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by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm 725 3 Comments

If you’re looking for a new home, there are at least 44 open houses to choose from in Arlington this weekend.

See our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

1014-rolfe-st1014 Rolfe Street South
2 BD | 1 BA single family detached
Agent: Keri Shull, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $399,900
Open: Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2047-glebe-rd2047 Glebe Road North
3 BD | 4 BA condominium
Agent: Carol McEwen, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $650,000
Open: Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

5649-5th-st5649 5th Street North
3 BD | 2 BA single family detached
Agent: Marty Merriam, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Listed: $679,000
Open: Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1201-garfield1201 Garfield Street North
2 BD | 3 BA condominium
Agent: Gabriel Deukmaji, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $925,000
Open: Saturday, Feb. 23 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.

2819-23rd-rd2819 23rd Road North
4 BD | 6 BA single family detached
Agent: Diane Schline, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $1,549,000
Open: Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm 2,547 30 Comments

The new Rabbit restaurant in ClarendonRabbit Salad and Grill, at 3035 Clarendon Blvd, has reduced its hours to weekday lunch service only.

Rabbit first opened in the summer of 2011, offering salads, sandwiches and dinner plates. It was formerly open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 or 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. It also experimented with late night food options for Clarendon bar-goers.

Rabbit is now open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Owner Aaron Gordon, who also owns local frozen yogurt and cupcake stores TangySweet and Red Velvet, says he made the change because “our best time-period is lunch.”

“We have gone to a lunch-only schedule for the next few weeks during the cold winter days,” Gordon told ARLnow.com. “We will re-evaluate [our] schedule for Rabbit soon.”

Hat tip to @ChrisKinard

by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm 2,197 30 Comments

The Harlem Shake meme has spread to the locker room of the National District champion Wakefield Warriors boys basketball squad.

A video was released on YouTube today showing the team and their fans doing the Harlem Shake, which has become an internet sensation.

“What REALLY happens in the locker room after the Wakefield High School Warriors win a big game!” says the video’s description.

Wakefield, which defeated Langley on Tuesday with a buzzer beater that was caught on video, will face Robinson tonight in the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament semifinals. The game is scheduled to take place at Robinson at 8:00 p.m.

by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm 3,319 107 Comments

The Fenwick Center (photo via Google Maps)Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan says she and her staff will be evaluating several county facilities for possible changes or closure next year.

Among those expected to be evaluated are the money-losing Artisphere, two community centers and two Department of Human Services facilities.

In her budget message to the County Board, Donnellan said “potential facilities to be evaluated” include the Madison and Woodmont community centers in north Arlington, the Edison Complex near Virginia Hospital Center, and the Fenwick Center on S. Walter Reed Drive.

Madison Community Center (photo via Google Maps)“As our population changes and as technology changes the way we deliver services, I believe we have many opportunities to do things differently, particularly in the area of buildings and facilities,” Donnellan said. “I have asked staff to begin evaluation of some of our facilities that require significant capital investment or are underutilized — with one of our initial tasks being how we engage the community and stakeholders in these discussions.”

Possible recommendations for the facilities could include changes in use or closure, said Arlington County spokeswoman Mary Curtius.

“The evaluations will look at a full range of options, including no change in use, repurposing these facilities for a new use (County or otherwise), or potentially closure — but it’s preliminary to speculate until the process is complete,” she said. “As the Manager’s message noted, one of the initial starting points will be to get public input — and other evaluation factors will include utilization rates and building condition and age, among others.”

Artisphere signAlso on the chopping block is Artisphere, the Rosslyn-based cultural center that opened with high expectations in 2010. As previously reported, Donnellan is including $1.8 million in taxpayer funding for Artisphere in her proposed FY 2014 budget, but warning that she’s “assessing its performance and programming model” for next year.

“We’re going to evaluate the fiscal sustainability,” she told County Board members on Wednesday. “I’m forcing them to reevaluate how they operate. It’s an expensive operation to continue and I need to evaluate it to make sure it’s sustainable.”

Photos (top, middle) via Google Maps

by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2013 at 11:15 am 374 8 Comments

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Editor’s Note: This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway)

It doesn’t happen often, but it’s been a slow week. No huge breaking news (though it’s worth looking at the restructured InBev/Modelo deal to see how they’ll get away with that). No insane once-per-year rarities to call every store in town to find. There are some cool new beers out including the new Schwarzbier from Devils Backbone, and we’ll be sampling those on Saturday at the shop. But as far as news goes it’s a little too quiet out there.

In light of this, here are some tasting notes on beers I’ve been able to try lately. If you have any questions about beer in the area, I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments.

Bell’s HopSlam 2013: I got to try a bottle a couple of weeks ago. I’ve always been a fan of HopSlam, but it feels like the ever-increasing demand and resulting shortness of supply has created a bit of a backlash, with more folks every year saying HopSlam isn’t worth the trouble or its high price. I actually quite liked this year’s HopSlam. The honey in it seemed more utilitarian than it had over the past couple years. Where HopSlam was becoming a tick too fruity and cloying, this year’s feels more like the Imperial IPA it is meant to be. Is it worth the time and money to track down? That’s up to you, but if you can get a hold of some, it’s a fine beer as always.

Sand Creek Brewing Company: I was given a couple of this Wisconsin outfit’s brews to sample and am now officially a fan. First up was their Wild Ride IPA, which is a delightful throwback to the days where bigger wasn’t necessarily better. If the craft beer movement has been around long enough, and I’m not sure it has, it could be said that this is an old-school American IPA. The 60 IBU are well-balanced by just the perfect amount of malt. This is an IPA that I could keep in the fridge all the time, and really wish was available here in VA.

The other Sand Creek I got to try was Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, which is the kind of beer I think every brewer in America should try. Oscar’s is rich in body, with a silky palate featuring dark chocolate flavors that somehow avoid being sugary in any way. The best part of Oscar’s: it’s 4.5% ABV. It’s a Session beer. Seriously, seriously well-made and someone needs to get Sand Creek to expand beyond their four-market distribution range.

Blue Mountain MacHayden’s Wee Heavy: Hey — here’s something good that you can actually find for sale around here. I had no idea Blue Mountain made a Scotch Ale, but when this became available last week, I jumped on it. MacHayden’s is reminiscent of classic Scotch Ales like McEwan’s Export, with that very particular kind of sweetness from its malts that is the hallmark of the style. Too many American brewers over-roast the malts in their Scotch Ales or go too hoppy for fear of turning off U.S. beer fans, but those who seek out Scotch Ale are looking for something very specific. Blue Mountain does a great job combining traditional flavors with a stronger, more modern strength and lush mouthfeel.

Until next time.

Cheers!

Nick Anderson maintains a blog at www.beermonger.net, and can be found on Twitter at @The_Beermonger. Sign up for Arrowine’s money saving email offers and free wine and beer tastings at www.arrowine.com/mailing-list-signup.aspx. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

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by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2013 at 10:00 am 1,448 80 Comments

Crock PotArlington County Police responded to a bizarre reported burglary on Tuesday afternoon.

A resident on the 600 block of S. Carlin Springs Road told officers that someone stole a chicken from her crock pot as it was cooking. It happened sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., while the resident was away from the apartment.

“She returned to find the chicken had been taken, and there were only vegetables remaining in the crock pot,” said Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

How the chicken was taken remains a bit of a mystery. There was no sign of forced entry and Sternbeck noted that there was no pet in the apartment that might have stolen the chicken for a meal.

“We suspect fowl play,” Sternbeck quipped.

Photo via Crock-Pot.com

by ARLnow.com — February 22, 2013 at 9:20 am 972 20 Comments

Winter sky as seen from the Air Force Memorial (photo by Wolfkann)

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Start Tonight — As a reminder, Girl Scout Cookie booth sales start at 3:00 today in Arlington. The first day of booth sales might be a bit soggy, as a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain is expected to start early this afternoon.

School Boundary Petition Started — A petition asking for various changes to the Arlington Public Schools boundary review process has collected more than 75 signatures. [iPetitions]

AP Scores Edge Up for APS Students — The average Advanced Placement exam score for Arlington Public Schools students edged up from 2.88 in 2011 to 2.89 last year. In 2010, however, the average for APS was 3.08. The national average is 2.83, on a 1 to 5 scale. [Sun Gazette]

DJO, Marymount Sign Baseball Agreement — Bishop O’Connell High School and Marymount University have finalized a joint use agreement for the high school’s new baseball field. “The future of Catholic education depends on strong partnerships between our high schools and universities,” said outgoing Bishop O’Connell President Kathleen Prebble. [Arlington Catholic Herald]

Arlington Homes For <$500k –A real estate blog has found 15 “starter homes” under $500,000 on the market in Arlington. “All of the properties… come with at least one parking space,” writes Amy Rose Dobson of Curbed. “Most of them have just entered the market within the past week and will probably move fast.” [Curbed]

Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann

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