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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com July 30, 2012 at 9:05 am 4,093 21 Comments

Family Remembers Homicide Victim — As Arlington police search for the man who killed a Columbia Pike jewelry shop owner on Friday, the family of the victim is speaking out. The victim’s daughter said her dad, 52-year-old Tommy Wong of Herndon, had owned Capital Jewelers at 3219 Columbia Pike for the past 5 years. “I just want to know why didn’t he take what he needed and leave my dad alone,” she said tearfully in a TV interview. [WUSA 9]

Tobacco Use Down Among Arlington Youth — Arlington youths are using less tobacco but are using more marijuana, according to the latest survey by the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. The survey results point to a continuation of a decade-long trend of declining tobacco use and increasing marijuana use among Arlington youth. [Sun Gazette]

Obituary for Local Business Leader — An obituary has been published for Syd Albrittain, the chief executive of local developer Dittmar Co., who died at the age of 82 last month. In addition to helping Arlington achieve its vision for transit-oriented development, Albrittain gave millions to local organizations like Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, the Catholic Archdiocese of Arlington, Virginia Hospital Center and the Arlington Free Clinic. [Washington Post]

  • Frivolous

    Look at all that green

  • drax

    Only bigots hate pot smokers.

  • E

    marijuana is fun and healthy, no real shocker.

    • UA


      • E

        yes, me and my husband vaporize, it is very healthy. have fun with your alcohol.

    • smoking anything is unhealthy, brah.

      • T:GEOA

        Vaporize it

  • CW

    Was that picture taken with a calculator?

    • JamesE


  • Chris B

    That article in the Sun Gazette is pretty bad.

    – The article states that among 12th graders 47% had used marijuana in the last year and that “the use of marijuana is rising”. No numbers are reported of previous years. Is it a jump from 20%? A statistical meaningless increase from 46%?

    – The numbers of smoking are not even mentioned at all, only that “tobacco use is down”. How does it compare to previous years? How does it compare to marijuana use?

    – Also, no mention of the frequency of use. Have these kids tried marijuana once in the last year? 50 times? How does the frequency compare to smoking.

    The original report is not available online yet it seems — http://www.arlingtonpartnershipforyouth.org/.

    Anyway, so much for my morning rant.

  • WeiQiang

    You think any of the hackers on the course ever try to hit that bird condo? BTW, isn’t that an ABDO birdhou … er, avian loft?

    • NoVapologist

      It’s a house for purple martins.

      • drax

        Free housing for homeless purple martins, you mean.

  • Abe Froman

    Thats a nice picture that most of us will never get to see.

    • T:GEOA

      That view is open to the public every 7/4 when the unwashed masses are allowed onto the property for fireworks. Otherwise, no tresspassing.

    • Westover

      And that’s the way we want it.

    • DarkHeart

      Has Obama played there? The members claim that every POTUS since Wilson or so has played a round there. IIRC, you can see the Cathedral from 14 tee.

  • U ROY

    You got that right.

  • Dan

    What is the white building on the horizon on the right hand side of the photo….is that the cathedral ??

    • Dan

      Whoops, I just read the previous comment….

  • Mc

    Read the obit for Mr. Albrittain. A good fellow – Arlington needs people like him who care about their community.


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