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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

After four months of consistently high readership, today is the first non-holiday Friday during which our Google Analytics stats suggest that a fair number of people are on vacation.

If you have left Arlington to head to the beach, the lake or elsewhere, we hope you’re having fund and staying safe.

Here are the most-read articles of the past week:

  1. Petition Calls for Renaming Fairlington Bridge Amid Battle Over ‘BLM’ Art
  2. 14th Street Bridge Blocked By Protests
  3. Morning Poll: Should APS Students Go Back to Class Full-Time in the Fall?
  4. Arlington Sees Uptick in Coronavirus Cases While Hospitalizations Fall
  5. Backyard Homes: Building a Second Home on Your Property
  6. Takis Karantonis Wins County Board Special Election in Landslide
  7. Making Room: Uniting Against the McMansion
  8. ACPD Arrest Data Shows Race, Residency Disparities
  9. Arlington County Names New Chief Race and Equity Officer

Feel free to discuss those stories, or anything else of local interest, in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

Flickr pool photo by Vincent

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Happy Fourth of July weekend!

We’ll make this short and sweet so you can get on with your grilling, fireworks and travel (most likely via car). Here are the most-read articles this week on ARLnow:

  1. Police Investigating Fatal Columbia Pike Shooting
  2. People Keep Cutting Across I-395 to Get to the HOV Bridge
  3. Legal Insider: Fairfax Students with Learning Disabilities File Complaint Against FCPS
  4. Coronavirus Down to Six New Cases Per Day in Arlington
  5. Man Staggers to Police HQ After Being Stabbed at Party
  6. Taco Bamba Coming to Ballston
  7. ACPD Officers Punched, Splashed and Bit
  8. After Surviving COVID-19, Arlington Restaurateur Hopes to Bring New Meaning to His Life
  9. NPS Trying to Figure Out How to Remove Car That Ran Down GW Parkway Embankment

Feel free to discuss those or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a great holiday!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It was another busy week in Arlington, but one bit of good news held up for the entire week: Arlington’s coronavirus prognosis continues to look good.

With relatively few new infections and an improving local economic outlook, there’s reason for optimism. But as Texas and Florida shows, there remains a possibility that the virus could come back and disrupt Arlington’s economy anew.

That’s all the more reason to wear a mask while indoors in a public place or outdoors in a crowd.

Here are the most-read ARLnow articles of the past week:

  1. County Manager’s Memo Regarding Removal of Black Lives Matter Chalk Art
  2. Va. Attorney General Sues Advanced Towing
  3. Virginia to Enter ‘Phase 3’ Reopening Next Week
  4. APS to Propose Students Spending Two Days in Classrooms Per Week
  5. Arlingtonians Seem To Be Encountering Snakes More Often, But Locals Shouldn’t Be Rattled
  6. ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign in Front of Church Vandalized
  7. Signature Theatre Denies Sexual Assault Allegation Against Co-Founder
  8. Gas Station Carjacking Leads to Arrest
  9. As Arlington Coronavirus Metrics Hit Fresh Lows, a Nervous Calm
  10. Morning Poll: Time to Rename Lee Highway?

Feel free to discuss those or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

A busy week has has given way to what looks to be a beautiful weekend.

We are grateful this week for the passion of those protesting in Arlington and elsewhere, the medical recovery of long-time ARLnow commenter Flood Czar, and the support of our readers and sponsors — who have propelled our readership to record levels and who have allowed us to stay business through the pandemic with no layoffs.

Now, here are the most-read articles of the week:

  1. Northern Virginia to Enter ‘Phase 2’ Reopening on Friday
  2. Ballston Hosting ‘Retro’ Drive-In Movie Showing
  3. Vice President’s Maskless Visit to Trump HQ in Rosslyn Criticized
  4. Pupatella Searching for New Arlington Location
  5. After Lull, A Rise in Coronavirus Cases in Arlington
  6. Sixty Years Ago, A Two-Week Civil Rights Battle Raged Across Arlington Eateries
  7. Thousands Participate in Saturday Marches in Arlington
  8. List: Black-Owned Businesses In Arlington
  9. More Demonstrations Planned Today in Arlington
  10. Crash After Police Chase Blocks I-66

Feel free to discuss those and other issues of local interest in the comments.

Photo courtesy James Mahony

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It was a historic week in Arlington, D.C. and across the country.

Missed any of our coverage? You can find it here.

Here are the most-read articles of the past week:

  1. Arlington Officers Ordered to ‘Immediately Leave D.C.’
  2. Black Lives Matter Protest Underway in Clarendon
  3. Virginia’s ‘Phase 2’ Reopening to Start Friday, But Will Exclude N. Va. for Now
  4. Protest Marches Planned in Arlington Through Sunday
  5. Teen to Be Charged in Hit and Run That Killed Dog
  6. D.C. Police Blocking Traffic from Key Bridge to Georgetown as Businesses Board Up
  7. County Leaders Defend ACPD Officers Who Were Recalled from D.C. Protests
  8. Arlington Sees Significant Drop in New Coronavirus Cases
  9. Photos: Peaceful Protest Marches from Shirlington to Ballston

Feel free to discuss those or any other topics of local interest in the comments.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Arlington is reopening, but the reopening is a bit uneven.

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall, which is starting to reopen, was nearly empty around lunchtime, as seen above. In Clarendon, meanwhile, the outdoor patios of restaurants were busy and The Lot beer garden was especially packed Friday evening.

Here are the most-read articles of the past week:

  1. Neighborhood Abuzz Over Bear Sighting in East Falls Church
  2. N. Va. Expected to Reopen, Masks Required on Friday
  3. Distance Learning to Start School Year ‘Very Probable,’ APS Says (May 22)
  4. Local Gentlemen’s Club Reopening Friday, Sans Dancers
  5. State Police Chase Ends in Pentagon City
  6. Testing Up, Deaths Now Over 100 As Reopening in Sight
  7. County Board Approves Process for Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Seating Areas
  8. Yorktown Principal Apologizes for Banner Seen as Racist (May 21)
  9. Arlington Hits a Few Bumps in Park Reopening Process

Feel free to discuss those or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

Photo courtesy Ryan Kelly

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Good news: a holiday weekend is here.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to be able to continue working, you are likely getting an extra day off. This is especially welcome if you’ve been working while trying to wrangle kids at home.

ARLnow’s news coverage will be taking a break, barring breaking news, until Tuesday. In the meantime, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Yorktown Principal Apologizes for Banner Seen as Racist
  2. Tall Man Wearing Short Shorts Prompts Call to Police
  3. ACFD Helps Battle Fire at Edy’s Chicken & Steak on Route 7
  4. Boston Market Closes Permanently on Columbia Pike
  5. Data Shows Demographic Disparities in Arlington’s Coronavirus Cases
  6. Two Teens Arrested for Vandalism at New Middle School
  7. Arlington County Planning to Distribute Free Masks
  8. Coronavirus Hospitalizations Down, Cases Continue to Rise in Arlington (May 18)
  9. National Guard Conducts Mass Testing at Local Senior Care Facility

Feel free to discuss those or other topics in the comments. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s a warm end to what started as a cold week.

With summer knocking on the door, there is a sense of both hope and foreboding in the air. We might be getting close to a gradual return to normal life, at last, but what if things go horribly wrong?

Via Twitter, here’s a scene tonight that probably doesn’t portend good things:

Ultimately, there is no crystal ball to tell us how things will turn out — we’ll just have to take it one day at a time, as we’ve been doing for the past two months.

One thing we are able to state with certainty: the most-read articles on ARLnow over the past week.

  1. Governor Allowing N. Va. to Reopen After Memorial Day
  2. Arlington Asks for Pause on N. Va. Reopening Amid One-Week Slowdown in New Cases
  3. APS Preparing for Possibility of Virtual Classes in the Fall
  4. Six Additional Coronavirus Deaths in Arlington Reported Overnight
  5. County Board Considers Mask Mandate but Hamstrung by Dillon Rule
  6. Police Investigating Suspicious Death Near Ballston
  7. Walk-In COVID-19 Clinic to Open on Columbia Pike Tomorrow
  8. Zip Code Data Shows Elevated Case Level Along Columbia Pike
  9. APS Class Sizes Will Increase by One in the Fall

Feel free to discuss those or other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

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Another week of business as abnormal has come and gone, as Arlington continues to adjust to life during a pandemic and prepare for a gradual reopening of the state.

Not helping matters is the generally wet and cool weather, which has been keeping people inside when the outdoors and sunshine might be what we need most right now — other than a vaccine, obviously. More May-like temperatures appear to be a week away.

Here are the most-read articles of the past week on ARLnow:

  1. Grocery Store Fight Leads to Suspect Stop on Route 50
  2. Zip Code Data Shows Elevated Case Level Along Columbia Pike
  3. What’s Next: Virginia Reopening as Cases Hit Peak in Arlington
  4. Arlington Coronavirus Cases Up 135 Since Friday (May 4)
  5. Arlington’s Mexican Restaurants Were Swarmed on Cinco de Mayo
  6. Governor: Easing of Business Closures May Be in Sight
  7. New Mexican Restaurant Opening Tuesday in Shirlington
  8. New Ballston Quarter Promotions Aim to Support Restaurants and Food Banks
  9. Nationwide Search Finds New APS Superintendent in Fairfax County

Feel free to discuss those or any other topics of local interest in the comments.

And for your weekend viewing, here is a video conversation we had with Arlington Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kate Bates last night.

Fireside Chat with Kate Bates of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Last night ARLnow sat down for a fireside chat with Kate Bates, President and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. We discussed the state of the business community during the pandemic, what the future might look like, and the work Kate and the Chamber are doing.

Posted by Arlington Now on Friday, May 8, 2020

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May has arrived, and with it some warmer, sunnier weather — at least for now.

The past week saw literally more local news than we could cover, so we’ll be trying to catch up on some of the stories we have not gotten to yet on Monday.

In the meantime, here are the most-read stories from the past week:

  1. Police: Man Threw Dogs from Apartment Balcony
  2. Blue Angels, Thunderbirds to Fly Over Arlington on Saturday
  3. Driver Charged in Serious Crash on N. Glebe Road
  4. AWLA: Rabid Fox Attacked Two Cats in Fairlington
  5. Protest Against Rent Planned Along Columbia Pike Friday
  6. Arlington Coronavirus Deaths Rise as Cases Approach 1,000
  7. Just Reduced Properties in Arlington (April 29)
  8. N. Glebe Road Blocked By Serious Crash
  9. Arlington County Summer Programs Cancelled

Feel free to discuss those or other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a safe and healthy weekend!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

After a week’s hiatus, the weekend discussion post is back.

Given the lack of a post last weekend, we’ll take a look back at the most-read Arlington stories of the past two weeks.

  1. N. Glebe Road Blocked By Serious Crash
  2. Food Giveaway Causes Huge Traffic Jam on Columbia Pike
  3. Clarendon Trader Joe’s Closed Again As More Local Store Employees Test Positive
  4. Police Investigating Death Behind Fairlington Fire Station
  5. Former County Board Member Erik Gutshall Has Died
  6. Arlington Restaurants Open for Takeout and Delivery
  7. APS Plan to Delay Teaching New Material Until Fall Irks Some Parents
  8. Local Restaurant Sues Insurance Company Over Lack of Business Interruption Payment
  9. Metro to Close Silver Line This Summer

Feel free to discuss those stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

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