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From YouTube: Around Arlington - October 6, 2014


Fall is officially here, and that means that leaf collection is right around the corner. We’ll tell you when to expect leaf collection in your neighborhood later in our program. But first…

Arlington Cemetery is using the latest technology to help visitors explore the area. The ANC Explorer app connects families, visitors and the public to the cemetery's history by helping them locate gravesites and points of interest. The app is free and available for download via the iOS App Store and Android Google Play.

Commonwealth Attorney Theo Stamos and Police Chief Doug Scott will take part in a community forum, discussing trust and confidence in the criminal justice system on Oct. 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Wakefield High School. It’s a great chance to learn about how law enforcement and the community interact. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. To learn more, visit the police webpage at

Arlington’s streetcar system is one step closer to reality. The Arlington County Board approved a $26 million contract for HDR Engineering, Inc. to develop preliminary design plans for the Columbia Pike and Crystal City -Potomac Yard segments. HDR will also work on technical specifications for the streetcar vehicles. To learn more about the planned streetcar system, go to keyword: streetcar.

Fall is finally here, and that means the trees will soon begin shedding their leaves. It’s time to get prepared for the County’s extensive leaf bag pickup and vacuum collection program. Leaf bags are collected the day after your regular trash collection day, starting November 3. Vacuum collection begins November 10, and is organized by civic association. Check our website for information about when the vacuum truck will be in your neighborhood.

And what if you don’t have a rake for all those leaves? No problem, because Arlington’s Central Library has launched its Garden Tool Lending Program. You can easily check out many tools to help you prepare for all the seasons, and make your yard look great. If you want to check out a garden tool – visit the Library website at

With that green thumb still in mind, just remember that residents are responsible for trimming trees and shrubs on their property, especially if they encroach on public spaces such as sidewalks and streetsigns. This will help ensure safety and better visibility for everyone walking around town. To learn more about caring for your trees and shrubs, visit keyword tree.

And finally, do you know an Arlington resident, group or business that’s accomplished something significant for their community? If so, let us know! The Arlington Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for the 16th Annual James B. Hunter Human Rights Award. Entries should highlight achievements that promote: respect, cultural diversity and equal rights for all residents. Learn more at our website, keyword Human Rights.

Well, that’s all for this week, thanks for watching, and we'll see you Around Arlington.