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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!

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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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Another Friday is upon us. Why not take some extra time this weekend to dust off your resume and submit it to Amazon?

The retail giant has started the hiring process for its HQ2 in Arlington. New employees will begin working at a temporary office in June.

Arlington foodies had a lot to talk about this week. Kona Grill restaurant closed in Rosslyn, Starbucks is planning a drive-thru location on Lee Highway, True Food Kitchen is preparing for its grand opening and Riverside Hot Pot is offering a new take on traditional Chinese fare in Clarendon. Also, like a phoenix, the Ballston IHOP is set to reopen this weekend after an April 9 fire.

Also this weekend, police will be closing several roadways in North Arlington on Saturday, May 4, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. for the 2019 Jamestown Elementary 5K race.

Here are some of the other stories you may have missed this week:

Let us know your weekend plans and feel free to discuss these stories — or any other topic of local interest — in the comments below.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s Friday, which means Arlington County is finally done with budget season — oh and it’s almost the weekend!

In addition to passing a $1.4 billion budget this week, the County Board also voted to rename Jefferson Davis Highway.

In fact, they voted on so many things of note, it’s almost impossible to summarize it all in one breath: getting rid of glass recycling, updating the county’s bike infrastructure plan; updating the public spaces master plan (coverage of that coming Monday), granting permission for Ballston Quarter to hang up some real big TVs, approving an incentive package for Gerber, approving a couple of outdoor cafes, and awarding some trees.

Outside of the dais there was also plenty of Arlington news this week. Here’s some of what you might have missed:

Let us know your weekend plans and feel free to discuss these stories — or any other topic of local interest — in the comments below.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

(Updated 04/21/19) Well it’s Friday, which means the holiday festivities are officially upon us!

If you’re looking for places to celebrate Easter, Passover Seder, or any Earth Day-themed events we have you covered.

Speaking of covered, the National Weather Service says to expect storms, potentially including severe storms and maybe even an isolated tornado, with heavy rain through the night.

This could be bad news considering the county announced that ground water levels are already 5 feet higher than they were two years ago. For more on that, as well as some tips on keeping your home water-free, check out the article yours truly wrote earlier this week.

After you’re done battening down the hatches, feel free to get swept away by some of our top stories from the past week:

  1. Closing Time: The Last Days of Mister Days
  2. More Housing Proposed for Ballston Harris Teeter Redevelopment
  3. Ragtime and Rhodeside Rrill Owner Wilson Whitney Dies
  4. Pupatella Coming to South Arlington
  5. Mac and Cheese Festival Coming to Ballston

What’s your favorite rainy-day story, or movie? Let us know, and tell us what you think of our articles in the comments below.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Another Friday, another week, another robocall, and you’re still hanging in there. Good for you.

Here’s a few tips from this reporter on how to stay on top of what’s coming down the pipeline for Arlington residents.

First off, expect some road closures in Clarendon for the 7th annual arts festival taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Secondly, the story yours truly penned about the end of days for Mister Days remains one of the most read one our site. So we thought you should know that bar owner Robert Lee is hosting a second “last call” party for the bar tomorrow (Saturday.)

This means you can say goodbye to Mister Days tonight or tomorrow, but whatever you do, don’t sleep over.

And in other news, did you know there’s an election going on?

Well if not, never fear: ARLnow has all the speed read info you need. Start with this reporter’s overview of all the candidates, and then check out this week’s “legislative lookbacks” on our state senators and delegates if you want to start brushing up before the primaries.

Other things to brush up from this week’s coverage around the county include:

Lastly, how do you like our new look? ARLnow debuted its shiny new design last week and we’re eager to hear what you think. (Unfortunately it contains zero gondolas.)

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Congratulations on making it to Friday, everyone!

It’s a been a busy week for everyone, and especially those trying to catch up on all things Amazon.

This week, we wrote about how developer JBG Smith finalized a lease with the company, and we also revealed that Arlington is forwarding public records requests to Amazon without redacting filer’s personal information.

It’s also officially April now, which means festival season is around the corner. Check us out for the latest updates on the Arlington Palooza and the Columbia Pike Blues Festival where you can bust out your dancing shoes and take part in a variety of art workshops.

Here are some other stories from this week you may have missed:

Speaking of reading, what the best book you’ve read lately? Here’s a recently-published local book (and an author talk event) that may be of interest. Share your recommendations and plans for the weekend in the comments below.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

The work week is over and spring is now fully upon us. But this writer worries you all might have missed ARLnow’s very own celebrity encounter in between the start of baseball season and cherry blossoms.

Today (Friday) yours truly was retweeted by none other than Captain Kirk himself.

William Shatner was continuing a spirited exchange about e-bikes that Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services began with the actor-turned-e-bike-enthusist back in November.

Shatner had commended NOVA Parks for lifting its ban on e-bikes on trails. And when asked by this intrepid reporter if he’d let us interview him about his zeal for zoom he didn’t say yes, but he also didn’t say no!

Coincidentally it’s also going to be great weather for biking this weekend: temperatures are expected to reach around 75 degrees by Saturday afternoon.

But we understand if you need to take a minute indoors to catch up on what has been an epically strange news cycle this week. Here are some of the must-read stories worth catching up on:

  1. Traffic Nightmare Continues As I-495 Inner Loop Remains Closed
  2. Arlington Police, FBI Arrest 9 After Prostitution Bust
  3. Drag Is Coming Out of The (Gay Bar) Closet in Arlington
  4. A Pawn Shop in Crystal City is Selling a Pair of Super Bowl Rings and Trophies
  5. Nearly 70 Rats and Mice Rescued from Arlington Hoarding Case Now Eligible for Adoption

Head down to the comments to discuss your worst commuting story, your favorite Star Trek episode or anything else of local interest.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s Friday everyone! This means the end of a busy week for Arlington with news about everything from transit updates to whether Arlington really does recycle its glass and how Amazon may already be affecting real estate development.

It’s also been a week for Arlingtonians making their voices heard — whether that’s by signing petitions to save high school crew teams or literally singing on The Voice.

Then there’s the weather, from flooding to sunshine — it’s been a rollercoaster. Even the dogs are happier now, at least until the thunderstorm warnings kicked in.

It’s also been a big week for restaurants opening (and closing briefly thanks to electrical outages). Here’s five restaurant-related stories worth checking out:

  1. New Mexican Restaurant TTT Opening Today in Clarendon
  2. The Lot Beer Garden in Clarendon Plans Grand Opening for Next Spring
  3. New Restaurant Coming to Walter Reed Drive ‘Bermuda Triangle’
  4. New-Look Wendy’s Now Open on Route 7
  5. The Pinemoor’ Coming to Former Clarendon Grill Space

What are you eating this weekend? Let us know your weekend plans, and share your thoughts on our stories in the comments below.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

(Updated at 10 a.m.) Well folks, the warmer weather is now officially upon us. No more shall we have to shoulder our coats and mitten our hands — except for maybe this weekend when temperatures are expected to dip down into the low 30s after nightfall.

While this placates cold weather lovers like yours truly, I urge everyone to dress warm whether you’re spending your weekend watching, protesting or cheering on Saturday’s Amazon County Board vote, participating in the police’s anti-drunk driving event, or St. Patricks’ Day many anti-sober events.

When in doubt, I hear #weatherpupdates has the hard-hitting updates you need.

In other news, our dearly departed Alex Koma is now officially with the Washington Business Journal. But Koma’s spirit lives on in a 3,200-word-blockbuster investigation into the county’s bitter battle over golf course taxes — just in time for National Sunshine Week which celebrates public information laws.

Other must-reads from this week include:

  1. Virginia Hospital Center Prepares to Close Glencarlyn Childcare Center, Leaving Parents ‘Panicking’
  2. Two New Restaurants Open in Ballston Quarter’s Food Court, With Others Nearly Ready for Diners
  3. Clarendon Restaurant Le Kon Closed, With Plans to Reopen as ‘La Finca’
  4. Plans Drawn Up for New, Six-Story Senior Living Center Along Lee Highway
  5. Man Electrocuted During Fall at Columbia Pike Apartment Building

Let us know what you think of these and other local stories, and what your plans for the weekend are in the comments below. And a big thank you to all our readers who welcomed me to Arlington this week!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

You might’ve spotted some snow flurries today, but this weekend figures to feature a major warm-up.

Though temperatures may remain a bit chilly through Saturday, the forecast includes rising temperatures up to the 50s by tomorrow afternoon. By Sunday, things could even make it to the 60s and 70s.

That makes it a fine end-of-winter weekend to check out one of the many events on our event calendar.

Or if you need to catch up on our most popular stories from the past week, look no further:

  1. Arlington Couple Featured on Episode of HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’
  2. New Polling Ranks Arlington Among Country’s Most Politically Intolerant Counties
  3. Arlington Once Again Ranked ‘Best City to Live in America’
  4. Ballston Quarter Food Court Opens to Customers, Though Just One Restaurant is Serving Meals
  5. Police: Man Broke into Apartment, Kissed Sleeping Woman on the Cheek

Head down to the comments to discuss these stories, your weekend plans or anything else local. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo via Tom Mockler

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