More long-haul flights are coming to Reagan National Airport. And people annoyed by helicopter noise will continue to have their voice heard.

Those are two of the main local impacts from the FAA reauthorization bill just approved by Congress. The bill now awaits President Biden’s signature.

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The new version of ARLnow’s Afternoon Update newsletter

ARLnow’s email newsletter has barely changed since President Obama’s first term. But a refresh is in the works.

The Afternoon Update newsletter reliably sends out the past 24 hour of local news headlines from ARLnow at 4 p.m., six to seven days per week. It currently has more than 17,500 subscribers.

The newsletter has been going out since 2010, the year of ARLnow’s founding. The current Afternoon Update uses the same RSS-to-email functionality as that original 2010 version, just with some aesthetic changes.

An ARLnow Afternoon Update email from 2010

That’s about to change. We’re currently testing a new version that will look similar but the way it’s generated under the hood is completely updated — much like the new version of our website.

The new version is currently expected to roll out at some point next week. In the meantime, if you’d like to subscribe and get all of the local news headlines, unfiltered by any social media algorithm, click the button below.


Kindergarten Open House
May 21, 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Register Here

Limited spaces remain for grades 1-8, please contact the school directly to inquire.

STM is a faith-centered environment serving students in grades PreK-8th using a spiritual, physical and emotional whole child approach. Students consistently score in the top 25th percentile on standardized assessments — above the national average. STM challenges its students through differentiated instruction to meet individual learning needs. STM actively incorporates STEM into the curriculum and provides a high tech learning environment.

Kindergarten Program

Balanced approach to learning through play embedded in academic-focused pedagogy. Students receive daily religious instruction through prayer, Bible stories and weekly Mass with Prayer Partners. Curriculum programs include Orton-Gillingham, Comprehension Toolkit, Daily 5, and mathematical instruction based on strong number sense. Once-weekly Specials include Art, Spanish, Library, Music, Technology and P.E.

Primary, Intermediate and Middle School

  • Grades 1-5: Explicit and directed instruction in Reading and Language Arts. Math specialist support.
  • Grades 6-8: Differentiated instruction in Reading and Language Arts and Math. Opportunities for Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry.

Weekly Mass, daily Religion instruction, preparation for Sacraments, Prayer Partner program.

Spanish instruction up to 3x per week; middle school uses high school level curriculum. Educational activities include Science Fairs, Diocesan Shakespeare Festival, Battle of the Books, Colonial Day, and Fine Arts Night.

Click here to learn more about STM and to register for the Kindergarten Open House.

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Free dog washes are coming to the grand opening of a new pet supply store and “grooming salon” in North Arlington.

Wag N’ Wash, now open at the former site of Loyal Companion pet store at 2501 N. Harrison Street, in the Lee-Harrison Shopping Center, offers dog owners a chance to pamper their pups with self-service dog wash stations, professional grooming services and an array of pet products.


A road that runs through Arlington and McLean has been named the “most coveted address” in Virginia.

That’s according to a new study by the real estate website Agent Advice. The study asked 3,000 respondents about the most “aspirational streets in America” and ranked the top 175.

Plaza at The Crossing Clarendon (Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar)

Live-Work Zoning Change Proposed — “Arlington County Board members will return from their summer hiatus later this year with consideration of zoning changes that would allow for both live-work units and self-service-storage facilities across many zoning corridors across the county. The proposal from County Manager Mark Schwartz is another effort aimed at finding ways to reduce reliance on the commercial-office sector.” [Gazette Leader]

Fatal Shooting Map — A new map of gun homicides in the D.C. area from 2020-2023 shows relatively few in Arlington and Northern Virginia compared to the District. [Twitter]

Real Estate Costs in Arlington — “Three jurisdictions recorded per-square-foot average prices of more than $500 for the month: Falls Church, which catapulted to the top with an average of $554, up 32.2 percent from $419; the District of Columbia, up 0.9 percent from $553 to $538; and Arlington, rising 12.7 percent from $465 to $524.” [Gazette Leader]

Van Winkle Lottery Coming Up — “Six products from the highly collectible Van Winkle line will be available for the opportunity to purchase through the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority’s (ABC) online lotteries in May and June. The whiskey, often dubbed the hardest-to-find spirit due to its low production, is offered by lottery to ensure equitable distribution.” [Virginia ABC]

It’s Thursday — A mostly sunny morning but some isolated showers after 2pm, with mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon and a high around 76. The north wind will blow at 10-14 mph, gusting up to 21 mph, and a 20% chance of precipitation. For Thursday night, it will remain mostly cloudy and cool down to around 58, with a northeast breeze at 6-8 mph. [NWS]

Flickr pool photo by Jason Gooljar

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Good Wednesday evening, Arlington. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar.

🕗 News recap

The following articles were published earlier today — May 15, 2024.

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on Thursday in Arlington, from our event calendar.

🌧️ Thursday’s forecast

Expect isolated showers after 2pm, with mostly cloudy skies and a high around 76. The north wind will blow at 10-14 mph, gusting up to 21 mph, and a 20% chance of precipitation. For Thursday night, it will remain mostly cloudy and cool down to around 58, with a gentle northeast breeze at 6-8 mph. See more from

💡 Quote of the Day

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

🌅 Tonight’s sunset

The MonumentCam screenshot above is used with permission of the Trust for the National Mall and courtesy of EarthCam.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to discuss the day’s happenings in the comments.


Plans to build an affordable housing development near Crystal City could take a key step forward next week despite a neighborhood association’s objections.

A request to advertise hearings on a possible land-use amendment for the Melwood property in Aurora Highlands is scheduled to go before the Arlington County Board on Tuesday. At issue is the possibility of shifting the site’s zoning designation from “public” to “low-medium residential” — bringing a proposal to build 104 units of affordable housing “within the realm of consideration,” a county report says.