As Virginians take to the roads this Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, Virginia State Police is urging motorists to put down their phones and buckle up so everyone makes it safely to the holiday table.
With the onset of the 2019 winter holiday season, state police is proud to support the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Highway Safety Office and AAA Mid-Atlantic with its new traffic safety campaign aimed at heightening awareness of the deadly dangers of distracted driving. Earlier this month, Virginia State Police Superintendent, Col. Gary T. Settle, and Trooper-Trainees of the 131st Basic Academy Session signed a banner to pledge their support to the “Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated” campaign and its life-saving messaging.
“The choices you make as a vehicle driver impact not only you and your passengers, but everyone else you happen to be sharing the road with at that given moment,” said Settle. “Avoid distractions, ensure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up, comply with speed limits and never drive drunk. If we drive like every car is filled with our friends and family, we can make sure there are no empty chairs at the Thanksgiving table this year.”
To further prevent traffic deaths and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Virginia State Police will once again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort. As part of the state-sponsored, national program, state police will be increasing its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts during the five-day statistical counting period, Nov. 27, 2019 through Dec. 1, 2019.
The 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday C.A.R.E. initiative resulted in troopers citing 599 individuals who failed to obey the law and buckle up, as well as issuing 199 citations for child safety seat violations on Virginia’s highways statewide. In addition, state police cited 7,629 speeders and 2,192 reckless drivers. A total of 102 drunken drivers were taken off Virginia’s roadways and arrested by state troopers.
There were 12 traffic fatalities during the 2018 five-day Thanksgiving statistical counting period and 14 traffic fatalities during the same period in 2017. *
With increased patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.
George Mason University’s Arlington Campus celebrated its storied past during a 40th anniversary commemoration in Van Metre Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20, with an eye on an even more promising future.
Mason Interim President Anne Holton joined other university, state and regional leaders in recognizing the university’s positive presence in Arlington since 1979, and its prominent role as a hub for current and future regional innovation.
Holton referenced the “glorious past and present and our exciting future” and Mason’s consistent role within the community over that 40 years when she recalled the origin of the campus in the old department store building next door; its current home in Van Metre Hall, Vernon Smith Hall and Hazel Hall; and the upcoming Institute for Digital InnovAtion. She cited the extraordinary work that has been done on the campus since its outset.
“We’re a partner to this whole Ballston/Rosslyn corridor that is such a factor,” Holton said. “We like to think that Mason has grown up throughout Northern Virginia, growing up helping lead the community and being led by the community. We have a lot to be proud of right here, right now on this Arlington Campus.”
At the heart of the expanded campus will be a state-of-the-art, 400,000-square-foot building that will be home to the new School of Computing, as well as the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA), a university think tank that will welcome more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists and business leaders from the public and private sectors to anchor the Arlington Innovation District.
“This campus will integrate business, community and education to launch a true innovation district,” said Liza Wilson Durant, the associate dean for strategic initiatives and community engagement in the Volgenau School of Engineering. “Our vision is for people to live, work and play here.”
State Senator Barbara Favola, a Democrat whose 31st District encompasses parts of Arlington, delivered a unanimous resolution commemorating the anniversary and lauding the Arlington Campus for its achievements.
“You articulated a future that Arlington was proud to buy into,” she said before reading the proclamation.
Christian Dorsey, chair of the Arlington County Board, said the region’s current anticipated growth and dynamism will require “constant innovative thought” that Mason would provide.
“A key hub of that [growth] is a learning institute, which is attracting the kind of individuals who are going to learn and participate in this innovation economy, but who are also going to lead in attracting others to this culture of growth and change and doing so in a responsible way,” Dorsey said.
The campus expansion comes on the heels of Amazon’s decision to open a second headquarters in Northern Virginia.
Virginia’s largest public research university, Mason currently enrolls more than 6,500 students in its computing programs, but expects to grow that to more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students in computer science, computer engineering, information technology and other related fields by 2024.
To meet increased demand for highly skilled graduates, the university has pledged to invest more than $250 million over the next five years to grow programs, hire additional faculty and expand its physical presence in Arlington from its current 700,000 square feet adjacent to the new Amazon headquarters to 1.2 million square feet.
Most recently, the state pledged $235 million over 20 years to invest in undergraduate and graduate tech talent degree programs.
“It is an ongoing effort to make sure Virginia is the best educated state in the nation,” Holton said. “Mason is a big part of that.”
Mason has help in the effort with partners like Growth4VA, a broad, bipartisan coalition founded by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. It includes state business, education and political leaders who see education as the state’s top competitive asset.
Ardine Williams, Amazon’s vice president of people operations and Amazon HQ2 workforce development, said that her company has long held that the region’s abundance of tech talent was why Northern Virginia was selected as the site of its second headquarters. Williams also lauded Mason for its major additions that will produce even more job-ready graduates.
“Integrated real-world challenges will assure that Mason students are ready,” she said.
Mason officials envision the IDIA and the Arlington Innovation District serving as an engine of research development, economic growth, job creation and new tax revenue, while drawing on the university’s strong relationships with other organizations in the region, including private, nonprofit and public-sector partners.
“We will be using all of our different talents to raise up this corridor from Ballston all the way to Rosslyn, and we are so proud of it,” Holton said.
Arlington, Virginia, November 19, 2019–On Sunday, November 17, Arlington Presbyterian Church (APC) celebrated their homecoming. APC returned to their former site opening a new worship, office and multi-use space on the ground-floor of Gilliam Place, a 173-unit affordable housing community developed by the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) along Columbia Pike.
APC’s move back to their former property where they worshipped for over a century, completes an 8-year journey for their congregation in discerning new ways they might be called to be church in the community. After their bold decision to sell their existing church building and property to APAH for the development of affordable housing in 2014, the congregation returned to lease a portion of the ground-floor retail space from APAH in the completed building. “APC’s new worship space is a communal, Spirit-filled gathering area that invites participation, creativity, and equality for the sake of South Arlington,” said Pastor Ashley Goff. The brand-new multi-use building is named in honor of Ronda A. Gilliam, APC’s first African-American elder, a community leader and clothing ministry founder.
In the spring of 2017, APC purchased back from APAH two single-family home lots preserving open space for the neighborhood. APC is committed to using this space as gathering, garden and prayer space available for all the neighbors to use. “We were called to create a sacred green space for our neighbors and our community. Our garden is an evolving landscape. Our desire is to offer this garden as a place of restoration: a place where life, people, and native plants can find stillness, peace, and healing,” said Susan Etherton, Elder.
APC also looks forward to strengthening their support of La Cocina VA, a nonprofit, bilingual culinary training program for low-income individuals, who will move in next door to APC on the ground floor of Gilliam Place. “We discovered in La Cocina, a like-hearted, mission-oriented non-profit who along with us desires South Arlington to be a place of zero barriers to justice and equality. We’re excited to grow alongside them,” said Susan Etherton.
For over 100 years, Arlington Presbyterian Church has been a place where people of vision, connected with the community, have heard and responded to the needs of our neighbors along Columbia Pike. Arlington Presbyterian Church is also a More Light congregation working towards the full participation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) — and in society. For more information on Arlington Presbyterian Church, visit www.arlingtonpresbyterian.org, for more information on Gilliam Place and APAH, visit www.apah.org.
A-SPAN announces the retirement of its President & CEO, Kathy Sibert. After leading the organization for 11 years, Sibert will continue her role through January 31, 2020.
Sibert became the President & CEO of A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, Inc) in 2008. Beginning with a budget of only $800,000, Sibert has expanded the now four-million-dollar organization from one site providing Day and Outreach services, to a multi-program organization providing a continuum of services 24/7, 365 days of the year, for homeless individuals and veterans. This culminated in the award of the Homeless Services Center contract and its Grand Opening October 1, 2015. The County’s Homeless Services Center is much more than a shelter. It has a day and outreach program, 50-bed shelter program, a 25-bed additional winter shelter program, a 5-bed medical respite and nursing services program, a full production kitchen serving 3 meals/day, and has all A-SPAN’s housing programs located in one place. The Center is a national best practice model to end homelessness as it facilitates moving someone quickly from being homeless into a home. A-SPAN has been instrumental in reducing Arlington County’s homelessness population by 60% in the last 7 years. The organization has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as being a leader in solving homelessness issues.
“Kathy has inspired us to support those less fortunate from streets to stability,” said Michael Garcia, Chair, A-SPAN Board of Directors and Agent for State Farm Insurance. “Kathy has done an outstanding job building the organization into an invaluable resource for our community and beyond, and she will certainly be missed, but she leaves the organization on sound footing with a strong future.”
Sibert has received numerous awards for her achievements. She was selected locally by Arlington County’s Commission on the Status of Women for its Women of Vision award in 2012 and was honored by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement for the regional 2015 EXCEL Award. Harvard Business School admitted her for the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course in 2017 and Bank of America chose her to attend their Neighborhood Builders Leadership course in 2019.
Under her direction, A-SPAN has won several awards including the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Best Nonprofit Award in 2010 and the Leadership Center for Excellence Legacy Award in 2014. The organization received Honorable Mentions for the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management 2015 and Center for Nonprofit Advancement AIM Award 2016. In 2018, A-SPAN was awarded Bank of America’s prestigious Neighborhood Builders award with a grant of $200,000. In addition, the A-SPAN Board of Directors won the coveted Center for Nonprofit Advancement Board Leadership Award in 2015.
Sibert has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management and is a graduate of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2010 and Leadership Greater Washington 2017.The Board of Directors has identified Betsy Frantz as Interim President & CEO as of February 1, 2020.
After 13 years working to bring fresh local produce to food insecure families, Associate Director of Programs and Plot Against Hunger Manager Puwen Lee will be retiring from the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), effective November 15.
“I started at AFAC as a volunteer, helping on Wednesday mornings with distributions,” says Lee. “I loved it because of the team of volunteers I worked with and because of the relationships with clients. After a year, I took a part-time position in the Volunteer Department and the rest is history.”
Lee has served in her current role in the Programs Department since 2014, overseeing the growth of the Plot Against Hunger program that she established in 2007. In Arlington, there are 55 of Plot gardens located at libraries, congregations, community centers, apartment buildings, and private residences. She also forged relationships with local farmers’ markets and area farms, who then allowed us to glean their excess harvests to help AFAC feed families in need. Since its inception, over 600,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables have been donated to Plot Against Hunger.
“Puwen has through her leadership and stewardship of volunteers helped create an atmosphere of generosity, community, and a deep care for all our families that has become a hallmark of all that AFAC does,” says Charles Meng, AFAC Executive Director & CEO.
In addition to her accomplishments at AFAC, Lee has been at the center of all things urban agriculture in Arlington. She served on Arlington County’s Urban Agriculture Task Force, assisted Arlington Central Library in establishing an organic vegetable garden which later encouraged the library to open a Tool Lending Library at that site, and worked to help establish Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture (FOUA). Lee was the first recipient of FOUA’s inaugural “Golden Radish Award” for her contributions towards urban agriculture in Arlington.
The Arlington County Democratic Committee (Arlington Dems) elected Democrats in all 14 Arlington elections on Tuesday, including four contested races, while simultaneously playing an oversized role statewide in the historic flip of both houses of the General Assembly.
In the contested races, Arlington returned Janet Howell to the District 32 state Senate seat, Alfonso Lopez to the House of Delegates District 49 post, and Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey to the Arlington County Board.
Unopposed Democratic victors in Arlington included: State Sens. Adam Ebbin (30th) and Barbara Favola (31st); Dels. Mark Levine (45th); Patrick Hope (47th); and Rip Sullivan (48th); Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti; Sheriff Beth Arthur; Revenue Commissioner Ingrid Morroy; Treasurer Carla de la Pava; and School Board Member Reid Goldstein.
“Arlington Democrats congratulate all 14 Democrats on their victories in Arlington today,” Arlington Dems Chair Jill Caiazzo said. “We’re confident they will continue to advance progressive policies that will lead to a more prosperous, sustainable and just county and commonwealth for all.”
With 10 of 14 races on the Arlington ballot uncontested, Arlington Dems were able to deploy significant volunteer power across the state in the quest to restore Democratic majority control in state government for the first time in 26 years.
Hundreds of Arlington volunteers canvassed, called, texted, and wrote to voters as far away as Virginia Beach in an effort to flip the legislature blue. All told, Arlington Dems provided campaign support to 26 candidates outside of Arlington, 16 of whom were victorious Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST. Four races remained too close to call.
“The extensive and exhaustive volunteer efforts statewide of Arlington’s Democratic volunteers were nothing short of remarkable,” Caiazzo said. “Arlingtonians demonstrated that they have a clear vision of where Virginia should be headed–and it’s not in the direction that the extreme Trump-GOP is taking the country. We’re eager for the accomplishments that this new Democratic legislative majority will achieve.”
“Heading into the critical 2020 presidential race, we’re especially excited about the tremendous grassroots enthusiasm that fueled Democratic victories statewide. This historic victory belongs to the grassroots activists as much as it belongs to the Democratic Party,” Caiazzo continued. “Arlington Dems thank them all, including the Arlington branch of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Arlington Action Group, Indivisible Arlington, Network NoVA, Our Revolution Arlington, Virginia Grassroots Coalition, and We of Action. We look forward to working with them, as well as our strategic partner, the D.C. Democratic Party, to return a Democrat to the White House next year.”
Republicans held razor-thin margins in both houses heading into this election, and the commonwealth was the only state in the country in which a Democratic sweep was possible. In addition to likely making reforms on issues ranging from gun safety to women’s, voter, and reproductive rights, the sweeping Democratic victory is regarded as further repudiation of Trump and the Republican Party, and a bellwether for Democrats heading into the 2020 presidential election.
Voter turnout was considerably stronger in the county Tuesday than in 2011, the most-recent election with no national or statewide races. In Arlington, 56,250 voters cast ballots Tuesday, which constitutes 36.9% of active voters. In comparison, the 2011 general election, which featured the same races, drew 35,356 voters, or 26% of then-active voters. Arlingtonians took full advantage of absentee voting in this election: slightly more than 5,100 votes were cast absentee, or about 9% of total ballots cast, compared to 2,248, or 6%, in 2011.
Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) announced today that it will close its Ballston Branch, located at 4121 Wilson Boulevard, on December 31, 2019. The branch has been open since 2013.
The credit union will open a new branch in late 2020 to replace the Ballston location, with a commitment to finding a more modern facility to serve its growing membership.
The Ballston staff will relocate to ACFCU’s Columbia Pike and Glebe Road branches until the opening.
“Our team will miss serving members in Ballston, where we have been proud to be part of this neighborhood’s exciting growth,” stated Karen L. Rosales, ACFCU’s CEO. “We look forward to opening a new, innovative branch to continue our mission to empower the financial lives of our members in Arlington and beyond.”
As Arlington’s credit union, ACFCU supports the County through partnerships with non-profit organizations, financial literacy programs and in-school branches in Arlington Public Schools, and financial wellness seminars open to the public.
Arlingtonians have shown their love for ACFCU’s phenomenal service and community focus, voting the credit union “Best Community Bank” in Arlington Magazine’s Best of Arlington 2018/2019 and 2016/2017 polls, and “Best Bank” in Sun Gazette’s readers’ poll in 2019 and 2017–with a 2018 Sun Gazette award for Rosales as “Best Banker.” ACFCU also won the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s “Best Large Business 2019” award, as well as “Federal Credit Union of the Year” in 2015 from the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU).
The National Park Service (NPS) has postponed the previously announced weekend closure of Arlington Memorial Bridge. The closure is now scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 and will last until 5 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. The change will allow the construction contractor to resequence work to prepare for the next phase of construction.
The total rehabilitation of Arlington Memorial Bridge began in fall 2018 and remains on schedule. So far, workers have:
- Replaced the concrete structures that support the southside of the bridge.
- Installed new pre-cast concrete panels to replace half of the bridge deck.
- Placed new steel beams on the southside of the bridge.
- Cleaned, repaired and reinstalled the bridge’s historic granite balustrade.
The bridge’s 10-ton load restriction is in effect for the duration of the project.
Check online for updates at go.nps.gov/MemorialBridge.
It is a dream come true for millions of Americans who every now and then wish they could literally “turn back the hands of time.” They will get that chance and their wish in the wee hours of Sunday morning, at 2 o’clock, to be precise. In addition, the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) also means getting an extra hour of sleep. Yet there are some side effects of setting our clocks back one hour, including disrupting our body’s internal clock and disturbing our sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm. As a result, area residents and drivers must be prepared for potential challenges the annual time change entails each fall, such as changes in sleep patterns that may increase chances of drowsy driving and shorter days, which means driving home in the dark and on caliginous roadways, warns AAA.
Truncated days, moonless nights, and obsidian streets will pose risks and hazards for all roadway users; including motorists, vehicle occupants, school children, joggers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and moped and e-scooter riders. Some studies show “the biggest impact of setting our clocks back one hour can be felt on some of the skills that affect the quality of driving – concentration, alertness behind the wheel, and reaction time to potential hazards.” A word to the wise: “Go to bed at the same time you normally would, so you can benefit from that extra hour of sleep.” Sleep-deprived drivers cause more than 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries on American roadways each year, warns the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
“During 2018, the number of crashes involving pedestrians on the roadway and the walking path peaked in the months of October (284 crashes), November (292 collisions) and December (288 incidents) in the Washington metro area. The common denominator was the temporal factor,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Public & Government Affairs Manager. “While many will enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend, few commuters and motorists realize the added dangers that can come as the result of a time change – especially when they are behind the wheel. Although we gain an hour of sleep, our sleep patterns are disrupted. Drifting off to lullaby land behind the wheel can result in unsafe drowsy driving episodes.”
“The end of daylight saving time in the fall is a time of year that many people look forward to; after all, an extra hour of sleep is a hard thing not to like. However, this one-hour change may have some negative effects when it comes to road safety,” according to InsuranceHotline.com. It cites a report from the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia (ICBC) that previously reported “there is generally an increase in the average number of collisions during the late afternoon commute in the two weeks following the end of daylight saving time, compared to the two weeks prior to the change.”
It is the sum of all our fears. Most motorists (96%) identify drowsy driving as very or extremely dangerous, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety 2018 Traffic Safety Culture Index. Yet, despite high rates of perceived danger and personal/social disapproval regarding drowsy driving, about 27% of drivers admit to having driven while being so tired that they had a hard time keeping their eyes open, at least once in the past 30 days. Drowsy driving is a factor in an average of 328,000 crashes annually, including
109,000 crashes that result in injuries and 6,400 fatal crashes, previous AAA Foundation research shows.
“Wake up everybody. No more sleeping in bed. No more backward thinking. Time for thinking ahead.” Sleep is a mystery. Researchers continue to delve into whether “both sleep loss and behavioral changes occurring with the time shifts for Daylight Saving Time (DST) significantly impact the number of fatal traffic crashes in the United States.” One such study in the Sleep Medicine journal revealed, “There was a significant increase in accidents for the Monday immediately following the spring shift to DST. There was also a significant increase in number of accidents on the Sunday of the fall shift from DST.”
“Everybody responds to Daylight Savings Time differently,” said Leah Scully, Traffic Safety Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. “Drivers should not rely solely on their bodies to provide warning signs of fatigue. Instead, they should prioritize getting plenty of sleep in their daily schedule. Be aware that the shorter days this time of year can create more drowsiness behind the wheel.”
Beware of a world of darkness. “It would take hundreds of thousands of moons to equal the brightness of the sun.” Well, “the fall and winter months bring less daylight and darker commuting hours, which can lead to more crashes between cars and pedestrians or bicyclists,” warns the fall 2019 Street Smart Program. It also warns: “Fewer daylight hours spell danger for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers.”
AAA Mid-Atlantic Tips for Drivers
- Slow down.
- Turn on your headlights to become more visible during early morning and evening hours.
- Keep vehicle headlights and windows (inside and out) clean.
- Do not use high beams when other cars or pedestrians are around.
- Yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
Bright lights. Big city. Washingtonians are already sleep-deprived. It is a natural fact. “When drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians have spent the past eight months commuting in a well-lit setting, it may be hard to adjust and compensate for less light and poor weather conditions,” notes InsuranceHotline.com. See and be seen on stygian streets. This time of year, street lighting is a light-saver. The District of Columbia has “approximately 75,000 street lights on streets, alleys and public spaces.” Yet as science writers explain, “Even with a full moon, the amount of light reaching the earth is over 100 trillion times less than during the day.”
AAA Mid-Atlantic Tips for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
- Cross only at intersections. Look left, right and left again and only cross when it is clear. Do not jaywalk.
- Cross at the corner – not in the middle of the street or between parked cars.
- Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
- Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.
- Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking or biking near traffic at night. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
- Avoid listening to music or make sure it is at a low volume so you can hear danger approaching.
- Bicycle lights are a ‘must have’ item for safe night riding, especially during the winter months when it gets dark earlier.
“You are getting sleepy.” It not as strange as it seems after the time shift. “Rolling back the clock may sound like a great opportunity to stay up later, however, the time change can impact the quality of your sleep and affect your body’s internal clock,” advises the ICBC. “Whether you’re walking, cycling or driving, take advantage of the extra hour, sleep well, and be proactive on the road as the days get shorter.”
Today, Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration expressing concerns about its recent announcement to make changes to flight paths at DCA to accommodate Secret Service needs without giving meaningful consideration to community interests. Beyer urged FAA to delay implementation of the proposed changes to DCA flight procedures in order to engage the community.
“I write with concerns about the “Prohibited Area 56 National Security Project” that the FAA and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) presented to the DCA Community Noise Working Group (CWG) this past spring. I understand that the proposal would alter Runway 19 approach and departure procedures at Washington National Airport (DCA) in order to reduce incursions into restricted airspace. However, I remain concerned about the process – specifically, the failure to give meaningful consideration to community interests – involved in a decision that will further concentrate the airplane noise in Arlington, Virginia…
“I join my Maryland colleagues in urging the FAA to halt implementation of the proposed changes to DCA flight procedures (both approach and departure changes) until it can demonstrate a need for these changes, as well as considering the concerns of the affected communities per the standard environmental review process.”
A signed copy of the full letter can be found here.
The Renegade, the new two-story coffee shop, restaurant, and live music venue from chef Patrick Crump is opening this Thursday, Oct. 24 at 3100 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington.
Taking place on Thursday, Oct. 24, The Renegade will be hosting a grand opening party to celebrate their first official day in business. Guests are invited to check out Clarendon’s newest hot spot during a full day of food, drinks, and live music.
- Chef and owner Patrick Crump will serve his full menu of international eats from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights include Red Curried Collard Greens, Hatch Chili Queso with Fried Yucca, and Spicy Korean Chicken.
- Happy hour will run from 4 to 7 p.m. and features $4 cans, $5 draft beers, and $6 wines.
- There will be three live musical guests in the house for the grand opening party:
5 p.m. – Kara & Matty D (acoustic set)
7 p.m. – Bryen O’Boyle (formerly of Mr. Greengenes – acoustic set)
10 p.m. – Lauralea & Tripp Fabulous (modern rock cover band)
- A late night menu of munchies will be available from 10 p.m. until close, and will feature Crump’s famous Hummus, Guacamole, Spicy Korean Fried Chicken, and Lumpia.
3100 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Thursday, Oct. 24
11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
There is no cover charge for live music on Thursday, Oct. 24 or Friday, Oct. 25.
The Renegade will be open for coffee service at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The coffee bar will serve Stumptown coffee and be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.