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The Civic Voice

Newsletter of the Arlington County Civic Federation

September, 2000 - Volume 85, No. 1 ------


September General Meeting
7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 5th
Arlington Hospital - Conference Center
1701 N. George Mason Drive

We begin our fall season with Candidates Night. Due to the large number of races we will begin early at 7 PM. We will start by introducing the uncontested Arlington School Board Candidates (with 2 minute speeches and no questions due to time constraints). The order of panels of candidates for contested races will be presented is:

- - - - Order of Appearance - - - -

U.S. House of Representatives
(8th District)

Arlington County Sheriff
(Special Election)

Arlington County Board

The rules are listed in later paragraphs, with the usual drawing of names to ask questions and the always-popular requirement that questions be limited to 30 seconds! The public is invited to observe. We expect a large turnout, so arrive early if you can.

New Delegates' Workshop:
�The Nuts and Bolts of Running a
Neighborhood Civic Association�

Sunday, 10 September, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

The ACCF is holding a workshop on the nuts and bolts of running a neighborhood civic association on Sunday, September 10, 1:30 to 4:30 PM at the Hazel Conference Center at Arlington Hospital (where we hold our monthly meetings). Topics include finances, dues, newsletters, the Web, events, membership, neighborhood conservation plans, zoning issues and constructive debate with the County. For more info check this flyer and program on our Web site, or call Randy Swart at 703-521-2080.

The Civic Federation Has A
New Web Page Address!

Thanks to our ACCF VP, Dan Krasnegor, and past President, Randy Swart, we now have an easy-to-remember internet address for the Civic Federation. You can now access our web site by using either of the following addresses:
www.civfed.com or www.civfed.org

Rules for Candidates Night

1. Each candidate will have an opportunity to make a 3 minute opening statement. The order will be determined by a drawing by the candidates to be held at the podium at the start of the panel. After opening statements, the candidates will have the opportunity to field questions from the audience. Surrogates for candidates are not permitted. The Federation President will serve as Moderator.

2. Each candidate will have one minute to answer each question posed to any member of their panel. The order of answering questions will rotate with each new question unless the question is posed directly to one member of the panel, in which case that candidate will answer first. Following questions each candidate will have one minute to make a summation statement. Candidates will be informed when time has expired and the Moderator will ask the candidate to conclude his or her remarks.

3. Although the Public is invited, only Delegates and Alternates may ask questions. Questions from Federation delegates and alternates will be entertained through a random drawing system. Delegates and alternates will have the opportunity to register for the drawing by noting their name and the civic organization they represent on a name card. Registration will be conducted in the Hospital Conference Center lobby between 6:15 p.m. and the conclusion of opening statements by candidates on the respective panel to which the question is to be directed. The name card is to be placed in the applicable public office box located at the registration desk. Delegates and alternates whose names are drawn at random by the moderator will speak via a walk-around microphone (handled by the ACCF VP) when recognized to pose their question. The ACCF does not require the subject of questions to be submitted in advance.

4. Questions must be concise, no more than thirty seconds in length, and not statements of position. Argumentative, multi-part, and follow-up questions will not be permitted. Time is available for at least three questions per panel of candidates. In the interest of allowing as many persons as possible to ask questions, each delegate or alternate will be allowed to pose only one question to one panel of candidates. If their name is subsequently drawn for a second panel, it will be disqualified unless all who registered for that panel have already asked a question of a previous panel.

5. Candidates Night is a nonpartisan public forum, open to the public, and is conducted on the property of our host, Arlington Hospital. Customary hospital noise limits apply. Cell phones are not allowed inside Hospital buildings. Signs, banners, demonstrations and audio-visual presentations are not allowed in the Conference Center lobby, hallway, auditorium, or on the outside of the Hospital building. Only authorized press and ACCF representatives may tape or photograph the proceedings. Literature may be distributed only in the lobby of the Conference Center, from 6:15 p.m. until the close of the meeting. Candidates and their supporters are asked to respect the Hospital's rules as well as the sensitivities of patients and visitors during the evening. It is expected that the event will be videotaped by Cable Channel 33 personnel for later broadcast. Other members of the media will be invited.

6. The decorum of the Civic Federation will be observed at all times. Deliberate demonstrations staged while panel members are speaking will not be tolerated and may result in terminating that portion of the program. Civic Federation members and guests are expected to refrain from audible conversations and other behavior that may distract panel members and detract from the decorum of the program. Members and guests failing to observe Civic Federation decorum (as outlined above) will be asked to leave the auditorium.

�Notes From Your ACCF President�

In this first note as your new ACCF President, I�d like to personally thank Randy Swart for two terrific years as our President. Randy has been an inspiration for everything he has contributed to our Federation, his civic association and to our community. The 2000 Journal Cup went to the right Arlingtonian!

While we haven�t had any general membership meetings since May, your Executive Committee and President have been busy on your behalf. Some of our activities have included:

  • Our County Fair booth was a great success; we met lots of neighbors and referred many of them to their civic associations.
  • Your President reminded the County Board that the ACCF is on record opposing a baseball stadium.
  • We are looking for members interested in learning to operate TV cameras and produce programs on Cable Channel 33 for our monthly meetings. We will train you!
  • The Executive Committee undertook a brainstorming session about the mission and future of the ACCF (more on that in later issues). We are now developing issue areas we want the ACCF committees to assess, investigate and report back on.
  • We are looking for members to chair or participate in ACCF Committees.

    - - - Jim Pebley

    More Notes

    Legislative Committee -- The committee�s last meeting is on September 11. Contact Nancy Graham (703-243-4650) if you have inputs for this year�s legislative package!

    October Meeting - 7:30 pm Oct 5th

    • We are inviting a panel of County Commission Chairs to discuss bond initiatives
    • We will consider Resolutions on State Constitution Amendments and Bond Referendum

    Committee Chairs


        Jean Mostrom, Chair 703-532-0452
        Scott McGeary, Vice Chair 703-750-4704

      Community Relations

        Jacqueline Mow 703-528-1112

      Cultural Affairs

      Environmental Affairs


        Reid Goldstein 703-271-0431 reid+


        Nancy Graham 703-243-4650 nancy+


        Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)

      Parks & Recreation


      Planning & Zoning

        William Gearhart 703-522-2276 bill+

      Public Services

        Stan Schachne 703-522-1358 stan+

      Revenues and Expenditures

        Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 (voice or fax) no email

      Schools (Co-Chairs)

        Roger Meyer 703-671-3655 roger
        + Terri Prell 703-820-3782 terri

      + Special Events



    ACCF Officers

      President Jim Pebley 703-525-0766 jim+

      Vice President Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 dan+

      Treasurer Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)

      Secretary Tim Wise 703-243-8345 tim+

    Executive Committee

      Chairman - Patrick Smaldore 703-528-3935 - patrick+

      Member - Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 - (voice or fax) - (no email)

      Member - Darnell Carpenter 703-243-5188 - darnell+

      Member - Mileva Hartman 703-841-9287 - mileva+

      Member - Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 - dan+

      Member - Susan Quinn 703-931-1755 - susan+

    Newsletter Editorial Committee

      Editor: Jim Pebley 703-525-0766 - jim+

      Committee: Randy Swart 703-521-2080 - randy+, Dan Krasnegor

      News email: - civicvoice Fax: 703-486-0576

      + Web: - www.civfed.org (.com works too)

    Recipients of this newsletter are encouraged to forward to all and any interested parties

    Copies of the Newsletter are available for Download from the Civic Federation website.

    If you have comments or complaints, please contact the editor, Jim Pebley

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