Remodeling Homes for Aging in Place

Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Architects Andrew Moore and Robert Braddock who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting.

Andrew Moore, Arlington Designer Homes

Robert Braddock, Red House Architects

For long-term aging-in-place home modifications be sure to consult a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). Find one in your area using the NAHB CAPS 55+ Directory.

View NAHB CAPS Presentation slides (PDF file).

View NAHB Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist.

Safety Tips from ACPD

Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Sgt. Tom Rakowski and Officer Kristen Oesterling of the The Arlington County Police Department who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9 General Meeting.

  • Police Emergency Number: 911
  • Police Non-Emergency Number: 703-558-2222
    • Safety Tips

    • Do not hesitate to call if you see something suspicious or are fearful. Your calls help ACPD fight crime. Do not assume someone else will call. Think about what could happen if you fail to call.
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    Combatting Car Break-Ins

    Over the summer, there have been several car break-ins in Lyon Village. It is a crime of opportunity. The thieves are typically out late at night looking for cars with unlocked doors and visible valuables. When you exit your car, be sure to always lock it and don’t leave any valuables inside. Try to leave your car parked in a lighted area and be attentive to any suspicious activity.

    If you see or hear something, call the police immediately, either on the non-emergency number 703-558-2222 or 911 for emergencies.

    ACPD offers the following tips…Click to Continue Reading…

    Clarendon Circle Changes July 2019

    Construction continues on the south side of Clarendon Circle, between the Silver Diner and Wells Fargo Bank. The traffic changes are…

    • N Irving St (next to Silver Diner) is permanently closed at the intersection.
    • Left turn from westbound Washington Blvd to Wilson Blvd is permanently prohibited.
    • During construction, the left turn from eastbound Washington Blvd to Clarendon Blvd is prohibited. This restriction will be in place through summer 2019.
    Clarendon Circle traffic changes implemented in July 2019

    Link to Arlington Projects & Planning Page

    Vehicle Break-ins in LV

    There were 9 reported break-ins of unlocked vehicles on Friday night on Key, Highland, Johnson, and 17th. Many more have been reported in the past few months within Lyon Village.

    Be sure to keep parked vehicles locked and not leave valuables in them.

    Police request that you contact Officer Black #1662 at if you…

    • Have any security camera video from Friday night/Saturday morning that shows attempted or actual break-ins or of a dark sedan dropping off possible perpetrators.
    • If you find any belongings dumped in your yard.

    The Case Number is 2019-07200138

    County Offers Hot Weather Tips

    Extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. Among all weather-related hazards, the highest number of annual deaths results from extreme heat.

    Hot Weather Tips

    • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids like water, even if you’re not thirsty.
    • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing.
    • Stay cool by staying indoors during the hottest parts of the day.
    • Schedule outdoor activities carefully and wear sunscreen.
    • If you exercise outdoors, go in the morning or evening hours.
    • Eat light, regular meals — avoid hot foods and heavy meals.
    • Never leave anyone — infants, children, or pets — in a parked car.
    • Know the signs of heat-related illness (click image to enlarge):

    Click for more Arlington County Hot Weather Tips

    95th Lyon Village Directory Distribution

    Our 95th Anniversary Lyon Village Citizens Association Directory is currently being distributed. The Lyon Village Directory is printed about every 5 years and distributed door-to-door with the Bulletin.

    To add or change a listing, send an email to

    Lee & Kirkwood Flooding

    Flooding at Lee & Kirkwood
    Flooding at Lee & Kirkwood July 8 2019
    click for video

    The intersection of Lee Hwy (Rt 29) and N Kirkwood St floods frequently so is best avoided during periods of heavy rain. Flooding at Lee & Kirkwood on July 8 disabled several cars. Arlington Police reported 25 water rescue calls county-wide during the morning of July 8.

    Unfortunately, there are few alternatives when this intersection is impassable. Probably the best is to go the long way around via Wilson/Clarendon Blvds or N 13th St.

    Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your car away.

    As flooding is expected to become more frequent, remember that it is unwise to drive through deep water. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your car away.

    Avoid parking in low-lying areas when storms are forecast.

    Phishing Attack Hits Lyon Park

    Recently, Lyon Park residents received emails from someone impersonating the president of their citizens association requesting that they purchase and send gift cards. Everyone should take extreme care if they receive such emails.

    Do not respond to such emails quickly (or at all) and check them out.

    • Consider if the request makes sense.
    • Consider if you are someone who would be contacted for this purpose.
    • Check that the sender address matches the ostensible sender.
    • Confirm with the ostensible sender by other means (like by telephone).

    There is a useful guide about this at NextDoor…

    How To Avoid Fraud, Phishing & Spam

    Washington Blvd-Kirkwood Rd Building Approved

    The Arlington County Board approved a plan to replace the 
aging commercial buildings on the northwest corner of 
Washington Blvd and Kirkwood Rd with a seven-story 
apartment building. The site is home to the former Sport & 
Health Club fitness center, two single-story commercial office
buildings, and the Specialty Services auto service building. All 
those buildings will be demolished. The new
 building will have an entry lobby on Washington Boulevard, a tree-
shaded interior courtyard, and an underground 198-space
parking garage.

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    Red Top Cab Site Construction

    Work has begun on the old Red Top Cab site bounded by N.
Hudson, N. Irving, and N. 13th Streets.The property is called
 Alexan Clarendon and is a 330-unit apartment complex. The
 developer is Trammell Crow Residential. The contractor is 
John Moriarity. Demolition started in April. Excavation should
start in June. The expected completion date is April 2021.
 Construction hours are weekdays: 7:00am to 6:30pm.
 Weekends and holidays the hours are 10:00am to 6:30pm. The
 June construction work will include pile driving, the loudest part
 of the project.

    Bike Thefts

    Recently there have been some bicycle thefts in the
 Clarendon area. Protect your bike from theft. U-locks
 are the most effective locks to use. When leaving your 
bike in a public area always secure the bike to a bike
rack or other immovable object even if just for a 
short time. When at home, secure your bike in
 a safe location such as a locked garage or other inside 

    Register your bike with the police

    Newly Elected LVCA Officers 2019–20

    New LVCA officers begin 1-year terms effective Sept. 1: President, John Carten; Executive Vice President, Andy Rude; 2nd Vice President, John Armstrong; 3rd Vice President, vacant; Recording Secretary, Beth Ferrill; Bulletin Editor, Adam Kernan-Schloss; Corresponding Secretary, Jason Harrier; Web Master, Tom Piwowar; Treasurer, Don Gay; Assistant; Treasurer, Bill Gearhart; Volunteer Coordinator, Tony Abreu; Historian, Martha Moore; Clerk, Lesley Berk; Immediate Past President, Eric Lawrence.

    LVCA Board 2019-20

    Beat the Heat at the LV Park Sprayground

    Arlington Spraygrounds open for the summer open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

    LV Park Sprayground Hours of Operation

    Monday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    Tuesday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    Wednesday 2–8 p.m.
    Thursday Closed
    Friday 2–8 p.m.
    Saturday Noon–8 p.m
    Sunday Noon–8 p.m


    Click for Other Arlington Spraygrounds…


    Irregular Sprayground hours were instituted as part of FY2011 budget cuts and continue to this day.