Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com March 22, 2011 at 7:22 am 2,299 25 Comments

Arlington to Receive 9/11 Pentagon Stone –– On Thursday, Arlington will be presented with a piece of Pentagon limestone that was damaged on Sept. 11, 2001. The 800-pound stone, brought here from Indiana in the early 1940s while the Pentagon was being built, was part of the building’s west facade when it was struck by American Airlines Flight 77. The military is presenting stones to the Arlington County Fire Department, the New York City Fire Department and the FBI Washington Field Office in advance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. [Arlington County]

USS Arlington to be Christened — The christening of the new USS Arlington is scheduled for Saturday morning in Pascagoula, Miss. The Arlington an amphibious transport dock ship intended for use in modern expeditionary combat situations. It is the sister ship to the USS New York and the USS Somerset. County Manager Barbara Donnellan, Fire Chief James Schwartz and other Arlington officials are expected to attend the ceremony. [Sun Gazette]

Krupicka Picks Up More Alexandria Endorsements — Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka (D) has picked up more endorsements in his run for the 30th District state Senate race. Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Sengel and Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne both announced their endorsements yesterday. Previously, Krupicka picked up up the endorsements of Alexandria’s mayor and its former city manager. Meanwhile, Del. Adam Ebbin (D) officially launched his campaign for the 30th District seat on Sunday at the Alexandria Black History Museum.

Annual Water Change Underway — Don’t be surprised if your tap water tastes a bit funny. The local water authority is making its seasonal switch of disinfectants from chloramine to chlorine. [Washington Post]

  • Zach

    Ugh, I noticed the water change coming on yesterday. Last year (my first year in the area) the water was so chlorinated that I could hardly stand to rinse with tap water after brushing my teeth. I have always been an avowed tap water drinker, but it actually forced me to buy a Brita pitcher for the first time in my life.

    • GMo

      Agreed. I typically have no qualms about drinking from the tap. The switch last year was far more noticiable than previous years. Tap water tasted and smelled of a swimming pool! Time to pick up some replacement brita filters…

    • RKrafft

      The difference is of no harm to humans, but it is deadly to aquarium fish. If you keep an aquarium, check with your pet store or the DEQ before dechlorinating tap water and adding to the tank. The dechlorinator formula that removes chlorine doesn’t work for chloramines. If you don’t adjust accordingly you’ll have 100% fish kill on your hands (inverterbrates too . . .)

      • GMo

        Wow. Super glad you posted this. I was actually just about to do my fishies’ tanks this week. I didn’t realize the difference. I’ll have to check my water conditioner.

  • charlie

    Your article doesn’t mention which political figure from Arlington will be going to Mississippi for the dedication. Did I miss something?

    • Did I miss something? I’m going off a Northrop Grumman press release.

      • Okay I’ve updated the item.

        • charlie

          great news. glad to see that. these two are awesome county employees.

    • LyonSteve

      Probably none, because liberals are anti-war, and this is a warship. As I quote then Senator Obama:

      ““The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

      Oh wait…

      • mehoo

        This liberal isn’t antiwar. Just FYI.

      • CW

        He didn’t unilaterally authorize it. We worked through the U.N. Coalition = not unilateral.

        • LyonSteve

          Um, re-read the quote. Unilateral as in without consulting with other branches of the government. The US government, not an International organization.

    • charlie

      millions can be made by the creation of a “sarcastic” font.

      Arlington leaders can’t even make it to Richmond for a non-democratic Gubernatorial Inauguration I don’t see how they’d make it to Mississippi for the dedication of a namesake ship.

      We need leaders.

      • Lou

        Actually they invited the future CO and XO of this ship give a status report at one of the board meetings, and I got the impression the board wanted someone to attend if the logistics could be worked out. Lots of sailors around those events.

  • OX4

    Did I miss something? I thought the entire Pentagon was in Arlington.

    • local

      Did I miss something? I don’t see where anyone said it wasn’t.

      • CW

        I think he’s referring to this part: “On Thursday, Arlington will be presented with a piece of Pentagon limestone that was damaged on Sept. 11, 2001.”. He’s asking about how a county (“Arlington”, not any specific county agency as none was named) could “be presented” with something that has been in it for 60+ years.

        I thought this read oddly as well. What is this “Arlington” to whom the stone is being presented? The article also says that “The military is presenting similar stones to the Arlington County Fire Department, the New York City Fire Department and the FBI Washington Field Office”. Does this mean that the three stones are all the stones and that they are all “similar” to each other or does this mean that there are 3 more stones and they are “similar” to the one being presented to this nebulous “Arlington” entity? Confusion!

        • local

          Arlington didn’t own that limestone when it was part of the Pentagon, the U.S. government did. Now the county will own a chunk of it, to put in a museum or whatever.

          On your second question, the first sentence is summing up, and the details follow. “Arlington” means the Arlington fire department.

        • I have eliminated the word “similar” to clear up any possible confusion.

          • CW


  • Overgrown Bush

    I can’t stand drinking tap water of any kind unless filtered either with a Brita pitcher or a reverse osmosis system. While I’m generally not an advocate of bottled water, I would rather drink a specific bottled water than tap water any time. By specific, I mean a product that is not just tap water put into a bottle but water that is specifically put through a reverse osmosis system for cleansing and then had a formula of minerals added for taste. I don’t mind paying for that product when filtered tap is not available. And, I recycle the bottle.

    Another thing, don’t use that nasty tap water in your car radiator either. Use bottled distilled water when mixing with coolant. The chlorine will corrode the radiator tubes quickly.

  • CW

    It’s reported that the mess hall on the USS Arlington will serve a menu composed exclusively of pizza, burgers, cupcakes, and frozen yogurt. There will be an onboard Whole Foods, but people will be hesitant to go there because the parking lot will be perpetually overcrowded with poorly-parked landing craft.

    • Overgrown Bush

      I hear this is where the new Dr. Dremos will open.

    • local

      Brown flipflops will be part of the uniform. Female sailors will wear black capri jogging pants and blond ponytails.

  • Lurkdom

    …and she won’t go into any warzone without at least three public hearings with an optional ballot measure.


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