weather icon 73° Cloudy
The Latest:

Car Overturns on Lee Highway Near Rosslyn

by Ethan Rothstein | July 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm | 2,952 views | No Comments

A car flipped on its roof on the eastbound lanes of Lee Highway this afternoon, sending at least one person to the hospital.

The accident happened between N. Nash and Quinn Streets, near Rosslyn, around 3:30 p.m. today (Friday). The late model Toyota Corolla somehow overturned, coming to rest in the left-hand lane of the three-lane thoroughfare.

One person was transported from the scene in an ambulance while police closed the two left lanes. A Bergmann’s Cleaning truck remained on scene while its driver gave statements to Arlington County police officers. It’s unclear whether the truck was involved in the accident or if the driver was being interviewed as a witness.

The car lost its right rear wheel in the crash, and the area around its left rear tire was stripped of paint in the accident.

Rep. Moran Raises Big Despite Lack of Challenger

by Ethan Rothstein | July 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm | 722 views | No Comments

Rep. Jim Moran (D) at the Civic Federation debateRep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) raised more than $336,000 in the second quarter of 2013, a large haul considering it’s for an election that’s not happening until 2014 and doesn’t yet include a another announced candidate.

Moran, who is in the first year of his 12th term, now has $577,115 cash on hand through two quarters of fundraising, according to the Federal Election Commission. His campaign spent $121,523 in the quarter.

Moran was able to raise a healthy amount of funds despite not yet having a declared challenger. Mike Ginsberg, the chair of Virginia’s 8th District Republican Committee, said no candidates have expressed interest in running for the seat Moran has held since 1991, but he “suspects we’ll have a few come out in the fall.”

In last year’s election, Moran was challenged by Bruce Shuttleworth in the Democratic primary. Shuttleworth said he expects to announce his decision on whether to run again in the fall.

“I am very strongly leaning in one direction, but I don’t want to make an official announcement until the fall,” he told ARLnow.com.

Shuttleworth said he doesn’t want to take attention away from the statewide races for the governor’s office and the House of Delegates. Shuttleworth announced his candidacy last February, just four months before the June primary.

“You clearly need to jump in earlier than I did last year,” he said.

The biggest donors to Moran, who sits on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, were the political action committees of large defense contractors. Among the boldfaced names and organizations donating to Moran in the quarter ending June 30 were:

  • Connecticut billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II and his wife — $5,000
  • Lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group — $1,500
  • Brian Moran, the congressman’s brother and former chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia — $1,075
  • The Chickasaw Nation, the Oklahoma-based Native American tribe — $1,000
  • Lockheed Martin PAC — $10,000
  • Computer Sciences Corporation PAC — $10,000
  • ManTech International PAC — $6,500
  • Raytheon PAC — $5,000
  • Boeing PAC — $5,000
  • Unisys PAC — $5,000
  • Electrical Contractors PAC — $5,000
  • Harris Corporation PAC — $4,000
  • Home Depot PAC — $2,500

Organizations representing U.S. Postal Service employees collectively donated $5,500 during the quarter.

Plea Expected in Fatal Christmas Eve Accident

by ARLnow.com | July 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm | 1,725 views | No Comments

Farhan Khan (photo courtesy ACPD)A 21-year-old Alexandria man is expected to enter a plea in the case of a fatal Christmas Eve pedestrian accident in Ballston.

An attorney for Farhan Khan told an Arlington Circuit Court judge yesterday that Khan intends to enter a plea. He’s currently charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Shabnam Motahhar-Tehrani of Nokesville, Va.

Khan is accused of running a red light and causing the collision that killed Motahhar-Tehrani, who was standing on a sidewalk on the afternoon of Dec. 24, 2012. The involuntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The plea is expected to be entered during a court hearing on Monday, Sept. 30.

Your Beermonger: Share and Share Alike

by ARLnow.com | July 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm | 493 views | No Comments

Your Beermonger logo

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

Many of the rare beers I offer are not only on the strong side, but can often come in larger bottles as well. A 22 oz bomber isn’t a great feat when tackling a 5-6% Pale Ale or IPA, but 750 mL wine-bottle size beers clocking in at 10-15% ABV or higher take some doing. I get asked all the time: “How does someone drink all of that?” Well, the answer is most of the time, we don’t.

Bottle shares are a time-honored tradition among beer geeks, where a group gets together and opens rare/high-ABV beer that we might not want to take on alone. It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and an opportunity to try some beers you may never had heard of, or hadn’t tried in a long time. Recently I had a couple friends over for a night of bottle sharing and UFC — here are some of the highlights of our evening:

Olde Hickory The Event Horizon: I’d heard the name Olde Hickory here and there but I’d never had the chance to try anything from the North Carolina brewery. An Imperial Stout released once per year, The Event Horizon is aged in several types of bourbon barrels before being blended. The Event Horizon tasted more chocolaty than anything else—rich, dark chocolate dominated the brew. Not what I expected, but very, very good.

DC Brau/Ska Taster’s Choice: I picked this one up in the city a while back, and had wanted to try it. This was a one-off made by DC Brau with Colorado’s Ska Brewing Company and legendary ska group The Pietasters. A Doppelbock brewed with coffee beans, I was surprised Taster’s Choice wasn’t maltier, but thoroughly enjoyed it. The brighter-than-expected malts and roasty coffee played very well together.

Hair Of The Dog Fred: Portland, Oregon’s Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company is revered worldwide for their artistic, rich, cellar-worthy Ales that place and emphasis on balanced yet unique recipes. It had been years since I’d had a Fred Ale, and this one did not disappoint. The hops are very floral, but the viscous feel of the beer gave this bottle of Fred a subtle mead-like quality. Once upon a time, we could get Hair Of The Dog beers in Virginia; I’d love to see them back here again.

(more…)

Heat Takes Toll on Pike Super Stop

by ARLnow.com | July 19, 2013 at 11:45 am | 4,342 views | No Comments

Note on the bus arrival screen at the Walter Reed Super StopThis week’s sweltering and dangerous heatwave has taken a toll on the bus arrival screen at the $1 million Super Stop on Columbia Pike.

The screen is currently out of service, with a large note apologizing for the problem.

“Due to the extreme temperatures, our monitor displaying bus arrivals is not operational,” the sign says. “We are working on the problem.”

Arlington County spokeswoman Laura G. Smith says technicians have ordered a new cooling fan for the display.

“It should be fixed within the next two weeks,” she said. In the meantime, the sign has instructions telling bus riders how to look up bus arrival times on their smartphone.

vPoint Pays Back $1.2 Million County Loan

by Ethan Rothstein | July 19, 2013 at 10:35 am | 1,682 views | No Comments

The newly-renovated Church at ClarendonvPoint Apartments, an affordable housing complex in Clarendon built on top of a church, has repaid part of its Affordable Housing Investment Fund loan.

The repayment was done in dramatic fashion, with representatives of the complex presenting the Arlington County Board with a check for $1.2 million on Tuesday.

The apartments, owned by the Views at Clarendon Corporation, opened more than 18 months ago and are currently at capacity, according to Views at Clarendon Chair Jerry Morris. Of the building’s 116 apartments, 70 are affordable units.

The project received a total of $13.1 million from the AHIF, according to Views at Clarendon spokeswoman Jill Norcross.

“We weren’t expecting to be able to return this much so early on in the project’s operations, but we ended up not needing the full loan and wanted to give it back so the county could recycle it for other projects,” she said in an email. “The county really supported us throughout the whole nine-year development process.”

The funds will go back into the AHIF, which draws funds from developers, loan repayments and allocations in the county’s annual budget. The AHIF has funded a majority of the county’s 6,500 affordable housing units.

“We are fortunate to live and work in a county that prioritizes affordable housing and we thank you for your partnership during the development of the vPoint Apartment community,” Morris said before the Board. “We wish you continued success in recycling AHIF in order to ensure Arlington has housing options for all of our residents.”

Excessive Heat Warning Issued

by ARLnow.com | July 19, 2013 at 9:30 am | 586 views | No Comments

Arlington and the D.C. region is currently under an excessive heat warning. The National Weather Service says it will be dangerously hot today.

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING. THE HEAT ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES… AROUND 110 DEGREES DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 90S TO AROUND 100 DEGREES AND DEWPOINTS IN THE MIDDLE 70S.

* IMPACTS… HIGH RISK OF HEAT STROKE OR OTHER HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR-CONDITIONING OR THOSE OUTDOORS FOR ANY EXTENDED PERIOD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE EXPECTED. CHECK IN ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 9 1 1.

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | July 19, 2013 at 9:00 am | 1,121 views | No Comments

A resident sells air conditioning units at 11th and Randolph, near Ballston

Hot Car Mom Released from Jail – Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, who’s accused of fatally locking her 8-month-old son in a hot car earlier this month, was released from jail yesterday afternoon after being granted a $25,000 bond. Police say Conde Hernandez accidentally left the baby in her car for 6 hours while she went to work. NBC4 reports that she works at the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. [NBC Washington]

More Money for Paving in Virginia — More money is available for VDOT’s summer paving effort this year thanks to new transportation taxes. The planned repaving includes 90 lane miles of interstate highways and 79 miles of primary roads. Arlington is one of two Virginia counties that doesn’t rely on VDOT for maintenance of secondary roads. [Sun Gazette]

Library Group to Hold ‘Great Gatsby’ Ball — The group Friends of the Arlington Public Library will be holding a 1920s-themed “Great Gatsby” ball at Artisphere on Sept. 28. The event will raise money for the library’s early literacy initiatives. [Arlington Public Library]

Photo by Katie Pyzyk. Hat tip to Peter Golkin.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list