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by ARLnow.com | September 5, 2013 at 8:30 am | 827 views | No Comments

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]

Video: Marriage Proposal at Outdoor Movie in Rosslyn

by ARLnow.com | September 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm | 2,637 views | No Comments

(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.

Video: Crystal City Sports Pub Break-In

by ARLnow.com | August 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm | 2,016 views | No Comments

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)

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | July 30, 2013 at 9:10 am | 1,125 views | No Comments

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]

Video: Paws to Read Program

by ARLnow.com | July 24, 2013 at 11:00 am | 1,017 views | No Comments

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.

Library Now Offers Streaming Movies

by ARLnow.com | June 21, 2013 at 10:45 am | 2,212 views | No Comments

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.

Video: ACPD’s Special Operations Section

by ARLnow.com | May 24, 2013 at 9:30 am | 628 views | No Comments

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.)

TV Station Stakes Out LBJ Grove ‘Cruising’ Spot

by ARLnow.com | May 16, 2013 at 11:30 am | 637 views | No Comments

Men are cruising for sex at Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, and TV station WJLA (ABC 7) apparently has the video to prove it.

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)

Video: Arlington’s Magistrate Office

by ARLnow.com | May 9, 2013 at 10:05 am | 451 views | No Comments

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.

Jewish Musicians to Perform at Artisphere

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm | 788 views | No Comments

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.

Video: Colbert Reads Yelp Review of Arlington Jail

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2013 at 10:40 am | 8,697 views | No Comments

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.

Video: ACPD Safety Tips for Jogging, Warm Weather

by ARLnow.com | April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm | 1,351 views | No Comments

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.

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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | April 17, 2013 at 9:35 am | 1,324 views | No Comments

Cleveland Park near Columbia Pike

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]

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