Neighborhood College Now Accepting Applications

posted Jun 19, 2015, 9:49 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Neighborhood College Now Accepting Applications

  • Become an advocate for your community
  • Space limited 
  • Spanish interpretation, childcare available
  • Apply by September 10

Learn how to become a neighborhood advocate and effect change through Arlington County’s free Neighobrhood College program, which will meet on eight consecutive Thursday evenings beginning September 24.

This civic engagement and leadership development program, now in its fifteenth year, provides the knowledge and skills necessary for residents from across the County to get involved in local issues that affect their day-to-day lives and the lives of their neighbors.

Space limited, applications due September 10, 2015

Participants will learn, practice, and sharpen core communication and influencing skills, including giving and receiving feedback, asking questions that will elicit the most helpful responses, building consensus, and organizing for action. Sessions will feature conversations with representatives from the County Board, the County Manager’s office, Arlington Public Schools, the Department of Human Services, Public Safety, and Neighborhood Conservation.

 “Since the class I have been more active in the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department as a ‘platoon leader,’ and active in my neighborhood civic association and our local invasive plant removal effort,” said 2014 graduate Bo Pryor. “My condo association has asked me to be the liaison between it and the civic association, and the civic association has asked me to be an ‘ambassador’ to the other condo associations and apartment complexes.”

 Class starts September 24

The program runs Thursdays from 6-9:30 p.m., Sept. 24-Nov. 12. Participants who complete the course also are invited to take part in a graduation ceremony at a meeting of the County Board the evening of Nov. 17. Each session begins with a healthy dinner. Childcare and simultaneous Spanish interpretation are provided at no cost to the participants, if needed.

The sessions will take place at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, 9th Floor Conference Room, Arlington, VA 22201. Free parking is available.

Learn more and obtain an application here. All applications are due Thursday, Sept. 10. call 703-575-8152 with any questions.


Neighborhood College is a key component of Arlington’s civic engagement infrastructure. The program seeks to strengthen our community by building broader, more diverse participation in Arlington’s civic life. Its goal is to give Arlingtonians skills that will help them raise and address issues in their neighborhoods, or in the County as a whole, and to encourage their involvement in volunteer activities.

Some 317 participants have graduated from Neighborhood College since its inception in 2000. Many of those graduates have gone on to become neighborhood leaders, members of advisory groups and commissions, officers in their civic associations, leaders on special neighborhood improvement projects, and managers of Neighborhood Conservation plan development efforts, among other efforts.


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.

Saturday, July 18th ACPD Safety & Community Awareness Event, 9am-4pm at Kenmore Middle School.

posted Jun 19, 2015, 9:48 AM by Lilly Mancilla

The Arlington County Police Department’s Third District Team will be hosting the 2015 ACPD Safety and Community Awareness Event on Saturday July 18, 2015 at Kenmore Middle School from 9am – 4pm.
The three main activities at the event are the VIN Etching, the Distracted Driving Simulator, and 15 Minutes Behind the Badge.  There will also be FREE food and beverages, a moon bounce, and K9 demonstration.  
VIN Etching is a procedure where the unique vehicle identification number (VIN) on your vehicle is etched into all of the vehicle's windows through a chemical process.  This discourages car theft because to sell a stolen car, the thief generally will have to swap or alter the VIN.  The additional cost of replacing all the windows is a deterrent since it is easier for the thief to just move on and steal a different car.  Virginia State Police will be providing this service free of charge.  Anybody who gets their vehicle etched will receive a free carwash at Dave's Carwash for that vehicle.
Distracted Driving Simulator is another event run by the Virginia State Police.  Participants will have a chance to experience the difficulty of driving while impaired/distracted by the use of special goggles and/or engaging in additional activities while driving a golf cart through a cone course.
15 Minutes Behind the Badge is a brand new scenario-based event being designed by ACPD.  Participants in this event will attend a mini Police Academy and a roll call.  They will then be dispatched on a call, accompanied by a Field Training Officer (FTO), and will have a chance to experience a police/citizen interaction from the police side.  The participant will get to wear a ballistic vest and utility belt and will have equipment including a police radio and simulated weapons.  The FTO will discuss the situation afterward with the participant to learn their mindset and explain what a trained police officer may have observed or done differently.
Additional Activities will be a K-9 demonstration, a moon bounce for kids, and free food/drinks provided by Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Coca-Cola, and Wegmans.  We are very excited about this event and hope to get a good turnout.


posted Jun 19, 2015, 7:12 AM by Stephen Finafrock

The attached letter was sent to the Arlington County Board in June as a response to the Affordable Housing Working Group (AHWG) Draft Report. The letter was approved and signed by the presidents of the 10 civic associations in the Columbia Pike corridor.

Neighborhood Clean-up May 30th- See flyer

posted May 22, 2015, 5:48 AM by Lilly Mancilla


posted May 15, 2015, 9:09 AM by Stephen Finafrock   [ updated May 15, 2015, 10:38 PM ]

Date: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Location: 700 S Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22204 (Courtyard)

The Park Glen Social Committee will have coffee and doughnuts
available for a small fee. Free bottled water will be on hand.

All neighbors invited to come and shop!

May 19th - Invitation to Arlington Mill Civic Assoc. meeting

posted May 14, 2015, 6:35 AM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated May 15, 2015, 7:27 AM by Stephen Finafrock ]

The next meeting of the Arlington Mill Civic Association will be:


WHEN:        Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:00 pm – 8:30pm


WHERE:      Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Rm 527


                                    PROPOSED AGENDA


1.      Elections of Civic Association Board members

2.      Neighborhood News:  Pike Pres mtg; NCP; FBC and Facilities Study group. Affordable Housing Study.

        a. Review and vote on Position Statement on The Arlington Affordable Housing Working Group (AHWG) Draft Report

3.      Status of Farmers Market – CPRO’s Exec. Director Takis will present

4.      Give results of the neighborhood survey

5.   Civic Engagement



·         Trash clean up May 30th. 

·         Extended Overnight parking at Arlington Mill

School Board Caucus

posted May 14, 2015, 5:45 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Thursday May 14, 2015, 7-9 PM at Drew Model School, 3500 S 23rd St, Arlington, VA 22206
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 11AM - 7PM at Washington-Lee HS, 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201
Candidates include:  Reid Goldstein and Sharon Dorsey

May 2015 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

posted May 9, 2015, 6:45 AM by Lilly Mancilla

May 2015 County Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Items of interest that the Arlington County Board will consider at its May Board Meeting, on Saturday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 19: View the full agenda for the Saturday, May 16 meeting, and staff reports.

Saturday, May 16 Regular Meeting

(Note: this meeting starts at 8:30 am with public comment.)

Parking Meter rates, hours

The County Board will hold a public hearing and vote on the County Manager’s proposal to raise parking meter rates by 25 cents an hour and extend operating hours by two hours – from the current 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If approved by the Board, this would be the first increase in the County’s parking meter rates since 2011. The long-term parking rate would go from $1 per hour to $1.25 per hour. The short-term rate (under four hours) would rise from $1.25 per hour to $1.50 per hour.

The County Manager is recommending the rate increase and extension of hours to cover rising parking operating costs and better manage curbside parking. The proposed rate increase, if approved, is expected to increase annual revenue from parking meters by $950,000, and the operating extension is expected to produce a $675,000 increase in revenue.

The proposed changes in rates and hours of operation would help achieve the goal adopted in the Parking Element of the Master Transportation Plan of an optimal parking occupancy of 85 percent, by encouraging parking turnover in areas where short term parking is needed and encouraging use of off-street parking garages.

The County has discussed the proposal with the business community, through the County’s Business Improvement Districts and other organizations, and has reached out to the general public through social media and by posting information on the County’s website. If the changes are approved, they are expected to go into effect by September 7, 2015. Read the staff report for Item #33 on the Regular Agenda.

Bond sales

The Manager proposes selling $77 million in new bonds in May to fund a variety of projects: These are General Obligation bonds being issued from referenda previously approved by Arlington voters.

  • $44.44 million for capital projects: paving; ConnectArlington (the County’s fiber-optic project); Metro; the Neighborhood Conservation Program; non-parks land acquisition; parks and facilities maintenance capital; facilities infrastructure; WalkArlingtonBikeArlington andNeighborhood Complete Streets.
  • $30 million in General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds for Schools for additions and renovations at two elementary schools; renovations at a high school, planning and design of expansion projects, and infrastructure, HVAC and roofing projects.
  • $3 million in General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds for utilities for non-expansion improvements to the Water Pollution Control Plant.
  • Up to $200 million to refinance previously issued bonds for savings. Since 2009, the County has been able to refinance more than $430 million of County, Schools and Utilities Fund general obligation debt – saving more than $23 million.
  • The bonds sale will take place after the County receives its bond ratings from Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s the week of May 18. The County expects to have its Aaa/AAA/AAA rating reaffirmed.

Read the staff report for Item #31 on the Regular Agenda.

New ART bus facility

The Board will consider approving a contract with W.M. Schlosser Company, Inc. to build an ART Bus facility at 3201 S. Eads Street and 3175 S. Eads Street in Crystal City, and improve the streetscape on South Eads Street and Jefferson Davis Highway. If approved, this would build a new two-story facility, a bus wash bay, light duty maintenance bay, bus parking, and a compressed natural gas fueling station for Arlington County Transit buses. Currently, ART fueling and wash services are contracted from adjacent WMATA facility on a space-available basis. Building our own facility is expected to cut costs by about $57,000 a year. The contract would also cover the cost of improving the s. Eads Street streetscape and improve pedestrian, bike and other connections between Crystal City and adjacent single-family neighborhoods. There was a competitive bid for this contract, and W.M. Schlosser Company, Inc. is the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. Funding comes from a combination of state grants and local funds. Read the report for Item #24 on the Regular Agenda.

“We Work”

The County Manager is recommending approval of a site plan amendment request from CESC Plaza Limited Partnership (Vornado/Charles E. Smith) to permit two floors of a planned residential building in Crystal City, the former Crystal Plaza 6 12-story building at 2221 S. Clark Street, to be used as office space. This would incorporate the “We Work” concept of providing individuals and companies with flexible shared work spaces into a residential building that is planned to have 216 efficiency units with common amenity and gathering spaces between floors, providing flexibility in an area of the County that with a high office vacancy rate. In July 2014, the Board approved a plan to convert the office building into a residential building that emphasizes communal spaces. If approved, this site plan amendment change would reduce the number of planned apartments from 252 to 216. Read the staff report for Item #1 on the Regular Agenda.

 Tuesday, March 19 Recessed Meeting

At the 3:00 session

The County Board Chair, members of the County Board and the County Manager will report on items of interest:

  • The Board will honor Outstanding Volunteers and Connect with Kids Champions.
  • The County Manager will present the results of the County’s 2015 Resident Satisfaction Survey

At 6:30 p.m. the Board will consider any items pulled from Saturday’s Consent Calendar.

View the full agenda for the Recessed County Board meeting.

Media contact: Mary Curtius, 703-228-7943

View this release in the County newsroom.

Join us for Neighborhood Day, Saturday, May 9, 2015 - Check out Events Near You!

posted May 9, 2015, 4:41 AM by Lilly Mancilla

2015 Neighborhood Day Activities


Chestnut Hills Playground Ribbon Cutting & Project Play Launch: On Saturday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m., come celebrate the recent renovations at the Chestnut Hills Park Preschool Playground and learn more about Project Play NoVa! Playground improvements include new equipment, surfacing, pedestrian circulation (including ADA accessibility) and site furnishings. FitArlington will be on site to promote the new Northern Virginia Project Play website,, which will be launched in 2015. Stop by the Project Play booth for a FREE foldable water bottle (while supplies last) and learn how the website works. Kids will also be invited to participate in a playground scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize! Contact Laura Barragan at or 703-228-3329 for details. View the Chestnut Hills Ribbon Cutting Flyer.


Family Fitness Day in the Park: On Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., bring the whole family to Penrose Park to get outdoors! Event highlights include fitness classes for all ages, fun games, moon bounces ($3 all-access bands), nutrition and fitness demonstrations and concessions for sale (cash only). Contact Emily Thrasher at or 703-228-4773 for more information. In case of severe weather, this event will be canceled. View the Family Fitness Day in the Park Flyer.


Echoes of Little Saigon: On Saturday, May 9 from 1-3 p.m., learn about Clarendon’s Vietnamese heritage at the Echoes of Little Saigon event at Clarendon Central Park. The County Board proclamation and guest speakers will begin at 1 p.m. Join in on a walking tour narrated by former community members at 1:30 p.m.  From 1:30-3 p.m., enjoy public art and art activities led by artist Khánh H. Lê and go on a self-guided smartphone walking tour. This event is presented by Arlington County Historic Preservation Program, Arlington Public Art, Urban Affairs & Planning in the School of Public & International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation and Clarendon Alliance. Contact Aliza Schiff at or 703-228-3771 for more information.


Welcome Back Hummingbirds: On Saturday, May 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center and Park, the whole family will enjoy learning about our fabulous flyers with hands-on activities and games. Each family will make a hummingbird feeder of their own to provide a welcome feast for these tiny jewels as they migrate back to our area. Information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Registration required. Families. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online or call 703-228-4747. Activity #: 632855-J.


20th Annual Walk for the Animals and Pet Festival: On Saturday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., step forward for shelter animals at Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s 20th Anniversary Walk for the Animals and Pet Festival at Bluemont Park. For two decades Arlington County’s largest pet-centered event has brought two-legged and four-legged residents together for a day of celebration and fun to benefit shelter animals, services and programs supported by AWLA. Lace up your walking shoes, leash up fido and join hundreds of animal enthusiasts for a 5k walk or one-mile stroll through the park. After the walk, the 20th anniversary celebration will continue with a newly added Pet Festival. This year you can look forward to:

– Eating a savory bite from food trucks
– Shopping pet-related vendors
– Showing off your pooch at the Photo Booth
– Creating arts and crafts at the Kid’s Corner
– Playing with adoptable shelter dogs
– Much more!

For more information about the Walk for Animals and Pet Festival and to register for the walk, visit


Barcroft Elementary Spring Fair: On Saturday, May 9 from 4-6 p.m., join in on a fun family-friendly event with games, bounce house, concessions, cake walk, games and prizes! Barcroft Elementary is located at 625 S. Wakefield Street, Arlington, VA 22204. This event is sponsored by the Barcroft Elementary PTA. For more information, email or call 619-985-7449.


Campfire: Super Snakes: The whole family is invited to join us on Saturday, May 9 from 7-8 p.m. at the Long Branch amphitheater for lots of old-fashioned fun as we learn about our elongated, fork-tongued friends. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats such as s’mores. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center. Registration required. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Register online or call 703-228-4747. Activity #: 632955-C.


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Candidates for Arlington County Board Forum: May 11th

posted May 3, 2015, 9:25 PM by Lilly Mancilla

The Pike Presidents' Group (PPG), comprising ten Pike Corridor Civic Associations, will host a Forum for the Democratic Party Candidates for County Board on Monday 11 May 2015 at 7.30 pm in themulti-purpose A/B/C rooms at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St S
Six candidates are vying for the nomination to compete in the General Election to replace Walter Tejada and Mary Hynes, who are both retiring their seats at the end of the year.  The forum will feature questions from the PPG regarding Pike issues and an opportunity for questions from the audience attending the forum. 

The candidates in attendance will be:
    • Katie Cristol 
    • Christian Dorsey
    • Peter Fallon 
    • James Lander
    • Andrew Schneider 
    • Bruce Wiljanen

The general format of the forum will be as follows: 
    • Call to order 
    • Introductions 
    • Opening Statements (2 min per candidate) 
    • Questions from the PPG (approximately ½ hour; 90 seconds per candidate for answers) 
    • Questions from the floor (approximately 1 hour; 90 seconds per candidate for answers) 
    • Closing statements (2 min per candidate) 
    • The evening should conclude around 9.45p. 

The PPG would respectfully ask for no applause, cheering, jeering or other verbal replies by audience members in response to candidate statements.  Applause for all participants should be held to the end of the evening. Mobile phones should be turned off or silenced for the duration of the forum. 

The two Democratic Nominees will be selected in a primary to be held Tuesday 9 June 2015.  The PPG will sponsor further County Board fora this autumn for ALL candidates running in November's General Election for County Board.

Please make plans to attend this informative event.


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