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by ARLnow.com August 2, 2017 at 6:20 pm 0

Updated at 6:20 p.m. — A dog that authorities initially feared had died of rabies, potentially exposing the deadly disease to pets and people who visited a Cherrydale veterinary office, was not rabid according to the Centers for Disease Control. In a press release (below) the county says anyone who started rabies vaccinations should stop.

The Washington, D.C. Department of Health (DOH) learned today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DCC) that a bulldog that initially tested positive for rabies was in fact NOT rabid. The update came after public health officials in the District of Columbia and in Arlington already had alerted the public and reached out to those who may have come in contact with the dog.

“Once the initial rabies test was positive, we had to act quickly to inform the public and to begin treatment of anyone exposed. Rabies, left untreated, is fatal. We are relieved that the CDC test confirmed that the bulldog, was not, in fact, rabid and that the public was not at risk.”

After conducting its own test of the dog, DOH sent the test sample to the CDC for confirmation, a routine step when there are questions about the results. In this case, the dog had been vaccinated for rabies and was not known to have had exposure to the deadly disease. The CDC results were NEGATIVE. The dog did not have rabies.

Anyone who began rabies vaccinations based on the initial test results is NOT AT RISK of rabies and should stop the vaccination series. It will not cause harm to stop the series.

Arlington residents who have questions should call (703) 228-5200 Option #1 and ask for the Nurse of the Day during business hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) After hours call, (703) 228-5645 and leave a message with your name and phone number and your call will be returned within 2 hours.

Earlier: Arlington County’s health department is trying to find those who might have had contact with a bulldog that has died of rabies.

The bulldog was brought to the Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic (4038 Lee Hwy) the morning of Saturday, July 8 and the afternoon of Friday, July 14, the county said in a press release. The county has been working with the clinic to identify and get in touch with those who might have had physical contact with the dog.

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by Brooke Giles August 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0

The fourth annual Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride will take place this Saturday, August 5, starting from local nonprofit Phoenix Bikes in Barcroft Park )4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive).

Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey helps lead the event, alongside Phoenix Bikes. The ride is in honor of Garvey’s late husband, Kennan, who died of a heart attack in 2008.

He was a supporter of Phoenix Bikes, a nonprofit that aims to educate the community about biking and help make it more affordable. Libby Garvey has served on the organization’s board of directors since 2009.

The race will raise money for the Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund, which will help Phoenix Bikes move to a more permanent site. The organization is set to transition to a new facility on the first floor of the Arlington Mill Community Center later this year.

The ride is open to all ages and experience levels with five different trail routes:

  • 15-mile course: out and back along W&OD Trail from Phoenix Bikes to Bikenetic (Falls Church)
  • 40-mile course: out and back along W&OD Trail from Phoenix Bikes to Green Lizard Cycling (Herndon)
  • 60-mile course:  out and back along W&OD Trail from Phoenix Bikes to Spokes, etc. (Leesburg)
  • 90-mile course: out and back along W&OD Trail from Phoenix Bikes to Bicycles & Coffee (Purcellville)
  • 100-mile course: out and back along W&OD Trail from Phoenix Bikes to Bicycles & Coffee (Purcellville), plus portions of Arlington Loop (Custis, Mount Vernon and Four Mile Run Trails)

“You can ride for as little or as far as you like on a great bike path that Kennan and I loved and rode often. Despite the heat now, it has been fairly cool for the ride for the past three years,” Garvey wrote in an email to constituents.

The entry fee is $25, with a minimum fundraising amount of $100. Each rider is encouraged to set a $500 fundraising goal, while children that are registered with Phoenix Bikes get a complimentary entry.

Pre-registered riders will receive a boxed lunch, and all riders and volunteers will receive a free shirt. All those who meet or exceed the $500 fundraising goal will receive a prize.

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by Chris Teale August 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm 0

Update at 4:35 p.m. — The northbound lanes of the parkway have reopened.

Earlier: Northbound lanes of the GW Parkway are blocked due to a multi-vehicle crash involving an overturned car.

The crash happened around 3:50 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Parkway near Reagan National Airport and left one car on its roof. According to scanner traffic, all occupants of the cars involved were able to get out without the assistance of rescuers.

A man and woman were reported to be injured in the crash. One was transported via ambulance to the trauma center at George Washington University Hospital, while the other was taken to Virginia Hospital Center for treatment.

Northbound traffic is blocked and being diverted. One southbound lane is also blocked by the emergency response. The closures, coming during the evening rush hour, are causing significant traffic delays.

Arlington police and fire department units responded to the call, assisted by others from Alexandria and U.S. Park Police.

by ARLnow.com August 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

A man was arrested last Wednesday and accused of masturbating in his car near Rosslyn, in view of passersby.

Police have charged the man, a Burke, Va. resident, with “obscene sexual display.”

More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2017-07260139, Wilson Boulevard at N. Rhodes Street. At approximately 11:39 a.m. on July 26, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that the reporting party allegedly observed a male subject masturbating in his vehicle. Arriving officers located the subject and took him into custody. Otman El Garras, 37, of Burke, VA was arrested and charged with obscene sexual display.

Also last week, someone stole the airbags from at least seven vehicles along the 4400 block of 31st Street S., the steep road from Shirlington to Fairlington.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series), 2017-260058, 4400 block of 31st Street S. Between 10:00 p.m. on July 25 and 6:00 a.m. on July 26, an unknown subject(s) forced entry into at least 7 vehicles and stole the airbags. There is no subject(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, including some that we’ve already reported, after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com August 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Ginger, a Chihuahua mix from Dominion Hills.

Here is what her owner Julie had to say about her:

Ginger is a spirited Chihuahua mix whose claim to fame is that she came in dead last in the local Running of the Chihuahuas race for two years in a row.

Regardless of her lack of a need for speed, Ginger is well loved by her family and she reciprocates this affection the best way she knows how — by providing puppy kisses, especially to the unsuspecting.

At nearly 7 years old and still seemingly unaware of her small size, Ginger has proven to be an effective watch dog. She zealously guards the house in an ongoing fight against the paper invasion- otherwise known as the mail delivery.

Starting out as a young pup, Ginger was eager to earn her keep in the house so she quickly took  up the role of kitchen floor sweeper, meaning that any time something remotely edible touches the kitchen floor, she sweeps it into her mouth. Just like with her home security efforts, Ginger has attempted to raise the bar with her kitchen duties.

There was one particular time when Ginger decided her kitchen cleaning efforts would be more productive if she bypassed waiting for food to fall to the floor. This was the day that she managed to jump up on a chair by the kitchen table and proceeded to eat half of a pound cake on the center of the table before the rest of the family could intervene.

When she’s not guarding the front door or acting as a canine kitchen Roomba, Ginger likes to curl up with her favorite blanket on the living room couch. If you see Ginger during one of her walks in the Dominion Hills neighborhood, feel free to come over and say hi!

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 of 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 Sponsor August 2, 2017 at 2:00 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.

One of the biggest questions any landlord faces is how much to rent a property for. Even if you’ve been renting property for years, every time a unit becomes vacant you’ll be faced with the same question. This is especially tricky if you’ve had a long-term tenant and would like to find someone who’s willing to stay for several years.

The Problem With Craigslist

Many landlords start by going to Craigslist to check out similar properties and get an idea of what they can charge. While this seems like a logical place to start, there are two distinct problems inherent with this method.

Craigslist Is Full of Scams

The average rental price is heavily skewed because of the amount of fraudulent rental listings. It’s a common practice for scammers to scrape information from other websites listing houses for sale and repost them on Craigslist as rentals at ridiculously low prices.

This hurts everyone. Landlords using this method to determine their prices may seriously undervalue their rates because of what they find.

Rents Are No Indication of What People Are Actually Paying

Just because someone is asking $2,500 a month for their newly renovated Ballston condo doesn’t mean they’re actually getting that much. Landlords often base their rates on what they need to get instead of what the going market rates are.

Why Zillow Is a No-Go

Another popular method for landlords is to use the Rent Zestimate feature on Zillow. These estimates use a proprietary method for determining fair market rents based on public data, amenities and neighborhood. They provide both a low and high rent amount based on what they find.

The problem with Zillow is that it has no human going behind it and checking the data. You could have the worst house in a nice neighborhood and the rent prices would show as much higher. It’s also rife with scams, which can skew rent prices even further.

It’s common knowledge that Zillow prices are not accurate. It would be surprising that their rental rates would be any different.

What Should I Do Instead?

You may be feeling confused about how to accurately price your rental. But there are legitimate ways to come up with an accurate rate. SmartAsset recommends charging between 0.8 to 1.1 percent of your home’s value.

If your unit is worth less than $100,000 (highly unlikely in Arlington), charge on the high end. But if it’s worth $350,000 or more, charge on the low end to attract more tenants.

Here are a couple of resources to help you research the Arlington rental market.

RentJungle

Keep in mind RentJungle focuses on apartments, which generally have more amenities than single-family homes. But you’ll get a good baseline for how much people are paying, and if you have a condo with good amenities, prices are comparable.

Neighborhood Scout

In addition to rental data, Neighborhood Scout gives a complete picture of the area, including how old most homes are and the average selling price. This gives a better indication of how your rental property stacks up against others.

Contact a Property Management Company

Many landlords are skeptical about paying someone to manage their rental, but property managers have a vast network of resources and neighborhood knowledge that save you money in the long run. In addition to helping you determine the right price for your rental, they can manage the screening process and make sure your property is maintained to meet all local regulations.

Don’t Skimp on This Important Step

Pricing your property appropriately is one of the most important things you can do to attract long-term tenants that will not only pay the bill, but take care of the place as well. Take your time and do your homework to insure you’re charging appropriately. Your bottom line depends on it.

by Chris Teale August 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

A car caught fire on N. Quintana Street in Madison Manor just after noon Wednesday (August 2).

The fire began under the hood of a black Honda parked on the street around 12:15 p.m. According to scanner traffic, flames were visible for a short time. Firefighters from Fairfax County Fire & Rescue quickly handled the blaze, a job perhaps made easier by a fire hydrant being located just feet away from the car.

A firefighter on scene had no information about why the fire started, and said it was “just one of those things.” There were no injuries, and the firefighters left the scene around 12:45 p.m. The car’s owner stood nearby talking on his telephone once the flames were doused.

by Chris Teale August 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

A car crashed into a side entrance of Target in Potomac Yard, just over the Arlington border in Alexandria.

The car came through a smaller door at the store at 3330 Jefferson Davis Highway at around 11:20 a.m. this morning. The driver and a passenger were extricated after a brief entrapment, according to scanner traffic. Both were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The crash left the front side of the car mangled, and set off an alarm in the store away from the main retail section. Customers continued to enter the store as normal, while police were out directing traffic around the scene but did not close any travel lanes in the parking lot.

Firefighters from the Arlington County Fire Department initially went to assist at the scene, but as of 11:45 a.m. had left. Police and fire units from Alexandria remained on scene.

by ARLnow.com August 2, 2017 at 11:10 am 0

A large new coworking space will breathe new life into the former Artisphere in Rosslyn this fall.

Coworking firm Spaces expects to open its new Artisphere location in November. The location will feature 22,000 square feet of office space, an event space, an outdoor patio and a gym with showers, we’re told.

Renderings show sleekly-designed communal spaces designed for collaborative work.

“Take your creativity to new levels in uniquely inspired workspace in Rosslyn’s vibrant urban sector,” the Spaces website says. “The Artisphere’s sophisticated modern design cultivates an empowering social atmosphere that fuels innovative thinking.”

In April, Spaces opened a large coworking space in D.C.’s Uline Arena

by ARLnow.com August 2, 2017 at 10:00 am 0

‘Open Road’ Coming to Rosslyn — A new location of Open Road, from the restaurant group behind Circa, is expected to open in Rosslyn next year. Open Road is expected to have a large, covered outdoor patio area. [Washington Business Journal]

Milkshake Shipped from Cleveland for Cancer Patient — Using dry ice and overnight shipping, a popular Cleveland restaurant shipped one of its famous milkshakes to a terminal cancer patient in Arlington. A photo of the patient, Emily Pomeranz, enjoying the shake in her hospice room has gone viral. [Facebook, Fox 8 Cleveland]

Street Work Schedule — Arlington County will be performing micro-sealing work on a number of streets this month as part of its preventive maintenance program. Among the roads with planned nighttime closures: Shirlington Road, Washington Blvd, N. George Mason Drive, N. Pershing Drive, S. Arlington Ridge Road and Army Navy Drive. [Arlington County]

Arlington Had a Little Italy — Arlington County once had its own Little Italy, a “makeshift village occupied by Italian quarrymen and their families on the banks of the Potomac, accessible only by footpath.” The former quarry site is located along the Potomac Heritage Trail, according to an article posted earlier this summer on WETA’s Boundary Stones local history blog. [WETA]

Flickr pool photo by Bekah Richards

by ARLnow.com Sponsor August 2, 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.

Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. And, with it being another steamy day here in Arlington County, there is perhaps no better place to treat yourself.

Go ahead and indulge, you deserve it, especially ahead of what is such a busy month for a lot of folks in our area.

Yes, it’s that time of year again – where families kick it in to high gear to get ready for the new school year. And, a big part of that process can be finding a new place to call home.

If you and your family are looking for a new rental under a deadline or want to buy a place of your very own, my team has the resources to make it happen. Let’s GET MORE out these last days of summer together!

As of August 1 there are 235 detached homes, 56 townhouses and 271 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 53 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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