Arlington, VA

By: The Renegade

October 23, 2019

WHO:

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.

WHAT:

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.

WHERE:

The Renegade
3100 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

WHEN:

Thursday, Oct. 24
11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

OTHER:

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.

An Arlington political consultant who served as the treasurer of multiple Political Action Committees (PACs) pleaded guilty today to lying to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about approximately $32,500 in payments of PAC money that he directed to himself and a close friend.

According to court documents, Scott Buchanan Mackenzie, 66, from 2011 through 2018, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, Mackenzie was the treasurer of approximately 52 PACs, including Conservative StrikeForce, Conservative Majority Fund, Tea Party Majority Fund and Conservative Majority SuperFund. In that role, Mackenzie was responsible for complying with campaign finance laws and regulations and for filing accurate disclosure reports with the FEC that detailed the PACs’ true income and expenditures.

Person A was a resident of Winchester, Virginia, who had a personal relationship with Mackenzie and with whom Mackenzie shared a joint bank account. Between October 2011 and June 2014, Mackenzie caused approximately $32,500 in payments to Person A from bank accounts belonging to Conservative StrikeForce, Conservative Majority Fund and Conservative Majority SuperFund.  Mackenzie falsely reported to the FEC that Person A received these payments for work that Person A had purportedly provided to Conservative StrikeForce and Conservative Majority Fund.  In fact, as Mackenzie knew, Person A–an umbrella retailer with no experience in political fundraising–did not provide any of the purported services to these PACs. The funds were deposited into the bank account that Mackenzie shared with Person A.

In addition, Mackenzie also made false statements to the FEC to conceal the unlawful use of funds raised by Conservative Majority Fund and Tea Party Majority Fund to pay at least $172,200 in legal fees that Conservative StrikeForce and affiliated companies had incurred from a civil lawsuit brought by a former gubernatorial candidate for Virginia.

Finally, Mackenzie admitted that he participated in a scheme to use conduits (also known as straw donors) to make contributions to candidates running for federal public office. Mackenzie used conduits to make these contributions in order to evade limits that federal law placed on individual campaign contributions, as well as prohibitions against corporate contributions.

As part of his guilty plea, Mackenzie agreed to pay $172,200 in restitution to victims of his scheme to illegally funnel money between PACs to pay legal fees.

Mackenzie pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the FEC and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on Feb. 21, 2020. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Brian A. Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Timothy R. Slater, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly R. Pedersen and Trial Attorneys Bill Gullotta and John Taddei of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section (PIN) are prosecuting the case. Former PIN trial attorney Molly Gaston provided significant assistance in the case.

October 22, 2019

Kathrine Switzer, who in 1967 became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon – wearing bib number 261 – and is the founder of the global non-profit 261 Fearless, will be in Arlington this Friday to run with the 261 Fearless Club DC Metro/VA.

The short, easy run will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington. It is free and open to the public; all are invited.

“I’m thrilled to take the mission and legacy that Kathrine Switzer built over the last 52 years and continue to create opportunities for women to connect through running in our local communities,” said Rosy Spraker, co-director of the DC Metro/VA club, who lives in Lorton. “We hope to continue to build strong, fearless women through our 261 Club and unite these women with like-minded women locally and throughout the world.”

Spraker will be among 53 participants – including 17 from the Metro DC area – representing 261 Fearless in the Marine Corps Marathon, 10K or 50K. A dozen are members of either the Arlington or Lorton branch of 261 Fearless Club DC Metro/VA. Both welcome new members to the social, non-competitive run club, and no experience is necessary. The Lorton club meets from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sundays in Newington Heights Park, 8590 Heller Road, while the Arlington club meets at noon on Sundays at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Iwo Jima Memorial Park.

261 Fearless, a global non-profit organization, uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women through local running clubs, education programs, communication platforms, and social running events. Breaking down the barriers of geography, 261 Fearless aims to create a global community for women runners of all abilities to support, encourage, and inspire each other toward a positive sense of self and fearlessness. The growing organization has more than 50 clubs on five continents.

“We aren’t about speed,” said Edith Zuschmann, CEO of 261 Fearless. “We’re about need: the need for all women to feel empowered through discovery of their own inner strength.”

For more information, visit 261Fearless.org or find the DC Metro/VA club @261FearlessClubDCMetro on Facebook and Instagram.

By: Attorney General Mark R. Herring

October 22, 2019

As part of his ongoing commitment to the enforcement of antitrust protections, Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general in investigating Facebook’s business practices to examine compliance with state and federal antitrust laws.

“Big tech and social media companies like Facebook must comply with antitrust laws that promote competition and choice, and consumer protection laws that guard the privacy and personal data of users,” said Attorney General Herring. “Given Facebook’s nearly unprecedented influence in so many sectors of the economy and political process, this bipartisan coalition of attorneys general is committed to ensuring that Facebook is complying with the law and meeting its obligations.”

As part of his efforts to prioritize antitrust enforcement, Attorney General Herring serves on the Antitrust Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and his Antitrust Unit Manager also serves as the Chair of the NAAG Antitrust Taskforce. He recently announced that he is also investigating Google’s business practices to examine compliance with state and federal antitrust laws. Additionally, he filed suit to block a proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint because of its potential to reduce choice, eliminate competition, and raise prices on mobile phone service.

Attorney General Herring has also filed two wide-ranging lawsuits against generic drug manufacturers for alleged antitrust violations that raised the cost of prescription drugs, and sued the maker of Suboxone, an opioid treatment medication, for illegally keeping monopoly profits.

In 2015, Attorney General Herring challenged a proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods that would have raised food prices for Virginians, and in 2017 he successfully blocked the anticompetitive proposed mergers of Aetna and Humana, as well as Cigna and Anthem, a proposed merger in which the Richmond, Virginia market was identified as the most negatively impacted market in the entire country.

By: VDOT

October 21, 2019

Bridge girder installation is occurring this week during daytime hours for the new Washington & Old Dominion Trail Bridge over Route 29 (Lee Highway) in Arlington. This work is taking place west of Lee Highway, and will not impact roadway or trail users.

Work will continue the week of Oct. 28, and will require nighttime hours and an additional trail detour. In addition, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, lane closures and temporary traffic stoppages will occur on Lee Highway.

Details for Monday, Oct. 28, through Thursday, Oct. 31:

Girders for the new W&OD Trail bridge will be installed over Lee Highway and adjacent to the W&OD Trail during nighttime operations, weather permitting.

  • Monday through Wednesday nights, the W&OD Trail will be detoured between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. between Lee Highway and N. 19th Road. Trail users will be detoured to N. Westmoreland Street. (See detour map below.)
  • On Wednesday night, lane closures on Lee Highway will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. with multiple temporary stoppages of up to 20 minutes beginning at 11 p.m. for beam placement over the roadway. Stoppages will occur on Lee Highway at Washington Boulevard and N. Westmoreland Street.
  • Girder installation and detours will continue on Thursday night if necessary.

The new bridge is being built as part of the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project and will provide trail users a safer crossing at this busy intersection. Upwards of 2,000 people use the trail in this area near mile marker 5.5 on peak days. The bridge is expected to open in fall 2020.

Learn more about the project at inside.transform66.org.

By: National Park Service

October 21, 2019

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands today celebrated the start of a project to restore the Netherlands Carillon and add three bells to elevate its status to “grand carillon.”

Ambassador André Haspels of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Charles Cuvelier, National Park Service (NPS), rang hand-held bells to celebrate the beginning of the project and the continued friendship between the U.S. and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

“The Netherlands Carillon is an integral part of Washington’s monumental landscape with a multitude of purposes but for the Dutch, the Carillon symbolizes our gratitude to the US for assistance during and after World War II and represents the friendship our nations continue to share based on the values of freedom, and democracy,” Ambassador Haspels said.

Today the first of 50 bells was removed by crane to make its journey to the Netherlands. Dutch company Royal Eijsbouts will restore the bells. The three new bells and improvements to the carillon instrument, including a new music console and keyboard, are made possible by donations to the Embassy.

“The carillon restoration symbolizes the continued partnership between the Netherlands and the United States,” Superintendent Cuvelier said. “While the bells are being restored in the Netherlands, the National Park Service will repair and replace steel cladding, improve the structure, remove rust and repaint the carillon.” The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The Netherlands Carillon project also signals the start of the Embassy’s initiative, “75 Years of Freedom.” The campaign will include a series of events to commemorate the end of World War II, highlighting the U.S. contributions to the liberation of the Netherlands and celebrating Dutch freedom and transatlantic ties since 1945. On April 4, 1952, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands visited the U.S. to present a small silver bell to President Truman as a token of the carillon that was to come.

In 1954, the first bells were installed in the carillon, which was then located in West Potomac Park. Since 1960, the Netherlands Carillon has stood adjacent to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington Ridge Park. Throughout the year, people attend live concerts of jazz, pop and patriotic music performed by carillonneurs. The bells can also be heard during automated concerts and chiming every 15 minutes.  The Embassy marks Dutch Remembrance Day every May 4 by observing a moment of silence and placing a wreath at the base of the carillon.

During today’s ceremony, Diederik Oostdijk, author and historian, spoke about the carillon’s history and how it continues to foster an international relationship through public art.

By: Senator Tim Kaine

October 17, 2019

On Friday, October 18, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will hold a roundtable discussion on efforts to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. The discussion at Montessori Public School of Arlington will include students, teachers, counselors, parents, health experts, and Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. Kaine will discuss the Tobacco-Free Youth Act, his bipartisan bill to raise the nationwide minimum age to buy all tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in June.

Kaine has a long track record of promoting public health and battling tobacco use. As Governor of Virginia, Kaine signed a bill into law to ban smoking in bars and restaurants in the Commonwealth, as well as an executive order to ban smoking in state buildings and vehicles. In April 2018, Kaine joined two letters to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and JUUL Labs, Inc. raising concerns about youth access and use of flavored e-cigarettes. In the letter to the FDA, Kaine and his colleagues urged the agency to take immediate steps to ban kid-friendly flavorings that are used in e-cigarettes and cigars. In the letter to Juul Labs, Inc.,  Kaine and his colleagues asked a series of questions about how the product is marketed to children and teens and what ingredients are in the flavorings that accompany these devices. They requested that the company take a series of important steps to limit youth use of their product.

In response to the growing demand for affordable housing in the region, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) today announced it is expanding operations into Maryland.

“For 30 years, APAH has worked to address the need for affordable housing but the need is not limited to Arlington County,” said APAH CEO Nina Janopaul. “As demand for more affordable housing grows throughout the DC metropolitan area, APAH decided it was only right to expand our efforts into other jurisdictions and become a regional organization.”

APAH has been recognized by national and regional organizations for its leadership and innovation in developing safe, quality affordable homes throughout Northern Virginia. The nonprofit currently has more than 1,800 homes in Northern Virginia and another 800 units in development, including 700 in Arlington County and additional units in Fairfax and Loudon counties. APAH’s decision to expand into Maryland was welcome news for local leaders.

“APAH does not just develop and operate affordable rental units. It creates communities,” said Kevin Yam, APAH board chairman. “Residents are not just renting an apartment, they are building their lives. APAH works with more than 20 partner organizations to give its residents the opportunity to build assets, and increase their family and financial stability.”

APAH’s regional expansion begins with its recent purchase of Snowden’s Ridge, an affordable housing community located on 5.56 acres in northern Silver Spring that APAH bought for $18.5 million. Montgomery County supported the project with a $2.75M loan. The project was also funded with an acquisition loan from Atlantic Union Bank (formerly Access National Bank).

“Montgomery County faces an affordable housing crisis – particularly for our most vulnerable – those earning 30 percent of the AMI or less,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Snowden Ridge is home to workers, seniors and families who are an essential part of our community. We were happy to work with APAH to ensure that these families can stay in their homes – and in Montgomery County.”

“My father and his partner developed the Snowden’s Mill community more than three decades ago. They also developed Snowden’s Ridge. Snowden’s Ridge is an 87-unit, Section 8 Townhome neighborhood in the center of that community,” said Michael Fisher. “Our families have taken pride in Snowden’s Ridge and are also proud to say that it has been well maintained and managed since Day One by one management firm.  We are delighted with our sale of the property to APAH.  We feel that they share a similar pride in Snowden’s Mill and will maintain its preservation well into the future.”

The complex, located on Harlequin Terrace near Route 29 in the Fairland neighborhood in Silver Spring, is home to approximately 300 people. Built in 1980, the complex features a mix of 1- to 3-bedroom units spread across 13 buildings; more than half of the units are 3-bedrooms units to meet the needs of families. All of the units have a rental subsidy from HUD, and 82% of the units serve households making less than 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

“We are thrilled that our expansion into Montgomery County is starting with such a special community,” Janopaul said. ” In the coming months APAH will be completing plans for renovation to improve the property. We are excited to get to know the residents, and work with them to refresh the buildings, launch a variety of service programs and help them stay in Snowden’s Ridge where they have lived for so long.”

By: Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

October 14, 2019

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Washington D.C.’s international shopping destination, invites job seekers to attend its Retailer Job Fair on Tuesday, October 22. From 11 a.m.-7 p.m., candidates can visit the Metro and First Levels to pick up applications, meet with store representatives and apply onsite. Applicants are encouraged to bring their resumes and should be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Arlington Employment Center will also be onsite to assist attendees in need. Participating retailers seeking candidates include Altar’d State, Ann Taylor, A|X Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Francesca’s, J.Jill, Macy’s, Sugar Factory, The Ritz-Carlton and The Body Shop.

WHAT:
Retailer Job Fair
Exquisite brands seeking more than 100 employees

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 22 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

WHERE:
Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Metro and First Levels)
1100 S. Hayes Street
Arlington, Va. 22202

HOW:
Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes. Applicants may visit simon.com/ fashioncentreatpentagoncity or Guest Services, located on the First Level near Sephora, for a complete list of participating retailers.

For more information, visit simon.com/ fashioncentreatpentagoncity or connect with Fashion Centre at Pentagon City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By: Governor Ralph Northam

October 11, 2019

Governor Ralph Northam today announced a statewide drought watch advisory for the Commonwealth of Virginia. A drought watch is intended to increase awareness of current conditions that are likely to precede a significant drought event. Localities, water suppliers, self-supplied water users, and all citizens are encouraged begin preparations for a potential drought.

According to the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force, a work group coordinated by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representing state and federal agencies, the primary factors contributing to the current drought advisory are low precipitation amounts across the state since July, low stream flows (affecting aquifers, lakes, and soils), and low groundwater levels in observation wells compared to previous October levels.

“More than half of our Commonwealth is currently experiencing a water deficit, which can have lasting agricultural, economic, environmental impacts,” said Governor Northam. “While water conservation activities during a drought watch are generally voluntary, we encourage localities and individuals across Virginia to heed this warning and take necessary steps to monitor their water usage.”

The next stage after a drought watch is a drought warning, which indicates that a significant drought event is imminent. If a drought warning is issued, water conservation and contingency plans that are already in place–or prepared during a drought watch–would begin.

“Higher temperatures and less consistent precipitation patterns driven by climate change are making extreme weather like droughts more prevalent around the world, and Virginia is no exception,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler. “Governor Northam and our administration are taking steps to monitor and mitigate drought impacts and address the causes and symptoms of climate change.”

Additionally, 36 localities in Virginia have issued open air burn bans. Individuals are encouraged to check the Virginia Department of Forestry’s map for the latest information on active burn bans and contact their locality for further details on outdoor burning restrictions.

“Fortunately, Virginia’s vigilant task force, ongoing monitoring program and cohesive regional water resource plans are in place for this very situation, to help raise awareness across the Commonwealth and mitigate potential impacts to citizens, water suppliers, and their customers,” said DEQ Director David Paylor.

Throughout the drought watch advisory, localities, water suppliers and self-supplied water users in all areas are strongly encouraged to take voluntary steps to protect current water supplies.

  • Minimize non-essential water use.
  • Review or develop new local water conservation and drought contingency plans and take actions consistent with those plans.
  • Share information as broadly as possible.
  • Continue monitoring the condition of public waterworks and self-supplied water systems in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health.
  • Impose water restrictions when consistent with local water supply conditions.
  • Aggressively pursue leak detection and repair programs.

Statewide information on current drought conditions is available on the DEQ website.

By: Zoup! Eatery

October 4, 2019

Zoup! Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its award-winning soups and made-to-order sandwiches and salads, is set to open its first Arlington location on Monday, Oct. 21. Located at 4401 N. Fairfax Drive in the popular Ballston neighborhood, the new restaurant is owned and operated by franchisee Jim Beverley.

“I can’t wait for Arlington to finally get a taste of what Zoup! Eatery is all about,” Beverley says. “I’ve been a Zoup! regular for many, many years. I fell in love with the high-quality gourmet soup and with Zoup!’s culture of serving its community. I know that our friends and neighbors in Ballston are going to feel the same way!”

Zoup! is currently searching for energetic team members dedicated to bringing Ballston a tasty, healthy alternative to fast food with a friendly and welcoming approach to customer service. Candidates interested in joining this dynamic team are encouraged to visit zoup.com/careers  for more information.

Zoup! Eatery features a wide variety of rotating soups with 12 daily varieties, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options, all served with a hunk of freshly baked bread. Customer favorites include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Roadhouse Sirloin Chili, but guests are encouraged to find the soup that’s perfect for them by sampling before they order. The menu also features seasonal, made-to-order salads, sandwiches, and soon, a proprietary mac and cheese.

The Ballston location also will feature Zoup! Eatery’s Sustain-a-Bowls, a brand-new menu category of entrée-sized bowls made with a base of either bone broth, cauliflower rice or full-husk brown rice and ancient grains and prepared with all-natural ingredients. Guests also may choose from six flavors of organic craft beverages – including Lemon Berry or Citrus Sunrise lemonades and Peach Harvest or Hibiscus Bloom teas, all made in-house daily.

Zoup! Eatery’s updated online ordering platform is available for takeout and delivery orders, making a hearty, healthy meal just a few clicks away. And for those catering for a crowd, all menu items are available in convenient catering sizes for groups of 10 or more.

Guests also can join Zoup! Eatery’s Insiderz program for information on pre-opening events and special offers including a “buy a bowl, get one free” deal just by signing up. For more information, please visit zoup.com.

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