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Kitchen Fire in Dominion Hills Home

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm | 1,661 views | 7 Comments

Arlington County fire truck(Updated at 10:55 p.m.) One person was injured during a kitchen fire in a Dominion Hills home tonight.

The fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. at a house on the 1000 block of N. Livingston Street in the Dominion Hills neighborhood. The fire was quickly extinguished once firefighters arrived on scene.

One occupant of the home was found unresponsive by firefighters and was transported via ambulance to MedStar, according to Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Gregg Karl.

La Tagliatella Now Open in Clarendon

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm | 3,429 views | 32 Comments

La Tagliatella has opened its first Arlington location.

The international Italian restaurant chain opened its new Clarendon location, in the former Restaurant 3 space at 2950 Clarendon Blvd, earlier today (Monday). The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Though the chain originated in Spain, La Tagliatella has constructed an elaborate interior in Clarendon, designed to mimic an Old World Italian restaurant.

“Acclaimed Atlanta design firm ai3 assisted European designers of DecoRetro to create a special ambiance with a rich tapestry of textures, colors and patterns,” the company said in a press release. ”This authentic style mirrors the Old World culture and traditions, transporting guests to a real and true experience of European dining.”

The menu consists of traditional Italian favorites, plus a selection of beer and wine.

“La Tagliatella’s signature menu features a variety of authentic dishes including several pasta and sauce combinations and unique Napoletano-style pizzas, all created with the finest key ingredients imported from the northern region of Italy,” the company said. “La Tagliatella offers 50 selections of wine by the bottle and glass as well as several bottled and draft beers.”

This is La Tagliatella’s third restaurant in the U.S. The company is planning to open a second Arlington location in Shirlington, in the former Extra Virgin space.

Pike Super Stop to Be Featured on CNN

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm | 65 Comments

Super Stop bus stop at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive Super Stop bus stop at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive

Update on 4/2/13 — The CNN video is now online.

A CNN crew was on Columbia Pike today, shooting a news report on the controversial “Super Stop” bus stop at Walter Reed Drive.

The enhanced bus stop, one of 24 planned along the Pike, has attracted scrutiny since ARLnow.com first reported that its construction cost exceeded $1 million. On Friday, Arlington County said it was putting construction of additional Super Stops on hold pending a review of the project’s design and cost.

The bus stop features amenities like lighting, heating and an electronic display that shows when the next buses are coming, though some have complained that it does not offer adequate shelter from the elements.

The CNN report on the Super Stop is expected to air in the network’s 5:00 p.m. hour today (Monday), we’re told. It will be reported by CNN National Correspondent Rene Marsh.

Police Seek Colonial Village Burglary Suspect

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm | 1,043 views | 22 Comments

Colonial Village burglary suspect (photo courtesy ACPD) Colonial Village burglary suspect (photo courtesy ACPD)

A thief stole eight laptop computers from the Colonial Village Apartments last month, and police are hoping that the public can help catch him.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect this afternoon. According to a press release, the suspect stole the laptops from the clubhouse, located near the Courthouse Metro station, on two separate occasions.

The Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect captured on a surveillance camera.

On separate occasions, once on March 23rd and again on March 25th, the subject entered the clubhouse of the Colonial Village Apartments and stole laptop computers. A total of eight laptops were stolen from the clubhouse, which is located in the 2100 block of N. 18th Street. The suspect remains at-large.

The subject is described as a black male, slender and tall. The subject walks with a slight limp. During both incidents, he was wearing a black jacket with blue jeans, black boots and a red bandana covering his face. He is known to carry a dark colored Northface backpack.

If anyone has information on the identity and/or whereabouts of this individual, please contact Detective James Stone of the Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit at 703.228.4245 or at Jstone@arlingtonva.us. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Arlington Agenda (April 1-7)

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm | 561 views | 6 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.

Thursday

thursdayAmerican Girls Author Talk
Cherrydale Branch Library (2190 N. Military Road)
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Yale and Harvard-educated American Girls author Valerie Tripp discusses “where the ideas for the stories come from, the creative process, research and the joys of writing.”

Friday

9to5_Logo9 to 5: The Musical*
Thomas Jefferson Community Center (125 S. Old Glebe Road)
Time: 8:00 – 10:45 p.m.

Based on the hit 1980 movie and featuring the popular title song by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5: The Musical features a score written by Parton herself.

friday-2Live Comedy: Dan Levy
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Comedian Dan Levy, who has appeared on shows on E!, HBO, MTV and Comedy Central, performs live standup comedy.

Saturday

saturdayArlington Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast*
Clarendon United Methodist Church (606 N. Irving Street)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Third Annual Pancake Breakfast serving pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, orange juice, coffee, tea and milk. Also featuring an Antique Car Show, Moon Bounce, Face Painting, and Raffle Prizes.

Sunday

American Legion in Virginia Square (photo by Katie Pyzyk)All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast
American Legion Post 139 (3445 Washington Blvd)
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Unlimited eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes and toast for $8. Discounts for children. Coffee and orange juice also included.

sunday-2Wine Tasting for Kidsave*
Screwtop Wine Bar (1025 N. Fillmore Street)
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Screwtop is holding a fundraiser to benefit Kidsave. The event will feature “great wine and appetizers with great friends for a great cause.”

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

Restaurant Talk: Dining Out With Kids

by Nick Freshman | April 1, 2013 at 11:10 am | 5,430 views | 93 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.

Cafe Caturra in the Arlington Ridge Shopping CenterFood trucks? Sure! Cupcakes? Bring it on! No subject is too risky, so let’s go right for the perpetual hot button topic of almost every live chat or website about food: Kids.

I enter on all sides of the conversation here: I’m an operator who deals with families all the time, I’m a Dad who loves to eat out with my daughter, and I’m a diner who often likes eating out with just grown-ups. A lot of you fall into the latter two categories, so you can surely appreciate how nuanced the topic is.

Here is the deal: some kids are angels eating out, some kids have a hard time in restaurants, and sometimes it’s the same kid on different days. Some parents are like Baby Whisperers with their kids, some parents struggle more, and sometimes it’s the same parents. Also, we could all probably stand to take a deep breath and relax just a little bit.

It’s just that simple. And it’s just that hard.

As an operator, I love kids. Their parents spend money, after all, and there are a ton of advantages to marketing to families. In Arlington, families represent a very lucrative demographic; I’d be crazy to ignore them. Also, as stated above, today’s family at brunch could turn into next week’s anniversary dinner or next month’s mom’s night out in the bar. We have always prided ourselves in welcoming kids into Eventide and Spider Kelly’s. We have families ourselves.

And let me be very clear to point out that the responsibility for ensuring everyone has a good time is on us. It’s our job to make all our guests happy, and that’s what we try to do.

But we could all use a few ground rules.

When I became a parent, I realized that the restaurant business had actually prepared me well. For work, I had to learn to be ready for anything at anytime. I had to learn to keep calm and trust my preparation. Parenting was the same except infinitely more wild and unpredictable. The best part about kids is you never know what will happen next, but that can make plans and events and dinners maddening. A sense of humor helps a lot, but it won’t always save the meal.

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New Food Cart Now Serving Arlington

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 9:55 am | 321 views | 18 Comments

Green Eggs and Burgers cart (photo by Aaron Kraut)An “organic” food cart that originally launched in Montgomery County is now coming to Arlington.

The Green Eggs and Burgers cart first started serving customers in October, from an underused parking lot in Bethesda. Today, the cart also started serving Rosslyn. The cart is serving breakfast and lunch today on N. Lynn Street, according to the cart’s Twitter account.

Green Eggs and Burgers’ menu includes breakfast items like an egg sandwich, pancakes, french toast, a french toast egg sandwich and omelettes. Lunch items include burgers and fries.

The cart specializes in “organically fresh” food. According to the owners, the eggs used are cage-free and organic, and the flour, burgers, toppings and even the coffee are organic.

The bright yellow cart, which is operated by two sets of brothers, plans to serve Bethesda, Rosslyn and Stafford County on a rotating basis.

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 8:30 am | 1,816 views | 133 Comments

Sunrise over Courthouse (photo courtesy Chris Armstrong)

Senior Citizens Tour Sewage Plant — A group of three dozen senior citizens toured Arlington’s recently-renovated Water Pollution Control Plant on Friday. The sold-out tour educated the seniors about the sewage treatment process and about the people who work at the plant, whose “informal motto” is “We’re No. 1 with your No. 2.” [Sun Gazette]

Technology and the Homeless — Contrary to a common image of the homeless, most homeless individuals in Arlington have a cell phone and some even have laptops. Such technology is described as a “lifeline” to family, job opportunities and education. [Patch]

Map of the ‘Arlington Loop’ — Arlington County’s Bike Arlington program has published an easy-to-use map of the “Arlington Loop” — the 50 miles of off-street bike trails in the county. The map includes approximate ride times for bicyclists. [Bike Arlington, Greater Greater Washington]

Photo courtesy Chris Armstrong

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