Two Catholic Schools Halt In-Person Class
Positive COVID-19 tests at Bishop O’Connell High School and St. Thomas More Cathedral School have forced a temporary halt to in-person classes.
● St. Thomas More Cathedral School hopes to resume in-person classes Nov 17.
● Bishop O’Connell High School hopes to resume in-person classes Dec 1.
Story at ARLnow
APS Return-to-School On Hold
Superintendent Durán announced that the planned “Level 2” return for younger and technical education students will be delayed until 2021 due to the increase in local coronavirus cases. However, the “Level 1” return for students with disabilities will proceed as planned on Wednesday Nov 4.
Nov 3 Superintendent’s Letter to Parents
The Arlington Public Schools Superintendent announced that: “health and safety metrics are not where they need to be to proceed with Level 2, Phase 1 Return on Nov. 12 for PreK, Kindergarten, and Career & Technical Education (CTE) students… Compared to Level 1 [for students with disabilities], Level 2 brings a significantly larger group of staff and students into our buildings and classrooms, and that is why the metrics are set to a more rigorous standard… To begin phasing in Level 2 students, we need to see further improvement in the metrics.”
Superintendent’s Letter to Parents APS COVID-19 Dashboard
Arlington COVID Infection Rate Borderline High
Oct 31: On average, each infected person in Arlington spreads infection to 1.07 others. A rate above 1.1 is considered high. Arlington’s rate has fluctuated above and below 1.1 since early Oct. COVID Act Now
Re-Name Lee Highway Poll
The Lee Highway Alliance formed a 25-person working group to rename a principal Arlington street currently named after a West Point graduate who took up arms against the United States of America.
A list of 186 names suggested by the community was narrowed to 20 by the working group. Those 20 names are to be further narrowed down by polling the community to produce a list of 3 to 5 finalists to be submitted to the County Board. The names range from bland to weird with many highly political.
A web page with the 20 potential names, a brief explanation of each name, and an online poll is now online through Nov 30. The poll permits voting for up to 3 names, but is not offered as a ranked-choice so a relatively small number of votes could determine the final list of names. “None of the above” is not offered as a choice. The poll requires each voter to provide their name, address, and email address prior to voting. The Poll
Clarendon Sector Plan Review Begins
The County has kicked off a review update process for the Clarendon Sector Plan, which was adopted in 2006. The study is immediately south of Lyon Village: bounded by Washington Blvd, North Hudson St., N 10th St & Wilson Blvd. What happens in Clarendon has a big impact about what happens in Lyon Village. An Engagement Session is scheduled for Oct 29.
Virtual Walking Tour
Fall Leaf Collection
The County collects and recycles leaves using vacuum trucks, biodegradable bags and green organics carts. Website
Vacuum Collection in Lyon Village
Crews will make 2 passes. Dates are subject to change.
First Pass: Nov 14-18
Second Pass: Dec. 5-10
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PMA Immediate Care Opens in Clarendon
This location formerly MidAtlantic Urgent Care which closed last May.
3301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201 Website
703-521-6662 and 703-521-5991
Mon–Fri: 8 AM to 5 PM and Sat–Sun: 9 AM to 2 PM
PMA provides walk-in and virtual immediate care, internal medicine, primary care, pulmonary and sleep medicine at this location. Flu shots are available.
LV Community House Fundraiser
The Lyon Village Community House (LVCH) is a great neighborhood resource and like many gathering places is having a tough time during the pandemic. This year the Community House must depend entirely on donations from LV neighbors. The Community House has not been rented since mid-March. This year’s Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser cannot be held due to the pandemic. Meanwhile monthly expenses must be paid and the LVCH Board is doing some long-needed refurbishing while the House is empty.
All money raised is used to maintain the Community House. No donation too small or too large! Suggestion: Consider donating what you would spend at the Spaghetti Dinner. Donations are tax-deductible as the LVCH is a 501(c)(3). Receipts available upon request.
Donate via PayPal
Donate via Square
Personal Checks payable to “Lyon Village Community House. Can be sent to LVCH Treasurer, 1731 N Adams St, Arlington, VA 22201
Lyon Village Community House and the Lyon Village Citizens’ Association (LVCA) are two different organizations. The sole purpose of the LVCH is to maintain the Community House. LVCA dues do not support the Community House.
Drive-thru Food & Toiletry Drive: Nov 14
When: Sat, Nov 14, 9 AM – Noon
Where: Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 N Jackson
Drop-off at curbside. No physical interaction. Masks required.
Food for family residents of Bridges to Independence in Clarendon. Top needs: Rice, boxed cereal (Frosted Flakes, Trix, Fruity Pebbles), applesauce, juice, packaged healthy kids’ snacks (no prepared/opened food) & other dry food. Toiletry for Residential Program Center (RPC) on Columbia Pike Needs: Razors (men’s & women’s), toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower curtains, queen size bed sheets, deodorant (regular & travel size), new men’s underwear (XL, 2XL, 3XL), new women’s underwear, new socks, combs and brushes, flip flops for showers & bar soap. Last month we collected 179 boxes & bags of groceries. Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 527-9513.
CDC: Safety While Shopping
The primary way to contract coronavirus is via person-to-person contact.
Aside from the usual…
● Disinfect the shopping cart usiing disinfecting wipes
● Use touchless payment
● If you handle money, a card, or keypad, use hand sanitizer immediately after
● When you get home wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
● After unpacking groceries wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
● Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them
● After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
● When you get home wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
Sewer Upgrade: 16th St & Bryan
Work upgrading the existing 6-inch sanitary sewer main to a new 8-inch main. Scheduled to begin on Mon, Oct 26. Should take approximately 20 days to complete, weather permitting.
● N 16th between N Bryan & Key
● N Bryan between N 16th & N Custis
A County representative may ask permission to enter your house to perform a dye test to verify the exact location of your sewer lateral for proper reconnection.
Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Revision
The RPP Review project has been assessing the purpose and function of Arlington’s RPP program, considering the program’s efficiency, user experience, and fairness. This is the first major review of the program in over 10 years.
Highlights of the proposed program include:
● Expanding the number of households eligible to petition for restrictions and join the program
● Linking the maximum number of annual permits that households in RPP zones can receive to whether that household has off-street parking
● Providing more parking options for short-term visitors and service providers
● Introducing a limited number of permits for elementary, middle and high school employees and employees who work at group homes
● Raising permit and pass fees to end general tax support for the program while offering a discount for low-income households
● Altering the petition process by removing the “out-of-area” test for vehicles parked on a petitioning street while raising the thresholds for parking occupancy and the share of households supporting the petition
Proposed program and comparison chart
Proposed administrative policies and procedures
Provide Feedback (deadline Oct 28)
More About RPP
LV’s RPP Survey
Residential Permit Parking Under Review
In 1968, a parking ordinance established Zoned Parking (also known as Residential Permit Parking or RPP) in Arlington. RPP limits on-street parking to neighborhood residents with County-issued permits/passes, their visitors, and landlords during restricted hours (usually Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 5 PM).
Why Restrict Parking? RPP was instituted as a growing number of commuters began parking in neighborhoods, causing problems with increased traffic, noise, pollution and consuming much of the on-street parking. As Arlington has become increasingly urban with increased development the RPP has expanded as residents petitioned the county to have their street zoned. Eventually, the program expanded to 24 parking zones.
The Deal with Residents. Over time this resulted in a “compact” with the residents and the County whereby in support for increased density adjacent to residential neighborhoods, the county would take steps to mitigate some of the negative impacts of the adjacent higher density development, including protection of on-street parking.
The County Declares a Pause and Rethink. In the summer of 2018, the County Board voted to put a moratorium on zoned parking and commissioned a study of the program. During the study residents could no longer petition the County to protect their street.
The County seeks to conclude its review and introduce a new residential parking policy in early 2021. Read the County Staff’s Report
The County will soon publish a draft policy. An online comment form will be online for 2 weeks and the County will hold an online question-and-answer session. Residents can testify about the draft policy in Nov/Dec and final policy in Jan at virtual meetings of the Tenant-Landlord Commission, Transportation Commission, Planning Commission and County Board.
Project Web Site Map of RPP Zones
LV Responds. In November 2018 the LVCA conducted a survey to collect LV residents’ opinions about RPP. Lyon Village Zoned Parking Survey
CDC Guidelines: Daily Activities and Going Out
In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. The more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions. When venturing out Keep these items on hand: a face mask, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. CDC Guidelines
Fake News? Halloween Pub Crawl
Last Thu (Oct 22) NBC4 reported…
Popular Halloween Events Canceled in DC; Arlington Pub Crawl Sells Out
Trick-or-treating is being discouraged this Halloween, but that’s not the only celebration that’s been canceled. At least two big D.C. events popular with adults won’t be happening this year, but News4’s Jackie Bensen reports a Halloween pub crawl in Arlington is already sold out. NBC4 Video
LVCA Board members reached out to their contacts in County government and the police and were assured that no pub crawl has been permitted.
Home Sale Strategies
For those of you who missed LVCA’s Sept general meeting about Arlington real estate, some of the same issues (and more) were covered on the Aging Matters radio broadcast on Oct 20 by WERA-LP (96.7 FM), Arlington Independent Media’s radio station. Guest Cathi Coridan, Realtor/Seniors Real Estate Specialist, KW Metro Center spoke about current real estate market, COVID issues, and home-sale strategies for older adults. Podcast
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Police Foot Chase 10th & Irving
The Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit announced the arrest of 2 suspects in vehicle-related property crimes. At approximately 5:30 AM on Oct 12 police observed a vehicle with 2 subjects walking alongside and appearing to look into parked vehicles in the area of 10th & Wilson. After a police chase the suspect’s vehicle became inoperable at 10th & Irving. Following a brief foot pursuit 2 of the 4 were taken into custody. The other 2 remain at large.
The method of theft is consistent with other vehicle-related property crimes reported in Arlington: perpetrators check vehicle door handles and enter unlocked vehicles. News Release Lock your doors!
APS Elementary School Boundary Proposal 2021
APS released its initial boundary proposal for school year 2021. About 1,400 elementary students would be reassigned to new school buildings next Fall. The plan incorporates school swaps for the new Reed School in Westover, the Key School near Courthouse becoming a neighborhood school, relocating the Key Spanish immersion program to the ATS building, and the ATS program to the McKinley building.
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APS Revises Plan for Elementary School Hybrid/In-Person Classes
● No change for students enrolled in full-time distance learning.
● Elementary school students enrolled in the hybrid model will participate in:
● 2 consecutive in-person instruction days per week
● 2 consecutive days per week of distance learning
● Mondays will continue as at-home learning days
● Elementary students will be assigned by grade level:
● PreK, 1st, 3rd, 5th grades attend in-person on Tues & Wed
● Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th grades attend in-person on Thur & Fri
● Each class will be divided into 2 classrooms (to achieve physical distancing)
● An assistant will monitor students while they work
● The teacher will rotate from one classroom to the other
● The Middle and High School hybrid plan remains unchanged.
APS Letter to Parents
APS Announces Return to School Timeline
APS is tentatively planning to bring students back to in-school instruction. If community health conditions worsen, APS, in consultation with the Arlington County Public Health Department, will pause at the current level, reverse, or suspend all in-person instruction. Concerned parents may opt out of in-school instruction
● Students with disabilities in mid-to-late October
● PreK-3, technical education and English learner students back in early-to-mid November
● All other students in early December for two days per week
APS Transition Plan
APS COVID-18 Dashboard
Hybrid School Might Be The Worst Of Both Worlds
Part-time school during the pandemic might create as many problems as it solves. VOX
APS to Expand Elementary Walk Zones
APS is greatly expanding the walk zones for 16 of its 24 elementary schools because buses must carry a maximum of 11 students due to the pandemic. APS will not provide bus service in these expanded walk zones. Some walk zones have tripled in size. The changes apply to: Abingdon, Ashlawn, Arlington Traditional School, Barcroft, Barrett, Claremont, Discovery, Drew, Hoffman Boston, Jamestown, Key, Long Branch, McKinley, Science Focus, Taylor, and Tuckahoe. APS Walk Zone Announcement
Expanded Walk Zone for Key ES
Expanded Walk Zone for Taylor ES
Expanded Walk Zone for Science Focus ES
School Boundary Petition Started
Parents in the two eastern planning units of Lyon Village have been moved out from the rest of the neighborhood by the proposed school boundary changes. They have started a petition to the school board.
Girl Scout Troops Organizing in LV
Girl Scout Troops are now forming near Lyon Village! Troops at Key, Arlington Science Focus, and other nearby schools are open for registration. Troops are meeting both virtually and in-person, outside! Girls and interested parent volunteers contact Maxine Laberge at email@example.com or 202-534-3763.
Hit & Run 10th & Hudson
A pedestrian in the crosswalk at 10th & Hudson was hit by a sedan that did not stop. Reported in Nextdoor As of July 1st 2020 drivers failing to stop, not just yield, for pedestrians in all crosswalks, not just in their lane, are subject to a $500 fine in Virginia. NBC4
Constitutional Amendment #1: Gerrymandering
The Democratic Party of Virginia, which has long advocated for some kind of redistricting reform, is urging local committees to tell their members to vote no. The Republican Party is telling its members their vote for yes will be among their most important votes in 2020. Courthouse News Service
Gov. Northam Tests Positive for Covid-19
The governor is not experiencing symptoms, while first lady Pamela Northam currently has mild symptoms. Both will isolate over the next 10 days.