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by ARLnow.com — February 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm 2,756 82 Comments

County Manager Barbara Donnellan discusses her proposed budget in 2011County Manager Barbara Donnellan has announced job cuts within Arlington County government.

The cuts are being made to help plug a $25-50 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year. Donnellan will outline her proposed FY 2014 budget to members of the media on Wednesday afternoon. The budget is expected to include a mix of cuts and tax hikes.

On Friday, in a memo to county employees (below) obtained by ARLnow.com, Donnellan announced that the county is cutting 46 staff positions, including 20 that are currently filled. She also said that the county has instituted a hiring slowdown and that 20 employees have taken an early retirement package.

The county is working to place the 20 employees whose positions were cut in other open positions within county government, Donnellan said.

To: All County Employees
Re: Balancing the FY 2014 Budget
Date: February 15, 2013

I’m sure you are aware that we are grappling with a $25 million gap for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget.

As a County we have taken many steps to help close that gap, and I am proud of the way departments have embraced this challenge. To close the gap, we will need to use a combination of tax rate increases and spending cuts.

As a part of the spending cuts, we instituted a hiring slow down a few months ago, which limits the pace at which departments may fill openings. Another piece of the strategy was to offer an Early Retirement Window for eligible employees, and 20 employees participated in that program.

After much thoughtful discussion, we have made the difficult decision to cut 46 County staff positions. Unfortunately, of these, 20 are currently filled, and we are working to move these employees into other open positions. The department directors and I do not take this decision lightly; these are among the toughest decisions that we have to make. We are making every attempt to place those employees into other positions within the County. If we are, for some reason, unable to match an employee with an open position, the employee will receive a severance package.

These are difficult fiscal times. We are aware that over the last few years, we have asked you to do more with less – taking up more work when a colleague retires and isn’t replaced; addressing new and increasing service demands due to our growing population; performing administrative work in addition to normal job duties.

We are successful only because of the strength of our staff, and I am grateful for your continued dedication and service to our community.

Sincerely,

Barbara M. Donnellan

by Mark Kelly — February 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm 644 62 Comments

The Right Note is a weekly opinion column by published on Thursdays. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.

GOP county board candidate Mark KellyIn politics, when you are explaining, you are losing. This is a tried and true statement.

Terry McAuliffe, the Democrats’ nominee for governor, is trying to explain away his decision to locate a GreenTech Automotive plant, and the 1,500 manufacturing jobs that go with it, in Mississippi instead of Virginia.

McAuliffe initially tried to blame the GreenTech plant location decision on a lack of support from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. After examining the email trail on the matter, PolitiFact rated McAuliffe’s claim as “false,” and the AP seems to agree. It appears that McAuliffe’s company never really tried that hard to put the plant here in Virginia.

While we cannot blame a company for locating its facilities in a state that makes the most sense for its bottom line, it is certainly fair game to ask why McAuliffe, and his well known gubernatorial ambitions, did not locate the plant and jobs here. McAuliffe has maintained an active political presence pointed to the 2013 campaign in Virginia since losing to Creigh Deeds in the 2009 Democratic primary.

Every governor wants, or should want, to create an environment where businesses develop and grow. Governor McDonnell has made it a point of emphasis for Virginia to rank high on the list of “best states to do business” each year. Both McAuliffe and the Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli will likely make the economy a top issue in their campaigns.

GreenTech was the perfect business for McAuliffe to point to for his economic bonafides in a run for governor of Virginia. It appeals to Northern Virginia concerns about transportation and the environment. And, he could have certainly found a suitable location in Virginia with a manufacturing labor force ready to go.

So, it is hard to understand why he would not attempt to move heaven and earth to locate the GreenTech plant here in Virginia rather than outsourcing to Mississippi.

McAuliffe’s bigger problem with voters may not even be that he made a controversial business decision, but that he felt compelled to try and rewrite history about the decision. By attempting to spin his way out of the problem, he actually made the problem worse. Now, McAuliffe can probably look forward to hearing “he created hundreds of jobs in Mississippi instead of Virginia then lied about it” all the way through election day in November.

Mark Kelly is a former Arlington GOP Chairman and two-time Republican candidate for Arlington County Board.

by ARLnow.com — February 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm 586 0

Loyalty Pet Car logoLoyalty® Pet Care, a local pet care services company serving Arlington County, is seeking a part-time professional dog walker.

The job description and requirements are as follows.

Never walk alone. Physical fitness with a furry twist, our part time dog walking positions are the right balance of time/energy for students, retirees, entrepreneurs and stay at home moms. Our employees love PETS and PEOPLE alike, and eagerly deliver a regular routine of high quality care & interaction with a consistent roster of clients in a tight geographic area within ARLINGTON, VA.

  • COMPENSATION: Paid on a generous per visit basis averaging between $14 and $17 per hour, 100% tips & expenses, cancellation, holiday and overtime pay.
  • HOURS: Monday – Friday 10AM – 4PM
  • TRAINING: This is a professional position that starts immediately after successful completion of required FREE & PAID field and classroom training, including PetTech® CPR, First Aid Certification and Safety Furst™ Urban WalkPro™ dog walking safety training as well as a foundation in canine behavior and body language.

REQUIREMENTS

  • SELF-MOTIVATED ANIMAL LOVER
  • LONG TERM commitment at a minimum of six months is required.
  • Joining a supportive TEAM, where you never stop learning about pets and their behavior, nutrition, enrichment, safety and care.
  • Your permanent home address is within TEN miles of our service area in Arlington County.
  • You authorize permission to run a full criminal BACKGROUND CHECK.
  • You possess a reliable insured AUTO and valid driver’s license.
  • You possess a reliable SMARTPHONE you are willing to use for work.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter “explaining why you feel you would be a great addition to the Loyalty Team” to [email protected], AND complete the online application at http://www.loyaltypet.com/apply.

by ARLnow.com — January 25, 2013 at 9:40 am 694 21 Comments

An ice resurfacer at the Pentagon Row ice rink

School Enrollment Surging — Enrollment in Arlington Public Schools is now projected to increase from 22,657 pre-K to 12th grade students today to 30,777 students by the 2023-24 school year. The projections suggest that enrollment will near 27,000 by the 2017-18 school year, breaking the previous record for APS enrollment. [Sun Gazette]

Ukrainian Mayor Presents Library With Sculpture — Viktor Anushkevychus, the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Arlington’s sister city in Ukraine, presented Arlington Central Library with a metal sculpture of a tree yesterday. [Arlington Public Library]

Libby Garvey Looking for New Assistant — Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey is seeking a new aide in the County Board office, after her previous aide left for a new position in the county. “If you know of anyone who might be interested in the position, please encourage them to check out the announcement and apply,” she said in a recent email to supporters. The full-time job pays between $39,062 and $63,523, plus benefits. [Arlington County]

Model Bootcamp Coming to Pentagon City — A “bootcamp” for wanna-be models is coming to the Pentagon City mall on Saturday. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will host a promotional event for “The Face,” a new modeling competition show on the Oxygen network. Participants will be put through a “casting session” that will include a short photo shoot; in the end, they’ll be emailed an animated GIF of photos from the shoot. [Oxygen]

by ARLnow.com — January 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm 523 0

Looking for a job? Know someone who is? ARLnow.com periodically highlights job openings in the area. If you’re an employer with a position to fill, contact [email protected]

Il Forno logoHelp Wanted: Wait Staff, Bus Boys, & Kitchen Crew

NEW Northern Italian Cuisine restaurant seeks inspired, high quality team-members that are professional & committed to delivering SUPERIOR customer service.

Our ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of experience.

Hard-working, motivated, & energetic apply within:

900 N. Glebe Road
Arlington VA.

by ARLnow.com — January 16, 2013 at 9:05 am 975 24 Comments

Foggy lights at Washington-Lee High School by Ddimick

No More Checks for State Tax Refunds — Starting this year, Virginia is no longer sending checks for state tax refunds. Instead, the Commonwealth will only issue refunds by direct deposit or by prepaid debit card. The debit cards are issued by a vendor at no cost to the state; the change is expected to save taxpayers about $200,000 in printing and mailing costs. [Virginia Dept. of Taxation]

Jobs, Wages Decline in Arlington — While wages in Arlington remain high, average wages and the number of jobs in Arlington both declined in the second quarter of 2012, according to new federal data. The decline is worrying some local real estate developers. [Sun Gazette]

Ovechkin Collides With Teammate at Kettler — At a practice yesterday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston, Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin and center Marcus Johansson collided at mid-ice. The collision sent both players to the ground, but they’re both said to be “okay.” [CSN Washington, Washington Post]

Flickr pool photo by Ddimick

by ARLnow.com — January 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm 595 0

Looking for a job? Know someone who is? ARLnow.com periodically highlights job openings in the area. If you’re an employer with a position to fill, contact [email protected] to find out how we can help get your listing out in front of our talented, well-educated readership.

Urban Igloo logoIt’s been a rough few years for real estate professionals. But DC has the #1 rental market in the country, and Urban Igloo is at its forefront. That’s why we’re hiring a full-time Northern Virginia leasing agent to join our team who are passionate about helping renters find the perfect apartment.

What You Do

As a full-time matchmaker for DC-area renters and landlords, you will:

  • Search our web-based property database and find the best matches
  • Meet with qualified renters and landlords in one of our offices
  • Coordinate with DC-area renters and landlords to set up appointments
  • Take photos and videos of new listings and help present them effectively on our website
  • Oversee the background check and lease signing process
  • Generate additional landlord and renter leads to maximize your business.

What You Get

  • Potential of $50,000+ per year
  • Qualified renter leads to help you grow your real estate business
  • Intensive one-on-one training with our professional real estate veterans
  • Tools and resources to close your first deal within one month (including license reimbursement)
  • Administrative support for renter screening, scheduling, applications, and lease process
  • A gateway to a successful career in commercial or residential real estate
  • Experience with new media and customer relationship management
  • A fun bunch of co-workers in a fast-growing, entrepreneurial company

What You Need

  • You have a background in retail, sales, leasing, or real estate
  • You own a safe, clean vehicle and enjoy driving
  • You know the Arlington, Alexandria, Tysons Corner and Reston areas
  • You are comfortable working weekends and getting paid on a commission basis
  • You are hardworking, outgoing, friendly, and professional

Apply for this position at http://www.urbanigloo.com/about/jobs/dc_rental_agent.php

Our twitter handle is @urban_igloo and our Facebook page is Facebook.com/urbanigloo

by ARLnow.com — January 2, 2013 at 11:25 am 2,871 0

Looking for a job? Know someone who is? Starting today, ARLnow.com will periodically be highlighting job openings in the area. If you’re an employer with a position to fill, contact [email protected] to find out how we can help get your listing out in front of our talented, well-educated readership.

SCLLC Logo - WashingtonStrategic Communications, LLC seeks a Public Relations/Public Affairs Consultant for the company’s Washington, D.C. office.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • 50% – public relations planning and execution; 30% – government relations analysis, advocacy and response, 20% new business development
  • Public relations focus — energy, education, and healthcare industries
    • Develop and execute strategic communications plans, including media and community outreach, incorporating ability for two-way dialogue with key audiences – research, prepare and distribute news releases, Op-Eds, and messages via new media, conduct follow up with wide variety of stakeholders, including the media
    • Track news and conversations related to clients and industries; assist with communications development and outreach with and on behalf of clients
  • Government relations focus — energy, environmental technologies, and high tech industries
    • Monitor legislation and regulatory issues facing clients; review, analyze and prepare written comments/testimony for legislative/regulatory proceedings; cultivate business relationships with policymakers at state government level
  • Business development focus — existing and new industries
    • Use existing professional network to identify potential leads, develop proposals for new business, and successfully conclude agreements with new clients
    • Identify opportunities for business in related industries to existing client base, or new industries that have a need for SCLLC services and products
    • Meet annual goals for new business development, scaled to business network size, experience, and expertise
  • Provide integral client support and strategy assistance

(more…)

by ARLnow.com — October 2, 2012 at 10:05 am 4,070 129 Comments

Last week, an opinion piece in Bloomberg View theorized that the Washington area is boring and un-hip “because it’s full of people who work for and around the government.”

Undoubtedly, there are lots of people in the area, and in Arlington in particular, who work for or around the government. And employment estimates bear that out. But does that really tell the full story?

Putting aside whether we’re collectively boring, let’s find out just how many of us are directly connected to the government.


by ARLnow.com — August 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm 15,739 56 Comments

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, a new Mexican restaurant in Clarendon, has started hiring and is hoping to open as soon as Oct. 1.

The restaurant is opening in the former Market Tavern space at 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Interior construction is still underway, but the restaurant started accepting applications from job candidates this week. Job applications — for server, bartender, cooks and other positions — will be accepted through Sept. 7, according to the Market Common shopping center website.

Like Market Tavern (formerly Harry’s Tap Room), Fuego will have two levels: a tequila bar featuring more than 120 tequilas on the first level, and a restaurant serving Mexican small plates and entrees on the second level.

“Fuego [Cocina] y Tequileria will be a temple of traditional Mexican cuisine serving in-your-face-food with authentic, robust, not-for-the-faint-of-heart flavors and textures,” according to the restaurant’s new website. Once it opens this fall, Fuego will serve dinner seven nights a week and will also be open for weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Fuego is owned by the Passion Food Restaurant Group, which also owns DC Coast, Acadiana, Ceiba, District Commons and Burger Tap and Shake in the District, and Passionfish in Reston. The new restaurant will be helmed by Chef Alfredo Solis, who has been the chef at District Commons and Burger Tap and Shake.

by ARLnow.com — May 11, 2012 at 11:45 am 5,007 11 Comments

If you’ve ever wanted to become an Arlington firefighter or EMT, now’s your chance.

Arlington County is beginning a new round of firefighter/EMT recruitment starting today, May 11. According to a fire department recruitment web page, the process will remain open through Tuesday May 22, 2012.

The application process for becoming an Arlington firefighter is a bit daunting, however. The following are the steps one must go through in order to be offered the job, according to the fire department website:

  • Submission of online application
  • Application screening
  • Communication of eligibility via letter and/or email
  • Written examination
  • CPAT Practice Sessions
  • Submission of Background Package
  • CPAT Official Test
    Fingerprinting & Ongoing Background Investigation
  • Panel Interview with Fire Department Personnel
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological and Physical Examinations
  • Uniform Fitting
  • Interview with the Fire Chief
  • Final Offer of Employment

by ARLnow.com — March 20, 2012 at 11:00 am 9,384 47 Comments

According to a leading jobs website for those with security clearances, the average security-cleared employee in the Washington region earned $97,838 in 2011.

ClearanceJobs.com says that figure represents a 4 percent increase from one year ago. By comparison, the national average security-cleared salary was $76,152 in 2011. According to the website’s survey, there was no pay gap between men and women working in the same position.

Though average salaries may be high, security-cleared workers are increasingly worried about the future. The survey — of 11,000 security-cleared professionals — indicated that 43 percent were afraid of the loss of contract funding, 40 percent were afraid of increased work loads as a result of staff cuts, 38 percent were afraid of their position being eliminated, and 31 percent worried about their position being relocated, perhaps as a result of BRAC.

by ARLnow.com — March 12, 2012 at 10:30 am 4,175 35 Comments

Green Pig Bistro (1025 N. Fillmore Street) in Clarendon has been hiring as of late, but they’re not looking to employ just anybody.

According to a Craigslist ad, the soon-to-open restaurant, which promises to serve “obscure” cuts of meat in the style of a rustic French bistro, is looking for “only those with serious food passion.”

“Don’t expect to find loins, micro greens and baby veg here,” the help wanted ad says. “Think sous vide. Think obscure cuts of meat in their finest form — food that is hearty, not heavy; sustainable and with proper technique above all.”

The ad continued: “Prior frustration with fine dining service is preferred.”

Chef/owner Scot Harlan, who used to work under celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, told ARLnow.com last month that his biggest investment in the restaurant will be hiring good people in the kitchen.

In addition to line cooks, sous-chefs, and pastry-sous, the Craigslist ad also seeks hosts and servers.

“We will be employing an eSavvy staff and familiarity with iPhones, iPods, and iPads is a plus,” the ad says, noting that the restaurant will be using wireless iPads as the point of sale system (instead of traditional cash registers and/or credit card readers).

by ARLnow.com — December 28, 2011 at 10:24 am 1,673 2 Comments

An Arlington resident has created a new web-based video series.

Mike Kravinsky, 57, was working as a video editor and technical editor for the ABC News D.C. bureau when, in 2010, he decided to take a buyout package offered by the company. After 29 years at ABC, Kavinsky now found himself pondering what to do next. In the end, he decided to pursue a passion for filmmaking by creating a six-part scripted video series.

“The Nextnik,” as the series is called, follows the trials and tribulations of Larry Zimmerman, a 55-year-old upper-middle management type who is abruptly fired and has a year to find a new vocation before his severance money runs out.

The series — which is described as part drama, part comedy — was filmed in Arlington, at locations like Java Shack, Restaurant 3, Silver Diner (Clarendon) and several residential locations. Additional filming took place in the District and at Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Kravinsky says The Nextnik is especially topical given the current state of the job market.

“As the economy improves, many people are exploring starting over professionally, whether by choice or layoff,” Kravinsky said. “‘The Nextnik’ will focus on both professional and personal reinvention.”

The first episode of the series will premiere on the web on Jan. 1.

by ARLnow.com — November 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm 3,984 28 Comments

Memphis Barbeque, a new restaurant that’s starting to wrap up construction in Crystal City, is now hiring.

The restaurant (320 South 23rd Street) recently posted a help wanted ad on Craigslist seeking bartenders, servers, cooks, and hostesses. The ad also described the concept behind the $750,000 restaurant.

“We are Metropolitan Washington’s first upscale-casual BBQ restaurant featuring authentic hickory-pit smoked barbeque and live hickory grilled meats, fish and seafood,” the ad said.

Memphis Barbeque is taking the place of the shuttered Mackey’s Public House.

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