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by ARLnow.com — November 22, 2010 at 6:11 am 1,106 36 Comments

Bayou Bakery Opens, Officially – “Come and get it,” the press release says — Bayou Bakery is “officially” open today, albeit with (unspecified) limited hours and a limited menu. The cafe/restaurant/bakery, in the old Camille’s space at 1515 North Courthouse Road, was unofficially open on Friday and Saturday.

Tejada Expresses Frustration Over Secure Communities Doublespeak — County board member Walter Tejada, who led the charge to opt out of the federal Secure Communities immigration initiative, is not happy about the mixed signals coming out of the Department of Homeland Security. At first the department signaled that localities could opt out of the program, only to later clarify that it was next to impossible to do so. “If that had been the case why didn’t they tell us in May?” Tejada asked. More from the Washington Post.

Lyon Park Has Extra Tulip Bulbs – The Lyon Park Citizens Association is trying to give away extra tulip bulbs to its neighbors. The community received the bulbs from the National Park Service’s Tulip Library and planted most of them earlier this month. The excess bulbs are now up for grabs. Tara-Leeway Heights is among the neighborhoods considering vying for a tulip donation.

Arlington Schools Get More iPads — Arlington Public Schools have received a $70,000 grant that will go toward the purchase of 120 new Apple iPads. The $499 devices will be shared by students at Barrett, Carlin Springs and Randolph elementary schools. The donation will supplement a state education grant of 70 iPads received by Arlington in September.

Flickr pool photo by Reid Kasprowicz

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  • KalashniKEV

    I’m sure Tejada expresses equal frustration over “the United States Constitution” and that fact that he was required to take an oath of office. I’d suggest he familiarize himself with both before pursuing future boondoggles…

    • CrystalCity’er

      Considering your previous comments on this subject, I’m sure you express an equal amount of frustration when you’ve spotted an illegal immigrant and can’t personally round them up and deport them at gunpoint (since you seem to think you know exactly what they look like).

      • KalashniKEV

        CC’er,
        On the contrary, I don’t fight crime… that’s what I pay professional law enforcement to do. My personal CCW is only for my own protection, and those who I care about. If an illegal (or more likely a Bum) behaves in such a way as to change his status from a nuisance to a threat, then that’s a different case entirely.

        When the local CLEO refuses to enforce the law, and the organization operates purely in a passive mode… that’s a problem. It’s called “LAW” enforcement, not tax enforcement. Tejada’s personal opinion has no effect on the enforcement of our laws.

        • BFD

          Gotta love KalisniKEV. Our very own token gun waivin’, fear mongerin’, close minded, died in the wool immigrant hatin’, red-white-and-blue-blooded American know-it-all! How cute – now lets go round us up some bums!

          • DT

            Oh noooes, people who want to enforce the laws and who exercise their second amendment rights are evil!! Take away citizens guns and screw immigration enforcement. Its the America the left dreams about.

          • KalashniKEV

            You’ve obviously missed a few of my posts (or you exhibit the weak reading comprehension that is typical of your kind). My significant other in a Ukrainian immigrant. She did it legally, and she served in our Armed Forces. Supporting the rule of law and the United States Constitution might is not as unusual as you may think outside of your circle of PBR sipping trust fund slackers. I hope you never learn how uncivil life can be outside of your bubble.

          • KalashniKEV

            OK, scratch the *might I haven’t been proofreading today… = )

        • Greg

          Serious question. Do people have a lot of trouble with panhandlers in Arlington now? Just saying I’ve never had a problem with them. Maybe the problem has gotten worse and I just don’t hang out as much where the bums are.

          • Justin Russo

            I was harrasses just tonight in front of the Container Store.

  • tuesdayschild

    Tejada is frustrated?! That is rich. Well, I am frustated that he is wasting time and money trying to help illegal immigrants, as opposed to the legal, tax-paying residents that pay his salary.

    • Jane

      Watch out your post might go away like mine did, we are not allowed to talk about our taxes going to help illegals. I say if we get a ticket for parking or speeding we go to court and demand they drop the charges because the county allows and protects the illegals that are commiting a federal crime.

      • CrystalCity’er

        go ahead and do it. i would love to see you rack up a ton of tickets.

    • Thes

      Undocumented immigrants do pay taxes, and in fact they may pay more than the rest of us.

      http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2008-04-10-immigrantstaxes_N.htm

      • rft

        identity fraud saves the day!

      • Burger

        No, they don’t pay more than us. They just choose not to get a refund. Entirely different argument.

        Second, how many report their transactions when paid in cash?

        Third, what is there payment back through use of services?

      • tuesdayschild

        Don’t you need to get back to work in the county govt. blding?

        • AllenB

          So what if Thes does work for the government? He’s giving a different point of view, from someone who is a bit closer to the topic at hand than most others are.

          Why is that such a bad thing?

        • Thes

          Personal “attacks” are where people go when they don’t like the facts. As you say, AllenB, County employees should not be intimidated away from posting on this blog, especially if they have relevant information to provide. County employees should generally identify themselves as such, however. I’m not one.

          • tuesdayschild

            Oops. sorry. I did not mean it as a personal attack. I meant it as his comments are always lock-step in support of the government. I like county employees. Well, except the Board ones.

  • MikeyinCrystalC

    Love the photo. Also a hearty woot is in order for the Bakery…gotta stop by there this week!

    • SoArlRes

      +1.

  • Jason S

    I have an iPad and I really enjoy it, but I don’t know if it is the best purchase for schools per se. At $499 each, 120 of them would cost $59,880. Where did the other $10,120 go?

    • MikeyinCrystalC

      Maybe some rugged cases and extended warranties? *shrugs* Or just the usual gov’t getting charged more than retail?

    • Eh?

      The $499 doesn’t include taxes.

      D’oh

      • shirley

        I would hope that the Arlington Government is paying sales tax on an item. Right?

      • Jason S

        I don’t think public schools have to pay sales taxes.

        If anything, they could probably have negotiated a better price. Apple has educational discounts for most systems for individual students, but not iPads. For educational institutions, they have preferential pricing as well. More than likely, it was just pissed away. The cases theory isn’t too bad as I could entirely imagine them buying $85 cases.

        It reminds me of the $50 USB drives with 1 or 2 GB of capacity schools have been buying, because they are *bracelet* USB drives. =/ As someone, who like most around here, who works with government on a regular basis, I’m not surprised if the money was just lost or went to some organization who just placed the order on the schools’ behalf.

        • KalashniKEV

          “Apple has educational discounts for most systems for individual students, but not iPads.”

          That’s because an iPad has no educational use… or at least none that wouldn’t be better served by a laptop. This is ridiculous.

          • Eh?

            It’s a grant specifically for iPads. Arlington can use that money to spend on iPads, or it can choose not to take the money where it won’t be spent on anything.

          • Eh?

            By the way, it was a grant supported by Bob McDonnell.

          • KalashniKEV

            Good to know! I was worried it was another Democrat program aimed at dumbing down our youth and controlling their minds. “You don’t need to read! Just press play and we’ll tell you everything you need to know (Para espanol, presione Dos) = )

          • Eh?

            It may have done a better job than your teacher. It’s Democratic, not Democrat.

            That’s probably illegal immigrant Walter “Jose Taco-Lover” Tejada’s fault that you didn’t know.

          • KalashniKEV

            I would call the Democrat Party “Democratic” if the majority of their legislation were not aimed at promoting tyranny and tearing down the ideals which have historically made this country great.

          • Karl Rove

            Siily, Bush wasn’t a Democrat.

    • V Dizzle

      Yep, I’d guess something in the lines of taxes, shipping/handling, service plan, paying the highest bidder…

  • Big Daddy

    When is Bayou Bakery taking the “Camille’s” sign down?

  • Sunny617

    Beautiful picture!

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