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This Year’s Testicle Festival Theme: ‘A Royal Ball’

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm | 3,828 views | No Comments

2013 Testicle Festival logoThe annual Montana State Society Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, better known as the Testicle Festival, has a regal new theme this year.

The event’s 2013 moniker: “A Royal Ball.”

Now in its 9th year, the Testicle Festival will again be held at the Arlington American Legion Post in Virginia Square (3445 N. Washington Blvd), from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. Attendees must be at least 21 year of age.

The price of admission will buy you “all the Rocky Mountain Oysters, beer and Crown Royal you can handle,” organizers say. Entertainment will be provided by the Will Gravatt Band, while the testicles will be fried by Frank McGraw, who’s billed as “Montana’s most famous ball chef.”

“Coming to us straight from the original Rocky Mountain Testy Fest at Rock Creek Lodge outside of Missoula, Frank’s tasty recipe has an authentic zest that helped set a record last year for most pounds consumed,” according to the Montana State Society website.

Last year festival-goers in Arlington consumed 110 pounds of bull and bison testicles, 84 liters of Crown Royal and 1,500 cans of beer. The 2012 theme was “Legends of the Ball.”

Jewish Musicians to Perform at Artisphere

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm | 788 views | No Comments

Ladino music and Yiddish punk will be coming to Arlington this week.

Two Jewish-American musicians, Sarah Aroeste (see music video here) and Daniel Kahn (see music video, above), will be playing at Artisphere on Thursday as part of the two-week-long Washington Jewish Music Festival.

Sarah Aroeste will open with the premiere of an unplugged version of her album ‘Gracia,’ which fuses the Judeo-Spanish sounds of Ladino music with rock, pop, jazz and funk,” said a festival press release. “Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird employ an inimitable mixture of radical Yiddish song, punk sensibility and re-worked klezmer melodies.”

“Bringing together punk-infused Yiddish from Daniel Kahn and Judeo-Spanish sounds of Sarah Aroeste will create an exhilarating and unique experience for our community,” said festival director Lili Kalish Gersch. “This will be a festival that appeals to music lovers of all stripes and all ages and should not be missed.”

The performances will take place at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

Tickets and the festival schedule are available online.

Could the Post Move to Arlington?

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm | 1,745 views | No Comments

Washington Post logo(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) The Washington Post is looking for a new headquarters in D.C. or Virginia that’s relatively inexpensive and close to the Capitol. Could Rosslyn or Crystal City fit the bill?

The Washington City Paper reports that Post publisher Katharine Weymouth told a real estate conference this morning that the struggling company would like the new office to be “cheap, and near the Capitol, near the courthouses,” in a building “that’s a little bit lighter, a little more air.”

The ideal option for the paper might be right here in Arlington. Thanks to easy access to I-395, Crystal City and Rosslyn are about 10 minutes from the Capitol via cab or personal vehicle, except during rush hour.

Both locations are also Metro accessible. Crystal City is 5 Metro stops away from Capitol South station via the Yellow and Orange/Blue lines, and Rosslyn is 9 stops away, without a transfer, via the Orange/Blue lines. Both are 6 stops away from Judiciary Square, with a transfer to the Red Line.

View of D.C. from a rooftop in Crystal CityOffice rent in Crystal City and Rosslyn is inexpensive compared to D.C.’s Central Business District (CBD), where the Post is currently located (in an aging, monolithic building at 1150 15th Street NW). The average asking rate for office space in Crystal City is $39.43 per square foot, compared to $50.97 in the Washington CBD. The average asking rate in Rosslyn, which hasn’t been hit as hard by BRAC closures as Crystal City, is $42.32.

Outside of D.C.’s CBD, the NoMa and Capitol Riverfront submarkets might be desirable for the Post, but both are more expensive than Arlington, with average asking rates of $45.27 and $43.15 respectively.

Thanks to a vacancy rate of 21.8 percent in Crystal City and 16.4 percent in Rosslyn, the Post should have plenty of light and airy offices to choose from. Plus, offices that are currently under construction could be customized to the paper’s needs. Such buildings include 1812 N. Moore Street in Rosslyn, soon to be the tallest building in the D.C. area, or the renovated 1400 Crystal Drive in Crystal City.

Construction could begin on Arlington’s largest office building by floor space, 1900 Crystal Drive in Crystal City, should it secure an anchor tenant like the Post.

1812 N. Moore Street skyscraper under construction in RosslynA spokeswoman for the Rossyln Business Improvement District says the organization does not know if the Post is looking at potential offices in Rosslyn, but says the neighborhood would be a good fit for the 135-year-old institution.

“Rosslyn would a perfect location for The Washington Post, given its close location to Washington, D.C,” said Lisa Rabasca, the BID’s Director of Communications and herself a former newspaper reporter. “It is a quick cab or metro ride to Capitol Hill, the White House, and other major D.C. locations.”

“Rosslyn is already a media hub with three other large media companies — POLITICO, Washington Business Journal, and WJLA/ABC 7 and NewsChannel 8,” Rabasca continued. “We would welcome the addition of The Washington Post.”

1400 Crystal DriveCrystal City Business Improvement President Angela Fox said Crystal City, which itself has gone through a period of reinvention and rebranding, would be a fitting place for the Post.

“They’re obviously an institution that’s finding ways to reinvent themselves and look at their business… we would love to be a strategic element in such a reinvention,” she said. “They’re really thoughtful about their costs and the environment their employees work in, and Crystal City would have a lot to offer in that regard.”

Fox said she also has not heard anything about the Post looking at Crystal City. A Washington Post spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s headquarters search.

If the Post were to move to Arlington, it wouldn’t be the paper’s first office here. For about a decade starting in 2000, the company’s internet staff — responsible for washingtonpost.com and other websites — was based in a 80,000 square foot office at 1515 N. Courthouse Road in Courthouse. The staff was later merged into the Post‘s D.C. office.

Disclosure: The Crystal City and Rosslyn BIDs are ARLnow.com advertisers.

Ask Adam: Orange Line Spotlight

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm | 2,505 views | No Comments

This regularly-scheduled 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 found your last article about the Arlington real estate market helpful.  I’m in the market for a home along the Orange Line.  It sounds like everything is selling pretty well right now, but can you tell me which ones are at the top?

Based on what I am seeing out there, these are the neighborhoods with the most action along the Orange Line, broken down by condo, townhouse and single family house:

Condo – Clarendon 1021 (1021 N. Garfield St.)

Clarendon 1021 is one of the largest condominiums on the Orange Line with 417 homes.  Therefore it also tends to have the most homes available, which works to its advantage during an inventory drought like this one.  Four homes have already sold so far this year and eight more are under contract.

The biggest attraction to Clarendon 1021 is the location.  Walk out the front door and you are within two blocks of Clarendon Metro.  You’re within easy walking distance of Arlington’s most popular bars and restaurants.  Within the same radius are a number of conveniences including shopping, groceries, fitness facilities, banks, car/bike share, drugstore,  etc.  Because of its size, Clarendon 1021 is able to offer a full array of amenities (including rooftop pool and 24×7 front desk) while keeping condo fees relatively low.

Other popular options along the Orange Line are The Phoenix, Station Square, Liberty Center and Wooster & Mercer Lofts.  I would also keep an eye on the Courthouse area.  There is a lot of new retail space being developed, which will include new shopping and dining options.  I expect the Courthouse area to become a great second choice to Clarendon.

Townhome – Clarendon Park (near Fillmore and 11th)

Clarendon Park (photo via Adam Gallegos)Clarendon Park shares a similar location to Clarendon 1021.  You may find bigger, newer and more extravagant townhomes along the Orange Line, but none with such a sought after a location.  Already this year, we have seen sales in this neighborhood escalate from $26,000 to $68,000 over list price.  Only the smallest model seems to have any trouble selling quickly.

Clarendon Park offers street and park views.  The most popular homes have large front porches that face the park.  Typical of urban style townhomes, they include a rooftop terrace in lieu of a yard.

Clarendon Park is a great option if a central location is important to you.

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LOFT Stores to Reopen Following Renovations

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 11:45 am | 1,070 views | No Comments

LOFT location undergoing renovations in Clarendon (photo by Katie Pyzyk)Arlington’s two LOFT stores, in Pentagon City and Clarendon, will reopen this month following renovations.

LOFT, formerly known as Ann Taylor LOFT, sells “upper moderate” priced women’s clothing for for work and home. The company’s two stores in Arlington — at the Pentagon Row and Market Common Clarendon shopping centers — closed recently to undergo some remodeling.

The Pentagon Row location is expected to reopen this Friday (May 3) and the Clarendon location should reopen at some point next week, according to company spokeswoman Marie Larson.

“This new concept store is complete with plush seating and open space encouraging interaction among clients and larger groupings of mannequins in order to show our guests additional outfitting options,” Larson said.

Video: Colbert Reads Yelp Review of Arlington Jail

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 10:40 am | 8,697 views | No Comments

Comedian Stephen Colbert devoted part of his Comedy Central show on Monday to a four-star Yelp review of the Arlington County Detention Facility.

Colbert read from the review, which praised the jail for offering juice boxes and a “very clean environment.”

“If you’re going to get arrested, do it in Arlington County,” Colbert said, reading from the review.

“I think Arlington tourism just found its new slogan,” he quipped.

Hat tip to Keith H.

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 9:40 am | 1,604 views | No Comments

Arlington County courthouse and police headquarters

Trolley Pub Launches Without Alcohol — Despite assurances by Arlington County Police that it met the letter of the law, the plan to launch an open-air, pedal-powered party trolley in Arlington has hit a snag. Virginia ABC has told the operator of the Trolley Pub that riders cannot bring their own alcohol with them on rides. Instead, the Trolley Pub has launched without alcohol, as a sort of “pub-crawl conveyance.” [Washington City Paper]

The Most Arlington Photo Ever? — A photo of four ACPD officers on Segways talking to the driver of the Trolley Pub in front of Fire Works Pizza is gaining some attention for being, perhaps, “the most Arlington photo ever.” Wrote the Clarendon Nights blog: “All we need is someone in the background in a popped collar eating cupcakes and doing Crossfit to complete every Arlington stereotype!” [Clarendon Nights]

NSF Staying in Ballston for Five Years — The National Science Foundation has renewed its lease in Ballston for the next five years. The agency is still looking for an office that offers lower rent. The General Services Administration is currently reviewing offers for a 15-year-lease. [Washington Business Journal]

Metro Lines and Median Income — A new infographic shows the median income along the Washington area’s Metro lines. The highest median income among Arlington’s Metro stops was East Falls Church, at $142,486. The methodology for the infographic is unclear — a median income of $113,567 was listed for Arlington National Cemetery. [Urban Turf]

Arlington Among the Highest-Earning Cities — Arlington has placed 16th on a list of cities and suburbs with the highest percentage of $100,000+ household incomes. In Arlington 50.3 percent of households earn more than $100K, according to census data. [Nerd Wallet]

UPDATED: Suspicious Package in Pentagon City

by ARLnow.com | April 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm | 2,167 views | No Comments

Update at 12:50 a.m. — Police have given the “all clear” and roads are being reopened. The package was disrupted “without incident” and no hazards were found, according to Arlington County Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Fitch.

Earlier: Arlington County police and the county’s bomb squad are investigating a suspicious package in the area of the Transportation Security Administration headquarters in Pentagon City.

Police are shutting down roads within a one block radius of the package, including S. Hayes Street and S. Fern Street between Army Navy Drive and 15th Street S. They have also closed off access to one of the Pentagon City Metro entrances.

According to scanner traffic, a witness told police that the package was dropped off on 12th Street S. by individuals in a white box truck, which then left the scene.

At around 12:35 a.m., the bomb squad conducted a controlled blast to “disrupt” the package. A loud boom could be heard in surrounding neighborhoods. (See video, below)

This was the second suspicious package in the area in the past week.

Arlington Agenda (April 29-May 5)

by ARLnow.com | April 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm | 366 views | No Comments

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in 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

mondayAuthor Event: Junot Díaz
Arlington Central Library (1015)
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz discusses his book, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Admission is free but seating is first-come, first-serve.

Thursday

Staying Involved in Your Child’s Life*
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Mission Possible: Staying Involved In Your Child’s Life in Middle School & Beyond will teach parents to deal with the transition from middle to high school.

Friday

fridayHow to Make It a Great Speech*
Bloomberg BNA Conference Room (1801 S. Bell Street)
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

World Champion of Public Speaking Ryan Avery trains clients on how to write and deliver a great speech.

compressed_SwanSwan Lake Act II*
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road)
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

BalletNova Artistic Director Nancie Woods is presenting her re-staging of Tchaikovsky’s classical favorite, “Swan Lake – Act II”.

Saturday

Swan Lake Act II*
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road)
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

BalletNova Artistic Director Nancie Woods is presenting her re-staging of Tchaikovsky’s classical favorite, “Swan Lake – Act II”.

Sunday

FOME-LogoFriends of Montessori Education 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run*
Marymount University Ballston Campus (1000 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

A 5K race and one mile “fun run” is held to benefit Friend of Montessori Education, which helps lower-income children attend Montessori schools.

sundayCinco de Mayo Party*
Mad Rose Tavern, et al (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A Cinco de Mayo block party with food and drink specials and a raffle giveaway, featuring jugglers, a mariachi band and 8 DJs at five Clarendon area bars.

compressed_SwanSwan Lake Act II*
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road)
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

BalletNova Artistic Director Nancie Woods is presenting her re-staging of Tchaikovsky’s classical favorite, “Swan Lake – Act II”.

sunday-2Special Screening: Stacker
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Screening of an inspirational documentary that follows several of the world’s fastest sport stackers, including Arlington’s own William Polly.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

EXCLUSIVE: Financial Irregularities at Arlington’s Senior Travel Program

by ARLnow.com | April 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm | 3,603 views | No Comments

New Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation bus, which is used for the Senior Adult Travel Program (photo courtesy Arlington County DPR)One county employee was fired and three others were disciplined after financial irregularities were discovered at Arlington’s Senior Adult Travel Program, but no criminal charges were brought after a months-long investigation that one source says was “botched.”

The investigation started in fall 2011, after four improperly-opened bank accounts were discovered, but only came to light this month after one of disciplined employees appealed her punishment at a public Civil Service Commission hearing, which was attended by ARLnow.com.

The four accounts were opened, unbeknownst to county officials, at an Arlington PNC Bank branch in 2010. They were opened by an Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) employee who coordinated the Senior Adult Travel program, we’re told by a source with knowledge of the investigation.

The county-run senior travel program organizes dozens of trips per year for Arlington residents over the age of 55. The activities range from day trips to cultural performance, casinos and historic sites — on a new county-owned bus — to overnight trips to Europe and elsewhere. The program has two employees, an annual budget of $134,046 and recorded 2,738 trip reservations in Fiscal Year 2012, according to DPR Director Jane Rudolph.

The four accounts were used to deposit fees paid by travelers and to pay for senior travel program expenses, but were outside of the county’s direct control. By personally opening and controlling the account, the employee (who has not been officially identified) was able to conduct transactions — like paying for meals and other expenses on the trips — without the restrictions and hassle of the county’s internal financial controls.

“It was well-meaning employees who thought they were enhancing the experience of seniors,” Arlington County Director of Human Resources Marcy Foster told ARLnow.com. “They were delivering quick and efficient services, and they thought that was the way to do it.”

But operating the accounts, and cashing checks written out to Arlington County in accounts not controlled by the county, was a serious violation of county policy. After one of the accounts was discovered by an audit in late 2010, DPR management and budget analyst Celia Wong-Walsh was directed by then-DPR Director Dinesh Tiwari to close it.

For nearly a year, however, the account remained open. Wong-Walsh, the employee who appealed her punishment this month, told the Civil Service Commission that she could not force the bank to close the rogue account. She says the bank told her that the account could only be closed by the employee that opened it.

Wong-Walsh, who has since retired, had some of her unpaid leave stripped for failing to proactively work with the employee to close the account. She appealed the punishment, saying she did not have the legal authority to close the account and didn’t even know that more than one rogue account had been opened.

(The commission upheld the county’s disciplinary action but reduced the amount of leave that was taken away.)

The accounts were finally closed in September 2011, after the Arlington County Treasurer’s Office discovered them independently. The discovery was made when a $200 check written from one of the accounts bounced in August 2011, and the woman who it was written to contacted the treasurer.

A police investigation followed, but no criminal wrongdoing was found.

“We didn’t find any money missing,” said Foster. “There was no criminal activity.”

That point was disputed by a source with knowledge of the investigation, who spoke to ARLnow.com on the condition of anonymity. The source said up to $17,000 might have been missing from the accounts, but any solid evidence of that was lost because it took too long to investigate.

“The case was so screwed up that they couldn’t prosecute,” the source said.

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Police Bust Rowdy Teen Drinking Party

by ARLnow.com | April 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm | 14,805 views | No Comments

Police car (file photo)Arlington County Police have charged 43 people with underage drinking after breaking up a large, noisy teen drinking party in the Williamsburg neighborhood, ARLnow.com has learned exclusively.

An officer responded to the 3500 block of N. Nottingham Street around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, for a report of a loud party, according to police. Upon arriving, the officer approached the house and observed a large number of young people.

“Numerous” party-goers then began fleeing from the home by jumping over fences into nearby yards, while others started throwing beer cans and bottles at the officer, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

Backup units arrived on scene and the remaining partyers were rounded up. In all, 43 people between the ages of 15 and 18 were charged with underage consumption of alcohol.

“Many of them were rude and uncooperative,” Sternbeck said. Another 16 juveniles were released into the custody of their parents without charges after a voluntary breath test revealed no traces of alcohol, Sternbeck said.

“Let’s just say there were a lot of unhappy parents responding to the 3500 block of N. Nottingham Street that night,” said Sternbeck.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner, who was not present at the time of the party but was later reached by police via phone. Police were unable to locate the suspects who threw the cans and bottles at the officer, Sternbeck said.

Marine Corps Memorial to Host Movie Screening

by ARLnow.com | April 29, 2013 at 11:15 am | 844 views | No Comments

The Marine Corps War Memorial will host a movie screening on Friday and a ranger-guided history lesson on Sunday.

On Friday, May 3, the memorial will host a screening of the 1949 film Sands of Iwo Jima, starring John Wayne (see movie trailer, above). The public is invited to bring a lawn chair to the reviewing stand to watch the film, which will start at 8:00 p.m.

On Sunday, May 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., park rangers will give talks about little-known secrets of the statue.

A school group at the Iwo Jima memorialAccording to a press release: “Rangers will host activities and offer short talks on the contents of the memorial’s cornerstone, graffiti inside the memorial’s base, and the amazing process by which workers climbed inside the memorial’s figures to piece them together in 1954.”

The events are part of the “Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend.” Partners in Preservation, a partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is currently hosting a contest that lets members of the public vote to direct $1 million worth of preservation funding to  historic places in the D.C. area.

The Marine Corps War Memorial and Arlington House are both in the running. At the moment, however, they’re in 21st and 20th place respectively, out of a total of 24 entrants. The Memorial is seeking funding for a thorough cleaning and waxing.

“The Marine Corps War Memorial will compete for funds to carefully clean, wax, and re-gild the large outdoor sculpture at its center,” said a press release. “Each of the six giant bronze figures accumulates dirt, pollution, bird droppings, pollen, and natural weathering residues that must be removed with specialized pressure washing equipment. Because the statue is depicted with photographic realism, workers will need scaffolding and lifts to reach every angle and crevice of clothing and muscle, from the base of the memorial to its top 60 feet above the ground.”

Restaurant Talk: Cook Like a Pro

by Nick Freshman | April 29, 2013 at 9:55 am | 2,364 views | No Comments

Restaurant Talk is an occasional feature written by Nick Freshman, a native Arlingtonian and co-owner of Spider Kelly’s and Eventide Restaurant in Clarendon. Photos added by ARLnow.com.

Rabbit restaurant in ClarendonSometimes people ask me: How can I cook like a pro? How can I make my food taste more like food that I eat in restaurants that I love?

There are certainly some tips you can take home that will improve your cooking, but it is important to note that technique will not replicate that amazing meal you had last week. Nor will the exact recipe, or even the top of the line commercial equipment in your kitchen (though that really helps).

The fact is that your meal was made wonderful by much more than the food. Eating out is as contextual as any experience — it is all about the moment. It was the setting, your mood, your companion and many other things that worked together in concert with the food to make the meal special. That is why we go out, and it can’t be copied at home. Home is for different moments.

Okay, having got that out of the way, let me also throw this one out to you: I did not go to culinary school, and thus I am not a trained chef. I have spent plenty of time ‘behind the line’ in professional kitchens, but I am not a pro. I know how to cook, however, and I know what to look for in food. I also ran these ideas by the real pros that I work with for their approval before I submitted them. Given those disclaimers, take this advice for what you think it is worth.

These are some simple tips and strategies that should help your cooking at home. The most important tip I have is that the more you can approach cooking without anxiety or fear, the better your food will taste. Many people see recipes as intimidating and hosting as nerve-racking. I can guarantee you it comes out in your food. The more fun you have and the more relaxed you are, the more sumptuous your meal will be. Many chefs and cooks chose this line of work because it is their passion. It isn’t ridiculous to suggest that their passion as much as their expertise is what makes their food taste so good.

More Heat

Kitchen fire at Cafe Asia in RosslynI cannot walk by the range in my kitchen when my wife is cooking without dialing up the burner. Whatever it is set at, it should always be higher. She used to put in the oil and the vegetables in the cold pan and then turn on the burner. Now she heats the pan, adds the oil and waits until it is hot. I hear it sizzle and pop, and I know dinner will be good.

Many home cooks are too tentative with temperature. Life in a restaurant is always hot; 350 is a minimum, 500 is lots of fun. Of course, there is simmering, slow cooking and baking, but most of your food benefited from a red hot skillet, grill or pot. Heat makes flavor — not only do you get that wonderful texture from a charred steak, but the marking also enhances the flavor tremendously.

Smoke in your kitchen is a good thing. Next time you ‘cook’ a chicken breast, try ‘searing’ it first: Turn the burner up and wait for the oil to almost start smoking. Drop in the chicken and listen to that sound. You’ll never go back. Just turn on the fan or open a window.

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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | April 29, 2013 at 8:35 am | 1,464 views | No Comments

Columbia Pike in the rain by @ddimick

Central Library RenovationsUpdated at 9:25 a.m. — A number of renovations are in progress at Arlington Central Library. The changes include new carpeting, structural maintenance  and a new Digital Projects Lab. The library will remain open during the renovations, but certain parts will be closed, including the parking garage, which is expected to be closed from May 6-10. [Arlington Public Library]

Term Limits for County Board? — In a letter to the editor, one resident argues that term limits for Arlington County Board members may “change Arlington’s oligarchy for the better.” The resident suggests implementing term limits via referendum. [Sun Gazette]

Rosslyn Crane Operator Profiled — It takes 45-60 minutes for the crane operator on the 1812 N. Moore Street skyscraper project in Rosslyn to climb up to the crane’s cab. The operator, 66-year-old Mike Teague of Thurmont, Md., arrives at the job site at 4:30 a.m. and doesn’t leave until 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. [Rosslyn Magazine, Ode Street Tribune]

New Play, Venue for Theater Company — Recently booted from the Artisphere, Arlington-based theater company WSC Avant Bard is performing the play “No Man’s Land” at Theatre on the Run (3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive). The performance runs through May 25. [Washington Post]

Flickr pool photo by @ddimick

Video: ACPD Safety Tips for Jogging, Warm Weather

by ARLnow.com | April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm | 1,351 views | No Comments

The Arlington County Police Department has released two short videos with tips for staying safe while using jogging trails and enjoying warm weather.

“Arlington has safe and beautiful trails for biking, running, and walking,” a narrator says on the jogging trail video. “As the days get longer, people of all ages spend more time outside — and this includes criminals, too.”

Tips listed on the video include:

  • Try to use populated areas in the daylight hours.
  • Wear light, reflective clothing.
  • Try to go out with a friend.
  • Make sure you bring a cell phone.
  • Familiarize yourself with your trails and avoid areas you don’t know.
  • If you listen to music, make sure you leave one ear open.
  • Tell someone where you will be going before you leave.
  • Call 911 for emergencies or, for non-emergencies, call 703-558-2222.

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