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by Ethan Rothstein — February 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm 897 0

Red light cameras in RosslynThe Arlington County Police Department will soon be installing seven new red light cameras, scattered across various parts of the county.

ACPD announced the new cameras in a press release late Friday afternoon, saying they will be installed “in the near future” and, when installed, they would be operational 24 hours a day.

Plans have been in the works for the cameras since March 2012. The cameras were reported delayed in June 2013, “still delayed” in October 2013 and “still in the works” in August 2014. The police department’s press release said “construction is expected to start” at Columbia Pike and S. George Mason Drive.

The cameras will be placed at the following intersections, according to ACPD:

  • Eastbound on Columbia Pike at S. Glebe Road
  • Westbound on Columbia Pike at S. Glebe Road
  • Eastbound on Columbia Pike at S. George Mason Drive
  • Northbound on N. Glebe Road at Washington Boulevard
  • Westbound on Lee Highway at N. George Mason Drive
  • Northbound on 23rd Street S. at US Route 1
  • Southbound on 23rd Street S. at US Route 1

The intersections were chosen, police said, based on accident rate, pedestrian safety, the rate of red light violations and the “ability of police to apprehend violators safely within a reasonable distance from the violation.”

Motorists photographed running a red light get a written warning for 30 days after the cameras are installed. After the month-long grace period, violators will receive a $50 citation, but not be assessed points on their driving records. There are already four red light cameras in Arlington — two on Lee Highway in Rosslyn, one at N. Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive in Ballston and one at Lee Highway and Washington Blvd in East Falls Church.

Those four cameras have issued almost 35,000 citations since they were installed in 2010. Per Virginia State Code, police are only allowed to place cameras at 10 intersections in the county at one time.

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by ARLnow.com — February 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm 1,181 0

Update at 4:50 p.m. – The fire has been extinguished, no one was hurt and roads are reopening.

A reported generator fire in Crystal City is producing a large amount of smoke.

Arlington County Police are shutting down roads in the area around the fire and the plume of smoke, on S. Clark Street between 26th and 27th Streets. Firefighters are on the scene and have brought the fire under control, according to scanner traffic

On today’s clear, sunny day, residents are reporting seeing the smoke from more than a mile away.

by Ethan Rothstein — February 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm 528 0

Crowds of shoppers at Pentagon City mall (file photo)The Lunar New Year celebration in Asia is fully underway, and the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is hosting a lineup of events tomorrow to celebrate.

From noon to 6:00 p.m. at the mall (1100 S. Hayes Street), there will be dancers from a range of Asian countries, an “Asian fashion show” and goodie bags from stores like Aveda and LUSH.

Starting at noon, the first 100 shoppers on the Metro level will get goodie bags. At 1:00 p.m., the Asian American Chamber of Commerce will make a presentation, after which the performances begin.

There will be Chinese and Indian musical performances and forms of traditional Lion Dance and Dragon Dance and dancers organized by Filipino-American group Mabuhay, Inc. All the while, visitors can meet with Miss Vietnam D.C., Loney Nguyen and make a traditional paper lantern and spin a wheel for prizes.

Stores throughout the mall will be offering specials in honor of the holiday, which started on Feb. 19 and will last until March 5.

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by Ethan Rothstein — February 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm 1,060 0

Cherrydale Trees (photo via Google Maps)Residents of the Cherrydale neighborhood say there’s “no excuse” for the county to fall behind as much as it has with maintaining trees.

In a presentation to the Arlington County Board on Tuesday night, Cherrydale Citizens Association representative Maureen Ross went over several issues during her Neighborhood Conservation plan update, including the upkeep of the North Arlington neighborhood’s street trees.

“Our trees are a huge issue in Cherrydale,” R0ss said. “They’re not in good shape.”

Arlington is spending about $1.2 million on tree maintenance, removal and planting this fiscal year, according to county Landscape and Tree Supervisor Jamie Bartalon. Bartalon said the county has regular tree maintenance programs, but most of the funds are spent on safety-related pruning and removal of hazardous trees.

In county staff’s response to Cherrydale’s tree concerns, the Department of Parks and Recreation said it has recently established new practices for planting urban trees, but said funding is simply insufficient to accomplish all of Cherrydale’s requests.

“DPR’s baseline budget for tree planting is barely sufficient to replace the average number of trees that are removed each year,” the staff report reads. “DPR does not recommend reallocating tree planting funding towards tree maintenance when such reallocation may result in fewer trees being planted than removed from County property.”

Bartalon said the budget for tree planting in FY 2015 is $206,388, and the county has added a net total of 175 trees this year, based on an annual projection of 650 trees removed because they have died or were taken down for development. The majority of trees are removed because they are “dead, dying, hazardous or downed/damaged by storms.”

“Arlington loves its trees as do most residents so we always look for options before removing a tree,” Bartalon told ARLnow.com in an email. “If there is a safety issues… can it just be pruned? If it is diseased, can we cure it? Our last option is to remove a tree.”

On the left, a county tree in Cherrydale. On the right, a tree planted by Safeway (photo via Cherrydale Citizens Association)Ross and her neighbors contend that the county could avoid removing many of its trees if it simply kept a regular watering schedule. Ross showed examples of other trees, like the one pictured at right. She said the tree on the left in the image was planted by the Safeway 10 years ago.

“We planted our trees 20 years ago, but replaced them two or three times,” Ross said. “Why is Safeway able to do it and we can’t?”

There are more than 19,000 street trees in Arlington, according to DPR, and the county “cannot begin to cover the cost to implement a Countywide regular pruning cycle.”

When trees are damaged or hazardous, residents can report them to parks staff, which will respond. But Ross said she looks at Falls Church’s Willow Oak trees, planted 20 years ago at the same time of many of Cherrydale’s street trees, and wonders what could have been.

“[Those trees] look magnificent,” she said. “Why doesn’t Cherrydale look like that? No excuses.”

Photo, top, via Google Maps. Image, bottom, via Cherrydale Citizens Association

by Ethan Rothstein — February 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm 747 0

March is finally coming on Sunday. After that, just three more weeks until spring. According to real estate agents, spring in the housing market is already here.

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

4707-29th-street-s4707 29th Street S.
1 BD / 1 BA condominium
Agent: Deborah Gorham, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $240,000
Open: Sunday, March 1, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3060-s-woodrow-street3060 S. Woodrow Street
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Lauren Kolazas, Dwell Residential Brokerage
Listed: $424,900
Open: Sunday, March 1, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2330-14th-street-n2330 14th Street N.*
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Jane Wilson, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Penfed Realty
Listed: $545,000
Open: Sunday, March 1, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1201-n-garfield-street1201 N. Garfield Street
2 BD / 2 BA condominium
Agent: Cameron Crossman, Crossman & Co. Mid-Atlantic Fine Real Estate
Listed: $658,900
Open: Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4818-9th-street-s4818 9th Street S.
4 BD / 2 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Lynn Hoover, McEnearney Associates
Listed: $879,900
Open: Sunday, March 1, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4805-yorktown-blvd4805 Yorktown Blvd
6 BD / 5 1/2 BA single family detached
Agent: Ronald Cathell, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,549,000
Open: Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) listing

by Ethan Rothstein — February 27, 2015 at 11:00 am 869 0

girl-scout-cookiesLovers of treats rejoice: it’s Girl Scout cookie season.

Scouts in sashes will be selling scores of sweets around the county, and it’s already underway. This afternoon, scouts will be posted up at the 1800 N. Oak Street Apartments in Rosslyn from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Ft. Myer Commissary (523 Carpenter Road) from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Giant Foods at 3115 Lee Highway, 2501 9th Road S. and 3450 Washington Blvd from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the Metro stations in Courthouse, Virginia Square, Ballston, East Falls Church, Pentagon City and Crystal City during the evening rush hours.

The Girl Scouts will be stationed at various places around the county until Sunday, March 22. That means you have less than a month to buy Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs or any other of the scouts’ cookie options.

Here’s the complete list of locations scouts in Arlington will be selling. You can go to the Girl Scouts’ cookie locator website to see when they will be stationed at each post.

  • 1800 N. Oak Street
  • Safeway (1525 Wilson Blvd)
  • Courthouse Metro Station (2100 Wilson Blvd)
  • Ballston Metro Station (901 N. Stuart Street)
  • Pentagon City Metro Station (1200 S. Hayes Street)
  • Crystal City Metro Station (1750 S. Clark Street)
  • East Falls Church Metro Station (2001 N. Sycamore Street)
  • Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627 N. Glebe Road)
  • Safeway (5101 Wilson Blvd)
  • Ft. Myer Commissary (523 Carpenter Road)
  • Ft. Myer Post Exchange (2nd and McNair Streets)
  • Waterview Office Building (1919 N. Lynn Street)
  • 1555 Wilson Blvd
  • Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
  • Nicecream Factory (2831 Clarendon Blvd)
  • Whitlow’s on Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd)
  • Westover Market (5863 Washington Blvd)
  • Giant Food (3115 Lee Highway)
  • Giant Food (3450 Washington Blvd)
  • Giant Food (2501 9th Road S.)
  • St. Ann Church (5300 10th Street N.)
  • Safeway (5101 Wilson Blvd)
  • Safeway (2500 N. Harrison Street)
  • Lebanese Taverna (4400 Old Dominion Drive)
  • Tutti Frutti (2499 N. Harrison Street)
  • Safeway (3717 Lee Highway)
  • Giant Food (2901 S. Glebe Road)
  • Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford Street)
  • Marymount University Lee Center (2807 N. Glebe Road)
  • Goodwill Industries (10 S. Glebe Road)
  • Congregation Etz Hayim (2920 Arlington Blvd)
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church (1601 13th Road S.)
  • Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie Street)
  • Pentagon Center Mall (1201 S. Hayes Street)
  • Meridian at Pentagon (1221 S. Eads Street)

by ARLnow.com — February 27, 2015 at 10:10 am 1,502 0

Police car lightsA knife-wielding man robbed a dollar store and on S. Four Mile Run Drive last week and used a slightly unorthodox method of obtaining cash.

Police say the man ran off with the store’s cash register and, a short distance away, smashed it on the ground to open it. He then fled in a getaway vehicle with his pilfered cash.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ROBBERY, 150219028, 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive. At approximately 2 pm on February 19, a male subject entered the Dollar Up store and brandished a knife at an employee. The subject grabbed the cash register and fled the store on foot. A short distance later the suspect is seen slamming the register on the ground and taking an undisclosed amount of money before driving off in a getaway vehicle. The suspect is described as a black male in his fifties. He was wearing a dark colored winter coat and brown beanie.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump. All named suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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by ARLnow.com — February 27, 2015 at 9:20 am 1,190 0

Cardinal in the snow (Flickr pool photo by Alan Kotok)

Murphy Falls Short of Superintendent Award — Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy may be one of the top superintendents in the country, according to the American Association of Schools Administrators, but at a conference in San Diego yesterday Murphy fell short of being named “Superintendent of the Year.” [InsideNova]

Aurora Highlands Profiled — The group Preservation Arlington has profiled the Aurora Highlands neighborhood and an owner of a circa-1942 house in the neighborhood, as part of its “I Love My Historic Neighborhood” feature. [Preservation Arlington]

Historic Photo of Courthouse — Courthouse looks very different than it does today in a black and white photo taken sometime in either the 1980s or 90s. [Ghosts of DC]

Flickr pool photo by Alan Kotok

Just Listed in Arlington

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — February 27, 2015 at 5:00 am 1,074 0

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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.”

Perhaps last week’s surge of ratified contracts has lured sellers this week to brave the snow and cold and put their properties on the market.

Some 54 new listings just came of the market this week, ranging in price from $212,000 to $2.3 million. Nearly 65 percent of those listings are condos and the remainder are about an even number of townhouses and detached homes. The same number of properties were sold this week. Exactly 54 contracts were ratified, demonstrating the buyers know it’s a good time to buy.

The Federal Reserve chairwoman’s comments this week that short-term rates would stay unchanged surprised the markets, and resulted in mortgage rates remaining steady at about 3.75 percent for a 30-year fixed rate in our area. But, the average days on market this week droped significantly to 35, indicating a hot hot market that will push prices up from bidding wars. For buyers, there’s no time to waste in finding a home.

Listing of the week:  430 N. Jackson St.; and click on the new high tech 3-D virtual tour for a tech treat.

You can access all active listings in Arlington on the Cathell Team website.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — February 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm 393 0

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