Arlington, VA

Prescription drugs (Photo via Wikimedia/Sponge)Locals can drop off their unwanted prescription drugs at some Arlington fire stations this weekend.

The Arlington County Police Department will accept the medicine, without any questions asked, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday. The initiative is intended to help prevent prescription drug abuse, accidental ingestion and water contamination.

The fire stations, which will collect pills and patches from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, are at:

  • 500 S. Glebe Road
  • 4845 Lee Highway
  • 1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” an Arlington County news release says. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

Residents who can’t participate in the event should throw their medicine in the trash, according to the county.

Photo via Wikimedia/Sponge

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Marine Corps Marathon road closures (Image via Arlington County)

Driving and parking around Rosslyn, Crystal City and other parts of Arlington could become a particularly challenging experience later this month.

Several streets in the county are set to close to traffic for the 41st Marine Corps Marathon Sunday, Oct. 30.

The race is scheduled to start about 7:55 a.m. on Route 110 between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive. Thousands of people then are expected to run on a 26.2-mile course through Arlington and the District.

During the marathon, Crystal City is slated to have an all-day family party with moon bounces, face paintings and crafts. Rosslyn also is set to throw a finish festival with live music and a beer garden.

The Arlington County Police Department, Virginia State Police and Pentagon Force Protection Agency plan to close the following roads, starting at 3:30 a.m.:

3:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.    Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110

3:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.    North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street

3:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.    Route 110 from I-66 to Jefferson Davis Highway

3:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.    Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110

3:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.    Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway

3:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.    Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway

3:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.    North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway

3:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.    19th Street North from Lynn Street to North Nash Street

3:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  N. Kent Street from Wilson Boulevard to N. 19th Street

3:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.    Route 110 ramp from Washington Blvd. to Pentagon North parking

6:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Lee Highway (eastbound) from Lynn Street to North Kirkwood Street

6:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Spout Run Parkway from southbound George Washington

Memorial Parkway (GWMP) to Lee Highway

6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  GWMP from Spout Run to Memorial Circle Drive

7:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)

7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.  HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street

5:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive

7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.   Army Navy Drive from South Fern Street to 12th Street South

7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  12th Street South from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive

7:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.  Crystal Drive from 12th Street South to 26th Street South

7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.   Long Bridge Drive from 12th Street South to I-395

7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.   Boundary Channel Drive from I-395 to Pentagon North Parking

7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Washington Blvd. from Columbia Pike to Memorial Circle

Image via Arlington County

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Clarendon car crash on Oct. 4, 2016A Clarendon bar is raising money for one of its employees who suffered serious injuries after an SUV driver ran over her earlier this month.

Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Boulevard) started a fundraising website on GoFundMe after the motorist struck Victoria Alicia Gonzalez while she was working in the restaurant’s front patio on Oct. 4.

Gonzalez, the mother of a 2-year-old baby, suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries in the crash, which left her pinned under the SUV until firefighters freed her.

Arlington resident Shahed Quayum, 49, was charged DUI maiming in the collision. The crime is a Class 6 felony in Virginia, punishable by 1-5 years in prison and revocation of one’s driver’s license.

“Her husband, family, and friends have done an amazing job of pulling together in their grief to care for the baby,” the fundraising website says. “Now we, her Mad Rose family, will rally around them.”

As of this afternoon the fundraiser has collected $280 in donations, with a goal of raising $25,000.

The bar also is planning to hold a buffet dinner Thursday, Oct. 27, with all proceeds going to Gonzalez‘s family. The fundraiser is from 5 to 9 p.m.

Gonzalez is still recovering from her injuries, which were considered serious but, amazingly, not life threatening. Her family is facing mounting medical bills while she recovers.

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (Photo via Wikimedia)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to spar in their final debate Wednesday before the election next month.

The presidential debate is slated to get showings around Arlington, including at Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12 (671 N. Glebe Road), Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) and Barley Mac (1600 Wilson Boulevard).

At Regal, “voters, debate teams, political science classes, or regular Joes” can see the debate at 9 p.m., according to the movie theater. Complimentary tickets only are available at the box office. Small soft drinks also are free, with the purchase of popcorn.

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse will open its doors at 8 p.m. for the debate. Admission is free.

Barley Mac will have red and blue drinks, as well as special bar snacks, starting at 9 p.m.

“This is surely an election that none of us will ever forget, so let’s toast to it and enjoy good food and good drink, regardless of unravels before our eyes,” Barley Mac says in a Facebook event post. “We won’t toast to either candidate, but we’ll toast to America!”

Photo via Wikimedia

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Park Lane Tavern in Clarendon has closed

Arlington diners have received some bad news this week.

Park Lane Tavern in Clarendon has closed after less than a year in business and the pace of restaurant openings in Arlington is on a downward swing.

But an outdoor brunch at an Arlington eatery this weekend should be nice. Sunny skies should prevail Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures in the mid 60s to lower 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

Feel free to discuss the latest restaurant news, the weather or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

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Fall in Arlington National Cemetery(Updated at 6:05 p.m.) Not all cyclists will have the freedom to pedal through Arlington National Cemetery later this month.

Starting Oct. 26, the Army will bar bike riders from using a 1.2-mile route on Meigs, Sherman and Schley drives to cut through the property, unless they are specifically there to visit a gravesite, according to a new rule.

Bicyclists visiting a grave can get a pass from the cemetery’s Welcome Center to enter the grounds.

Instead of cutting through the cemetery, cyclists can travel into Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and use a 1.3-mile route on McNair Road and Marshall Drive to reach a path along Route 110 that leads to the Memorial Bridge.

Cyclists using the base still have to abide by security policies that were enacted last year. Those security policies have been criticized by some as overly restrictive, requiring those who are not members of the military to apply for a special pass every 60 days.

“The cemetery is not intended to serve as a shortcut route for bicyclists commuting to and from other locations,” the military says. “Rather, as an operational cemetery conducting up to 30 funerals a day and hosting official visits from visiting dignitaries on its narrow roads, the primary purpose of these roads are to facilitate funeral processions, military units, official vehicles to include their escorts, and cemetery equipment and vehicles operating in the daily care of the cemetery.”

Cyclists who use the Arlington National route have written to oppose the regulations. More than half of respondents in an unscientific ARLnow poll also were against the rule.

“Several commenters argued that bicycles do not impact the decorum of the cemetery,” the Army said in response to cyclist concerns. “The Army disagrees with and rejects these comments for several reasons related to the nature of cemetery operations, decorum, security, and safety.”

The response continued:

Additionally, while the Army assumes that most riders bear no malice of intent to demonstrate disrespect or violate decorum or decency, bicyclists traversing the cemetery grounds, even at the posted speed limit, can and do impact the decorum of funeral processions and services, which can number up to 30 per day, as cyclists pass along or across these procession routes. These funeral processions include not just the families and mourners, but include caissons drawn by horses, military bands, and military escort elements all travelling at a walking pace. For these services, bus tour operators and vehicles are forced to stop because there is simply not enough room to pass. This ensures proper decorum. Likewise, visitors on foot typically stop and yield to the processions also as a sign of respect. Previous trial periods with bicyclists in the cemetery showed bicyclists did not typically stop for these processions. The cemetery does not have the requisite staff to monitor and enforce this behavior for bicyclists.

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Michael Francis Burbidge (Photo via Twitter/Bishop Burbidge)The incoming leader of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington today celebrated his first mass in the county since he arrived for the job.

Bishop Michael Burbidge had the mass at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More (3901 N. Cathedral Lane) a day after news of his appointment by Pope Francis became public.

He officially is set to succeed Paul Loverde as Arlington’s bishop on Dec. 6.

A diocese representative live-tweeted Loverde’s homily at the mass:

Burbidge, a 59-year-old Philadelphia native, came to Arlington from Raleigh, N.C., where he led that city’s diocese since 2006. He previously was an auxiliary bishop at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 2002 until 2006, overseeing the vicar for clergy and communications offices.

Some local Catholics have been pushing for a new bishop who will take the diocese in a different direction than Loverde. The 76-year-old bishop is a traditionalist who decried the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage and now will serve as the diocese’s “apostolic administrator.”

Burbridge was critical of North Carolina’s HB2 “bathroom” law, which was seen as anti-LGBT, though he was also against an anti-discrimination ordinance in Charlotte that HB2 was intended to undo.

At a news conference before the mass today, Burbridge said he has “profound respect and admiration” for Loverde.

“He is a treasured friend and be assured that you will always see the unity that is ours as brothers,” Burbridge said.

Photo via Twitter/Bishop Burbidge

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Minor Hill Reservoir (Photo via Arlington County)

“Fresher” water now is flowing from Arlington taps after the completion of a $4 million project to update the Minor Hill Reservoir system, the county announced this week.

Arlington finished work on a new transmission pipeline to the reservoir this summer, increasing the system’s reliability and water intake. The upgrade increases the speed in which water cycles through the county’s pipes, improving tap water quality.

“Having that more reliable is going to improve the reliability of water for everybody in the county,” Dave Hundelt, the county’s chief support engineer for water, sewer and streets, told the county-produced Street Beat video segment.

The Minor Hill Reservoir is located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Arlington, near the county’s western border. The reservoir has four underground tanks that hold 24 million gallons of water.

Countywide, the county’s water system can store up to 32 million gallons of water for distribution.

Photo via Arlington County

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Startup Monday header

Editor’s Note: Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

Kodikas Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Kodikas Coffee)An Arlington wellness consultant is looking to make life a little less stressful through coffee.

Makoto Fujisaki launched Kodikas Coffee online earlier this month to sell a java that he said can help people better control their stress.

“Coffee is actually a good tool for people managing stress,” said Fujisaki, who runs Resterra Consulting, which helps people with anxiety.

Fujisaki said his coffee is a “relaxation blend” that is “very smooth” with “well-balanced flavor.”

The startup owner said he has worked with a Manassas roaster for more than six months to make the medium roast java, which is all Fujisaki is selling now. A 16-ounce bag of the coffee beans costs $16.50, delivered to customers’ doors.

“I wanted to create a simple solution that people can drink anytime, anywhere to just simply relax and enjoy their time,” he said. “Coffee has been my personal interest for a long time.”

Coffee from Kodikas, which means cozy in Finnish, can help people unwind in three ways, according to the online retailer. The company’s website says the coffee’s components are:

  • Rest: coffee will give you an opportunity to actually have a break,
  • Recreational: brewing can actually be recreational as there is a wide range of methods and equipment you can choose from, and
  • Relaxation: freshly brewed coffee aroma and nice flavor can uplift your mood…throw in your favorite baked goods to make you even happier.

“Excessive stress is harming your health,” the website says. “You know this. But providing a good life for yourself and your family leaves you barely enough time to sleep, let alone relax.”

Feedback from Kodikas customers is mostly positive so far.

One customer said on the company’s Facebook page that she “had two cups this morning and it tasted even better than the aroma while grinding it.” Another customer said the retailer has “great coffee to drink through out the day and not just in the morning. Very tea like.”

Fujisaki said he doesn’t have plans to open a brick-and-mortar location right now. But he hasn’t ruled out the possibility.

A Kodikas Coffee storefront wouldn’t resemble a Starbucks, however. Fujisaki said the store, like his coffee, would focus on stress management.

“It’s a completely different concept from the [traditional] coffee businesses,” he said.

Photo via Facebook/Kodikas Coffee

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Arlington County Police Department officers got free cold-cut sandwiches, cookies and iced tea last night as a thank-you for their work in Lyon Village.

The Lyon Village Citizens’ Association gave the dinner to about 20 cops at the neighborhood’s community house during the officers’ breaks, said John Carten, a member of the organization’s executive committee.

Locals sought to show their appreciation for the cops as a growing number of police controversies across the United States have made national headlines, Carten said.

The county’s officers are “always responsive” at community meetings and on patrol in Lyon Village, he said.

“We just wanted to let them know we are behind them,” Carten said.

Photos courtesy of John Carten

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Sehkraft concert (Image via Facebook/Concert Across America)A Clarendon bar this weekend is set to take part in a nationwide concert series that aims to promote efforts to curb gun violence.

Sehkraft Brewing (925 N. Garfield Street) is scheduled to host singer-songwriter Jeff Smith and the Human Wilderness as part of the “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” Sunday. The free show is from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The power of music has fueled countless important movements throughout history,” a Facebook event page says. “Now we want to use music as a balance to the hateful and divisive rhetoric that’s become a hallmark of the gun debate.”

About 350 events are scheduled throughout the country for the concert series, according to organizers. The day will culminate with performances by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash and other musicians in New York.

Image via Facebook/Concert Across America

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