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by ARLnow.com | October 19, 2012 at 8:05 am | 2,634 views | 21 Comments

Glee Star to Visit W-L TodayGlee star Lauren Potter and Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver will be visiting Washington-Lee High School’s Best Buddies chapter at 3:00 p.m. today (Friday). “The Washington-Lee chapter of Best Buddies was ranked number one among DC-MD-VA chapters based on the quality of friendships, student leadership and dedication to the Best Buddies mission,” according to Arlington Public Schools. Potter, who has Down syndrome, is best known for her role as Becky Jackson on the hit Fox TV series.

Chef Beats Out ‘Chief’ in Culinary Competition — Eventide Chef Adam Barnett emerged as the big winner in the Arlington Food Assistance Center’s “Chiefs vs. Chefs” cooking competition between professional restaurant chefs and amateur firehouse cooks. AFAC hopes to turn the fundraiser into an annual event. [Sun Gazette]

Violent Crime Down in ACPD’s First District — Violent crime is down 15 percent in Arlington’s first police district, which encompasses much of North Arlington, minus Lyon Village, Clarendon, Courthouse and Rosslyn, according to police. The number of rapes are up, however; all of the instances involved a known suspect, not a random attacker. [Patch]

Pike Neighborhoods Plan Wins Award — The Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan, which aims to transform Columbia Pike into a more urban and walkable community while maintaining affordable housing, has won an award from the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The plan won the “2012 Benjamin Banneker Award for Outstanding Social Commitment and Community” for demonstrating “sustained commitment to reach beyond the traditional scope of planning, particularly advancing social objectives.” [Arlington County]

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  • http://www.heelsfirsttravel.com Jeanne

    Do the firefighters get to challenge the Chefs to see who can put out fires the fastest next?

    • Malaka

      With a grease fire chefs would probably win

      • bobco85

        As long as they have a steady supply of baking soda!

  • Big Spender

    Damn birds

    • Garden City

      They’re looking for your car.

  • Trolly Troll

    How can the pike neighborhood plan win an award if it includes a street car? What do the professional planners know that the good people of Arlington do not? If only there was a politician who waits to get elected before taking a stance to oppose the plan and bring us the bendy buses.

  • novasteve

    How about the parts of arlington that have had multiple murders this year? I would suppose firebombing attemps are up too.

  • Light Rail Lover

    Please share with the group from where you earned you Masters in Planning or Engineering. I ask this because you continually allude to facts or data that has yet to materialize

    • Light Rail Lover

      /\ In response to Trolley Troll

      • Trolly Troll

        Virginia tech college of architecture and urban planning. But my comment was about the award from the APA. And if you need their credintals to respect their professional option: https://www.planning.org/apaataglance/leadership/apaboard.htm
        Wait, did you not understand the sarcasm?

        • Light Rail Lover

          LOL I guess I did take the bait. Sorry. I see it clearly now!

          • Trolly Troll

            Trolling Accomplished!

  • Mandy

    Walkable neighborhoods? I’m not flattered when Spanish men stop me and ask me out to dinner while I am out walking. Or, when they hoot and whistle and offer me a ride, and I’m not even pretty! I’m old and arthritic! I did walk for exercise up and down Columbia Pike, no more!

  • jonathan

    Ohhh thebiggots show their colors here…coward little people that hey are….

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