Is It Time To Tax ‘Teardown’ Homes?
A proposal to charge builders impact fees on newly rebuilt homes, often derided as “McMansions” seems just as relevant in Lyon Village as is Montgomery County.
Read more at WAMU
Arlington Board Chair Dorsey Filed for Personal Bankruptcy in Oct Story at WaPo
Metro board weighs penalizing Dorsey for $10K ATU donation
Story at WaPo
Dorsey to return $10,000 donation from ATU Local 689. He will be reprimanded by the Metro Board and removed as chairman of Metro finance committee.
County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes
On Nov. 4, 2019, the Arlington County Board sent a letter of opposition to the FAA regarding proposed changes to flight procedures at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
The FAA and the United States Secret Service (USSS) presented the proposed changes to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) DCA Community Working Group on May 23, 2019.
Read the full letter
Online Noise Complaint Form (FAA)
New Website Feature: Village Market Village Market
LV residents should send notices of garage sales, nanny searches, etc. to the Village Market by the end of the 3rd week of the month to Adam Kernan-Schloss
LV Vote Counts, Nov 5 General Election (unofficial)
Source: elections.va.gov and Election Night Reporting
Clarendon Circle Repaving Final Phase to End Soon
Repaving will continue for the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is expected to complete by Monday, Nov 11.
There will be lane closures and temporary detours. Traffic will move slower. Almost all street parking is blocked off. Avoid the area if possible.
The redesign realigns Wilson and Washington Blvds, shortens crosswalks, and widens sidewalks. Access to N. Irving Street is now blocked. Left turns onto Wilson from Washington Blvd is now prohibited. Hopefully this will result in less confusion for motorists and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
Arlington Tops in Niche Rankings
For the second year in a row, Niche has ranked Arlington Public Schools (APS) as the best school division in Virginia.
More at ARLnow
For the first time since 2016, Arlington, VA is the #1 best city to live in America, knocking Ann Arbor, MI from the top spot. For the first time, Bluemont, VA, an Arlington neighborhood, is the #1 best place to live in America, dethroning Carmel, IN.
More at Niche
Niche is a team of data scientists that combine rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to produce rankings, report cards, and in-depth profiles to highlight the best schools, companies, and neighborhoods.
Fall Colors: Tree Identification
Fall brings us breathtaking sights of trees turning vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. The changing foliage provides more than just a beautiful views—the change in colors can better help to identify the tree species.
Tree Identification: Part 1 Tree Identification: Part 2
Arlington Tree Canopy Favorite Leaf-Peeping Spots
Nov 1-Jan 4: ACFD/AFAC Holiday Food Drive
The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) is teaming up with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to collect non-perishable food items for the holiday season. Please help those in our community who are experiencing a food crisis by bringing nutritious supplemental groceries our Firehouses.
Bring food donations to food collection bins at Arlington County Firehouses starting Nov 1 through Jan 4.
Last year AFAC was able to collect over 84,000 lbs of food for our neighbors.
Cherrydale Volunteer Firehouse Turns 100
Congratulations to the Cherrydale Volunteer Firehouse on turning 100 years old! This building was the first purpose-built firehouse in the County and the model for all the first firehouses in the area. It has served more than one civic purpose since it was built, offering not only fire safety services but civic services in the community room upstairs. A little known fact is that the building hosted the County’s first movie theater.
Village Spotlight on Keith Oberg
This month we are highlighting the work of Lyon Village resident Keith Oberg. In 2005 Keith founded the organization Bikes for the World which collects used bikes for distribution to those in the greatest of need.
The bikes are repaired if necessary and given to those in the greatest of need. Some are distributed locally but most are sent overseas to Africa or the Caribbean nations.
Keith has actually been doing this locally since 1995, having collected over 200,000 bikes through the years. He was at the recent E-Care recycling event on Oct 19 doing what he does best, collecting about 100 bikes for those in need of transportation.
For more info or to donate bikes and cash… Bikes for the World
Nov 11: LVCA General Meeting – School Board Member Reid Goldstein
When: Monday, November 11, 8pm
Where: Community House, 1920 North Highland St
The November Lyon Village meeting will feature School Board Member Reid Goldstein. He will discuss current issues facing Arlington Public Schools. Much of the meeting will be devoted to Question and Answers.
Everyone is encouraged to come to the LV Meeting on Monday night. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to come also.
The School staff recently announced potential big changes to the school boundaries that affect LV and other areas. Here is a chance to get first hand feedback.
Elementary School Planning for 2021 (APS)
For NoVa schools, a question of where to put all those students (WaPo)
“Arlington Public Schools may shuffle nearly a quarter of its elementary school students around to combat the county’s persistent overcrowding problems.”
APS Proposes Major Elementary School Swap (ARLnow)
Plans to Add/Drop Courses 2020-21 (InsideNOVA)
Beyer Writes FAA On Airplane Noise in Arlington
Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration expressing concerns about its recent announcement to make changes to flight paths at DCA to accommodate Secret Service needs without giving meaningful consideration to community interests. Beyer urged FAA to delay implementation of the proposed changes to DCA flight procedures in order to engage the community.
Beyer Press Release
Arlington Houses Continue To Get More Expensive
Long & Foster‘s September market snapshot shows 193 sales in Arlington (down 13% from last Fall) and 268 homes on the market (down 52% from last Fall). The median September price was $590,000 (15% more than last Fall).
Click for story at WTOP
A forewarning of steep County Property Tax assessments and tax increases if rates remain constant or increase.