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New ‘Best of Arlington’ List — Arlington Magazine is out with its annual “Best of Arlington” list. This year’s winners include The Liberty Tavern for Best Restaurant in Arlington, Ambar Clarendon for Best New Restaurant and Clare & Don’s Beach Shack in Falls Church for Best Outdoor Dining.

Tattoo Expo Returning — The D.C. Tattoo Expo is coming back to Arlington for another year. The expo is being held Jan. 12-14 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. [D.C. Tattoo Expo]

Arlington Commute Near Average — Arlington residents have a 28.3-minute commute from home to work, on average, comparable to the statewide average of 28.1 minutes, according to the Census Bureau’s latest American Communities Survey. [InsideNova]

Snow, Bitter Cold in Forecast — A ‘monster storm’ will bring bitter cold, strong winds and — according to the latest forecasts — 1-2 inches of snow between tonight and Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service is warning of possible impacts on the Thursday morning commute. [Capital Weather Gang, Twitter, Twitter]

NBC Profiles ‘Arlington Ladies’ — The “Arlington Ladies,” a group of women who are a part of every funeral at Arlington National Cemetery since 1948, were profiled by Lester Holt on last night’s NBC Nightly News broadcast. [NBC News]

REIT Acquires Rosslyn Office Building — “Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE: WRE) has reached a deal to acquire a Rosslyn office tower for $250 million, one of its largest office deals in recent history as the District-based developer seeks to rebalance its D.C.-area portfolio.” [Washington Business Journal]

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Library May Set Summer Reading Record — Arlington Public Library is tantalizingly close to setting a new record for participation in its summer reading program. Last year a record 7,371 students participated in the program. This year the library is “just a handful away” from reaching that number. [Sun Gazette]

Road Closures for Buckingham Festival — The Arlington County Police Department will be assisting with traffic control for the Buckingham Festival this weekend. From about 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, N. Pershing Drive will be closed between N. Glebe Road and N. Thomas Street. [Arlington County Police]

Arlington Mag Taking ‘Best Of’ Votes — Arlington Magazine has started taking votes for its inaugural ‘Best of Arlington’ poll. Among the dozens of individual categories are Best Restaurant, Best Realtor, Best Dog Park and Best Cosmetic Surgeon. [Arlington Magazine]

Photo courtesy Peter Roof

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Sneak Peek: First ‘Arlington Magazine’ Cover

The premier issue of Arlington Magazine has started rolling off the presses.

The bimonthly lifestyle magazine should start hitting newsstands and subscribers’ mailboxes late next week. In the meantime, we’ve been sent a sneak peek of the cover (left).

Articles in the new magazine include a profile of NBC News correspondent and Arlington resident Chuck Todd (entitled: “I’m Not Ron Burgundy”), a look at eating disorders among adult women, a feature on mom-and-pop eateries in a time of restaurant “gentrification” and an obligatory chat with ‘Arlington Rap’ guy Remy Munasifi.

There are also restaurant reviews, real estate statistics, a listing of community events and more.

See the press release on the magazine’s first issue, after the jump.

Residents in and around Arlington, Va. now have a magazine to call their own with the launch of Arlington Magazine. The new print magazine, the sibling publication of Bethesda Magazine, explores and celebrates life in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

“Arlington Magazine brings the spirit of our community to life,” said Greg Hamilton, publisher and co-founder of Arlington Magazine. “There is a tremendous sense of pride in our community and Arlington Magazine taps into residents’ desire to learn more about where they live and feel more deeply connected to it.”

Hamilton launches the new bimonthly magazine with partner Steve Hull, a veteran publisher who owns Bethesda Magazine, which launched in 2004 and has achieved widespread popularity in the communities it serves.

“We believe that Arlington Magazine—like Bethesda Magazine—will be successful because it will deliver high quality content that is truly local and relevant, while providing local businesses with a targeted, cost-effective way to reach educated, affluent residents,” Hull said.

Published six times a year, Arlington Magazine brings the editorial and design standards of a national magazine to the community while covering the lives and lifestyles of local residents. Twenty-five thousand copies of the first issue will be distributed to subscribers and prospective subscribers, local newsstands and other retail establishments, and prominent public places, such as doctors and dentists’ offices.

Regular topics in Arlington Magazine include people, homes and real estate, restaurants, health and fitness, beauty, shopping and style, parenting, schools and education, community issues, arts and entertainment, regional travel and local history.

Hamilton launches Arlington Magazine with 20 years of experience in magazine publishing and digital media. Prior to co-founding Arlington Magazine, he was the chief marketing officer for Congressional Quarterly. Hamilton is a long-time Arlington resident. Hull has been in the magazine publishing business for more than 25 years. He was senior vice president at Atlantic Media before he launched Bethesda Magazine. Jenny Sullivan is the editor of Arlington Magazine. Previously, she was the senior architecture and design editor for Builder Magazine.

To learn more or to subscribe, please visit www.ArlingtonMagazine.com.

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Morning Poll: Arlington Magazine

“Arlington has it all,” proclaims the web site of the county’s newest paper-based publication. “Active, educated residents. Amazing schools. Great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Beautiful neighborhoods. And a strong sense of community… And now it has a magazine.”

‘Arlington Magazine’ will begin publishing six times a year starting in late October. The magazine “will bring the editorial and design standards of a national magazine to our community while covering the lives and lifestyles of local residents.”

In the words of the Washington Business Journal’s Missy Frederick, it “looks like WBJ and ARLnow will now have some competition breaking such tidbits as ‘Where will the new Dr. Dremo’s sign a lease?'”

According to the magazine’s media kit, Arlington Magazine will serve Arlington, McLean and Falls Church. It will have an initial circulation of 20,000 25,000 copies, 15,000 of which will be “mailed to subscribers, prospective subscribers, and community and business leaders.”

How interested are you in a new bimonthly magazine about Arlington?

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