If it’s shocking to you that it’s December already, you’re not alone.

Maybe it’s because fall seemed to be a mere extension of summer that then quickly transitioned to winter. Or maybe it’s continued remote work that makes the days blend together. Or maybe we’re all working harder than usual given the nationwide labor shortage.

Whatever it is, Christmas lights are proliferating, the first tiny snowflake have fallen, another bout of snow is in the forecast for this coming Wednesday. Bottom line: winter is here, believe it or not.

With that, here’s a look back at the most-read local stories of the past week.

  1. CarPool to open new Ballston location tomorrow
  2. Gunshots fired in Westover yesterday morning, police say
  3. Driver flees after striking and seriously injuring pedestrian near W&OD Trail crossing
  4. APS targets two overcrowded schools in latest boundary change proposal
  5. Peter’s Take: Arlington’s ‘Missing Middle’ housing morass
  6. Morning Poll: Should gas-powered leaf blowers be banned?
  7. Arlington resident dies in house fire in Augusta County
  8. ACPD: Officers assaulted by drunk men in Rosslyn, Crystal City and Pentagon City
  9. New pizza place moving in after former Clarendon late night spot Goody’s closes
  10. Seven years since debut, how’s the region’s first rapid bus transit system faring?
  11. An “Uncommon” restaurant is set to open in Clarendon early next year
  12. Ask Eli: Cost of new construction homes in Northern Virginia

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

Rainbow over the Weenie Beenie near Shirlington (photo courtesy Nicole Waldeck)

Happy Friday, Arlington. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Today might have been a light publishing day for us, but rest assured: we’re not hearing of much news happening locally, so you’re not missing much. Wish we could say the same about the stock market and the pandemic.

We’ll be back Monday with a full slate of stories. In the meantime, below are the most read ARLnow articles of the week.

  1. Making Room: Stop using leaf blowers*
  2. Police pursue fleeing suspects in Pentagon City
  3. Police: Group of five robbed two kids in Ballston, near W-L High School
  4. Wharf developer announces major residential project in Ballston
  5. Korean rice hot dogs are coming to Arlington, perhaps as soon as next month
  6. APS modifies snow day procedures ahead of colder weather
  7. Two severe crashes prompt countywide look at alley safety in Arlington
  8. EXCLUSIVE: Airbnb is not paying a required lodging tax in Arlington County
  9. Don’t be surprised to see a helicopter lifting stuff from a roof in Pentagon City on Tuesday
  10. Former Clarendon Ballroom once again turning into a winter wonderland
  11. Yorktown student petition about sexual misconduct grabs attention of administration
  12. Happy Thanksgiving, Arlington!

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

* Currently, this is the No. 2 most-read article of the year


A cool and cloudy weekend is on tap after a brief reprise of early-autumn-like warmth on Thursday.

This was a busy news week, with everything from County Board meetings to a tour of the under-construction Amazon HQ2. The most-read stories of the past week are as follows.

  1. Toddler struck by driver, seriously injured in Westover
  2. Arlington police turn to state troopers for help with nightlife detail
  3. Deterioration forces additional closures on Arlington-Alexandria bridge
  4. New restaurant and flower shop Poppyseed Rye to open this week in Ballston
  5. Pines of Florence is coming back, opening in Cherrydale as soon as this weekend
  6. Amazon touts HQ2 construction progress as Bezos makes big donation to local nonprofit
  7. Police investigating more than a dozen car break-ins along two blocks
  8. Thaiphoon in Pentagon City expected to close this weekend
  9. New study says at-grade Route 1 could cause pedestrian dangers, traffic headaches
  10. Death knell tolls for Victorian home in East Falls Church

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


All told, it was a pretty great week weather-wise. Alas, another cool stretch is arriving just in time for the weekend, before mid-week warm-up.

The good news is that if you ignore the chilly temperatures, peak fall foliage is finally here in the D.C. area.

Enjoy it while it lasts. Meteorological winter is a mere 2.5 weeks away and by then most of those leaves will be brown or on the ground.

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

  1. Motorcyclist killed in school bus crash in front of Drew Elementary
  2. Advanced Towing ordered to pay only $750 in Attorney General’s lawsuit
  3. Green Valley residents express concerns about updated arts plan
  4. Unruly parents, coaches cause ref shortage in local youth hockey league
  5. Dispute outside Columbia Pike 7-Eleven ends in gunfire
  6. Popular La Tingeria food truck leaving Arlington for now
  7. Morning Poll: Is Arlington on the right track or the wrong track?
  8. Soccer-centric restaurant Copa has closed in Ballston
  9. Arlington police continuing to investigate flag burnings
  10. County to throw lifeline to struggling Subway on ground floor of jail
  11. CHIKO, popular Chinese and Korean eatery, opening in Shirlington this week
  12. Site of fatal crash last week is part of a new street safety improvement project

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

A polling place sign near Ballston on Election Day (staff photo by Matt Blitz)

Autumn is now in full force in Arlington, with chilly temperatures and trees finally turning their fall colors.

A seasonally cool but otherwise nice weekend is now on tap. Just don’t forget to turn those clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday.

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

  1. Driver killed in crash near East Falls Church Metro
  2. Arlington stays deep blue as statewide offices switch to red
  3. Woman stabbed during Halloween hotel melee in Courthouse
  4. Independent candidates laud a spirited campaign on election eve
  5. Police presence at middle school Friday after shooting threat and airsoft gun found
  6. Parks department to make more courts multi-use to meet pickleball demand
  7. Video shows drivers reversing on I-395 to access Express Lanes and avoid minor backups
  8. A rabid raccoon was on the loose at the Shirlington Dog Park
  9. Arlington remains Democratic stronghold, but GOP celebrates education-driven inroads
  10. Good Company Doughnuts could lose half its patio seating to a new bus shelter
  11. A new dog daycare facility is coming to Clarendon, but there may be a snag
  12. Police warn bar-goers after a spate of drink spiking reports

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

Halloween decorations along N. Jackson St. (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

After sunny, near-perfect weather during the work week, a cloudier and cooler weekend awaits.

The local news cycle in Arlington has remained busy, shifting from stories around this month’s County Board meetings to the upcoming election. Expect another round of “Why Should You Vote for Me” essays from local candidates at the end of next week.

It the meantime, here are the most-read ARLnow articles of the past week:

  1. Police investigating ‘drive-by shooting’ near Shirlington
  2. Bomb squad investigation at State Dept. office in Rosslyn
  3. Video shows man lighting American flag on fire outside Arlington Heights home
  4. HQ2 to house alternative high school permanently, Arlington and Amazon announce
  5. This Week’s Cartoon: Advanced Towing
  6. Video: Arlington animal control officers rescue dog from fence along I-395
  7. President Biden coming to Arlington next week for another McAuliffe campaign event
  8. Rescue underway after car careens into woods along GW Parkway
  9. Person seriously injured in Rosslyn crash
  10. Hundreds of APS high school students stage walkout over sexual harassment and assault
  11. Firefighters battle a blaze near Shirlington
  12. New restaurant brings Uyghur cuisine to Cherrydale

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


It was a busy news week in Arlington, and next week — with County Board meetings on tap today and Tuesday — should stay busy.

For those who have been enjoying the summer-like weather recently, meanwhile, bad news: it’s not going to last. Expect fall to arrive this afternoon.

Taking a look back at the past five days, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the week:

  1. Yorktown Principal Decries ‘Unacceptable Behavior’ at Homecoming Game
  2. Fire Dept. on Scene of Metro Train Derailment Near Rosslyn
  3. At Trial, Va. Attorney General Calls Advanced Towing Actions “Predatory” and “Illegal” (Oct. 8)
  4. ‘Police Weekend’ Brings Motorcades to Arlington
  5. The Salt Line in Ballston Preparing to Open Next Week
  6. Series of Covid Cases Reported at Wakefield High School
  7. APS Prepares for ‘Limited’ Boundary Process Targeting Three Over-Crowded Schools
  8. Planners Envision Greener, More Urban and Less Car-Centric Pentagon City
  9. How APS, ACPD Say They’re Keeping Kids Safe Without SROs
  10. Students Protest New Marymount University Housing Policy
  11. ‘The Finest Ropes Course in the Mid-Atlantic’ Formally Opens at Upton Hill Regional Park
  12. Charges Filed in Investigation of Man’s Death While in County Jail

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


The weekend is here and it promises to be cloudy, warmer than usual for mid-October, and not as rainy as initially expected.

We’ll take it.

This past week was another one that started out slow but got considerably busier as the week went on. Here’s a look at the most-read articles of this week:

  1. W-L Evacuated, School Cancelled Over Shooter Claim
  2. Arlington Native Brittany O’Grady Talks About Her Role in HBO’s ‘The White Lotus’
  3. Is the ‘Arlington Way’ Too Narrow to Include All Residents? Some Say ‘Yes’
  4. Man Arrested After Rifle Found in Stolen Car Near School
  5. Construction Starting on New Outdoor Cafe and Bar in Clarendon
  6. Major Redevelopments Slated for County Board Vote by July 2022
  7. County Jail Inmate Dies After Being Taken to Hospital
  8. One Arrested After Robberies in Clarendon and Crystal City
  9. Separate Cycling, Walking Paths Could Come to W&OD Trail in Arlington
  10. Most Expensive Arlington Homes Sold in September
  11. Inside Soon-To-Be-Demolished Arlington’s Inner Ear Studios
  12. Inova Urgent Care Center Closes Temporarily

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


It’s now October, after an September that featured plenty of gorgeous late summer/early fall weather and which seemingly went by too quickly.

Another nice weekend is on tap — just in time for the National Landing Oktoberfest and other outdoor events — before the weather turns rainier next week.

Now, let’s take a look at the most-read ARLnow stories for the past week.

  1. Glebe Road Divide in Ballston Gets Renewed County Attention
  2. Jaleo in Crystal City to Close, Making Way for Residential Development
  3. New Study Ranks APS Second-Best School System in Virginia
  4. Elementary School Assistant Charged With Sex Offenses
  5. Arlington Man Arrested for Green Valley Shooting
  6. Car-Share Company Free2Move Halts Arlington Operations Over Insurance
  7. Arlington to Start Providing Vax Booster Shots Today
  8. Delayed Zitkala-Ša Park Finally Nears Opening
  9. Obscene Graffiti, BB Gun Brandishing at Rocky Run Park Worry Neighbors
  10. More Gunfire Reported Near Drew Elementary
  11. Man Arrested for Arlington Robbery Released On Bond The Day Before
  12. UVA Expanding Presence in Rosslyn and N. Va.

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

Arlington County Fire Department on the scene of a kitchen fire at Dama on Columbia Pike on Thursday (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

(Updated at 6 p.m.) It’s a Friday afternoon and the start of what promises to be a gorgeous, basically perfect early fall weekend.

Here’s wishing lots of sunshine and quality time out of the house for our readers over the next couple of days.

If you are headed out tonight to grab dinner, there is a possible restaurant closure to be aware of.

Portabellos, the Langston Blvd (formerly Lee Highway) restaurant, was set to close tomorrow. But a Nextdoor post from the owner, since deleted, said that that landlord locked him and the restaurant out today. Police were also dispatched to the restaurant earlier today for a report of an escalating dispute between the owner and the landlord, according to scanner traffic. The restaurant’s phone line was disconnected and we were unable to reach the owner to see whether Portabellos would get its last hurrah or not.

Separately, the phone line at Dama on Columbia Pike rings to a perpetual busy signal, after its kitchen fire yesterday, but we’re now told the pastry shop and Ethiopian restaurant is open “with normal operations.”

Now, without further ado, here are the most-read ARLnow articles of the past week.

  1. Viral Video Shows Marines Helping Stranded Driver During Thursday’s Flooding
  2. Marine Corps Marathon Canceled Again
  3. Police Ask for Help Finding Fugitive Accused of Clarendon Stabbing
  4. Morning Poll: What Do You Think of the New County Logo?
  5. Arlington Firefighters Are Also Sounding the Alarm on Pay
  6. Rider Fell onto Tracks While Walking Between Metro Trains in May
  7. Arlington Sees Sustained Drop in Covid Cases
  8. County Board Adopts Plastic Bag Tax, Joining Fairfax County and Alexandria
  9. What $500,000 Can Get You in Northern Virginia Real Estate
  10. Does the ‘Missing Middle Housing Study’ Need a New Name?
  11. ACPD and Dept. of Human Services Plead for Funding Boost Amid Staff Exodus
  12. APS Staff Say Virtual Learning Program Needs ‘Drastic’ Improvements

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

Demolition has leveled the former Summers restaurant in Courthouse (staff photo)

A nice late summer weekend is on tap as we start to dry out tonight after a soggy couple of days.

Autumn officially begins on Wednesday, and the forecast currently shows high temperatures in the 70s for the entirety of next week, so enjoy the final vestiges of summer while you can.

Here are the most-read Arlington stories of the final full week of summer 2021:

  1. Columbia Pike Blocked By High Water Amid Flash Flood Warning
  2. Widespread Power Outage Reported in Parts of N. Arlington
  3. County Board Set to Pick a New Logo From One of These Four Options
  4. Tatte Bakery in Clarendon Set To Open Tomorrow
  5. Arlington Covid Cases Continue Upward Trajectory
  6. Firefighters Rescue Man Dangling from Scaffolding in Rosslyn
  7. Arlington Public Schools’ German Language Program Struggles to Stay Afloat
  8. Book Excerpt: Remembering Arlington’s Luna Park
  9. VDOT Fixes a Capital Mistake Along Route 50
  10. Arlington Police to Assist at the Capitol This Weekend

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


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