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Tree blossoms in the Zachary Taylor Nature Area (staff photo)

Post Office Dedicated to Mail Carrier — “Local leaders, family members of Jesus Collazos and community members gathered at the U.S. Post Office on N. George Mason Drive in Arlington on Sunday morning for the official dedication of the Jesus Collazos Post Office. Collazos, a beloved mail carrier in Arlington, died in June 2020 at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with COVID-19.” [Patch]

I-66 Lane Closure for Bridge Painting — “The eastbound I-66 right lane at the North Utah Street overpass will be closed, weather permitting, between 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 27 and 5 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 29 to place barriers along the right shoulder for bridge painting work, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.” [VDOT]

Yorktown Basketball Coach Resigns — “Joe Reed, the Yorktown High School head boys basketball coach the past eight seasons, resigned March 22 during a meeting with school administrators. The coach stepped down because he didn’t believe he was treated fairly by the administration and had differences of opinions with his supervisors, during his tenure.” [GazetteLeader]

More on NAACP’s CivFed Departure — “The NAACP version, shorter at 500 words and 15 footnotes, was intended to be less polarizing and less insulting to government officials. ‘CivFed must decide whether it wants to be merely expressive, or effective. The current draft resolution suffers from fatal defects that make it highly unlikely to prompt meaningful engagement or change from the county’ said the NAACP. In particular, ‘the draft channels grievances from a select few, relies on assumptions that county officials and staff do not share, and levies accusations that are unfair or unfounded.'” [Falls Church News-Press]

Arlington Among Most Expensive Places — “Arlington ranks as the 10th most expensive to live in among the nation’s 100 largest urban areas, according to a new survey, rising 39 percent above the national average and fueled by the whopping cost of housing. That’s according to a new data analysis by Apartment List, which looked at the cost of living through lenses of housing, utilities, transportation, health care, groceries and miscellaneous goods and services.” [GazetteLeader]

Parking Rules May Restrict Missing Middle — “Where Arlington has not gone as far as other regions is in pairing parking reform with missing middle. The rules require missing middle units to have half a parking spot per unit in areas well-served by transit and one per unit elsewhere. What might be worse in terms of getting missing middle units built, the rules limit the interior of garages that face the street to less than half of the width of the building.” [Twitter]

It’s Monday — Possible light rain in the afternoon and evening. High of 57 and low of 47. Sunrise at 7:02 am and sunset at 7:28 pm. []

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2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finalists, photo via Scripps National Spelling Bee Twitter

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Please join us on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4 pm for the Glencarlyn Home Tour in Arlington’s historic Glencarlyn neighborhood.  Among the featured homes will be a sparkling new home by A&N Builders at 5604-4th St. South. The inviting front porch opens to a light-filled space featuring high ceiling, wood floors, gas fireplace,  Pella windows, Shrock cabinets, Quartz countertop, and JennAir appliances.  Doors from the family room open to a large covered porch with a few steps to the level, landscaped rear yard.  Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, laundry room, and linen storage.  The big lower level has a rec room, gym space, and a fifth bedroom and bathroom plus even more storage.  After leaving the home, stroll to the Ball-Sellers home, the oldest residence in Arlington, the community gardens at the library, Carlin Hall, and the 94 acre Glencarlyn Park. A lovely way to while away a late spring afternoon.

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Is home ownership a goal of yours in 2023? Now is the time to make it happen! Grab a (virtual) drink with the area’s top Real Estate experts, learn all about the home buying process and on how you can get $1,500 towards your closing costs immediately!

Did you know the average Arlington renter will spend $150K in 5 years of renting? Stop paying down someone else’s mortgage! Join us for a Rent vs. Buy Happy Hour on Wednesday, June 7th at 6 p.m. via Zoom. If this time doesn’t work, we also are offering times convenient for your schedule!

A lot has happened in the local market since the beginning of the pandemic. Sip on your drink of choice and learn from Northern Virginia, Arlington and Washingtonian Magazines top producing agents! We will discuss the latest market updates, the home buying process and rent vs. buy cost savings. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Call/text Manavi at 703-869-6698 with any questions!

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Homebuying 101: Steps to Getting Pre-Approved

Are you ready to jump into homeownership or started considering it but don’t know where to start? Financial preparation is key when thinking about purchasing your first home and the first step to getting pre-approved.

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4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Treat yourself this Independence Day with a world-class, private 4th of July extravaganza at the Military Women’s Memorial – a premier National Capital Region site.

Great food, fun, and the best views of Washington DC’s spectacular fireworks display. Relax, enjoy,


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