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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — November 22, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fusion Academy Alexandria is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential.

We are a non-traditional community of learning with the smallest class size possible: one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows us to personalize curriculum for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style. We are also able to customize scheduling; students may enroll at any time (even mid-semester or during the summer) and take classes at a time of day that works best for them.

We just moved into our permanent campus space at 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 100 in Alexandria. You are invited to see our new space and meet our team at an Open House on December 8.

You’ll get to peek in our teacher-customized one-to-one classes, hang out in the Homework Café®, be inspired in our mixed-media art studio, and jam in our state-of-the-art recording studio. We’ll also share student stories and the exciting things they have been working on since we started teaching in September.

Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. From algebra to yoga and everything in between, we have a wide variety of classes to choose from. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize our tutoring services. In addition to academics, we partner with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.

While it’s impossible to put our students into categories, we generally serve students with the following backgrounds: accelerated/gifted learners, ADHD, dyslexia, mild learning differences, social challenges, school anxiety, or students with challenging schedules. Students who attend Fusion have one thing in common: traditional school isn’t working.

Fusion has over 37 campuses across the country in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Antigone, parent from our Lake Forest, Illinois campus says: “The teachers at Fusion have offered my son the highest content classes with the perfect amount of purposeful homework for reinforcement. Accelerated learning and inspiration happens in the classroom. This has allowed for unique extracurricular activities and family time to enrich his life after school. Fusion provides balance between high academics and nurturing the childhood years. Everyone in our family is less stressed with this approach to learning.”

Connect with us at FusionAlexandria.com to learn more and RSVP for the December 8 open house.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Fusion Academy.

by ARLnow.com — September 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

A Michael’s craft store is set to open tomorrow (Sept. 2) near Arlington’s Fairlington neighborhood.

As of this afternoon, “opening” signs were posted on the window of the store and employees could be seen training inside.

The new Michael’s is located in the Bradlee Shopping Center at 3690 King Street in Alexandria.

by ARLnow.com — August 24, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Window washers in Ballston

W-L Student Aces ACT Exam — Washington-Lee High School rising senior Benjamin Brooks has earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. Of the two million people who take the exam each year, only 1,600 achieve a top score. [InsideNova]

Speakeasy Moves to Alexandria — The Room 19 speakeasy that was formerly in the now-closed Boulevard Woodgrill in Clarendon (which is now becoming Ambar) is relocating to Alexandria. Room 19 will have its soft opening in the Carlyle Club at 2050 Ballenger Ave tomorrow, a spokesman said. It will be open Thursdays from 6 p.m. to midnight. [Facebook]

Juror Questionnaires Are Being Mailed — Residents of Arlington and Falls Church will be receiving questionnaires as part of Arlington’s annual juror qualification process. About 35,000 questionnaires are being mailed out. [Arlington County]

Live Podcast Taping Coming to Arlington — Local media personalities Sarah Fraser and Samy K will be hosting a live taping of their popular Hey Frase podcast at Clarendon Ballroom next month. Tickets to the show start at $25. [Eventbrite]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 23, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fusion Academy is a private middle and high school, but don’t be quick to envision uniforms and lecture halls. At Fusion, classes are one-to-one: just one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows for the personalization of curriculum for each individual student’s strengths, interests, and learning style.

This education model was born of frustration with the status quo, and out of a passionate belief in the power of positive relationships to unlock academic potential. This unique, relationships-based school began when founder, Michelle Rose Gilman, began tutoring and mentoring students out of her home in Solana Beach, CA.

After demand outgrew their space, Gilman and her teachers moved into a building and expanded their offerings to be the private, accredited, one-to-one school Fusion is today. In 2010 the first campus replication opened in Los Angeles, CA, and the model has grown exponentially since to 39 campuses across the country in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington D.C., and Virginia. The Washington D.C. campus opened in June, and locations in Alexandria and Tysons will be opening soon.

The educational experience at Fusion is completely customized to ignite a student’s passion for learning. Classes are self-paced, and course material is presented in ways that suit students’ individual interests, strengths, and challenges. It was modeled around the needs of students who weren’t finding their place in more traditional school environments – whether they struggled with mild learning differences, social issues, the rigid scheduling of more traditional schools, or the boredom of a classroom not geared to accelerated learners.

Along with personalized curriculum, Fusion’s one-to-one teaching model also allows for the customization of scheduling. Students may enroll at any time of the year, and take classes at a time of day that works best for them, which appeals to students who have demanding schedules outside of school because of sports or artistic involvement.

Each campus includes a state-of-the-art recording studio and mixed-media art studio for students to express their creativity, and two Homework Café® spaces, one silent and one social, where students complete their homework before leaving for the day.

Some students enroll full time, while others utilize Fusion’s tutoring and mentoring services. Families also turn to Fusion to support their homeschooling efforts by taking classes for credit like world languages and lab sciences. Beyond academics, Fusion partners with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life.

From algebra to yoga and everything in between, Fusion offers over 250 middle and high school courses, all of which meet state standards. Creative expression is at the core of Fusion, as they understand the pivotal role it plays in students’ well being. They offer a robust roster of elective classes like DJ Performing Arts, Graphic Design, Music Theory, Vocal Fundamentals, Recording Arts, Digital Photography, Film Studies, and more.

The Alexandria campus will be opening soon at 333 John Carlyle St., and are enrolling students now. Connect with them at FusionAlexandria.com or by calling 866.350.4678.

The preceding was written and sponsored by Fusion Academy.

by Buzz McClain — July 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

That buzz you are hearing is the energy and excitement coming from historic Potomac Yards. The brand new apartment community, Notch 8, which is named after the highest gear a diesel-electric locomotive can hit, continues to generate steam.

The residents are, even as we speak, enjoying the full array of amenities and features offered at Notch 8.

This summer, residents are benefiting from free boot camp classes with the on-site K!CK Fitness personal trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

When the workout is over they can head over to the on-site Starbucks for an iced caffeine booster or to the Giant grocery store for fresh sustenance. Whatever they need is all right there… right in the building.

Plus, the over-the-top building amenities include, among other things, an extensive courtyard with swimming pool, grilling stations, hammocks, outdoor billiards and fire pit; a game room with Xbox One and PS4; a lounge with an 80-inch flat screen and entertainment kitchen; and a state-of-the-art fitness center, if they need even more of a workout after the boot camps, that is.

A few of the appointments featured inside these modern-industrial apartments are stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring, pantry, kitchen island, oversized windows streaming in natural light, and a hi-tech Nest learning thermostat.

How can you get in on this action? And how can you get up to two-and-a-half months rent for free? And how can you become eligible for a $500 Giant gift card for stocking the fridge and pantry in your new apartment?

Just visit and ask.

Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria. Learn more about these brand new upscale apartments and the amazing incentives on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

Notch 8 is convenient to Route 1 and I-395, offering direct access to the District. The underground garage has EV charging stations and a Zipcar right next door.

Plus, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

The preceding was a promoted post written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Notch 8.

by ARLnow.com — July 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm 0

Arlington County firefighters are responding to a two-alarm blaze at a restaurant in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.

The second alarm was sounded just before 4 p.m.

The mutual aid call is for a fire at Al’s Steak House (1504 Mt. Vernon Avenue), which reopened today after a months-long hiatus, according to an article published on Del Ray Patch less than an hour ago.

by ARLnow.com — May 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

(Updated at 12:50 p.m.) An SUV smashed through the front of the Hallmark store at the Bradlee Shopping Center near Fairlington around noon today.

Firefighters from Arlington County were dispatched to assist Alexandria units on scene, but no injuries and no serious structural damage was reported. The area was closed off to shoppers while crews worked to remove the SUV from its final resting spot, most of the way into the store.

The store is located at 3670 King Street in Alexandria, near the center of the strip mall shopping center.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

The slogan for Notch 8 Apartments is “Live in the Momentum,” a reference to the convenient location and ease-of-living amenities that keep pace with your lifestyle, as well as the origin of the name (“notch 8” means “full throttle” on a diesel-electric locomotive).

This weekend is your chance to see this modern-industrial apartment community in Potomac Yard and get on the fast track to great living. This weekend only, you have the opportunity to land a $1,000 Giant Food gift card plus up to two-and-a-half months of free rent.

The Open House on Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.) gives those curious about these upscale apartments an opportunity to enjoy refreshments, take advantage of amazing specials and check out the extensive amenity package that has put this brand new building on the map.

The amenities include an extensive courtyard with swimming pool, hammocks, outdoor billiards, grilling stations and fire pit; KICK fitness center with a personal trainer; game room with Xbox One, PS4 and video library; and a lounge with a sweet 80″ flat screen and entertainment kitchen.

Inside each apartment are stainless steel appliances, contemporary plank flooring in a selection of two finishes, pantry, kitchen island, oversized windows streaming in natural light, balconies with gorgeous courtyard views, and a hi-tech Nest “learning” thermostat.

As incredible as the amenities are, it’s the location that keeps you living in the momentum: Notch 8 offers the convenience of an on-site Giant grocery store, PNC Bank, and Starbucks. Plus, it is convenient to Route 1 and I-395, offering direct access to the District. Eco-friendly features include EV charging stations in the garage and a Zipcar right next door.

In addition, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria. Learn more about this weekend’s Open House event on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

The preceding was a promoted post written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Notch 8.

by ARLnow.com — April 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

A man robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of N. Quaker Street and Fern Street, just across from Arlington’s Fairlington neighborhood, this morning.

The man passed a note to a teller shortly before noon, Alexandria Police said in a press release (below). He was wearing a gray coat, dark pants and a “Brooklyn Nets” hat.

Other bank customers can be seen lined up behind the man in one of the surveillance photos released by police.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank located at 1711 Fern Street. On Thursday, April 28, at 11:40 a.m., a man entered the bank and passed the teller a note. He demanded money, the teller complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as a male with a medium complexion, approximately 5’6″ tall with a thin build. He was wearing a baseball cap, glasses and a gray coat. Investigators believe this is the same suspect from the bank robbery on April 18, 2016.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of this bank robbery.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call Detective Christine Deibes at 703.746.6819.

Update at 5:50 p.m. — The same bank robber struck in Alexandria 10 days ago, says the FBI.

FBI bank robbery wanted poster

by ARLnow.com — April 14, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Runners lined up for the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run on Saturday (courtesy photo)It’s five months away, but registration is open for the annual Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K.

Marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this year the race is raising funds for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Early bird registration, through June 6, is $35. It’s $40 after that.

The race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 in the Pentagon City area. It is limited to 5,000 runners.

“Since its inception, the Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial Race has had over 30,000 runners cross its finish line and has raised over $500,000 for 9/11-related charities,” notes the race website.

Race organizers are also helping to promote a race this weekend in Alexandria.

The Run for 32 is being held at Cameron Run Regional Park (4001 Eisenhower Avenue) on Saturday, April 16. Held in remembrance of the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech school shooting, the race helps to raise money for the Koshka Foundation, which was founded by one of the shooting’s most critically injured survivors.

by Buzz McClain — March 31, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Let’s say you’ve landed an apartment at Alexandria’s hottest property, Notch 8, the brand new six-story, upscale building located in Potomac Yards. Let’s say you breeze home from work on the nearby Metro and are ready to make dinner, but you find you are lacking an important ingredient: Groceries.

What do you put into those hardwood cabinets in the pantry, or set out on the kitchen islands, or steam, roast or grill in the new stainless steel stoves and ovens?

Well, the good news is, besides living in an apartment with plank flooring, oversized windows streaming in natural light and having the climate controlled by a high-tech Nest “learning” thermostat, you live atop — quite literally — a Giant Food grocery store.

Handy! But wait, as they say: There’s more.

What if the groceries were free?

Despite the building being two-thirds occupied, the management is holding an enticing sweepstakes for first-time applicants with approved applications that rewards the winner with free groceries for a year. That’s an up-to-$6,000 value.

Sign up now until May 1.

What could you do with 24 Giant Food gift cards each worth $250.00, good for the Giant Food downstairs?

Oh, let’s just think.

You could host at least one or two parties on the swimming pool deck (grills provided). You could provide beverages and snacks for a number of sit-and-chat sessions by the fire pit near the outdoor billiards tables. You could spring for popcorn on the monthly movie night, but management has that covered.

Or you might just want to keep the up-to-$6,000 to yourself, fill those designer pantries with premium goodies and enjoy life full stop at Notch 8.

Notch 8 is convenient to Route 1 and I-395, offering direct access to the District. The underground garage has EV charging stations and a Zipcar right next door.

Plus, there is a dedicated Metroway bus running every six minutes during rush hour to both the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Notch 8 is located at 2900 Main Line Blvd in Alexandria. Learn more about this free groceries sweepstakes on Notch 8’s website or call 866-811-1457.

The preceding was a promoted post written by ARLnow.com and sponsored by Notch 8.

by ARLnow.com — March 21, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

Tree in bloom in Fairlington

Arlington Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident — An Arlington man died Saturday after his motorcycle skidded out of control while he was trying to get on northbound I-395 from Route 236, near Landmark Mall in Alexandria. Altankhuyag Saintur, 26, was pronounced dead at Inova Fairfax Hospital. [Washington Post]

Firefighters Battle Blaze in Cherrydale — Arlington County firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a house fire on the 4000 block of Vacation Lane in Cherrydale early Saturday morning. No injuries were reported. [Twitter]

Shamrock Crawl Arrests — There were no major incidents during Saturday’s Shamrock Crawl in Clarendon, but nine people were arrested for drunken behavior. The Arlington County Police Department maintained a significant presence at the bar crawl — paid for by the organizers — which kept unruliness to a relative minimum. [WJLA]

Another Grocery Store for the Pike? — Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey would like to attract another food option for the western end of Columbia Pike, at least for the two years between when the Food Star store closes for construction and another grocery store opens in its place. [InsideNova]

Two Programs Planned at Arlington Mill Center — Arlington County has agreed to lease 9,400 square feet of third-floor space in the Arlington Mill Community Center to two local children’s programs: Aspire! After School Learning and Jane Franklin Dance. Aspire! will have 18 months to raise the funds to build out and lease the space, under a Letter of Intent signed with the county. [Arlington County]

by ARLnow.com — February 11, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

The following promoted post was written for ARLnow.com by Buzz McClain and sponsored by The Mill.

The Old Town Alexandria building now known as The Mill has been many things since it was built when James K. Polk was president in 1847. In its 169 years it has served as a cotton mill (hence the name), a bottling facility for a brewery, a spark plug factory and the headquarters of the international police chiefs association.

As of earlier this year, it is now a place you can live in — in modern, boutique loft-apartment splendor — with views of the Potomac River and the crucial convenience of a centralized location in historic Old Town.

The property developers, the locally based CAS Riegler, respected the historic integrity of the building while incorporating the amenities modern city dwellers expect in luxury apartment accommodations. So for example, you get useful USB-ports in rooms with soaring 10- to 15-foot ceilings; you get quartz countertops and soft-close high-end cabinetry in kitchens with rustic exposed brick walls.

“The architect and designers did a fantastic job of seamlessly integrating the vintage charm of the historic building–such as the exposed brick walls and ceiling beams–with the sophisticated and polished look of modern apartment living,” said Tracy Fones, chief operating officer of The Property Portfolio, the progressive-minded firm managing The Mill. “They mix remarkably well.”

Fones points out that of the 25 apartments in The Mill, several are two-levels. “They are nothing that you can find anywhere else,” he said. But they are moving fast: “Of the five penthouse two-level apartments, we have only two left.” In addition to the duplexes, there are a variety of single-level one and two bedroom apartments available with stunning original details and soaring ceiling heights that speak to the building’s industrial past.

Among highlights of the common areas, Fones points out The Mill has its own outdoor park coming soon with an art installation and a top-floor club room with video and Internet and a balcony with views across the Potomac of the colorful Capital Wheel at National Harbor.

Fones adds that The Mill has hard-to-find furnished short-term rentals available as well as long-term furnished rental arrangements. And he advises those interested to call for information on great spring leasing specials.

The Mill is at 515 Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria. For more information, contact the building management on The Mill website.

by ARLnow.com — January 13, 2016 at 1:20 pm 0

Police car lights(Updated at 6:50 p.m.) An 18-year-old Arlington man has been arrested and charged with a murder in Alexandria.

Edwin Umana was charged in the homicide of a 22-year-old man, Eduardo Almendarez, whose body was found stabbed in Four Mile Run Park, near Potomac Yard, on Dec. 4.

Alexandria Police say the the crime was “gang-motivated” and that Umana was a member of the MS-13 gang. Almendarez was not in the gang, said Alexandria Police spokesman Crystal Nosal.

Alexandria Police also today announced that three suspects were in custody in connection with the homicide of a 24-year-old man found dead at a playground in Alexandria’s Beverly Park. That murder was also perpetrated by MS-13 members, Nosal said.

The suspects and the victims of both crimes were all undocumented immigrants, according to police.

The press release about the arrest of Umana is below.

Alexandria Police have charged a suspect in connection with the homicide of Eduardo David Chandias Almendarez, who was found deceased in Four Mile Run Park on December 4, 2015.

Edwin Alexander Guerreo Umana, 18, of Arlington, was charged with Murder on January 13, 2016. He is being held without bond.

“The hard work of Alexandria Police detectives and vital assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations directly led to this arrest and closure for the victim’s family”, said Police Chief Earl Cook. “This homicide investigation continues and the Alexandria Police Department is unwavering in its determination to arrest all responsible for this young man’s death. The safety of this community is of utmost importance to us. ”

The Police Department asks that anyone with information about this investigation contact Detective William Oakley at 703.746.6606.

by ARLnow.com — November 9, 2015 at 9:20 am 0

Finish line at Tuckahoe Elementary (photo courtesy Buzz McClain)

Wakefield Wins, Ends Undefeated in Conference — The Wakefield Warriors football team defeated the Lee Lancers 50-18 on Friday to finish the regular season 8-2 and undefeated in the Capitol Conference. Wakefield will play in the first round of the 5A North Region playoffs on Friday. [InsideNova]

W-L Makes Playoffs with Win Against Yorktown — The Washington-Lee Generals secured a playoff spot and a 5-5 season with a win against cross-county rival Yorktown on Friday. It wrapped up Yorktown’s first losing season since 1995. [Washington Post]

I-66 ‘Worst Damn Freeway in America’ — Traffic-clogged I-66 is the worst interstate highway in America, so says the website Thrillist, based on federal highway data. I-10 in New Orleans was ranked the second worst.  [Thrillist]

Arlington to Get Development Boost at Alexandria’s Expense? — After years of losing big office tenants to Alexandria, the economic tables may be turning for Arlington County. This month Alexandria elected a new mayor who ran on a mildly anti-development platform, while Arlington elected two new County Board members who spoke in favor of economic development efforts. [Bisnow]

Photo courtesy Buzz McClain

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