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Last updated: Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:45:49 GMT

 Earth Day Happenings Around Arlington Today Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:00:04 +0000
Today, Arlington will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a number of events and a giveaway. The local Sierra Club chapter will host an “Activist Happy Hour”...

Today, Arlington will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a number of events and a giveaway.

The local Sierra Club chapter will host an “Activist Happy Hour” tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Board Room in Clarendon (925 N. Garfield Street). The event will serve hors d’oeuvres and will help participants “identify the campaign coordinators spearheading local initiatives, and figure out how they would like to devote their time and energy to the Club’s goals,” per the description in our event calendar.

The Glencarlyn Library will be hosting another of its gardening class series for kids. Today (Monday), the lesson will teach tips on growing fruits and vegetables and lead an art project for kids 4-10 years old. Sign-up is required to attend the free class which goes from 4:30-5:30 p.m at the library.

Ride-hailing company Lyft is giving away free 30-minute rides on Capital Bikeshare with the promo code EARTHDAY19.

“If you’ve never ridden Capital Bikeshare before, Earth Day 2019 is a great time to give it a try,” said said Jim Larsen, Bureau Chief of the Arlington County Commuter Services, in a statement last week. “Just download the app, enter the code, and get riding on one of the thousands of bikes across more than 530 stations throughout the metro D.C. area.”

Lyft’s ride share competitor, Via, announced last week it would be disabling the “private ride” feature on its app so passengers would take only shared rides on Earth Day.

“By moving more people with fewer cars, we reduce congestion and emissions and ensure that drivers spend less time cruising around empty,” Via’s CEO Daniel Ramot said in a statement.

The county started celebrating Earth Day early this year, with a number of events and projects last week and an “Earth Day Cafe” coffee giveaway this morning.

Photo from Flickr Pool user Erinn Shirley

 Morning Notes Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:45:40 +0000
New Census Population Estimate — “Arlington’s estimated population was up 14.4 percent from 2010 to 2018, more than double the increase statewide and nationally, according to new figures from the...

New Census Population Estimate — “Arlington’s estimated population was up 14.4 percent from 2010 to 2018, more than double the increase statewide and nationally, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The federal government’s recently released guesstimate of Arlington’s population as of July 1, 2018, stood at 237,521, up about 1 percent from a year before.” [InsideNova]

Fraudster’s Arlington Home Sold — “The Arlington home of real estate developer Todd Hitt — who pleaded guilty in February to eight counts of fraud — has found a buyer, according to court documents. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, approved the $1.3 million sale of the 5,500-square-foot house on North Kensington Street.” [Washington Business Journal]

Arlington Working With MoCo on DCA Noise Study — “Arlington government officials plan to formalize their agreement with leaders in Montgomery County, Md., to fund a study on the northerly aircraft departure route out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The County Board plans to ante up half the projected cost for a consultant, with the Montgomery County Council putting up the other half.” [InsideNova]

County Proposes New Development Review Fee — “Arlington County staff is proposing a new fee for the acceptance and review of conceptual site plan applications, a process through which developers can get input on their projects before their formal submission.” [Washington Business Journal]

 Columbia Pike Robbery Leads to Police Chase, Crash and Water Rescue Mon, 22 Apr 2019 00:00:36 +0000
A robbery along Columbia Pike led to a police pursuit and a crash into the Potomac on Easter Sunday evening. The incident started around 5:15 p.m. when a man armed...

A robbery along Columbia Pike led to a police pursuit and a crash into the Potomac on Easter Sunday evening.

The incident started around 5:15 p.m. when a man armed with a gun robbed a business on the 2600 block of Columbia Pike — the same block as the CVS and the Domino’s Pizza.

The suspect “fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash” and drove off, but was spotted and pursued by police officers, according to Arlington County Police.

The chase continued to the northbound GW Parkway, where the suspect drove off the side of the road and crashed into the Potomac near I-395.

“Suspect was subsequently taken into police custody and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” ACPD said. “There are believed to be no outstanding suspects. No other injuries or property damage was reported. Police remain on scene investigating.”

Arlington County Police were assisted by the Arlington County Fire Department, U.S. Park Police, Virginia State Police, D.C. police and the U.S. Coast Guard in the incident and investigation. The northbound GW Parkway was temporarily closed following the crash, according to Arlington Alert.

Photo courtesy John Sonderman

 Rethink Energy: Home Show & Garden Expo on April 27 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 16:00:25 +0000
Arlington's Home Show and Garden Expo returns this month on April 27 and Arlington's Rethink Energy team will be there all day.

This regularly-scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.

Home renovations are almost a rite of passage in Arlington.

There’s no better way to get started on your home project than visiting Arlington’s Home Show and Garden Expo. Arlington’s largest Home Show & Garden Expo will return this month on April 27.

The Home Show will feature dozens of home builders, contractors, vendors, architects, inspectors, real estate agents, gardeners, lenders and nonprofits, as well as housing, zoning and inspection representatives from Arlington County.

Classes and seminars at the Home Show cover many topics including:

  • Green kitchen and bath remodeling
  • Move or remodel? Which is right for me?
  • Green remodeling, solar co-op, green home certification
  • How to choose and work with contractors
  • How to finance your remodeling project
  • Downsizing and aging in place
  • Edible landscaping and home gardening
  • Energy smart landscaping lighting solutions

Arlington’s Rethink Energy team will be there all day. We’ll have info on our green home renovation or new constructionsolar co-op and more.

Stop by with your energy questions. We’re here to help you save energy and money.

The Expo is being held from 10-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carling Springs Road.

For more info, visit: http://arlingtonhomeshow.org/

 ARLnow Weekend Discussion Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:30:29 +0000
(Updated 04/21/19) Well it’s Friday, which means the holiday festivities are officially upon us! If you’re looking for places to celebrate Easter, Passover Seder, or any Earth Day-themed events we have you...

(Updated 04/21/19) Well it’s Friday, which means the holiday festivities are officially upon us!

If you’re looking for places to celebrate Easter, Passover Seder, or any Earth Day-themed events we have you covered.

Speaking of covered, the National Weather Service says to expect storms, potentially including severe storms and maybe even an isolated tornado, with heavy rain through the night.

This could be bad news considering the county announced that ground water levels are already 5 feet higher than they were two years ago. For more on that, as well as some tips on keeping your home water-free, check out the article yours truly wrote earlier this week.

After you’re done battening down the hatches, feel free to get swept away by some of our top stories from the past week:

  1. Closing Time: The Last Days of Mister Days
  2. More Housing Proposed for Ballston Harris Teeter Redevelopment
  3. Ragtime and Rhodeside Rrill Owner Wilson Whitney Dies
  4. Pupatella Coming to South Arlington
  5. Mac and Cheese Festival Coming to Ballston

What’s your favorite rainy-day story, or movie? Let us know, and tell us what you think of our articles in the comments below.

 W&OD Trail Closure Starts Today, Will Last Until Late 2020 Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:30:42 +0000
Detours start today along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail to allow for construction of a bridge over Lee Highway. The trail will be closed between Little Falls Street and...

Detours start today along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail to allow for construction of a bridge over Lee Highway.

The trail will be closed between Little Falls Street and Lee Highway and is scheduled to remain closed until fall 2020, when the new bridge is scheduled to open, according to VDOT.

Pedestrians will be detoured north and turn right onto Fairfax Drive, while cyclists will be sent south to Jefferson Street, which does not have a sidewalk.

The new bridge over Lee Highway is planned to offer a safer crossing at a busy intersection for the over 2,000 people who use the trail in this area on peak days.

The W&OD isn’t the only trail facing closure soon. Starting May 6, the Custis Trail is scheduled to close at the I-66 underpass near Bon Air Park to allow for the construction of an additional I-66 East lane.

Trail users will be diverted to an existing pedestrian bridge to the east.

Like the W&OD closure, the Custis Trail closure is expected to last until fall 2020, at which point the trail will be shifted slightly south for visibility and safety improvements.

Both projects are part of VDOT’s Transform 66 project.

 Box Truck Rams Ft. Myer Fence in Reported Traffic Accident Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:55:18 +0000
A rented box truck ran into a fence surrounding Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in what was reported to be just an accident. The incident happened Friday morning near the Route...

A rented box truck ran into a fence surrounding Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in what was reported to be just an accident.

The incident happened Friday morning near the Route 50/Washington Blvd interchange. The truck ran into and damaged a fence but did not actually drive onto the military installation.

The crash was a “simple traffic accident” and there was no threat to the base or its personnel, JBMHH spokeswoman Leah Rubalcaba told ARLnow.

 Tornado Watch Issued for Arlington Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:15:53 +0000
(Updated at 1:25 p.m.) Arlington and the D.C. region is now under a Tornado Watch. The watch is in effect until midnight tonight. Forecasters say the storms approaching the area may...

(Updated at 1:25 p.m.) Arlington and the D.C. region is now under a Tornado Watch.

The watch is in effect until midnight tonight. Forecasters say the storms approaching the area may spawn isolated tornadoes.

The region is also under a Flash Flood Watch, with heavy rain expected this afternoon and evening. The expected stormy weather has prompted airlines to allow travelers at Reagan National Airport to change their flights without additional fees.

More from the National Weather Service:

MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SOME OF THE STORMS WILL LIKELY BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY THROUGH MOST OF TONIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE OUTLOOK AREA.

GALE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE WATERS TONIGHT.

With flooding and power outages possible, Arlington County Police are reminding motorists to take extra precautions on the roads.

 Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:00:00 +0000
The newest Open Houses in Arlington features a 1 BR/1 BA condo with breathtaking views.

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:

6818 Williamsburge Boulevard
6 BR/6 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Ttr Sothebys International Realty
Listed: $1,697,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1111 19th Street N. #2803
2 BR/2 BA, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty Falls Church
Listed: $1,200,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2604 N. Pocomoke Street
3 BR/1 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Listed: $859,500
Open: Saturday 12-3 p.m.

 

3112 13th Street S.
3 BR/2 BA single-family home
Agent: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Listed: $699,900
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

2001 15th Street N. #319
1 BR/1 BA condo
Agent: Optime Realty
Listed: $489,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1001 N. Vermont Street #907
1 BR/1 BA condo
Agent: Keller Williams Capital Properties
Listed: $387,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

2902 13th Road S. #2204
2 BR/1 BA condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $299,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 Pentagon City Drainage Pond May Be Removed After Metro Tunnel Leak Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:05:03 +0000
Arlington County wants to demolish part of a multi-million dollar Pentagon City project after officials say it caused a leak in a Metro tunnel. The County Board will vote on...

Arlington County wants to demolish part of a multi-million dollar Pentagon City project after officials say it caused a leak in a Metro tunnel.

The County Board will vote on the demolition of a storm run-off basin near the Pentagon City mall next week because the structure caused water to leak into the Metro tunnel below.

The basin was installed in 2014 as part of upgrades made along S. Hayes Street from 15th Street S. to Army Navy Drive. The basin was part of the landscaping between the road lanes.

“Shortly thereafter, WMATA notified the County about leakage issues in the tunnel,” said county spokeswoman Jessica Baxter today.

“Working closely with WMATA, the County conducted dye testing which demonstrated that when the bioretention facility filled during storm events, it contributed to leakage issues in the Metro tunnel,” Baxter told ARLnow. “The leak was corrected in 2017 after filling in the bioretention facility.”

A Metro spokesman did not immediately return requests for more information about the leak.

The $9 million project along S. Hayes Street also added rain gardens and new crosswalks, bike lanes, ADA ramps, traffic lights, and Metro canopies. VDOT was to reimburse most of the project’s expense, per an agreement with the county.

This week’s staff report referred to the basin demolition proposal as “Phase B” of the “Pentagon City Multimodal Improvements project.” The item was included in the Board’s consent agenda which is reserved for measures expected to pass without debate.

If the Board passes the proposal, the county will allocate $645,342 to remove the basin, and to modify a nearby U-turn.

The board document notes that while the U-turn was designed using “industry standard modeling software to ensure that buses would be able to complete the turn without problems” nonetheless “several buses have hit the wall while making the turning movement, creating a maintenance issue.”

During a 2014 ribbon cutting ceremony, then-County Board Chair Jay Fisette said the Pentagon City project was “key to Arlington’s efforts to make it easier to travel to, around or through Pentagon City, whether you are traveling by car, bus, bike or Metro.”