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Gov. Glenn Youngkin at Boeing and Virginia Tech announcement in June 2022 (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Top state officials are coming to Arlington tomorrow for an unspecified “economic development announcement.”

“The Honorable Glenn Youngkin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will join Arlington Economic Development and other state and local economic leaders on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, for an economic development announcement,” Arlington County said in a media advisory today.

Joining the governor and local officials will be Caren Merrick, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, as well as “leaders in Arlington’s technology and business community.”

The event is taking place Tuesday afternoon at 1225 S. Clark Street in Crystal City.

It is unclear what exactly is being announced. Arlington has been on a bit of a roll with landing major corporate headquarters, including the Nestle U.S. operations in 2017, Amazon’s HQ2 in 2018, and — this past summer, in successive months — aerospace and defense giants Boeing and Raytheon.

There have also been other notable developments specific to the Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard area — collectively known as National Landing — in the areas of higher education (Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus) and connectivity (a plan for ubiquitous 5G).

In June the governor announced in Arlington that Boeing was partnering with Virginia Tech on a “$50 million facility for military veterans transitioning to civilian life” at the new Innovation Campus, which is being built in the Potomac Yard area of Alexandria.

Arlington has been combatting a rise in office vacancies exacerbated by the pandemic and work-from-home trends.

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Person working on laptop (Photo by Burst on Unsplash)

More many in Arlington, the Friday after Thanksgiving is an off day, often spent with family and friends (or braving the malls).

For others — including those with jobs that don’t take holidays off and those whose jobs only take official federal holidays or major holidays off — it’s a work day like any other.

Today we’re wondering: what’s the split? How many Arlingtonians worked on Black Friday vs. enjoyed an off day?

Photo by Burst on Unsplash

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Morning Notes

Fall colors in Rosslyn (Flickr pool photo by Jeff Vincent)

Robbery at Pentagon City Mall — “1000 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 3:39 p.m. on November 22, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined the male suspect entered the business, allegedly concealed merchandise and attempted to leave without paying.  The suspect was then confronted by two loss prevention officers, during which he attempted to push past them. A brief struggle ensued, and the suspect was detained by the loss prevention officers.” [ACPD]

Arrest in Arlington After D.C. Shooting — “A woman is injured after a man shot at her car on Interstate 295 in D.C. on Sunday, police say. The woman was driving on DC-295 at Exit 5C at about 1 a.m. when a man in a white truck with a California license plate shot at her car… Shortly after the incident, at about 1:15 a.m., a car that matched the suspects car’s description was pulled over in the 2300 block of 24th Road S in Arlington.” [NBC 4]

‘Project Winter Cheer’ Seeks Support — “Offender Aid and Restoration is seeking support for its ‘Project Winter Cheer’ initiative, which supports children and families impacted by incarceration during the holiday season… The program aims to provide each child with a $50 gift card, which will be presented along with a note from their parent letting them know that the gift is coming from them and wishing them love during the season.” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Monday — Mostly cloudy and breezy throughout the day. High of 54 and low of 41. Sunrise at 7:07 am and sunset at 4:49 pm. [Weather.gov]

Flickr pool photo by Jeff Vincent

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An Arlington man is behind bars after police say he shot someone in the Green Valley neighborhood.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning following what police described as a dispute between two people who knew each other. The shooting was only brought to the attention of law enforcement after the victim showed up at Virginia Hospital Center with a gunshot wound.

The suspect was arrested later Sunday on the 1200 block of S. Courthouse Road, just south of Columbia Pike.

More from an Arlington County Police Department press release, below.

The Arlington County Police Department has arrested and charged a suspect following a shooting investigation in the Green Valley neighborhood. Kareem Parker, 40, of Arlington, Va. has been charged with Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Use of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He is being held in the Arlington County Detention Facility on no bond.

At approximately 1:49 a.m. on November 27, police were dispatched to Virginia Hospital Center for the report of an adult male who had self-reported to the hospital with a gunshot wound. He was treated by medical personnel for injuries considered serious, but non-life threatening. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

The preliminary investigation indicates the known suspect and victim became involved in a dispute in the area of S. Monroe Street and S. Lowell Street, during which the suspect allegedly discharged the firearm, injuring the victim. During the course of the investigation, officers identified the suspect and obtained warrants for his arrest. He was subsequently located in the 1200 block of S. Courthouse Road and taken into custody without incident.

The events preceding the shooting remain under investigation. This appears to be an isolated incident and there is no indication of an ongoing threat to the community.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or [email protected] Information may also be reported anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Excerpt from Tuesday’s Early Morning Notes email

Everyone has flat screen TVs already so how about a more interesting Black Friday special?

The ARLnow Press Club for free, to try out the daily Early Morning Notes email for a month, no credit card required.

Get your free trial membership here. After that you can decide whether you’d like to support ARLnow’s local reporting for $10/month and continue to get the email, which gives readers an early (3 a.m.) look at that day’s Morning Notes, plus previews of the stories we’re planning to cover that day.

Press Club members tell us they love the daily habit of getting a quick, no-nonsense look at our upcoming coverage. Als0 included, for news junkies: text alerts for breaking, urgent and exclusive stories.

Try it out today and support local journalism — at a crucial time — in the process.

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A refrigerator, post-Thanksgiving (file photo)

There’s not a whole lot going on in Arlington today, save for activity at local shopping centers, so we’re going to fast forward right to the top story countdown.

Here are the most-read local articles of the week:

  1. NPS announces plans to improve safety along Mount Vernon Trail through Arlington (4611 views)
  2. Bollards may be on the menu after Ireland’s Four Courts crash (2778 views)
  3. Arlington prosecutor Parisa Dehghani-Tafti launches reelection campaign (1534 views)
  4. Permanent Military Road roundabout still a possibility despite ‘operational confusion’ (1402 views)
  5. Most and least expensive townhouses sold in Arlington (Oct-Nov 2022) (1100 views)
  6. Morning Poll: How many times have you been sick this fall? (952 views)
  7. The lights are coming back on for Shirlington’s annual holiday event next week (930 views)

Feel free to discuss those or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

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Happy Thanksgiving, Arlington!

Thanksgiving wishes at Arlington Auto Care in 2012 (photo by Katie Pyzyk)

It’s turkey time.

Thanksgiving Eve is upon us and extra revelry can be expected at some local bars tonight, ahead of the holiday. Please be careful on the roads and aware of county closures over the next couple of days.

The ARLnow team is signing off a bit early but will be back in the event of breaking news. We may also publish a couple of articles on Black Friday, depending on what there is to report.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, Arlington! We are thankful for your continued readership and support.

P.S. We are also thankful to the dozens of people who have ordered Arlington Gondoliers gear, generating nearly $600 to help fund our local reporting. Check out the t-shirt and hoodie of Arlington’s favorite fake football team. And a very special shout out to whoever ordered the throw pillow.

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Recycling collection in Arlington (photo courtesy Arlington County)

The Thanksgiving holiday will mean closures of county facilities.

Arlington courts, libraries, community centers, vaccine clinics and government offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Thursday will also be a rare weekday off day for hard-working trash collection crews, who will resume collections a day delayed on Friday and Saturday.

Additionally, parking meters will not be enforced during the holiday.

From the county website:

Arlington County Government offices and services are operating on modified schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thur., Nov 24, and Fri., Nov. 25, 2022.

Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste Curbside Routes – No collection Thursday. Thursday routes run on Friday, Nov. 25; Friday routes run on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Parking – Permit parking is always in effect unless specifically noted on the sign. Meters are not enforced on holidays.

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“I’m pretty sure Ticketmaster is running the Arlington summer camp sign up site.”

This month’s Mike Mount cartoon takes on two hot button issues: Taylor Swift’s concert ticket debacle and Arlington’s ongoing camp registration saga.

The website crashes suffered by Ticketmaster as millions of Swifties tried to secure tickets to her latest tour are reminiscent of those caused by Arlington parents eager to get their kids in coveted county summer camp slots.

As we reported last week, Arlington parks department officials are promising further improvements in the registration process and technology, but so far the clicking fingers of local moms and dads are undefeated.

See of Mike Mount’s local ‘toons in the ARLnow Press Club weekend newsletter. Your membership supports our reporting and includes the daily Early Morning Notes newsletter, previewing the stories we’re planning to cover that day.

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Morning Notes

Silver Diner construction in Ballston (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Arlington Man Arrested in Cold Case — “Police have arrested a 61-year-old man from Arlington County who allegedly abducted and raped a Fairfax County woman multiple times over three decades ago. Fingerprint and DNA analyses suggest George Thomas Jr. and his now-deceased brother, Gregory Allen Thomas, were the offenders in the 1988 rape of a 22-year-old woman who got attacked as she was leaving work in Bailey’s Crossroads.” [FFXnow]

Christmas Trees Delayed — “The first batch [of Christmas trees for the annual Optimist Club sale], which was coming in from Canada, got delayed because of that nasty storm that hit late last week and into the weekend.” [Sun Gazette]

CivFed Looking for More Money — “The Arlington County Civic Federation has been around longer than Arlington has been Arlington – its existence pre-dates the 1920 renaming of the county by several years – and current leadership is hoping to bring more focus on financial sustainability so the organization can continue for another century or more.” [Sun Gazette]

New Parklet in Pentagon City — “The National Landing Business Improvement District opened its first ‘parklet’ in the Pentagon City neighborhood. The space, with a painted bench, tables and chairs, is located in blocked-off parking spots on S. Fern Street near the intersection with 12th St. South.” [Patch]

Arlingtonian’s Air Travel Invention — “Roughly four years ago, LaPierre and his wife were traveling to Paris. He had thrown away his coffee before boarding, but she held onto hers, and there was really no good option for keeping it from tipping over on the flight. Between the feet? That’s how some people do it. ‘I’ve got to find a solution for this,’ he recalled.” [Washington Business Journal]

Another Gun Confiscated at DCA — “A California man tried to bring a handgun loaded with 14 bullets, including one in the chamber, onto a flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last Friday but was stopped by officers. The gun was the 28th gun detected by Transportation Security Administration officers at Reagan National Airport so far in 2022.” [Patch]

Va. Home Sales Drop — “According to the October 2022 Virginia Home Sales Report released by Virginia REALTORS®, there were 8,828 homes sold in Virginia in October 2022. This is 3,828 fewer sales than last October, representing a sharp 30.2% decrease in sales activity. This is Virginia’s largest year-over-year decrease in sales in more than ten years.” [Press Release]

It’s Wednesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 57 and low of 34. Sunrise at 7:02 am and sunset at 4:51 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Daily Debrief for Nov 22, 2022

Good Tuesday evening, Arlington. Today we published 6 articles that were read a total of 5067 times… so far.

📈 Top stories

The following are the most-read articles for today — Nov 22, 2022.

  1. Morning Notes
  2. Most and least expensive townhouses sold in Arlington (Oct-Nov 2022)
  3. JUST IN: Arlington Sheriff Beth Arthur will not seek reelection in 2023

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on Wednesday in Arlington, from our event calendar.

  • No events today. Have one to promote? Submit it to the calendar.

🌤 Wednesday’s forecast

Clear throughout the day. High of 57 and low of 34. Sunrise at 7:02 am and sunset at 4:51 pm. See more from Weather.gov.

👂 Audio summary

Get caught up on all of our reporting today with this brief audio summary.

🌅 Tonight’s sunset

Thanks for reading! Feel free to discuss the day’s happenings in the comments.

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