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by ARLnow.com March 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Update on 4/5/17 — Still seeing this post at the top of the homepage? Press the “refresh” button on your web browser.

Rain today will give way to what’s expected to be a mostly pleasant, springtime weekend.

The past week has seen some police-related stories, some bus-related mayhem and a couple big restaurant-related announcements.

Here are the top 5 most-read articles of the week:

  1. The Board Room To Move Into Former Sehkraft Brewery Space
  2. DEVELOPING: Police Investigate Shots Fired Call on N. Adams Street
  3. P. Brennan’s on Columbia Pike to Close Tomorrow
  4. DEVELOPING: Bus Crashes into Pentagon City Apartment Building
  5. Public Fornication Leads to Police Altercation
    (Although this article was from last week, it got a ton of traffic over the weekend due to a Drudge Report link and the residual traffic from that was enough to put it in fifth place this week.)

Feel free to discuss those or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

by ARLnow.com March 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

On the lookout for somewhere new to live? There are plenty of houses and condos on view in Arlington this weekend.

Check out our real estate section for a full listing of open houses this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

4163 S. Four Mile Run Drive
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Aaron Podolsky
Listed: $312,500
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

2817A S. Woodrow Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Renata Briggman
Listed: $525,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

1205 N. Garfield Street
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Diane Duston
Listed: $644,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

820 N. Pollard Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Meg Ross
Listed: $763,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2305 N. Monroe Street
4 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Talmage Amaya
Listed: $885,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

618 S. Adams Street
5 Beds/3.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: James Fox
Listed: $999,618
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

4634 14th Street N.
5 Bed/5.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Elizabeth Twigg
Listed: $1,679,900
Open: Saturday 12-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by Chris Teale March 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

A car flipped over after a crash on the southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway on Friday afternoon.

According to scanner traffic, the crash occurred just south of the Spout Run Parkway exit at around 3 p.m. A woman was reportedly ejected from a car by the impact. She was transported to the hospital at around 3:40 p.m. in a critical condition, per scanner traffic.

Arlington police and fire units responded to the area with U.S. Park Police, which stopped southbound traffic on the George Washington Parkway from Route 123 and the southbound ramp from the Spout Run Parkway.

At 3:50 p.m., Park Police said on Twitter that northbound lanes on the GW Parkway may also need to be closed temporarily.

Arlington police recommended travelers find an alternate route.

ABC7 reporter Kimberly Suiters reported seeing good samaritans trying to rescue the driver of the car that flipped.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

821 N Wakefield Street
Neighborhood: Ballston
Listing Price: $1,105,000
Open House: Sunday, April 2 from 1-4 p.m.

An urban dwelling that exceeds your expectations! Built in 2014, this energy efficient townhome is designed for modern entertaining and high end living in the heart of Ballston. The 2,843 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath property features abundant light, hardwoods throughout, and custom upgrades that offer a luxury experience.

The focal point is a designer kitchen with an oversized granite island that opens to a spacious dining/living lounge–the perfect inviting space for social gatherings or cozy nights in. The dining area fits a table for eight with room to spare. In the living area, the gas fireplace adds ambience to the spacious living area.

Upstairs, the loft master is a truly impressive space. A sleeping alcove overlooks a generous open area with room for seating or furniture. Savor morning coffee and evening drinks on the private terrace. The resort-quality bath features marble counters, porcelain tile, and a frameless glass enclosed shower. The walk-in closet will keep you organized with ease. A bonus master and third bedroom, both with en suites, provide private areas for family and guests.

This urban abode offers the best of everything. High-tech amenities include whole house audio/visual, remote controlled shades, remote security access, and digital thermostats, helping to streamline day-to-day living. The prime location and abundant windows connect you to city life while you relax in style and comfort.

Take a tour.

Stop by this modern, sustainable home this Sunday from 1-4 p.m., or contact Keith Herrmann with Keller Williams Realty at [email protected].

by Chris Teale March 31, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

The Ballston Business Improvement District’s annual meeting will have a new twist this year, as it hands out the first Best of Ballston Awards.

The awards will be in three categories for those in the neighborhood: property manager, innovator and broker.

Nominations are being accepted through May 1, ahead of the event on June 21 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel at 801 N. Glebe Road.

“Talented, creative, smart and savvy people walk the streets of our neighborhood — this event is our time to share their success stories!” reads the online nomination page.

The Property Managers Award will be presented to a neighborhood property manager who connects tenants to services, products and programs that help build their business and retain or grow their presence in Ballston.

The Best of Ballston Innovation Award is for a Ballston tenant who has developed an innovative product or service, and the Best of Ballston Broker Award will go to a local real estate broker that has leased space, attracted the greatest number of new tenants, or leased the greatest square feet of space.

In addition to the awards, BallstonGives, the charitable subsidiary of the Ballston BID, will give the donation check from the Taste of Arlington food festival to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

And the Robert Ball Award, named after the Ball family for which the neighborhood is named, will be presented to developer John Shooshan in recognition of his contributions to Ballston and Arlington.

by ARLnow.com March 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

A tree that fell near Route 50 and George Mason Drive has knocked out power and traffic lights in the area.

The tree toppled over onto power lines and a transformer before noon today during heavy rainfall, according to scanner traffic.

Traffic signals were reported to be dark at the intersections of Route 50 and George Mason Drive, and Route 50 and Fillmore Street. Police have set up cones at the intersections to direct traffic.

Dominion’s power outage map reports 171 customers without power in the area.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

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Flying Colors is a sponsored column on the hobby of backyard bird feeding written by Michael Zuiker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. Visit the store at 2437 N. Harrison Street or call 703-241-3988.

Are you ready? Have you laid out the welcome mat? More accurately, have you installed any new houses that your new neighbors would be interested in moving into?

In your great backyard, side yard and front yards, wild birds are looking for homes. They are singing, courting and ready to mate to start new broods of families. For cavity nesting birds, this means looking for safe and solid places to build nests and raise their young.

There are at least 12 different species of birds that will build nest in cavity boxes in our area. The most common birds are House Wren, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse and a variety of Woodpeckers. Depending on the size of the bird, the box will have a few different characteristics.

A very small hole size of 1″ to 1 1/8″ in diameter will restrict most birds and give the House Wren a safe place to breed. The larger the hole size, the greater the number of birds you could have checking out the house. Most floor sizes of our common cavity nesting bird boxes will be around 4″ by 4″. The larger woodpeckers, such as the Hairy Woodpecker and Red Bellied Woodpecker, require a larger floor space in the boxes. They also require a larger hole opening and usually are deeper to accommodate the larger chicks.

We at Wild Birds Unlimited feel there are three very important characteristics that must be adhered to, to make the box attractive to the birds and a success in breeding.

  1. There must be adequate ventilation at the top of the box. If there is a spike in early spring temperatures or a second late spring brood, the box must be able to vent the hot air that could build up in the box. If you find a decorative house that has a metal roof, make sure it is a light color that will reflect the suns rays and not a dark colored roof that will absorb the heat of the rays.
  2. The nesting boxes must have good drainage. This is very simply a number of small holes or a small slight opening in the bottom to allow water to drain out. Even if the box has a large roof overhang, a strong wind driven rain could enter the opening and flood the nest.
  3. There should be a simple method to clean out the nest after the chicks have fledged — left the nest — to give the birds an opportunity to breed again.

You can also help your feathered friends by hanging out nesting material.  Examples of safe nesting material are dog hair, cat hair, your own hair, yarn, string, or alpaca wool, which we carry in our store. These materials can be placed in a small suet basket. Please do not use dryer lint, it is full of chemicals and when it gets wet it gets clumpy and hard.

After nesting season is over in late summer, you could take the box down and if it is wood, sand down the sides and bottom to clean any waste. This will also help remove any mites and other insect webs or cocoons from the inside. Recycled plastic houses can be cleaned with a 1 to 10 solution of bleach, rinsed very well and then left out to dry. All houses can be left out for the birds to use all year long as a roosting area when very harsh winter conditions arise. Installing a “Roosting Box,” which is different from a house, would be potentially more successful during these times.

When young birds fledge, and leave the nesting boxes for the first time, they are not strong enough to fly. They usually leave the box and are on the ground for some time.  The adult parent birds are always around. If you see them bouncing around on the ground and squawking, do not pick them up. The adults are getting them to stretch and strengthen their wings.

But please do not allow your indoor cats to go out during this vulnerable time.  If your neighbor has a cat that comes into your yard, ask them to please keep them inside or controlled in their yard. It has been scientifically proven that all cats love to sit in an open sunny window with the remote control to the TV and watch The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel and the Kardashians! But maybe not in that order.

If you need a chart of the cavity nesting birds in our area, we have them available free for you in our store. We can also go over in detail types of wood to use and decorative additions you can make to your house, should you chose to build one yourself.

The love songs are unmistakable. They are all throughout the neighborhoods. Set up some new homes and invite the new neighbors to start a family.

by Chris Teale March 31, 2017 at 11:05 am 0

Easter is just a couple of weeks away, and the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is getting in the holiday spirit.

From today through April 15 in the Nordstrom Court on the mall’s first level, shoppers can have their photographs taken with the Easter Bunny.

Times vary each day, but the bunny is around until 8 p.m. each day except Sundays, when he leaves at 6 p.m.

Appointments with the Easter Bunny can be made online for those wishing to skip the line. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required for reservations.

And on April 2 from 9-11 a.m., children and young adults with special needs can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny in an adapted environment in the same location.

The environment will be adjusted to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities. Those interested are asked to RSVP ahead of time.

Easter this year is on Sunday, April 16.

by ARLnow.com March 31, 2017 at 10:10 am 0

A food delivery service that’s popular in New York City is coming to Arlington and some other D.C. area locales.

FreshDirect, a well-funded online food retailer that delivers “farm-fresh produce, high-quality meat, seafood, dairy, prepared meals and grocery staples,” is launching in Arlington, Bethesda, McLean and parts of the District next week on Wednesday, April 5.

FreshDirect will offer next-day delivery to just about every Arlington ZIP code: 22201, 22202, 22203, 22204, 22205, 22206, 22207, 22209, 22211, and 22213.

“The service will offer 12,000 high-quality products and give residents the chance to try popular specialty foods such as Roberta’s pizza from Brooklyn, Wandering Bear Cold Brew Coffee, dairy-free yogurt from Anita’s, premium deli meats from Boar’s Head and JUST FreshDirect Wild Caught Albacore Tuna,” a PR rep said.

More from a press release:

FreshDirect sources from farms in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

No-subscription meal kits will also be part of the offering, giving D.C. consumers more options for dinner tonight. In addition to home delivery, FreshDirect also feeds D.C.’s busy workforce with an ‘At The Office’ service, which includes chef-prepared breakfasts, luncheon platters perfect for business meetings, catering services for events, and popular brands of snacks, beverages and pantry items…

FreshDirect customers can order next day delivery in the two hour window of their choice via web or mobile app as early as 6:30 a.m. through 11:00 p.m.. Customers can either pay per order for the service cost of $7.99 with a $40 minimum spend per order or pay an annual fee of $129.00 for unlimited free delivery through DeliveryPass. DeliveryPass members enjoy unlimited free deliveries and exclusive special offers and savings. First timers can get a 2-month trial for 1 cent.

FreshDirect opened its new D.C. facility in Prince George’s County and has hired more than 50 local employees as part of the expansion. For more information, visit www.freshdirect.com or download the iPhone, Android and iPad mobile apps.

by ARLnow.com March 31, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

(Updated at 9:55 a.m.) It’s going to be a rainy day in Arlington and the D.C. area, with heavy rain and scattered storms likely.

The rain may cause some minor flooding problems on the roadways and along streams, forecasters say.

“Rain will be locally heavy at times through this evening,” said the National Weather Service. “Localized flooding of small streams and creeks as well as urban areas is possible late this morning into this evening.”

More from NWS:

At 907 AM EDT, radar indicated showers with isolated thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Ashburn to Aquia Creek. Movement was northeast at 40 mph.

Locally heavy rainfall can be expected.

Locations impacted include…
Arlington, Alexandria, Stafford, Columbia, Germantown, Centreville, Waldorf, Dale City, Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Reston, Leesburg, Annandale, Clinton, Olney, Springfield, College Park, South Riding and Fort Washington.

Locally heavy rainfall is also occurring with these showers, and may cause ponding of water on roadways and cause small streams to go out of their banks. Be alert for the potential of standing water and hydroplaning.

The weather is already causing problems on the roads and at the airport:

by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 31, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Home buyers battled fiercely this week over the fresh new inventory.

Some 68 properties sold this week in Arlington, and half of them were gone in a week or less. Agents and loan officers report that bidding wars were common with 2-6 competing offers. The secret to winning bidding wars is simple, but not easy. Two things: skills, and courage. Buyers need to heed the advice of their agents, be bold and go for the gold (remember, the house you lose today will serve as a comp on the next house you bid on as prices climb), and make sure you present your financial strength as powerfully as you can.

While top net price is always important to a seller, many other factors can be just as important or more important to sellers. So find out what the sellers want and need.

In this peak spring market, it’s disappointing that only 64 new listings came on the market this week. Meanwhile interest rates bounced around and ended up virtually the same as Monday, resting at 4.25% for a 30-yr fixed rate. Remember, rate is only one measure of a loan. Be sure to ask your preferred lender about their fees, origination points, and discount points to fully understand the cost of your loan. I’ll offer some advice on that next week.

Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.

by ARLnow.com March 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

With nearly 5,400 followers on Instagram, Discover Arlington is one of the hottest social media presences in Arlington at the moment.

The account highlights local restaurants, events and other happenings around Arlington — an engaging introduction to the county for newcomers and a way to discover new places for even long-time Arlingtonians.

Two couple behind Discover Arlington is Blake Davenport and Leah Virbitsky. Having moved here two years ago, they may not be the longest-tenured local residents, but they do have an uncommon passion for all things Arlington.

On this week’s 26 Square Miles podcast, we asked Davenport and Virbitsky about building a social following, about Leah’s event organizing background and about Blake getting his start in the competitive real estate business.

Listen below or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google PlayStitcher or TuneIn.

Photo courtesy Potok’s World Photography

by Chris Teale March 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

A car flipped over after a collision near Williamsburg Middle School on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Williamsburg Boulevard and N. Harrison Street around 4 p.m.

A police officer at the scene said the driver of a Toyota Prius misjudged the speed of oncoming traffic while trying to turn left on a green signal. The car then collided with an oncoming black Toyota, which spun and flipped.

The white Prius sustained major damage to its front and had several pieces ripped off by the impact, but the driver was able to drive it to the side of the road under direction from police officers on the scene.

The officer said that there were minor injuries to the drivers. Police set up traffic cones around the scene and temporarily stopped traffic. The stoppage lasted for a short period, then cars were able to proceed slowly around the crash site.

A nearby resident who declined to be identified said he heard a loud bang, then saw the black car skid for approximately 15 or 20 yards before flipping over.

The crash took place while some students were leaving the school, and the resident said Williamsburg crossing guards were immediately on the scene to keep the children safe, including one from outside the school.

“If I want anyone on my team, I’d want that crossing guard,” the resident said.

by Chris Teale March 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm 0

The region’s “fittest happy hour” will return to Crystal City next month.

Each Friday in April beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Crystal City 5K Fridays series will take runners on a USA Track & Field-certified course along Crystal Drive and past Long Bridge Park. The start and finish line is located at 2121 Crystal Drive.

And after the race, runners can enjoy area bar and restaurant specials exclusively for them.

The series is presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District in partnership with developer Vornado/Charles E. Smith and the Pacers Running store.

Through tomorrow, attendees can register for $20 per race or $75 for the four-race series. After today, registration costs $25 per race or $90 for the series. All registration fees include a technical T-shirt.

Those interested can learn more and register online.

Arlington County police will close some roads in the neighborhood to accommodate the events, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. every Friday.

Between those times, northbound lanes of Crystal Drive between 26th Street S. and 12th Street S., northbound and southbound lanes of Long Bridge Drive as well as all traffic around 6th Street S, 10th Street S. and S. Ball Street will be closed. Southbound lanes of Crystal Drive will remain open.

In addition to closures, street parking will also be restricted. Illegally parked cars may be ticketed or towed.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0

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This biweekly column is sponsored by the Arlington Office of Emergency Management.

The start of many people’s morning routines includes checking their phone or listening to the weather report:  Is it going to rain today? How warm will it get later? Do I need my umbrella today, or my sunglasses?  We may not think of weather as something consequential here, but the weather has caused most of the disasters in the United States.  

Did you know that:

  • 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related
  • Weather-related disasters lead to around 500 deaths annually nationwide
  • Severe weather causes at least $10 billion in damages in the US every year

These are just a few reasons why the National Weather Service has created the StormReady program.

What is StormReady?

The NWS created StormReady with the goal of creating more weather-resilient communities.

In order to be considered StormReady, a community must:

  • Establish an emergency operations center and 24-hour emergency communications center
  • Have multiple ways to receive and alert severe weather warnings to the public
  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises

Arlington County is StormReady

The Arlington County Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with Arlington Public Schools, has successfully satisfied all of the requirements necessary to be recognized as a StormReady community by the National Weather Service for the third time. The County has done its part to become StormReady. Have you done your part?

What can I do to be StormReady?

  • Get a Kit

Arlington County has around 220,000 residents and only around 320 uniformed employees in its Fire Department. If severe weather hits Arlington and impacts a large portion of the county at once, it would be impossible for first responders to immediately help everyone in need. A good saying to remember is: “The first 72 are on you.” In the event of a large-scale emergency, there is no guarantee that first responders will be able to help you within the first 72 hours. 

Every member of your household should make an emergency kit with at least three days’ worth of food, water, prescriptions, and additional supplies stored and ready to go. Keep in mind that you might not have electricity or gas to prepare food, so choose non-perishable, easy to prepare food.

  • Make a Plan

Keep written contact information with you at all times in case of emergency. Have plans on how to contact each other if cell phone service goes down. What will you and your family do if you can’t reach each other during an emergency? Have predesignated meeting areas both in and out of your neighborhood- in case you can’t return to your home.   

  • Stay Informed

During an emergency, remaining situationally aware is key. Have a NOAA Weather Radio to keep informed of weather threats, listen to TV and radio for instructions and information. Make sure these radios have batteries, and keep spares in your emergency kit.

Stay informed of emergencies by signing up for Arlington Alerts, the County’s notification system that will alert you of emergencies, severe weather and traffic, and other important information via phone, text, email and/or fax.

Talk, prepare, and plan for potential situations now, so you are not scrambling later. Do your part to become StormReady. To learn more about making preparing for emergencies, visit ReadyVirginia.

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