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by Chris Teale July 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Another week, which included this year’s Fourth of July holiday, is now in the books.

Even better, the weather looks good for the weekend as the rain departs and humidity dies down.

But before that, let’s take a look at our five most popular stories from this week:

  1. Free Ride-Hailing App in Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor Picks Up Steam
  2. Historic Preservationists Say I-66 Project Threatens Highway’s History
  3. Long Bridge Park To Hold Annual July 4th Celebration
  4. Crime Report: Business Burglarized in Ballston
  5. Homeless Population Decreasing Thanks to ‘Housing-First’ Approach

And by popular request, here were the five articles that received the most comments this week:

  1. Progressive Voice: Democrats Need to be More Than Anti-Trump
  2. Morning Notes (July 5)
  3. Morning Notes (July 3)
  4. Historic Preservationists Say I-66 Project Threatens Highway’s History
  5. Morning Poll: Dining Out Less Often?

Feel free to discuss those or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend!

by Kalina Newman July 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

The Crystal City Twilighter, a mid-summer 5K race through the heart of Crystal City, is just over a couple of weeks away.

The race begins Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. Participants can either register as individuals, or as part of a team with other runners.

The race begins at 2121 Crystal Drive at the Crystal City Courtyard Green, and follows Crystal Drive past Long Bridge Park.

Teams must register with a minimum of five members to participate, and include at least two male and two female runners.

Once a team is registered, they can choose to be in one of three divisions: Racing Clubs and Teams; Community Run Clubs; or Pacers Neighborhood Fun Runs.

This year teams in each division will be competing for points in four categories: being the biggest, fastest, strongest and smartest.

The points for the biggest team are awarded to the team with the most runners, while the fastest team will earn points for speed based on the combined finish times of its five fastest runners. To earn points for being the smartest team, members participate in a six-question round of Trivial Pursuit before the race.

After the race, specials for participants will be available at local bars and restaurants.

by ARLnow.com July 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

2015 Key Blvd #12603
2 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Melinda Estridge
Listed: $375,o00
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

4852 28th Street S.
2 Bed/2 Bath Townhouse
Agent: Thomas Arehart
Listed: $459,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4819 8th Road S.
3 Bed/1 Bath Single Family Home
Agent: A. Casey O’Neal
Listed: $621,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1305 S. Glebe Road
3 Bed/2 Bath Townhouse
Agent: Lucia Jason
Listed: $699,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3654 Vacation Lane
3 Bed/2 Bath Single Family Home
Agent: Juli Clifford
Listed: $850,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2719 N. George Mason Drive
3 Bed/2 Bath Single Family Home
Agent: Christopher Upham
Listed: $924,999
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m., Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

3415 N. Glebe Road
4 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Home
Agent: Patty Donmoyer
Listed: $1,149,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

by Katherine Berko July 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

Clarendon Animal Care will soon have more space for its four-legged clients.

The veterinary business opened in January 2015. Two and a half years later, it is continuing to grow and is set to expand to the space next door, said Dr. Kayleen Gloor, one of its founders.

The office’s expansion, into the former storefront of a sign shop, will increase its space by 70 percent. It will go from having three exam rooms to five exam rooms, while there will also be a larger reception area and more spacious treatment spaces. The center is also planning to add a fifth veterinarian to its team by the end of this month.

“[The expansion] was out of need,” Gloor said. “I have a hard time saying ‘no’ to [animals] that need to be seen.”

Gloor believes that the fifth vet and added space will make things less stressful for the office’s staff, as they will be better able to share the workload.

“I think our and our staff’s families will appreciate a little better work/life balance,” Gloor said.

Gloor said she hopes for the construction to be over and the new space ready to use by early next month.

Disclosure: Clarendon Animal Care is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor July 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

Address: 5225 17th St. N.
Neighborhood: Tara-Leeway Heights
Listed: $1,349,000
Open: Sunday, July 9 from 1-4 p.m.

Quality built by Albrittain in 2004, this lightly lived in, all brick Colonial has been refreshed and is ready for the next owner.

The home features both traditional and contemporary spaces, suited for everyday living and entertaining. Enter through a gracious foyer with the open living room and dining room to the right along with a private office tucked away on the left. Tall windows lighten the space and enhance the gleaming wood floors and classic details.

Move freely into the informal space with a family room offering a gas fireplace and doors opening to the deck, patio and private rear yard. The breakfast area flows into the kitchen, a cook’s delight. The center island, Viking professional range, abundant cabinetry and generous countertops beckon to cooks of all stripes. A walk in pantry, butler’s pantry off the dining room, and powder room complete this level.

Upstairs, the master suite provides a bedroom with large windows, sitting area with both built-ins and a coffee bar, double walk in closets and a spacious bathroom. A separate soaking tub, double vanities and oversized shower add to the appeal of this room. Each of two upstairs bedrooms has an en suite bathroom, one with a separate soaking tub and shower. ​

Desirable details include high ceilings, wood floors, plantation shutters, extensively landscaped lot with private patio, deck with hot tub and cul-de-sac location.

A pristine home in move-in condition and a location you will value each day.

Listed by:

Betsy Twigg
Washington Fine Properties
703-967-4391
[email protected]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor July 7, 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.

American Goldfinches are beautiful year-round residents. Their brown feathers molt in the spring, giving way to beautiful golden feathers for the summer, and they molt again in the fall.

A lot of people think that Goldfinches leave us in the winter, but they stay right here. They just unfortunately loose that gorgeous yellow color, but still will come visit your feeder.

Goldfinches are our acrobat seed eaters: they enjoy eating upside down. They enjoy eating from a mesh feeder filled with sunflower chips, Nyjer (thistle) or a mixture of both. The mesh feeder allows them to cling and eat at any angle.  This allows dramatically reduces invasive birds like the English Sparrow from getting on the feeder.

You can also add a rain guard on top to keep the seed dry. It can take a week or two for a full feeder of Nyjer to be eaten. Keeping it dry for the goldfinches consumption keeps the food from getting clumped up and possibly spoiled.

What is Nyjer? Nyjer is a seed that is grown in Ethiopia and India and is a registered trademark of Wild Birds Unlimited. People are typically worried that it grows if it fell out of the feeder.

It is not hot enough to grow here but if it does it makes beautiful yellow flowers. Thistle is a wild plant that grows all over. You may see if along highways. That plant grows a purple flower and the leaves are very prickly. We sell Nyjer and although it might grow a bit, it is not the invasive thistle you see everywhere.

Nyjer is a thin black seed that can spoil if moisture is present. It should be stored in a dry cool place and it should be replaced every three to four weeks in a feeder. If the seed becomes moldy you should dump it out and clean the feeder, let it dry overnight and refill with fresh seed. Nyjer is a highly nutritious food with a high oil content.

American Goldfinches are also our late nesters. They will have their broods in August, so keep those feeders filled with fresh seed. Be sure to keep your birdbaths filled too; for they love moving birdbaths and drippers. If you have purple coneflowers or black eyed susans in your yard they will pick at the seeds in them.

We have a good variety of finch feeders in stock and rain guards to add to them. We carry 5, 10 and 20-pound bags of Nyjer.  Our seed comes in fresh once and week. We can guarantee with fresh seed and a little patience you will get the gold.

by Chris Teale July 7, 2017 at 11:00 am 0

Construction crews have moved in and are well on the way to demolishing the former Wilson School in Rosslyn to make way for the future H-B Woodlawn and Stratford programs.

As of Thursday, very few walls from the school at 1601 Wilson Blvd were remaining, with piles of rubble, metal and bricks piling up as workers continue to clear the site. Construction on the new $100 million building is set to start later this year.

The new structure is scheduled to open in fall 2019 and house 775 students across both programs. The Stratford Program will have the majority of the space of the lowest level, while H-B Woodlawn will have classrooms on the first through fifth floors. There will be shared spaces throughout the building, with outdoor terraces allowing open space for recreation and learning.

The site will also be home to a temporary fire station while the current Fire Station 10 in Rosslyn is rebuilt, despite a bout of back-and-forth drama over the plan last summer.

The former Wilson School had been recommended for designation as a historic district, but that request was denied by the Arlington County Board in 2015. Instead, the Board directed Arlington Public Schools to incorporate pieces of the old building into the new school.

Flickr pool photo by Jason OX4

by Chris Teale July 7, 2017 at 10:00 am 0

(Updated 2 p.m.) Some changes are coming to several Metrobus routes through Arlington County next year, as the county prepares for the Columbia Pike “Premium Transit Network.”

At a work session with the Arlington County Board on Thursday, county staff put forward a plan that would end seven lines that run through Arlington in FY 2019, which begins on July 1, 2018, and save the county $5.8 million:

  • The 4A between Seven Corners and Rosslyn
  • The 16B, E and P along Columbia Pike
  • The 16G, H, K along Columbia Pike

A spokesman for the county’s Department of Environmental Services said the changes along the Pike would help make way for the so-called “Premium Transit Network,” which is projected to cost $6.9 million and launch next summer after delays. The various routes would be consolidated under that network, which the spokesman said would “result in more bus service in the county, not less.”

The new bus system was put together after the Columbia Pike Streetcar project was cancelled in 2014, with Board members at the time promising a system that would be just as good, if not better.

To try and lessen the impact of the service cuts, staff proposed improving the frequency and hours of the 4B that largely overlaps the 4A, and similar efforts for the 16A on Columbia Pike. Those improvements would cost just under $850,000.

The 4B would then be discontinued as a Metrobus route in FY 2020, saving the county $1.7 million, and made an ART route.

The 16X service from Columbia Pike to Federal Triangle in D.C. via the Pentagon would have its hours improved, at a cost of $3.2 million to county coffers. The 15K and 15L routes between the East Falls Church and Rosslyn Metro stations would also be realigned.

All told, the various service reductions and increases will cost the county just over $2.6 million more in its Metrobus subsidy, bringing that figure to $40.5 million in FY 2019.

The possibility also exists that the 22A, B and C routes through Barcroft and South Fairlington could be converted into locally-run ART routes. That would save $2.4 million in the county’s Metrobus subsidy, but would require funds to be made available through ART instead.

Cuts had been planned for FY 2018 under the county’s Transit Development Plan approved last year, but were pushed off to FY 2019. The county did not cut any Metrobus routes for FY 2018, and improved the frequency of the 2A route between the Ballston and Dunn Loring Metro stations.

That came in part due to funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s “Transform 66” project to widen I-66 from the Dulles Connector Road to the Fairfax Drive exit in Ballston.

Metro staff will analyze the actual costs and savings from the various changes, and bring forward a proposal to the agency’s board of directors. The board would then take public comment on any proposed changes region-wide before making a decision next year.

Image via county staff presentation

by ARLnow.com July 7, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Rough Day on the Roads — An already rain-soaked Thursday was made worse after a tree fell across the eastbound lanes of I-66, blocking the highway during the morning rush hour. Later, the southbound lanes of the GW Parkway were closed near the Key Bridge due to a crash. [WJLA, Washington Post]

Running of the Bulls Viewing Party — New Spanish restaurant Pamplona in Clarendon is hosting its first annual Running of the Bulls viewing party on Saturday. [Facebook]

Arlington Helps Out With Falls Church Graduation — Arlington voluntarily shifted its high school graduation schedule to help Falls Church’s George Mason High School get a graduation ceremony spot at D.A.R. Constitution Hall last month. [InsideNova]

Nearby: Affordable Housing Decline in Alexandria — There was a 90 percent drop in affordable housing units in Alexandria between 2000 and 2017 and the decline is likely to continue without the construction of more dedicated affordable units. [WAMU]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf

by ARLnow.com Sponsor July 7, 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.”

The Fourth of July holiday drew attention to beach and travel, and away from real estate this week. Only 69 new listings came on the market, and a measly 36 homes went under contract. But that’s typical each year for fireworks week.

Interest rates continued their climb this week, rising about 10 basis points to 4.06 percent for a 30-year fixed rate with no points. Rent rates also showed an unusual jump. The median rent rate rose from $2,900/mo in March to $3,200/mo in June. Might be time for some renters to consider owning.

Arlington’s foreclosure rate has dropped to its lowest since well before the Great Recession to just 0.69 percent. And Arlington’s rate of property value appreciation rose 2.2 percent to 4 percent over the last year, depending on the source. But all anticipate only a 0.4 percent increase for the rest of this year.

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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