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Listing of the Day: 2226 N. Kensington Street

Address: 2226 N. Kensington Street
Neighborhood: Leeway Overlee
Listed: $1,650,000
Open: Sunday, April 8 from 1-4 p.m.

Located between Westover Village and Lee-Harrison Center, this exceptional new home by Spring Street Development provides a space for everyone and everything.

From the main level den with full bathroom to the comfortable master suite and en suite bath with free standing tub and oversized shower, this home offers quality, style and proportion favored by today’s savvy buyers.

The family room features coffered ceilings, fireplace and door to the flat rear yard while the breakfast area and kitchen are washed with sunlight from the many windows. Cream colored cabinets and navy blue center island are topped with quartz countertops, enhanced by the glass tile backsplash. In addition to the 48 inch gas range, there is a separate wall over and a built-in microwave with convection cooking. The mudroom opens to the two car garage.

Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and laundry. The lower level level has a rec room to accommodate areas for media, play and hobbies. The fifth bedroom and bath is on this level along with a flex room for office or gym and storage galore.

Nottingham, Swanson, Yorktown schools.

Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
Washington Fine Properties
Phone: 703-967-4391
[email protected]
http://www.wfp.com/index.asp

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ART Bus Real-Time Information Restored After Multi-Day Outage

Arlington Transit’s real-time bus arrival information has been restored after being out of service for at least five days.

Arlington County said via Twitter that the ART arrival info was “temporarily unavailable due to technical problems.”

A request for more information relating to the cause of the outage was not immediately responded to by an Arlington Dept. of Environmental Services spokesperson.

Without the arrival times, some riders said they were left waiting for buses that never came.

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At Least 500 Wakefield High School Students To Learn Hands-On CPR

At least 500 Wakefield High School students are scheduled learn how to give hands-on CPR on Thursday.

The event is part of the “Hands2Hearts” initiative which seeks to help every adult working or living in Arlington to learn hands-only CPR.

The initiative is sponsored by the Arlington County Fire Department and Virginia Hospital Center. Organizers will spend 30 minutes teaching students how to recognize a cardiac arrest victim while teaching them how to potentially save their lives through hands-only CPR.

Students will also be taught how to treat a choking victim and use an automated external defibrillator. Students reached out to ACFD and VHC to bring the event to school.

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Crime Report: Alleged Public Masturbator Returns to Scene of the Crime

A Woodbridge man has been arrested and charged with indecent exposure after police say he was seen masturbating in his car.

The man initially left the scene, on the 1800 block of N. Scott Street in the Rosslyn area, but came back after police asked him to. He was then arrested.

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

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-03300228, 1800 block of N. Scott Street. At approximately 6:41 p.m. on March 30, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim witnessed the male suspect masturbating in his vehicle. Based upon the vehicle and suspect description provided by the victim, police were able to develop a possible suspect and requested he return to the scene. Desalegn Alemu, 34, of Woodbridge, VA, was arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure.

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

GRAND LARCENY AUTO (Significant), 2018-04020143, 900 block of N. Jackson Street. At approximately 2:25 p.m. on April 2, police were dispatched to the 900 block of N. Jackson Street for the report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, it was determined that after the vehicle was repaired at a service station, two unknown suspects were observed entering the vehicle and driving away. Arriving officers canvased the area with negative results. Suspect One is described as a black male wearing all black clothing. Suspect Two is described as black male wearing a dark gray hoodie and blue jeans carrying a suitcase. The investigation is ongoing.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-03290135, 2800 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 1:42 p.m. on March 29, an officer on routine patrol observed an individual behaving suspiciously enter a vehicle. A subsequent check of the tag indicated the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Chicago, Illinois. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect was in possession of numerous fraudulent credit cards and goods purchased fraudulently. Musa Kanuteh, 32, of Bronx, NY, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny: Motor Vehicle Theft, Credit Card Theft (x2), Credit Card Fraud (x2) and Possession of a Credit Card Forgery Device. He was held on no bond.

BURGLARY, 2018-03290263, 4200 block of 31st Street S. At approximately 10:02 p.m. on March 29, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a residence, causing damage. Nothing was reported missing. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-03280161, 1700 block of Kirkwood Road. At approximately 5:00 p.m. on March 28, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 11:30 a.m. and 4:54 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence, moved items around and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

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Istanbul Grill Expected To Replace Ballston Area’s El Ranchero

A new Turkish restaurant is coming to the Ballston area, replacing long-time restaurant El Ranchero.

Istanbul Grill will offer up traditional Turkish food, with kebabs served with rice and vegetables, and “traditional special appetizers,” according to its owner.

The restaurant, which has applied for a license to sell wine and beer, is aiming to seat between 101-150 people at a time, according to the license application.

Istanbul Grill’s owner, Turgut Yiğit, wrote to ARLnow that he “is aiming and hoping to open” May 1 at 4617 Wilson Boulevard, which is just west of Ballston in the Bluemont neighborhood.

The Istanbul Grill in Arlington, Va., does not appear to have a website at this time, and is not the same as the Istanbul Grill in Arlington, Texas.

Photo via Google Maps

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Arlington Pet of the Week: Klaus

Becky's Pet Care

This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Klaus, a 3-year-old Maine Coon mix who enjoys jumping in the bathtub and receiving a nice grooming.

Here is what his owner, Sarah, had to say:

This is Klaus, a fluffy 3-year old Maine Coon mix adopted from Bourbon County Rescue in Germantown, MD. He is named in honor of his owner’s study-abroad host parents, Kitty and Klaus, and pricks up his ears whenever he hears German. Typical of Maine Coons, Klaus loves water, regularly jumping into the shower or batting his paws around in his water dish. Klaus enjoys a good snuggle, so if he discovers that a closed door is blocking him from his human, he will sing the song of his people until she open the door for him. In his copious amounts of free time, Klaus loves to chirp and yowl at birds and squirrels from his favorite perch on the windowsill.

A purrfect day for Klaus includes munching on lots of food and sunning himself outside on the balcony. He’s a bit of a cowardly lion, though… one flutter of the American flag and he will scamper all 18 lbs. of himself under the patio furniture faster than you can say ‘scared-y cat’. He’s easily coaxed from hiding, however, with one look at his brush and will lumber over to receive a nice grooming, during which he will flop over and purr loudly. After his version of a spa day is complete, he will find the nearest blanket, kneed it for five minutes, stretch out on top of it, and promptly fall asleep. Such is the life of Klaus!

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.

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Small Biz Focus: The Changing Face of Retail

This column is written by Tara Palacios and sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Retail in 2018 feels different.

There are many contributing factors which directly impact how we buy goods and services today. Technology has played a tremendous role in changing the landscape of how, where and when we make purchases.

The malls of the 1980s have been replaced with more outdoor, walkable options and online retail gives us the flexibility of being able to make purchases without leaving our homes.

Innovative and interactive storefronts are a definite trend for retail in 2018 which also includes state of the art mobile trucks, pop-up shops and unique fitness and health opportunities. Augmented reality and robots will also play a role in defining the future of retail.

If you own a retail shop — what are you doing to remain competitive?

If you shop for goods and services how will these trends affect the way you buy? Today many people are concerned about privacy, and may not be interested in sharing their data with retailers; however, online shopping is a fast-growing retail market. Opportunities still abound for brick and mortar retail stores.

We will be tackling the issue of the Changing Face of Retail with our partners from the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 18 at our free Brunch and Business event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Experts will be addressing the future of retail and its many changes in 2018. Confirmed speakers include representatives from Ballston Quarter, Arlington Economic Development, Kinder Haus Toys and Bash Boxing. We hope you can join us to delve into this timely topic!

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Arlington Wireless Emergency Alert System Test Set For Thursday

Arlington County will participate in what is being billed as the country’s first live multi-jurisdictional wireless emergency alert system test tomorrow (April 5) from 10-11 a.m.

Residents in participating jurisdictions will receive an alert on their cell phone “or other mobile devices,” according to a county press release. At least 20 jurisdictions, including D.C., College Park, Md., and Manassas, Va., are scheduled to simultaneously send out the test message.

The text, accompanied by a loud noise, will reportedly read as follows: “A test of the Arlington County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required.”

A back-up test date is scheduled for Monday (April 9) for the same time “if a real-world event impacts the [wireless emergency alert system] test on Thursday.”

The system is designed to send targeted emergency information to those in a specific area to a person’s mobile phone.

As the technology relies on carrier towers to relay messages within a “geo-targeted map,” those close to jurisdictions that are conducting the test may receive a message as well.

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Arlington’s First Responders Ask for Better Pay

Police and fire officials flooded last night’s (April 3) budget hearing to speak out against stagnant wages.

Public safety personnel say that police and fire wages are too low to allow them to live in Arlington long-term. Many are joining up, but soon realizing that their pay is insufficient to live in the county and raise a family.

The starting salary for a firefighter in Arlington is $48,000, while an entry-level police officer makes just under $53,000, according to organizers of last night’s demonstration.

A recent study found that single Arlingtonians can live comfortably on just over $56,000 a year; a couple with two children can live comfortably with just under $114,000 per year.

The proposed 2019 budget includes a four percent raise for ACFD but only a two-and-a-half percent raise for ACPD.

A “strategic restructuring” is in the works at the Arlington County Police Department, as its functional strength falls well below its authorized force. Recruiting has been a challenge, officials say.

Matthew Martin, the Arlington Police Beneficiary Association president, said that the department currently operating with 44 officers below full strength. That’s about two full patrol squads, according to the association.

‘Your police department is in trouble,” said Martin. “We can’t recruit and retain the high-quality officers that we need.”

The high turnover itself is a financial problem, as the department must then pay for recruiting and training the short-time officers, forcing the county to advertise job opportunities on billboards as far away as suburban Pittsburgh.

Ashley Savage, the police department spokeswoman, told the Tribune-Review that the billboard campaign “eventually will cover territory from Youngstown, Ohio, to Cleveland and from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg.”

Matt Quinn, a financial crimes unit detective who has been on the force for 12 years, said that since there are not enough officers for core services it’s hard even for those who don’t leave the department to move up.

“We have to focus on our core services, which is patrol, which means we have to make sure that that’s taken care of before people start looking at the detective bureau or other assignments within the bureau,” Quinn said.

Arlington County will not raise property tax rates this year, but fees are set to rise for several county services and amenities while other programs are seeing their budgets cut.

IAFF Local 2800, which represents Arlington’s professional firefighters and paramedics, noted that ACFD is paid as much as 20 percent less than their nearby counterparts.

So even if the demands are met, and a four percent increase is achieved, it’s just a start in the eyes of several fire and police officials.

“I think it’s a start for the department as a whole… but definitely over the next couple years we have to work at compressing the pay scale and increasing the starting pay to attract more good candidates,” Quinn explained, saying it would be a good start in a multi-year process.

The County Board room, at capacity, was closed off shortly after opening as dozens of people — many in support of other causes, like nixing a proposed cut for Arlington Independent Media — poured in. The overflow crowd was allowed to watch and listen from the hall.

“We brought the fire department here, I think we’ll be fine,” one officer joked after the room was instructed to squeeze in to fit more people in the seats.

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Morning Notes

Secret Service Vehicle Stolen in Arlington — A pair of thieves stole a vehicle belonging to the U.S. Secret Service from an Arlington service center yesterday afternoon. The vehicle did not have any equipment inside that “compromises the Secret Service mission,” the Secret Service told news organizations. It was reported stolen from the 900 block of N. Jackson Street, which corresponds with the location of Arlington Autocare near Clarendon. [WUSA 9, Washington Post]

Arlington and Alexandria Working Together on HQ2 — “The city of Alexandria and Arlington County are apparently working together in their efforts to land Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters… Arlington County’s Crystal City and the Alexandria portion of Potomac Yard south of Four Mile Run are believed to have been jointly offered up in response to Amazon’s September request for proposals.” [Washington Business Journal]

Monday Properties Expands Local Portfolio — Monday Properties, a major property owner in Rosslyn, has acquired a pair of office buildings in Alexandria and Herndon. The properties are both near potential D.C. area landing spots for Amazon’s HQ2. However, Monday’s Rosslyn portfolio itself is being seriously considered for the second headquarters by the Seattle-based online giant. [Washington Business Journal]

New Tenant for 1812 N. Moore Street — “Monday Properties has found a neighbor for Nestle USA in Rosslyn. International health IT juggernaut Cerner Corp. has signed on for 38,000 square feet at 1812 N. Moore, according to Bisnow.” [Bisnow, Washington Business Journal]

Snagajob Rebrands as ‘Snag’ — “Eighteen years in, Snagajob is rebranding. The Arlington, Va.-based company that provides a platform to find jobs is now called Snag, CEO Peter Harrison said on Tuesday. With the rebrand comes a new product. The company plans to expand a platform that can help connect to on-demand shifts.” [Technically DC, Washington Business Journal]

Bunny Needs Foster Home — A bunny dubbed Cherry Blossom is in need of a foster home. “Cherry Blossom was found outside, cold, skinny, and urine-scalded — now she needs a friend to help her gain her strength back,” said the Animal Welfare League of Arlington via social media. [Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley

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Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

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.  

With the exception of a random 40-degree day here and there (we are in Virginia, after all!), it appears that spring has fully sprung.

And, aside from the Easter Bunny and pleasant temps, what is another big thing that happens during the Spring season?

Spring cleaning!

That’s right, it’s time to bust out the broom, dust off the… dust and get your home sparkling. Whether you’re a long-time owner or looking to whip your home into selling shape, here are three tips for a quality Spring clean in our area:

  1. Check the sealing on your windows and doors. Sure, the temperatures are pleasant now. But, come summertime, the last thing you’ll want is your air conditioning to pour out unsealed cracks. That would be a waste of cool air and money!
  2. Ensure your sprinkler system is up-and running. Our frigid winter may have done a number on your sprinkler system. Give it a test and/or have a professional in for upkeep. You’ll want your system fully functioning, so your Spring garden can blossom.
  3. Check your detectors. Has it been a year since you’ve changed your fire alarm batteries? How about your carbon monoxide detector? If it’s been a while, there’s no time like the present.

As of April 3, there are 169 detached homes, 27 townhouses and 186 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 27 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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