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by Jackie Friedman — May 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm 0

The new beer garden at Spider Kelly’s is officially open for business.

The beer garden, which is located in the back patio of the Clarendon watering hole, first started serving customers last Thursday. With the sun finally shining after some not-so-nice weather this month, hopes are high for big crowds.

“We are really happy it’s here and our hope is that it will be something that our customers want,” said co-owner Nick Freshman.

“The goal in building it was to create a new outdoor space sort of supplemental to the space that we have inside,” Freshman said. “We kept a lot of the theme from the inside to the outside.”

A local graffiti artist, Andrew Funk, was hired to do a custom graffiti mural to add color to the space and to match the graffiti art inside.

The casual outdoor space offers seating for small and large groups. There is a combination of communal style seating with picnic benches and seating around two fire pits. There is also hightop seating at the bar. The large space offers a capacity of up to 300 people.

Beers, sangrias and ciders are served in the beer garden, and the beer list has been substantially expanded. There are 30 offered cans and 16 tap lines. There are also three homemade sangrias: red, white and sparkling.

For those arriving after work, there is a $4 happy hour drink special. The entire food menu is offered outside.

by ARLnow.com — May 24, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

2015 Shamrock Crawl in Clarendon (photo courtesy ACPD)An influx of fake IDs from overseas has prompted a crackdown by the Arlington County Police Department.

ACPD says it recently started “a high-visibility underage drinking enforcement and education campaign designed to curb the use of fake IDs by underage individuals.” The campaign is targeting the busy Clarendon bar district on weekends.

“Over the last month or so, a number of fake IDs — originating from overseas online shops — have been turned into police by Clarendon businesses,” explained ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. “This initiative was developed to address this issue.”

“This is a newer initiative but it’s been going on for about a month,” Savage continued. “We have a great working relationship with the business owners in Clarendon and this is just one more step we can take to continue to make Clarendon a safe area at night. The initiative will be going on this weekend… [and] will be part of the regular duties of the officers working our Clarendon detail on Friday and Saturday nights.”

Savage said the campaign includes enforcement, signboards placed around Clarendon and social media outreach. (The department will be live tweeting from Clarendon on Friday night.)

“We encourage people to enjoy the nightlife Arlington has to offer but do so responsibly – and that includes waiting until you reach the legal drinking age of 21,” said Savage.

The full press release issued by ACPD this afternoon is below.

The Arlington County Police Department will conduct a high-visibility underage drinking enforcement and education campaign designed to curb the use of fake IDs by underage individuals. These efforts aim to deter those underage individuals from abusing alcohol and driving while impaired.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, those under the legal drinking age are at a far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than the overall population, despite the fact that they cannot legally purchase or publicly possess alcohol in any state. That’s why the Arlington County Police Department is reminding underage individuals to think before they drink; underage drinking comes with adult consequences.

Throughout the summer, officers will work with our Clarendon business partners to authenticate identification documents and identify fake IDs used by underage individuals to purchase alcohol and gain access to bars. Individuals using another person’s driver’s license, altering their own driver’s license or reproducing a fake ID may be charged with violation of Virginia Code §18.2-204.2 Possession of a false identification, a Class 2 Misdemeanor and punishable up to 6 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine and/or Virginia Code §18.2-186.3 Identity Theft, a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2,550 fine.

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by Jackie Friedman — May 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm 0

Arlington resident Eugene Kahn turned 100 in November, but that hasn’t changed his three-day-a-week exercise habit at the Ballston Sport and Health Club.

Kahn joined the Sport and Health Club at Skyline in 1980 after retiring from his job at the Pentagon. However, in 1995 he transferred to the Ballston location, which is closer to his East Falls Church home, after he stopped driving.

Kahn said he owes his longevity to “incredible good luck,” perhaps in addition to some healthy life choices.

“I quit smoking pipes at 60 so maybe that’s one of the secrets,” said Kahn.

Sport and Health has become something of a second home for Kahn. The entire staff knows him and treats him like gym royalty. Customers show deference too — getting up to allow Kahn to use his usual machines, if need be.

Kahn performs his workouts alone but occasionally consults with trainers at Sport and Health Club to change up his weekly routine.

“I am very impressed with this facility, the people are wonderful. They are friendly and they greet you when you walk in,” he said.

While Kahn doesn’t consider himself much of an athlete, he has been exercising since starting his job at the Pentagon in 1961. During his lunch breaks at the Pentagon, he would swim for an hour and half in the Pentagon’s gym.

These days, when Kahn isn’t at Sport and Health, he’s typically at home doing chores around his house — except on Mondays, when he plays golf.

Although originally from New Jersey, Kahn and his wife of 74 years — she’s also a centenarian — have been living in the same house in Arlington since 1961. He plans to be there, still keeping up on chores, for the foreseeable future.

“I’m on my second pacemaker and this one is going to last for 12 years, so I’m not worried,” he said.

by Adrian Cruz — May 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

ACPD officer buying a man a hat at Pentagon City mallA woman who witnessed an act of kindness by an Arlington County Police officer has helped to share it via social media.

While visiting the Pentagon City mall on Saturday with her son, Beth Schweinefuss says that she saw a man walking around the food court and standing by himself with a plastic bag on his head.

“We were sitting on the third floor of the mall resting and doing some people watching,” Schweinefuss told ARLnow.com. “We both noticed the gentleman in the food court standing by himself and wearing a plastic bag on his head. His mannerisms suggested to me he was possible talking to himself and was just looking around and listening to something on a portable tape recorder. That caught our attention.”

Soon after, a couple of police officers went down to the food court to speak to the man and Schweinefuss noted that instead of kicking him out of the mall, they spent a few minutes talking to him, taking care to speak to him with respect.

“They were smiling and chatting and doing their best to make this gentleman feel valued,” she said.

Eventually, all but one of the officers left. The officer who stayed took the man to a hat kiosk, helping him to pick one out and paying for it with his own money.

“It was moving to us because clearly this gentleman was in from the rain and rather than just escorting him out of the mall, the officers obviously took that time to find out what was going on with him and to provide some relief,” she said. “They clearly didn’t HAVE to do this, but they saw a person in need and helped. It was an opportunity for us to talk about people in need and how to help, but also to talk about how we so often see the negative encounters people have with police and it was very uplifting to see a positive encounter.”

Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said Schweinefuss contacted the department via its Facebook page, to share the story. After doing some digging, Savage was able to confirm that the officer had not only bought the man a hat, but had bought him dinner as well.

“We take protecting and serving beyond just our enforcement of the law. We like citizens to help each other and so the fact that we were able to do that and this woman and her son were able to see it and share a little bit of a life lesson — that’s more than we could really ask for in these types of situations,” said Savage.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

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This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Rosslyn resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Question: Are there any techniques I can use to understand how much to offer and/or pay for a home? How often do people pay above the asking price?

Determining the right offer and purchase price for a home is a combination of analysis and feel. Here are some of the steps I take when arriving at these numbers:

Comparable Sales (aka Comps): This is the most common and analytical way of determining fair value. It’s also how most sellers come up with the list price. Comp analysis is the practice of reviewing the sales price of similar/comparable homes to come up with the market price of the subject home. The criteria, geographic location, and amount of time you look back (e.g. 6 months vs 2 years) are dependent on the subject property and the availability of “good” comps. For example, if you’re buying a 1BR condo in a large building, there’s a good chance you can find a few nearly identical sales going back only 6 months. If you’re buying a large custom-built home surrounded mostly by homes of different size and style, you’re going to have to get a little creative in your search.

Days on Market: Days on Market (number of days a property has been listed for sale) is a great place to start when discussing a discount from list price. The longer a home sits without a contract, the higher the opportunity for a discount from the list price. I’ll let the following graphic of quarterly home sales in Arlington explain. Note: 100% means the buyer paid full ask, 95% means they paid 5% under ask. Each bar represents a range of days on market when the property went under contract.

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Seller Preferences: It’s important to find out if there’s anything other than sales price that’s important to the seller. Sometimes they’d like a rent-back period to give them time to purchase their next home or they have school-age children and don’t want to sell until the school year is over. Being aware of and accommodating these preferences creates a great opportunity for buyer savings.

Buyer Preferences: The right price isn’t always based on fair market value, but also what you, the buyer, wants. Have you been searching for months and this is the first home you found something that feels like “the one?” Are you only planning to live there for 2-3 years before buying your next “forever” home and more interested in getting a good deal than the perfect fit? You need to ask yourself how you’ll feel if you make a low offer, dig in on negotiations, and end up losing out to a buyer who submits a better offer during your negotiations. The bigger the discount you’re targeting, generally, the longer the negotiation period and more exposure to competitive offers.

Paying Over Asking Price: Sometimes it’s necessary to pay above the asking price in order to get the right home. Paying above the asking price is difficult for many buyers to accept, but is more common than you’d think. Out of 2,854 standard sales (non-foreclosure, short sale or bank-owned) in Arlington in 2015, 475 or 16.6% went for over the list price (factoring any seller credits in). The largest premium paid was 14.3% over ask, the median days on market was 5 days, and 420 of the homes sold over ask were on the market for 10 days or less.

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at http://www.RealtyDCMetro.com.

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland with Real Living At Home, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington, VA 22201, (202) 518-8781.

by ARLnow.com — May 24, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

A new hardware store that’s coming to Courthouse is hoping to open its doors by the end of the summer.

Twins Ace Hardware will be located at the corner of Clarendon Blvd and N. Troy Street, on the ground floor of the 2001 Clarendon Blvd apartment building. At nearly 6,000 square feet, the store will carry “a wide variety of products” while offering “the same outstanding service you’ve enjoyed” at the company’s existing Fairfax store.

“We’re excited to be a part of the neighborhood,” co-owner Jeff Smith said. “[My twin brother] Craig and I have always loved Courthouse, but never found the right site for our store until now. [The building] has great amenities and convenient parking for our customers to load purchases large and small.”

“We’re working on construction and getting our permits and hope to open late summer this year,” Smith added, in response to an inquiry from ARLnow.com.

All 30,000 square feet of retail space in 2001 Clarendon Blvd is now leased, according to a press release. Another of the newer businesses to lease a space there, fitness studio Xtend Barre, has set a June 10 opening date.

Photos by Jackie Friedman

by Jackie Friedman — May 24, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

A new gym and wellness center that focuses on holistic approaches and family-friendliness has opened along Columbia Pike.

Located at 1058 S. Walter Reed Drive, in the former World Gym space, True Health and Wholeness had its grand opening on Saturday, May 14.

Husband-and-wife team Nina and Christian Elliot founded True Health and Wholeness to provide people with a “one stop shop” for all health and fitness needs. “Our goal is to provide a place where people can get true and sustainable answers to really change their lifestyle, said Nina Elliot.

True Health and Wholeness provides fitness, food, wellness and education services. Fitness services include personal training, small group training and large group workouts. Fitness classes such as barre and yoga are offered. Cooking classes and nutritional coaching are services that are provided to members.

Wellness services include: naturopathy, massage, acupuncture, cranial sacral, muscle activation techniques, infrared sauna, ionic foot soaks and food sensitivity testing. Education workshops are provided as well as lifestyle transformation coaching and corporate wellness programs.

“By giving people more access to different things in one place, it gives us a way to mix all those passions of our own health and wanting to have a family environment,” said Christian Elliot.

A unique part of the gym is that there are fitness programs geared toward children. The Kid Fit program allows for children to gain coordination and fitness skills. The program will be starting in the fall and are age based skill applied groups. Kid Summer Camp will be starting in July.  There is also an area called the “Little Nest” where children 6 weeks to 18 months old are cared for while a member exercises.

The gym also gives back to the community as much as they can. In honor of National Purple Heart Day on August 7, True Health and Wholeness will identify two combat wounded Purple Heart recipients and present a certificate for one year of free Pilates classes. The spouse of a wounded veteran may be substituted to receive this offer.

“This is a passion that also helps other people change their lives,” said Christian Elliot.

by ARLnow.com — May 24, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Volleyball in Fairlington (Flickr pool photo by James L.)

McAuliffe Under Investigation — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department for possible illegal campaign contributions. [CNN]

Board Accepting Feedback on Blue Ribbon Panel — The County Board’s so-called Blue Ribbon Panel was supposed to help the Board set county priorities without getting bogged down in bureaucracy and process. Instead, the panel’s implementation has been delayed and the county is now asking for public feedback on the panel and its charge. [Arlington County]

The Legacy of ACFD’s First Black Firefighters — The Halls Hill/High View Park community held an event this past weekend to honor the Arlington County Fire Department’s first black professional firefighters. Some members of the original group of 14 black firefighters to staff Arlington’s Fire Station No. 8 were on hand for the event. [InsideNova]

Don Rockwell Profiled — Don Rockwell, the mysterious proprietor of the influential Don Rockwell online restaurant forum, lives along Columbia Pike and dines out just about every day for lunch and dinner. At the end of the profile, Rockwell lists some of his favorite local restaurants and dishes. [Arlington Magazine]

Rosslyn Tops for Bike to Work Day — The Rosslyn Bike to Work Day pit stop was utilized by 972 cyclists this year, making it the busiest pit stop in the D.C. region. [Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by James L.

by ARLnow.com — May 23, 2016 at 5:15 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday

logo2Free Home Buyer Seminar*
Optime Realty (1600 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 101)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Our team is hosting a Free Home Buyer Seminar. We will have specialists on hand (lenders, title specialists and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. All attendees will receive two valuable home buyer guarantees.

Tuesday

COVERBar Olympics Fundraiser for MS
Spider Kelly’s (3181 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Join us for a night of fun and fundraising while we raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis! All money raised goes directly to the National MS Society. Cost: $20/team of 2 people or $10/person (we will pair you up).

Thursday

Arlington Public Schools logoArlington Public Schools Support Staff Recruitment Fair*
GMU Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Arlington Public Schools is hiring School Bus Drivers, Extended Day Team Members, Maintenance/Custodians and Food & Nutrition Services Team Members. Candidates are encouraged to submit an online application prior to the event.

Friday

David Alan GrierLive Standup: David Alan Grier
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Comic David Alan Grier will perform live standup at the Drafthouse on Friday and Saturday. Four performances are scheduled. Tickets are $25. Grier’s TV and movie credits include “In Living Color,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Jumanji.”

Saturday

princess-frogFamily Film: “The Princess and the Frog”
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Ave)
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Join Arlington Public Library staff and neighbors at a Saturday film screening for children and their caregivers. Snacks will be provided. First-come, first-served until capacity is reached. The movie is rated G and runs 98 minutes.

Sunday

A dog (photo courtesy Rena Schild)Yappy Sundays
Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Shame on you working all week and leaving your best friend unattended! Kick that boyfriend or girlfriend to the curb, recover from your Friday and Saturday nights and spend Sunday with your best friend who loves you no matter what. “All you can eat brunch” for only $22 and champagne bottle specials.

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