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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com November 21, 2012 at 8:35 am 3,238 7 Comments

Thanksgiving Closures — Most county offices and facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Arlington courts, meanwhile, close at noon today. Community centers will be closed, except for Barcroft and Walter Reed, which will both be open on Friday. ART and Metro will run on a holiday schedule. Trash collection will operate as normal. [Arlington County]

Streets to Close for Turkey Trot 5K — The Lyon Park neighborhood will host its 7th annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving (Thursday) morning. The race, which has sold out, will result in several street closures in the area. [ACPD]

Library Technical Difficulties Update — Arlington Public Library is still struggling to recover from a system crash on Friday. “The catalog/accounts system and research databases will remain unavailable through Wednesday morning at the earliest,” the library said on its web site last night. All items due between Nov. 10 and Nov. 26 are now due Dec. 1. [Arlington Public Library]

County Plans for Bikeshare — Arlington has created a  6-year “Transit Development Plan” for Capital Bikeshare, the first such plan for a bikesharing system in the United States. The county will now submit the plan to Virginia with the hopes that Capital Bikeshare will be eligible for state transit funding. [Mobility Lab]

Pike Taekwondo Studio Celebrates Anniversary — U.S. Taekwondo College, the martial arts studio in the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse building at 932 S. Walter Reed Drive, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Grandmaster Myung Hak Kang, an immigrant from Seoul, South Korea, established the business in 1972. “I didn’t know how popular Taekwondo would be in a foreign country,” he said in an email. “I wanted to share a passion of mine and hoped the fitness and discipline aspect would catch on.”

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  • Drunkard

    Liquor stores closed all day tomorrow. Stock up on the wild turkey today!

    • Douglas Parker

      You may want to wait until Friday!

      Virginia ABC announced that they will have Black Friday specials from 25-50% off selected spirits and 10% off any purchase totalling more than $50!

      • JamesE

        They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.

  • Ted

    How about a rideshare program? How about a neighborhood shuttle bus to the supermarket program? How about a low cost grocery delivery program to residences by supermarkets? Why so much transportation ‘planning’ based on the expectation residents want to ride bicycles 24/7/365, when 90% dont? How about transportation planning by residents not by non-residents who drive to 2100 Clarendon Blvd. one-per-vehicle to ‘plan’ transportation for Arlington?

    • drax

      Same old hyperbole.

      Nobody is assuming that all residents want to ride bikes all the time.

      On the other hand, they are trying to nudge the balance of modes away from cars. And that’s because it is both expensive and infeasible to continue to cater to car drivers alone by building or widening roads. Getting more people out of their cars benefits the rest of the people who still drive – you get that, right?

      • Ted

        Same old hyperbole? How about this. A supermarket chain in a suburban community in the Northeast where my sister lives is NOT giving gasoline discount points, it’s giving discounted home delivery of groceries to customers instead. Seniors love it. One delivery track prevents 30 SOV trips to/from the supermarket.

  • South Awwlington

    ARLnow – What’s the skinny on Whole Foods coming to Crystal City…?

    Check out the Crystal City BID’s FB page for general comment.


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