December 18, 2019 General Membership Meeting (Wednesday)

7:30 PM in the LIBRARY of Arlington Traditional School Neighbors are encouraged to join us for discussion on issues affecting Bluemont:

  • Come discuss planned improvements to the Bluemont Junction Trail! 7:30 to 8:00 PM, Wednesday December 18 in the LIBRARY of Arlington Traditional School During the December General Membership meeting, Capital Project Manager Rene Harris will update us on planned improvements to Bluemont Junction Trail crossings/intersections at Kensington Street, Emerson Street, and Buchanan Street. The improvements are for safety and access upgrades, and managing storm water.
  • Come ask questions and provide input to the 8th Road, N. and N. Lexington Street Safe Routes to School Street Project to provide a safe, accessible pedestrian route to connect students and Bluemont residents to Wilson Boulevard and Ashlawn Elementary School. During the December General Membership meeting, Capital Project Manager Rene Harris will present the latest plans for the project, receive community input and answer questions. For further information please see the project page at:
    https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/8th-rd-n-n-lexington-st-safe-routes-to-school-street-project/
  • How to connect with Arlington County, volunteer opportunities, County services, getting your voice heard, etc. Presentation and Q&A with Roger Munter, Director of Public Engagement. For more information on community engagement, please see the County engagement page at this link
    https://topics.arlingtonva.us/engage/

Announcement for the Wednesday, January 29, 2020 meeting

At our January 30, 2020 General Membership meeting, neighbors are encouraged to come discuss the status of the long-planned second entrance to the Ballston metro, and County initiatives to increase density in Arlington.

At 7:30 PM, we will have a presentation and Q&A with Kenex Sevilla, County Project Manager for the “western” entrance to the Ballston metro. We will discuss the status, including what comes next and the design of this western entrance. More information about the project is at the County’s project page at this link:
https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/ballston-mu-metro-station-west-entrance/

At 8:00 PM, we will have a presentation and Q&A with ARLNow columnist Peter Rousselot on County initiatives designed to further increase density in Arlington, including elimination of current caps on bonus density and elimination of current single-family zoning restrictions. (https://www.arlnow.com)

We will also discuss other concerns of Bluemont residents, including any you’d like to raise.

The General Membership Meeting begins at 7:30 PM and ends by 9:00 PM. Meet in the LIBRARY of Arlington Traditional School, 855 N. Edison Street.

Neighbors are also welcome to attend the Executive Board meeting that begins at 7:00 PM in the same location.

Announcement for the February 26, 2020 meeting

Neighbors are encouraged to join our February 26 General Membership meeting to discuss the impact of deer on Mary Carlin Woods and other neighborhood forests.

The meeting will feature a presentation and Q&A with Bill Browning, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists group.

White-tailed deer are a beautiful part of our landscape today and they provided an ample source of food for the early European settlers. In Virginia, we practically drove the deer population to extinction by the early 20thcentury, though it has recovered since then and approaches nearly a million in today’s world. Indeed, the deer numbers are so high today that they are endangering our forests and destroying habitat for other wildlife.

In this presentation, we’ll talk about how this population cycle has occurred, and what it means for our parks, forests, and neighborhood. We’ll also talk about the implications for continuing to ignore the increase in the number of deer, especially in Northern Virginia, and about how some of our neighboring jurisdictions have chosen to approach the problem.

For more information about Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, please see https://armn.org

Meet your new BCA team!

At the June 26, General Membership meeting, the following volunteers were elected to serve on the BCA Executive Board or delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation.