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Absentee Voting Taking Place Through Nov. 4

In-person absentee voting for the Nov. 7 general election is taking place now and runs through Nov. 4. Mailed absentee ballots can be requested now as well.

Arlington residents can apply for an absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Mailed ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in order to be counted. The county cautions absentee voters to leave ample time for ballot delivery, considering that current first class mail delivery standards are two to five days.

In-person absentee voting is being held at the county’s Courthouse Plaza location (2100 Clarendon Blvd.) until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Times vary by day and are posted online.

A number of factors make residents eligible for absentee voting — either by mail or in-person — including illness or disability, being away from Arlington on election day, or working and commuting 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open on election day.

Residents who aren’t registered to vote can do so online, regardless of whether they prefer to vote absentee or on election day.

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Arlington Agenda: October 2-8

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.


Arlington Home Buyer Class
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd. #101)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

A comprehensive class highlighting what you need to know to buy a home. Learn terminology, what happens at each stage of the transaction, strategies for negotiating a purchase price and the types of loans available. Admission is free.


Pumpkin Patch 
Arlington Forest United Methodist (4701 Arlington Blvd.)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

The church will bring pumpkins to its property for visitors to purchase during the month of October.



Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit 2017*
George Mason University Founders’ Hall (3351 N. Fairfax Drive)
Time: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. on Oct. 6

The two-day summit to celebrate urban agriculture will keep with the theme “Reconnecting our Urban and Rural Communities.” Activities include conversations, workshops, tours, exhibits and good food.

Celebration of the Arts in Arlington
NRECA (4301 Wilson Blvd.)
Time: 7-10 p.m.

Citizens group “Embracing Arlington Arts” encourages attendees to don art-themed costumes during the celebration of arts. Festivities include food, drinks, music and special appearances, including Master of Ceremonies Remy Munasifi (the Arlington Rap Guy). All net proceeds will be donated to Arlington Independent Media.

The Invincible Czars Present Nosferatu
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Austin-based band The Invincible Czars bring a modern score to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu using a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the Halloween season.


Annual Family Fall Festival*
Saint Ann School and Parish (980 N. Frederick Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Food, rides, bounces, face painting and games for the kids. Cake walk, live entertainment and beer garden for the adults. Participate in raffles and silent auction for local restaurants, services, family fun and more. Admission is free.

3rd Annual Columbia Pike Fall Fest*
South Adams Street at Columbia Pike
Time: 2-7 p.m.

Enjoy tastes from Columbia Pike restaurants as well as wine and beer. Musical performances will entertain visitors of all ages, while kids and pets can enjoy special areas. $20 for adults (includes two full-size beers or wine), $10 for children, free for children 11 and under.


Howl O’ Ween Walk to the Rescue*
Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Raise money for animal welfare and rescue groups. Fun, games and prizes for the whole family, plus a pet costume contest.


*Denotes featured (sponsored) event


Construction Update: Ballston Quarter Mall

In about a year, the newly renovated Ballston Quarter mall is expected to open. For now, construction workers are plugging away daily at tearing down parts of the old Ballston Common Mall and building up the new development.

A portion of the mall’s brick facade along Wilson Blvd has been torn down, revealing steel beams, concrete columns and a lot of workers. The hole in the side of the existing structure is part of the plan to transform the previously enclosed mall into a more open design with more street-facing storefronts and a courtyard.

The new overhead pedestrian bridge connecting 4201 Wilson Blvd to the mall will be near the new courtyard.

At the intersection of Wilson Blvd and N. Randolph Street, where the Macy’s furniture store used to be, upward progress is being made on what will be a high-rise apartment complex. The tower will have more than 400 units and leasing should begin next year, according to the Ballston Quarter website.

In addition to a few holdouts who remain in place during construction — such as CVS Pharmacy and the Regal Ballston Common movie theater — at least two new businesses have committed to opening locations in the renovated mall: fast casual eatery Mi and Yu Noodle Bar and “eatertainment” destination Punch Bowl Social.

The entire Ballston Quarter development is still scheduled to open in fall 2018.


The Chew: ‘Adopt a Shelter Dog’ Month

The following bi-weekly column is written and sponsored by Bark + Boarding, which provides a heart-centered and safe environment for your pets. Conveniently located at 5818-C Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads, Bark & Boarding offers doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, walking and training services, plus in-home pet care.

Rae Patterson, Writer and Animal Enthusiast

Adopting a shelter dog might seem a little spooky to someone who is accustomed to a specific breed and the expected traits that come with it. But rescuing a mutt might be more of a treat than you expect. October is National “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month,” so it’s the perfect time to consider these 4 reasons a rescue dog might be your perfect fit.

Adult Dogs: The dogs at your local Humane Society may not have a birth certificate or a documented personality profile, but they aren’t a total mystery. One of the benefits of adopting from a shelter is that the dogs are usually adults. This removes some of the unknowns; such as the dog’s personality after spay/neuter procedures and the dog’s full-grown size.

Miranda adopted her boxer mix as a puppy and his estimated size was 40 lbs… 90lbs later and that estimate went right out the window. Adopting an adult dog is a great way to make sure you abide by your apartment or condos size restrictions.

A puppy is a lot of fun but also a lot of work. The constant supervision that puppies need means that a puppy might not be the right choice for everyone. Adopting an adult dog from a shelter allows you to bypass the puppy teething stage and often the potty-training process as well.

More Economical: Purebred puppies and even specialty mixed-breed puppies can be extremely expensive. The highly popular Goldendoodle tends to start at $950 per puppy. Adoption fees at a shelter are likely to be only $100-$300, and these fees almost always include spay/neuter, the dog’s most recent vaccines, flea medication and often microchipping.

This is an excellent price, considering all the supplies and care that have already been invested in these rescue dogs, and considering the usual cost for spay or neuter surgery to individuals is around $200-$500. Many shelters also have events promoting adoption, during which adoption fees can be as low as $25. This October shelters and rescues all over the U.S. will be offering reduced adoption fees for “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.”

Health Benefits: Although health will ultimately depend on the individual dog, mutts do have the advantage of being less prone to genetic disease. Mutts tend to be hardier, often enjoying a lower risk of joint, spine, heart and organ problems than many purebreds.

In a 2013 study of the medical records from a veterinary clinic that examined over 27,000 dogs, scientists found that 10 common genetic disorders appeared significantly more in purebred dogs. This is not to say that you should never get a purebred dog. Many breeders employ vets and geneticists to aid in reducing the likelihood of such disorders.

The probability of health benefits of mutts is simply one factor to consider when choosing a new dog, and perhaps a factor that will encourage those uncertain dog shoppers to try something new.

Grateful Companions: Perhaps the best reason to consider adopting a shelter dog is the simple reward of helping an animal in need. Shelters across the U.S. are full to the brim every year. The ASPCA estimates that around 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year primarily due to a lack of space and resources.

Aside from the risk of euthanasia, even the best and most loving shelter cannot take the place of a permanent home. Shelter dogs often come from a rough background, whether scrounging as a stray or suffering from abuse or neglect. Those dogs know when they find a good home and a good human, and they will be grateful animals their entire lives.

If you are considering adopting and want to learn more about finding the right dog for you, please feel free to contact Bark + Boarding. Feel free to stop by and check out one of our adoption events where you can meet and play with some dogs that are up for adoption from Operation Paws for Homes. We specialize in caring for and working with pets and their families.

You will also find great incentives for folks who adopt rescue animals. Whether it’s a free set-up, discounts on retail supplies or amazing adoption packages we are here to set you up for success without breaking the bank. We would love to talk you through your first (or next) adoption, and we would be happy to refer you to local rescues.

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If you have a question about your pet’s behavior, feel free to email [email protected]. If you and your pet are featured in an article, you will receive $10 off any of our services.  For more information check out www.BarkandBoarding.com.


Police: Man Brandished Knife, Demanded Cigarette from Woman

A 24-year-old Arlington man is in jail after allegedly pulling a knife on a woman and demanding a cigarette.

The incident happened early Friday morning outside a bar in the Buckingham neighborhood, according to an Arlington County Police Department crime report.

The man was detained by a security guard and charged with attempted robbery and drunk in public.

More from ACPD:

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 2017-09300030, 200 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 2:13 a.m. on September 30, police were dispatched to the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, it was determined that the male suspect approached a female victim outside a restaurant, brandished a knife and demanded she give him a cigarette. A security guard at the restaurant intervened and detained the suspect until police arrived. Yordli Cabrera Lopez, 24, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with Attempted Robbery and Drunk in Public. He was held on no bond.


Drive Society Offers Unique Automotive Experiences in Classic, Rare Cars

Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

Car lovers now can rent a model they might otherwise have only dreamed of owning thanks to a new startup launched by a Cherrydale couple.

Drive Society went live earlier this month, and offers members the chance to rent cars like Ferraris, Porsches, Teslas or a 1969 Chevy Camaro. The club has nine cars available for rent right now, and expects to add more as it grows.

Danielle Schefer, one of the company’s co-founders, said cars have been a passion for a while. Through Drive Society, Schefer said she wanted to help other people get the same enjoyment.

“What we’re trying to do is give people a really broad brush of automotive experiences, because those are all very different cars to drive and to experience,” Schefer said. “It’ll really give people a lot of different driving experiences in a variety of cars.”

Those interested in renting a car must sign up for membership, then can purchase points on top of that to rent a car. For example, the Camaro costs six points for a weekday rental, 30 points for a weekend or 36 points for a full week. The member then is free to take the car away with them and enjoy it for a short period.

“So you would buy a points package as a member, and then use those points to drive whichever of the cars you wanted to, maybe on a weekend trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains or to the beach, or just to have it for a week around town to use it as if it were your own,” Schefer said.

And anyone worried about getting in a wreck needn’t, Schefer said, as the company has liability insurance to go on top of a customer’s individual policy.

“One of the hassles about buying these cars is it increases your insurance and you pay personal property tax and it depreciates no matter what you do,” she said. “So we tried to get rid of all the hassles and headaches of car ownership and really allow people to just experience the great part of driving and experiencing these cars.”

Already, Schefer said a member has borrowed a car for a weekend in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, and there is plenty more interest in other rentals. She said the club’s stable of cars are intentionally a bit different from the norm, and that members can help shape its growth.

“We try to find cars that are really unique, that are experiences you can’t have every day,” Schefer said. “So we have a BMW 1M, and there’s only 740 of those ever made. We have a Tesla Roadster, and there are only 1,500 of those in the United States.”

“We tried to pick cars that are my husband and mine’s favorite cars, and then what we want to do is as the club progresses, have the members help us figure which cars are the right cars.”

Photos via Drive Society.


New Apartment Building With ‘Vintage Americana Aesthetic’ Now Leasing in Ballston

The Rixey (1008 N. Glebe Road), an apartment complex located next to the new Marymount University ‘Newside’ building, is now accepting applications for leases.

The building has 267 units ranging in size from studios to two bedrooms, and a rooftop deck on the 15th floor.

Several of the first-floor windows at the apartment tower sport posters with a retro-looking, mustachioed man in sunglasses, keeping in line with the the development’s “vintage” vibe. According to a spokesperson for the development, “The Rixey combines a vintage Americana aesthetic with luxurious amenities, a prime location, and incredible 360 views of both Virginia and DC.”

The building is one of the two replacing the demolished Blue Goose at the corner of N. Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive. Marymount’s Newside building next door is a 9-story, mixed-use office building that currently houses a Starbucks.


Dave’s Seafood & Subs on Columbia Pike Closes

Dave’s Seafood & Subs, at 3235 Columbia Pike, has permanently closed.

The take-out restaurant located in a strip mall at the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Glebe Road was especially popular with regular customers for its fried seafood platters.

Although the owners of Dave’s didn’t wish to go into details about the business or its closure, a loyal customer told ARLnow.com that the owners have decided to retire.

Dave’s served its last meals on Saturday (September 30). So far there’s no word on what will replace the restaurant.


Morning Notes

Reaction to Las Vegas Shooting — Reactions from local officials are beginning to come in in response to the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert, which is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “Will the corporate gun lobby please wake up? #PrayersAreNotEnough #HowManyMore?” tweeted state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D). Meanwhile, a “gun violence prevention roundtable” planned today in Alexandria, with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, has been cancelled “in light of today’s events.” [Twitter, Twitter]

Stats Behind Arlington’s Millennial Growth — The growth rate of Arlington’s millennial population between 2007 and 2013 was 82 percent, the highest in the nation. Meanwhile, development and transportation stats bear out how Arlington is growing and attracting young people. For instance, only 44 percent of Arlington’s population drives alone to work, compared to the 76.4 percent national average. [Bisnow]

Conservative Reporter vs. Donut Store Employee — Ashley Rae Goldenberg, a reporter for the conservative Media Research Center who goes by the Twitter handle @Communism_Kills, says she was harassed on Twitter by an employee of the new Dunkin’ Donuts store in Virginia Square. [Twitter]

Bomb Threat at Rosslyn BuildingUpdated at 11:15 a.m. — Someone called 911 with a bomb threat against an office building on the 1100 block of Wilson Blvd Thursday evening. That is the same block as TV station WJLA (ABC 7). No explosives were found during a police search of the building. [Patch, Arlington County]

Teen Provides Art to the Formerly Homeless — Allison Stocks, a 15-year-old sophomore at Yorktown High School, founded a nonprofit that takes donations of art and then provides it to those “making the transition from homeless shelters into permanent housing,” thus helping to cover bare walls and make their new home feel more homey. [Washington Post]

Local Gamer Raises Money for Hurricane Relief — In the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, local resident Scott Jones helped raise more than $1,700 for disaster relief by broadcasting a 24-hour video game marathon from his Arlington apartment. Jones is one of numerous gamers who have used their gaming skills to raise serious cash for charitable causes. [Los Angeles Times]

Sports Pub Employees to Stand During Anthem — Late last week the Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street S.) sent a press release to broadcast outlets saying that its employees would “stand united for the national anthem” during Sunday’s football games. [WJLA]


Deal of the Day: Fest for Less at the Washington West Film Festival

Celebrate the transformative power of film with the Washington West Film Festival, an annual showcase of the best new films and talented filmmakers from around the globe.

Create your own fest experience — reserve your favorites from over 40 films we’ll be screening in Reston and Arlington from October 25-30, with a limited time offer to the ARLnow community, a 30% discount off our popular The Fest Experience.

And the best part is you can feel good about Fest-binging. 100% of our net box office proceeds go to our charity partner each year that works to help alleviate childhood hunger, illness and poor education.

Purchase Today’s Deal Now
Discount Code: ARLnowDeal17 has been applied for you

WHEN: October 25-30, 2017

WHERE: Multiple locations in Arlington and Reston

WHAT: Enjoy the best a film festival has to offer. By purchasing this pass, you will have the opportunity to explore the variety of film options and styles showcased at the festival — a documentary film, a narrative film, two shorts programs and the Pavilion party.

Story Can Change The World. Learn more about the Washington West Film Festival


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