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Silver Diner construction in Ballston (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Arlington Man Arrested in Cold Case — “Police have arrested a 61-year-old man from Arlington County who allegedly abducted and raped a Fairfax County woman multiple times over three decades ago. Fingerprint and DNA analyses suggest George Thomas Jr. and his now-deceased brother, Gregory Allen Thomas, were the offenders in the 1988 rape of a 22-year-old woman who got attacked as she was leaving work in Bailey’s Crossroads.” [FFXnow]

Christmas Trees Delayed — “The first batch [of Christmas trees for the annual Optimist Club sale], which was coming in from Canada, got delayed because of that nasty storm that hit late last week and into the weekend.” [Sun Gazette]

CivFed Looking for More Money — “The Arlington County Civic Federation has been around longer than Arlington has been Arlington – its existence pre-dates the 1920 renaming of the county by several years – and current leadership is hoping to bring more focus on financial sustainability so the organization can continue for another century or more.” [Sun Gazette]

New Parklet in Pentagon City — “The National Landing Business Improvement District opened its first ‘parklet’ in the Pentagon City neighborhood. The space, with a painted bench, tables and chairs, is located in blocked-off parking spots on S. Fern Street near the intersection with 12th St. South.” [Patch]

Arlingtonian’s Air Travel Invention — “Roughly four years ago, LaPierre and his wife were traveling to Paris. He had thrown away his coffee before boarding, but she held onto hers, and there was really no good option for keeping it from tipping over on the flight. Between the feet? That’s how some people do it. ‘I’ve got to find a solution for this,’ he recalled.” [Washington Business Journal]

Another Gun Confiscated at DCA — “A California man tried to bring a handgun loaded with 14 bullets, including one in the chamber, onto a flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last Friday but was stopped by officers. The gun was the 28th gun detected by Transportation Security Administration officers at Reagan National Airport so far in 2022.” [Patch]

Va. Home Sales Drop — “According to the October 2022 Virginia Home Sales Report released by Virginia REALTORS®, there were 8,828 homes sold in Virginia in October 2022. This is 3,828 fewer sales than last October, representing a sharp 30.2% decrease in sales activity. This is Virginia’s largest year-over-year decrease in sales in more than ten years.” [Press Release]

It’s Wednesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 57 and low of 34. Sunrise at 7:02 am and sunset at 4:51 pm. []

Recent Stories

Good Monday evening, Arlington. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. đź•— News recap The following articles were published earlier today…

Arlington Public Schools has a new internal social media platform for families but its anonymous commenting policy prompted a tense discussion among some School Board members. This year, the school…

An Arlington-based company that helps startup founders turn their ideas into viable ventures has a new permanent home in Rosslyn.

Through Christmas, ART bus trips in peak directions along the I-66 corridor, during rush hour, will be free.

The Arlington Sports Hall of Fame is extremely pleased to announce that our 2023 Annual Induction Dinner, again in partnership with the Better Sports Club of Arlington, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Knights of Columbus, located at 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Va.

Our dinner will pay tribute to all the honored members of the Hall of Fame and will induct the following six new Class of 2023 inductees, joining the 62 athletes, coaches and contributors who have been inducted into ASHOF since its founding in 1958:

Noel Deskins (Yorktown Class of ’79): Track & Field record-holder & Athlete of the Year at YHS and JMU

Eric Metcalf (O’Connell Class of ’85): Star NFL running back, football and track & field record-holder and Hall of Famer at both O’Connell and the University of Texas

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50 First Dates x The Renegade: Speed Dating

🌟 Calling all adventurous hearts! 🌟

💑 Get ready for an evening of excitement and connection as we present Speed Dating Night at The Renegade in Arlington, VA! 🌆

📅 Mark your calendars for Oct 20th, from 6-9 pm, because

Free Right-Sizing Workshop – How to Get Rid of Your…

Cody Chance and Dick Nathan of Long & Foster are hosting an online workshop on the topic of “down-sizing” Wednesday, October 4 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Every great endeavor begins with a great plan. This workshop will give you the tools


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