Arlington, VA

By: Bronson Bier Hall

September 18, 2019

Raise your steins and get ready to yell “Prost!” Bronson Bier Hall will hold an all-day Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. till close. To commemorate the Munich holiday, the new Ballston beerhall will feature live music, beer tastings, select German-inspired dishes, games and more. The Oktoberfest celebration is a free, public event, but is first come, first serve.

At Bronson Bier Hall, Chef Mike Cordero will ring in the fall season with an outdoor barbecue, serving grilled bratwursts and other homemade sausages. Guests will also sample different German beers Bronson has on tap. While a live band plays music all day, patrons can play outdoor games like ping pong and corn hole on Bronson’s outdoor, turf-covered patio. To stay updated on Bronson Bier Hall’s Oktoberfest, please visit www.bronsonbierhall.com or follow the modern German beerhall on Instagram, @bronsonbierhall.

WHERE: Bronson Bier Hall, 4100 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203

By: Marymount University

September 18, 2019

Marymount University’s School of Business and Technology (SBT) has launched an initiative to address one of the most significant talent gaps in the greater Washington region – a shortage of graduates who are prepared to use entrepreneurial skills to help employers grow and meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.

The Marymount Intrapreneurship Initiative (MI2, pronounced “MI squared”) is aimed at students who often feel left out from entrepreneurship programs because they want to use their entrepreneurial spirit and skills in existing organizations, rather than start their own. Intrapreneurship, defined as the application of entrepreneurial behavior to growth challenges in existing organizations, drives the growth of many successful area businesses in media, hospitality, government contracting, healthcare and information technology. Recent highly-publicized efforts in the region to drive workforce development have demonstrated a need for employees who can identify and address opportunities for growth, manage ambiguity and lead change.

“Substantially all successful businesses are started by individuals who gained prior experience by using entrepreneurial skills to make their employers more successful,” said Jonathan Aberman, Dean of Marymount’s School of Business and Technology. “Our region has grown through intrapreneurship, but it needs more graduates ready to hit the ground running.”

Four primary areas will be focused on through the Marymount Intrapreneurship Initiative:

1.    Incorporating concepts related to intrapreneurial skills into the SBT curriculum

2.    Promoting intrapreneurship through community events

3.    Executive and leadership skill development for personnel at existing organizations

4.    Economic research and reports to study the role of entrepreneurial behavior and intrapreneurship in economic growth

“I’ve been working for a long time to help our region achieve its economic potential – not by trying to emulate other regions, but by growing based on our strengths,” Aberman added. “Employers need a full pipeline of capable, visionary and technology-savvy talent that are ready and able to lead change and promote growth. We are looking forward to contributing our collective talents towards this challenge.”

To fulfill its mission, the Marymount Intrapreneurship Initiative benefits from the leadership of Aberman, a well-known leader in the greater Washington region’s innovation community. MI2 also has an initial advisory board of 11 proven business intrapreneurs whose insights will shape Marymount SBT’s intrapreneurial education, while adding their expertise to community events and educational offerings:

  • Michael Avon (ICX Media)
  • Ed Barrientos (Brazen Technologies)
  • Ben Foster (GoCanvas)
  • Terry Hsiao (Kaleyra)
  • Harry Klaff (JLL)
  • Gene Reichers (Sands Capital)
  • Elizabeth Shea (REQ)
  • Steve Trax (MAI Capital)
  • Mary Tucker (UPIC Health)
  • Mark Walsh (Ruxton Ventures)
  • Cheryl Williford (Modus Create)

“The launch of the Marymount Intrapreneurship Initiative is an important step in our Marymount Strategic Plan to promote innovation and position Marymount as a unique resource for our region’s employers,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “I am an intrapreneur myself, as I use entrepreneurial skills to lead change and growth at a very special university. Through my own life experience, I have demonstrated how people can use entrepreneurial skills to make a real difference. Our entire Marymount community is excited about this new initiative, and we are looking forward to addressing the growing technology talent gap.”

“Marymount is embracing the promise of a new economy that is increasingly driven by data, high-powered computing and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Hesham El-Rewini, Provost at Marymount University. “MI2 is one of several initiatives and academic programs we are developing to prepare the next generation of students and position Marymount as a reliable partner in this new economy.”

By: Arlington Thrive

September 17, 2019

Arlington Thrive will host its 4th Annual BBQ, Boots & BINGO fall fundraiser on Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Club of Arlington (5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington). The family-friendly event will include picnic fare, moon bounces, face painting, crafts, BINGO, music and more. Music will be provided by “DJTJ” Schultz. TJ has been a renowned DJ in the NOVA area for two years.  He is also the Fan Zone DJ for the Washington Spirit women’s soccer team. Tickets (adult $20; child $10; or family $50) are available online at www.arlingtonthrive.org/donate. The ticket price includes admission, food, beverages, all activities and BINGO. All funds raised will go directly to support Arlington neighbors in need. For more information, please call 703-558-0035.

This year’s co-presenting sponsors are AT&T and the Arlington Rotary Club. “Arlington Thrive provides critical services to the residents of Arlington County during an unexpected time of crisis. This contribution will help individuals, children, and families meet basic needs in desperate times,” said Garrett McGuire, Regional Director for External Affairs at AT&T. AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. Learn more about AT&T in Virginia at https://engage.att.com/virginia/. “The Arlington Rotary Club is honored to support Arlington THRIVE in the essential and life-changing services it provides to our community and we look forward to continuing our long-established relationship as long as we can be helpful to such a needed organization,” said Sherry Barndollar Rock, Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation President. As part of the Rotary Club’s own efforts within the Arlington community, they are collecting unwanted or broken electronic devices and they will have a collection box for these devices at Arlington Thrive’s BBQ, Boots, and BINGO fundraiser. In addition to safely recycling electronics that can be harmful to the environment, the money they raise through this collection will go towards the Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation (www.arlingtonrotaryclub.org). The Arlington South Lions Club and the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia (LERC NOVA) are new sponsors this year and will be collecting both used eyeglasses and hearing aids at the event.

Arlington Thrive is the only nonprofit in Arlington that provides same-day emergency financial assistance for Arlington residents who cannot pay their bills for rent, utilities or medical care. To learn more, go to arlingtonthrive.org

By: Attorney General Mark Herring

September 11, 2019

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has filed suit against members of the Sackler Family, owners of Purdue Pharma, for their role in creating and perpetuating the opioid crisis, and for fraudulently taking billions of dollars from Purdue Pharma in an attempt to put money beyond the reach of the Commonwealth of Virginia and other parties who may be entitled to damages.

“For decades, the Sackler Family has made a fortune from the sales of drugs that they knew were dangerous, deadly, and addictive,” said Attorney General Herring. “While the Sackler Family has lived a life of unimaginable wealth and comfort, families across Virginia and around the country have been devastated by an opioid crisis that was fueled by lies and deceit by Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers. To make matters worse, we believe the Sacklers siphoned billions from the company as part of a scheme to ensure they got to keep their profits. The Sackler Family must be held accountable for their role in the heartbreak and loss of life they and their company and products have caused.”

Attorney General Herring has filed an amended complaint in Tazewell County Circuit Court as part of his ongoing lawsuit against Purdue Pharma that specifically names Richard, Jonathan, Kathe, and Mortimer Sackler as defendants. The suit states that, despite the fact that “the Sacklers were unquestionably on notice as to the risks associated with opioids and the prior problems with Purdue’s opioid sales and marketing practices,” the family nevertheless “oversaw, directed, and were informed in great detail about Purdue’s opioid sales and marketing, with Richard Sackler taking a particularly active and aggressive role in directing, controlling, and participating in those functions and activities.”

The complaint includes a new claim of an individual violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act by Richard Sackler, who served Purdue in various capacities from 1990 to 2018, including on its board of directors, as its board co-chair, as its president, and as its head of research and development. The complaint states that “Richard Sackler acted willfully in directing, controlling, approving, or participating in” the allegedly unlawful acts committed by the company, including violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Attorney General Herring also cites Richard Sackler’s victim-blaming response to the opioid crises, stating that “Richard Sackler frequently expressed contempt for addicts in derisive, callous, and insulting comments promoting false misconceptions about addiction. He believed that addicts alone were solely to blame for their addiction and for the growing opioid epidemic, that they wanted to be addicted, that they deserved their plight, and that they merited no sympathy or treatment, just harsh condemnation and punishment.”

The complaint also adds a new claim of “fraudulent conveyance” against the company and Richard, Jonathan, Kathe, and Mortimer Sackler. The complaint states that between 2008 and 2018, the Sackler family transferred at least $4 billion from Purdue to themselves. The complaint states that “in authorizing these transfers, the Sacklers sought to drain Purdue of cash and to place these funds beyond the reach of Purdue’s creditors and claimants to whom Purdue faced liabilities due to its deceptive and misleading opioid sales and marketing practices.” It further states that “the Sacklers authorized these transfers with fraudulent intent, for no consideration, and for the purpose of rendering the funds inaccessible to the Commonwealth and other parties with valid claims against Purdue.”

The lawsuit against the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma asks the court to put an end to lies by Purdue and the Sackler family about their opioids, to order appropriate monetary relief, to reverse any unlawful transactions that were made in an attempt to shield money, and to ensure that such funds remain accessible to the Commonwealth and plaintiffs who may be entitled to damages.

Since 2007, 8,000 Virginians have died from an opioid overdose, including 5,000 from a prescription opioid overdose. Between 2008 and 2017, Purdue promoted and sold an estimated $18.7 billion in opioids resulting in 2,157,959 prescriptions filled in Virginia and 149,658,236 pills and patches making their way into communities across the Commonwealth. For the majority of this ten-year period, the number of pills and patches was nearly double the population of the state.

In June 2018, Attorney General Herring filed suit against Purdue Pharma for its role in creating and prolonging the opioid crisis through false claims about the purported safety, efficacy, and benefits of its opioids, including OxyContin. The suit details the scale of the operation, the lies Purdue Pharma told about the dangers of their drugs, and the sales and marketing tactics used by Purdue to push as many opioid prescriptions as possible.

The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic has been a top priority for Attorney General Herring. He and his team continue to attack the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education, prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth. Attorney General Herring recently outlined his recommended next steps for combating the crisis, focusing on law enforcement initiatives, support from the medical community, and recovery, treatment, prevention and education. He and his team also continue to participate in a multistate investigation into the practices of additional drug manufacturers and distributors to determine what role they may have played in creating or prolonging the crisis and what accountability they should face.

By: Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care

September 10, 2019

Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care, the area’s first independent orthopaedic specialty urgent care, recently opened its doors in Arlington, VA. The facility is located at 1701 Clarendon Blvd Suite 120, and is a state of the art full service orthopaedic clinic.  Ortho OIC was developed by Dr. Lonnie Davis to address the growing need for qualified orthopaedic care for patients on the go.  Dr. Davis, who has been in private practice in the Washington DC metro for nearly 15 years, saw a significant gap in the current healthcare delivery system.  He started Ortho OIC to address the growing need for cost effective and reliable treatment for acute orthopaedic injuries.  The facility is the ideal solution to the overcrowded conditions at local hospital emergency rooms, offering patients minimal wait times and the highest standard of care for acute orthopedic injuries.

Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care is open Monday thru Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday from Noon to 4 pm.  The office offers online scheduling and walk-in appointments are always welcomed.  The clinic is staffed by orthopaedic specialists, and features onsite digital x-ray and dry lab. Ortho OIC treats adults and children with acute orthopaedic injuries including sprains and strains, sports injuries, fractures, ligament and tendon injuries, back and neck pain and suturing for simple lacerations.  The facility also treats work-related musculoskeletal injuries.  In addition to on site x-ray, the clinic provides casting and bracing services. Ortho OIC accepts most types of insurance and features short wait times.

“I felt that Arlington, VA was the perfect location for the first Ortho OIC facility given the activity level of the community, population density and proximity to Washington, DC,” said Dr. Davis. “Our goal was to offer a unique health care service line – an independent orthopaedic urgent care facility in an urban environment.” Dr. Davis continued, “Based on my experience in private practice, I felt that this was a service that the public sorely needed.  We offer an alternative to the long lines and expense of the ER for most ambulatory orthopaedic injuries.”  Not satisfied with just being available, Dr. Davis emphasizes the commitment of Ortho OIC to delivering high-quality orthopaedic healthcare in a location that is more accessible than the traditional orthopaedic office and at times when patients can schedule around work or school.  As Dr. Davis mentions, the slogan for the new facility is “Treating orthopaedic injuries…at the speed of life.”

Prior to starting Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care, Dr. Davis has been in private practice in the Northern Virginia, where he specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He has worked with athletes at all levels from recreational to collegiate and professional.  Dr. Davis earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia and received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Indiana University and fellowship training in Arlington, Virginia.

Ortho OIC will be holding a grand opening event on September 19th from 11:30 am – 1 pm.  The event is open to the public and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.  Following the ribbon cutting, the facility will open its doors for tours.

For more information about Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care, visit orthooic.com.

By: Penzance

September 10, 2019

Penzance, a leading owner, operator, and developer in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, and Arlington Public Art today announced a new partnership to bring a public art installation to The Highlands, a dynamic mixed-use development project along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. The sculpture will be located on the façade of the new Arlington County Fire Station 10 in Rosslyn and will honor the fire department and reflect its long-standing work in the surrounding community while enhancing the public space within The Highlands.

As part of the project, local artists David and Eli Hess were commissioned to develop a site-specific work of public art for the façade of the station. The sculpture is funded by Penzance as part of the site plan process for The Highlands.

“We’re thrilled to work with Arlington Public Art and Fire Station 10 to have David and Eli Hess bringing their talents to our community at The Highlands,” stated John Kusturiss of Penzance. “Bringing in a fantastic piece of public art that not only enriches the space but also pays homage to our brave firefighters will be a key feature of the a culturally-rich, welcoming, and lively urban-style space we are creating here.”

“This is our first opportunity to integrate public art into a fire station, which is a recommendation in Arlington County’s Public Art Master Plan,” said Angela Adams, Director of Arlington Public Art.  “”Partnering with Penzance has allowed us to honor the history of Fire Station 10 through an enriching piece of public art for all to enjoy for years to come.”

“In our site-specific public projects, we often draw attention to the function of a building within the context of a busy urban cityscape. At Arlington County’s Station 10 Engine Company, these firefighters respond to emergencies, using various tools to extinguish fires and keep people and the County from danger. Our sculpture of a fire hose nozzle and its powerful water spray, fabricated from the same bronze as those that the firefighters use. Is designed to be a beacon to highlight the function of the building and the expertise of its occupants,” said artists David and Eli Hess.

The sculpture, expected to be unveiled in summer 2021, will enhance the exterior of Fire Station 10 as a larger-than-life piece of public art. The nozzle of the piece will act as a giant sconce or torch mounted to the side of the building. At night, a light inside the nozzle will illuminate the spray of water above. The water will be made from stainless steel pipe, twisting and bending in a quasi-spiral formation. The entire sculpture will be 26-feet-tall, attached 8 feet above the ground, extending to the top of the station’s façade. The stainless steel and bronze of the sculpture contrast the dark brick of the station, and the stainless water spray will shine at night against the rich red glow of the brick behind.

Situated between Rosslyn and the lively Clarendon and Ballston corridor, The Highlands is set to transform 1555 Wilson Boulevard and the surrounding area into a highly-anticipated, charmingly city residential community with three landmark buildings: Pierce, Aubrey, and Evo.

Alongside Pierce, Evo, and Aubrey will be two community anchors, Arlington Public School and the revitalized Fire Station No. 10. Poised to be pillars of neighborhood activity, they will create a close-knit community in the midst of a busy urban environment. Public amenities at The Highlands will also include a North-South connector street to increase pedestrian permeability and a new enhanced park. At full build out, The Highlands will be comprised of 104 luxurious condos, 780 rental apartments, and more than 50,000 square feet of refined amenity space and 40,000 square feet of carefully-curated retail space between the buildings. Announced ground-floor retail includes a Vida Fitness and a CVS.

The Highlands is scheduled to deliver in 2021. For updates and more information on The Highlands please visit www.thehighlandsva.com.  For more information on Arlington Public Art, please visit arts.arlingtonva.us.  For more information on David and Eli Hess, please visit www.hess.industries.

By: Sen. Tim Kaine

September 10, 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine will attend the Arlington County Government’s 9/11 remembrance event to commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The event will feature a wreath-laying and a moment of silence held at 9:37 a.m., the moment of impact at the Pentagon. County officials and local first responders will be in attendance to express their gratitude for all those who responded to the terrorist attacks and cared for victims that day.

It’s now September and our Hot Sauce Contest is just a few short weeks away. Please share, and promote to help raise much needed funds for the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation!

Such a delicious and fun event – tickets available here.

Come get piggy with us at ROCKLANDS 6th Annual Hot Sauce Contest & Pig Roast!

For $35 (or $40 at the door) taste all the best local hot sauces and get all the barbequed pig, sides and craft beer and wine that you can eat and drink. All funds benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation of injured firefighters and burn patients in the DC-metro area.

To enter the Hot Sauce Contest, whip up your best batch of sauce and drop it to Rocklands on Washington Boulevard in Arlington, by September 18th.

Trophies, gift cards and Rocklands swag will be awarded to the winners – there will be a 1st and 2nd place as well as the coveted “People’s Choice” winner, so contestants – bring your friends to vote for you!

By: Smile Makers

September 3, 2019

FALLS CHURCH – Aug. 30, 2019 – Smile Makers Dental Center, a Northern Virginia based multi-specialty dental center with three locations, acquired the well-established dental practice of Dr. Michael F. Rubin, DMD. Dr. Rubin has been successful in serving the community of Arlington, VA for over 27 years and will continue to do so as he joins Smile Makers Dental Center in Falls Church. With a great patient following, the opportunity to continue Dr. Rubin’s service to his patients is gratifying.

“The addition of this acquisition helps further institute Smile Makers Dental Center’s growing presence in Northern Virginia,” said Dr. Geith Kallas, Smile Makers Dental Center’s founder and CEO. “The experience our General Dentists and Dental Specialists have, combined with their knowledge of advanced technology and skills, establish our reputation as a leader in our field, especially in a competitive market such as Falls Church, VA.”

Expanding services within Falls Church, VA and surrounding areas in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC is truly a rewarding milestone. The acquisition is the first of many, as Smile Makers Dental Center continues to pursue expansion opportunities.

Headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA, Smile Makers Dental Center provides patients with multi-specialty, comfortable and convenient dentistry for the entire family – while utilizing the most recent dental technology. “Our mission is to provide our community with the best dental care possible – with genuine enthusiasm, great compassion, warmth, and a commitment to quality. It is our goal to maintain a caring environment that is respectful and gracious to all,” said Dr. Geith Kallas.

About Smile Makers Dental Center

Founded in 1993, Smile Makers Dental Center has three locations in Northern Virginia: Falls Church, Tysons Corner and Fairfax. With experience rich in patient care, the full service dental team is comprised of highly skilled dentists, experienced dental hygienists and dental assistants and business and marketing professionals who together help make the centers a  home to many patients, of whom have become dear friends and family.  For more information, visit www.smilemakerscenter.com.

By: Cuisine Solutions

August 27, 2019

Cuisine Solutions and its sister company CREA, The Culinary Research and Education Academy, are pleased to announce that their innovative Café + Teria program, which launched in 2017 to provide high school students with a healthy, balanced, customized lunch, is expanding into four Virginia districts for the 2019-2020 school year. The program is also launching in South Carolina at four Pickens County high schools. At each Café +Teria, students select ingredients in four steps to build a nutritious meal. They pick a base of grain, salad or a wrap; a protein: antibiotic-free chicken, ground beef, or Paneer cheese; a topping of vegetables, cheese and sauces, and a dressing. Café + Teria features popular international cuisine types including Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Italian designed to address menu fatigue, along with a new BBQ bowl being introduced this fall.

In 2017, Café + Teria was originally introduced to high school students attending Arlington, Virginia’s three public high schools, Wakefield, Yorktown and Washington-Lee. Due to the success at these schools in Arlington it will also expand to The Heights (the new home of H-B Woodlawn) and the Arlington School Career Center on September 3.

The concept for this innovative school lunch program is designed around using Cuisine Solutions’ proteins. Café + Teria resembles a franchise for schools, which can be replicated at any school district in the country. Cuisine Solutions provides the school partners with the recipes, standard operating procedures, name brand and marketing materials to support the program. For example, every Café +Teria in the participating Virginia and South Carolina schools has a serving line with bold graphics that invite exploration, designed with a distinctive, modern look to help attract students to these healthy meal options.

Café + Teria’s protein choices are all prepared with the sous-vide method, which fully cooks and pasteurizes the food. Sous-vide is French for “under vacuum” which describes a cooking technique in which food is vacuum-sealed, then slow cooked in hot water. Cuisine Solutions’ chefs and its Café + Teria team continue to source product selections with recipe creations that will appeal to students and provide healthy, quality, delicious options with pleasing combinations, incorporating local produce from area farms for the toppings. The recipes are also low in sodium, fat and sugar. CREA, the global leader in culinary research, education & consulting, and the sister company to Cuisine Solutions, has been integral in the development of this lunch program.

CREA Executive Chef A.J. Schaller advises, The Culinary Research and Education Academy (CREA) develops base menu ingredients, spice blends and dressings for Café-Teria. Along with Bill Stablein, the chefs and engineers at CREA enjoy working on this passion project to provide a healthy and tasty option for school lunches.”  

By: VDOT

August 23, 2019

Motorists are advised that lane closures will continue on the general purpose lanes along northbound I-395 this weekend, Aug. 23-25, from King Street (Exit 5) to S. Washington Boulevard (Exit 8A) for bridge rehabilitation work. The HOV lanes will also close to accommodate this bridge work starting Friday night and through the weekend. The HOV lanes will reopen in the northbound direction in time for Monday morning’s commute.

Drivers traveling to D.C. this weekend are urged to use alternative routes. Local traffic may still use the general purpose lanes, but should expect closures. All drivers should expect delays and plan extra travel time.

What Drivers Should Expect:

  • Access to the HOV lanes will close beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday and reopen in the northbound direction on Monday at 4:30 a.m.
  • A single general purpose lane on I-395 North will close from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Alternating single lane closures will occur in each direction on Glebe Road beneath the I-395 overpass throughout the weekend.
  • Weekly updates with specific closure information will be available at:ExpressLanes.com and VDOT’s 395 Express Lanes Web Page.

The reversible 95 Express Lanes, from near Edsall Road to past Garrisonville Road in Stafford, will operate according to their normal schedule.

The 395 Express Lanes, an eight-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes to the Washington D.C. line, are scheduled to open this fall. Learn how Express Lanes work and how to get an E-ZPass at www.ExpressLanes.com.

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