ARLnow Weekend Discussion

The first full week of the new year was a fairly busy one in Arlington.

House of Steep was saved, President Obama stopped by Fort Myer and locals rallied to support a family that lost nearly everything in a fire. (At last check just over $13,500 had been raised, compared to the $1,500 raised when our article was published.)

But the most-read story of the week, an early contender for top story of the year, is the anaconda that a Shirlington resident found in his or her toilet. Some 30,000 people have read the story about “Sir Hiss” and his journey from the toilet to the animal shelter to the care of a snake specialist.

As we head into the weekend, the possibility of accumulating snow in Arlington seems to be on the rise. An inch of snow sounds likely Saturday morning, although bust or boom scenarios are still in play.

Finally, the NFL playoffs kick off this weekend. Arlington County Police K9s have a favorite player in the playoffs: they’ll be rooting for Ben Roethlisberger after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback donated ballistic vests for Arlington’s police dogs.

Feel free to discuss the football playoffs or any topic of local interest in the comments.