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by ARLnow.com June 7, 2010 at 6:01 am 1,357 6 Comments

It’s Pride Week In Arlington — June 7-13 is Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Week in Arlington. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette, Virginia’s first openly gay elected official, signed the proclamation on Wednesday. Arlington’s pride week is timed to coincide with the larger Capital Pride Week. An Arlington “Pride Social” will be held at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant (555 South 23rd Street) from 6:00 to 9:00 Friday night.

AGLA Board: “Decline to Sign” — The Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance is urging supporters to “decline to sign” the hotly-debated change-of-government petition. The AGLA and other petition critics say a change in the county’s form of government would, as a result of the Dillon Rule, eliminate Arlington’s ability to stop discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Chick-Fil-A Debuts Spicy Chicken Sandwich — Today the Chick-fil-A at Ballston Common Mall is debuting the chain’s new spicy chicken sandwich. A store rep says more than 900 mall-goers attended “VIP Premiere Tastings” for the new sandwich last week.  On a related note, there’s still word on when the new Crystal City Chick-fil-A will be opening.

Carpoolers Peeved by HOT Lanes — Some Prince William County carpoolers are objecting to the idea of motorists being able to pay for access to the high-occupancy lanes along I-395, saying it would slow down their commute, according to Uriah Kiser of InsideNoVA. Arlington County has filed suit against the I-395 HOT lanes plan, which would convert the existing two HOV lanes into three High Occupancy Toll lanes.

Flickr pool photo by Todor Kamenov.

  • Matt W.

    Wow. I didn’t know the AGLA had such a low opinion of their fellow Arlingtonians to say that the only bulwark against discrimination in this county is a state law authorizing a county commission. Arlington’s history of non-discrimination is a function of the character of those that live here and not any specific government entity or structure. I am surprised to see no mention of the time frame available to remedy any Dillon rule issues. Everyone should remembeer Ron Carlee’s remarks at the ACDC describing the unique ability of Arlington to secure legislation in the General Assembly. Ron’s illustrative story told at the meeting spoke not of any special form of government but of the unique people that live here. I think that more of those voices should be heard in county government not less so I am supporting the petition.

  • Mike

    Chick-Fil-A or ——————-?

    Eat mor chikin!

    • MB

      Mike, we already have the (apparently) mandatory hateful anonymous conserva-troll here. You’ll have to either sort it out with “Efrem” or find another schtick. Thanks.

    • Mike,
      Please see section 7 of our terms of use, which governs comments. http://www.arlnow.com/about/terms-of-use-privacy-policy/

      Thank you.

      • Mike

        Relax, it isn’t like I dropped the F, Q or H bomb. “Deviant” literally means departing from the norm. Statistically and linguistically correct usage.

        • John Antonelli

          Well AGLA is nothing but a subsidiary of the Arlington Democratic Committee so no surprise there. A second bite of the apple say I

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