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by ARLnow.com — December 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm 4,029 0

U.S. Soccer fans gather at Summer's Restaurant 06/26/14Summers Restaurant and Sports Bar in Courthouse will close after Dec. 31.

The restaurant announced on its Facebook page Friday that it is terminating its lease as of Jan. 1, 2015. It did not specify a reason for the lease termination.

“We are very grateful to our loyal customers who throughout the past 30 years have made it possible for Summers to twice be voted as America’s Best Sports Bar,” the restaurant said.

Summers said it is looking for a partner to help it move to a new location.

by ARLnow.com — December 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm 1,409 0

Long Branch Elementary School (photo via APS)School and health department officials are investigating a possible norovirus outbreak at Long Branch Elementary School.

At least 20 students went to the school clinic Friday because of nausea or vomiting, according to Arlington Dept. of Human Services spokesman Kurt Larrick.

Officials say they’re investigating whether the illness was caused by norovirus, and whether the virus might have spread due to a bathroom that was not cleaned properly.

Photo via APS

by Ethan Rothstein — December 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm 2,804 0

Wilson School (photo courtesy Preservation Arlington)(Updated at 5:15 p.m.) The Arlington School Board voted last night to move the H-B Woodlawn program from its home on Vacation Lane to the Wilson School site in Rosslyn.

The Wilson School, which preservationists launched a petition to save last year, will be torn down and replaced with an estimated 775-seat facility house H-B Woodlawn, the Stratford program, and other, smaller programs that had been housed in the Stratford building.

The demolition and new facility will cost an estimated $80.2 million and be completed by the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

As part of the School Board’s goal of building 1,300 new middle school seats by 2019, it will be constructing a $29.2 million renovation of the Stratford building and convert it into a neighborhood middle school with 1,000-seat capacity.

Arlington Public Schools staff will also determine which sites to recommend spending up to $16.6 million on renovating or building additions for 300 more middle school seats. Where those seats will be, according to APS staff, will be decided “no later than the next” Capital Improvement Plan process.

The plan the School Board approved is similar to the one endorsed by Superintendent Patrick Murphy last month. They elected the plan over building a neighborhood middle school at the Wilson School site and building a middle school at the Reed/Westover building.

School Board Chair James Lander and Board member Emma Violand-Sanchez both said they opposed building a neighborhood school in Rosslyn two months ago.

“I still look at middle school kids, 1,300 middle school kids needing more green space, more fields,” Violand-Sanchez said at the time. Lander said the site is “not one that would be my first option.”

School Board member Abby Raphael, who said at that same meeting that she would be open to seeing a neighborhood school at the Wilson site, voted against the motion.

“I myself believe that a 1,300-seat, or even 1,000-seat, neighborhood school at the Wilson School was the best option for us,” Raphael said. “We have students in that area, it is a growing neighborhood, many students would have been able to walk to that school, it would have been one project, and it would have been cost effective.”

During a community meeting on the middle school capacity options in October, parents expressed support for using the Wilson School as a facility.

“I don’t know what should go in there, but I think that [the Wilson School] needs to be considered,” Ponappa Paleyanda, who lives near the site in the North Highlands neighborhood, said at the time. “It’s urban, and we live in an urban setting. It would give kids the ability to be put in settings they otherwise wouldn’t encounter in school.”

The motion carried 3-1, with Lander, Violand-Sanchez and Nancy Van Doren voting in support.

“I think the vast majority of this, we have a consensus on, and I think we should all take a breath and realize we’ve done really, really well here,” Van Doren said, emphasizing the lengthy community process and a final decision that appears to bring “1,300 secondary school seats, within budget, on time, by 2019.”

The School Board’s decision will be disappointing to preservationists, who have argued that the 104-year-old Wilson School is historic in nature and should be preserved.

by ARLnow.com — December 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm 1,486 0

James Hunter Park ribbon cuttingJames Hunter Park, which reopened in 2013 following a $1.6 million renovation, has been recognized as the “Best New Facility” in the parks category by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.

The Clarendon park, which has facilities for both dogs and humans, was called “a model for today’s urban parks” by the society.

“From using rainwater for irrigation to solar power to native plantings to increasing the urban tree canopy, this park is at the forefront of environmental sustainability,” the group said, according to a county press release.

“It’s wonderful that James Hunter Park was recognized,” Arlington County Parks and Recreation Director Jane Rudolph said, in a statement. “Its development was very important to the County. We were able to turn an empty lot in a very urban corridor into something that the community really values and enjoys. This recognition by VRPS makes it even more special.”

The honor was bestowed by a jury of statewide park and recreation professionals, who based their decision on criteria like “innovative nature of the facility design, funding, construction,” “effectiveness in addressing the goals as defined in terms of community needs” and “efficiency in use of resources.”

Detractors of the park have said it was too expensive and doesn’t have enough shade.

The county’s description of the park, located at the corner of N. Herndon and 13th Streets, after the jump.

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by Nick Anderson — December 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm 0

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Editor’s Note: This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway).

At this point in the season, we’ve all been inundated with “What to Get the __ Fan in Your Life” articles. There’s nothing wrong with that; I enjoy them — hell, I wrote one for this site last year (for Black Friday).

But I’m not what you would call a “holiday” person; by this point in December, I’m a little burnt out and ready for New Year’s to come around already. So rather than focus on the best gifts for the resident beer geeks in your life, this year I’m going to recommend the best beers to help you get through the holiday season.

Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra or WorldWide Stout (15 percent+ ABV): Returning to Dogfish Head’s lineup after a nearly seven year absence, Raison D’Extra is in short supply but if you’re lucky you can snag a bottle or two at retail (or visit one of the Dogfish Alehouse restaurants, who may have bottles/draft). WorldWide Stout will be harder to find; the Delaware brewery didn’t brew any this year, and what I have at Arrowine is from last year’s release, which I’ve been storing in our cellar.

Both beers clock in above the 15 percent ABV mark, so they pack a punch. D’Extra is a supercharged version of Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre, a Belgian-inspired Amber Ale that uses brown sugar and golden raisins in it. D’Extra turns the dials up to 11, showcasing a Brandy-like quality in its youth that only mellows and becomes more elegant with time.

WorldWide is a bruiser of an Imperial Stout, with intense roasted malt notes of chocolate and ripe dark fruits. At its extreme ABV level, the combination of those fruity flavors with boozy heat give WorldWide Stout a Port-like feel. It’s structure also gives WorldWide a lifespan like a fine Vintage Port; back in 2011, I drank a 2002 bottle that shocked me by how “young” it seemed.

Devils Backbone Wood-Aged Kilt Flasher (8 percent ABV): The winter-only Kilt Flasher Wee Heavy from Devils Backbone is already one of the better seasonal offerings among Virginia’s breweries. The Wood-Aged version accentuates all of the great characteristics of Kilt Flasher — the balanced sweetness of the malt, the “just right” level of heat that keeps such a big, malt-driven beer from feeling too rich. A limited run, but one I hope is expanded next year. If you can find it, it’s definitely worth trying.

Mikkeller Red/White Christmas (8 percent ABV): One of Mikkel’s many Christmas Ales, Red/White is a blend of a Belgian-style Witbier with a hoppy Imperial Red Ale. The two styles should clash, but instead they find an unexpected harmony: The Wit takes some of the bite out of the Imperial Red’s intense hops, while the malt in the Red Ale balances the Wit’s spicy character. The best part? Red/White Christmas comes in 1.5-liter magnum bottles. Quality and quantity!

Lagunitas Brown Shugga (9.99 percent ABV): What was a batch of Barleywine gone wrong thanks to an overly exuberant addition of brown sugar is now one of the most beloved seasonal offerings of the beer world. Brown Shugga shouldn’t work — but somehow, it does in its own unabashedly sweet, hoppy, punchy way. For it’s strength, Brown Shugga is all-too easy to throw back, but that may be exactly what you’re looking for right now.

Whatever you’re enjoying this holiday season, I hope you enjoy it among the company of good friends and family. Until next time.

Nick Anderson maintains a blog at www.beermonger.net and can be found on Twitter at @The_Beermonger. Sign up for Arrowine’s money-saving email offers and free wine and beer tastings. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

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by Ethan Rothstein — December 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm 679 0

arlington-va-logoArlington has hired a former Department of Homeland Security official as a deputy county manager in charge of the Department of Environmental Services.

Carol Mitten most recently served as Executive Director for Urban Affairs and Headquarters Consolidation at Homeland Security, before which she was chief of the Land Resources Program Center for the National Capital Region at the National Park Service, according to the county’s press release.

“I am thrilled to have Carol join my team,” Donnellan said in the release. “She brings broad and deep experience, as well as a fresh perspective.”

Mitten will oversee Arlington’s largest department, which deals with everything from the county’s roads and waste collection to local transit and parking. She starts work on Jan. 5.

Mitten will be Donnellan’s second deputy county manager, joining Mark Schwartz, who’s been Donnellan’s second-in-command since 2010. Donnellan also employs six assistant county managers among her staff.

Mitten’s experience in local government came across the river, while serving on the District’s Zoning Commission.

“While working in D.C. government, I came to deeply appreciate the positive impact that local government can have on the lives of our community,” Mitten said in the release. “This is where I developed my passion for local government, and I’m so pleased to be joining the Arlington team.”

Arlington’s full announcement of Mitten’s hiring, after the jump: (more…)

by Ethan Rothstein — December 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0

It’s the weekend before Christmas, so while many in the area are packing up to visit family, if you’re staying put you might be able to find a hidden gem at an open house.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

4390-lorcom-lane4390 Lorcom Lane
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Tonya Nelson, Redfin Corporation
Listed: $230,000
Open: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4177-s-four-mile-run-drive4177 S. Four Mile Run Drive
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Sue Goodhart, McEnearney Associates
Listed: $409,900
Open: Sunday, Dec. 21, noon to 2:00 p.m.

4141-n-henderson-road4141 N. Henderson Road
3 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Brian Klotz, Re/Max Allegiance
Listed: $595,000
Open: Sunday, Dec. 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2106-n-buchanan-court2016 N. Buchanan Court
3 BD / 2 1/2 BA townhouse
Agent: Elizabeth Rea, Optime Realty
Listed: $709,900
Open: Sunday, Dec. 21, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

6815-30th-road-n6815 30th Road N.
5 BD / 5 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Robert Chevez, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,499,900
Open: Saturday, Dec. 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2450-n-lexington-street2450 N. Lexington Street
6 BD / 4 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Kathleen Fong, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,593,000
Open: Saturday, Dec. 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Sunday Dec. 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

by Ethan Rothstein — December 19, 2014 at 11:35 am 1,028 0

Artisphere during the Silver Clouds exhibitArtisphere is very likely to close on June 30, barring a change of heart from the majority of the Arlington County Board, and while many agree with the Board’s decision, the local art scene is lamenting the loss.

Artisphere — with multiple theaters for programming of everything from local orchestras to international groups with experimental sounds and galleries for its free visual art displays — will continue operating as planned, Executive Director Jose Ortiz said.

“The show must go on,” he told ARLnow.com yesterday. “It was definitely a disappointing decision … We have programs that are planned and on the books, from exhibitions and performances to rentals. The items that are on the books must continue.”

ARLnow.com’s unscientific poll yesterday asked readers if they agreed with County Manager Barbara Donnellan’s recommendation to close Artisphere at the end of the fiscal year. Some 57 percent of poll respondents – out of nearly 3,000 votes – said they agree with the decision. Ortiz said he didn’t necessarily disagree with it.

“Barbara said it. This was a business decision,” he said.

Some critics of the move are calling it “short-sighted,” alluding to the multimedia center’s uptick in both revenues and visitors in the past year or more. Donnellan said the theater would require $2 million or more per year to stay open, but vowed to continue the revitalization efforts in Rosslyn.

In an era when communities throughout the country and especially in the D.C. area have used arts and culture to successfully revitalize neighborhoods, Donnellan’s recommendation to close the county’s most vital cultural asset is both shocking and remarkably short-sighted,” wrote Phil Hutinet, editor of D.C. arts website East City Art.

Ortiz started at Artisphere four months after it opened to lots of hype and hope the it would be revenue neutral. He said he would have “helped people understand what Artisphere was” if he had been involved from the beginning. Still, he said, he’s proud of the four years of programming the center has showcased.

“My hope is people will remember us because they were part of a project or they attended something here that blew their minds,” he said.

A full statement from Oritz on Artisphere’s closing, after the jump: (more…)

by ARLnow.com — December 19, 2014 at 10:40 am 3,529 0

Arlington County police carA man was held against his will and sexually assaulted after arriving at the Columbia Pike apartment of a man he met on a dating website, according to this week’s Arlington County crime report.

The incident took place early morning on Monday, Dec. 15, on the 5500 block of Columbia Pike.

The victim “went to the suspect’s residence and after some conversation, the suspect became sexually aggressive and forcefully touched and penetrated the victim’s anus,” according to ACPD spokesman Lt. Kip Malcolm.

“After the victim received a telephone call from a friend, the suspect stopped touching the victim and a short time later, the victim attempted to leave the residence; however the victim’s exit was blocked by the suspect,” Malcolm continued. “The suspect then forcefully touched the victim… again before the victim was able to run out of the residence. The victim immediately called police who investigated the incident.”

The 45-year-old suspect has been charged with abduction. Additional charges are pending.

From the crime report:

SEXUAL ASSAULT/ABDUCTION, 141215005, 5500 block of Columbia Pike, The victim told police he was sexually assaulted by a male suspect shortly after arriving at his apartment. Both victim and suspect met through an online dating website. Warrants were obtained and the suspect was arrested and transported to booking where he was charged accordingly. The victim was transported to the hospital for examination and did not sustain any injuries.

Also this week, police reported an incident of sexual battery that took place early Saturday morning.

Police say a woman was touched inappropriately by a cab driver while she was on the way home from a company party in D.C.

SEXUAL BATTERY, 141213014, 900 block of N Stuart St, On 12/13/14 at 0620 hours, a female victim told police she was sexually assaulted. After attending a company party in DC, the victim and some friends went to a nearby bar for some drinks. Shortly thereafter, the victim then decided to return to home without her friends and hailed a cab. The victim states the unknown male suspect cab driver, touched her numerous times during the return trip. Upon arrival near the requested location, the victim fled the vehicle and eventually contacted police. The victim was not injured and could not identify the cab company. The suspect is described as a medium complexion male of Middle Eastern or Indian descent, clean shaven with short hair.

On Sunday, a woman said she was raped by a man she met at a bar in D.C.

RAPE, 141215003, 3400 block of Fairfax Dr, On 12/14/14 a female victim reported to police she had unwanted sexual intercourse with a male subject she met at a bar in DC after consuming several alcoholic beverages. The victim is able to identify the suspect but does not wish to prosecute at this time.

The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.

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Just Listed in Arlington

by Ethan Rothstein — December 19, 2014 at 5:00 am 526 0

Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.” In this week…

by Mark Kelly — December 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm 660 0

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