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by ARLnow.com — February 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm 586 0

Loyalty Pet Car logoLoyalty® Pet Care, a local pet care services company serving Arlington County, is seeking a part-time professional dog walker.

The job description and requirements are as follows.

Never walk alone. Physical fitness with a furry twist, our part time dog walking positions are the right balance of time/energy for students, retirees, entrepreneurs and stay at home moms. Our employees love PETS and PEOPLE alike, and eagerly deliver a regular routine of high quality care & interaction with a consistent roster of clients in a tight geographic area within ARLINGTON, VA.

  • COMPENSATION: Paid on a generous per visit basis averaging between $14 and $17 per hour, 100% tips & expenses, cancellation, holiday and overtime pay.
  • HOURS: Monday – Friday 10AM – 4PM
  • TRAINING: This is a professional position that starts immediately after successful completion of required FREE & PAID field and classroom training, including PetTech® CPR, First Aid Certification and Safety Furst™ Urban WalkPro™ dog walking safety training as well as a foundation in canine behavior and body language.

REQUIREMENTS

  • SELF-MOTIVATED ANIMAL LOVER
  • LONG TERM commitment at a minimum of six months is required.
  • Joining a supportive TEAM, where you never stop learning about pets and their behavior, nutrition, enrichment, safety and care.
  • Your permanent home address is within TEN miles of our service area in Arlington County.
  • You authorize permission to run a full criminal BACKGROUND CHECK.
  • You possess a reliable insured AUTO and valid driver’s license.
  • You possess a reliable SMARTPHONE you are willing to use for work.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter “explaining why you feel you would be a great addition to the Loyalty Team” to hr@loyaltypet.com, AND complete the online application at http://www.loyaltypet.com/apply.

by Katie Pyzyk — February 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm 488 6 Comments

Washington Capitals logoHockey is back in full swing and the Washington Capitals are celebrating with activities during the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” Month.

The Hockey is for Everyone (HIFE) campaign is the official youth development program of the National Hockey League. It celebrates grassroots hockey and the growing diversity of the game. Many activities throughout the month are aimed at giving kids of all backgrounds opportunities to play the sport. The programs highlight essential life skills and the core values of hockey such as commitment, perseverance and teamwork. The initiative also supports hockey programs that assist disabled military personnel in returning to active lifestyles.

There are numerous events throughout the D.C. area for HIFE Month. The following events will take place in Arlington:

  • February 8 — The Capitals will team up with children’s charity Dreams for Kids to host an Extreme Recess Hockey Clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, forward Jason Chimera and goaltender Braden Holtby will skate and play hockey with more than 100 children with physical and developmental disabilities.
  • February 14 — The Capitals have partnered with the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) to provide an all-girls hockey clinic for players ages 6-14. It will be held from 6:20-7:20 p.m. at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Participants must bring their own gear and pre-register online.
  • February 14-18 — The Capitals and Washington Pride will host the annual JWHL Challenge Cup at Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627 N. Glebe Road). Various teams from across the country will play in the tournament. Game schedules for the preliminary rounds can be found online.

A full schedule of all the HIFE Month events occurring throughout the D.C. area is available online.

In addition to the HIFE events, hockey fans in Arlington can catch a free high school hockey game at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this week. The Yorktown Ice Hockey Club will face off against Madison at 6:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

by Peter Rousselot — February 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm 1,170 124 Comments

Peter’s Take is a weekly opinion column published on Tuesdays. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

Peter RousselotVirginia’s Republican Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, wants to be elected Governor of Virginia this year. So does his Democratic opponent, Northern Virginia businessman Terry McAuliffe.

This year’s campaign for Governor presents starkly different visions of the direction Virginia should take. There will be many opportunities to debate which vision makes more sense. And, there is still a chance that a third major candidate — Virginia’s current Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling — might jump in the race.

But only one of these candidates for Governor — Cuccinelli — has a track record of denying the conclusions of the scientific community.

To advance his cause as a climate science denier, Cuccinelli went so far as to sue the University of Virginia — our flagship university. Although Cuccinelli’s lawsuit was thrown out as frivolous by Virginia’s highest court, it had chilling reverberations within the scientific research community.

Regardless of what you think of Cuccinelli’s positions on any other issue, he should be disqualified from further consideration as Virginia’s Governor because of his record as a science denier. Why?

This is only a sampling of public policy issues facing Virginia’s next Governor:

  • Uranium mining
  • Rising tides
  • Offshore drilling
  • Transit technology choices
  • Tax incentives for green technologies

What to do about each of these issues depends on an understanding and respect for scientific findings.

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by ARLnow.com — February 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm 2,073 41 Comments

Murder suspect Javon Martin (Arlington Police photo)An Arlington County jury has returned guilty verdicts in the trial of 26-year-old Javon Martin, who was implicated in the 2009 murder of Lyon Village resident Carl Diener.

The jury found Martin guilty of robbery and first degree felony murder today, according to prosecutors. He faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin this afternoon.

During the trial, which began last Monday, the jury heard testimony from Roger Clark III, Martin’s co-defendant, who pleaded guilty to Diener’s murder in January 2012. Clark described the crime as an early-morning robbery that went wrong when Diener fought back and turned out to be stronger than the men expected. During the struggle, Diener was fatally stabbed.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Molly Newton and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Lynch.

A more detailed statement from prosecutors is expected later today.

by Katie Pyzyk — February 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm 2,657 21 Comments

Ballston is about to get an influx of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese foods. All of those varieties will be served up at Red Parrot Asian Bistro (1110 N. Glebe Road) when it opens next week.

Workers are setting up furniture and making finishing touches on the restaurant, so owner Wendy Cheng expects to have a soft opening by next Thursday (February 14), with a grand opening in March. She already has two successful Red Parrot restaurants in Maryland, and had been looking to open an Arlington location for a while.

“Arlington’s a great place,” Cheng said. “We want people to enjoy, to explore more good food. I think we’re right for here, a great restaurant for all these people.”

Cheng is originally from Hong Kong and used to be an engineer. She has a number of family members in the food industry and eventually decided to open her own restaurant due to a passion for cooking and an enjoyment of customers.

“We love cooking and I decided engineering is really not for me. I’m a people person,” Cheng said. “I’m a foodie and I’m a good chef myself.”

Instead of only offering one variety of Asian food, Red Parrot takes popular dishes from many cultures — such as Chinese dim sum, Japanese sushi and udon noodles, Vietnamese pho, Thai curry and pad Thai, Korean bibimbap and freshly made Malaysian roti flatbread. Less traditional items include cheesesteak egg rolls, spicy chicken wings and grilled ribeye steak.

“When you look at Chinese restaurants, they have all kinds of good food, and then a lot of things you’ll never order,” said Cheng. “I just want the best. I just picked the good items.”

Cheng said Red Parrot uses high quality ingredients and has high food turnover to make sure it stays fresh and flavorful. She noted that, for example, many Asian restaurants use lower quality or frozen seafood that doesn’t taste as good or has an unpleasant texture. She boasted that even the lobsters used in some of the Red Parrot entrees and the sushi are fresh.

“We focus on quality. I focus on everything from scratch, very high quality,” she said. “I love food. So I enjoy seeing people enjoying the food.”

Head Chef Sotheerny Massey is from Thailand and also prides herself on the fresh foods made from scratch. She pointed out that even the noodles are made fresh in-house.

“We plan all the food together, it’s great, we come up with ideas,” said Massey. “Sometimes the customers want to talk. We are happy when our customers like our food.”

The Red Parrot’s food will be available for carry out and for delivery within about a five mile radius. There will be happy hour specials at the restaurant from 2:00-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to drink specials, happy hour will include discounts on selected foods like sushi and appetizers.

The restaurant is hiring immediately for a number of positions including bartenders, servers and hostesses. Applicants should call Wendy at 443-506-3042 or email goldnsun@gmail.com.

by ARLnow.com — February 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm 1,950 33 Comments

This periodic sponsored Q&A column is written by Adam Gallegos of Arlington-based real estate firm Arbour Realty, voted one of Arlington Magazine’s Best Realtors of 2013. Please submit follow-up questions in the comments section or via email.

Question: I keep hearing how much the Arlington real estate market has recovered, but our house has been sitting on the market for several months and we still don’t have any offers. Any advice you can provide is appreciated.

We’ve already hit a seller’s market surge in 2013 and it is barely February.  Almost every offer I have written in the last two months has been against competing contracts.  Yet, certain homes sit there collecting days-on-market.  You really can’t blame the market anymore.  It’s time to look at the items you have control over.

Price – Zillow, tax assessed values and comparable sales (“comps”) do not determine market value.  Comps play a big role in determining appraisal value and are often used when trying to predict market value, but the open market is what determines market value.  In case it needs to be said… what you owe, paid or would like to make on your home, does not influence market value either.

If people are not coming to see your home then it is usually a good indication that you priced your home higher than what the market is willing to consider.  In Arlington you should expect at least one showing per day on average.  That number should be substantially higher for homes along the Orange Line.

Waiting is not going to help.  If you have over-priced your home, address the issue as early as possible.

Days-On-Market (DOM) – The higher your DOM, the lower the perceived value will be of your home.  Potential buyers begin to wonder what’s wrong with the home.  They wonder why everyone else has passed it by.  They also begin wondering how low they can get you to come down on price.  This is why it is important to put your best foot forward as early in the listing process as possible.

If the damage has already been done and you have already racked up a large number of DOM then you need to implement a new strategy.  Your strategy should take into consideration the feedback you have received from potential buyers and showing agents.  You may also want to interview other agents to gain a fresh perspective of how someone else would help you sell your home.

Another option is to take the home off the market for 90 days to reset your DOM in the MLS.  I can’t say I recommend this during the current market.

How it Shows — If your home is vacant and less than beautiful on its own, you may want to have it staged.  A good stager is synonymous with a miracle worker.  It will help divert attention away from every imperfection.  It also goes a long way towards helping the potential buyers envision how they would live there.

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by Katie Pyzyk — February 5, 2013 at 11:15 am 1,608 6 Comments

Valentine's Day chocolatesWith a little more than a week until Valentine’s Day (February 14), now is a good time to make some plans so all the good reservations aren’t taken. Many restaurants offer special menus for the big day, but there are plenty of other options for celebrating in Arlington besides going out to dinner.

Here is a sampling of some of the more unique ways to treat your Valentine:

      • Sip on a special cocktail at TNT Bar‘s (2413 Columbia Pike) “My Bloody Valentine” event, featuring cocktails inspired by “terrible horror movies.” Drinks such as the “Candyman 1992″ and “Love Object 2003″ can be purchased individually or as part of a tasting menu for two.
      • Put on your skates and hold hands while taking a few laps around the ice skating rink at Pentagon Row (1201 S. Joyce Street). The rink is open until 10:00 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.
      • Pacers is spreading the love a little early, with the Love the Run You’re With 5K on Sunday (February 10). Runners will receive colored bibs based on their relationship status — green for single, red for in a relationship and yellow for “it’s complicated.” The race begins at 9:00 a.m. at Pentagon Row and costs $40. Registration is available online.
      • Valentine’s Day isn’t just for adults. Teens are invited to take part in the Broken Hearts Party at the Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) on February 14. The celebration of love, affection and loss will include decorating broken heart cookies, playing trivia games, listening to music and rating which tear-jerker books require the most tissues. The free event runs from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
      • Hire a singing telegram from Potomac Harmony Chorus. A women’s quartet will sing two songs for your loved one and present him or her with a card and box of candy. Pricing is available online. All orders must be placed by this Friday, February 8.
      • The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) is serving up wine, comedy and two showings of The Princess Bride. For $8, customers can take in a stand-up comedy show followed by a viewing of The Princess Bride. Tickets are available online for both the 7:00 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. events. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for an optional wine tasting.

by Katie Pyzyk — February 5, 2013 at 10:00 am 365 2 Comments

2012 Crystal Couture fashion showCrystal City is about to get more stylish, as its fifth annual fashion event — Crystal Couture — begins tonight.

Organizers are touting “360 degrees of fashion,” highlighting the many windows on the top floor of the office building at 251 18th Street S., where the event will be held. While taking in the views, visitors can browse through discounted clothing, jewelry and accessories from more than 40 boutiques and designers.

Customers can get free makeup and hair makeovers, chat with wardrobe stylists and watch models strut styles from D.C. area boutiques on the runway. There will be music, snacks and a cash bar.

Admission is free for the event, which runs every night from tonight (February 5) through February 9, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. A full list of local celebrity hosts along with participating boutiques and designers can be found online.

Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

by Katie Pyzyk — February 5, 2013 at 9:01 am 926 26 Comments

I-66 on dreary winter's day (photo by wolfkann)

School Boundary Meeting on Wednesday — Arlington Public Schools will hold its next school boundary meeting on Wednesday (February 6), at 7:00 p.m. in the Williamsburg Middle School auditorium. APS will share feedback gathered at the January 23 meeting, and present a smaller set of boundary options. After reviewing the options, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to offer feedback. The final set of options is expected to be offered to the School Board in late March.

Metro Region Worst for Traffic — The annual Texas A&M Transportation Institute survey lists the D.C. metro area as number one for the country’s worst traffic congestion, topping Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston. The average driver is said to spend 67 hours per year sitting in traffic. Analysts believe drivers will add seven hours to that number by 2020. [Washington Post]

Cuccinelli Backs Alternative Transportation Plan –  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is not backing Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan, but rather a plan that’s considered the conservative alternative. Instead of eliminating the gas tax and increasing the sales tax as McDonnell’s plan proposed, the alternative plan would replace the current gas tax with a sales tax on gasoline. McDonnell’s plan has been controversial, including when the Arlington County Board bashed the proposal late last month. [Washington Examiner]

Free Pancakes at IHOP — Customers at IHOP can get a free short stack of pancakes today. Guests celebrating National Pancake Day are encouraged to leave a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The offer is limited to one stack per customer while supplies last. Arlington’s lone IHOP is at 935 N. Stafford Street in Ballston.

Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann

by ARLnow.com — February 5, 2013 at 8:00 am 341 1 Comment

Arlington Free Clinic Trivia Night at P. Brennan’s
Today (Feb. 5) from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (2910 Columbia Pike)

P.Brennans-AFCPlease join Arlington Free Clinic for trivia night at P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant! We will be there from 5-10PM (trivia goes from 8-10PM, but come early and eat dinner!) – 10% of all food sales will be donated to AFC. There will be a door prize, prizes for trivia winners, and even a special round of questions on the Clinic. Admission is free – bring your friends and family and support AFC!

Street parking is available on 11th Street; free parking is available after 6PM in the garage under The Halstead Building.

‘scapes by Steve Ember – Opening Reception
Today (Feb. 5) from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Piola (1550 Wilson Boulevard)

Gornergrat_Glacier_Panorama_825x470An exhibit of 26 Alpine (and other) landscapes, cityscapes, and nightscapes in color and classic black and white.

Steve Ember is a Washington-based photographer, writer, voice over artist, and international radio and television broadcaster. His work has been honored with selection in numerous juried exhibits at galleries in the greater Washington area. Steve’s photographs appear regularly at the Art League Gallery in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

‘scapes is Steve’s first exhibit at Piola. The show runs through March 29.

Be sure to check out the full Arlington event calendar. Submit your event to the calendar here.

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