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:


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

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?

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?