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Ballston at twilight with storm clouds looming (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Our two-day stormy stretch is expected to carry on into Sunday, so make sure you take advantage of any sunny and dry periods as we head into the weekend.

The August news doldrums are here, so please forgive us if the stories we publish are a bit on the lighter side over the next few weeks.

Also, we’ll have one fewer reporter on staff: today is the last day for our summer intern, Mavis Chan, who is returning to the University of Missouri for her senior year. Good luck, Mavis!

Now, let’s take a look at the most-read Arlington stories of the past week. Unsurprisingly, the G.O.A.T. is No. 1. (A different G.O.A.T. story is No. 6)

  1. Serena Williams appears to have paid a visit to El Pollo Rico in Va. Square this weekend
  2. A woman has died after a hit-and-run crash Monday evening
  3. Whitlow’s is coming back — but not to Arlington
  4. Police investigating attack in Shirlington by scooter-riding kids
  5. N. Glebe Road closed after serious motorcycle crash
  6. We now know what is replacing The G.O.A.T. in Clarendon
  7. Lobster roll restaurant opening in Shirlington this month, giving away free lobster
  8. Courthouse’s Taco Bell Cantina expected to open by the end of the year
  9. County returns to pre-pandemic process for outdoor tents, leaving some restaurants frustrated
  10. ACPD: Man runs off with bag of cash as ATM is being filled at Pentagon City store
  11. Police investigating early morning stabbing in Clarendon
  12. Westover’s Stray Cat Bar & Grill has finally reopened after closing at the start of the pandemic

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy your weekend, Arlington!

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Hawkers, an Asian street food bistro, is opening in Ballston Exchange (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

After a cloudy, humid and, well, gross day weather-wise today, sunnier and more pleasant weather is on tap for this weekend.

Enjoy it while it lasts. More storms and then more heat are on tap for next week.

As we head into the weekend, there is a notable traffic situation happening just north of Ballston. A crash has left a vehicle on its side along N. Glebe Road at 16th Street N., as seen in the following tweet by local public safety watchdog Dave Statter.

Weather and flipped cars aside, here are the top 10 most-read ARLnow stories of the week so far.

  1. Gun store coming to former cafe space in Clarendon
  2. Hawkers Asian Street Food set to open next week in Ballston
  3. When the Ballston Silver Diner opens this fall, the long-time Clarendon location will close
  4. Police, prosecutor trade accusations after suspect in botched case is accused of murder
  5. Ballston’s Buffalo Wild Wings appears to be closing
  6. Ballston Quarter to hold free international food festival this weekend
  7. Ruthie’s All-Day and owners of Shirlington’s ChiKo were served up RAMMY wins last night
  8. Arlington ‘newbie’ discovers life’s simple pleasures through popular Facebook group
  9. Eight tasty cold treats to beat the heat in Arlington
  10. Man arrested for randomly pepper spraying people on Columbia Pike

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend!

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Storm clouds over Ballston on Thursday afternoon (staff photo)

It’s going to be a hot end to the week.

We hope everyone plans to stay hydrated, as the temperatures this weekend are expected to reach the upper 90s. It’s going to be sunny and hot tomorrow (Saturday), with a high near 97 and a heat index value into the triple digits. And Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 99.

Now, as you contemplate ways to beat the heat, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Alexandria double murder suspect was released from jail in Arlington earlier this year
  2. Possible abduction attempt near Ballston
  3. Retired Marine Corps general facing brandishing charge in Arlington
  4. Ground stop at National Airport after report of drone in the area
  5. Longtime Greek restaurant Athena Pallas is planning to close in Crystal City
  6. The Arlington County Fair is returning next month
  7. Only fireworks found after shots fired call at Washington-Liberty HS leads to lockdown
  8. Arlington’s top prosecutor sticks to reforms despite crime concerns
  9. Officials say new pickleball courts are coming as players rally for more county support
  10. Man arrested after alleged shopping spree with credit cards swiped from building lobby

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend!

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The Clarendon Ballroom, which is set to reopen (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Happy Friday Arlington!

We hope you find some things to do this weekend, but pack an umbrella as it looks like there’s a chance of thunderstorms each day.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Juan Soto has a new house (somewhere) in Arlington
  2. EXCLUSIVE: The Clarendon Ballroom is back, with a new interior, rooftop deck and a slightly different name
  3. Arlington sets record after again ranking No. 1 on American Fitness Index
  4. Is River Place’s time coming to an end in Rosslyn?
  5. New empanada restaurant coming to Columbia Pike
  6. Three arrested after a spate of men exposing themselves in various parts of Arlington
  7. Arlington’s first medical cannabis dispensary is opening in Clarendon
  8. Police investigating armed mugging in Courthouse
  9. County Board discusses “missing middle” housing proposal amid roiling community debate
  10. Arlington office vacancy rate continues to rise amid work-from-home trends

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend!

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All About Burger space cleared out at Ballston Quarter (staff photo)

We hope those who had time off enjoyed the holiday-shortened work week.

With any luck, many of you crossed some summer activities off your list, given that we’re nearing the halfway point of the Memorial Day-to-Labor Day season.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Police investigating shooting in Green Valley
  2. Arlington and Alexandria residents asked to be on the lookout for the invasive spotted lanternfly
  3. An Arlington Little League team hits and pitches its way to states and into local history
  4. Chase, carjacking and mass airbag theft reported during weekend of vehicular mayhem in Arlington
  5. Arlington is back to fully celebrating July 4 for the first time since 2019
  6. All About Burger is all but gone in Ballston Quarter
  7. Sense of Place Cafe in Arlington Forest has closed
  8. Amazon Fresh is now open in Crystal City
  9. Two workers seriously injured after electrical incident at condo building
  10. More storms expected today, after weekend storm fells numerous trees in Arlington

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend — or at least the non-rainy potion of it!

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Tourists visit the US Air Force Memorial at twilight (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Another three-day weekend awaits.

Arlington is a great place to be if you want to catch the fireworks display in D.C., whether from up close or afar.

This week also marked the end of June, which brought some most-read stories of its own. They included roaming bears, more corporate headquarters relocating here and a man worried about an active shooter who tried to break into a middle school.

It’s been a busy month, and we hope you get a chance to relax and enjoy this Fourth of July.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Another accidental shooting, this time in Clarendon
  2. ACPD: Girl arrested for shoplifting escaped, bit officer after foot chase
  3. Local Oyster in Ballston appears to have closed, after another seafood spot ran aground
  4. Arlington is back to fully celebrating July 4 for the first time since 2019
  5. Woman pleads guilty to opioid conspiracy run out of Arlington doctor’s office
  6. Man rescued after being buried up to shoulders in trench collapse
  7. Loud cars, loud cars, ACPD is coming for you (eventually)
  8. Ultramarathoner Michael Wardian is almost back in Arlington, after journey across America
  9. Tow truck driver helps to talk down man standing on edge of overpass
  10. Fashion store LOFT at The Crossing Clarendon to close next month

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend, Arlington!

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Around Rosslyn (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Grab your rainbow flags, the Arlington Pride Festival is this weekend.

The free event is set to run from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at Rosslyn’s Gateway Park at 1300 Langston Blvd. It’s expected to feature games, vendors, live entertainment, DJs and a dog park area and kids play section.

D.C. held its big Capital Pride festival and parade earlier this month for the first time in three years. So, if you missed it, here’s your chance to celebrate locally.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Westover staple The Forest Inn, one of Arlington’s last dive bars, is closing
  2. Arlington man develops app to explore D.C. in clue-solving game
  3. Photos: The newspaper-stealing fox has returned
  4. Police: Thieves stole luxury cars after entering homes, taking keys
  5. Victoria Virasingh: Why You Should Vote for Me
  6. Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in Arlington
  7. ‘Missing middle’ proposal prompts intense debate, competing signs at County Board meeting
  8. A $10 million revamp of Army Navy Drive is a couple of months away
  9. Black Parents of Arlington raises new concerns over APS performance gaps
  10. County Board approves sidewalk, crosswalk projects in four neighborhoods

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend, Arlington!

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Bar Ivy in Clarendon, which has started serving as part of its soft opening (courtesy photo)

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this weekend.

The Columbia Pike Blues Festival is back. For many, it’s a three-day weekend for the Juneteenth federal holiday, and Sunday marks Father’s Day.

When making plans, keep in mind there will be road closures for a few events. The Blues Festival and the Zero Prostate Cancer 5k Run/Walk will shut down several roads in the county on Saturday.

That’s in addition to county facility closures for Juneteenth on Sunday and Monday.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Police searching for suspect after serious stabbing in Crystal City area
  2. ACPD investigating possible abduction attempt at gas station
  3. Merlene drops bid for office after buying house in more affordable part of Arlington
  4. Bar Ivy opens in Clarendon, with grand opening planned later this month
  5. Man charged with trying to break into middle school during lockdown
  6. Camaro driver dies after early morning wreck on I-395
  7. JUST IN: Smoke shop employee found not guilty in shooting case
  8. County Board to consider fee for using county’s electric vehicle charging stations
  9. ‘Like a puzzle piece fit’ — Arlingtonian finds her father through ancestry test
  10. Nats pitcher Sean Doolittle to read to children at Arlington Central Library

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend, Arlington!

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Bear spotted in Arlington Monday (photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Arlington)

It’s been a bear-y interesting week in Arlington.

Two of the stories that most interested ARLnow readers, as of noon today, featured a roaming bear.

Local officials have been tight-lipped on the animal’s most recent sightings, as they’ve urged residents to keep their distance. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington has also asked residents to secure garbage, compost piles and pet food, take down bird feeders and clean up porches and decks.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Bear spotted casually walking around Arlington today
  2. Arlington scores another major corporate headquarters
  3. Online fundraiser underway for woman pushed out of SUV near Ballston
  4. Police nab kid who was allegedly breaking into cars
  5. The Maywood bear may still be roaming around Arlington
  6. Large gas line struck in Courthouse
  7. Crumbl Cookies appears to be coming to the Lee Harrison Shopping Center
  8. Lubber Run summer shows to start on Friday
  9. New Amazon grocery store to open ‘in the coming weeks’
  10. Another eyeglass store robbed, this time in Ballston

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend, Arlington!

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The water feature at Mosaic Park in Ballston, sans water (staff photo by Matt Blitz)

The four-day week is over and the weekend is here again.

We hope you have some exciting plans but if you’re venturing out, watch out for road closures due to the Armed Forces Cycling Classic this weekend.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week, as of noon today (Friday).

  1. Smoke coming from roof of Matchbox in Pentagon City
  2. Hundreds of apartment residents left without AC, water over long weekend
  3. The nightlife power couple behind B Live talk about their burgeoning Clarendon empire
  4. Arlington is collecting feedback on Military Road roundabout while considering next step
  5. Rosa Mexicano is coming to Pentagon City
  6. Arlington’s spraygrounds and water features are open for the summer, except for one
  7. Northbound GW Parkway closed after serious crash
  8. Arlington’s Covid data hints at possibility of a peak in the latest wave
  9. ACPD: Officer assaulted after Memorial Day flower theft
  10. Buzzy new Middle Eastern restaurant looking to open in former IOTA Club space

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

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Flags in at Arlington National Cemetery on 5/26/22 (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Arlington.

We hope you’re able to get some rest and reflection in after this long week. Once we push past some rain this evening, it’s looking like sunny skies, high temps and grilling weather through Monday.

Now, here are the most-read Arlington articles of the past week.

  1. Thousands without power in Arlington after strong storms roll through
  2. First case of monkeypox reported in N. Va.
  3. Greek restaurant Our Mom Eugenia to open in Shirlington, aiming for fall
  4. Republicans nominate Arlington resident as 8th Congressional District candidate
  5. Massive ‘Pike’ sculpture is being installed this week near the county border
  6. Smash and grab theft at Pentagon City mall jewelry store
  7. Taqueria el Poblano staying open through the summer, now set to close in August
  8. Police: Parking aide assaulted, more cars broken into
  9. ACPD stepping up patrols of schools in wake of Texas shooting, Alexandria stabbing
  10. Arlington now under Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Enjoy the weekend, Arlington!

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