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A pedestrian walks along a path in Ballston (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Four Mile Run Hazmat Alert — From Arlington County: “Chemical Odor with Fish Killed… All pets and people should avoid the water in the area of Four Mile Run from Walter Reed Drive to the Potomac River until the Department of Environmental Services says it is safe.” [Twitter, Twitter, Twitter]

No County Payments to Amazon, Yet — “Arlington offered $23M for Amazon HQ2. So far, it hasn’t paid a dime. The county’s incentives are based on revenue streams that have shrunk since Amazon — and covid — moved in.” [Washington Post]

Grumbles About Committee Switch — “With the elimination of [the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission], ‘the [County] Board will not receive neutral, outside advice on such county issues, making them more reliant on the manager and staff for decisions,’ noted one individual who had watched the process closely but asked not to be named because it could be problematic in their professional life. ‘EPAC and CARRT could have coexisted,’ the individual said.” [Sun Gazette]

APS Hiring for Last Open Positions — “APS started the school year 99 percent fully staffed, and Human Resources is working closely with administrators to fill the remaining 35 full-time teacher vacancies as quickly as possible. Currently there are 15 full-time vacancies at the elementary level and 20 at the secondary level. We are utilizing substitutes where necessary as we work to ensure high quality teachers are in place in every classroom.” [Arlington Public Schools]

Three to Receive Community Award — “For the first time in 29 years, three extraordinary people will be honored with The William T. Newman Spirit of Community Award. Individually and collectively, these recipients represent the passion, commitment, and community advocacy that define the Award and the absolute best vision of what Arlington can be: Portia Clark… Mark Riley… [and] Dr. Mike Silverman.” [Press Release]

Improper Tow Truck Parking Tweeted — In something of a local Twitter trend, a number of people have been posting photos of Advanced Towing tow trucks parked next to a fire hydrant in front of the company’s lot in Ballston. [Twitter, Twitter, Twitter]

Renovations at Nearby Shopping Strip — “Construction has begun on a substantial renovation of Chesterbrook Shopping Center in McLean. Barricades, signage and other equipment started emerging at the Safeway-anchored retail strip in mid-August… An overhaul of Chesterbrook has been anticipated since longtime property manager Federal Realty Investment Trust took ownership of the 90,000-square-foot property at 6214 and 6246 Old Dominion Drive in May 2021.” [FFXnow]

It’s Thursday — Mostly cloudy but fairly pleasant throughout the day. High of 78 and low of 67. Sunrise at 6:45 am and sunset at 7:30 pm. [Weather.gov]

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