(Updated at 10:45 a.m.) Schools are closed today, and Arlington County government offices and courts will be opening at 11:00 a.m.
Other county facilities also have delayed openings. Libraries, except for the Plaza library, are hoping open at 1:00 p.m., according to Arlington’s closing and delays page.
The Arlington Mill Community Center will open at 1:00 p.m., while other community centers will open at noon or later, as scheduled, according to the county.
After earlier saying that trash and recycling collection would happen today and Saturday, the county now says it has been cancelled.
Due to hazardous road conditions, all solid waste services have been canceled: brush, cart repair, collection, special collections, etc. We will resume collections on Monday, March 9. Thursday and Friday customers will be serviced on their next collection day. Carts should be removed from the right-of-way. The Customer Call Center will open at 11 a.m.
The federal government, meanwhile, is opening on a two hour delay.
The federal government is closed, and Arlington schools, government offices, courts and facilities are closed today due to expected snow.
Sleet is falling in parts of Arlington as of 7:30, as temperatures continue to fall. Conditions are expected to deteriorate later this morning.
Due to the expected snow, ART buses are operating on a modified schedule.
“Due to expected weather conditions (today) Thursday, March 5 – ART is running a Saturday service level on routes 41, 42, 45, 51, 77 & 87,” ART said in an email. “We will continue to provide updates as things change. Please be safe, and have a wonderful day.”
Solid waste collection, meanwhile, has been suspended for the day.
All trash and recycling services are postposed today, Thursday, Mar. 5, due to inclement winter weather. Collection services will resume when County offices reopen and will continue until all trash and recycling is collected.
Until services resume, remove carts from the right-of-way to allow snow removal crews to clear the roads. The Customer Call Center is closed and will reopen when County offices open.
Arlington County’s website says its snow crews are in a “Phase 2″ alert, meaning crews are ready to clear accumulation from main roads.
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Blue Goose Redevelopment a Year or More Away — A groundbreaking on the redevelopment of Marymount’s “Blue Goose” building in Ballston is not likely to take place until next winter at the earliest. [Sun Gazette]
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Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann
When we talked to an employee at the Market Common location two weeks ago, he said the restaurant had been renegotiating its lease. At the time, he said it was in no danger of shutting down and customers could still make reservations.
Last night the restaurant was closed and dark, and nobody could be seen inside. The Bertucci’s lighted signs have already been taken down.
Workers have been there all day clearing out the restaurant and taking down signs and lights. A long table now blocks the mall entrance, and the name has already been removed from the outside facade.
Two employees say the Ballston location is just one of the several closing across the country as part of the restaurant chain’s restructuring plan. Real Mex Restaurants Inc. owns the chain and filed for Chapter 11 in October, due to what it called high debt, high rents and a weak economy. A bankruptcy court approved the sale of the company last week.
The Chevy’s location at Pentagon City will remain open and an employee there said they’re still “going strong.”
The pub served its last customers this weekend, an employee said today. The D.C. location at 1823 L Street NW will remain open.
Mackey’s catered largely to the Crystal City lunch and after-work crowds. It had sidewalk seating that was popular on warm weather days. No word yet on why the pub closed, although a recent health department inspection of the restaurant turned up more than a dozen violations, including the presence of cockroaches and fruit flies.
Mackey’s is the second Irish pub to close in the Crystal City area in the past 6 months. McGinty’s Irish Pub, in the Market Square at Potomac Yard development, folded in December.
Photo via Mackeyspub.com
The hookah lounge/pool hall/nightclub/restaurant at 3111 Columbia Pike opened around the beginning of the year and was able to attract crowds to some events, but not on a day-to-day basis. The name has been removed from the building’s exterior and we haven’t spotted any activity there in several weeks.
Since the club has no listed phone number, we have been unable to confirm its fate. However, we hear the club had problems obtaining a live entertainment permit and was subject to several police inspections.
Before it housed Club 31-11, the building was home to a succession of restaurants, including Coco’s Italian Restaurant, Lalibela II, and Cottage Ethiopian Restaurant.
Restaurant Vero, which has served up sophisticated American cuisine on Lee Highway for the past four and a half years, has closed. Management will be holding a cash sale of their remaining wine and beer until about 5:00 p.m. tonight (hat tip to commenter Rebecca for that tidbit, which the owners confirmed).
The mood was somber this afternoon as people stopped by to offer their condolences. What had been the restaurant’s dining area was in the process of being boxed up or moved out.
A source tells ARLnow.com that financial problems may have been to blame for the closing.
The brother/sister/friend team behind Restaurant Vero, Jay and Joy Reinhardt and Veronica Kunkel, also run the Arlington Catering Company.