February can be a challenging month for many of us. Even though we enjoyed some balmy weather this year, winter has finally arrived. Fortunately, there is a lot of heat being generated in Arlington and our community via developments and activities that will support our efforts and bring greater influence on issues important to us.
First, Arlington County has appointed Mark Schwartz, the County Board’s unanimous pick, as county manager. Schwartz previously served as acting county manager, negotiating an agreement with Virginia Hospital Center that could result in the sale of the property among other important economic initiatives in the county.
Recently I was elected Vice Chair of the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC). As background, the NCAC is comprised of representatives from 48 of Arlington County’s 57 civic associations, leading the development of neighborhood plans and recommending neighborhood-initiated capital improvements for funding by the County Board. For instance, improvements include sidewalks, street beautification, pedestrian safety projects, street lights and parks. Each community in Arlington that participates in the Neighborhood Conservation (NC) Program has a NC Representative that serves as a liaison with County staff in the development of a neighborhood plan. Incidentally, Jon Glassman is our representative and chair of our new HVP committee. The plan ultimately reflects the desires of the community as a whole, and this new role will give us an important voice for High View Park.
February is Black History month which the association will mark with a visit from Dr. Alfred Taylor at our full body meeting. A long-time fixture in Arlington civic life, Dr. Taylor has been involved in numerous organizations, including past president of the local NAACP branch and is also a past recipient of the Arlington branch of NAACP’s highest award, the Charles P. Monroe Civil Rights Award. We look forward to his presentation.
We continue to celebrate our 150th anniversary with planned events throughout the year while we build our cadre of volunteers and honor their efforts. Through the work of generations of residents and volunteers we have built a legacy and tradition of community. Please join us as we continue making history now!