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Photos: Car Fire in Buckingham

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm | 2,038 views | No Comments

A car on fire along Glebe Road in Buckingham (photo courtesy @Hightweetts)

A car caught fire in the parking lot of the Buckingham Center strip mall Monday night.

The fire was reported just before 6:00 p.m., in the lot located on the northeastern side of the intersection of N. Glebe Road and Pershing Drive. The Honda CRV’s engine compartment was fully engulfed with flames, though it’s unclear what actually caused the fire.

The fire was eventually extinguished before it could spread to the rest of the car.

Photos courtesy @Hightweetts and “Tim”

A car caught fire along Glebe Road in Buckingham (photo courtesy "Tim") A car caught fire along Glebe Road in Buckingham (photo courtesy "Tim")

Artisphere Over Budget for FY 2013

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm | 1,386 views | No Comments

Artisphere signThe Artisphere cultural center in Rosslyn is expected to be up to 50 percent over its net budget for Fiscal Year 2013, ARLnow.com has learned.

Artisphere was budgeted to require only $1.6 million in net tax support for FY 2013, down from $2.3 million in FY 2012. With only about 3 months left in the fiscal year, however, Arlington County is projecting that Artisphere will require an additional $600,000 to $800,000, which would bring bring the actual net tax support to $2.2-$2.4 million.

County officials say the deficit is due to a combination of factors: a shortfall in revenue and higher-than-expected expenses.

“Based on Artisphere’s numbers for the first three quarters of FY13, we foresee shortages in the areas of ticketing and admission income, and overages in personnel and facility expense,” said Karen Vasquez, Cultural Affairs Director for Arlington Economic Development, which oversees Artisphere.

Artisphere in 2010“Ticket and admission income is low due to a decrease in programming during the first half of FY 2013 while we hired a new programming director,” she said in an email. “Catering/concession income from large social events was over-estimated in the business plan and is also low. Temp employees were underestimated and underfunded in the business plan and are therefore running over budget.”

The budget woes come at a time when Artisphere is facing scrutiny as part of the FY 2014 budget process. County Manager Barbara Donnellan has proposed budgeting $1.8 million in net tax support in FY 2014, but dividing that up between on-going and one-time funds — with the goal of weaning the cultural center off taxpayer support.

The county is also working to set up a non-profit organization to solicit tax-deductible donations for Artisphere.

“For next year’s budget (FY14) we are currently reviewing operational options with the Manager’s office which are designed to lower overall net tax support and bring it in line with the proposed budget of $1.8 million,” Vasquez said. “In addition, we are moving toward the establishment of a 501c3 to help diversify revenue sources and to include private–sector funding as well as the current public funding.”

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Discount Furniture Store Now Open on Columbia Pike

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm | 1,223 views | No Comments

Casa Furniture on Columbia Pike Casa Furniture on Columbia Pike

Casa Furniture, a local discount furniture chain, has opened a new location in the former Capital Jewelers storefront on Columbia Pike.

Casa Furniture opened at 3219 Columbia Pike about two weeks ago, an employee told us. It’s the chain’s fourth location; other stores are located in Alexandria and D.C.

On its website, Casa Furniture says it “has become known for the lowest prices in town, quick, efficient “no frills” delivery, and customer service that redefines the word, ‘smile.’” The store has a small showroom but also offers a catalog of furniture that’s available for delivery.

Capital Jewelers owner Tommy Wong was gunned down during a robbery at the store on the afternoon of July 27, 2012. D.C. resident James Sylvester Caroline was later arrested and charged with Wong’s murder. A hearing in the case is scheduled for April 17.

Arlington Agenda (April 8-14)

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm | 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.

Tuesday

woman locking padlockTwo Wheel Tuesdays*
Westover Library (1644 McKinley Road)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

A local bike shop expert will help you pick the perfect bike type for your needs, and the best type of equipment to have for the riding you’ll be doing.

tuesday-2Author Event: Dinaw Mengestu
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Arlington Reads 2013 welcomes acclaimed author and journalist Dinaw Mengestu, author of “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.”

Wednesday

C&T Produce returns to the Clarendon Farmers MarketClarendon Farmers Market*
Clarendon Central Park (next to the Metro entrance)
Time: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Clarendon Farmers Market is now entering its 15th season, featuring locally grown produce, locally baked goods, and locally raised proteins.

Thursday

thursdayDocumentary: Congo – The Grand Inga Project
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

The Grand Inga Project is an award-winning, 80-minute film that follows four adventurers through the 50 mile stretch of the Congo River known as the Inga Rapids.

Friday

Margot MacDonald (courtesy photo)All-Locals Music Lineup
Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Lineup of local musical acts including Margot MacDonald, Star FK Radium, South Rail, Yellow Tie Guy, The Charm Offensive and The Dreamscapes Project. $10 cover.

Saturday

saturdayMath Workshop from the A+ Club*
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Avenue)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Award-winning high school math teacher Okera Hawkins will review math learning strategies and study techniques. Aimed at middle, high school and lower-level college math students.

saturday-2Live Music: Alien Arcade
Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street)
Time: 10:00 p.m.

All-star cover band Alien Arcade performs, starting at 10:00 p.m. The show includes “a brand new state-of-the-art stage production and light show.”

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

Rosslyn Gets ‘Yarn Bombed’

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 11:55 am | 4,012 views | No Comments

(Updated at 12:15 p.m.) The work of nearly 100 volunteer knitters and crocheters, a group dubbed the “Guerrilla Stitch Brigade,” is now on display for all the world to see in Rosslyn.

A stretch of Rosslyn from the Metro station to Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd) was “yarn bombed” on Sunday, as volunteers affixed their elaborate knits to trees, fences, parking structures and even a piano. Most of the knits — more than 1,000 stitched geometric shapes, which took some 20 weeks to create, affixed to a dozen different objects – are along Wilson Boulevard. The piano, however, is in Artisphere itself.

“The intent of this project is to lead people to Artisphere, Arlington’s visual and performing arts center,” Rosslyn Business Improvement District Executive Director Cecilia Cassidy said in a statement.

The yarn bombing is the the first of three temporary public art projects planned by the Rosslyn BID this spring, the organization said. The other projects include another yarn bomb installation, in an as-yet undisclosed location, and a fiber art installation from artist Rachel Hayes that will adorn Rosslyn’s skywalks on N. Moore Street, Nash Street and Fort Myer Drive.

More on Shirlington’s Copperwood Tavern

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 10:55 am | No Comments

Copperwood Tavern logoWe’re learning more about Copperwood Tavern, the planned “cabin-style” restaurant in Shirlington.

As reported last week, Copperwood Tavern, from the owner of Wilson Tavern in Courthouse, is replacing the former Bistro Bistro restaurant at 4021 Campbell Avenue. The restaurant will offer dozens of draft beers and craft bourbons, in addition to a menu of seasonal American small plates, meats and family-style sides.

From a press release:

Copperwood Tavern will bring a woodsy retreat to the middle of downtown Shirlington Village this summer, replacing the former Bistro Bistro space with a 5,700-square-foot cabin-style restaurant.

Imagine walking through the wilderness of southern Virginia and stumbling upon an inviting cabin. That’s exactly what Copperwood Tavern’s owner, Reese Gardner, envisioned when he started putting together the plans for what’s sure to be a new Shirlingtonian favorite.

Gardner, who is a Shirlington resident and also the owner of The Mighty Pint, Irish Whiskey DC, and Wilson Tavern, has created an all star team to help bring out the unique atmosphere of Copperwood Tavern.

Irish Whiskey’s Executive Chef, Sean McIntosh, and designer Maggie O’Neill of O’Neill Studios, will emphasize Copperwood Tavern’s rustic charm with a savory home-style food menu and designs that embody a welcoming backwoods feel.

O’Neill, who is the mastermind behind DC favorites Lincoln and Capitale, is helping create the woodsy retreat by featuring oversized ax door handles and cabin themed décor.

This rustic tavern seats up to 188 people and will specialize in McIntosh’s creations of seasonal American small plates, prime cuts of local game, farm raised poultry, beef and fresh fish accompanied with hearty, family style sides such as macaroni and cheese, corn casserole and seasonal vegetables.

Soon to be a new favorite brunch spot, Copperwood will feature a Bloody Mary bar and seafood buffet, including fresh oysters, clams and steamed shrimp.

The watering hole will not only offer 24 beers on tap and 30 small-batch whiskeys, but it will also boast a variety of superb wine selections and even moonshine! A separate service bar will ensure that all drink requests are filled in a timely and efficient manner.

Dog owners can look forward to the 56-seat outdoor patio with custom copper dog bowls and house baked dog treats.

USS Arlington Commissioned in Norfolk

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 9:40 am | 1,084 views | No Comments

The new USS Arlington (LPD 24) was commissioned in Norfolk on Saturday, before a crowd of more than 5,000 people.

The ship was named in honor of the 184 victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Military brass and members of the ship’s crew were joined at the ceremony by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Rep. Jim Moran, state legislators, all five Arlington County Board members, Arlington law enforcement officers and firefighters who responded on 9/11, and family members of 9/11 victims.

Joyce Rumsfeld, the ship’s sponsor and the wife of the former defense secretary, gave the final word for the ship’s crew of sailors and Marines to board the Arlington.

“Man our ship, bring her to life,” Rumsfeld said as more than 100 men and women ran up the ship’s brow and manned the rails to render a salute.

The USS Arlington was built by Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss. Her keel was laid on May 26, 2008 and she was delivered to the Navy on Dec. 7, 2012.

The Arlington is one of three 9/11 commemorative ships, including the USS New York and USS Somerset. The ships are San Antonio class amphibious dock ships, capable of transporting nearly 1,200 sailors and Marines, plus helicopters and landing craft, to hotspots around the world.

The ship’s expected service life is 40 years.

“LPD 24 bears a name of great significance to our Navy and Marine Corps team,” the ceremony’s keynote speaker, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, said in a statement. “LPD 24 will forever represent the courage, devotion and teamwork that characterized our military and first responders on that modern day of infamy.”

There were two ships named USS Arlington before LPD 24: a World War II-era cargo ship and a Vietnam War-era communications ship. A crew member from the Vietnam-era ship was on hand to help forge “a strong bond” between the crews of the current and the previous USS Arlington.

NBC 4 and the Sun Gazette have additional coverage of the commissioning. The USS Arlington Commissioning Committee is still trying to raise some $80,000 to pay for a 9/11 Tribute Room on the ship, NBC 4 reported.

Photos courtesy U.S. Navy

A Quick Word on Our New Background

by ARLnow.com | April 8, 2013 at 8:30 am | 1,382 views | No Comments

Ballston GreenAs you have probably noticed, the background of ARLnow.com is different today.

The new background is part of a site-wide promotion for Ballston Green, a new luxury townhome community near Ballston. The new background will be in place for the rest of the week, after which time we’ll revert to the old background.

ARLnow.com might host similar marketing campaigns in the future, but we wanted to give readers a heads up on this one to answer any questions the changes might have prompted.

Like the current campaign, we’ll make sure the backgrounds used for future promotions are attractive and relatively unobtrusive.

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