Arlington, VA

With the windy weekend whirling in, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on ARLnow over the past week.

  1. Breaking: Hazmat Situation at Marine Corps Headquarters
  2. House With ‘F-k the NRA’ Written on It Riles Neighbors
  3. Exclusive: Amazon Employees Are Very Interested in a Particular Article About Arlington
  4. State Bill Would Provide Big Tax Breaks to Arlington County Clubs
  5. Police Investigating Threat at Yorktown High School

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great rest of your weekend!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

With Saturday’s County Board meeting over, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on ARLnow over the past week.

  1. Exclusive: Amazon Employees Are Very Interested in a Particular Article About Arlington
  2. Hospitalized Yorktown High School Student Has Died
  3. Arlington County Police Searching for Missing Teen
  4. Students Stage Walkouts At Arlington High Schools
  5. County Wins Top Environmental Award from U.S. Green Building Council (published Dec. 2017)

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great rest of your weekend!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Before we head off into President’s Day — or, as we call it here in Virginia, George Washington Day — weekend, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on ARLnow in recent days.

  1. Arlington County Firefighter Arrested on Drug Charges at Fire Station
  2. Developing: Police Investigating Fall from Clarendon Building
  3. County Wins Top Environmental Award from U.S. Green Building Council (published 12/20/17)
  4. Arlington’s Sunniva Goes to ‘Shark Tank,’ Walks Away Without a Deal
  5. Taylor Elementary School Pleads Guilty to Marijuana Possession

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below.

We’ll resume our regular publication schedule on Tuesday, barring any breaking news. Have a great weekend!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

With another week over, let’s take a look back before heading into the weekend.

These were our most-read stories of the week:

  1. Ballston Quarter to Be ‘Entertainment Hub’ With Addition of New ‘Experiential’ Tenants
  2. Bada Bing Bemoans Business Bummers, Bureaucratic Blunders; Believes Binghamton Bodes Better
  3. Nude Woman Wanders Into Building Lobby
  4. Police: Woman Robbed in Westover
  5. County Removes Confederate Memorial Near Bluemont Park

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments. Have ideas on what we should cover? Send tips to [email protected]. Have a great weekend!

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(Updated at 9:45 p.m.) Two warehouses along S. Eads Street in Pentagon City are being razed to eventually make way for a redevelopment project.

JBG Smith is expected to begin demolition of  the warehouses at some point in April or May 2018. The project is scheduled to take six to eight weeks.

At this point, it’s unclear what will replace the buildings, located between 12th and 15th streets. The company is backing away from plans approved by the county in July 2016 to build a 22-story, 577-unit residential tower.

JBG Smith has “no plans at the moment” to build the county-approved project due to uncertain market conditions, said a PR representative for the company.

“It’s unknown and sort of depending on where things go in the market,” the rep said.

On Friday (February 1), the company hosted a community meeting to discuss the demolition project. Several people attended and voiced concerns about noise generated from demolition, we’re told.

Demolition crews will work from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and holidays, according to meeting materials. Construction traffic will enter the site through S. Eads Street. The exit point is either north on S. Eads to Army Drive or south on S. Eads Street to 15th Street.

Photos by Fatimah Waseem

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

With another week over, let’s take a look back before heading into Super Bowl weekend.

These were our most-read stories of the week:

  1. Freshbikes Has Closed in Ballston
  2. Morning Notes (January 30)
  3. Bluemont Pizza Pupatella Warns Against Online Ordering
  4. Market Common Redevelopment Plan Goes Before County Board Tuesday
  5. ‘Little Community Pantry’ Helps to Feed the Hungry in Ballston

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo by Michael Coffman

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Arlington Public School officials are considering unblocking the website of Planned Parenthood on APS computers.

The site for the nonprofit organization that provides reproductive care healthcare is currently blocked on all student computers because it is considered sex education, according to the school system.

After ARLnow contacted the school system about the ban, a school spokesman said the county was considering plans to lift the content filter.

Frank Bellavia, the school system’s communications coordinator, said a decision is expected within the next week. The school system began reconsidering the block after receiving several inquiries, he said.

“Part of the determination is determining if we do unblock across all grade levels,” Bellavia said. “We are still evaluating the site for age appropriateness and for instructional content.”

One parent who contacted ARLnow.com pointed out that Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion services, is blocked while the website of anti-abortion group National Right to Life was not blocked.

The block has been in effect “for quite some time,” according to Bellavia. The school system contracts an external provider that filters content on student computers.

Update at 11:40 a.m. — Bellavia says National Right to Life has now been blocked. “Because it was brought to our attention previously, IT staff blocked that site,” he said.

Anna Merod contributed reporting.

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Arlington County officials have removed a Confederate plaque marking the location of a lookout during the Civil War after discovering the stone memorial was placed without the county’s permission.

The bicentennial marker and a red oak tree were placed by the Arlington chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy at the intersection of N. Arlington Mill Drive and Wilson Boulevard near the Bluemont Park’s parking lot.

“There are no records that it was placed with our permission,” said Katie Cristol, chairwoman of the Arlington County Board. “Now, county government is trying to get in touch with the owners.”

In August last year, following violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, an Arlington resident petitioned the Board to remove the memorial, to challenge individuals and organizations that seek to “make statues and symbols their battlefields.” Officials then discovered it was placed without county permission.

The marker read:

This Red Oak and stone were placed here as a Bicentennial Memorial to the men in gray who served on Upton Hill

County staff said it’s unclear when the memorial was erected. A Washington Post article published in 1979 indicates it was placed in 1976 to commemorate a Confederate outpost.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy declined a request for comment on Thursday.

Another historical marker, about a clash between Confederate and Union soldiers near the removed marker, was damaged in a car accident, Cristol said.

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The curbside lane along eastbound Old Dominion Drive will be closed today, tomorrow and on Monday as the county removes trees to make way for a new sidewalk.

Closures will remain in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Monday and from 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow. The “missing link” sidewalk project is anticipated to begin construction this spring/summer with completion expected in spring 2019.

Once trees are removed, utility adjustments will begin to complete the sidewalk from the south side of Old Dominion Drive from Cherrydale Firehouse to N. Thomas Street.

The county has allocated $1.15 million for the project, a spokeswoman said.

Photos via Arlington County

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Foodies can enjoy discounted prix fixe meals through Sunday, Jan. 28 during this year’s Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week.

More than 250 restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia are participating in the event, which kicked off on Monday. In Arlington, 18 eateries are also taking part.

Restaurants will offer three-course lunch and brunch menus for $22 and a three-course dinner for $35. The annual event is sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

Participating Arlington restaurants include:

  • Ambar Clarendon (2901 Wilson Blvd)
  • Cheesetique Ballston (800 N. Glebe Road)
  • Cheesetique Shirlington (4056 Campbell Ave)
  • Epic Smokehouse (1330 S. Fair Street)
  • Kapnos Taverna (4000 Wilson Blvd)
  • La Cote d’Or Cafe (6876 Lee Highway)
  • Lyon Hall (3100 Washington Blvd)
  • Osteria da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
  • Oz Restaurant & Bar (2950 Clarendon Blvd)
  • Pepita Catina (4000 Wilson Blvd)
  • SER Restaurant (1110 N. Glebe Road)
  • Stageplate Bistro Arlington (900 N. Glebe Road)
  • The Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Blvd)
  • The Melting Pot (1110 N. Glebe Road)
  • Yona (4000 Wilson Blvd Suite C)
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Arlington County officials are seeking the public’s input on how to improve the accessibility and quality of childcare at a community meeting on Thursday.

The meeting is part of the county’s Child Care Initiative, which aims to promote the development of an inclusive, integrated child care system that serves Arlington County families, especially vulnerable populations.

A draft action plan created in December outlined ways to make childcare more accessible for all income levels. Recommendations included creating a financial assistance program to help families defray childcare costs and updating the county’s zoning ordinance to create more facilities.

At the meeting, officials will hear feedback before the draft plan heads to a county workgroup. Attendees will circulate through different stations to provide written and oral feedback. At one station, attendees can also give first-hand, personal accounts of their experiences with childcare.

The meeting will take place at the Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is requested online.

Caitlin Hutchinson, an assistant director with the county’s Dept. of Human Services said Arlington County has a unique opportunity to enact policy changes that drive meaningful progress.

“We’re one of the few jurisdictions in the state in that we can enact our own child care code. We really have an opportunity to think about what we want to look like as a community,” she said.

In March, a 22-member Leadership Roundtable will review the revised action plan. A final plan is expected to come before the county manager and board in April. Implementation of recommendations will begin in late spring, county staff said.

The plan highlighted “significant gaps between supply and demand” for childcare. There are only 6,984 licensed spaces available for children in daycare facilities, but more than double the number of children under the age of five in the county.

Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said the child care initiative is one of her top priorities this year. In a Jan. 2 speech, Cristol said policy changes are necessary to make childcare more accessible and affordable for Arlington County residents.

“I anticipate that some long-awaited steps will be before the Board soon, such as a potential re-examination of our local codes for alignment with the Commonwealth’s; potential zoning changes to increase the availability of affordable places for, and decrease barriers to entry of, childcare centers; and new partnerships to increase the supply of trained childcare workers,” she said.

In addition to attending the meeting, community members can share feedback by Feb. 2 in the following ways:

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