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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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Keep your eyes peeled for another round of snow and wintry mix tonight into tomorrow morning.

It seems March has plenty of cold weather left, with evening an outside shot at some snow Sunday night in the forecast.

But if you feel like braving the cold, you can check out our round-up of popular events around the county. And if you’re driving around Ballston, watch out for a major road closure near Ballston Quarter this weekend.

If you’d rather stay inside, you can always catch up on our most popular stories of the past week:

  1. Students at Rosslyn’s Argosy University Left Without Federal Aid Cash, As School Faces Financial Woes
  2. Ballston Quarter Misses Proposed Opening Date for New Food Court, Targets Early March
  3. Pedestrian Struck in GW Parkway Crosswalk, A Frequent Spot for Dangerous Crashes
  4. In Rare Public Appearance, Amazon Leaders Pledge to Become ‘Good Neighbors’ in Arlington
  5. Redevelopment of American Legion Post into Affordable Housing Complex Wins County Approval

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

Flickr pool photo via wolfkann

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It may not be the snow we saw earlier this week, but the weather is looking a bit wet this weekend.

Forecasters expect a full day of rain Saturday, though most showers should clear out by Sunday.

So be sure to pack an umbrella if you’re heading out to the “Feel the Heritage” festival tomorrow or any of the other events around the county this weekend.

Or stay inside and catch up on our most popular stories of the past week:

  1. Residents of Ballston Apartments Feel Blindsided by Plans to Convert Building into Marymount Dorm
  2. New Curb Extension Blocks Off Right-Turn Lane in Ballston, Prompting Headaches for Drivers
  3. County Officials, Activists Say Amazon Executives Have Failed to Engage with Arlington Community
  4. Nauck Leaders to Mull Renaming Neighborhood, Pointing to Namesake’s Confederate Ties
  5. As Amazon Moves In, Crystal City Business Group Works to Expand to Pentagon City, Potomac Yard

Head down to the comment 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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ARLnow Holiday Weekend Discussion

Enjoy this unseasonably warm weather while you can, as the holiday weekend looks set to feel a bit more like February.

Forecasters say a cold front will roll through tomorrow (Saturday), giving us the chance of seeing a bit of snow, or perhaps just rain. But the worst of that should fizzle out by tomorrow night, with a dry Sunday and Presidents Day on tap after that.

Check out our event calendar if you’re looking for ways to spend the long weekend. Or you can catch up on our most popular stories of the past week:

  1. Young Women in Arlington Boast the Highest Average Credit Score in the Country
  2. Arlington Resident Pleads Guilty to $20 Million Fraud
  3. Marymount Buys Ballston Apartment Building, Converting It to Housing for Students and Staff
  4. Amazon Cancels NYC HQ2 Plans, But Leaders Say ‘Nothing Has Changed’ for Arlington
  5. Police Responding to Bank Robbery on Columbia Pike

Head down to the comments to discuss these stories, your plans for the holiday weekend or anything else local. We’ll be publishing on a reduced schedule Monday, but we’ll back to normal on Tuesday. See you then!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Say goodbye to all that unseasonably warm weather we’ve had recently — it seems winter is making a comeback.

Forecasters say temperatures will plummet tonight, with plenty of gusty winds returning for both Saturday and Sunday. There’s even some chance of snow early next week.

Still, if you feel like braving the cold, you can check out our event calendar for some suggestions of things to do around Arlington this weekend.

Or stay by the fire and read up on our most popular stories of the past week:

  1. Lynn Street Closed After Explosion Heard in Rosslyn
  2. Disturbing Video Prompts Arrest of Falls Church Teen
  3. ‘Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste’: Amazon Prompts Debate Over How to Make Arlington Homes Affordable
  4. Thousands of Lottery Tickets Are Littering 10th Street Near Clarendon
  5. D.C. Bar ‘Rebellion’ Plans Expansion into Old BrickHaus Space on Columbia Pike

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

Flickr pool photo via Jim Havard

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s been a week full of snow, but spring-like conditions are possible this weekend.

Once the snow flurries finish tapering off, the forecast calls for temperatures to rise into the 40s and 50s for the weekend, with even warmer days possible next week.

Swing by our event calendar if you need some suggestions on how to enjoy the nice weather this weekend, or where to watch the Patriots and the Rams square off Sunday.

Or you can catch up on our most popular stories of the past week:

  1. Person Struck by Train at Courthouse Metro Station
  2. Arlington Must Open Up Single-Family Neighborhoods to Different Housing Options, Advocates Argue
  3. ACPD Investigating Shooting in Nauck
  4. Spider Kelly’s Co-Owner Launching New Restaurant ‘The Freshman’ in Crystal City
  5. Long-Vacant Ballston Office Building Could Soon Lure New Tenants as Part of Revitalization Bid

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

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Keep your eyes peeled for a few snow flurries tonight, but it’s shaping up to be a mostly clear weekend.

Forecasters say the sun should be out for most of the weekend, though temperatures won’t get above the 40s.

Swing by our event calendar if you need some ideas for how to spend the weekend. Or you can always catch up on our most popular stories of the week:

  1. Amazon Shouldn’t Spell ‘Doom’ for Most Local Renters, But Observers Still Fear Its South Arlington Impacts
  2. Crystal City Restaurants Offer Free Lunches for Federal Workers This Week
  3. SUV Drives off Side of I-66 Near Rosslyn
  4. ACFD Battles N. Arlington House Fire
  5. Nuns Living in Williamsburg Recently Ran Afoul of County Zoning Rules, Leading to a Brief Permit Spat

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

Flickr pool photo via Lisa Novak

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ARLnow Holiday Weekend Discussion

There’s another storm on the way this weekend — but it’s not shaping up to be anything like last weekend’s blizzard.

Forecasters are calling for another small batch of rain and perhaps even some snow to roll through tomorrow (Saturday), but it shouldn’t be anything too disruptive.

But temperatures are set to be “shockingly cold” for MLK Day, so be sure to bundle up if you’re heading out to any celebrations of the civil rights icon’s legacy on Sunday or Monday. You can check our event calendar for a full look at what’s going on over the holiday weekend, too.

And you can always catch up on our most popular stories of the past week instead of going out:

  1. School Board Picks ‘Washington-Liberty’ as New Name for Washington-Lee High School
  2. Crime Report: Abduction Attempt on Wilson Blvd
  3. Driver Flips Car in Yorktown Neighborhood, Lands in Front of Home
  4. New Soup-Focused Restaurant On the Way in Ballston
  5. Arlington’s ‘Habitual Drunkards:’ Prosecutors Enforce a Controversial Law Impacting the Homeless

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

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

The weekend is nearly upon us, and so too perhaps is our first big snow storm of the winter.

Forecasters are currently projecting that the storm will hit D.C. in earnest around 4 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday), with at least a few inches of snow expected.

But you should be able to squeeze in a trip to the county’s latest town hall on Amazon, or perhaps even some other happenings on our event calendar before the storm hits. If you do try venturing out, remember to avoid a few stations on the Blue and Yellow lines in South Arlington.

And you can always stay bundled up and read our most popular stories of the past week by the fire:

  1. Man Struck By Car on Route 50
  2. Out-of-Control Driver Strikes Signs, Light Pole in Clarendon
  3. Arlington Man Scores $1 Million Lottery Prize
  4. Harry’s Smokehouse in Pentagon City Mall Shuts Down
  5. Newly Renovated Wendy’s Now Open on Columbia Pike, With Plans for Big Giveaway

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

Flickr photo via wolfkann

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

The first weekend of 2019 is set to be a warm and wet one.

The forecast is calling for a whole lot of rain to move into the D.C. area starting tonight, and lingering into Saturday as well. At least temperatures will shoot up into the 50s for most of the weekend.

Check out our event calendar if you need a few things to fill your time this weekend. But if you’re planning on using the Metro to get there, watch out: trains on the Blue and Yellow lines will be single-tracking between the Pentagon City and National Airport stations, meaning that trains on both lines will only run once every 20 minutes.

If you’re stuck on the train or otherwise behind on your Arlington news, you can also catch up on our most popular stories of the past week:

  1. Former A-Town Space in Ballston Set to be Transformed into German Food Hall
  2. Police Arrest Arlington Woman in Connection with Fatal Stabbing on New Year’s Day
  3. Man Shot on S. Glebe Road, Expected to Survive
  4. Clarendon Gym Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges
  5. Longtime Rosslyn Pizzeria Piola Shuts Down

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

Flickr pool photo via wolfkann

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ARLnow Holiday Weekend Discussion

It may be dreary and cold today, but the final weekend of 2018 should prove to be a pretty one.

The forecast is calling for a sunny Saturday and Sunday, with some slightly warmer temperatures than we’ve seen the last few weeks.

And things should generally remain nice for your New Year’s plans — check out our event calendar if you’re looking for any big ideas.

You can always catch up on our most popular stories of the past week too (or even take a dive into our top stories of 2018 before the year ends):

  1. Columbia Pike’s Twisted Vines, BrickHaus Both Set to Close Next Week
  2. Feral Cats Abound in Arlington
  3. School Board Names New Middle School for Dorothy Hamm, Ditches Any Reference to Stratford School
  4. School Board Mulls New Names for Washington-Lee High School, As Final Vote Draws Near
  5. County Creates New Dockless Scooter ‘Corrals’ to Encourage More Orderly Storage

Head down to the comments to discuss these stories, your NYE plans, or anything else local.

ARLnow will once again be publishing on a reduced schedule through Wednesday to account for the holiday. See you in 2019!

Flickr pool photo via Tom Mockler

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ARLnow Holiday Weekend Discussion

The weather outside today may be frightful, but temperatures are set to turn positively delightful this weekend.

After a couple oppressively rainy days, the forecast calls for skies to clear and temperatures to rise as Christmas approaches.

As always, you can curl up by the fire with our most popular stories of the past week:

  1. Mike Isabella’s Three Ballston Restaurants Have Shut Down, As ‘Top Chef’ Star Dissolves Company
  2. Police Investigating Apparent Murder-Suicide Near Seven Corners
  3. Baja Fresh in Clarendon Appears to Have Closed
  4. With Amazon On Board, JBG Smith Prepares to Bet Big on ‘National Landing’
  5. Police Charge Dump Truck Driver Who Allegedly Struck Woman Pushing Stroller in Rosslyn Crosswalk

Head down to the comments to discuss these stories, your holiday weekend plans or anything else local.

The ARLnow team will be publishing on a limited schedule Monday (Christmas Eve), but we’ll be back to our regular schedule on Wednesday. See you then!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Rain is rolling into our neck of the woods tonight, and doesn’t seem set to leave any time soon.

The forecast is calling for a soggy weekend with no relief in sight until Sunday night — but at least temperatures will inch up just a hair.

Anyone looking to persevere and celebrate the holiday season, despite the rain, can take advantage of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program teaming up with Lyft to offer free rides again.

Starting today (Friday), rides up to $15 are free with the use of a promo code from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The offer will continue until Jan. 1. Weekly codes will be posted at the Sober Rides website at noon on today, then Dec. 22 and Dec. 31. The weekly code is only valid for one ride.

Our event calendar can help with brainstorming for ways to take advantage of that offer. Or you can stay inside and catch up on our most popular articles of the past week:

  1. School Board Signs Off On New South Arlington School Boundaries, Ending Messy Debate Over Maps
  2. Crystal City Building Evacuated Amid Widespread Bomb Threats
  3. Police Drag Man Out of Home After Alleged Drunken Conduct Around Child
  4. Chick-fil-A in Ballston Quarter Starts Serving Up Sandwiches Today
  5. Dump Truck Injures Woman Pushing Stroller in Rosslyn

Head down to the comments to discuss your weekend plans, or anything else local. Have a great weekend, and stay dry!

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