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Pedestrians and cars mix on Columbia Pike at sunset (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

District Taco’s Big Expansion — “District Taco has inked a trio of franchise agreements to significantly expand along the East Coast, the next step in a larger plan to broaden the reach of the Yucatán-style restaurant chain that started in 2009 from a single food cart… It’s the latest step by co-founders Osiris Hoil and Marc Wallace to turn the restaurant chain into a nationally known brand or, as Hoil put it in an August interview, to put District Taco on every American’s dining room table.” [Washington Business Journal]

Rep. Beyer Studying AI at GMU — “His phone was ringing. ‘I’ll be there,’ Beyer told a colleague wondering when he would be returning to the House floor for votes. It seemed study time would have to wait. That’s been the story of the year for Beyer (D-Va.), who has been moonlighting as a student at George Mason University in pursuit of a master’s degree in machine learning while balancing his duties as a congressman.” [Washington Post]

Trash Collection Bills to Rise — “‘We [currently] have a really fantastic deal’ on the solid-waste-collection contract, Schwartz told Civic Federation delegates. ‘That contract’s about to come due. Their labor cost has gone up 50 to 60 percent over the course of the contract.’ Any increases to future contracts will end up getting passed on to homeowners, who currently pay $318.61 for trash-collection services.” [Sun Gazette]

Brandishing Tuesday Night on the Pike — “A security guard observed a vehicle parked in the fire lane of a residential complex and approached the driver. A verbal dispute ensued, during which the driver brandished a firearm and verbally threatened the security guard. The suspect then fled the scene in a gray vehicle. Responding officers canvassed the area for the suspect yielding negative results.” [ACPD]

Workers Spend Xmas Eve Fixing Pole — From Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services: “After a driver totaled a signal pole at Washington Boulevard and Sycamore late Christmas Eve, a DES operations crew spent the deep-freeze early morning securing the damage and ensuring safety. Temporary armature is now in place.” [Twitter]

Top 25 Books at Arlington Libraries — “It’s no secret that Arlington is a community of readers. Here is a breakdown of combined adult eBook, eAudiobooks and print checkouts that made the 25 top list this year. In 2022, we saw six titles rising above the 2,000-checkout mark starting with ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land’ by Anthony Doerr.” [Arlington Public Library]

It’s Thursday — Clear throughout the day. High of 51 and low of 30. Sunrise at 7:28 am and sunset at 4:56 pm. []

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Children’s Weekday Program (CWP) is a non-profit preschool rooted in a play-based philosophy. We focus on developing a love of learning and exploration, cooperation, empathy, and independence.

Our caring and experienced educators create opportunities for children 16 months to 5 years old to play, learn, and grow in a nurturing environment of child-centered and developmentally appropriate experiences.

Initially established more than 50 years ago in South Arlington, CWP continues to be a lauded program in the Northern Virginia area. We are extremely proud to have been recognized as a Best Preschool in Northern Virginia Magazine for the last 4 years.

Located now in North Arlington at 2666 Military Road, CWP offers a part-time parents day out and preschool program with options to extend care both before and after school. We offer a supportive and inclusive school community for children and parents alike and welcome all families to join our school!

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The Optimist Club of Arlington is holding its 77th annual Christmas tree sale!

This year, the tree sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). The lot opens for sales on November 24th. The Optimist Club is selling small and large trees ranging from tabletop size to 10 foot tall trees! Wreaths, garland, tree stands, and White House Christmas ornaments will also be for sale.

100% of all proceeds go towards helping Arlington County youth.

For more information, please visit the Arlington Optimists website at

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Holiday Art Show

Holiday Art Show featuring artists: Peter Fitzgerald, Claire Plante, Alanna Rivera, and Suzy Scollon. At the Barcroft Community House, 800 South Buchanan St., Arlington, VA. Dec. 8 from, 2 PM to 8 PM and Dec. 9 from 10 AM to

Christmas Tree Sales

2023 Christmas Tree Sales Begin

Saturday, December 2

Get your holiday decorating off to the right start this year! We will be selling 150 Fraser firs, freshly cut and delivered from Sparta, North Carolina.

Sale Hours:

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