Just about every day police get called to at least one reported shoplifting at the Pentagon City mall. Often, police make several trips to the mall in any given day. Security personnel, it seems, are extraordinarily skilled at catching thieves.
But the guards aren’t quite as used to suspects turning violent. Thus this item in this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report is noteworthy:
ROBBERY 03/27/10, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street. On March 27 at 3 pm, two suspects stole items from a department store. When they were stopped by security, they assaulted the guard and implied that they had a knife. The suspects were both African American males in their 40’s. The first suspect was 5’8”-5’9”, 175 lbs, and was wearing tan pants, a navy hooded sweatshirt and black and white sneakers. The second suspect was 5’10”, 200 lbs. wearing dark blue jeans and a black peacoat.
The rest of the report, including a death investigation we reported on last week, after the jump.
Low-cost carrier JetBlue is already flying out of Dulles and BWI. Starting in November, the airline will start operating eight daily departures out of Reagan National.
No word on which airports JetBlue’s DCA flights will serve. So far, the company is only saying it will fly to “select East Coast destinations.”
Is your garden or yard losing its luster? No need to worry, help is on the way. Coming up on Saturday, April 10, at the Arlington Home Show and Expo, two garden-specific classes will be presented by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.
Starting at 10:15 a.m. there will be a class called “Garden Soil Testing! How and Why” that will include a free test kit for all participants. Later in the day, at 3:00 p.m., a class titled “How to Catch a Squirrel: Solutions to Common Garden Problems” promises valuable tips for beginners and experienced gardeners alike.
There’s a ton to learn about gardening — proper mulching, watering, fertilizing, etc. — but these free classes should be a good start for any green thumb looking to keep their yard pristine and make their garden yield better results.
Other classes offered at the home show will pay special attention to eco-friendly home building and remodeling. Among the classes being offered are “No Cost and Low Cost Ways to Reduce Energy Usage” and “Green Your Home From Soup to Nuts.”
Arlington County representatives will also be attending the Expo to answer questions about permits, zoning and inspections.
The Expo is being held at the Walter Reed Community Center at 2909 16th Street South.
An Air Force officer was hit by a car around 5:35 p.m. today in Pentagon City.
It happened underneath the I-395 overpass on 12th Street South, near South Clark Street. The victim, a man approximately 30 years old, was conscious but suffering from a head injury when first responders arrived on scene.
A witness saw the man fly across the street after being hit by an older model Honda or Toyota. Other military personnel rushed to his aid after the accident.
The driver, a woman, stayed on the scene. Her car’s windshield was smashed, the witness said.
Earlier today, in a separate incident first reported on our Twitter feed, an 88-year-old man was struck by an SUV as he tried to cross West Broad Street near North Washington Street in Falls Church. He’s now in intensive care at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
The man was not in a crosswalk and no charges have been filed, according to the Falls Church News-Press.
Metro is conducting the fourth installment of its “we’re raising prices and cutting service” roadshow in Arlington tonight. Metro, which is facing a staggering $189 million budget gap for the fiscal year starting July 1, has already held three of its six public hearings on its plan to close the gap.
Tonight’s hearing, to be held at 7:00 in the county board room (on the third floor of 2100 Clarendon Boulevard), is the only hearing planned for Arlington.
Among the proposals Metro is considering, which are up for public comment tonight:
- Across-the-board fare increases for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess
- Eliminate or reduce bus service on 100 lines (including a reduction on the 10B line, above)
- Establishment of a peak-of-the-peak surcharge
- Increase in parking fees and elimination of free parking times
- $4.00 flat rate for weekend late night rail service -or- ending rail service at midnight on Friday and Saturday
- Institute a special fare of up to five times the normal rate for special events (sports, concerts, presidential inaugurations, etc.)
Pool photo courtesy of Aaron Webb.
The Washington Capitals and Inova partnered for a very successful blood drive, with 609 units of blood donated by 642 fans. The event, held at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston on Saturday, was the highest yielding blood drive hosted by a D.C. sports team to date.
Donors received various gifts including a limited edition Alexander Semin T-shirt, a bobblehead doll, and the possibility of winning a 22″ Sharp TV with built-in DVD player.
The Caps and Inova will be hosting another blood drive on Saturday, July 24, in Sterling, Va.
A single donation of blood can potentially save up to three lives. There’s hope that the 609 units will help over 1,800 patients.
The Tidal Basin may get all the attention during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but why wade through a sea of tourists to see a bunch of cherry trees when there are literally thousands right here in Arlington?
There are 1,050 ornamental cherry trees lining county streets, according to Arlington urban forester Richard Miller. And that number doesn’t include cherry trees that are planted in parking lots, in parks or on private property.
The trees planted in Arlington include the Yoshino, Okame and Kwanzan varieties. The Yoshino Cherry is the dominant variety around the Tidal Basin, where the National Park Service has just announced that blossoms have reached full bloom.
Miller says the county parks department plants about 20 ornamental cherry trees per year, primarily in places where vertical space is limited, such as under power lines. The trees have a life span of about 50 years.
“The trees do really well in this area,” says Chris Harlan of Arlington Tree Care. “The shame about it is [the blossoms] only last for a short time.”
Harlan says harsh weather, such as the recent cold temperatures and strong winds, will reduce to length of the bloom.
“It’s unfortunate, you wait all year and the blossoms come out, but we’re always in such a transition with the weather that it affects the blossoms,” said Harlan, who cites the weeping cherry trees on North Edison Street near Yorktown High School as his personal favorite this time of year.
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