Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com September 6, 2012 at 9:15 am 3,043 27 Comments

Kaine to Visit Rosslyn Office — Former Virginia governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) will be making a campaign stop at an office building in Rosslyn today. Kaine will participate in a roundtable discussion on the clean energy economy at 3:15 p.m. The event is not open to the public.

School Bus Gets Lost on First Day of School — An Arlington County school bus carrying Glebe Elementary students arrived at school nearly an hour late on Tuesday after the driver made a wrong turn. The driver was new and had to meet up with another driver at Barrett Elementary in order to find his way back to Glebe. The kids on the bus were “a little scared,” according to a parent. [Washington Examiner]

Air-Traffic Controllers Rattled by Close Call — A close call involving three jets at Reagan National Airport on July 31 rattled air traffic controllers and produced a “chaotic scene” in the airport’s tower, according to a new National Transportation Safety Board report. The planes, however, were at different headings and altitudes and would not have crashed, officials say. [Associated Press]

‘Girls Night Out’ in Shirlington Tonight —  Shirlington Village is hosting a “Girls Night Out” from 5:00 to 10:00 tonight. In addition to food and drink specials at restaurants, and savings at other merchants, tonight’s event includes an “ArtJamz” freestyle paint party at the Hilton Garden Inn. A $25 ticket gets you a 20″x24″ canvas and unlimited painting supplies. [Village at Shirlington]

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    Some mighty fine affordable housing there.

    • Idi Amin Dada

      Puddles on the roof = west nile outbreak

  • MC 703

    Do the women have to paint with brushes?

    • nunya

      do drag queens count?

    • SomeGuy

      Also, is it a solo activity? Or can, say, 4 girls fingerpaint?

  • DarkHeart

    Why can’t we afford school buses with GPS navigation? Oh wait…

    • Taylor

      Apparently we can’t afford maps for the bus drivers either.

    • drax

      For buses that take the same route every day? What a waste that would be.

      • Regis

        The bus knows how to get to the school all by itself? Why do they have drivers then?

        • walking you through it

          Because the drivers know how to get there once they learn the route. And then they don’t need GPS.

          • Regis

            What about when they have a new or substitute driver?

          • Sean Hannity

            Then you let one of the kids drive.

          • DarkHeart

            Or take a vote at every intersection: left, right, straight.

          • drax

            Somehow bus drivers made it for 100 years without GPS. We don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on GPS units for buses.

          • drax

            They could, however, get a few GPS units – or even friggin’ maps – for new or sub drivers. A GPS unit in every bus is overkill.

      • Necessary

        GPS might be needed if the new routes are sending buses from picking up kids near Arlington Hospital then (if you believe what the reporter was told) over to Washington Blvd and Kirkwood, en route to Glebe. That would be the most convoluted route ever invented. Er, I mean, the most efficient routing I’ve ever heard of. Go routing software!!!

  • emanon

    Well, under APS’s new transportation policy, thankfully they knew exactly who was on that bus and were able to communicate with the parents…

    • Still waiting

      The parents of the affected kids are still waiting for that phone call.

  • South Side Chris

    Rooftop mosquito garden? Why didn’t I think of that!?! And so much room for activities!

  • Arlington Cat

    It is going to be warm and muggy; wear something short and flimsy, gals.

  • Tabs

    My first day of kindergarten, the bus driver was going the wrong way, so (against all common sense) decided to turn around in a neighbor’s very steep driveway. A young man speeding didn’t see the bus in time, and crashed into it. He was killed.

    So I think I’d rather just be an hour late.

    • jackson

      Your first day of school ever you saw someone die in front of you? That’s messed up.

      How many kids were on the bus? What do they all do now as careers? Seriously, that’s the kind of traumatic experience that keep therapists (and maybe corrections officers) busy.

      • Tabs

        I didn’t see anything gruesome, nor did any of the other kids, as far as I know. Only heard later that it was a fatal accident when my parents talked about it. Not that that really hits home when you’re that age.

  • Id

    To the Streetcar!

  • Perplexed

    I thought every night is girls night in Girlington.

  • bobbytiger

    If the event is “not open to the public”, how do we know Kane will be there, or, even if there is going to be any meeting at all?


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