Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year everyone! Tomorrow we start a new year. Is there anything you would like to see in Arlington Village in 2010? I for one would like to see the meeting room and office renovated. The Board has been talking about it for awhile and with the new GM I think it is something that should be done. Anyone who has attended a board meeting knows the chairs are extremely uncomfortable, the table is falling apart and the room just looks shabby. The office, from what I saw at the annual meeting, is in great need of an upgrade. A number of the desks look like they are falling apart. I don't know the ins and outs of the condo budget but I feel like we could find the funds to make this happen.

I would like to see seeds distributed to interested residents again this year to help with bare spots. We had some great seeding this fall but I know there are several bare spots in my back courtyard.

I also want AV to continue to update the official website and begin an online version of the Crier.

What would you like to see??

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snow Storm Aftermath

It is hard to believe that all the snow from just over a week ago is practically gone. Are we in for another storm this weekend? I want to give a shout out to the Arlington Village staff for doing a great job of snow removal after one of the biggest snow storm in history. I also noticed several neighbors helping neighbors dig out their cars when the storm passed. My only complaint regarding the snow removal is aimed at the county. I am not sure why they could not plow Barton, Cleveland and other county streets. What is up with that? Columbia Pike was completely clear but yet I slid up and down AV streets for several days.

I have seen a few posts about parking. Some residents would clear out a spot only to leave and have the spot taken by another resident. All is fair I suppose.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Cheer & Break


This blogger will be taking a break until after the New Year. It has been a good year, in my opinion, for Arlington Village and we have a great deal to look forward to in 2010.


Please consider this an open thread to discuss anything AV related. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays to others and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Events in Arlington Village This Week

December 14th -- the Holiday Lighting Contest will be judged on Monday, Dec 14, 2009, starting at 7:00 p.m. Arlington Village Residents are encouraged to decorate the front of their units and have the front porch light on. The porch light must be on, but does not have to necessarily be integrated with the decorations.

December 15th - Board of Directors Meeting.

December 16th - the Annual Holiday Party. It’s a good way to see your neighbors and meet new friends. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and there will be a fabulous spread of food, music, and door prizes until 9 p.m. You are also invited to B.Y.O.B (wine & beer) to share.

The Arlington Village Toys for Tots program is also in full swing, so please drop off a new unwrapped toy at the AV Condo office now until the night of the party on Wednesday, Dec 16th.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Contractors - Open Thread

Who do you use? Who do you recommend? There have been requests from residents to put this out there. Please don't bash contractors unnecessarily, but I agree, it is more helpful to hear from residents who they use for maintenance in the Village than looking it up online or in the Yellow Pages.

I have had great luck with Kolb Electric for electrical work. I also highly recommend talking to the office if you have a question about any work you are doing in your unit. The facilities manager, John, knows more about our units than any other person in the Village. Though I have never used it, I believe you can also ask the office to send a worker over for minor repairs (leaky faucet) and they charge a modest fee for the work.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holiday Season


Some commenters on this blog believe I must drive around the neighborhood looking for items to comment on each day. Well, I can truly say I do not. Who has time to do that especially during this busy time of the year?


Having said that, I want to point out I have not seen many holiday light displays up so far this year. Are people feeling the stress of the Holidays? Or have people just not had the chance to put the displays up? I guess I am looking for some holiday cheer.


Don't forget - the Arlington Village lighting contest is next week (December 14th) and the Holiday party is December 16th. 'Tis the Season to be jolly. I hope we see some spirit out there this month as we get closer to Christmas day (or whatever holiday you may celebrate this time of the year).

Friday, December 4, 2009

Short Crier This Month

The Crier came out today. Updates:

  • The new General Manager starts Monday
  • Winterize your Faucets
  • Note there is a Board meeting on 12/15
  • The Holiday party is 12/16 -- do not forget Toys for Tots

Blogger would like to say good luck to the new General Manager.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Should Arlington Village Move into the Social Media Age?

It is great that we have a new website out there for Villagers. It is not perfect, yet, but it is a good start. What is the next step? I would like to see an Arlington Village page on Facebook and the Board of Directors consider a twitter account.

The Environmental Resource Committee has incorporated twitter into its sight and I can definitely see the value. http://avgreenteam.wordpress.com/

More people each day rely on social networking and other sites to obtain information about our community and related news. My aunt sent me a friend request on Facebook the other day so it is certainly mainstream.

Having these sites out there, I feel, would only add value to our community and we should not be afraid of them. While I have received criticism as a blogger who blogs about Arlington Village, I believe the site has provided value and (some) transparency to a number of important community issues.

Sure, as Arlington Village, we can do nothing and keep the status quo. However, Arlington Village may think they control the message, but they do not. You can not control what is out there and being said on the web/social media/other sites. What we can do is embrace it and lead it.

Thoughts about moving our community forward and into the social media world?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Arlington County Holiday Food Drive Dec. 8-12

There have been a few articles in area publications about food banks and families needing food for this upcoming holiday season. It is a tough ecnonomy for a number of families and Arlington Village is not immune to this.

Providing food is a good way to share, and help your neighbors. Please consider helping if you are able to do so --

The below is from the Arlington County Website:

Arlington County Holiday Food Drive Dec. 8-12

Help "Take a Bite Out of Hunger" for the holidays -- for the more than 1,000 families who reach out for food assistance in Arlington every week... a number that is growing.

December 8-14, 2008 is "Arlington Takes a Bite Out of Hunger Week." Most major County facilities will have donation boxes for food donations to support the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Help us help those who are in need by donating non-perishable items:

Soups
Cereals
Canned Goods
Pastas
Peanut Butter

Where to donate

Most major County public facilities are accepting donations.

Join us for the presentation of the collected food on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Room 307. During the Arlington County Board Chairman's formal closing of the 2008 legislative session, he will present the food donations to AFAC.

Website to AFAC: http://www.afacinfo.org/howtohelp.html

Arlington County Website: http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/Communications/PressReleases/page67265.aspx

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


The blog will be taking a break over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please feel free to use this open thread to talk about anything Arlington Village related.


The blogger did have a couple of comments and questions to get you started:



  • Have the Board officers been elected? I guess the Crier will tell us.

  • What will the Committees be focused on in 2010?

  • When will the rain stop so the leaves can be picked up?

  • When will we have a new General Manager in place?

  • When will Columbia Pike be back to normal? I am tired of my car bottoming out every time I drive by Bob & Edith's.


Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lost Dog Cafe - Break from the Thanksgiving Rush


As the clock ticks closer to Thanksgiving, and in the rush to get things ready, you may consider ordering a pizza from one of the newest additions to Columbia Pike, the Lost Dog Cafe. I personally find the pizza to be top notch and if you like beer, the selection is one of the best around.


Yelp gives the food fairly decent reviews:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Farmers Market On Sundays

Good news! The Sunday Farmers Market at the corner of Columbia Pike & Walter Reed will continue year around. This was published in yesterday's Washington Post. The hours are 9am - 1pm.
The Blogger has stopped by the market on several occasions and it is well attended. I wonder if Arlington has thought about expanding the market area into a larger space? That could attract more vendors and residents.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Election Results for the Board

Here are the winners:

Ed Miltenberger
Takis Karantonis
Greg Mesack
Craig Freer

Congratulations to them and thank you to everyone that ran for the Board.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Annual Meeting Tonight!!!

Attention Arlington Village residents! In case you missed the signs and notice in the Crier, tonight is the Arlington Village annual meeting. It will be at 7:30pm in the AV meeting room.

Who will be elected to represent our community next year? The blogger has another commitment and will not be there. Please let the blog know what happens.

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Board = New Ideas from Residents

Thank you to everyone who contributed comments under the previous post. I know there were a number of people who did not agree that the Blogger should post the comments received from Residents regarding the GM dismissal. I, however, felt is was important that all sides be heard on this topic. There were some, er, interesting posts about religion. There were also personal attacks which I chose not to post. Clearly, there are issues between some residents. I believe 90% of AV residents could not care less about the fighting between residents and who wins the battle of the condo board Wednesday night. Most residents care only about what we pay in condo fees and sustaining the current level of service.

Now it is time to move our community forward.

With that, let's move on to another topic. We will have a new Board on Wednesday. What would you like to see improved in the community? I personally would like to see the pool dates and times extended. I would also like to see a GM in place who will help bring the community back together again with innovative and new ideas.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Annual Meeting Next Week & Misc. Items

I am creating an open thread for residents to comment on next week's Annual Meeting and whatever else is on their mind. It is set to be a contentious one. I hope that everyone in the Village plans to attend or turns in their proxy.

I received a number of requests from owners asking me to post items about the dismissal of the GM. I have been debating it. As an owner, I feel like the owners need to know. So, instead of me writing it, I thought I would let the comments speak for themselves.

PLEASE remember these are comments from OWNERS and not the BLOGGER. I do not have first hand knowledge of them. I am just passing them along to be sure there are several sides of this debate out in the open.

Comments received:

"The gm failed to pay our phone bills and the office phones were turned off the day after the board meeting in which she was let go."

"I received a notice about an unpaid maintenance bill from four years ago. Looks like the office is cleaning up the mess left behind."

"Why is it that the board is not telling more people about the GM's issues? I feel like if more residents knew they would not be so hard on the current board of directors."

"The file room was a pit. I can not believe the former board failed to see how bad things were or do anything to correct it. And the former president is running again on the alternative ballot? This person is who should be kept from the board."

"From my understanding, the AV audit reports clearly state the GM had a number of failings. Also, she failed to collect over $30,000 in funds due to the village just last year."

"There were several thousands of dollars of checks found in the gen managers office. She never got around to depositing them."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Washington Post: The face of a changing Columbia Pike


The Washington Post printed an article today about Columbia Pike and the improvements we are seeing. Looks like even with the economic decline Arlington is moving forward. What will be the impact on Arlington Village? The first thing that comes to my mind is the availability of parking.
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The face of a changing Columbia Pike

Most of the area's revitalization plans are on track, with new housing, retail and transportation
By Yamiche Alcindor, Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Despite the tough economy, the majority of plans to revitalize and enhance Arlington County's Columbia Pike Corridor have remained on schedule, county officials said.

Before the economy began to flounder, the County Board approved several major projects, including hundreds of apartments and townhouses and dozens of retail venues and public spaces. Officials also set aside funds to build a streetcar and are working to enhance bus stops along Columbia Pike to improve transportation.

"Within two years, people will get the sense that Columbia Pike is changing," said board Chairman Barbara A. Favola (D). The changes will make driving and walking along the road a more engaging and attractive experience, she said.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Updates from the November Crier

Yesterday, Arlington Village residents received our monthly Crier. Wow! You can tell there is a great deal going on behind the scenes with the Annual Meeting next week. A couple of highlights from this month's edition:

1) There are several call outs asking owners to submit proxies by Friday, November 13.

2) Letter from the Board President indicating "......by now you have received an "alternative" ballot in the mail. If you are confused, let me make it clear. That mailing did not come from the Board of Directors or Village Management. Further, if you have already sent in your proxy you do not have to send in another if you are content with your first choices. I know the letter was confusing, but if you have already mailed your proxy then you do not have to do anything else."

3) From the bottom of the first page: "Former GM accepts severance package and signs a waiver that protects AV from any potential lawsuits and other legal actions."

4) Its official! Good news (at least to this blogger). Condo fees are being reduced by 2.22%.

5) We're still having a Holiday party (December 16) and lighting contest. Again, the Village is collecting Toys for Tots. This is a very worthy cause.

I am looking forward to what our dear residents have to say about this edition.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day Holiday Tomorrow

As we reflect on what happened at Fort Hood last week, let us not forget that tomorrow is Veterans Day. We live so close to Arlington National Cemetery is it often easy to forget that soldiers who are buried there died protecting Americans and American freedom. Regardless of your personal views on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I hope you will take the time to thank a veteran or current service member for their service to our great country.

Veterans Day is also a Federal Holiday. From Arlington County's Website:

All Arlington County administrative offices, courts, schools, public libraries and nature centers will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Pools are open limited hours. County offices, courts and schools will resume normal schedules on Thursday, November 12.

Curious about why Veterans Day is November 11? World War I ended on November 11, 1918. On the same date three years later an unknown soldier from that war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. November 11 eventually became the date when America honors all who have served the United States in war. The President will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown solider tomorrow.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Village Owner Mailing with Alternative Candidates

Yesterday, like many Village owners, I received a mailing from concerned residents indicating there are alternative candidates who are running for the Board of Directors. Huh???

This mailing analyzes and provides opinions of the candidates who are on the official Arlington Village ballot sent by the Secretary last month. The signers DO NOT recommend any of the current Board candidates but the alternative slate.

Why are these current candidates running for the Board members so bad? Haven't many of them served this community for a long time? See the opinions in the mailing. I have my own, but I will keep them to myself and let the community speak up by voting.

Who are these alternatives? What will they provide for AV and who analyzed their voting records? There is at least one former Board member on the "alternative" slate. They have a voting record too and I would be interested in a similar analysis.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Vote for Candidates of Your Choice!

We all know the outcome of Tuesday's elections. What about our own upcoming Board of Directors elections? Predictions, recommendations?

I received an email this afternoon from someone about getting in your proxy ballots:

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Dear fellow residents,

As many of your may know, Arlington Village's Annual Meeting is Wednesday, Nov 18th. The big item at every Annual Meeting is the election of members of the Board of Directors.


You may vote in-person at the meeting, or via mail or by faxing proxy. Either way, I strongly encourage you to vote!

There is no better way to be involved in your community.

A Proxy Ballot was mailed last month with the Annual Meeting Packet, which also contained candidate bios.

Simply complete the ballot and mail or fax it to the addresses below. Ballots received by 11/13 will be entered in the drawing for a $100 credit toward January condo fees.

MAIL your ballot to:
Arlington Village Condominium c/o Legum & Norman, Inc.,
4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 1200
Alexandria, VA 22302
Attn: Proxy Ballot


FAX your ballot to: 703-848-0982

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Meet the Candidates TONIGHT!

Don't forget! Arlington Village will be hosting a Meet the Candidates event tonight at 7:30pm in the Arlington Village Meeting Room. There are four candidates on the ballot who will be providing their views and answering residents' questions. What important issues will the candidates be discussing?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Be sure to turn on your porch light and have candy ready! I wonder how many trick-or-treaters we will have this year? Arlington Village seems to have more kids in the neighborhood these days. Speaking of, how can we cater to young families and make Arlington Village an attractive place for this demographic?

Safety Tips from the Arlington County Police:

Always use crosswalks and sidewalks and walk facing traffic
Carry a flashlight or glow stick
Wear light colored clothing and reflective stickers on costumes
Only trick or treat at houses you know and are well lit
Travel in groups; children should have adult supervision
Inspect all candy and treats before children eat them
Notify police of suspicious activity

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Don't Forget! Arlington Village Board Meeting Tonight

Yesterday there was an eblast reminding people of the Arlington Village Board of Directors meeting tonight @ 7:30pm. If you are attending, please let the blog know what happens.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Worried About the Flu in Arlington?

Come to the Flu Forum on Wednesday to see how or if you should be getting vaccinated!

Where: County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
When: Wednesday, October 28th
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more complete details click here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wonder Why the Blog Has Gone to Comment Moderation?

If you were wondering why here are a few prime examples below. The blog hopes the people or person that is writing these atrocious statements finds some counseling.

The blog merely posts about topics that are of interest to Arlington Village residents. The blog also posts about things that are happening in our community.

I'm sure you've heard, "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all".

Examples of deleted posts:

"You're the laughing stock of the Board and the worst nightmare the community could have."

"Were your parents divorced"

"Do you lack in writing skills or is it imagination"

"You're a hypocrite!!! And, a nasty liar."

You're the worst example of what a neighbor should be."

You're the afterbirth of your mothers womb."

Monday, October 19, 2009

Election Packets?

Does anyone know when we will be getting our packages for the annual meeting? The blog is wondering who is on the ballot for the Board elections...anyone know?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Washington and Arlington Community Bike Ride on October 17th

"Bike DC is your one opportunity each year to enjoy our Capital, our community in a very special way--by bicycle on car-free streets.

See the expected in a new light: the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the White House, Embassy Row, the Pentagon, the Marine Corps and Air Force memorials.

And explore the unexpected: the George Washington Parkway, Twin Oaks Estate, the Whitehurst Freeway and much more.

Enjoy it all from the best possible vantage point, the seat of your bicycle.

Join with your family and friends through a car-free District of Columbia and Arlington. There is a family friendly 12 mile route and a more challenging 25 mile option."

To see the rest of the information from the website and register for the event click here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Need an Absentee Ballot?

Citizens who will be absent from Arlington on Election Day, or who are unable to go to the polls because of illness or disabilities, may apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to them or vote by absentee ballot in person at the Office of Voter Registration. Virginia law requires a reason to vote absentee. Valid reasons for voting absentee are:

-Students at institutions of higher learning, and their spouses
-Absent for business purposes (includes persons who are employed outside of Arlington)
-Absent for personal business or vacation
-Scheduled to work at one's workplace at least 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open (includes commuting)
-Firefighters and first responder personnel
-Unable to get to the polls because of disability, illness, or pregnancy
-Caretakers of confined family members
-Awaiting trial and under confinement
-Serving time for misdemeanor convictions
-Religious conflicts
-Active duty uniformed services or merchant marine personnel and dependents residing with them
-Regularly employed outside the U.S. and dependents residing with them
-Living abroad indefinitely (may be eligible to vote only for federal offices)
-Registrars, electoral board members, or officers of election scheduled to work the election

Click here to find out how to get your absentee ballot.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Executive Session Meeting Last Night

I received 2 requests last night to find out what happened at the Executive Session meeting. Anyone?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

3rd Annual Energy Sales Tax Holiday, Oct. 9-12

Press Release from Governor's Office...to read whole article click here

Governor Kaine Announces Energy Efficiency Rebates and Third Annual Energy Sales Tax Holiday
– Consumers can purchase energy-efficient products tax free October 9-12; claim state rebates and federal credits on qualifying products –

STAUNTON – Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced the launch of the Virginia EnergyEfficiency Rebate program, a new program to encourage the purchase ofhigh-efficiency equipment and products. The program will use $15 million infunds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment act to provide rebates toresidential and commercial consumers on certain qualifying equipment andproducts. Homeowners will be eligible for rebates for 20 percent of the costsof the products, up to $2,000, and commercial consumers will be eligible for 20percent of their costs up to $4,000. Rebates will be distributed on a first come-first served basis.

Governor Kaine also highlighted Virginia 's third annualsales tax holiday on ENERGY STAR and WaterSense qualified products, which willtake place October 9-12, 2009. During this annual holiday, consumers can savemoney by buying certain qualified products tax-exempt, which will also deliversavings for years to come through lower home utility bills. As with last year'sholiday, high-efficiency products with ENERGY STAR or WaterSense certificationwill be exempt from sales tax.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Battle of the Flyers: Green vs. Yellow

On October 1st, AV residents received a green flyer stating that there would be a special board meeting on Thursday, October 8th at 8:00 PM. It's purpose is to, "discuss management continuation issues only, in Executive Session."

Today AV residents got a yellow flyer from "Concerned AV Owners". This also invited people to the same meeting above. It said, "as AV no longer has a GM, we as owners are CONCERNED regarding the transition to "new" management and its short and long term FINANCIAL IMPACT on us. If you share our concerns, you are strongly encouraged to attend the Board meeting."

So...I have a few questions...
1) Doesn't Executive Session mean that you can't attend?
2) Why does the lack of a GM mean that we are going to have a short and long term financial impact on the Village?
3) Who are the "Concerned AV Owners"? Will they be announcing themselves at the meeting on Thursday?
4)Did someone really pay to have all those flyers done and who delivered them?

Thoughts anyone?

Construction on Columbia Pike

Does anyone know how much longer this is going to last? It is ridiculous. Is there somewhere or someone to complain to? It's a major artery in the morning and evening...you'd think that they could work around those hours!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Reminder: Arlington Personal Property Tax Due

Yes...for all of you car owners your personal property tax is due today. If you haven't paid yet you can drop off checks in the drop box or pay online with check or credit card. Just read the directions on the back of your decal paper.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Army Ten Miler This Morning

Watch out for lots of traffic near the Pentagon and in Crystal City this AM.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Official E-Blast from Board President

To: Arlington Village Residents
From: Greg Mesack, President, Arlington Village
Date: October 1, 2009
Re: General Manager

On Tuesday night, the Arlington Village Board of Directors made the difficult decision to make a change in the General Manager position, effective immediately. It was an incredibly difficult decision and one our Board did not take lightly. The Board appreciates the service that Carmen Beaty has given to the Association over the years, but the Board believes that making this change is in the best interests of the Association at this time.

The role of General Manager has been assumed by the Board of Directors and our management company L&N, until a replacement can be found. I let the staff know Wednesday morning and are working with our Management company to temporarily fill the gap. The search for a new General Manager will commence immediately. While I am certain there will be some bumps in the road, we will get through this transition period. The office will continue to be staffed and email will be answered. If you find that you have a problem getting the results you need from our office, please don't hesitate to email me at: avcondopresident@aol.com.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

General Manager of Arlington Village Terminated

If you read anything from yesterday's posts you now know that our General Manager (GM) was terminated last evening. I haven't heard the exact reasons however I'm sure that the Board will be sending a notice to residents about the circumstances. Perhaps there were people at the meeting last night that know more than this blog?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Board Meeting Tonight!

Go check it out. Maybe you can find out who has signed up to run for the Board. Should be interesting.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Northern Virginia Emergency Response System Full-Scale Exercise Sept. 26

FYI...here is a message from Arlington County Website...

City of Alexandria and Arlington County Joint Field Operation
Time: 7 a.m. to noon – Exercise play begins at 9 a.m.
Location: CSX tracks north of Crystal City (between Roaches Run and Pentagon)

The scenario designed to exercise Arlington County and the City of Alexandria involves the simulated detonation of a vehicle-based improvised explosive device (VBIED) near the rail tracks north of Crystal City (an area known as the “RO”), creating a mutual aid response. The simulated explosion creates a mass casualty situation with many burn patients. To add to the complexity of the incident, the scenario dictates that a CSX rail car was damaged in the explosion, creating a hazardous materials situation. In all, the scenario is designed to test the capabilities of incident management and coordination of pre-hospital and medical surge resources.

The exercise will begin at 9 a.m. and will run for approximately three hours. Area residents may notice a number of public safety vehicles in the vicinity during the exercise. The Joint Field Operation for the Crystal City incident will include:

Fire, Police and Emergency Management personnel from Arlington County and City of Alexandria
Fort Myer
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA)
American Red Cross
CSX
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers

Monday, September 21, 2009

Halloween Around the Corner

Since the holiday is just coming down the bend, was wondering if in year's past...are there a lot of trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood?

Also, I know that the security committee does a contest for Christmas Lights but what about doing one for Halloween decorations as well? It seems like the kids in the neighborhood would benefit from having all the front porch lights on for Halloween.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dog Swim This Weekend!!

The dog swim is on Sunday, September 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Check out the Crier if you need more information or if you want to register.

Early registration has already passed but you can still sign up...even on the day of the event if you have all your dog records and rabies tag.

This year all the donations from the swim will go to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reminder: Budget Meeting Tonight

If you haven't seen this already on signs around the Village or in the Crier...there is a budget meeting tonight! Come and find out what your condo fees are going towards.

This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard about things you think the Village needs...whether it be better storage rooms, better grounds work or dont' think condo fees should go up next year.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pool Survey in Crier?

Did anyone take this survey yet? Not sure about their cess-pool name...perhaps you can come up with a different spin on their Committee name?

A Message from the Committee to Extend Summer Swimming (CESS-pool)
By Clare Hayden, Katie Graves, Vanessa Moulin, Lida Anestidou

One of the joys of summer is the open AV pool, whose season officially ends on Labor Day (plus two additional weekends). One hundred and nineteen pool users signed a petition, left for a week by the sign-in sheet, to extend the pool season until the end of September. Although this year the motion did not succeed, we would like to explore the possibility of renegotiating the pool contract for next year. To better inform the Board about how the pool is used, we invite each AV household to take part in a short survey about their pool preferences. The survey url is here and it will be open until October 15. We will discuss the survey results at an open town hall meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 pm, in the AV Community room. To share additional thoughts about the pool, please write to us at avpoolfeedback@yahoo.com .

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Elections for the Board of Directors

Did everyone read their AV mail today? Yes it is that time of year again to vote for our Board of Directors. There are 4 spots open so I hope that we can get a bevy of candidates.

I only wonder why all candidate statements have to be in by September 28th? Today is the 10th of September...so you get 18 days to figure out if you want to be in the Board running. However, the "Meet the Candidates" night isn't until NOVEMBER 4TH!!!

I personally think that if you want to run you should have until at least October 31st to throw your hat in the ring. What's the harm in giving people a month or so to think about a long term committment? Where does it say in the bylaws that you have to declare your candidacy over a month before the annual meeting?

Anyone know who is up for election that is already on the Board?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Film Crew at Corner

Anyone else see the film crew at the Thai restaurant across from where Giant used to be? Was wondering if anyone famous was there?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Computer Missing from Storage Unit?

Did anyone see this in the classifieds section of the Crier? Someone stole a computer from a storage unit and the owner is posting a $200 reward. It sounds like the computer had a lot of pictures on it that were very near and dear to the owner.

I always thought of the storage units as pretty safe. Makes me wonder if I should re-evaluate what I've put away???

Good luck reward poster. I hope that you find the computer and get your memories back.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

9/11 Memorial 5K Race

You can still register for the race which will be on September 5th at 6 PM. Registration closes today at 9 PM. Here is the link in case you are interested http://www.arlington911race.com

Friday, August 28, 2009

Board Meeting Results?

Any news on what happened at the Board Meeting? Will the pool be open past Labor Day? What's going on with Wi-Fi? Did anyone glance at the proposed budget. What about the guest speakers? Feedback would be great from anyone that attended or heard what happened.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Parking Lot Lookout

This was written under the AV Thefts posting...be on the lookout for trouble in AV. Let the blog know if you see anything so that we can post it for everyone to see. Thanks poster for letting us know what happened.

"On Friday I noticed 2 young teens (13-14?)walking through parking lots in AV and looking at the wheels of cars. They were walking in b/t the cars and I believe they were looking for cars w/ hubcaps but all the cars in my lot didn't have hubcaps so they continued on. I walked out to get my mail and they saw me and started to walk more briskly. Please be on the look-out."

Monday, August 24, 2009

Agenda for August Board Meeting on August 25

Here's what was sent on the AV Blast for Tuesday's Board Meeting. They hopefully aren't going to make the people who signed the pool petition wait 3 hours to discuss lengthening the pool season by 2 weeks. Tomorrow is the last day to sign the petition...go to the pool where the sign-in sheet is and the petition is right next to it.

Feel free to send in your feedback from the meeting if you attend.

7:30 PM
RESIDENTS’ FORUM (Limit 5 minutes each, 20 minutes total)

7:50 PM
ROLL CALL

7:51 PM
APPROVAL OF AGENDA

7:55 PM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES

8:00 PM
GUEST REPORT (Limit 20 Minutes)
Mr. Doug Yon and Ms. Sara Guerrero presenting the Draft Reserve Study.

8:30 PM
MANAGEMENT REPORTS – Staff (limit 30 minutes each)

Facilities Manager’s Report
Action Items
1. Brick Point-Up
2. Pool Repairs
3. Area Landscaping Proposal
4. Sign for Bike Room

Informational Items
General Manager’s Report
Action Item
1. 2 Foster Dog applications
2. Request to keep two pets
3. Crier Policy
4. Changing Door Color
5. Water shut-off issues
Informational Items

9:30 PM
COMMITTEE REPORTS: (Limit 5 minutes each)
Assets Management – Chair Rob Elsroad
Communications – Chair Deborah Katz
Covenants – Chair Richard Pelkey
Environmental Resources/ Water Conservation – Leah Pellegrino
Grounds - Chair Eric Lerch
Security – Chair Jill Lewis
Columbia Heights Civic Association/ Penrose – Director Ed Miltenberger
Meeting Room Renovations – Jan Kennemer
Dog Swim Committee – Sharyn Fitzgerald

10:15 PM
PRESIDENT’S REPORT: President Greg Mesack

10:35 PM
TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Jenny Ericson

10:55 PM
OLD BUSINESS: (Limit 5 minutes each)
1. Dog/Cat Registration
2. Process Documentation

11:05 PM
NEW BUSINESS: (Limit 5 Minutes)
1.2010 Draft Budget
2.Expand the effort to place doggie bag mail boxes on all trash can enclosure.
3.Extended Pool Hours Petition
4.WiFi discussion

11:25 PM
EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Covenants issues

11:30 PM
ADJOURNMENT

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Website for Arlington Village

Now that the website has been up for a little while. Any constructive comments about it? It is still in the early stages...so what else should be added to it?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Army Navy Country Club

They have really been doing a lot of work over at the Country Club. Is this impacting any of the units that share a fence with them?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

AV Blast...Thefts in Arlington Village

Subject: Thefts in Arlington Village.

The Arlington Village Management Office has been notified by several residents of thefts that have been occurring throughout the Village (S.16th, S. Edgewood and S Barton Sts) during the last week. Items such as plant hangers, window boxes, and flower pots have been reported stolen from in front of residents units. Also hub caps have been reported stolen off of a car parked on S. Edgewood.

The Security Committee has been in contact with Captain Nuneville, of the Arlington County Police Department. Captain Nuneville reports that Arlington Village is not the only neighborhood experiencing thefts of both car items and other things. The Arlington County Police Department has been having problems all summer, with catalytic converter thefts and license plate thefts (not in the Village) in other
areas close by the Village and all over the Third District.

At this time Capt. Nuneville will put in a request for extra police checks at nighttime in Arlington Village, per the Security Committees request. Capt Nuneville stated that " the Arlington Village community
needs to ensure that all valuables that they don't want taken, be removed from the outside. Times are tough right now and anything goes as far as stealing something. We will do our best"

Help prevent Larceny from Autos by doing the following:
• Always lock your car
• Close the windows
• Do not leave valuables in plain view (GPS, Satellite Radios, and Cell Phones etc.)

Please report all crimes and suspicious activity to the Arlington County Police immediately, with a follow up call to the Arlington Village Management Office

Thank you,
The Security Committee

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Portable Storage Policy

I was browsing through the Village Crier and noticed the policy on portable storage units. It was intriguing since there has been a storage unit hanging out for what seems like weeks now, over by S. Edgemont.

I couldn't believe that AV was charging $50 for 1 to 7 days and $100 for up to 2 weeks. This was especially true after I looked up how much Arlington County charges in comparison. Here's a few of the numbers for you from Arlington County:

1 day $34.00
2 days $37.00
3 days $40.00
4 days $43.00
5 days $46.00
1 week $53.00
2 weeks $75.00
3 weeks $97.00
1 month $129.00
1 year $1,178.00

I don't think it is a bad thing to charge people for storing the PODS in AV parking spaces since in some areas these spots are few and far between. However, since we pay condo fees perhaps the first 2 days could be free? Wouldn't that encourage people to hurry up and get their business done? Whereas if I have to pay $50 for a week then why wouldn't I just take my time for the week?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Congratulations AV on the Crier and New Web Site

That's right...congratulations!!! The Crier came out in the first week of August plus we have a new web site. Good job Arlington Village.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Health Care Town Hall at AV?

With all this discussion on health care it is too bad we couldn't get our Congressman Jim Moran to come and talk to the residents of AV. I know that we sometimes have various speakers on enviro topics and lighting projects but perhaps we could expand into other national topics as well. I'm sure Rep. Moran would love to talk to 600 constituents...right? Maybe we could have an ad hoc committee that gets local speakers to come and do presentations on timely topics. Thoughts?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Arlington County Manager Resigns

According to the Sun Gazette:

"Ron Carlee, whose eight-year tenure as Arlington’s county manager has included challenges such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, an overheated real estate market and current economic slump, announced Aug. 3 he would be leaving the post to take a position with the International City/County Management Association in Washington.

Carlee plans to depart by November.

“My goals going forward are to take the lessons I have learned in Arlington and help advance professional local-government managers and prepare the next generation of local-government leaders,” Carlee said in a letter of resignation to the County Board."

To view the entire article click here.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Board Meeting on 7/28

Anyone attend? Anything to note from the meeting?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Accident on 7/24 at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed

Wondering what happened the other night? Anyone that was in the area on Friday night probably noticed the 20 or 30 cop cars surrounding the intersection. Kind of hard to miss. I didn't see it but I heard it was quite a mess and some of the businesses on the corner were struck by the cars.

Here is the press release from the Arlington Police:

ARLINGTON, Va. –The Arlington County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section is investigating a critical traffic accident that occurred on July 24, 2009. Christopher Bentley, 26, of Triangle, has been charged with Grand Larceny of an Automobile and Felony Hit and Run. he was held without bond.

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Friday, Mr. Bentley was observed by police driving a stolen vehicle taken during a recent burglary. Before officers could initiate a traffic stop, Mr. Bentley drove eastbound through a red light at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive, and struck another vehicle. After impact, the suspect ran from the scene of the accident, and apprehended a block away. The driver of the second car, a 46 year old male, was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bat Fest Arlington 2009 on July 25th


"Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening and add to your knowledge of local night life at this bat conservation and appreciation program. See a presentation with live bats, go on a walk to see bats flying and to hear their echolocation calls, and learn about foods that are pollinated by bats.

Kids will be able to play games and make a bat craft while learning lots about our local furry bug zappers. There will be a bat art gallery and quizzes for everyone. Live bat shows will be presented by Leslie Sturges, Director of Bat World NOVA, an organization established in 2001 to promote the conservation and protection of bats in this region.

A bat habitat hike for young children and their families begins at 6:30 p.m., bats won’t be flying until later. A bat talk for families with young children begins at 7 p.m.. Leslie's talk for adults and older children begins at 8 p.m. The adult bat walk will begin at 8:45 p.m. All other activities on-going. Parking lot closed for program.

Please park on Military Rd. or 36th Rd. N. No refund of registration fee after July 3. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road, Arlington, VA 22207.

Registration Required: Resident registration begins at 8:00am on 5/12/2009. Non-resident registration begins at 8:00am on 5/14/2009."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Now Available: Arlington County Homeowner Grant

The Arlington County Homeowner Grant program is offered to low and moderate income homeowners. Homeowners who meet the eligibility requirements receive a check issued once a year. The amount of the check is based on household income and assets and the number of dependents claimed on a federal tax return. The filing deadline is December 31. Check out the link for more details.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pool Party...How was it?

Anyone attend the pool party on Saturday? Just wondering how it went?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Drafthouse Bankrupt?

Someone posted this yesterday...thought everyone would want to know. Thanks Poster.


The Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse has filed for bankruptcy reorganization, seven months after pulling the plug on an expansion.

Arlington Cinema Inc. listed assets of less than $100,000 and debt between $1 million and $10 million, according to a voluntary Chapter 11 filing. The filing says it has fewer than 50 creditors. Its biggest debt, listed as disputed, is $5 million owed to Wheaton Plaza and Westfield LLC, its landlord at its failed second location in Wheaton.

Arlington Cinema opened Montgomery Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse in October 2008. It closed the theater and restaurant in mid-December, citing excessive costs and the time-consuming county permitting process. It also said Westfield would not pay the remaining balance on the project’s construction allowance.

Owner Greg Godbout bought the original Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse on Columbia Pike in 2005.

It has expanded from second-run movies and beer, adding a restaurant as well as live music and entertainment. It opened in 1985 in the former Arlington Theater.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Have you heard this about ownership of Columbia Pike?

Arlington County Board Seeks Control of Columbia Pike
Move meant to facilitate revitalization, street car program

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Board, citing the need to advance its redevelopment plans of a key east-west corridor, today adopted a resolution seeking control of a 3.5 mile stretch of Columbia Pike now owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Should the Commonwealth Transportation Board agree to the request, the County would assume full control of the right-of-way from the Arlington-Fairfax County Line to Joyce Street. The County would then be responsible for additional maintenance and operating expenses estimated to cost $180,000 to $450,000. Arlington already maintains all of the traffic signals, streetscape, and bus stops in the corridor and pays for virtually all street improvements.

“Everyone in Arlington has a stake in the successful revitalization of the Columbia Pike corridor,” said County Board Chairman Barbara Favola. “Owning the road and associated right-of-way will make it easier for Arlington to ensure the transformation of Columbia Pike from a suburban highway to an urban, pedestrian focused and transit-oriented main street.”

VDOT ownership slows revitalization
Columbia Pike’s current classification as a primary road under VDOT ownership means that the County must go through an extensive review process with VDOT for even locally funded construction projects. Many of those projects – including a proposed plan to build a streetcar system along the Pike – are not typical of VDOT plans. Often, the County must go through a time-consuming, costly process to obtain design exceptions to implement its plans, leading to project delays. The County expects substantial savings from the avoidance of delays, especially when the streetcar system is built.

Transferring ownership of Columbia Pike to the County would eliminate or reduce VDOT’s involvement in road-related projects along the corridor.

Background
County government, residents and the business community have worked for more than 15 years to create a plan for an urban, pedestrian focused and transit-oriented main street along Columbia Pike. In March 2002, the Board adopted a revitalization plan, the Columbia Pike Initiative, based on extensive community involvement. More than one million square feet of development based on that plan is now being built in the corridor. One major mixed-use development, the Halstead, is completed.

In the past 10 years, the County has spent about $12 million on capital projects along the Pike – all of which required design approval and permits from VDOT. The County has allocated another $9.5 million for planned streetscape and utility undergrounding improvements for the Pike.

A streetcar system has been identified as a solution to address the increasing transit demand along the Pike. The system will ease traffic congestion, improve commutes and encourage land owners and developers to continue to make improvements to and investment in the planned development along Columbia Pike.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Security Committee Pool Party

Mark your calendars...it's time for a pool party on Saturday. It's going to be from 6 to 8 PM. I was waiting to see if the Crier was going to give more details but alas we have not gotten it yet.

Don't you think the July Crier should be out before the 15th of the month? Perhaps even list the event on the website if you can't get the Crier out in a timely manner? I know this is a topic every month...but the Crier used to come out a lot earlier in past years. Why does it take so much longer now?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Do You Pick Up After Your Dog? (or cat)

I see this topic in the Crier all the time and someone posted about it in Wednesday's blog comments. The question is do you pick up after your animal? Do you think that AV residents don't pick up after their dog or do you think it is the surrounding dog owners that litter AV with their non-resident poop?

I know people get wound up around this topic so let's hear about it. Is there a certain location in the Village that has more attacks than others? If so, watch your step.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stinky Garbage Cans

Just wondering how everyone's garbage cans are smelling about right now? I received an email about the H Courtyard's garbage cans smelling to high heaven and the sighting of cockroaches. I believe the maintenance guys are supposed to wash out the cans when they take out the garbage. Anyone have insight to the procedure?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Columbia Pike almost 200 Years Old

Check out the story in the Sun Gazette. They are already starting to plan festivities for next year to celebrate the history of the road. Should be a great way to show how the corridor is changing and getting better and better.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Even More Information on July 4th Festivities

Didn't get enough from the last post? Check out the Washington Post link and find out where all the fireworks shows are AND what places will pack a picnic for you. Great Information! Have a safe 4th of July. I'm assuming you will be BBQ'ing and not reading the blog until Monday. Will blog at you then.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Where to Watch Fireworks?

According to the Arlington VA website...here are the places they suggest...anyone got a really good spot they'd like to share?

"Popular spots in Arlington to watch the national display are the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) , and areas along the Virginia side of the Potomac River that can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway.

If you plan to watch the fireworks from Iwo Jima, take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Approximate walking distance from Rosslyn Metro to Iwo Jima is 0.2 mile.

To reach the George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Gravely Point parking lot, head south on the Parkway until you reach Reagan National Airport. At the airport, circle back to head north onto the Parkway towards the 14th Street Bridge. About a quarter of mile before the bridge, turn right into the parking area. No glass bottles, alcohol or fireworks are allowed at the Gravely Point parking lot or anywhere along the Parkway.

Another place people can go to watch the fireworks is Gateway Park in Rosslyn and the Key Bridge, which crosses the Potomac River between Georgetown and Arlington. Take Metro’s Orange line to the Rosslyn Metro station. Get there early to grab a spot at the bridge. There's no seating at the bridge, and you can stand on the sidewalks only.

A great place to watch fireworks is from the Air Force Memorial , located on a hill on Columbia Pike. You can enjoy a free concert by the Air Force Band, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Closest Metro stations are Pentagon and Pentagon City. You can park at Navy Annex parking lots (enter from Joyce Street or Columbia Pike) or park at Pentagon Mall; be sure to be parked no later than 7:30 p.m.

Traffic alert: a number of streets will be closed on July 4th. Take Metro where possible."

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Board Meeting Tonight

Just a reminder to stop by the AV office this evening so that you can see what's happening in Arlington Village. The meetings aren't really highly attended. Please stop by and be an audience. The Board allows residents to address them at the beginning of the meeting if they have any announcements, problems or want to give someone a pat on the back. Please send any feedback from the meeting to the blog.

I still would like the committees to send in their notes from their meetings. I think that residents would like a more direct way of seeing what takes place at both the committee and board meetings. Perhaps more people would get involved if they felt more included in the process?

Who knows, maybe we could even webcast the meetings?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Pike News from CPRO

Shop Local Shop Arlington!
Arlington's new retail campaign, Shop Local: Shop Arlington, is designed to help all Arlingtonians – whether you are working, living or visiting – shop local. In tough economic times, your dollars mean business.

Adams Square Demolition
The long awaited start of the 28 month Penrose Square construction project occurred last week as the building at 2405 Columbia Pike (which previously housed the Lady Hamilton store and others) was reduced to rubble. The old strip shopping center was built in 1952 and 1964, and will be replaced by a new 7 story mixed-use complex with a new Giant store, 30,000 sq. ft. of other retail, 299 apartments, and a new public square. Demolition of the remaining Giant pharmacy and Giant grocery buildings is expected in the next 30 days.

M&R Mini-Market Grocery Opens!
New mini-market grocery located at 2609 Columbia Pike, just down the street from the old Giant Grocery. M&R Grocery offers a variety of every-day items (milk, bread, soda, eggs, cereal, etc.) as well as lots of party supplies and more. Store hours are 9:00 am-9:00 pm Monday – Saturday and 10:00 am-7:00 pm on Sunday. Parking is available just a few doors down in the parking lot adjacent to the CVS.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Movies on Mondays in Crystal City

Do you have a comic book collection or just like to dress up as Superman in your spare time? Crystal City has an outdoor film festival, presenting heroes, villains and super powers. You can bring a picnic and a blanket and watch your favorite super hero every Monday. Movies are held rain or shine, except in cases of severe, inclement weather.

Dates: Monday Nights, through September 21, 2009
Time: Sundown
Location: 18th and Bell Street, across from Arena Stage and the Crystal City Metro Station
Crystal City, Virginia
Free garage parking is available at designated Crystal City garages after 4:00 pm.

Repeat Showing for Kids: Since the movies run late in the evening, this year the Crystal City BID has partnered with the Crystal City Sports Pub to re-broadcast each movie at 2 p.m. every Wednesday following the outdoor showing. The Crystal City Sports Pub is located at 529 23rd St. South.

June 29 - Superman 4: The Quest for Peace (1987)
July 6 - Superman 5: Superman Returns (2006)
July 13 - X-Men (2000)
July 20 - X2 (2003)
July 27 - X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Aug 3 - Fantastic Four (2005)
Aug 10 - Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Aug 17 - Batman (1989)
Aug 24 - Batman Returns (1992)
Aug 31 - Batman Forever (1995)
Sept 7 - Batman & Robin (1997)
Sept 14 - Batman Begins (2005)
Sept 21 - Batman: The Dark Knight (2008)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Do Board Members Follow the Rules?

OK...I've gotten a few emails from people wanting me to post about this subject. Here is the problem, an unnamed Board Member planted a row of plants on the corner of S. Cleveland and S. 13th Road. I walked down there to look at it...feel free to do the same. From what I've been told, it is in violation of AV rules to plant anything in the common area outide of your established beds.

After the plants were spotted both the Grounds Committee and the Board said that the plants needed to go. So far...the plants are still there. So...does the Board Member get to stay on the Board even though they have blatant disregard for the AV rules?

Personally, I really don't care what happens with this situation. I think it points to a bigger problem in enforcement of rules. It seems that a lot of people do whatever they want and possibly get a letter scolding them from the office. Whereas other people ask permission to do what they want (whether planting or remodeling) and are taken on a 3 or 4 month journey through meeting after meeting or email after email to make sure they have just the right measurements or a non-invasive plant species for their garden.

So it doesn't surprise me that even a Board Member would rather ask for forgiveness than permission. However if the Board Member doesn't have to follow the rules that they themselves voted for...why should anyone else have to follow the rules?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Th Blues Festival is this Saturday June 20 from 1-8pm. It will have great music, delicious food, cold beer, arts and crafts, kids activities and more at the 14th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival!

ADMISSION IS FREE!

Deja Blue 1:00 pm

Paul Mark & the Van Dorens 2:00 pm

Danny Blew & the Blues Crew 3:30 pm

Nadine Rae & the All-Stars 5:00 pm

Memphis Gold 6:30 pm

Location: S. Walter Reed and Columbia Pike

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Big shout out to the "What's Happening in Arlington Village" blog today! It's our year anniversary of spreading the news about the AV community. Thanks to everyone who sends in good comments and ideas to the blog.

Tuesday Entertainment...Check out the Arlington Rap!

Had to post this clip from You Tube...it will brighten your day!

Monday, June 15, 2009

What can you plant in Arlington Village?

It's summer and I see people out tending their flowers and watering their little daisies and daffodils. However, how many Arlington Villagers are aware of the rules when it comes to planting in their flower beds? We've talked before about illegal tomato plants...however is it OK to dig up the bushes in front of your house? Is it OK to plant ivy?

Has anyone had problems or been told that they shouldn't have planted something? Does your neighbor have questionable landscaping abilities or did you inherit a plot of land that your non-green thumb has helped to kill?

Just wondering since I see in the Board notes that they approve dead bushes being replaced all the time.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vote for local Arlington School!!!

Yes, a local Arlington school has made it to the finals in Walmart's "Earth Day, Every Day School Challenge"!

You can help determine which school wins the $20,000 grant! Simply register with this website and vote for the Arlington Traditional School.

The school that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the $20,000 grant. Don’t delay: the voting ends at 11:59 PM ET on June 19, 2009.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bike Room

Since the Crier has been such a hot topic...I'm sure you've read the front page story about getting rid of all bikes in the bike room that don't have AV stickers. I'd suggest for all you bike riders with bikes in the room to go check your stickers.

Also, if you have your bike in the bike room illegally...go get a sticker. No reason not to follow the rules. Right?

You have until Friday, July 31st to get your bike out or tagged. Afterwards, the bikes will be dontated to a charity.

A great charity would be Phoenix Bikes (see past posting). They are just down the street and do great work with the local community.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Monthly Crier

I was reminded yesterday by another poster that the Crier is past due. I was under the impression that it would come out a week after the Board Meeting. I can't wait until we can get the online version.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Knee High Grass?

I know that the mowers are out today but I got a note from someone that said they had knee high grass in their courtyard. To be honest I didn't believe it until I went to "said courtyard" and saw it for myself. That is crazy. If that were my courtyard I would harass the office every day until it was taken care of. That's why we have a Grounds Committee right?

Speaking of Grounds...they are having a town hall meeting. It's going to be on
Tuesday, June 16th, 7:00pm , in the Village Meeting Room, adjacent to the Management Office. The Grounds Committee and Kate Davidson, the Arlington Village Landscape Architect, will be presenting pending Grounds landscaping projects slated to take place this upcoming Fall planting season. Please attend to learn what is in store for Arlington Village and share your valued input.

Perhaps someone should suggest in their valued input to mow the grass that we have and plant more where it is bare?

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Air Force Cycling Classic

Want something to do this weekend...check out this in Clarendon:

"An entire weekend of bike racing and riding for everyone on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th and 31st. Amateur and Professional races on Saturday, and a non-competitive ride and another professional race on Sunday. Come out to race, ride or spectate!

Saturday, May 30th, the Air Force Cycling Classic's Clarendon Cup, now in it's 12th year, will again see the area's top amateurs race in Clarendon. A women's race will follow, leading up to the featured event of the day, the 100km race for over 100 of the worlds top pros. Then, on Sunday, May 31st, cyclists of all abilities will be able to participate in the Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal Ride, challenging themselves for up to 100km, or 8 laps, on the 12.5km course in and around Crystal City in this non-competitive event. Following the Crystal Ride, the worlds top professional cyclists will again take to the streets of Arlington to provide the days featured entertainment as they compete on the 12.5km course."

Check out the website for more information.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pool-tastic!

So...who went to the pool this weekend and were able to enjoy some cold water and doughnuts? Seems like the opening went well but there was some commotion from people that did not get their pool passes even though they had sent the paperwork in...on time. Hope that got taken care of...wouldn't want anyone to be deprived of a swim on a hot day. Was anyone else around to enjoy the pool this weekend?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rolling Thunder XXII

Want to see thousands of motorcycles in downtown Washington, DC? Go check out Thunder Alley and see how Harley owners celebrate Memorial Day and remember those who have fallen.

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2009
9:00 am - 11:00 pm - Thunder Alley Open
YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS ON THE ALLEY

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2009
OFFICIAL 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF ROLLING THUNDER®
9:00 am - 11:00 pm- Thunder Alley Open
Noon - Rolling Thunder XXII to Washington DC from Pentagon Parking

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Thunder Alley
3:05 pmRaffle Drawing, Thunder Alley

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
-Moina Michael

If you don't know much about Memorial Day except that you realize now you can wear white shoes and gloves...here's a bit of history from a Memorial Day website.

"Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all."

Just a reminder that, since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

So fly your flag this weekend, find a Memorial Day Parade or take a moment of remembrance and remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hooray...40,000 Hits!

Just wanted to say thank you for all your support of the blog. We've had a lot of traffic to our little blog and a lot of good discussion. I look forward to the next 40,000 visits to the site and hope you do too!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jazz Series in Shirlington

Tomorrow night check out the Jazz concert in Shirlington from 6:30-8:30 PM. It's supposed to be good weather and you can't beat a free night of good music. For more information go to the Shirlington website.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Power Outage Last Week?

Part of the Village lost power on Thursday because of a blown transformer...at least that's the word on the street. Anybody on the blog affected? Is everything back and running? I saw some backhoes on Barton today...was wondering if they still don't have everything back and running?

I hope they end up fixing the grass better than the gas company did. :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Things to Know this Weekend

ROAD CLOSURE: Arlington Ridge Rd. between 20th St. S. and the I-395 ramp on Saturday, May 16 from 9 am to 5 pm to repair a water main leak. Only local residential traffic permitted. Area residents may also experience a temporary loss of water service. Check out the Arlington County Site for more details.

Taste of Arlington is on Sunday. It's on Wilson Boulevard in front of the Ballston Mall. It's always a good time. Check out their link to see all the events for the day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Don't Forget Your Pool Passes


Hi Everyone! Just a reminder that pool passes are due on Monday, May 18th or ELSE. Yes that means if you don't get your piece of paper in by Monday that you will have to pay the dreaded $20 fee. I'm not sure why you are charged a fee but that's the rule.

You can download the passes here. Happy swimming.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

AV Mail Bag

From time to time I get emails from AV residents that want to discuss certain things they see going on in the Village. I love these emails so keep 'em coming. Please read below and let the blog know your thoughts on the subject.

I noticed an interesting item in the Village Crier this week-end, and want to ask the residents' opinion. It seems a Board Member requested that AV to give money to ACE (some environmental group?). The other Board members apparently divided the contribution among line items, and voted to provide the funds. Mind you, these are our funds entrusted to the Board for legal obligations and for the betterment of Arlington Village - specifically, so.

And keeping in mind these are not the personal funds of AV Board members, is no one offended by this precedent? Do we really want Board Members deciding how and when to spend our money on things outside the purview of the Arlington Village Condo Association?

Have some of these people crossed the line of being good stewards of other people's money, acting with ethical fiduciary responsibilities, to a group who will use the power of taxation to fund their own personal projects with the taking of others' money acquired involuntarily?

And does that not make us all complicit; subject to the political whims of those who would abuse their responsibilities in the future?

I cast no aspersions. I merely solicit the opinions of others. And I do so anonymously because I feel the ethical breach is such that self- preservation requires it.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Arlington Farmer's Market

Just a reminder that the market is open every Saturday from 9am-noon (in the winter ... it's 8am-noon in the spring/summer/fall). Bring yourself, your neighbors, and your appetite. But remember, no dogs are allowed in the market.

Directions:

The Arlington Farmers' Market is located adjacent to the Arlington County Courthouse Parking Lot, at the intersection of N. Courthouse Rd. and N. 14th St.

I'm not sure when the market opens at the corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed. Does anyone know?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

It's been raining if you haven't noticed. Do you have puddles or is your courtyard starting to look like Walden Pond? Remember that you can always call the office and let them know whether your drainage is working properly or if you are seeing some of your landscaping slide away down the sidewalk. AV just finished a project that helped with erosion on 13th Street.

Also, it wouldn't be a bad idea to check your storage space. Last year we had a lot of rain and one of the storage areas had a few inches of water creep in.

Any of you underwater yet?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

AV Yard Sale?


Didn't AV used to have a community yard sale? Does that still happen or is it a thing of the past? We can't have individual yard sales...so how do you feel about that? Would you participate in a community one?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Thoughts for the Crier?

Yes it is May and a new Crier is right around the corner...right? Sorry to be snarky but I'm sure I already know what will be in the Crier already:

1. Some kind of enviromental article.
2. Wrap ups of the Security Party and Earth Day Events.
3. Clean up after your dog.
4. Please volunteer.
5. Another enviro article.
6. Shortened version of Board Motions...no contentious ones included.

Is there anything that you think the Crier is missing or would like to hear more about? Perhaps a copy of the agenda or minutes from last Board Meeting? Status of the AV website?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Are our taxes going up?

So did anyone see the Washington Post Article today about Northern Virginia Taxes going up?

Here's a paragraph from the story:
Thousands of homeowners in Northern Virginia will see a jump in their real estate taxes this year despite the efforts of local officials who have slashed programs, raised fees and laid off workers to keep tax bills affordable during tough economic times.

Does anyone know what's going to happen in Arlington County?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Back to what you want to see on the blog!

Here is another topic(s)that was raised when we asked the question, what do you want to see on the blog:

How about we discuss the possibility of a trolley on the Pike?

Where are people going to shop now that Giant is closing?

Is anyone else worried about people parking in AV at Barton and Columbia Pike once the new shops open? (2 years from now) All the parking will be inconvenient (underground) & that may be a problem for the Village.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Board Mtg. Last Night and Blog Haters!

So...was anyone there at the meeting last night...anything happen?

I heard from a little bird that heard through a friend of a little bird that some board members don't think our little blog is valid since not everyone posts a name. They don't believe anonymous posters. They question if the blogger isn't the anon poster and just making up random stories.

I wish I could sit here thinking up random story lines and blogging all day. If that was the case I would just become a writer. Alas, I think the board fears that there are actually people with opinions and they voice them.

On a side note...someone posted that the cops were called this weekend on a party. Where was that unit at? Those people sound like fun...perhaps they'd invite me over for their next bender? :) I guess they didn't read the previous posts on being neighborly?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Game Night is TONIGHT!

Ready to get your game on? AV's second game night will be in progress this evening. If you need alcoholic refreshments you will need to BYOB. This isn't really my kind of thing...so if you plan on going...let us unsocial folks know how it went.

Also, what games do you think they should have on game night?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Don't forget to recycle...plant a tree...or possibly even walk to work. You'd think that they would try and have an Earth Day every month? 12 out of 365 days would be better than just one per year...right?

Alas, I believe that the ERC committee is having some type of Earth Day event tonight in Arlington Village. If you know the details please post. I've recycled my Crier so I have no idea what's happening.

Anyone doing anything good for Earth Day?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Parking in Arlington Village


This was another topic that was creating quite a stir in some of our other threads.

Do you have space near your unit to park?

Do out-of-state plates make you crazy?

What do you think can be done to help curb the problem?

Should units be permitted to only have so many cars depending on their size? One bedroom = One car?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

What have you done for your neighbor lately?

Just a reminder that this blog isn't about all that is wrong with the Village...but also all that is right.

I love living in the Village since it is so close to DC but set back enough to make it feel like I'm not in the city. We have plenty of trees and grass (patchy at that) and mostly nice but quiet neighbors.

I understand that some people just want to be left alone...they don't want to say hi to their neighbors and in general are just not social. But, I believe that most AV residents (owners and renters) say hello to their neighbors at the very least.

So...what have you done for your neighbor lately? Picked up their mail? Walked their dog or fed their cat while they were on vacation? Invited them over for dinner?

Check out this article for more neighbor friendly ideas.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Farewell Giant Supermarket

Yes, tomorrow is D-Day for our beloved Giant. Even though the lines were always long and the store was not a mecca of cleanliness...you will be missed. Especially at times when I've forgotten an important ingredient for dinner or just needed to pop out at 9:59 PM to get milk for the morning.

Will you miss the Giant or are you happy to see it go and get reincarnated???

Monday, April 13, 2009

Do you get along with your neighbors?

Here's a big question...do you get along with your neighbors? Do you even know your neighbors?

How do you think people should handle problems with neighbors in the Village? Should they talk to their neighbors? Should they just send a complaint to the Covenants Committee...call the police?

Do you have any real life examples of what's worked or maybe what's not worked?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Contest...how high is the grass in your courtyard?

Please write in and let us know how your courtyard is fairing with the last douse of rain that we received. I see it getting pretty high in parts and people have complained a bit on the blog.

It's actually quite funny to see how high the grass is in parts and then see where Washington Gas massacred sections of turf. Anyone using the free seed offered by the Grounds Committee?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Next on the list for blog topics!

Should the Board send out the agenda for the Board Meetings? Perhaps they could send it out on the AV Blast?

Or do you think there is a way to get the Board to tape the Board Meetings with a camera instead of just having a shotty tape recording?

How do you think AV can communicate with residents better?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ask and Ye Shall Receive! FiOS for the masses.

So...the blog asked last week what would you like to talk about? Let's talk about FiOS. I'm not a computer genius so for all of you that don't know FiOS is basically fiber optic service for internet, telephone and tv service. From what I understand, it is supposed to be super fast and THE THING to have.

This issue has been talked about for a very long time at Arlington Village Board Meetings. I think the Communications Committee should take it on since it is technically a device used for Communications.

I know people out there have fought for FiOS. Any news from your dealings with AV on what's going to happen? Anybody know how we can move forward? Perhaps people have feelings either way on FiOS?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What would you like to hear about on the Blog?

You come to the blog...you read the blog...you might even post your opinion on the blog. Now it is your turn to say what you'd like to see on the blog. Let's know what you'd like to discuss.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Board Meeting Tomorrow

Don't forget to attend tomorrow night. Plenty to talk about in the Village. Come hear what they discuss and what they plan to do around AV.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Interested in Enviro Workshops???

EnviroYard Workshop
Friday, March 27th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Join us to learn about controlling invasive plants, landscaping with native plants, and creating rain gardens and wildlife habitats. Then get some hands-on practice in the landscaping beds! Free! Come dressed to work. Pre-registration required. Please call (703) 228-7636 to register. Arlington Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St., Arlington, VA.

Appliance Energy Use Demonstration
Saturday, April 11th, 3 – 4 PM. Compare the energy use of various everyday household appliances, and see how much “vampire” energy is being used by some of those appliances. This demonstration will be taking place as part of Arlington's Home Show and Expo! At the Home Show and Expo, come and get your questions answered about home improvement projects, building permits, zoning, home ownership, and related topics from County agencies and more than 50 businesses. The Arlington Home Show and Expo takes place from 10 AM – 4 PM. For more information, please call 703-228-3827. Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Arlington, VA.

Greening Your Apartment or Condo!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7 – 8:30 pm. Come to this Earth Day workshop to hear from residents who have been catalysts to help their apartment or condo buildings go green, by expanding recycling, installing raingardens, rainbarrels, or reducing energy consumption! Get ideas and resources to use at your own complex! For more information or to register, call 703-228-3610 or email Aileen. Shirlington library, Campbell meeting room. 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Town Hall Meeting Tonight?

Is this happening tonight? I think there is a meeting about the open room that the Village has available. They are wondering what residents want to do with this "free" space. Let us know if you know if the meeting is tonight and what you want the "free" space to become.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mulch and bags of it!

Nothing like seeing bag after bag of mulch thrown everywhere across the Village on Friday. Was this really necessary? Couldn't the landscapers place the mulch on Thursday and then mulch on Friday?

Do you think some mulch just walked off over the weekend? What a great opportunity to get some free landscaping supplies!

It just makes me laugh that the "beauty" of the Village is always stressed but noone really cared that mass bags of mulch were strewn everywhere for the entire weekend. Hope noone was trying to sell their condo this weekend.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Wizard of Oz post from Arlington County.

I'm sorry but I thought this was hilarious. I don't think of Arlington as part of Tornado Alley...but I could be wrong. Here's what they posted on the Arlington site:

Unlike hurricane season, there is no "tornado season," and no part of the Commonwealth is safe from tornadoes. Tornadoes have struck in every part of Virginia in every month of the year.

Be prepared, make a plan

The general rule for tornado safety is "go low and stay low,” which means go to the lowest level of the structure -- away from windows -- and crouch in a low position with your head covered.

Tornado watch means current weather conditions may result in a tornado.

Tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted. If a tornado warning has been issued for your area, you should take cover immediately.

The majority of tornadoes occur between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Think of where you would normally be during that time…at school, work, home, or in the car. You may only have a few seconds to react. Decide NOW where you would go if a tornado warning were issued.

Tornadoes can occur with little or no advance warning. It is important to have a weather radio nearby so you can listen for tornado and other severe weather watches and warnings. If the National Weather service issues a tornado warning for Arlington, your weather radio will sound an alert, indicating that you need to move to a safe area immediately.

Other steps you can take

Sign up for Arlington Alert to receive free emergency messages within seconds to pagers, cell phones and e-mail. This is a great way to receive emergency information and critical safety messages when you need them most. Alerts are also available in Spanish.

Pre-set your battery operated radio to 1700 AM Arlington for up to date emergency information including weather emergencies.

Learn more about tornadoes from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Check the section devoted solely to tornado safety and preparedness.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Do you get your money's worth?

When you dole out your condo fees every month...do you feel like you get a lot back in return? What could you live without in the Village and what do you think we need more of?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Know of any good places to go for a Guiness within range of Arlington Village?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Grass Seed?

Did anyone sign up for some free seed?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Environmental Resources Committee Meeting Tonight!

Starts at 7 PM in the AV Offices. If you are interested in rain barrels or the ravine this is the place to be.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Have you heard about Earth Hour?


Check out this snippet that I saw online:

Turn Off the Lights — Make a Difference!

What can you do to fight global warming? On Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. turn off your lights for one hour and send a powerful global message that you care enough about climate change to take action. Learn more at www.earthhour.org.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Glebe Rd. Bridge and Columbia Pike Bridge

Did you hear that the bridge on Glebe Road just suddenly started dropping chunks of concrete onto Route 50 last week? Luckily no one was hurt or hit by the concrete! The Washington Post story said that road crews scraped about 100 pounds of the loose concrete from the bridge and now declare it safe and open for business as usual.

However, just last month Fox declared that the bridge at the bottom of Columbia Pike, in which Washington Blvd. flows over, is the worst in the DC area! That bridge isn't slated to be redone until next year.

Fingers crossed that the work will get done quickly. With all the construction in the area and new residents that will hopefully be moving in...the stress on the roadways and bridges in our area is just going to increase exponentially. Maybe we can get some stimulus money for these projects?

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Monthly Crier

It's March 6th. Where is our beloved Crier?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

What do you think of the Ravine?

Seriously. We have a ravine that is full of trees and little trails plus a meandering stream. It's nice. I like it because it seems like an oasis in the midst of our urban environment. However, how much of your condo fees do you want to see in the Ravine?

I hear that some of the environmentalists don't want to light the Ravine because they want to keep it as natural as possible. Well, I'd like to feel comfortable walking the Ravine at night.

Common sense would say...if you can have signs in a National Park...I think our Ravine wouldn't be too tarnished to have some lights and a marker to say where the closest street exit is. Especially with some of the criminal happenings that have occurred down there.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How was your snow day???

Or maybe you didn't have one yesterday? I think that snow removal went much better yesterday than the last time it snowed. My walk and steps were free of snow and ice. It was great. Your thoughts?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Are you going to GAME NIGHT tonight?

Yes, it is our magnificent game night. Be prepared to rock the night away by playing your favorite board game or be adventurous and battle your neighbor on the Wii.

Remember this is BYOB. It starts at 7:30.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Whoops...I forgot to post about the Board Meeting.

It was last night. Perhaps someone can write in to say if anything of interest happened? Sorry that I forgot to remind people about the meeting.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mardi Gras Parade

The Annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade

Tuesday, February 24 at 8 pm

The largest home-grown celebration in the Baltimore-Washington area featuring Floats, Beads, Music & Fun with participation from Clarendon businesses and Community groups, capturing the spirit of a small-town, family-friendly Louisiana celebration!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sharing Back Yards


I saw this piece in Daily Candy the other day and thought I'd share. I know we can't vegetable garden in the Village but alas maybe someday we'll be able to!

Baby Got Back
Sharing Backyards Service

Very wary, not too merry about how that garden grows.
No silver bells, vegetable smells, nor room for flowering rows.

If you’re feeling quite contrary about the state (or lack) of your outdoor space, find a solution at Sharing Backyards. The collective site looks to pair people seeking and offering yard space for gardening.

Browse existing listings throughout the District or post your own stating your needs and wants. Then rake in the matches and commence growing veggies, fruits, herbs, and whatever else floats your sprout.

The company’s goal is to localize the food supply one garden at a time. Members also use the community to swap tips on organic gardening and working with local officials to cultivate public space.

Time to roll up those green sleeves.

Available online at sharingbackyards.com.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Don't FORGET Restaurant Week!

This is a great week for good deals on good food. Plus I heard that almost 20 restaurants in Arlington are participating as well. Go to this website to see the list of restaurants.

Here's this week's deal:

Lunch: $20.09 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Dinner: $35.09 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Want to be a Board Member?

I hear that an AV Blast should be going out to all residents that are interested in being on the Board. Problem is...no blast has gone out and the deadline to put your hat in the ring is February 19th. Yes...3 days from now. I suggest calling the office if you are interested in the position.

Friday, February 13, 2009

News from CPRO Website about Giant

Not sure if you ever check out the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) website but there is news about our Giant Supermarket.

"Carbon Thompson reports that their Penrose Square project (on Columbia Pike at S. Adams St.) is now fully funded. The deal with Wachovia and RBS, which was wrapped up on February 12, means that the existing Giant grocery store and pharmacy will soon be given 45 days notice, and their closure will make way for demolition and excavation of the site. The 7-story development will include a large new Giant store, 30,000 sq. ft. of other retail, 299 apartments, more than 700 parking spaces, and a new public square. The project had been held up pending resolution of a financing package. This is a significant accomplishment in today’s difficult lending environment where fewer loans are being made, and terms are generally less attractive. Financing difficulties have delayed groundbreaking for the Arlington Mill Community Center redevelopment (on the Pike at S. Dinwiddie St.), and also explains why it has not yet been possible to close a deal to redevelop the Bob & Edith’s 2 site (on the Pike at S. Buchanan St.)."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tax Assessments in Arlington

We got a question the other day in a separate post...does anyone have an answer for one of our neighbors?

"Has anyone ever been successful contesting the county tax assessment?"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Board Member Resignation?

That's what the Arlington Village grapevine is saying! Now with the opening on the Board...how will it be filled? Will the Board ask for volunteers or just fill the spot with one of their many minions? Hopefully they will choose the democratic approach.

Any volunteers? What's your campaign slogan?

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Arlington Village Website

It's back to its old ways. :( Sad to say but the website has again lapsed into the spiral of death. A lack of updating and care. It was so nice right before the Board elections how ofter the site was updated. Comments...suggestions???

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Crier - It's HERE.

Sounds like the Poltergeist movie huh? Yes it is here. Run home after work and read it cover to cover. I think it's great it talks about the employee health plan but nothing about the fact the L&N switchover was a catastrophe. Also nothing about the fact that some units aren't paying the right condo fees.

Oh and to add to that...my power went out again yesterday.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

L&N Letter to Homeowners - Did You Receive?

Did everyone receive the letter from L&N regarding the transition from Armstrong? The letter states that if haven't received your coupon books to call 703-600-6000 or our Community Manager - Andy. Andy's number is 703-848-4324.

It also indicates that any late fees from January were waived by the board. Good thing! With all the confusion that certainly was the right decision.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

No Power?

As the resident from yesterday said on another blog post...what's up with Arlington Village losing power 2 nights in a row? Even a woman at the grocery store asked the clerk if their power went out! So it might not just be an AV thing...it could be an area outage. Hmmm....anyone heard anything?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Police Out and About for Superbowl Sunday

From the Arlington County Police Department:

The Arlington County Police Department is adding extra patrols to discourage drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday. Additional officers will patrol the streets, in commercial and residential neighborhoods, looking for motorists operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most popular and entertaining national sporting events as friends and families gather to socialize and watch the big game. Yet, it is also one of the nation’s most dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving.

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:

• Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired driving crash.
• Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
• Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
• Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:

• Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself - eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
• Designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
• If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
• Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.
• Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.

Please act responsibly.