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by Chris Teale May 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

This week has had all manner of interesting news: police-related stories, restaurant openings and the impending closure of a local grocery store.

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

  1. Food Star on Columbia Pike To Close This Month
  2. ACPD Seeking Sexual Assault Suspect Who Posed As Maintenance Worker (Note: police released new surveillance video of the suspect in this crime earlier today)
  3. Men Charged With Firing Shotguns at Cars in Lyon Village
  4. Japanese BBQ Restaurant Coming to Clarendon
  5. Police Investigating Credit Card Skimmers at Cherrydale Gas Stations

Tomorrow evening, look out for coverage of results from the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s caucus for a County Board nominee and School Board endorsement. Polls close at 7 p.m., and the final vote tallies are expected soon after.

Feel free to discuss that, this week’s news and anything else in the comments. Have a great weekend!

by ARLnow.com Sponsor May 12, 2017 at 3:45 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.

Today I want to tell you about the benefits of feeding Jim’s Birdacious Bark Butter. Bark Butter is a peanut butter, calcium and rendered beef suet concoction. It was created by Wild Birds Unlimited president Jim Carpenter to attract Brown Creepers to his yard.

Bark Butter can be smeared on any tree, seed cylinder, suet plug feeder, or a specialty Bark Butter feeder. It is a sticky recipe that allows it to be smeared with a fork, but not stick to the fork.

Many of our customers have used it on the sides of their seed cylinders for added calcium during nesting season or added fat for cold winters. Birds will grab on to any of these surfaces to grab a bite-sized chunk and fly away with a delicious meal.

As I told you, Jim created Bark Butter to attract his Brown Creepers which wouldn’t come to any other food he offered. Well he got them plus so many more birds. Jim found that about 140 species, from the East Coast to the West Coast, are eating his Bark Butter product and the list keeps growing.

Nuthatches, woodpeckers, chickadees, mockingbirds, catbirds and cardinals are just a few of the many interested birds. Birds that migrate through our area also loved Bark Butter. Summer tanagers, bluebirds, indigo buntings and many warblers are frequent visitors to Bark Butter feeders.

Why Bark Butter and not peanut butter you ask? Well for one peanut butter is loaded with sugar, salt and other unnatural ingredients that are not intended for birds.

Two, even if you buy organic it is full of salt that can dehydrate a bird quickly. The soft pliable texture of Bark Butter allows the adults birds to bring new fledgings to the feeders to eat. Bark Butter also comes in a “Bit” size formula which can be added to any regular seed and nut feeder.

Bark Butter can be a great addition to any backyard. Everyone can benefit from this nutritious snack. Mama and Papa birds can easily grab a chunk and feed it to their young, Nuthatches can creep up and down a tree trunk and enjoy a nibble and you can enjoy watching your feathered friends snack on a nutritious meal while sitting back drinking your cup of coffee.

Spread the Bark Butter on a large tree at dusk and you have a great chance to see “Flying Squirrels” come down and feed. Flying Squirrels are very common in this area.  But they are nocturnal and quite secretive.

Bark Butter and Bark Butter Bits is the most popular food you can offer the birds in your backyard.  Easy to use and absolutely no mess to clean up makes this a great food source to offer your wild birds.  We are the only store in the Northern Virginia area that carries this unique food.   Stop on by and pick up a tub.  Your birds will be very happy you did.

For an extended list of the birds that eat Bark Butter, go to www.barkbutter.com.

by Chris Teale May 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

Soldiers spent four years in Arlington during the Civil War, and county residents can get a small taste of what they went through next weekend.

The re-enactment event Civil War Camp Day will show how soldiers lived by walking through encampment displays, practicing military drills and trying on Civil War uniforms. It takes place May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walter Reed Community Center and Park (2909 16th Street S.)

Union troops arrived in Arlington in 1861 on the orders of President Abraham Lincoln. For the next four years, tens of thousands of northern soldiers manned the Arlington Line, a series of fortifications and camps that stretched from Rosslyn to the Pentagon.

A schedule of the day’s events is below:

  • 10 a.m. – The camp is open to visitors, with displays on how soldiers lived in camp, what gear they used and the music they listened to.
  • 11 a.m. – A presentation on Arlington’s role during the Civil War, especially as a center for training.
  • Noon – Cooking and a presentation on what soldiers ate.
  • 1 p.m. – A presentation on Arlington’s role during the Civil War, especially as a center for training.
  • 2-4 p.m. – The camp is open to visitors, with displays on how soldiers lived in camp, what gear they used and the music they listened to.

by Chris Teale May 12, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0

The county’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units, also known as “granny flats” or “mother-in-law suites,” is set for some changes after staff and a citizen group put together some initial ideas.

Only 20 ADUs — defined as a second place to live on a property, with a kitchen, a bathroom and a separate entrance — have been approved in Arlington since the ordinance first came into effect in 2009.

In a bid to encourage more accessory dwellings, the county convened a working group, which has come up with several proposals, including:

  • ADUs would be allowed in townhomes. (Currently they are only allowed on the inside of a single-family home.)
  • ADUs would be allowed to exist as detached dwellings.
  • The maximum allowed size would be increased from 750 to 1,000 square feet
  • The maximum occupancy would be increased from two people to three to allow for couples with a child or similar circumstances.
  • The requirement that accessory dwellings can also only be added after a year of ownership would be removed, meaning home builders could begin to add them in new homes.

In March, local economist Eric Brescia, a member of the County Housing Commission and the Arlington County Republican Committee’s policy director, said there are too many “poison pills” preventing further approvals of accessory dwellings. He argued that relaxing regulations could help ease the county’s lack of affordable housing.

Staff will share these preliminary ideas and more at a community meeting Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon at Francis Scott Key Elementary School (2300 Key Blvd).

by ARLnow.com Sponsor May 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm 0

2501 N. Lincoln Street
Neighborhood: Dover Crystal
List Price: $3,195,000
Open House: Sunday, May 14 from 12-3 p.m.

This breathtaking home is a must-see property for those looking for a comfortable and versatile home that is perfect for intimate living and entertaining.

Located in a sought-after Arlington neighborhood minutes to the George Washington Parkway and D.C., 2501 N. Lincoln is nestled at the end of a cul de sac on a beautifully landscaped lot with a private back yard overlooking Windy Run Park.

This stunning home has a large, open floor plan on the main and lower levels. The main level chef’s kitchen boasts granite counters, two sinks, two dishwashers, warming oven, Wolf range with two ovens, Sub-Zero refrigerator, ice maker, beverage cooler and a large island. The lower level is perfect for entertaining with another kitchen and bar area, game area, home theater, fifth bedroom and en suite bathroom.

The backyard is fully landscaped with a deck and patio accessed from the main level and another patio and grassy area accessed from the lower level. Terracing and mature trees complete this very private yard.

Lincoln is filled with custom touches including a cherry paneled study, a coffered ceiling on the main level living area, a mud room with ample storage, large walk-in pantry, wet bar off of study, butler’s pantry and three-car side load garage with organizational system. The upper level has four generously sized bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The master has a deck overlooking the rear yard and master bathroom with heated floors and large walk-in closet.

Listed by:
Kate Thompson | Weichert, Realtors
3998 Fair Ridge Dr., Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22033
703.598.2073 | [email protected]

by ARLnow.com May 12, 2017 at 11:50 am 0

(Updated at 12:30 p.m.) A new video released by the Arlington County Police Department shows the suspect in a violent sexual assault sneaking into another Rosslyn apartment building.

The video shows the man — described as a slim, 6-foot-tall black male in his early 20s — walking into the secured apartment building, on the 1900 block of Wilson Blvd, behind a resident who was walking her dog.

“The suspect is then stopped by the concierge who refused further access into the building,” said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. “The suspect leaves the area on foot in the direction of the 1500 block of Key Boulevard,” where the May 7 attack took place shortly thereafter.

From a prior police press release:

If anyone has information on the identity of this individual or details surrounding this incident, please contact Detective P. Pena of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at 703.228.4183 or at [email protected] To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Savage cautions residents of secured residential buildings against letting “common courtesy come before safety.”

“Don’t permit a stranger into a secure building or buzz them into a building,” she said. “Don’t hold a door open for someone who is not authorized to be in the building. Once you enter a secure building, ensure the door closes securely behind you. If you see suspicious behavior, report to police.”

by Chris Teale May 12, 2017 at 11:00 am 0

After a four-month project to refresh its inside, the Aurora Hills Community and Senior Center is set to reopen Monday.

The center at 735 18th Street S. near Pentagon City will be open once again on May 15 for senior activities and community events, including meetings of the Aurora Highlands Civic Association.

At an open house Thursday, community members could take a look around the revamped space. The main meeting room has had a new floor and ceiling installed and new audio-visual equipment added as well as some extra storage.

A breakout room to host fitness classes and other smaller activities has had similar treatment, while the center’s kitchen has new appliances and the front desk has been moved.

During the temporary closure, senior programs relocated to the Gunston Community Center.

The project is part of a $555,000 rehab of the community center and adjoining library, approved last year by the County Board.

The library’s renovations have already been completed. A report by county staff, presented to the County Board as it was considering the upgrades, hinted that the entire building eventually may be torn down to make way for a new elementary school.

by ARLnow.com May 12, 2017 at 10:05 am 0

The famousever-evolving Ray’s Hell Burger restaurant in Rosslyn, often named on lists of the best burgers in the United States, is closing.

Signs up at Ray’s Hell Burger, at 1650 Wilson Blvd, say it is going on “hiatus.” Last night an employee told ARLnow.com he did not know when it would reopen.

“Beginning Sunday, May 14 this location of Ray’s Hell-Burger will be on hiatus. The last service will be on Saturday, May 13,” the sign says. “Please continue to visit Ray’s Hell Burger at 449 K Street NW, 7 days a week. Ray’s the Steaks accepts reservations 7 days a week at 2300 Wilson Blvd (sorry, no burgers).”

Owner Michael Landrum could not immediately be reached for comment.

Hat tip to Sarah W.

by ARLnow.com May 12, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

Homeless Population on the Rise in Arlington — “Most jurisdictions saw declines in homelessness from 2016, though the population… increased by 33 percent in Arlington County. Kathleen Sibert, the president and chief executive of the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, noted that because Arlington has a relatively small homeless population, modest fluctuations can create dramatic-looking percentage increases or decreases.” [Washington Post]

More on New Rosslyn McDonald’s — The new state-of-the-art McDonald’s in Rosslyn has some food offerings not available elsewhere in D.C. It has an in-house bakery that serves fresh pastries; the other closest McDonald’s with a bakery is in New York City. Also, the restaurant will soon offer two special ice cream sundaes: turtle brownie and strawberry shortcake. [Rosslyn BID]

County Seeks Volunteers for ‘BioBlitz’ — “Arlington County is seeking dedicated volunteers to support its May 20 ‘BioBlitz,’ a quick-but-intense wilderness exploration that will produce a catalog of our natural holdings spotted within a 24-hour window. Think of it as a snapshot of the common-to-rare wildlife that can be found hiding in plain sight within our borders.” [Arlington County]

Drafthouse Continues to Critique Kennedy Center — Arlington Cinema Drafthouse owner Greg Godbout has penned another letter to customers that makes the case for why the Kennedy Center is competing unfairly for comedy acts. The letter also accuses the center of “lying” and a “cover up” after Godbout went public with his initial criticism. [Drafthouse Comedy]

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

by ARLnow.com May 12, 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.”

Buyers got a break this week as the tables turned a bit on sellers. More inventory entered the market than left the market. Some 97 fresh new listings hit the market this week, while buyers ratified only 77 contracts. Loan officers reported that applications dropped mysteriously without any explanation. The big boost in inventory is great news for buyers.

Incredibly the days on market spiked to 60 this week from only 22 last week. Of the 77 homes sold, 32 sold within a week. But there were 13 homes that had been on the market over a year that sold this week. Many of those exercised some late coming price drops that made them more attractive demonstrating that the market remains very price sensitive.

Mortgage rates held steady with just a slight rise. The 30-yr fixed rate rose about four basis points to end at 4.18%.

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

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