ACPD: How to Guard Your Auto

Vehicle theft is a multi-billion-dollar crime that costs victims time and money. According to the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Reporting Program, there was an estimated 773,139 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide in 2017. Motor vehicle thefts in Arlington rose 15% last year (ACPD 2018 report).

By educating yourself on the common methods of theft and taking some simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of having your vehicle become a target.

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New Interim School Superintendent

The school board has named Cintia Johnson as the Interim Superintendent, while the board searches to permanently fill this role.

Ms. Johnson has been an educator for more than 30 years — most of the time spent in Arlington as a teacher, principal, and administrator. Immediately prior to taking on this role, Ms. Johnson served as the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. Her goals for the 2019-2020 school year include increasing achievement for all school groups, supporting student well-being and mental health, and ensuring that all students know they have an advocate in APS.

Drought: Please Water Your Trees

Trees, even large ones, are stressed from the current drought and need watering. Simply let a hose run on low-medium flow near the base of each tree once a week.

  • Large trees need 100 gallons, which will take 60-90 minutes.
  • Small trees need 25 gallons, which will take 20-30 minutes.

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Check local non-profit Casey Trees weekly watering alerts to find out when watering is needed and learn the best techniques.

New Glass Drop-Off Site: Cherrydale Library

Arlington is adding 3 new glass recycling drop off locations. More are potentially on the way.

The 2 existing glass drop-off sites are at Quincy Park and the Arlington Trades Center.

The 3 new sites will be at the Aurora Hills Community Center, Cherrydale Branch Library, and Lee Community Center.

Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan

Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan
The Arlington County Board adopted a sweeping update to the Community Energy Plan that sets ambitious targets for transforming the County’s energy sector.

The plan incorporates goals for buildings; resilience; renewable energy; transportation, County government actions, and education and human behavior. It envisions a carbon neutral Arlington by 2050 that will be more resilient, where all electricity will come from renewable sources, where more residents will drive electric vehicles and more will use transit, and where homes and buildings will be more energy-efficient.

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Car Stolen Saturday in Lyon Village

Car Stolen Saturday in Lyon Village
The car was stolen overnight Saturday. It was parked far up the driveway next to the house. Also 3 cars were broken into on Wednesday in Cherrydale. Keep in mind the tips provided by ACPD (see below). If possible, it is best to keep your car in your garage.

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.

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