(Updated at 5:45 p.m.) A large water main break has been reported on Columbia Pike, just in time to cause significant issues with the evening commute.
The water main break was reported at Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road, on the Arlington/Fairfax county line. Fairfax County police are shutting down the Pike in both directions between Carlin Springs and Route 7.
Police have shut down the eastbound side of the Pike to pedestrian traffic, because workers are cautious to prevent the sidewalk from collapsing into a sinkhole, according to police on the scene. Fairfax Water workers are trying to turn off the water — which is still pouring out of the sewer grates in the closed-off section of Columbia Pike — before beginning repairs.
There are no estimates so far for the timeline of work to be completed, so drivers should avoid the area entirely on their commute, if possible. As of about 5:30 p.m., Carlin Springs Road was backed up all the way into the Buckingham neighborhood, and several other roads in the area were also suffering major backups.
What the heck does green have to do with the color black? Well to begin with, both black and green are very slimming. While wearing black can give the illusion of weight lost, eating lots of greens can actually promote weight loss. Eating greens with every meal can reduce your overall calorie consumption. Consider these numbers:
- 4 cups of arugula = 20 calories
- 4 cups chopped kale = 130 calories
- 4 cups of spinach = 30 calories
- 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce = 30 calories
- 3 cups chopped broccoli= 90
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts = 40 calories
- 3 slices cheese pizza = 420 calories!
- 1 black dress or shirt = the illusion of 10 fewer pounds on the wearer!
Green is Chic
Just like wearing black, it’s very chic to eat greens. Eating processed, packaged food is way overrated. It’s a well known fact among the rich and famous that the best way to look and feel healthiest and full of energy is to eat mineral-and-antioxidant-rich super greens. And like wearing black, eating green looks good on just about everyone. We know the benefits of that black outfit, including a very high rate of return — just like greens: the more you eat the more benefits you’ll reap. Leafy greens provide huge amounts of Vitamins A, K and C. They give us calcium and iron and lots of other micronutrients, with very few calories.
Both Black And Green Go With Everything!
One of the advantages of wearing basic black is that it can be accessorized with bold colors to make a stand-out statement; the same holds true for green! Start with your basic greens and add deep red onion slices (vitamins C, B6); bright green avocado (vitamins K, C, B5, folate); bold orange carrots (vitamins A, K, C, B6); multicolored bell peppers (vitamins C, A, K, B6); and cherry red tomatoes (vitamins C, A, K, potassium) for a gorgeous and nutritionally wonderful meal.
All of these beautiful colors pair fabulously with both green and black! Eating green has amazing health benefits that one cannot possibly get by donning just a chic black outfit alone.
Check out these stats:
- 1 cup of chopped raw kale provides more than 350% of vitamin K, 133% of our daily vitamin A and 90% of vitamin C.
- 2 cups of romaine lettuce give us more than 164% of vitamin A, 120% vitamin K, 40% vitamin C, 8% calcium and 12% iron — in only 32 calories!
- 1 cup of broccoli supplies 115% of vitamin A and more than 135% of vitamin C.
- 1 cup of cooked spinach? 110% of vitamin K, 377% of vitamin A and 30% vitamin C.
This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Pooh, a cat who’s lived with his Arlington family for 17 years.
Once a scrawny, skittish, flea-bitten shelter kitten, Pooh’s improbable path to adoption and a loving home all started on a Friday the 13th during the Clinton administration. Here’s what Pooh’s mom, Cindy, had to say about him:
Friday the 13th, September 1996. My 5-year old son and I had stopped by the Arlington animal shelter “just to look” at cats. Our beloved cat Casey had passed away in July, and I said I wasn’t ready for a new cat. But there he was — a tiny, scrawny brownish orangish kitten. He already had a name — Pooh. The name fit, given his color. We waited for my husband to arrive, so we could all approve the adoption. While we were waiting for them to get him ready, my husband noticed a few assistants who were scraping fleas off a kitten. It was Pooh. Took us a while to get rid of the fleas.
He was scared and skittish at first — and so tiny he fit in the crack between our piano and the wall, where he hid the first night. Since then he has prowled and leapt and fought off his nemesis, our feisty black lab Raven, whom we adopted when Pooh was four, to his never-ending chagrin. Pooh has slowed down considerably in the past few years, but has outlived Raven to reclaim his indoor territory.
He no longer jumps up on counters — even though he was never supposed to be up there, I could never keep him off — and he has abandoned his lair on top of the cabinet above the refrigerator. He has trouble getting up on the couch, but refuses to use the pet stairs I bought — he has his pride. But in other ways he’s needier than he was when he was younger — he is always resting on the floor near one of us, and craves attention. If you stop petting him, he will reach his paw out in protest. Here’s to Pooh.
The Arlington Pet of the Week is sponsored by Dogma Bakery, located at Shirlington Village (2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive) and, coming soon, a new location at 5157-A Lee Highway.
Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a $25 Dogma gift card.
Arlington snow lovers have been disappointed yet again by a hyped-up storm that ultimately fizzled out. It’s enough for a weather-watcher to shed frozen tears — if only the temperature was cold enough for those tears to freeze.
Clearly, forecasting winter weather in the D.C. area is a challenge, given the area’s propensity for hovering just above the freezing mark when winter precipitation threatens. In fact, meteorologists are being challenged by yet another possible “mixed precipitation” storm, heading toward the Washington region this weekend.
It would be easy at this point to let the chicken little effect set in, dismissing all future snow forecasts, at least for inside the Beltway. But then you run the risk of winding up stranded on a highway when a real snow storm hits.
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One statement we hear more often than most is, “I don’t know where to start.”
Moving to a new town is overwhelming, and moving to D.C., where apartment hunting is like a competitive sport, can be downright exhausting. With so many choices, an apartment search can quickly take on a life of its own where the next apartment looks just like the last.
Before you hop in the car, or spend countless hours researching on the Internet, take a minute to sit and really think about what is important to you in your next home. By outlining your priorities, you can establish a strategy to narrow down your search and minimize wasted efforts.
When helping renters find a home, we generally like start by breaking an apartment search into three categories: price, quality and location. You can usually expect to get two of the three, and renters need to decide which two factors are the most important to them.
Location – Location is a great place to start because it is often the most important to the renter before they discuss price. Each person has different interests and tastes, and identifying these helps us to guide people to the right area. A friend might say, “Rosslyn is great because you will be really close to D.C..” Rosslyn is great, but if the renter is someone who prefers a quieter area, then Rosslyn might not be the best choice. Why not try South Arlington, where you can still hop on the Metro (in Pentagon City) and be in D.C. in just a few stops?
Price – This isn’t always secondary, but often, people are willing to go up a little in price in order to get a better location, especially if they factor in proximity to Metro/Bus or major highways, walkability, and the quality of life. But with the average price of a 1 bedroom apartment in Arlington hitting about $1700, some renters are going to have to compromise on something, as that is not a reasonable budget for many people.
Quality – When we talk about quality, we don’t necessarily mean being doomed to a dark, windowless basement. Quality includes size, amenities, and, of course, finishes. Giving up new appliances and a pool might afford the renter a bigger apartment in a better location within their budget.
As stated above, we prefer that our renters narrow down a few neighborhood choices because most neighborhoods are going to have a variety of options of varying quality at varying price points. But try to be open to suggestions as well. There may be a few similar areas that you have not thought about that have more options that come closer to your ideal apartment. Enlisting help of an agent may help you hit the apartment trifecta: Price, Quality AND Location.
The Arlington County Taxpayers Association doesn’t usually have nice things to say about the county’s spending habits. But on at least one metric the group has some plaudits to share.
The county’s Department of Management and Finance recently released its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2013, which ended June 30, 2013. In broad terms it looks like county spending is continuing its inexorable rise: “Total expenditures increased from $745.8 million in FY 2004 to $1,122 million in FY 2013, 50.5%, an annual average of 5.1%,” ACTA reported.
Also on the rise: the county’s indebtedness, which now stands at $4,082 per capital for general bonded debt, a 62 percent increase from FY 2004.
But operational efficiency — as determined by looking at the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) county and school employees per 1,000 residents or students — is improving at the same time. For county government, there were 18.68 FTE per 1,000 residents in FY 2004 and only 17.05 FTE per 1,000 residents in FY 2013. Arlington Public Schools were a similar story, with 186.02 FTEs per 1,000 students in 2004, and 177.79 FTEs per 1,000 students in 2013.
The increased efficiency is made possible by increases in the county population and the student body, but ACTA credits County Manager Barbara Donnellan and APS Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy with running a tight ship, so to speak.
“While there is still too much local government in Arlington County, and too high taxes, the numbers above show some numbers such as the efficiency ones are moving in the right direction,” ACTA wrote in a blog post. “Kudos to the Manager and staff for keeping the FY 2012 to FY 2013 increase in total expenditures to less than the inflation rate. Also to the Manager, especially, and the Superintendent for increasing operational efficiency.”
Donnellan and Murphy will present their proposed FY 2015 budgets in the first quarter of 2014.
APS announced the decision just after 5:00 this morning. Classes are canceled but school offices are to remain open, with essential employees still expected to report to work.
The federal government, meanwhile, is closed this morning, as are Arlington County courts. But Arlington County government will be open, with an unscheduled leave and telework policy for employees. ART buses will operate on a limited schedule.
Snow in Arlington began later than areas west and north, owing to temperatures just above freezing, but all parts of the county appear to have switched from rain to snow by 7:15 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Arlington and the D.C. region.
Up to 6 inches of snow are forecast for the area. From NWS:
… WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 2 PM EST TUESDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 2 PM EST TUESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW… HEAVY AT TIMES. PRECIPITATION MAY START AS A PERIOD OF SNOW AND SLEET BEFORE DAWN CHANGING TO ALL SNOW AFTER DAYBREAK.
* ACCUMULATIONS… 3 TO 6 INCHES.
* TIMING… AROUND DAYBREAK TUESDAY LASTING THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON… INCLUDING THE TUESDAY MORNING RUSH HOUR.
* TEMPERATURES… UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S.
* WINDS… NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS… HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FROM HEAVY SNOW. THE SNOW WILL IMPACT THE MORNING RUSH TUESDAY WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATION RATES OF 1-2 INCHES PER HOUR.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.
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Via Facebook, the business invited its loyal customer base to “have that last shot” last night (Sunday).
“Due to recent events, Amy and I have been forced to do a little soul searching & have made the heart breaking decision to close Lucy’s Arl Shirlington,” the Facebook page said. “We appreciate all of the love and support y’all have given these last couple of crazy years and will be here til the wee hours to have that last shot and make a few more memories. Brave the cold and get your assets to Lucy’s! Deep discounts and indoor smoking!”
Lucy’s opened in the summer of 2011 at 2620 S. Shirlington Road, replacing the former Champion Billiards. It was run by Misti Wise and Amy Borek, former Champion bartenders who gave Lucy’s a unique personality of its own. Their tagline for the pool hall: “Shrews. Brews. Cues.”
It’s unclear which events led to the closure. Wise and Borek could not be immediately reached for comment.
Photo via Facebook
The $1 million Walter Reed “Super Stop” on Columbia Pike had its first big test of handing inclement winter weather over the weekend.
By at least one measure, it failed.
Part of the Super Stop’s bench was covered by snow Sunday, as a tweet from Arlington County Board candidate Peter Fallon showed.
“No, it doesn’t keep the snow out. ,” Fallon tweeted.
Photo via Twitter
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, saying that 5 or more inches of snow is possible Tuesday. Other forecasters say the snow total is likely to be lower — perhaps 2-3 inches.
From the National Weather Service:
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW. THE PRECIPITATION MAY START AS A PERIOD OF SLEET…ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 66 IN VIRGINIA…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…AND U.S. ROUTE 50 IN MARYLAND.
* ACCUMULATIONS…POTENTIAL FOR FIVE INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW.
* TIMING…NEAR DAWN TUESDAY THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON…INCLUDING THE TUESDAY MORNING RUSH HOUR.
* TEMPERATURES…UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S.
* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.
* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE PROBABLE DUE TO ACCUMULATING SNOW…WHICH WILL CAUSE ADVERSE TRAVELING CONDITIONS. THE SNOW WILL LIKELY IMPACT THE MORNING RUSH TUESDAY WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATION RATES OF 1-2 INCHES PER HOUR FOR A TWO-TO-FOUR HOUR PERIOD FROM DAYBREAK TO MID-TO-LATE MORNING.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
Metro Proposes Loop Line — Metro officials are considering a proposal for establishing a loop line between Arlington and the District. The line would include a new cross-Potomac River connection between Arlington and Georgetown in D.C., plus new stations near Rosslyn and the Pentagon in Arlington, and in Georgetown, Logan Circle and East Potomac Park in D.C. However, the plan also eliminates the direct Yellow Line connection between Arlington and downtown D.C. [Greater Greater Washington]
Unemployment Rises in Arlington — The unemployment rate in Arlington rose from 3.7 percent in August to 3.9 percent in October. However, Arlington’s unemployment rate remains the lowest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. [Sun Gazette]
Man Attacks Officer Across From Police Station — A 48-year-old homeless man is accused of assaulting a police officer across from Arlington County police headquarters in Courthouse. Police say the man was “shouting profanity” and “chasing after people” before the alleged scuffle with police. [Patch]
Update at 9:30 a.m. – Glebe Road is shut down between Military Road and Chain Bridge Road due to a downed tree.
Update at 9:15 a.m. — The number of Dominion customers without power in Arlington has climbed to nearly 1,700. Meanwhile, Washington Boulevard is closed at Powhatan Street due to a downed tree and live power lines.
Arlington Public Schools are closed today due to icy conditions on the roads.
School administrative offices are open for APS employees, but with a liberal leave policy. Arlington joins Alexandria, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in closing for the day due to the ice storm.
The federal government, meanwhile, is open under a two hour delay. Federal employees also have the option for unscheduled leave or telework.
Arlington County government offices and courts are open, with an unscheduled leave and telework option. ART buses are operating normally, as are Metro buses and Metrorail.
“Please use caution while traveling through the Metrorail system as wet platforms and escalators can be slippery,” said WMATA, in a tweet.
Local roads are reported to be slick, but main arteries have been treated with salt and are simply wet.
“Arlington County roads are passable, but drivers are urged to use caution,” according to an Arlington Alert email.
The ice coating has brought down tree branches, which have in turn knocked down some power lines. As of 7:15 a.m. about 1,100 Dominion customers in Arlington were without power.
Flickr photo by fcreativ