(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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).
Photos and video courtesy ACPD
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]
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.
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.
Editor’s Note: This video tour is sponsored by The Keri Shull Team.
It’s not built quite yet, but 738 N. Buchanan Street will be a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with a media room, a fully finished basement and a two car garage.
Located in the Bluemont neighborhood and built by Saxena Custom Homes, the property’s expected list price is $1,265,000. The Vienna home seen in the video above is a close approximation to what the house will ultimately look like.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the home, contact the Keri Shull Team at Keri@thekerishullteam.com or 703-952-SOLD.
If you’re a real estate professional and you’d like to showcase a condo, townhouse or single family home in Arlington, contact us.
The motorcycle cops who escort motorcades, meter maids, crossing guards and the SWAT team — all of these all under the auspices of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Operations Section.
The county’s Arlington TV channel recently took a look at ACPD’s special ops section and the various roles it plays in the community. (Video, above.)
The TV station secretly staked out the national park, located between the Pentagon and the GW Parkway, near the Columbia Island marina. They found men continuously driving around the parking lot and going in and out of a public restroom.
Asked about the illicit activity and the lack of enforcement, a U.S. Park Police spokesman would only say that “it goes on everywhere… it’s a problem everywhere.”
LBJ Memorial Grove isn’t the only cruising spot around Arlington where men are looking for casual sexual encounters. As reported last summer, the third-floor bathroom at the Pentagon City Macy’s and the bathroom at Arlington Public Library are mentioned on cruising websites.
Other public cruising spots mentioned online include:
- Ballston Common Mall (third floor bathroom)
- Bluemont Park (tennis pavilion bathroom)
- Chain Bridge (woods near parking lot)
- Rosslyn Metro Mall (second floor bathroom near food court)
- Marymount University (basement bathroom in library)
- Thomas Jefferson Middle School (jogging trail, at night)
A new video produced by Arlington County explains how the local Office of the Magistrate works.
Magistrates are independent judicial officers who determine whether probable cause exists for criminal complaints by law enforcement officers and members of the public.
“Magistrate duties include issuing various types of processes such as arrest warrants, summonses, bonds, search warrants, and medical detention orders,” according to the county’s website. “Magistrates also conduct bail hearings in instances in which an individual is arrested on a warrant charging him or her with a criminal offense. Magistrates provide services 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Arlington magistrate’s office is located at 2020 15th Street N., on the ground floor of the county jail.
The young woman seen being arrested and locked up in the video, for the record, was an intern in the police department’s media relations and public affairs office, not an actual criminal.
Ladino music and Yiddish punk will be coming to Arlington this week.
Two Jewish-American musicians, Sarah Aroeste (see music video here) and Daniel Kahn (see music video, above), will be playing at Artisphere on Thursday as part of the two-week-long Washington Jewish Music Festival.
“Sarah Aroeste will open with the premiere of an unplugged version of her album ‘Gracia,’ which fuses the Judeo-Spanish sounds of Ladino music with rock, pop, jazz and funk,” said a festival press release. “Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird employ an inimitable mixture of radical Yiddish song, punk sensibility and re-worked klezmer melodies.”
“Bringing together punk-infused Yiddish from Daniel Kahn and Judeo-Spanish sounds of Sarah Aroeste will create an exhilarating and unique experience for our community,” said festival director Lili Kalish Gersch. “This will be a festival that appeals to music lovers of all stripes and all ages and should not be missed.”
The performances will take place at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20.
Tickets and the festival schedule are available online.
Comedian Stephen Colbert devoted part of his Comedy Central show on Monday to a four-star Yelp review of the Arlington County Detention Facility.
Colbert read from the review, which praised the jail for offering juice boxes and a “very clean environment.”
“If you’re going to get arrested, do it in Arlington County,” Colbert said, reading from the review.
“I think Arlington tourism just found its new slogan,” he quipped.
Hat tip to Keith H.
The Arlington County Police Department has released two short videos with tips for staying safe while using jogging trails and enjoying warm weather.
“Arlington has safe and beautiful trails for biking, running, and walking,” a narrator says on the jogging trail video. “As the days get longer, people of all ages spend more time outside — and this includes criminals, too.”
Tips listed on the video include:
- Try to use populated areas in the daylight hours.
- Wear light, reflective clothing.
- Try to go out with a friend.
- Make sure you bring a cell phone.
- Familiarize yourself with your trails and avoid areas you don’t know.
- If you listen to music, make sure you leave one ear open.
- Tell someone where you will be going before you leave.
- Call 911 for emergencies or, for non-emergencies, call 703-558-2222.
Advisory Lifted for Local Waterways — A warning from Arlington County to stay out of Arlington Branch, Lower Long Branch and Four Mile Run has been lifted. The advisory was issued on April 9 after a sewage release near Columbia Pike. “The precaution was issued to allow time for the effect of the release to be diminished by natural flushing of the streams,” the county said. [Arlington County]
Husband of Track Coach Caught Boston Chaos on Camera — John Walls, the husband of Bishop O’Connell cross country and track coach Cindy Walls, captured the chaos of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings on video. Walls was waiting for Cindy and his daughter Katie to cross the finish line when one of the bombs exploded across the street from where he was seated. He was shaken but uninjured. [WJLA]
Burned-Down House Cited for Code Violations — The Hall’s Hill house that was destroyed by fire yesterday has been cited several times in the past for building code violations. Officials are now investigating whether property owner Paul Chretien was in violation of the code by allowing more than four unrelated people to live in the house. [Washington Post]
Police Seek Theft Suspect — The Arlington County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a 21-year-old man who stole an iPhone. “Police believe that the suspect has also been involved in several other crimes,” according to a press release. [Arlington County]
Editor’s Note: This video tour is sponsored by Arbour Realty.
A 2BR/2BA condo is for sale at the Residences at Lyon Hill (2801 Lee Highway).
Listed at $799,900, unit No. 302 features large windows, exotic wood floors, Italian marble, custom maple cabinetry, custom drapes, granite kitchen counters/island, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, built-in flat screen TVs, two parking spaces and additional storage space.
Built in 2006, the luxury Residences at Lyon Hill building is just five minutes away from D.C. and a short walk from Clarendon.
The video tour above is conducted by the listing agent, Adam Gallegos of Arbour Realty. Anyone interested in the condo can contact Adam at 703-627-1255 or Adam@ArbourRealty.com.
If you’re a real estate agent and you’d like to showcase a condo, townhouse or single family home in Arlington, contact us.
The $39 million Route 50/Courthouse Road/10th Street interchange project is apparently running behind schedule.
The project was originally slated for completion this fall but, in a new county-produced video, Greg Emanuel, Director of Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services, says the project is now slated to be complete by the summer of 2014.
“It’s a multi-phased project,” Emanuel said in the video (above.) “It takes some time, because while it’s going on we need to maintain traffic.”
Arlington is contributing $1 million to the $39 million cost of the VDOT-led project. Construction started in April 2011. Recent work includes a realignment of the ramp from Courthouse Road to westbound Route 50, and the January demolition of the bridge from eastbound Route 50 to Courthouse Road.
The Courthouse Road bridge, and the 10th Street bridge that was torn down last year, were both originally built in 1954. No word yet on when they’ll be rebuilt, given the change in the project timeline.
Emanuel says the project will make the interchange safer and will help traffic flow more smoothly.
“Right now traffic is kind of complicated at these intersections,” he said. “This is going to provide new acceleration and deceleration lanes, and make it much safer for the traveling public that’s coming on and off these intersections.”
So far representatives from VDOT and DES have not responded to a request for comment.