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Last updated: Fri, 25 May 2018 23:33:22 GMT

 ARLnow Holiday Weekend Discussion Sat, 26 May 2018 01:00:00 +0000
At last, the long weekend is upon us, and summer is (unofficially) here. If you’re one of the 1 million or so people leaving the D.C. area, here’s what you...

At last, the long weekend is upon us, and summer is (unofficially) here.

If you’re one of the 1 million or so people leaving the D.C. area, here’s what you can expect on the way out. But if you’re sticking around Arlington, be aware that there is some rain in the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday, so get your grilling done early.

You may spot Rolling Thunder’s motorcyclists on the road this weekend, and be aware there will be plenty of road closures. If you’re looking for other things to keep you occupied for Memorial Day, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Or, you could always catch up on some of ARLnow’s top stories of the last week:

  1. Arlington Gets Shout Out on ‘SNL’
  2. Flier for a White Supremacist Group Spotted in Clarendon
  3. Goody’s Back Open in Clarendon, Under New Owner
  4. Crime Report: Mob Attacks Victim Who Was Taking Out the Trash
  5. Boccato Gelato Planning to Leave Clarendon Location, Relocate Elsewhere

Head down to the comments to chat about these stories, or your plans for the three-day weekend. Enjoy!

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 Podcast: A Conversation with ARLnow Intern Anna Merod Fri, 25 May 2018 23:30:23 +0000
For the last four months, you might’ve noticed Anna Merod’s byline here at ARLnow; regrettably, that won’t last much longer. Anna’s time as a spring intern is almost up, but...

For the last four months, you might’ve noticed Anna Merod’s byline here at ARLnow; regrettably, that won’t last much longer.

Anna’s time as a spring intern is almost up, but before she leaves, she stopped by for a podcast conversation with ARLnow’s Alex Koma.

Topics included some of Anna’s favorite stories, like an analysis of racial disparities in suspensions in Arlington Public Schools and in-depth look at why millenials struggle to buy homes in Arlington, and what she’s learned in her time growing up in and covering the county.

Listen below or subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher or TuneIn.

 Motorcyclist Injured in Crash on Shirlington Circle Fri, 25 May 2018 21:55:22 +0000
Police and firefighters are on scene of a motorcycle crash on Shirlington Circle over I-395. A motorcycling “wiped out” while driving around the circle, according to scanner traffic, and suffered...

Police and firefighters are on scene of a motorcycle crash on Shirlington Circle over I-395.

A motorcycling “wiped out” while driving around the circle, according to scanner traffic, and suffered a number of injuries. The injuries are believed to include broken bones but are not life-threatening.

One lane of Shirlington Circle traffic is squeezing by the crash scene; it is unclear if any ramps are blocked.

The crash comes as thousands of bikers descend on the area for the annual Memorial Day weekend Rolling Thunder rally.

 Major Power Outage in Del Ray, Part of Arlington Fri, 25 May 2018 20:55:35 +0000
Nearly 5,000 Dominion customers are without power this afternoon due to a major outage centered around Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood. The outage extends as far south as King Street and...

Nearly 5,000 Dominion customers are without power this afternoon due to a major outage centered around Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.

The outage extends as far south as King Street and as far north as Arlington’s water treatment treatment plant and the nearby residential neighborhood along S. Glebe Road. The traffic signal at the busy intersection of Glebe and Route 1 is also reported to be dark.

Dominion’s website says the cause of the outage is a “circuit out” and estimates that power will be restored between 6-11 p.m.

 This Weekend’s Deals & Events in Arlington Fri, 25 May 2018 20:45:19 +0000
Each Friday, Tim’s Arlington Directory sets the table with deals and events for the weekend ahead in Arlington. Highlights for the upcoming weekend include: Friday: National Wine Day deals @...

Each Friday, Tim’s Arlington Directory sets the table with deals and events for the weekend ahead in Arlington.

Highlights for the upcoming weekend include:

Friday: National Wine Day deals @ Cheesetique & Whole Foods

Saturday: Flag Giveaway @ Twins Ace, Pet Adoption Events @ AWLA & Dogma, & The A10 Conference Baseball Tournament, & UEFA Champions League viewing parties @ 4 Courts & The Celtic House

Sunday: Brunch, Brunch, & more Brunch

All Weekend: Military Appreciation Month @ Pentagon City Mall, & $4.99 Pizzas @ Paisano’s & $5.99 Pizzas @ Domino’s

Scroll through the entire list here:

​​​​Follow Tim’s Arlington Directory on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week (typically 10-20 new deals & events are added daily)!

Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at TimsArlington@TIMS.US!

 Numerous Local Road Closures Planned for Rolling Thunder Fri, 25 May 2018 19:55:36 +0000
It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means that it is also Rolling Thunder weekend here in the D.C. area. Thousands of bikers are expected to stream into the area over the...

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means that it is also Rolling Thunder weekend here in the D.C. area.

Thousands of bikers are expected to stream into the area over the next couple of days. The event, intended to raise awareness of American service members who were prisoners of war or remain missing in action, is prompting a number of road closures in Arlington.

The first of the planned closures is on 23rd Street S. between S. Eads and Fern streets. Starting today and running through Sunday, the Crystal City Sports Pub and Crystal City BID are hosting a free outdoor concert series dubbed “Crystal City Thunder,” from 4-8 p.m. each night.

More from the Arlington County Police Department:

Motorists using S. 23rd Street can detour around the closure by using S. 22nd Street (one block north of S. 23rd Street) via S. Eads Street or S. Fern Street, depending on their direction of travel.

Parking will also be restricted in the same location from 3:00 PM Friday afternoon until 9:00 PM Sunday night, except for motorcycles.  Motorcyclists are encouraged to back their cycle to the curb and line up in an orderly fashion to maximize the space.  Vehicles in violation will be subject to tow. If you are towed from a public street, call the Emergency Communication Center at 703-558-2222.

Barrels and other traffic management equipment will be deployed in the area.  Motorists are reminded to follow police direction and be aware of the extra motorcycle traffic associated with this event and the Rolling Thunder Rally.

The police department is also warning of “severe” traffic impacts from a temporary closure of eastbound I-66 Saturday morning, “to allow veterans of the Vietnam War to travel to the Arlington National Cemetery.”

The Arlington County Police Department is informing the public that traffic on I-66 Eastbound on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. to approximately 9:30 a.m. will be severely impacted by temporary closures to allow veterans of the Vietnam War to travel to the Arlington National Cemetery. Route 110 southbound and Washington Boulevard (Route 27) near Columbia Pike will also incur temporary traffic disruptions.

In addition, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., traffic in the Crystal City area may experience delays as another veterans’ group is escorted through the area.

On Sunday, Washington Blvd and the Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic for the Rolling Thunder Rally. More from ACPD:

The Arlington County Police Department and Virginia State Police will close part of Washington Boulevard near the Pentagon on Sunday, May 27, 2018, for the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.  From 7:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m., Washington Blvd. (Route 27) will be closed from I-395 to the Memorial Bridge.

In addition, Arlington National Cemetery will only be accessible from southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway or northbound Route 110.

Motorists should expect large numbers of motorcyclists in Northern Virginia and the entire Washington Metropolitan area during the Memorial Day weekend.

For questions or concerns, please contact Lieutenant Steve Meincke at 703-228-4148.

AAA Mid-Atlantic, meanwhile, is reminding drivers to keep an eye out for motorcyclists during the event.

During the Memorial Day holiday weekend, waves of motorcyclists, as far as the eye can see, will participate in the annual Rolling Thunder procession to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.   As a result, “motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes,” warns the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). With an upturn in motorcyclists in the region this weekend, area motorists should know how to detect and respond to so many bikers sharing the road, advises AAA Mid-Atlantic. For safety’s sake, motorists should also listen for the sound of motorcycles approaching in blind spots during Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom XXX.

Tragically, “motorcyclists are overrepresented in crashes and fatalities,” highway safety advocates warn.  Advocates point the finger of blame at the rising age of motorcyclists, traffic congestion, and distracted driving as overarching factors in the number of roadway deaths of motorcyclists. Other factors include alcohol impairment and recreational marijuana and drug impairment.  “In 2016, one-quarter of motorcyclists who died had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, the highest percentage of any vehicle type,” according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). “Data suggest that trend continued in 2017.”

“Across the nation and around the Washington metro area, motorcyclists are disproportionately vulnerable to losing their lives and limbs in traffic crashes,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs. “Although the average motorcyclist rides his or her bike between 3,000 to 6,000 miles per year, motorcycle riders and passengers are ‘about 27 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash, and six times as likely to be injured,’ research shows.”

Watch out for motorcyclists during Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom XXX. Motorcycle fatalities soared to the highest level in a decade in Virginia during 2017, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) data. All told, 107 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes on Virginia roads in 2017, as motorcycle fatalities increased nearly 50 percent over 2016, when 72 motorcyclists died in motorcycle-related crashes across Virginia, according to the 2017 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts report. Of the 1,794 motorcycle riders injured in crashes in 2017, almost half, 830 bikers or 46.2 percent, were age 41 or above. Motorcycle crashes comprised 1.7 percent of all traffic crashes in the state, but 12.7 percent all fatalities.

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 Caps to Host Stanley Cup Sendoff in Ballston Fri, 25 May 2018 18:50:26 +0000
The Washington Capitals are encouraging fans to flock to Ballston on Saturday to help send the team off to the Stanley Cup finals. The event will be held around noon...

The Washington Capitals are encouraging fans to flock to Ballston on Saturday to help send the team off to the Stanley Cup finals.

The event will be held around noon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627 N. Glebe Road).

More from a media advisory:

Practice is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., with players beginning to exit the building in front of fans on their way to Las Vegas at approximately noon.

The 8th floor parking deck will be closed. Fans are encouraged to take the metro (Ballston-MU station) and access the facility from the elevators and stairwell located on Glebe and Randolph.

The Caps will face off against the Las Vegas Golden Knights at 8 p.m. eastern on Monday.

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 Here’s How to Share Your Thoughts on Crystal City’s Future Fri, 25 May 2018 17:45:23 +0000
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) wants to hear your thoughts about the future of Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard. The process, called the Future Cities Project, will...

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) wants to hear your thoughts about the future of Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard.

The process, called the Future Cities Project, will engage members of the public on the area’s future. Simultaneously, the Crystal City BID will hold various public meetings throughout the summer at both the Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro stations, residential and office lobbies, shopping spaces and more. The schedule has yet to come out, but the BID will provide update in the coming weeks.

Throughout the process, the project will “consider public space and placemaking efforts, the strategic goals of the organization, and elevating a new identity for the area — all with the goal of transforming these interrelated areas into a lively, walkable urban center,” according to a press release.

The public engagement effort comes as the BID is weighing plans to expand its boundaries to include Pentagon City and the Arlington portion of Potomac Yard, which — should it happen — would necessitate a new name to reference the combined neighborhoods.The effort also comes as Amazon considers Crystal City as a possible destination for its second headquarters.

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 Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend Fri, 25 May 2018 16:45:16 +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:

1615 N. Queen Street
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Michelle Zelsman
Listed: $1,299,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

6807 30th Road N.
4 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: E. James Souvagis
Listed: $1,099,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

433 N. George Mason Drive
3 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Eric Hernandez
Listed: $850,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4805 25th Street N.
2 bed/1 bath single-family home
Agent: Mary Schrodt
Listed: $699,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1016 S. Edison Street
4 bed/1 bath single-family home
Agent: Seth Ragen
Listed: $589,900
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

3650 S. Glebe Road
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Michelle Quinn
Listed: $415,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

2926 S. Buchanan Street
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Kay Houghton
Listed: $369,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 Flying Colors: It’s Fledging Time Fri, 25 May 2018 15:45:53 +0000
It is fledging time when your yards and parks are full of baby birds. It is also a very dangerous time for these vulnerable birds to survive so here are a few things you can do to help these young birds.

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Flying Colors is a sponsored column on the hobby of backyard bird feeding written by Michael Zuiker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. Visit the store at 2437 N. Harrison Street or call 703-241-3988.

Well it is that time of year. Warm sunny days. Mild breezes. Finishing up one part of life and moving on to new adventures. New experiences. Learning how to live on your own and make your own life.

What? You think I was talking about your high school kids going to the ocean?

It is fledging time when your yards and parks are full of baby birds. They are now out of the nests or will soon be. So yeah, maybe a lot of us are empty nesters, also.

They are fully grown and ready to move on. But for a day or two they will bounce around the ground. They have been in the nest and their wings are not fully strong enough to get them air born.

It is also a very dangerous time for these vulnerable birds to survive. And just like your empty nesters who may be headed to the beach — with 4 or 5 thousand dos or don’ts from the bill payers of the house — there are a few things you can do to help these young birds.

  • Do not let your cats outdoors. Most cats prefer to stay indoors and watch reruns of the Royal Wedding anyway. It is healthier for the cats and safer for the birds.
  • If you need to cut your lawn, take a quick walk around and look or listen for the little fledging’s. They will chirp and the parents are usually in the trees above calling out to them.
  • Walk thorough your property to locate any nests. With a little detective work, you can spot them, especially if they are in medium height shrubs and bushes and low trees, i.e. Dogwoods. Look to see if there are any young hatchlings or if the nest is abandoned. But do not get fooled by the empty nest. Some birds such as House Wrens can have additional broods in early summer so you may have that opera singer taking up residence again.
  • When you spot a bird on the ground, do not be alarmed. If it looks like a teenager with unclean clothes but is bouncing around and chirping, it most likely is fine. If it is your teenager, make him do the laundry.
  • If the bird is without feathers and on the ground and moving, try to find the nest and put it back into it. The urban legend of birds abandoning their offspring because you touched it is not true. Birds have very little sense of smell. Adult birds are the best solution for feeding the young chicks until they are ready to fledge.
  • Watch for accidental bumps into reflective windows. These can be painful but many times not fatal to the birds. If you notice or hear of constant window collisions, there are many types of decals to attach to the glass to help cut way down on this problem.
  • If you find a bird on the ground that looks to be injured, you can call a local rehabilitator. The Wildlife Rescue League  of Northern Virginia (703-840-0800) is a great resource to help with the recovery and rehabilitation of the injured bird. Be aware that most rehabilitators will not take in a non-native injured bird such as an English Sparrow or European Starling.

Adventurous, exhilarating, scary, fun-filled, exhausting. All of this and more are part of the growth, from birth to adulthood. All of nature goes through this.

Get outside. Listen. Watch. Enjoy. Fledging birds are fun to watch, especially when the adults bring to your feeding stations and teach them how to eat. The softer foods, such as suet’s, Bark Butter Bits, and live mealworms are great sources of Protein and fat for these little rascals.

Remember also to keep your hummingbird feeder filled and fresh with nectar. Baby hummingbirds are also a treat to watch at the feeders. Hard to tell because of the size, but their inexperience will give them away.

Keep an eye out for those fledging’s. You never know when they may want to return to the roost!