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by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm 5,549 20 Comments

A car crashed into the front of the CVS Pharmacy at 5017 Columbia Pike just after 5:00 p.m. today, injuring two people.

The car hopped the curb, smashed a low stone wall and broke several large windows. Only part of the front of the car actually entered the store.

Two people inside the CVS were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the car was not hurt. The store is still open for business.

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm 3,753 18 Comments

As the country celebrates Osama bin Laden’s demise, Pentagon police officers are remaining ever-vigilant in their mission of protecting Department of Defense workers.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency protects DoD workers at the Pentagon and at other leased and owned installations in the Washington area. An article published today by the American Forces Press Service details the work of the PFPA officers who work the night shift at the Pentagon.

The article discusses how officers monitor the various sensors and cameras around the 280-acre Pentagon reservation. Among the sensors present inside and outside the complex are sensors that monitor for potential chemical, biological and radiological threat.

The article also mentions that the PFPA monitors Federal Aviation Administration communications “so we can listen to aircraft that are coming our way.”

The ability to monitor incoming aircraft communications did not exist before the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the article says.

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm 6,722 34 Comments

We don’t know much about it at this point, but a restaurant called “Memphis Barbeque” is apparently replacing Mackey’s Pub in Crystal City, according to an ABC permit application posted in the window.

Mackey’s unexpectedly closed its 23rd Street S. location Easter weekend.

According to the permit, Memphis Barbeque will seat more than 150 people and will offer off-site catering.

Photo courtesy @bengle4

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm 1,848 0

Update at 2:35 p.m. — The worker has been transported to the hospital and the scene is being cleared.

A worker was reportedly struck in the head by a piece of construction material near the Patrick Henry Drive overpass on I-66.

Arlington County firefighters are working to secure the worker and get him or her to an ambulance. One lane of westbound I-66 is blocked by the emergency response.

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm 1,953 0

Virginia State Police have issued a statement regarding the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces.

VSP is urging Virginia residents to “remain vigilant in their awareness to suspicious activity within their communities and workplaces.” Specifically, the agency is asking Virginians to be on the lookout for terrorist fundraising, surveillance and “dry runs.”

RICHMOND – As the nation heralds the capture and death of the founder and leader of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, Virginians are reminded to remain vigilant in their awareness to suspicious activity within their communities and workplaces. Over the past nine months, Virginia state and local law enforcement have been working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to spread awareness of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (http://www.dhs.gov/files/reportincidents/see-something-say-something.shtm). The national campaign is designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our country and commonwealth safe.

“At this time, there is no known direct threat against Virginia or its infrastructure as a result of these recent events,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.  “We simply want to remind our citizens to stay attune to their surroundings and environment, and to always report suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

Virginians have numerous ways of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement:

  • Call 911 to reach your local police or sheriff’s office
  • Dial #77 on your cell to reach your nearest Virginia State Police Office
  • Call 1-877-4VA-TIPS to reach Virginia’s Terrorist Tip Hotline
  • Email Virginia State Police/Virginia Fusion Center at [email protected]

See the rest of the press release after the jump.


by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am 3,039 0

Do you have any ideas for ways Arlington County can improve its emergency preparedness? If so, the county’s Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission wants to hear from you.

The commission will be holding a public forum from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, in the county board room at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, to gather “public input on preparedness and the County’s handling of emergency events.”

The forum is intended to coincide with the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“How would you rate the County’s handling of snowstorms and other disasters since 9/11,” the commission will ask residents. “Do you consider yourself better prepared for emergencies today than you were 10 years ago?”

Despite last night’s news about the death of Osama bin Laden, the timing of today’s press release about the meeting seems to be a coincidence.

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 10:50 am 5,519 11 Comments

It doesn’t exactly have the local appeal of a Buffalo Wild Wings, but a new bar/restaurant has opened in the lobby of the Crystal City Marriott (1999 Jefferson Davis Highway).

Bell 20 Tavern features a full bar with a selection of 10 beers on draft and numerous beers by the bottle. Happy hour drink specials start at $3.20.

The restaurant’s food selection is still being worked out, but the initial happy hour bar menu includes fried chicken tenders, a cheeseburger, spicy meatballs and a bowl of turkey chili — all $6.20 from 3:20 to 7:20 p.m. Happy hour appetizers include chips and salsa, pretzel rolls, garlic fried and a half-dozen wings — all for $3.20.

Bell 20 has a lounge-y feel, with plush seating areas and a slick bar design. That conflicts a bit with other aspects of the restaurant, including the large windows that let in plenty of light, and the food and drink selection, which can best be described as “traditional.” Bell 20 will cater mostly to travelers staying at the hotel, but it will also be a solid happy hour option for local 9-5ers who don’t want to brave the crowds other after-work spots.

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 9:38 am 2,480 28 Comments

Above: A look back at last year’s presentation of a steel beam from the World Trade Center at Arlington County Fire Station 5. Firefighters from Fire Station 5, in Pentagon City, were among the first to respond to the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

School Budget Approved — The Arlington County School Board has approved a new $475 million budget for FY 2012. The budget funds pay raises for teachers and staff, expands professional learning activities for teachers and eliminates ‘early release Wednesdays’ at four elementary schools. It also includes $1 million to study options for addressing the school system’s looming capacity crisis. [Arlington Public Schools]

Columbia Pike Farmers Market Returns — Sunday marked the start of the summer season for the Columbia Pike Farmers Market. [Pike Wire] (Disclosure: The organizer of the farmers market is an ARLnow.com advertiser)

Arlington Home to Fast-Growing Companies — Arlington is home to six of the 50 fastest-growing privately-held companies in Virginia. [Sun Gazette]

by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 3:45 am 6,497 23 Comments

In contrast to the noisy, jubilant celebration at the White House, the scene at the Pentagon Memorial last night was one of quiet remembrance.

About two dozen visitors trickled in to the memorial following the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces in Pakistan. As visitors strolled the dimly-lit grounds, only the peaceful sound of bubbling water could be heard. The sound came from small pools below each of the memorial’s 184 benches, which represent the 184 people killed during the bin Laden-orchestrated attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Two visitors said they came to the Pentagon seeking a deeper connection to the evening’s news.

“The celebrations over at the White House didn’t fully capture the emotions of the night,” said Crystal Adams, of the District. Fellow District resident Brian Chiglinsky agreed.

“It felt like this was the place for a more solemn remembrance about the importance of tonight and what this past decade has meant to our generation,” he said.


by ARLnow.com May 2, 2011 at 12:35 am 7,068 20 Comments

(Updated at 1:10 a.m.) A U.S. Park Police helicopter helped Arlington County police search for a suspect near Ballston tonight.

Police were investigating a possible attempted sexual assault just before midnight when a man took off running. After police lost track of him, the helicopter and a K-9 unit were called in to help search a neighborhood just west of Ballston Common Mall.

Around 12:50 a.m., police located the suspect, who took off running again. Officers were able to catch up with him and take him into custody outside the church at N. Carlin Springs Road and N. Thomas Street.

Photo courtesy @navidsm


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