by ARLnow.com — November 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Thanksgiving wishes at Arlington Auto Care (photo by Katie Pyzyk)The ARLnow.com team, along with our contractors and freelancers, wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.

We’ll be back on Friday with local news coverage that you can perhaps read while standing in giant checkout lines at the mall.

In the meantime, get ready to enjoy a couple of days of free parking: metered parking and residential zone restrictions will not be enforced in Arlington on Thursday or Friday, according to the county’s list of holiday closures.

County offices, schools and courts will remain closed until Monday. Recreation centers will be closed Thursday and Friday, and will resume normal hours on Saturday.

ART buses will operate on a holiday schedule. Trash and recycling collection will not take a day off — it will go on as normal and cart off scores of turkey carcasses and other Thanksgiving dinner detritus as you sleep off your food coma.

Gobble, gobble!

by Jennifer Currier — November 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

Christmas decorations outside of Nordstrom at Pentagon City mall

There are only a couple of days left to finalize Black Friday shopping plans, so it’s time to take stock of what’s open and when.

The biggest mall in Arlington, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, has announced its holiday hours and specials for holiday shoppers. The mall’s hours for this weekend are:

  • Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 — 6 p.m. – Midnight
  • Black Friday, Nov. 27 — 6 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 28 — 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 29 — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Friday, the first 100 shoppers who check in at Guest Services at the mall will receive a “Holiday Shopping Survival Kit.” The kit will include water, mints, snacks and store promotions.

Additional sales, deals and promotions will continue to be posted on the mall’s Facebook page.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm 0

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The following weekly column is written and sponsored by Virginia Hospital Center, a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and one of America’s 100 Top Hospitals for the third year in a row.

flu doctorRepublished from September, the following is a conversation with Rohit Modak, MD, Infectious Diseases specialist, Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group.

What is the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease that affects more than three million people in the United States each year. The flu is very contagious and spreads mainly by social contact. Most people recover within a week to 10 days, but complications can occur, including pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections.

The flu can be deadly for certain high-risk patients, including people over 65, pregnant women, young children and anyone with chronic health problems, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

What are the symptoms?

Flu symptoms typically develop suddenly and may include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, especially in children

How is the flu treated?

There are prescription antiviral medications that work best if started at the beginning of your symptoms. Please discuss this with your doctor. 

If you have the flu, stay home, get plenty of rest, and drink clear fluids such as water, broth or sports drinks to prevent dehydration. Over-the-counter medications may relieve some of your symptoms but will not make you less contagious.

What can I do to protect myself, and my family, from the flu?

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend it for everyone six months and older. The vaccine is available by shot or by nasal spray.

In addition, you and your family can take everyday precautions to stay healthy. Avoid sick people and wash your hands frequently to reduce the spread of germs. If you have the flu, stay home from work or school.

When is flu season?

Flu season peaks in the United States between December and February. However, the season can begin as early as October and last until May. During this time, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the population. 

When should I have my flu shot?

Ideally, you should have a flu shot soon after the vaccine becomes available in your area. Early immunization is most effective, but as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

I’m young and healthy, why do I need a flu vaccine?

The flu affects people in different ways and every flu season is different. While it’s true that the virus is most dangerous for people over the age of 65, even young, healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

Having a flu shot is not just good for you, it’s good for the community, too. When more people get vaccinated, less flu can spread.

Where can I get the flu vaccine?

  • Stop by the Outpatient Pharmacy at Virginia Hospital Center. Our immunizations-certified healthcare professionals can administer flu vaccine for adolescents, adults, and seniors Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans including Medicare Part B. If you don’t have insurance, our flu vaccine is competitively priced.
  • Businesses can schedule flu shot clinics at their work site through Virginia Hospital Center’s HealthWorks program. For more information call the Health Promotion Department at 703-558-6740.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

by Jennifer Currier — November 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Arlington Turkey TrotThanksgiving festivities will begin bright and early tomorrow when more than 4,000 runners, joggers and walkers hit the streets for the 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K.

This also means the holiday will begin with road closures around the course.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Christ Church of Arlington at 3020 N. Pershing Drive. Police are working with race directors to divert traffic and ensure the course is safe.

According to the Arlington County Police Department, the following road closures will be in effect from 7-10 a.m. tomorrow:

  • Pershing Drive from Washington Boulevard to N. Oxford Street
  • N. Oxford Street from Pershing Drive to 5th Street N
  • 5th Street N from N. Nelson Street to N. Oxford Street
  • N. Nelson Street from Pershing Drive to 5th Street N
  • Washington Blvd from 9th Street N to Arlington Blvd, eastbound lanes only
  • N. Fillmore Street from 9th Street N to 3rd Street N
  • 3rd Street N from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Blvd
  • N. Bedford Street from Arlington Blvd to N. Brookside Drive
  • N. Brookside Drive from N. Bedford Street to Washington Blvd

All roads west of N. Highland Street will close and reopen before those east, due to the direction participants will travel along the course. A detailed course map is available online.

Street parking will also be restricted in certain areas that morning, marked with temporary “No Parking” signs.

Photo courtesy of Arlington Turkey Trot

by Jennifer Currier — November 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

This week’s pet of the week is KitKat, a 10-year-old cat who is very loved by the family that adopted her some time ago.

The love between KitKat and her family is mutual, as she loves to cuddle and be pat. She also likes to play and keeps a watchful eye on her home from her perch on a windowsill.

Here’s what KitKat’s family had to say about the cuddly cat:

Hi! My name is KitKat and I’m a 10-year-old manx (no tail) cat, currently living in the Aurora Hills neighborhood in Arlington. My family found me at the animal shelter many years ago. I remember the day they came in to see me. We went to a special room and I was very friendly because I knew I wanted to go home with them. Sure enough, they came back and took me home!

The first night, they were told to put me in a small room for the night until I got used to being in a house. Well, I found a lot to do with toilet paper, and it wasn’t even Halloween! The next day I had full run of the house and have been sleeping and playing everywhere since.

I love it when my family comes home. I almost always greet them at the door, unless I happen to be in a very deep sleep. I like to flop down on the floor and get a belly rub, and I really like it when they rub my chin. There is a nice window to the backyard where I get to watch squirrels and birds. Sometimes another cat comes to visit me, but I usually scare them away. I am queen of my house!

Sometimes, my dad brings me toys from outside that I like to chase around the kitchen floor.  My mom throws treats to me and sometimes I catch them. I have a good life! I also like to snuggle on the couch and in bed at night with my people. They are always telling me how adorable I am. Even visitors tell me I’m cute, so I am very nice to them too. I bring much joy to my family!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Arlington and Northern Virginia.

by Jennifer Currier — November 25, 2015 at 11:15 am 0

The Optimist Club's Christmas Tree sale at 2213 N. Glebe RoadThe end of Thanksgiving dinner can be a signal to begin Christmas preparations, starting with getting a tree.

From grocery stores to community organizations, Arlington residents have a number of options for finding the right tree.

Local Christmas tree sales aren’t particularly well-publicized online, so for many residents the strategy is to go to where they bought their tree last year.

Here are some places in Arlington County that have been reliable vendors over the years from which to pick up your annual fir.

The annual tree sale in the Wells Fargo Bank lot along Lee Highway will open this Saturday. Its hours are from 2-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12-8 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Knights of Columbus will sell trees at this church near Crystal City from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends. An opening date wasn’t specified, but the sale will run through Dec. 20 or until the trees are gone, whichever comes first.

Another local Knights of Columbus organization will be selling trees in Arlington this season. Signs for the sale are up along Glebe Road, across from the Mr. Wash car wash. Last year, the sale was open seven days a week, from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends.

In previous years, this sale began during the first week of December and sold out in less than two weeks. The troop’s sale does have a Facebook page to follow for updates.

  • Food Star parking lot, 950 S. George Mason Drive

The Arlington South Lions Club has sold Christmas trees here for years, typically from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.

  • Unleashed by Petco parking lot, 5400 Lee Highway

Christmas trees are sold from this lot along N. Harrison Street, along with other seasonal items, like fireworks around the Fourth of July and pumpkins around Halloween.

If you’re in Clarendon or Courthouse and on the car-free diet, this is the place to go. The trees tend to be on the smaller side, which presumably makes carrying them home easier.

  • Local farmers markets

Local farmers markets often stock Christmas trees, some of which are grown right here in Virginia. Here’s a list of farmers markets in Arlington.

Other popular locations just outside of Arlington include the Home Depot in Falls Church, Greenstreet Gardens on W. Braddock Road near Fairlington and Merrifield Garden Center on Lee Highway in Fairfax County.

Know of any other Christmas tree sales in the area? Let us know in the comments.

by ARLnow.com — November 25, 2015 at 10:10 am 0

Gas prices at the BP station at the corner of Four Mile Run Drive and Walter Reed Drive

Cheap Gas in Arlington — Just in time for your Thanksgiving vacation, there are a number of gas stations in Arlington at which you can fill up for less than $2.00 per gallon. At $1.97 per gallon, the BP station at the corner of S. Four Mile Run Drive and Walter Reed Drive, pictured above, isn’t the lowest in the county: that honor belongs to Arlington Auto Service on Columbia Pike, with its $1.87 per gallon gas. [Gas Buddy]

County Warns of Sewer Backup Risk — One thing that could ruin your Thanksgiving feast would be a sewer backup. Arlington County is warning residents that that could happen if they’re not careful about disposing of fats, oils and greases (FOG). The proper ways to dispose of FOG is to empty it into a container, like an empty can, and throw it in the trash — not rinsing it down the drain, where it could cling to and clog pipes. [Arlington County]

Suspicious Package Calls Up Since Paris Attacks — Calls for suspicious packages and suspicious circumstances are up in Arlington since the Paris terror attacks. That’s according to Arlington County Police Chief Jay Farr, who spoke to reporter Pete Williams during a segment on last night’s NBC Nightly News broadcast. The county has set up an online form for reporting possible terrorism-related activity, in addition to receiving such calls via the police non-emergency line: 703-558-2222.

Airport Workers Rally for Higher Wages — As hordes of passengers head to Reagan National Airport for holiday travel, airport workers are going on a hunger strike, pushing for a living wage. Tipped workers at the airport, like baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants, make as little as $3.77 an hour. [WUSA 9]

Lopez Named House Minority Whip — Arlington’s Del. Alfonso Lopez has been named the new Minority Whip of the Virginia House of Delegates Democratic Caucus. In a statement, Lopez said we will continue to work for “our vision of a Commonwealth that prioritizes public education, invests in transit and transportation infrastructure, protects our environment, preserves our social safety net, and grows a new Virginia economy to expand opportunity for all Virginians.” [Patch]

Van Doren Running for Reelection — Arlington School Board member Nancy Van Doren has announced that she will be running for reelection in 2016. Van Doren replaced Noah Simon on the School Board after a special election last year. She will be seeking her first full term. [InsideNova]

by ARLnow.com — November 25, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

Virginia State Police (courtesy photo)Traffic deaths are up this year in Virginia, and Virginia State Police will be out in force during one of the biggest travel holidays of the year to try to tamp down on dangerous driving.

State police say 652 lives have been lost on Virginia’s roads and highways this year, compared to 633 at this time last year.

“State police are very concerned about the safety of the Commonwealth’s highways,” VSP said in a press release (below, after the jump). “To counter the increase in traffic crashes and fatalities caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints, state police will once again be participating in the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.).”

VSP says motorists can expect to see an increase in troopers on the road between today and Sunday night.

During last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, state police cited 9,856 speeders, 2,315 reckless drivers, 706 seat belt law violators, and 91 DUI drivers.


by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 25, 2015 at 6:00 am 0

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Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.MrArlington.com or calling 703-836-6116 today! 

We have quite a bit to be thankful here in Arlington County.

Arlington is beautiful. We are a stone’s throw from one of the most powerful, historic cities on Earth that millions of people travel to each year. Our local job market is among the most stable in the nation. And, our housing market is one of the strongest.

To you and yours, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. I am incredibly thankful to have worked with so many of you over the years and look forward to the years ahead.

And now, on to some deals to be thankful for!

This week, as of November 16, there are 233 detached homes, 69 townhouses and 301 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 56 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here are seven pre-Turkey Day bargains that you definitely shouldn’t chicken out on:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.

by ARLnow.com — November 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

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