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Arlington firefighters are working to extinguish a blaze at a Pentagon City apartment complex.
First responders were called to a building along the 800 block of 15th Street S., adjacent to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, around 5 p.m. today (Wednesday).
Firefighters believe the blaze started on the eighth floor of the building, according to a tweet from the department, and they were able to quickly extinguish it.
#Alert: Units on scene of a residential high rise fire on the 800 block of 15th Rd S. Fire in an 8th floor unit controlled by the sprinkler. Units are checking for extension and working on ventilation. pic.twitter.com/Kn5s8akkVT
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) July 18, 2018
Final Update: Sprinkler flow has been shut down. Fire is out with no extension. Units working on ventilation. Fire Marshals will be investigating the cause. pic.twitter.com/Xnqj9xyPgs
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) July 18, 2018
There’s no word yet on any traffic impact or injuries.
Photo via Google Maps
Cabarets run for approximately one hour. Tickets for individual performances are $35 and all-access passes are available for $175.
The first ten cabarets are listed below. The full schedule may be found on Signature Theatre’s website, and performances run through Aug. 4.
- July 19 (8 p.m.) — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.: It Takes Two
- July 20 (7 p.m.) — Rochelle Rice: American Remix
- July 20 (9 p.m.) — Mason Cabaret: An Evening with Stephen Sondheim
- July 21 (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) — Bob McDonald: Best of Bob
- July 22 (5 p.m.) — Monumental Theatre: Flip Flop, A Miscast Cabaret
- July 22 (7 p.m.) — Nova Y. Payton and Mark G. Meadows: Hotter than July
- July 24 (8 p.m.) — Awa Sal Secka: Soul Divas
- July 25 (8 p.m.) — Nova Y. Payton and Mark G. Meadows: Hotter than July
- July 26 (8 p.m.) — Erin Driscoll: Ladies’ Night
The Washington Post has noted Signature Theatre’s cabaret series for lending the stage to out-of-town performers and promoting cabaret in the D.C. area. The Signature Theatre’s productions are routinely recognized as among the region’s best — they have won 107 Helen Hayes Awards and received 411 nominations.
Photos courtesy Signature Theatre
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Arlington police are searching for two men who they believe attacked their rideshare driver in an Aurora Highlands neighborhood.
Police say the confrontation began yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) around the 700 block of 15th Street S., near the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, when the driver got into an argument with three passengers about where to drop them off.
The driver then ended the ride, and as the three men left the car, police believe one man “threw a glass bottle at the vehicle, shattering the window” while another spit on the driver. The three men fled before police arrived.
More details from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:
MISSILE INTO OCCUPIED VEHICLE, 2018-07170218, 700 block of 15th Street S. at approximately 4:40 p.m. on July 17, police were dispatched to the report of a dispute. Upon arrival, it was determined that following a dispute over drop-off location between a rideshare driver and passengers, the driver ended the trip. While the three passengers were exiting the vehicle, one suspect threw a glass bottle at the vehicle, shattering the window, and a second suspect spit on the driver. The suspects fled on foot prior to police arrival. Suspect One is described as a black male, 16-17 years old, approximately 5’5″ and 100 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a white tank top, blue jeans, a green and yellow bracelet. Suspect Two is described as a black male, 16-17 years old, approximately 5’5″ and 100 lbs., with long hair sticking out of the top of a black bandanna, brown eyes, wearing blue jeans and a white tank top, with a tattoo on his arm. Suspect Three is described as a black male, 16-17 years old, approximately 5’7″ and 120 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a skull cap, white tank top, black jeans and diamond earrings. The investigation is ongoing.
Here are more highlights from the crime report, including some that we’ve already reported:
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 2018-07170184, 600 block of N. Vermont Street. At approximately 3:15 p.m. on July 17, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 12:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., a known suspect attempted to force entry to the victim’s residence, causing damage. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY (late), 2018-07160111, 1800 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 12:34 p.m. on July 16, police were dispatched to the report of a late burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 12:00 a.m. on July 15 and 11:30 a.m. on July 16, an unknown suspect forced entry into an unoccupied residence. Personal belongings of the suspect were left behind but no items were reported stolen from the residence. The investigation is ongoing.
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-07160266, Columbia Pike at S. George Mason Drive. At approximately 12:15 a.m. on July 17, police were dispatched to the report of trouble unknown. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect was observed attempting to enter multiple vehicles and a business. A lookout was broadcast and arriving officers located a suspect matching the description provided by witnesses. Jonathan Diaz Cruz, 19, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with unlawful entry. He was held on a secured bond.
BURGLARY, 2018-07140131, 1800 block of Rhode Street. At approximately 2:22 p.m. on July 14, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that a witness observed two unknown males force entry into a residence. The suspects fled the scene with the victim’s personal belongings prior to police arrival. Arriving officers established a perimeter and the area was searched with negative results. Suspect One is described as a light skinned black male, in his 20’s, 5’10” tall, approximately 150 pounds with a slim build, with black dreadlocks. He was wearing a dark t-shirt and dark cargo pants. Suspect Two is described as a dark skinned black male, in his 20’s, 5’11” tall, approximately 160 pounds with a slim build, with black dreadlocks. He was wearing no shirt, green pants and carry a dark colored bag. The investigation is ongoing.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (Significant), 2018-07140101, 900 block of N. Pollard Street. At approximately 11:58 a.m. on July 14, police were dispatched to the report of a destruction of property. Upon arrival, it was determined the victim returned to their residence and found their window shattered by a bullet fired by an unknown suspect. No one was home at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-07110262, 2200 block of Fairfax Drive. At approximately 9:32 p.m. on July 11, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was walking in the area when she observed a male suspect masturbating. Police responded to the scene, established a perimeter and conducted a search of the area. The search was assisted by the Fairfax Police Department helicopter unit and returned with negative results. The suspect is described as a white male with dark curly hair, approximately 5’9″ with an average build. The investigation is ongoing.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 2018-07070087/07070100/07070106, 1600 block of S. Joyce Street/1600 block of S. Eads Street/2000 block of S. Eads Street. Between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on July 7, police responded to multiple reports of larcenies from auto. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 8:00 p.m. on July 6 and 7:54 a.m. on July 7, the windows of approximately 35 vehicles were smashed and airbags stolen. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY (late), 2018-07110047, 4800 block of 1st Street N. At approximately 7:28 a.m. on July 11, police were dispatched to the report of a late commercial burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 5:00 p.m. on July 10 and 6:30 a.m. on July 11, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a business, causing damage, and stole cash and items of value. There is no suspect(s) description(s). The investigation is ongoing.
ROBBERY, 2018-07110214, 2200 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 11, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined that two male suspects entered a business, approached the cash register, and passed the employee a note demanding money. The employee initially questioned the suspects’ request, but was threatened by one of the suspects. The suspects then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Suspect One is described as a black male, with dreadlocks, wearing sunglasses, a black hat, grey jacket, light blue jeans, and white and black shoes, carrying a grocery bag. Suspect Two is described as a black male, wearing white sunglasses with a dark hood covering his face, a white shirt, sweatpants and black shoes. The investigation is ongoing.
People tend to flush and forget, but a plan approved by the County Board yesterday (Tuesday) could eventually result in the solid waste generated by Arlingtonians being deposited right back onto their lawns.
Fifteen years ago Arlington began a massive upgrade of the liquid side of its wastewater treatment facility — work that was finally completed several years ago at a cost of over a half billion dollars. Since then the solid side of the sewage plant has continue to degrade. Solid wastes are currently trucked away from the site five to six times each day. Instead, a new Solids Master Plan could transform that waste into soil enhancement for local yards and collect methane gas to be used in Arlington’s bus network.
“The solid site is now reaching the end of its natural life,” said Sarah McKinley, the president of the Columbia Heights Civic Association, who served as a community representative on the stakeholder committee. “We could replace it with current equipment or go to new technology that would really move us into the future.”
The new treatment is a three-phase process that will gradually replace equipment at the treatment center, with a total cost of $154.8 million spread out across those phases. The plan would require additional staff, but the cost is offset by reducing the number of truck trips from the site.
The new cleaning process would create two byproducts, a fertilizer-like biosolid that the plan says could be used by the public, the county, or commercial entities for soil treatment. Further processing — such as blending with soil or a “bulking agent” — would be required if the biosolid is to be locally distributed.
The other byproduct, a biogas compound, could be converted into compressed natural gas. The plan identifies the Arlington Transit bus fleet, conveniently parked across the street from the treatment facility, as a potential customer.
McKinley noted that there were concerns from residents living near the treatment site about pollution from the methane creation process and the routine gas flares from the treatment plant. However, she said added that committee believed the environmental and community benefits outweighed the concerns.
“I think it really moves us into the future,” said McKinley. “It makes sense. It’s a clean plan.”
The county is set to implement the new solid waste handling method in 2027.
Arlington’s public library system is rolling back some of its digital offerings as it seeks to cope with deep budget cuts.
Library officials announced Monday (July 16) that patrons soon won’t be able to access both Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ Netadvantage, an investment research tool, and Hoopla, a system for streaming music or audiobooks. Both services were previously available free of charge for library users.
This move comes after the library system spent the last few weeks collecting feedback on what services patrons value, in order to prepare for the loss of $250,000 in funding that took effect with the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Library officials say they received more than 19,500 responses to that survey, which helped inform these cuts.
“Cutting these online services was not an easy decision,” Library Director Diane Kresh wrote in a blog post. “As the recent survey demonstrated, all of our collections are used and valued by members of our community.”
However, Kresh noted that the library does still give users access to Morningstar and Valueline, a pair of services similar to Netadvantage.
She called the loss of Hoopla “regrettable,” as the library doesn’t offer any similar streaming music service. But the county does offer several other downloadable audiobook subscriptions for patrons.
“I am so disappointed to hear you are cutting Hoopla,” Christine Lewicki wrote in a comment on the post. “My daughter and I use its audiobook collection several times a week. The beauty of Hoopla is there is no wait list… Because my daughter has a Milan dyslexia, she is a reluctant reader. Consequently, access to digital audiobooks through Hoopla has exposed her to far more books than she would have otherwise been.”
These cuts are likely not the last for the library system, considering the loss in funding was the equivalent of 17 percent of its total collection budget. Officials say they will “make further decisions throughout the coming year regarding what to reduce or eliminate entirely,” but they don’t expect to make any cuts to their physical book offerings.
Photo via Arlington County
This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Dorian, an attention-loving cat approaching his tenth birthday.
Here’s what Dorian’s owner, Laura, had to say about him:
As Oscar Wilde wrote of his namesake, Dorian lives his life according to the motto: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” As with that famous fictional character, our own Dorian Gray has a commissioned portrait except his only captures his sweet expression rather than reflecting his life of debauchery (aka the obscene number of treats he can eat in a day).
Our dapper boy was adopted from the DC Humane Rescue Alliance in 2014 at the mature age of 5 ½ years old and made himself right at home leaving tufts of fur all over the apartment, claiming the couch as well as the highest level of the cat tower as his favorite spots, and playing hide and seek with his owner by mostly hiding on top of or inside the kitchen cabinets.
Now belonging to a couple and living large in the Courthouse area of Arlington, Dorian serenely looks forward to his 10th birthday in November. Having adopted his owner’s better half, Dorian has a new favorite human to headbutt, request chin and tummy scratches, and squawk at for attention. Due to his chill personality, Dorian is always a big hit at social functions where he can get all the attention he’s ever desired!
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. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!
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 is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.
Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.
This column is written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
A free Dark Star Park Day Walking Tour led by Arlington County’s public artist in residence, Graham Coreil-Allen, takes place on the annual Dark Star Park Day, Wednesday, August 1 from 8-9:45 a.m..
Public art helps give a community a sense of place and few works illustrate that better than Dark Star Park (Nancy Holt, 1984). Each year at 9:32 a.m. on August 1, the day that William Henry Ross acquired the land that became Rosslyn in 1860, shadows created by the sculpture align perfectly with patterns outlined on the ground.
The 90-minute tour will explore Rosslyn’s collection of public art, including Liquid Pixels, Cupid’s Garden, the new LED installation Gravity and Grace / Corridor of Light phase 1 at Central Place Plaza, and will conclude with the dramatic shadow alignment of Dark Star Park.
Co-sponsored by Arlington Arts, the Rosslyn BID and WalkArlington, the event itself speaks to the pioneering combination of public and private resources which created this specific work and shaped Arlington’s internationally-acclaimed permanent collection of contemporary public art.
From the outset, when the County, a citizen activist, the late artist Nancy Holt (profiled in this New York Times article), a developer and the National Endowment for the Arts collaborated to create this seminal landscape artwork in Rosslyn, the Arlington Public Art program has been characterized by its unique approach to combining public and private resources and its focus on enhancements to the public realm.
Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist who explores the constructs and engages the contradictions of the everyday built environment through videos, maps, public installations, writing and walking tours.
Coreil-Allen received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has staged projects for numerous spaces, places and events, including the Washington Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center and the US Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale.
Update: While all the slots are full for the Public Art Walking Tour, we encourage you to come hear the guide tell the history of the work by joining us at the conclusion of the tour at Dark Star Park at 9:15 a.m..
Arlington could someday start adjusting its on-street parking prices based on demand, though the county remains years away from moving to such a system.
While the county already charges by the hour on many streets in commercial corridors, and recently bumped up its rates and expanded parking enforcement hours, Arlington staffers are hoping to make a more radical adjustment in the future.
The County Board recently gave staff the green light to apply for $6.1 million in state funding to pay for the bulk of a new “demand-based parking” system. That will also include the “installation of hardware and software to monitor and display occupancy, turnover, and parked duration information,” according to a staff report prepared for the Board.
Katie O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Environmental Services, told ARLnow that such a system could change “parking meter prices by time of day and location based on market demand” in order to better manage parking availability in busy neighborhoods.
“The price would be determined by parking demand and popularity for certain blocks which means some blocks could actually become cheaper than they are now; others could become more expensive,” O’Brien wrote in an email. “Prices would change periodically; not minute-by-minute or hour by hour.”
She points out that cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles have experimented with this sort of system, in addition to Arlington neighbors like D.C. and Baltimore. In general, O’Brien says “price changes have occurred every few months,” so as not to make things too jarring for drivers.
“Similar projects have shown reductions in congestion because it becomes easier to find on-street parking and there’s less circling,” O’Brien wrote. “If funded, the project would also create real-time parking occupancy data that software developers could include in popular navigation apps.”
She also noted that the county has weighed experimenting with demand-based parking pricing since including a mention of the system in its 2009 update of Arlington’s “Master Transportation Plan.” The document recommends that the county use the system to move toward ensuring an 85 percent “on-street occupancy rate” on busy blocks, particularly those in business districts and Metro corridors.
However, O’Brien adds that the county isn’t likely to make such a change for several years yet.
The county is applying for “Smart Scale” funding for the project, which is handed out by the Commonwealth Transportation Board for improvements around the state. The money Arlington is after wouldn’t become available until fiscal year 2024, and even then, the county has to beat out other projects for that funding in the first place.
Should the county win the money, O’Brien says officials could then “implement performance pricing in a pilot area to test it before moving forward with wider implementation.”
Photo via Arlington County
Located on the fourth floor of Le Meridien Arlington (1121 19th Street N.) is a new rooftop restaurant aiming to be a “food truck on steroids,” in the words of general manager Calvin Ware.
The Yard celebrated its grand opening Friday (July 13) with a DJ and Washington Redskins cornerback Greg Stroman. The venue is open to both hotel guests and members of the public.
Weekly specials include Margarita Mondays ($6 margaritas) and Taco Tuesdays (buy one, get one tacos). This Tuesday (July 24), they’ll celebrate National Tequila Day with $5 “Yardaritas” from 4-6 p.m. Menu offerings include sliders, tacos and frosé (frozen rosé), and games like cornhole are set up for patrons.
Ware envisions eventually adding artificial grass to make the venue feel more like a backyard.
For now, they “definitely want to be the place to be in Rosslyn,” Ware said. The Yard is open Monday through Friday from 4-1o p.m.