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Local Favorites White Ford Bronco to Headline 2018 Taste of Arlington

The 31st Annual Taste of Arlington presented by Courthaus Social, the signature event of BallstonGives, returns to Ballston on Sunday May 20 from 12-6 p.m.

This year’s festival features over 60 restaurants and food trucks, a beer and wine garden and nine local musical acts performing on two stages, including headliners White Ford Bronco. The beloved local band will close out the festival with the ultimate tribute to the 90’s on the Mix 107.3 Sound Stage presented by Clark Construction.

Featuring everything from Top 40 covers to original indie rock tunes, Taste of Arlington has something everyone can enjoy. Here’s a preview of some of the acts we can’t wait to see:

  • Broke Royals, one of the region’s top new bands, opens the festival on the Mix 107.3 Sound Stage with the upbeat alternative rock of their debut album.
  • Singer-songwriter and “The Voice” participant Brad Doggett will kick things off on the Ballston Point Live Sound Stage with guitar-driven covers of today’s hits.
  • Headliners White Ford Bronco blend everything from alternative rock and hip-hop to pop and country for a throwback 90’s dance party.

Rounding out the Mix 107.3 Sound Stage are energetic rockers Turtle Recall, rockabilly outfit Jumpin’ Jupiter and the Darby Brothers tribute to classic rock.

The Ballston Point Live Sound Stage will also feature the party rock anthems of Lost Growlers, hard rock trio Lucy’s Letdown and the genre-bending Most Savage Gentlemen.

Each year BallstonGives donates a portion of event proceeds to local non-profits. This year’s donations will benefit the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Center for Excellence, Volunteer Arlington and Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network.

Ready to rock out with the region’s top bands? Head over to www.tasteofarlington.com to get your discounted tickets today.

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Arlington Has Taken In Fewer Refugees Than Some Other Northern Virginia Communities

Arlington has taken in fewer refugees than other Northern Virginia communities, according to data from the U.S. State Department-run Refugee Processing Center.

Between 2002-2017, approximately 409 refugees were resettled in Arlington — about .17 percent of Arlington’s population, going by the latest census figures.

In that same time period, a higher percentage of refugees were resettled in Alexandria or Annandale. Alexandria received 1,032 refugees and Annandale received 248. That’s approximately .74 percent and .6 percent of their overall populations, respectively.

In nearby Woodbridge, 271 refugees were resettled between 2002-2017. That’s approximately 6.12 percent of the overall Woodbridge population.

Falls Church, per the data, took in 1,618 refugees from 2002-2017. Per recent estimates, that’s about 13.17 percent of its population.

The Arlington County government has “no official role… in resettlement decisions” and has “expressed interest in serving as a receiving community for refugees,” according to the county’s website.

Alex Mattera, a Virginia Dept. of Social Services (DSS) planning researcher, confirmed to ARLnow that Arlington doesn’t resettle as many refugees as other Northern Virginia localities. This, he added, is likely due to a number of factors, including that only refugees with current local ties are settled in the region.

DSS’ statistics vary slightly from those of the U.S. State Department, in part because of different methods of categorizing the visa status of arrivals. Iraqis and Afghanis who are resettled in America through a S.I.V., the special immigrant visa program for those who assisted the U.S. Armed Forces in their countries during operations.

The 105 Iraqi refugees accounted for a large portion of those resettled in Arlington between 2002-2017, per the Refugee Processing Center data.

Mattera noted that the report from the Refugee Processing Center doesn’t cite SIV entrants in the same category as other refugees, and that Virginia has higher-than-average SIV-related arrivals numbers than most states.

An informal poll conducted by ARLnow in 2015 showed that opinions were mixed among readers whether or not to resettle Syrian refugees specifically in Arlington. According to the State Department data, no Syrian refugees were settled in Arlington between 2002-2017, despite the county stating its willingness to help resettle refugees displaced by the Syrian civil war.

Anna Merod contributed to this report

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Crystal City’s Cafe Italia Has Eviction Notices On Door

Cafe Italia has been evicted from its Crystal City location, according to notices affixed to the restaurant’s front door and signed by an Arlington County deputy sheriff.

The restaurant opened in 1976, according to its Facebook page.

Cafe Italia, which was located at 519 23rd Street S., served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Out of 185 Yelp reviews, it averaged about three out of five stars.

The restaurant’s website appears to have been deactivated. A call to the listed phone number went straight to voicemail.

H/t @WhiskeypalianEsq

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Crime Report: Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Nauck

A vehicle that was stolen in Arlington was recovered after it was driven past a police cruiser with automatic license plate readers.

The car was stopped in the Nauck neighborhood around 1 a.m. this past Thursday and two of its occupants were arrested “without incident.”

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

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-04050007, 2200 block of S. Garfield Street. At approximately 1:05 a.m. on April 5, an officer on routine patrol was alerted to a License Plate Reader hit on a vehicle that had previously been reported stolen out of Arlington County. The officer initiated a traffic stop and two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without incident. Kevin Tate, 47, of Capitol Heights, MD, was arrested and charged with Buying/Receiving Stolen Goods, Giving False Identity to Law Enforcement Officer While Detained, and Driving with Suspended or Revoked License. He was held on no bond. Yvonne Elliott, 54 of Alexandria, VA, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance. She was held on a secure bond.

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

BURGLARY, 2018-04100031, 5700 block of 11th Street N. At approximately 7:10 a.m. on April 10, police were dispatched to the report of a breaking and entering overnight. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 3:00 p.m. on April 9 and 6:30 a.m. on April 10, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a trailer at a construction site and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-04090048, 700 block of S. George Mason Drive. At approximately 9:05 a.m. on April 9, police were dispatched to the late report of a burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 12:00 p.m. on April 1 at and 5:00 p.m. on April 4, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a vacant residence, causing damage.  Nothing was reported missing. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-04080188, 3600 block of N. Pershing Drive. At approximately 8:32 p.m. on April 8, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that, following an ongoing dispute, at approximately 3:00 p.m. on April 8, a known female suspect removed items of value from the residence. The investigation is ongoing.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY (late), 2018-04060230, 3800 block of 16th Street S. At approximately 5:12 p.m. on April 6, police were dispatched to the report of a late breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect forced entry into an unoccupied residence and items of value were reported missing. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-04060300, 1200 block of S. Scott Street. At approximately 9:42 p.m. on April 6, police were dispatched to the report of a late burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 2:00 a.m. on April 1 and 2:00 a.m. on April 3, an unknown suspect entered the residence, moved items around and stole items of value. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2018-04070016, 1300 block of N. Danville Street. At approximately 12:53 a.m. on April 7, police were dispatched to the report of an exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that as the female victim entered her vehicle, an unknown male suspect approached the vehicle on foot and allegedly began masturbating. The victim yelled and the suspect fled the area prior to police arrival. The suspect is described as a black male in his late twenties, approximately six feet tall, with a full beard, wearing an army green hooded sweatshirt, with the hood covering his face, and grey sweatpants. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-04050189, 1300 block of N. Veitch Street. At approximately 4:57 p.m. on April 5, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary just discovered. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim arrived home and located an unknown male suspect inside residence.  Arriving officers took the suspect into custody without incident. The suspect was found to be in possession of items of value belonging to the victim. Henok Geleta, 24, of Washington, D.C., was arrested and charged with Burglary with Intent to Commit Larceny. He was held on no bond.

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Arlington Pet of the Week: Bear

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Bear, a kitten who loves chasing lasers and being social with other cats.

Here is what his foster owner, Gina, had to say:

Bear is one of the hottest young kittens in Arlington. He’s small, dark, and handsome, with the perfect amount of floof. He’s committed to fitness, and enjoys running and playing both in his apartment and on his harness outdoors. And, he’s no wallflower. He’s been growing his network, engaging in playdates both with his peers and with more experienced cats in Northern Virginia.

It’s no surprise that Bear is becoming such a success on the NOVA kitty social circuit. He’s an alum of the prestigious Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Kitten College, a program for neonatal kittens. He and his four litter mates learned not only impeccable manners and sharing, but how to eat, use a litter box, and make excellent biscuits under the watchful eye of his foster mom, Gina.

Bear’s adventurous and goofy charm made keeping him as a permanent resident irresistible. He’s now known as a “foster fail” and continues to live at Gina’s place in North Arlington. Look for Bear on one of his outdoor adventures. Or, maybe you’ll spy him playing fetch or chasing lasers with Gina’s boyfriend’s dog. In any event, don’t be intimidated by Bear’s glorious grey mane. This floofy fellow is thrilled to make new friends and acquaintances.

 

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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Arts Focus: Full Dome Projections at Arlington Planetarium

This is a column written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

“Space… The final frontier.”

It can certainly feel that way to arts presenters in the Washington metropolitan area, where space is such a precious commodity. That’s why it pays to think outside the box and cultivate partnerships with organizations that might not immediately seem a natural fit “…to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Take, for example, the series of Full Dome Projections by visual artists at the David M. Brown Planetarium.

Co-presented by Arlington Arts with the Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium, the latest immersive screening is In The Midst of the Inferno by artist Jonathan Monaghan, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 and 22 with multiple screenings occurring on the half-hour throughout the weekend (see Eventbrite for screening times).

Called “one of the best and most innovative projects in the region” in Washington City Paper’s “The Year In Galleries, 2017,” the Free series has drawn enthusiastic new audiences to this hidden gem, while providing a new venue option for regional artists.

Eliciting subconscious fears surrounding authority and wealth, Monaghan’s critical reflection on power in the digital age is a journey through surreal environments evoking science fiction and high-security luxury apartments: a world both absurd and dystopian, yet eerily familiar.

Note that an Artist Talk by Jonathan Monaghan will accompany the Opening Night screenings, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. only. The David M. Brown Planetarium is located at 1426 N. Quincy Street in Arlington. The event is free but space is limited and patrons are encouraged to RSVP in advance.

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CAVA Opens Ballston Location This Week With Free Meals

Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant CAVA is opening its Ballston location on Friday (April 13). To kick off the grand opening, the restaurant will be offering the first 150 customers a free meal.

The free meals start at 10:45 a.m., and proceeds from sales will go to City Blossoms, an urban gardens and community building focused organization.

The new 52 seat location is on the ground floor of the Stafford Place II building, at 4121 Wilson Boulevard, which is the former National Science Foundation headquarters. It will replace Matsutake Steak and Sushi, which closed at the site in 2014.

This Ballston location will be the chain’s 51st in the country, and the 28th in the Washington metropolitan region. Hours of operation will be 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

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TMZ Publishes Video of NBA Star Cheating on Khloe Kardashian at Darna Lounge

The attention of the celebrity gossip world is briefly focused on Virginia Square, of all places.

TMZ last night published video of Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers center and the father of mother-to-be Khloe Kardashian’s baby, at Darna Restaurant and Lounge (946 N. Jackson Street).

More from TMZ:

TMZ obtained this surveillance video recorded October 7, 2017 at a hookah lounge outside Washington D.C. You see Tristan with 3 women, 2 of whom are fully engaged with Khloe’s baby daddy.

Tristan makes out with one of the women, tongue and all. The other grabs his head, brings it to her chest and he motorboats her. And the same woman grabs his junk.

Thompson was in town to face the Washington Wizards.

The video is additional evidence that Thompson is a “serial cheater” and is “devastating” to the famous Kardashian clan, reports People.

Darna, meanwhile, is back open after being shut down in February due to safety violations.

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Morning Notes

New Rooftop Beer Garden in Clarendon — The company behind Ambar is opening three new Mexican restaurant concepts in the former La Tasca space: “Tacos, Tortas & Tequila (TTT), Buena Vida and eventually a rooftop Mexican beer garden called Up.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

School Board to Gather Once More at Ed Center — Past and present Arlington School Board members will gather prior to the April 19 board meeting for a final group photo at the Arlington Education Center building. School administrators are leaving the 50-year-old building for leased administrative offices along Washington Blvd, to make way for a new high school program. [InsideNova]

Deloitte Expanding in Rosslyn — “Global consulting firm Deloitte LLP plans to significantly increase its footprint in the Waterview building in Rosslyn, where it recently subleased about 120,000 square feet from Gartner Inc. The sublease boosts Deloitte’s presence at 1919 N. Lynn St. to about 450,000 square feet, including the five floors it has picked up from Gartner… The firm now has around 8,000 employees in Rosslyn, its largest of 13 offices across Greater Washington.” [Washington Business Journal]

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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.  

WOOF. MEOW. CHIRP. NEIGH. Translation: It’s National Pet Day!

I’m a big pet fan and have had some awesome four-legged friends throughout my entire life.

On that note and in the real estate world, it’s super important to take Fido, Fluffy and Chirp’s unique needs into account whenever and wherever you decide to move.

From a condo perspective, there are plenty of pet-friendly communities throughout Arlington County ready for new residents. Likewise, there are a number of rentals that welcome dogs and/or cats with open arms. And, even if you have a horse, Arlington County has suburban and rural landscapes that will make your bigger pets feel right at home.

When you (and your pet!) are ready to GET MORE out of your real estate transaction, my team is ready to help. We don’t bite, we promise.

As of April 9, there are 187 detached homes, 33 townhouses and 208 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 35 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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