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Clouds and haze over Westover (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

New APS Redo Policy Approved — “Superintendent Francisco Durán said he has signed off on changes to the middle and high school grading policy at Arlington Public Schools that will allow students to retake or redo assignments and reduce the weight of quizzes or homework on a student’s overall grade.” [WTOP]

Pike Improvements Continue — “Arlington County Board members on June 10 [awarded] a contract totaling just under $35 million to wrap up the final phases of streetscape improvements to Columbia Pike. The funding will support the two segments of the project that currently are neither completed or under construction.” [Gazette Leader]

Slow Go for Rosslyn Commuters — “The situation now appears to be improving after earlier this week Metro riders faced very slow commutes on what were supposed to be ‘express’ buses put in place during a partial shutdown of the Orange and Silver lines in Virginia. As 7News first reported Tuesday, buses that were supposed to save commuters time by making limited stops have encountered major traffic congestion and slowdowns related to numerous construction projects in Rosslyn.” [WJLA]

Beyer Intros Another Helo Noise Bill — “U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-VA-08) today introduced the Reduce Helicopter Noise Act to take federal action that would rein in the growing noise of helicopter flights over American communities.” [Press Release]

County Sells New Bonds — “On June 8, 2023, Arlington County issued $187 million in Series 2023 General Obligation (GO) Public Improvement Bonds. The bonds received a total of seven bids in a competitive sale, with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. submitting the winning bid with a 3.48% average interest rate.” [Arlington County]

‘Temporary’ Lot Back Before Board — “It was November 1983, and those five board members had just approved allowing the owner of a Crystal City parcel zoned for high-rise residential to use it, instead, as a 70-space parking lot on a temporary basis. Thirty-nine years later, the parking lot is still there – and still, 12 amendments to the original vote later, on a temporary basis. Current County Board members on Saturday are being asked to address the matter a 14th time.” [Gazette Leader]

Lexus Driver Rams ACPD SUV — “Someone’s having a bad night. They ran into the back of an @ArlingtonVaPD SUV about 45 minutes ago on Route 50W at Irving Street. No serious injuries reported.” [Twitter]

Police Pride Event Returning — “Engagement events such as Pride with the Police provide a unique opportunity to strengthen these partnerships and hear directly from community members. The 3rd annual Pride with the Police event will take place on: Thursday, June 29, 2023. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.” [ACPD]

It’s Monday — Showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. High near 78. South wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. At night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. []

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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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