BVSCA Newsletter May 2006

May 30th Meeting Agenda

  1. 7:00PM -- Executive session
  2. 7:30PM -- Silverwood (Glebe Rd project)
  3. 7:45PM -- American Service Center's plan for expansion
  4. 8:00PM -- JBG (plans for the Bob Peck site)
  5. 8:15PM -- Donahoe Companies (plans for the Carpool Restaurant site)
  6. 8:30PM -- Discussion on Duplex project in the 1100 block of North Utah

Time: 7:00PM
Place: BVSCA's community room located on N.Utah Street between the Willow Restaurant and the Windsor Plaza condominiums.

Inside this newsletter

  1. NCAC Update
  2. An Opera Performance For Children ...
  3. Ballston Happenings
  4. Arlington Cuts Ribbon to New Ballston ...
  5. Bicycle Mechanics Workshop
  6. 5K Race/1Mile Fun Run/Walk
  7. Garden Tour
  8. Columbia Pike Blues Festival
  9. Hurricane Preparedness
  10. Ballston Virginia Square Partnership
  11. Nature Center Events
  12. Arts Events
  13. Senior Activities
  14. Join BVSCA Today
  15. BVSCA 2006 Calendar of Meetings
  16. BVSCA Representatives

NCAC Update

The April and May meetings of the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC)) found members discussing new prioritization of the backlog of street construction and beautification projects in Arlington County. Many have progressed much more slowly than planned. Construction costs have increased significantly since some of the projects were first estimated. Other projects have expanded, needing to be scoped again to assess changed or additional requirements.

NCAC is temporarily suspending all Proposed Project activity that involves Department of Environmental Services (DES) Engineering Bureau resources in order to concentrate on Active Project activity. Therefore, we will not have the routine June 2006 funding session where new projects normally would be proposed by neighborhoods. Christine Nixon, NC Coordinator, announced that we will complete the project backlog. It was good news for neighborhoods that have been waiting years for project action.

The civic association approved projects have been divided into four priority categories governing the DES workload. (Not all of the 49 associations have projects in the system.) Approved projects are now grouped according to the date the project was approved and funded (year of the Bond Issue) and the phase of progress or completion.

Group 1: 18 Projects at or nearing 100% design to which DES will assign priority status, with the goal of advancing to construction between now and the end of calendar year 2006. All but two of these projects are from the 2000 or 2002 Bond.

Group 2: 6 Projects nearing or at the 90% Phase (nearly all 2002 Bond).

Group 3: 10 Projects at 50% or between 50 and 90% Phase (2002 & 2004 Bond).

Group 4: 5 New projects approved in March 2006 by the County Board.

Group 2, 3 and 4 projects are immediately on hold until a substantial number (5-7) of the projects in Group 1 are forwarded to construction management. During the remainder of 2006, projects from Group 2 & 3 will move forward when a significant number of Group 1 projects are in construction or when there is a measurable hiatus in Group 1 project activity that allows for staff time to be applied to other lower-priority projects.

The goal is to complete all 2000 bond projects by the end of the 2006 calendar year, all 2002 bond projects by the end of the 2007 calendar year and all 2004 bond projects by the end of the 2008 calendar year, while actively seeking to restore 2004 bond projects to their 29 month timeframes by the end of the 2007 calendar year.

Work accomplished around the County benefits everyone, not just those in the project neighborhood. BVSCA has two street, curb, gutter, sidewalk, grass area projects currently in the system. Another has been proposed. All are shown below.

Project ID Description Phase Remarks
N367, 2002 Bond N 13th St N Vermont St to N Vernon St 3-Design Work expected this year
N436, 2004 Bond N Vernon St 1200 Block 3-Design Work possible in 2007
Proposed for funding N Kirkwood Road, vicinity of N 14 St on toward Lee Hwy Developing Neighborhood survey underway

We will continue to plan for necessary improvements in our neighborhood. Everyone should be alert for work needing to be done. BVSCA wants to be ready to initiate improvement work when NCAC resumes accepting project proposals.

- by Dan Corts

An Opera Performance For Children By Children

Milagros's singing is magical! She believes it is because of the hat she always wears when she sings .... Thirty-five children from 10 Arlington Elementary schools who are members of The Children's Spanish Chorus (El Coro Infantìl en Español) of Arlington will be performing in their very first bilingual opera "El Sombrero Magico" (The Magic Hat) on June 10th, 2006 at 3 p.m. in the Gunston Middle School auditorium. This is a children's opera wrapped around many well-known Latin American folk songs.

The Spanish Choruis has been performing in Northern Virginia since 1998 under the direction of Founder, Cora Lee Khambatta. Ms. Khambatta was awarded the 2005 Betty Keiger Music Educator of the Year award by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. The Spanish Chorus is made up of over 100 Arlington County students from 13 different elementary schools.

Mrs. Miriam Miller, President of The Opera Guild of Northern Virginia, initiated this wonderful project, which will be sponsored by the Guild.

Ms. Khambatta and Ms. Maritza Mascarenas-Sadowski, a 2004 Betty Keiger Music Educator of the Year recipient, along with many enthusiastic parents, have written the unique and imaginative "libretto" (script).

The public is invited and admission is free! For more information please contact Miriam Miller at 703-536-7557 or by e-mail at

- by Denise Parks

Ballston Happenings

Arlington Cuts Ribbon to New Ballston Metrorail Elevators

Arlington County recently celebrated new access improvements to the Ballston-MU Metrorail station with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Congressman Jim Moran, Arlington County Board Chairman Christopher Zimmerman, and local and state/ officials. The completed renovation is part of the Ballston-MU Metro Station Access Improvement Project that was implemented by the Arlington County and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to make access to transit faster, safer and easier for the region's growing ridership.

The $10 million design-build project -- funded by Arlington County and managed by WMATA -- adds three new elevators and an underground passageway to the Ballston-MU station. A new elevator now operates alongside the original, on the north side of Fairfax Drive and North Stuart Street, to service the mezzanine level. Riders may also access two new elevator entrances on the south side of Fairfax Drive.

Benefits to Ballston

  • Ability to move thousands of additional passengers through the station each day
  • Greater ease of use for seniors, disabled citizens, bicyclists and others
  • Station remains accessible with elevator redundancy in the event one or more elevators requires servicing
  • Enhanced emergency operations with additional exit points for evacuation
  • Improved safety and traffic flow by reducing the number of pedestrians and bicyclists crossing Fairfax Dr. to access the station
  • Improved streetscape with new pedestrian nubs, crosswalks and landscaping

West Entrance in the Works

The new elevators at Fairfax Drive and North Stuart Street complete the first phase of the Ballston-MU Metro Station Access Improvement Project. Design work is now underway to create an entirely new second entrance at North Vermont Street and Fairfax Drive on the opposite end of the station platform. The second entrance will include escalator, elevator and stair access points, a fare vending area, and a station kiosk. Construction of the initial phase of the project is slated to begin this summer.

Bicycle Mechanics Workshop

This self-directed, hands-on class let's you tune up, fix, or modify your bicycle or practice inspection, maintenance, or repair procedures. Bring bike, supplies, and inspiration. One 3-hour session.

$38 residents/$50 nonresidents, seniors $28/$38:
GI-814A: W., 5/24, Arlington Career Center
GI-814B: Th., 6/29, Arlington Career Center
GI-814C: Tu., 8/8, Arlington Career Center

Call 703-228-7200 or

5K Race/1Mile Fun Run/Walk

Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:30 AM (Rain or Shine).
Please support the PTA of the Arlington Science Focus School (ASFS) and its programs to improve students learning through healthy eating and better fitness.

WHEN: 5 Kilometer Race 8:30 am sharp, 1 Mile Fun Run / Walk 8:40 am sharp.

WHERE: Arlington Science Focus School, 1501 North Lincoln Street, Arlington, VA.

DIRECTIONS: Spout Run and Lee Hwy, continue onto Kirkwood, turn right onto 14th St., next right onto N. Lincoln Street. School is ¼ mile on your right.

HOW TO REGISTER: You must pre-register. Register early as event is limited to 250 and expected to sell out so Race Day registration is not available. Complete the entry form below and mail or deliver to ASFS office. Late registration available during packet pickup on Friday only.

FEES: Adults - $15 (postmark by June 1), $20 after June 1 until limit is reached. Children, 14 and under - $10, $15 after June 1 until limit is reached.

PACKET PICKUP: 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, June 9 at ASFS. 7:30 - 8:15 am on Race Day.

COURSE: Both events will start and finish immediately in front of the school with most of each course running out and back on the Custis Trail. For the safety of all runners and walkers, no strollers, baby joggers, pets or headphones will be permitted in either event.

POST RACE: Refreshments after the race for all participants. Awards presented to Top Three overall finishers, and grade and age group winners in the 5K. Participation ribbons presented to all finishers in the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

QUESTIONS/VOLUNTEER: Call 703/276-9746 or e-mail

Garden Tour

Sun Jun 4, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Learn about techniques for your yard to help local watersheds including cisterns, rain barrels, native plants, and wildlife habitat gardens. Properties are in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax and include homes, condominiums, and schools. Suggested donation - $5 per adult. Visit after May 8 for a program (available in PDF version). Or, to request a copy by snail mail, call 703.228.6406 or volunteer@arling

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

The Eleventh Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival takes place Sun Jun 11 from noon to 6PM on Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike.

Featuring hot blues talent from near and far:
Bobby Parker (
Tom Principato (
Whop Frazier (
Paul Mark and the Van Dorens (
Eric Sommer (

Admission is free! Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Vendors are welcome. Volunteers are needed before the event and on the day of the festival. To learn more, contact 703-892-2776 or

Also, please note that the Columbia Pike Farmers Market resumes on Sun, May 7 (10am to 2pm).

Hurricane Preparedness

Many people believe that a major hurricane will not affect us or that there is nothing that can be done to protect ourselves. But, it could happen to Arlingtonians. There are some simple, low-cost steps each of us and our families can take to get ready for hurricanes or any disaster:

Be Informed: You may receive emergency information through Arlington Alert. Other ways to learn about emergency situations are through the County's web site,, 1700 AM radio (soon to be operational), Cable Channel 74 and the local media.

Make a Plan: Making a family disaster plan involves discussing the hazards and threats for your area and what your family would do during an actual emergency. As you create your plan, decide on a meeting place if your family cannot return home, designate an out-of-town friend or relative as a point-of-contact and plan for the specific needs of your household, such as an evacuation shelter for pets or transportation for medical equipment. For more information on preparing your plan and a plan for your pets, visit

Prepare an Emergency Kit: An emergency supply "Go Bag" kit includes, among other things, essential items to last at least three days such as a battery-powered radio and extra batteries, food and water, flashlights, a first aid kit and medications. For more specific information on what to include in your "go bag," visit The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also has information on preparation for emergencies at

Get Involved: There are opportunities to become involved in emergency preparedness activities, including assisting others should a hurricane hit Arlington. Become a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)member. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) also uses volunteers in emergencies. For information on these volunteer programs, visit

Even when hurricanes make landfall in other states, they can still cause significant damage and loss of life in Virginia; in fact, some of the worst storms in Virginia's history were from hurricanes that made landfall in other states. Tropical storms or depressions can be just as damaging or deadly as a hurricane. Hurricane Isabel was a tropical storm when it entered Virginia, and caused damage to 75 percent of the state, making it one of the costliest disasters in Virginia s history.

Ballston Virginia Sq Partnership

Jun 1--Board of Directors
Jun 9--Urban Environment Committee
Jun 14--Real Estate Marketing Group
Jun 29--Board of Directors

Arts Events

May 25-Jun 17: Guachos/Who am I Anyway? 703.548.3092
May 30-Jul 16: Assassins, 703.820.9771
Jun 1: The Electric Possible,703.228.7710
Jun 1-Jul 2: The Children's Hour, 703.418.4808
Jun 2-Jun 11:Alice in Wonderland, 703.548.1154
Jun 2: Moe Nelson and Mark Noone, 703.228.1850
Jun 10: Mongolian Children's Festival, Rosslyn Spectrum
Jun 11: An Evening with Amadeus, 703.920.7077
Jun 11: Hearabouts-Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, 703.228.5990
Jun 16: Center Dance Company, 703.228.1850
Jun 21: Harmony Under the Stars, 703.228.1850
Jun 22-Jul 15: USA, by Paul Shyrre & John Dos Passos, 703.553.8782

Senior Activities

Sep 16-28: 2006 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, 703.228.4721
Jun 8, 10:30AM: Public health nurse available, 703.228.6300
Jun 9, 10:00AM: Hands on demonstration of hearing devices, 703.228.4403
Jun 10, 9:00AM: Annual Trash & Treasure sale, 703.228.5722
Jun 13, 11:00AM: Hospice services, 703.228.6300
Jun 15,10:15AM: Public health nurse available, 703.228.5700
Jun 15, 11:00AM: Reverse mortgage, 703.228.0948
Jun 29, 9:30AM: Rummage sale, 703.228.6300
Every Wed, 10:30AM: Crafters workshop, 703.228.4403

Computer instructions, 703.228.5700
Strength training classes, 703.228.4745
Walking clubs, 703.228.4745
Caroleers, 703.228.0555

Nature Center Events

Sat Jun 3, 9AM-Noon: National Trails Day--Trail Workday, 703.525.0168
Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to maintain our local trails during this wonderful volunteer opportunity. Arlington County's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and Potomac Overlook Regional Park want to team up with you to improve the Donaldson Run Trail. Help create stream crossings, plant trees, and repair trail erosion. No experience necessary, just a desire to help. Materials and tools supplied. Bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes.

Thu Jun 15, 7-8:15PM: Bring Nature Home with Audubon At Home, 703.228.4747
Are you interested in learning how to landscape for wildlife? Would you like a list of eco-tips and the best native species for attracting birds and butterflies to your property? Spend an evening with the folks from the Audubon at Home in Northern Virginia program, a project sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. Through slides, discussion and take-home materials we'll talk about conservation techniques that can improve any property, from a school or church to your own suburban yard!

Sun Jun 25, 1-2:30PM: Waterfall Appreciation Walk, 703.228.4747
Learn why waterfalls form and how they change over time. Hike to the Gulf Branch waterfall at the Potomac to observe this wonder of nature.

Sun Jul 9, 9AM-5PM: Fossil Collecting, 703.228.4747
Join Northern Virginia Mineral Club member, Barry Remer, in a hunt for the wild fossil. Explore the Virginia and West Virginia countryside west of Winchester in search of evidence of life from 300-400 million years ago! Bring a bag lunch and water for the day.

Sat Jul 15, 2:30-3:30PM: Virginia's Algonquian Indian Culture, 703.228.4747
They'll discuss early history versus popular hype as we discover the real story of how these earlier residents lived. Learn how the Algonquian speaking people survived by living off the land and what plants they used. Many re-created tools will be on hand for you to try and test your skills.

Sat Jul 15, Noon-4PM: Blacksmiths' Open Forge, 703.224.3403
Watch, participate and learn as members of the Blacksmiths' Guild of the Potomac use fire and muscle to form raw materials into useful tools and beautiful objects.

Sat Jul 15, 5-6PM: Wildflower Walk, 703.228.4747
Get to know your plant neighbors as you join us for a stroll through Long Branch Park. We'll have a chance to learn folklore, ethno botany, and other interesting facts about our native (and some not-so-native) plants.

Sat Aug 19, 7-9:30PM: Bat Fest Arlington 2006, 703.228.3403
Enjoy a thoroughly batty evening and add to your knowledge of local night life at this bat conservation and appreciation program. New demonstrations and Learning Centers have been added for 2006! See live bats, go on walks to hear bats' echolocation calls, and sample some foods that are pollinated by bats. Live bat shows will be presented by Leslie Sturges, Director of Bat World NOVA. Kids will be able to practice being a bat, make bat crafts, play games, and learn lots about our local furry bug zappers. Bat talks and walks on the hour; all other activities on-going. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Join BVSCA Today - Stronger Homeowners' Association Guarantees Better Neighborhood!

One BVSCA goal for this year is to increase membership and encourage BVSCA residents to participate in their Civic Association. This includes new members just learning about BVSCA and all previous members who have lost touch. There are several of you - you know who you are. BVSCA needs you. Your experience, knowledge and voice are invaluable to the Association.

The purpose of BVSCA is "to take action to protect and promote the welfare and livability of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association's neighborhoods in particular, and in Arlington, in general" (By-laws of BVSCA). Only with a large, active and vocal membership can BVSCA be effective in its dealings with the County officials.

Residents can join by filling out the membership application and paying membership dues. You can do this either by 1) coming to a BVSCA meeting, or 2) by mail. The membership application is on BVSCA's web page and on the front of this newsletter.

Dues are $10 per person. Dues are payable when first joining and are renewable each year on or before the anniversary of that date. New members and members who have not paid their dues in the last three years must wait 30 days after paying their dues before receiving voting privileges. Dues are used to help fund the Association's activities and sponsored events. Join the BVSCA today!

BVSCA 2006 Calendar of Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the BVSCA's community room located on N. Utah Street between the Willow Restaurant and the Windsor Plaza condominiums on the last Tuesday of alternate months. BVSCA Executive meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Full Membership meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. Meetings adjourn at 9:00pm.

Tuesday, Jan 31

Tuesday, Mar 28

Tuesday, May 30

Tuesday, July 25

Tuesday, Sep 26

Tuesday, Nov 28

BVSCA Membership Application

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Mail to: DeAndra Beck
BVSCA Treasurer
1301 North Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22201

Please make checks payable to BVSCA.

BVSCA Officers and Representatives

Dennis Burr (
1050 N. Stuart Street #314
Arlington, VA 22201

Vice President
Ed Parks (
202-637 -6587

DeAndra Beck

David Ryan

At Large Executive Committee
Dawn M. Cooper
Paula Bertolin
Sandra Kyles
Jennifer Mulchandani

Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee
Representative Dan Corts
Alternate Vacant

Arlington County Civic Federation

Delegates Ben Axleroad, David Ryan, Lew Gulick, Rohan Samaraweera
Alternates Linda Kyles, Edward Parks, Dennis Burr

Ballston Partnership

Representative Jim Webster

The following positions are not appointed positions but rather volunteer positions. They are listed here so that BVSCA members know who they can go to for information on a specific issue. Please inform Sujit Ray ( of any changes or additions to this list.

Committee Chairs

Cherrydale Relocation Task Force:
Ed Parks

Community Preparedness:
David Perlmutter

District 2 Police Committee:
Dennis Burr

Clarendon Task Force & Virginia Square East End:
Dennis Burr
Ben Axleroad

Virginia Square Sector Plan Oversight Group
Lew Gulick
Dennis Burr
Connie McAdam
Ben Axleroad
John Buckley

Condominium Project 10th & Monroe St.
John Buckley

Hayes Park:
Theresa Smith
Maggie Farrell

13th Street Park:
Denise Parks

Building Level Planning Committee:
(Washington-Lee School Project)

Linda Kyles

NCAC Sign Committee
DeAndra Beck

YMCA Strategic Planning Committee
Jim Rosen
Maggie Farrell

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