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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com — November 16, 2012 at 9:30 am 3,202 35 Comments

Yorktown Hosts South County in Semifinal — In high school football action, the Yorktown Patriots will take on the South County Stallions tonight in a Northern Region Division 5 semifinal playoff game. The contest is a home game for Yorktown. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Yorktown lost to South County in the regional championship game last year. [Sun Gazette]

APS Awarded for Green Initiatives — Arlington Public Schools has “earned a Platinum Certification as a Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) Certified Green Schools Division.” The school system also placed first in VSBA’s Green Schools Challenge for large school divisions. [Arlington Public Schools]

Award for Affordable Clarendon Development — VPoint, the affordable apartment building built atop a Clarendon church, has been named the “Best Affordable Housing Development” in Virginia at the 2012 Governor’s Housing Conference. “The award is presented to a housing development that is innovative in its concept and design and exceptional in meeting the needs of the intended community,” according to a press release. [Arlington County]

Honors for Arlington VT Students — Arlington resident Liam O’Neill has been selected to be a member of the Marching Virginians marching band at Virginia Tech. O’Neill is a percussion musician and a sophomore majoring in building construction. Another Arlington native, Michelle Sutherland, has been named to Virginia Tech’s Order of the Gavel, an honor society for leaders of major student organizations. Sutherland, a junior majoring in political science, is editor of the Collegiate Times, the school’s student newspaper.

Save Your Profile Information Today — If you’re a registered user of ARLnow.com, please save any user profile information or avatars you’re currently using on the site. Changes will be made to the site this weekend and your information may be lost.

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  • Book Lover

    “If you’re a registered user of ARLnow.com, please save any user profile information or avatars you’re currently using on the site.”

    Can you clarify? You mean, like save to my local drive or flash drive in case I have to re-upload or copy-paste on Monday?

    • SomeGuy

      And what changes are being made to the site?

      • bemused bystander

        New commenters, perhaps?

        • SomeGuy

          What about them?

        • SoVa Steve

          So does this mean that I’ll have the opportunity to steal the handle name NoVa Steve?

          • SomeGuy

            Is the opportunity to sleep with one’s own sister and have it be socially acceptable among your peer group not enough for you, SoVA?

          • SomeGuy

            Sorry, bro. Had you confused with WeVa Steve.

      • BBMS

        An ignore filter for registered users would be a blessing.

    • Josh S

      +1

      Not clear at all.

    • It really doesn’t seem that complicated

      Since they clearly say there’s a chance some information could get lost, yes they’re saying in whatever method you know how to save your information so that if it’s lost you can re-enter it… it’s likely not even got a high risk of happening but if they didn’t tell you there was a chance and people lost their information they’d all panic. If you need step by step instructions to “save your information” in whatever way works for you… you probably shouldn’t be allowed to speak in public. Your confusion could be contagious. :(

      • Josh S

        But what information would be worthy of saving? Maybe if I forgot my password I could go and copy paste it somewhere?

    • WeiQiang

      How often will the user profiles be disinfected?

  • Cynic

    Why does Arlington keep priding itself in dubious “green” awards and initiatives, while continuing to allow, and even encourage, unchecked development? Ballston traffic, for example, is rapidly becoming gridlocked, due to extremely high density development and the resulting traffic lights (always red) at every little intersection. It seems that the enormous number of idling cars easily offsets the returns from any token “green” initiatives. It would be great if all this development allowed a lot of people to forego the car culture, but from what I observe, that isn’t happening. It’s just making traffic worse.

    • Josh S

      It’s actually more complicated than that.

    • draxJoshoo

      Where have you seen traffic lights that are always red?

      • Yogurt

        Perfectly done – PROPER even. Adds nothing to the conversation while still maintaining just the right touch of condescension.

        You are hereby awarded two FREDTERPS.

        • Josh S

          Hmmmm.

          Is “adding something to the conversation” a requirement for ARLNow comment threads?

        • drax

          Two is waaay too many FREDTERPs for that. 1/2 at best. Please avoid FREDTERP inflation.

    • drax

      You don’t see how concentrating development around Metro stations allows people to forego car culture?

      Maybe you should get out of your car and observe how it works first-hand.

      • WeiQiang

        Cynic brings up a point that was discussed on NPR yesterday about urban planning. LEED-type certification – in and of itself – suggests that a building may actually reduce its consumption of energy. However, if the building is located and designed to encourage workers to drive or negatively affects the flow of traffic in the vicinity, there is a counterproductive result.

        • Josh S

          But aren’t there points available for being located near transit? Having bicycle racks available, etc?

          • WeiQiang

            Yes, I’d bet there is [presuming there is a meta-point-gatherer]. I’m not claiming that there isn’t merit to LEED certification or to other measures that facilitate mass transit or that otherwise reduce the need for carbon emissions. I just wanted to point out that there is additional food for thought related to Cynic’s anecdotal post. It was an interesting and thoughtful discussion on NPR and it considered Cynic’s point directly.

            The part that struck home with me is the fact that people who walk to work or walk a significant portion of their commute lose on average of 5lbs/yr. I’ll cop to driving when I can walk … and to needing to lose 5lbs.

        • drax

          What’s this got to do with LEED? This is about where you put buildings and how big they are, not LEED.

      • Cynic

        Actually, I live and work in Ballston, so I walk to work. When I do have to drive in the area, I’ve noticed the incredible increase in stop-and-go traffic in the Ballston area, due to the dense development and very high number of cars. I’m just pointing out that despite having Metro, bikes, etc., it hasn’t become the predicted panacea that argues for dense and unchecked development. All of these “green” initiatives have been completely negated by the traffic gridlock as a result of development. I believe smarter development would be better than token “green” buildings and self-congratulatory awards.

        • drax

          Dude, nobody said it was going to make driving easier. Traffic was going to get bad either way. Now, as you know firsthand, you at least have a chance to avoid it by walking. If Ballston didn’t exist, you’d have to work in Ashburn or something, and you’d drive an hour each day anyway, with no chance to walk.

          So yeah, it’s working out great.

    • Book Lover

      Yes, car traffic will be worse than if Bob Peck Chevrolet was still there – but overall, if the site is going to be redeveloped anyway, let’s at least do all we can to make it a green building and discourage its occupants from commuting solo in cars.

  • TJ

    Not hating on the accomplishments, but are ArlNow readers really interested that someone made VT’s marching band?

    I’m sure there have (and will continue to be) dozens that make that band, and others at JMU, ODU, etc. each year.

    • Not so fast my friend…

      +1

    • Ballston

      It’s a nice break from the multitude of news items fitting the mold of ” in .”

      • Ballston

        Weird, my text got parsed into *’s. It’s supposed to say: fitting the mold of [insert trendy restaurant] [opening/going out of business] in [insert trendy Arlington neighborhood].

        • drax

          “new restaurant concept”

  • BBMS

    WIN WIN WIN Patriots!

    • Loocy

      They did! Beat South County 48-28. On to the regional championships!

  • Exactly

    Who cares that someone got into the marching band at Virginia Tech? It’s not exactly selective. Weird news day.

    • Josh S

      It beats reading anything about Petreus and crowd…..

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