Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year Almost...

So...what are your plans for celebrating the New Year? Anything happening nearby???

Anyone have any good resolutions?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Come see your neighbors at the AV Holiday Party!

Yes...it is tonight. Come see the winners of the lighting contest and drop off your unwrapped present for Toys for Tots. It should be a grand time! Hope to see you there.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Judging for Lighting Contest

It starts at 7 PM. Even if you don't have holiday lights up...put your front porch light on. It helps the community stay brighter and safer. Thanks for your assistance.

Friday, December 12, 2008

How do we pay condo fees next month?

OK...got the Crier yesterday and it said in order to be on direct deposit with our new Management firm...that we have to have that slip in by the 10th! Hmmm...the Crier was delivered on the 11th. So...where are we? Should we send our payment by check to the firm? Can we drop it off at the Village Offices? Why didn't we know about this sooner? I know there were elections and everything...but shouldn't there be some type of checklist from L&N on how to get through this process seamlessly?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Where is the Crier?

Ok...it is December 11th? Almost 2 weeks into December and still no Crier. C'mon...is it really that hard to get a newsletter out? I know it is not Christmassy...to complain...but bah humbug...if the Crier doesn't have important enough information to get it out on time...than why even have it? Couldn't we put that money elsewhere?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Arlington Village is full of Scrooges!

Yes...that's right...where is your holiday spirit? There is a holiday lighting contest on Monday and noone has any lights up. I'm not expecting a light show but maybe a candle or two in the windows...something?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Go Green during the Holidays in Arlington

Going Green doesn't mean become the Grinch! I was hovering around the Arlington County website and saw this great page. It gave a bunch of ways to be better to the environment around the holidays.

Look at this tidbit of information from their website, "Every year during the period from Thanksgiving to New Years, Americans generate an extra one million tons of trash per week."

Can you say WOW!?

Click here for some more great info and ideas for green gifts and how to decorate green!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Getting Gifts Delivered to Your Unit?

The other day someone posted some information about packages being taken from stoops during the spring. See message below. I know many people will be getting packages sent to their homes...so please be careful. Also, look out for your neighbors. Tis the season to be especially nice or else you will get coal in your stocking. If you see something suspicious in the neighborhood call the police. You might be saving someone's special Xmas presents from being stolen/ruined.

"What happened was I caught 2 thieves red-handed stealing packages from AV owners door steps during the day. They walked all throughout AV looking for packages and another resident found them in the ravine opening boxes they stole. Once I caught them they denied it, even though the thief was holding a box delivered to my neighbor. The cops ended up coming but the culprits ran away with some items."

Friday, December 5, 2008

AV Collecting for Toys for Tots!

Just a reminder that you can drop off your donations for 'Toys for Tots' at the AV Office. They will be collecting unwrapped toys until the 17th (the day of the Holiday Party).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What do you want from the Arlington Village Board?

Okay...it's Christmas time and I want to know what is on your WISH list for the Arlington Village Board. Tonight is their organizing meeting and they will be deciding who will be President, Treasurer, etc...

Any advice on what Arlington Village should focus their energies on in 2009?

P.S. I can tell you my wish is that they get the Monthly Crier out on time!!! They are a day late already.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Want to be a secret Santa?


Over seven percent of Arlington residents live in poverty. That’s according to the 2004 census. Take the escalating economic crisis, add rising food, fuel and utility costs, and the result is more Arlington residents struggling to make ends meet.

You can help this holiday season — the Secret Santa program, which helps 1,000+ individuals each year, seeks donations of gift cards to help make a difference in the lives of some of Arlington's most vulnerable residents:

Children in Foster Care: Existing resources don’t even begin to meet the needs of foster children, generally one of the neediest populations. A good winter coat could consume half of the state subsidy a child in foster care receives each year. Your contribution of a gift card will help bring a happy holiday to these deserving kids.

Disabled Persons: Residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities or mental illness face employment obstacles and stigma that limit their earning power. Giving a disabled person a gift card they can use to purchase items of their choosing provides an empowering experience.

Seniors with Low-Incomes: County nurses and social workers care for many older adults in the community whose conditions make it difficult for them to leave their homes. Many of these seniors have medical needs and very low incomes. The Secret Santa program prioritizes seniors who are very poor or have no family in the area.

Low-Income Families: To qualify for federal benefits like food stamps, a family of four living in Arlington must make less than $27,564. Sounds impossible — yet 2,572 households in Arlington receive food stamps right now.

Recommendation: Consider gift cards from nearby department stores such as Target, K-Mart or Wal-Mart, or shopping mall gift cards that can be used at local malls. For low-income families, choose gift cards from local grocery stores. Gifts cards should not exceed $50 each, but you can submit as many as you like.

How to be a Secret Santa…
Mail or hand deliver gift cards
by Dec. 5 to:
Secret Santa Program
c/o Kurt Larrick
Department of Human Services
3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 700A
Arlington, VA 22201

Individual cards should not exceed $50, but you can donate as many cards as you like.

Cards may be designated for a particular beneficiary group or left undesignated. Undesignated gift cards are especially welcome and will be used where they're needed most.

Include the value of the gift card (if it's not printed on the card), a return address so we can acknowledge your gift, and a beneficiary designation if you choose one.

Please submit cards by Dec. 5. Late-arriving cards will still be accepted.

We welcome donations from individuals, businesses, and groups.

Questions? Contact Kurt Larrick at 703-228-1775.

From the Arlington County Website:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy yourself. Eat lots of turkey and watch lots of football. See you next week.

P.S. Always keep the Butterball Hotline close...1-800-Butterball. You never know how close you are to a turkey disaster. They can help.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Election Results Are In!!!

Hooray...another successful election in Arlington Village. The 4 members that won...Brandie, Carolyn, Jan and Ryan.

I wish them much success. Thoughts about what our new Board Members should focus on?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

VOTE TONIGHT!!!

The meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Please go and excercise your right to vote. We need to all be interested in who is leading our community. Remember that 4 spaces need to be filled on the Board and there are 6 candidates.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What's Around the Corner?

From our wonderful Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization...an update on what's happening at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed!!!

Final touches are being put on the exterior of The Halstead Arlington, the 8-story mixed-use building at the corner of the Pike and S. Walter Reed Dr. Recently, CPRO staff were treated to a tour of the project by Justin Sparrow of DSF Advisors, the Halstead’s developer. The apartment leasing office, just off the residential lobby, is scheduled to open by the end of October. The 269 luxury units include a mix of studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, some with balconies offering expansive views of the Pike and surrounding areas. From the upper floors one can see Ballston, Rosslyn, Skyline, as well as sights including the Washington Cathedral, the Air Force Memorial, and the Washington Monument.

The 40,000 sq. feet of ground floor space will house a Lost Dog Cafe, a World Gym, and the Arlington Free Clinic. In addition, leasing discussions are underway with a full service restaurant and several other prospective tenants.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hmmm...where's your proxy?

So...have you filled out your proxy? Have you figured out who you will elect to the Arlington Village Board? Don't forget that the Annual Meeting is on Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day!!!



Veterans Day was originally established to honor Americans who had served in World War I. The national holiday is celebrated on November 11, the anniversary of the day World War I ended in 1918. Today Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country.

Veterans Day is a great time to visit the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 1 p.m.

Arlington National Cemetery Across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. (703) 607-8000 This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 11 a.m. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.

Vietnam Women's Memorial Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. (301) 314-8505 Storytelling at 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

World War II Memorial 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. Wreath laying ceremonies at 8 a.m.

Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202)737-2300. 1:00 p.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and Navy Band. 2:30 p.m. “World War II Radio Show” Live Concert. For one hour, be transported back to the 1940s. Local entertainers “Make A Scene Music” will recreate the atmosphere of a WWII era radio show as performed by “Maxine and LaVerne Andrews,” accompanied at the keyboard by their sister, “Patty.” This interactive program involves the “radio studio” audience with requests, sing-alongs and trivia questions from the era. Some of the songs performed will include popular 1940s hits such as “Don’t Sit Under the Appletree,” “Sentimental Journey,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” along with patriotic favorites like “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and “God Bless America.”

National Marine Corps Museum 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. November 9-11, 2008, Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day programs include ceremonial sword cake cuttings, displays of marine uniforms, tastings of a Meal Ready to Eat, and special exhibits.

Air Force Memorial One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, Virginia. 22204. (703) 979-0674. November 10, 2008, 1 p.m. The Secretary of the Air Force is hosting a Wreath-laying Ceremony in honor of all Air Force veterans.

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington, and "Martha Washington" talking about her work with veterans at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission, $13 for adults and $6 children. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.

*Info from About.Com

Monday, November 10, 2008

Email Received about Arlington Village Staff Taking Out Trash

Okay...I received an email that would make some of the AV staff not look too well. I have no way of verifying whether it is true or not. However, I did receive photos.

The question is do I post the concerns of the emailer on the blog...of course not with pics. They are not meant for mainstream access. I also believe that people are innocent until proven guilty. Alas, if this subject is brought to light...maybe the workers in question would change their behavior voluntarily?

I think the main concern of the emailer is that workers are not monitored closely and should be looked after and managed better. Thoughts?

Hooray we got the Crier on Friday!!! Plus Pool Survey...

Yes, it was only about 7 days late...but it is here. I agree with the poster from the other topic...it seemed strange that they couldn't get this edition out before the Meet the Candidates night. They didn't even put out an AV Blast. Hmm....do they not want the AV residents to meet their potential new Board Members?

Also, a paper survey for the pool? Why can't they put this online as well? Do you really care about 15 minutes of adult swim? Please post...I'm dying to hear more.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Meet The Candidates TONIGHT!!!

Obama won for change...now let's see who will win for change at Arlington Village! Come talk to the candidates and see what they have to say. It starts at 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, November 3, 2008

How long did you have to wait in line?

Ok...I'm posting this early so that people can post how long they were in line. I'm assuming that most people have to vote at Walter Reed Community Center. So...let your neighbors know if they are going to be getting to vote quickly or whether they should be bring a book/and or an iPOD.

TWO Elections! Nationwide and Arlington Village

Hopefully everyone will vote tomorrow....however MARK your calendars for the candidate's night on Wednesday, November 5th!!!

That's right...it is NOT over. The next big race after tomorrow's Presidential will be for the Arlington Village Board of Director's on the 19th.

I have to admit I've never seen a flyer for someone running for the Board but I did get one the other day from 4 residents that are running as one ticket! Did anyone else get the flyer for Brandie Davis, Jodie Moxley, Craig Freer and Ryan Walker? I also saw it in my laundry room.

Sounds like our election for the AV Board might be warming up! Let us know if you want to give a shout out to who you want to see on the AV Board!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Board Meeting Tonight!

Be there or be square. Anyone know what's on the agenda for this evening?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

AV Enviro Resources Committee...WOW are they dedicated!

I went to take out the trash this morning and what did I see in the announcement box...another invasives day in the ravine. Isn't this like the 4th one in two months???

I think the committee is doing really well and getting a lot of support from the community. (BTW: The committee is only about a year old)

I'm excited that my neighbors are so committed to making the ravine a more natural habitat and making Arlington Village look so great. I might even make it to one of the "plant pulling fiestas" if they make the wake-up time a bit later.

Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Annual Meeting Packets Have Arrived!!!


FYI: Hope everyone got their annual meeting packets last night. It is filled with lots of budget information and of course the infamous bios for seats on the Board of Directors. Did you see anyone that you like? Did you even read the bios? It looks like we have a lot of new fresh faces this year. Thoughts on our choices?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Update: Status of Giant and Pharmacy

From the Columbia Pike Revitalization e-Newsletter

"A major milestone in the Penrose Square development project was reached with the recent signing of a long-term lease agreement between Carbon Thompson Development and Giant Grocery. The developer is hopeful that the project's financing package will be finalized in November.

Giant’s interim plan continues to include provision of pharmacy services at 2408 Columbia Pike, the vacant storefront next to Rappahannock Coffee; the details regarding interim grocery services through free round-trip shuttle service from the interim pharmacy to another Giant location are still being sorted out. Once the developer’s financing package and the interim service plan are approved, Giant Grocery will be given a 60-day notice to cease operations.

However, a provision in the lease agreement allows Giant the option of staying open through the 2008 holiday season, regardless of the specific date the notice to vacate is issued. The overall construction period from beginning of demolition to delivery is 28 months.

Site construction plans were presented at a public meeting at Walter Reed Community Center on October 7th, including plans to close the sidewalk along the southside of 9th street during the construction period. Look for regular updates in upcoming CPRO e-newsletters on the implementation status of various elements of the construction that affect pedestrians, commuters, nearby residents and businesses. To view renderings of the new Penrose Square mixed-use complex, use the following link."

Monday, October 20, 2008

S. Cleveland Street "Road Project" Update

So...is anyone wondering when this project is going to finish? The road is still a mess and they haven't repaved yet. Are they going to leave it like this all winter? How much of a nightmare would that be?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Grounds Committee Meeting Tonight

Have questions or comments for the Grounds Committee? Want to join the committee? Come see them tonight at 7 PM in the meeting room.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Updating Your Condo?

Over the last few days a neighbor of mine has been doing work on their condo. I see workmen going in and out...you can smell paint, etc... It started me thinking about all the contract work that goes on in the Village. I was wondering if people would like to share the names of good contractors and what they did for you. (For example...Mr. Smith's Electrical redid my lights in the kitchen, call 999-5555 and ask for Mr. Smith)

If there is someone that you would not suggest...I would merely say I wouldn't recommend them personally. You don't want some vendor going after you for badmouthing them on the internet.

I know the Village recommends people too...but it seems shady especially with what happened to the doors last year. If you don't remember from the August Board Meeting Notes:

-Unit #418: Wants reimbursement ($840) for doors that were installed by recommended vendor of Arlington Village. Doors are damaged (installer cut them and voided warranty) and falling apart. Has been having problems for a year and would like resolution to problem as soon as possible. (Discussed under new business)

If you remember from a past post...Nascar 20 talked about their ideas on the subject.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How's your grass?


Well...I'm sure everyone has seen the little holes in your yard over the past few days. It's the time for seeding grass so that next year we all have lovely green terrain to look at.

However, I'm still having problems from when the gas companies dug up the yard a few years ago. I've heard that others have had the same problem. Does anyone know if Arlington Village plans on taking a look at problem spots? Perhaps the Grounds Committee can give us some turf?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Invasives Removal on Saturday

Message from Arlington Village:

The Environmental Resources Committee invites you to join friends and neighbors in removing harmful invasive plants from the ravine on Sat., Oct. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

We will meet on the Edgewood side of the ravine at 9:30 am and work until noon. Please dress to get dirty! We recommend long pants, long sleeves, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and mosquito spray. Hard work will be rewarded with pizza and refreshments. You may wish to bring your own reuseable water bottle.

We will build on the work of 12 intrepid volunteers who braved threats of rain on Saturday to remove Japanese stiltgrass, bush honeysuckle, English Ivy, and white mulberry. Twenty volunteers also made great progress at our August event and previous residents and committees have also doggedly furthered this ongoing community effort.

Want to know more about invasives? Click here

To contact the Environmental Resources Committee, email arlingtonvillagegreen@yahoo.com

Thank you for your community spirit!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

November 4 Election Info and Ballot Questions

We've had a request to look at the ballot questions for the upcoming election. I thought this would also be a good time to remind people that the Voter Registration Deadline is Monday, October 6th!!! Click here to register to vote!

Please look at the questions below and tell us your thoughts on the issues!

Questions on the Ballot:

Referendum

Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Question: Is there a need for the redevelopment and housing authority to be activated in the County of Arlington?

County Bond Referenda

Metro
Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $10,000,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for Metro?

Community Infrastructure
Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $10,800,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of various capital projects for County facilities and infrastructure?

Utilities
Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $50,000,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the cost of designing, expanding, improving, and renovating Arlington County’s Water Pollution Control Plant and the water and sewer systems serving the County?

Arlington Public Schools
Question: Shall Arlington County contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in the maximum amount of $99,425,000 to finance, together with other available funds, the costs of various capital projects and land for Arlington County public school and community purposes?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Calling all Candidates for the Arlington Village Board

Yes, it is that time again...not only do we have Presidential Elections in November we also have to vote on 4 new Board Members for Arlington Village.

The call for candidates went out September 22nd (even though the Crier stated it would happen by the 12th).

The due date to submit a candidate statement is confusing in the letter. It says that they are due BEFORE Monday, October 6, 2008. Does that mean it has to be to the office by October 3rd? Can you slip it through the mail slot on Sunday the 5th? Hmmm...anyone on the election committee help me with this question?

You can fax or email your candidate statement of 500 words or less to the AV office. (703/920-2534, avcondogm@aol.com .

I'd love to be able to ask the candidates questions on the blog...any takers? Email me at avcondoowner@yahoo.com .

Monday, September 29, 2008

Notary in Arlington Village?

Just wondering...but wouldn't it be nice to know if we have some Notaries in the Village? Perhaps they would like to post their email addresses or something so that people can use their services. Does anyone know if Arlington Village has someone in the office that can do those duties?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Don't Forget - Invasive Removal Day Tomorrow!

Can't think of a better way to spend my Saturday morning than helping make our ravine a more beautiful place. The event starts at 9:30 AM and people are asked to meet on the S. Edgewood side of the ravine. Pizza and Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Remember to wear long pants, long sleeves and closed toe shoes. You are going to get dirty. Equipment and basic instruction will be provided.

Last time around there were over 20 volunteers. Let's double it tomorrow.

E-mail arlingtonvillagegreen@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pike Business of the Week: Pines of Naples


Yes...it is true...Pines is the place to be for Italian on the Pike. I love this hole in the wall restaurant. To be honest...it is a bit hard to find if you don't know where you are going. It is down the street from the Cinema Drafthouse and you have to walk upstairs to get to the dining room. Yes you can walk there from Arlington Village...which is always a plus.

The food is great and they have lots of vegetarian options. I've had mussels, lasagna, spaghetti, etc...and it has always been fantastic. The house wine isn't too bad either. It is served up by a family and the woman that usually is there is just darling and so Italian! The prices are very modest and every time I've brought friends there...they say they have a new favorite restaurant.

Here's a review I found online:
"Our family has been going to this restaurant for over 15 years. It is owned by an Italian family who makes authentic, traditional Italian cuisine. The food is marvelous! The owners are the sweetest, warmest people and treat their regular clients like family. It is hidden on a second story, so it is easy to pass by. Don't judge the place by its looks. Believe me, you want to eat here!"

As the reviewer said...it is not the Ritz Carlton...but it is a great place for food and very laid back and relaxed which is a nice change of pace in DC. Hope to see you there!!!

Pines of Naples
3205 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 521-7551

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Unwanted Examiners on your Porch? It's an epidemic!

This issue was brought up at last month's board meeting. It seems that the Examiner is being dropped off on doorsteps even though the residents don't have a subscription. We have other neighbors in the 22204 area that are also dealing with this annoyance. Perhaps this note below from the 22204 Listserve can help some Arlington Village residents.

I'll gladly gather a list of addresses per Capt. Nuneville's
suggestion. Anybody who doesn't want the DC Examiner is invited to sign my online petition at:

http://www.petition online.com/examiner/petition.html

Name, email, and address are required--this information will NOT be displayed online and will NOT be available to the general public. I will accept signatures from anyone in the region but will forward only 22204 addresses to Capt. Nuneville.

Please share this info with anyone else you know who is sick and tired of getting the Examiner. If you know somebody who doesn't want the Examiner and is unable to sign the petition online, please let them know they contact me by phone to be included.

Maria Lauron
Penrose

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Don't forget about the Board Meeting Tonight!

Lots of important issues and plenty of open seating for all. Feel free to bring your notebook and send the blog your observations. Please post your notes to this posting. Thanks in advance.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rumor Mill: Free Car Washes?

So...I've heard that it may be possible to get free car washes for the folks on S. Cleveland Street and 13th Road because of all the construction related to the water main mayhem. Has anyone else heard about this?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Important Board Meeting on Tuesday

Just a reminder that the Board Meeting will be taking place THIS Tuesday the 23rd. They will be discussing a new lighting project at 7 PM, then they will discuss the budget as well as replacing our management company.

Maybe someone can ask during resident's forum...why the Call for Candidates hasn't gone out yet? According to our bylaws...won't the election now have to be put back?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The 2008 Alexandria Film Festival: Reel Politics

The 2008 Alexandria Film Festival: Reel Politics will be held from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28. Thursday night's opening activities, beginning at 7:30 p.m. will take place in Market Square in Old Town, all other screenings will take place at the Nannie J. Lee Community Center, 1108 Jefferson Street in Alexandria.

Tickets for the festival are $10 for a one-day pass or $30 for entire festival, with a discounted price of $25 if you purchase in advance. Tickets may be purchased on-line with a credit card at www.alexandriacommissionforthearts.org or at any point during the festival with a check or cash. The screening on Thursday night in Market Square is free and open to the public.

If you are interested in volunteering during the film festival or for any of the other programs and events of the Alexandria Commission for the arts, please email aca.volunteer@yahoo.com.

Visit the Alexandria Commission for the Arts for more information on the films and schedule or to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

PARKFAIRFAX NATIVE PLANT SALE

September 26-27, 2008 -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Eleven vendors from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will be at the 11th Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale, which has been held twice a year since October 2003 and grown into the largest native plant sale in the Washington D.C. area. Several of the vendors carry native trees and shrubs as well as perennials, and several of the vendors specialize in some aspect of native plants, such as fruiting shrubs, wetland plants, carnivorous plants, or native azaleas. A few of these vendors do not come to our local area for any other plant sale.

For a list of vendors, and links to their websites, please see the plant sale website and click on the "vendors" page.

The sale is entirely organized and run by volunteers. No one makes money from it except the vendors. The purpose of these sales is to promote native plant gardening in our region because gardening with natives is better for our watershed, our woodlands, and our wildlife, especially birds. Bringing together a variety of growers makes it easier for local gardeners (especially those new to native plant gardening) to find quality plants and encourages greater demand for natives in the nursery industry.

Please pass this email along to your interested friends. This sale depends entirely on word-of-mouth support. Thank you for helping to spread the word!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekend Printmaking Workshop with Steve Prince

I'm not usually one for spiritual stuff...but the printmaking sounds neat. Here's the info in case you are interested:

September 20 - 21
An Experience of Printmaking and Healing, with Steve Prince

Hand tools, power tools, plywood, linoleum, a single steamroller and the opportunity to explore what it is to be a community, with renowned artist. Prepare for a wild ride!

Join us for a hands-on, multi-generational workshop. Participants will create an individual handmade print, and help produce a large collaborative work as well. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome.

Saturday September 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All-day printmaking workshop.
Sunday September 21, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Community printing, picnic, and celebration.

A very special tuition of $25 for this event. Scholarships are available.

Register online at www.faithrenaissance.org
For more information email arts@arlingtonumc. com.

Faith Renaissance Studio
at Arlington UMC
716 South Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Don't Forget Today is the Dog Swim!!!

The dedication is at 5:20 PM. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. See you there.

Friday, September 12, 2008

No Parking on S. 13th Road and S. Cleveland for 5 weeks???

I'm assuming that the County knows way in advance that they are going to do a construction project. So why are they giving residents a few days notice? They aren't going to allow parking for 5 weeks? Can't AV say something on resident's behalf?

Note from AV Office:

Please be advised that Arlington County has placed parking restrictions on South Cleveland Street, between South 13th Road and South 11th Street, to install a new water main.

The parking restrictions are from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday. Any cars parked on South Cleveland Street between those times are subject to towing by Arlington County at the owner’s expense.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday, September 15, 2008, and should be finished within five weeks.

If any of your neighbors are out-of-town and you know how to contact them, please do so or call the management office at 703-920-1000 so our staff can try and notify the absent owner(s).

If you have any questions regarding this County project, please contact the Mr. Sims (Construction Manager, Engineering Division) at 703-228-3592.

Have you heard of Freecycle?


If you are into recycling...then read about this unique organization:

On May 1st, 2003, Deron Beal sent out the first e-mail announcing The Freecycle Network™ to about 30 or 40 friends and a handful of nonprofits in Tucson, Arizona. At the time Deron founded The Freecycle Network, he worked with a small nonprofit organization, RISE, which provides recycling services to downtown businesses and transitional employment to Tucsonans in need.

As the team recycled, rather than watching perfectly good items being thrown away, they found themselves calling or driving around to see if various local nonprofits could use them. Thinking there had to be an easier way, Beal set up that first Freecycle e-mail group in a way that permitted everyone in Tucson to give and to get. Freecycle was off and running.

The Freecycle concept has since spread to over 75 countries, where there are thousands of local groups representing millions of of members -- people helping people and "changing the world one gift at a time." As a result, we are currently keeping over 300 tons a day out of landfills! This amounts to four times the height of Mt. Everest in the past year alone, when stacked in garbage trucks!

By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network help instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and promote environmental sustainability and reuse. People from all walks of life have joined together to turn trash into treasure.


If you click on the link above...you can find the closest Freecycle group or you can go to yahoo groups and look up Freecycle Arlington, VA.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - The Air Force Memorial


Well...it is 9-11 and even though the Memorial isn't technically a business...it is a great place to visit on the Pike.

The Air Force Memorial is a great tribute to our men and women in the Air Force. It is also a beautiful place at night with a great view of Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Attention Please Read: Flooding Damage to Storage Area Under Unit 113

Does anyone know more about an incident of flooding that happened on Monday in the storage area under 113? I was e-mailed about it and the sender was also wondering if the bike room or any other basement rooms get flooded in storms?

The description of the situation was as follows, "There was at least an inch of water on the floor and a little more in some areas. Everything that was on the ground was soaked and boxes are soaking up the water. It is also starting to smell like a swamp. I called the management office but I do not think they will do anything or tell anyone about the event."

I think this is very serious. I'm hoping that everyone that has a storage space under 113 has been given notice about the situation.

Board Member Fired?

I didn't know you could fire a volunteer but I guess that is the case. I received an e-mail last night that one of the Board Members was thrown off the Board by certified mail. I don't have all the details but perhaps if you see a Board Member tonight at the Budget Town Hall meeting you can ask them.

I'm assuming that they will fill the position temporarily until the election? Does anyone know how that process will work? Can residents ask to fill that position?

Any information on how this will work out will be fantastic!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hear Ye...Hear Ye...Budget Town Meeting

If you aren't on the AV Blast...you should know that there will be a Budget Meeting tomorrow night!!! It's really too bad that the Crier hasn't come out yet...maybe it will be under your door this afternoon? I fear that the word hasn't gotten out about the meeting and that's the way Arlington Village likes it.

You would think such an important meeting would at least qualify for flyers or something. You can barely see it listed on the sandwich boards.

Perhaps they will talk about the new management companies they are looking at; how much are we going to budget for 13th Road renovations; or how much money do we spend on employee overtime? Please post what questions you'd like to see answered.

As sent out by Arlington Village:

Please join the Treasurer and the Assets Committee for an informal presentation and Q&A session on the draft 2009 budget, Scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 7:30 pm in the Arlington Village Meeting Room.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Something to think about THIS week - Traffic Alerts for 9/11 Memorial Dedication

TRAFFIC ALERT: 9/11 Memorial Dedication

The Arlington County Police Department will close numerous intersections on Thursday, September 11 for the 9/11 Memorial Dedication held at the Pentagon.

The following roads will be closed from 3 am to 2 pm:

* Washington Blvd Eastbound closed at I-395 and Columbia Pike
* Washington Blvd Westbound from Memorial Bridge
* Washington Blvd Westbound from I-395
* Washington Blvd Westbound from Hayes Street
* I-395 Northbound HOV–no access to Washington Blvd
* I-395 Southbound to Pentagon South Parking
* Columbia Pike closed from Joyce Street to Pentagon South Parking

The following roads will be closed at 3 am and will open when possible:

* S. Fern Street from Army Navy Drive to the Pentagon
* S. Eads Street from Army Navy Drive to the Pentagon
* Rotary Road closed throughout Pentagon South parking
* North /South Connector road at Pentagon
* I-395 Northbound HOV–access to Eads Street, must exit to Army Navy Drive

Question of the Day - How do I get on the AV Blast???

This question was posted a few days ago. For those that would like be on the Arlington Village E-Blast you can either call the office at 703-920-1000 or you can e-mail them at avcondo@aol.com .

This E-Blast system tells Villagers about security problems, Village notices, basically anything that can make an impact on residents. There isn't much traffic from it...so don't worry about it filling your inbox with useless information.

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PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ONLY HAVE 2 MORE DAYS TO SIGN UP FOR THE DOG SWIM TO GET THE 1/2 PRICE DEAL!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - Lost Dog Cafe

Hey...this blog is going to the dogs this week! hahaha

Lost Dog Cafe isn't on the Pike yet...but is set to be one of the new business's moving in after all the construction has cleared. I love this place! Not only does it have great food...it does great things for stray dogs and cats.

Here's what they say about themselves, "The Lost Dog Café has been serving up great pizza, hot sandwiches and beer from around the world in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood since 1985. Wellknown as a place to get great food at a great price, the café also serves up a hefty slice of compassion with each pizza. Café owners Ross Underwood and Pam McAlwee have been rescuing stray dogs and cats almost as long as they have been in business and the effort continues.

It began with a few “lost” dogs needing a place to stay until they could find new homes of their own. In 2001, thanks largely to the success of the Lost Dog Café, the pair established a non-profit foundation dedicated solely to the cause of helping homeless and abandoned dogs and cats find forever homes. Today the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) places almost 2000 animals per year into permanent, loving homes—each one spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The foundation’s efforts continue to be supported by the Lost Dog Café and its sister restaurant (just a few doors down), the Stray Cat Café."

If you want to check them out before they move in...go to:

5876 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205
703-237-1552

Hours:
Sunday, 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Monday - Saturday, 11:00AM - 11:00PM

Delivery Info.:(Limited Delivery Area)
Last Delivery Order 15 Minutes Before Closing
FREE DELIVERY on Small or Large Pizza or $15.00 Sandwich Order

Please Tip...Our Drivers Work For Tips
10% Gratuity Will Be Added To Orders Over $50 On Delivery
Personal Checks Not Accepted

Thursday, September 4, 2008

It's Dog Swim Time...you are running out of time to register early!


Dog Swim Registration Now Open!
By Sharyn Fitzgerald, Arlington Village Dog Swim Committee

We can’t wait to see you and your pups on September 14th from 5:30-7:30 for another great doggie day at the pool!

Registration is now open for the Jim Walton Memorial Dog Swim at Arlington Village. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Arlington Village website (www.arlingtonvillage.com ), or you can pick up a hard copy from the pool or in any laundry room. Please note the early registration deadline: 4:00pm on September 10. Registration fees, which will be donated to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, are a donation of $5/dog if you register by September 10, or donation of $10/dog at the door on the day of the Swim. Please remember, if you register at the Swim, to bring your dog’s vaccination records.

Please also join us at 5:20 for a short dedication by State Senator Patsy Ticer in memory of our former neighbor LTC Jim Walton, for whom the Dog Swim is named. Jim, active in past dog swim planning, lost his life earlier this summer while serving in Afghanistan.

We encourage spectators to attend the Swim! Please note that there will be a minimum donation of $1 per person for spectators. Also, if you will be bringing children, we will ask that you sign a waiver upon entry to the pool area.

A new feature at this year’s swim is that we’ll have dog treats for sale! The treats we're making include fruit (apple and banana), meat (chicken and beef), and peanut-butter flavored biscuits. They're all home-made with all natural dog- (and cat and human)-safe ingredients. Look out for Buster's Peanut Butter Bones, Willow's Apple Drops, and Molly's Beef Bites. Treats will be offered for a suggested donation of $1.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Alert - Car Break-In?

I got a note today that said someone spied a car on 13th Road that looked like it was broken into...basically broken glass all over the street, back window broken out. If this is the case...this happened a few months back in the same location. Please keep valuables out of your cars at night. I'd hate for any AV residents to become a victim of such a crime. Please comment if you know any more about this incident.

What's happening in AV tonight and all month long?

Yes...we are in September and there is a Covenant's meeting this evening at 7:30 PM. You can go and ask the committee to keep your neighbor quiet or hear if they will decide to take down the swing next to the tennis courts.

Also, please put these events on your calendar...

Sept. 9: Grounds Committee Meeting, 7:00 PM
Sept. 10: Budget 2009 Townhall Meeting, 7:30 PM
Sept. 14: Dog Swim, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sept. 16: Environmental Resources, 7:00 PM
Sept. 17: Communications Meeting, 7:30 PM
Sept. 18: Assets Meeting, 7:30 PM
Sept. 23: Board Meeting, 7:30 PM
Sept. 24: Security Meeting, 7:00 PM

Friday, August 29, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - Bangkok 54 Restaurant

Every time I go to Bangkok 54...it is super delicious. The restaurant reminds me of DC upscale places...not some of the dives that still reside on Columbia Pike. The interior is very chic and the service is great. They also just added a bar section that you can rent out for events. In addition, they provide jazz every second Thursday of each month.

Open 7 days a week Lunch & Dinner
Sunday - Thursday
11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Friday - Saturday
11:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.

2919 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
Tel: 703.521.4070

Thursday, August 28, 2008

THIS blog negative????

Ok…so I read the notes from the Board Meeting the other night and it said that a resident thought that the blog was negative? I really don’t understand the negative comment.

THIS blog shares stories about upcoming construction projects, businesses in the area, local ways to help the community, environmental information and some of the problems that Arlington Village is facing.

THIS blog is a conduit for people to discuss and have conversations about issues. If any resident would like to post a story or at least email me and tell me why they don’t like a particular post…go ahead! avcondoowner@yahoo.com I would love for people that are on the Board or on the Committees to give updates or even comment on some of the issues. Why wouldn’t they want to share the great things that they do? I would love for even more people to send me stories or ideas for the blog…FYI - I get a couple a week.

I guess the real question is why isn’t the negative accuser posting a response saying that the story/post is negative? Have they really read THIS blog or are they just being told that the blog is negative? Do they believe that a contractor not doing his job in the Village isn’t a problem? Do they think that a resident asking to be on the AV Blast and not getting on after numerous requests isn’t a problem?

Let me repeat, THIS blog is a way for people to communicate since AV isn’t doing a very good job of communicating with residents. A monthly Crier…that doesn’t arrive on time, and many times has mistakes…is not a viable form of communication. A website that isn’t updated and has misinformation…including an events calendar that hasn’t been updated in a year is not a great way of communicating!

Sorry about the rant…but I just hate when people can’t stand up and say what they are thinking. I would never want people to think that this blog is negative. If I wanted a negative blog I would write every day on problems I see in the Village. Believe me…there is more than enough to write about…however I feel that we need to be aware of the problems in Arlington Village and what’s happening in the greater community we live in…especially in this transitional time of rebuilding the Columbia Pike Corridor. Plus we need to be neighborly! What’s wrong with watching out for each other, telling residents of potential problems or letting them know that they are going to turn the CVS into a park?

Hope you are having a great Thursday…the Pike Business of the Week will be posted tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What's Up With the Contractors in Arlington Village?

Last night was the August Arlington Village Board Meeting. I was unable to attend - but if anyone has updates, please let us know!

During a conversation with a resident that did attend the meeting, it reminded me of something I wanted to blog about for quite some time. How are Contractors who do the work in Arlington Village chosen? Is there a Request for Proposal (RFP) process? How are these evaluated and how are the companies that are asked to submit proposals chosen from the pool of prospects?

Why you ask is this important? Well, competition is at the heart of our democracy and leads to better rates, customer service and quality work. I have been hearing from residents that they have some complaints about the contractros who do work around the Village - and from the contractors who are recommended by the Village office. (Residents have complained to me about doors that were not properly installed, sloppy paint work, decks not up to top quality, etc).


I have also heard rumors that some of the contractors are related to each other - and workers in the office. Is this true? Its not that I don't think that people should be excluded because they are relatives but this should be discussed in the open and a consideration in the overall process for bids.

Something to think about as we move toward budget and contract season.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Board Meeting Tonight!

Don't forget there is a Board Meeting tonight. It's almost budget season...so feel free to go and ask what's up?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Need something to do this weekend?

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore

I know that it isn't on the Pike...however you could definitely take the Metro to Bethesda if you are looking for things to do...for free...in the evenings.

Movies will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. each evening, with grounds opening at 6:30 p.m. All screenings are held on the grounds adjacent to the mansion. Bring a blanket or low beach chair. No dogs are permitted.

August 22: Transformers
August 23: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
August 24: Shrek the Third

The annual free summer movie fest screens recent hits, classics and family favorites. Pre-movie kid-friendly activities.

Details
8:30 p.m.
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD
Information: 301-581-5100

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - LA Bar and Grill

From Metromix.com:

"Where else can you find a deep fried candy bar on the menu? That's right, LA Bar and Grill, or “Lower Arlington” Bar and Grill, offers that and more. It is almost hidden by it’s located on the backside of the building. When you do find your way in, take advantage of the happy hour from 4-7 p.m. where all beer and liquor is a $1 off. On Monday nights, they have trivia; on Wednesdays, they extend their lunch hours to sell cheaper burgers. This is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a place to grab a beer with a lively crowd."

I hear the trivia night is great...plus I really like the fish and chips. Check it out! It used to be really smoky...but since they got rid of the table cloths...the smell is not there any more. Plus they have darts and you can smoke a cigar. It's not the Cowboy Cafe...but the next best thing.

L.A. Bar and Grill (Lower Arlington)
2530 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
703-685-1560

Technical Difficulties

Sorry that I haven't been able to blog the last week. I had to send my computer away to be fixed. It's back and so is the blog! Thanks for waiting.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - Arlington Cinema 'n' Drafthouse

Another Pike favorite and fun for all ages. It's a great place to watch a movie and have dinner at the same time! You can also grab a glass of your favorite beer or alcoholic beverage. Also just announced, a new pricing schedule...if you go to Indiana Jones tonight after work at 5:15 PM...it's only $1 to get in! Where can you get anything for a buck?

Here's the exact schedule...$1 Movie Admission on Mondays, $2 Movie Admission on Tuesdays and $3 Movie Admission on Wednesdays. Special $1 After Work Movies on Select Thursdays. $5.50 Movies at all other times.

Just to note...they do allow smoking in certain sections...but if you look on the website they also offer smoke free times for movies as well.

Located at:
Arlington Cinema 'n' Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 486-2345

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes


Yes it has just begun...bike sharing in Washington, DC. This is a great environmentally friendly approach to getting around town. Little do they know that Arlington already has a bike commuter website that has been trying to get people motivated to bike to work and provide tips on how to do so safely.

According to the Smart Bike website:

"SmartBike DC is a new and alternative transportation network that uses the latest technologies to facilitate user access and is structured to enhance the city's public transportation system.

The very first self-service bike rental program was ours in the city of Rennes in France in 1998, and subsequently, our programs rapidly spread to Scandinavia and Spain. SmartBike is the only bike rental program of its kind in the world: well tested, user and environmentally friendly and complementary to other modes of public transportation."

Let us know if you've tried this out...it sounds very promising.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Grounds Committee Meeting Tonight!

Don't forget...the Grounds Committee mtg. is tonight. Feel free to come by and see what they are discussing...or better yet...join the committee. The meeting starts at 7 PM according to the Crier. Just go to the AV offices to find the meeting room.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Arlington Village Rules are Changing

Yes...it has been decreed in the Crier that the Board has changed some of the rules of Arlington Village. I'm glad they have been updated but it would have been really nice/convenient if they had just inserted a sheet of paper into the Crier that showed all the residents WHICH rules were changed.

Am I really supposed to go through the old rules and the new rules...one by one...just to see if a word was changed? It seems so strange that some things get immediate attention whereas other things fall to the wayside...such as our out of date website.

I will wait patiently to see if the rules ever get posted on the AV website before they go into effect on October 1, 2009.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Watch Out...for Car Thiefs

Yesterday there was a police cruiser near 1301 S. Cleveland Street. It appears that someone broke into a car nearby. They rummaged through the car and tried to manipulate the ignition.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - Phoenix Bikes

Okay…this is a little off the Pike but still a great business plus they do a bunch of community service. Phoenix Bikes is located in Barcroft Park along the 4 Mile Run and the W&OD bike trails. Not only do they fix bikes…but they also teach local youth how to fix bikes and even have an Earn-A-Bike Program for kids in high school.

Here’s some info from their website:

PHOENIX BIKES IS A NON-PROFIT YOUTH PROGRAM whose mission is to provide a fun, safe, and challenging environment for local youth through building & running great community bike shops. We believe this is a unique way for young leaders to develop teamwork, explore social entrepreneurship, and serve others.

OUR SHOP PROVIDES AFFORDABLE BIKES AND BIKE REPAIR SERVICES TO FOR OUR COMMUNITY. It also offers our youth mechanics the opportunity to develop valuable skills and work ethics and to contribute to the local community. The youth participants are coached & supported by trained mechanics and volunteers dedicated to improving the social, physical and ecological health of Northern Virginia.

THE BIKES THAT WE REPAIR AND RECYCLE GO BACK ON THE ROAD, INSTEAD OF BEING WASTED OR IDLE.

PHOENIX BIKES PROGRAMS provide youth participants with the opportunity to learn fundamentals of bike repair and safety, plus the skills necessary to operate a small business that focuses on providing high quality repair services and donated and refurbished bicycles to the local community.

PHOENIX BIKES CURRENTLY RUNS a Community Bike Shop and Earn-A-Bike program for Middle and High School Mechanics, hosts workshops such as Family Mechanics and Custom Bike Building, leads youth bike rides, and collaborates on community events with Teen Arlington, Trips For Kids, Greenbrier Learning Center, and others.

July Board Meeting Notes

Here are notes from the Board Meeting...these are just notes...if you want the exact minutes please call the Arlington Village Office. These are not my notes...but came from a resident that was at the meeting. So...if you have questions...I probably won't be able to answer them. However, I did see some of the things that were discussed in these notes...also in the Crier (which was delivered late again).

July 29 Board Notes

-Jan Kennemer requested more spot spraying of weeds. Wants the Grounds Committee to talk about the excess weeds and see if they can come up with solutions.

-Grounds Committee Update: Had successful town hall meeting with Kate about 13th Road Project. About 15 residents were in attendance. Plans are being made to pull out most of the plants between Edgewood and Barton Streets. Then there will regrading and an array of other plants will be planted to compensate for the ones that were torn out.

-Security Committee Update: Pool party was successful. About 60 to 70 residents were in attendance. No report yet from Corporal Matt Owens about walk through of Arlington Village.

-Laundry Rooms: More lighting needed at S. Cleveland Street laundry room.

-Board asked for a document listing security needs for the community from AV staff.

-A letter to the County did not go out as previously requested from AV office. Board not sure why letter pertaining to Walter Reed Center (I believe) did not go out. Board requested this be taken care of immediately.

-Dog Swim Update: About 10 residents came to meeting. There will be vendors at the dog swim. Question also asked should AV need to make sure that all dogs have Arlington County dog license to participate?

-Board Opening – The treasurer will be stepping down from the Board later in the year after elections.

-Old Business: Unit #746 has still not complied with AV requests that their deck is remodeled to comply with AV rules. AV office asked to send certified letter.

-Revised Rules: Some of the Board Members have revised the AV rules. They should be posted soon. There was much discussion on whether decks should be allowed to have different color stains or stay with current rules of clear stain. There will be a comment period for residents before the new rules go into effect.

-AV Resident request 6 month extension to run business out of home. They have already been running the business for 6 months and they plan to ask for extension every 6 months.

-AV office not providing timely reimbursements for Committees. Need to work on getting that done.

-Does AV have a policy on retaining documents?

-Request was made to get Board Packets via email. Was told possible but time consuming.

-Noted that there are not supposed to be any contractors parked in Arlington Village overnight. No “tools of the trade” trucks are allowed.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Residents Urged to Avoid Four Mile Run Stream

"An illicit dumping of portable lavatory waste into Four Mile Run Stream near Westover Park is affecting waters and parks all the way to the Potomac. Residents are advised not to fish in or have any contact with the waters – including wading or swimming – until further notice." Arlington County Website

No to Security

Just a note about the local walk through that was done with the Security Committee and members of the Arlington Police Department a few months ago...the Board has said that they still have not received an official report on changes that Arlington Village should make in ways of security to our community. The board has requested that AV staff should have a report next month on changes that the officers commented on and other places that might need better security.

I hope all of those things happen considering that one of the officers said the entrance to the ravine on S. Edgewood resembled a "rape hole". Disturbing.

Also it should be known, a resident asked that the infamous laundry room on S. Cleveland Street (where a resident was asked for her underwear) should possibly exchange their metal door with peephole to a door that has a window. This laundry room has steep stairs leading down into the laundry room...so steep that someone could hide in the stairwell and not be seen from the street/sidewalk.

I was told that the door was nixed at the last board meeting since it would cost about $500 between parts and installation. Wow...$500 to possibly save someone from being a victim of another crime or the alternative to spending $13,000 for plants...or the $8,500 to get a new fence. Great priorities.

I also just received notes from the July Board Meeting. Will post tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Community Role Models Mtg. Tonight!

Just wanted to let you know about this really interesting volunteer group. They are having a monthly meeting tonight at Cap City Brewery in Shirlington at 7PM...

"Community Role Models (CRM) is an active social network of young adults (20s & 30s) dedicated to making a positive difference in Arlington through volunteering, building networks, socializing, and developing leaders. We host monthly volunteer activities, meetups and occasional community forums to engage young adults in civic minded activities here in Arlington."
-County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada

You can go to this link to RSVP for tonight!

You can go here for more information on this great organization or to What's Up Arlington blog!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Free Smoke Detectors!

Just a friendly blog post to let you know that the Arlington County Fire Department is giving out smoke detectors for free if you are in need! You can fill out this online form to get the smoke detector or you can call this phone number: 703-228-4646.

The fire department will also install the detector for you as an extra added bonus!

Even if you are not in need...maybe you can pass this on to any friends or family that might need this service.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - Journey Yoga

Well we started our business of the week with the tried and true Bob and Edith's Diner last week...so let's go with a healthy alternative and a brand new business this week...Journey Yoga. Yes, we now have our own yoga studio on Columbia Pike.

Not only do they have classes for all ages...they have a green studio! Click here to see all the ways they are trying to save the Earth.

If you've tried out this studio...please let us know your thoughts!

Journey Yoga
2628 Columbia Pike

Guest Blogger Report - Beautiful Women and President Madison

Good Afternoon, I'm very happy to announce a guest blogger report from a resident in the Village. I'm always encouraged to hear from other residents that would like to improve upon Arlington Village and know that they view the blog as a positive way to discuss the things that are happening in our community. Feel free to send items that you would like to see on the blog or send in reports about the things you deem important in the Village...you can find my email address listed on my profile page.

Guest Blogger Report.

Answering the call, I have tasked myself with investigating and reporting on the new security features in the laundry rooms. As many of you know, Arlington Village recently installed peepholes in the doors of laundry rooms. Herewith is my report.

Well, actually, I can’t speak to the installation of peepholes in all the laundry rooms - as I only went to one. But that one was a veritable font of information. And paramount among my findings was this: Arlington Village has the most beautiful women in the world.

Now, I already knew this. But it is nice to know that others share my opinion.
Although I happen to agree with the conclusions of Arlington Village Peephole Committee, dear reader, I’m compelled to remind you that it is not my opinion expressed here, but a detailed analysis of the opinions of the Arlington Village Peephole Committee rendered by careful study of the peephole in, well, one laundry room. The most beautiful women in the world, and I couldn’t agree more.

Let me explain:

The peephole measures 62 inches from the floor.

The average woman’s overall height measures 63.7 inches from the floor (5’3.7”).

The average woman’s eye measures 59.4 inches from the floor.

The average distance between the average woman’s eye and the top of her head measures 4.1 inches.

Now, to the untrained eye, this would appear that the peephole is too high for the average woman; and I too, was stumped.

Until I remembered that the women of Arlington Village are NOT average. They’re beautiful. Like Miss America! And lo’ and behold, the average height of Miss America is 5’6 ½”. Making her eye height ½” higher than the peephole. Perfect for leaning forward and peeping.

So be safe all you beautiful women of Arlington Village as you do your laundry. Were James Madison, our fourth President, doing his laundry… Well, he was only 5’4”, weighed 100 lbs, and probably not strong enough to open the laundry room door.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Saturday Hours for AV Office

Yes, I've said it out loud...does anyone think that the AV office hours are a little out of whack? How great would it be to have someone in the office on Saturdays? Even if the hours were just 9AM to 1 PM...how much more convenient would that be?

Or...what if someone took an early shift and the other person in the office took a later shift during the work week? Perhaps a 7AM to 4PM slot and a 9AM to 6PM slot?

I think those kind of hours would be greatly appreciated by the residents and make Arlington Village run a lot more smoothly. Anybody have problems with the office and think this would help?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Board Meeting and Bus Stops

Happy Tuesday! Yes, it is the last Tuesday of the month so feel free to attend the Board Meeting at 7:30 PM tonight. It is held in the AV office on S. Edgewood.

Also, if you didn't see this article the other day in the Post...check out the new "SUPER STOPS" that are being planned for Columbia Pike. Would you take the bus more often if you had heated seats and floors PLUS wi-fi? Here's the story...Next Stop for Columbia Pike: Super Stops for Buses. Maybe they'll use these stops for the trolleys as well?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Spin Cycle or Permanent Press?

Yes, you may be wondering...where was our blogger this weekend? Have no fear, I was out prowling around our lovely laundry rooms. Yes...some people in Arlington Village still don't have washers/dryers crammed into their tiny closets or displayed in their kitchens. They choose to do laundry the old-fashioned way...laundromat style. :)

The whole reason I went on this quest is because I heard some discussion about the lack of maintenance in some of the laundry rooms. For instance, I was told that a few of the washing machines in one room have been broken for almost 2 months...plus one of the dryers doesn't really dry your clothes while the one next to it is WAY too hot.

Now the person(s) in question have called the office to report the problem a few times...but still no laundry repairman in sight. I noticed in the rooms that there is a telephone number on the machines to report the problem. Perhaps I should go and try and call the number and see what they say.

I didn't really see any other problems in the other laundry rooms that I could find in Arlington Village except for being a bit dusty. I know that I didn't go into all of them...however...the fact is no laundry room should go two months with broken machines.

One interesting point that everyone might like to know in case you are tired of bringing your blankets to the laundromat...there are commercial washers in some of the laundry rooms. I had no idea that we even had this in Arlington Village. Perhaps this should be listed some where on the website...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Arlington County Crime Reports

Ever wonder what bad guys the police are going after? Ever wonder if they found that stolen car that was taken from the Village? The place to go is the Arlington County Crime Report which is online for everyone to take a gander at...below is the report for yesterday:

July 24, 2008

LARCENY FROM AUTO (SERIES), 7/23/2008, 2000 block of N. Kensington St. Between 12 pm on July 19 and 10:30 am on July 23, someone entered four unlocked vehicles and took coins and one satellite radio.

LARCENY FROM AUTO, 7/23/2008, 900 block of N. Wayne St. Between 2:30 am and 6 am on July 23, someone took all four wheels and tires off a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette and left the vehicle on cinder blocks. 2 car covers were also stolen.

ROBBERY, 7/23/2008, 1100 block of S. Jefferson St. At approximately 11:20 pm on July 23, a 24 year old man was walking home from work when he was grabbed from behind and put in a choke hold by a male subject. A second suspect then took the victim’s wallet and kneed him in the groin. Both suspects then fled to a waiting vehicle driven by a third subject.

Stolen Autos
VA BZ 2733, 2007 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER, BLACK & WHITE 2600 block of S. Vance Ct.


If you'd like to get these directly sent to you...send an e-mail to Officer Nuneville and she will put you on the list. She's a great resource to Arlington Village.

Captain Michelle R. Nuneville - Commander
Arlington County Police Department
Operations Division - District 3
1425 N. Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
703-228-4097
mnuneville@arlingtonva.us

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pike Business of the Week - Bob and Edith's

In the next few years, there willl be a lot of development and new businesses and restaurants in the area. I thought maybe on Thursday's we could start highlighting area businesses close to Arlington Village. That way...if you have visited that establishment...we could get a review from our friends and neighbors.

Our first business is a great 24-hour diner located at 2310 Columbia Pike. It's been on the Pike forever and most of the entrees are $10 and below. Be ready to stand in line on weekend mornings though...it is quite popular because of the location and the prices...but definitely worth the wait in my opinion.

It should be noted that they had a second location further down the Pike which has closed recently. This location is now being looked at for development. Read the story from the Washington Business Journal which discusses the Pike's potential for development and the new trolley/streetcar proposal.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Public Square Approved for Columbia Pike

I think this is great news for Arlington Village...a little extra green space would be great compared to all the concrete and buildings that are on the Pike at the moment. Read below for an excerpt from the story:

Master Plan includes large, flexible plaza, interactive water fountain, public art

The Arlington County Board late Monday night (July 21) approved the master plan for Penrose Square, the first and largest of three new squares planned for Columbia Pike’s Town Center that are key to the County’s efforts to transform the Pike.

“Penrose Square will provide a beautiful, well-planned public gathering place on Columbia Pike,” said Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “This is an important step forward in the County’s efforts to revitalize the Pike by turning it into a lively, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use corridor with plenty of outdoor spaces where people can come together.”

The 33,000 sq. ft. square will be located on the north side of Columbia Pike between South Cleveland and South Barton Streets in what are now the existing surface parking lots of the Adams Square and Fillmore Shopping Centers. The square will face south, fronting on Columbia Pike.


For pictures and the full story go to the CPRO Website

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Who needs Batman when Spiderman is down the street?

Sick of gas prices? Want some place to go nearby for decent entertainment? Why not try out the Outdoor Movie Festival in Shirlington? You could take a nice walk down there, bike or take the bus. Who knows...make a night out of it and get dinner and a movie or just picnic.

The movie Spiderman 3 starts at 8:45 PM tomorrow night. See the link above for more event information. My spidey sense says that you'll have a webtastic time!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Town Hall Meeting: To plant or not to plant on 13th Road???

The new plans for the rest of the 13th Road plantings will be held on Tuesday night, July 22nd! Make sure that you come and listen to the plans for the area...which will only cost about $14,000 per section. I believe there are 3 sections that the Grounds Committee wants to see finished...however only 2 would be done this year.

If you can, I suggest at looking at what the initial plantings look like at the moment on 13th Road. I have no idea why those plants cost so much...so hopefully this will be fully explained at the meeting. There are a lot of purple wild flower looking things...thus my confusion. I thought I saw seeds for that at the local CVS?

In addition, I'd like to see how these initial plants flourish...and then decide to spend another $30 or $40 thousand dollars to do the same thing again all the way down the road. Why do we have to hurry to spend money?

Residents should also take into consideration the gutter system that would be included...since the new system clogs very easily on 13th Road as a result of the upgrades. I mentioned this in my June 17th post if you want more details.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Plant Removal and Luah Pool Party

Tell me Tell me Tell me...what did you think of this weekend's Arlington Village Events. Did you like them, how would you improve them and do you have any other ideas for events that residents would enjoy?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Invasive Plant Removal on Saturday 7/19

This is your chance to do something for Arlington Village...besides paying your condo fees! Yes, from 9 AM to 12 Noon they will be making the ravine a safe place for native plants.

Make sure to wear protective clothing and it wouldn't hurt to bring your garden gloves if you have them. I believe they might even be treating residents to pizza afterwards as a reward for all of your hard work!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

On the Lookout for Pink Flamingos




I know it may sound strange but there are people that have pink flamingos in Arlington Village. Personally, I'm not sure if they are really my style...I'm more of a "yard gnome" person. I like to watch the travelocity commercials.

Alas, I've finally been confided in that the Grounds Committee has had a big discussion on whether "solar lights" should be allowed. At the moment, there is no law or by-law against them. Forces are at work though to thwart the dreaded solar lights because some people think they don't look very nice.

Thus my fear for the pink flamingo's that I see in people's backyards. So beware and forewarned that owners of solar lights might be getting a letter soon to tell you to put away your lights...I'm sure the next on the list is birdbaths, pink flamingos and other yard creatures that don't pass muster with the imaginary idea of what is classy and what isn't for Arlington Village.

I understand that not everyone has the same taste...however...this is America. We live a stone's throw from our nation's Capitol or Capital...depending if you are talking about the building or the city. As long as it isn't in the front yard ruining your property value...I think you can indulge your neighbor.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Secret Meeting to Change AV Rules?

Yes, it is true. I have heard through the grapevine that there is a meeting tomorrow night (July 16th) to look at changing the Arlington Village rules. Shouldn't a meeting like this be advertised? Why are we thinking about changing things such as unit boundaries???

Plus, to make it even more ominous...one of the Board Members said at the Board Meeting (where this meeting was discussed and planned) that it would be easier to change the rules than the By-Laws since those have to approved by the unit owners.

Nice huh? Can residents even attend this secret meeting? How will this affect everyone?

Monday, July 14, 2008

Got Weeds?

Ok...sorry that I have not updated the blog since Saturday. I have caught the dreaded summer cold. Yes...the infamous summer cold that attacks when you least expect it. However, the cold has made me spend extra quality time around Arlington Village when I'm normally at work. This gave me a new perspective of the Village and its workings during the typical day.

First thing I noticed was how many weeds were around. Yes...outside of my unit there are 3 foot high weeds. There are weeds in the sidewalk, in the flower beds, next to the hedges at the beginning of my sidewalk, weeds pretty much as far as the eye can see. I sure hope that those weeds don't kill any of the plants that the Village likes to buy. That would be ironic...hahaha. Alas, we (Arlington Village) do pay landscapers to "weed" and do other things...like prune on a regular basis.

However, this leads me to another observation that a lot of people need their bushes pruned. I know people that do it themselves because it is never done by the Village. I personally will never prune my own hedges...I pay good money for that and I will let it accumulate and one day it will be done!!!

I do from time to time share my concerns and observations with my neighbors. Sometimes they even agree with me. The "weed" incident is one trumpeted by some who live by me. They have even seen our so-called "Weed Killers" mull around outside...chatting for over half and hour on the sidewalk...killing time instead of our weeds. Grrrr. I've actually seen six people outside but only TWO working...the other four were chatting.

Don't even get me started about the landscapers destroying hoses and weed whacking flowers.

What really gets me is that the RFP for a landscaping company will go out this year...and we will end up with the same people we have now. Somehow the same company always comes in with the lowest bid? Hmmm...sounds suspect.

Sorry for the rambling...I blame it on the sudafed.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Do you like to Hula?

Well if you do...the Arlington Village Pool Party is the place to be on July 19th! I'm very curious about this whole pool party idea. Not that I don't love my neighbors, however do I want to see them in their bathing suits? Or have them see me in mine? haha

Just remember that everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share (no chips). There will be music and by the looks of it maybe some limbo action.

Aloha and see you next Saturday.

P.S. The rain date is July 26th!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Rain Barrel Workshops

You may ask...what is a rain barrel and why do I need one? According to the Arlington County Website, "Rain barrels are containers that are connected to your downspouts to capture runoff from the roof. Rain barrels come in various sizes, ranging from 30 gallons to 100 gallons, and can be made of plastic or wood. You can also use a larger container to capture rainwater, such as a cistern."

Maybe this would help with the rising cost of water? Maybe all the new plantings could be watered with rain barrel water? Any way...I thought this was kind of a cool thing and neat workshop...plus it is right around the corner at Walter Reed Community Center. There are other dates in other locations...just go to the website listed above...you can also go to that link to sign up for the workshops.

Saturday, July 26th 11:00 a.m. Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street S., Arlington, VA 22204. Make-your-own-rain barrel workshop.

Saturday, July 26th 1:00 p.m. Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street S., Arlington, VA 22204. Make-your-own-rain barrel workshop.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tomato plants...do you have one?


Ok...so I'm dying to know how many people in the Village have these plants. I only recently found out that vegetable gardens are not allowed. I think this is kind of hypocritical since we have so much emphasis on being green, conserving water, recycling, etc...

I could understand if you didn't want them in the front yard...but forbidden from the backyard? only in pots? How can you grow cucumbers in a pot?

Everyone knows that people have these plants...what's the big deal? Shouldn't we be more worried about the scooter that was stolen the other day and wasn't sent out on the AV Blast until 5 days later? So that is a car and a scooter stolen in the last 2 weeks...that we know about. Hmmm...healthy tomatoes on one hand and ketchup on the other. Yum.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Arlington Village Website

Has anyone noticed that this thing (a.k.a. website) is not up-to-date? There is still information about pool passes being due on May 15th? Wasn't that almost 2 months ago? Also, if you look at UPCOMING EVENTS, it still has the summer 2007 schedule.

I keep seeing that they want people to volunteer and do things for Arlington Village...but if you lose your paper version of the Village Crier...you are out of luck! There is no way to know what time the committee meetings are at or if the Village is doing a special project like the invasive plant removal coming up.

Does anyone have web experience and can help them out? Please offer your services so we can make it out of the dark ages. Either that or get Arlington Village to hire a local college kid to update it monthly on the cheap.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Our local Safeway is finally being converted...

Yes...the Washington Post (July 3) announced last week that Arlington County has finally decided on the fate of our long lost Safeway grocery store.

To quote part of the story, "Revitalizing the two-acre site that included the supermarket and its parking lot has long been a priority for county officials, who for several years have worked to slowly remake the strip-mall-dotted drag into a walkable "urban village." The development plan passed at last week's County Board meeting calls for a 159-unit residential building on the northern end of the site and a six-story addition on the southern piece, toward Columbia Pike, that will house the 40,000-square-foot community center, retail shops and 33 additional residential units. The complex also will have a public courtyard and underground parking."

To see entire article go to: Community Center and Housing Approved for Pike Site

I think it is great that this is finally happening...however I just read a really interesting article about crime in The Atlantic Monthly. I reference this article since there will be low-income housing included in this project. The article is thought provoking and definitely food for thought....especially since crime has been a problem lately in the Village.

Grounds Committee Meeting Tonight

Remember that the Grounds Committee is meeting tonight in the room connected to the Arlington Village office. I'm not sure what the agenda is but I imagine they will be getting ready for the big landscaping meeting being held later in the month to discuss other plantings that they want for the 13th Road project.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hooray for the Village Crier

I just wanted to congratulate the Crier for getting out on time this month! I also saw a correction printed about the water and sewer prices. Excellent job!!!

However, I was not too keen on the Security Assessment. There was no mention in the article about past incidents involving residents or even the car theft from a few weeks ago. Residents need to remember that we live in an urban environment...no matter how village-esque our 6 or 7 block area is...

Also, from what I've heard about the security walk-through there needs to be a lot of bushes and trees cut back to properly provide lighted walkways at night as well as not to hide predators (at any time of day).

I was also told that the male officer, on the walk, said he would not feel comfortable walking in the ravine during the day! Yikes! I'd like to know what else will be done to make the ravine safer.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Update on Board Meeting Note

Wow...this Board Meeting note...seems to have struck a nerve. Someone left a post on the subject of the guest blogger (June posting) that I'd like to address (their text is at the bottom in italics):

First off, please place comments in the right entry. It is much easier for people to follow the subject matter.

Second point, I'm sure people ask Arlington Village all the time for things that they shouldn't get. I know that some residents spent money on plants to improve their area and were approved to get reimbursed for them under a new small grant program. Shouldn't they have gotten permission first...then done the plantings?

Third, let's not confuse the resident's case with other negligent willy nilly folks that ask for anything. The resident at the Board Meeting had a real problem (which could affect other people in the village just as easily as it did that unit) and gave the Board a few options. Money for help with the repairs was asked for but there is a precedent for this already in place for the Board. Just look at the Board Meeting Notes to see for yourself. I'd be surprised if they weren't at the next Board Meeting this month asking again for a change of the by-laws so that no one else in the village will have the same problem.

Fourth, this blog is for dialogue and communication. Not to make the Board or the staff look like the enemy. I applaud anyone that volunteers for a Board or Committee position. However, that said, I do not appreciate hearing that residents are being treated disrespectfully at the Board Meetings. That is unacceptable and was attested to from more than one meeting attendant. If you have heard otherwise...I'd be happy to blog about it.

Hope everyone had a Happy Fourth!!!

"Re the entries on the recent Board meeting-- It's easy to paint the Board/staff as the enemy -- it's not always true. Owners ask AV to pay for damage, etc., that the owner is responsible for on a regular basis. In some cases, the owner was explicitly warned about the problem by AV staff and ignored the warning until the damage was obvious. Those owners are unlikely to mention these facts when drumming up support for position that money should be coming their way. Do YOU want your condo fees paying for problems that are other owners' responsibilities? If so, I would like to get new towels for my bathroom -- would you chip in?" (From Anonymous, Guest Blogger Post)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Just want to say Happy Fourth of July to everyone! Remember to go to the Arlington County website (see link on right) to make sure you see where to see fireworks and road closures. If you are new to the area...Columbia Pike will be blocked up near the Pentagon because of the fireworks on the Mall.

I am actually on vacation for a few days...so I look forward to blogging after the holiday weekend!

Have a safe holiday!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Board Meeting Update...not a happy topic!

OK...so some of you might have seen the comments from the person that wrote in the other day about the Board Meeting. I said that I would poke around and it seems like the comments they wrote were pretty accurate. I copied some of those comments below so you do not have to flip back and forth between posts.

First of all, I DO NOT expect to be treated rudely by anyone from Arlington Village and I sympathize for the resident.

Secondly, I expect Board Members to have all of the information about resident concerns before the meeting. Residents should not have to remind a board member what happened at the last meeting. What would you do if that happened to you? If you had an issue with the Board for 2 months and they had to be refreshed about what was occurring?

I plan on writing more about this issue since the residents' problem deals with Arlington Village rules and by-laws. These are issues that could could potentially become our issues! Secret things that no one tells you are responsible for until the damage is already done.

Now the Board is meeting (privately) this month to discuss changes to the rules...this could change current definitions of where your condo begins underneath, rules for vegetable gardens, parking, etc...

Thoughts????

I actually attended the board meeting the other night for the first time as an observer and owner in the village. I was actually disappointed. The board was very disorganized. They only gave 5 mins to a woman who had an issue with her unit but ended up talking about silly things for much longer than needed.

I also thought the Board was rather rude to the resident who came to the forum. 1) The resident pays condo fees and obviously was concerned about an issue (which I hope doesn't happen in my unit). 2) They didn't even give her time to state her case or address all her issues.

Rudeness from the board is completely inappropriate. It appeared to me that the President actually didn't like the Resident thus cutting her off when other board members wanted to here her concerns. The President should of abstained from voting on the issue.

Additionally, someone on the board said that our condo fees should go up every year. I'm sorry - what? Why? Explain your argument. Condo fees should not go up for the sake of going up.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Guest Blogger

As you know there was a guest blogger yesterday, NASCAR20. YOU too can be a guest blogger but I would prefer to have someone that chimes in to the blog on a regular basis.

NASCAR20 ASKED SOME GOOD QUESTIONS YESTERDAY, what color can we paint our decks… can we plant a tomato?

I think we should be able to paint our decks any natural wood color or white if we want. The association is supposed to make sure our prices stay high not to be Nazis about a tomato plant.

Do you think plants should be pulled out if the owner does not have permission?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Decks in The Village?

I am not sure if you all have noticed, but the rules for Arlington Village indicate two things: 1) no vegetable gardens and 2) decks must not be stained but maintain their natural color. Who is enforcing these rules? Or are they outdated? At the last board meeting (the first I have attended as a resident) one of the board members mentioned updating the rules. I agree! Perhaps it's time we all take a look at the rules of Arlington Village and be part of the discussion to update them. I don't know about you but it pretty intrusive for a condo association to tell me what I can and cannot plant in the space by my deck or what color my deck should be...but hey, that's just my personal libertarian opinion coming out. What do you think??

YES, I have been slacking this weekend...

It is true...the poster from yesterday is right...if I am enjoying myself than how will my Arlington Village residents get their fill of what is happening around our little spot of heaven?

Speaking of the pool...it was crowded. But, that is a money maker for AV. So do we stop giving guest passes or do we suck it up and put our towel on the nearby grass/mulch? Sucking it up means less higher condo fees...what is your verdict????

Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's so nice out...

Sorry I don't have anything witty to say today...I've been enjoying myself outside at the pool. Just one more thing I love about the village. However, I have been bad and not gotten around to getting a key to the tennis courts. Does anyone know if the courts are any good...hard to get time on them?

Friday, June 27, 2008

Miniature Golf in Ballston???

I have to admit...I was reading the What's Up Arlington Blog (see link to the right) and saw a short blurb about Putt Putt golf. I think this is a really interesting idea. I'm always looking for something different to do that isn't necessarily an indoor activity.

Check out the story in the Sun Gazette for more information.

They have to do something with that space at the corner of Glebe and Wilson now that the car dealership has been evaporated. What do you think should go there?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Car Theft and the AV Blast

Just want to make sure that residents saw that there was a car stolen from Arlington Village. I got this note 5 days after it happened. In situations like this...time is of the essence...maybe someone saw something that night and could have told the police information that could lead to an arrest?

This is also a good time to remember to call the police if you see anything suspicious. I looked up some of the crime reports from the Arlington County Police and it wasn't pretty.

This is Message from AVBlast...


From: Avblastmail@aol.com
Sent: Wed 6/25/08 3:42 PM
To: AVCondo@aol.com

To: All Residents
From: Arlington Village Management Of

Please be advised that an Arlington Village resident's vehicle was stolen on June 20, 2008, at 1501 South Edgewood Street. The 1996 red Honda Civic was last seen around 12 midnight and was noticed missing the next morning at 8:30 a.m. Arlington County Police was called and a report was made.

Sad News

I’m sorry to write that we lost one of our Arlington Village residents on Saturday. Lt. Col. James Walton died in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan after his vehicle struck a roadside bomb and his convoy came under fire, the Army said.

Please see the Washington Post for his story in today’s paper.

I will be praying for him, his wife and family.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Vroom...Vroom

I hope everyone realizes I was trying to type what cars sound like with the whole vroom vroom title? :) That's what I think of when I see cars racing up and down S. Barton Street and other straight-aways in the village. This was very apparent today when I stopped by a friend's unit and tried to leave one of the Arlington Village lots. First of all, I couldn't even see cars coming at me from the left...I crept out into the street praying that I wouldn't be crushed. This is very dangerous...the spot adjacent to the entry should be eliminated...I know that isn't going to win me any applause from the people that park there...but just try to go in and out of the lot. You'll see what I mean for yourselves!

A few years ago someone actually was going so fast on S. Cleveland that they couldn't negotiate a right or left turn and crashed straight into a car. If it wasn't for the car...I'm sure it would have gone straight into one of the units.

Now S. Cleveland has speed bumps...but what about the rest of the Village? Do people think this is a big problem...or are they ok with how fast people go? Maybe I'm a fuddy duddy and should just be quiet?

I also question some of the surrounding streets to the Village as well. I always get nervous at the streets that only have stop signs on the cross streets. Maybe we should have some more 4 way stops?

I think we really need to start thinking about some of these issues since so much construction is happening. It is always better to give input at the beginning of a situation rather than the end.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Board Meeting TONIGHT!

Yes, it is time for our monthly Board Meeting this evening at 7:30 PM. Please send me an email and let me know what is discussed. I'm indisposed tonight...but will definitely catch the next one.

I wish they would send out the agenda for the Board Meetings on the AV Blast...or even put them up in those little boxes near the garbage cans. Maybe it would rev up participation by residents in the meetings? The last minutes I saw...it was a pretty meager crowd of 1 observer. Yikes.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Who parked in my spot?

Yes, the infamous problem of parking in Arlington Village. Do you park on the street or are you parked in one of the few Arlington Village lots? Have you been spied on and gotten a ticket for not having an Arlington County sticker or gotten the dreaded letter for out-of-state license plates?

It’s true, there are people that call the police when they see cars without Arlington County stickers. There are also people that put notes on cars that they deem an “eye sore”. I think this type of behavior isn’t abnormal but since we are in such tight proximity to others…it sometimes makes you wonder how crazy ARE your neighbors?

It seems like Arlington Village had a parking committee but I’m not sure if it still around. I know that they must have had something to do with charging for PODS! I think this is a bit ridiculous. I can see having a rule that a POD can only be there for a certain amount of time…maybe 2 days…since it takes time to move all of your belongings. However, I’ve had PODS located near me and it really wasn’t that much of an inconvenience. Eventually, most people are going to move…so do you want to be treated like this when you move in the future? You’d hope that your neighbors would be tolerant and the village wouldn’t charge you an arm and a leg.

On another note, the worst thing that I’ve heard about parking is that there are people that habitually park in the handicap spots and they aren’t handicapped. NOT COOL! These spots are there for a reason…just because they are open and close to your front door…doesn’t make it right for you to park there.

Any other parking problems or solutions you have for the Village?