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by ARLnow.com — March 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm 0

After one last blast of cold weather this week, it appears that old man winter has taken his last bow for the season, according to our friends at the Capital Weather Gang.

Also bowing out: the Republican effort to pass a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. A number of local lawmakers and Democratic political candidates have issued statements on the bill’s failure this afternoon, including Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Also this afternoon, a grinning Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, was spotted taking a flight out of Reagan National Airport in Arlington.

While the healthcare bill has received much of the national media attention this week, it was also a busy local news week. Here are some of the week’s most-read articles.

Feel free to discuss the return of spring-like weather, the healthcare brouhaha on Capitol Hill or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

by ARLnow.com — March 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

Shirlington leprechaun

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you’re celebrating with pints of Guinness, shots of Jameson or any other type of alcohol, you can get home safely and for free tonight via SoberRide’s new Lyft service.

The top five most-read articles this week were:

  1. Police Tase Suspect in Pikachu Onesie During Brawl Outside A-Town Bar & Grill
  2. Williamsburg Middle School Principal Gordon Laurie Resigns
  3. UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning Issued for Arlington, Region
  4. Police Investigating Reported Home Invasion Robbery in Shirlington Apartment Building
  5. Arlington Bar Named No. 1 Destination for St. Patrick’s Day

Feel free to discuss the news of the week, your favorite St. Patrick’s Day destination, or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

by ARLnow.com — March 11, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

Cherry blossoms

The first full work week in March started out chilly, turned warm and pleasant, before ending with a burst of snow and falling temperatures.

If that sounds exciting, it’s nothing compared to what may be coming next week — we’ll be closely following the potential Nor’easter snowstorm that’s on tap for Monday night and Tuesday.

Of this week’s top five most-read articles, three were crime stories and two were about restaurants. Three had a Columbia Pike connection.

  1. ACPD, State Police, Feds Conduct Raid at Columbia Pike Apartment
  2. Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Columbia Pike Shooting
  3. Mysterious Pio Pio Still Closed for Maintenance
  4. Arlington Bar Named No. 1 Destination for St. Patrick’s Day
  5. Arlington Woman Charged With Felony Welfare Fraud (NBC4 updated this story late Friday with details obtained from court documents)

Feel free to discuss the impending wintry weather, the top stories of the week or any other topic of local interest, in the comments.

by Tim Regan — March 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm 0

February flowers, photo via Flickr/Lisa Novak

The progression of this week’s weather can be summed up into three words: warm, wet, windy.

The news, however, was hot, hot, hot. The top six most-read ARLnow.com stories of the week were:

Also, you may have seen a new byline on the site this week. That’s because we have a new ARLnow.com reporter, Chris Teale. That means — and I’ll switch to first-person perspective for this — my time with this company has come to an end.

It’s been a blast reporting on news in D.C. and here in Arlington. I’ve learned a lot since my humble days covering food truck controversies and writing about oddball shows at Artisphere. I’ll miss you all, especially ARLnow’s colorful commenters. Starting later this month, I’ll return to my former home of Chicago to prowl the streets in search of adventure and hot dogs. If you’d like to reach me for whatever reason, please tweet me.

With that, feel free to welcome Chris, discuss the big stories from this week or talk about or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

Flickr pool photo by Lisa Novak

by Tim Regan — February 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

Clarendon Metro on Feb 24 2017

The temperature climbed into the 70s today, and many locals — Arlington County police included — spent the day outside biking, walking or running.

The warm weather isn’t expected to last, unfortunately. A cold front is predicted to sweep through the area tomorrow afternoon, possibly causing some thunderstorms.

The top five most-read stories of the week were:

  1. Police Investigating House Party Homicide
  2. Is Clarendon’s Oz Restaurant in Trouble?
  3. Yorktown Discrimination Allegations Prompt “Record” Public Comments at School Board Meeting
  4. Lack of Child Care Options a Concern for Arlington County
  5. “Pershing Manor” Mansion Back On the Auction Block

Feel free to discuss these big stories from this week, the warm weather or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

by Tim Regan — February 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Southwest plane in flight, (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

It’s been a busy week, especially for local wildlife. On Tuesday, animal control officers rescued a raccoon that got stuck in a drain at Wakefield High School. Then, earlier today, a curious creature dubbed the “trash raccoon” hitched a ride on a garbage truck from Rosslyn to Falls Church.

In other news, are IOTA Club’s days numbered? The new owner of Market Common Clarendon is proposing major changes to the development, including the possible demolition of the building that holds the well-loved cafe, outdoor bar and live music venue. IOTA co-owner Jane Negrey Inge told us, however, that she didn’t expect the renovations to happen “any time… soon.”

And whatever happened to the couch that firefighters pulled from a tree on Monday? Hopefully, someone bolts it down before we have another windy day.

Also, don’t forget that Arlington County government offices, courts, libraries and other facilities will be closed Monday. Parking meters will not be enforced on Monday for George Washington Day.

ARLnow.com will return with full local news coverage on Tuesday due to the holiday. In the meantime, feel free to discuss these stories or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

Have a good — and hopefully long — weekend!

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — February 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Memorial Bridge design Alternative 1B underside view, photo via NPS

The weekend is here after a busy week that boomeranged from springlike warmth and sunshine to rain, wind and freezing temperatures.

The top five most-read stories of the week were:

  1. Bank Robbery Suspect Throws Bag of Cash Out Along Glebe Road
  2. Police Investigating Death in Costco Parking Lot
  3. Photos: Bobcat Spotted in Donaldson Run Neighborhood?
  4. County Struggling to Respond to Shirlington Dog Park Rumors at the Speed of Facebook
  5. Arlington Group Borrows Tea Party Tactics to Oppose Trump Agenda

As a reminder, on Saturday Metro’s next SafeTrack “surge” will begin, shutting down Blue Line service for more than two weeks. Yellow “Rush Plus” trains will replace Blue Line trains, while buses from the Pentagon will replace Blue Line service to Arlington Cemetery.

Feel free to discuss the big stories this week, the seesaw weather or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

by ARLnow.com — February 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

Snowpocalypse - Crystal Drive during the 2009 Snowpocalypse

This past Sunday marked the 7th anniversary of the launch of ARLnow.com. Above is the first photo we ever published, showing Crystal Drive in Crystal City during the 2009 “Snowpocalypse.”

Seven years later, we’re still going strong and providing up-to-the-minute, on-the-ground coverage of breaking news and important community stories — plus local opinions, event listings, photo essays and the occasional light feature or weird news story.

The top three most-read articles of the week we launched had to do with snow, snow and cupcakes, accumulating a total of 277 pageviews. That’s 78 times smaller than the readership of the past week’s top three articles.

This week’s top stories: Arlington’s first homicide of 2017, the announcement of Nestlé moving its U.S. headquarters to Rosslyn, and the armed robbery of a store on S. Glebe Road.

Feel free to discuss those articles or any other topic of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

by ARLnow.com — January 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

Electric vehicle charger at the Walgreens in Clarendon

The weekend is here and not a moment too soon for us here at ARLnow.com.

After all, it’s been a busy week. The top five most-read recent news stories this week were:

  1. A history teacher at Yorktown High School was charged with indecent exposure by Fairfax County Police after an incident in Tysons Corner Thursday night.
  2. The Walgreens store in Clarendon is slated to close on Feb. 21.
  3. Duane Chapman, the bounty hunter known as “Dog,” visited Don Tito (3165 Wilson Blvd) in Clarendon last weekend. He reportedly ordered a plate of fajitas.
  4. Police investigated a dead body found between Windy Run Park, in north Arlington, and the banks of the Potomac River on Tuesday.
  5. The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office on Monday served an eviction at 201 Chain Bridge Road, the palatial former home of former multimillionaire Rodney Hunt, on Monday.

What will next week bring? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, feel free to discuss these stories or any topic of local interest in comments.

by ARLnow.com — January 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm 0

President Obama addresses students and parents at Washington-Lee High SchoolAmerica has a new president, President Donald J. Trump, and like the rest of the nation, Arlington will have a weekend to let the reality of the new administration set in.

In the meantime, the outgoing president, Barack Obama, is leaving town for a well-earned California vacation — but only temporarily, as the Obamas be back and taking up residence in northwest D.C.

During his presidency, Obama visited Arlington a number of times. Will President Trump also make his way to Arlington County, which overwhelmingly voted against him in November? Time will tell.

In the meantime, feel free to discuss the inauguration, the new administration, or any topic of local interest in comments.

by ARLnow.com — January 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Firefighters rescue dog from Lee Highway apartment fire (Photo courtesy Andrew Pang)

It’s a long weekend after what seemed like a long week — with weather that ranged from freezing cold with snow on the ground to springlike warmth.

This week’s big stories included Sehkraft Brewing closing, America Seafood closing and its owners moving, Lyft and Uber insanity in Crystal City, a dog rescued from an apartment fire on Lee Highway (photo above) and hateful graffiti that was turned into peace signs near Yorktown High.

The week will end with Arlington County’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute event, on Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m. at Wakefield High School. The event is free but all tickets appear to have been claimed.

We’ll be publishing a post or two Saturday, during the expected snow and ice event. Following that, like many others, we’ll be off Monday for the observance of MLK Day, though Startup Monday will be published as usual and we’ll be here should there be any breaking news to report.

Your regularly-scheduled local news coverage will resume Tuesday. In the meantime, feel free to discuss the stories above or any other topics of local interest in the comments.

Photo courtesy Andrew Pang

by ARLnow.com — January 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

The first full week of the new year was a fairly busy one in Arlington.

House of Steep was saved, President Obama stopped by Fort Myer and locals rallied to support a family that lost nearly everything in a fire. (At last check just over $13,500 had been raised, compared to the $1,500 raised when our article was published.)

But the most-read story of the week, an early contender for top story of the year, is the anaconda that a Shirlington resident found in his or her toilet. Some 30,000 people have read the story about “Sir Hiss” and his journey from the toilet to the animal shelter to the care of a snake specialist.

As we head into the weekend, the possibility of accumulating snow in Arlington seems to be on the rise. An inch of snow sounds likely Saturday morning, although bust or boom scenarios are still in play.

Finally, the NFL playoffs kick off this weekend. Arlington County Police K9s have a favorite player in the playoffs: they’ll be rooting for Ben Roethlisberger after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback donated ballistic vests for Arlington’s police dogs.

Feel free to discuss the football playoffs or any topic of local interest in the comments.

by ARLnow.com — December 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Light post with a ribbon

Happy New Year (a day and some change early) from ARLnow.com!

Apparently, according to our recent poll, more than half of you will be just staying at home on New Year’s Eve. Sad!

But for the nearly 15 percent who will be going out to bars and events in Arlington and around the area, if you’ve procrastinated on picking your final destination be sure to check out our list of local NYE parties.

Also, if you haven’t been keeping up with our posts this week, here are some quick links to our countdown of the Top 20 Arlington Stories of 2016: #1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20.

With that, feel free to discuss the past year of Arlington-related news or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Here’s Mariah Carey to sing us home.

by ARLnow.com — December 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Wreaths on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery 2016 (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

The team behind ARLnow.com wishes you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy Hanukkah this weekend.

Barring major breaking news, we will be taking a brief holiday hiatus until Tuesday morning. In the meantime, you’re welcome to discuss the holiday or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

We leave you with the following original poem, written by local resident James Miller in iambic trimeter. It’s entitled “Christmas in Rosslyn.”

Christmas here in Rosslyn.
Lights shine like the dawning.
The wreaths are strewn across
Storefront and the awning.

Christmas here in Rosslyn.
Many a sight be seen
on Wilson Boulevard.
Baubles of red and green.

Christmas here in Rosslyn.
The new buildings in grow.
Progress for the new year.
Concrete with hope, we sow.

Christmas here in Rosslyn.
Iwo Jima lights dark.
Heroes for a nation.
In ground we leave their mark.

Christmas here in Rosslyn.
Cemetery sits cold.
Wreaths lie in remembrance.
The sacrifice of old.

Christmas here in Rosslyn.
The few do still recall.
The true love offered for
The victims of the Fall.

Christmas here in Rosslyn.
May we remember why
The gift we all receive
The day our death did die.

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — December 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

GOAT Sports Bar in ClarendonOur biggest story of the week was the news that the crew from Don Tito and A-Town would be opening a new sports bar in Clarendon.

Say what you want about them, but they know how to create popular places. Close to 10,000 people read our article about G.O.A.T. Sports Bar, making it the most-read restaurant article in recent memory.

Since the article was first published on Monday, we’ve learned a bit more about G.O.A.T, which is coming to the former Hard Times Space.

“The G.O.A.T. will be an almost 10,000 square foot premier sports bar and game filled (your favorite arcade games from the past, mixed with the best of today’s game technology) fun zone with the best food and drink you can find in a bar,” one of the partners posted on Facebook this week. Those games just may help it to stand out in the crowded Clarendon bar scene.

The next seven most-read articles of the week were all police-related, while No. 9 was our article on the towing ordinance changes. Towing stories always gin up strong feelings in Arlington, and this week’s article was no exception.

Feel free to discuss the G.O.A.T, this week’s slew of crime articles or — gasp — towing, or any other topic of local interest, in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

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