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by ARLnow.com Sponsor September 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

This regularly-scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. 

Remodeling an existing kitchen or bathroom can be an exciting challenge. Among all of the things to consider, water and energy efficiency can easily fall by the wayside.

The Rethink Energy program is here to help make the choices a bit easier and greener. Starting this fall, Arlington Green Home Choice will launch a free kitchen and bath pilot certification program to complement the successful whole home certification program.

Free consultations and the kitchen and bath checklist will guide you in making your new space more comfortable, healthy and durable, so you can enjoy your new space and celebrate lower energy and water bills.

Elements of the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy Star appliances
  • LED lighting
  • High efficiency water fixtures
  • Insulation and air sealing
  • Non-toxic materials and finishes
  • And much more

Act now — the first 25 projects are being taken as part of the initial pilot. If you are interested, send an email to [email protected].

Also, don’t forget, you can get a home energy rebate if your upgrades qualify under Arlington’s Home Energy Rebate Program.

by Katie Pyzyk September 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Cooler, more fall-like weather has arrived to close out the last couple of days of September.

If you want to take advantage of the weather, tonight is Rosslyn Cinema + Pub in the Park, with the family-friendly movie Lego Batman showing at dusk. Tomorrow there’s an all-day Boundary Stones Bike Tour starting at 9:15 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro, and the Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest in Shirlington begins at noon. Or, if you prefer a unique indoor activity, Iota is hosting an all-day music extravaganza for its final weekend in business, starting at noon on Saturday.

These were our top five most-viewed stories of the week:

  1. BREAKING: Walter Reed Drive Closed Due to Major Crash, Wires Down
  2. Pentagon City Resident Takes to Twitter to Decry Abandoned Costco Carts
  3. The Little Beet Opening Today in Rosslyn
  4. Arlington Puerto Rico Donation Drive Closes After Overwhelming Support
  5. Firefighters Use ‘Jaws of Life’ to Free Trapped Elevator Passenger at Ballston Metro

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

by Katie Pyzyk September 29, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Forget about looking at the traditional ghouls and goblins this October. Sugar Shack (1014 S. Glebe Road) wants you to look for their goats and gnomes.

Starting Sunday and running through the month of October, the quirky critters will be hidden around the Columbia Pike area for a scavenger hunt organized by the donut store. Anyone who finds a gnome or goat can bring it to a Sugar Shack location to claim prizes. The breakdown of hidden objects and prizes is as follows:

  • 29 small gnomes, redeemable for 1/2 dozen donuts
  • 9 goats, redeemable for a dozen donuts
  • 3 large gnomes, redeemable for a dozen donuts, a t-shirt and a mug

Sugar Shack will post the full contest details on its social media on Sunday, along with clues about where searchers might find the hidden goats and gnomes. The hunt is also being conducted in Alexandria and the Shaw neighborhood of D.C., where Sugar Shack also has locations. (The three stores are owned by former state delegate Rob Krupicka.)

As part of the month-long Halloween festivities, the Arlington location also will host a family-friendly beer and donuts party from 5-9 p.m. on October 26, featuring Halloween-themed donuts, food and hourly prizes.

by ARLnow.com September 29, 2017 at 2:55 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:

5818 Washington Blvd. N. 
2 bed/2 bath single family home
Agent: Christina O’Donnell
Listed: $525,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2952 Columbus Street, C1
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keri Shull
Listed: $345,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

134 Oakland Street N.
2 bed/1.5 bath single family home
Agent: Marybeth Fraser
Listed: $769,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

5047 9th Street S.
2 bed/3 bath townhouse
Agent: Lisa McCaskill
Listed: $448,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

4906 17th Street N.
4 bed/3 bath single family home
Agent: Louise Molton
Listed: $899,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1315 Queen Street S.
3 bed/2.5 bath single family home
Agent: John Mentis
Listed: $669,900
Open: 2-4 p.m.

 

3645 38th Street N.
5 bed/3 bath single family home
Agent: Susan Joy
Listed: $1,099,000
Open: 2-4 p.m.

by Katie Pyzyk September 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

The annual Clarendon Halloween Crawl is back for another year, sporting the familiar theme “The Rise of the Day Drinkers.”

The costumed event takes participants to numerous Clarendon bars from 1-9 p.m. on Saturday, November 4. Advance tickets are $15 and the price increases to $30 the day of the event.

Participants get “a souvenir haunted mug, access to Clarendon’s best bars, exclusive drink & food specials, free pictures of the event and a raffle entry to win great prizes,” according to the website.

Nearly a dozen Clarendon establishments will be stops on the crawl route, including Clarendon Grill, Hunan One, Whitlow’s and Pamplona.

by Katie Pyzyk September 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

After more than 23 years of bringing live music to Arlington, Iota Club and Cafe in Clarendon will close for good this weekend. But not before a farewell bash on Saturday, jam-packed with music.

Starting at noon tomorrow, the venue will host more than a dozen performers. Tickets are listed at $10 and can be purchased at the door. Iota’s website lists the following line-up of performers:

JOSE MIGUEL CONTRERAS
(OF BY DIVINE RIGHT)
~LAST PERFORMER~
JUSTIN JONES

EL QUATRO

ALEX PAREZ

TWO TON TWIG

NO SECOND TROY

MIKE FERRIO
(OF TANDY)

LAUREN CALVE

JUMPIN JUPITER

THE COWARDS CHOIR

MARY BATTIATA AND LITTLE PINK

DELARCOS

GIST

METROSONGS

FUZZ QUEEN

MARGOT MACDONALD

A sign on the door at Iota shows that the venue will also be open on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m., for “beer/wine sales on/off premises and other stuff.”

Posters on the outside of the building list the performers Iota has hosted over the years.

Earlier this month, Iota owners Jane Negrey Inge and Stephen V. Negrey announced that they would close the venue when their lease expires on Sept. 30 rather than relocate during a planned revamp of the Market Common development.

Following a “Save Iota” campaign, Market Common owner Regency Centers promised that Iota would not be demolished during the refurbishment. However, Inge and Negrey decided to close rather than temporarily relocating the club during renovations and then paying higher rent upon returning to the old space in Clarendon.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor September 29, 2017 at 12:15 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.

It is not rocket science. But it is a science. The science of nature and how the hobby of backyard bird feeding impacts the beautiful birds we see. Jim Carpenter, the President of the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise stores, has spent his lifetime passionately watching, studying and enjoying the wild birds.

His forty years of experience and knowledge gave him the foundation in which to write his book “The Joy of Bird Feeding.” Mr. Carpenter has developed a strategy which he calls “The Five Steps to Bird Feeding Mastery.” For the next three months, we will analyze in detail these five steps. They are:

  1. Offering feeder — free foods to discover what works
  2. Continue feeding the foods that work
  3. Consider the 12 elements of a thoughtful feeding station
  4. Improve your bird habitat to attract more birds
  5. Become seasonally savvy

Within each of these steps, we will attempt to guide you to be able to attract the greatest variety of birds in your habitat. We will also share with you all types of helpful practices to eliminate any potential critter issues. We will be giving you names of birds that are common and some who are spectacularly short time visitor’s.

We will also share stories from the 26 years we have been helping to bring people and nature together in their own backyards through our products and services from our Wild Birds Unlimited store.

When we are talking about the hobby of bird feeding, it is important to remember we are immersing ourselves into the natural world. So, anything we do or offer to the wild birds in their habitat will be more successful the more natural we keep it. There may be exceptions; but the closer we keep to that strategy, the better it is for the birds.

The best way to do this is to offer food in feeder-free set up. Large open trays allow you to provide multiple foods that many different birds can find.   Open, food cylinders type feeders are very visible to the birds. Backyard birds find their food by sight. Placing food on open tray or food cylinders (they can be seed, nuts, insects or a combination of all the above), will give the birds the best opportunity to see and sample the foods.

There are many types of trays you can purchase, from small wood trays to large recycled plastic trays. Place different types of bird food on the tray. Sunflower seeds are the most popular bird food. Black Oil sunflower, sunflower kernels and safflower are a good start. Add proso millet, peanut meats and tree nuts, fats (suet or suet nuggets) and fruits.

You can create a buffet using blends of seeds. This may make it a little harder to see what seeds the birds are eating if they are searching and flicking seeds out looking for the one they want. Remember, keep it natural. You can eat the toasted sesame bagel with cream cheese. But don’t put it on the tray. Processed food with baking ingredients is not healthy for the birds.

If you offer the equal amounts of each food every day on the tray, you can compare what is left and quickly determine how much the birds like each food. Keep notes on who shows up and how often for 3-4 weeks. You can use this information to guide you for as long as you feed birds in your area.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor September 29, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

2325 N. Utah Street
Neighborhood: Donaldson Run
Listed: $869,000
Open House: Sunday, October 1 from 1-4 p.m.

This light and airy Dutch Colonial in desirable Donaldson Run features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with a separate one-car garage. Set amidst the trees, this charming 1925-vintage home offers the ultimate in privacy with modern conveniences. Beautiful 9′ ceilings on the main level with spacious formal living and dining rooms.

Gleaming hardwood floors throughout, wood-burning fireplace and recessed lighting. Updated eat-in kitchen with banquette features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Large lower level recreation room with ample storage and built-ins. Entertain from your stone-covered patio or large side porch.

Top tier North Arlington schools Taylor/Williamsburg/Yorktown. Easy 1 light commute to DC and blocks to nearby running/nature trails and wonderful Lee Heights shopping.

To view a 3-D tour of the home, click here.

For more details, please contact Liz Lord with Arlva Homes at Keller Williams Realty — [email protected] or 571.331.9213.

by Katie Pyzyk September 29, 2017 at 10:30 am 0

Arlington County is interested in purchasing property in Nauck that has been the subject of redevelopment talks for years.

At its meeting next month, the County Board will take up the issue of purchasing 2631 and 2633 Shirlington Road, according to a public notice the county released this week.

Several years ago, a portion of the 153,000-square-foot industrial site near Shirlington was redeveloped into a self-storage facility, called CubeSmart. Prior to that, it was considered as a potential location for an urban Walmart, but the County Board quickly passed a measure that would require large-format retailers to get Board approval for building stores.

Arlington County is already leasing the parking lot next to the CubeSmart for ART buses and other needs.

The public notice indicates that the county might consider acquiring the land through eminent domain if the owner does not agree to sell.

Photo via Google Maps

by ARLnow.com September 29, 2017 at 9:35 am 0

If you frequent Clarendon or other highly-populated Arlington neighborhoods, you’ve likely encountered them: flourescent-vest-wearing young people stopping passersby to solicit support for the environment, civil liberties, or other causes and organizations.

They’re usually friendly, though persistent, working in teams to ensure no one walks by without a pitch. Even intensely looking down at one’s phone and/or wearing headphones does not seem to discourage many from approaching as you walk down the sidewalk gauntlet.

While a majority of Arlington residents may support their causes, the sidewalk signature collectors are seen by some as an annoyance, an obstacle to going about one’s daily business. If you walk around Clarendon often — say, picking up lunch or getting coffee or going to the bank — the forced brush-off routine can get tiresome when practiced multiple times per week.

Canvassing and signature solicitation appears to be perfectly legal in Arlington. One could argue that it’s an example of democracy in action. But should additional restrictions be imposed?

by ARLnow.com September 29, 2017 at 8:35 am 0

Arlington Pitching Brainpower to Amazon — Arlington Economic Development Director Victor Hoskins plans to emphasize Arlington’s highly-educated workforce — 70 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher — in trying to woo Amazon’s new headquarters to the county. [Washington Business Journal]

Animal Control Called for Normal Raccoon — Someone called animal control to report a raccoon “acting strangely” on the 600 block of S. Carlin Springs Drive last week. An animal control officer responded and determined that “its behavior was normal.” [Twitter]

Snowblower Application Deadline Nearing — Arlington’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation loans out snowblowers to groups of residents, on the condition that they agree to clear sidewalks for neighbors in need, in front of bus stops, etc. The application deadline for this coming winter is Oct. 13. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Arlington VA

by ARLnow.com Sponsor September 29, 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.”

Did we step back in time to mid-summer this week? The heat went up, and real estate activity went down. Only 65 sellers braved to put their homes on the market this week, and 65 buyers ratified contracts. Not the best numbers for the peak of the Fall market.

The days on market rose to 52, and the average list price of homes sold this week also rose to $662,911.

The National Association of Realtors reported a slowdown in housing for August. Sales were down 2.6% over August 2016. Mortgage interest rates remained nearly flat, with an increase by just a few basis points to end at 3.97% for a 30-yr fixed rate with no points.

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

by Buzz McClain September 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

Editor’s Note: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died last night at the age of 91. Arlington resident Buzz McClain, a writer and communications professional, was a regular contributor to Playboy for two decades. Below, McClain shares a brief recollection of his time at Playboy.

From 1992 to 2012 I did a monthly home entertainment column on the movie pages of Playboy. I would review several B-movies or direct-to-tape (later, direct-to-disc) films, with the occasional A-list movie.

There are few bigger thrills than getting your first paycheck with an embossed “bunny head” on it signed by Hugh Hefner’s daughter, Christie. (Hef led the way in empowering women; his daughter was chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises. His considerable philanthropy for women’s rights and free speech is largely unnoticed, and he liked it that way.)

Hef was probably the world’s biggest movie fan, with his every-Wednesday night screenings of new movies at the Mansion for his close friends and buying one of each of just about every film that became available at retail. And he watched them! No pressure on the critics, right?

Only once in 20 years did he change the “bunny head rating” on a review of mine, bumping up “Superbad” (2007) from 3 to 3.5 bunny heads. I’m OK with that.

Somewhere in the house I have an autographed copy of “Hef’s Little Black Book” he sent for my birthday. I was hoping it was his personal phone book (ahem), but it turns out it was his rules for living a full and meaningful life. No doubt that was the better option.

by Katie Pyzyk September 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

Police responded to reports of vehicle break-ins this morning in Rosslyn.

Upon responding to an initial break-in call, police found that five cars on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Colonial Terrace had been entered and items were stolen. All of the vehicles were unlocked.

The thefts prompted another reminder from Arlington County Police for residents to take measures to keep their cars and valuables secure.

From ACPD:

The Arlington County Police Department is reminding citizens to remove the opportunity for crime by locking your vehicles. Here are some simple tips to help prevent larcenies from auto:

1. No matter if you park on a public street, in a driveway or garage take all valuables out of your vehicle. This includes keys, key fobs, purses, cash, credit cards and electronics. Don’t forget the valet key that comes with some vehicles.

2. Lock your doors and pull on the door handle to verify it’s locked. If a thief can get into a vehicle, they can also have access to a garage door opener and can gain access to your home. Always ensure the door between your garage and home is locked.

3. Call police if you see people looking into vehicles. The telltale sign that this has occurred in your neighborhood are open doors with the interior dome lights on. If you don’t see the perpetrator(s) but suspect some vehicles have been entered, call the non-emergency number at 703-558-2222. If you see a suspect in your vehicle, DO NOT APPROACH THEM and call 911 immediately.

by Mark Kelly September 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

The Right Note is a weekly opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

A few weeks ago, Peter Rousselot revisited the issues surrounding launching or expanding a business in Arlington. If you missed it, you should definitely read the story about the business owner who had to install a front door system three times before getting it approved because two inspectors gave them different interpretations of the code.

The conclusion we can draw from the piece is that for years of promoting itself as a world class community, Arlington is still woefully short of offering world class service to businesses who wish to call Arlington home. This is unless you are a big name company who promises two hundred new jobs, in which case, Arlington will probably pay you to locate your business here.

The Board is also quick to jump into a national debate and put out a statement on immigration policy, but cannot provide the County Manager with a directive to streamline these processes. Board members have talked about the need for change, but no one seems to be held accountable.

This is not a question of tight budgets and resource allocation either. For years, I have opined that tens of millions county closeout funds be given back to taxpayers each year instead of being spent. A one-time exception to use unspent budget funds to fix this issue would certainly be appropriate.

At the October meeting, Board members should direct the County Manager to provide a good faith estimate on the cost to implement an online system that integrates applications, payments, approvals and inspections which can be used throughout the process by applicants as well as county staff. The estimate should include the cost of giving mobile devices to inspectors to access and update the system in real time.

The Board should direct the Manager to set aside an amount equal to the estimate in the closeout spending package he proposes. If the County Manager cannot provide such an estimate before the November meeting, then the Board should set aside any consideration of the closeout spending until the estimate is provided.

If you want a real incentive, include in the directive that the Board will refund 100% of the closeout revenue to taxpayers if the process is not complete before the January meeting. I would not hold my breath that three members of the Board would vote for a refund provision, but it would put in place a real incentive for producing the work in a timely fashion.

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