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President's Letter

          Thank you to everyone who joined the Madison Manor Citizens Association during our recent membership drive! Your generous dues and donations ensure that MMCA is able to continue our popular neighborhood events. And we’re heading into our busiest time of the year again, so mark your social calendars! The MMCA Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m., followed by the MMCA Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. and the annual MMCA Summer Picnic on Sunday, June 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
          We’re also planning our annual spring membership meeting. Typically, we’ve used this meeting as a conversation with the County on issues of concern to the neighborhood. If you have topics that you would like to see addressed—or county speakers to suggest—please let us know.
          Finally, MMCA would not be possible without our hard-working volunteers! We have two open positions that we need to fill. This is your chance to get more involved with MMCA:  
Summer Movie Night Coordinator— We’re looking for a family to be in charge of our MMCA Summer Movie Nights this year! MMCA typically shows 4-5 outdoor movies at the Madison Manor Park each summer. MMCA owns the projection equipment, so you just need to set it up a few minutes before the movie starts. (Note: The projector runs off a laptop and is easy to operate—training will be provided.) This is a great opportunity if you are looking for a smaller time commitment—and as an added bonus, your family gets to select our movies!
Summer Picnic Co-Chair—Cara Voth and Michelle Curry would like to find a co-chair to help with planning our June picnic. 
          If you are interested in learning more about any of these volunteer positions or have any topic/speaker suggestions for our spring membership meeting, please email the Executive Board at mmcapresident@gmail.com.
          - Carly Kelly, MMCA President

What wildlife are you seeing in the neighborhood? Deer? Fox? Black squirrels? Send an email (and photos!) to launahall@gmail.com with interesting or amusing neighborhood wildlife sightings we can use in our next newsletter. Also, are you a photographer? Photos taken in the neighborhood are welcome!
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Calendar of Events

Invasive Plant Removal 
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, March 18th, 2 p.m.
Madison Manor Park Tennis Courts

MCCA Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15th, 10 a.m.
Madison Manor Park

MMCA Memorial Day Parade 
Monday, May 29th, 10 a.m.
12th Road, ending at Madison Manor Park

MMCA Summer Picnic
Sunday, June 4th, 5 to 8 p.m.
Madison Manor Park 

MMCA Movie Nights
Summer weekend nights, dates TBA
Madison Manor Park
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HELP REMOVE INVASIVE PLANTS from Madison Manor Park on Saturday, March 18th. Meet at the tennis courts at 2 p.m. with neighbors, Tree Stewards, and an Arlington County Natural Resources staff member versed in invasive plant removal and restoration. Volunteer Master Naturalists also may join us, so first-timers will have help identifying invasive plants that harm our trees and habitat. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed-toe shoes or boots. Bring garden gloves, work gloves, or tools (there will be some to borrow). For more information or to sign up, please call or text Jo Allen at (703) 474-2671.
Neighbors enjoying the 2016 Halloween bonfire in Madison Manor Park. Many thanks to the Hendersons for leading another bonfire celebration for neighborhood families to kick off the trick-or-treating.
Photo credit: Jim Frison

Representing Madison Manor at the ACCF

by Miriam A. Rollin
MMCA Representative to the ACCF

Since September 2016, my husband, Mike, and I have been representing Madison Manor at the monthly Arlington County Civic Federation (ACCF) meetings. (Sometimes we're joined by MMCA President Carly Kelly or neighbors Ann Unitas, Chris Day, and Rod Mackler.) We share information via the Madison Manor listserve. Recent issues included the marijuana resolution, which was directed toward our state legislative delegation, revised, and adopted by ACCF in January 2017, and the county’s new policies related to short-term rentals (the “AirBnB” policy). Next, the ACCF will consider a resolution for additional transparency and input related to “consent agenda” items at county board meetings.

ACCF members have heard candidates for the school board, county board, and congressional offices (September 2016), the County Manager and the School Superintendent (December 2016) and the entire county board (January 2017). ACCF meetings have included interesting presentations on predatory towing in the Columbia Pike corridor, real estate tax relief for elderly and disabled Arlington residents, and floodplains and stormwater in Arlington.

All Arlington residents have the opportunity to get involved at the upcoming roundtables convened by the new Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC). The roundtables will address challenges of multiple competing needs (e.g., schools, parks, recreational facilities, bus parking, equipment storage, etc.) in a county with very limited space. Registration is free and required. Due to limited space, participants are asked to register for one roundtable only to allow everyone interested the opportunity to participate. The roundtables are scheduled as follows:

  • March 13, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central Library, 2nd floor conf. room
  • March 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Key Elementary School, Room 317
  • March 16, 1 to 3 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center
  • March 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Shirlington Library, Conference Room
  • March 23, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Washington-Lee High School, Room 1011
  • March 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Langston-Brown Community Center, Room 109

If there are issues you'd like your MMCA representatives to bring to the ACCF, please contact me (marollin@verizon.net), Mike (mdrollin@verizon.net), or any other ACCF representative.

Windows on the newly renovated McKinley Elementary School in the Madison Manor neighborhood, Arlington, VA. Photo credit: Leah Hall
Transportation Update
by Christopher Day
MMCA I-66 and Transportation Coordinator

MMCA is tracking transportation projects that could have an impact on our neighborhood. 
 
Widening I-66: We are monitoring the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) plans to add tolls and to widen I-66 inside the Beltway.  In November 2016, VDOT released the preliminary design and environmental assessment (EA) for the widening portion of the project.  This design shows that the new third lane proposed for I-66 will stay within its existing right-of-way for the portion that runs through Madison Manor--it does not involve any disturbance to the footprint of the existing sound barriers.  This is a positive development.  However, VDOT does not plan to improve the sound barriers to limit new noise that may be generated by adding a third lane, nor do they plan to improve stormwater drainage to handle additional runoff. These issues were discussed at a community meeting with VDOT that MMCA hosted on January 24, 2017.  We did not receive any firm commitments on these issues from VDOT at that meeting, but remain hopeful that they will take these concerns into account in final design documents.
 
Washington Blvd. upgrades: We continue to monitor VDOT and Arlington County’s plan to repave, restripe, and add a dedicated bike lane to Washington Blvd. between McKinley Road and Sycamore Street. The addition of the bike lane would result in the loss of on-street parking for approximately 21 of the 72 single family homes on that segment of Washington Blvd.  (Parking in front of the Westover businesses will not be affected.)  While this is not in Madison Manor, it may have an impact on those who drive and park on Washington Blvd. and frequent the Westover area.  If you have any comments or concerns on the proposal, contact David Goodman on the County’s planning staff, dgoodman@arlingtonva.us or (703) 228-3709.
 
ACST seeks members: Finally, the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation (ACST) is looking for new members to serve in leadership roles.  Formed in 1999 to advocate for a regional, multi-modal approach to I-66, ACST is working to reconstitute its board and membership to advocate for continued progress in this corridor.  If you are interested in joining ACST or becoming more involved in other community transportation issues, please contact me at christopherday01@yahoo.com or (703) 930-2179.
Congratulations to the Holiday 2017 decoration contest winners! 

Adult's Choice Award: The Summers Family on 12th St. N.
Honorable Mentions: The Coyle Family on N. Potomac St.
and the
Bozzo Family on 12th Place N.

Kid's Choice Award: The Plimpton Family on N. Potomac St.
Honorable mentions: The Sugai Family on 12th St. N.
and 
Lisa Novak and John Sutherland on N. Quintana St.

Thanks to all the neighbors who joined in the festivities with their decorations!

Neighbors Share Volunteer Opportunities that Make a Difference
by Launa Hall
What gets the citizens of Madison Manor out for a volunteer gig? Is it to meet new people, fulfill volunteer requirements for school, or simply do a good turn? In fact, our neighborhood volunteers sign up for these reasons and more. (If your reason is that last one—doing good for others—and you put in more than 200 hours a year, studies cited in a December 2015 article in The Atlantic suggest that you are also doing good for your own health, including such benefits as lower blood pressure, better mental health, and longer life span.) When Madison Manor residents were asked recently for meaningful, local volunteer opportunities that are available to everyone, neighbors pointed out the following great ideas.
          Virginia Hospital Auxiliary, 1701 N. George Mason Drive, (703) 558-6401
The Virginia Hospital Auxiliary is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving patients and visitors on a daily basis in several departments of the hospital.  Currently there are vacancies---one could be yours!  Call for more information.
           AHC After School Program, Gates of Ballston Community Center, 4108 N. 4th St
The Arlington Housing Corporation (AHC) offers an after school program to Barrett Elementary school children at the Gates of Ballston Community Center. Volunteers spend time with children and often help with reading. Volunteers are especially needed Thursday evenings from  5 to 6 p.m.  For more information, contact Cindy Rozon at rozon@ahcinc.org.
           AFAC, 2708 S. Nelson Street, (703) 845-8486
The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is a community-based non-profit that has been providing supplemental groceries to Arlington neighbors in need for over 25 years. They offer a robust volunteer calendar for a variety of skills and time commitments, both at the center and as part of food drives around Arlington. Volunteers can call the center or check current volunteer needs at https://afac.org.
          Madison Manor Civic Association, mmcapresident@gmail.com
Just step out your door for volunteer opportunities right here in Madison Manor—you’ll meet new people and support your civic association! Current openings include movie nights coordinator and summer picnic co-chair. (See the president’s letter for details.) Plus, we are always looking for more environmental stewards for our twice-annual stream clean up gatherings and invasive plant removal gatherings (the next one is Saturday, March 18th, 2 p.m. at Madison Manor Park). These volunteer opportunities are in the great outdoors and do a lot of good in a short amount of time.
Thanks to all the families who contributed their $10 dues during the last membership campaign! We now have 247 member families in MMCA for 2017. Directories for member families are coming soon.

Left: A mild winter has resulted in early signs of spring in Madison Manor. Photo credit: Leah Hall
Madison Manor’s Young Entrepreneurs
Need to add, delete, or change a listing?
contact Tammi McKinley, tammi@novamidwife.org
 
Aidan Meehan (age 10) - Aidan would like to help with any small to medium-size dog walking or any pet sitting needs.  Referrals upon request.  Please contact his mother, Amy, if you would like to interview him. amy_larrymeehan@yahoo.com.  
 
Abbie Strebe - I am 15 and a Red Cross certified babysitter. She is happy to babysit or be a mother's helper. Abbie can also watch your cat/dog or any small animals while you are away. She can be reached via email at alstrebe@gmail.com or her mom's cell at 619-573-7414.
 
Ben Celestino - Interested in beginning piano or clarinet lessons? Contact Yorktown junior Ben Celestino at: 571-438-8067, bcdcsports@comcast.net, or visit on Facebook: "Crescendo: Piano and Clarinet Lessons with Ben Celestino.”
 
Brenna Meehan - (age 13, eighth grader at Swanson Middle School) a certified Red Cross babysitter.  Brenna enjoys sitting for young children and can provide references.  If you would like to interview her please email her mother, Amy, at amy_larrymeehan@yahoo.com or call Amy at (904) 673-6842.  She also does some pet sitting.
 
Braeden’s Mowing and Snow Shoveling - need someone to come over and mow? Shovel your snow? Braeden is experienced and at the ready. regansmom@hotmail.com.
 
Brian Taylor Steele (age 15) - Leaf blowing, Snow Shoveling, Dog Walking, Pet Sitting.
703-532-2496; Julie.steele@hok.com.
 
Carole French, Babysitter – Carole is 14 years old, Red Cross certified and has previous experience as a counselor's apprentice at summer camp. She would also be happy to watch your house and/or water your plants and lawn while you are away. Her home phone is 703-546-3008.

Jessica Layton - Babysitter, age 15, Red Cross certified. She is happy to babysit or be a mother's helper. Jessica can also watch your cat or small animals while you are away. You can reach her at jessieqstreet@gmail.com or her mom's number at (703) 655-9689.

Joey Layton - Petsitting (Age 12)  - Joey is happy to take care of your cat, dog, or other pets while you are away. You can reach him through his mom at sandralytn@yahoo.com or (703) 655-9689.
 
Leah Hall – I am a 14-year-old Red Cross certified babysitter at H-B Woodlawn. I love working with kids and I will always be there with fun and energy. 703-472-8536, leahhall7@gmail.com.
 
Matthew and Alec's Twin Services - Experience walking and taking care of dogs, raking, and picking up mail and newspapers when neighbors are gone. References available upon request: (703) 842-4821, 703-869-4259.
 
Morgan Birkenstock – Babysitting/Pet sitting/House watching/Homework help. I am a 14-year-old 9th grader and Red Cross certified. I can babysit children of any age; walk dogs and care for pets; collect mail and water plants while you’re away; and help younger children with homework after school. paulabirkenstock@yahoo.com.
 
Patrick's Pets - Patrick is available to watch your pets while you are away. Reasonable rates and references available. Willing to take small animals home for full-time attention. Can also pick up mail, water plants, etc. Dogs will be considered if they have a fenced-in back yard. For more information, please contact (703) 237-7975 or dhramp@yahoo.com.

Spencer Strebe - Petsitting (Age 12). Spencer loves animals, and he's happy to take care of your cat/dog, or any pets while you’re away. He can be reached through his mom at Amy.G.Strebe@gmail.com.
 
Vincent (Vinnie) McGarry - is 16 and is able to do IT (computer) installation, troubleshooting, software or hardware help, and lawn mowing. His cell phone number is 703-973-0248 and he can receive texts. hobowithbacon@gmail.com.
 
Zachary Ellison - I'm 19. I am a Lifeguard, Certified in CPR and First Aid, kid friendly, patient, and humorous. Let me know if anyone's interested! Z.ellison1@gmail.com, (202) 669-4078.
Home Sales Update
Between September 2016 and March 2017, 11 homes were listed and sold in Madison Manor. Listing prices ranged from $620K to $900K. 
Sales data courtesy of David Lloyd of Weichert Realtors. Information provided by Metropolitan Information Systems, Inc., and may include sales or listings not made by the named agent or Weichert Realtors. Information is believed to be accurate but should not be relied upon without verification.
Spring is in the air and I'm looking forward

to seeing everyone out & about!


 
Best wishes to all, 

Bill Wittig

 
MMCA Officers for 2016 - 2017
President: Carly Kelly
Past President: David Blair
Vice President: Alison Denton
Treasurer: Jill Kettler
Secretary: Stacy Noblet
Membership Chair: Elizabeth Johnson
Committee Chairs

Social Events Coordinator: Jessie Buonaccorsi Summers
Egg Hunt & Parade: Giin Levy

Halloween Bonfire: Judy Henderson
Halloween Decorating Contest: Last year’s winners
Holiday Caroling: MaryLu Mahoney
Holiday Decorating Contest: Last year’s winners
Memorial Day Parade: Amy Meehan, Karen Colmie
Stream Cleanup: Jon Walsh
Summer Movie Nights
: opening available!
Summer Picnic: 
Michelle Curry, Cara Voth, opening available!
Civic Federation Delegates: Ann Unitas, Christopher Day, Michael Rollin, Miriam Rollin, Rod Mackler
Invasive Plants Task Force: Lawrence MacDonald, Jo Allen, Ted Wheeler
Neighborhood Conservation: Parker Harrington
New Neighbor Welcome: Charlene Harkin, Colleen Fredricks
Newsletter: Launa Hall, Stacy Noblet
Madisonmanor.org:
 Tara Claeys
Young Entrepreneurs: Tammi McKinley






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