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Most-Read Arlington Stories of 2016 (#1-5)

Police activity at Gaslight Square in Rosslyn, related to the Cafe Aficionado fraud case

In Arlington, 2016 was a year that was filled with local stories that were tragic, triumphant or just plain weird.

We’ve been counting down the top 20 most-read articles of 2016 this week. Today it’s time to look back at #1-5.

5. Search Underway for Missing Elementary School Student (23,485 views)
A missing Taylor Elementary student was thankfully found unharmed, near the school, but not before police called in a helicopter and a bloodhound to help search for him.

Fire at Market Common Clarendon4. Major Electrical Fire at Market Common Clarendon (23,569 views)
When an underground electrical fire shoots flames and thick black smoke into the air at a shopping center in Arlington’s most prominent business district, it’s a big story. This story has lingered well beyond the flames being extinguished due to the extensive repairs that were needed and the disruption to Market Common residents and businesses.

3. Rosslyn’s Caffe Aficionado Shut Down After Police Raid (28,248 views)
Very few saw this one coming: a well-loved little independent cafe in Rosslyn, run by a pair of friendly middle-aged coffee aficionados, was allegedly ripping off customers by cloning their credit cards and using them to buy pricy gift cards. A person who might have seen it coming: one of our employees, who had her credit card used fraudulently after a visit to the cafe.

A car flipped during a test drive at the Mercedes dealership in Ballston2. Test Driver Flips Mercedes In Dealership Parking Lot (32,493 views)
It’s still hard to understand how it could have happened, but just seconds into a test drive someone managed to flip a brand new Mercedes — while striking four other vehicles in the process — in the dealership’s parking lot in Ballston.

1. Swim Instructor’s Man Boobs Should Be Covered Around My Daughter (84,614 views)
“I took my daughter to this [swim] class yesterday. Unfortunately the male instructor’s breasts were flopping on the water and we felt extremely uncomfortable with her… in such close proximity to his intimate space.” Thus began an Arlington mom’s now-legendary complaint letter to the county’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The unusual letter would turn into an international “weird news” story after ARLnow.com first reported on it. 

The most-viewed ARLnow post of all time remains this Morning Poll from 2015 about towing in Arlington. It has received nearly 200,000 views due to its role in another news story that started in Arlington before blowing up and spreading around the world: the Britt McHenry/Advanced Towing drama.

Earlier this month McHenry, an Arlington resident and ESPN reporter, wrote about the incident in Marie Claire magazine, discussing the lessons she has learned and its lingering effects on her.

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Good Friday evening, Arlington. Today we published articles that were read a total of 17124 times… so far. 📈 Top stories The following are the most-read articles for today —…

YULA’s ultimate frisbee spring season is now open for registration. We offer programs for middle and high schoolers – open to all players, whether they are new or have previous experience.Middle SchoolIn the Middle School league, mixed-gender teams practice once during the week and have games on Sunday afternoons. Spring league is a fun, safe, and positive environment. The season begins mid-March and wraps up with a tournament in early June. There are several options for practice days, so we can often work around schedule conflicts with other sports & activities.High SchoolThe High School program is organized by school of attendance and teams are classified by gender. New players will learn the basics in a supportive, welcoming environment. Experienced players will continue to develop their skills, and enjoy competition with other high school programs. The season concludes with a state level championship tournament in late May.All players are guided by experienced coaches who emphasize sportsmanship and good spirit. Ultimate is a fun sport with great camaraderie!YULA does not want finances to limit anyone from participating. Our middle school program offers a “Pay What You Can” cost structure and our our high school program is offering a $50 discount to new players.Visit our website to register and learn more. Sign up with a friend, but don’t delay, the season starts in March!http://www.yula-ulti.org

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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.

The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.

Former participants have this to say:

_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._

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