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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!

by Chris Teale August 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

It’s the end of another week, but before we look at our most popular stories, here are some you might have missed:

Longtime outdoor store Casual Adventure will be open through at least Christmas, while plans for redevelopment nearby could come before the Planning Commission as soon as next month.

This weekend is the fourth annual Kennan Garvey Memorial Bike Ride, while the former Artisphere will become a coworking space and nonprofit The Reading Connection will close on August 11 after 28 years.

These were this week’s five most-read stories:

  1. Naked Man Walking Down the Middle of Columbia Pike Arrested
  2. Whole Foods Parking Lot Closes for Resurfacing, Tempers Flare on the Street
  3. UPDATED: Dog Did Not Die of Rabies, CDC Says
  4. SPOTTED: Driverless Vehicle Cruising the Streets of Clarendon
  5. BREAKING: Fire Reported at N. Glebe Road Business

And these received the most comments:

  1. Survey Says: Millennials Favor More Transit, Less On-Street Parking
  2. Whole Foods Parking Lot Closes for Resurfacing, Tempers Flare on the Street
  3. Morning Notes (July 31)
  4. Morning Notes (August 1)
  5. Naked Man Walking Down the Middle of Columbia Pike Arrested

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest, including the stories mentioned above, in the comments. Have a great weekend!

by Chris Teale July 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0

It’s been another busy week in Arlington, but before we get to our most popular stories, let’s take a look at some you may have missed.

Officials broke ground on a new affordable housing complex on Columbia Pike, a driver busted a Shirlington bus stop and the long-anticipated Stageplate Bistro is set to open in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Adam Roosevelt is preparing to make a run at the House of Delegates and private investigation firm Trustify is adding 184 new jobs in its Crystal City office.

These were the five most-viewed stories this week:

  1. UPDATED: Two Found Dead in East Falls Church Home in Apparent Murder-Suicide
  2. How Arlington’s Public Schools Rank
  3. Growing Up in Arlington: A Perspective
  4. Tara Temple Thai Restaurant Closed in Ballston
  5. County Exploring Telling Homeowners About Issues That Prevent Tear-Downs

And these received the most comments this week:

  1. Local Lawmakers Condemn Senate’s Move Towards Obamacare Repeal
  2. How Arlington’s Public Schools Rank
  3. Morning Poll: Which New Bar/Restaurant Are You Most Looking Forward To?
  4. County Exploring Telling Homeowners About Issues That Prevent Tear-Downs
  5. Morning Notes (July 26)

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

by Chris Teale July 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

It’s been a week dominated by discussions of local wildlife, places to eat and a couple of traffic-related incidents of varying kinds.

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

  1. Fairlington Debates Trash Policy After Another Raccoon Attack
  2. JUST IN: Another Raccoon Attack Reported in Fairlington
  3. Fast-Casual Pizza Chain &pizza Coming to Ballston
  4. Man Gets Stuck At Arlington Stoplight For 20 Minutes, Films the Experience
  5. Man Flees on Foot From Traffic Stop, Leaves Two Kids in Car

Also on Arlington’s mind this week: the deferred approval of the design of the new Lubber Run Community Center, the three-month extension of the live entertainment permit at Chester’s in Nauck, the closure of Zaika in Clarendon and the launch of a study of a pedestrian link between Crystal City and Reagan National Airport.

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

by Chris Teale July 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm 0

We’ve had something of a heatwave this week, although with thunderstorms due for the Friday commute, we look set for some relief.

That relief from the heat and humidity continues this weekend.

As we reflect on the week that just passed, here were our five most read stories:

  1. D.C. Man Arrested For Riding ATV in Arlington
  2. BREAKING: Person Struck By Train at Va. Square
  3. Fisette: Arlington County Should Eventually Become a City
  4. Staff Recommends Denying Chester’s Entertainment Permit After Multiple Violations
  5. Columbia Pike ‘Premium Transit Network’ Gets Cautious Approval

And here were the five that received the most comments:

  1. Morning Notes (July 11)
  2. Accessory Dwelling Rules May Be Loosened This Fall
  3. D.C. Man Arrested For Riding ATV in Arlington
  4. Columbia Pike ‘Premium Transit Network’ Gets Cautious Approval
  5. Fisette: Arlington County Should Eventually Become a City

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

by Chris Teale July 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Another week, which included this year’s Fourth of July holiday, is now in the books.

Even better, the weather looks good for the weekend as the rain departs and humidity dies down.

But before that, let’s take a look at our five most popular stories from this week:

  1. Free Ride-Hailing App in Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor Picks Up Steam
  2. Historic Preservationists Say I-66 Project Threatens Highway’s History
  3. Long Bridge Park To Hold Annual July 4th Celebration
  4. Crime Report: Business Burglarized in Ballston
  5. Homeless Population Decreasing Thanks to ‘Housing-First’ Approach

And by popular request, here were the five articles that received the most comments this week:

  1. Progressive Voice: Democrats Need to be More Than Anti-Trump
  2. Morning Notes (July 5)
  3. Morning Notes (July 3)
  4. Historic Preservationists Say I-66 Project Threatens Highway’s History
  5. Morning Poll: Dining Out Less Often?

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

by Chris Teale June 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

It’s been another busy week in Arlington, even as the county prepares for next week’s Independence Day celebrations.

Here are our five most popular stories from this week:

  1. Dozens of Dirt Bikes, ATV Rumbled Past Crystal City Last Night
  2. BREAKING: Man Pinned Under Collapsed Wall
  3. Expert: Arlington Home Values Have Largely Rebounded Since 2008 Crisis
  4. BREAKING: ART Bus Rolls Into SUV, Yard in Nauck
  5. Continental Beer Garden To Open Tomorrow In Rosslyn

Feel free to discuss those topics or anything else of local interest in the comments. And never fear, we’ll be back on Monday. Have a great weekend!

by ARLnow.com June 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm 0

It was an eventful week in Arlington County, with stories both serious and not-so-serious.

While we seek to cover all of the important stories that impact people’s lives in Arlington, not every story we publish is of the weighty variety. Some are just for fun — a glimpse at the silly and weird things that happen in our community.

Below are the top 5 most-read articles of the week.

  1. Police: Drunk Man Arrested for Tossing Wine Bottles Out of Whole Foods Window
  2. BREAKING: Man Stabbed in Jennie Dean Park
  3. A-Town Bar & Grill Turns a Corner in Latest County Review
  4. Large Power Outage in Clarendon Area
  5. Video: NYC Has Pizza Rat, Arlington Now Has French Bread Squirrel

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

by Chris Teale June 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

It’s the end of another news-filled week for Arlington.

Here are the top five most-read news stories from the past few days:

  1. Police: Man Filmed Woman While in Bathroom of Clarendon Restaurant
  2. Wawa Considering Arlington As Part of D.C. Area Expansion
  3. Columbia Pike Beer Garden Opening Nears
  4. ACPD Officer Rescues Kitten From Car Engine
  5. Record Democratic Gov. Primary Turnout in Arlington

Feel free to discuss those topics and anything else that happened locally this week. Have a great weekend!

Flickr pool photo via GM and MB

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