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Benjamin Banneker Park Parasitoid Wasp Release


Dear Arlington East Falls Church Residents: 

The forestry and natural resources section of Parks and Recreation is releasing a USDA-approved biological control, to fight the spread of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is killing our native ash trees, and you may have seen dead ash trees in your local parks. Fairfax County has been releasing biocontrol insects like this for the past 2 years, and we are now included in the program, as well. We will be releasing the first batch of these in Benjamin Banneker Park tomorrow (May 17, 2023).   You can learn more at the following link:

We are happy to take questions.

Vincent Verweij

Urban Forest Manager (MA-5739A, TRAQ)

Arlington County Parks and Natural Resources



For maintenance and tree planting requests, please use our Report A Problem tool:

Learn about our draft Forestry and Natural Resources Plan:

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Arlington County Engagement Opportunities

We received the following notices (from Justin Beck of the County Manager's Communications Team) that may be of interest:

Good afternoon Civic Association Presidents and members,

Here are the County highlights for upcoming engagement opportunities and key County News Releases for May. As many of you already know the big news this week was the Adopted FY 2024 Budget along with various Earth Day events across Arlington. Hopefully, you all are able to incorporate these into your newsletters or you can send directly to your members. Have a great weekend and as always feel free to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.

Vision Zero Open House & Feedback Form, April 26

Join the Vision Zero team for an open house on April 26 at 4 p.m. to learn about their progress from 2022, provide feedback on transportation safety in Arlington, and plans for the third year of the program. Or use the online form to share your feedback, now through April 30. Read more.  

CARRT Preparedness Day of Action - In-Person Event, April 29  

Join the Community Advancing Resilience and Readiness Together group for a Preparedness Day of Action on April 29 at 10 a.m. to learn about flood prevention and preparedness resources. Visit the project page to volunteer and learn more. 

CERT's New Volunteer Basic Training - In-Person Event on Apr 12 through May 13 

Join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for a series of training sessions to learn skills that help prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies like fire suppression, search & rescue, and first aid. Visit the project page to learn more and register for the event. Learn more.

Arlington Earth Day Events 2023

Join in on Arlington’s Earth Day events.  Events in May include:

Volunteer Arlington's Nominate a Volunteer through May 2

Volunteer Arlington is accepting nominations for their Community Awards and Volunteer Arlington Award. If you're interested in nominating someone who has done exceptional work with volunteering to serve Arlington, you can learn more here!

Draft Historic and Cultural Resources Plan – Open House on May 6 

The Historic Preservation Program is seeking feedback on the draft Historic and Cultural Resources Plan (formerly known as the Historic Preservation Master Plan). Join the Open House on May 6 from 12-3 p.m. to learn more, or share your feedback on the draft plan here, now through June 20. Visit the project page to learn more.

Neighborhood Complete Streets Community Meeting – Virtual on May 8, 7 p.m. 

Join the Neighborhood Complete Streets Project team to learn more about the concept plans for the 2023 projects: 8th Road S. between S. Dinwiddie and S. Frederick Street; 14th Street between N. Ohio Street and N. McKinley Road; and S. Irving Road from 2nd Street to 6th Street S. Learn more about the Virtual Open House here.

Nominate a Park Hero through May 12

Submit your nominations for an outstanding volunteer dedicated to improving or maintaining parklands, natural resources and habitats, and outdoor public spaces here in Arlington. Nominate them for the 2022 Bill Thomas Park Volunteer Award! Visit the project page to learn more. 

WMATA's Better Bus Network Redesign

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is kicking off a series of in-person engagements to collect feedback to inform its Better Bus Network Redesign project. This project includes new facilities, better bus communication, and signal and lane improvements. WMATA's Better Bus Experience LIVE series will include in-person workshops and pop-up events, as well as virtual lunch and learns and opportunities for feedback. Visit WMATA's Better Bus Network page to learn more about the redesign, give your input online, and stay informed on in-person events.

Share Feedback on the Demographic Data Dashboard

The new data dashboard breaks down Population and Demographic Estimates for Arlington's civic associations. The dashboard is in beta form, and the County is asking the community to test the dashboard and provide feedback


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Tuckahoe Park Events

A Message from Tuckahoe Park Stewards:

You’re invited to participate in either of two events at Tuckahoe Sat, April 29 and Sun. April 30, 2-4pm or on your own! Pass it along to people interested in observing and learning from nature.
We’ll focus on fungi and moss but enjoy all the spring things in the park. Tuckahoe Park Saturday CNC
Trees are the focus today but enjoy both cultural as well as natural history. Tuckahoe Park Sunday CNC
Your neighbor,
Mary McLean
Tuckahoe Park Steward
Arlington County Parks and Rec.
Arlington Regional Master Naturalist
703-966-2047 text or call to reach me quickly
We need you for the 2023 City Nature Challenge, April 28 – May 1!
We are hoping to recruit a record number of people this year to make at least one observation of nature using iNaturalist, during the City Nature Challenge, April 28-May 1, 2023.
What is the City Nature Challenge?
What started out as a friendly competition between LA and San Francisco in 2016 to document urban nature using iNaturalist, has expanded to over 450 cities in 40 countries this year. ARMN is again helping to organize participation in the City Nature Challenge DC, encompassing the entire DC metro area, including 14 counties in Virginia, 5 counties in Maryland and Jefferson County in West Virginia.
iNaturalist observations create a global database that provides valuable information about the world’s biodiversity. In 2022, out of the world-wide competition, the DC area came in first in the number of identifiers, second in the number of observers, fifth in the number of observations and seventh in the number of species identified. We’re hoping to build on that incredible record again this year!
Who can participate and where?
ARMN is supporting a wide variety of observation events in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax.  There are plenty of locations and times to choose from, or just go out and explore and make observations in your favorite park. Invite your friends and families to become citizen scientists and participate; all ages and levels of expertise are welcome. The more eyes on the ground and up in the sky the better. Join the fun, and contribute to the collection of data, to see which city can engage the most participants, make the most observations and identify the most species.
Where to learn more and sign up?
·       To download the iNaturalist app:
·       Local CNC resources: DC City Nature Challenge webpage
·       Video tutorials from iNaturalist:
·       Sign up for an ARMN (Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Extension Office supported)-sponsored event: SignUp Genius

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Street Paving and Slurry Seal 2023 Schedules

(From Arlington County DES)


Arlington County will begin this year’s paving season around the second week of April and run to late September 2023, weather permitting.  

A notice will be distributed to each residential or business address to notify them their street has been selected for paving.  Attached is the door hanger which will be distributed along with “No Parking Signs” 24 to 48 hours prior to the start of operation. There will be inconveniences such as traffic detours, no parking on the streets, noise, dust, etc. We will try to reduce the number of these disruptions and appreciate the residents’ understanding during this time. We would like your assistance in communicating with the resident about our plan. 

A detailed area map showing the proposed work locations can be accessed via the Internet at:

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Francis Soulamany at (703) 228-7822 or by e-mail You can also contact the paving manager, William Bergeron at (703) 228-7614 (Northside)   Please contact Francisco Medina Silva (703) 228-7823 (Southside) if you are unable to reach Mr. Soulamany.                          


Arlington County will begin this year’s street sealing season around June 2023, weather permitting.

A notice will be mailed to each residential or business address to notify them their streets has been selected for Sealing.  Attached is the door hanger which will be distributed along with “No Parking Signs”  48 hours prior to the start of operation. There will be inconveniences such as traffic detours, no parking on the streets, noise, dust, etc. We will try to reduce the number of these disruptions and appreciate the residents’ understanding during this time.

A detailed area map showing the proposed work locations can be accessed via the Internet at:

 For Slurry Seal questions contact:                                                                           
Alex Portillo
Construction Manager
Water/Sewer and Streets Bureau


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Demographic Data by Civic Association

Arlington County looking for feedback on a demographic data page they have created.

Check it out     HERE

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On Missing Middle Study and Expanded Housing Options (EHO)

Over 200 citizens -- old, young, renters, homeowners, newcomers and lifelong residents -- showed up to share their views and perspectives with the Arlington County Board during the Public Comment period at the March 18th County Board Meeting.  More will speak at the Recessed Meeting scheduled for 6:30 PM on March 21st.  The County Board will then consider what they have heard, deliberate on the proposed zoning changes (now called Expanded Housing Options), and vote.   A video of the March 18th meeting can be found under the News Tab. 

UPDATE:   The EHO changes to the zoning ordinance were approved 5-0 on Wednesday March 22.  The meeting can be viewed HERE

I recommend watching the final 30 minutes during which each of our Board members summed up their reasons for voting Yes and shared important thoughts on where we go from here.

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DC United

If you would like to organize a group to attend a DC United game at Audi Field call or send an e-mail to:

Alex Strafer 202 980 2703

He called to offer discount tickets (20% off) to AEFCCA residents.

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Langston Blvd Alliance 10 Yr Anniversary

On February 4th, the Langston Blvd. Alliance (LBA) celebrated its 10th year in action with a brunch for the Presidents of the Civic Associations in the Langston Boulevard Corridor (Rosslyn to East Falls Church).  Also attending were former County Board Member Mary Hynes and current County Board Member and liason to LBA, Matt DiFerrante,  as well as the County's lead planner for the Plan Langston Boulevard project, Natasha Alfonso-Ahmed.   Among various speakers were LBA founders Sandi Chesrown and Ginger Brown who together presented a number of proposed revisions to the latest draft of Plan Langston Blvd.   The draft Plan can be reviewed online. Plan Langston

You may also visit the webpage of Langston Boulevard Alliance for  more information about the origins of the Plan.

  Langston Blvd Alliance

As Arlington-East Falls Church (and Cherrydale) have developed their own Area Plans, they will not be included in the site specific recommendations of Plan Langston Blvd.  However, the AEFCCA is committed to working with Arlington County, the City of Falls Church, the AEFCCA community, and other communities of the Langston Blvd Corridor to see how best we can move towards our many shared goals.  

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Stormwater Utility Update

For more information on the new Stormwater Utility:

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On the Air

Your Civic Association is here for YOU.

Share your ideas. Share your concerns.

Have a question? Have many?

Click on Read More to "comment"

and get the Conversation started!

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