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?