January, 2002 - Volume 86, No. 5
Federation Will Meet on Second Tuesday,
January 8th (NOT ON JAN 1ST!)
County Board to Visit
Federation's January Meeting
December General Meeting
7:30 pm, Tuesday, January 8th
Virginia Hospital Center
Hospital Conference Center
1701 N. George Mason Drive
At the January general membership meeting, the Federation will host a visit
from the Arlington County Board. The rules for the meeting are contained in
this issue of the CIVIC VOICE. Here�s the agenda for January:
January General Meeting
911 Scholarship Fund Up And Running!
At the November meeting, members voted overwhelmingly to establish a
scholarship fund for the college-bound children of Arlington�s Firefighters,
EMTs, Police, Sheriff�s Deputies and Emergency Communications Center
Personnel. At a well-attended ceremony on Sunday, December 9th, at Fire
Station 5 in Pentagon City, County Board Chair Jay Fisette helped the
Federation launch this fund as keynote speaker. The fund is intended as a
means for our community to say �thank you� to Arlington�s Public Safety
Employees for responding to the Pentagon attack on September 11th as well as
for protecting us throughout the year. The scholarship fund is already well
on its way toward meeting its modest fund raising goals with support
spreading across the community. Details on the scholarship fund�s progress
are contained inside this edition of the CIVIC VOICE.
Civic Federation Forms Group to Review Metrorail Route Planning For
At the last Civic Federation Meeting, Federation President, Jim Pebley,
noted that a recent article in the Washington Post as well as a letter from
County Board Metro representative, Chris Zimmerman, indicated that
long-range Metro planners were looking at adding an additional Metrorail
route through Arlington. The Post article described a potential route
across Northern Arlington roughly paralleling the Orange Line. Subsequently
County Staff indicated that the line discussed would cross the Potomac near
the Key Bridge and occupy the center median of I-66 with as many as 3
possible stations between Rosslyn and the East Falls Church station.
Obviously, future County growth and changes in land use planning would be
significantly affected by an additional Metrorail route through the County.
In addition to intense interest by Federation member organizations that
would be impacted by such a route, there has been considerable interest by
members of both the Planning & Zoning Committees and the Transportation
Committee. Members of the Transportation Committee have already met with
the County�s Metro Staffer, Jim Hamre, to seek additional details regarding
the planning process. During that meeting, Federation members discussed
consideration of alternative routing such as a rail line in the vicinity of
Civic Federation President, Jim Pebley, has asked for the formation of a
joint study group to seek additional information about Metro�s planning
process and to see how interests of the Federation�s member organizations
will be addressed. Discussions have included consideration of a special
meeting of the Federation members to discuss the issue of additional
routing. Member organizations are encouraged to join the joint study group
by contacting Jim Pebley via phone or by emailing �info+�
Federation Loses a Heroine
The Civic Federation lost a most remarkable member this past month when
Evelyn Staples died in her sleep on December 18th. Evelyn was 88 years
young and had served as a Civic Federation Delegate for well over 20 years.
Although ill health finally sidelined Evelyn in recent years, she managed to
participate actively for years in a wheelchair, hosting the Revenues and
Expenditure Committee meetings in her home as late as 3 years ago.
For many of us who didn�t know Evelyn as well as we would have liked, a
short history of her life is a remarkable one. Born in Baltimore in 1913,
Evelyn was a pioneer from the start. She earned her law degree in 1941, but
with the clouds of war approaching, Evelyn elected to join the Army Air
Force that year and received flight training. After successfully soloing,
she elected to leave the flight training and join the Women�s Army Corps in
the service of the Judge Advocate�s Office. Later during World War II
Evelyn was recruited by the Office of Special Services (forerunner of the
CIA) and parachuted into occupied France, operating behind the German lines.
Leaving the Army after WWII, Evelyn was recalled to active duty twice � once
for the Korean War and a second time as an intelligence officer during the
Cuban Missile crisis. When she finally left the military service, it was at
the rank of major.
Having settled in Arlington, Evelyn served as a Federation delegate from
the Parkway and later Maywood civic associations. She was a member of the
League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women and
founded Virginia for Animals, an animal advocacy group. In 1991, she ran
for County Board and later served as the Chairman of the Federation�s
Executive Committee, subsequently winning the Journal Cup Award in 1995.
All in all � we have lost a most remarkable woman and Federation stalwart.
Evelyn will be buried in Arlington Cemetery with full military honors on
January 3rd. If you�d like to attend, funeral guests should meet at the
Cemetery's Administration Building at 8:30 AM.
Procedures for County Board Visit
The County Board Members will be invited to speak, followed by a question
and answer period. Although the public is invited, only Federation
delegates and alternates may ask questions. Questions from delegates and
alternates will be entertained as recognized by the meeting�s Chair.
Delegates and alternates who are recognized by the Chair will speak via a
walk-around microphone (handled by the ACCF VP). Delegates are not
required to submit questions in advance. Questions should 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.
County Conducting Housing Needs Survey
The Federation has received word that Arlington County is conducting a
survey on housing needs beginning in late January and ending in February
2002. The purpose of the survey is to inform decision-makers as they plan
housing programs, policies and resources to address the affordable housing
needs of the County. A consultant hired by the County is conducting a
random telephone survey. Federation members are urged to let the County
know how you feel about the housing situation in the County by answering the
survey, which should take roughly 10-15 minutes. Spanish interpreters will
be available as necessary. A goal of the survey is to obtain information on
housing needs the Census does not provide, such as the housing needs of
persons with disabilities. If you have questions about this survey, contact
Fran Lunney, Coordinator of Housing Planning, at 703-228-3785 for more
Notes From The Federation President
As 2001 year draws to a close � I�ll remember this as a year that started
normally enough, was abruptly rocked by a dastardly attack on our County and
our County, yet finishing with a sense of togetherness and a union of
spirits that proved the mettle of our citizens. I�ll stop there to avoid
sounding like a media pundit! In the coming year we will be working hard
- Closely following the planning for a new Metrorail route though Arlington.
The impact of such a new route will greatly affect the future of many of our
neighborhoods and their member organizations.
- Pulling together a repeat of �How to be a Delegate� seminar we held in
September 2000. This program, held on a Sunday afternoon, imparted lots of
useful information about how the Federation works and how you can �activate�
your member organization. We are planning this program for the mid-March
- Getting the Federation�s 911 Scholarship program to meet and then exceed
this year�s minimum fund raising goals. The feedback from our Public Safety
Employees, including the Sheriff, Fire Chief, Deputy Police Chief and the
employee�s association leaders has been unbelievably positive. They are
extremely gratified to know that we appreciate their efforts on our behalf �
everyday, round the clock to protect us and come in a hurry when we need
See you, Tuesday, January 8th
� Jim Pebley
STATUS REPORT ON THE FEDERATION�S 911 SCHOLARSHIP FUND
At the Federation�s November general membership meeting, we established
the Federation�s 911 Scholarship Fund to honor the men and women of
Arlington�s Public Safety Departments for their heroism and sacrifice on
September 11th and every day they serve our community. On December 9th, we
held the kick-off for the 911 Fund � at Fire Station No.5 � the station
closest to the Pentagon. We were gratified to host Delegate Bob Brink, the
County Board, the Fire Chief, the Deputy Police Chief and representatives of
the Sheriff�s Office and the Fire and Police Professional Associations.
At that kick-off, we set an initial goal of establishing five $1,000
scholarships for the college bound children of our Firefighters, EMTs,
Police, Sheriff�s Deputies and Emergency Communications Center staffers.
are rapidly approaching the goal for the first year and are pushing hard to
generate enough donations to keep the fund helping these heroes for years to
come. So far we had contributions ranging from as small as $1 from a child
to $300 (a citizen who donated her tax refund). Arlington-East Falls Church
Civic Association started the fund with a $500 donation which was matched by
a donation from Aurora Highlands CA.
Policemen, Firefighters, E911 Operators and Sheriff�s Deputies from lowest
rank up to their leaders have expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the
recognition by which this scholarship fund drive has honored them. But,
remember, we haven�t stopped collecting! If you or your organization would
like to join in this expression of appreciation for those who wear the blue
uniforms, ride in fire trucks, guard our courts or answer the call when we
need help and dial 911, please consider a donation. It�s tax-deductible.
Here�s how to donate:
1. Download the Federation�s 911 Fund form via our website at
Please spread the word!
2. Mail a check made out to the� Arlington Community Foundation (with a
note "for thed Federation 911 Fund)" and send it to the
Arlington Community Foundation
2525 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA, 22201
...and thanks for helping!
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+
Chairman - Dan Krasnegor 703-534-4024 - dan+
Member - Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 - (voice or fax) - (no email)
Member - Mileva Hartman 703-841-9287 - mileva+
Member - Roger Meyer 703-671-3655 roger+
Member - Patrick Smaldore 703-528-3935 - patrick+
Member - Kim Smith -
ACCF Committee Chairs
Jean Mostrom, Chair 703-532-0452
Scott McGeary, Vice Chair 703-750-4704
Jacqueline Mow 703-528-1112
Frances Finta 703-528-2882 (no email)
Parks & Recreation
Planning & Zoning
William Gearhart 703-522-2276 bill+
Martha Moore 703-527-3782 martha+
Revenues and Expenditures
Robert Atkins 703-527-8859 (voice or fax) no email
Adrienne Pilot 703-351-9464 adrienne+
Jerry Gideon 703-979-8507 jerry+
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