• The next meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 7:30 PM at the Community Room of the Ballston Firehouse Station (located at Wilson Blvd and N. George Mason Drive).

October 13, 2015

AGP Statement on development plans for Wilson School/Rosslyn Highlands Park

AGP Statement on development plans for Wilson School/Rosslyn Highlands Park

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The Arlington Greens approved the following position on the development plans for the Wilson School and Rosslyn Highlands Park area at its October 1st meeting.

The Arlington Green Party condemns both the process and results of recent government decision-making concerning the public land around the Wilson School and Rosslyn Highlands Park

Process: Final decisions were made during secret negotiations* between government and developers long before the public process began. Because the outcome was predetermined, the public process disregarded longtime local community requests in framing a draft proposal**, and disregarded local community responses to the draft proposal. Secret agreements and ignored input; that’s not consistent with the way government should function in a democracy.

Outcome: The Wilson school area is the only substantial family recreation area within easy walking distance of the nearby neighborhoods***. No urban planner would recommend intense development of the site. And yet that is what will happen. The historic elementary school will be torn down and replaced by a much larger structure. Parking lots and small fields and one story buildings will be replaced with skyscrapers. Greenspace in the heart of a city will be paved over, parkland will be given over to development, and families will have reduced playspace – these are astonishingly bad outcomes.

*Secret negotiations and disregard for local community input
See letter from Friends of Rosslyn Highlands Park dated June 16, 2014.


also: Personal Communication with Katie Elmore and Stan Karson, local civic association designees to the Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study (WRAPS) process.

**Long time Community desire to save green space and historic space
-Many presentations to the APS and County Boards by Mark Antell and Stan Karson, local civic association contacts for Wilson School for over a decade.
-Arlington County Civic Federation resolution recommending preservation of the Wilson School Playfields, endorsed 2007 and reaffirmed in 2014.
-Historic Architecture and Landmark Review Board recommendations in 2007 and 2014 that Wilson School be designated an historic site.

***Wilson School / Rosslyn Highlands Park the only substantial recreation area within easy walking distance of the surrounding neighborhoods. Look at the map.


October 6, 2015

Arlington Greens Celebrate End-of-Summer Picnic, Sept. 20 at Potomac Overlook Park

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Arlington Greens gathered at Potomac Overlook Regional Park on Sunday, September 20 to celebrate their second annual end-of-summer picnic. About two dozen people gathered and listened once again to Arlington local rock and roll band, Still Standing, play 60s and 70s rock and roll and rhythm and blues. New members and two county board members attended and welcomed the last day of the Summer of 2015.agp picnic2 2015


October 3, 2015

Arlington Greens Vote Not to Endorse Any County Board Candidate in November 2015 Election

Arlington Greens Vote Not to Endorse Any County Board Candidate in November Election

The Arlington Greens voted at their October 1st meeting not to endorse any candidates for the Arlington County Board election in November; there are two seats open on the Board this year. Co-chair Sandra Hernandez said, “After carefully considering and debating an endorsement, the Greens voted not to endorse either candidate in 2015 for County Board.”


There are four candidates on the ballot for the two open seats–two Democrats and two Independents. In 2014, the Greens endorsed John Vihstadt, who ran as an independent. He was elected the first non-Democrat to a County Board board seat in Arlington in over 15 years. Arlington Greens have nominated or endorsed a county board candidate every year since 2006.


June 22, 2015

Green Karaoke Social at LA Bar in Arlington on July 9 was a fun event

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Green Karaoke Fun Social at LA Bar on July 9

A dozen turned out on July 9 to socialize and sing karaoke at LA Bar on Columbia Pike led by Greens Sandra Hernandez, Kirit Mookerjee and Marie Pellegrino. Thanks everyone for turning out! Below is cochair Sandra Hernandez with husband Carlos singing a duo, and then Sandra and Miriam Gennari singing a separate song.

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arlington greens karaoke social july 15


March 22, 2015

Panel for first time candidates in Arlington had interesting tips and ideas

Arlington Greens panel for first time candidates had about 15 people at Shirlington Library on March 31. The four panel members were Joe Galdo, former candidate for Congress in Fairfax, Dan Robinson, candidate for the Maryland General Assembly from Takoma Park, Maryland; Miriam Gennari former candidate for Arlington School Board; and John Reeder, former two time candidate for Arlington County Board. All candidates ran as Greens. Also on hand was Gretchen Reinemeyer of the Arlington Voters office to explain the legal issues of filing for office in 2015. There are two county board seats, one school board seat, all four General Assembly seats and the state senate seat open in 2015, and all the constitutional offices such as sheriff.

Panelists left to right" Gretchen Reinemery of the voters office, Joe Galdo, Miriam Gennari, John Reeder and Dan Robinson

Panelists left to right” Gretchen Reinemery of the voters office, Joe Galdo, Miriam Gennari, John Reeder and Dan Robinson

Arlington Greens are looking for qualified first time candidates to run. Greens are independents; accept no corporate or PAC funds, and run against the two major parties.


January 28, 2015

Sandra Hernandez and Marie Pellegrino elected as 2015 co-chairs of Arlington Greens

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Sandra Hernandez and Marie Pellegrino were elected as co-chairs for 2015 for the Arlington Greens at the December general meeting. Sandra and Marie are longtime Greens who have extensive community involvement in Arlington, and worked hard on many prior Greens political campaigns, including on the successful campaign of John Vihstadt, an independent candidate for county board who the Greens endorsed.

Marie Pellegrino and Sandra Hernandez at January Green Filmfest at Central Library

Marie Pellegrino and Sandra Hernandez at January Green Filmfest at Central Library

Sandra has worked for historic preservation of her Columbia Pike neighborhood for many years, and also is a parent of two children enrolled in Arlington Public Schools. As a bilingual Latina, she has been a strong advocate for affordable housing and for the county schools and government to meet the needs of lower income Arlington residents.

Marie is a longtime Arlington resident who recently completed the Arlington Neighborhood College course, and is an English tutor volunteer with REEP program (the English program in Arlington County for recent immigrants). She began her Green Party activities working with the Greens efforts to help the unemployed in Arlington in 2009-10. Greens proposed a Green jobs program for unemployed and homeless persons to be trained and employed weatherizing low income housing using then available stimulus funds, and advocating in Richmond for Virginia to expand its unemployment program.


April 22, 2014

Next meeting of Arlington Greens: Thursday, May 1, 7:00 PM at Ballston Firehouse

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The May meeting of the Arlington Greens will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 PM at the usual meeting place, the community room of the Ballston Firehouse located at George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard.

An agenda will be email out to all AGP members a few days before the meeting. The public is cordially invited to attend but only members are entitled to vote. Membership is open to all Arlington residents, normal dues are $25 a year, but there are lower dues for students, seniors, and low income persons.Sunflower_green


Greens collect toiletries for Arlington homeless persons: bring to our May 1 meeting

We asking all Arlington Greens to bring new or unused sample toiletries to our next AGP meeting which will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 PM at the usual meeting place the Ballston Firehouse Community Room (Wilson Blvd and Geo. Mason Drive).

We agreed at our April meeting to collect as many as possible and give them to the ASPAN homeless shelter program which still support homeless people in the summer months thought their shelter is now closed. So if you have any sample sized shampoo, hand soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. that you may have picked up while staying at a hotel or motel, please bring them on May 1.

You can also go to the dollar store or Shopper’s food warehouse and find full size bottles of shampoo, shaving cream, etc.


John Reeder

chairman – AGP

Current winter shelter

Current winter shelter


November 3, 2013

Arlington Greens Post-Election Celebration, Tues, Nov. 5, 7:15 PM at Westover Beer Garden

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Arlington Greens Post-Election Celebration at Westover Beer Gardens

Please join us for our 2013 post-election celebration at the Westover Beer Gardens, a locally owned bar and supermarket in Arlington.
The Arlington Greens will gather starting at around 7:15 pm (after the polls close) for a post-election celebration at the Westover Beer Gardens, located at 5863 N. Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205
http://www.westovermarket.com/_BEER_GARDEN.htmlPlease vote for our Green candidate Audrey Clement for Arlington County Board, and support the housing authority referendum. Thank you all our campaign volunteers and community supporters who have worked so hard to support our candidate and our cause to keep affordable rental housing in our community!

If anyone would still like to work at a poll for the Greens, please email John Reeder info@greensofarlington.org


February 13, 2013

Arlington Greens Elect Steve Davis as Their New Chairman

Arlington Greens Elect Steve Davis as Their New Chairman

Arlington Greens at their February 12th meeting at the Clarendon Silver Diner elected Steve Davis, a longtime Arlington resident and an environmental activist, as their chairman for 2013. Davis was an aviation analyst for several decades with the U.S. Department of Transportation until his retirement in 2004, and is a graduate of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland where he has served with several alumni groups. He was the Arlington Greens liaison with the Arlington Community Energy Taskforce during 2010-11. He also worked extensively on on the Greens green jobs initiative for homeless and unemployed people in Arlington during 2009-10 and has testified on the need for a year-round emergency shelter. Davis is married and lives in the Tara-Leeway Heights neighborhood, and previously in Fairlington Villages. He attends Fairlington United Methodist Church.

Former Arlington Greens chair John Reeder stepped down after three years, and now is the 2013 co-chairman of the Virginia Green Party. The Arlington Greens have fielded candidates for local office since 2006, most recently Audrey Clement for county board in 2012. Arlington Greens meet every first Wednesday of the month in the community room of the Ballston Fire House.

Audrey Clement was also re-elected as the treasurer of the Arlington Greens for 2013.

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