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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am 3,523 34 Comments

Paws to Read Coming to Cherrydale — Paws to Read, a program that allows children to practice their reading skills by reading books aloud to dogs, is making its debut at the Cherrydale Branch Library next month. The ‘Paws’ dogs will be at Cherrydale the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 10 and for one Saturday each month afterward. The program is intended for children from K-5. [Arlington Public Library]

Controversy for Fmr. Arlington Official — Former Arlington Deputy County Manager Kenneth Chandler has resigned as City Manager of Portsmouth, Va. The resignation came as the city council was preparing to fire him for the bungling of the resignation of the city’s former fire chief. [Virginian-Pilot]

Resident Pens Va. Tech Cookbook — Krista Gallagher, a Pentagon City resident, has co-written a recently-published cookbook for Virginia Tech alumni. The book, “A Taste of Virginia Tech,” compiles recipes from various restaurants around Blacksburg. Gallagher will participate in a book signing event at Bailey’s Pub and Grille in Ballston (4238 Wilson Blvd) at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, before the nationally-televised Virginia Tech-Florida State football game. [A Taste of Virginia Tech]

Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann

  • SouthPikeGuy

    Every recipe starts with the same ingredient: one freshly tipped cow.

    • DCBuff

      Thought they dished up a pretty good turkey down in Blacksburg.

  • WeiQiang

    Paws To Read is awesome.

  • JimPB

    The photo captures Fall at its best.

  • JimPB

    Wolfhann — Your photos are extraordinarily great.

  • JimPB

    Our extraordinary ArlCo public library scores again in innovative service with “Paws to Read.”

  • CrystalMikey

    Excellent photo.

  • drax

    Photo taken at Potomac Overlook Park?

    • HomeGrown

      Looks like the path at Windy Run off Lorcom Lane

      • WeiQiang

        You folks in NArl have very nice paths.

  • B22201

    A Taste of Virginia Tech. . . you’re living in the past! Move on with your lives, and create A Taste of Pentagon City mall like an adult.

    • Elmer

      Can I get a Pentagon City logo’d bumper sticker, window decal, car magnet, license plate, license plate frame, car flags, sweatshirt, hat, satin jacket, key chain, shorts, lunch pail, mouse pad, penant, golf balls, golf bag, head covers, coffee mug, corn hole board, etc., etc., etc.??? Loves me some schwag!

  • bobco85

    If they have a recipe from Backstreets Pizza, I’m in!

  • Bacon

    In Fairfax and Loudoun counties the schools have a “Reading Buddy” program where they pair up a fourth or fifth grader with a kindergartner. The older child is instructed to read to the younger child for 40 minute a week. There is no was no program like this in the Arlington County elementary school my kids attended.

    Hope the reading program at the Arlington Library encourage the dogs to read more when they get older.

    • WeiQiang

      That sounds like a great program in the school system. You do understand that there is a difference in the programs [aside from one being in the schools and the other in the public library], in terms of the dynamic being addressed. Seems like the FFX/LDN program is for one age group to interact with another age group to foster reading (and, hopefully, listening & comprehension). PTR takes a wider swath of kids and puts them in an environment where a parent or teacher with little time won’t judge or rush them.

      To my knowledge, the pets aren’t being evaluated over time to assess their reading abilities … although if you’d like to include that initiative in a bond issue, have at it.

      • Arlingtoon

        In Arlington it would probably pass.


        • Arlington Cat

          I would hope the kids wont be reading the books Old Yeller, or Sounder. In both these books the dog get shot.

          • Bacon

            And the dogs were loyal before they got shot. Not a good lesson.

          • Arlingtoon

            “Old Yeller” was my favorite book (and movie) when I was a kid. Still have my old dog-earred copy.

          • Josh S

            Let’s not forget Where the Red Fern Grows, which still chokes me up today when I think about reading it as a kid.

      • WeiQiang

        Having now looked at Book Buddies in FFX, it appears that the program is in the library system. Now, I’m just confused why you pointed to not having a program in APS. Anyhoo, the FFX program appears to pair 3-9, 6-9 or 5-9 y/o’s with high school kids. Sounds like a worthwhile program.

        More on reading to dogs or [if you’re a conspiracy type] teaching dogs to read: http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.php?id=12612

    • GymmyrayGymmyray

      Sounds like a complete waste of time for the older child.

      • drax

        Sounds like a very rewarding experience for the older child.

  • GreaterClarendon

    I’m guessing the photo is from Potomac Overlook, just after where you cross over a small bridge over the creek, and before you hit the kids play area / bonfire area.

  • YTK

    Nice Photo– maybe Long Branch????

    • Bacon

      Yup, to me it looks like Long Branch, looking up from the creek.

      • Kate

        Most of the trails I’ve used in Long Branch/Glencarlyn are paved.

  • Ruh?

    Not to sound mean but wouldn’t reading to a dog be the last resort instead of reading to a parent, sibling, friend, classmate, etc.? How is a dog going to help with pronunciation or context? I have this image of a kid struggling with a word and a dog with big floppy ears just sitting there, head cocked in total puzzlement.

    • Sam

      The program is designed to allow for children to feel comfortable reading out loud without fear of human judgment or correction; that for some children immediately causes anxiety, and their brain can not process well enough to allow for them to comprehend what they are seeing on the page.

      It is but one of many tools designed to foster confidence in reading, with the goal in mind of the child feeling comfortable enough in time to read in front of people.

      • Woop

        Funny if you think about it- most people never have to be tortured with reading out loud in front of other people outside of grade school. Reading is a solitary activity and many people as adults enjoy it for that reason. Kids reading to dogs sounds like something Brick would have to grudgingly do in an episode of “The Middle”.

        • drax

          And back we go to the first post – reading to an adult is essential for learning to read.

        • Observer

          We have a guy in the office who can’t read something to himself without moving his lips. Everybody gets a kick out of watching him.

  • KalashniKEV

    Is that the same well connected Dem who we paid a huge severance to just for passing through?

    • acdc hack

      No, I think that you are thinking of Michael Brown the county manager that was hired as the result of a nation wide search and then fired not too long after he was hired.

      It would still be interesting to get the full story about that…..


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