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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am 4,082 50 Comments

County Offering Grants for Runoff Projects — Arlington County is seeking local residents, businesses and homeowners associations interested in reducing stormwater runoff and pollution from their property. Using $80,000 received from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, the county will offer cost-sharing grants to those who want to embark on runoff-reducing projects, like green roofs, rain gardens, conservation landscaping, infiltration trenches, cisterns, and pervious walkways and driveways. [Washington Post]

Arlington Teen Named ‘National Student Poet’ — Washington-Lee senior Luisa Banchoff, 17, has been named one of five 2012 National Student Poets, the “country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work.” [Patch,  Art & Writing Awards]

Library Recommends Books for Bullying — If your child is getting bullied, Arlington Public Library has some recommendations for books that can help him or her cope. [Arlington Public Library]

Photo courtesy Peter Golkin

  • CrystalMikey

    That doll looks like something out of Bioshock.

    • BrianKal

      I will have nightmares tonight, thanks Scott 😉

    • JamesE

      I can’t play that game, too scurry.

  • meh..

    That’s not a doll…that’s an OMEN!

  • Meg

    The news ticker on last night’s news kept saying that there had been some kind of attempted abduction Monday — police were looking for a man who had attempted to lure a child into a car in Arlington. No “School Talk” announcement and now I can’t find anything in the news about it. Anyone have any idea?

    • Mike Hunt


      • TomTom


        • novasteve

          Ah, nothing like defamation in the morning.

          • drax

            Proof you are clueless, steve.

    • drax

      I saw that in the newspaper. Far superior news source than TV or email.

    • Anon

      Is this it? This was posted to Jefferson middle school’s listserv earlier this week:
      An elementary school parent in the Arlington Heights neighborhood has let me know that a man was filming students at a bus stop at 2nd and S. Jackson Street, and possibly also filming middle school students walking to school, earlier this week. The parent was unable to get the license plate of the car he was in before the man drove off, but did contact police. There was a police presence near that corner this morning.

      Please take a moment today to review standard safety with your children. Reiterate that children should walk to and from Jefferson in groups, if at all possible. Children should avoid engaging in conversations with adults in cars, and should definitely never approach a car when called over. Students should report any suspicious activity or incidents immediately to a trusted adult, such as the Principal, Assistant Principals or our school’s resource officer, Officer Parsons.

      • Anon2

        Or maybe it was an Arlington parent/taxpayer/citizen documenting excesses of the school bus system(load factors etc) or the difficulties of walking to school due to new bus restrictions. My, my, why is everything assumed to be a crime. Turn off your crime shows and consult actual data. Crime is down but fear is up. Also, assuming all men are criminals does not bode well for our sons…they too will have to live in this society biased against the single male at the park etc. Not all are criminals!! And strangers are not bad! Remember, YOU are a stranger too!

    • Meg

      Found it on the Patrick Henry listserv, and, yes, it was an attempted abduction:

      The Arlington County Police Department is currently investigating an attempted enticement of a 10 year-old boy as he was walking home from Patrick Henry Elementary School yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred in the 2800 block of S. 8th Street around 3:45 p.m., when a light-colored sedan driven by a Hispanic male approximately 40-45 years of age with short dark hair approached the child and attempted to lure the boy into the vehicle. The boy was able to run away and reported the incident to his father.

  • DarkHeart

    I pity the poor child that had that doll.

    • Meg

      I think it is / was a winking rabbit.

      Wouldn’t want to try falling asleep with that thing in the room.

  • Clarendon

    Best Morning Notes picture – ever. Looks like a post-apocalyptic clown movie.

    • WeiQiang

      Clown comment, brah.

      • Chris B


    • Swag

      It’s the Bunnyman’s illegitimate daughter.

  • DarkHeart

    Martial arts, boxing, and other combat sports / by Jason Page
    Central Kids Nonfiction J 796.8 PAGE AVAILABLE

  • Hurley

    That picture is terrifying. I feel like Zeebo the Clown is terrorizing Arlington.

  • Always a Fool

    Why, in the name of all that is holy, would our library recommend books for bullying? That is outrageous! Bullying is wrong and should not be recommended for anyone.

    • Another Fool

      Yep! Kinda like I never give money to the American Cancer Society. Why have a society for cancer?

  • dang!

    huh. I liked the doll…I thought ” aw look at that cute little doll, I wonder where the child is that had that do they miss her ?”
    that’s so sad…an old discarded smiling doll…all dirty and forgotten, used to be loved and prized, now….

  • creepy photo!!

  • CW

    Books for bullying? How about a hardcover medical textbook. One swing upside the head with that thing – no more bullying.

    • WeiQiang

      Surely, you are not advocating violence … except in self-defense in the case of physical bullying?

      • CW

        Strangely, bullying wasn’t as big of a problem back when kids were allowed to stand up for themselves…and unless stopped, all bullying will eventually progress into physical bullying.

        • drax

          Bull, CW. Bullying was a big problem then. And the victims often couldn’t stand up for themselves, because they weren’t physically equal. Bullying victims are often smaller kids, or disabled kids.

          And bullying isn’t just about physical contact. There’s internet bullying these days too. Leads to suicides and such.

          • WeiQiang
          • SomeGuy

            I see a lot of unsourced claims in your first paragraph.

          • sunflower
          • drax

            Of course assumptions can be made sometimes. Never said otherwise.

            And sometimes they can’t be.

          • drax


            Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and assert that bullying has been a problem for a while, and that victims of bullying often couldn’t fight back (not that they should be expected to fight just to protect themselves from assault) and that victims are often weak or disabled, without citations to back me up.

          • SomeGuy

            Sweet. Just wanted to make sure you’re in agreement that sometimes reasonable assumptions can be made even in the absence of extensive studies. And it seems like you are… today.

          • drax

            Bullying is a problem. Good assumption.

            Someone who was arrested for something must be guilty because they were arrested for it. Bad assumption.

          • ArlingtonWay

            While I am interested in seeing some good books on the bullying problem, I’m not sure I want to go the the library to get them. I mean, does anyone know how infrequently they disinfect these libraries!? It’s a damn petri dish with bookshelves! Shudder!

      • I am curious, what part of CW’s post did you not understand? It is pretty clear to me he was talking about self-defense.

    • drax

      It’s that kind of thinking that makes bullying worse.

    • sunflower

      sure cw, let’s hit the kid upside the head to show him that physical violence is wrong!

      • SomeGuy

        Why are you cyber-bullying CW?

        • CW

          That one made me chuckle.

  • doug drabek

    We need a silly article on some drunken fool who got in trouble over the weekend doing something foolish and hilarious.

    C’mon, ArlNow, c’mon Arlington 20 somethings

  • DarkHeart

    Peter Yarrow to the rescue!

  • SHLady

    Great photo!

  • Id

    Something that got away from the Petri dish.


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