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Clear skies over Ballston Quarter (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Hamm Middle School ClosedUpdated at 11 a.m. — From Arlington Public Schools: “Closure Alert: Dorothy Hamm Middle School is closed today, Fri, Dec 2… The closure is due to impacts from a water leak that have affected both water and heating in the building.” [Twitter]

Gun Brandishing at Clarendon 7-Eleven — “3000 block of Washington Boulevard. At approximately 3:04 a.m. on December 1, police were dispatched to the report of a person with a gun. Upon arrival, it was determined the known male suspect entered the business and became involved in a verbal dispute with the clerk after being told he could not purchase alcohol after midnight. During the incident, the suspect lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun in his waistband before fleeing the scene on foot.” [ACPD]

Local Santa Summary — “Santa Claus will be back in Arlington this holiday season after a couple of years of COVID-19 restrictions that made it difficult for kids to crawl up on his lap and make their case that they’ve been good boys and girls over the last year… In the Arlington area, children have several chances.” [Patch]

Pike Work Continues After Celebration — “On Monday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. Arlington County celebrated the completion of Segments H & I (from the Arlington County line to Four Mile Run Drive) of the Columbia Pike Multimodal Improvements Project and The Pike, a sculpture by artist Donald Lipski, located on the corner of Columbia Pike and South Jefferson Street.  The event represented the culmination of two years of construction to improve the pedestrian, transit, and driver safety… Segment F (from South Wakefield Street to South Oakland Street) is currently under construction and is expected to reach substantial completion in 2025.” [Arlington County]

Vision Zero Meeting Next Week — “Tuesday, December 06 [from] 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM… Please join us for the mid-year virtual meeting of the Vision Zero External Stakeholder Group as we discuss Arlington’s progress on the Vision Zero Action Plan. The public is welcome to attend – please bring your questions and feedback to the meeting.” [Arlington County]

Donation to Arlington Free Clinic — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced a nearly $8 million investment in 19 community-based organizations in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. One of the organizations receiving a multi-year grant is the Arlington Free Clinic. This grants are part of CareFirst’s National Health Equity Strategy, with a focus on advancing behavioral health equity in the Mid-Atlantic region.

It’s Friday — Clear throughout the day. High of 49 and low of 30. Sunrise at 7:11 am and sunset at 4:48 pm. [Weather.gov]

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🎉 Tonight, we invite you to the French Riviera, one of the most exciting places on earth – without ever boarding a plane! And celebrate Mardi Gras and the Carnival of Nice on French soil as we welcome you to a special evening at the Embassy of France!

From the elegance of classical French culture to the most celebrated Rivera nightlife of the 21st Century, experience a special evening of fantastic French food, wine, music, and ambiance.

Enjoy the flavors of Nice, Monaco, and St. Tropez in the beautiful and festive Maison Francaise at the French Embassy.

🍽️ On the Menu: Delicious French food

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

Cody Chance and Dick Nathan of Long & Foster are hosting a free workshop on the topic of “down-sizing” at their office on Cherry Hill Rd. (formerly Lee Highway) in Arlington on Thursday, February 29 from 5:30PM-7:00PM.

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Science Meets Judaism: Artificial Intelligence and Ethical Biases

The third program in our Science Meets Judaism series brings together Kol Ami member Jeremy Epstein, Assistant Director for Technologies and Privacy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Rebecca Epstein-Levi, Assistant Professor of Jewish

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