by ARLnow.com May 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.


aapic1HAZE: The Perils of Binge Drinking*
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Clips from the film HAZE, which tells the story of a college student’s experience of alcohol abuse and hazing combined with a panel discussion. 


aaevents2Hal Sparks Live at the Drafthouse*
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Comic actor Hal Sparks (E! Television’s Talk Soup, Showtime’s Queer as Folk, Dude, Where’s My Car?) performs stand-up comedy routine. 

aaevents3Outdoor Film Festival: The Breakfast Club*
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway)
Time: 8:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Movies shown rain or shine. However, movies will be cancelled for severe weather, including heavy rains and strong winds. 

Basic RGBBig Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Iota Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

The rockabilly hall-of-famers, currently celebrating their 25th year as a band, play a toe-tapping mix of western swing, country and rollicking rock and roll.


aaevents5Knock ‘N Roll Crab and Music Feast Fundraiser*
Annex (601 N. Randolph Street)
Time: 5:05 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

ALL YOU CAN EAT Crab and Music Feast Fundraiser benefiting two local non-profits, Phoenix Bikes and T3 Honu.

aaevents6Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
Arlington Planetarium (1426 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A dome show narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson. Followed by Interactive Star Talk by Dr. Jessica Rosenberg.


aaevents7Taste of Arlington
Ballston (Wilson Blvd between Glebe Road and N. Randolph Street)
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Ballston Business Inprovement District’s 26th Annual Taste of Arlington features more than 40 of Arlington’s favorite restaurants. 

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by Katie Pyzyk May 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm 0

Pet psychic Diane Roadcap with the Dalai Lama (photo via Arlington Metaphysical Chapel)Have you ever wondered what Fido and Fluffy are trying to tell you? You may have an opportunity to find out, thanks to a weekend celebration at Arlington Metaphysical Chapel featuring a pet psychic.

This Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, the chapel is holding its annual Honoring Animals Weekend. From pet portraits to a behavior class to a blessing of the animals service, a variety of activities will be offered. Perhaps one of the largest draws, however, will be pet psychic Diane Roadcap.

Roadcap has been featured in a variety of publications, such as the Washington Post, because she says she can communicate with animals. She has also been lauded for her assistance to shelter animals.

Roadcap will be holding a class called “Animal Communication: Yes, you can do it!” on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Her psychic pet reading sessions have already sold out for the weekend.

Other instructors will also hold classes and consultation sessions, such as reiki healing and dog massages, at Arlington Metaphysical Chapel (5618 Wilson Blvd) for Honoring Animals Weekend. The full class list and registration can be found online.

by ARLnow.com May 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm 0

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Adam Gallegos of Arlington-based real estate firm Arbour Realty, voted one of Arlington Magazine’s Best Realtors of 2013. Please submit follow-up questions in the comments section or via email.

Question: We just put our house on the market.  In anticipation of finding a buyer we would like to prepare for the inevitable home inspection. Can you provide any advice?

A professional home inspector will go from room to room testing the heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, electrical, appliances and smoke detectors. He or she will also evaluate the structure, roof, interior and exterior of the home.  What the home inspector finds to be positive and negative about the home will greatly shape the homebuyers perception of the investment they are in the process of making.

Don’t forget that the standard home inspection contingency usually provides them with the ability to cancel the contract. Yes, this does happen regardless of the market. Even too many little things can spook a homebuyer because they consider them clues about the overall condition of the home.

It’s a lot easier to be proactive about preparing your home for a home inspection. You will avoid opening up negotiation over a laundry list of repair requests and/or monetary credits. It leads to a transaction that is likely to progress smoothly and it is likely to save you money.

One of my favorite real estate authors (Jennifer Allan) put together a home inspection checklist for sellers that I have borrowed from and added to over the years, resulting in the following:

  • HVAC system — have it cleaned and serviced. If repairs are needed, make them. Make sure it has a clean filter.
  • Clean heating and cooling registers and vacuum inside if needed.
  • Make sure your windows open, close and lock.
  • Check for leaks in faucets and under sinks.
  • Make sure toilets flush properly and are not wobbly. If wobbly, replace wax ring and bolt down firmly.
  • If warm enough outside, de-winterize hose bibs.
  • Make sure all light fixtures and light bulbs are working.
  • Ensure that sinks and tubs drain quickly.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Replace cracked or broken window panes.
  • Caulk around tubs and showers.
  • Clean out grime in faucet filters (to maximize water pressure).
  • Ensure doors open, close and lock smoothly.
  • Ensure drain spouts extend away from the foundation.
  • Make sure anti-tip bracket is in place for the stove.
  • Run all appliances if the house has been sitting vacant. Listen for odd noises and check for leaks.
  • Inspect roof and make repairs as needed.
  • Test electrical sockets for the correct polarity.
  • Test smoke detectors.
  • Provide receipts and warranties for recent repairs and servicing.


by Katie Pyzyk May 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm 0

(Updated at 3:30 p.m.)  All lanes of Glebe Road have reopened at Route 50 following a three vehicle accident that shut down traffic for about half an hour.

Police say all lanes of southbound Glebe Road were shut down and only one lane of northbound is getting by.

According to police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, the accident occurred on the overpass of Route 50. Two of the vehicles involved were blocking the southbound lanes and the third was in a northbound lane.

One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Part of what took a while to get the busy road reopened was the amount of debris strewn across the roadway due to the extensive damage to the cars. The police investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Photos courtesy of Arlington County Police Department

by Katie Pyzyk May 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm 3,202 0

Embassy of the Republic of Korea propertyThe Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has offered Arlington County the use of prime land in the Courthouse area at no cost. The County Board is scheduled to vote on the lease agreement at its meeting this Saturday, May 18.

The two parcels of vacant land run along Clarendon Blvd, between N. Adams Street and N. Barton Street. The ROK Arlington Embassy Annex building lies adjacent to the land, but faces Wilson Blvd. The land parcels up for grabs currently house nothing but fenced asphalt and gravel lots.

The embassy reports that the space is only used a few times each year during large meetings. It decided to offer the land to the county as a goodwill gesture.

Terms of the lease would allow the county to use the land free of rent as long as it maintains the parcels. The county may use the property for any legal use, provided it notifies the embassy prior to changing the land use. Any permanent improvements on the land would first require consent from the embassy.

The lease agreement would be in effect for a minimum of two years and would continue until terminated by one of the parties. The county staff report indicates maintenance costs associated with the lease would be minimal and no significant fiscal impact is expected.

Although the county staff report recommends the Board approves the deal, so far no firm plan has been developed for the future of the land. The county’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) performed a preliminary land analysis and came up with some potential uses and improvements to the property. CPHD is prepared to solicit public input on possible uses for the site.

by ARLnow.com May 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm 0

ABC-Arlington-Logo-smEditor’s Note: ARLnow.com will be highlighting the companies that join our Arlington Service Directory this summer. The Service Directory is a place where Arlington residents can discover quality local companies that provide necessary and useful services for people, properties, pets and possessions.

Always Best Care of Arlington, located in Lyon Park, provides in-home care for local seniors.

From the company’s Service Directory listing:

Since 1996, Always Best Care has helped families with non-medical in-home care and FREE assisted living facility placement services. With Always Best Care, every client receives extraordinary care in an inspiring environment with caring people. We have worked with more than 25,000 seniors across the country. We’re here to serve you!

by ARLnow.com May 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

Law enforcement personnel from Arlington, neighboring jurisdictions and locales as far away as London gathered outside the Arlington County courthouse this morning for the county’s annual observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Among those speaking at the ceremony were Police Chief Doug Scott, Sheriff Beth Arthur and County Board Chairman Walter Tejada. The ceremony honored the six Arlington officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1935.

“Losing even one officer is too many,” said Chief Scott. Those who fell while in the service of Arlington County are:

Also recognized were law enforcement officers who have died outside the line of duty over the past year.

The ceremony, part of National Police Week, included bagpipe music and the playing of Taps. The 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road was closed to traffic during the ceremony.

by Katie Pyzyk May 14, 2013 at 11:05 am 1,034 0

Seneca Wall at Arlington Cemetery (photo courtesy Garrett Peck) Most of the trees in this portion of Arlington Woods are set to be removed for the expansion of Arlington National Cemetery

(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) Non-profit organization Preservation Virginia has named Arlington National Cemetery to its list of the state’s most endangered sites.

Each year the group chooses historical sites it believes have become threatened due to neglect, insufficient funding, inappropriate development or public policies and procedures. The cemetery made the list due to the Millennium Project, an expansion project requiring the removal of trees on 12 wooded acres, and the removal of portions of the red sandstone Seneca Wall, which was constructed during the late 1800s.

Around 800 trees would be removed from the cemetery as part of the plan, although about 600 would be replanted. Preservation Virginia’s concerns surround not only the tree removal, but also the amount of soil being moved, the extent of the new retaining walls to be constructed and the road to be built across a stream that is “likely to irreparably alter the topography and run counter to the objectives of Congress.”

This isn’t the first complaint about the Millennium Project’s plan for tree removal. Arlington residents and members of citizens groups, such as the Arlington Urban Forestry Commission, have voiced displeasure with the plan. In March, a number of people spoke out against the tree removal during an open house at the site.

Preservation Virginia said the following in a written statement:

“Preservation Virginia respects the mission of Arlington National Cemetery to provide for military interments, but along with other partner preservation organizations believes that there is a better way to create additional burial space while also respecting the significant contributions of Arlington House Woods and the existing, historic boundary wall to this sacred place… Preservation Virginia urges the Army Corps of Engineers to revisit the Environmental Assessment and to seek an expansion alternative that respects the historic significance of Arlington Woods, protects its historic landscape, and provides for additional burial space.”

Preservation Virginia’s full list of endangered sites for 2013 can be found on its website.

by Katie Pyzyk May 14, 2013 at 9:45 am 1,875 0

Metro logo(Updated at 3:40 p.m.) Track work will close Metro stations along the Orange Line this weekend, for the third time in the past month. This time the Ballston and Virginia Square stations will be out of service.

The closures begin at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, and run through closing on Sunday, May 19. Trains are expected to operate at normal weekend intervals even though service will be split into two segments — between Vienna and East Falls Church and between Clarendon and New Carrollton.

Free shuttle buses will replace trains between East Falls Church and Clarendon. Customers using shuttle bus service should add up to 25 minutes to their travel time.

The last trains of the night from Vienna to East Falls Church will depart 28 minutes earlier than normal — at 1:57 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 10:57 p.m. on Sunday.

The Orange Line closures are to allow for track circuit module replacement. There will also be work on the Red and Green lines this weekend. Information regarding those closures can be found on WMATA’s website.

The Ballston Business Improvement District expressed concern about the timing of the Ballston Metro station closure, considering the Taste of Arlington festival is expected to bring around 20,000 people to that area on Sunday.

Members of the BID have worked out a deal with WMATA. The station closures will remain in effect and passengers will still need to take shuttles between East Falls Church and Clarendon. However, starting around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, additional shuttles will be put into service to accommodate the heavier flow of passengers expected to travel to Taste of Arlington, which begins at noon.

“They will add a whole crew of buses to the schedule for Sunday so they can ensure that nobody is waiting too long and can get to their destination in a timely fashion,” said Ballston BID CEO Tina Leone. “We’re not the first group this has happened to. They’ve assured us they will monitor the buses in making sure they’re arriving and leaving at a rapid rate. We’re just thrilled they were so responsive and so accommodating.”

Leone added that the bus trip is only about 10 minutes, so hopefully festival attendees won’t experience too many delays. Those who prefer to drive to the event should note that the cost is only one dollar for three hours to park at the Ballston garage.

Disclosure: Ballston BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser

by Katie Pyzyk May 14, 2013 at 9:00 am 1,630 0

Donaldson Run meeting the Potomac (Flickr pool photo by Mark C. White)

Heavy Seas Alehouse to Open in Rosslyn — Baltimore brewer Heavy Seas plans to open a restaurant at the newly renovated 1501 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn. So far, the existing Baltimore location is the only other Heavy Seas Alehouse besides the one planned for Rosslyn. The restaurant is expected to open by the end of this year. [Washington Business Journal]

Army Ten-Miler Registration to Begin — Registration for the Army Ten-Miler opens at midnight on Wednesday, May 15. This year, 35,000 spots will be available for the October 20 race, instead of 30,000. General admission entries sold out within nine hours last year. [Army Ten-Miler]

Local Eighth Grader Named State’s Top Female Orator — Swanson Middle School eighth grader Dorothee Mulumba won the Virginia State Oratorical Contest on May 4. In total, her scholarship winnings from the local, regional and state competitions add up to $3,000. [Sun Gazette]

McDonnell Signs Transportation Bill — On Monday, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the transportation funding bill into law. The law cuts the state’s 17.5 cents per gallon gas tax and raises the state sales tax from 5 percent to 5.3 percent, in addition to adding a $64 registration fee for hybrid vehicles. [Washington Post]

Flickr pool photo by Mark C. White


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