Alcova Heights Citizens Association
Founded on January 21, 1966, AHCA represents the residents of its neighborhood in a variety of situations, including relations with the County Board, commercial developers, individual residents and with other groups. Involvement with all residents and members of the community are welcome and encouraged. AHCA holds general meetings every other month (except for a summer break) for residents to get together and discuss issues that affect all of us. Meetings are posted online and signs appear at entrances to and traffic circles within the neighborhood the week of an announced meeting.
The Alcova Heights Citizens Association is an active member of the Arlington County Civic Federation. ACCF organizes civic/citizen associations to act together to support the needs of the community. They publish a monthly newsletter of their activities, The Civic Voice, and a volunteer representative from AHCA goes to meetings and keeps us up-to-date on relevant issues.
In Arlington County, civic associations participate in the Neighborhood Conservation Program, created by the County Board in 1964 to encourage neighborhoods to create neighborhood improvement plans and to provide dedicated funding to implement those plans. A volunteer representative attends Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee meetings to keep us informed on the slow but ever-moving process of community improvement. Alcova Heights drafted its first plan and was accepted into the Program in March 1967. The redrafted plan that was accepted by the NCAC in July 1999 profiles our neighborhood (demographics, infrastructure, land use and zoning, traffic management, park and recreation areas), describes resident concerns of the time and provides policy recommendations by the association.
Comprised of elected members and active volunteers, AHCA points of contact include the following representatives:
- President | Marie Van Ness
- Vice President | Cliff Anckaitis
- Treasurer | Mark Cole
- Secretary | Mary Ann Orrechio
- At-Large | Larry Yungk (one-year term)
- Arlington County Civic Federation
ACCF Representatives | Elly Merica, Karl Veit, Marie Van Ness
- Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee
NCAC Representative | Cliff Anckaitis
- Alcova Heights Newsletter
Newsletter Editor | Scot Hoffman
Newsletter Layout | Jennifer Strong Ebbert
Newsletter Circulation | Rhea Dola
- Alcova Heights Online
Listserv Manager | Mike Rhode
Web Manager | Michelle Larsen
- Committee Representatives
Community Directory | Raina Rose Tagle
Traffic | Mike McMahon
Special Events | Dellyn Periandri and Lynn Gant
Environment | Sue Johnson
Contact any of the current officers to get more involved and find out more about a topic of interest.
You can also sign up for our message board and find out what your neighbors are talking about, online or by email. Click the Message Board link at left.
Annual dues help to cover the expenses of community events such as Neighborhood Day, the Halloween Parade, Winter Bonfire Party and Summer Ice Cream Social; cleaning up our park; the newsletter; the web site; and dues to the Arlington County Civic Federation. As a dues-paying member, you will receive the Alcova Heights Newsletter, are invited to participate in any aspect of the association's role, and you are able to vote (and run) in association elections. Current dues are just ten dollars, and can be given by cash or check to the Treasurer at any meeting.