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by ARLnow.com — July 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

Altar'd State in the Pentagon City mall (photo via Facebook)

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City has a new fashion retailer.

Altar’d State, a faith-based retailer of boho-chic women’s clothing, opened this week on the first level of the mall, not far from its main S. Hayes Street entrance.

In a press release, below, the store is described as “a place of respite for the modern-day woman and offers a distinctive shopping experience with the latest fashion finds, the most sought after accessories and delightful home décor.” As a company, Altar’d State emphasizes its giving to charitable causes with the slogan “Stand Out. For Good.”

Altar’d State, an inspiring women’s boutique, is opening at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City at the end of July. This site will mark the 73rd store and the first location in the Arlington community for the growing retail chain.

Altar’d State is a place of respite for the modern-day woman and offers a distinctive shopping experience with the latest fashion finds, the most sought after accessories and delightful home décor. Altar’d State’s breath-taking interiors seek to inspire guests as they shop and provide them with a place of rejuvenation from their daily stressors.

Altar’d State’s popularity is growing not only for its trend setting apparel and inspiring retail design, but also for its emphasis on giving back to charitable organizations locally and globally. Every Monday is Mission Monday, where 10% of Monday’s net proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit charity selected by the store associates. During the months of July and August, Altar’d State at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will be supporting a charity that focuses on “Pet Pals”. The company encourages associates to get involved in charitable missions through paid volunteer hours and also sponsors children in impoverished areas around the world. The sponsorship provides children with clothing, nutritious meals, education, shelter, healthcare and counseling support to help them rise up and out of poverty. Altar’d State focuses on giving back by seeking out vendor partners who share their giving philosophy.

Arlington shoppers can feel good about their purchases by knowing they are helping those in need in their home town and on a global scale.

“The give-back mission isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are,” comments Aaron Walters, Chairman and CEO. “From the very beginning, our mission has been to help the less fortunate. For Altar’d State, a new store means a new community in which we can have a positive impact.”

Altar’d State also offers an online retail store found at www.altardstate.com.

For employment opportunities, please visit www.altardstate.com/careers.

Photo via Facebook

by Jackie Friedman — July 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm 0

(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A construction vehicle is currently draped with downed power lines near Virginia Square.

The incident occurred shortly before noon at 3700 6th Road N. as the truck was being hauled through the Ashton Heights neighborhood.

Firefighters and police were called to the scene and currently have the sidewalk and the road closed for safety, as the lines were believed to be live electrical lines.

No injures were reported, but at least one neighboring home was reportedly damaged.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

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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: Is there anything I can do about smoking in my condo? When my neighbors smoke, there is a strong cigarette odor in the hallway and inside my unit. Unfortunately, the building manager and the Board are reticent to do anything about it and say that they can’t tell people to stop smoking under the current bylaws.

Answer: I’m on the Board for the 1800 Wilson condos in Rosslyn and we’ve been exploring a smoking ban since our 2015 annual meeting. We’ve begun crafting a plan, but haven’t implemented anything to-date, hence the “Part 1.” I plan to write a second column to share our experience as we move through the process of establishing a cleaner home for our residents.

Arlingtonians Do Not Smoke

As of the 2012 census, only 11.8% of men and 10.2% of women in Arlington smoked, compared to national averages of 22.2% of men and 17.9% of women. Arlington also saw the 2nd sharpest decline of male smokers in the country, just behind Falls Church. The CDC currently reports that only 9.8% of adults in Arlington smoke.

Ban Smoking, Improve Property Value

I’d argue that establishing your building as a smoke-free community will improve property value over time because it appeals to approximately 90% of the local adult population and sets you apart from other communities. Consider how much more valuable a smoke-free building becomes to groups like families, those who suffer from asthma, and homeowners with a sensitive sense of smell.

Another factor in improved value is that homes that have been smoked in are often more difficult to sell and sell for less because of the lingering scent. The value of your home/community is heavily influenced by past sales, so anything that causes a home in your community to sell for less and/or take longer to sell will hinder growth.

Types of Bans

Common Areas: In most cases, Boards should easily be able to ban smoking from common areas like courtyards, pools, and rooftop decks. The management of common elements is at the discretion of the Board and can be handled via changes to the Rules & Regulations, without requiring a vote by the owners.

Total Ban: A full smoking ban would include banning smoking from individual units and/or Limited Common Elements (e.g. private balconies) and is a much more difficult task in an established community. Per the advice of the 1800 Wilson legal advisor at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, a total ban requires a change to the by laws, which usually requires a two-thirds affirmative vote from the owners (a non-vote counts as a no-vote). They also advised that, if the by-law change were to pass, current owners should be grandfathered into the original by-laws allowing them to smoke in their unit and Limited Common Elements.

Other Quick Tips

  • There is not any case law in Virginia that establishes smoking as a nuisance, making a successful lawsuit against your neighbor or Association unlikely.
  • Communities that explore a smoking ban should work to find a convenient, safe place for owners and their guests to smoke, but one that is not directly underneath the windows of other units.
  • Smokers are not a protected class.
  • There are special vent filters and door seals that smokers can use to contain scent to their own unit.

I would love to hear from other Arlingtonians who live in buildings that have also dealt with this topic, either successfully or unsuccessfully.

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at http://www.RealtyDCMetro.com.

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.

by Adrian Cruz — July 26, 2016 at 11:05 am 0

Two nonprofit organizations teamed up over the weekend in Arlington to provide voter registration to former felons after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored the voting rights of about 200,000 Virginia ex-offenders.

The League of Women Voters in Arlington and National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice held a voter registration event on Saturday at the Macedonia Baptist Church.

In order to secure voting rights again, the former felon must have completed his or her sentence along and finished supervised probation or parole.

“In my old life, I was just here. I didn’t feel as if I was part of the country, a citizen,” said Virginian Terry Garrett, who previously served time for shoplifting. “Whoever people voted in, I didn’t get to have a say. Today I know that I am an important part of society, and every vote counts. Now, I am a citizen and part of this country. Everyone should keep that right. No matter what.”

But the day before the event, the Virginia Supreme Court voted to overturn the governor’s executive actions, stating that McAuliffe does not have the authority to issue a blanket rights restoration. As a result of the decision, the court ordered that anybody who registered to vote as a result of the governor’s executive orders to be removed from the registry.

The governor is currently in the process of individually restoring the voting rights of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Despite the uncertainty after the decision, the event still went on as planned with 14 people coming to restore their voting rights. League member Karen Kimball said the court’s decision may have contributed to the low turnout, noting the possibility of individuals being confused or deterred from registering as a result.

“The League considers this event a success because it highlighted an important segment of our community whose right to apply for restoration of voting rights is too frequently unknown by former felons or ignored by them,” Kimball said. “The League believes that having and exercising the right to vote is part of their rehabilitation process and enables them to be full participating citizens in our community.”

Photos Courtesy Karen Kimball

by Adrian Cruz — July 26, 2016 at 9:55 am 0

Minh Vietnamese Restaurant, located at 2500 Wilson Blvd, has closed citing lease issues and other business concerns.

There is a sign posted by the owners that reads “Dear Customers, We are very sorry to inform you that due to business concerns including our lease on this space, Minh has ceased operation effective immediately. We appreciate your patronage over the years we have been here, and we are sad to be leaving.”

The restaurant has been at that location for over 10 years and it was one of the few remaining Vietnamese restaurants in the Clarendon area, a hotbed of Vietnamese businesses before the construction of the Orange Line. It was said to be “one of the original Vietnamese restaurants that put Clarendon on the map.”

There is no word yet on whether those behind the restaurant plan on reopening in another location.

by ARLnow.com — July 26, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Denis Kudla (Photo by Mike Stobe for USTA, via USOC)On the list of Team USA athletes heading to Rio for this summer’s Olympic Games, there’s only one whose hometown is listed as Arlington, Va.

Denis Kudla, Arlington’s own rising tennis star, will be competing in his first Olympics this year, alongside other major American tennis figures like Madison Keys, the Williams sisters and the Bryan brothers.

Kudla was born in Kiev, Ukraine, moved to the United States with his family on his first birthday, and began playing tennis at the age of 7. The highlight of his career thus far has been reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last summer, the last American man standing at the Grand Slam tournament.

Kudla has ranked as high as 53 on the ATP world men’s tennis rankings.

The opening ceremonies for the Rio games is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 26, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fairfax has it all. History, culture, education, and now, the new community of Eleven Oaks just blocks to historic Fairfax City. A beautiful village-style community offering 4 different models of single family homes and large 3 and 4 story townhomes.

Currently available for a quick move-in is a beautiful single-family home, the Beaumont priced at just $929,900.

The Beaumont model is impressive, with more than 3,300 square feet of space, plus a deck, beautiful stone patio, and 2-car garage. There are 3 levels of finished living space, which includes a gourmet kitchen, a large owner’s suite, and finished lower level recreation room. The high ceilings and an open floor plan make this house an inviting place to call home.

While there are many aspects of the Beaumont that stand out, the sheer elegance and abundance of luxury features are without compromise. From granite and quartz countertops to tray ceilings, there are subtle finishing touches at every turn. The luxurious owner’s bathroom, along with oversized walk-in closets in the owner’s suite, is one of the main attractions in a home packed with star power. In addition, this home is built in an environmentally conscious manner and is Energy Star rated.

Eleven Oaks is situated on George Mason Boulevard in historic Fairfax, adjacent to George Mason University. The urban feel of this village community is an ideal location that is within walking distance of parks, shops and restaurants, as

well as cultural, sports, fitness, and continuing education opportunities at

George Mason University. Did we mention that this home is in the highly sought-after Woodson High School district in Fairfax County?

Equally ideal for commuters, Eleven Oaks is minutes from Route 50 and I-66, convenient to the Vienna Metro, and on the CUE Bus route.

What makes the Beaumont at Eleven Oaks appealing to buyers is the simple fact that new, luxury homes below $1m in Fairfax City or County are rare. Certainly ones that have the combination of desirable, close-in location, luxurious finishes and open floor plans for today’s lifestyle. You get all of these features at Eleven Oaks.

Built by local, award-winning homebuilder, Madison Homes, the Beaumont model and others like it, are available to visit every weekend. Visit us at liveatelevenoaks.com for directions and more information, or come see the Beaumont model at 4411 George Mason Boulevard, Fairfax, VA.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Eleven Oaks.

by ARLnow.com — July 25, 2016 at 5:55 pm 0

Storm Clouds in Clarendon on July 18, 2016Update at 6:05 p.m. — The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been cancelled, but Arlington remains under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 10 p.m.

Earlier: Arlington County is currently under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

The National Weather Service says a severe storm with very strong winds and hail may impact Arlington in the midst of the evening rush hour.

From NWS.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 5:44PM EDT MON UNTIL 6:30PM EDT MON

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… NORTHWESTERN CHARLES COUNTY IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND… PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EAST CENTRAL PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… THE NORTHEASTERN CITY OF MANASSAS PARK IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 630 PM EDT

* AT 543 PM EDT… A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT… MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD… 70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE… RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT… DAMAGING WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES TO FALL. THIS COULD INJURE THOSE OUTDOORS… AS WELL AS DAMAGE HOMES AND VEHICLES. ROADWAYS MAY BECOME BLOCKED BY DOWNED TREES. LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. UNSECURED LIGHT OBJECTS MAY BECOME PROJECTILES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… ARLINGTON… ALEXANDRIA… CENTREVILLE… WALDORF… BETHESDA… RESTON… BOWIE… ANNANDALE… CLINTON… SPRINGFIELD… COLLEGE PARK… FORT WASHINGTON… HERNDON… GREENBELT… FAIRFAX… LANGLEY PARK… BELTSVILLE… FORT HUNT… VIENNA AND GROVETON. GET INDOORS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM WIND AND LIGHTNING. TREES AROUND YOU MAY BE DOWNED FROM DAMAGING WINDS… SO IF YOU ARE NEAR LARGE TREES… MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. DON’T DRIVE UNDERNEATH TREES OR IN WOODED AREAS UNTIL THE THREAT HAS PASSED.

by Andrew Ramonas — July 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Shady Grove Fertility location at 901 N. Stuart Street in Ballston (Photo via Shady Grove Fertility)

A new fertility center has arrived in Ballston.

Shady Grove Fertility has a location now open at 901 N. Stuart Street in the Ballston Metro Center Office Towers, the center announced last week. Dr. Anitha S. Nair, a reproductive endocrinologist who leads the Arlington office, will treat men and women fighting infertility.

With its Ballston clinic, Shady Grove Fertility currently has 19 full-service outposts in Virginia, D.C., Maryland and Pennsylvania.

“In response to the growing demand for Shady Grove Fertility services in Northern Virginia, we’ve located our newest office in Arlington, VA, within steps of the Metro to provide additional convenience for our patients,” Shady Grove Fertility’s medical director Eric A. Widra said in a statement. “With Dr. Nair being a longtime resident of the city, we’re excited to provide the Arlington community with the experience and success we’ve achieved throughout the region.”

Photo via Shady Grove Fertility

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

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This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement, and private sector employee matters.

By John Berry

As noted in our earlier article, financial issues are the most common issues that can result in the loss of, or inability to obtain, a security clearance. In security clearance cases, financial issues are generally referred to as Guideline F cases. In Guideline F cases, the government’s concern is generally how a person has handled his or her finances and/or his or her vulnerability to financial manipulation given a pattern of overspending or debt.

The following are some quick tips to help minimize the risk of losing a security clearance involving financial considerations:

  1. Pay your bills.  Most security clearance clients seek our assistance when they have multiple debts that are past due, delinquent, in collections, or have been charged off. In Guideline F cases, the existence of multiple, unpaid debts is the most typical reason for the loss or denial of a security clearance.
  2. Pay/File your taxes. Individuals in tax trouble or who fail to pay and/or file their taxes risk losing their clearance. These tax issues tend to be viewed as more significant for security clearance purposes than regular debts. If outstanding taxes or tax liens are too much for the individual to pay off all at once, it is important to try to work out a plan with the IRS or state tax agency and show good faith towards resolving these debts in order to keep or obtain a security clearance.
  3. Clear up/monitor your credit report. Often times, an individual has encountered difficulties in the security clearance process because incorrect information is listed on his or her credit reports. In our experience, errors can be common, but can also lead to security clearance issues. It is important for an individual applying for or holding a security clearance to keep a close eye on his or her credit report for errors and potential problems.
  4. Do not run up significant debts or live beyond your means.  Having too many debts can put an individual at risk of losing a security clearance. To the government, this can indicate that the individual is living beyond his or her means.
  5. Work with creditors to attempt to resolve the debt.  It is always better for an individual to get ahead of his or her credit problems than to wait until he or she receives notice of a possible denial of a security clearance. An individual who recognizes a debt problem and works towards resolving it early and before a clearance issue is raised tends to be given more credit towards the granting of the clearance as opposed to an individual who starts the process after he or she receives notice of the potential loss of the clearance.
  6. Consider credit counseling/classes. If an individual falls behind in his or her debts, it is still important to show how that individual is working to get back on a healthy financial track in order to alleviate concerns about the individual’s ability to hold a security clearance.  Taking meaningful credit classes or engaging in credit counseling can help mitigate security concerns by showing affirmative steps taken by an individual to get better control over his or her finances.

We represent individuals in security clearance and other employment matters. If you need assistance with a security clearance issue, please contact our office at (703) 668-0070 or at http://www.berrylegal.com/practices/Security_Clearance/ to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BerryBerryPllc.

by Adrian Cruz — July 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

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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.

Grant Leonard’s path to his own firm began after his boss fired him from a marketing associate job at a defense contractor.

Poor performance wasn’t his problem. Rather, ATA president Scott Berg thought Leonard had the talent to run his own business.

In 2015, his former boss and current mentor helped Leonard start The Grant Leonard Group, an Arlington-based startup that provides social media and marketing support to businesses in the D.C. area.

After joining his mentor at several business meetings with entrepreneurs and investors, Leonard realized startups were in need of an affordable way to maintain their social media presence.

grantleonard“We saw these two pretty familiar and consistent concerns about social media,” Leonard said. “There were a lot of startups that wanted to do social media, but they didn’t have the time or resources to do it themselves. You think of a startup founder, he’s busy building his business. He’s working 80-100 hours a week and the last thing on his mind usually is what he’s posting on Facebook.”

The other issue he found was that the price it would take for a startup to have a full-time social media presence would be difficult to include in the budget.

“These folks that wanted to do it, but couldn’t do it themselves, didn’t have the budget or the need to hire a full-time employee or an established marketing agency, where it can run a company in overhead anywhere from $3-5,000 a month and up from there,” he said. “So we said, ‘OK, there’s a need for a social media startup for startups.'”

The Grant Leonard Group charges a standard fee of $995 per month, providing customizable social media based on the needs of the each of its clients. The firm primarily focuses on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. But it also can help companies with other social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube, along with blogs and newsletters.

Leonard directly works with the businesses to develop a social media strategy, planning a month-by-month implementation strategy to ensure the effectiveness of their social media.

“At this point, an investment in the Grant Leonard Group is an investment in Grant Leonard where I’m doing 100 percent of the strategic execution, and then I execute it on a day-to-day basis,” Leonard said. “We always say, ‘If you want to go off to the Caribbean and just cut off completely from the world, rest assured that you know your social media platforms are taken care of and secure with us.'”

The Grant Leonard Group currently works with 17 businesses including MakeOffices, which provides co-working space in Clarendon to the firm.

“We’re not reinventing the social media wheel,” Leonard said. “The wheel’s there, it works. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel but what we need to reinvent and innovate is how people access that wheel, how people leverage that wheel. We’re offering a level of service that’s few and far between from what we’ve seen.”

by ARLnow.com — July 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

American Tap Room in ClarendonMight changes be in the works at American Tap Room in Clarendon?

Multiple sources tell ARLnow.com that the bar and restaurant at 3101 Wilson Blvd is either set to close or, at least, give up part of its space for a new Verizon Wireless store. No timeline was given for when either might happen.

A local manager at American Tap Room told us that it’s not planning to close. The restaurant’s Reston-based parent company, Thompson Hospitality, did not return a call last week seeking comment.

In late 2014 we reported, citing commercial real estate sources, that American Tap Room was seeking a buyer to take over its large, pricy lease for space just across from the Clarendon Metro station. It has remained open since that report.

by Jackie Friedman — July 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday

OLL_largeFree Home Buyer Seminar*
Optime Realty (1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

The free event will have specialists, including lenders and buyer agents, to give an overview of the buying process. Learn valuable home buying strategies that will save 3% or more when purchasing a home. All attendees will receive 2 guarantees.

Wednesday

TLT-WEB21U.S. Army’s Twilight Tattoo
Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Time: 7-8 p.m.

The United States Army Military District of Washington invites you to experience the U.S. Army’s elite ceremonial units in action by attending a Twilight Tattoo program this summer. Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Thursday

Image courtesy Devin HicksHaus Party
Sehkraft Brewing (925 N. Garfield Street)
Time: 5 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Sehkraft Brewery will be releasing two new beers, Sehkraft Amber and Sehkraft Solarize Saison. Local D.C. and instrumental soul band, The Junior Bryce Band will be performing starting at 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Wine in the Water Park (photo courtesy Crystal City BID)Wine in the Water Park
Crystal City Water Park (1750 Crystal Drive)
Time: 6-10 p.m.

The free event will feature live music from Johnny Artis Band, hand-selected wines from the Washington Wine Academy, and a free outdoor ArtJamz session. A cash bar is will be available at the outdoor pop-up wine and beer garden.

Saturday

water-play-flyerWater Play on the Plaza
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Avenue)
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (NVAEYC) and Arlington Public Library for a water play party. All young children are welcome to come to the free event and parental supervision is required.

Tracy Morgan (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC) Live Comedy: Tracy Morgan
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7 and 10 p.m.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, of TV’s “30 Rock” will bring his standup comedy act to the Pike. Morgan has two scheduled performances on Saturday night. Tickets are available online for $50.

Sunday

Wine bottles in The Curious Grape in Shirlington

Summer Wine Tasting Dinner*
Osteria da Nino Cucina Italiana and Bar (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6-10 p.m.

Try four courses and five wines from the regions of Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, and Friuly. Signore Max Evans from Siema Wine Import of Springfield, VA will be guest speaking. Tickets cost $69 per person, not inclusive of tax and tip.

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by Jackie Friedman — July 25, 2016 at 11:50 am 0

The sun during the heat advisory on Thursday, July 14, 2016Arlington County and the surrounding D.C. area is under a heat advisory today.

High temperatures and high humidity will make for a sweaty and potentially dangerous afternoon.

Those who must spend time outdoors today are advised to drink plenty of water, seek breaks in the shade and avoid strenuous activity if possible.

In response to the heatwave, A-SPAN has opened overflow space and set up additional beds at Arlington’s Homeless Services Center in Courthouse.

A-SPAN also offers daytime drop-ins to help those on the streets beat the heat. The drop-in program is offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the shelter, located at 2020-A 14th Street N.

From the National Weather Service:

HEAT ADVISORY FROM 12PM EDT MON UNTIL 8PM EDT MON

* HEAT INDEX VALUES… UP TO 108 DUE TO TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 95 TO 100… AND DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER 70S.

* IMPACTS… RISK OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT AIR- CONDITIONING OR THOSE OUTDOORS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HIGH TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.

In addition to the sweltering temperatures and humidity, storms are possible today. Via Twitter:

by ARLnow.com — July 25, 2016 at 10:55 am 0

Police car (file photo)Arlington County Police reported two sexual assault incidents in the Rosslyn area in its Friday crime report.

One incident happened near the Iwo Jima memorial, as a woman was walking home from the Rosslyn Metro station around 10 p.m.  Police say a man in a ski mask approached the woman, possibly exposed himself and grabbed her inappropriately.

From ACPD:

SEXUAL ASSAULT, 160721005, 1200 N. Meade Street. At approximately 10pm a female was walking from the Rosslyn metro to her residence when she was approached by a white male wearing a ski mask. As the suspect approached he lifted his shorts up, possibly exposing himself. The victim walked away from the man, who then groped her in the crotch area. The man fled the scene and is described as a White or Hispanic male, 5’8″ with an athletic build, wearing a black ski mask, long sleeve shirt, silver basketball shorts, and black Vans sneakers.

The other crime happened around 6:30 p.m. on the 1700 block of Clarendon Blvd, near the intersection with N. Quinn Street.

SEXUAL ASSAULT, 160721043, 1700 N. Clarendon Blvd. At approximately 6:30pm a female was walking on Clarendon Blvd. near Quinn Street when a man on a bicycle approached her from behind and grabbed her breast. The suspect is described as a husky White male wearing a dark colored bike helmet, maroon shirt, gray khaki shorts and white shoes.

The rest of the notable items from the Friday’s and today’s Arlington crime reports, after the jump.

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