The following op-ed was written by Michael Peterson, a board-certified toxicologist at Gradient, an environmental and risk sciences consulting firm. He serves as scientific adviser to the Recycled Rubber Council.
Given some concerns that have been raised over recycled rubber infill in artificial turf fields by your publication (“Time To Re-Examine Artificial Turf Fields,” 4/21/16), I wanted to lend a scientific perspective to the conversation to clear up some misconceptions.
Recycled rubber is the most commonly used infill — the shock absorbing layer — in artificial turf fields, and as the author states, recent reports have suggested it poses significant health risks. The actual science performed on the issue, however, shows that such fears are unfounded.
Based on the lack of citations, it is unclear if the evidence the author points to has been peer-reviewed by other scientists, a critical component in establishing scientific credibility. The linked Change.org petition generally only cites news reports, and not reputable scientific journals or regulatory reports. On the other hand, there have been more than 90 peer-reviewed studies, reports, and evaluations from academics, state health departments, and third-parties that have concluded that the best available evidence support that chemical exposures associated with recycled rubber are below levels associated with health effects.
So while it is certainly true the EPA (and two other federal agencies) are doing a comprehensive study of recycled rubber, many local and state governments have already weighed in, and among them, the Connecticut Department of Public Health in 2015 found “no scientific support for a finding of elevated cancer risk from inhalation or ingestion of chemicals derived from recycled tires used on artificial turf fields.” In short, the author’s suggestion that the federal government will conclude otherwise lacks any scientific basis — in particular since EPA’s preliminary study in 2008 did not find that chemical exposures were of concern.
Children’s safety should be placed above all else, but when making decisions about Arlington County’s fields, unsubstantiated fears shouldn’t undermine science. The best available science indicates recycled rubber does not pose health concerns.
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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Casey.
Anyhoo, here’s what Casey had to say about himself.
Hi there. My name is Casey and I want to be the Pet of the Week.
I moved to Arlington from Canada last July and have been really enjoying getting to know my new home.
I am 6 years old and was rescued by my loving owners when I lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada back in 2012. I was living by the ocean for a few years and loved swimming in the big waves. Since I moved to Arlington I have been walking every day in all the really cool trails that are in my new neighborhood of Bellevue Forest. I especially enjoy the walk along the Gulf Branch trail creek. The other thing I really like about Arlington is all the dog friendly restaurants and stores. When my owners go shopping or go to eat, they can take me along – and usually I get a new toy or a treat
I have also lived in a town called Moose Jaw (yes…. Moose Jaw) which is in Saskatchewan, Canada. Pretty flat there, so all the hills in the Arlington area are pretty fun to walk up and down. Since I moved here I have gone swimming in the ocean at Nag’s Head, North Carolina and Melbourne Beach, Florida. The water there is way warmer than back in Canada.
You may have seen me walking around the area with my leash in my mouth. I like to carry my own leash as it is way easier for my owners to walk me that way. I am extremely obedient when it comes to walking on the sidewalks too. I like to sleep, sit in the sun, chew on bones, chase a ball once in a while, and I love attention – cannot get enough of it. Truck and car rides are way too much fun as well.
So if you see me walking around town, please stop and say hello — I will even shake a paw with you…
Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!
Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.
Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.
Thirty-one performances ranging from family-friendly magicians to rock to old time country to Ethiopian jazz are planned at the Lubber Run Amphitheater this summer.
The performances start on June 17 with a cabaret from Shirlington’s Signature Theatre and wrap up on Sept. 18 with a magician Captain All-Star.
The eclectic lineup includes a focus on African and Caribbean music.
The performances are being organized by Arlington’s Cultural Affairs division, with the cooperation of the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation, which funded the four family-friendly shows at the end of the season.
Nestled in the woods and enjoyed by locals for decades, the amphitheater is located near the intersection of N. Columbus Street and 2nd Street N., a long walk from Ballston. It almost was closed five years ago but the foundation worked with the county to find a way to keep it open through some cost-effective renovations.
The full performance schedule is below.
- Friday, June 17 — Signature Theatre Cabaret
- Saturday, June 18 — ELIKEH (Afro-Pop)
- Sunday, June 19 — Nicole Saphos (Jazz)
- Friday, June 24 — Bowen MacCauley Dance
- Saturday, June 25 — Feedel Band (Ethiopian Jazz)
- Sunday, June 26 — Arlington Philharmonic (Classical)
- Friday, July 1 — By & By Bluegrass
- Saturday, July 2 — Mary Ann Redmond (Roots Rock)
- Sunday, July 3 — The Sweater Set (Folk Duo)
- Friday, July 8 — The Harry Bells (Island Brass Band)
- Saturday, July 9 — Cissa Paz (Brazilian Jazz & Pop)
- Sunday, July 10 — Los Carribeat (Caribbean)
- Friday, July 15 — National Chamber Enesmble (Classical)
- Saturday, July 16 — Cheick Hamala Diabate (Malian Griot)
- Sunday, July 17 — Hollertown (Old Time Country)
- Friday, July 22 — Telecaster Masters! Featuring Anthony Pirog and Dave Chappell (Guitar Virtuosos)
- Saturday, July 23 — Orlando Julius (Nigerian Afro-Pop icon)
- Sunday, July 24 — Levine School Interactive Family Concert (Family Fun)
- Friday, July 29 — DC Highlife Stars (African Highlife)
- Saturday, July 30 — CAZ (Rock, Soul & Reggae)
- Sunday, July 31 — The Grandsons (Roots Rock)
- Friday, August 5 — Amadou Kouyate (Malian Kora Master)
- Saturday, August 6 — Army Blues (Jazz)
- Sunday, August 7 — Margot MacDonald (Singer Songwriter)
- Friday, August 12 — Mary Alouette (Gypsy Jazz)
- Saturday, August 13 — Mbongwana Star (Congolese Fusion)
- Sunday, August 14 — Rico Amero (Blues)
- Saturday, August 27 — The Great Zucchini (Magician)
- Sunday, September 11 — Rocknocerous (Family Music)
- Saturday, September 17 — Mr. KnickKnack (Family Music)
- Sunday, September 18 — Captain All-Star (Magician)
Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman
The Rosslyn BID is planning a special Cinco de Mayo celebration tomorrow afternoon.
Weather permitting, the “fiesta” will be held from 4-8 p.m. on the plaza at the corner of 19th and N. Moore streets, a block from the Metro station.
The event will feature seasonal beers and wine available for purchase from a “mobile event bar,” a live music from Cecilia Esquivel and a photo station.
Also scheduled: a rare appearance from the famous El Chilango food truck, which does not often stray far from its home base of 14th Street N. in the Courthouse area. In 2014 Yelp named the truck one of the top 100 places to eat in the entire country.
Admission is free but revelers must be 21 or over. In the event of rain the event will be moved to the Continental.
Car on Fire Spotted Driving Down Street — Yesterday evening, an Arlington County Fire Department unit radioed dispatch to report that they had just seen a car with flames visible from the engine compartment drive past them on Carlin Springs Road, its driver oblivious to the fire. The fire engine was able to turn around, catch up with the driver near the intersection of Wilson and Glebe, pull the car over and extinguish the flames. [Twitter, Twitter]
Wrong Man on Iwo Jima Memorial? — The Marine Corps is investigating claims that a Navy corpsman identified as one of the men who raised the flag in a moment depicted by Arlington’s Iwo Jima Memorial was not, in fact, in the original photo. [USA Today, Associated Press, New York Times]
USS Arlington Returns Home — The sailors and Marines aboard the USS Arlington have returned to Norfolk after a seven-month overseas deployment assisting in the fight against ISIS. [Marine Corps Times, WAVY]
Former Top Federal IT Official Dies — Greg Ambrose, who had served in senior information technology posts at the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State and Veterans Affairs, died early Tuesday morning. Ambrose took his own life at a Rosslyn condominium after posting on Facebook about a woman who had left him for another man. [FCW, Twitter]
Arlington, Virginia Tech Join ‘Smart City’ Network — “Virginia Tech and Arlington County have been accepted into the MetroLab Network of 35 city/county-university partnerships that works to bring data, analytics and innovation to local government.” [Arlington County]
Flickr pool photo by Joseph Gruber
Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.MrArlington.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!
Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he is not the listing agent of these homes.
Why buy a house in May?
Well, right here in Arlington there are literally more than 100 different reasons I can give you this week alone – there are more than 50 new listings on the market and more than 50 properties had their price reduced.
Between these figures are some great bargains for buyers in one of the most stable housing markets in the country.
Supporting our reputation as a great place for real estate, the Virginia Association of Realtors just released its Q1 2016 figures. The value of transactions, compared to this time last year is up 2.2 percent and the volume of transactions is up 15 percent.
Here’s to keeping this momentum going in Q2… and the rest of the year!
This week, as of May 1, there are 238 detached homes, 59 townhouses and 328 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 53 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.
Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:
- 4220 23rd Street North, 22207 (NOW: $1,639,000 – Reduced $110,000 on 5/1)
- 4112 Randolph Street North, 22207 (NOW: $1,389,000 – Reduced $23,000 on 4/27)
- 6776 Little Falls Road, 22213 (NOW: $1,050,000 – Reduced $50,000 on 4/26)
- 2410 13th Court North, 22201 (NOW: $969,000 – Reduced $26,000 on 4/30)
- 1323 20th Street South, 22202 (NOW: $875,000 – Reduced $74,900 on 4/26)
- 2201 Sycamore Street North, 22205 (NOW: $849,000 – Reduced $36,000 on 4/26)
- 4390 Lorcom Lane #108, 22207 (NOW: $225,000 – Reduced $7,001 on 4/25)
Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.
Sehkraft Brewing (925 N. Garfield Street) in Clarendon is holding a series of beer release parties this month.
Starting on Thursday, May 5 — Cinco de Mayo — the brewery and beer hall will release varieties of its in-house brews. First up is Sehkraft’s “Good to Go IPA,” starting at 5 p.m. on May 5, followed on May 12 by the release of its “Hoptastic IPA” at 8 p.m. Both release events include a free concert from 8:30-11 p.m.
From May 19-21 Sehkraft will be holding a “haus party,” with five of its in-house beers on tap: Good to Go, Hoptastic, Sehkraft Amber, Wicked Weiss (a Berliner-style wheat beer) and Uber Awesome IPL (India Pale Lager).
“It’s American Craft Beer Week that week so what better way to ‘Say Craft’ by throwing our Haus Party/Grand Opening of Sehkraft,” owner Devin Hicks told ARLnow.com in an email. “We’ll have our friends Hardywood, DC Brau, and Left Hand Breweries over to help celebrate on the 21st. They’ll be bringing a couple of their brews over and we’ll be doing BBQ specials all day on Saturday. DC Brau is bringing over their Wings of Armageddon and 5th Anniversary brews and Hardywood is bringing over some Richmond exclusive brews.”
“Going to be quite an event,” Hicks added. There will also be free live music each night and a kids show Saturday morning, he said.
After the “haus party” week, Sehkraft will be rolling out a number of other brews, including “Pro Forma Pils,” “Hopriculous Double IPA,” “Earl of Clarendon Robust Porter,” and “Nova IPA,” a collaboration with Vienna-based Caboose Brewing.
Hicks, who has clashed with Arlington County’s zoning staff in the past, took the opportunity to say that Sehkraft would have opened earlier — it opened in November — had it not been delayed by various local regulatory holdups.
The opening was delayed for four months because, according to Hicks, zoning inspectors insisted that the “brewery tanks blocked the view in the windows to the activities inside the venue.” He called it “a huge waste of time and money.”
“Obviously, a major hardship to us eventually opening, paying taxes, providing quality jobs and contributing to making Clarendon and Arlington County a better place to live, work and visit,” Hicks said. “Obviously we had other delays via the zoning’s ‘effective methodologies’ but this definitely set the tone to our construction nightmares right off the bat.”
“I am hopeful that with my words about the difficulties with navigating through zoning’s bureaucracy, it will help other businesses have a less stressful, less time consuming and less costly ordeal in opening in a great County to do business in,” Hicks continued. “That office needs to recognize that we are all on the same team.”
Previously, Hicks said that county inspectors forced him to install a bulky wheelchair lift in the middle of the restaurant in order to provide those with disabilities access to the venue’s small entertainment stage.
No one wants to ever call a plumber, electrician or heating and air conditioning technician. It means something isn’t working right, something normally reliable and usually in high-demand (water, power, comfortable climate), but at the moment it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do.
There are those among us who can get out the tool box and figure out what’s up, but most of us have, you know, other skills that don’t involve voltage testers, drain assemblies or digital HVAC multimeters.
For the rest of us, there’s John C. Flood. For more than 100 years — since 1904, to be exact — the John C. Flood company has responded to reluctant callers and fixed their problems by getting the power back on, the water running or the air conditioner conditioning the air again.
With nearly 50 trucks in the fleet and some 20,000 service calls a year, that’s a LOT of people who don’t have to suddenly figure out where the breaker box is.
Tellingly, some 75 percent of John C. Flood’s clientele is made up of repeat customers, those who had a plumbing issue first and then later called again for them to fix an electrical or HVAC problem.
Of course, the company has changed with the times over the last century, and in fact, in many cases leads the field in innovation and application of new best practices.
One adaptation is how the firm reaches millennials and new first-time homeowners who suddenly find themselves responsible for the operation and maintenance of the industrial innards of their homes. Marketing to Arlington’s most populous population has required shifting platforms.
“In the past we just needed our advertising to be out there on multiple marketing channels,” says marketing director Chris Thompson. “Now the customers are more savvy and they can control when and how they see ads. It makes it much more challenging, and with mobile marketing picking up at quantum speed, things are going to be much more interesting when it comes to reaching these new customers.”
So let’s mention the A+ Better Business Bureau rating. And the all-important, millennial-driven 100 percent positive review ratings on Modern Comment.
As a full service service company, John C. Flood handles just about everything inside the house. Their experts can talk you through your immediate problem as well as help you project future improvements, from remodeling rooms to installing “smart home” Internet devices to make everything from heating to security available by smart phone apps.
John C. Flood can be reached many ways, including by phone (703-914-1800), by email ([email protected]), by web (johncflood.com), by Twitter (@johncfloodva), Facebook and probably ESP if this isn’t enough. Those digital platforms also have a bounty of do-it-yourself information on them, so those of you with new voltage testers can make sure you’re doing it right.
By the way, there are TWO John C. Floods in the region that do the same services — long story, but they were once one company. The story is here.
The preceding was a sponsored local business profile written by Buzz McClain for ARLnow.com.
Construction on the Pentagon City mall’s expansion is still happening all around it, but Shake Shack is nonetheless planning to open its doors Wednesday.
The trendy burger-and-shake restaurant is serving patrons today as part of an invite-only “friends and family” event, allowing staff to work out the kinks before opening to the general public. Tomorrow, at 11 a.m., it’s expected to open to an inevitable crush of local workers, residents, tourists and mall shoppers.
Shake Shack’s wedge-like storefront in the mall’s expanded wing along S. Hayes Street, near the Pentagon City Metro entrance, includes a small-ish order counter but a more open, airy indoor seating area. There’s also what looks like a future outdoor seating area in front.
Shake Shack’s menu includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, shakes, custard-based “concretes,” soda, coffee and beer. There are even a couple of options specifically for dogs.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Rosslyn’s annual summer movie festival will kick off on Friday, June 3 with the theme “Incredible Journeys.”
The movies start just after sundown Friday nights on the lawn at at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Hwy). Admission is free.
This year’s film festival will feature new food, beer and wine options.
“Food will be available for purchase from food trucks and local restaurants and from 5 p.m. until the film starts, grab a glass of beer or wine at our Mobile Bar in partnership with the Alexandria Aces and Mobile Event Bars,” said the Rosslyn BID, which is organizing the festival.
This year, June 10, July 15 and Aug. 5 are designated as special family movie nights, with kids’ activities and story time before the movies.
The full movie lineup is below.
- June 3 – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
- June 10 – Beethoven 2
- June 17 – Eat, Pray, Love
- June 24 – Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark
- July 1 – Coming to America
- July 8 – Dirty Dancing
- July 15 – Finding Nemo
- July 22 – Casablanca
- July 29 – Top Gun
- August 5 – Up
- August 12 – Roman Holiday
- August 19 – Casino Royale (2006)
- August 26 – The Notebook
(Updated at 3:10 p.m.) Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Arlington’s Congressional representative, has issued a statement following the release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the fatal Jan. 12, 2015 smoke incident on Metro’s Yellow Line.
Beyer says the report details a “perfect storm of failure” on the part of Metro and called on the agency to “make whatever personnel changes are necessary to prioritize rider safety.”
Beyer’s office sent out the following press release this afternoon.
Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after investigators presented their findings on the 2015 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board. The investigator’s findings were critical of the coordinated emergency response. They also highlighted persistent safety deficiencies at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) during the last three decades.
“NTSB investigators outlined a perfect storm of failure, coupled with systemic deficiencies throughout the first response network,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I strongly encourage Metro leadership to make whatever personnel changes are necessary to prioritize rider safety. We cannot jeopardize passenger lives.”
The NTSB investigators cited cascading safety failures within Metro leading to the [incident], including damaged equipment, improper operation of ventilation fans, and an order from the Rail Operations Control Center to send a passenger train into the affected area.
They also focused on a number of mistakes in the emergency response, including improper training, delayed reaction to the emergency call, and other breakdowns in communication.
“The emergency response to the L’Enfant smoke incident was simply inadequate,” Beyer added. “There is plenty of blame to go around and every agency must swiftly implement the NTSB’s safety recommendations to avert future incidents. We owe it to the people of the National Capital Region, and the family of Carol Glover, to do whatever it takes to create a new, high standard of safety in Metrorail.”
NTSB also found that the management and oversight of Metro safety remains insufficient under the Federal Transit Administration, and suggested that the Federal Railroad Administration assume future oversight of WMATA safety.
Later Tuesday afternoon, the remainder of Arlington’s Congressional delegation — Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — issued to following joint statement.
“More than fifteen months after the smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza, we are extremely disturbed that many of the safety hazards that allowed that deadly accident to occur have not yet been addressed. As the report states, responsibility for this incident, which resulted in the death of an Alexandria resident, is borne not just by Metro but other regional stakeholders. We urge Metro, the Federal Transit Administration, and regional authorities to move as urgently as possible to ensure that the problems identified in this report finally get fixed once and for all.
“Since that tragedy, a new management team has taken over at WMATA; the FTA has temporarily assumed direct safety oversight; and the federal members of the WMATA Board have been replaced. These steps must be the start of a sustained effort to overhaul Metro. As Congress grapples with the long-term federal role in funding Metro, the best case we could make to our colleagues would be tangible progress by WMATA management on addressing every deficiency identified in this report.”
Photo via @JRogers202
This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Rosslyn resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!
Question: Are there any differences between buying new construction from a developer vs a regular (resale) purchase from a homeowner?
In additional to all of the developers knocking down old homes to build large new single family homes, there are some great condo and townhouse projects on the market like Rosslyn Key in Rosslyn, Columbia Place and Carver Place off of Columbia Pike, and Potomac Yard in Alexandria. There are a number of key differences you should be aware of when buying new construction:
Builder Contracts: Most builders use their own contracts, not the normal Northern VA Association of Realtors (NVAR) contracts. As such, the language tends to favor the developer and it’s very important to read their contract a few times, understand what you’re agreeing to, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or contest specific language you’re not comfortable with.
Higher Earnest Money Deposit (EMD): A month ago, I wrote that 2-3% EMD is appropriate, but most developers usually require additional security of 5-10% EMD which makes sense when they’re doing a custom build because they want you to be more invested in the finishes you’re choosing.
Negotiations: In a normal re-sale negotiation, each counter is delivered in writing with the signature(s) of the seller. Most developers will only make verbal/email counters, but the buyer is expected to put their (counter) offers in writing with signature(s). Once all terms are agreed to, the developer will finally sign.
Custom Design: Being able to select your own finishes and design a custom home is one of the most appealing reasons to buy new construction (note: not all projects allow for customization), but it’s a blessing and curse. For some, going to a showroom to select appliances, flooring, cabinets, and countertops is thrilling. However, builders are on a tight schedule and require selections to be made on time, so indecisive buyers can get overwhelmed by these choices and end up disliking the process. This is particularly true if there isn’t a model unit or its not modeled after your tastes.
Determining Value: In many cases, developers deliver a community that’s the first of its kind in the neighborhood. Columbia Place is a perfect example, being the first high-end condo development along Columbia Pike. Without true comps, it’s much more difficult to gauge value and the chances of the developer significantly over or under pricing a project increases. Given that uncertainty, some of the best deals can be had in new construction, especially at the beginning of the sales period. When there are fewer comps, you should negotiate more aggressively.
Brand New: Of course, buying new construction means you’re buying brand-new everything, with fully intact warranties. In addition to the manufacturer warranties on the systems (water heater, stove, etc), most developers also guarantee their work for years to come. You also have the benefit of the latest codes to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.
If you want to see some impressive new construction in Arlington, stop by Rosslyn Key’s luxury townhomes (some with elevators). They’re getting close to wrapping up their sales, but should be around for another month or so and worth a look!
Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland with Real Living At Home, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington, VA 22201, (202) 518-8781.
Last month, Arlington County announced that it had appointed a new ombudsman for residents.
Robert Sharpe, who previously served as assistant director in Arlington’s Dept. of Human Services, now works out of the County Manager’s office with the title “Resident Ombudsman and Director, Constituent Services.”
We asked Sharpe about the job and what he hopes to accomplish for Arlington residents.
ARLnow: What do you want to accomplish in your new position?
Sharpe: “I hope to advocate on behalf of the Arlington residents, in terms of how the county board interacts with the rest of the county. I want to try to increase efficiency, make everything move a little smoother.”
There are already options for residents to report potholes and maintenance issues, to express opinions to the County Board, etc. Why add this position if there’s already a mechanism for most kinds of complaints?
“The Resident Ombudsman is not a new position. It’s a twist on an existing constituent services position in the County Manager’s office. The position was largely internal previously and was not promoted as a resident resource.”
“The intent is to create another option. If I can free up the County Board’s time, they can focus on other things, I’m helping to increase efficiency. Sometimes the information is already out there, I want to make it easy to find.”
Could you speak out and publicly advocate for certain things to get done, as a newspaper ombudsman might, or is this mostly about getting things done internally?
“It’s more internal, I can’t see myself being critical in a public manner. If I get a resident complaint that I can solve, I don’t see a need to publicly make a statement.”
What local problems might you handle that aren’t otherwise being taken care of effectively now?
“We get a lot of complaints about things like utility providers. We try to work these issues out with, say, Washington Gas. Recently we had a complaint about a home being built in an untimely manner, we worked with the builder to solve this.”
“I’m also well-positioned to identify trends. I’m a big believer in continuous improvement. The most rewarding part of the job is seeing an individual resident complaint turn into a process improvement that benefits all residents.”
Are there cases where contacting you isn’t the most efficient way to take care of a problem?
“Residents with straightforward service requests or questions will get best results through resources like the A-Z Directory of Services or the Make a Service Request / Report a Problem [form], which is also available as a mobile app for iOS and Android.”
“The Resident Ombudsman role comes into play when residents don’t get good customer service or have trouble navigating County government. If someone hits a roadblock, that’s where I come in.”
Any last thoughts?
“The one thing I would like to stress is that as a resident for 13 years, is that I have seen progress in the county government. The County Board has been very responsive.”
Sharpe be reached via email or at 703-228-1762.
Metro Delays and Traffic This Morning — There are residual delays on the Orange and Silver lines due to a malfunctioning train near the Clarendon Metro station earlier this morning. For drivers, morning rush hour traffic is noticeably heavier than usual around Northern Virginia inside the Beltway. [Twitter]
Firefighters Applaud New Metro Move — WMATA will now staff its Metrorail control center with a uniformed fire officer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Arlington’s firefighter association applauded the move, calling it a “positive step for the safety of firefighters and citizens in the DMV.” [WTOP, Twitter]
CARD to Hold School Board Debate — The Pike Presidents’ Group and the Coalition of Arlingtonians for Responsible Development, which advocates for a wider distribution of affordable housing throughout the county, is holding a School Board candidate debate on Wednesday, May 11. CARD also sent a candidate questionaire to all four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. Of them, only Tannia Talento declined to respond. [CARD, CARD]
Liberty Tavern Named Top Brunch Spot — A new-for-2016 list of the top brunch spots in the country, compiled from diner reviews by the restaurant reservation website OpenTable, includes The Liberty Tavern in Clarendon. [OpenTable, Patch]
Mall Launches Walking Program — Today, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is launching a new program called “Walk-Fit.” Open to all ages, the program is described as “an official way for walkers to meet up, exercise, socialize and even enjoy a morning cup of coffee,” all inside the mall.
Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf
The proceeding post is sponsored and written by Rosslyn Key
As developers scrambled over recent years to meet the demand for luxury homes in the D.C. area they pushed projects further and further into the suburbs, losing much of the urban appeal, character and convenience that is found in the area’s epicenter. Families followed the real estate trend and moved further out in search of new construction communities, but young professionals quickly filled the area’s urban spaces. What followed this shift in demographics was a resurgence of energy and an immediate demand for a vibrant social lifestyle in what were formerly considered to be “boring” neighborhoods.
Rosslyn was one of the most notable benefactors of this urban resurgence as the neighborhood transitioned from a pass-through area of corporate buildings and lunch delis to an area rich in dining, shopping and nightlife. Most importantly Rosslyn emerged from this transition and maintained its urban character, becoming very appealing to homebuyers looking for exactly that.
A problem for home shoppers arose, however, as professionals drawn to Rosslyn’s urban feel and newfound social vibrancy were hard pressed to find newly constructed homes to purchase. Most of what was on the market were remnants of the “boring” Rosslyn, requiring buyers to consider costly upgrades following a purchase if they wanted the latest in modern luxury. Enter Rosslyn Key.
Rosslyn Key, an urban community of luxury townhomes by Madison Homes, gave buyers exactly what they wanted: new construction luxury homes with all the conveniences and urban appeal Rosslyn had to offer. Purchasing a newly constructed home within walking distance to both Georgetown and Clarendon without having to remodel or reconstruct became a mission for high-end home shoppers in this transformed neighborhood, and Rosslyn Key delivered.
The community of 4-level city townhomes offers standard features such as Thermador designer kitchens, hardwood floors, rooftop terraces, 2 car garages and even have elevators available all within 3 blocks to Rosslyn’s metro, shopping and bistros. The features and layout of these townhomes are certainly one of a kind.
Rosslyn Key scratched the itched of the luxury buyer looking for new construction. Because of everything these townhomes have to offer combined with their location in one of the D.C. Metro’s hottest neighborhoods, buyers have already snatched up 20 of the 25 available homes. Only 5 remain before Rosslyn Key is completely sold out.
Priced from $1.3 million, Rosslyn Key truly combined luxury with location to become Arlington’s hottest townhome community. Visit RosslynKey.com to view the floor plans, features and options in each of these homes. The furnished model home is open Friday – Tuesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment to see these amazing homes in person or call 703-665-1792 to set an appointment. Visit rosslynkey.com for more information.