Arlington’s efforts to take a privately owned property on Columbia Pike are attracting mounting criticism.

An Arlington County Board candidate, the Arlington View Civic Association, an anti-Missing Middle group, and the property’s conservator have all taken aim at ongoing eminent domain proceedings at 1802 Columbia Pike.

For weeks, every time Mike Najarro attempted to log into the federal student aid portal, he received an error message about server maintenance.

The Washington-Liberty High School senior watched with growing anxiety as the portal faltered, concerned these technical delays could thwart his chance to be the first in his family to attend college.

The Ellipse at Ballston fountain on a sunny day (Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar)

Flyover Planned Today — From AlertDC: “The US Military will conduct a flyover at the Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 @ 9:45 AM.”

Candidates Critical of County Service — “The six announced Arlington County Board candidates may not agree on everything. But they all, in various ways, feel the county government is falling short in its interactions with the public that, in theory at least, it serves.” [Gazette Leader]

Metro Satisfaction Rating Rises — “Metro riders have given the system its highest ratings in the past decade, though many remain wary of crime on the rail service amid widely reported shootings in and around stations, a Washington Post-Schar School poll finds. Seventy-seven percent of regular and occasional Metro riders rate the system as ‘excellent’ or ‘good.'” [Washington Post]

Board Again Rejects Mideast Statement — “Pro-Palestinian activists came away empty-handed a third time on May 18, as Arlington County Board members affirmed they would not wade into the Israel-Hamas war. ‘An official stance is not an appropriate step,’ County Board Chairman Libby Garvey said at the end of the board’s public-comment period.” [Gazette Leader]

Call for County Mask Requirement — “A disability-rights advocate is still pressing Arlington government leaders to require masking at county-sponsored events, a move he said would provide a better feeling of security for those at advanced levels of risk for COVID. Those with various disabilities are feeling ‘abandoned and betrayed’ by the societal desire to move on from COVID, ” he said. [Gazette Leader]

Clarendon Lessons for Eden Center — “The Viet Place Collective believes that understanding what happened in Clarendon is critical to ensuring that future redevelopment plans protect the interests of other ethnic enclaves… The Viet Place Collective was formed in 2022 when the City of Falls Church began considering a plan to guide future redevelopment in an area that included the Eden Center, the Vietnamese retail center in Seven Corners.” [Annandale Today]

YHS Baseball Wins District Tourney —  “The hard-throwing left-hander hurled the final three innings of hitless and shutout ball to help the host and top-seed Yorktown Patriots (16-5) nip the No. 2 seed McLean Highlanders, 1-0, in the championship game of the Liberty District high-school baseball tournament.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Tuesday — Expect patchy fog to clear by 9am, giving way to a mostly sunny day with a high around 82 and a south wind blowing at 3 to 7 mph. Tuesday night will be mostly clear, with a low temperature near 62 and a south wind around 7 mph. [NWS]

Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar

An Arlington LGBTQ+ group is calling for better county outreach related to sexual health.

Equality Arlington, which advocated for greater county spending on LGBTQ+ issues this budget cycle, applauded a new $25,000 marketing budget set aside for Arlington Public Health. The group hopes this funding can increase awareness about sexual health testing, prevention and treatment services including a county STI clinic.

It’s always a good idea to wear your seatbelt, but it’s incrementally more of a no brainer today.

Arlington County police are participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign starting today. The campaign “combines powerful messages about seat belt safety with high-visibility enforcement for unbuckled motorists.”

Rosslyn at sunset (Flickr pool photo by Brian Gannon)

County Considers Developer Deal — “Under the proposal – which emanated from county staff, not the project’s development team – the county government would receive access four times per year to 37th-level facilities at The Key (the site formerly occupied by the Holiday Inn Rosslyn). Under previous agreements, public access would have been made available to an eighth-floor space.” [Gazette Leader]

Capital for Courthouse Company — “The Arlington IT consulting firm Excella has taken on a private equity investment for the first time in its over two-decade history and intends to use the proceeds to advance its artificial intelligence-based capabilities.” [DC Inno]

Funding for Intersection Study — “On Wednesday, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board awarded a total of $480,000 to fund short-term consultant assistance for projects in six localities in the DMV.. Arlington County was awarded $80,000 in RRSP funding for the S. George Mason Drive and S. Four Mile Run Drive Intersection Alternatives Analysis.” [Patch]

Update on AIM Budget — “The audit has been moving along steadily, and is still active but we have not been given information on when a report may arrive. Once we have the data needed, finalizing the budget draft and making it accessible to the community will be swift.” [Arlington Independent Media]

Pearl Harbor Sailor Laid to Rest — “More than 80 years after his death, Frank Hryniewicz was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on May 16, in Arlington, Va. Hryniewicz, 20, was aboard the USS Oklahoma when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His remains were identified in 2019 thanks to a military DNA profiling project.” [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]

APS Governor’s School Students — “Congratulations to the following students who were accepted to the Summer Residential Governor’s School and World Language Academies.” [Arlington Public Schools]

Local Farms for Produce Picking — “Sure, you can get most fruit and vegetables year-round, but there’s nothing quite like picking your own right from the ground or off the tree. Strawberry crops are abundant in May, but strawberry fields aren’t forever. That’s OK, though, because coming in June are more berries, cherries, peas and tomatoes at farms within about an hour’s drive from Arlington.” [Arlington Magazine]

Profiling Post-HQ2 Housing Efforts — “Thousands of highly paid workers threatened to overturn the housing market, which was already hot thanks to a host of secondary and tertiary federal government industries around the Washington, D.C. region. But the company’s Housing Equity Fund is helping to mitigate its workforce’s effects on the nation’s geographically smallest county.” [NACo]

YHS Girls Lax in Regional Tourney — “The next big lacrosse tournament for the Yorktown Patriots is the ongoing 6D North Region competition that the girls high-school team wants to win for the first time to complete a full set of postseason championships. The Patriots already have won two Liberty District tourney crowns, this spring and in 2022.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Monday — Today’s weather will transition from mostly cloudy to sunny, reaching a high near 78. Monday night expect patchy fog developing after 5am, but otherwise remaining mostly clear with a low around 59. [NWS]

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Flickr pool photo by Brian Gannon

A man was shot and critically injured in a hotel parking lot in Courthouse early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. on the 1200 block of N. Courthouse Road, according to Arlington County police, and as of Sunday afternoon the victim remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Streetscape upgrades may be coming to busy intersections along George Mason Drive and S. Carlin Springs Road.

A $1.7 million contract for improved sidewalks and better traffic signals is slated to go before the Arlington County Board on Saturday. Under consideration are the intersections of S. Carlin Springs at 3rd Street S. and Arlington Blvd at N./S. George Mason Drive.

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