February, 2006 - Volume 90, No. 6
ACCF General Meeting Notice
Tuesday February 7, 2006, 7:30pm
Hazel Conference Center
Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington
1701 North George Mason Drive
Tuesday February 7, 2006
1. Pledge of Allegiance (formal start of meeting)
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of Minutes (Jan 3, 2006)
4. Treasurer's Report
5. Executive Committee Resolution
6. Parks Committee Resolution
7. Public Services Committee Program (see below)
8. New Business/Adjournment
Message from the President
How would Arlington handle a health outbreak?
Come to the February 7th Arlington County Civic Federation meeting and find out!!
The February 7th Civic Federation meeting will feature an investigation of a health "outbreak" in a special ninety-minute interactive program presented by Arlington's Public Health Director, Dr. Reuben Varghese. Dr. Varghese will use audience participation in an exercise featuring a mock health outbreak to demonstrate how Arlington would approach an epidemic. The goal of the program is to familiarize participants with how a public health investigation works and to get people thinking about the practical things they should do to prepare for any public health emergency. It is really up to each one of us to see that we have nonperishable food, drinkable water, and flashlights in our homes or apartments for emergency use, for example. We should all wash our hands frequently, and see that the gas tanks in our vehicles are never less than half full of fuel. Dr. Varghese will provide us with factual information and will indicate things that should worry or should not worry us.
Dr. Varghese became the Arlington Health Officer last July 18 after an extensive search. The Civic Federation participated in the final interviews and was well represented by Bob Atkins, the well-known, knowledgeable, and experienced public health activist on our Public Services Committee.
In announcing Dr. Varghese's appointment, County Manager, Ron Carlee, stated, "demonstrated excellence in preventive medicine and epidemiology make Reuben K. Varghese, M.D. the logical choice to become Arlington County's new Health Officer." Dr. Varghese holds an M.D. degree from Brown University and an M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) from Johns Hopkins University. He has had extensive experience in public health including participation on the CDC (Center for Disease Control) team sent to New York City to monitor the latent health effects of 9/11.
As background for the program on Feb 7th, we will distribute copies of the TIME magazine special issue on global health for 2005,with a center section entitled, "The Paths of Infection." The GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical corporation has donated copies for participants. If you want to read the article first, it is in the Nov.7, 2005 edition of TIME. Their website is:
For information about Arlington's Health programs, see the
Arlington County Public Health website
Then click on Public Health.
Planning & Zoning Committee Updates:
The committee reviewed the new lot coverage restrictions adopted by the County Board in November and on December 14 asked the County Board Clerk and County staff how "height" was substituted for "footprint" in Section 35-A-1-(b), which addresses rebuilding rights. The word height was not in the documents the committee reviewed earlier. Several other questions were submitted; the current materials on the civfed.org Web site will be updated when responses are received.
Use of Church/Lodge Parking Lots in Residential Neighborhoods
About 50 delegates completed a straw poll taken at the ACCF Janurary 7th General meeting. There was wide support for making parking available via both the by-right and use permit provisions in proposed zoning ordinance amendment. However, delegates wanted: 1) more restrictions on the types of vehicles allowed; 2) the use permit to run with the specific use and not with the land; and 3) access to be by arterials if possible. Delegates also supported making the lots available for commuters, which was more liberal than the staff recommendation. Poll results are available on the civfed.org Web site and were made available to the County Board for the January 21st meeting when the Board will vote on the zoning ordinance amendment.
For more information please contact: Martha Moore, email@example.com
GLOBAL 2005 Health
(Source: GSK/GlaxoSmithKline report and TIMEMAG)
ACCF Committee Chairs
Ad Hoc Airports Committee
Community Relations Committee
Cultural Affairs Committee
Ben Axelroad, Chair - 703-525-3083
Frances Finta, Chair - 703-528-2882/fax 703-528-0182
Parks & Recreation Committee
Planning & Zoning Committee
Public Services Committee - Amy Levin, 703-521-4894+
Revenues & Expenditures Committee
Special Events Committee
Jim Pebley - 703-525-0766
Tim Reese 703-533-0091, Co-Chairs
Frances Finta - Phone 703-528-2882/ Fax 703-528-0182
The Arlington County Civic Federation 2005-2006
Executive Committee Officers
Executive Committee Members
Arlington County Civic Federation
C/o Patrick A. Smaldore Jr.
3859 North Second Street
Arlington, VA 22203-3803
This page was last revised on: February 15, 2006.