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by Chris Teale November 17, 2017 at 10:00 pm 0

It’s the end of another busy week.

In news you might have missed, “Spaces” is now open in the former Artisphere in Rosslyn, while TechShop in Crystal City was forced to close as the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Joel McHale sat down for an interview ahead of his performance at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, while in that same neighborhood, advocates say Columbia Pike is getting a “big boost” three years on from the streetcar cancellation.

Mister Days in Clarendon celebrates its 40th anniversary, while the campaign managers from the recent Governor’s race reflected on the election on Monday night.

And from today, the new Dunkin’ Donuts is open in Clarendon. Celebrations continue tomorrow.

These were our most-read stories this week:

  1. UPDATE: Missing Woman Found in Arlington
  2. Sources: Crystal City a Likely Finalist for Amazon’s HQ2
  3. Morning Notes (October 13)
  4. Letter: New Middle School Boundaries Must Respect County’s Diversity
  5. Police Searching for Missing Woman

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo by Bekah Richards

by ARLnow.com November 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm 0

For the latest 26 Square Miles podcast, we spoke with County Board member John Vihstadt about last week’s elections in Virginia, his reelection bid next year and various issues facing Arlington County, including budget pressures and development.

We also asked Vihstadt about the possibility of Arlington landing Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.

Listen below or subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher or TuneIn.

by ARLnow.com November 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm 0

The Key Bridge Marriott and the 5.5 acres of prime Rosslyn real estate around it are being purchased by a pair of Los Angeles investment firms for $190 million, the Washington Business Journal reported today (Friday).

The firms plan to invest in rehabbing the hotel, WBJ reports, and a portion of the partially-wooded site between Lee Highway and the GW Parkway is expected to be redeveloped as new residential properties and possibly some retail. The buyers were among a number of companies with redevelopment visions bidding to acquire the site, ARLnow.com hears.

The hotel first opened in 1959 as the Key Bridge Motor Inn, one of Marriott’s earliest hotels (the first was the Twin Bridges Motor Hotel, in Arlington near the 14th Street Bridge).

Photo via Google Maps

by Chris Teale November 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

A man allegedly assaulted a police officer in Arlington County’s government offices after a dispute over his employment, police said.

Officers from the Arlington County Police Department responded to 2100 Clarendon Blvd on Wednesday, November 15 at around 2:35 p.m.

Department spokesman Ashley Savage said they responded to the County Manager’s office after the suspect, Vincent Moody, 52, became upset about his employment status and refused to leave. Someone by that name on LinkedIn is listed as having worked in “facilities” for Arlington County.

When police arrived he refused to comply, and as he was handcuffed he hit an officer, according to Savage.

More from an ACPD crime report:

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2017-11150145, 2100 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 2:35 p.m. on November 15, police were dispatched to a disorderly subject inside a Government office. Upon arrival, it was determined that the subject was upset about his employment status and was refusing to leave the building. The subject refused to comply with the lawful commands of the arriving officer. As the officer was attempting to secure the subject in handcuffs, he allegedly became combative, and struck the officer. Vincent Moody, 52, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with Assault & Battery on Police, Trespassing and Obstruction of Justice.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

It may seem daunting, looking for an apartment in Arlington that matches everything on the must-have list – convenient location on the Metro, urban lifestyle walking distance to dining and entertainment and natural serenity, too. But Tellus Apartments in Arlington does all that and more. With a unique mix of urban living and natural living, Tellus exceeds expectations with an array of upscale lifestyle amenities.

Just two blocks from the Courthouse Metro station, with access to the orange and silver lines, Tellus is located in a vibrant neighborhood with upscale restaurants, pubs, shopping and entertainment – everything for a convenient lifestyle.

These sophisticated high-rise apartments range from studios to two bedrooms, plus some with dens for extra space. Features include stainless steel appliances, glass tile backsplash, kitchen island with bar seating, balcony and oversized windows for maximum natural light.

When it comes to environmental sustainability, Tellus leads the way as one of Arlington’s first LEED Gold certified residential buildings. Countertops are made of recycled porcelain. 100% of rainwater is recycled. Plus, residents can breathe in a bit more fresh air at this smoke-free community.

Lifestyle amenities include:

  • Rooftop swimming pool offering stunning views of the DC skyline and monuments.
  • Rooftop outdoor lounge with grilling stations, plush seating and outdoor TV.
  • Resident lounge with catering kitchen.
  • Fitness center and yoga studio.
  • Fully equipped business center.
  • Outdoor terrace with fire pit and expansive landscaped lawn for recreation.
  • 24-hour concierge service.

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With a 93 Walk Score, Tellus is a walker’s paradise in a bikeable, Metro accessible location, so residents can easily live without a car, but there is also garage parking available.

Tellus seeks to fulfill the vision of its namesake – the ancient Roman goddess of Earth – who embodied nature and abundance. This forward-thinking environmentally-friendly residence is built with the well-being of its residents and the planet in mind, providing what it takes to live in both comfort and luxury in Arlington, but also in a sustainable atmosphere that reflects the beauty of nature.

View their website at RentTellus.com to learn more about the “Urban Nature” lifestyle at Tellus Apartments and see floor plans, photos, rental rates and availability. Get social with Tellus on Facebook and Twitter or call 866.311.0350 today to schedule a tour.

by Chris Teale November 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Arlington County Police cited 11 drivers in two places earlier this week for failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said the tickets were issued from two locations: the intersections of Washington Blvd and 4th Street N. in Lyon Park; and Columbia Pike and S. Oakland Street in Alcova Heights.

Police said the program is part of its 2017 Street Smart Pedestrian, Driver, and Bicyclist Safety Campaign from November 6 through December 3.

The program aims to change road users’ behavior while reducing the number of crashes and injuries. Officers ticketed motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who violated traffic laws.

Officers will conduct another high-visibility enforcement effort on November 30.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

3449 N. Randolph Street
6 bed/6 bath single-family home
Agent: Javid Baig
Listed: $1,795,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

2369 Quincy Street N
3 bed/3 bath single-family home
Agent: David Lloyd
Listed: $965,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

704 Edison Street
4 bed/2 bath single-family home
Agent: James Byrne
Listed: $750,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

1805 Crystal Drive , 1006S
3 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Jim Mccowan
Listed: $649,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1020 Stafford Street N , #402
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Herbert Medeiros
Listed: $559,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4365 Arlington Boulevard , #4365
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Nina Landes
Listed: $399,999
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

4600 Four Mile Run Drive , #136
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Wayne Frost
Listed: $205,980
Open: Saturday 12-3 p.m.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 17, 2017 at 11:45 am 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 Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server.

Inky black. Creamy head. Sweet and strong.

It’s the time of year for Imperial stouts to come out of hibernation. Cooler temps and falling leaves are signs that it’s time to set aside the lighter beers of Summer and Fall, and embrace the heavy and dark beers of Winter. Stouts are making a big showing — I’ve seen everything from oatmeal stouts to milkshake-style stouts this season. But the imperial stout stands apart from the rest thanks to its intoxicating blend of sweetness, roastiness and alcohol.

Brother to the porter, stouts started as stronger versions of regular porters — beers brewed with dark, roasted malt giving it a dark brown (almost black) color and mild bitterness. Eventually stouts became their own style altogether with subcategories like milk stouts, oatmeal stouts, flavored stouts and, of course, imperial stouts.

We actually have Russia to thank for our extra strong imperial stouts. In the 18th century, rich Russians loved imported English stouts. The long trip north and east was not ideal for the average stout. So, special stouts were developed for export using more hops and malt giving them a much higher alcohol content so they could stand up to the long journey. They were designated as “imperial” or “Russian imperial.” Today, we label nearly any beer that has a very high alcohol content “imperial.”

I have four classic American imperial stouts to share this week.

Founders Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout (8.3% ABV)

Subtitled “double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout,” Breakfast Stout has the potential to go wrong in a number of different ways. However, Founders delivers on its complicated promise with a beer that seems to contain all the flavors and textures listed. Distinct aromas of chocolate syrup, diner coffee and malted milk hint at the flavorful ale that is more dessert than breakfast.

The sip is smooth — thanks to the oatmeal — with a big coffee flavor up front, giving way to dark dried fruit on the way to a boozy finish. Before the alcohol bite overwhelms Breakfast Stout, the dark roasted malt kicks in with its subtle bitterness. It’s no wonder that this delicious beer has won awards — Silver at the 2014 Shanghai International Beer Festival and Bronze at the 2006 World Beer Cup — but what’s more surprising is that there aren’t more. Available each year from October to January, this is the time to stock up on this classic American imperial stout.

AleSmith Brewing Company, Speedway Stout (12% ABV)

This Great American Beer Festival (GABF) silver award-winning stout is formidable. It’s certainly the strongest of the imperial stouts that I sampled for this column. Speedway is brewed with coffee from San Diego’s Ryan Bros. Coffee, but I’ll be honest I didn’t get much coffee like the beer above. Instead, I found deeper and richer aromas and flavors. I smelled licorice, black strap molasses and alcohol. The sip was boozy and sweet with a strong showing from spicy sassafras and pitch black licorice candy. This sipper is great for dessert — a special modern classic imperial stout. (more…)

by ARLnow.com November 17, 2017 at 10:45 am 0

The following letter was written by Aurora Hills resident Ashli Douglas about the county’s Complete Streets Program and traffic congestion in her neighborhood that she said was exacerbated by changes to S. Eads Steet.

To the Editor:

Arlington has embarked on a transportation vision of providing a safe environment for all travel modes, also known as the Complete Streets Program.  Today I’m sharing a story of how this transportation vision for complete streets has played out in one Arlington County neighborhood, Aurora Hills.

As I reread the Arlington transportation presentation for our project on S. Eads St. from 2014, it occurred to me how benign and utopian the project seemed. That should have been the first clue.  Arlington was going to move more people without more traffic and they were going to protect our single-family neighborhood.  All good, what’s not to like?

And then came the medians, protected bike lanes, bike rental rack and central to all of this, the complete removal of two lanes of a four-lane street – S. Eads Street.  What could possibly go wrong?

So now we have the same (but probably more) number of cars on the same road with less lanes.  This is where the fairytale turns to a nightmare…enter aggressive driving and cut-through traffic.

I live on what Arlington refers to as a Minor Neighborhood Street, in which the distinctive feature of these streets is the nearly exclusive orientation to providing access to residences.  It also happens to be a one lane yield street!

One block away is S. Eads Street, an Arterial Street, by definition, the street primarily provides through travel rather that solely for access to adjacent properties.  According to Arlington’s street elements policies that are part of the county wide master transportation plan, streets should “…improve the efficiency of vehicular operation on arterial streets to minimize diversion of traffic onto neighborhood streets.”

So you see where this is going.  Since our arterial street has reduced capacity, the cars all cut-through our neighborhood street.  And just to be clear, we are not talking about a few cars.  We are talking over 1,300 commuters a day.

How do we know?  Since the county refused to share data or provide any form of relief to our neighborhood, we hired a certified traffic data collection firm to conduct traffic counts on November 1 and 2, a Wednesday and Thursday.  The counts were 1,347 and 1,369 respectively.

Our one lane section of S. Fern St. simply cannot handle this traffic.  According to Arlington County historical traffic counts, last performed in 2011 on our street, they measured 500 cars on a daily average. What a difference a “Complete Street” makes.  We now have approximately 600 cars who rip down the same street in a three-hour period  our school bus is dropping off children.

It is no longer safe for our children to play even near the street due to the cut-through traffic. We have experienced over 160 percent increase in vehicles, the majority with DC and MD tags that simply cut through our neighborhood to avoid the congestion morass on S. Eads Street.

As frustrated parents, neighbors and Arlington county citizens, we, individually as neighbors in an eight-block area, and collectively through our civic association have been engaged with the county for over a year to no avail.  We have requested that the county protect our neighborhood, and specifically, mitigate the cut-through traffic that originates on S. Eads Street and cuts through our neighborhood on S. Fern Street between 26th Street S. and 23rd Street S.

Our eight-block area has become a virtual highway of dangerous cut through traffic with constant stop sign running, speeding and hit and run accidents, and fearful and angry parents at Arlington county elementary school bus stops.

The S. Eads Complete Street project has been a complete disaster for the residents in our neighborhood and despite our continual pleas for help for nearly a year to protect our single family neighborhood; we have had no relief.

We will not give up our neighborhood and we demand the county remedy the problem they created.  And for anyone else that may be facing a complete street project – consider yourself forewarned.

Ashli Douglas has lived in Aurora Hills for 16 years and is the mom to two elementary school-aged children.

ARLnow.com occasionally publishes letters about issues of local interest. To submit your thoughts for consideration, please email [email protected]. Letters may be edited for content and brevity.

by Chris Teale November 17, 2017 at 10:00 am 0

Arlington County’s newest Dunkin’ Donuts is now open in Clarendon.

The combined Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins store at 3009 Clarendon Blvd celebrated its grand opening this morning (Friday). The celebrations include free doughnuts for all customers and appearances by mascots Cuppy and Sprinkles and cheerleaders for the Washington Capitals.

Tomorrow (Saturday), customers can get a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase, while there will be a chance to decorate some doughnuts too. On both days, a prize wheel offers discount vouchers for various menu offerings.

It is the 12th Dunkin’ Donuts in the county, after one opened in September in Virginia Square. And at around 8:30 a.m., business was already brisk at the store located at the intersection of Clarendon Blvd and N. Garfield Street, just a block from the Clarendon Metro station.

by Rachel Sadon November 17, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

Photo by Mike Maguire

While the Zoo’s patriarch panda is showing his age, there may soon be such a thing as a free (school) lunch, Massachusetts Avenue will be seeing changes, and other news of the day over in the District.

by ARLnow.com November 17, 2017 at 8:30 am 0

Beyer Blasts GOP Tax Bill — Says Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) regarding the tax bill that passed the House yesterday: “I am adamantly opposed to the House Republican tax bill, H.R.1. The bill will raise taxes on millions of middle class Americans in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy, and yet still manages to explode the deficit.” [Rep. Don Beyer]

Crystal City Scores 320 Jobs — A Georgetown-based nonprofit is moving much of its staff to a new office in Crystal City, leasing 90,000 square feet and adding 320 jobs in Arlington County. The move was announced by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who approved a $500,000 state grant to assist Arlington with the project. [Virginia Business, Bisnow]

Dems Seek Ways to Defeat Vihstadt — “John Vihstadt, who in 2014 broke the Democratic stranglehold on the Arlington County Board, is ready to go back to the voters in 2018. And Arlington Democrats already are strategizing on how to oust him from office.” [InsideNova]

Charges Dropped Against ‘Laughing Librarian’ — Arlington librarian and Code Pink activist Desirée Fairooz, who was arrested after laughing during the confirmation hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has had the case against her dropped by the Justice Department. [American Libraries, NPR]

Incident at Kenmore Middle School — A tipster tells ARLnow.com that a Kenmore Middle School student was arrested yesterday afternoon for assaulting a PE teacher. An Arlington Public Schools spokesman, however, did not confirm that an arrest was made, saying: “There was an incident earlier today between a student and a teacher. Staff is following normal disciplinary procedures. But beyond that, we can’t disclose anymore because it is a student matter.”

Flickr pool photo by Michael Coffman

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 17, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Yikes! On the eve of Thanksgiving week, only 39 sellers braved to put their homes on the market this week despite the steady healthy absorption rate. Some 51 buyers stepped up and ratified contracts this week. But there are further signs that the higher end market is weakening. Of those sold, only nine sold within a week and none were priced over $1 million. The average days on market also shot up this week to 63, the highest for the year. And only four homes sold this week priced over $1 million.

There’s been much talk about the GOP’s tax cut plan that would affect the mortgage interest deduction. But new affordable housing is also targeted in the plan. The GOP House plan wipes out the exempt status of “private activity” bonds used to fund 50% of new construction for affordable housing. This act will severely curtail the public-private partnership to deliver affordable housing in communities for low income families, veterans, teachers, seniors, firemen, police officers, and special needs.

Interest rates bounced around this week ending virtually unchanged at 4.1% for a 30-yr fixed rate with no points. Remember when shopping for a loan to compare apples to apples. Makes sure you get quotes for the exact same product, and specify based on no points so you can accurately compare.

Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.

(Unfortunately, were are currently having issues with our website but these links at least allow you to get access to information about the properties.)

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

1813 N Quantico Street 
Neighborhood: Westover Village
Listed: $1,539,000
Open: Sunday, November 19, from 2-4 p.m.

Modern Craftsman meets Modern Farmhouse with this brand new Classic Cottages home featuring 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Single Detached Garage and 5,003 finished sq. ft. This home has it all, including but not limited to a main level office with French doors, dining room, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, laundry room and mud room, family room, sun room, master suite with walk-in closet, luxury master bath, basement entertainment room and wet bar.

With bright, contemporary features such as white shiplap, grey stone accents, dark hardwood floors and custom white wainscoting and molding, this home evokes a refreshing and welcoming feel for your family, friends and guests. See it all for yourself this Sunday!

Available for immediate delivery, this home also serves as a model for upcoming Spring 2018 projects that feature this same floor plan and exterior design style. Tour this Sunday: 2-4 p.m. Visit the builder’s website for blog info, video tour and full features description.

Listed by:
Gina Baca
Classic Cottages Realty, LLC 1000 Pendleton Street
Phone: 703-256-1401 (Office) 619-929-5585 (Cell)
[email protected]

by Chris Teale November 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

More than 300 Arlington Public Schools teachers have been trained to help students with dyslexia by using an approach that combines various senses and teaches sounds before making them into words.

The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s Orton-Gillingham approach trains teachers to have students learn language by listening, speaking, reading and writing. So, for example, a dyslexic student is taught to see the letter A, say it and write it in the air at the same time.

Students are also taught to read and write various sounds in isolation before making them into words, and learn the history of the English language to understand its rules and patterns.

An APS spokesman said training is part of a concerted effort for teachers to support dyslexic students and help them get their reading and writing abilities up to a good standard.

“A few years ago, APS began training teachers to be able to support students with Dyslexia in their classroom,” the spokesman said. “The decision was based on research through the International Dyslexia Association on the best instructional practices for students with dyslexia. APS continues to have a focus on literacy for all of our students and making sure our teachers have the training, tools and resources to meet the needs of all of their learners.”

APS teachers are given awareness training on dyslexia through a 10-minute overview video, handouts with characteristics of dyslexia and training for school psychologists and special education coordinators to help them determine if a student is dyslexic and help parents understand how to help.

According to testimonies provided by IMSE, the use of the Orton-Gillingham approach is paying dividends.

“A student with an Individualized Education Program who came from kindergarten not knowing letters and letter sounds, with significant deficits in memory and attention, after a year with IMSE’s [Orton-Gillingham approach] now has consistent memory of their letter and letter sounds,” one APS first-grade teacher said in a statement. “The sentence dictation has resulted in growth of concept of word as evidenced by spelling, word space and sentence structure.”

The APS spokesman said the Orton-Gillingham approach is just one way the school system helps students with dyslexia. APS paid a discounted rate of $800 per teacher for the training.

“We have trained teachers from all of our schools in not only Orton Gillingham but other structured literacy approaches that provide systematic, explicit and multi-sensory instruction for students who have Dyslexia,” the spokesman said. “Our goal is to build capacity with all of our teachers to know about Dyslexia and then build capacity within each team to be able to offer a variety of interventions and supports for all of our students.”

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