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The next BSCL meeting will be on September 10th.

President's message for September

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. Our monthly BSCL meetings resume at the community house on Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. (We will meet a week later than normal since the community house floors are being refinished.) Vice President Joe Knarich has been busy lining up guests for the fall. In September, we will hear a presentation from Jason Hardin, a planner from Capital Bikeshare. The county is proposing to build a Capital Bikeshare station in Barcroft, at the corner of South Taylor Street and Columbia Pike. We also will vote on our 2015-2016 budget. In October, our guest will be county board member Libby Garvey.

Several BSCL officers and board members met on August 13 to discuss our goals for the coming year. Among them were updates to our bylaws where needed, a revamp of the BSCL web site, and ways we might increase the BSCL's outreach to our apartment-dwelling Barcroft residents. We welcome your ideas for and participation in any of these activities.

Finally, a reminder that we are still looking for volunteers for 1) our traffic committee, 2) Barcroft's secondary representative on the county's Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, and 3) an advertising manager for the BSCL newsletter. Please contact me or any of the officers if you are interested. Christine Hopkins, our recording secretary, has kindly offered to double as membership secretary for now to replace Fay Cheung, whom we are sad to lose this fall. I'd also like to recognize and thank Glen Li, who has offered to serve as our new signs manager.

Happy fall!

Here is the September issue of the Barcroft News

Chalk for Peace

Chalk for Peace

On Saturday, September 12 from 9:30-11:30 AM Barcroft Elementary School will have its annual Chalk 4 Peace event. It's a family favorite! Everyone (of all ages) is invited to create works of art on the blacktop and sidewalks in front of the school. Chalk is provided. Please invite a friend or neighbor. You can also bring boxes of cereal for donation to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

July 4th Parade: A Barcroft Tradition

We had a great 4th of July Parade! Marching Band, Boy Scout Color Guard, Aunt Sam, Cops, Fire Engines, Marching Theme Groups, Kids on decorated Bikes-Trikes-Scooters-Wagons, Dogs, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Pasta Dishes, Baked Beans, Corn Souffle, Hummus, Cakes, Desserts, Home Made Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lively Entertainment by the Unicycle Lady, Special Award for Parade Director Andrew Hunter and a Little Light Rain. Here is our web page with photos.

Aunt Sam

Aunt Sam leads off the parade

And here is the parade video!

Barcroft 2015 parade

May Meetings

We held two BSCL meetings at the Community House in May.

Thursday, May 14

This was a special meeting to discuss concerns about proposed changes to the County's affordable housing master plan regarding the lack of geographic distribution of affordable housing throughout the County and its potential impact on neighborhood schools. A member of the County's affordable housing study team spoke at the meeting. Here is the BSCL resolution adopted at this very well-attended meeting.

Thursday, May 7

This was our final regular meeting until September. We held our annual election for officers and one board member. The new officers are:
  • President: Chris Kupczyk
  • Vice President: Joe Knarich
  • Recording Secretary: Christine Hopkins
  • Membership Secretary: Fay Cheung
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Lis
  • Board Member: Eric Parker
In addition, Steve Gaffney from Arlington Transit (ART), briefed us on their survey of transit needs as they begin preparation of the new Transit Development Plan 2017-2026. The County is asking each of us to fill out a survey, found at arlingtontransit.com, to find out what we want in the way of transit. He also informed us of many transit updates throughout the County, and discussed Columbia Pike transit developments without the cancelled streetcar project.

Progress on our park project

Beginning in March 2015 the County is reconstructing the park at Four Mile Run and Columbia Pike. This is photo shows recent progress.

We have more info on the park project and photo updates here.

April 2 meeting

We heard an interesting presentation from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service about their many services, sustainable urban gardening and more. They can help with soil testing as well as identifying plant and insect problems. Next month we will hear from ART transit. The meeting will be on May 7 at 7:30pm at the Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St.

Results of the Chatlist Poll on the default "reply to all" setting

Here is our famous freezing water pipe in the crawl space of the Community House

February BSCL program

County Board member John Vihstadt gave generously of his time to discuss and answer questions about key County issues, inclusing those impacting Columbia Pike.

We approved the purchase of new locks and keys for the Community House. Here are the draft minutes of the meeting.

January 2015 program

On January 8, we welcomed back Takis Karantonis, Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, who provided an update on developments along the Pike and shared his thoughts on what's next following the streetcar project cancellation.

We had our Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along on December 4

We had a great time at the traditional Barcroft Holiday Sing-Along, singing with the Barcroft holiday band and with a visit by Santa.

November Meeting: Redevelopment Proposal

We met on November 6 for a presentation by the developer on a new building to be constructed at the northeast corner of Columbia Pike and South Buchanan Street (site of the current El Tutumaso and the former Cafe Sauca). Members of the Douglas Park Civic Association attended as well. The proposal calls for the construction of a four-story condominium building, with street-level retail. Under Columbia Pike form-based code (FBC) standards, the proposed development is relatively small--less than 40,000 square feet--and therefore would not require any modifications under the FBC. This will be the first major FBC redevelopment effort along our stretch of the Pike.

What We Like About Our Neighborhood

We are a friendly, quiet neighborhood originally established in 1903. We have about 800 mostly modest single-family homes, and about 400 apartments along our outer edge. Most of the houses here were built in the 1930-1970 era, but we have a growing number of newer, larger homes as well. We have an active civic association, an historic Community House and a monthly neighborhood newsletter, The Barcroft News, first published in 1903.

The Barcroft School and Civic League sponsors neighborhood events ranging from our annual Fourth of July Parade and picnic to a Holiday program with a visit from Santa Claus, meet-the-candidates nights before elections, spaghetti dinners, Easter egg hunts and National Night Out ice cream socials. These events retain the strong spirit of community existing here for over 100 years. This is a good place to live.

More neighborhood highlights: Who we are, neighborhood lore, our annual events, storms, parks, planning and more!

To Contact Us

Please send email to:

Eric Harold
President, Barcroft School and Civic League
or call him at 703-486-0879

or email our Webmaster

Randy Swart

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This page was revised on: September 1, 2015.
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