Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com July 25, 2012 at 8:45 am 3,647 43 Comments

W-L Softball Field Approved — The Arlington County Board has unanimously approved use permits for a new softball field at Washington-Lee High School. The $1 million field will include lighting, grandstands, and a press box.

Comcast Doubling Internet Speeds — Arlington is one of the areas where Comcast is increasing its internet speeds this week. The company says it’s doubling the internet speeds of Arlington customers who currently have the Blast 25 Mbps or the Extreme 50 Mbps internet service, at no additional cost. “This is the seventh time since 2002 that Comcast has increased speeds for its customers,” Comcast spokeswoman Alisha Martin said.

Encore’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Reviewed — The Encore Stage and Studio production of “The Pirates of Penzance” — currently playing at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater at 125 S. Old Glebe Road — is “two hours of solid entertainment for all ages,” according to a newspaper review. [Sun Gazette]

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  • JnA

    Why wasn’t the Quincy Park baseball field renovated instead.

    • Mickey Mantle

      This is a purpose-designed softball field, not a baseball field. Are you advocating one of the QP baseball fields be adapted or just that the baseball field be renovated before the softball field is built?

  • B22201

    So, we’re somehow able to create an entire softball field with lighting, grandstands, and a press-box (for all of those news reporters going to the high school softball games) for $1 Million, but it’s going to cost $1.5 Million and a year for a dog park to be built in Clarendon?

    • JamesE

      It’s Clarendon so the price is artificially inflated by pretentiousness and froyo/cupcakes for the workers.

    • novasteve

      Will there be parking for my 1 series BMW so I can show how insecure I am?

      • JamesE

        M3 or go home

        • South Awwlington


        • WeiQiang

          + 450 [hp]

      • Bayerische Motoren Werke

        If not, what other ways do you show it?

  • Comcast

    The notion of Comcast increasing speeds “at no additional cost” is a joke to anyone who has ever had a Comcast account. Costs go up every 6-12 months…often with no noticeable change in speed, service, or quality.

    • JamesE

      I have noticed this with XM radio, I am up for renewal and the price is nearly 1.5x what it was last year.

      • Autoexec.bat

        XM has a retention deal for $77 per year plus fees. Comes out to $90 a year IIRC. You just have to threaten to cancel and tell them you want the $77 deal and they can do it. I’ve been on that plan for 3 years now on two separate cars.

        • TCE

          I actually got a life time deal with my radio in my car about five years ago for $400… i’m allowed to transfer three times… just transfered for the first time last year. Don’t think they offer this anymore though.

    • SamW

      When our 6 month internet promo ended, the price doubled. I refused to pay that much so they knocked me down to the lowest level available (@ $40/mo) and I haven’t noticed any difference in service. It’s a huge rip-off.

    • BlastOff

      I have Blast! service, rebooted, noticed no speed increase with speedtest.net.
      Has anyone been able to confirm an actual speed increase?

    • VaGurl

      they arent really increasing speeds, they are just trying to keep it at par. the speeds have went down for me with the same service over the years due to the increase in traffic on their lines. so no theres no “improvement” but it hasnt gotten slower at least for once.

    • BlueSkies

      I’d have added a sarcastic comment about Comcast earlier, but my internet connection went down again…what else is new? It drops intermittently throughout the day. Every time Comcast comes, they say they can’t find a problem. Anyone else going through this?

      • bman

        How old is your cable modem?

        Is it a docsis 3.0?

        What is your signal reading inside the modem?

        What do the logs inside the modem say?

        You need to be on your computer and use a web browser to check out that stuff.

        Upgrade your cable and connections.

        I had a docsis 1.x modem die on me after 8 years of service. Kept dropping connections, was horrible. 6mbs/sec on speedtest. upgraded to docsis 3.0 with 4 channels, 20 mbs/sec.

        • BlueSkies

          Thanks, bman! Will check it out.

  • Elmer

    The pix of the buck in Bluemont: I saw a doe and her fawn on the Bluemont Trail last summer about this time one block west of the intersection of Wilson Blvd. and N. George Mason Dr..
    Luckily for them they turned away from the intersection and went west on the Trail.
    I wish this guy the best.

    • kc

      I saw a very small fawn just south of Roosevelt Island between the river and the Mt. Vernon Trail on Monday. Hope he didn’t find his way up on to the parkway.

      • Replicant

        Saw the same, plus two siblings, but no parent. Their Den is just south of the plank trail next to the river.

  • househoor

    I think a Baseball stadium would be better.

  • South Awwlington

    That’s a great picture!

    • DarkHeart

      That buck has been eating well.

      • WeiQiang

        It’s a fox holding some guy’s wall trophy.

        • South Awwlington

          You’re on fire today!

        • drax

          Time for a fox roundup!

  • Kim W

    Interesting that they approve a softball field with lighting that the tax payers even have to pay for… but wont let O’Connell have a lighted football field. Hypocrites!

    • Captain Obvious

      Quincy and Washington has a completely different character (busier, more urban) than does the neighborhood around OConnell.

      Context matters. It would be useful to learn and apply that at some point.

      • South Awwlington

        Vocal and powerful neighbors help too…don’t forget that.

  • neutrino

    Boycott Comcast, the pepco of cable service.

    • South Awwlington

      Luckily Dominion kept my lights on and Comcast was out for a grand total of 4 hours. Granted, my condo association was extremely lucky and we are all well aware of that. Personally speaking, Comcast of 2012 has been far more pleasant to deal with than DirecTV who was my last service provider. Customer Service wise, Comcast has done a 180 IMO.

      Pepco should be dissolved and held accountable. Thank God for Dominion.

  • Aaron

    How do they improve the lighting on the fields at W-L? Aren’t there residents who live near there? Or do those residents just count for less than the residents who live near BOC’s field?

  • WeiQiang

    … suitcase last night, brah.

  • Id

    Boy that deer looks like a tasty wall hanger.

    • ArlingtonNative

      Exactly what I was thinking! … would love to see him as burgers and steaks on my grill this fall !

    • DarkHeart


      “Saw the same, plus two siblings, but no parent. Their Den is just south of the plank trail next to the river”.

  • YTK

    Wow! An Eleven Pointer! (If you count the twig growing from the middle of his head)

  • The Bible

    That’s one sexy moose!!!


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