.
Who: Erik Gutshall, candidate for Arlington County Board
What: Meet & Greet
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Where: Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St, Room 527A, Arlington, VA 22204
Why: To discuss concerns about issues throughout Arlington County
Thank you for listening and we hope to see you on May 5, 2016
New Online Crime Mapping Tool
Arlington Police Department announces its new crime mapping tool, RAIDS Online, making it easier than ever to stay informed. Select from various filters to display criminal incidents along with information such as the type of crime, block-level address, date and time.
>> Explore RAIDS Online
Author Event: Anthony Doerr
Join author Anthony Doerr tonight as he kicks off Arlington Reads 2016, a series featuring three authors who write about the human displacement of World War II.
Note: Washington-Lee High School doors will open at 6 p.m., Apr. 7. In consideration of students and staff, please do not arrive at the school before 5:30 p.m. at the earliest.
Toss Hazardous Waste for Free at E-CARE
Recycle your HHM, bikes, clothing, electronics and other items at our biannual E-CARE event on Saturday, April 16.
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COMMUNITY FORUM: Arlington County Criminal Justice Agencies and distinguished panel guests will be holding a public forum on Trust and Confidence in Arlington's Criminal Justice System. This is an opportunity to ask local officials about issues that affect you and learn how we can work together to maintain a safe community! Please join us Wednesday, April 20 from 7 - 9 PM at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Auditorium 125 S Old Glebe Rd
The Arlington County Chief of Police, along with distinguished panel members, will conduct a forum focusing on the community's trust and confidence in Arlington's Criminal Justice Agencies. This interactive discussion will be moderated by WJLA Channel 7 Fighting Back Against Crime investigator, Jennifer Donelan.
Please join us as panel members discuss various topics concerning the criminal justice system. Following the moderated portion of the evening, panel members will engage in an open Q & A with audience members. This is your opportunity to ask local officials and community activists about issues that affect you and learn how we can work together to maintain a safe community!
Panel members include:
M. Jay Farr, Chief of Police
Beth Arthur, Sheriff
Theo Stamos, Commonwealth's Attorney
Matthew Foley, Public Defender
Julius Spain, NAACP Arlington 1st Vice President
Andres Tobar, Community Activist