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by Chris Teale November 17, 2017 at 10:00 pm 0

It’s the end of another busy week.

In news you might have missed, “Spaces” is now open in the former Artisphere in Rosslyn, while TechShop in Crystal City was forced to close as the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Joel McHale sat down for an interview ahead of his performance at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, while in that same neighborhood, advocates say Columbia Pike is getting a “big boost” three years on from the streetcar cancellation.

Mister Days in Clarendon celebrates its 40th anniversary, while the campaign managers from the recent Governor’s race reflected on the election on Monday night.

And from today, the new Dunkin’ Donuts is open in Clarendon. Celebrations continue tomorrow.

These were our most-read stories this week:

  1. UPDATE: Missing Woman Found in Arlington
  2. Sources: Crystal City a Likely Finalist for Amazon’s HQ2
  3. Morning Notes (October 13)
  4. Letter: New Middle School Boundaries Must Respect County’s Diversity
  5. Police Searching for Missing Woman

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo by Bekah Richards

by Chris Teale November 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

It’s the end of another week, a shorter one for some due to the observation of the Veterans’ Day holiday today.

Tuesday’s election weighed on plenty of people’s minds this week, as you can see from this week’s most-read stories:

  1. UPDATED: Democrats Celebrate Clean Sweep of Local, Statewide Elections
  2. Heavy Turnout, Short Lines Reported At Arlington Polling Stations
  3. Large Power Outage Reported in Ballston Area
  4. Woman Charged With Peeing on Cop’s Foot
  5. Democratic Gains in Va. House Give Arlington Officials Hope

And these received the most comments:

  1. Democratic Gains in Va. House Give Arlington Officials Hope
  2. UPDATED: Democrats Celebrate Clean Sweep of Local, Statewide Elections
  3. Morning Notes (November 7)
  4. Meanwhile in D.C. (November 9)
  5. Charles McCullough: Why You Should Vote For Me

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a good Veterans Day, and a good weekend!

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

The weekend is here.

These were our most-read stories this week:

  1. Feds Seek Forfeiture of Clarendon Home in Manafort Case
  2. Fast-Casual Restaurant The Simple Greek Coming to Colonial Village
  3. RIP DCist
  4. Arlington Readies for Halloween Trick-or-Treating
  5. Neighbors File Lawsuit After Board Approves Lee Highway Child Care Center

And these received the most comments:

  1. Local Republicans Criticize Favola’s ‘Evil’ Remark
  2. Morning Notes (November 1)
  3. Morning Notes (October 30)
  4. Neighbors File Lawsuit After Board Approves Lee Highway Child Care Center
  5. Morning Notes (November 2)

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Chris Teale October 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

After a largely sunny week helped mark the start of fall, things get a bit wetter this weekend with a storm system set to bring rain and wind to the area on Sunday.

With plenty of Halloween and fall events on the calendar for this weekend, don’t let the weather spoil your plans.

These were our most read articles this week:

  1. Blind Triplets Make History With Eagle Scout Recognitions
  2. BREAKING: Two Rabid Raccoons Found in Arlington This Week
  3. D.C. Man Gets Jail Time for Riding ATV in Arlington
  4. Police: ‘Mob’ of Young Males Chased Victim, Dragged Him into Woods
  5. In One Clarendon Office, Multiple People Have Been Struck By Cars Recently

And these received the most comments:

  1. In One Clarendon Office, Multiple People Have Been Struck By Cars Recently
  2. Manager Recommends Surplus Go to Affordable Housing, Other ‘Near-Term Needs’
  3. Morning Notes (October 25)
  4. County Board Candidates Respond to Follow-Up Questions from Recent Forum
  5. Morning Notes (October 24)

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo by eschweik

by Chris Teale October 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

This weekend is the 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon and 10K. To those participating, we wish you luck, and hope plenty of spectators are out and about on Sunday morning.

And for anyone trying to get around Arlington County, keep in mind the various road closures, and the Metro opening two hours early.

These were our top five most read articles this week:

  1. Police Investigating Death Near Bike Trail
  2. Police: Teens Busted for Drunken Powder Puff Football Game
  3. Letter: Am I a Burden on Arlington?
  4. Photo: Pepsi Spill in Pentagon City
  5. ‘The G.O.A.T’ Sports Bar Opens Today in Clarendon

And these received the most comments:

  1. Letter: Am I a Burden on Arlington?
  2. Plan for Reduced Parking Near Metro Stations Advancing Towards Board Vote
  3. Police: Teens Busted for Drunken Powder Puff Football Game
  4. Annual Decal Design Competition Now Open
  5. ‘The G.O.A.T’ Sports Bar Opens Today in Clarendon

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley

by Chris Teale October 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

Some in the region may have spent today in mourning, after the Washington Nationals’ World Series dream died last night.

Closer to home, a man got stuck in the bathroom at a Starbucks in Ballston, while the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City will add a food delivery service starting Monday.

One person was in critical condition after a house fire in Ashton Heights in the early hours of Wednesday morning, while some Leeway-Overlee residents are up in arms over road construction delays.

These were our top five most-read articles this week:

  1. ACFD Treats Dozens of Army Ten Miler Runners for Heat-Related Illness
  2. Arlington Resident Finds Raccoon in Bathtub
  3. BREAKING: Washington-Lee HS Secured as Police Investigate Threat
  4. Manassas Business Owners Wary of Becoming Like Clarendon
  5. Ballston-Based Big Buns to Succeed Former Johnny Rockets in Shirlington

And these received the most comments:

  1. Giant Wind Turbine Art Project Planned for Columbia Pike
  2. Morning Notes (October 12)
  3. Groups Seek Budget Influence As More Funding Goes to Schools, Metro
  4. Ballston-Based Big Buns to Succeed Former Johnny Rockets in Shirlington
  5. Arlington Resident Finds Raccoon in Bathtub

If you’re traveling locally this weekend, keep in mind that shuttle buses are replacing trains on Metro’s Blue and Yellow Lines, and that roads will close Sunday in Courthouse for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s “Pints 4 Paws” beer festival. The county’s fire stations will also be open tomorrow to mark Fire Prevention Week.

Discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Katie Pyzyk October 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

The first full weekend of October starts with excitement for Washington Nationals fans, as the team begins its playoff series against last year’s World Series winners, the Chicago Cubs.

Another big event taking place this weekend is the 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler on Sunday. A number of roads will be closed in Arlington to accommodate the race.

These were our top five most-viewed stories of the week:

  1. Scott Disick to Host Pentagon City Restaurant Grand Opening
  2. Construction Update: Ballston Quarter Mall
  3. Crime Report: Woman Wakes Up to Find Intruder in Home
  4. New Apartment Building With ‘Vintage Americana Aesthetic’ Now Leasing in Ballston
  5. Patio Fire Scorches Freddie’s in Crystal City

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Katie Pyzyk September 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Cooler, more fall-like weather has arrived to close out the last couple of days of September.

If you want to take advantage of the weather, tonight is Rosslyn Cinema + Pub in the Park, with the family-friendly movie Lego Batman showing at dusk. Tomorrow there’s an all-day Boundary Stones Bike Tour starting at 9:15 a.m. at the East Falls Church Metro, and the Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest in Shirlington begins at noon. Or, if you prefer a unique indoor activity, Iota is hosting an all-day music extravaganza for its final weekend in business, starting at noon on Saturday.

These were our top five most-viewed stories of the week:

  1. BREAKING: Walter Reed Drive Closed Due to Major Crash, Wires Down
  2. Pentagon City Resident Takes to Twitter to Decry Abandoned Costco Carts
  3. The Little Beet Opening Today in Rosslyn
  4. Arlington Puerto Rico Donation Drive Closes After Overwhelming Support
  5. Firefighters Use ‘Jaws of Life’ to Free Trapped Elevator Passenger at Ballston Metro

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Chris Teale September 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm 0

It promises to be a busy weekend in Arlington County, with Clarendon Day and the Prio Bangla multicultural street festival both set for Saturday.

Also of note: Clarendon Day’s traditional 5K and 10K races down Wilson Blvd will take place on Sunday. Those in the area can expect significant road closures.

These were our top five most read stories this week:

  1. Man Stabbed ‘Multiple Times’ Along N. Glebe Road
  2. Silver Diner Coming to Ballston
  3. Gas Station Targeted By Credit Card Skimmers Again
  4. Arlington Allocates $100,000 for Legal Aid to Immigrants Facing Deportation
  5. Bed and Breakfast Plan Denied for ‘Pershing Manor’ Mansion

And these received the most comments:

  1. Arlington Allocates $100,000 for Legal Aid to Immigrants Facing Deportation
  2. Jesse Jackson to Visit Nauck Today
  3. Peter’s Take: Board Wisely Rejects Staff Proposal on Williamsburg Field Lights
  4. Morning Notes (September 21)
  5. Letter: ‘Pet of the Week’ Should Not Glorify Bad Dog Behavior

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo by Chris Guyton.

by Chris Teale September 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

It’s been quite a week for restaurant news around Arlington County.

Today marked the opening of a new Dunkin’ Donuts in Virginia Square, while Kung Fu Tea is another new arrival, this time in Clarendon.

And looking ahead, an Indian restaurant is set to arrive in Ballston, while the Chercher Ethiopian restaurant is aiming to open this winter in Courthouse.

In other news you might have missed this week, the county celebrated PARK(ing) Day today at six sites, and a Wakefield High School teacher is a finalist for Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are being keenly felt here, both by a family with connections in both Texas and Florida, and by anyone looking to buy gas in Arlington.

These were our most read stories of the week:

  1. Man Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison for 2016 Homicide
  2. BREAKING: Fire Department Responding to Rosslyn Metro for Track Fire
  3. Virginia Hospital Center Plans Big Expansion After County Land Swap
  4. Ford Explains ‘Driverless’ Car Experiment in Clarendon
  5. Report: Police Justified in Officer-Involved Shooting

And these received the most comments:

  1. Board to Consider Neighbors vs. Sports Debate Over Williamsburg Field Lights
  2. Morning Poll: Where Would You Like to See Amazon’s Headquarters?
  3. Morning Poll: Would You Buy a $1,000 iPhone?
  4. Morning Notes (September 12)
  5. At Immigration Forum, A Call for Sheriff’s Office’s Relationship With ICE to be ‘Revisited’

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Chris Teale September 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

It may have been a short week with the Labor Day holiday, but plenty happened in Arlington County.

In stories you may have missed, fall campaign season kicked off on Tuesday with a candidate forum for the three County Board candidates and a debate between Del. Alfonso Lopez and challenger Adam Roosevelt.

Arlington County’s public libraries are celebrating “Cosplay Month” for the first time this month, while work is complete to expand the Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center’s gymnastics facilities.

And from today in local transportation news, Metro wants your feedback on various changes to local bus routes, and the Planning Commission sided with Crystal City residents in its discussions over the neighborhood’s new Virginia Railway Express station.

These were our five most-read articles this week:

  1. BREAKING: IOTA Club Closing This Month
  2. Arlington County Pursuing Amazon’s New Headquarters
  3. Wilson Hardware in Clarendon to Open Tomorrow
  4. County Board Releases Statement on DACA Decision
  5. Protests Greet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on GMU’s Arlington Campus

And these received the most comments:

  1. County Board Releases Statement on DACA Decision
  2. Morning Notes (September 5)
  3. March Against White Supremacy Will Rally in Rosslyn This Afternoon
  4. Trump’s Decision to End DACA Program Criticized By Local Leaders
  5. Arlington GOP Criticizes County Board’s Response to DACA Decision

As a reminder, the Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff Memorial 9/11 5K race is set for tomorrow, with road closures in effect around the Pentagon and Pentagon City that afternoon and evening.

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo via wolfkann

by Chris Teale September 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

This weekend officially marks the end of summer, with Labor Day on Monday.

Be warned if you’re staying in the area: there are plenty of closures this weekend for the federal holiday.

Libraries, courts, the DMV and recreation centers are among the county facilities closed, although spraygrounds will be open and trash pickup will operate as normal on Labor Day.

Before we all go and enjoy our holidays, these were our five most-read articles this week:

  1. Amid Parking Tensions, a Racially-Charged Vandalism
  2. Crime Report: Man’s Face Slashed in Ballston
  3. County Launches Food Scraps Drop-Off Program
  4. Ballston BID Faces Up to ‘First Real Challenge’ of NSF Departure
  5. Man Spurned By Disinterested Women Arrested for Throwing a Brick At Their Car

And these received the most comments:

  1. Amid Parking Tensions, a Racially-Charged Vandalism
  2. Morning Notes (August 30)
  3. Morning Notes (August 29)
  4. Morning Notes (August 28)
  5. County Launches Food Scraps Drop-Off Program

ARLnow will also take Monday off for the Labor Day holiday, barring any breaking news. We’ll be back on Tuesday.

Between now and then, feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great holiday weekend!

Flickr pool photo by wolfkann.

by Chris Teale August 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

Before we get to our most popular stories this week, here are some you may have missed:

The solar eclipse last Monday afternoon got many of you excited, and brought a lot of superb photos.

In restaurant news, Buuz Thai Eatery in Courthouse has already built quite a following, while Middle Eastern restaurant Shawarma Gyros Xpress is now open in Crystal City.

Planned Columbia Pike beer garden BrickHaus is still not open, causing some Arlingtonians and others to vent their spleens on Facebook, while a major gas leak caused some traffic problems in Courthouse on Tuesday lunchtime.

And today was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell.

These were our top five most viewed stories:

  1. Couple Searches For Answers After Dog Disappears in Arlington Under Mysterious Circumstances
  2. UPDATED: Major Delays on I-395 Due to Fatal Crash
  3. Man Arrested for Assaulting Women Along Custis Trail
  4. President Trump to Visit Fort Myer Tonight
  5. AAA Warns Drivers of Credit Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

And these received the most comments:

  1. President Trump to Visit Fort Myer Tonight
  2. Progressive Voice: March 1965 to August 2017
  3. Morning Notes (August 21)
  4. Four Mile Run Working Group Member Criticizes ‘Pressure’ For Arts District
  5. UPDATED: Man Arrested for Shooting Near Columbia Pike

This weekend is the third annual Police, Fire and Sheriff Block Party, featuring all manner of activities and likely a chance to meet the officers behind the Arlington County Police Department’s now-viral synchronized swimming video.

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Chris Teale August 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

News related to the events in Charlottesville last week has dominated local Arlington happenings in the past few days.

But in happier news, you may hear cannon fire around Fort Myer on Saturday evening for the U.S. Army Band’s annual 1812 Overture concert. And the Arlington County Fair is underway, wrapping up up Sunday.

These were our top five most read stories this week:

  1. UPDATED: Police Investigating Stabbing in Courthouse
  2. Letter to the Editor: Time to Remove the ‘Lee’ from Washington-Lee High School
  3. Arlington Is Seeking the Authority to Rename Lee Highway and Jefferson Davis Highway
  4. BREAKING: School Board to Consider Changing School Names
  5. Local Charlottesville Solidarity Rally Organized By Two Recent Yorktown Graduates

And these received the most comments:

  1. Letter to the Editor: Time to Remove the ‘Lee’ from Washington-Lee High School
  2. Morning Notes (August 14)
  3. Morning Notes (August 16)
  4. Clement Decries Further Affordable Housing Demolition in Westover
  5. McCullough Calls For Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway After Charlottesville Violence

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Chris Teale August 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

The discovery of what appeared to be a self-driving car dominated the news this week in Arlington, and more than 900 of you think that testing such vehicles is fine in Northern Virginia, even in areas like Clarendon.

But before we get to the other popular stories from this week, here are some you may have missed:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe came to town to help break ground on the I-395 Express Lanes, a letter to the editor argued for decriminalizing marijuana in Virginia and a new Arlington Forest cafe features a “laptop free” coffee bar.

And, in case you missed it, the Arlington County Police Department released its highly anticipated video of officers performing a synchronized swimming routine to advertise its upcoming block party.

These were this week’s top five most read articles:

  1. Crime Report: Someone Broke into a Rosslyn Apartment and Cleaned It
  2. SPOTTED: ‘Driverless’ Vehicle Cruising the Streets of Clarendon
  3. Car Flips in East Falls Church Parking Lot
  4. Filipino Restaurant Bistro 1521 Now Open in Ballston
  5. Mother Appeals For Witnesses After Daughter Struck By Hit-and-Run Driver

And these received the most comments:

  1. Letter to the Editor: Arlington Needs New Options for High-Speed Internet Service
  2. Cristol: Pedestrian-Only Street Can Help Make Rosslyn a Destination
  3. Morning Notes (August 10)
  4. Confirmed: Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins Coming to Clarendon
  5. Morning Poll: Self-Driving Vehicle Testing in N. Va.

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

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