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The Civic Voice

Newsletter of the Arlington County Civic Federation

April, 2001 - Volume 85, No. 9

State Delegation To Visit May Meeting

    May 2001 General Meeting
    7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1st
    Arlington Hospital, Hazel Auditorium
    1701 N. George Mason Drive

May Meeting Program

  • Congressman Jim Moran

  • Visit With Legislative Delegation

  • Extension Service Presentation

This month�s general membership meeting will feature a visit from Congressman Jim Moran and our State Legislators (all had been invited as of press time). We will also hear a presentation from the Arlington Extension Service. We are hoping to get an update from our Committee Chairs on their plans through the end of the year. This should be a lively program with plenty of interesting topics for everyone. Latebreaking Note: The Public Services resolution has been postponed until next month.

Annual Banquet a Big Success!

Those of you unable to make the March 30th celebration at the Ballston Hilton missed a great evening! Attendance was higher than any in recent memory (over 115 people showed) with numerous local dignitaries including State Delegates, County Board Members, the Acting County Manager, Sheriff, Police Chief and many more. Randy Swart, Awards Committee Chairman, reports about those we recognized for civic service this year on the following page.

2001 Civic Service Awards

by Randy Swart

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:

    Reid Goldstein
    Reid was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding work as Chair and Co-Chair of the Federation's Housing Committee, and as the Federation's representative to the Citizens Advisory Commission on Housing and the Task Force on Affordable Housing.

    Terri Prell and Roger Meyer
    These two recipients raised the level of the Federation's interaction with Arlington's schools over the past two years as co-Chairs of our Schools Committee.

    Jay Jacob Wind
    Jay was recognized for his work as co-Chair of the Federation's Parks Committee and for contributions to our Web page Toolkit for New Delegates, including a compilation of typical civic association revenues and expenses, and advice to civic associations on Internet techniques.

    The Journal Cup Awarded to Frances Finta
    Frances is a mainstay of the Federation who, among many other things, is our current Treasurer and has been our Membership Committee Chair since 1985. She has served on the Executive Committee, Schools Committee, Awards Committees, Audit Committees, Nominating Committees, Special Events Committee, Banquet Committee, County Fair booth staff and more.

    Jean (left) and Frances (right)

    Order of Distinguished Meritorious Service for Jean Mostrom
    Jean was recognized for sustained and exceptional service as President, Parliamentarian, Co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee, and service in a variety of civic organizations beyond the Federation.

Nominations Committee Looking for
Executive Committee Candidates!

The five members of the Nominating Committee elected at the April meeting are seeking the input of Federation delegates regarding membership on next year's Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee is responsible for the general supervision of the Federation's financial and business affairs between regular business meetings. Membership involves attending one monthly meeting in addition to the regular monthly general membership meeting.

Please contact a member of the Nominating Committee with the names of delegates or alternates whom you think would serve the Federation well as a member of the Executive Committee. You can make your suggestions directly to Nominating Committee members at the May 1 meeting, or contact them by telephone before May 4, 2001: Frances Finta (528-2882); Wayne Kubicki (536-1954); Ann Rudd (536-8270); Tim Wise (243-8345); and Sue Zajac (671-0497).

Neighborhood Day On May 12th

If you get this newsletter by April 28, it�s still not too late to enter a float for your organization in the annual Neighborhood Day Parade! This year�s parade will include lots of our neighbors and many interesting participants of a historical nature and a �Bicentennial Flavor.� If you aren�t in the parade � don�t miss the opportunity to watch it from Wilson Blvd � and cheer your neighbors on! The festivitives in the Courtyard and Parking Area afterward are not to be missed, either!

Arlington Extension Service Visit

Our May 1 meeting will include a presentation on Arlington's partnership between Virginia's land grant universities and the county's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources. The Extension's programs and services provide assistance in such areas as individuals, families and youth at risk; economic stability; and environmental quality. In Arlington, the Extension is involved in the County Fair, Farmer's Market, Master Gardeners, and Community Gardens

Bicentennial Attics Project

As we heard at the March meeting, the Bicentennial Celebration Task Force is seeking the participation of Civic Federation members. In cooperation with the Arlington Community Archives and the Arlington Historical Society, we are encouraging Arlingtonians to search through the letters, photographs, maps, and artifacts in their homes or offices for items that help to flesh out the story of our community's past. We hope to expand our rich historical resources through donations of such items by individuals and organizations. For more information or to donate, contact Charlene Bickford at 703-525-7368or email cnbickford@hotmail.com

More Neighborhood Day Activities!

Besides the neighborhood activities and parade, don�t forget about these activities...

  • Columbia Pike Blues Festival goes from noon to 6 p.m. at Patrick Henry School, 701 So. Highland Street (May 12). Admission is free, and the lineup features Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson -- plus great food, free moonbounce, antique cars, swing dancing and an instrument petting farm. Twilight Tattoo � Fort Myer�s 3rd U.S. Infantry and the U.S. Army Band will honor Arlington�s Bicentennial with music and military pageantry that is terrifically impressive. Hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington on the Summerall Parade Field at 6:30 p.m., this ceremony is free and open to the public. Contact the Army at (703) 696-4979 for details! First, at the risk of repeating my self yet again, but I�ll say it once more � my hat�s off to the Banquet Committee (especially to Kim Smith) for a wonderful Annual Banquet.

  • This May�s visit by the State Delegation should be an interesting evening. With the budget standoff and political redistricting ongoing, I expect an interesting question and answer period.

  • On May 23rd, I�ll be sitting in as a participant at a roundtable regarding the County�s Task Force on Arlington�s Future -- commenting on reformulating the County�s vision of a diverse community of dynamic, secure residential and commercial neighborhoods; a learning, caring participating community in which each person is important. Contact me if you have comments on how this vision ought to be reshaped.

  • The schools have contacted us seeking input in two areas � first, we have an opportunity to nominate a Federation member for the Advisory Council On School Facilities. Second � we may wish to nominate one or more of our members for the School Board�s Honored Citizen, 2001 award. If you are interested in serving on the advisory council or wish to nominate someone for the Honored Citizen award, contact our Schools Committee Co-Chairs listed on the back cover of this newsletter!

See you on Tuesday!

-- Jim Pebley

p.s.: Public Comment still starts at 7 p.m.!

p.p.s: Don�t forget about our Civic Heroes Program! If you know some truly worthy Arlingtonian, contact an Executive Committee Member or Federation Officer about nominating him or her!

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+

Committee Chairs

    Bylaws (Co-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

    Housing (Co-Chairs)

      Reid Goldstein 703-271-0431 reid+
      Wayne Kubicki 703-536-1954 waynne+


      Nancy Graham 703-243-4650 nancy+


      Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)

    Parks & Recreation (Co-Chairs)

    Planning & Zoning (Co-Chairs)

      William Gearhart 703-522-2276 bill+
      Martha Moore 703-527-3782 martha+

    Public Services


    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



Newsletter Editorial Committee

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


      Dan Krasnegor703-534-4024 - dan+
      Randy Swart 703-521-2080 - randy

    + 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. (This page!)

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

This page was last revised on: December 28, 2003.
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