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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com December 2, 2011 at 8:00 am 3,084 23 Comments

Construction Progress in Rosslyn — Progress is being made on two major construction projects in Rosslyn. Despite a partial collapse of a retaining wall over the summer, the shell of one of the future Sedona and Slate apartment buildings (above) is nearing street level. We’re also told that the shell of the future 1812 N. Moore office tower is steadily making its way, floor by floor, toward the top of the construction pit and may be visible from street level in the near future.

Shirlington Lights Up the Village — Shirlington held its “Light Up the Village” holiday event last night, complete with angels on stilts, jesters on unicycles, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. [Shirlington Village Blog]

Puppies Help Stressed GMU Law Students — The Virginia Square-based George Mason University law school called in some cuddly support for its over-stressed students on Thursday. With exams approaching, students got to de-stress with 15 puppies from the Forever Home rescue organization. [Washington Post]

Another Possible County Board Candidate — Lyon Village Citizens Association president H.K. Park is mulling a run for state Senator-elect Barbara Favola’s Arlington County Board seat. If he does, he’ll be the seventh candidate to announce his or her candidacy. [Sun Gazette]

Tejada Endorses Bondi — County Board member Walter Tejada has announced that he’s supporting Melissa Bondi in the upcoming County Board special election. Bondi, who has been active in local Democratic politics for more than a decade, is also being supported by Delegate-elect Alfonso Lopez, Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson and School Board member James Lander. [Bondi for County Board]

  • CrystalMikey

    Don’t get too used to the puppy time kids, because you won’t find that in the “real world”.

    • Clarendon

      Unless you go to work for a company like Google. Google lets people bring their dogs to work. My friends works for a video game company in Cali where the people bring their pooches in. Working for a game company is the geek equivalent to being in the NBA so maybe that’s not so common though.

      • Swag

        There are plenty of smaller companies that let employees bring their pets in, but they’re generally all in the already-casual creative fields.

    • I destress every evening when I return home from work when I walk my dog.

  • KalashniKEV

    That’s a toxic endorsement.

    • bemused bystander

      What’s toxic about puppies?

      • drax

        I wonder if Kev hates homeless animals too.

        • KalashniKEV

          Ever been to Bucharest?

          You’d hate them too.

  • Hopefully those who don’t like the generic pictures will realize today’s is topic specific!

    • OX4

      Yes. I got worried this morning that I wouldn’t be able to read an article about construction because there wasn’t a picture of construction next to it.

      • Swag

        I’ve always wondered what construction looked like. Now I know!

  • novasteve

    Will there be any no kill shelters for all of those unemployable students coming out of law school in this economy?

    • Swag

      I’m pretty sure the new homeless shelter will be no-kill.

    • sweet baby cheeses


  • Fred

    Noticed last evening that they have painted the line for the shoulder on the spot improvement lane on 66W. Hopefully that means they will shortly complete that project.

    • CrystalMikey

      Oh, I hope so!

  • Burger

    Curious, looking at Ms. Bondi’s website, it appears she didn’t complete her college degree. Not that there is anything wrong with that but coinciding with here seemingly endless jumping from one “community” position to another every 1-2 years. To me it belies a person that likes the “glow” of a new position but once the position gets down to work she bails.

    So, I’d really question if she has the persistence, drive and dedication the position requires. This isn’t something she can just jump somewhere else after a year because it requires her to be in the CB office after midnight ruling on a land zoning issue.

    • charlie


      of course she’ll say it was “broadening her knowledge” but we all know what it really is: check list credentials.

      another item missing: homeowner and real estate tax payer.

      • Whitney Wilson

        I don’t think that being a renter should disqualify someone from service on the County Board (sorry if that’s not what you meant, but that’s they way it sounds). Even renters end up paying property taxes indirectly.

        • charlie

          no it doesn’t disqualify someone but it does make them less qualified.
          The largest financial transaction/payment most people have every year is with Arlington County — paying their taxes.
          County Board members are responsible for the budget that includes the real estate property tax. If someone doesn’t pay (directly) that tax do they really know how painful it can be?

          • zzzzz

            The bank that holds my mortgage pays the county tax for me, and I pay it to them in monthly chunks. Does that disqualify me from understanding the pain?

    • FedUp

      If Bondi were to win the nomination and the special election, it would make two on the Board without a college education: Tejada and Bondi. Mmmm….

  • Unfortunate

    It’s surprising to see Tejada endorse a trust-fund baby like Status Quo Bondi.


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