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Police: Man Robs 7-Eleven, Arrested Two Days Later Trying to Rob Another

Police car (file photo)An alert Arlington County police officer may have prevented a repeat convenience store robber from striking again.

Police say the officer saw a vehicle driving with its lights off just before 1 a.m. this morning (Thursday) in Lyon Park. The officer then saw a man running from the 7-Eleven parking lot at 2704 Washington Blvd, toward the car. The man was stopped and a black ski mask was found in his possession.

Police believe the man, 21-year-old Arlington resident Camron Richards, was about to rob the 7-Eleven when another car pulled into the parking lot, spooking him. He was charged with attempted robbery in connection with the incident.

Arlington police have also charged Richards with the robbery of a 7-Eleven on S. Carlin Springs Road, near Kenmore Middle School, on Tuesday afternoon. During that robbery, a suspect wearing a black ski mask used force to steal cash.

Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said there have been a series of 7-Eleven robberies across Northern Virginia recently, prompting an FBI investigation.

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Man Stabbed, Seriously Injured While Trying to Stop Purse Snatching

Police car lightsA man was stabbed in the chest and slashed across the face while trying to stop a purse snatching near Kenmore Middle School early Saturday morning.

The incident happened around 12:40 a.m., on the 5900 block of Arlington Blvd. Police say a 48-year-old woman was walking down the street when a man came up to her and tried to steal her purse.

A male friend of the victim, who was walking in front of her, intervened and tried to stop the robbery. A second suspect then stepped in and stabbed the 53-year-old man in the chest and slashed him across the face with a knife, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

After the suspects ran off, the victims managed to flag down a passerby, who called 911.

Medics found the man lying in the grass, suffering life threatening injuries, Sternbeck said. They managed to stabilize him and rush him to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The medics’ quick actions likely saved the man’s life, Sternbeck said — he’s expected to survive.

The woman whose purse was stolen, meanwhile, suffered a laceration to her hand during the robbery.

Police are searching for the two suspects, who remain at large.

“The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’4″ tall, and wearing a black t-shirt and dark pants,” according to a police crime report. “The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’6″ tall, and wearing a black t-shirt and dark pants.”

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Crime Report: Three Busted Boosting Booze

Police car lightsA man and two boys were taken into custody after allegedly stealing alcohol from a local 7-Eleven store.

The incident happened at the 7-Eleven store on S. Carlin Springs Road across the street from Kenmore Middle School. Police say the trio entered the store late Monday night, stole some booze and shoved the clerk on their way out.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ROBBERY, 150811004, unit block of S. Carlin Springs. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on August 10, two juvenile suspects and an adult suspect entered a 7-11 and stole alcohol. When confronted by a clerk they pushed him aside and fled. Richard William Shelton, 25, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with robbery and 6 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juveniles were released in the custody of their parents.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ROBBERY, 150810047, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive. At approximately 6:20 p.m. on August 10, a male victim met with two suspects to sell a belt that he had posted in an ad. Officers detained the two suspects after they attempted to steal the belt and flee. Isaiah Ellis, 18, of Washington D.C., was arrested and transported to booking where the Magistrate issued warrants for Robbery and Identity Theft to Avoid Arrest. The second juvenile suspect was transported to the juvenile detention facility and a robbery petition will be obtained.

ROBBERY, 150807036, 2700 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 12:05 p.m. on August 7, a male subject attempted to steal a USB flash drive from the Apple Store. When confronted by loss prevention officers the suspect attempted to flee but was detained. Nathaniel H. Harris, 56, was transported to booking and a warrant was issued for Robbery and Habitual Larceny Felony. He is being held without bond.

ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT, 150808041, 1900 block of N. Highland Street. At approximately 2:45 a.m. on August 8, a 29 year-old female victim was attacked from behind by an unknown suspect while she was walking home. The suspect placed a pillowcase over the victims face and threw her to the ground. The victim kicked the subject and screamed, causing the suspect to flee. The suspect is described as a black or dark skinned Hispanic male, approximately 5’8″-5’10” tall with an average build.

BURGLARY, 150806004, 900 block of S. 26th Street. At approximately 7:45 a.m. on August 6, a 44 year-old female victim woke up to two male suspects in her residence. The victim screamed, startling the suspects, and they fled the scene. The first suspect is described as a black male approximately 5’10” and weighing 155 lbs. He was wearing a long sleeve fitted grey shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as a black male approximately 6’0″ and possibly wearing a black shirt.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 150809016, 700 block of N. Abingdon Street. At approximately 5:25 a.m. on August 9, a 26 year-old female victim woke up to a Hispanic male knocking on her front door. The suspect returned the victims lost wallet and attempted to enter the residence uninvited. The suspect is described a Hispanic male in his twenties, approximately 5’7″-5’9″ tall and weighed 140-160 lbs. He was wearing an orange short sleeve collared shirt and dark denim pants at the time of the incident.

GRAND LARCENY AUTO, 150808065, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road. At approximately 8:10 p.m. on August 8, a stolen vehicle request went out in cruisers based on a LPR hit in the area. Officers responded and found a male suspect standing outside of the stolen vehicle. Jonathan Marquis Grimes, 22, of Washington D.C., was transported to booking and taken before a Magistrate. A warrant for Grand Larceny Auto was issued and Grimes is being held without bond.

STOLEN VEHICLES

08/05/15, VA 20707M, 2011 Daix Moped, Red
4300 block of N. Henderson Road
08/03/15, VA 14761M, Longbo Moped, Blue
300 block of N. George Mason Drive
08/06/15, VA 23828M, 2008 Funway Moped, Red and White
1500 block of N. Fairfax Drive
08/07/15, VA VFV2067, 2003 Saturn Ion 4, White
5600 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
08/10/15, VA 3043P, 2008 Longbo Moped, Red
1200 block of N. Scott Street
08/11/15, VA WWN9800, 2000 Jeep Cherokee, Blue
1800 block of N. Underwood Street

08/05/15

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150805016, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150805019, 100 block of N. Thomas Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150805022, 2300 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
PETIT LARCENY, 150805030, 2300 block of S. 2nd Street
FRAUD, 150805031, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
GRAND LARCENY, 150805038, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street

08/06/15

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150806003, 300 block of S. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 150806005, 5700 block of N. 15th Street
ATTEMPTED GRAND LARCENY, 150806016, 4300 block of N. 4th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150806017, 2800 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150806037, 5000 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT, 150806040, 800 block of S. Greenbrier Street

08/07/15

ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807002, 900 block of N. Stuart Street
PETIT LARCENY, 150807007, 3100 block of N. Lee Highway
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807004, 4400 block of S. 31st Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807008, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
LARCENY, 150807023, 2000 block of S. Columbia Pike
STALKING, 150807027, 100 block of N. Wayne Street
LARCENY, 150807029, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING, 150807033, 1600 block of N. Mckinley Road
LARCENY, 150807047, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
PETIT LARCENY, 150807051, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150807060, 1100 block of S. 16th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807063, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
ASSAULT BY MOB, 150807069, 900 block of S. Walter Reed Drive
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 150807071, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road

08/08/15

ATTEMPTED LARCENY, 150808001, 700 block of S. Courthouse Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150808008, 1700 block of N. George Mason Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150808033, 1700 block of N. Hartford Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808035, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808044, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808046, 3800 block of N. 9th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808047, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808053, 3100 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150808057, 1400 block of S. Joyce Street
ID THEFT, 150808058, 1100 block of N. Highland Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150808063, 900 block of S. Highland Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808066, 1000 block of S. Hayes

08/09/15

ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150809005, 2000 block of S. Langley Street
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, 150809008, 3000 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809020, 3400 block of N. 21st Avenue
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809021, 4100 block of S. 31st Street
LARCENY, 150809022, 1200 block of S. Fern Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809023, 3600 block of N. 21st Avenue
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 150809032, 1300 block of N. Buchanan Street
FRAUD, 150809035, 1000 block of N. Stafford Street
ASSAULT, 150809037, 4200 block of S. Campbell Avenue
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150809038, 3000 block of S. 16th Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150809045, 2700 block of N. Marcey Road
IDENTITY THEFT, 150809048, 900 block of N. Interstate 395

08/10/15

PETIT LARCENY, 150810008, 1500 block of S. Fern Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150810013, 4300 block of S. Columbia Pike
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150810023, 1000 block of N. Vermont Street
PETIT LARCENY, 150810024, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810029, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 150810034, 3200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810042, 800 block of S. Quincy Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150810044, 2800 block of N. Washington Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 150810048, 200 block of S. 18th Street
STRANGULATION, 150810049, 4200 block of S. Campbell Avenue
GRAND LARCENY, 150810051, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810054, 3200 block of S. 24th Street

08/11/15

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150811013, 2000 block of S. Columbia Pike
GRAFFITI, 150811020, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
VANDALISM TO AUTO, 150811024, 1900 block of N. Kent Street
FRAUD, 150811025, 1700 block of S. Taylor Street
HARASSMENT, 150811028, 2200 block of N. 19th Court
LARCENY BY FALSE PRETENSE, 150811031, 800 block of N. Randolph Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150811035, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
CHECK FRAUD, 150811040, 900 block of S. 15th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150811042, 1200 block of N. Ft. Myer Drive
TRESPASSING, 150811044, 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive

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Late Night Sexual Assault Reported Near Middle School

Police car (file photo)A woman was sexually assaulted near Kenmore Middle School last week.

The incident, which happened on the unit block of S. Carlin Springs Road in the Glencarlyn neighborhood, was reported around 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. The victim told police that a man blocked her way and insisted that she kiss him in order to get past.

“Becoming increasingly concerned, the victim attempted to kiss the suspect on the cheek to placate him when the suspect grabbed the victim’s head and forcing a mouth-to-mouth kiss,” Arlington County Police said in a crime report. “As the victim was leaving, she was chased by the suspect who grabbed her by the arms before she could enter her vehicle. The suspect then forced one of her hands onto his crotch.”

The woman was able to break free and drive off. So far, no arrests have been reported in the case.

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Six Neighborhood Improvement Projects Could Secure Funding

arlington-va-logoThe Arlington County Board could approve another round of neighborhood improvement projects at its meeting this Saturday.

Six projects are slated to receive $3.5 million in funding in the fourth and final round of appropriations from 2012’s $11 million Neighborhood Conservation Bond.

The projects are:

  • Street improvements to the 5700 block of 2nd Street S. and the 100 block of S. Kensington Street in Glencarlyn. Cost: $724,042. Expected completion date: June 2016.
  • A trail connector from the 4800 block of 7th Street S. to the W&OD trail in Barcroft. Cost: $135,317. Expected completion date: October 2015.
  • Pedestrian safety improvements to 19th Road N. between Woodstock Street and Upton Street in Waverly Hills. Cost: $753,845. Expected completion date: May 2016.
  • Street improvements to S. Lang Street between Arlington Ridge Road and 28th Street in Arlington Ridge. Cost: $713,003. Expected completion date: October 2015.
  • Streetlights and trail improvements on N. Ohio Street between 22nd Street and Washington Blvd in Highland Park Overlee Knolls. Cost: $380,369. Expected completion date: July 2015.
  • Park improvements to Woodlawn Park in Waycroft-Woodlawn. Cost: 795,000. Expected completion date: None given.

The projects were chosen based on a priority scale and approved for recommendation by the NCAC in December.

The projects given the highest priority were those in neighborhoods that have recently updated or completed new conservation plans and in neighborhoods that have waited for projects the longest. The county staff report has the full list of criteria.

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South Arlington Parents Start Petition for New Elementary School

South Arlington parents protesting School Board capacity plansMore than 500 parents and residents have signed a petition asking the School Board to hold to its plans of building a new elementary school in South Arlington.

School Board Chair Abby Raphael sent a letter to community members last month notifying them that the Board was considering diverting $4.5 million in design funds — slated for a new elementary school next to Kenmore Middle School in Glencarlyn — to relieving middle school overcrowding in North Arlington.

The elementary school was originally supposed to open in Glencarlyn in 2017. The plans are not the only changes Arlington Public Schools facilities could be due for when the Capital Improvements Plan for 2015-2024 is adopted in June — a move or expansion for H-B Woodlawn is also on the table.

The list of options for the CIP won’t be narrowed until April or May after a long community involvement period, according to APS.

The $4.5 million was part of a bond Arlington voters approved by referendum in 2012. Glencarlyn neighbors protested the location of the school at the time, claiming the added traffic would be a hazard for the neighborhood. Raphael references their objections in her letter as a reason to reconsider the school.

Below is the Change.org petition, which has garnered 555 signatures as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday:

… we ask that you remain true to the original intention of the 2012 School Bond by moving forward with the design (and later construction) of a new South Arlington elementary school.

As busy residents of Arlington County and/or parents of young APS students, we may not have the ability to attend every… CIP stakeholder meeting — e.g. the Community Forum on Feb. 5th at Washington-Lee High School; however, we remain concerned citizens who want to ensure that our voices are heard on this issue. We voted for the 2012 School Bond based on a specific plan laid-out in the bond’s FAQ sheet (http://www.apsva.us/CIP), and we want to ensure that APS and its School Board follow-through on their original intention to alleviate imminent elementary school overcrowding south of Arlington Blvd., rather than re-directing those bond funds toward the design (and later construction) of a new North Arlington middle school.

Thank you!

Photo via Change.org

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School Board Considers Scrapping 600-Seat Glencarlyn Elementary School

New elementary school proposed for the Carlin Springs/Kenmore campus(Updated at 1:15 p.m.) The Arlington School Board is reconsidering the plan to build a 600-seat elementary school at the Kenmore Middle School site in Glencarlyn.

Despite voters approving $4.5 million in design costs for the school in a 2012 referendum, the Board is looking at diverting that investment to prepare for middle school overcrowding in the coming years, which is projected to be more serious than the capacity issues in elementary schools.

School Board Chair Abby Raphael, in a letter sent to parents and community members who have inquired about the issue, says its updated projections call for elementary schools in Arlington to be 3 percent over capacity in FY 2019, while middle schools are projected to be 16 percent over capacity in the same time period.

Raphael also referenced the objections from Glencarlyn residents from 2012 as a reason to re-evaluate building the school in the neighborhood, saying “the community raised significant concerns about the traffic and transportation issues” surrounding a new, 600-seat school in the area.

APS is revisiting the plan in advance of their next Capital Improvements Program for FY 2015-2024, which will be adopted in June. Raphael wrote that no decisions have been reached on what schools to build, if any, or if the School Board elects to construct additions onto existing schools.

Civic activist Monique O’Grady is trying to organize a campaign against the apparent backpedal. O’Grady said she’s disappointed that APS is considering abandoning its plans.

“The numbers still show that south Arlington will face more than an elementary school’s worth of overcrowding, so I believe the plan should move forward,” she wrote in an email. “I believe middle school should be addressed, but it shouldn’t come at a cost of 770 South Arlington elementary students being in trailers and with yet-to-be-mentioned programs being moved.”

O’Grady said the school should still be built while APS comes up with creative, cost-effective solutions to address anticipated middle school overcrowding.

“I worry that increased development in South Arlington, especially of apartment buildings and condos, will result in more students than currently projected and that South Arlington schools will become even more crowded than anticipated,” she said. “This is not a time to pull back from researched, planned and approved permanent elementary capacity in South Arlington. I think it is important for the South Arlington community to stand up and ask the school board not to turn South Arlington into a trailer park.”

APS acknowledges it does not have the finances to build capacity to accommodate 100 percent of the projected growth. No matter what comes out of the CIP, trailers will still be used as classrooms. The elementary school in Glencarlyn was originally slated to open in 2017.

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Parks Dept. Holding Two Ribbon Cuttings This Weekend

Renovated playground at High View Park (photo via Arlington County)Arlington County’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation will be holding two ribbon cutting ceremonies this weekend.

Tonight (Friday), starting at 6:00 p.m., an opening celebration will be held for the newly-renovated High View Park, located at 1945 N. Dinwiddie Street, within the boundaries of the John M. Langston Civic Association.

Renovations to the park include  new play areas, an ADA accessible route from Cameron Street, new benches, and a picnic area.

The event will include moon bounces “for all ages,” face painting, balloon art and refreshments. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, Arlington County will celebrate the restoration of Carlin Hall (5711 4th Street S.). Dating back to 1892, Carlin Hall is currently used as a preschool, a community meeting facility and a recreation center. It recently underwent an extensive structural restoration.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Carlin Hall at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. The ceremony is part of the annual Glencarlyn Day festivities, which include a pancake breakfast, a parade, a fun fair and a home and garden tour.

Photo via Arlington County

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Morning Notes

911 Outage Scrutinized in Electrocution Death — A Falls Church man died on Sunday after being electrocuted by downed lines during the derecho storm on June 29. Bystanders tried calling 911, but couldn’t get through due to the sporadic outages across Northern Virginia. It’s unclear if the man could have been saved had the system not been down. [Washington Post]

Historic Carlin Hall Gets Facelift — The Glencarlyn Civic Association is pleased with the progress of the $500,000 renovation on the 120-year-old Carlin Hall. The project was originally only intended for replacing some siding, but inspectors found many more areas in need of repair. [Arlington Mercury]

Iota Hosting CD Release Party — Sixteen local bands will be on hand at Iota Club and Cafe in Clarendon on Sunday, to celebrate the release of a CD featuring 20 local artists. The CD includes a variety of music, from punk-pop to hip hop. The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and admission is $10. [WTOP]

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Residents Voice Opposition to New Glencarlyn School

The Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association is asking the Arlington County Board for help in its fight against a new proposed school in the neighborhood.

To address school capacity issues, Arlington Public Schools is planning to build a number of new schools, including a new 600-seat “choice” elementary school on the site of the existing Kenmore Middle School/Carlin Springs Elementary School campus.

The Citizens’ Association says the new school, slated to be built by 2017, would bring the total number of students attending schools in the Glencarlyn neighborhood to 2,600, including at Kenmore, Carlin Springs and nearby Campbell Elementary School. That, the association says, presents major traffic, parking and open space issues that will degrade the quality of life for residents.

The association is asking for the County Board’s help after not getting a satisfactory response from the School Board.

“We have tried to raise our concerns with the School Board, but our community was not consulted during the planning process, despite our requests that it do so, nor has it been responsive to our questions and concerns,” Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association President Peter Olivere wrote in a letter to the County Board (after the jump). “We need your help.”

Olivere told reporters that Glencarlyn residents do not want to be portrayed as having a “Not-In-My-Backyard” attitude.

“Please, we very much do not want to be categorized as NIMBY; we only want a process which fully addresses the community concerns before a final decision is made, which is the ‘Arlington Way,'” he wrote.

As previously reported, Arlington Public Schools is facing a significant capacity crunch. The school system is expected to reach capacity at the elementary school level by next fall. The new choice school in Glencarlyn is one of five proposed new capacity-generating construction projects throughout the county.

The full letter from the Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association, after the jump.

June 25, 2012

Members of the Board:

The Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association is requesting the assistance of the County Board in addressing significant neighborhood concerns related to the proposed construction of a new choice school in our community. Although the members of the Glencarlyn community generally support the School Board’s efforts to address the capacity needs of the school system, there is strong, broad-based opposition to adding a fourth school within a small geographical area. We have tried to raise our concerns with the School Board, but our community was not consulted during the planning process, despite our requests that it do so, nor has it been responsive to our questions and concerns. We need your help.

Background

As you are aware, the Glencarlyn community is already the site of three Arlington schools: Kenmore Middle School; Carlin Springs Elementary School; and Campbell Elementary School. The School Board’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes a total of $46.4 million for the construction of a new choice elementary school at the Kenmore/Carlin Springs location, $4.5 million to come from the November 2012 bond referendum and $41.9 million from 2014 bonds. The addition of that new school will bring the number of students to over 2150 on that site. When Campbell, just one third mile away, is included the total will be 2600, which is 750 more than the high schools. Because three of the schools will be choice schools, they will create a substantially higher level of traffic, particularly during the morning rush hour, than would neighborhood schools.

The four schools are all primarily served by a short segment of Carlin Springs Road, which already operates at well over capacity. In fact, traffic conditions are currently so bad they frequently back up from Arlington Boulevard to Columbia Pike and occasionally disrupt morning programs at the schools with late arrivals. Operating a fourth school in that same small area will compound existing traffic conditions and create new safety issues for many students who walk to school along a busy road on narrow sidewalks next to the roadway.

Parking will be an immense challenge both during and after the schools’ regular operating hours. Demand for parking spaces for recreational use of the athletic fields and afterschool programs, including the Kenmore theaters, often results in use of adjacent residential streets. With the loss of overflow parking on the Kenmore site and more afterschool events to accommodate, there may be a doubling of the demand for parking on neighborhood streets. As one of the oldest communities in Arlington, most Glencarlyn streets are very narrow and many don’t have sidewalks, since they predate county ordinances governing street width and emergency vehicle access. Imposing 2 additional parking demands on neighborhood streets creates new safety concerns and degrades qualify of life for local residents.

We have both met and exchanged several letters with the School Board and Superintendent, urging the School Board to defer the final decision on the site until the school staff has worked with the neighborhood to determine that satisfactory solutions exist to effectively mitigate these critical issues regarding increased traffic on already overcrowded streets, overflowing parking into neighborhood streets, pedestrian safety, and related issues. We asked the School Board to agree to reject this location if the community concerns are not able to be met, whether or not an alternative location for a school has been identified. The School Board’s responses have essentially ignored our request for the delay and note that the community concerns will be considered during the Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) process. However, the BLPC Process does not begin until after the school is funded and substantial design funds have been expended, thus providing no assurance that our critical neighborhood issues will ever be addressed.

Request to the County Board

The School Board committed at the beginning of the Capacity Planning process to include Neighborhood Resources as a criterion in the site selection process. The Schools also acknowledge that neighborhoods were not consulted in determining the impact during that selection process. Clearly the focus of the School Board is students and not the community, and that is evident from its handling of the input into the process and their responses to our letters.

We understand that the County Board will review the School Capital Improvement Plan and can adjust the total funding included in the November bond issue, but the County Board cannot address the specifics of projects included. However, the County Board does oversee the approval of the construction of new facilities and in that role will be focusing on the broader community concerns which the School Board chose not consider.

Consequently, we request that the County Board, as part of the discussions on the proposed School bond amount, specifically state that the locations identified by the School Board in its CIP are contingent on reaching satisfactory solutions to mitigate issues of critical concern to the community and that the County Board will reject locations if those critical community concerns are not effectively mitigated, whether or not an alternative location for a school has been identified.

We thank you for your support in this matter of considerable concern to Glencarlyn and other members of the community who either travel on Carlin Springs Road or use the area for recreation.

We have attached a copy of the resolution passed at a Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association meeting and issues that we identified in our initial letter to the School Board on April 5, 2012.

Sincerely,

Peter Olivere
President
Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association
cc: Arlington School Board

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Glencarlyn Residents Fight Proposal for New School

Residents of Glencarlyn already have two schools in their neighborhood — Carlin Springs Elementary and Kenmore Middle School — but they say a proposal to add a third school to the existing campus, part of the plan to address the capacity crisis at Arlington Public Schools, goes too far.

In a letter sent to the Arlington School Board yesterday, the Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association asks the board to consider alternative sites for the proposed 600 students capacity magnet elementary school. The association cites concerns about “traffic, safety, parking and loss of [an] important recreational area” as reasons why the school shouldn’t be built or, at the very least, should be built in a way that minimizes negative impacts.

Along with the letter to the school board, Glencarlyn Citizens’ Association president Peter Olivere sent a letter to the editors of ARLnow.com, the Arlington Mercury and the Sun Gazette.

The Glencarlyn community is very concerned about the process and potential adverse consequences of the Arlington Public School’s (APS) Capacity Planning Process. The process appears to be driven by the APS’s desire to identify specific construction projects prior to placing a bond referendum before the public in November 2012. At the beginning of the Capacity Planning Process, the School Board committed to including the effect on Neighborhood Resources as a criteria for site selection. To date, the process has effectively excluded the affected neighborhoods from participation. The result is that APS has failed to incorporate the impact on neighborhoods in any meaningful way.

The School Board needs to recognize that the construction of new schools will have a significantly larger community impact than the replacement or expansion of an existing building. Given APS’s experience with late and costly modifications to approved capital improvement plans and past criticism of its ability to address legitimate concerns raised by affected communities, Glencarlyn believes the not including neighborhood input prior to deciding locations will undermine public support and confidence in APS’s ability to address future capacity needs.

Glencarlyn is requesting the School Board to refrain from selecting new school sites until additional alternatives have been considered and outreach efforts with the affected communities have resulted in plans to mitigate major concerns. For the Glencarlyn community the major concerns are traffic, safety, parking and loss of important recreational area. We believe there is adequate precedent for the Board to proceed with a bond referendum without tying it to site specific capital improvements.

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Car Knocks Down Light Pole Outside 7-Eleven

A Volvo crossed two lanes of traffic and slammed into a light pole in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven across from Kenmore Middle School this morning, according to witnesses.

The force of the collision knocked the pole to the ground, damaging an SUV in the process.

A man and woman who were in the front seat of the Volvo were both transported to the hospital with injuries, witnesses say. Two children who were in the back seat were brought to the hospital with the adults, but were apparently not injured. The driver of the SUV, who was in the vehicle at the time of the collision, was also uninjured.

It’s unclear what caused the accident, which occurred around 11:00 a.m.

At least one northbound lane of Carlin Springs Road was closed following the collision. The 7-Eleven and another businesses in the small strip mall remained open. Dominion was called to help shut off power to the pole.

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