Police Update – LVCA Meeting Recap

Police Update – LVCA Meeting Recap
Thanks to Captain Scott Linder, Commander of ACPD’s Community Resources Section, Sergeant Tom Rakowski who heads the Community Outreach Unit for North Arlington, and Officer Harley Guenther who is our new Community Outreach Unit officer for North Arlington who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 14 General Meeting. Community Outreach Unit Cpl. Beth Linnen will be retiring in Nov.
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LV Flu Shot Clinic Survey

SURVEY: LV Flu Shot Clinic Possible
Holding a flu shot clinic at the Lyon Village Community House is being explored to see if there is sufficient interest. The clinic would be run by CVS and open to all residents age 4 and above. This would help:
● Residents wishing to avoid high-traffic pharmacies and doctor offices.
● Families with kids wishing to get the entire family vaccinated together.
Participants will be responsible for any costs so should contact their health insurance provider to ensure a CVS-administered flu shot is covered.
  If there is enough interest, the clinic will be held as soon as possible (likely mid-Oct). Survey participants will get email with details and sign-up information.
  If interested, please fill out a short survey before 8 PM on Sat, Sept 26.

County Considers Name & Logo Changes

County Considers Name & Logo Changes
Arlington County is taking the first steps toward renaming Arlington streets, bridges, and County-owned properties that honor the Confederacy or in other ways contradict the County’s values of inclusivity and equity. The process will begin this fall with educational presentations, recommended reading, and community discussions. News Release

Early Voting Locations & Hours Nov 3 Election

Early Voting Locations & Hours for Nov 3, 2020 General Election

Location Dates & Hours
Courthouse Plaza  NEW LOCATION
2200 Clarendon Blvd.
(Former Wells Fargo Space by Starbucks)
Sept 18 – Oct 31
M-F 8am-5pm
Extra Hours
Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm
M-F Oct 19–30 8am-7pm
Aurora Hills Community Center
735 18th St S
Oct 17 – Oct 31
M-F 2-7pm
Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm
Langston-Brown Community Center
2121 N Culpeper St
Oct 17 – Oct 31
M-F 2-7pm
Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm
Madison Community Center
3829 N Stafford St
Oct 17 – Oct 31
M-F 2-7pm
Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm
Walter Reed Community Center
2909 16th St S
Oct 17 – Oct 31
M-F 2-7pm
Sat Oct 17, 24, 31 9am-5pm

County Board Kills Anti-COVID Ordinance

County Board Kills Anti-COVID Ordinance
At the County Board’s Sept 15 Recessed Meeting, the Board voted 4 to 1 to let the Emergency Ordinance expire at the end of Sept. Voting to kill the ordinance were Christian Dorsey, Katie Cristol, Matt de Ferranti & Takis Karantonis. Only Board Chair Libby Garvey (up for re-election this Nov) voted in favor of the ordinance.
  The ordinance sought to to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by keeping large groups of people from gathering without appropriate distancing on public sidewalks and streets in front of bars and nightclubs where this has been a problem. Violators could face a fine of up to $100.
  Christian Dorsey said that Arlington police determined that it was impractical to cite hundreds of violators a night and have not issued a single citation. The County Staff presentation reported that “Groups of people congregating increases risk of COVID-19 virus spread” and “Efforts to spread out long lines of patrons by officers and restaurant security have been met with defiance, confrontation, and hostility.”
  Most of the area where the ordinance applied was within Lyon Village. The LVCA was not consulted or given prior notice of this turnabout.
News Release
County Staff Presentation
Letters Opposing the Ordinance

County & School Board Candidates Debates

County & School Board Candidates Debates
The Arlington County Civic Federation sponsored a debate among the 3 School Board Candidates running in the Nov 3 election. View the Debate
The Arlington Committee of 100 also sponsored a debate among the 2 County Board candidates and 3 School Board candidates, which has not been posted online. Committee of 100

For County Board:
● Libby Garvey (D; incumbent)
● Audrey Clement (I)
 
For School Board:
● Cristina Diaz-Torres (D)
● David Priddy (D)
● Symone Walker (I)

Eating At Restaurants Doubles Likelihood of COVID

Eating At Restaurants Doubles Likelihood of COVID
A CDC study found adults with COVID-19 were twice as likely to have eaten at restaurants. The study found that both positive and negative cases went to gyms, hair salons, shops and in-home group gatherings at about the same rate, but COVID positive individuals were about twice as likely to report dining at restaurants within 14-days before feeling sick. NPR

All 91 Metro Stations Now Open

All 91 Metro Stations Now Open
Vienna & Dunn Loring stations have reopened. Parking continues to be limited for several additional months at the 4 Orange Line stations west of Ballston: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church & East Falls Church. News Release
● Face coverings required (but not enforced) on trains, buses & in stations
● Silver Line beyond Wiehle-Reston East (Phase 2) is expected to open in 2021.

Plan to Get Your Flu Shot!

Plan to Get Your Flu Shot!
September and October are good times to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated in July or August is too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced protection against flu infection later in the flu season. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue, even in January or later. CDC FAQ

Restaurant Inspections Now Virtual

Restaurant Inspections Now Virtual
A curious note appears on many restaurant inspections conducted by the Arlington County Public Health Department (ACPHD). “ACPHD conducted this inspection virtually. Any violations cited may not be an exhaustive list of potential violations at the food establishment. As owner/operator of … please remember you are responsible for compliance with the Virginia Food Regulations.” Arlington Restaurant Inspection Website

“As a matter of state policy, local health inspectors now avoid in-person inspections of restaurants whenever possible.” The Virginian-Pilot explains. “In one of the ironies that has come to characterize life during the pandemic, the process of certifying safety isn’t as safe as it used to be. The traditional process involves surprise visits while restaurants are in operation, bringing inspectors into close contact with restaurant staff.” The Virginian-Pilot

Register for a Free Tree!

Register for a Free Tree!
The Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation is providing young native trees to Arlington residents at no cost. Get one free native tree per residential property. The trees are “whips” in two-gallon containers 2–4 feet in size. Get a free Redbud seedling along with your tree. View the list of available trees and register now to get a tree (while supplies last). Your tree must be picked up on Saturday, 10/24 from 8am – 3pm at Barcroft Field #6(4208 S Four Mile Run Dr) or Tuesday, 10/27 from 4 – 6pm in the Bon Air Rose Garden parking lot (850 N Lexington St). More Information And Reserve A Tree

Lee Highway Renaming Process Begins

Lee Highway Renaming Process Begins
The Lee Highway Alliance (LHA), which is spearheading the renaming process, says its Working Group will start holding virtual meetings, which will be open to public viewing online:
● Wed, Sept 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
● Wed, Sept 30, 6:30-8:30 PM
● Wed, Oct 21, 6:30-8:30 PM
● Wed, Jan 13, 6:30-8:30 PM
Andy Rude, LVCA Board Member, is representing LV.
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25% of Arlington Residents Ignore Census

20-25% of LV Residents Ignoring Census
The 2020 Census will
● Determine representation in Congress and the Virginia legislature.
● Be used to allocate hundreds of billions in federal funding including Medicaid, Head Start, school lunches, community mental health services, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP).
● Provide data that will show where communities need new schools, clinics, roads, and services for families, older adults, and children.
Impact in Your Community

How to Complete the Census
● By Mail: Fill out the paper form and mail it.
● Online: Go to my2020census.gov
● By Phone: Call 844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish or 12 other languages.
● In Person: At a Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) station or when the Census Taker knocks on your door.

Response Rate by Civic Association (see page 2)

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Overwhelmed

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Overwhelmed
Curbside yard waste collection was overwhelmed 2 days after it resumed. Some residents’ collection may be delayed. If your yard waste cart has not been emptied, leave it at the curb. If carts have not been emptied by 12 PM the following day, submit a missed collection ticket online or call 703-228-5000 weekdays 7 AM to 7 PM.

Bad News for Politicians

Bad News for Politicians
Talking less, more quietly, or not at all reduces the risk of viral transmission by a degree comparable to properly wearing a mask. “The truth is that if everybody stopped talking for a month or two, the pandemic would probably die off,” Professor Jose L. Jimenez said.

Labor Day Street Festival Cancelled

Labor Day Street Festival Cancelled
The Arlington Labor Day Weekend Festival of the Arts, that was to be held in Clarendon, has been cancelled due to an “unforeseen issue with local authorities is preventing the show from taking place.” The cancellation occurred prior to the results of LVCA’s quick poll being communicated to the County. Kudos to the County for figuring this out on its own. Thank you to all 261 LV residents who responded to the poll.

Many LV residents added insightful comments that are worth reading…
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Arlington COVID-19 Cases Trending Up

Arlington COVID-19 Cases Trending Up
Despite peaks and valleys the overall trend in new cases in Arlington has been up since late June. Most cases are among those in the 18-29 age range. Arlington Public Health Director Dr. Reuben Varghese reported during a County Board meeting: “You look at the overall picture and this has not being going in the right way… We’ve been seeing emergency room visits also going up for COVID-like illness,” The timing of the uptrend roughly coincides with the lifting of state-imposed restrictions, as Virginia entered Phase 2 and the current Phase 3 of its reopening. ARLnow Get latest data at COVID Act Now, Arlington Page

Aug 31 Curbside Yard Waste Collection Resumes

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Resumes Aug 31
Residential curbside yard waste collection resumes Mon, Aug 31. During the first week, please limit yard waste to your green cart and up to 5 paper organics bags.
 The County’s temporary yard waste drop-off locations will close after Fri, Sept 4.
 Curbside collection of larger yard waste material like brush and limbs remains available by appointment.
 The County will be issuing a $10.77 credit, which will appear on customer’s quarterly water/sewer/refuse utility bills. News Release

Libraries Will Remain Closed

Libraries Will Remain Closed
Library staff shares Arlington’s belief that the Library is a cornerstone of our community and acknowledges the hardship it causes to many when its physical Library spaces are inaccessible.
 However, because COVID-19 cases remain above target thresholds and Arlington continues to experience community spread the library and its branches will remain closed. Library staff believes it is of paramount importance to protect the safety of Library patrons and staff, and that slowing community spread of the COVID-19 virus is a community-wide effort.
 The status of the library will be reevaluated in October.