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by ARLnow.com March 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

ARLnow Assistant Managing Editor Chris Teale

Chris Teale recently joined ARLnow as our associate editor after nearly two years at the Alexandria Times.

You might see him out and about, reporting at meetings and community events, but if not this week’s 26 Square Miles podcast can serve as an introduction.

We chatted with Chris about development, Potomac Yard, Taco Bell, beer, soccer, the hated Oxford comma and about growing up in England (after being born in the U.S.). We also discussed other things in Alexandria — aside from the redevelopment of Potomac Yard and protests against a proposed Taco Bell — that may be of interest to Arlington residents.

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

by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

2804 16th Street S.
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Listing Price: $1,249,900
Open House: Sunday, March 19 from 1-4 p.m.

Welcome home! This gorgeous, new construction Craftsman offers over 4,200 square feet of luxury living.

In addition to its location across Walter Reed Park and proximity to all Columbia Pike attractions, this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath house, constructed by Stanley Martin Custom Homes, has all the amenities Arlingtonians have come to expect.

The highlight of the spacious, light-filled main level is the gourmet kitchen, which features an oversized island, wine rack, and top-of-the-line EnergyStar appliances. Open to the large family room and fireplace, it also provides access to the raised deck and fully-fenced yard with southern exposure. A separate dining room, half bath, and home office round out this floor.

Upstairs, the master suite impresses with boxed tray ceilings, 2 walk-in closets, and a spa-like bath, which features a glass-enclosed shower with dual shower heads, and separate soaking tub. There are 3 more bedrooms on the upper level, all generously sized with walk-in closets, direct access to bathrooms, and ceiling fans. There is also a large laundry room, filled with natural light.

The finished lower level is an entertainer’s dream with 9′ ceilings and wet bar, accented by a top-of-the-line wine fridge. Guests will enjoy the privacy of a bedroom and full bath, in addition to a separate walkout.

Details and custom features are abundant and include feather closers on all cabinets, built-in trash and recycling bins, USB charging station, and additional access to the alarm system, thermostat, and floodlights from the master suite. Additionally, the home comes with a comprehensive, 10-year warranty!

See all details here.

Stop by to see this stunning home in person this Sunday from 1-4 p.m., or contact Inga Beermann with Keller Williams Realty at [email protected].

by Chris Teale March 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Syrian Refugee Blanket and Coat Drive (via Arlington County)A rally Saturday will teach attendees how to advocate for the region’s growing refugee population.

The Raise Your Voice! Refugee Advocacy Workshop and Volunteer Fair will take place from 2-4 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church (910 N. Oakland Street).

It is organized by a group called NOVA Friends of Refugees.

The event will contain three components: speeches by refugee and religious leaders; panel discussions on how attendees can influence friends, family and elected officials on refugee issues; followed by a session of advocacy through postcard-writing and a refugee volunteering fair.

Speakers will include state Sen. Barbara Favola; representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-8); Anne Richard, former assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration; Imam Johari, director of outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church; Nadeem Khokhar, associate pastor at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon; Ann Beltran of nonprofit advocacy group RESULTS; and Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University.

Earlier this year, Beyer and dozens of his congressional colleagues re-introduced the Freedom of Religion Act, in response to President Trump’s executive order barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Previously, Arlington County has said it is ready and willing to help resettle Syrian refugees.

Those interested in attending can RSVP online.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

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This biweekly sponsored column is written by the experts at Gordon James Realty, a local property management firm that specializes in residential real estate, commercial real estate and homeowner associations. Please submit any questions in the comments section or via email.

(Updated at 4:20 p.m.) Moving, though not always the most pleasant experience (think packing, lifting, down payments, etc.), is just a part of life and you CAN make it enjoyable! The best part about moving is being introduced to a whole new neighborhood, a whole new group of friends and, therefore, all new experiences. Read on to see how to make the most of your new neighborhood in Arlington.

The first (and most fun and social) thing you should do when you move to a new neighborhood — whether you’re headed to Aurora Highlands, Douglas Park, Ashton Heights, etc. — is to meet your neighbors. Create opportunities for conversation and be the first to say hi. Take your dog for a walk. Don’t have a dog? Go out by yourself and explore. It’s great exercise, a great way to explore Arlington, and an opportunity to meet new people. Here are some other places to meet new neighbors in Arlington:

Interested in working out? Check out Arlington’s Phoenix Fitness or take a barre class at LavaBarre. Like painting? Ask a new neighbor if they’d be interested in checking out The Art Institute of Washington or reserve a cooking class at Pentagon Row to get your chef on!

Another way to get to know your new neighborhood is by joining organizations. Maybe it’s a church – Arlington has Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal and more — where you can get to know some people your age in the congregation and learn more about the surrounding area. Maybe it’s a club or a nonprofit group. Whatever you choose, the point is that you’re meeting new faces and finding out more and more about your new environment.

You should also take your calendar into account. Moving somewhere new can be overwhelming and sometimes is a good excuse to stay inside with Netflix, but check out your calendar and plan some things. Make a resolution (maybe it can be your New Year’s Resolution!?) to do one thing every week. Try a new restaurant, check out a new bar or brewery, hit a jogging trail, check out the local YMCA. See below for some great Arlington suggestions!

  • Try the Galaxy Hut, a funky spot for craft beers and video games – what better combination than that?
  • It’s the nation’s capital, so you know there are some awesome landmarks and attractions. Pick one each weekend. You have the Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of Unknowns, the Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington House, and much more.
  • Craving some lo mein or asian fusion food? Head to TNR Cafe in Arlington for some of the best Chinese in the area!
  • Some people say that breweries are a fad. This one in Arlington says no way! Check out New District Brewing near Shirlington for fabulous service and beer.
  • Into sports? Catch the next game at Crystal City Sports Pub.
  • Get some fresh air and sunshine by taking a stroll along the Mount Vernon Trail.
  • Want to get in touch with your Irish roots? Pick up a pint and some yummy apps at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub — complete with Irish dance and traditional music.
  • Arlington and the surrounding area has some great shopping. Check out the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, the Village at Shirlington and, for foodies, the Arlington Farmer’s Market.
  • Are you a beer connoisseur? Check out World of Beer in the Ballston neighborhood in Arlington. The casual vibe makes you feel right at home but the beer selection is way better.
  • If you’re into music/theater, be sure to stop by the Signature Theatre on Campbell Avenue. It’s a Tony Award-winning nonprofit professional theater company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, and reach its community through educational and outreach opportunities.

Think about places you regularly go — and places others regularly go, too. A great place to get out and about in your local neighborhood (not to mention a great place to meet locals) is the grocery store. The cashiers and other shoppers likely live in the neighborhood to which you’ve just moved. Make it a point to flash a friendly smile and look for a community billboard that might advertise neighborhood activities. The same can be said for the gym, the local dry cleaners, etc.

So, now that you have an idea of some great ways to explore your new Arlington neighborhood, get out there and get lost! Walk around, browse surroundings, figure out what is and is not within walking distance. Use a combination of all the above ideas and we guarantee you’ll feel like you’re home in no time.

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

Four clothing stores, two eateries and a coffee store will be open before the end of spring at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

Women’s clothing store ELOQUII is now open in a pop-up location near Kate Spade New York, in the space once occupied by its parent company, the Limited, on the mall’s second level. ELOQUII offers clothing for women in dress sizes 14 and up, and also provides wide width footwear and accessories.

On the same level, Ministry of Fashion has opened its first mall location, having started in 2014 in Georgetown. It looks to provide quality menswear as well as clothing for women, and supports local businesses and talents.

Just two spaces down from Ministry of Fashion and near Macy’s is New York & Company, a specialty retailer of women’s apparel and accessories.

On the edge of the mall’s food court, Indian eatery Naan & Beyond opened earlier this month. The fast casual restaurant offers a variety of Indian staples.

The coming months will bring several new options at Pentagon City. Sugar Factory is slated to open April 1 on S. Hayes Street next to honeygrow as the mall continues to expand. The candy shop and restaurant is famed for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops.

The Nespresso boutique is now expected to open May 1 on the ground level at the S. Hayes Street entrance. The store will sell Nespresso coffee and other products and accessories, as well as offer complimentary tastings. The spot was once occupied by Belmont Jewelers.

Finally, The Shoe Box will debut at the Fashion Centre later this spring on the mall’s first level near Nordstrom. It brings more than 50 years of experience in footwear, and contains more than 30 luxury brands as well as its own self-titled house line.

by ARLnow.com March 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Mandrake, an active dog who also loves to snuggle. Here is what Caren, Mandrake’s owner, has to say about him:

Mandrake is a 3-year-old goofy Coon mix who loves to run, jump, chase his tail, go on hikes, bark at nothing and then snuggle with his humans on their laps. He is an alum of Woof’s Training, but he doesn’t always put his degree to use…

Mandrake was born to a teen mom who was rescued from a kill shelter in North Carolina. His dad, alas, was never in the picture, so mom was fostered with her newborn 9 puppies here in North Arlington. When the puppies were ready, they were put up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. But not as fast as Mandrake fell into our arms!

Mandrake’s morning routine involves a morning hike with lots of treats to keep him focused, then coming home to unmake the bed and sleep until his next episode!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.

by ARLnow.com March 15, 2017 at 11:05 am 0

Workers clear sidewalks during snowstorm in BallstonIf you have a house or business in Arlington and there’s a public sidewalk in front of it, you have fewer than three hours to clear it of snow and ice.

Arlington’s snow removal ordinance requires that sidewalks be shoveled within 24 hours of the end of a snow event with six inches or less of accumulation. As far as the county is concerned, Tuesday’s snowstorm ended at 2 p.m., and thus the sidewalk deadline today is 2 p.m.

If you’ve procrastinated, you might be in for a tough task. Temperatures in the low 20s means that uncleared snow and sleet has turned into a barely penetrable mat of ice.

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by ARLnow.com March 15, 2017 at 10:10 am 0

Police car lightsA would-be bike thief led police on a foot chase outside the East Falls Church Metro yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened just before 2:30 p.m. Police say the man ran when approached by an officer on patrol. The pursuit ended on the 6700 block of 19th Road N. when, according to police, the man struck an officer and was tased.

More from Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage:

Just prior to 2:30 p.m., an officer on routine patrol observed a male subject attempting to steal a bicycle outside the East Falls Church metro station. The subject attempted to flee the area and a brief foot pursuit was initiated. As the officer was attempting to detain the subject, he became combative and struck the officer. The officer deployed their taser during the incident. The subject was evaluated by medics and no serious injuries were reported. The subject was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery on Police and additional charges are anticipated.

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

Snow plow 3/3/14 (file photo)The first significant snowstorm of the season was the first big test for Arlington’s new snow removal policy.

Approved this past summer, the new policy had snow crews clearing major roads and neighborhood streets concurrently, a change from the previous practice of only tackling neighborhood streets after arterial streets were totally clear.

The old policy led to complaints (and snow vigilantism) from residents that by the time crews got to their neighborhood, the snow had become so compacted or icy that it was hard for the plows to fully remove.

So how did the snow crews do? Let us know below. (As of 8 a.m., the snow clearing effort was still underway, with crews in the fourth and final phase, cleaning up remaining trouble spots.)

For reference, check out the previous grades for the snow removal effort after winter storms in 2015 and 2016.

by ARLnow.com March 15, 2017 at 8:20 am 0

Frigid, icy conditions have prompted Arlington Public Schools to open on a two-hour delay today.

From APS:

All APS schools and offices will open two hours late today. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled. Essential employees and food service workers should report to work at their regularly scheduled time. All other employees should report to work two hours past their usual start time. For updates about Pool Operations, go to www.apsva.us/aquatics. For information about Arlington County operations go to www.arlingtonva.us.

Arlington County government and the federal government, meanwhile, are opening on time. Metrorail and Metrobus, likewise, were operating on a normal weekday schedule as of 5 a.m. Certain Arlington County Parks and Rec programs, however, have been cancelled or delayed.

From the parks department:

  • All Congregate Meal Programs are cancelled for the day.
  • All Early Childhood Programs (Preschool and Co-op) are cancelled.
  • All Enjoy Arlington Classes, 55+ classes, Trips, Nature Center Programs and sports league activities with a scheduled start time prior to 11:59 a.m. today are cancelled in all APS and DPR buildings.
  • All Enjoy Arlington Classes, 55+ classes, Trips, Nature Center Programs and sports league activities with a scheduled start time of Noon or later will proceed as scheduled.
  • All afternoon and evening Enjoy Arlington Classes, 55+ classes, Trips, Nature Center Programs and sports league activities will proceed as scheduled.
  • All community centers and senior centers locations will open on time as scheduled.

In addition to very cold temperatures, a Wind Advisory has been issued for Arlington and the D.C. region. Forecasters are warning of 45-50 mile per hour gusts which could blow down branches, trees and power lines.

From the National Weather Service:

… WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING. * TIMING… AFTER DAYBREAK THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. HIGHEST GUSTS EXPECTED LATE THIS MORNING INTO THIS AFTERNOON. * WINDS… NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 TO 50 MPH. * IMPACTS… STRONG WINDS MAY BLOW DOWN LIMBS, TREES, AND POWER LINES. ICE AND SNOW COVERED LIMBS, TREES AND POWER LINES ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO DAMAGE. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE EXPECTED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. &&

by ARLnow.com Sponsor March 15, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he is not the listing agent of these homes.

Are we all thawed out after yesterday’s March snowy surprise? If you’ve lived in Virginia for any amount of time, this roller coaster weather shouldn’t be all too surprising.

Fortunately, our local real estate market isn’t quite so sporadic. In fact, things are heating up quite nicely and consistently just in time for the springtime.

If you’re seeking a new place to call “home,” now is a wonderful time to embark on your search. More and more listings are becoming available and our local market continues to be anchored by a number of factors, including a strong job market, comparatively high wages and an award-winning school system.

You can already GET MORE out of your everyday life by calling Northern Virginia home. But, when you’re ready to GET MORE out of your most important purchase, my team is here to help.

As of March 14 there are 182 detached homes, 48 townhouses and 211 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 35 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.

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