Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer back August 30th

It's August and time for the blog's vacation. Feel free to let the rest of the Village know your favorite vacation spot.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rain Damage?

We don't know if you've seen that little ravine stream become a raging rapid of a river when we get rain like this but it is a sight to see. Anyone seen any damage due to the heavy rain over the past week?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tennis Courts

We just talked about the bike room. Do as many people use the tennis courts as well? What if we steam rolled the tennis courts and put in a gym? All the tennis folks would have to walk up the street to the Walter Reed Center to play ball.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Show of hands...

Who uses the bike room? Do you find it crowded? Is your bike safe in there?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Deck Re-Post

Someone asked that the post that lists deck contractors be re-posted. If you have other contractors that you'd like to add feel free. We think that fellow villagers are always looking for a good company to do repairs.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thunderstorm Damage?

How has Arlington Village faired with these last two storms that have wreaked havoc on the rest of the area? Any damage to report?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

25 MPH Flyer

Ok...a lot of folks have been writing about the flyer that went out. Anybody else have thoughts on it? We were under the impression that only Arlington Village business could be posted at the garbage cans and put in everyone's door. (Reminder to everyone that ONLY mail should be put in the mail slot per Federal law.)

Can any group post at the garbage cans and send out flyers from the office?

As for the NASCAR drivers in the village...some roads already have speed bumps. Didn't the city do a review of the Arlington Village traffic and it didn't meet the criteria for more "traffic calming" measures?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Road Closures in Crystal City on Saturday, July 24th

As per website:

Multiple Road Closures in Crystal City

Please be aware that numerous road closures will be in place on Saturday
evening, July 24th between the hours of 6:00 PM and 10:45 PM due to
the running of the Crystal City Twilighter 5K Race. Please plan accordingly.

The following lane closures will be in effect between 6:00 PM and 10:45 PM:
• Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 20th Street - A single access lane will be provided to the entrance
of the parking garage at 2100 Crystal Drive. An exit lane will be provided at 2200 Crystal Drive with
access to 23rd Street
• Horseshoe driveway at 2121 Crystal Drive.
The following lane closures will be in effect between 7:30 PM and 9:15 PM:
• Crystal Drive between Route 1 and 15th Street.
• Two north bound lanes between 15th Street and 12th Street. Western-most northbound lane to remain
open for garage access. Access to 12th Street provided via 200 12th Street Driveway.
• One southbound Lane of Crystal Drive between 15th Street and 20th Street. Western-most southbound
lane between 15th and 20th Street to remain open to provide garage parking access.
• Westbound lanes of 12th Street between Crystal Drive and S. Eads Street.
• Traffic along the eastbound lane of 12th Street will be reversed to westbound traffic only northbound
traffic will be diverted into the driveway at 1200 Crystal Drive to continue westbound on 12th Street.
• Potomac Avenue between Crystal Drive and 33rd Street.
• 33rd Street between Potomac Avenue and Crystal Drive.
The following lane closures will be in effect between 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM:
• Horseshoe driveway at 2345 Crystal Drive - Access to the horseshoe driveway at 2345
Crystal Drive will be accessible until approximately 8:00 PM and is scheduled to reopen by 8:30 PM at the latest.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Outside Lights

I heard that the Board is thinking about replacing them. Has anyone else heard this as well? Something needs to be done about them. They look horrible and don't work that well either.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Friday July 16, 2010

8:00 am — Spectrum Doors Open

9:00 am — Early Comedies:

Medium Wanted as Son-In-Law (1908) — Pathé Comedy
Miss Stickie Moufie Kiss (1914) — Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew
Cruel and Unusual (1915) — Musty Suffer
Poor Policy (1914) — Billie Ritchie, Henry Bergman
The Feudists (1913) — John Bunny, Sidney Drew
Sammy's Scandalous Scheme (1915) — Sammy Burns
Lizzy's Dizzy Career (1915) — Neal Burns, Victoria Forde
Goodnight Nurse (1916) — Neal Burns
Ham at the Garbage Gentlemen's Ball (1915) — Ham and Bud
11:00 am — Kids 'N' Animals

Ladies' Pets (1921) — Snooky the Humanzee
Dad's Boy (1923) — Buddy Messinger
The Knockout (1926) — Dippy Do Dads
Buster's Picnic (1927) — Buster Brown
The Smile Wins (1928) — Our Gang
12:30 pm — Lunch Break

2:00pm — Hal Roach Comedies

Peculiar Patient's Pranks (1915) — Harold Lloyd
Pardon Me (1921) — Snub Pollard
Shoot Straight (1923) — Paul Parrott
Cuckoo Love (1927) — Glenn Tryon, Chester Conklin
Fallen Arches (1933) — Charley Chase
Taxi Barons (1933) — Taxi Boys

4:00 pm — Rob Stone Rarities

8:00 pm
The Round-Up (1920) — Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
Pop Tuttle's Movie Queen (1922) — Dan Mason

10:00 pm
Horse Shy (1927) — Edward Everett Horton
Wide Open (1930) — Edward Everett Horton

For full schedule go here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Poll: Do you think people should be watering their grass?

I've seen various watering going on throughout my village walks. We all pay for the water through our condo fees. Opinions on how the water is used?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Twisted Vines - New Spot on the Pike has been a few months since Twisted Vines opened up. Any thoughts about its presence on the Pike? I've gone in a few times. The service was good and the atmosphere relaxed. Definitely a step up from LA Bar and Grill.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Heat Wave...

How are you staying cool in this weather?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Red Light Cameras

Have you been caught yet? Here are the intersections to look out for:

Eastbound Lee Highway at North Lynn Street (Activated June 21, 2010)
Southbound Ft. Myer Drive at westbound Lee Highway (Activated June 21, 2010)
Westbound Lee Highway at Washington Boulevard (Activated June 21, 2010)
Northbound North Glebe Road at Fairfax Drive (may be activated June 21, 2010)

Watch out...these are $50 tickets!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Blues Festival Today

Check it out!

From the website:

Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival, a free, family friendly celebration of music, food and the diverse South Arlington community sponsored by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and official television media sponsor ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8. On Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 8 p.m., join more than 12,000 of your neighbors at the block party on S. Walter Reed Drive near the intersection with Columbia Pike in the heart of South Arlington.
Kick off the summer season by jamming to the blues performed by talented national & local musicians:
Highly acclaimed Blues Guitarrist: Debbie Davies.

Incredibly young and talented, Jazz and Blues Pianist: Matt Wigler.
Powerful blend of Mississippi Delta and Chicago Blues: Danny Blew.
Award winning DC-band: Bad Influence.
And, of course the awesome Moondog Medicine Show.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gate Guard at Pool

In the Crier it was announced that there would be a gate guard in addition to our 2 lifeguards. Every time I've gone to the pool I've only seen 2 the 2nd lifeguard really the gate guard? Why can't we just put up "swim at your own risk" signs to get rid of this additional cost?

Friday, June 11, 2010

What's Arlington Village Need?

I've seen some posts...such as a soda machine at the pool. I remember the days when it was there. What an awesome and easy way to make some extra cash for the Village. Anyone else have any ideas?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pool Open? was the pool this weekend. I got a couple emails that said the attendants were rude. People were also complaining that they didn't get their passes until the day before the pool opened. Other observations?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Someone posted there was a fire in the village? See Last Post.

Also, what happened at yesterday's board meeting?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Late Taxes?

I received my Crier yesterday and I started reading about Arlington Village not having their taxes in on in delinquent? The article reads as if our former management was not keeping up with this integral matter!!! Perhaps the Board should have said this a few months ago when a particular person was "let go"? Everyone couldn't figure out why the Board would just throw to the wind a loyal employee. It makes the blog wonder what else is amiss in the office because of this person??? Shouldn't we be suing the former employee to pay for the fines?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pool Passes

Don't forget that your pool passes are due on May 17th? Not sure why there is a fee if you don't get your application in on time but I'm sure someone out there knows.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Why doesn't AV have notable trees?

Did you see this on the website?

"Arlington County Board Honors 13 Notable Trees

Board acknowledges trees with special significance to neighborhoods
Recognized trees may later be included in neighborhood walking tours
Nominations welcomed."

Did we not nominate ourselves? I thought for sure that between the Grounds Committee and the Enviro Committee that we would have found ourselves on the list.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Reader's Choice

Question from Reader:

What happens when Board Members or Staff misrepresent Arlington Village?

I'm not sure what this means but if anyone has comments please provide.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I Love the 90's Film Festival Kick-Off know there is nice weather right around the corner when all of the film festivals start up. Here is the classic I Love the 90's film roundup and details. Enjoy!!!

I Love the 90s Film Festival
Presented by the Rosslyn BID
Friday, April 30 - September 3, 2010 at Dusk FREE

Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Rosslyn, VA 22209 | 703-2-ROSSLYN

It will open April 30 with Clueless (1995), based on Jane Austen's Emma, a satirical look at ultra rich teens in Beverly Hills. Other featured films are Wayne's World (May 7), Mrs Doubtfire (June 18), Romeo + Juliet (Aug. 6) and The Wedding Singer
(1998). Films will be screened every Friday night, rain or shine, at dusk. Bring a picnic, a blanket and lawnchair; show up early for pre-show 90s themed games and prizes.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Friends of the Arlington Public Library

Just the messenger...had a request to put this out to the blog!

Thursday, April 22
5:30-9 p.m. - Members only
(did you know that you can become a member at the door?)
Friday, April 23 - Saturday, April 24
10 a.m.-6 p.m. - Open to all
Sunday, April 25
12-6 p.m. Open to all - everything half price

The Friends have held a book sale to benefit the Arlington Public Library since 1976, when it was an annual event. According to the August 1977 "Newsletter to the Friends of the Arlington County Library" (available in the Virginia Room), the May 1977 sale raised $1600 over two days. Proceeds from the Friends that year went to fund purchase of the Columbia Historical Society Records, juvenile programming supplies, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, magazine subscriptions for Central and the branches, and more. Today, money earned through the Friends continues to support Library programming and collections, including our One Book - One Community program, Arlington Reads.

Volunteers are still needed for the April sale - call 703-228-7684 or email to find out how you can help!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


So...what do you think of our new landscape company? Mulching is in full effect...and you can smell it everywhere!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy 200th Anniversary Columbia Pike

Hey tonight is the night to celebrate our beloved Columbia Pike. Below is the down and dirty on the event information. It's a beautiful day so take a walk this evening and check it out!

Monday, April 12, 2010
6:00 p.m.
The Salsa Room(formerly known as Cecilia's)
2619 Columbia Pike
Arlington,VA 22204

This FREE event commemorates the Congressional Charter of April 12, 1810 which established the Columbia Turnpike Co. for the construction of the Pike. The program speakers will discuss the rich history of Columbia Pike from the days of the Civil War to today's culturally diverse urban community, and the dynamic revitalization that is currently underway.

Event Speakers:
Sara Collins, Arlington historian and Columbia Pike expert
Dr. Talmadge Williams of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington;
Todd Endo of the Urban Alternative; and Arlington County Board
Chris Zimmerman, Arlington County Board Vice-Chairman
Special Performance by:

The Columbia Pike Community Chorus.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Arlington Blog

Check out for an interesting new Arlington, VA devoted blog.

According to their About Us page...
Launched in January 2010, is the place for the latest news, views and things to do around Arlington, Virginia. Started by a Pentagon City resident who has spent the past several years working in local TV news, seeks to distinguish itself with original, enterprising, up-to-the-minute local coverage.

This is an experimental site that tries to get away from the formulaic, aggregation-centric approach to hyperlocal news that’s currently being pushed by several large media companies.

We'd say it is a mixture of news, events and snippet of gossip. Lots of good stuff with some juicy tidbits to boot.


The blog has been oh so boring lately...hasn't it? At least that's what we've been hearing. So...what's new?

-AV has chosen a new Board Member to replace Brandie Davis...and the winner is Carolyn Amesse.

-The new Grounds company has been edging if you see your sidewalks and trees being dug around and fiddled with you'll know it is because Blade Runners has started their new contract with us.

-We hear there are piles of chairs (a.k.a. parking markers) still in limbo since the snowstorm. Go get your chair!

I guess we are waiting to hear if the pool hours will be changed this season? There was a lot of chatter about that last year and lengthening the pool season as well. Any updates from anyone about our pool status?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Home Show Expo in Our Neighborhood

The Annual Home Show Expo is this Saturday, April 10th! It starts at 10 AM and goes all day until 4 PM at the Walter Reed Community Center.

This is a great and easy way to learn about remodeling everything from kitchens to replacing windows. Lots of companies will be in attendance!

Has anyone else been to the show before? Any good tips?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Arlington Village Garage Sale

Saw this on the county site and thought how great it would be if AV would do the same and have one of our own! I have lots of junk in my storage space that is just dying to be sold. Perhaps the money could go towards a local charity?

Come to Arlington’s Largest Garage Sale! The Arlington Civitan Club hosts Arlington’s Largest Garage Sale on the first Saturday of each month from April to November. You’ll be surprised at what you can find and rummaging is only part of the fun. 7 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Location: Located in the I-66 garage in North Arlington adjacent to Washington-Lee high school and the Arlington Planetarium at 15th and North Quincy Streets, in Arlington, Virginia.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Street Lighting Project in Arlington Village

What ever happened with this? Is it going to happen?

Board Agenda for 3/30 Meeting

RESIDENTS’ FORUM (Limit 3 minutes each, 15 minutes total)




MANAGEMENT REPORTS (limit 20 minutes each)
Facilities Manager’s Report
General Manager’s Report

COMMITTEE REPORTS (Limit 5 minutes each)
A. Assets Management – Chair Rob Elsroad
B. Communications – Chair Deborah Katz- see minutes included in packet
C. Covenants – Chair Richard Pelkey
D. Environmental Resources/ Water Conservation
E. Grounds - Chair Eric Lerch- see minutes included in packet
F. Security – Chair Craig Freer
G. Columbia Heights Civic Association/ Penrose – Director Miltenberger
H. Crawl Space- Chair -Director Miltenberger
I. Room Renovation- Chair Director Kennemer- see minutes included in packet

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: President Greg Mesack

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Jenny Ericson

NEW BUSINESS: (5 MINUTES EACH)-Insurance Deductible Payment Request
-Mold remediation reimbursement request
-Condo Appraisal
-Condo doc fees
-Gutter repairs/replacements
-Late fee resolution
-Director Vacancy
-Review of current Attic Space Policy
-Review of current In-house maintenance procedures
-RFP: Bicycle racks

Investment Management Company

Employee retention plan


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Did you get your Census?

Are you planning on filling it out? Have you sent it back already?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Friday - Free Starbucks Pastry

Yes...a free pastry could be yours when you print off the coupon and show it to your local barista. You can find this wonderful coupon here.

Free pastry day is on Tuesday, March 23rd. Supplies are limited so get there early and don't expect anything free after 10:30 AM!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Arlington County Budget Hearings

The info from the Arlington, VA website is below. Do you attend these meetings?

> Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 23rd and March 24th (carry-over)
> Tax Rate(s) Public Hearing on Thursday, March 25th
WHEN: Both hearings begin at 7 p.m.; however, on-site registration begins at 6 p.m.
WHERE: County Board Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard


Tuesday, March 16th, 8 a.m. - March 22nd, 5 p.m. -- Advanced online sign-up process for the March 23rd Budget Public Hearing.

Call County staff who will sign-up individuals using the online system. Call either the County Board Office at 703-228-3130, the Information Desk at 703-228-3000, or visit any Library branch (no calls, please) during regular business hours. TTY calls at 703 228-4611; and language translation at 703-228-3000.

Wednesday, March 17th, 8 a.m. - March 23rd, 5 p.m. -- Advanced online sign-up process for the March 24th Budget Public Hearing.

Thursday, March 18th, 8 a.m. - March 24th, 5 p.m. -- Advanced online sign-up process for the March 25th Tax Rate(s) Hearing.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 7 p.m. –- Budget Public Hearing held in County Board Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard.

Wednesday, March 24th, 7 p.m. -- Budget Public Hearing (carry-over) held in County Board Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard.

Thursday, March 25th, 7 p.m. –- Tax Rates Public Hearing held in County Board Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard.


Time Allotted to Speak: Individuals and organizations may sign-up to speak for 2 minutes or 3 minutes. All 2 minute speakers are called first in the order in which reservations are received, and 3 minute speakers are called last in the order in which reservations are received.

When Will I Speak: Upon completion of online sign-up, a confirmation number will be provided. Speakers should bring their confirmation number to the meeting and check in at the Information Desk in the atrium outside County Board Room 307 beginning at 6 p.m. or before they are called to speak. Speakers may call the County Board Office at 703-228-3130 the day of the hearing to learn their assigned speaker number.
Canceling Reservations: Use your confirmation number to cancel online by 5 p.m. the day before each hearing. County Board staff can also assist in canceling a reservation. Call 703-228-3130.

Signing-up Evening of Hearings: Additional individuals may register to speak the evening of the hearings beginning at 6 p.m. Visit the Information Desk on the 3rd floor outside the Board Room. These speakers are called in the order in which registrations are received after all those who signed-up in advance in the 2 or 3 minute categories. Sign-up ends at 8 p.m. each evening.

Spanish Interpreters Present at Hearings: Please visit the Information Desk before your name is called to speak if services are needed. Translation in other languages available if requested 3 days before the meeting. Call 703-228-3130.

Submit Comments Online: In lieu of oral testimony, online comments may be submitted to countyboard (at)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hope everyone is enjoying the day. Looks like Spring is right around the corner.
In case you were wondering...according to Wikipedia:

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a yearly holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.

It is a public holiday on the island of Ireland (both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Montserrat.

Click here for more history.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Clarendon...TONIGHT

Straight from the website:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
From Courthouse to Clarendon, along Wilson Boulevard

When: 8:00 p.m.
Where: Parade runs from Courthouse to Clarendon, along Wilson Boulevard, starting near Barton Street and ending between Highland Street and Clarendon Circle
Who: All ages
Fee: Free

What: As we all know, this year's Clarendon Mardi Gras was cancelled due to the "Blizzard of 2010." Undaunted, the Clarendon Alliance has decided to hold a St. Patrick's Day Parade in its place. Mark your calendar for March 16 and join Clarendon's St. Patrick's Day Eve celebration by watching green floats and leprechauns parade along Wilson Boulevard, one half of the Clarendon streetscape proclaimed one of the 10 Great Streets of America by the American Planning Association! The parade is organized by the Clarendon Alliance.

Look for the WALKArlington/BikeArlington Parade contingent. WALKArlington walkers will be pushing festively decorated pedestrian shopping carts, overflowing with lucky charms, candy, and WALKArlington give-aways to be tossed to paradegoers. Don't miss the roll-out of these pedestrian shopping carts, the latest in "green" walking accessories!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Workers at Giant

I'm not sure how many of you venture outside of your unit at 6:45 AM...but if you did you'd probably see the mass exodus of construction workers from their vehicles on some of the AV streets. Not that AV owns the streets around it however it is interesting to see how many workers park blocks from their work site.

Has anyone been having parking problems because of this? What do you think is going to happen once the project is complete? Will the tentants park underground or try and park near AV?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Arlington Village Website

Have you been to the AV website lately? It has all kinds of new things...however some things stay the same like the fact that the March Crier hasn't been put online yet.

I especially like all the forms that you can see online. In the past it was like pulling teeth to get the right form and then make sure it actually got to where it was supposed to go.

To be noted...the new website has discussion groups! If we had this a couple of years ago we probably would have never started the blog to begin with. Maybe Team Blogger can take a break now that we have an alternative outlet?

Tell the blog what you think about the new website.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Washer/Dryer Installation

This is a hefty expense from what I've been told. Who did you use? Where did you put it? I assume it was a stackable. Any details for other folks wanting to install would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Replacing the Storm Doors for the Front/Back of Unit

Has anyone done this lately? Have a good person to do the work? How long does it take to order the "specific" model of door that is required by Arlington Village?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kitchen Remodel?

If you don't know...the Arlington Village kitchen got remodeled for FREE! It's supposed to be a model. Anyone attempted remodeling your kitchen? What did you do? Independent contractor or a big company like Lowe's or Home Depot?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

All Deck...All the Time!

What's the status on your deck? Is it falling apart? Do you power wash the cement? Are you one of those residents who don't stick to the "clear natural stain" only policy?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bathrooms, Bathrooms, Bathrooms

Have you updated your bathroom? Gotten rid of that cast iron tub? Tried to figure out how to get rid of 2 levels of floor tile?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Window Replacement

Have you replaced the windows in your unit?

Was it pricey? Did you use a real wood replacement or something else man-made?

Did you find a good contractor to do the work and are willing to share the info with us?

Is it easy to get approved to do the work by the Covenants committee?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Home Improvement Week - Parquet Floors

It's almost spring and I'm sure people are planning on some home improvement fixes. Since we had someone post a question about the moldy bathrooms in AV last week...let's talk about how you take care of your parquet floors and stairs.

Has anyone replaced their stairs because of cracking steps?

Have any good contractors to refinish hardwood floors?

Any questions that people may have for others in the Village about this subject?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Where's Toto and Dorothy?

Wow is it windy today! Almost like a scene from the Wizard of Oz. Please be careful and notify the office if you see any wind damage to buildings or trees.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Everyone Wants to Talk about Parking...

From blog reader:

"To move on to another parking issue, this morning I noticed contractors from the building across the street from Barton parking in the village. They were parking in the big, long, white truck."

I'm sure other people have noticed the workers on Columbia Pike working on the Giant complex are parking in the Village as well.

Also it was noted in other posts that it is supposed to get really windy, please tie down your chairs, markers, wine racks, whatever you are/were using to mark your spots.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Question: Mold in AV Bathrooms?

This was posted yesterday by Jackie. The blog loves suggestions so email if you have any other ideas. Thanks Jackie for the post!

"Does anyone have a good solution to eliminate mold from building up in the bathroom. I dont have a fan in my bathroom, and dont know if we
are able to install one. I have painted my bathroom in a sealant, hoping that the mold would not accumulate but it has. I even keep the door open with the fan on
when I shower so the fan in the hallway hopefully keeps the air flowing. But nothing that I have tried has seemed to work. Does anyone have any suggestion or tips that might be helpful?"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

AV Blast from the GREEN TEAM...@ this Thursday

Keep the Heat Inside: Improving Energy Efficiency in our Homes.
A talk with Architekt David Peabody AIA, LEED

The Environmental Resources Committee invites you to a talk with architect David Peabody a long time specialist in energy efficient building.

What is the overall state of our buildings with regards to energy efficiency today?
What improvements are recommendable on the short, medium and long run?
How much of a difference can new insulation under our concrete slabs make? How much of a benefit does changing windows bring?
What would any decision entail in terms of material and financial planning?
How would any investment of this kind impact our property values?
David Peabody visited our Village several times. He interviewed with our staff and took a closer look on our buildings.

Village-Talk aims to open an informed dialog within our community on what can be done to improve and update our common and individual properties under a realistic longer term strategy.

Snacks, tea and refreshments will be offered.

The event’s materials, literature and presentations will be made available to all participants.

When: Thursday, Feb 25th 2010, 7pm - Doors open at 6:45pm
Where: AV Community Room

Monday, February 22, 2010

Agenda for AV Board Meeting on 2/23

7:35 PM
I.RESIDENTS’ FORUM (Limit 5 minutes each, 20 minutes total)

7:55 PM

7:56 PM

IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES for January 26, 2010

8:18 PM
V. GUEST REPORT (if needed) (Limit 10 Minutes)

8:20 PM
VI.MANAGEMENT REPORTS (limit 20 minutes each)
Facilities Manager’s Report
General Manager’s Report

9:00 PM
VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS (Limit 5 minutes each)
A. Assets Management – Chair Rob Elsroad
B. Communications – Chair Deborah Katz- see minutes included in packet
C. Covenants – Chair Richard Pelkey- see minutes included in packet
D. Environmental Resources/ Water Conservation
E. Grounds - Chair Eric Lerch
F. Security- No report
G. Columbia Heights Civic Association/ Penrose – Director Miltenberger

9:45 PM
VIII. PRESIDENT’S REPORT: President Greg Mesack

10:00 PM
IX. TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Jenny Ericson

10:15 PM
X. OLD BUSINESS: (Limit 5minutes each)
Office and Community Room renovation proposals (vote required)
Five requests to waive late fees

10:25 PM
Insurance Renewal Proposals (vote required)

11:00 PM

11:10 PM

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Subject from Blog Reader...

Snowy wrote in asking about this in the last post:

"From the Metro section in the Washington Post on Sunday:

Arlington County Board unanimously voted to propose a tax rate of 96.5 cents per $100 of a property's assessed value, a 10.3% increase over the current rate of 87.5 cents.

Also proposed: higher fees for driver's licenses, sewer and sanitary services, etc."

Thoughts about what Arlington County is doing to our tax rates?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Missing the Point

I think people didn't understand yesterday's post. It was supposed to come across as humorous. As if...look what these idiots in Philadelphia are doing/saying.

I know it is hard to have a sense of humor about the parking situation in Arlington Village. Noone is happy. It has taken people 3 times the normal time to commute to their jobs all week and then when they get home their spot is taken or some AV staffer has moved their chair/table/what have you.

Who wouldn't or shouldn't be angry about that scenario?

All I can say is that I hope this weekend brings lots of sun and plenty of shovelers. Perhaps the staff, AV residents and mother nature can come together to get rid of this snow?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

You Think AV Has it Bad with Parking...

Check out what's happening in Philly...straight from "".

"In a city as old as Philadelphia, there are a great many time-honored traditions- the Mummers Parade, the yearly collapse of the Eagles, threatened garbage strikes, Justice Department probes of city employees and so on and so forth, et cetera, et cetera. In today’s Daily News (“The People Paper”) we are afforded a glimpse at another time-honored Philadelphian institution- that of using various pieces of furniture to hold your parking space, a precious commodity on the city’s narrow streets.

In the last two weeks, these spaces have become even more precious, due to some of the largest snowstorms in the city’s history. When people dig those spaces out, they want to save them by any means necessary, though doing so is technically illegal. The article is one of those slice-of-life pieces, giving many examples of the lengths to which people will go to save their spots and Mayor Michael Nutter even vaguely gives a winking approval to the practice. And, of course, with this being Philadelphia and this being the internet, there must be a group of reasonable citizens ready to weigh in on the matter, right?

i saw the news story where the woman complained of her tires getting slashed. She called it selfish. My thing is she was too lazy to park a bit further and WALK to her destination. Who is selfish now?

Yes. Reasonable.

A woman and her dog once pooped right on my sidewalk and left it. I scooped it up, followed her home and dumped, no spreaded it, all over her front steps. Since then, no on parks in my shoveled parking spot. And all I put there, was a bucket of sugar.

From ‘Beauty’-

don’t touch my chair in my spot…if i shovel you better believe i don’t want anyone else benefitting from my hard work…i’m petty enough to do something to your car if your bold enough to move my chair and trash can i use as my space holder…"

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Straight from AV Office

To: All Residents of Arlington Village Condominiums
From: Datosha Williams, General Manager
Date: February 16, 2010
Re: Parking Concerns, Snow Removal Efforts, and Update of Gutters and Roofs

Parking: Management has received several complaints regarding violations of the Parking policy. Please be reminded that Arlington Village does not have “reserved” parking. Parking spaces are available to residents and their guests on a “first come-First serve” basis. While we certainly understand that many of you have shoveled individual spaces, that particular space cannot be reserved exclusively for your unit. However, residents are encouraged to work together and shovel out additional spaces. This act of kindness will ultimately create more parking for everyone.

Snow Removal: The staff has worked diligently to manage the snow removal throughout the Village. Additionally, in an effort to create more parking for residents J&L contractors were contracted by the Village to assist with the removal/relocation of accumulated snow piles. They were able to create some additional parking but ran out of places to relocate the snow.

Roofs and Gutters damage: A property inspection has been completed and many roofs and gutters were damaged due to the snow storms. These damages have been noted for repair/replacement and will be addressed as soon as the weather permits.Please contact the office if you see any leaks in the ceiling or walls of your unit as a result of the snow melting.

Thank you in advance for your time, attention and patience with the matters above. Should you have any concerns please contact the management office at or 703.920.1000.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chlorinated Water?

Mark asked in the last post if people's water was tasting more chlorinated in Arlington Village since the snowstorm? I think mine about yours?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Parking in the Village

Over the last few days there has been quite a stir about parking in the Village. Do you think that AV should have parking stickers? Do you feel that you can always find a spot near your unit? Are there commuters that park near you? Other thoughts about parking?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

From Arlington County Website

Updated 2/10, 8:00 a.m.: Emergency shelter open at Washington Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St.; enter through door #1. Ample parking available (no transportation provided), and it is within walking distance of Ballston Metro. No pets allowed, with exception of service animals.

Reminder: Crews continue to work through neighborhoods, but must return to priority roads during the new storm. Report snow issues to snow email (; don't forget to include your street address) or call 703-228-6485.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Beware of Falling Ice

Please be careful when you go out your front and back doors. There is a large amount of ice and snow on the roofs.

Also, if you can, knock off any snow that is on low hanging tree branches and shrubs. If we get another wallop of snow tomorrow there is a high chance that many branches will come down. Helping shake snow off of the trees will decrease that chance.

I also got a report of a big tree limb by the units that are near the LA Bar and Grill.

Please be careful.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Superbowl Poll

1. Are you watching it at your house or braving the streets to go somewhere else?
2. Saints or Colts?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Did you steal my shovel?

Keep your shovels close over the weekend. Both my shovel and my neighbors were stolen yesterday. Perhaps they were just borrowed and they will magically reappear...but who knows. Whereever you are shovel you will be greatly missed this weekend. I'm sure you are getting lots of action where you are! On that long do you think it will take Arlington County to plow our streets this time around?

Monday, February 1, 2010

More New Businesses on the Pike

As was mentioned in a recent post, Twisted Vines (Wine shop) will be opening soon on the Pike.

It also looks like World Gym has signed a lease for space at the Halstead. The 10,292 square foot health club will include a mezzanine and is slated to open in Spring/Summer of 2010.

More info --

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Board Meeting, Security Committee

Did anyone attend the Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday? Is there any feedback from the meeting that residents would like to share? It has been quiet on the comment front lately.

I did receive a note that the Security Committee chair resigned. Security is obviously an important part of our community. What is the next step here? This could be a great chance to revamp this committee outside the usual game nights and holiday lighting contest.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Board of Directors Meeting Tomorrow

It seems to be a busy week for Arlington Village. I noticed there is a Board meeting tomorrow night, a special meeting on Wednesday regarding the environment resources committee and a Town Hall on Thursday. Anyone attending? Please fill the blog in on the details.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Winter Blues & Weekend Plans

Is there anything interesting going on in the community this weekend? I feel like we are in the middle of winter and there is not much going on. Suggestions?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Auto Larceny in Arlington Village

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO: All Village Residents
FROM: AV Security Committee through AV Management Office
RE: Auto Larceny in Arlington Village
DATE: January 19, 2010

Three residents reported that their cars were broken-into in the 1000block of South Barton Street in Arlington Village.The passenger door windows were smashed and at least a GPS and clothingwere taken. Arlington County Police were notified. Help prevent Larceny from Autos by doing the following:

• Lock your car
• Close the windows
• Do not leave valuables in plain view (GPS, Satellite Radios,and Cell Phones etc.).
• Call the police immediately if your car is broken into or stolen, with a follow up call to the Arlington Village ManagementOffice.

Please report all crimes and suspicious activity to the ArlingtonCounty Police immediately. For more information on how you can prevent from being a victim of acrime, go to the Arlington County Police Departments web site: under Prevention & Safety /Auto Theft

Thank you for helping to keep Arlington Village safe.

The Security Committee

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Town Hall Meeting

Excerpt from the Crier:

Please plan to attend the upcoming Arlington Village Town Hall Meeting on January 28th in the Village Community Room at 7pm to discuss recent management changes and how we can improve Village management going forward.

Email questions in advance to

Friday, January 8, 2010

Comments from Del. Ebbin Regarding VA Bag Tax Proposal

Delegate Ebbin chimed in on the bag tax debate under comments of the last post.

Adam Ebbin said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. In terms of money to the government, it really is a voluntary fee. If people don't want to pay, all they need to do is use a permanent bag. My goal is to influence people's minds, not get into their wallets. If the legislation is a true success, we will collect less and less money as consumers become more environmentally supportive. In DC, grocery and drug stores gave out tens of thousands of bags as the program started with many going to poorer residents. I am hopeful that we could work with grocery chains to distribute bags and then to continue distributing bags to food stamp recipients and seniors at no cost.

As your representative to state government, I welcome your thoughts on how we can amend and perfect my legislation. Feel free to write to me directly at

Adam Ebbin
Member, House of Delegates

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bag Tax Proposed by Arlington Village State Rep

Your thoughts? This blogger is against the tax. It hits the poor the hardest and means more of our hard earned money goes to the government.

Ebbin to propose statewide ‘bag tax’
By Austin Danforth

While the District adjusts to its recently enacted 5-cent tax on shopping bags, state representatives in Maryland and Virginia are finalizing drafts of similar bills for the start of the 2010 legislative sessions next week.In Virginia, Adam Ebbin (D-49), one of Alexandria’s three members of the House of Delegates, champions the proposed bill, which calls for a nickel tax on single-use paper and plastic shopping bags at “food, drug, liquor and convenience stores,” he said.“This bill is different [from previous years] because there are incentives for businesses, for folks to collect money from the small fee,” Ebbin said Wednesday. “It’s not a ban, it’s a consumer choice.”

Like the new D.C. law, the tax would benefit environmental cleanup efforts to the tune of either three or four cents per bag, Ebbin said, with businesses keeping one or two cents of the fee “depending upon whether they offer customers a carry-out bag credit program for reusable bags.”

Proceeds from the bag tax across the Potomac go directly to work cleaning up the Anacostia River, but in Virginia the funds from the proposed bill would go to the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund, Ebbin said.

Maryland Delegate Alfred Carr (D-18) is introducing the bill there and said Wednesday that he’s “in solidarity with Delegate Ebbin” because “environmental problems like this transcend political boundaries and it’s important that we work together as a region to address them.”

“The pollution from plastic bags in the streams and waterways is the fourth-most prevalent form of pollution behind cigarettes, food wrappers and plastic beverage bottles,” Ebbin said.

Former Alexandria City Council member Tim Lovain, a proponent of bag regulation while behind the dais, said he became focused on the issue after hearing from members of the Cousteau Society who informed him of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” located in the heart of the planet’s biggest ocean.

“I really appreciate Delegate Ebbin’s enthusiasm on this and his innovative ideas,” Lovain said, “especially, if you can say the money from the fees are going to a certain environmental purpose like that, it makes it a little easier for people to accept.”

Mentioning the willingness of businesses like IKEA and Whole Foods in reducing disposable bag usage, Lovain said, “It’s not like the merchants are all dead-set against it. There’s some resistance, but it’s certainly a trend that’s happening around the country.”

Additionally, Ebbin said, the five-cent fee on paper and plastic carry-out bags would likely save taxpayers’ money in cleanup efforts — the measure has a history of greatly reducing bag usage — as well as cut costs for retailers when it comes to stocking plastic and paper bags.

In Alexandria, shoppers also agreed that Ebbin’s proposed 5-cent tax would benefit a worthy cause.“I think it’s a good idea for environmental reasons and because of the economy and its effect on business,” said Lee Lynch, an Alexandria resident shopping with her two young sons in Del Ray.

“From a personal perspective it has made me change my mind about getting a bag, like yesterday when I got my lunch,” she said. “But from a family perspective we actually depend on the plastic bags for a variety of things so I’d pay the 5 cents. It wouldn’t bother me at all.”

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Twisted Vines - Wine Bar and Bottle Shop

Anyone else notice the new Bistro/wine shop, Twisted Vines, at the corner of Walter Reed and Columbia Pike? The blogger is very excited about the new businesses coming into the area. And purchasing a nice bottle of wine is never a bad thing close to home.

For those of you who love wine, this could be a place to go. The website is terrific -

It looks like you can purchase wines and sample wines with various cheese & other tasty items. The shop/Bristro opened in December.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Crime in Northern Virginia

There was a comment in the previous post regarding a murder in Northern Virginia. According to the report sent out by Captain Nuneville of the Arlington Police Department here are the details that are being released. It is my understanding this is near Liberty Tavern in Clarendon and that Mr. Diener was stabbed to death. Scary stuff.

HOMICIDE 12/29/09, 3200 block of N. 13th Street. On December 29 at 2:50 am, a deceased male was found in the street suffering from upper body trauma. The victim was identified at Carl Diener, 57, of Arlington. There are no known suspects.

The Washington Post recently wrote that violent crime in the DC area is down. Still does not hurt for us all to be cautious. If you are interested in receiving Captain Nuneville's updates email the Captain at