Morning Notes

GW Parkway ClosureUpdated at 9:15 a.m. — “All lanes of the GW Parkway are now closed during Friday morning’s rush hour due to a large sinkhole that was discovered overnight.” [Tysons Reporter]

HQ2 Impact to Be Bigger Than Expected? — JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon and George Mason University’s Stephen S. Fuller both think many are underestimating HQ2’s impact on job creation in the region. [Washington Business JournalWashington Business Journal]

Arlington Gets High Marks for Dog Parks — Arlington is No. 10 on the Trust for Public Land’s ranking of cities with the most dog parks per capita. Arlington has eight dog parks, or 3.5 for every 100,000 residents. D.C. ranked No. 22 on the list. [Trust for Public Land]

Wilson Blvd to Close Again in Ballston — “That stretch of Wilson Boulevard at @BallstonQuarter that’s now closed eastbound on school nights 8pm-6am for 8 weeks? It’ll also be closed both ways this weekend, Friday 8pm to Sunday 6pm. Lots of pedestrian bridge to do.” [Twitter]

Road Closures in N. Arlington — “The Nottingham/Discovery Elementary Schools 5K race will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Arlington County Police Department will close several roads from approximately 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM to accommodate the event.” [Arlington County]

Basketball Fundraiser Tonight — “New Directions High School students will play Arlington County’s heroes — including some of the police department, fire department, probation and prosecutor’s office” tonight at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School to raise money for New Directions. [Twitter]

No Hyperloop for Va. for Now — “Virginia transit officials flew to California to check out Elon Musk’s Boring Co. tunnel. They say they’re gonna stick with traditional roads and railways for now. ‘It’s a car in a very small tunnel.'” [Virginia Mercury, Twitter]

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Just Listed in Arlington

Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

WooHoo! Let the games begin.

The Spring Equinox has ushered in a frenzy of spring activity with 80 fresh new listings and 70 ratified contracts. A full half of those, 35 exactly, sold within seven days on the market.

That should make both buyers and sellers very happy, although there are many stories of bidding wars and sad buyers who missed out. The craziest story, outside of Arlington, was 61 offers on a fixer-upper townhouse in Dumfries.

The Federal Reserve announced good news for buyers. It won’t raise its short term rate for the foreseeable future. The Fed views the economy as slowing down slightly and doesn’t want to impede growth with rate hikes. That move immediately sent mortgage interest rates lower a full 1/8%. So now a 30-yr fixed rate tops out at 4.375%.

It’s a great time to buy, and to sell.

Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.

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Pre-Market Source: March 21

Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for pre-market or off-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can’t find anywhere else online.

If you are interested in a property you see here, have specific needs you cannot find on the market or would like your pre-market or off-market property featured for a half million local readers on PoPville or ARLnow, please email us at [email protected].

Unique “Mountain” House in North Arlington

Description: Nearly 3,000 sq.ft. 4 BR/3 BA home in North Arlington’s prestigious Dover-Crystal neighborhood. It feels more like a vacation home in the mountains with vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and 10 balconies & decks looking out over 1/2 acre wooded lot designed by a renowned landscaping architect to feel like a private park, including your own walking trail system. Walk to Potomac Overlook Park and part of Donaldson Run Pool Boundary.
Price: $1,250,000

***Contact us for property photos and additional details***

To view all of our pre-market and off-market properties, visit the pre-market section of our website. We add new properties every week.

The Eli Residential Group is a real estate team with RLAH Real Estate, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington VA 22201 (703) 390-9460. Office locations also include Dupont Circle, Georgetown, H Street and Chevy Chase. Contact the team directly at [email protected].

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Get Inspired by Arlington Arts Center’s Summer Camps

Photo credit: Dawn Whitmore

This Community Post was written by Arlington Arts Center and underwritten by Washington Workplace.

Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner! At least that’s our mindset at Arlington Arts Center as we prepare for our annual summer camps. We look forward to welcoming campers ages 5 to 18 from June 24-August 30 this year. Our engaging summer program for children and teens was recognized as Arlington Magazine’s Best Art Camp for 2018.

Campers explore a range of themes from Strange Landscapes, where they depict the world around them and create inventive landscapes of their own design, to Celebrating Contemporary American Artists, where our instructors introduce campers to renowned contemporary artists, giving them the opportunity to learn new techniques in drawing, painting and construction.

Form/Function camps will coincide with AAC’s summer exhibition, with campers visiting the galleries and creating their own inspired works of art based on the themes and techniques featured in the exhibition.

Join AAC for just one week or up to nine! Our flexible schedule with morning, afternoon and full day options, allows campers to participate in the programs that best fit their summer plans and interests. Complimentary before and aftercare options are available, allowing campers to extend their day at AAC from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about Arlington Arts Center’s summer camps, please visit our website:
https://arlingtonartscenter.org/education/camp/

Photo via Dawn Whitmore

Facility Helping Families Supervise Visitation Is Seeking Volunteers

The Arlington Juvenile Court Services Unit is looking for volunteers to help with a new program helping families affected by domestic violence.

The Safe Havens Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center opened in January and supervises children during visits with parents accused of abuse. It’s also a safe meeting place for parents with shared custody who need to exchange children for visits, but may need to be kept separated from each other.

Safe Havens is seeking volunteers to spend eight hours a month at the center helping with tasks like escorting children between rooms.

The center is hoping volunteers can also help answer phones, assist program coordinators with record keeping, and keep an eye on supervised visits after being trained in the center’s procedures by staff.

The goal of the facility is to “improve safety for the community at large, eliminating the need for families in conflict to meet in public places” per the county’s January announcement of its opening.

The Safe Havens center is located at the county’s Stambaugh Human Services Center (2100 Washington Blvd) in Penrose. During the weekdays, the facility is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. On weekends, it’s open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

A county spokeswoman said the center is especially in need of volunteers who speak Spanish, and have experience working with children and families in crisis.

Judge George D. Varoutsos, who is Chief Judge of the Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, previously said he was “thrilled” to see the center open.

Arlington’s Project PEACE, a group dedicated to ending sexual and domestic violence at the Department of Human Services, was tasked by Varoutsos to create Safe Havens after the judge said he realized supervised visitation “has been missing from the array of services that we can provide victims of domestic violence in Arlington courts.”

Interested volunteers are asked to contact Safe Havens coordinator Joanne Hamilton at 703-228-4021.

Photo via Arlington County

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Courageous Leadership: The 2019 District 27 Spring Conference

The social event of the season, the 2019 District 27 Spring Conference, takes place the weekend of May 3-4, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Crystal City-Washington D.C. The hotel is located at 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202. For the lack of a better phrase, it behooves you to be there!

We know the #1 reason you like to attend a Toastmasters Conference. It’s not the great speakers on tap like the Immediate-Past President of Toastmasters International, Balraj Arunasalam, DTM; Walter Anderson from Anderson Consulting & Training; and Drew Fingall, this year’s recipient of the District 27 Communication and Leadership Award. It’s not the always entertaining District 27 Evaluation Contest and the motivating District 27 International Speech Contest. And finally, it’s not the Hall of Fame, Silent Auction, Fellowship, Stewardship, Networking and/or Culinary Ambrosia.

There is just one reason and one reason only that every Toastmaster in the National Capital Region likes to attend a Toastmasters Conference… the always touching, moving, and inspiring District General Council Meeting. Can you feel it?

The 2019 District 27 Spring Conference Organizing Committee (SCOC) is working diligently to ensure this Conference meets and/or exceeds your expectations. The Crowne Plaza Crystal City-Washington knows how to support a Toastmasters event, having hosted two previous District 27 Conferences as well as a Hail and Farewell.

The hotel’s location is in the geographical center of District 27 in Crystal City (Arlington) Virginia. The location is two blocks above ground from the Crystal City Metro Station (Blue and Yellow Lines). It’s easily accessible by car from D.C., Maryland and Virginia. You can park in the hotel garage, but we recommend you park in one of the cost-free parking garages in the Crystal City Business District and walk to the hotel. So how can you not attend?

Our honored guest, Balraj Arunasalam, is from Sri Lanka. If you are from Sri Lanka or know of someone who is (Toastmaster or not), we would like to do something special for Balraj at the Friday night event, so we need help and ideas to do this up right. So please have the person(s) contact me.

So, don’t delay! Please take advantage of the Advanced Early Bird registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courageous-leadership-district-27-spring-conference-2019-tickets-55847813313?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Yours in Toastmastering…

County Asking for Feedback on Trades Center Ahead of Plans to Address Overcrowding

Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools are asking residents to share their thoughts about the Arlington County Trades Center, near Shirlington, as the county prepares to address longstanding space issues.

The online survey asks county residents questions about how close they live to the Trades Center, whether noise from the county-owned industrial site bothers them, asks for their feedback on services offered at the lot, as well as what residents would like to change.

Many county departments stored equipment and operated maintenance facilities on the 38-acre site since the 1950s.  However, the “siting of operations and offices developed when space was abundant. Now, room for growth is limited given the developed surrounding area, while service levels have increased in size and complexity” according to the county’s announcement about the survey

Residents will be able to fill out the survey until Thursday, April 4.

Currently the grounds are home to a bevy of county vehicles and offices including:

  • Arlington Public Schools (APS) buses and vehicles
  • Firefighting training site
  • Animal Welfare League of Arlington
  • Police impound lot
  • Solid Waste and Traffic Engineering offices
  • Road salt storage

The county has discussed ideas to free up space at Trades Center for years, particularly for APS which added 40 buses to its fleet between 2011 and 2016 as enrollment continues to grow.

County staff warned that overcrowding was “impacting service delivery” for APS buses and other vehicles in a 2016 presentation.

Last June the County Board approved a five-year agreement letting APS park maintenance vehicles and staff’s personal vehicles at the county’s “Buck site” property at 1425 N. Quincy Street in Virginia Square instead of the Trades Center. In May, the Board also greenlit a plan allowing APS to park its “white fleet” of special vans and buses at Buck site.

But shifting some APS parking to the Buck site was “not a long-term vision” to solve the chronic crowding at the Trades Center, Board Chair Christian Dorsey said after the 2018 vote.

The county has hired Canadian-based engineering consulting firm Stantec for help surveying Arlington residents and county employees to find that solution.

The Board is scheduled to present potential solutions publicly this summer, and following a several-month review period, is scheduled to present their final plan this fall.

Photo via Arlington County

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Friday Races to Return to Crystal City in April

Crystal City’s 5K Fridays are just around the corner for those looking for a “low key race” each week.

The race series returns to Crystal City for its 10th anniversary this year. Starting on April 5, runners can race each Friday starting 6:30 p.m. Billed as the area’s “fittest happy hour,” Crystal City 5K Fridays give race participants tickets for exclusive bars after they finish.

The race itself starts and ends at the Crystal City Courtyard Green (2121 Crystal Drive), looping along Crystal Drive and Long Bridge Drive.

Attendees can register here and pay $25 for one race, or $75 for all the races which comes with a free T-shirt.

Crystal City 5K Fridays is organized by Pacers Running store and sponsored by the Crystal City Business Improvement District and JBG Smith.

Runners can check their bags with race attendants before the 5K begins and will have access to restrooms in the Crystal City Shops (2100 Crystal Drive), per the organizer’s website.

Participants can use a water station at the start line to fill up water bottles and will be able to refill at another water station organizers say will be outside Long Bridge Park.

Current course records for the Friday race are 15 minutes, 10 seconds for men set by Bert Rodriguez in 2011, and 16 minutes, 22 seconds for women set by Susanna Sullivan in 2016, according to the Pacers website.

Photo via Pacers Running

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Rosslyn Safeway Upgraded With New Starbucks, Seafood, and Shelves

The long-awaited upgrades to Rosslyn’s aging Safeway are almost done, store staff say.

Customers may have already noticed several changes in the store at 1525 Wilson Blvd, also known as the “Subterranean Safeway.” The Starbucks counter is now located by the front doors, rebuilt with the coffee company’s trademark white subway tiles.

Today (Thursday) people queued in long lines for coffee at 8 a.m. and a store employee joked that customers were already “wearing the new Starbucks out.”

Inside the Rosslyn store is also a seafood department — the location’s first — situated in the rear next to the new “Butcher Block” section with sliced meats.

The frozen section also has new freezers. Shelves in several aisles were also replaced with new ones placed wide apart and lit by LED strips. New self-checkout machines have joined the check-out aisles.

Store managers have also expanded the produce section, housing the fruits and vegetables in new wooden displays.

Construction continues in the deli and bakery section of the store, which staff told ARLnow is being expanded to include a flower section and curve around the wide alcove under the street windows.

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District said previously that the upgrades would be completed this spring.

Safeway replaced the tile floor with concrete, added the self check-out machines, and began replacing the raising aisle shelves in January “to provide more space for a greater variety of products.”

Rosslyn residents has long requested renovations on the store, which has operated out of the location since 1962.

Neighborhoods previously told the BID that “better grocery stores” was a top priority for the neighborhood.

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Healthy Paws: The Chew On Chew Toys

Editor’s Note: Healthy Paws is a column sponsored and written by the owners of Clarendon Animal Care, a full-service, general practice veterinary clinic and winner of a 2017 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Best Business Award. The clinic is located 3000 10th Street N., Suite B. and can be reached at 703-997-9776.

Chances are that, in addition to chasing squirrels and keeping watch over the Amazon package delivery man, one of your dog’s favorite pastimes is chewing.

Bones, rawhides, sticks, your most expensive pair of shoes… you name it — your dog can demolish it in a matter of seconds. While chewing is a natural behavior for dogs and a great way to keep them occupied, it is important to remember that their teeth are not indestructible.

Many chewing materials are hard enough to break or wear your dog’s teeth or damage your dog’s gums, putting them at risk of oral pain and infection.

Keep in mind that even if a chew is sold at your local pet store, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe. There are plenty of products on the market that have less give than your furry friend’s fragile teeth. Antlers, natural bones and nylon or plastic toys without any flexibility can all cause a tooth to break.

If you would be concerned about breaking your own tooth while chomping on the toy or chew, then you should be equally as concerned about your dog’s teeth. A general rule of thumb to use when selecting an appropriate chew for your pet is to try to bend it with your own hands to see if it has any flexibility and indent it with your thumb. If the chew is too hard to do this, then it is too hard for your dog’s teeth.

In addition to fracturing teeth, some chewing materials can cause significant dental wear as well, which can also eventually lead to pain or infection if the wear extends far enough into the tooth.

The surface of a tennis ball can act like sand paper and wear down teeth over time, especially when it accumulates dirt and sand. Devoted retrievers are more prone to dental wear from the friction of a tennis ball or a Frisbee rubbing against their teeth over time.

If you aren’t sure about the safety of a product, ask your veterinarian before giving it to your pet. You can also access helpful information and approved products from the Veterinary Oral Health Council and the American Veterinary Dental College’s websites.

We suggest a Classic Kong toy appropriate for your dog’s size and age. We recommend spreading a little bit of peanut butter or canned pumpkin on the inside to keep your dog occupied.

Approved rawhide chews are safe only when used under your direct supervision. Your dog should chew the rawhide slowly and soften it as he chews, and you should remove the chew when there is only a small piece remaining to prevent choking or gastrointestinal disease. Happy chewing!

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