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by Katie Pyzyk October 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

The first full weekend of October starts with excitement for Washington Nationals fans, as the team begins its playoff series against last year’s World Series winners, the Chicago Cubs.

Another big event taking place this weekend is the 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler on Sunday. A number of roads will be closed in Arlington to accommodate the race.

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

  1. Scott Disick to Host Pentagon City Restaurant Grand Opening
  2. Construction Update: Ballston Quarter Mall
  3. Crime Report: Woman Wakes Up to Find Intruder in Home
  4. New Apartment Building With ‘Vintage Americana Aesthetic’ Now Leasing in Ballston
  5. Patio Fire Scorches Freddie’s in Crystal City

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

by ARLnow.com October 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

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by ARLnow.com October 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

The “IOTA Club and Cafe” sign has been removed but the shuttered music club in Clarendon still has one last event left.

After 24 years in business, IOTA is holding a “yard sale” to sell equipment and keepsakes.

The sale is being held from noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the club (2832 Wilson Blvd), according to a sign in the window.

Co-owner Jane Negrey Inge tells ARLnow.com that the sales will be cash only, with Virginia sales tax collected. The items for sale include: “Memorabilia, restaurant stuff, furniture, art stuff. Lots of women’s small and medium T’s. IOTA baseball caps. IOTA Pints. Yummy art work. Many items suitable for the cave.”

IOTA closed up shop after a last bash this past weekend. The club declined to renew its lease, citing rising rents and the cost of a temporary relocation while improvements are made to its building.

by ARLnow.com October 6, 2017 at 2:30 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:

4915 7th Road S.
2 bed/2 bath/2 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Timothy Pierson
Listed: $425,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

730 N. Frederick Street 
2 bed/1 bath single family home
Agent: Lisa Tucker
Listed: $599,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1200 Hartford Street N., #107
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Mark Beardsley
Listed: $619,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1861 S. George Mason Drive
2 bed/2 bath single family home
Agent: Dennis Horner
Listed: $509,000
Open:  Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

4124 Richmond Street N.
5 bed/5.5 bath single family home
Agent: Diane Lewis
Listed: $2,199,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

3108 19th Street S.
4 bed/3 bath single family home
Agent: Michael Roschke
Listed: $650,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

1139 N. Utah Street
2 bed/2.5 bath condo
Agent: Debbie Kent
Listed: $638,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2415 Lynn Street S.
6 bed/5.5 bath single family home
Agent: Michael Makris
Listed: $1,499,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

5233 5th Street N.
3 bed/2.5 bath single family home
Agent: Adam Henderson
Listed: $720,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

by ARLnow.com October 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today a plan to fund a public electric vehicle charging network across the state.

McAuliffe’s administration has released a Request for Proposals for the network, which will be paid for with funds from a lawsuit settlement with Volkswagen, stemming from its emissions scandal.

The Commonwealth is seeking to expand the network of public fast charging stations across the state — there are currently only about 100 — to keep up with rising adoption of electric vehicles.

The RFP notes:

The average growth rate of EVs registered in Virginia from 2008 to 2016 is 35%. As of 2016, there were 4,058 EVs registered in Virginia. Assuming this historical growth rate continues, Virginia EV registrations are projected to reach 1.3 million by 2035.

More on the RFP, below, from a press release issued by the governor’s office.

Governor McAuliffe today announced the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to deploy an interconnected and statewide public electric vehicle charging network. The request is part of the Governor’s broader Electric Vehicle (EV) Initiative, which is aimed at driving infrastructure investments that will support an overall electric vehicle adoption rate of 15 percent by 2027, equal to approximately 1 million vehicles statewide. Funding, in the amount of $14 million, comes from Virginia’s portion of the Volkswagen settlement.

“Today’s announcement offers an exciting opportunity for the private sector to partner with the Commonwealth to drive greater deployment of electric vehicles in Virginia and I am pleased that we will be able to utilize funds from the Volkswagen settlement to support this project,” said Governor McAuliffe. “By providing the charging network citizens need to move quickly and at long distances throughout Virginia, we will make certain that electric vehicle travel in the Commonwealth is seamless. This infrastructure will also help us to reduce our collective carbon footprint and drive innovation in the new Virginia economy.”

As part of the Volkswagen settlement, which resulted from the use of emissions testing defeat devices in Volkswagen vehicles, Volkswagen is required to establish a nearly $3 billion environmental mitigation trust. Virginia is expected to receive $93.6 million from this trust, and the Commonwealth may spend a maximum of 15 percent on electric vehicle infrastructure.

“Expanding Virginia’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure will contribute to Virginia’s economic diversification by encouraging innovation in electric vehicle technology, making electric vehicle travel easier, and facilitating public-private partnerships throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “This targeted and rapid deployment of EV charging stations is designed to jump-start adoption and generate more private investment in EV technology in Virginia.”

In order to develop a robust network of electric vehicle charging stations along the most-traveled portions of the state, Virginia will designate the full 15 percent, representing approximately $14 million dollars, for electric vehicle infrastructure. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the lead agency for the Commonwealth, has issued a request for proposals for allocation of the full $14 million to establish an interconnected and statewide public electric vehicle charging network. Responses to the RFP are due by 2:00pm on Monday November 6, 2017.

“The Department of Environmental Quality, as lead agency on the Volkswagen settlement, is driving an innovative program to deploy electric vehicle infrastructure,” said Molly Ward, Secretary of Natural Resources. “The transportation sector is the largest contributor to nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions, so this program will also help Virginia achieve our air quality and climate change goals.”

Today, Virginia’s Direct Current (DC) fast charging network for electric vehicles consists of 100 DC fast charging stations, underscoring a significant gap in infrastructure in the state.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor October 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

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Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). It is written by Garrett Cruce, a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server.

Two breweries are newly available, one at Dominion Wine & Beer and one at its sister store Downtown Crown Wine & Beer in Gaithersburg. The former is welcoming Athens, Ohio’s Jackie O’s Brewery, while the latter is offering several bombers from Brooklyn-based, Sterling-brewing Grimm Artisanal Ales.

Jackie O’s Brewery — Athens, Ohio

In the small college town that is best known as home to Ohio University sits a brewpub that began life in 1995 as O’Hooleys, but became the famed Jackie O’s in 2005. Art Oestrike bought the brewpub and began a new era of brewing in Athens, naming it after it his mother Jackie. The name was to be a sort of memorial as she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer around the same time.

In 2013, Jackie O’s purchased a former cheese factory building and opened their 8,000 barrel production brewery. They have already distinguished themselves from their peers as they have four beers currently on Beer Advocate’s Top Rated Beers list, all of them dark, rich beers.

While their stouts have made that list, they are also known for IPAs and sours. As Jackie O’s production capability expands, so does their distribution. The modest, but superlative Midwest brewery began distributing from coast to coast. Their beers, which are kegged, canned and bottled, are currently available at Dominion Wine & Beer.

Berliner Weisse (5.2% ABV)

“No kettles were soured in the making of this beer.” So goes the claim on the 16.9 oz bottle. Jackie O’s ages their cultured beers in the solera method, which usually involves moving beers from one vessel to another as the liquid ages.

The Berliner Weisse ages for three months before being packaged and distributed. Pouring a light amber, this sour wheat beer gave off aromas of bitter citrus — lemons and oranges — with a faint hint of acetone. Given the fact that Jackie O’s avoids the typical lemony tang of kettle-soured beers, this is a complex tasting beer. Sour plum and green apple combine to bring the tartness while the malt adds a slight sweetness, which lingers on the tongue. Refreshing and refined, this sour deserves a good look, especially in these summery Fall days that feel warmer than October should.

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by ARLnow.com October 6, 2017 at 11:45 am 0

It’s going to be an active weekend for military flyovers.

According to an advisory for the National Capital Region, the following flyovers will be conducted over or around Arlington.

  • Friday at 2:04 p.m. — “Four (4) F-15E aircraft will be conducting a flyover of Arlington National Cemetery.”
  • Saturday at 5:38 p.m. — “Four (4) E-2C aircraft will conduct a flyover of Washington Nationals Park (NLDS Game 2).”
  • Sunday at 7:40 a.m. — “U.S. Army Golden Knights will be conducting a planned parachute jump at the Pentagon in support of the Army 10 miler race.”
  • Sunday at 7:40 a.m. — “Four (4) UH-60 aircraft will be conducting a flyover of the Pentagon for the Army 10 Miler Race following the parachute jump.”

The advisory also lists a flyover planned for next week.

  • Friday, October 13 at 9:45 a.m. — “Four (4) A-10 aircraft will be conducting a flyover of Arlington National Cemetery.”

by Katie Pyzyk October 6, 2017 at 10:30 am 0

Central Coffee Bar (1901 N. Moore Street) in Rosslyn is officially open. Owner Mehmet Osman Coskun was thrilled that as of 8:30 a.m. on its opening day, staff already had served 200 customers.

This is his team’s first business in Arlington and they credit the county and the Rosslyn BID for helping them get through first-time business owner snags during the process of opening. “When you have a new business, you don’t know a lot of stuff… and you need support,” Coskun said. “You made your investment and you’re hoping people will help you out.”

The venue isn’t just going to be for coffee and pastries. Owners have applied for a liquor license so they can transition Central Coffee Bar into a bar in the evening. Coskun believes that the establishment’s later service hours will set it apart from others in the neighborhood.

“A lot of places in Rosslyn close by 8 p.m., so people feel like they don’t want to go somewhere at night because it’s going to close soon,” Coskun said. “But we extended our hours to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday because we do feel like people want to hang out after work and socialize and get something to drink. And we really want to appeal to the locals.”

This morning Coskun reiterated what he previously told ARLnow, that he’s interested in expanding in the county and eventually opening a coffee shop/bar in Clarendon.

Central Coffee Bar will hold a grand opening next Thursday, October 12. From 2-4 p.m. all guests will get a free coffee.

by Katie Pyzyk October 6, 2017 at 9:30 am 0

Autumn might have officially arrived on September 22, but weather in the 80s and 90s since then has had some people still stuck in summer mode. Despite the weather roller coaster, some people are going full steam ahead into fall and embracing fall activities.

A number of events in Arlington over the coming weeks are fall-themed, such as Columbia Pike Fall Fest on Saturday or the Howl O’ Ween Walk to the Rescue on Sunday. But there are plenty of traditional fall activities you might enjoy that aren’t necessarily an organized event, such as looking at the changing colors of fall foliage or picking apples and pumpkins. Or maybe you’re a sports buff and at this time of year you most enjoy watching playoff baseball.

This morning we want to know: What is your favorite fall activity? Let us know in the comments about other fall activities you enjoy that we may not have listed.

by ARLnow.com October 6, 2017 at 8:30 am 0

Fisette Has To-Do List for Final Months — Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette has a number of items left on his to-do list as he nears retirement from the Board at the end of the year. Among the items with some momentum is a plan to name the county government headquarters after long-serving Board member Ellen Bozman. [InsideNova, InsideNova]

Purple Ribbons on ACPD Cruisers — “During the month of October a purple ribbon, donated by [local nonprofit Doorways for Women and Families], will be displayed on many Arlington County Police Department vehicles in support of the efforts to reduce the incidence and severity of domestic violence in our community.” [Arlington County]

Beyer Gets Press for Security Clearance Letter — Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is getting some national media attention for his continued push — alongside Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) — for the Trump administration to revoke the security clearances of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. [CNN]

History of Sushi Zen — Sushi Zen, a Japanese restaurant on N. Harrison Street, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by holding 20 fundraisers for local nonprofits. But the path to success for the sushi spot was bumpy. The family-owned restaurant struggled in its early years and enlisted the help of Georgetown MBA students to help turn things around. [Connection Newspapers]

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

by ARLnow.com Sponsor October 6, 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.”

Sshhh… be quiet… and listen…

Can you hear the market whispering? It’s talking to us, very subtly. It’s saying things are slowing down, buyers are hesitant, there’s no sense of urgency, complacency is replacing vibrancy.

A common theme has emerged this week when talking with real estate professionals like agents, loan officers and title closers. They describe the market as “off,” “funky,” “soft,” “weird,” “squishy.” These are not yet technical terms in real estate lexicon, but they portend things to come. We may be on the verge of a subtle shift.

When consumers’ confidence in the economy wanes, it’s reflected in a depressed housing market because they are averse to risk regarding major financial decisions and commitments. When consumers feel the future economy is strong, it’s reflected in active home and auto sales.

This week in Arlington, 83 sellers put their homes on the market and 56 buyers ratified contracts. And about 60 sellers lowered their prices, a high number for the peak of the Fall market.

Interest rates show tiny signs of inching upward. The 30-yr fixed rate ticked up about 4 basis points this week to about 4.05%. The Fed’s move to shed 10-yr T bills and mortgage backed securities is competing with Treasury’s sale of 10-yr bonds so it raised the yield this week by 8 basis point, which in turn influenced mortgage rates. Increased rates will lower a home buyer’s purchasing power. Are dark clouds forming on the horizon of our housing market?

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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