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Budget Roundtables 

We’re looking for feedback earlier this year than ever before as we plan for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Join your neighbors for community roundtable discussions about budget priorities and challenges. Your suggestions and comments will help the Manager shape his FY19 budget proposal, which will go to the Board in February 2018See the full schedule of roundtables and learn how to RSVP on the Budget & Finance site. 


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Arlington Remembers 9/11

Arlington County’s annual commemoration of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 drew a crowd to Courthouse Plaza, where elected officials, residents and community members joined first responders and others to honor those who died and to express gratitude to all those who responded that day. Photos | Video

 

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Want a Free Tree?

The Annual Free Tree Distribution takes place every fall with Arlington County giving one free tree per residential property. Learn more, see which tree is right for you and register for your free tree.


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Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway

The City of Alexandria’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group is soliciting potential new names for a portion of the U.S. Route 1 road. Learn more and take a survey THROUGH SEPT. 15.

Arlington Bike Master Plan

We invite you to provide your feedback on the Arlington Bike Master Plan Update, via a convenient survey.

Madison Manor Park

This park is getting a renovation. Find out more and also share your input until Sept. 30 about what you like and don’t like about the park.


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Sept. 15: PARK(ing) Day

Sept. 16: County Board Regular Meeting | Agenda | Watch Live

Sept. 16: Barcroft Gymnastics Open House

Sept. 16: 2017 Nauck Civic & Community Pride Day

Sept. 18: Artist Talk with Donald Lipski

Sept. 19: County Board Recessed Meeting | Agenda | Watch Live

Sept. 23: Four Mile Run Restoration Ribbon Cutting

Oct. 14: Fire Station Open House

Oct. 15: Latino American Festival

 

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Items of interest

posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:28 AM by L M

 
Heard on radio that you can run your fingers along the bottom of the dash board to see if you get any mold.  You will then know it's a car from a flood.
 

Art News Update: September 15 - 30

posted Sep 15, 2017, 9:27 AM by L M

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art news update

September 15 - 30, 2017

Visit arlingtonarts.org for more!



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 Fashion in the 20th Century: Interactive Lecture

The Arlington CostumeLab has been serving theater and film communities of the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan region and the Nation for over 40 years. Now join the manager of the 20,000-piece Arlington CostumeLab Jennifer Biehl for a short summary of 20th Century fashion history, then share your own stories, experiences and memories. The costume stock includes period garments and modern dress, hats, shoes, military and service uniforms, capes, corsets, armor and more. More

Tuesday, Sept. 19 @ 11:00 am | Langston Brown Community Center 

 

Artist Talk with Donald Lipski 

Acclaimed artist Donald Lipski's new iconic sculpture The Pike will soon mark the entrance to Arlington along the Columbia Pike corridor, one of the region’s most diverse communities. Learn about the artist’s creative process and influences that shapes his body of work, including his latest piece for Arlington, in a moderated conversation with Arlington County Board Member Christian Dosey.

Monday, Sept. 18 @ 7:00 pm | Columbia Pike Branch Library 

 

Rapture, Blister, Burn 

Two former college roommates who took divergent paths after school are looking to start life anew after being reunited in their 40s. Figuring it’s now or never, the pair engage in a reckless game of romantic “musical chairs” the consequences of which are both tantalizing and deeply poignant. Directed by Gina Gionfriado, Rapture, Blister, Burn challenges contemporary gender politics and the elusive search for happiness. More

Friday, Sept. 15 thru Oct. 22 | Theatre on the Run

 

Any Given Monday by Bruce Graham 

Presented by Dominion Stage, you'll see what happens when loving family man Lenny is left by his wife for a smooth-talking guy who builds Walmarts. When Lenny's best friend Mick takes matters into his own hands, Lenny must decide how  far is too far to get back to happily-ever-after. In a dark comedy "so offensive, so amoral and so generally unpleasant that you’ll hate yourself for laughing at it," according to the NY Post, be ready to repent after. More. 

Friday, Sept. 15 thru Sept. 30 | Gunston Theatre Two 

 

The Great Zucchini at Lubber Run Amphitheater 

Washington's funniest and most magical PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN entertainer, with over 20 years of experience making kids laugh! Performer at the White House Easter Egg Roll, National Zoo's Guppy Gala, thousands of birthday parties geared to children ages 2-7! Shows for birthdays, day care, preschools, and groups.More

Sunday, Sept. 17 @ 11:00 am | Lubber Run Amphitheater

 

Rosslyn Public Arts Walking Tour 

Join one of Arlington County’s Public Artists in Residence, Graham Coreil-Allen, for a free Rosslyn Public Art Walking Tour to learn about Rosslyn’s celebrated public art collection  Throughout the tour, Coreil-Allen will create opportunities for playful interaction and inclusive discussion. Highlights include Cupid's Garden, Dark Star Park, Liquid Pixels, the Le Meridien overlook, Anna and David, and Bennett Park Art Atrium. More

Saturday, Sept. 16 @ 2PM | Central Place Plaza



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Artists Focus Group 

Help Arlington Cultural Affairs create an online resource platform that works for you, the artist! Join other artists in this focus group where you will brainstorm and visualize what an online artists resource center would be. What should it include? What should it look like? How should it work? You tell us and we will include your input as we begin work on this project.  This event is for currently practicing, individual artists. Registration will close on Friday, September 22, 2017, @ 4:00pm. More

 

BizArt: Fall Networking Bash 

Join BizLaunch and Arlington Arts as they kick off their quarterly networking events that connect creatives to entrepreneurs in the region. You never know who you’ll meet or what innovative idea you’ll come up with next.  More

Monday, Sept. 25 from 5:30 - 7:30PM | Cooperwood Tavern


 

Prio Bangla Multicultural Street Festival 

The 6th Annual Multicultural Street Festival is supported by Arlington County. Enjoy the multicultural street parade and free stage show and shop at a variety of food, clothing and boutique shops. More

Saturday, Sept. 23 | 880 S. Walter Reed Drive 

 

 

 

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Columbia Pike Transportation Update

posted Sep 11, 2017, 10:45 AM by L M

Columbia Pike

SEPT. 11, 2017


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Construction Update: 9th Street Bike Boulevard


9th Street bike boulevard construction

 

Construction is underway for the Columbia Pike Bike Boulevards - 9th Street South Intersection Improvements project. Improvements at the South Wayne Street and South Adams Street intersections are complete. Crews are currently constructing the improvements at the 9th Street/South Cleveland Street intersection and will finish up at the 9th Street/South Highland Street intersection.

 

Work is anticipated to be substantially complete in two weeks, weather depending. For additional information, visit the project page.

 


Construction Update: Washington Gas work

 

Washington Gas continues their work to relocate the gas main on the west end of Columbia Pike, between Four Mile Run and the Arlington/Fairfax County line. The relocation of the gas main is required prior to the County commencing work on the Columbia Pike Multimodal project. Washington Gas has completed approximately 80 percent of the work and still anticipates completion in fall 2017.

 

Future night work is anticipated at the signalized intersections of South Dinwiddie Street and South Jefferson Street. Additional updates will be sent once this work is scheduled.

 

Upon completion of the gas main installation, Washington Gas’s contractor, Northern Pipeline, will begin changing over gas services to adjacent properties. Affected properties will be contacted, in advance, for coordination of the changeovers.

 


Contractors bidding on Columbia Pike west end multimodal project

 

The County has released an invitation for contractors to bid on the Columbia Pike Multimodal Project - Four Mile Run to Arlington/Fairfax County line. The work includes utility undergrounding and street improvements. Bid openings are scheduled for Sept. 28.

 

Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2018, after completion of Washington Gas’ work on the west end. For additional information, visit our project page.

 


Artist Talk on Sept. 18

Learn about new public art planned for Columbia Pike’s west end

 

A towering 60' tall public art work entitled “The Pike” by artist Donald Lipski is planned to herald the western entrance to Arlington along the Columbia Pike corridor, one of the region’s most diverse communities.

 

At this event Lipski will discuss his process in creating artwork for the public realm in a moderated discussion with Arlington County Board Member Christian Dorsey. During the conversation, Lipski will highlight the influences that shape his body of work, including this latest piece for Arlington.

 

Artist Talk with Donald Lipski

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at 7 pm

Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204

 

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

Arlington Mill Civic Association Meeting - September 2017

posted Sep 11, 2017, 7:09 AM by L M   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Room 205 at the Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street at 7pm

Money Talk for Women classes

posted Sep 8, 2017, 11:05 AM by L M

Virginia Cooperative Extension in partnership with Arlington Central Library is offering a FREE personal finance class for women.

 

This series was developed because women have unique financial needs.  The course teaches the basics of smart money management and shows women how to plan now for long-term financial security.

 

Sign up for any or all sessions.

 

Topics Include:

·         Financial Basics

·         Insurance Basics

·         Investing Basics

·         Investing for Retirement

·         Planning for Future Life Events

 

WHEN:      Tuesdays      Sept. 26, October 3, 10, 17 & 24      6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:     Arlington Central Library

COST:         FREE

 

REGISTER ONLINE at http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms

A towering 60' tall public art work is planned to herald the entrance to Arlington along the Columbia Pike corridor

posted Sep 8, 2017, 11:00 AM by L M

Learn about the artist’s creative process, his past work and his art work for Arlington

 

A towering 60' tall public art work entitled The Pike by acclaimed artist Donald Lipski is planned to herald the entrance to Arlington along the Columbia Pike corridor, one of the region’s most diverse communities.

Lipski will discuss his creative process in creating art work for the public realm in a moderated discussion with Arlington County Board Member Christian Dorsey. During the conversation, Donald Lipski will detail his artistic process and highlight the influences that shape his body of work, including this latest piece for Arlington.

The event is free and open to the public.

What:

Artist Talk with Donald Lipski

When:

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Where:

Columbia Pike Branch Library
816 S. Walter Reed Dr.
Arlington, VA 22204

Fee:

Free, Registration Encouraged



W&OD Trail Safety Improvements Phase 2

posted Sep 8, 2017, 10:33 AM by L M   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 10:34 AM ]

Construction will soon begin on the W&OD Trail safety improvements at three intersections:  S. George Mason Drive, the Barcroft Community Center signalized entrance, and S. Oakland Street.

Please refer to the website for more info on the project (https://projects.arlingtonva.us/projects/wod-trail-safety-improvements-phase-2/).

 Construction is expected to begin in early September and will last approximately nine months. Please consult the website periodically during this period for updates on construction and the maintenance of traffic phasing.

September is National Preparedness Month

posted Sep 7, 2017, 8:25 AM by L M

September is National Preparedness Month – and with the deadly flooding in Texas and Hurricane Irma forecast for Florida on everyone’s minds – don’t wait to plan ahead for the worst:

 

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County Board Statement on DACA Future

Arlington again reaffirms its commitment as a welcoming community that recognizes, respects and supports the contributions of all its members. Today, Arlington stands especially with these young people, our Dreamers and DACA recipients. Read full statement.

 

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9/11 Commemoration Event

Arlington County Government invites residents and community members to join neighbors, County officials and first responders as we commemorate the lives lost in the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.

 

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Rosslyn Jazz Fest

This much-anticipated annual event draws upwards of 5,000 music fans to Gateway Park for a day of dynamic, free performances. Come to hear live music on Sept. 9,  performed by some of the biggest names in jazz and world music today.


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Share Your Input on Enhancing Public Engagement - Closing Soon

We want to hear from you about enhancing our engagement efforts, particularly on capital projects such as transportation maintenance, park improvements, and development of new County-owned facilities. Share your feedback by Sept. 13.

Arlington Bike Master Plan

We're updating the Bicycle Element of our Master Transportation Plan, and you’re invited to offer feedback.

Madison Manor Park

This park is getting a renovation. Find out more and also share your input until Sept. 30 about what you like and don’t like about the park.

Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway

The City of Alexandria’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group is soliciting potential new names for a portion of the U.S. Route 1 road. Learn more and take a survey.

Car-Sharing Feedback

Share your feedback on the placement of reserved-space car-share parking stations. Suggest a location with the interactive map OR take a short survey to give your input on the potential on-street location network.


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Sept. 8: Night at the Zoo Family Night

Sept. 9: Free Paper Shredding & Inert Material Drop-Off

Sept. 9: Rosslyn Jazz Fest

Sept. 9: Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k | Road Closures

Sept. 11: Open Door Monday

Sept. 13: Barcroft Gymnastics Ribbon Cutting

Sept. 13: Mobile Commuter Store

 

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Items of interest Sept 7 2017

posted Sep 7, 2017, 8:23 AM by L M

1.       Arlington County remembrance of 9/11

2.      Update on Advisory Commission Schedule for Policy from the Residential Parking Working Group

3.      Voting on November 7, 2017

4.      October Free Public Education Programs

5.      Learn about native plants

6.      Parking changes at Thomas Jefferson Center

1.       MEDIA ALERT: Arlington Remembers 9/11

Arlington County Government invites the community to join neighbors, County leaders, staff and first responders in commemoration of the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and to express gratitude to all those who helped that day. 

The County’s wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. A moment of silence will be held at 9:37 a.m., the moment of impact at the Pentagon, where 184 lives were lost.

WHAT: Arlington County’s annual remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, with wreath-laying and remarks.

WHO: Captain David Santini of the Arlington County Fire Department to make welcoming remarks.

County Manager Mark Schwartz, Police Chief Jay Farr, Fire Chief James Bonzano, Sheriff Beth Arthur and other officials in attendance.

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. at the outdoor plaza flagpoles (above the Court House Metrorail station). 

Media Contact:  Peter Golkin, 703-228-3346

 

2.       Update on Advisory Commission Schedule for Policy from the Residential Parking Working Group

If you were unable to attend last Thursday’s presentation to the Transportation Commission on the proposed policy from the Residential Parking Working Group process, you can view a recording and see the staff presentation slides here. The Transportation Commission voted unanimously to endorse staff’s request to authorize advertisement of the proposed policy, which is scheduled to go to the County Board on October 21.

We also want to let you know that our schedule for some future presentations to Advisory Commissions has changed. The Housing Commission has moved our presentation from October to tomorrow, September 7th. We apologize for the late notice, but if you would like to attend, then please join us at 7 PM in Room 311 of Courthouse Plaza, tomorrow, September 7th.

In case we are asked to reschedule other presentations, we ask that you check the project web site for the most up-to-date schedule of upcoming presentations, or feel free to contact me.

All the Best

Stephen Crim

Parking Planner

703-228-7494

scrim@arlingtonva.us

 

3.      VOTING - NOVEMBER 7, 2017

 

On Tuesday, November 7 there are elections for many important offices - both local and state. These include Virginia House of delegates, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Arlington County Board and Arlington School Board.

 

If you are an eligible voter, and are not registered to vote - I encourage you to register. If you are registered and have moved since the last time you voted or it has been several years since last voting, I suggest verifying that you are properly registered.

 

The polling place for those (or, perhaps almost all) is probably Thomas Jefferson Community Center - and parking may be somewhat of a challenge (I hope not), so consider early absentee voting. For those voting at Thomas Jefferson, most will be in the Alfonso Lopez House of Delegates district, but some will be in the Patrick Hope district.

 

https://vote. arlingtonva.us/

 

Some of these races may be very close, so voter turnout can be very important.

 

4.      October 2017 Free Public Education Programs

 

TO: Arlington/Alexandria Community Organizations

FROM: Cherri Harris, Publicity Chair, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)
Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington)

The following are free public education events for October 2017. They are open to all, and posted at https://mgnv.org/events/mgnv-events/.

Sunday, October 1, 2-4pm, Sunny and Shade Garden, 850 N. Lexington St, Arlington, 22205. (in Bon Air Park off Wilson Blvd, next to the rose garden)

Tour Our Gardens in Bon Air Park!
Come get free seeds and try your luck in a plant raffle as you tour our magnificent gardens and learn first-hand how to grow beautiful plants in the sun or the shade. You can get advice from our Master Gardeners and pick up helpful information resources and ideas for that special place in your own yard.
Free. No registration necessary.

Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 8:30am-3:30pm, Arlington Campus, George Mason University, 3351 Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22201
3rd Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit
Join us for one of our most exciting and informative events of the year! With over 30 presenters from all over Virginia and the surrounding states, you will learn from those who have a passion about Urban Agriculture, food systems, education and more. Topics include urban-rural partnerships, how to color your gardens, practical science-based challenges and solutions, how to make money in urban agriculture, how to promote urban agriculture, and agriculture in the classroom.
For more information, including registration fee and tours, see the conference website at: https://vafb.swoogo.com/urbanag2017/36853.

Tuesday, October 10, 11am to noon, Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria (by the YMCA).
Simpson Gardens Stroll
Join the MG volunteers in their last stroll of the year as they show off their gardens in early fall bloom! See the beautiful leaf colors and learn how to create a great winter garden while our Master Gardeners answer all your garden questions.
Free. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, October 11, 7-8:30pm. Mt Vernon Recreation Ctr, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria 22305
Tree Selection, Planting and Care
Did you know that trees can save you lots of money in heating and cooling bills, as well as add to your home’s value and curb appeal? Come learn how to pick the right tree for the right spot in your yard, with consideration of summer shade, winter sun, screening and seasonal interest. We will include a DIY segment and a discussion about when to hire a professional arborist.
Free. No registration necessary. In partnership with the Alexandria Beautification Commission.

Saturday, October 14, 10:30-noon, Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206
Composting, And What To Do With All That Leaf And Yard Waste
Learn how to turn yard clippings, kitchen waste and excess paper into black gold for your garden! We will show you how to start composting at home, what to put in a compost pile, how to easily maintain it so the materials break down properly, and how to apply it in your own garden and lawn.
Free. Advance registration at mgnv.org. Questions 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Monday, October 16, 7-8:30pm, Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304, or
Saturday, October 21, 10:30-noon, Fairlington Community Ctr, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206
Putting Your Garden To Bed (Program Offered Twice)
Did you know that Fall is an ideal time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials, and even vegetables? You will learn easy tips for onsite composting, providing winter habitat and food for wildlife, and end-of-season care of tools and equipment. We'll help you identify great plants that can add interest to your yard during the grey doldrums of winter.
Free. Advance registration at mgnv.org. Questions 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 26, 7-8:30pm, Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304
Native Grasses and Sedges For The Home Garden
Learn about a selection of native grasses and sedges that can add structure and beauty to your garden through the seasons. Landscaping uses, maintenance techniques, and ways these plants support wildlife will also be discussed.
Free. Advance registration at mgnv.org. Questions 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com.

…….and don’t miss the last of our Wednesday Night Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library, 7-8:30 pm, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington 22201.

Topics for October are: Fruit From Vines, Brambles and Shrubs (Oct 4); Growing Garlic and Its History (Oct 11)
Free. No registration necessary. Presented with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
Check https://afac.org/plot-against-hunger/, www.plotagainsthunger.afac.org, http://arlingtonva.libcal.com/ or download the entire schedule at: https://afac.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/GardenTalks.Central.2017.pdf

Check out our Plant Clinics! The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic is open from 6:45-8:45 pm. every Wednesday to October 25, 2017 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic, Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic, and Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic will be closed in October, but will be back next May!

Note to All: Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Contact us at 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers. But it’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.

Also, check out the resources on our website, mgnv.org. You’ll find a Quick Guide for Gardeners in Northern Virginia, with our hardiness zone and frost dates; a list of problem plants and better alternatives; and an extensive list, with pictures and descriptions, of Tried and True Native Plants for the Mid-Atlantic area. Our schedule of gardening programs is posted on this website, so be sure to check it often.

Virginia Cooperative Extension http://www.ext.vt.edu is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

 

5.      LEARN ABOUT NATIVE PLANTS - Vernon Recreation Ctr, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria 22305

Learn about planting natives right before the fall plants sales and planting season ensues. Find out which plants are easiest to grow, because they already call this area home. Want to attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to your yard? We will tell you the tips and techniques for creating a wildlife oasis.

Free. No registration necessary. In partnership with the Alexandria Beautification Commission.

6.       Changes in parking at Thomas Jefferson (TJ) Center

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School construction has made parking difficult in this area.  The Center has notices and maps at the check in desk about reduced parking because of the construction.  The County is recommending (with an annotated map) FREE and AVAILABLE on street parking on nearby streets from S Irving to S Fenwick. 

 

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