Congratulations to you, dear reader, for making it to the end of this long, hot week.
On the plus side, it’s almost the weekend. On the downside, the heat is forecasted to continue, cancelling weekend events throughout the D.C. area.
It’s also been another week of post-flooding clean-up, with thousands of homeowners and business owners reportedly having filed for damages.
Meanwhile, the Department of Environmental Services is trying to fix a stream that mysteriously disappeared after the storm.
Reflecting on legacies has also been a running theme this past week — from the 100th anniversary of the Cherrydale fire house, to the 10th anniversary of District Taco. The decade-long debate over Columbia Pike transit stations also got a new funding push to build four bus stops.
And this week will surely go down in local lure as the first battle between two Arlington titans: Advanced Towing and Amazon.
In addition to the stories above, here are some others of note from the past week:
- Residents, Officials Ask for More Time to Review Mental Health Court Program
- County to Hold Hearings on Making it Easier to Build Elder Care Facilities
- County Paves Way for Next Generation 5G Wireless Network
- County Promises to Eliminate Road Deaths, But Offers Few Details
- County Board Extends Hours for Columbia Pike Ethiopian Community Center
What was your favorite story this week? And how do you plan to beat the heat this weekend? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to discuss any other issue of local importance.
This has been a tough week for everyone affected by Monday’s unusual rain storm.
The storm also stranded commuters and damaged millions of dollars worth of county property. Thankfully, last night’s rain storm was more bark than bite despite flash flood watches earlier yesterday morning.
Arlington County declared an emergency earlier this week in an effort to secure state and perhaps federal aid. To help that effort, homeowners and businesses owners are asked to submit a damage report by today, Friday July 12.
If you’ve been hit hard by the floods, here are a few other resources to help you:
- Assess the damage to your home
- Follow guidelines for removing trash and debris for bulk pick-up
- Learn about floodplains and flood insurance coverage
- Get answers to FAQs about safe clean-up, mosquito control, and generators
- Research prevention tips to protect yourself before the next storm
Let us know how you were affected by the floods, or discuss any other topic of local interest, in the comments below.
While you’re cooling off from the heat, here are some other stories you might have missed:
- County to Repave Quincy Street And Add Bike Lane, Removing Parking
- Future of Jefferson Davis Highway Marker Uncertain
- Naked Lunch Closed on Lee Highway
- Madison Manor Park To Close for Renovations Next Week
- VDOT Plans Meeting Next Week About I-66 Widening Project
How do you plan to celebrate the weekend? Feel free to discuss that or any other topic of local interest in the comments below.
It’s Friday and nearly the Fourth of July, which means it’s hot and people are leaving town.
It’s been a busy week for transportation-related stories, between county plans for safety improvements on Military Road and Lorcom Lane and a new pedestrian-bicycle corridor. And officials shared more information about why scooters get dumped on trails and why sidewalk building takes so long.
A development in Rosslyn, meanwhile, announced plans to build a bike esplanade. And for all the complaints in the comment section about “Maryland tags,” there has to be some self-reflection that maybe we mostly ourselves to blame: a new Allstate report ranked Arlington pretty low for safe driving.
Here are the top five most-read posts from the past week:
- JUST IN: Oz Restaurant in Clarendon to Close
- Four Arrested at Bob and Edith’s on Columbia Pike
- UPDATED: Woman Killed by Falling Tree Limb Along Walter Reed Drive
- Arlingtonian Buzzes into Jeopardy! Next Month
- Progressive Voice: Teardowns and McMansions — Can We Do More Than Just Talk About It?
Here are some other stories of note:
- Higher D.C. Taxes May Be Economic Boon to Arlington
- 9Round Fitness Closes in Arlington
- County Board to Consider Loosening Daycare Parking Requirements
Feel free to discuss any of the stories above, or any other topic of local interest, in the comments.
Image via Arlington County
It’s June 21, which means it’s officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year!
For the civically engaged among you, the county announced it will soon hold public meetings on Amazon’s first permanent buildings and code changes to allow the installation of 5G wireless technology. The county is also asking for residents to help test a new online permitting system.
Some other articles you may have missed this week include:
- Continued Construction Will Keep Country Club Fireworks Viewers Off the Green
- County Board Eases Classroom Trailer Approval Process
- Park Service Advances Plans to Redesign Memorial Circle
- New Bus Enhancements for I-66 Approved
- Electric Scooters to Stay on Arlington Streets for Another Six Months
What’s your favorite article from the week? And what are your plans to make the most of the daylight this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
It’s Friday and that means it’s time to turn your attention away from primary politics and focus on the weekend ahead.
On Tuesday, incumbent prosecutor Theo Stamos lost her bid for re-election to challenger Parisa Dehghani-Tafti in an upset that some experts say is unprecedented in Arlington. And on the national election stage, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visited Arlington for a private fundraising event.
Here are a few other stories from this week you might have missed during the election whirlwind:
- I-395 and I-66 Projects Causing Contractor Shortages, Higher Costs
- Local Nonprofit Wins $50,000 Grant to Build Book Bus
- Fiona’s Irish Pub in Crystal City Closes Suddenly
- New Pizza and Beer Restaurant Set to Open in Ballston Next Year
- ‘House of Mandi’ Falls, ‘King of Koshary’ Rises in its Place
What was your favorite story this week? And how are you going to enjoy the sun this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
It’s Friday, it’s pretty nice outside, it’s dog-walking time.
It’s also almost election time. Virginia’s primary elections are Tuesday, June 11 and Arlington has several candidates on the ballot this year. The race for commonwealth’s attorney has grown especially heated in recent weeks, raking in some serious campaign contributions and also sparking discussions about long-standing issues like how defense attorneys access criminal case documents.
For those looking for weekend activities, there’s a bevy of Pride-themed events, a discussion about the impacts of Amazon in local communities, and a “Rock-n-Recycle” festival where you can get a look for yourself at the composting process yours truly profiled.
And while you’re at it, feel free to check out some of our other articles you may have missed this week:
- Acme Puts the ‘Pie’ in Columbia Pike
- ‘Testy Fest’ Returning to Arlington
- A Hope for a Better Future at Lee Highway’s New UPS Store
- County, State Pitching in Millions for Veterans-Focused Affordable Housing Development
- County To Start Demolishing S. Clark Street Bridge Next Week
What is your plan for the weekend? And what was your favorite story from the past week? Let us know in the comments below.
It’s Friday which means you made it to the weekend: Congratulations you!
If you’ve made it this far, you waded through this week’s national news headlines to read our coverage on local issues like the School Board settling with the Department of Justice over allegations of inadequate services for some English-learner students.
And if you’re still reading, you’ve made it through Arlington’s power outages and the thunderstorm warning to read our analysis of why the county’s bar crawls have disappeared and how the county turns compost into fresh produce for a food bank.
But in that newstorm you may have missed the many restaurant openings and closings around the county. Here’s just a few:
- ‘Sexy Seafood’ Joint to Open in Ballston Quarter Next Week
- Ted’s Bulletin and Sidekick Bakery Target June Opening at Ballston Quarter
- Josephine’s Italian Kitchen on Columbia Pike Closes
- Kora in Crystal City Closes
- New Coffee Shop Coming to Courthouse in the Fall
Also, if you’re missing two adorable pups, there’s late word that the Arlington County Fire Department helped to bring them to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington:
Two pups 🐶 were found and dropped off by a citizen at Station 9. They have been picked up by animal control. If they are your 🐕 🐕 then contact @AWLAArlington. They had no tags. @ARLnowDOTcom pic.twitter.com/aOG606y7gH
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) May 31, 2019
What was your favorite story this week? And how do you plan to spend your weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
It’s the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, and everyone seems to be gearing up for the holiday weekend — assuming you’re not already out of town.
Unless you’re one of the thousands of residents who lost power during the storm, or suffered damage to your cars and houses. As of 3 p.m. Dominion was still reporting 4,019 customers out of power in Arlington.
The storm was also a somber affair for Arlington’s arbor amorists who lost one of the county’s most prized trees in the squall.
1/6 An old friend has passed. The Reevesland Oak at Bluemont Park in Arlington Virginia fell during a storm yesterday. I always touched, and was touched, by this beautiful tree as I passed by, an inspiration and subject of my camera for many years. @ARLnowDOTcom @capitalweather pic.twitter.com/Zxaihkiz8G
— Dennis Dimick (@ddimick) May 24, 2019
Memorial Day activities like the Arlington National Cemetery’s annual “Flag-In” and flower distribution are continuing nonetheless.
But even aside from the storms, the holiday preparations and latest Metropocolypse, it’s been a busy week for Arlington. Here’s a few tidbits from around town you might have missed:
- County Board Paves Way for More Accessory Dwellings Units
- Meridian Pint Plans to Open in Dominion Hills Tomorrow
- County Board Approves Transportation Funding for Projects Near Amazon HQ2
- Feds Seek Settlement with APS, Alleging English-Learning Students Need More Help
- National Park Service: Gravelly Point Not Ideal for Boathouse
What are your plans for the weekend? Let us know, and feel free to discuss any other issues of local interest, in the comments below.
Summer is almost here and the weekend is now upon us — life is good.
Hopefully you had the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather today and bike to work — we spoke to several who joined in on the regional Bike to Work Day.
If you’re into alternative transportation you may also be interested in this week’s “Canstruction”ART bus at Ballston Quarter mall.
If this week rolled by quickly for you, here are some stories you might have missed along the way:
- Amazon Details Plans for First Phase of HQ2 Campus
- ‘No Left Turn Onto Wilson’ Sign in Clarendon Remains Widely Ignored
- Relief May Be On the Way for Struggling Shopping Plaza in Potomac Yard
- Ballston Quarterfest Offers ‘Taste of Arlington’ This Weekend
- Planting of Cotton at Arlington Elementary School Prompts Discussion
Feel free to discuss these or any other story of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!
Another day, another week, and before you know it, it’s Friday again.
It’s been a busy week for news in this here 26 square miles. This week we’ve seen a Yorktown high schooler gain fame for his award-winning painting of immigrant children holding a “Bring Back Our Mom.” The artwork won a Congressional art competition. His prize? Getting to hang the painting in the U.S. Capitol.
Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate Parisa Dehghani Tafti also sparked a heated debate after accusing incumbent prosecutor Theo Stamos of not punishing instances of “police brutality” — an accusation several public safety groups denounced.
Speaking of public safety, today Arlington’s annual law enforcement memorial service was held in Courthouse.
Here are a few other articles from around town you might have missed this week.
- Civic Federation Approves Nauck Name Change
- Arlington Officials Say VDOT Isn’t Doing Enough to Enforce I-66 HOV Rules
- Indian-Italian Fusion Pizza Chain Coming to Lee Highway
- New Luxury Apartment Tower in Ballston Aims at 2020 Opening
- Developer to Build Seven Townhouses in Courthouse, Demolish House
Have thoughts on any of these articles you want to share? What about weekend plans? Let us know in the comments below.