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East Falls Church as seen from the Pete Beers Memorial Bridge over Langston Blvd (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Reparations Instead of Missing Middle? — “Arlington residents and their descendants who were harmed by past housing policy decisions could see greater benefits from a reparations program than from a policy that calls for simply increasing the number of housing units in the county, according to an opponent of the county’s Missing Middle housing plan. Arlington County could consider establishing a program of reparations through its housing policy, featuring down-payment assistance to these residents, said Jim Schulman, executive director of the Alliance for Regional Cooperation.” [Patch]

Payments to Amazon Delayed — “ Inc. could have received its first HQ2-tied incentive payment from Virginia this July, based on its payment schedule with the commonwealth — but it has yet to apply for any funding, pushing disbursement at least three years into the future, the Washington Business Journal has learned. The e-commerce and cloud computing giant’s memorandum of understanding with Virginia requires it to formally apply for cash incentives based on its local hiring progress and capital investments, payments that could reach $750 million by 2039.” [Washington Business Journal]

Free Flowers Next Week in Crystal City — “On Monday, February 13 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM we will be celebrating Galentine’s Day in National Landing in partnership with Lily’s Flower Truck. Stop by and make your own flower bouquet for someone special in your life while supplies last. The first 50 people to show a receipt from one of our local coffee shops in National Landing on Monday will get a free flower bouquet.” [National Landing BID]

‘Billy & George’ Closing This Weekend — “There’s something special happening at Avant Bard Theatre. The world premier of Billy and George debuts a play that doesn’t just entertain — it educates, inspires, and makes you think. Written by Ken Jones and Daryl L. Harris, Billy and George explores the complex relationship between George Washington (John Stange) and William “Billy” Lee (Raquis Da’Juan Petree), the enslaved African-American that was his constant companion and confidante during the Revolutionary War.” [Broadway World, Metro Weekly]

Ramp Closure Starting Next Week — “Beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, weather permitting, the ramp from southbound I-395 to westbound Boundary Channel Drive (Exit 10A) will be closed for several months as part of the Boundary Channel Drive at I-395 Interchange Improvements project… Drivers will be able to access westbound Boundary Channel Drive via the southbound I-395 Exit 9 (Clark Street) ramp, where there is a temporary stop sign for left turns onto westbound Boundary Channel. This traffic pattern will be in place until mid-2023.” [VDOT]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy for much of the day. High of 63 and low of 44. Sunrise at 7:07 am and sunset at 5:41 pm. []

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At all of our events, we provide free onsite child care for the children of the teen parents we serve, creating a nurturing environment for the kiddos while their parents learn valuable life skills and build community.

If you enjoy working with children and are looking to make an immediate impact in your community, please visit to learn more.

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Join us for Arlington’s biggest civil rights & social justice event of the year. The banquet is back in person at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University.

Our keynote speaker this year is Symone Sanders from MSNBC and former Chief of Staff for Vice-President Kamala Harris.

The Master of Ceremonies is Joshua Cole, former state delegate, NAACP President, and local pastor.

Tickets/seating are limited. Purchase your ticket today! Sponsorship opportunities available.

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The Backyard: After-School Kids Club

Join us at Church of the Covenant on Military Road every other Wednesday afternoon from 4:00-5:30pm beginning on October 18th for The Backyard: After-School Kids Club. Cost is free! The program will provide recreation, snacks, Bible stories, and other fun

Standup Comedy Showcase Starring John F. O’Donnell (Comedy Central)

Live standup comedy starring John F. O’Donnell (Comedy Central)
Friday, October 20

Headliner: John F. O’Donnell

John was a correspondent on the radical comedy news TV show, “Redacted Tonight,” for 5 years. Recently, he released his debut one-hour standup special,


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