BVSCA Newsletter October 1999


Thursday, October 28 Meeting Agenda

The Ashton Heights Civic Association has invited BVSCA and the Lyon Park Civic Association to co-sponsor a Candidate's Debate on Thursday, October 28, 1999. This event will occur in lieu of our monthly meeting. There will be no BVSCA Executive Committee meeting in October. Please note: BVSCA will NOT meet on Tuesday, 10/26! The agenda is:

7:00 - 7:30 Social gathering
7:30 - 7:45 AHCA business
7:45 - 8:10 School Board candidates (2)
8:10 - 9:00 County Board candidates (4)

The debate will occur at the Clarendon United Methodist Church, located at 606 North Ivy Street. Each candidate will give a 3 minute statement, followed by questions from the floor and a closing statement. Candidate bios have been published in the Arlington Journal and will be available from the League of Women Voters at .

The following individuals are candidates in contested races in our district:

31st District Virginia Assembly, Senate
Mary Margaret Whipple, Democrat, Incumbent
Scott Tate, Republican, Challenger

48th District Virginia Assembly, House
Robert H. Brink, Democrat, Incumbent
S. John Massoud, Republican, Challenger

Arlington County Board (2 seats open)
Paul Ferguson, Democrat, Incumbent
Charles P. Monroe, Democrat, Challenger
Frances M. Finta, Republican, Challenger
Michael D. Lane, Republican, Incumbent

Arlington County School Board
Sharon E. Davis, Independent, Challenger
David M. Foster, Independent, Challenger

BVSCA Celebrates Neighborhood Day

Come meet your neighbors from Ballston-Virginia Square on Saturday, October 23! We will meet for an informal pot luck picnic from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the park behind The Nature Conservancy between the 1000 block of N. Stuart and N. Taylor Streets. As an added benefit, you can view the native plant species of Virginia planted in the park. Please bring your own chairs, beverages (alcohol is not permitted), serving utensils, and a dish to share. Eating utensils and paper goods will be provided. There are a few picnic tables and lots of bench seating. There will be no rain date for the picnic. The weather may be chilly, but the hospitality will be warm.

President's Prerogative

Busy, busy. Don't have time to vote? Nonsense! Your vote DOES make a difference. Don't know where to vote? Go to the library for more info, or check out: In 1991, I was fortunate to be an observer in Romania's first local government elections of the post-Ceaucescu period. I watched people cast hand written ballots to elect local officials for the first time in decades, many for the first time in their lives. Voter turnout rates approached 90%. People came to the polls dressed up in their in finest attire and left weeping for joy at the freedom of making a choice for their candidate. Exercise your freedom by voting on November 2.

DeAndra Beck
President, BVSCA

How to Join the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association or Renew Your Membership

All individual persons who are residents of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association's area or who in their individual capacity own residential property located therein, shall be eligible for membership in the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association. For the purposes of this organization, the boundaries of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association are Kirkwood Road on the east, Glebe Road on the west, Wilson Boulevard on the south, and the I-66 right of way on the north.

If interested in joining the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association, please contact Jeffrey Green, Treasurer, at (703) 276-2723 for a Membership Application Form and send your application and dues to him.

Dues are payable when first joining and are renewable each year on or before the annual anniversary of that date. New members and members who have not paid their dues within the three preceding Association years must pay their dues 30 days before they receive voting privileges. Former members who have been members in good standing within any of the three immediately preceding Association years may be reinstated as voting members by paying their dues for that year.

All members of the Association are volunteers. Dues are used to help fund the Association's activities and sponsored events. Please join the Association today, or renew your dues paid membership.

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