Address: 3800 Fairfax Drive #701
Neighborhood: Virginia Square | Tower Villas
Open: Virtually Open Tour
Welcome to unit 701 in Tower Villas, a completely renovated one bedroom, one bath with over 1,110 square feet of living space.
New waterproof floors in Lili Oak were just installed throughout. In 2018, the owner performed a large renovation adding stylish gray, soft-close cabinets, stainless steel appliances and quartz counters. A pass through was created in the kitchen maximizing the natural light and broadening the sight lines. A range hood accentuates the pass through giving the kitchen it’s sleek modern style. The doorway from the kitchen into the dining room was expanded and the cabinets, with showcase doors, extend into the dining room providing a ton of storage.
The huge living room is a great entertaining space with enough room for a home office. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors open from the living room to the large balcony with Arlington views. The oversized bedroom measures 12 x 14, has a large closet and connects to the renovated bathroom.
The unit also comes with one convenient garage space P1-91. Tower villas has an outdoor pool, fitness center, a large outdoor patio, a 24-hour concierge and is conveniently located just 2 blocks to the Virginia Square Metro.
You’re invited by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University to join the upcoming Master’s and Certificate Virtual Open House for prospective students. The online session will provide an overview of the Schar School’s top-ranked master’s degree programs and graduate certificate programs, student services, and admissions requirements.
Thursday, May 28
6:30-7:30 p.m. (EDT)
George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 2 best school in the U.S. for security studies programs relating to intelligence, counterterrorism and emergency management. With dedicated career services advisors, 16,000+ passionate alumni around the globe, and a faculty of leaders and experts in their fields, you will benefit from a world-class education.
Graduate Certificate Programs (5 Courses Each)
Part-time and full-time options available
- Biodefense, Certificate
- Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Certificate
- Global Health and Security, Certificate
- National Security and Public Policy, Certificate
- Nonprofit Management, Certificate
- Public Management, Certificate
- Science, Technology, and Security, Certificate
- Strategic Trade, Certificate
- Terrorism and Homeland Security, Certificate
Master’s Degree Programs
Part-time and full-time options available
- Biodefense, MS (Offered on-campus, online and through a combination of both)
- International Commerce and Policy, MA
- International Security, MA
- Organization Development and Knowledge Management, MS
- Political Science, MA
- Public Administration, MPA
- Public Policy, MPP
- Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics, MA
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Schar School is waiving GRE/GMAT test score requirements and application fees for Fall 2020 applicants.
For professionals on the rise, an MBA is a key credential. But while an MBA may help launch the next stage of a career, few are willing to put everything on hold to obtain one. Staying on top of course work while holding down a job and meeting personal obligations is challenging at best.
“Students nowadays aren’t willing to go to school to earn an MBA on a full-time basis and forego the economic benefits of a full-time job,” says Dr. Parviz Ghandforoush, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.
That’s one of the reasons why business schools like Pamplin have developed an alternative: hybrid MBA program options that combine the flexibility of online courses with the in-person interaction of a traditional MBA.
Online collaboration and discussion modules give students flexibility to access coursework whenever and wherever they are located. In-person class lectures offer hands-on learning, face-to-face discussions and substantive interaction with instructors and classmates.
According to Dana Hansson, Director of MBA Programs at Virginia Tech, the hybrid nature of the programs deliver flexibility and “a personal touch” that encourages students from various industries, work settings and management layers to pool their experiential knowledge.
An in-person element and cohort format create lasting relationships that can deliver significantly more value and meaning than any LinkedIn connection. Membership in an elite institution also promotes close professional relationships among peers throughout Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.
With more than 100,000 alumni in the mid-Atlantic region alone, an MBA from Virginia Tech provides students with access to industry professionals and mentors, many of whom can connect graduates with opportunities for career advancement.
A part-time format means applicants can maintain a steady income while also furthering their career aspirations. As a public university, Virginia Tech also offers a high-value tuition rate.
The part-time Professional MBA and Executive MBA programs can each be completed in the same amount of time as a traditional full-time program, and less than a traditional part-time program.
Learn more at mba.vt.edu.
Under normal times, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) teams up with the National Association of Letter Carriers for a large food drive event called Stamp Out Hunger, which is held on the 2nd Saturday of every May.
Residents would leave food donations by their mailboxes and postal workers would pick up the food and deliver it to AFAC. On average, around 25,000 pounds of food donations is collected in this one-day event.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Stamp Out Hunger event was canceled. However, the need for food in the community is at an all-time high. AFAC has seen a 30% increase in active referrals since the end of February. More and more new families are seeking help in addition to the thousands of families AFAC already serves.
Through the month of May, you can help AFAC feed our neighbors in need in several ways. You can donate canned food (tomato products, vegetables, tuna and soups) and peanut butter at a local AFAC collection box set up in the community. Please do not donate food that is perishable, opened, expired or in glass jars.
You can also host a food drive in your own neighborhood. Register your food drive to request an AFAC food drive box if you would like one. There are template food drive flyers available that you can use and distribute digitally to help you get started.
Lastly, you can also donate funds so AFAC can purchase food (fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, eggs, frozen chicken, beans, rice, pasta and oatmeal) in bulk directly from vendors at wholesale prices.
For more information, visit www.afac.org/stamp-out-hunger-2020.
Note: This sponsored post was donated by ARLnow.
The following was written by Brooke Oberwetter, Amazon’s head of external affairs in Arlington, and Jeff King, Clark Construction’s Project Executive for Metropolitan Park Phases 6/7/8
Residents of Arlington near our HQ2 construction site may be feeling some disruption right now as we move forward with developing Amazon’s second headquarters in National Landing.
We know this can be noisy, particularly as more of us are home right now than usual given the COVID-19 outbreak. We’d like to thank our neighbors for their patience and understanding. We are pleased to share that the finish line on pile driving — the loudest phase of the construction process — is in sight.
We are more than eighty percent of the way through this phase of the project. Barring weather delays or mechanical problems, we are on track to finish this phase by May 15, two weeks earlier than initially projected.
While we move through this phase of the project as efficiently as possible, safety is our number one priority. We’ve heard from some of our neighbors who have a bird’s-eye view of the site that worker safety and physical distancing are important to them. They’re important to us, too. Since the start of COVID-19, Clark Construction — general contractor for the project — has been closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and local authorities to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and enable trade partners to put crews to work in safe and healthy environments.
These measures include requiring face coverings for the entire construction workforce, more hand washing and hand sanitizing stations on site, and resequencing construction activities to create greater physical distancing. Clark has also established a designated site monitor to reinforce the importance of these measures and other safety protocols.
The COVID-19 outbreak continues to be a fluid situation, and we’ll continue to follow the latest guidance from government and public health officials to ensure the jobsite is operating in the safest manner possible to protect our construction crews and the communities where we work.
From the outset of the COVID-19 crisis, it was difficult for us to know how long these circumstances would last. Although we are hopeful that many businesses in Virginia will be up and running again soon — we realize that many people might be working from home for much longer.
Businesses are adapting to a new world, where working remotely is a necessity for safety and continuing to stay productive.
Remote work has major implications for security, both because home networks and systems tend to be less secure, and because the threats targeting remote workers are significantly on the rise. In the last couple of months, since the coronavirus pandemic began to hit, we’ve observed, and other researchers have documented, a 667% increase in attacks. These attacks include phishing, malware, remote hacking efforts and related threats.
Phishing attacks are targeting email, instant and text messaging to exfiltrate data, take over accounts, inject malware and induce fund transfers. Many are COVID-19 themed, or may appear to come from a colleague, client, vendor or other entity where a relationship exists.
Malware threats are largely focused on ransomware right now, which can both hold your information hostage with the goal of extorting funds for its return as well as exfiltration of the same data to unknown malicious parties. Paying the ransom is rarely a good idea and often you won’t get data back.
Social engineering is another problem on the rise. Malicious parties can potentially spoof a caller ID, making it look like they’re calling from your bank, or your office or another trusted party in an attempt to gain access to information that is privileged or otherwise manipulate you in to doing something harmful to your company.
Malicious hackers are also directing automated attacks against Internet-connected devices more and more. These attacks largely target vulnerable systems, where there is a weak password in place, an unpatched problem, or other exposure that allows them to gain access and exfiltrate data or setup a staging area to launch other similar attacks.
As a result, more robust security measures are warranted to increase resilience against malicious attacks. We recommend that all security initiatives begin with improvements to company policy. Many companies either do not have cybersecurity policies or they are out of date.
Having an up-to-date and robust cybersecurity policy that meets or exceeds any industry regulatory requirements, defines how security is handled, how potential incidents are responded to and what expectations there are of employees, vendors, contractors and the like when it comes to handling data.
Pentagon MMA in Arlington has been closed for in-person classes due to COVID-19, but that’s not stopping them from taking care of their students, families, and community.
They have pivoted to a robust virtual schedule of high-energy Mixed Martial Arts classes for both children and adults, along with an extensive on-demand video library. With creative strategies and a no-quit approach, they have been able to keep their students engaged, healthy and active, while providing a sense of normalcy and human connection during isolating times.
The kids’ virtual MMA program offers live, interactive classes five days a week for different age groups starting at age 4. The classes incorporate a life skills curriculum with chore assignments and mat chats. In addition to MMA classes, the kids’ virtual program includes complimentary virtual events such as weekly Kids’ Night In, Story Time, Discovery Zone and 31-day challenges with prizes such as obstacle courses, medals and swag bags.
Adults can take live virtual classes in Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu and Women’s Fitness Kickboxing five days a week, in addition to special virtual events such as classes in Pilates, stretching, and Yoga, live interviews with coaches, and virtual Happy Hours.
This article was written by Emily Cassell, Director of The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service
No one could have predicted the level to which this pandemic has altered our lives.
In a matter of weeks, millions of people have lost their jobs. Most Americans are staying at home to protect each other, while everyday heroes are keeping the country running. Gone for now are the days of light-hearted socializing at restaurants or simply meeting a friend for a cup of coffee.
And Oxford Economics reports that the travel industry’s losses will far exceed those of any other sector — more than nine times the impact of 9/11. According to the U.S. Travel Association’s April 16 report, Virginia experienced an 84 percent decline in travel spending the previous week, down $451 million from the same week last year.
Here in Arlington it is no different. The County’s tourism industry — which in 2018 provided $3.4 billion in economic impact to our community and supported the livelihoods of nearly 27,000 hard-working people at Arlington hotels, restaurants, stores and other businesses — suffered catastrophic losses almost overnight.
Our hotels are virtually empty during what’s usually a peak travel season. Many have furloughed treasured long-time associates, and several have made the extremely difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations.
Of course, this situation is an unavoidable consequence of the pandemic. Public health experts agree that now is not the time for folks to be traveling or gathering for conferences.
And although we can’t encourage visitors to come right now, we at the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service are doing everything possible to support Arlington’s hotels and local businesses through personal engagement, news and data, and to keep a steady stream of inspiration flowing through our social channels.
As a division within Arlington Economic Development (AED), we’re sharing AED COVID-19 business resources and information on the new GRANT Program that’s designed to provide immediate financial assistance to Arlington’s small businesses. We’re also working behind the scenes on plans for Arlington tourism’s re-emergence from this crisis.
As we approach National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3-9, it is important to recognize the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal wellbeing. In the best of times, visitors staying in Arlington’s hotels are going to restaurants — often for multiple meals a day.
They’re buying things in our independent stores and shopping malls. They’re attending theatrical performances, concerts and neighborhood festivals. They’re experiencing our iconic sights and traveling via Metro, taxis, Lyft and Uber. They’re contributing greatly to local employment and to the success of our small businesses. Without those visitors, we’re not the community we know we can be.
If we Arlingtonians have learned anything from past crises and this current one, it’s that the hospitality industry is both united and resilient. We will return, as will Arlington’s small businesses. It’s up to all of us to support our hospitality colleagues, and to make the industry’s comeback a triumphant one.
In the meantime, I wish you and your loved ones all the best for good health and safety, and I look forward to our making our way through this challenging time together.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) would like to say THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers!
Our 450+ volunteers are the foundation that allows AFC to provide free, high-quality care to our low-income, uninsured neighbors in normal times, and they have enabled us to continue caring for those most vulnerable to being overlooked and forgotten during the COVID-19 crisis. When it would be easy to say, ”I need to look out for me,” they have instead said “What can I do to help?”
From the moment we announced our new protocols last month, volunteers have stepped up — whether it’s a provider offering to learn our new telehealth system, an interpreter signing up to be “on-call” for virtual visits, pharmacists coming in to make sure our patients’ prescriptions get filled, or nurses making check-in calls to ensure patients and their families all are well, informed and have the resources they need.
Thank you for your incredible work and dedication to our mission.
Learn more about Arlington Free Clinic’s continued work during the COVID-19 crisis here.
If you’d like to support us financially, please consider a gift in honor of our volunteers for Volunteer Week.
Imagine the fright in coming down with symptoms of coronavirus: fever, cough, tiredness and trouble breathing. Then imagine trying to navigate the health care system with limited English skills, especially when loved ones are barred from medical settings to limit the virus spread.
We’re hearing about the risks facing front line workers including doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and service workers, yet there are also disturbing reports that medical interpreters are not being afforded personal protective equipment and protocols, and of patients experiencing sub-standard, potentially life-threatening barriers to services.
“High quality medical interpretation allows healthcare service providers to effectively communicate and comply with language access laws,” says Silvia Villacampa, Managing Director of Liberty Language Services in Vienna, Virginia.
“Because in-person interpreters risk exposure like all health care workers, video remote and over-the-phone interpreting are excellent ways to reduce risk while providing much needed support to service providers serving limited English-speaking patients in our community,” Villacampa adds.
25 million people in the U.S. speak no or limited English, and the COVID-19 epidemic has intensified longstanding language access issues in health care. Video remote technology, which can be used with any phone, tablet or computer with a webcam, offers the safest solution.
“It’s HIPAA compliant, and our trained and qualified interpreters work in hundreds of languages, as well as American Sign Language,” Villacampa notes.
With years of experience providing on-site medical and legal interpretation services throughout the mid-Atlantic region, Liberty Language Services applies the same careful vetting, training, testing and understanding clients’ needs to Video Remote and Over the Phone Interpreting.
Visit the Liberty Language Services website for more information.
St. Thomas More Cathedral School (STM) in Arlington moved swiftly and seamlessly to fully instruct students online in PreK to 8th grade amidst the Coronavirus crisis.
With a 1:1 mobile device ratio already in place, students departed school on Friday, March 13 (a previously scheduled early dismissal) with their books, in addition to their iPad, Chromebook or HP touchscreen laptop prepared to learn virtually for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, teachers spent the remainder of that fateful half day in professional development to fortify their Google Classrooms and Seesaw accounts with activities. The foresight of having faculty and students experienced in online educational techniques since its inception has proven fruitful in the first weeks learning at home, particularly since Governor Northam closed Virginia schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 year.
STM students are now learning online with all of their teachers in a modified 4 hour daily classroom schedule that meets and exceeds the Diocese of Arlington requirements for instruction. Students participate live via Google Meet amongst other interactive applications, while the parents support each other in a private Facebook parent group dedicated to the school community.
IT support tickets and even a Virtual Spirit Week have been successfully managed online in this ‘new normal.’ The teachers at STM have long embraced technology for integration into all subject areas.
“Our school has a traditional environment in that we use textbooks daily, still teach cursive and grammar,” shared Principal Cathy Davis of St. Thomas More Cathedral School. “However, we have a progressive philosophy amongst our peers with regards to best practices for instruction, including differentiation and adapting to new ways of doing things.”
Davis added, “my staff is sought out by other schools to train their teachers in how to do this, but it will take them a while to ramp up and catch up to where we sit.” She continued, “our students gain exposure to technology little by little from PreK onward, as developmentally appropriate and when purposeful in lessons. We know that embedding technology into classrooms engages more learners and often reaches them when a text cannot. It also prepares students for high school and beyond.”
Modalities in use for online learning include, but are not limited to: Google Classroom, SeeSaw, Edgenuity, Class Dojo, Kahoot!, EveryDay Mathematics, Reading A-Z, Epic, World Book e-checkout, Spelling CIty, Kahoot, Zaner Bloser Handwriting, Khan Academy, Scratch & Scratch Jr., Loyola-Press and CodeSpark.
Earlier this school year, STM opened a dedicated Design Lab space filled with STEM learning equipment and further opportunities to apply skills in robotics, 3-D printing, green screen technology and more, courtesy of PTO fundraising and events.
St. Thomas More Cathedral School serves students in PreKindergarten through 8th grade in the Diocese of Arlington, just outside our nation’s capital of Washington, D.C.
Our Mission is to nurture and develop the spiritual, academic, social and emotional promise of each child in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church, rooted in Gospel values and led by the examples of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ. St. Thomas More is recognized as a high-performing U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School since 2006.