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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Congratulations to you, dear reader, for making it to the end of this long, hot week.

On the plus side, it’s almost the weekend. On the downside, the heat is forecasted to continue, cancelling weekend events throughout the D.C. area.

It’s also been another week of post-flooding clean-up, with thousands of homeowners and business owners reportedly having filed for damages.

Some businesses have begun to re-open, while Westover residents launched a GoFundMe to repair their homes. We featured one affected family in our Pet of the Week column this week.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environmental Services is trying to fix a stream that mysteriously disappeared after the storm.

Reflecting on legacies has also been a running theme this past week — from the 100th anniversary of the Cherrydale fire house, to the 10th anniversary of District Taco. The decade-long debate over Columbia Pike transit stations also got a new funding push to build four bus stops.

And this week will surely go down in local lure as the first battle between two Arlington titans: Advanced Towing and Amazon.

In addition to the stories above, here are some others of note from the past week:

What was your favorite story this week? And how do you plan to beat the heat this weekend? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to discuss any other issue of local importance.


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

This has been a tough week for everyone affected by Monday’s unusual rain storm.

Since then, we’ve shared how flooding has impacted some Westover shops and Ballston’s SER restaurant — as well as dozens of residents who watched as their homes filled with water.

The storm also stranded commuters and damaged millions of dollars worth of county property. Thankfully, last night’s rain storm was more bark than bite despite flash flood watches earlier yesterday morning.

Arlington County declared an emergency earlier this week in an effort to secure state and perhaps federal aid. To help that effort, homeowners and businesses owners are asked to submit a damage report by today, Friday July 12.

If you’ve been hit hard by the floods, here are a few other resources to help you:

Let us know how you were affected by the floods, or discuss any other topic of local interest, in the comments below.


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s the 5th of July, which means you’ve survived the Fourth of July crowds and DCA delays and you’ve made it to the weekend.

While you’re cooling off from the heat, here are some other stories you might have missed:

How do you plan to celebrate the weekend? Feel free to discuss that or any other topic of local interest in the comments below.


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s Friday and nearly the Fourth of July, which means it’s hot and people are leaving town.

It’s been a busy week for transportation-related stories, between county plans for safety improvements on Military Road and Lorcom Lane and a new pedestrian-bicycle corridor. And officials shared more information about why scooters get dumped on trails and why sidewalk building takes so long.

A development in Rosslyn, meanwhile, announced plans to build a bike esplanade. And for all the complaints in the comment section about “Maryland tags,” there has to be some self-reflection that maybe we mostly ourselves to blame: a new Allstate report ranked Arlington pretty low for safe driving.

Here are the top five most-read posts from the past week:

Here are some other stories of note:

Feel free to discuss any of the stories above, or any other topic of local interest, in the comments.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s June 21, which means it’s officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year!

It’s been a big week for long-term projects in Arlington, with updates to the Rosslyn boathouse project and salary bumps for the Arlington County Board.

For the civically engaged among you, the county announced it will soon hold public meetings on Amazon’s first permanent buildings and code changes to allow the installation of 5G wireless technology. The county is also asking for residents to help test a new online permitting system.

Heading into the weekend, everyone might want to know ACPD is planning to close an intersection to investigate a crash, and Clarendon is planning a power outage.

Some other articles you may have missed this week include:

What’s your favorite article from the week? And what are your plans to make the most of the daylight this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to turn your attention away from primary politics and focus on the weekend ahead.

On Tuesday, incumbent prosecutor Theo Stamos lost her bid for re-election to challenger Parisa Dehghani-Tafti in an upset that some experts say is unprecedented in Arlington. And on the national election stage, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visited Arlington for a private fundraising event.

Now that that’s over, it’s time for the Columbia Pike Blues Festival and the Arlington County Board’s next meeting this Saturday about a development some hope will help a historic cemetery.

Here are a few other stories from this week you might have missed during the election whirlwind:

What was your favorite story this week? And how are you going to enjoy the sun this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s Friday, it’s pretty nice outside, it’s dog-walking time.

It’s also almost election time. Virginia’s primary elections are Tuesday, June 11 and Arlington has several candidates on the ballot this year. The race for commonwealth’s attorney has grown especially heated in recent weeks, raking in some serious campaign contributions and also sparking discussions about long-standing issues like how defense attorneys access criminal case documents.

If you’re a bit rusty at voting, or you’ve never voted, never fear! You can learn how to check your voter registration status here and look up the polling location where you cast your vote here.

For those looking for weekend activities, there’s a bevy of Pride-themed events, a discussion about the impacts of Amazon in local communities, and a “Rock-n-Recycle” festival where you can get a look for yourself at the composting process yours truly profiled.

And while you’re at it, feel free to check out some of our other articles you may have missed this week:

What is your plan for the weekend? And what was your favorite story from the past week? Let us know in the comments below.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s Friday which means you made it to the weekend: Congratulations you!

If you’ve made it this far, you waded through this week’s national news headlines to read our coverage on local issues like the School Board settling with the Department of Justice over allegations of inadequate services for some English-learner students.

And if you’re still reading, you’ve made it through Arlington’s power outages and the thunderstorm warning to read our analysis of why the county’s bar crawls have disappeared and how the county turns compost into fresh produce for a food bank.

This week’s dedicated readers will have also learned about new programs like a British soccer summer camp and a barbershop that’s bringing books to kids.

But in that newstorm you may have missed the many restaurant openings and closings around the county. Here’s just a few:

Also, if you’re missing two adorable pups, there’s late word that the Arlington County Fire Department helped to bring them to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington:

What was your favorite story this week? And how do you plan to spend your weekend? Let us know in the comments below.


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, and everyone seems to be gearing up for the holiday weekend — assuming you’re not already out of town.

Unless you’re one of the thousands of residents who lost power during the storm, or suffered damage to your cars and houses. As of 3 p.m. Dominion was still reporting 4,019 customers out of power in Arlington.

The storm was also a somber affair for Arlington’s arbor amorists who lost one of the county’s most prized trees in the squall.

Memorial Day activities like the Arlington National Cemetery’s annual “Flag-In” and flower distribution are continuing nonetheless.

This weekend also marks the start Metro’s “summer shutdown” of six Blue and Yellow Line Metrorail stations until September, and the last Rolling Thunder parade.

But even aside from the storms, the holiday preparations and latest Metropocolypse, it’s been a busy week for Arlington. Here’s a few tidbits from around town you might have missed:

What are your plans for the weekend? Let us know, and feel free to discuss any other issues of local interest, in the comments below.


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Summer is almost here and the weekend is now upon us — life is good.

Hopefully you had the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather today and bike to work — we spoke to several who joined in on the regional Bike to Work Day.

If you’re into alternative transportation you may also be interested in this week’s “Canstruction”ART bus at Ballston Quarter mall.

If this week rolled by quickly for you, here are some stories you might have missed along the way:

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


ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Another day, another week, and before you know it, it’s Friday again.

It’s been a busy week for news in this here 26 square miles. This week we’ve seen a Yorktown high schooler gain fame for his award-winning painting of immigrant children holding a “Bring Back Our Mom.” The artwork won a Congressional art competition. His prize? Getting to hang the painting in the U.S. Capitol.

Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate Parisa Dehghani Tafti also sparked a heated debate after accusing incumbent prosecutor Theo Stamos of not punishing instances of “police brutality” — an accusation several public safety groups denounced.

Speaking of public safety, today Arlington’s annual law enforcement memorial service was held in Courthouse.

Here are a few other articles from around town you might have missed this week.

Have thoughts on any of these articles you want to share? What about weekend plans? Let us know in the comments below.


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