by Heather Mongilio — October 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm 1,629 0

Lights are dark along Washington Blvd in Ballston after a tree fell, pulling power lines down.

A large tree fell across N. Stuart Street, bringing power lines down and causing a power outage. N. Stuart Street is currently closed to traffic.

Power is currently out from N. Stafford Street to N. Glebe Road. Police officers are directing traffic at the intersection of N. Glebe Road and Washington Blvd.

Dominion is reporting 188 customers out of service, with an estimated restoration time between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Washington-Lee High School is also out of power, according to a police officer working security at the school.

by Heather Mongilio — October 2, 2015 at 5:10 pm 354 0

Rainy fall day in Bluemont Park (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)Virginia may dodge Hurricane Joaquin, but Arlington County will see more rain as it continues to be hit by a nor’easter.

National Weather Service is predicting the county will see a couple inches of rain over the weekend, with the heaviest rain today and tomorrow. Arlington is under a flash flood warning through Saturday evening.

The county is urging people to prepare for continued heavy rain due to the nor’easter. Wind speeds are predicted to pick up tonight and Saturday, with gusts as fast as 31 miles per hour. The storm may cause trees to fall, causing power outages and safety hazards.

A couple of events in Arlington, including the Shirlington Oktoberfest and the county’s E-CARE recycling event have been postponed due to the rainy weather.

If you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, the Teens Make a Difference club is holding Bounce-A-Mania on Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 2nd Street S.). For $3, kids will have a chance to climb over and through 19 different inflatable structures and climb an inflatable rock wall. There will also be arts and craft stations.

Rain is may slow down on Sunday, just in time for the Afghan Arts and Culture Festival at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway) from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The National Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of rain on Sunday, but organizers of the festival have not cancelled the event.

If the festival happens, the Arlington County Police Department is planning to close the southbound lanes of N. Fort Myer Drive between east and westbound Lee Highway from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Feel free to talk about the rainy weather in Arlington, power outages, downed trees or any other topics of local interest. Stay dry!

by Heather Mongilio — October 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm 1,491 0

A new pizza joint has opened on Lee Highway, replacing a Little Caesars franchise location at the corner of Lee Highway and N. George Mason Drive.

Fillmore Pizza opened its second location at 5175 Lee Highway five days ago, said owner Bahruz Ahmadbayli. The Lee Highway location is the restaurant’s second in Arlington — the first is at 923 S. Walter Reed Drive.

The new restaurant sells pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and wings and uses high quality and expensive ingredients, Ahmadbayli said. A small, 10-inch cheese pizza sells for $7.75, while a extra large, 18-inch pizza costs $14.95. Fillmore also sells gourmet pizzas, which start at $11.75 for a small, 10 inch pizza.

“The pizza is totally different from other stores,” he said.

The reason the pizza is better than other places is because of the cheese Fillmore Pizza uses, Ahmadbayli said.

“The main ingredient in this business is cheese,” he said. “Our cheese is the best quality and expensive.”

The restaurant runs daily pick up and delivery specials, and customers can order online. The new Lee Highway restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Little Caesars, which previously occupied the space, opened in 2013. The company has another Arlington location on Columbia Pike.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm 0

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Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). It is written by Garrett Cruce, a Certified Beer Server in the Cicerone Certification Program.

O’zapft is! (German for “It is tapped!”)

With this declaration at the tapping of the first keg, Oktoberfest has officially begun. 

It’s Oktoberfest time of year again. Just wrapping up in Munich, the home of the official and original Oktoberfest celebration, we will see Americanized versions pop up through the month of October. It’s appropriate then that the Oktoberfest style of beer — more than the ubiquitous pumpkin beers that start arriving in stores in July — represents Autumn beer to me. 

In 1810, King Joseph held a two-day festival to celebrate the wedding of his son, the crown prince Ludwig. Those two days has expanded into an annual carnival-like festival that runs for 16 days from September into October. It’s a massive celebration of beer, German history and culture. While there’s plenty of beer — mostly but not exclusively the Oktoberfest style — there are also carnival rides, performances and religious ceremonies. 

Despite the other attractions, beer is the centerpiece of the event. According to The Oxford Companion to Beer, only six breweries hold contracts to supply the beer to Munich’s Oktoberfest: Augustinerbraü München, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbraü, Löwenbraü, Paulaner and Spaten-Franziskaner-Braü. These supplier represent the largest breweries who brewing inside the Munich city limits. In fact, the style designation “Oktoberfest” is a protected appellation in Germany and can only be used by Munich-based breweries. 

An Oktoberfest-style beer is a Munich-style lager — meaning that it’s brewed with a malt that has been roasted longer, which is typical of Munich malt. The result is an amber beer that combines both the clean cracker-like maltiness of a lager with the caramel sweetness of the toasted Munich malt. For years, the beer of choice served at Oktoberfest was the Munich style Märzen — a March-brewed beer that tended to be stronger so that it could lager through the warm summer months. Some of the official varieties of Oktoberfest still pay homage to the Märzen style on their packaging, but they are no longer the same style of beer. 

Though a traditional German style, I still think of Samuel Adams’ Oktoberfest when I think of these beers. In fact, it’s emergence in stores and restaurants in September is a clear marker of Fall for me. Other American breweries make Oktoberfest beers — typically staying as close to the traditionally malty lager as possible.

Look for these Oktoberfest beers in stores while they last:

Ayinger Oktobefest-MarzenAyinger Privatbraurei Oktober Fest-Märzen (5.8% ABV)

This traditional, authentic Oktoberfest-style lager is not actually served in the official festival in Munich as the brewery is located outside the city limits. However, they are allowed to use the name and even organize their own festivals in other cities. I particularly liked this one despite, or maybe because of, its outsider status. The sweetness is quite pronounced in this beer with a honey-like flavor.  

Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest (6.5% ABV)

The most “Americanized” of the Oktoberfests I tried with its higher ABV, Great Lakes still manages to honor the caramel maltiness of the traditional Fall lager. This limited release seasonal has quite a large following — get some before they’re gone.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest (5.3% ABV)

The flagship Fall seasonal for Samuel Adams, their Octoberfest (spelled the anglicized way) holds pretty true to the traditional varieties in Germany. Since 2012, Samuel Adams has held a national Stein Hoisting Competition to promote their Octoberfest beer. While participants can compete from anywhere, the main event is held at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio — the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich. 

Spaten OktobefestSpaten-Franziskaner-Braü Oktoberfest (5.9% ABV)

Spaten, owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is one of the six official breweries that supply beer for Munich’s Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest is a straightforward offering. 

Do you have a favorite Oktoberfest beer or a great Oktoberfest story? Share it below. 

by ARLnow.com — October 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm 378 0

Crowd at 2012 Shirlington OktoberfestThe annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest in Shirlington has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Event organizer Capitol City Brewing Company announced this morning that the Oktoberfest, originally scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, will instead be held next Sunday, Oct. 11.

“This rescheduled event will be [halved] in size, comparable to Capitol City’s Springfest event,” a PR rep said in an email. “Thank you for your understanding!”

Springfest consisted of beer samples from 45 breweries, mostly from Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.

by Eleanor Greene — October 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Will Hurricane Joaquin hit hard this weekend, or will we be passed over? It’s hard to say. What we do know is there are still plenty of open houses in Arlington this weekend. It’s a good time to get out there if you don’t get rained in.

As always, see our real estate section for a full listing of open houses. Here are a few highlights:

3035Buchanan3035 Buchanan Street S.
2 BD / 1 BA Condominium
Agent: Thomas Arehart, Re/max Allegiance
Listed: $359,000
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

1343 Columbus1343 Columbus Street S.
3 BD / 2 BA, Single Family Detached
Agent: Thomas Syvertsen, Weichert Realtors
Listed: $499,000
Open: Saturday from 2-4 p.m., Sunday from 12-3 p.m.

1802 9th1802 9th Street S.
3 BD / 3 Full, 1 Half BA Townhouse
Agent: David Swartzbaugh, Weichert Realtors
Listed: $549,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

6320 24th6320 24th Street N.
5 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Denise Kaydouh, Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $875,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

109 Highland109 Highland Street N.
3 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Jane Morrison, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $934,000
Open: Saturday from 2-4 p.m., Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

3856 Glebe3856 Glebe Road N.
6 BD / 5 Full, 1 Half BA Single Family Detached
Agent: Afarin Kovach, Fairfax Realty of Tysons
Listed: $1,599,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

by Heather Mongilio — October 2, 2015 at 11:30 am 458 0

Crystal City Potomac Yard Transistway (via Arlington County)Construction on the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway will continue through the fall after being delayed by construction conflicts.

“Unforeseen utility conflicts, poor soil conditions and underground obstructions slowed work at several station locations,” the county said on the project’s website.

Arlington County is currently working with contractors to set a new completion date for the project, said county spokesman Eric Balliet, adding that the county will update the community once a schedule has been set.

The county is also holding a public meeting next week to give an update on transitway. The meeting on Oct. 8 will be held at the Residence Inn (2800 S. Potomac Avenue) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Currently, the county is working on new transitway lanes and on three of the new stations, Balliet said. Crystal Drive, S. Clark Street and S. Bell Street are affected by the road construction, he added.

“New dedicated transit lanes in Potomac Yard are nearing completion,” Balliet said. “Traffic signs and station signage are being installed, and we’ve started testing LED signs and other technologies that will support the transitway. Our contractor recently resumed construction at several station locations where utility conflicts, poor soils and underground obstructions had slowed work.”

Once completed, the Crystal City Potomac Yard transitway will provide better bus service along the Route 1 corridor, especially during rush hour, the county said.

“The new 4.5-mile Transitway between the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metrorail stations will provide faster, more reliable bus service along the congested Route 1 corridor, with amenities designed to attract new riders,” the county said.

The transitway project broke ground in July 2014 and was originally slated to take 10 months.

Photo via Arlington County

by ARLnow.com — October 2, 2015 at 10:30 am 432 0

Flooding and rain on 10/15/14It’s expected to be a rainy and windy weekend.

While Hurricane Joaquin is looking like less of a threat to the East Coast, a nor-easter is bringing heavy rain to the region today and showers throughout the weekend.

Is the forecast changing your plans? Let us know how you’re coping with the lousy weather.

by ARLnow.com — October 2, 2015 at 9:00 am 1,144 0

Rainy windshield (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)

New Homeless Shelter Opens Today — Arlington County’s new $9 million Homeless Services Center in Courthouse opens today. Serving a county-wide homeless population of about 250, the shelter will provide a warm and safe place for homeless individuals to sleep at night, in addition to providing medical care, substance abuse and job training programs. [Arlington County, WAMU]

‘Good Morning Guy’ No Longer in Clarendon — “Good morning guy” Robert Gordon, a beloved Express newspaper distributor, is no longer handing out the free papers in Clarendon, disappointing many commuters. Where did he go, a reader asked? A Washington Post spokeswoman tells ARLnow.com: Gordon is still distributing the Express just down the Orange Line, in Rosslyn.

Wakefield Wins in Rout — The Wakefield High School football team defeated Mt. Vernon last night, 45-0, despite the Warriors’ starting running back being sidelined with an injury. [Washington Post]

Clement Proposes New Regional Park — Independent County Board candidate Audrey Clement says that if she’s elected, she would work to build a new regional park inside the Beltway. “Arlington has nearly run out of public open space to keep pace with our population growth,” Clement writes in a press release. “We have to go back to the future and do what our parents and grandparents did 50 years ago: Buy land for new regional parks, outdoor recreation and playing fields.” [Clement for County Board, Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — October 2, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

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