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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Another week of social distancing, and it’s still not clear how many are to go.

Earlier this week Gov. Ralph Northam said Virginia might see a surge of coronavirus cases as late as the latter half of May. That could push our at-home isolation well into to summer.

Let’s hope that our distancing efforts pay off and we resume some semblance of normal life before that.

Here are the most-read articles on ARLnow this week:

  1. Virginia is Now Under a Stay-at-Home Order
  2. Police: Store Employee Charged After Shooting Would-Be Thief
  3. Clarendon Trader Joe’s Closed After Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus
  4. Photos: Drug Bust Near Columbia Pike
  5. Store Owner Goes on Fox News to Blast Decision to Charge Employee for Shooting
  6. Reported Coronavirus Cases in Arlington Top 100
  7. Arlington County Announces First Coronavirus Deaths
  8. Ask Eli: Impact of Coronavirus on the Real Estate Market, Part 4
  9. County: Clap for Healthcare Workers Tonight at 8 p.m.

Feel free to discuss those stories, or anything else of local interest, in the comments.

And now here it is, your moment of zen.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s a beautiful end to a busy but — if we’re going to be honest — pretty nerve-wracking work week, with hospitals filling and economic calamity hanging in the balance.

Fortunately, with regard to the latter, temporary relief is on the way for people and small businesses in the form of a newly-passed $2 trillion stimulus package. With continued social distancing measures, hopefully the worst of the medical side of the coronavirus crisis will be over in weeks and not months.

Here are the most-read ARLnow articles of the past five days:

  1. Another Jump in Coronavirus Cases in Arlington, Fairfax County (March 25)
  2. List: Arlington Restaurants That Are Offering Delivery or Takeout
  3. Bracket Room in Clarendon is Closing for Good
  4. Here’s What Happens When There’s a Coronavirus Case in an Apartment Building
  5. Governor Announces New Closure Orders for Schools, Businesses
  6. Arlington Grapples with Community Transmission of Coronavirus
  7. Athletic Fields, Dog Parks, Playgrounds Closing in Arlington
  8. El Pollo Rico Now Delivering for the First Time

Feel free to discuss those stories and anything else of local interest in the comments.

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Weekend Morning Notes

About This Post — Due to lots of coronavirus-related news, we have a number of non-disease-related local links that we haven’t been able to get to over the past two weeks. We’re running a one-time Weekend Morning Notes post to clear our queue. This will replace the usual weekend discussion post.

Arlington Cherry Blossom Walk — “Cherry blossom season in the D.C. area is a wonderful time of year, and taking in the blossoms is a beloved tradition. WalkArlington has created a walk featuring a few of our favorite locations in Arlington where you can appreciate the blooms and enjoy all that springtime in Arlington has to offer.” [WalkArlington]

Median Signs Promote Census — “What is good for the goose apparently is not good for the gander – if, that is, the gander is the Arlington County government. Those driving the roadways of Arlington in recent weeks no doubt have seen a flurry of median signage calling attention to, and promoting participation in, the federal census.” [InsideNova]

Local Cat Makes Headlines –“An adorable cat with a jaw deformity can’t help but always stick her tongue out – and her owner has insisted she wouldn’t have her pet any other way. Pretty Kitty, five, from Arlington, Virginia, can only open her mouth a ‘small amount’, and has her tongue always sticking out thanks to the way her jaw formed.” [Daily Mail]

Instant Runoff Voting for Arlington? — “Voters in future Arlington County Board elections could find themselves using the ‘instant-runoff’ method rather than the current ‘winner-takes-it-all’ manner. Both houses of the General Assembly have approved and sent to Gov. Northam a measure allowing Arlington to conduct its County Board races using instant-runoff voting, also known as ‘ranked-choice’ voting.” [InsideNova]

Arlington-Based Textile Brand Profiled — “From a plant-filled studio in Arlington, Diana Johnson translates ideas in her head to paper by lettering, illustrating and painting. Using her background in graphic design, Johnson is able to transform her artwork digitally into handcrafted products like pillows, clutches, greeting cards and, most often, prints to add a little color to any space.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Green Valley Looks Forward — “Low-level sales of marijuana and other substances in the Green Valley community in the 1960s grew into a full-fledged, open-air ‘drug supermarket’ by the early 1980s, with the intersection of 24th Road South and Shirlington Road ground zero for the illegal operations. On March 7, leaders of the community looked back at those days, and committed themselves to ensuring a better future for their community.” [InsideNova]

Chamber Acquires ‘Awesome Women’ –“Awesome Women (AWE), the professional networking group founded in Arlington in 2014 that now has six chapters throughout the DC area, announced today that it will become a program of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce later this year. The Arlington Chamber will offer women-only networking events beginning in the fall, and will call the new program the Arlington Chamber Chapter of AWE.” [Arlington Chamber of Commerce]

Victim of Pentagon Stabbing Identified — “The man who was fatally stabbed Monday morning on the platform of the Pentagon Metro station has been identified as a 25-year-old from Northwest Washington, a spokesman for the transit agency said. Sean Ronaldo Golden, who lived near the District’s Brightwood Park neighborhood, died shortly after arriving at George Washington University Hospital, a report provided by Metro says.” [Washington Post]

New Pho Restaurant Opens on Columbia Pike — Pho Harmony, a carry-out Vietnamese noodle restaurant, has opened on the 3200 block of Columbia Pike. [Twitter]

And now here it is, your moment of zen…

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

Daylight Saving Time is this weekend, so we’ve moved the clocks forward and published the weekend discussion post a bit later than usual.

The official time change happens early Sunday morning, when clocks will “spring forward” an hour and everyone will lose an hour of sleep. While you’re setting the clocks forward, don’t forget to check and replace your smoke alarm batteries.

Now, here are the most-read articles of the week:

  1. Dominion Hills Mansion With a Curious History Could be Headed to Market
  2. Northside Social: The Epicenter of the Arlington Dating Scene?
  3. Stores Picked Clean of Hand Sanitizer, Face Masks Throughout Arlington
  4. Bus Stop Demolished, Cars Smashed on N. Barton Street
  5. Sugar Shack Donuts on Columbia Pike to Rebrand as Plant-Based Cafe
  6. County Board Member Gutshall Hospitalized
  7. Arlington County Officials Hold Coronavirus Q&A
  8. Democratic Primary Turnout in Arlington Exceeds 2016
  9. APS Preparing for ‘Possibility of School Closures in the Future’

Feel free to discuss those stories, the time change, or anything else of local interest in the comments.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s time again for the rarest of holidays: Leap Day.

Whether you’re expecting a visit from Leap Day William, doing something you wouldn’t normally do all the other 1,460 days in between, or just going about your daily business, we hope you have a unique and Leap Day-worthy Saturday — and a great start to March.

Here are the most-read articles of the past week on ARLnow:

  1. Man Accused of Trying to Blow Up Car in Pentagon Parking Lot
  2. Three Arlington Streets Tagged With New $200 Speeding Fine
  3. Video: Timelapse of Pentagon City Warehouses Being Torn Down for HQ2
  4. APS to Close for Super Tuesday Primary
  5. Redevelopment of Pike Shopping Center May Come as Early as Next Year
  6. Video: Caps Star Nicklas Backstrom at Home in Arlington
  7. Daycare Closure Signals Clarendon Development May Be Nearing Construction
  8. SWAT Team Makes Drug Arrest Near Virginia Square Metro
  9. New Cigar Store Rolls Into Ballston

Feel free to discuss these stories or any other topic of local interest in the comments.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s been another week of weather ups and downs — and plenty of local news of note.

Here are the most-read stories of the past five days:

  1. Democratic Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Coming to Arlington
  2. Redevelopment Plan for Courthouse ‘Landmark Block’ Appears Ready to Move Forward
  3. With Lots of Redevelopment Coming, County Expected to Re-Examine Clarendon Plan
  4. New Home of H-B Woodlawn Closed After Sprinkler Mishap
  5. Construction Underway on New ‘World of Beer’ in Ballston
  6. Crash, Road Rage Incident Leads to Arrest of Alexandria Man
  7. New Streets Coming With New Marriott Redevelopment in Rosslyn
  8. Morning Notes (Feb. 18)
  9. East Falls Church Metro Parking to Close for Most of the Year

Expect news from this weekend’s Arlington County Board meeting, as well as even more development-related news, next week. In the meantime, feel free to discuss the articles above or any other topics of local interest in the comments.

Have a sunny weekend!

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It’s Presidents Day weekend — or George Washington Day weekend, if you’re fancy and in Virginia — which means a three day weekend for many.

Well, not for the staff of ARLnow. Vern and the crew will be working all day Monday. Don’t expect much in terms of news articles, though — we’ll be working on some future stories and new initiatives.

We’ll see you back here Tuesday for a full day of news coverage. In the meantime, here are the most-read local articles of the past five days:

  1. Furry Convention Coming to Crystal City
  2. Elizabeth Warren Holding Campaign Event in Arlington
  3. President Trump Made a Surprise Visit to Arlington Today
  4. Arlington Reveals ‘No Scooter’ Zones
  5. Pentagon City Draws More Police Activity
  6. Arrest Made After Woman Attacked By Man With Knife Near Pentagon City
  7. Compass Coffee Is Now Open, Plans to Offer Free Coffee Tuesday Morning
  8. Arlington Firefighters Battle House Fire in Falls Church
  9. Campaign for Young Arlingtonian Fighting End-Stage Heart Failure Raises Thousands

Feel free to discuss these stories or any other topic of local interest in the comments. Have a great holiday!

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

After a soggy week, a dry (weather-wise, at least) weekend is upon us.

Without further ado, here are the most-read articles of the past five days:

  1. Glencarlyn Resident Fights Back Against Street Becoming Lover’s Lane
  2. Restaurant Threatens Legal Action Against ARLnow for Measles Report
  3. Yet Another Carjacking at a Pentagon City Garage
  4. Mezeh to Open Tomorrow in Ballston Quarter
  5. “Italy is Coming” to Former Alto Fumo in Clarendon
  6. Morning Notes (Feb. 5)
  7. One Arrested After Assault and Robbery in Pentagon City
  8. Hundreds of Cars Broken into Since July, Police Reveal
  9. Most of Dorsey’s Campaign Cash Went to Him and His Wife in 2019

Feel free to discuss those stories, or anything else of local interest, in the comments.

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It has been a great 10th anniversary week for ARLnow — thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate Wednesday night.

The weekend is here and that means a look back at the most-read articles of the past week.

  1. Local Elementary Student is a Finalist to Name the New Mars Rover
  2. Authorities Warn of Possible Measles Exposure in Arlington
  3. Healthy Scratch: Quick End for ‘Dirt’ Eatery?
  4. Elderly Couple Trying to Find Their Former Dog’s New Owners
  5. Police Investigating Another Carjacking at Pentagon City Mall
  6. Man’s Death in Ballston Ruled a Homicide (from Jan. 21)
  7. Lawmaker Who Wants to Return Arlington to D.C. has I-66 Reverse Toll Bill Rejected
  8. Pike Pizza Restaurant 1000 Degrees Flames Out
  9. Alto Fumo in Clarendon Has Closed (updated on Jan. 25)

Feel free to discuss any of those stories, or any other topics of local interest, in the comments. Or, for those so inclined, feel free to come up with your own anniversary party-themed Vern fan fiction (that’s him, in the orange jacket, above).

Have a great weekend!

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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

It’s looking like a rainy night in Arlington — though those with evening plans that end before midnight should be fine.

Despite the shortened holiday week, it was an exceptionally busy one in Arlington, with lots of breaking news, business news and previews of items up for a vote at Saturday’s County Board meeting.

Here are the most-read articles on ARLnow over the past five days:

  1. Man’s Death in Ballston Ruled a Homicide
  2. Person Struck By Train at Courthouse Metro Station (update)
  3. PETA To Protest at Clarendon Starbucks Tomorrow
  4. A-1 Cleaners in Clarendon is Closing and Can’t Promise You’ll Get Your Clothes Back
  5. Police Investigating ‘Suspicious Death’ in Ballston Apartment Building
  6. Papyrus Closing All Stores, Including at Pentagon City Mall
  7. Excerpts From the W-L Alumni Lawsuit Over the High School’s Name Change
  8. ACPD Investigating Armed Robbery on Lee Highway
  9. Marine Corps Marathon Issues Third-Ever Lifetime Ban for Cheating (Press Release)

Feel free to discuss those stories, or anything else of local interest, in the comments.

But first, here it is: your moment of zen. Have a great weekend!

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A three day weekend is here, meaning extra rest and relaxation for many, and no need to feed the parking meter on Monday.

Some snow and freezing precipitation may make for hazardous travel on Saturday — even though Arlington is outside the current Winter Weather Advisory — so be careful if you’re on the roads. The main event in Arlington on Sunday, other than the NFL playoffs on TV, will be the scheduled Martin Luther King Jr. tribute at Wakefield High School.

ARLnow staff will either be off or working on other projects on Monday, so nothing will be published except in the event of breaking news.

For the die-hards reading this, you might wonder whatever happened to our top vote-getting rejected t-shirt design. Well, the “King of the North (Arlington)” shirt is here and you can order it today.

Get it as either a short sleeve or long sleeve t-shirt.

Here are the most-read articles on the site this week:

  1. Arlington County Ready to Hit the Gas on Lee Highway Transformation Plan
  2. Uber Driver Arrested After Pedestrian Struck at Advanced Towing Lot
  3. Red Hook Lobster Pound Pinches New Space Near Clarendon
  4. Police Investigating Death on Yellow Line Train
  5. Arlington County Moving Forward With Pedestrian Bridge Near Shirlington
  6. There’s a Simple Explanation for High Recent Water Bills, Officials Say
  7. Windows Smashed, Airbags Stolen in Car Larceny Spree
  8. New Apartment Building Now Open Near Courthouse
  9. Quick-Service Lebanese Eatery LEBTAV Opens in Ballston

Feel free to discuss those or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a great long weekend!

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