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Last updated: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:00:30 GMT

 Listing of the Day: 4525 35th Street N. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:45:09 +0000
Renovated, expanded home in sought out neighborhood of Country Club Hills. Home had a massive renovation in 2002 to include addition with master suite overlooking private 16,000 sq. ft. lot.

Address: 4525 35th Street N.
Neighborhood: Country Club Hills
Listed: $1,499,900
Open: Sunday, December 16 from 2-4 p.m.

Renovated, expanded home in sought out neighborhood of Country Club Hills. Home had a massive renovation in 2002 to include addition with master suite overlooking private 16,000 sq. ft. lot.

Features: Eat in kitchen with wood burning fireplace, granite countertops and lots of natural light. Formal living and dining room blend seamlessly with great room with vaulted ceilings. Basement features large rec. room with fireplace, mud-room, attached 2 car garage and ample storage space. Plat available.

Listed by:
Billy Buck
Billy Buck & Company
(703) 524-9000
billybuckteam@buckrealtors.com
https://www.billybuck.com/

 Holiday Market to Pop Up in Ballston Apartment Building Tomorrow Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:45:29 +0000
Local retailers will set up shop for a holiday market pop-up tomorrow (Saturday) in The View at Liberty Center at 4000 Wilson Blvd. Gifts from the clothing boutique Mission Edit, Wine Time Crafts,...

Local retailers will set up shop for a holiday market pop-up tomorrow (Saturday) in The View at Liberty Center at 4000 Wilson Blvd.

Gifts from the clothing boutique Mission Edit, Wine Time Crafts, stationary shop Creations by Sasha and other local businesses will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shoppers can also munch on holiday cookies with a cup of hot chocolate.

The first 300 people outside The View on the corner of N. Quincy Street and Wilson Blvd will get to take home a wreath from Merrifield Garden Center, which is located in Falls Church.

The View is encouraging visitors to bring new, unwrapped toys to support local Toys for Tots efforts by the U.S. Marine Corps. The apartment building also plans to raffle off holiday pies from D.C.-based bakery Whisked! to benefit Toys for Tots.

 Glebewood Man Pleads Guilty to Using Dark Web to Download Child Pornography Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:45:27 +0000
An Arlington man now faces up to two decades behind bars, after admitting to downloading child pornography from the dark web. Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Jon T. Wilkins, a former...

An Arlington man now faces up to two decades behind bars, after admitting to downloading child pornography from the dark web.

Federal prosecutors say 39-year-old Jon T. Wilkins, a former commercial bank executive, pleaded guilty today (Friday) to one count of “receiving child pornography.” A judge could now sentence him to anywhere between five and 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors allege that FBI agents discovered that Wilkins was active on “Playpen,” a dark web forum specializing in child pornography, back in 2015.

They then tracked Wilkins’ IP address to his home in a Glebewood neighborhood, and secured search warrants for his property. Investigators then found dozens of images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of preteen girls on computers belonging to Wilkins.

Prosecutors added in a news release that Wilkins “attempted to conceal his illegal behavior by utilizing Tor, a special web browser that permits access to the dark web while hiding browsing activity.” But agents still uncovered some of his browser history, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

Wilkins is set for a sentencing hearing on April 5.

 Police Charge Dump Truck Driver Who Allegedly Struck Woman Pushing Stroller in Rosslyn Crosswalk Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:45:48 +0000
The driver of a dump truck who allegedly struck a woman pushing a stroller in a Rosslyn intersection yesterday (Thursday) is now facing criminal charges. Arlington Police announced today (Friday)...

The driver of a dump truck who allegedly struck a woman pushing a stroller in a Rosslyn intersection yesterday (Thursday) is now facing criminal charges.

Arlington Police announced today (Friday) that they’re charging 63-year-old John Washington of Silver Spring, Maryland with reckless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk in connection with the crash.

The incident happened around the intersection of Lee Highway and Ft. Myer Drive around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Police believe the woman was crossing the street with a child in a stroller when the truck driver struck her.

She was taken to the hospital with “serious but non-life threatening injuries,” though police say she was able to maneuver the stroller out of the way before the crash, and the child was not hurt.

Washington will face his first hearing on those charges on Monday (Dec. 17), according to county police spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

 Baja Fresh in Clarendon Appears to Have Closed Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:45:15 +0000
The Baja Fresh Mexican Grill in Clarendon now seems to be closed. The restaurant hasn’t been open during normal business hours since at least Wednesday (Dec. 12), and a variety...

The Baja Fresh Mexican Grill in Clarendon now seems to be closed.

The restaurant hasn’t been open during normal business hours since at least Wednesday (Dec. 12), and a variety of boxes and furniture are now strewn about the eatery, located at 2815 Clarendon Blvd.

No one answered the phone at the restaurant yesterday or today (Friday), making it unclear if the closure is temporary or permanent.

Baja Fresh’s future has frequently been in doubt over the last few years, as the owner of its building as eyed a major redevelopment of the whole block.

The County Board signed off on plans earlier this year to transform the area, calling for the renovation and expansion of several buildings along the 2800 blocks of Wilson and Clarendon Blvds, and the creation of a “ground level arcade” along the nearby N. Edgewood Street. The property owner, Regency Centers, has also overseen the “Market Common” redevelopment across Clarendon Blvd.

Should the restaurant indeed be shutting down, Arlington would be left without a Baja Fresh location. One in Rosslyn shut down back in 2013.

 Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:45:36 +0000
Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend. Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here...

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

2500 N. Nottingham Street
6 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Wydler Brothers
Listed: $1,830,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

4117 27th Street N.
4 bed/3 bath single-family home
Agent: Optime Realty
Listed: $1,199,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1881 N. Nash Street #1504
1 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Listed: $1,050,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1805 S. Crystal Drive #613S
3 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Redfin Corporation
Listed: $850,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1029 N. Liberty Street
3 bed/2 bath single-family home
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate
Listed: $749,900
Open: Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2522 S. Monroe Street
3 bed/2 bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $399,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4600 S. Four Mile Run Drive #1019
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Optime Realty
Listed: $199,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 WWBG: Charles Towne Fermentory Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:45:00 +0000
As the brewery scene becomes more and more hyper localized, there are a select few that transcend that and reach national appeal. Founder and head brewer Adam Goodwin has had his hand a couple of these breweries on his way to opening up Charles Towne Fermentory (CTF) in 2016.


Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). This week’s Guide is written by Sam Dial.

As the brewery scene becomes more and more hyper localized, there are a select few that transcend that and reach national appeal. Founder and head brewer Adam Goodwin has had his hand a couple of these breweries on his way to opening up Charles Towne Fermentory (CTF) in 2016.

Picking up experience from Tired Hands Brewing, Philadelphia, and as founder and head brewer of Trillium in Boston, Goodwin, alongside partner Justin Slotnik, started his own project to focus his beer around quality and simplicity. They set up shop in the the old Lyerly’s Dry Cleaning building brewing on a 15-barrel system, which is a major scale reduction from Trillium, who houses 30 barrels at just one of their locations. Reason being, smaller production scale gives Goodwin the freedom to experiment more, while still allowing his large production experience to shine through.

Brewing on a limited system means that CTF originally only allowed customers to fill growlers at the brewery to take home, adding crowlers and cans over their two years of business. Their limited production also means CTF has to be selective with where they send their liquid, and we are thrilled be featuring their beer for the first time!

  • ‘Sidestepper’ — 8.3% New England Double IPA with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe. Not just another haze crazed IPA like most these days, this beer is about showing off the depth of flavors of the hops. It is floral and neon-lights bright, with juicy with notes of tangerine that are all balanced by an incredibly pleasing bitterness that lingers throughout. Not even boozy sweet, this is a dangerously drinkable DIPA.
  • ‘Infinite Yawn’ — 4.7% Dry Hopped Blonde Ale. So, this is a style of beer that I especially enjoy. A delightful, easy drinking light beer dry hopped with Motueka and Mosaic. Don’t think that this a plane-jane beer made to carry hops, this isn’t like getting chips so you can eat guacamole. It’s dry and slightly bready which plays as a great backbone to the passion fruit, peach, and orange peel from the hops.

Crazily crushable, tremendously tropical, brilliantly balanced, Charles Towne Fermentory shows what they are about with these two beers.

 Here’s How Arlington First Responders Train to Handle ‘Active Shooter’ Scenarios Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:45:27 +0000
The call went out over a police radio channel shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday: there’s an active shooter at Washington-Lee High School, with multiple gunshot victims. Luckily, this was just...

The call went out over a police radio channel shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday: there’s an active shooter at Washington-Lee High School, with multiple gunshot victims.

Luckily, this was just a drill, an exercise that police and dispatchers used to prepare should such a nightmare scenario ever play out in Arlington.

In fact, Arlington County Police say they have been actively training since 1999 to handle a school shooting or any such “active shooter” situation, an all-too-common occurrence that has traumatized communities across the country.

The department also formed a “Tactical Training Unit” in 2013 to put an increased focus on the issue, providing each patrol officer with a minimum of six “training days” each year, according to a county fact sheet on the issue.

“Patrol officers participate in ‘no-notice’ training three times per year,” the fact sheet says. “This training requires on-duty police officers and firefighters to respond to a mock training scenario and practice integrating police and fire/EMS response to incidents such as ‘Active Violence Events.'”

The police department also has a full-time officer assigned to the county’s “High Threat Response Program” to coordinate how first responders manage such incidents across Arlington’s various departments.

All Arlington Public Schools also conduct at least four “lockdown” drills each year, coordinating with each building’s school resource officers for each one. Those officers also work with APS staff on “tabletop exercises in preparation for emergency situations,” the fact sheet said.

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 Arlington National Cemetery Warns of Big Crowds for ‘Wreaths Across America’ Tomorrow Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:45:04 +0000
Anyone planning on heading to Arlington National Cemetery for this weekend’s “Wreaths Across America” event might want to consider using public transit to get there, or prepare for some hefty...

Anyone planning on heading to Arlington National Cemetery for this weekend’s “Wreaths Across America” event might want to consider using public transit to get there, or prepare for some hefty delays.

ANC officials say they’ll be barring all personal vehicles from the cemetery’s grounds during the length of the annual wreath-laying event, set to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 15).

They’re also planning on welcoming a larger number of volunteers at the event than in years past, prompting “numerous changes to ensure the safety and security of those who participate,” according to a press release. Accordingly, officials are urging participants to arrive promptly at 8 a.m., and rely on Metro, if at all possible.

“We encourage all volunteers to arrive early and recommend taking the Pentagon or Rosslyn Metro and walking into the cemetery,”ANC Operations Director Micheal Migliara wrote in a statement. “It’s a short, 15-minute walk from these stops and the most seamless way to access our hallowed grounds on this special day.”

ANC leaders are expecting so many people to use the cemetery’s Metro stop that they expect the other stations will be a bit easier for visitors to use. Anyone getting off at Rosslyn should enter through the cemetery’s Ord & Weitzel gate by walking along the N. Meade Street sidewalks, and anyone getting off at the Pentagon station should use the cemetery’s South Gate entrance.

General public parking will still be available at the Pentagon’s north parking lot (in lanes 50-60) and south parking lot (lanes 1-18), as well as at the Pentagon City Mall parking garage.

The Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center parking garage, however, will only be available to “ANC Family Pass holders” who have preregistered for the event.

All the cemetery’s gates will open to the public at 8 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony inside the cemetery at the McClellan Gate at 8:30 a.m. The wreath laying is set to start by 9 a.m.

County police are also warning of traffic changes starting at 5 a.m., including:

  • Southgate Road, between Columbia Pike and S. Oak Street, will be closed and restricted to authorized vehicles only. Temporary no parking signs have been posted and vehicles in violation will be towed after noon today (Friday)
  • Marshall Drive, between N. Meade Street and Rt. 110, will be closed and restricted to shuttle bus traffic only.
  • Memorial Avenue, from Memorial Circle to the Ccmetery entrance will be closed.
  • Access to the Memorial Bridge from southbound George Washington Parkway and northbound Rt. 110 will also be closed.
  • Additional road closures will be implemented in locations along I-395, the G.W. Parkway, and the Pentagon Peservation by the Virginia State Police, U.S. Park Police, and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
  • Other roads not listed may be closed for short duration at the discretion of law enforcement.

Flickr pool photo by Jeff Reardon