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Police Roll Out Pink BMW to Fight Drunk Driving in Arlington

The Arlington County Police Department revealed a new tool today (Monday) to discourage drunk driving as the region gears up to celebrate the Fourth of July: a bright pink BMW.

The “SoberRide Vehicle,” developed in partnership with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program and ride-hailing service Lyft, is a redesigned 2004 BMW 330ci, seized following a drug conviction. Wrapped partially in eye-catching pink, courtesy of Lyft, the vehicle will be on display at community events and areas with nightlife to remind Arlington residents not to drive under the influence.

The vehicle complements the Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide campaign, which will offer up to 1,500 free Lyft rides on Independence Day.

Riders will be able to request a free ride home worth up to $15 from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. by using a Lyft promo code that will be posted to the SoberRide website 5 p.m. Wednesday.

WRAP’s SoberRide program has previously provided free rides home to area residents on holidays like St. Patrick’s DayCinco de Mayo and Halloween. Last year, 513 people in the Washington metropolitan area used the Independence Day SoberRide promotion, according to WRAP president Kurt Erickson.


Construction on New Clarendon Japanese Restaurant Underway

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) A Japanese chain restaurant may be a few steps closer to opening its doors in Clarendon.

Interior work has finally started on the restaurant, which first announced that it was “coming soon” to the former Brixx Pizza space at 1119 N. Hudson Street last May. The restaurant has an active commercial tenant buildout permit.

A application for Virginia ABC permit to serve wine and beer, meanwhile, was filed on Monday and is now pending. The permit suggests the restaurant will seat 101-150 people.

The restaurant’s interior was still in the buildout phase as of Tuesday afternoon, when a propped open front door showed construction material and unfinished fixtures within.

Gyu-Kak is a Japanese yakiniku restaurant chain with locations throughout the U.S., in addition to locations in Japan and other countries. This would be the chain’s first Virginia location, according to Gyu-Kaku’s website.

An email to Gyu-Kaku was not immediately returned, and a phone call to the number listed on a permit application had a full inbox and couldn’t accept a voicemail.


L.A. Bar & Grill Temporarily Closed During License Renewal

Columbia Pike’s L.A. Bar & Grill has temporarily closed due to a state licensing issue.

The bar submitted its Virginia ABC license renewal application in the beginning of March, and the previous alcoholic beverage license expired at the end of March.

“We should have applied earlier, [but] hindsight is 20/20,” said Stephen Hubbard, the bar’s general manager.

The process is ongoing, and Hubbard anticipates that it will take “at least a couple of weeks,” though he isn’t sure.

In the meantime, the bar is taking advantage of the license renewal period and “doing some facelifting” in the form of painting and other tidying up efforts.

Back in 2016, L.A. Bar & Grill, at 2530 Columbia Pike, was ranked among UpOut’s top ten “ridiculously cool” D.C.-area dive bars.


L.A. Bar & Grill Temporarily Closed During License Renewal

Columbia Pike’s L.A. Bar & Grill has temporarily closed due to a state licensing issue.

The bar submitted its Virginia ABC license renewal application in the beginning of March, and the previous alcoholic beverage license expired at the end of March.

“We should have applied earlier, [but] hindsight is 20/20,” said Stephen Hubbard, the bar’s general manager.

The process is ongoing, and Hubbard anticipates that it will take “at least a couple of weeks,” though he isn’t sure.

In the meantime, the bar is taking advantage of the license renewal period and “doing some facelifting” in the form of painting and other tidying up efforts.

Back in 2016, L.A. Bar & Grill, at 2530 Columbia Pike, was ranked among UpOut’s top ten “ridiculously cool” D.C.-area dive bars.


Chill Zone Applies To Sell Beer, Wine

Chill Zone, a Yorktown cafe, might be serving alcohol soon.

The shop recently applied for a license to sell beer and wine at its location at 2442 N. Harrison St., said Chill Zone’s manager Daniel Bui.

Pending license approval, Chill Zone will serve red and white wine, and local beer, according to Bui. Initially the coffee shop plans to serve alcohol only on Fridays and Saturdays.

Chill Zone, which just celebrated its first anniversary, currently serves bubble tea, Vietnamese coffee and its signature “volcano mango frap,” in addition to food options like wings and sandwiches.

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Police: Teens Busted for Drunken Powder Puff Football Game

Arlington County Police broke up an alcohol-fueled “powder puff” football game at Jamestown Elementary School over the weekend.

ACPD says they responded to the school grounds around 1 p.m. Saturday “for a report of 20-30 teenagers drinking.”

Upon arrival, officers “encountered numerous teenagers playing a ‘Powder puff’ football game,” according to a post from a police lieutenant on the Nextdoor social network site. “Some members of the group fled when they saw police. One student was found heavily intoxicated and required medical assistance. A small group of juveniles was detained by police. “

“Evidence of alcohol consumption was located at the scene,” the post said. “The police department will be working with county school administrators and parents to identify all involved juveniles and ensure service referrals and appropriate enforcement actions are completed.”

The lieutenant who posted the report said she “wanted to make all parents aware of [the] incident.”

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New Restaurant Marble & Rye Brings Whiskey to the Pike

A new restaurant on Columbia Pike is ready to reintroduce Arlington to whiskey.

Marble & Rye opened last week at Penrose Square (2501 Columbia Pike), near the Giant and new Starbucks. Although the restaurant has served customers for only about two weeks, the restaurant is already making a name for itself when it comes to its whiskey and ribs, said spokeswoman Sarah Lakey.

“We really want to be known as the new place for whiskey in Northern Virginia,” Lakey said.

The new whiskey bar and restaurant features a tasting room, more than 150 different whiskeys and whiskey-based cocktails, in addition to its wine and beer selection.

From strong and smokey to smooth and sweet, the staff can recommend just the right whiskey for you from their extensive list. The cocktails have also been popular among both whiskey fans and newcomers.

One of the more popular drinks is the Marble & Rye Old Fashioned, which uses a whiskey infused with orange zest and cherries. The drink is getting rave reviews, with customers saying it is one of the best they have tried. Staff members also recommend the Gold Rush, which features a pistachio sugar rim.

Beyond the drink menu, the restaurant boasts a seasonal menu, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. One must-try dish is the baby back ribs, which are moist and fall right off the bone. The ribs can compete with some of the best in the city, but customers are encouraged to come try for themselves.

For those who are vegetarian or gluten-free, Marble & Rye has plenty of options, which are highlighted on the menu. Vegetables, including this season’s crispy Brussel sprouts and roasted squash, are cooked in a wood fired oven, giving them a little extra flavor in the process.

To compliment the locally-inspired menu, Marble & Rye brings in wine and beer from Virginia wineries and local breweries.

The local angle extends beyond the food.  They used a local artist to paint the large backsplash mural and logo and the chandelier was done by an Arlington resident, Lakey said, adding that all furniture was made in the United States using reclaimed wood for the tables and walls.

To enhance the experience, it was important that the staff had a say on what was being presented to customers so they could stand behind it. Each server has sampled every dish, every cocktail, wine and beer, they understand where it comes from and what makes it special.

While the restaurant hopes to bring whiskey to Columbia Pike, Marble and Rye is focused on creating a dining experience and working with other Columbia Pike restaurants to make the Pike a destination.

“Our goal is to be a neighborhood place where people can relax, enjoy a great drink or sip on some whiskey, and just have a great time,” Lakey said. “We want to create an experience for everyone who walks through the door.”

Marble & Rye is open on Monday from 4-11 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The preceding post was written by Heather Mongilio for ARLnow.com.


Anti-DUI Campaign to Thank Sober Drivers in Clarendon This Weekend

This Halloween, patrons at select Arlington restaurants will be praised not for the creativity of their costumes, but for getting home safely.

Anti-DUI superhero "Soberman" in Clarendon (file photo)Designated sober drivers will be publicly recognized this Friday night by Checkpoint Strikeforce and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) as part of an anti-drunk driving campaign.

From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., representatives from the campaign will be outside three Clarendon nightspots to thank designated drivers and those who choose to take public transportation, a taxi or ride sharing service home.

The three restaurants that will be reference points for the “surprise and delight” thanking events are:

  • Clarendon Ballroom at 3185 Wilson Blvd.
  • Spider Kelly’s at 3181 Wilson Blvd.
  • Don Tito at 3165 Wilson Blvd.

This year’s campaign is aimed at stopping people ages 21 to 35 from drinking and driving. According to a release, 36 percent of highway fatalities in Virginia last year were alcohol-related, and more than 40 percent of people killed in alcohol-related crashes were within the campaign’s target age range.

Festive holidays, like this weekend’s Halloween celebration, often see a spike in DUI-related incidents.

WRAP will also offer free taxi rides on Saturday through its SoberRide program.

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Crime Report: Three Busted Boosting Booze

Police car lightsA man and two boys were taken into custody after allegedly stealing alcohol from a local 7-Eleven store.

The incident happened at the 7-Eleven store on S. Carlin Springs Road across the street from Kenmore Middle School. Police say the trio entered the store late Monday night, stole some booze and shoved the clerk on their way out.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

ROBBERY, 150811004, unit block of S. Carlin Springs. At approximately 11:30 p.m. on August 10, two juvenile suspects and an adult suspect entered a 7-11 and stole alcohol. When confronted by a clerk they pushed him aside and fled. Richard William Shelton, 25, of Arlington VA, was arrested and charged with robbery and 6 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juveniles were released in the custody of their parents.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

ROBBERY, 150810047, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive. At approximately 6:20 p.m. on August 10, a male victim met with two suspects to sell a belt that he had posted in an ad. Officers detained the two suspects after they attempted to steal the belt and flee. Isaiah Ellis, 18, of Washington D.C., was arrested and transported to booking where the Magistrate issued warrants for Robbery and Identity Theft to Avoid Arrest. The second juvenile suspect was transported to the juvenile detention facility and a robbery petition will be obtained.

ROBBERY, 150807036, 2700 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 12:05 p.m. on August 7, a male subject attempted to steal a USB flash drive from the Apple Store. When confronted by loss prevention officers the suspect attempted to flee but was detained. Nathaniel H. Harris, 56, was transported to booking and a warrant was issued for Robbery and Habitual Larceny Felony. He is being held without bond.

ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT, 150808041, 1900 block of N. Highland Street. At approximately 2:45 a.m. on August 8, a 29 year-old female victim was attacked from behind by an unknown suspect while she was walking home. The suspect placed a pillowcase over the victims face and threw her to the ground. The victim kicked the subject and screamed, causing the suspect to flee. The suspect is described as a black or dark skinned Hispanic male, approximately 5’8″-5’10” tall with an average build.

BURGLARY, 150806004, 900 block of S. 26th Street. At approximately 7:45 a.m. on August 6, a 44 year-old female victim woke up to two male suspects in her residence. The victim screamed, startling the suspects, and they fled the scene. The first suspect is described as a black male approximately 5’10” and weighing 155 lbs. He was wearing a long sleeve fitted grey shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as a black male approximately 6’0″ and possibly wearing a black shirt.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 150809016, 700 block of N. Abingdon Street. At approximately 5:25 a.m. on August 9, a 26 year-old female victim woke up to a Hispanic male knocking on her front door. The suspect returned the victims lost wallet and attempted to enter the residence uninvited. The suspect is described a Hispanic male in his twenties, approximately 5’7″-5’9″ tall and weighed 140-160 lbs. He was wearing an orange short sleeve collared shirt and dark denim pants at the time of the incident.

GRAND LARCENY AUTO, 150808065, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road. At approximately 8:10 p.m. on August 8, a stolen vehicle request went out in cruisers based on a LPR hit in the area. Officers responded and found a male suspect standing outside of the stolen vehicle. Jonathan Marquis Grimes, 22, of Washington D.C., was transported to booking and taken before a Magistrate. A warrant for Grand Larceny Auto was issued and Grimes is being held without bond.


08/05/15, VA 20707M, 2011 Daix Moped, Red
4300 block of N. Henderson Road
08/03/15, VA 14761M, Longbo Moped, Blue
300 block of N. George Mason Drive
08/06/15, VA 23828M, 2008 Funway Moped, Red and White
1500 block of N. Fairfax Drive
08/07/15, VA VFV2067, 2003 Saturn Ion 4, White
5600 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
08/10/15, VA 3043P, 2008 Longbo Moped, Red
1200 block of N. Scott Street
08/11/15, VA WWN9800, 2000 Jeep Cherokee, Blue
1800 block of N. Underwood Street


DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150805016, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150805019, 100 block of N. Thomas Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150805022, 2300 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
PETIT LARCENY, 150805030, 2300 block of S. 2nd Street
FRAUD, 150805031, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
GRAND LARCENY, 150805038, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street


DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150806003, 300 block of S. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 150806005, 5700 block of N. 15th Street
ATTEMPTED GRAND LARCENY, 150806016, 4300 block of N. 4th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150806017, 2800 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150806037, 5000 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT, 150806040, 800 block of S. Greenbrier Street


ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807002, 900 block of N. Stuart Street
PETIT LARCENY, 150807007, 3100 block of N. Lee Highway
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807004, 4400 block of S. 31st Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807008, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
LARCENY, 150807023, 2000 block of S. Columbia Pike
STALKING, 150807027, 100 block of N. Wayne Street
LARCENY, 150807029, 1400 block of N. Courthouse Road
CRIMINAL TRESPASSING, 150807033, 1600 block of N. Mckinley Road
LARCENY, 150807047, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
PETIT LARCENY, 150807051, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150807060, 1100 block of S. 16th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150807063, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
ASSAULT BY MOB, 150807069, 900 block of S. Walter Reed Drive
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, 150807071, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road


ATTEMPTED LARCENY, 150808001, 700 block of S. Courthouse Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150808008, 1700 block of N. George Mason Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150808033, 1700 block of N. Hartford Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808035, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808044, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808046, 3800 block of N. 9th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808047, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808053, 3100 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150808057, 1400 block of S. Joyce Street
ID THEFT, 150808058, 1100 block of N. Highland Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150808063, 900 block of S. Highland Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150808066, 1000 block of S. Hayes


ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150809005, 2000 block of S. Langley Street
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, 150809008, 3000 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809020, 3400 block of N. 21st Avenue
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809021, 4100 block of S. 31st Street
LARCENY, 150809022, 1200 block of S. Fern Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150809023, 3600 block of N. 21st Avenue
UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 150809032, 1300 block of N. Buchanan Street
FRAUD, 150809035, 1000 block of N. Stafford Street
ASSAULT, 150809037, 4200 block of S. Campbell Avenue
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150809038, 3000 block of S. 16th Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150809045, 2700 block of N. Marcey Road
IDENTITY THEFT, 150809048, 900 block of N. Interstate 395


PETIT LARCENY, 150810008, 1500 block of S. Fern Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150810013, 4300 block of S. Columbia Pike
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150810023, 1000 block of N. Vermont Street
PETIT LARCENY, 150810024, 2600 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810029, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 150810034, 3200 block of N. Fairfax Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810042, 800 block of S. Quincy Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 150810044, 2800 block of N. Washington Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 150810048, 200 block of S. 18th Street
STRANGULATION, 150810049, 4200 block of S. Campbell Avenue
GRAND LARCENY, 150810051, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150810054, 3200 block of S. 24th Street


DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 150811013, 2000 block of S. Columbia Pike
GRAFFITI, 150811020, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
VANDALISM TO AUTO, 150811024, 1900 block of N. Kent Street
FRAUD, 150811025, 1700 block of S. Taylor Street
HARASSMENT, 150811028, 2200 block of N. 19th Court
LARCENY BY FALSE PRETENSE, 150811031, 800 block of N. Randolph Street
GRAND LARCENY, 150811035, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
CHECK FRAUD, 150811040, 900 block of S. 15th Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 150811042, 1200 block of N. Ft. Myer Drive
TRESPASSING, 150811044, 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive


Beer and Wine Delivery Service Launching in Arlington

Beers in a refrigerator (Updated at 4:00 p.m.) An online service that would allow people to order beer and wine to their doorstep could launch next month in Arlington.

Ultra is already available in eight cities nationwide, including D.C., where it contracts with retailers to deliver beer, wine and liquor. While Virginia’s liquor laws restrict Ultra from selling spirits, Ultra CEO Aniket Shah says his company has reached an agreement with the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to deliver beer and wine.

We are looking at Arlington as our first city to expand in Virginia, based on demographics, income levels and awareness for new technologies,” Shah told ARLnow.com. “We are expecting the deliveries to start first-second week of March.”

Ultra users would go to the company’s website, enter their zip code, and a list of products they can order (beer, wine, soda and mixers), delivery minimum, hours and estimated delivery time. Customers can order on-demand, which takes no more than an hour, or for more than 30 days in advance, including requests like the wine be chilled. Customers’ IDs are checked when the driver makes the delivery.

“We received huge response from people in D.C. when we launched there and we wanted to expand to Virginia as soon as possible,” Shah said. “[Virginia ABC] were very open to understanding our process and providing guidelines within which we had to operate our service in Virginia. We finally received the approval and we are actively in contact with several retailers to accept deliveries in Arlington.”

Ultra, a New York City-based company, can only sell beer and wine from stores that have delivery permits in place to do so. Shah couldn’t disclose which retailers Ultra is negotiating with because of confidentiality agreements, he said.

Shah said Ultra is the first service of its kind in Virginia, but individual retailers are already able to delivery beer and wine as long as they have an ABC license. Some restaurants, like Lost Dog Cafe, deliver beer along with food.

Shah also said he plans on initiating negotiations with the ABC Board to deliver liquor straight from ABC stores, but it’s unclear how much traction those discussions will have.

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Morning Notes

Gate left open at Lyon Village Park

Booze Delivery Service Coming to N. Va.Ultra, a web-based service that facilitates the delivery of beer, wine and liquor, is launching this week in D.C. and is planning on launching in Northern Virginia “within a couple of weeks.” Ultra promises that most orders will be delivered in 30-60 minutes. The deliveries are made by licensed stores that partner with the company. [Washington Business Journal]

Shuttleworth Releases Poll Results — Former Democratic congressional candidate Bruce Shuttleworth has shared the results of a district-wide poll his campaign conducted earlier this month. The poll shows Don Beyer well in the lead among likely voters, but it also shows a sizable group of undecided voters. Shuttleworth dropped out of the race after the poll results came in, concluding that even if he “went negative” against Beyer he could not overcome the former Va. lieutenant governor’s lead. [Blue Virginia]

Congressional Candidates to Debate — The seven remaining Democrats in the congressional race will face off tomorrow (Friday) in a debate at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at the NRECA building (4301 Wilson Blvd) and is open to the public. [InsideNova]

Arlington Issues $105 Million in Bonds — Arlington County yesterday issued $105 million in bonds at an average interest rate of 2.8 percent. The bonds will be used to fund capital contributions for Metro, Neighborhood Conservation projects, WalkArlington, BikeArlington, ConnectArlington; street paving, utility projects and Arlington Public Schools projects. The county will also save nearly $2 million thanks to refunding prior debt at a lower interest rate. [Arlington County]


Student Leaders Attend Conference to Help Curb Teen Booze Use

Selection of beer and wine (file photo)This article was written by Audrey Batcheller

Alcohol use among Arlington teens is down, and a recent trip for a group of high school students was organized to help continue that trend.

Data from the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families shows that the percentage of Arlington high school students that reported recently drinking alcohol decreased by eight percent from 2004 to 2010. In an effort to keep that number declining, Arlington’s READY Coalition sponsored a trip for Arlington students and their School Resource Officers — Arlington County police officers assigned to schools — to attend the 29th Annual Youth Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Project (YADAPP) conference last week.

Ten students were selected by their SRO, and two additional students were chosen by the READY Coalition, which paid the registration fee to send the group to Longwood University, in Farmville, Va., for the week.

“Each high school resource officer picked the people they thought would be good leaders in trying to get their peers to get on board with an anti-drinking and anti-drug club and to help spread the message,” said Corporal Jim Tuomey, who accompanied the students to the conference.

APS students have attended this conference before, but last week was their first appearance in over ten years.

“We decided to take a group of teens to the conference for the purpose of trying to find better ways to outreach to the high school community,” said Phillip Leverett, the Youth Outreach Coordinator for the READY Coalition.

The 2013 results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey are still pending, but the 2011 YRBS shows that two thirds of Arlington teens do not consume alcohol on any given weekend, a surprising number considering that a decade ago teen drinking appeared to be on the rise.

Hundreds of students attend the YADAPP conference — which is presented by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control — every year to listen to speakers and participate in workshops. Students work in teams of four and create a Strategies To Act Now (STAN) prevention plan specific to their community that they will implement upon their arrival home.

Kateri Gajadhar, a student at the conference and chair of the Teen Network Board’s Drug and Alcohol Committee, is laying the ground work for an “Above the Influence” club at Washington-Lee.

“It helped me see ideas that have worked and things that didn’t work,” said Gajadhar about YADAPP. “It was good to interact with people who are doing the same things in different places to see what we can do here to effectively expand to older age groups.”

The other teams also chose to start clubs at their schools as part of their STAN plans.

“Most teams picked homecoming week to launch their club as it’s a really popular week in the schools,” said Tuomey. “They hope to get sports teams on board and use back-to-school events to try to get more members.”

The students and chaperones alike gained valuable information from their week at Longwood.

“The conference was even educational for us, the people who deal with this all the time,” Tuomey said. Leverett said he hopes these clubs and new initiatives will help the READY Coalition be even more effective in spreading their message.

“Instead of saying ‘just say no,’ we’re more into showing students that there is an alternative,” he said.


Morning Notes

Arlington County courthouse and police headquarters

Trolley Pub Launches Without Alcohol — Despite assurances by Arlington County Police that it met the letter of the law, the plan to launch an open-air, pedal-powered party trolley in Arlington has hit a snag. Virginia ABC has told the operator of the Trolley Pub that riders cannot bring their own alcohol with them on rides. Instead, the Trolley Pub has launched without alcohol, as a sort of “pub-crawl conveyance.” [Washington City Paper]

The Most Arlington Photo Ever? — A photo of four ACPD officers on Segways talking to the driver of the Trolley Pub in front of Fire Works Pizza is gaining some attention for being, perhaps, “the most Arlington photo ever.” Wrote the Clarendon Nights blog: “All we need is someone in the background in a popped collar eating cupcakes and doing Crossfit to complete every Arlington stereotype!” [Clarendon Nights]

NSF Staying in Ballston for Five Years — The National Science Foundation has renewed its lease in Ballston for the next five years. The agency is still looking for an office that offers lower rent. The General Services Administration is currently reviewing offers for a 15-year-lease. [Washington Business Journal]

Metro Lines and Median Income — A new infographic shows the median income along the Washington area’s Metro lines. The highest median income among Arlington’s Metro stops was East Falls Church, at $142,486. The methodology for the infographic is unclear — a median income of $113,567 was listed for Arlington National Cemetery. [Urban Turf]

Arlington Among the Highest-Earning Cities — Arlington has placed 16th on a list of cities and suburbs with the highest percentage of $100,000+ household incomes. In Arlington 50.3 percent of households earn more than $100K, according to census data. [Nerd Wallet]


Morning Notes

Nonprofits Ask for Funds at Budget Hearing — A public hearing on the county’s proposed tax rate changes is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tonight. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s budget hearing was largely dominated by the pleas of nonprofits — those that help the homeless, provide affordable housing, work for the rights of immigrants, etc. — for full funding in FY 2013. In one particularly poignant moment, the executive director of the Arlington Street Peoples’ Assistance Network told County Board members that a homeless man who was found dead on Monday was an A-SPAN client and an Arlington native. [Sun Gazette, Patch]

Eventide Creates Cocktail for Cherry Blossom Fest — Eventide Restaurant (3165 Wilson Blvd) has created a specialty cocktail in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Bar manager Tim Irwin even created a video to show budding mixologists how to make his creation — the “Kyoto Cocktail” — which is made with Bison Grass Vodka, Ginger Liqueur, Vanilla Syrup and Fresh Grapefruit Juice. [YouTube]

Lawmakers Ask for Solitary Confinement Probe — Del. Patrick Hope and Sen. Adam Ebbin of Arlington have joined Del. Charniele Herring of Alexandria in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking the federal government to investigate the alleged overuse of solitary confinement in Virginia. The Democratic state lawmakers say solitary confinement is in some cases being used as “a form of psychological torture.” [Washington Post]

New CFO for Artisphere — Artisphere has hired a new Chief Financial Officer. The new CFO will “manage the complexity of financial operations” at the Rosslyn arts venue. [Arlington Mercury]


St. Paddy’s Day Crime Statistics

The statistics on St. Patrick’s Day are in from the Arlington County Police Department. Police responded to more than two dozen alcohol-related incidents as revelers packed local bars to celebrate the holiday.

ACPD reported the following crimes on Saturday, denoted by the number of separate incidents officers responded to.

  • Drunk in Public — 13
  • Assaults where alcohol was involved — 7
  • Driving Under the Influence — 4
  • Urinating in Public — 1
  • Drunk parent at bar with baby (referred to Child Protective Services) — 1

Each incident resulted in at least one arrest or summons, according to police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.


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