Free Crystal City Shuttle

A free lunchtime shuttle bus service is available in Crystal City from the Crystal City Airport Hilton on South Clark Street to South 23rd Street and Jefferson Davis Highway.

Known as the ART 91 South 23rd Street Restaurant Row Shuttle, the service runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, except on federal holidays. It takes about 12 minutes to complete the two-mile loop and makes about 15 trips a day.

Officials said the shuttle will provide more than 40,000 people in Crystal City with easier, faster access to the many restaurants and shops on South 23rd Street and offer a safe, convenient way for people to cross busy Jefferson Davis Highway.

The shuttle is operated by Arlington County in partnership with the South 23rd Street Business Group Inc., which will split operating costs evenly.

ART 91 stops at 12 locations marked by blue signs with the slogan "Get on and take a free ride!" The route begins on South Clark Street, travels south to 27th Street onto Crystal Drive. It continues north to 15th Street South, back to South Clark Street, across Jefferson Davis Highway to South 23rd Street.

For more information, call 703-228-7547 or 703-228-RIDE (7433) or visit www.arlingtontransit.com.

New Fort Ward Director

Susan G. Cumbey has been promoted to museum director at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site after serving as the museum's curator since 1982.

The Office of Historic Alexandria announced the promotion last week. Walton H. Owen, a specialist in local Civil War history and the defenses of Washington, will succeed Cumbey as curator.

"I am delighted with the selection of Susan Cumbey as the new director of Fort Ward," said Jean Taylor Federico, director of the Office of Historic Alexandria. "Her knowledge and experience with the museum and the community has provided a seamless transition in leadership, and Walton Owen's background and extensive experience in Civil War history will surely add to that."

Cumbey has 22 years of experience in the museum field and 20 years of part-time teaching experience in art history at Georgetown University and Northern Virginia Community College. She holds an MA in art history and museum studies from George Washington University.

Cumbey's specialization in Civil War studies has focused on art of the period. She has lectured extensively on the subject to numerous historical organizations and institutions such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Virginia Military Institute, and she organized several exhibitions on the topic for Fort Ward, including "Civil War Art From Great Marsh: Selections from the Donald R. Tharpe Collection," "John Rogers, Civil War Sculptor" and "The Civil War: The Artist's View."

Owen is co-author of "Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington." For three years, he has served as historic site administrator for Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington, another Union fort that protected the capital during the Civil War.

Owen is former curator of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Materials Collection of the National Archives and has worked at Fort Ward as an education specialist and associate curator.

He and Cumbey originated the museum's education outreach program "Life During the Civil War," which received a National Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. He holds a BA in American history from Emory & Henry College.

Forums on School Boundaries

The superintendent's Boundary Development and Program Planning Committee, composed of parents, residents and Arlington public schools staff, will hold public forums to gather community input as it develops recommendations on new attendance zones for Abingdon, Barcroft, Carlin Springs, Henry, Hoffman-Boston, Oakridge and Randolph elementary schools.

The forums will include an overview of the committee's work and preliminary boundary scenarios. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Recommendations from the committee will be presented to the superintendent later this year, and the School Board is scheduled to act on his recommendations by January. Approved attendance zones will take effect in September.

The forum schedule: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Drew Model Elementary School, 3500 S. 23rd St.; 10-noon Nov. 23, Arlington Mill Community Center, 4975 Columbia Pike; and 7-9 p.m. Nov. 25, Gunston Middle School, 2700 S. Lang St.

For more information, contact Mark Macekura at 703-228-8633. Comments on boundaries may be submitted by voice mail at 703-228-2425, e-mail at BoundaryProgramPlan@arlington.k12.va.us or fax at 703-228-6295.

H-B Woodlawn Applications

Arlington public schools are accepting applications until Jan. 17 for admission to the sixth-grade class of the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.

Slots in that class are assigned based on the number of Arlington public school fifth-graders in each neighborhood attendance area. For that reason, when applying to H-B Woodlawn, Arlington fifth-graders enrolled in schools other than their neighborhood schools must indicate the attendance area in which they live.

A countywide random, double-blind lottery will be held to determine which of each attendance area's fifth-graders receive slots.

Sixty-nine sixth-grade slots are available for the 2003-04 academic year and will be assigned to Arlington's 16 elementary attendance areas as follows:

Abingdon 5, Hoffman-Boston/Oakridge 8, Arlington Science Focus/Key 3, Jamestown 4, Ashlawn 3, Long Branch 4, Barcroft 5, McKinley 3, Barrett 3, Nottingham 4, Carlin Springs 5, Randolph 6, Glebe 4, Taylor 6, Henry 2 and Tuckahoe 4.

Assigned slots for Arlington Science Focus/Key reflect the number of fifth-graders who live in the attendance area, not the number of fifth-graders from other attendance areas enrolled in the schools. For Hoffman-Boston/Oakridge, no specific number of slots will be assigned to schools sharing an attendance area. Instead, one set of slots will be assigned to the combined area.

Students not selected during the lottery will be placed on their attendance area's wait list and a countywide wait list. If a student declines admission or transfers out of H-B Woodlawn, the resulting empty slot will go to the next student on the departing student's attendance area wait list.

If no applicants are on the area wait list, the slot will be offered to the next student on the countywide wait list, regardless of attendance area.

A countywide random double-blind lottery will be held for slots available in the ninth-grade class. All students interested in enrolling at H-B Woodlawn during the high school years, including those on the middle school wait list from the sixth-grade admission lottery, must submit a new application for the ninth-grade lottery. Admission will be offered based on lottery results and available spaces.

Applications for the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program are available in all local schools or in the school system's School Information Center by calling 703-228-7660. Online applications are available at the school system Web site, www.arlington.k12.va.us. All valid applications must be received in the H-B Woodlawn school office by 4 p.m. Jan. 17.

Students wishing to attend middle or high schools outside their neighborhood attendance areas for the next school year may apply for transfer now through Jan. 17.

Transfer applications are available at all local schools, the School Information Center and at the school system Web site. Applications may be accepted only at schools meeting established transfer guidelines.