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by Chris Teale August 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

It’s the end of another week, but before we look at our most popular stories, here are some you might have missed:

Longtime outdoor store Casual Adventure will be open through at least Christmas, while plans for redevelopment nearby could come before the Planning Commission as soon as next month.

This weekend is the fourth annual Kennan Garvey Memorial Bike Ride, while the former Artisphere will become a coworking space and nonprofit The Reading Connection will close on August 11 after 28 years.

These were this week’s five most-read stories:

  1. Naked Man Walking Down the Middle of Columbia Pike Arrested
  2. Whole Foods Parking Lot Closes for Resurfacing, Tempers Flare on the Street
  3. UPDATED: Dog Did Not Die of Rabies, CDC Says
  4. SPOTTED: Driverless Vehicle Cruising the Streets of Clarendon
  5. BREAKING: Fire Reported at N. Glebe Road Business

And these received the most comments:

  1. Survey Says: Millennials Favor More Transit, Less On-Street Parking
  2. Whole Foods Parking Lot Closes for Resurfacing, Tempers Flare on the Street
  3. Morning Notes (July 31)
  4. Morning Notes (August 1)
  5. Naked Man Walking Down the Middle of Columbia Pike Arrested

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest, including the stories mentioned above, in the comments. Have a great weekend!

by Brooke Giles August 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Applying to college is a scary but exciting process. Picking out schools, writing a personal statement and stacking up all of your best accomplishments.

But there was only one experience that I was never able to put into simple words, and that was the 11 years that I spent in immersion classes.

Arlington County is home to four Spanish immersion programs, at Claremont and Francis Scott Key elementary schools, Gunston Middle School and Wakefield High School.

Arlington Public Schools says the goal of the programs is to develop “high levels” of proficiency and literacy in two languages, promote high academic achievement and cross cultural competence.

I started second grade at Claremont Immersion School in 2003. It was the first year the school opened and students came from the immersion programs at Abingdon Elementary and my former school, Oakridge. I spent half my first day reciting the multiplication tables in Spanish, the other half in English.

It was not always easy, I struggled with both science and math as I got older and the content got more complicated. I stuck with it, although it was common for classmates to leave the school so they could thrive in a traditional setting.

Language skills improve even more in middle school, when there are 11 hours of Spanish instruction a week. Because subjects switch throughout the day, there’s a possibility to go back and forth from English to Spanish. It’s a brain workout to go back and forth between the two every 45 minutes. Unlike the elective Spanish classes offered in middle school, the Spanish Language Arts class that immersion students take is structured much like an English class.

High school is the true test. Some students struggle with AP level Spanish, as you don’t practice the language the way you do in middle school. With block scheduling, you may only get one day of Spanish instruction.

Continuing to practice Spanish every day is a valuable commitment. Many of my friends are double majoring or minoring in the language. They have traveled to Spain, Cuba and Costa Rica to practice the language.

“I’ve gotten to travel the world with confidence in my ability to speak the language,” said Peyton Johnson, a senior at James Madison University double majoring in Communications and Spanish.

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

The McDonald’s on Arlington’s western end of Columbia Pike has reopened after a renovation.

The fast food restaurant at 5005 Columbia Pike closed on June 20 for the refit, and reopened to the public on this past Monday, a spokeswoman said, with updated decor and fixtures and the addition of some new ordering technology.

During the closure, workers added self-service kiosks for customers to place their orders electronically. A spokeswoman said that technology has been rolled out in more than 2,500 McDonald’s restaurants, which includes the recently-opened one at Central Place in Rosslyn.

The restaurant also introduced table service as part of the revamp, which a spokeswoman said “provides a more relaxing and custom dining experience.”

A grand re-opening ceremony is planned from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 5), and will include face painting, games, food and drink and music by local Spanish language radio station El Zol.

Courtesy photos.

by ARLnow.com August 4, 2017 at 1:15 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:

5224 8th Road S., #3
2 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Toya Lodon
Listed: $189,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1730 Arlington Blvd, #104
2 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Eli Tucker
Listed: $339,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

4139 S. Four Mile Run Drive, #204
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: H. Zaza Pasori
Listed: $405,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

744 S. Granada Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: David Moya
Listed: $569,500
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2628 N. Sycamore Street
3 Bed/1 Bath Single Family Home
Agent: Christine Rich
Listed: $625,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2904 N. Stafford Street
4 Bed/2 Bath Single Family Home
Agent: Andrea Nielson
Listed: $729,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4124 25th Place N.
3 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Home
Agent: Lynn Hoover
Listed: $835,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor August 4, 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.

So, you are driving down the road and you are very hungry. You pull over to a new place that you have never tried. But you notice the place is really crowded and looks very run down and dirty. Would you go in and try it?

Feeding the birds is a very popular hobby in North America, second only to gardening. With that many customers coming to our backyard restaurants, it is very important to provide birds with a safe feeding environment. Responsible bird feeding techniques are crucial in helping to keep birds healthy safe.

Normally, people who feed the birds do not receive complete and accurate information on bird diseases or how to safely offer food and water to the birds. It is essential for those who enjoy the bird feeding hobby to understand the importance of proper feeding methods to promote bird health.

When the hot and humid days of summer come upon us, the food we put out for the birds can become spoiled if not properly taken care off.  Many quality seed blends do not have shells. This unprotected food can become moldy and buggy if left out for too long. Heavy rains and humid days can also accelerate the spoiling process.

Wild Birds Unlimited Recommends Responsible Bird Feeding

The following strategies will help improve the health and safety of birds:

  • Clean bird feeders, bird baths and all hardware regularly with a 10 percent bleach (one part bleach to nine parts water) solution. Rinse thoroughly and allow to completely dry before refilling feeders.
  • Use Wild Birds Unlimited EcoClean Feeders. These feeders have a special technology built-in that keeps the feeders clean and there is no need for chlorine bleach.
  • Always keep the ground below and around feeders clean. Discard seed debris and bird droppings on a regular basis. One great way to do that is to purchase a small 6 gallon “Shopvac” from your local hardware store. This powerful tool will clean up the ground in a very short time.

Wear a simple painter’s mask to make sure you do not breathe in any dust or particles from the bird droppings. Then discard in a paper leaf bag for your trash collector. Seed Shells do not make good compost.

  • Give the birds more space. If using multiple feeders, place the feeders farther apart from one another. This will reduce crowding and the potential for disease transmission between sick and healthy birds.
  • Only use feeders that can be easily cleaned. Wooden feeders are difficult to sanitize. A fine grade sandpaper can be used to clean any dropping residue or potential mildew or mold.
  • Tray or platform feeders are fun to use. But if your area has too many birds visiting the feeder, you may need to use a cage cover over it to regulate the flow of breakfast, lunch and dinner avian guests. Think of the cage as a good bouncer at the door of your popular food establishment for the birds.
  • Limit the amount of seed you provide during these hot months. Offer only as much food as the birds will eat in one or two days. Rake up waste material in the area before refilling.
  • You can use Seed cylinders, which are condensed bird food that fits on special feeders. These are good to use if you are going out of town and want to leave your bird food restaurant open. Make sure you have a rain guard over the cylinder to protect it from too much rain. Some cylinders can last two to three weeks, depending on the size and type of cylinder.
  • Always discard any seed that has become wet.

Wild Birds Unlimited is committed to keeping everyone safe and informed about issues that may affect the hobby of bird feeding. People’s safety and the health of wildlife are our primary concern. Take some simple steps to keep your bird food restaurant healthy and the OPEN sign up.

For more information about backyard and responsible bird feeding practices, stop by Wild Birds Unlimited at 2437 N Harrison St, Arlington, VA, to speak with a Certified Bird Feeding Specialist.

by Katherine Berko August 4, 2017 at 11:00 am 0

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The Arlington County Fire Department and its T-Rex got in on the latest viral video meme.

ACFD sent the costumed dinosaur on the “Drive by Dunk Challenge,” tweeting out a video of the escapades. The result: a five-alarm fail of a dunk attempt.

The video shows an ACFD truck driving around Arlington and stopping outside houses with basketball hoops, where the T-Rex runs over to the hoop and attempts to dunk the ball with its tiny arms before racing back to the truck.

At one point, the dinosaur falls on its side, while another time, the dinosaur climbs down the truck’s ladder and gingerly plops the ball into the hoop.

The challenge began when an Instagram user named posted a video of him dunking a basketball on strangers’ driveways. It has since spread nationally, with police officers and NBA players getting in on the action.

by Katherine Berko August 4, 2017 at 10:10 am 0

The annual “Late Night Recess” event is hitting the Arlington Central Library once again. This summer, it is set for Thursday, August 10, from 9-11:30 p.m.

Locals aged 20 to 39 are encouraged to attend, where they can mingle and make new friends at the library at 1015 N. Quincy Street. However, unlike previous years, the event is not limited to this age group and all adults are welcome.

“Bring your friends and your inner child for an evening of fun and games at Central Library,” the event’s web page says. “Play clothes, including sneakers or athletic shoes, are highly recommended.”

This year’s activities are likely to be remembered by many from their childhood, and include Twister, Nerf Tag, slime, face painting, hula hoops and jump rope. There will also be cookies, milk and smoothies to keep everyone’s energy levels up.

The event will begin in the library’s auditorium, but will eventually include most public areas in the building. Guests will also be able to check out books and sign up for a library card if they bring identification and proof of address.

by ARLnow.com August 4, 2017 at 9:20 am 0

Complaint Begets No Parking Signs Begets Complaints — Residents of a dead-end street in the Woodmont neighborhood are complaining after Arlington took eight street parking spaces away, and WaPo is on it. The no parking signs went up in response to a resident’s complaint about the street being too narrow. [Washington Post]

Driverless Van Update — Who or what is behind the driverless van spotted cruising around Clarendon yesterday evening? We still don’t know for sure, but a Virginia Tech spokeswoman offered “no comment” this morning in response to our inquiry. [ARLnow]

Route 110 Lane Closures — “Route 110 at the Route 27 interchange and local ramps will have nighttime closures from Monday, Aug. 7 to Thursday, Aug. 24 in order to install bridge beams, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.” [VDOT]

Yelp Says Nope to Arlington — Online review site Yelp has leased 52,000 square feet of office space near the Verizon Center in D.C. for a new East Coast hub. The company was also considering office space in Rosslyn but, despite its CEO’s Arlington connection, decided against it. [Washington Business Journal]

Photo courtesy Ed S.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor August 4, 2017 at 8:00 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 summertime blues have finally hit Arlington’s real estate market. This first week of August witnessed only 58 new listings and only 53 ratified contracts. Further evidence of a slowdown is a report that mortgage applications for home purchases dropped 2% this week.

Interest rates flattened again with virtually no change. The 30-yr fixed rate is still lingering at about 4%. It’s a good time to buy, especially for renters. While the summer market is slow, it gives buyers more room to negotiate aggressively. Inventory has risen from about 2.1 month’s supply just four months ago, to 2.6 months as of this week. And, the median rent rate in Arlington rose 10% since February when it was $2,950. Today, the median rate is $3,250. It’s time for renters to get off the fence and buy a home now.

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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