Morning Notes

by Katie Pyzyk December 7, 2012 at 8:55 am 3,204 9 Comments

County Proposes Tax Cuts to Lure Advertising Firms — Arlington is proposing to eliminate its tax on media buy receipts in the hopes of luring a new advertising firm, and keeping the existing ones. Trying to reduce the tax in 2004 didn’t have the desired effect, and there are now fewer advertising agencies in Arlington than there were in 2004. The suggestion is to eliminate the tax by early 2013. [WTOP]

Gifts that Give Hope Fair — Fifteen locally based non-profit organizations will participate in the second annual Arlington Gifts that Give Hope Fair tomorrow (December 8) at Calvary United Methodist Church (2315 S. Grant Street). During the alternative gift fair, shoppers can choose to donate for a specific gift, such as an “apartment application fee for one family as they leave a shelter” or “a prescription for a sick child.” The fair runs from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and features holiday music, face painting, crafts, refreshments, special $5 items for children to contribute and a visit from Santa from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Professional Racquetball Tournament — Some of the world’s top professional women’s racquetball players will participate in the 2012 Christmas Classic this weekend, including #11 ranked T.J. Baumbaugh of Reston and #39 ranked Paola Nunez of Falls Church. The event will take place throughout the weekend (today through Sunday) at the Crystal Gateway Sport and Health Club (1235 S. Clark Street). A list of start times for each player is available online.

Library’s Holiday Tunes Released — The Arlington Public Library has released its fifth annual “Too Cool for Yule Blog,” which includes about an hour of holiday tunes. While some of the songs are standard holiday favorites, the blog offers versions by some non-traditional artists (such as Cee Lo Green singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch). Purists, fear not. The list also features classics from Louis Armstrong, Andy Williams and the late Dave Brubek, who passed away on Wednesday. [Arlington Public Library]

  • Miles Standish

    A veritable cornucopia!

    • brown before green

      Clean up in Aisle 3!

  • JillSobule

    “Christmas is the Saddest Day of the Year” is a great song.

  • NoVapologist

    That compilation is sadly lacking the dramatic rendition of ’twas the Night Before Christmas by former Arlington resident Henry Rollins.


  • Arlington Cat

    Is “Christmas at KMart” by Rootboy Slim featured?

  • KalashniKEV

    They need to propose getting off my restaurant tab and kill two birds with one stone!

  • YTK

    “Antiquated straw pipe causes major Pumpkin Spill somewhere in Arlington.”

  • PB

    It’s nice to give tax breaks to companies while raising taxes on home owners, adding a food tax for struggling restaurant owners, added taxes for cab fares, cutting money for libraries and schools, massively wasteful spending.

    They didn’t even ask businesses why they are leaving. Next they will try to pay them to stay. Simply amazing..

  • Kemper Martin

    I agree with you PB Fairfax County for example opened the flood gates about 20 yrs or more ago with huge tax incentives for company’s to relocate create jobs and cause more congestion. Usually a catch 22 for most areas and home owners. Peace !!


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