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Morning Notes

by Katie Pyzyk December 19, 2012 at 8:50 am 3,630 23 Comments

Christmas tree on top of Lee Heights Shops

ACFD Food Drive Ends Friday — The Arlington County Fire Department’s food drive, which began on December 1, will end this Friday, December 21. So far, ACFD has collected more than 1,200 pounds of food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Non-perishable food can be donated at all Arlington and Falls Church fire departments, and at the county government building at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

County Hopes Residents Remove Snow to Avoid Fines — Arlington officials are reminding residents that it could be another year that snow piles up and needs to be removed from sidewalks. The county hopes residents follow the snow removal ordinance that was put in place in 2010. Failure to remove snow is a civil infraction that holds fines of $50-100, and moving snow from private property into public areas (like streets) is a Class 4 misdemeanor. So far, no tickets have been issued under the ordinance. [Sun Gazette]

Sandy Hook School Fundraiser — Whitlow’s (2854 Wilson Blvd) is hosting a fundraiser tonight (December 19) to raise money for families affected by Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The effort was spearheaded by alumni from Virginia Tech who were students during that school’s deadly shooting in 2007. All proceeds from the event will go to the Sandy Hook School Support fund. There will also be a table set up for patrons to make cards to be sent to the community in Connecticut. [Hokies for Sandy Hook]

  • G Clifford Prout

    A Christmas Tree pictured? Should the politically correct police ding you for not calling it a Holiday Tree?

    • WeiQiang

      so there i was on Mon evening, chilling in the SARWOK+. two ACFD fire engines – decked to the nines in holiday illumination – come rolling up the street. the first is all lights and horns and sirens … sort of Rudolph-like. atop the second was jolly ole St Nick, waving to the kids on the street … and to me and my dog. blaring from the PA system was ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’.

  • nota member

    What about moving snow from public areas to private property, ie someone shoveling the sidewalk onto MY lawn!!! The nerve! Would that person also be a criminal?

  • GlenCampbell

    Hey, that’s my tree!

  • bobbytiger

    I double-dare you to issue a ticket.

  • Wilbur

    Maybe one day ArlCo will remove the snow from ITS OWN properties. Wait. Wait. This week DES was on record that it wont be doing that. Never mind.

    • Suburban Not Urban


  • Ashton Heights

    What happens to your snow shoveling duty when you are away on vacation?

    • Daniel

      You will owe your neighbors

    • Greg

      Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter. You are responsible for your sidewalk. Full stop.

      I particularly enjoyed shoveling “my” sidewalk into my yard one year, and coming back to find that the snowplows had plowed more snow onto “my” sidewalk than was there to begin with.

    • fedworker

      Can you say, revenue raiser for A-town?! They can make as much in failure to remove snow fines as they do with parking tickets. HINT: slip Zimmerman a Jackson and you’ll be just fine.

      • Alex

        Agreed. Sidewalks are public property aren’t they? If so, why are residents forced to clear them or face fines?

    • ACDC Hack

      You are SOL……poorly written ordinance……

  • novasteve

    I’m curious, are people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia exempt from the sidewalk shoveling rules?

  • DeportEmAll

    Is there a snitch line to call to report a neighbor who refuses to shovel his portion of the sidewalk?

    • TCE

      … actually, yes there is… the county has a small web application for reporting snow issues including sidewalks.


    • Captain_Obvious

      while you’re at it, make sure to tell the teacher she forgot to give you homework.

    • ACDC Hack

      Of course there is a snitch line…..it is after all, “The Arlington Way”………

  • Scoot Scoot
  • Ashton Heights

    Another question, are you allowed to move the snow into a parking space? We have a large fence, so shoveling the snow into the yard is not possible.

  • Stitch Jones

    “The county hopes residents follow the snow removal ordinance…” How does a county hope? Perhaps ARLNOW.com should try a little more objective phrasing, such as, “County officials have said that they hope,” or even a direct quote.

    Otherwise you sound like a mouthpiece for the county. Not an enviable position for a news organization.

    • Alex

      Give ARLnow.com a break, it was a morning note, not a complete article. The message was conveyed.

  • novasteve

    Why no story on Robert Bork? he died here in Arlington.


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