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Snow falls in the Westover neighborhood on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

APS Needs More Subs — “Michael Beer is not a politician, but he knows the politicians’ credo: ‘Never let an available microphone go to waste.’ During a rare lull in the action at the frazzled Feb. 21 Arlington County Civic Federation meeting, Beer used an available microphone to encourage delegates with time available during the day to consider service as an Arlington Public Schools substitute teacher… The school system is desperately short of substitutes, said Beer.” [Gazette Leader]

I-395 Ramp Closure Tonight — “The southbound South Glebe Road (Route 120) ramp to northbound I-395 will be closed, weather permitting, between 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 and 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 for traffic camera pole replacement work, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Drivers will be detoured via southbound I-395, Shirlington Circle and Quaker Lane back to northbound I-395.” [VDOT]

Pair of I-395 Crashes — Two recent, rear-end crashes along I-395 near Crystal City were caught on camera by public safety watcher Dave Statter, including a crash on a signal-controlled ramp and an alleged DUI driver who walked away with his dog after crashing into a car carrier. [Twitter, Twitter]

Changes to Temporary Roundabout — The somewhat controversial, temporary Military Road roundabout is getting some changes, including asphalt islands and the removal of plastic pylons. [Twitter]

Nighttime Metro Delays — “Metro will perform critical work, to maintain the tracks during the late-night and overnight hours weeknights, Monday through Thursday, Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, Mar. 6 – 9, and Mar. 13-16. Work will begin at 10 p.m. prior to the system closing, with trains single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery on the Blue and Blue+ lines, and between Foggy Bottom and Ballston on the Orange and Silver lines. The single-track area is three miles long and coupled with the Yellow Line Bridge closure requires train service to be reduced to every 26 minutes on the four lines.” [WMATA]

Yorktown Girls Win State Title — “The Yorktown Patriots have won all of the big meets in recent years, but until this winter, the girls team had never won all three in the same season. That changed the night of Feb. 18 in Hampton when Yorktown achieved that  triple-crown milestone by winning the 2022-23 Virginia High School League’s Class 6 state swimming and diving championship.” [Gazette Leader]

Arlington Media Company Founder Dies — “Ron Gordon, the Peru-born founder of Arlington media and marketing company ZGS Communications Inc., died Tuesday. He was 68. Gordon revealed in early February he had been receiving treatment for cancer for much of the past year… In 2019, Gordon achieved a lifelong dream of owning a soccer team, becoming executive chairman and owner of Edinburgh’s Hibernian FC of the Scottish Premier League.” [Washington Business Journal]

RIP Mandy — Mandy Jenkins, an online news and social media pioneer who was a supporter of ARLnow in its early days through her work at, has died after a years-long battle with cancer. She was 42. [Ideastream Public Media, Zanesville Times Recorder]

It’s Monday — Rain in the evening and overnight. High of 48 and low of 35. Sunrise at 6:45 am and sunset at 6:00 pm. []

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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.

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