(Updated at 1:10 p.m.) Arlington County and much of the D.C. area could see upwards of 3-6 inches of rain between Wednesday night and Friday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area that’s now in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Friday, warning of the potential for streams and creeks to flood.
THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT…
* FROM 6 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING
* A POWERFUL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE MIDWEST WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO OUR AREA TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.
* WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED… WITH LOCALIZED SPOTS POTENTIALLY GETTING UP TO A FOOT OF RAIN. ADDITIONALLY… THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN BLUE RIDGE AND CATOCTIN MOUNTAINS HAVE AN INCREASED RISK FOR GREATER TOTALS.
* HIGH POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS… AS WELL AS URBAN AREAS. ADDITIONALLY THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THE HARDEST HIT LOCATIONS TO SEE SEVERE FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING.
THESE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE A DANGEROUS TIME… REQUIRING MORE THAN THE USUAL AWARENESS… PLANNING AND PREPARATIONS.
IF YOU ARE NEAR STREAMS OR DRAINAGE DITCHES… KEEP AN EYE ON THEM AND BE READY TO QUICKLY SEEK HIGHER GROUND. WATER MAY RISE RAPIDLY.
CLEAR OUT STORM DRAINS.
THOSE PRONE TO BASEMENT FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE. COMMUNITIES PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE.
CONTINUE TO CHECK IN ON THE FORECAST FOR UPDATES.
WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED FOR AREAS WHERE FLOODING IS IMMINENT. ENSURE YOU GET WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THROUGH YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND OR NOAA WEATHER RADIO.
BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IF A WARNING IS ISSUED FOR WHERE YOU ARE OR IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED.
ENSURE YOUR KIDS DONT PLAY NEAR FLOOD WATERS.
REMEMBER IF YOU COME ACROSS WATER CROSSING A ROAD… TURN AROUND DONT DROWN!
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) September 27, 2016
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) September 27, 2016
Arlington County Board member Katie Cristol’s Twitter account was hacked and started tweeting out dozens of spam links during Tuesday afternoon’s Board meeting.
The spam barrage started shortly after the meeting got underway at 3 p.m. As of 5:30 p.m. the tweets had not yet been deleted.
Kristol is perhaps the Board’s most active member on Twitter, often tweeting out community information and brief summaries of Board meetings.
Update at 6:25 p.m. — The hack has been fixed, Cristol tweeted.
Thx for concern, @ARLnowDOTcom. Hack fixed 2 hrs ago. but hard to delete 100s of tweets while doing the ppl's work in a board mtg!
— Katie Cristol (@kcristol) September 27, 2016
The Cosi restaurant in Courthouse has closed.
Lunch-goers hoping for a Cosi sandwich or salad found instead a locked door. A sign posted on the door said the restaurant is closed.
“We truly appreciate your patronage and we apologize for any inconvenience,” the sign said.
It was not immediately clear if the closure was permanent or temporary, although the restaurant’s interior appeared to be in the process of being cleared out and a number of items from the restaurant were placed in and around the dumpsters behind the building.
The Cosi is located at 2050 Wilson Blvd, just steps from the Courthouse Metro station.
Update at 5:45 p.m. — A Cosi in Reston Town Center has also closed.
Update at 4:40 on 9/28/16 — The restaurant is permanently closed and its parent company has filed for bankruptcy. “It is never an easy decision to close a restaurant,” Cosi Marketing Coordinator Devin Dourney told ARLnow.com in an email. “The decision to close this restaurant was based on its financial performance and market density. At this time, we do not have any plans to reopen this restaurant.”
That’s the latest from APS, which reported today its average combined SAT score in 2016 fell 19 points, to 1,661. APS Students achieved an average combined score of 1,680 last year.
Despite the drop, however, the newest numbers still easily beat the Virginia average score of 1,535 and national average score of 1,484 in 2016. The latest average score also exceeds what APS students achieved in 2014 by eight points.
“Our students continue to have a proven track record of exceptional performance on the SAT that far exceeds their peers around the country,” Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy said in a press release. “We are very proud of their success and their level of preparation for post-secondary opportunities.”
Year-over-year, mean APS SAT scores fell three points in reading, eight points in writing and seven points in math.
Additionally, “results for APS black and white students also exceed the peers in Virginia and the nation by large margins,” the school system noted in its release.
“I am grateful for the leadership of our principals and the support from our teachers and counselors who helped to prepare our students well to achieve these impressive results,” Murphy added. “Our congratulations go out to our students and their families for successfully completing this important step to achieving their post-secondary pursuits.”
Arlington County Police say they responded to the 1700 block of 15th Street S., in the Pentagon City area, early Sunday morning for a report of a “domestic dispute.” When they arrived on scene, the man — who was involved in the verbal altercation — became combative.
“One of the parties involved took a fighting stance, approaching officers and trying to strike them,” police said in a crime report. “After a brief struggle, the subject was taken into custody. While an officer was placing a seatbelt on the suspect, he attempted to bite the officer. Then while in booking the subject became combative again, causing multiple injuries to an officer.”
David Quinton Green was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer and drunk in public, according to ACPD. He was held without bond.
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!
Our interviewee, Peter Zell, has spent the last 5+ years living in Courthouse (Colonial Village) and downtown Rosslyn (Normandy House), so we covered both neighborhoods during our interview.
Where is it? Rosslyn and Courthouse are the first neighborhoods along the Wilson Blvd/Clarendon Blvd corridor, also known as the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Sitting on the eastern edge of Arlington, both offer views of the Potomac and Washington DC. Downtown Rosslyn is Arlington’s most expensive and sought-after business hub due to its proximity to DC and the only location in Virginia with three different metro lines (Silver, Blue, and Orange). Over the past 5 years and for the next 10 years, downtown Rosslyn is transforming itself from a government-centric business district to high-end Class A office, residential, and retail district. Just up the hill to the west is the more residential Courthouse, boasting many long-time Arlington residents and some of Arlington’s favorite bars, restaurants, and shops. It also plays host to the Arlington County offices, police station, and…the courthouse! If you’re walking, jogging, or biking from Rosslyn to Courthouse, be wary of the steep climb from metro to metro.
About the interviewee: Peter Zell represents the area well — a young professional, hailing from out-of-town (Ft. Myers Florida), and working as a contractor in the Pentagon. Peter spent most of the last 5+ years in Colonial Village, a sprawling campus of garden-style condos built from 1935-1940 that straddles Rosslyn and Courthouse. Recently Peter moved to Normandy House in downtown Rosslyn, enjoying great views of the Potomac, D.C. skyline, and National Mall from the rooftop.
What do you love about the neighborhood? The lifestyle here is fantastic. I’m minutes to my job at the Pentagon and get to enjoy being near all the benefits of D.C., but in a quieter, more relaxing environment. From where I live, I can walk into Georgetown, the National Mall, or hike Roosevelt Island in just a few minutes. I also take advantage of the great views from the many high-rise apartments in the area. When I lived in Colonial Village, I fell in love with the great sense of community I experienced. The way the neighborhood is laid out gives it a campus-like feel, with each building often hosting its own events through out the year. Unlike other areas of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, I think Colonial Village is less transient because I met a lot of people who have lived there for a long time. I think that the area has a reputation for being post-college Greek life, but I’ve always felt that the mature, professional crowd defines Rosslyn and Courthouse.
What are your favorite places to go for entertainment, dining, and groceries? I’m a huge soccer fan and Ireland Four Courts and Summers are two of the best soccer bars in the D.C. area, so I frequent both. I also play in a competitive soccer league that’s a quick trip into D.C. You can’t beat a weekend bagel at Brooklyn Bagel, coffee at Bayou Bakery, or a good steak from Rays the Steaks. I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joes in Clarendon, but head to the Lee Highway Giant for meats.
Is the area family and dog friendly? I wouldn’t consider Rosslyn to be very family-friendly, but as far as urban living goes, Courthouse is pretty family friendly. As with most of Arlington, it seems like half of Rosslyn and Courthouse residents have a dog and the variety of nearby trails and quiet neighborhood streets make it very dog friendly.
What are your favorite community events? There are constantly events in Rosslyn Gateway Park like the Jazzfest, Parkour festival, and summer outdoor movie nights. I also enjoy the weekly farmers market in Courthouse and there were constantly community potluck dinners in Colonial Village.
How has your overall experience been? Very positive. I’ve enjoyed a great social life, easy accessibility to D.C., a fast commute, have always felt safe, and when I was in Colonial Village I was pleasantly surprised at the sense of community.
What are you expectations for the future? It’ll be interesting to see if we’re getting close to a saturation point for new development and if the current trajectory will continue. I think that the development that has occurred to transform Rosslyn from a business district to a more welcoming location for residential and retail has substantially increased its appeal and a lot of people are considering it as a great alternative to living in D.C. while still having easy access to all of the benefits of D.C.
Peter, thank you very much for sharing your experience living in Rosslyn and Courthouse!
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.
The Clarendon Apple Store (2700 Clarendon Blvd) has reopened after nearly six months of renovations.
The updated look isn’t too radical departure from the previous design. MacBooks, iPads and iPhones are still arranged on large tables for customer to try out; purchases are still made with the assistance of iPhone-toting employees rather than at registers.
One thing noticeably absent: any sign of an Apple logo near the entrance.
The Pentagon City mall Apple Store is up next for a redesign. The store closed on Sunday for several months of renovations.
Members of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association were given an early look at two new developments planned for the community over the next few years.
The 40-year-old church, which is used by Grace for meetings but not for Sunday services, would be replaced by a seven-story condo building and a block of four-story townhouses. A series of townhomes and a private driveway is planned for the parking lot.
The developers described the project as “a relatively modest in-fill development” that’s in keeping with the “urban townhouse” neighborhood that surrounds it. The development, like the neighborhood, tapers from the towers of central Ballston to the south to the lower-density townhomes and condos to the north.
Officials from NVR said the plans are preliminary and have not yet been filed with the county.
Also at Monday’s civic association meeting, local developer Eleventh Street Development presented early plans for a new apartment building in Virginia Square.
The proposed six-story, 220-unit rental complex, at the intersection of Kirkwood Road and Washington Blvd, would replace the closed Sport & Health gym, the Slye Electronics building and an automotive business.
Developer Garrett Erdle, who previously helped to develop Penrose Square on Columbia Pike, told residents that the building is at least three years away, following “a structured and lengthy” regulatory process.
Before a site plan process for the building can start, the county and its Long Range Planning Committee is expected to discuss land use planning for the parcel and the area as a whole. The special General Land Use Plan study that the development will first go through is expected to take about a year.
Residents at the meeting expressed concerns about the height of the building, parking along their already-crowded streets and a potential lack of public green space in front of the building. The developer responded that the proposal for the building is in the very early stages and that they will take public feedback into account throughout the process.
Average Lifespan in Arlington — Arlington and Fairfax county residents have a higher average lifespan than residents of D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, according to newly-released data. The average life expectancy in Arlington and Fairfax is 86, compared to a nationwide average of 78. [Washington Post]
Protesters Arrested Outside Pentagon — A total of 21 demonstrators were arrested during an anti-war protest outside of the Pentagon yesterday. According to Pentagon police, those who were arrested were attempting to block an employee entrance near the Pentagon transit center. [Patch]
African American History Book — Updated at 7 p.m. — Arlington County’s Historic Preservation Program has published a new, 59-page book about the history of African Americans in Arlington. The book includes the history of Calloway Cemetery. Since 1891 the cemetery, along Lee Highway, “has been the burial site for dozens of African Americans, including a slave who fought in the Union Army.” [WJLA]
Wardian’s Berlin Marathon Performance — Arlington resident Michael Wardian, 42, ran the Berlin Marathon over the weekend in 2:28:19. Wardian is currently on pace to run all five 2016 World Marathon Majors faster than anyone in history. [Twitter, Competitor]
Theater: ‘Man of La Mancha’ — The Arlington Players performance of ‘Man of La Mancha’ was “filled with exceptional performances and is quite inspiring,” writes a reviewer. “Don’t miss it.” The one-act performance is two hours with no intermission. [DC Metro Theater Arts, InsideNova]
Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf
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 Kimberly H. Berry, Esq.
We are seeing the start of what may be a nationwide trend after Massachusetts recently became the first state to ban employers from asking job applicants about their salaries during the job interview process.
The bipartisan legislation that was signed into law in early August requires an employer to state a position’s compensation upfront based on what the job applicant is worth to the employer as opposed to what the job applicant made in his or her previous employment position.
Now other legislators are working at the Congressional level, as well as at the state level, to use this law as a model to create similar legislation. On September 14, 2016, a bill was introduced in Congress by Washington, D.C. Representative Eleanor Homes Norton and Democratic Representatives Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut and Jerrold Nadler from New York. Under the Pay Equity for All Act of 2016 (H.R. 6030), an employer could be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 if it asks questions about an applicant’s salary history. Employers could also be liable to employees or prospective employees for special damages up to $10,000, in addition to attorneys’ fees.
There has already been an effort, although not entirely successful, to strengthen equal pay laws. However, there is hope that a bill prohibiting employers from asking about salary history before making a job offer will help to eliminate the wage gap that women and people of color often encounter. A news release announcing the bill indicated that while many employers may not intend to discriminate based on gender, race, or ethnicity, asking for previous salary information prior to offering employment to a job applicant can have a discriminatory effect in the workplace. Holmes Norton’s office also indicated: “Because many employers set wages based on an applicant’s previous salary, workers from historically disadvantaged groups often start out behind their white male counterparts in salary negotiations and never catch up.” Other states have created or are creating similar legislation, such as New York and California.
There is a prevailing belief that many factors should be considered when establishing a salary for a certain employment position, such as position duties and responsibilities, past experience, educational requirements, industry and market standards and practice. As such, this bill and other similar efforts aim to eliminate the wage gap and discrimination that may intentionally or unintentionally exist when an applicant’s previous salary is the sole or main method for establishing that applicant’s starting compensation.
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Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. In case you’d like to watch tonight’s presidential debates with a drink in your hand but don’t know where to go, we’ve included some last-minute suggestions.
If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.
Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.
Presidential Debate on the Big Screen
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8 p.m.
Arlington Drafthouse will screen the first of three televised debates between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The event is free and lasts until the debate ends.
Phone Banking and Presidential Debate Watch Party
Cafe Sazon (4704 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6-10:30 p.m.
Groups Latinos con Hillary and Mujeres in Politics are scheduled to host a volunteer phone bank and debate watch party for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Cafe Sazon is opening exclusively for volunteers and will have specials such as a soda or beer and two empanadas for $11, tax and tip included.
Northern Virginia for45 Presidential Debate Watch Party
Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Young professionals who support Hillary Clinton are set to gather at Mad Rose Tavern for a grassroots fundraiser. The event will include an appearance by Adam Parkhomenko, who is the national field director for the Democratic National Committee and a longtime Clinton aide. Tickets start at $45.
Home Buyer’s Seminar *
Army Navy Country Club (1700 Army Navy Drive)
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Attendees can bring their questions and concerns to this home buyer’s seminar at the Army Navy Country Club. The seminar will include light food and drinks, a door prize and free credit reports.
ACA Over Drinks
WeWork Crystal Palace (2221 S Clark Street)
Time: 6-8 p.m.
The Affordable Care Act comes with new regulations, requirements, and deadlines. Is your company is in compliance? TriNet’s experts will educate attendees about the ins and outs of the health care law during this informational session. The event will also include drinks, food and networking.
Spider Kelly’s (3181 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Go for the gold and support the Arlington Food Assistance Center at the same time during this bar game competition. Attendees will face off in a variety of events such as skee ball, shuffleboard and arcade basketball. The entry fee is $10 per individual or $20 for a team of two.
New Tools for the New, Digital Economy
Arlington Independent Media (2701 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7 p.m.
This free event includes a talk about Arlington’s new open data programs, tours of Arlington Independent Media’s video, podcasting and radio courses alongside information on web and graphic design, coding, DIY app building and more.
Operation Turbo BBQ Dinner*
Lyon Park Community Center (414 North Fillmore Street)
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Support a local nonprofit while eating barbecue from Big Bully BBQ, dancing to music, participating in raffles and drinking beer and wine. Tickets are $35 per person at the door.
Kinhaven School 5k and 1K Kids Fun Run
Bluemont Park South Shelter (523 North Manchester Street)
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Kinhaven kids and their families will provide encouragement and cheer on runners and walkers as they travel along the W&OD bike trail. Strollers and walkers are welcome.
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The shots were fired during a fight between two groups outside the Doubletree hotel on Army Navy Drive in Pentagon City.
No one was hurt and so far no arrests have been made, according to police.
From the crime report:
DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM, 160925005, 300 block of S. Army Navy Drive. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on September 25, police were dispatched to the report of shots fired. The investigation revealed a physical confrontation between two groups had ensued and one male subject discharged a firearm several times into the air. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’2″ tall and wearing a black cap, light blue shirt, and blue jeans. There were no injuries reported.
A new barbecue restaurant and pub may replace the now-closed Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon.
The plans were revealed during a County Board review of a site plan amendment for A-Town (see below).
“We’re soon to take over Hard Times,” Mike Cordero, a partner in the restaurants, told the County Board. The new venture was described as “a really big barbecue restaurant or pub” that may be sports-oriented.
The restaurant could open as soon as next spring or summer, although a source says the deal to take over the Hard Times space has not been finalized.
Meanwhile, a fight prompted a big police response at A-Town (4100 Fairfax Drive) on Sunday night.
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.
An Arlington wellness consultant is looking to make life a little less stressful through coffee.
Makoto Fujisaki launched Kodikas Coffee online earlier this month to sell a java that he said can help people better control their stress.
“Coffee is actually a good tool for people managing stress,” said Fujisaki, who runs Resterra Consulting, which helps people with anxiety.
Fujisaki said his coffee is a “relaxation blend” that is “very smooth” with “well-balanced flavor.”
The startup owner said he has worked with a Manassas roaster for more than six months to make the medium roast java, which is all Fujisaki is selling now. A 16-ounce bag of the coffee beans costs $16.50, delivered to customers’ doors.
“I wanted to create a simple solution that people can drink anytime, anywhere to just simply relax and enjoy their time,” he said. “Coffee has been my personal interest for a long time.”
Coffee from Kodikas, which means cozy in Finnish, can help people unwind in three ways, according to the online retailer. The company’s website says the coffee’s components are:
- Rest: coffee will give you an opportunity to actually have a break,
- Recreational: brewing can actually be recreational as there is a wide range of methods and equipment you can choose from, and
- Relaxation: freshly brewed coffee aroma and nice flavor can uplift your mood…throw in your favorite baked goods to make you even happier.
“Excessive stress is harming your health,” the website says. “You know this. But providing a good life for yourself and your family leaves you barely enough time to sleep, let alone relax.”
Feedback from Kodikas customers is mostly positive so far.
One customer said on the company’s Facebook page that she “had two cups this morning and it tasted even better than the aroma while grinding it.” Another customer said the retailer has “great coffee to drink through out the day and not just in the morning. Very tea like.”
Fujisaki said he doesn’t have plans to open a brick-and-mortar location right now. But he hasn’t ruled out the possibility.
A Kodikas Coffee storefront wouldn’t resemble a Starbucks, however. Fujisaki said the store, like his coffee, would focus on stress management.
“It’s a completely different concept from the [traditional] coffee businesses,” he said.
Photo via Facebook/Kodikas Coffee
Fire Station 10 will be temporarily relocated to the corner of N. Quinn Street and 18th Street, not far from the current fire station, which is set to be torn down. The old, stand-alone station will be replaced with a modern fire station at the bottom of a new mixed-use development; developer Penzance will be paying for its construction.
A number of alternative temporary fire station locations were considered but found to be lacking. In approving the location — despite the objections of H-B Woodlawn parents — County Board Chair Libby Garvey said in a statement that the Board made the best choice in a difficult situation.
This was a very tough decision for the Board. And we know that there will be members of the community who are disappointed. I think everyone will agree, however, that we listened to the community’s concerns and launched a thorough search for an alternative that would meet the criteria of providing fire protection and emergency medical services to Rosslyn, at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. We acknowledge that this solution will need to be accompanied by serious efforts to mitigate the impact of the fire station on the Wilson school site and the students who will be learning there. We have always said the redevelopment of Western Rosslyn is complex and difficult, but in the end, it will result in benefits for our entire community. We will have a wonderful new urban school, new, integrated open space, including a park that the developer has agreed to pay for, a fire station that the developer will build, affordable housing and a commercial building.
Also on Saturday, the County Board approved a “coordinated open space plan” for Rosslyn Highlands Park — a plan that will come to full fruition after the temporary fire station is removed to make way for a new field.
According to the plan, the renovated park will include:
- Multi-use, lighted court for basketball and other sports
- Sloped green lawns for added tree canopy, picnics, seating and play
- Lighted, synthetic turf field at Wilson School
- Planted/permeable field boundary with trees
- Playgrounds for tots and school age children across the street from the main park
- Community access to Wilson School indoor amenities including gym, cafeteria and theater