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by ARLnow.com — February 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm 1,138 101 Comments

$100 billWant to crack the top 5 percent of Arlington households in terms of income? You’ll have to pull in more than a quarter million dollars per year.

Arlington is ranked #7 of 3,143 counties nationwide for high-earning households, according to census data cited by the Washington Post. The starting point for the top 5 percent of high-earning households in Arlington is $250,001 per year, compared to the U.S. average of $191,469 and the Virginia average of $226,079.

In Arlington, 17,093 households — nearly one in five countywide — are in the national top 5 percent ($191,469+) in terms of income.

Arlington isn’t alone. Five D.C. area counties, including Arlington, were among the top 10 counties for high-earning households nationwide, the Post reports.

by ARLnow.com — February 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm 1,286 24 Comments

Meet Roo, our latest Arlington Pet of the Week. This playful rabbit is waiting to be adopted at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Read more about Roo here. From the AWLA’s write-up:

February is Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month!

Rabbits make wonderful companions because of their social and curious nature. They are intelligent, easy to litter train, and can even learn tricks. This Valentine’s Day, consider bringing home one of these gentle and silly souls to become part of your family.

Roo would love to be your Valentine all year long. With his soft velvety coat, he’s as handsome as he is loving. He is a 5 year old, neutered male Rex rabbit. Rex rabbits can have a feisty side and are very smart. He has great litterbox habits and loves a good nose rub. He would love a nice big rabbit-proofed room or large pen for his new home, and lots of toys and snuggles.

If you are interested in adopting Roo or any of our other rabbits up for adoption, please come to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington! Want to learn more about rabbits as companions? The website http://www.rabbit.org is a wonderful resource for all things bunny.

The Arlington Pet of the Week is sponsored by Dogma Bakery, which has locations at The Village at Shirlington (2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive) and the Lee Harrison Shopping Center (2445 N. Harrison Street).

Want your pet to be considered to be the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email steph@arlnow.com. Each week’s winner receives either a $25 Dogma gift card or a prize from another pet-related business.

by ARLnow.com — February 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm 2,176 36 Comments

Urban Kempo in Clarendon (photo courtesy Paul Moon)

(Updated at 3:05 p.m.) A new “high-end martial arts studio” is coming to the former Hollywood Tans space at 3000 N. Washington Blvd in Clarendon.

Urban Kempo says its mission is “to help individuals grow in and cope with the challenges of our contemporary urban society.”

Shaolin Kempo is a martial art often taught for self defense. The Urban Kempo website says the following about the Kempo techniques it teaches.

On the street, there are no weight classes or three-minute rounds with one-minute breaks in between. You will not enjoy the luxury of a referee stopping altercations or enforcing rules. In practicing Kempo, one assumes that the attacker perceives an advantage, either in size or number. Thus, the Kempo artist practices quick and effective strikes, often towards targets that are considered off limits in virtually all combat sports.

Signs are now up outside the business. Depending on whether Urban Kempo is able to obtain the proper county permits in time, owner “Sensei Mike” Herway says they “hope to be open sometime next week.”

Photo courtesy Paul Moon

by Katie Pyzyk — February 13, 2013 at 11:55 am 3,487 69 Comments

Z-Burger in Virginia SquareThere have been some delays in opening, but the finishing touches are now being worked on at the new Z-Burger at the corner of Wilson Blvd and N. Kenmore Street, between the Clarendon and Virginia Square Metro stations.

After nearly two years of construction, owner Peter Tabibian hopes to open the restaurant in the next two to three weeks. He said an inspector asked for a few more fixes before the final occupancy permit is granted. Tabibian thinks the timing should be better with a March opening anyway, considering it may not be as cold outside.

“I think it’s better to open when it’s a little bit warmer,” he said. “When you open, you want to open with a big bang. It’s not as good when it’s winter.”

Although there are a number of Z-Burger locations throughout the D.C. metro area, this will be the first in Virginia.

“Arlington is a very good place for businesses because it has the right demographics and what we were looking for,” said Tabibian. “They’re building a lot of stuff here and I think this will be a good place for our first Virginia location.”

Z-Burger touts homemade custard in its 75 varieties of milkshakes, freshly cut fries and onion rings, fresh bread that’s delivered twice daily and even cheesesteak sandwiches. Tabibian said the burgers are different than at other restaurants due in a large part to the special spice blend, which he says “is very addicting.” He believes another aspect that sets Z-Burger apart from competitors is the service.

“We are very quick. We have a system that as soon as people come in, the patties are already dropped down on the grill,” said Tabibian. “Everything is cooked to order so people don’t have to wait a long, long time. By the time you order, our goal is to get your food in six to eight minutes.”

Once it opens, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with several days of burger giveaways. Until an opening date is set, crews will continue construction work and Tabibian will continue hiring staff. Anyone interested in applying for a position at the new Z-Burger should email peter@zburger.com.

by Katie Pyzyk — February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am 2,150 22 Comments

Crowds lined Wilson Blvd last night to celebrate Fat Tuesday while taking in the annual Clarendon Mardi Gras parade.

Bands played, the D.C. Rollergirls skated through and kids scrambled for beads with as much enthusiasm as the adults. Representatives from local businesses and organizations also entertained the masses while riding or walking alongside the many colorful floats.

Photos by Jason Dixson Photography

by Katie Pyzyk — February 13, 2013 at 9:30 am 2,225 44 Comments

Pentagon City Metro crowding (photo via @dingramdc) Pentagon City Metro crowding (photo via @ferresej)

Update at 10:55 a.m. — Metro reports the Yellow Line is no longer single tracking, but there may be residual delays in both directions. The crowding issue at the Pentagon City and Pentagon stations has ended.

(Updated at 9:45 a.m.) Metro riders reported severe crowding at the Pentagon City and Pentagon stations this morning. It’s a trickle down effect of a person being struck and killed on a Yellow/Green Line track at Gallery Place in the District.

Twitter has been abuzz with customers reporting potentially dangerous crowding conditions and sending photos like those above. Passengers report train drivers saying that due to back-ups and delays from the situation, trains are skipping certain stations or turning around. Other passengers reported not being allowed to enter the crowded Pentagon City station.

WMATA released the following information on its website:

Green and Yellow line trains are single tracking between Mt Vernon Sq and Archives with delays in both directions due to a person struck by train at Gallery Place.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m. when an adult male placed himself in the path of an arriving northbound train. The incident appears to be intentional.

Customers should expect delays in both directions on Green & Yellow Line. Yellow Line customers in Virginia should consider using Blue Line as alternate.

Photos via @dingramdc and @ferresej

by Katie Pyzyk — February 13, 2013 at 8:55 am 1,508 80 Comments

Ballston skywalk

Gas Tax Hike Passes State Senate Committee — On Tuesday, a state Senate committee backed a five cent increase on the gas tax, which is expected to generate $4.5 billion for road work over the next five years. The measure is an alternative to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan, which would eliminate the gas tax and increase the state sales tax. The gas tax increase is expected to pass in the full Senate today. [Washington Examiner]

Same Sex Marriage Demonstration — On Valentine’s Day (Thursday), same sex marriage supporters will gather in front of the Arlington County Courthouse where two same sex couples will request marriage licenses. A similar demonstration occurred last month, when Paul Ferguson, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church, had to deny licenses to more than a dozen couples because gay marriage is not legal in Virginia. The group will gather around 10:00 a.m. and includes supporters from five Arlington churches.

Ray’s Hell Burger Officially for Rent — “For Rent” signs have been posted on the spaces previously occupied by Ray’s Hell Burger and Ray’s Hell Burger Too in Rosslyn. As ARLnow.com first reported last month, the restaurants closed due to a landlord-tenant dispute. At first, the closing appeared to be temporary, based on a sign posted in the window that read: “Please visit us at Ray’s to the Third while we take a quick break.” [Washingtonian]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Begins Delivery Service — The Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurant (3811 N. Fairfax Drive) in Virginia Square has started offering delivery of its food and drinks. Owner Marcus Barnett says this is the first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the country to offer the service. Orders must be at least $15 and there is a $2 delivery fee.

by ARLnow.com — February 13, 2013 at 6:00 am 692 5 Comments

Ashes to Go
Today (February 13) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Virginia Square and Clarendon Metro Stations

'Ashes to Go' in Virginia Square on Ash WednesdayOn February 13, Ash Wednesday, St. George’s Episcopal Church will offer ashes to all who wish to receive them at the Virginia Square Metro Plaza and the Clarendon Metro area during the morning commute from 8:30-9:30 AM and during the evening commute from 5:30-6:30 PM.

“Ashes to Go” is about bringing church to the people and into the places where we go every day. In bustling urban areas — San Francisco, St. Louis and elsewhere  – and elsewhere, “Ashes to Go” has been a part of Ash Wednesday observances for years.

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

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