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by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm 795 1 Comment

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in and around Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday

mondayGoose Island Tap Takeover*
Fire Works Pizza (2350 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 5:00 p.m.- Close

To start off Craft Brewers Conference week, Fire Works will feature four of the five Goose Island Bourbon County series beers.

Tuesday

tuesdayNew Belgium Tap Takeover*
Fire Works Pizza (2350 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 5:00 p.m.- Close

New Belgium takes over the taps at Fire Works, pouring three beers from their Lips of Faith lineup, plus other brews.

Wednesday

wednesdayBrewers Reception*
Fire Works Pizza (2350 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 5:00 p.m.- Close

Representatives from five breweries — Blue Mountain, Terrapin, Highland, Schlafly, and Sixpoint — stop by. Fire Works will be pouring three beers from each.

wednesday2Film Screening: “An Ordinary Hero”
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

A screening of “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Mulholland.” To be followed by a panel discussion with Mulholland and the film’s writer/director.

Thursday

thursdaySisqo Live and 90s Party
Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Sisqo, the artist behind the 2000 hit “Thong Song,” and DJ Chris Styles perform at an “I [Heart] the 90′s Party.” Admission is free but a $15 “cut line pass” is being offered.

Saturday

SOAemailsignLOGOSymphony Orchestra of Arlington Gala 2013*
George Washington Masonic National Theater (101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

An annual gala fundraiser for the Symphony Orchestra of Arlington that will include a silent auction and a musical tribute to Aaron Copland.

Eggs Designed for the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll“Eggs-travaganza” Easter Egg Hunt
Trinity Presbyterian Church (5533 North 16th Street)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The community is invited to an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages. Kids will also be able to dye and decorate their own hard-boiled Easter eggs.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm 4,108 19 Comments

traffic-cam(Updated at 5:25 p.m.) A vehicle pursuit has ended on I-395 near the 14th Street Bridge.

The pursuit began when the suspect vehicle rammed an Arlington County Police cruiser near N. Barton and Pershing Drive, in Lyon Park, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

The vehicle, a late model Honda Accord, slammed into the front passenger side of the cruiser after the officer attempted to pull it over for a traffic stop, Sternbeck said. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, though Sternbeck described the damage as “significant.”

Arlington County officers then chased the vehicle to I-395. The chase ended after officers set up a “rolling roadblock” in the northbound lanes, just before the suspects crossed into D.C.’s jurisdiction.

Police activity is currently blocking all but one northbound HOV lane just before the 14th Street Bridge. Police have two suspects in custody, both District of Columbia residents, Sternbeck said. The men are expected to be charged with felony hit and run.

It is normally Arlington County Police policy to not pursue fleeing vehicles except in special circumstances.

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm 610 8 Comments

A spring storm system dropped some 1-4 inches of snow on Arlington this morning.

The snowfall made for some pretty scenery but caused a few problems around town.

We asked readers to send their photos of the snow to us via Twitter and Flickr. Check out some of their submissions, and a few photos taken by us, in the gallery above.

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm 4,611 76 Comments

Wiinky's in Ballston (photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 2:25 p.m.) Just shy of its two year anniversary, Wiinky’s in Ballston is set to close.

Wiinky’s (3902 Wilson Blvd) will serve its last burgers on Sunday, March 31, according to a sign in the window. Restaurant employees said they were told that Wiinky’s and several other small businesses on the block are closing to make way for a new pet store, possibly a Petco location.

“Unfortunately, the ownership of our building has changed hands and the new landlord has opted not to renew our lease in favor of a large corporation that will pay a much higher price for the space,” the sign said. “We appreciate the support you gave given us the last few years… In the mean time we will be looking for a new location in the Arlington area so don’t be surprised to see a new and improved Wiinkys in the future.”

The burger and hot dog joint opened in April 2011. Despite skepticism about its young owner and its earnest, low-frills food offerings, the restaurant has remained in business and has even attracted a 4/5 star review average on Yelp. A manager tells us business has picked up in the last year and is now “really good,” especially at lunchtime and during late night hours (when it also offers a delivery service).

We’re told that the new Wiinky’s, should it reopen elsewhere, may apply for a permit to serve beer and wine.

“We’re going to keep our ears and eyes open, looking for a place in Arlington,” said owner Ryan Shandel. “If we find a place that’s affordable and makes sense, then we’ll make a move.”

Shandel said the closure is “a sad and sudden thing to happen,” but added that he’s grateful for the support of the community and for the opportunity to learn while on the job. He said he hopes customers will stop by one last time before the restaurant closes on Sunday.

So far, Petco hasn’t responded to a request for comment.

Hat tip to @PeoplesEyebrow. Photo via Google Maps.

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm 24 Comments

Batman dropped by the Arlington YMCA (3422 13th Street N.) on Friday to warn kids about the danger of poison and toxic household items.

The Caped Crusader, also known as Maryland millionaire Lenny B. Robinson, arrived in style in his 1966 replica Batmobile. He was also spotted cruising the streets of Arlington and hanging out in Clarendon after the event.

The event was organized by the Alliance for Consumer Education, along with the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the YMCA and Robinson’s Superheroes for Kids organization. During the event, kids were encouraged “to be a superhero in their home by reading labels, asking permission before using an unknown product, and other poison prevention tips.”

Another superhero, Ace Clean, was also on hand to “teach kids about good health through cleanliness and proper hygiene practices.”

Photos courtesy Eddie Paylor Photography

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 11:05 am 1,510 0

Dominion logo(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) A pair of power outages hit parts of north Arlington earlier today.

At about 9:15 a.m., a tree fell on power lines along Lorcom Lane, in the area of N. Jackson Street, causing several transformers to blow. That knocked out power to 3,827 customers, according to Dominion. Power was restored by noon, the company said.

Shortly after that outage was reported, another began.

“Around the same time we had another outage involving a tree on a power line in nearby northern Arlington,” Dominion spokeswoman Daisy Pridgen told ARLnow.com. “It affected 2,455 customers. Power was restored in two hours and 25 minutes.”

Traffic lights were reported dark on busy Lee Highway near I-66 as a result of the outages.

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 9:55 am 874 29 Comments

Snow in the Yorktown neighborhood by Wolfkann

Minimal Snow Impacts on County Gov’t — This morning’s snowfall had little outward impact on county government operations. Trash and recycling collection is expected to proceed as normal, and scheduled parks and recreation events are also still on, according to the Arlington County government Twitter account. Street sweeping service, however, has been canceled.

Polly Captures Stacking Title Again — Arlington resident William Polly, 12, has captured the title of US Nationals Grand Champion in the sport of speed stacking for the second year in a row. Polly also set a world record for the “cycle” stacking event at the national competition. He will now compete in the sport’s world championship next month. [World Sport Stacking Association, YouTube]

Crystal House Sold — The 828-unit Crystal House apartment complex, at 2000 S. Eads Street in Crystal City, has been sold. Ballston-based AvalonBay sold the complex to New Jersey-based Mack-Cali Realty for between $197 and $262.5 million. [GlobeSt.com]

American Girl Dolls at Library — Arlington Public Library recently started lending out American Girl dolls, and last week the library added four new dolls to its collection. “Just like the rest of the Library’s growing collection of American Girl Dolls, the new four can be placed on hold and taken home for a week of new adventures,” the library said on its website. [Arlington Public Library, Washington Post]

Park Naming Rights Rumors — There are rumors that the county has been considering selling the naming rights to Arlington parks, or even selling park land outright. Those rumors are untrue, the county says. [Arlington Mercury]

Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2013 at 8:10 am 899 25 Comments

Snow accumulation in a Courthouse parking lot

(Updated at 9:20 a.m.) Arlington commuters woke up to something of a surprise this morning: accumulated snowfall.

Arlington County says local roads are “slushy,” and its snow removal crews are in the “Phase 2” of snow removal — working to treat heavily-travelled roads.

“Commuters will encounter slushy conditions on area roads,” the county said in an Arlington Alert. “Use caution when approaching intersections and on/off ramps.”

Arlington Public Schools are not impacted by the snowfall; students are currently on spring break. But snow-covered roads perhaps played a factor led in a number of accidents in and around Arlington this morning.

Accidents have been reported on the northbound GW Parkway near Spout Run and Route 123. The second accident involved an overturned car and northbound traffic is reportedly blocked.

Meanwhile, a rollover accident happened earlier at Reagan National Airport.

A vehicle flipped over on the departures roadway, beyond Terminals B and C on the “return to the airport” ramp.

“[The] driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital,” said airport spokesman Robert Yingling. “No other occupants [and] no other vehicles [were] involved.”

The vehicle has since been removed and the road reopened.

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