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Car Fire In Hall’s Hill

by Ethan Rothstein | July 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm | 1,437 views | No Comments

Car fire in Hall's Hill (courtesy of @KenHagemann) Car fire in Hall's Hill (courtesy of @KenHagemann)

A vehicle caught fire in the Hall’s Hill neighborhood this afternoon.

The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. in the area of N. Dinwiddie and 22nd Streets. A thick plume of black smoke was spotted from around the area as the blaze consumed what appeared to be a pickup truck in a residential driveway.

Firefighters arrived quickly to extinguish the flames, according to a witness. No injuries have been reported.

Photo courtesy of @KenHagemann

Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

by ARLnow.com | July 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm | 753 views | No Comments

Feeling patriotic? Home ownership is as American as apple pie, and there are plenty of open houses in Arlington to choose from this weekend.

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

5502-7th-road5502 7th Road S.
2 BD | 1 BA single family detached
Michael Webb, Re/max Allegiance
Listed: $255,000
Open: Sunday, July 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1020-stafford1020 N. Stafford Street
1 BD | 1 BA, condominium
Ronald Cathell, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $329,000
Open: Sunday, July 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1300-crystal1300 Crystal Drive
2 BD | 3 BA condominium
David Salmon, Re/max Allegiance
Listed: $800,000
Open: Sunday, July 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

3713-vernon3717 N. Vernon Street
4 BD | 3 BA single family detached
Christopher Wilkes, Washington Fine Properties, Llc
Listed: $1,199,000
Open: Sunday, July 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

2704-underwood-st2704 N. Underwood Street
5 BD | 5 BA single family detached
Michael Webb, Re/max Allegiance
Listed: $1,399,999
Open: Sunday, July 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

New Restaurant to Replace Baja Fresh, Zpizza in Rosslyn?

by ARLnow.com | July 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm | 1,507 views | No Comments

Baja Fresh in RosslynAre Baja Fresh and Zpizza in Rosslyn slated to close? That seems to be the suggestion from an item that’s set to be voted on by the Arlington County Board next weekend.

Monday Properties, the owner of 1100 Wilson Blvd, is asking the Board for permission to extend the outdoor cafe seating in front of both restaurants further out into the public right-of-way. The new sidewalk cafe will be about 732 square feet. County staff has recommended the Board approve the request.

In a staff report, it’s revealed that Monday is planning to combine the two restaurant spaces into one, larger space.

“The proposed outdoor seating area will be adjacent to a future restaurant, which will be located in the spaces previously occupied by Baja Fresh and Zpizza,” staff wrote. “The applicant plans to combine two restaurant spaces… to create a new restaurant space of approximately 3,750 square feet.”

It’s unclear what exactly will happen to Baja Fresh and Zpizza. No mention is made of which restaurant is proposed for the combined space.

Zpizza was not open today. A manager at Baja Fresh told us that he was not aware of the proposal, but said that the restaurant’s lease is up in November.

Your Beermonger: In the Swing of Summer

by ARLnow.com | July 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm | 401 views | No Comments

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

July is already here, and the weather here in the D.C. area has settled into the combination of heat and humidity that we’ve all come to know and… well, we’ve just come to know it. There are the ‘songs of the summer’ and blockbuster movies of the summer, but I feel like I’ve just found my beer of the summer.

Blue Mountain Kolsch 151 has just become available in cans, and as much as I’ve enjoyed it in the past, something about the new format just works for me. At 5.0% ABV, Blue Mountain Kolsch may not be a Session beer by definition (though that depends on the definition you subscribe to), but it is clean and refreshing, with subtle fruity notes thanks to its yeast and light hop addition. As is tradition with a Kolsch, Blue Mountain’s has a round mouthfeel reminiscent of a Helles Lager or even a Bock, but remains an Ale. Kolsch 151 is going to be a go-to for cookouts and parties for me this summer and hopefully beyond; if you haven’t had the chance to try it I highly recommend it.

Here are some other beers I’ve been enjoying this summer:

Dogfish Head 61: It’s not a summer Ale, nor at 6.5% is it something I’d advise trying to session, but Dogfish Head’s new year-round beer 61 is great, and I can’t get enough of it. 61 is Dogfish Head’s 60-Minute IPA with the addition of Syrah sourced from wineries out in California. The combination is fantastic, with the earthy character of the hops carrying a dark fruit flavor that isn’t overwhelming or sugary, but is certainly present. When it comes time to talk about our favorite new beers of 2013, I’m going to upset a lot of people with how much I liked 61, but don’t pass it over — give it a try, and you might see why it’s become so popular so quickly.

Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit: This is the most overlooked of Abita’s Harvest Series beers, and it’s one that never seems to be around long enough. I can’t explain why, but this year’s Satsuma is especially nice, with what seems like a greater restraint in the yeast character than before. That restraint makes this year’s Satsuma Wit feel less rich and more dry; factor in the citrus notes and there’s hardly a better beer for a D.C. area summer’s day.

Boulevard 80 Acre: A newer addition to the Kansas City brewery’s line, 80 Acre is a hoppy Wheat Ale that clocks in around 5.5% ABV. The mix of the bright Wheat Ale with focused, floral hops is dead on in 80 Acre, with each element balancing and showcasing the others. How 80 Acre isn’t in more stores and on more draft lists already is beyond me.

What are you all enjoying this summer? Let’s hear about it in the comments. 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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Arlington Projects to Receive Funding Under New Transportation Bill

by Ethan Rothstein | July 5, 2013 at 11:30 am | 1,146 views | No Comments

Route 50 traffic by pderbyFour transportation projects in Arlington are first in line for funding from the new Virginia transportation bill that went into effect on Monday.

The Columbia Pike Multimodal Improvement Project, the purchase of four additional ART buses, the Crystal City Multimodal Center, and Boundary Channel Drive- I-395 interchange improvements — which include construction of two roundabouts as well as safety and aesthetic improvements — are under consideration by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to receive funding under the bill, HB2313.

In Fiscal Year 2014, the NVTA is expected to have $190 million to spend, and the authority is considering 32 projects across the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. Arlington’s four projects on the list that cost a combined $18.835 million.

County Board member Chris Zimmerman is Arlington’s representative on the NVTA, which is responsible for allocating 70 percent of the expected $1.6 billion in funds the region will receive from HB2313. The remaining 30 percent will be given directly to the localities.

The proposed list, culled by the Project Implementation working group that Zimmerman chairs, costs a total of $186.99 million. The NVTA has indicated in its recent meetings that it will decide to allocate significantly less than that because the $190 million is a projection and no actual revenues have been raised. Even if all four Arlington projects make the final cut, however, the money Arlington is expected to raise will be less than it receives in regional funding, Zimmerman said.

Arlington’s return on investment “is meant to [even out] over time,” Zimmerman clarified when reached by phone earlier this week. “I think all four projects for Arlington are strong regional projects.”

The statute dictates that each locality must receive approximately equal benefit to what it puts in, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a dollar in and a dollar out, said Regional Transportation Planning Coordinator Jennifer Fioretti, who has worked closely with Zimmerman for the NVTA.

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Photos: July 4 in Arlington

by ARLnow.com | July 5, 2013 at 10:30 am | 306 views | No Comments

Around Arlington on Thursday, parades were held, hotdogs and burgers were grilled, and thousands flocked to the Iwo Jima memorial, the Air Force Memorial, Long Bridge Park and elsewhere to watch the fireworks.

The photos above, from our Flickr pool, captured some of the Independence Day joy experienced by friends and family, young and old.

Photos by DDimick, BrianMKA, J Sonder, Wolfkann, Mrs. Gemstone, Ameschen and ARLnow.com

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | July 5, 2013 at 9:00 am | 982 views | No Comments

Fourth of July celebration in Barcroft (Flickr pool photo by Ddimick)

Beauty Pageant in Crystal City — The annual Miss United States beauty pageant is taking place at Synetic Theater in Crystal City today and tomorrow (Saturday). Single women between the ages of 20 and 29 come from 55 states and U.S. territories to compete in the pageant. [Miss United States]

Marymount Launching Baseball Program — Arlington’s Marymount University is launching a baseball program, with a team composed largely of freshmen from Northern Virginia high schools. The team will play at Bishop O’Connell High School’s baseball field. [Washington Post]

County Still Reviewing Streetcar Finance Options — Arlington County officials are still trying to decide on their preferred funding mechanism for the Columbia Pike streetcar project. The streetcar could be built and in operation as early as 2017. [Sun Gazette]

Yelp Details ‘Yuppie’ Concentration in Clarendon — The business review site Yelp has published a map that shows the concentration of certain words in reviews. In the D.C. area, the word “yuppie” has the highest concentration in Clarendon. It also shows up to a lesser degree in Ballston, Courthouse and the Columbia Pike town center area. [Yelp]

Flickr pool photo by Ddimick

Ballston Power Outage May Stretch Into Morning

by ARLnow.com | July 5, 2013 at 1:00 am | 1,084 views | No Comments

Dominion logoA power outage impacting the Ballston area may stretch into the daylight hours.

About 2,000 Dominion customers are currently without power, according to the utility’s outage map. At 10:30 p.m., Arlington County said the outage was impacting 2,800 customers.

Power is expected to be restored sometime between pre-dawn and mid-morning, according to police radio traffic.

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