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The Arlington Community Foundation deadline for submission of grant proposals for the Arlington Education Fund is April 22, by 5 p.m. The goal of the Arlington Education Fund is to mobilize support in the community for creating programs that enhance educational opportunities in Arlington. Grant proposals may also be submitted for the Rabil-Armstrong Instructional Staff Development Fund, which was established to support professional development for teachers and administrators of Arlington Public Schools. For information about the Arlington Community Foundation’s Education Fund or to download the proposal forms, visit www.ARLCF.org.

The Arlington County Board has started up a number of new services and procedures for residents who want to find out about the Board’s meeting agenda. Residents can call the Board during meetings Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays 1-9 p.m. at 703-228-5715. The meetings can also be seen live on County Cable Channel AVN 71 or via www.arlingtonva.us.

Also, the possibility to send instant messages to County Board office staff to ask questions about agenda items has been started up. To do this, download a free instant message program from http://messager.yahoo.com. The screen name is ArlingtonBoardMeeting.

Residents can also download a speaker slip at home, print and fill it out and bring to the meeting to submit to the clerk. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Another possibility is to submit a comment online about specific agenda items. E-mail countyboard@arlingtonva.us or visit www.arlingtonva.us.

During meetings, an information desk is staffed in the Board Room 307 foyer to answer questions about the meeting.

Honor friends, relatives and spouse by giving a gift in their name to support one of the community funds. The Arlington Community Foundation will send gift recipients a special gift card notifying them of the gift and where the support has been directed. Call 703-243-4785. The gift form is on the foundation Web site, www.arlcf.org. Fill it out and fax it in to 703-243-4796 or mail it to the Arlington Community Foundation, 2525 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.