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by ARLnow.com — January 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm 706 0

A new documentary that focuses on the efforts of the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue organization will hold its premiere at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) later this month.

The Lucky Ones will premiere at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds will be donated to Lucky Dog, which is the subject of the film and was involved in its creation, but did not supply funding, according to adoption coordinator Kristy Buechner.

According to Lucky Dog’s website:

The film centers around our vast network of volunteers and partner facilities. It follows the long journey that many homeless animals take to find their forever homes. It begins in the shelters and on the streets and follows the dogs until they find their forever homes. The film is a documentary not just about the animals but also about the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers who touch their lives in that journey.

The Lucky Ones was produced by Alexandria-based Creative Liquid Productions and directed by its founder, Ryan Pratzel, a former producer for Rosslyn-based WJLA. It was filmed on location in South Carolina and Puerto Rico, where Lucky Dog helps to rescue dogs from the streets and shelters, and the D.C. area., where the the organization finds homes for the dogs.

Editor’s Note: The Arlington Pet of the Week feature will return next week.

by ARLnow.com — December 30, 2013 at 8:00 am 2,085 0

Rosslyn as seen from a flight arriving at Reagan National Airport (photo courtesy Brad G.)

Video: Man Falls from Clarendon Metro Escalator — Newly-released video surveillance footage shows a drunk man falling off the side of the escalator at the Clarendon Metro station. The incident happened just before 2:00 a.m. in late November. The man survived the fall, as did several others captured on video falling at other Metro stations. [NBC Washington]

State Appointment for Former GOP Candidate — Patrick Murray, the two-time unsuccessful Republican challenger to Rep. Jim Moran (D), has received a state appointment from Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). Murray, a retired U.S. Army colonel, was appointed to the Board of Veterans Services. [Commonwealth of Virginia]

Arlington’s Nazi Past Discussed — Earlier this month about 100 residents participated in a discussion about the presence of the American Nazi Party headquarters in Arlington during the 1960s. To some the Nazis were an intolerable symbol of racial and religious hatred. To others they were a nuisance to be ignored. [Sun Gazette]

Photo courtesy Brad G.

by ARLnow.com — December 27, 2013 at 11:30 am 871 0

Arlington County is touting its LED streetlight program.

In a new video from the county-run Arlington TV channel, the county says the program of replacing older streetlights with new LED streetlights is saving the Arlington $300,000 annually, thanks to the fact that the new lights are 75 percent more energy efficient. The LED lights will eventually save $1 million annually, after more are installed.

The video also indirectly touched on the controversial aspect of LED streetlights — resident complaints that the new lights are “offensively bright” and shine a blue light that’s “just plain ugly.”

“The lights shine a pure white light that is closer to natural sunlight, and may initially appear overly bright or harsh,” the narrator says. “This is normal. In fact, they’re actually less bright than the older bulbs. So it’s just new — and different.”

by ARLnow.com — December 20, 2013 at 11:05 am 374 0

Arlington’s county-run TV channel is out with its 2013 year-in-review video.

Adopting County Board Chair Walter Tejada’s “Moving Forward Together” theme, the video features a look back at some Arlington highlights from 2013. Among them:

by ARLnow.com — December 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm 646 0

Arlington County is preparing to launch its new website homepage.

The new website has been in the works for awhile. Based on open source WordPress software, the new system will reduce the cost of development and upkeep, and make it easier for employees to update web pages.

A number of sections of the county’s website have already been updated, including  Water and UtilitiesBudgetReal EstatePoliceFireSheriffVoting & Elections and Housing. The homepage, environment page and trash and recycling page are up next.

“We expect the new homepage to go live by the end of the month,” Arlington County spokeswoman Jennifer K. Smith told ARLnow.com.

A new county-produced video (above) explains some of the changes. Advantages of the new site for residents include a simpler and more mobile friendly interface, better navigation (around topics instead of county departments), fewer links on the homepage and a better search system.

New, easy-to-use features of the site include the ability to quickly find the parks closest to you and finding out whether certain items can be recycled.

by ARLnow.com — October 30, 2013 at 10:35 am 0

Arlington County’s leaf bag collection will start on Monday (Nov. 4), with vacuum leaf collection starting a week later.

A new video produced by the county (above) explains how the Arlington Dept. of Environmental Services handles the logistics of leaf collection and how officials set the leaf collections schedule based on a scientific analysis of when leaves will begin falling.

Leaves collected in Arlington are taken to the county’s earth products recycling yard, then ground into mulch, stored and eventually distributed back to Arlington residents who want the mulch for their yards and gardens.

A vacuum leaf collection schedule has been posted on the Arlington County website.

by ARLnow.com — October 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm 906 0

With 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, a new custom-built house at 5642 6th Street North in sought-after Bluemont may be the home you and your family have been searching for.

Delivered by Classic Cottages and offered by the Keri Shull Team, 5642 6th Street is listed at $999,900. An open house will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the home, contact the Keri Shull Team at thekerishullteam@gmail.com or 703-952-SOLD.

by ARLnow.com — September 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm 669 0

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) says the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday was “only the latest in a long line” of horrific events.

The shooting spree claimed the lives of 12 people and gunman Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist. Moran, an outspoken supporter of gun control legislation, spoke on the House floor today and said that Congress must act to pass stronger laws to minimize gun violence.

“While it’s too early to know what might have prevented this week’s mass shooting, we do know what will ensure it happens again: doing nothing,” he said. Moran’s office supplied the following transcript of the speech.

On Monday, just over one mile from where I stand, once again our nation experienced a horrific incidence of mass gun violence. Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and families who lost loved ones at Washington Navy Yard.

As this chart shows, this mass shooting is only the latest in a line that includes Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, and Newtown. But even these horrendous mass killings do not fully reflect our nation’s problem with gun violence.

Each year, approximately 100,000 people in America are shot by a gun, 30,000 die from a gun-related injury, and 10,000 are murdered by a firearm. By 2015, gun-related deaths will surpass auto-related deaths for the first time in decades. And while it’s too early to know what might have prevented this week’s mass shooting, we do know what will ensure it happens again: doing nothing.”

Our nation’s gun violence epidemic will continue so long as we resign ourselves to the belief that indiscriminant violence is the price of freedom. The Chief Medical Officer at MedStar Hospital expressed the sentiments of many when she pleaded, “There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate.” If we don’t do all we can to minimize gun violence through stronger laws and improved services, all we’ll ever have to offer our constituents are more condolences.

by ARLnow.com — September 5, 2013 at 8:30 am 827 0

View of N. Nash Street in Rosslyn

Board Approves Paid Parking at Arlington Mill Center — The Arlington County Board has approved a plan to have drivers pay for parking longer than 4 hours at the new Arlington Mill Community Center. The plan, approved by a vote of 3-2 in a special Board session, is intended to discourage commuters from using the center’s parking garage. Chris Zimmerman and Board Chair Walter Tejada voted against the plan, arguing that parking should be free at all times. [Sun Gazette]

Arlington Seeks Better Bike Map — Arlington County is asking for public input into its effort to design a better bike map of the county. Bike Arlington has created a short survey for local cyclists. The survey will remain open until Sept. 17. [Greater Greater Washington]

Old Bike Shop Profiled — The Old Bike Shop, which opened in January at 2647 N. Pershing Drive in Lyon Park, was recently profiled as part of an Arlington Independent Media student video project. “I sell what I think is good,” said owner Larry Behery, of his bike “recyclery.” [YouTube]

by ARLnow.com — September 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm 2,637 0

(Updated at 4:15 p.m.) The crowd at Friday night’s outdoor showing of Grease in Rosslyn got to witness an extra bit of summer lovin’ — a choreographed, real-life marriage proposal.

Multiple attendees captured the scene on their cell phones as a group of people stood up in front of the crowd and started dancing to the musical number “You’re the One That I Want.”

At first, the stunt looked like a simple “flash mob” — a group of dancers filming a viral video. But as the song wrapped up, the movie was paused and 30-year-old Tyler Pepin, of Arlington, got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Sara.

“Sara, you’re my best friend and you’re the one I want to spend the rest of my life with,” Pepin said, as Sara looked surprised. “Will you marry me?”

The crowd cheered as Sara said yes. The film resumed shortly thereafter.

“Sorry about that guys, but it was a good cause,” the projector operator said amid another round of applause for the newly-engaged couple. Grease was the final flick of the season for Rosslyn’s outdoor film fest.

by ARLnow.com — August 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm 2,016 0

Arlington County police are looking for two suspects who broke into Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street S.) and stole cash from an ATM.

The incident happened around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The masked burglars smashed a glass door, then entered the restaurant and pried open the ATM machine, stealing “a large amount of money.” They left in a black sedan (below).

The Arlington County Police Department released surveillance video (above) of the break-in today in an effort to get the public’s help in identifying the suspect. From the ACPD press release:

The Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two ATM burglary suspects.

The two subjects entered the Crystal City Sports Pub, located in the 500 block of S. 23rd Street, at 4:09 a.m. on May 19, 2013. Wearing hooded jackets, dark pants, and black masks, the subjects broke through the glass patio door, gaining access to the pub. Once in the restaurant the two subjects went to the ATM machine and used a crow bar to pry the ATM open. The two subjects were able to steal a large amount of money from the ATM before fleeing the scene. Directly following the incident, a black sedan with chrome trim along windows fled the scene.

Subjects one and two were wearing dark, hooded jackets, dark pants, and black masks to cover their faces. The two subjects have not yet been identified.

If anyone has information on the identities and/or whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Detective Paul Marseilles of the Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit at 703.228.4327 or at pmarseilles@arlingtonva.us. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Photos and video courtesy ACPD

Getaway vehicle in Crystal City Sports Pub burglary (courtesy ACPD) Getaway vehicle in Crystal City Sports Pub burglary (courtesy ACPD)

by ARLnow.com — July 30, 2013 at 9:10 am 1,125 0

Church steeple in Arlington

Exhibit Looks at Civil War Soldier — The Arlington Historical Society has a new exhibit highlighting the life of “everyman” soldier that was stationed in Arlington during the Civil War. About 10,000 soldiers were stationed in Arlington at any one time, compared to the population of Arlington at the time: 1,400. [Sun Gazette]

Streetcar Supporters Throw Party — About 100 people turned out at the Party for the Pike, an inaugural event organized by the pro-streetcar group Arlington Streetcar Now. The chairman of the group says he’s seeing growing support for the streetcar, especially among younger residents. [Patch]

Arlington Capital Bikeshare Video — Arlington County has produced a video highlighting the expansion of the Capital Bikeshare system in the county and encouraging more residents to use it. Arlington even offers classes for residents who  need to learn how to ride a bike. [YouTube]

by ARLnow.com — July 24, 2013 at 11:00 am 1,017 0

A dog can’t judge your reading skills or correct your pronunciation of words.

That’s the concept behind Paws to Read, a popular program at Arlington public libraries that allows children to read outloud to a non-judgemental canine companion.

The program began in 2011 after Ashlawn Elementary School teacher Cynthia Power pitched it to library staff as a way to encourage kids to read. It has since expanded to six library locations and has earned Power (and her dog, Humphrey) an Outstanding Volunteer Award.

The county’s Arlington TV channel produced the video, above, about the Paws to Read program.

by ARLnow.com — June 21, 2013 at 10:45 am 2,212 0

Your library card now lets you stream independent films at home, for free.

As explained in the video above, Arlington Public Library cardholders can sign up for a free account with IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that offers unlimited access to thousands of independent feature films, documentaries and shorts. Films can be streamed to a PC, phone, tablet, Xbox 360 or Roku device.

The library website also has instructions for signing up.

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