Columbia Heights West Civic (CHWCA) Association Meeting

posted Mar 20, 2015, 6:56 AM by Lilly Mancilla

            The next meeting of the CHWCA will be:
WHEN:        Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:00 pm
WHERE:      Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Rm 527
                                    PROPOSED AGENDA

1.      Third District Police Team and Acting Chief

2.      CHW Name Change (to distinguish our neighborhood from Columbia Heights

       civic association at the east end of Columbia Pike)

3.      Arlington County Facilities Study Update

4.      Columbia Hills APAH project in Columbia Forest, adjacent neighborhood

5.      Update on AMCC farmers market

6.        Increasing civic engagement






Construction Update: South Wakefield Street to South Four Mile Run

posted Feb 20, 2015, 12:09 PM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 12:09 PM ]


Feb. 20, 2015


Construction Update: South Wakefield Street to South Four Mile Run
Unfortunately, the recent snowfall and extreme cold temperatures have hindered work along this segment of Columbia Pike. The County’s contractor is committed to continuing work as weather permits.
Substantial completion of this utility undergrounding and street improvement project, including the realignment for South Four Mile Run Minor up to base asphalt, is now anticipated for early March 2015, weather permitting. Final surface asphalt, which requires warmer weather for installation, will take place this spring along with any additional repairs listed with the final walk-through by County staff.
Here is the current status of project work:
  • Building the roadway - Traffic has been diverted from the old segment of South Four Mile Run Drive to the new realigned roadway. Some curb, gutter and sidewalk work along the new realigned roadway and within the recycle center has started.
  • Removing power poles - Most power poles have been removed from this section of Columbia Pike. The last pole at South Wakefield Street will be removed once the new traffic signal is cut over, which is expected to take place the first week of March.
  • Installing new street lights - The new lights on the north side of Columbia Pike are functioning. Street lights on the south side will be operational once the light within the old segment of Four Mile Run Minor is installed.
  • Installing bus shelters - County staff are preparing to move forward with the installation of bus shelters on northbound Four Mile Run Minor and eastbound Columbia Pike once sidewalk work is completed.
Arlington County


Neighborhood Street Improvements Online Survey

posted Feb 18, 2015, 6:57 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Neighborhood Street Improvements
Online Survey

Take 5 Minutes, Share Your Perspective

Deadline is Feb. 28


A new “Neighborhood Complete Streets” program is being developed to provide improvements on neighborhood streets in Arlington County.
Take the online survey to help County staff and commission members finalize:
 Program goals
 Determine whether we are considering the right criteria
 Identify the elements that should be considered a “problem” on a street

For more information, visit and search “Neighborhood Complete Streets.”

Questions? Contact Bonnie Parker, Transportation Division, 703.228.3173 or


Open Door Mondays with County Board - Feb 9

posted Jan 29, 2015, 5:55 AM by Lilly Mancilla

A county board member comes to Arlington Mill Community Center (AMCC) on the second Monday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday).
On Monday, February 9, county board member Libby Garvey will be at the AMCC from 7-9 pm to answer any questions or address any issues you may have.  Don't miss this opportunity to have the ear of a county board member. 
When you arrive at the AMCC, check in at the reception desk as to the room for the meeting.
There is four hour free parking at the AMCC garage.  Enter from S. 9th St. and go to second garage.

Open Door Mondays

Come Chat with a Board Member About Any Topic
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Mondays*

2nd Monday

Arlington Mill Community Center
909 South Dinwiddie Street

Relocation of Columbia Pike Recycling Center - Poll

posted Jan 26, 2015, 4:37 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Some residents of Columbia Heights West would like to request the relocation of the County Recycling Center that is located on Columbia Pike at Four Mile Run. Arlington County has spent millions of dollars to improve this area of the Pike. The ongoing project to underground the overhead utility lines, realign South Buchanan Street, and improve the streetscaping along Columbia Pike is a significant and welcome improvement to the Pike. However, given this kind of investment, some believe it makes no sense to leave the Recycling Center front and center on the Pike.

Please let us know if you support the request or oppose it via this Poll:

If we can get majority support, we will submit the request as civic association.

Thank you,
Lilly Mancilla,
Columbia Heights West Civic Association

Arlington ENERGY JOURNEY GAME, Jan. 31st, 1-5pm WHS

posted Jan 17, 2015, 5:13 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Looking for a free fun indoor family activity on a cold January day?


I am writing to make you aware of a community-wide event that my department, the Arlington County's Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), is hosting. It is called the Energy Journey.


The Energy Journey is a life-sized board game that  teaches people of all ages about how they use energy in their daily lives. It will take about an hour to play and is a great family activity.  We had several hundred people attend and play the first two Energy Journeys and we hope that this year's event will be even bigger and better. Even if you played it before, come again, as the game has been changed fairly significantly.


There will also be some giveaways and you can be entered into a drawing to win several home energy improvement prize packages.


I will be at the event, along with other County staff and the Local Energy Alliance (LEAP), to help people with any home energy and home renovation questions. Virginia Sun and ACE will also  be there to talk to anyone who is interested in learning more about putting a solar system onto their home.


WHEN: January 31st, 1-5pm (last game will begin at 4pm)

WHERE: Wakefield High School Cafeteria.


Here is some more information about the event and a link to register, although walk-ins are also certainly welcome.


**If anyone is interested in volunteering to man a booth at the event, please let me know.


Thanks and I hope to see you there!





Helen Reinecke-Wilt, AICP, LEED AP

Green Home Choice Program Manager

Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE)

Volunteer Arlington - Survey

posted Jan 17, 2015, 4:56 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Dear Neighbor,


Arlington County wishes to consider whether outsourcing the Volunteer Arlington program now housed in the County’s Department of Human Services would lead to an enhanced level of volunteer activity throughout the community.  Regardless of any change in delivery, the County's goal is to ensure that all residents and workers - regardless of their background, age or socioeconomic status - have access to reliable avenues that lead to volunteer opportunities in Arlington's non-profit and public sectors.  The County Manager has appointed an Advisory Task Force to make recommendations to help shape the future direction of volunteer services in our community.


An important step is to gather input from stakeholders to ensure that concerns and aspirations are reflected in alternatives considered and to incorporate advice and recommendations from the broader community into the decisions.  Please click on the link below to complete a short survey on volunteer services and needs in Arlington. Your feedback is important and will help determine the future of volunteer services in the County.


The Volunteer Arlington Advisory Task Force will review survey results as well as information gathered from community meetings to recommend changes to the current Volunteer Arlington program.  The Task Force will analyze and catalog current volunteer services, examine strategic enhancements that may be needed in the next few years, and make a recommendation on whether or not to outsource the Volunteer Arlington program.   The current Volunteer Arlington program has several  core services: an on-line volunteer matching function connecting residents with volunteer opportunities in non-profit and public agencies, and promotion, training, and celebrating volunteerism.      


Thank you for taking the time to participate in this community survey on Volunteer Arlington.


Robert Sharpe
Assistant Director
Department of Human Services

Holiday Service Martin L. King Jr./ Open Casting Call BikeArlington Campaign

posted Jan 17, 2015, 4:49 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Mensaje bilingüe/ Bilingual message

Hola, por favor comparte esta información. Si lideras un programa de outreach, administras un centro de trabajo o edificio de viviendas, coloca este comunicado en lugar visible.

Hello, please share this information. If you lead an outreach program, community center or manage an residential building please consider printing and posting it.

Servicio de ART,  Metrobus y Metrorail el feriado del lunes 19 de enero

Buses ART: operarán en horario de feriado el lunes 19 de enero, observando el Día de Martin Luther King Jr. ART 41, 42, 51, 77 y 87 operarán bajo el horario de los sábados. Todas las demás rutas no circularán.

Metrorail: Metro abrirá a 5 A.M y cierra a medianoche. Servicio en horario de sábado (cada 12 minutos), no habrá obras de mantenimiento en ninguna línea. Tarifas “no-pico” durante todo el día y estacionamiento gratuito.

Metrobus: operará en horario suplementario del sábado, con ciertas rutas nocturnas canceladas (post- medianoche). Para más detalles vea los horarios suplementario de la ruta.

MetroAccess: operará en horario normal. Sin embargo, se cancelarán viajes de suscripción salvo sean solicitados.

Cambios al horario de ART 84, efectivo 5 de enero

El lunes 5 de enero entraron en vigencia cambios en el horario de ART 84. Parada adicional en Avalon Bay Apartments. Ver horario en

BikeArlington está buscando a quienes deseen ser parte de un proyecto de videos

Si andas en bicicleta y deseas ser parte de un excelente proyecto en Arlington, BikeArlington está buscando nuevos rostros que vivan, trabajen o visiten Arlington. Serán 6 mini-films con protagonistas como tú, que se movilizan en bici. Anímate y postula, será divertido. Todos son bienvenidos. Más info en o

Semana de Restaurantes: Desde lunes 19 hasta domingo, 25 de enero

Especiales de almuerzo por  $20.15 y cenas por $35.15. El siguiente video te muestra opciones para visitar restaurantes participantes sin necesidad de auto:

ART, Metrobus and Metrorail Holiday Service on Monday, January 19

ART Bus: will run holiday service on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ART 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87 will operate Saturday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate.

Metrorail: The rail system will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight.  Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule (every 12 minutes from endpoint terminals) with no track work on any line. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free.

Metrobus: Buses will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule, with some late-night (post-midnight) trips cancelled on select routes.  For details, please check the timetable for your route.

MetroAccess: Service will operate normal hours. However, subscription trips will be cancelled unless specifically requested.

ART 84 Schedule Changes Effective January 5

Slight time adjustments will go into effect for the ART 84 schedule on Monday, January 5, 2015. An additional stop at the Avalon at Arlington Square Apartments will also be added. Schedule at

Open Casting Call - BikeArlington Campaign

You look GREAT today. You should probably answer our casting call for awesome people. We're working with the folks Modacity to create 6 short films about folks who live, work and play by bike in Arlington County.

Winter Restaurant Week: Monday, January 19 through Sunday, January 25

Lunch specials for $20.15, dinner specials for $35.15. The video shows how to go car-free to participating Arlington restaurants:

CHESS CLUB - Arlington Mill C.C.

posted Jan 16, 2015, 6:59 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Every Wednesday, 8-10pm
Join in on the fun and let your mind explore the black and white jungle!
Players of all age and skill levels are welcome, even those who have never
played. Tournaments and ranked games may take place depending on interest
level. The Club will be led by Tommy Flynn, a recent George Mason
Law graduate and chess enthusiast.
All ages are welcome!
Bring friends & family…
beginner & advanced

Arlington Mill 55+ Senior Center
909 S. Dinwiddie St.
Arlington, VA 22204
For more information or to register call: 703-228-7369 

Arlington Mill Community Center

posted Jan 16, 2015, 2:21 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Arlington Mill Community Center


January 16, 2015


sent by: Patrick Todd



  • Upcoming Events
  • Programming News
  • Hours of Operation
  • Inclement Weather Information





909 S. Dinwiddie Street

Arlington, VA. 22204


(703) 228-7790






Hours of Operation


1 - 9 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


10 a.m.- 10 p.m.




Arlington Mill Community Center Staff


Facility Manager:

Patrick Mallon


Assistant Managers:

Shettima Abdulmalik

Teresa Taylor


Customer Service Representatives:

Daricka Bigelow

Maday Delgado

Tim Stroble


Team Members:

Yvonne Bingham

Charles Blevins

Marcela Camacho

Donna Fitzgerald

Regina Glasgow

Cliff Johnson

Branden McCutchen

Rebecca O'Donnell Crews

Curtis Parks

Jonathan Swann







Arlington Mill Holiday Closures include:


All Community Centers

will be CLOSED on

Monday, January 19, 2015


We will re-Open with regular hours

on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.


Community Center News


Patrick Mallon is the NEW Facility Manager for the Arlington Mill Community Center.  Patrick was raised in Arlington County and is a graduate of Washington Lee High School. Patrick brings a wealth of DPR experience to this assignment. 


Patrick Mallon got his start with the Department of Parks and Recreation as Manager of Yorktown and Wakefield Pools, has worked as the DPR Transportation Coordinator, was Assistant Manager and Manager of the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, and for the past 6 years he has worked as the Manager of the Fairlington Community Center.


Patrick's work as Facility Manager will continue to be supported by the excellent team of Staff whose names are listed in the margin on the left.



Programming News


Call for Bill Thomas Award Nominations

The Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Award was established to pay tribute to lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas and to honor and encourage those residents who also demonstrate a passionate dedication and support for our dynamic programs, natural resources and public open spaces. For more information about the Award or to nominate an outstanding parks volunteer, please visit our

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on February 6.


National Youth Congress Internship Opportunity

Teens wanted–to apply for the National Youth Congress internship! Selected teens 14-18 will learn about the parks and recreation field and other service jobs; develop career and leadership skills and gain independence. These internships range from office work to assistance in daycare programs to assisting someone who works in a highly ranked job such as marketing.Applications are due February 9. For moreinformation visit our []web page or attend the orientationThursday, Jan. 22, 4-6 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center.


Fencing Club for High School Students

Join former USA National Team Member and Olympian, Greg Kaidanov, for instruction on beginning fencing as well as advanced competition training and continuing instruction in foil, saber and epee. Fencing is great exercise and extreme fun! Class enrollment includes membership to the Arlington Fencing Club. For more information attend the open house at theNOVA MMAThursday, January, 22, 3:20-4 p.m.



Inclement Weather

Parks and Recreation, Community Centers, Senior Centers, Fields & Other Facilities: For parks-related last minute weather cancellations, call the:

DPR Inclement Weather Line, 703-228-4715703-228-4715









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