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Parking Attendant Hit By Van

by ARLnow.com | April 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm | 390 views | 2 Comments

A man that witnesses identified as a parking attendant was hit by a van as he directed the driver into a parking spot in a small lot behind Boulevard Woodgrill (2901 Wilson Boulevard) in Clarendon Friday night.

The driver of the van accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, a police officer at the scene said. The van apparently hit the man, smashed into a wood fence and sideswiped an adjacent car.

The man was lying atop the van when rescuers arrived. Several climbed onto the roof to stabilize the victim and put him on a backboard.

He was taken by ambulance to Virginia Hospital Center with a probable broken leg.

No word on whether the driver of the van will face any charges.

Small Brush Fire in Courthouse

by ARLnow.com | April 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm | 494 views | 3 Comments

Firefighters put out a small brush fire in Courthouse this afternoon. A pile of fallen leaves and branches caught fire near a power substation at the Woodbury Park apartments. The flames were quickly extinguished.

It’s not clear how the fire started, although Dominion Power was evaluating the substation following the fire.

The photo above was taken shortly after the incident, as firefighters were apparently refilling their engine with water from a hydrant.

Lyon Hall Set To Open on Tuesday

by ARLnow.com | April 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm | 970 views | 4 Comments

Update at 2:15 p.m. — Management is hinting that the public may be able to stop by “soft-opening” events this weekend. One such event is taking place tonight — they’re advising people to stop by after 10:00 p.m.

The ink still damp on the ABC permit that arrived this morning, management at Lyon Hall (3100 Washington Boulevard) is hard at work preparing to open to the public on Tuesday. A small armada of beer and wine vendors will start delivering their wares today.

It’s the most highly-anticipated restaurant opening in recent memory in Arlington. This site alone has received more than 1,100 hits from people who searched for “Lyon Hall” on Google.

Opening in a historic property in Clarendon that most recently housed Dan Kain Trophies (there are trophies used as decorative items throughout the restaurant), Lyon Hall is a Euro-style brasserie with a heavy emphasis on beer, wine and charcuterie.

See more photos, including a glimpse at the menus and beer taps, after the jump.

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Expect Major Metro Delays This Weekend

by ARLnow.com | April 16, 2010 at 11:25 am | No Comments

Metro is warning riders to expect up to 40 minute delays on the Blue and Orange lines this weekend as crews replace old track components, including a switch at the Rosslyn Metro Station.

The track work, which is also taking place on the Green and Red lines, comes on a weekend when Nationals, Capitals and DC United games are scheduled in the District.

Trains will begin single-tracking at 10:00 tonight. The work is expected to conclude at midnight Sunday.

To Do This Weekend: Earth Day Edition

by ARLnow.com | April 16, 2010 at 10:24 am | 339 views | 1 Comment

Earth Day is coming up on Thursday and there’s plenty to do this weekend to celebrate. Unfortunately, everything seems to be happening on Saturday, so hopefully you have a fast-but-fuel-efficient car to get you from place to place.

Rain Garden Creation – From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, volunteers will transform an empty construction site in Rosslyn into a beautiful urban space and rain garden. Volunteers will plant, paint, and install furniture at the site on North Monroe Street and Wilson Boulevard. The temporary urban green space will open on Earth Day.

Arlington County Community Energy Town Hall – The Arlington County government wants citizen input on energy issues in the community. Attendees receive a free compact fluorescent light bulb. The meeting is happening from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Washington-Lee High School Commons Room (1301 North Stafford Street).

E-CARE Recycling Event — Being held between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 South Old Glebe Road), this event lets residents recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, eyeglasses, books, and durable medical equipment. Household hazardous materials will also be accepted but, unlike the last E-CARE event, electronics will not be collected due to space restrictions.

Family Earth Day Event — From the comments section. This event is happening at the Arlington Arts Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

See more weekend events in our events calendar. White you’re there, be sure to check out two very worthy fundraisers this weekend: Saturday’s Pooches on the Patio fundraiser for Doorways Women and Families, and Sunday’s Walk to End Violence Against Girls and Women.

Dry, Windy Day Brings Fire Danger

by ARLnow.com | April 16, 2010 at 9:44 am | No Comments

It’s a beautiful day, and it’s only getting better as the temperature heats up into the low 80s. But along with the warm temperatures and the low, spring-time humidity, gusty winds are expected, and that could present a dangerous combination.

The National Weather Service has, believe it or not, issued a wildfire warning for the area this afternoon. Although we live in an urban area, there’s still the danger that small brush fires can pop up on days like this. Typically, those are confined to small, self-extinguishing blazes that start in highway medians or next to dry athletic fields — wide open spaces with lots of dry grass and other kindling — but it doesn’t hurt to be vigilant about where you flick your cigarette today.

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