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Cherrydale’s Third Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, March 11
Join us Saturday, March 11, in the Social Hall of the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department at 3900 Lee Highway for our next meeting of the Cherrydale CitizensAssociation. It is our third annual Spaghetti DinnerFundraiser! Come enjoy pasta, wine, great company and dancing to live local music from the Cherrydale Jazz Ensemble—all for a good cause. Seatings are 5:00-6:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids.
Heartfelt appreciation goes to our donors, volunteers and all who make this entirely LOCAL event possible. We’ll have incredible homemade sauce and salad from Hungry Catering, fresh pasta from Gaijin Ramin, fresh bread from LeoNora bakery, live music by the Cherrydale Jazz Ensemble, and the generous support of Evan Lacopo and Holly Billy of the 3877 Group of Wydler Brothers Real Estate. Proceeds from this event will fund the upcoming Cherrydale Citizens Association’s Fourth of July barbecue, potluck, and fireworks party and help pay for the recent upgrades to the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department. We are grateful to CVFD President Tim Horner and Chief Chris Jones and the CVFD firefighters for the use of their house and the time and labor to support the event.
We’ll see you there!
CCA Meetings Going on a Tour of Cherrydale
The Cherrydale Citizens Association is going on a tour of Cherrydale. Starting in May, we will be meeting in different parts of Cherrydale.
On May 17, we are meeting in Oak Grove Park to discuss traffic, pedestrian, and bike safety. On July 4, we are meeting on the Fourth at 21st Street & Stafford Street for our barbecue, dance, and fireworks party. We will be meeting on September 27 somewhere else in Cherrydale to discuss how to get involved in Arlington’s many many citizen advisory committees. And on November 15 we will be talking about schools, holding CCA elections, and discussing changes to CCA’s By-Laws.
One of the reasons for the change in location is that the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department gets a lot of its
revenue from renting out its Social Hall, and it recently found a new tenant for Wednesdays. But we also realized this was a great opportunity for us to meet in other parts of Cherrydale—its parks, its schools, its churches, and maybe its businesses or clubs. We are currently looking for places to meet on a rotating basis. If you have an idea about where the CCA can meet once or twice during the year, please contact CCA President Jim Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for updates.
Coming in June: Cherrydale Yard Sale
Thanks Scott Springston and Kathy Holt, we can look forward to another Cherrydale Neighborhood Yard Sale in June. Scott, Kathy, and Dakota take out ads in several local newspapers and online, put up several huge signs (and lots of little signs), and cover the neighborhood with directional arrows to help drivers find all the sales in the community!
Last year, over 75 Cherrydalers cleaned out their attics, their garages and basements. They sold their treasures, collectibles, antiques, sporting goods, toys, books, furniture, clothes, or whatever. And kids sold lemonade and other goodies!
Experienced buyers consider Cherrydale’s Yard Sales to be the highlight of their year. Join us again this June.
Changes Coming to Five Points Intersection
Arlington is moving forward with planned improvements to the Five Points Intersection. Construction will hopefully begin in 2017. Planned improvements include:
Contribute to the Sweet and Sour News
The Sweet and Sour News is a great way for the Cherrydale Citizens Association to reach every Cherrydaler, young and old. It is a unique resource for providing news and information about Cherrydale and Cherrydalers.
Over the years, we’ve had a number of Cherrydalers contribute articles or even start a column. We’re looking for folks to start doing that again.
And delivering the Sweet and Sour News is a fun and easy way to join our tremendous network of Cherrydale volunteers. The newsletter comes out five or six times a year, and volunteers adopt a street and have two weekends to hand deliver the newsletter. It only takes about 20 or 30 minutes and is a great way to stay in touch with your neighbors.
Email CCA President Jim Todd at email@example.com if you are interested in contributing an article or volunteering. Thanks!
Nominate a New NC Project!
We need your ideas for our next Cherrydale NC project. NC projects can include sidewalks and street lights, street lights only, park improvements, beautification, and other capital improvement projects to benefit the neighborhood. Download the forms and send completed forms to our NC Representative. Our next project in sidewalk improvements on North Quebec St. between 17th St. and 18th Rd. But we are already thinking about our future projects. Submit your ideas today!
Help Plan the CCA's Fourth of July Party
Cherrydale's Fourth of July block party is coming back! Again! It is one of the best parts of living in Cherrydale. Along with our Cherrydale neighborhood parade, our annual yard sale, and our spaghetti dinner, our Fourth of July party is an endearing, old-fashioned, family-friendly, neighborhood event. It is a blast. We’ll have a cookout and potluck, and a DJ, so we can have dancing and a hula hoop contest. We also get a large bouncy house for the kids. We’re planning on face painting, hand-cranked Italian ice, a visit from the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Our grand finale is watching the fireworks over the National Mall, with a musical broadcast by our DJ.
We love our Fourth of July party. But it takes planning, coordination, and volunteers! That’s where you come in. With your help, we can make it another success. We need your help with, arranging activities and events, finding sponsors for food and supplies, setting up tables, chairs and tents on the day of, grilling, brining side dishes, face painting, games, handing out glowsticks, etc. Come to our March, and May CCA meetings or email CCA President Jim Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering. Thanks!
Help Plan Cherrydale’s 125th Anniversary Celebration
Who doesn’t love throwing a birthday party? 2018 will mark the 125th anniversary or Cherrydale’s founding! The Cherrydale Citizens Association is starting to plan now for an entire year of celebrations in 2018. We’d love to focus not only on Cherrydale’s history but also on its present and future. We’d also like to host a series of different kinds of events so everyone can find a way to join in the celebration. We’re looking for a number of volunteers to be part of planning the events, and maybe even take charge of one of them. Come to our March, and May CCA meetings or email CCA President Jim Todd at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering. Thanks!
Marymount Farmers Market
The Marymount Farmers Market is returning this summer beginning in May. It will be open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Shop for local produce, fresh eggs, baked goods, pickles, meat & cheese. Parking at Blue Garage.
This year the Farmers Market is starting the Adopt-a-Saturday program. They are looking two people from civic associations, churches, scouts, or other groups to volunteer to help set up and take down the Market one time. Several other civic associations have been able to round up volunteers. The Cherrydale Citizens Association would love to be able to adopt a Saturday. Come to our March, and May CCA meetings or email CCA President Jim Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering. Thanks!
County Moving Foward with Lee Highway Planning
Arlington County planners may be about to take over planning for the future of Lee Highway after three years of hard work by the Lee Highway Alliance (LHA). The LHA is a citizen-led effort to plan for a more economically-viable, walkable, and attractive corridor that benefits the neighborhoods and the business community. The LHA published a Visioning Study in May 2016 after three years of meetings and community-outreach efforts.
Cherrydale already has its own planning documents. The County Board adopted the Cherrydale Revitalization Plan in 1994, and the Board has approved Cherrydale's Neighborhood Conservation Plan (NC Plan) in 2014. The Revitalization Plan focuses on economic redevelopment of Lee Highway through design initiatives, while the NC Plan focusses on the neighborhood's preferences for Lee Highway and our residential streets.
The Revitalization Plan is over twenty-years-old. The question for Cherrydale is whether to ask County planners to leave Cherrydale out of initial Lee Highway planning or to begin its Lee Highway planning with a re-examination the Revitalizaiton Plan. This could be a chance for the County to understand what worked and what didn't, and it could be a chance to update elements of our plan that are showing their age. But it could also reopen long-settled debates about the future of Lee Highway through Cherrydale.
Since the goal of this planning is to develop a unified vision for Lee Highway's future, rather than letting decisions happen on a ad hoc basis, now may be a great time to focus more resources on Cherrydale.
Submit a Comment on the County's Considertion of Land-Swap Proposal for the Buck Propety
Please join us in asking the Arlington County Board to await the input of the new Joint Facilities Advisory Committee (JFAC) before moving ahead with the proposed land swap involving the Buck property. More information is below:
Arlington County has until November 2017 to decide whether to acquire the "Buck property," 6.1-acres of land zoned light-industrial located just south of I-66 and east of Quincy St., just across the street from the Board of Education, and where Jumping Joeys, Dynamic Gymnastics, Cross Fit Arlington, and Nova MMA are currently located. It is the largest piece of land left in North Arlington.
The future of the Buck property was supposed to be decided after the recommendations of the new Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC), a citizen and staff advisory body that will be convened in 2017 to provide input to the County Board and School Board on capital facilities needs assessment, capital improvement plans and long-range facility planning for both the County and Arlington Public Schools. The JFAC could be a huge step forward for Arlington, as it is the first time that the County will actually plan for future school sites.
But all that is up in the air now. Before Arlington even purchases the Buck property, Arcland Property has proposed a 2.3-acre land swap for property they lease to the County in Shirlington (and where the County currently parks its bus fleet) for a similar-sized piece of Buck property. Arcland wants to build a six-story self-storage facility right on Quincy St. County Manager Mark Schwartz appears to want to move ahead quickly. The County Board has authorized to pursue negotiations of potential terms of the swap.
While the JFAC would still have a role to play in recommending uses for the remainder of the Buck property, the County may be moving ahead with the land swap without awaiting JFAC input. Fortunately, it's easy to let the County know what you think: Please submit a comment to the Board asking them to let the JFAC make recommendations about the future of the entire Buck property, not just the scraps. Please remember that the County needs space to park buses for for other infrastructure uses. But it also needs space for future schools and other community uses. This is your chance to make a difference.
The Buck property is a chance for the County to think strategically, to develop a true long-term plan that will benefit all of Arlington now and in the future. But it's also a chance for the County to demonstrate that sometimes it still focuses only on solving the immediate problem before it, at the expense of the greater good. Let's hope the County chooses to wait for JFAC input.
We will update this page as we learn more.
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