Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com April 3, 2012 at 8:30 am 5,872 56 Comments

Englin Admits to Affair — Del. David Englin (D), who represents parts of Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax, admitted Monday night that he had been “unfaithful” in his marriage and that he’s currently separated from his wife, political consultant Shayna Englin. The four-term House of Delegates member announced he will not seek reelection in 2013. [Sun Gazette]

Va. Residents Are 60 Percent of Nats Attendance — About 60 percent of those attending Nationals baseball games are from Virginia, compared to about 25 percent from Maryland and 15 percent from the District, according to internal team numbers. Eight years ago a group tried to bring the Nationals and the team’s new stadium to Pentagon City, but ultimately objections from Arlington residents helped to sink the plan after concerns were raised about crowds and traffic. A large cluster of office buildings is now proposed for what could have been the site of the baseball stadium. [Washington Post]

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day — From 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. today, Ben & Jerry’s locations will be celebrating the company’s 34 years in business by giving away a free scoop of ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt. Unfortunately, local ice cream lovers will need to get their free scoops in D.C. or Alexandria — there are no participating Ben & Jerry’s locations in Arlington County. [Ben & Jerry’s]

New Legal Programs in Ballston — The Ballston-based Court Reporting Institute is offering four new court reporting programs for those seeking a legal career. The programs include Legal Assistant, Voice Writing, Electronic Evidence Discovery and Certified Shorthand Reporter. The accelerated 120-hour Certified Shorthand Reporter course trains students to record notes and dialogue at a rate of 225 words per minute.

Photo courtesy Andrew Clegg

  • DarkHeart

    So, if BRAC had been announced earlier, we could have the Nats in Arlignton?

    • CW

      I prefer Costco!

      • Arlington, Northside

        Costco would not have been affected. It would have been nice to have the stadium on this side of the river.

        • CW

          Ah in that case they should have gone for it. Was before my time.

      • MC

        Can’t wait for Costco lease to end and that space to be torn down. Costco is a huge waste of space, sucking in drivers from DC and elsewhere.

    • Lou

      No, you probably would have got a combined conference and aquatics center.

    • Quoth the Raven

      Let’s start the rumor – new Redskins park in Crystal City…

      • WeiQiang

        Yeah, but let’s say it’s going in at the vacant tract at the south end of Crystal City.

  • G Clifford Prout

    I’m certain the Englin’s are another victim of gays wanting to marry and thus destroying sanctity of marriage.

    • Garden City


    • Max

      This only applies to people who fight gay marriage. This must have been something else.

    • -1

      • drax

        Didn’t you hear, Lauren? Every time two gays get married, a straight marriage explodes somewhere!

        • nunya

          i heard the same thing about kittens and self gratification.

          • drax

            I tried that once. The kitten just fell asleep.

          • CW

            Ahh, so that explains all the dead kittens in front of the 7-11s and along the W&OD trail…

        • WeiQiang

          I heard.

  • CrystalMikey

    RE: The Nats. Oh, the irony.

  • dallynd

    I wondered why a public figure would deactivate his Facebook page. That’s a shame. Hope he gets his priorities in order.

  • OldTimer

    Is there a Ben & Jerry’s at Nats Park where I can get my free scoop today? Ice cream and beer watching exhibition baseball on a sunny day.

    • NIMBY the chicken

      I think you’ll have to go to Georgetown, Old Town, or the Reagan Building – the Union Station scoop “shop” is not participating

  • John Fontain

    Just an FYI, not all Ben & Jerry’s locations participate in free scoop day. Their website lists those that do and don’t.

    • OldTimer

      Too bad the store in Clarendon shut down. I could walk my dog and get us both treats today.

  • Locala

    Poor David Englin. I wonder if this Arlnow post from 2010 cursed him. http://www.arlnow.com/2010/06/02/del-david-englin-keeping-things-hot/

    • JamesE


    • Greg

      That’s a shame…

    • ArLater
      • JamesE

        it all adds up now

    • G Clifford Prout

      For the record, I think he’s hot too.

      • T.G.E.0.A….

        He’s available

        • Tabs

          I love the comment, “hot hair plugs”

      • Flip Flop Brah

        I am hoping the affair is with a dude . . . I think he’s hot, too.

  • Skeptical

    You know, if every office-holder who wandered off the rez felt he had to leave office, 90% of the people we elect probably wouldn’t finish their terms.

    And yet we have this.

    Far be it from me to tell Mr. Englin how to manage his life but I dearly hope he didn’t step down just because someone threatened to expose his affair. No one wants to be cheated on, but as a culture, we so need to get over caring about other people’s love affairs, unless it makes an elected official unavailable when needed, like on the Appalachian Trail or something.

    • Arlington, Northside

      90% of elected officials do not cheat on their spouses. It is a shame that you would so paint with such a broad brush all those who give up a lot in life for public service.

      • WeiQiang

        Because elected officials are so much MORE virtuous than the general population?? Just the sanctimony factor should be enough to prevent you from making such generalized statements: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17951664/ns/health-sexual_health/

        • drax

          No, because they aren’t LESS virtuous than the general population, at least not that much less virtuous.

      • Jackson

        So at any point in time, there are at least 54 members of congress actively having affairs.

        • Arlington, Northside

          Maybe, which is far less than the 486 Members that Skeptical was implying are cheating.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      That’s where you are wrong – not caring about the morals and ethics of those that you HAND your decision making authority to (it is after all a representative democracy) is wrong.

      • Arlingtonian

        What kind of ethics does Englin have? He accepted an all-expense paid trip to France from a company that is trying to have the Virginia General Assembly approve a uranium mine in southwest Virginia. He was the only Northern Virginia politician who took the trip.

        Who cares about his extramarital affairs (except for his wife and family)? Who cares about his free trip to France? Which of his actions, when made public, should have led to his resignation from public office?

    • Tabs

      +1 million, 650,000

  • NIMBY the chicken

    If you all had just listened to me you wouldn’t have to cross any rivers!

  • ArlForester

    Every time some neighborhood fights a stadium over traffic concerns, they are rewarded with offices or retail that give them traffic nearly every day of the year. I love the punishment doled out to the Potomac Yard area over their concern about Redskins traffic 10 times a year. Ha ha ha

    • drax

      And they get to enjoy that retail year-round.

      I’ll take the offices or retail, thanks.

      BTW, Potomac Yard has some retail, but also residential.

      • SouthPikeGuy

        It is never an either/or with urban stadiums. The area around Nats Park is just starting to come together as a very nice mixed use neighborhood. It was written up on GGW a couple of days ago. Arlington missed out.

        • Arlington, Northside

          That is the truth. Nats Stadium was built at the worst time possible in the last forty years as far as real estate development is concerned, and they are still getting things done, although a tad slower than originally hoped for. Pentgon City/Chrystal City already had the development, and would be doing even better if they had the baseball stadium.

          • SouthPikeGuy

            You could ride the streetcar to the stadium. Just like at Griffith.

            Talk about completely blowing it.

          • Zoning Victim

            Why does a ball field automatically make everything better? I’m fine with it being in DC, which is where it belongs, anyway. I don’t see where Arlington is struggling because of this decision.

        • drax

          According to ArlfForester, you can have retail and offices without a giant stadium. Which is obvious.

          We don’t need all that. We’re doing fine without it.

        • Arlingtonian

          No. Arlington won when D.C. got the baseball stadium and its associated development. Arlington does not need the traffic, paving, loss of trees and open space, air pollution, energy usage and transit congestion that new development inevitably creates.

          D.C.’s new mixed use community new new stadium is very close to the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. This is adding a massive amount of congestion to the already-crowded highway, which serves D.C’s central business area and monumental core.

          Fewer people will want to work in D.C. or visit it because of its government’s stupid and short-sighted decision-making process in this instance.

      • Arlington, Northside

        It took fifteen years for them to get that residential. Plus they would still have the retail in addition to the stadium with better transportion options paid for by the Cooke family back in the day. But then again, they would have Danny Boy sullying their area 10 times a year now.

      • NIMBY the chicken

        drax, the stadium would have only been on the east side of Route 1. The residences in Del Ray and along Route 1 would have come about on their own. Inappropriate to factor that in.

        • drax

          That was my point – we didn’t need a stadium just to get a shopping center.

  • Rebecca

    What will happen for his plans for marijuana to be sold at the ABC stores?!!?!?!

  • Civic Activist

    Now we know why Del. Englin sounded so authoritative when he spoke in the General Assembly about “vaginal probes” — he had been doing his homework.


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