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Remember how on TV’s “Let’s Make a Deal” the contestants would have the chance to pick from behind what was behind Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3?
Arlington County Board members on Nov. 18 paid tribute to veteran Arlington civic activist Elizabeth Weihe, who died Nov. 2 just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday.
The Arlington County government has been honored with the Sterling Tree City Award, acknowledging local efforts to promote sustainable forests and urban trees in the community.
The mood was funereal as Arlington County Board members gathered at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 to formally bury – at least for now – the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects.
The League of Women Voters of Arlington will hold “Columbia Pike in Transition,” a forum on the future of the corridor, on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center.
The Arlington County government spends considerably more, on a per-capita basis, than its peer group across Northern Virginia, according to recent state figures, and while county leaders say there are reasons to explain the disparity, the head of the local taxpayers’ association isn’t buying the government’s defenses.
News of crime and punishment across Arlington this week.
News of interest to Arlington's active seniors.
News that was making news in years gone by.
News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.
The Arlington County government sure kept a tight lid on the news that two of the three pro-streetcar faction on the County Board had switched sides and decided to kill the project. It all went down yesterday, and was a big enough development to make it above the fold on the front page of The Washington Post.
In what amounts to a stunning turnabout, Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette announced today that a board majority has opted to scrap the county’s streetcar initiative.
The Arlington delegation to the General Assembly will be dean-less this year.
Home inventory across Arlington remains plentiful as the autumn/winter season arrives, with most ZIP codes across the county reporting more homes on the market than a year ago.
The U.S. Army Orchestra will present “Around the World In 80 Minutes,” featuring classical favorites from across the globe, on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. at Brucker Hall at Fort Myer.
Arlington-based Bikes for the World on Nov. 15 donated its 100,000th bicycle to be used to support those in need across the globe.
The president of the Arlington County Civic Federation is hopeful the organization will be able to coalesce behind a single position on the county government’s controversial “Public Land for Public Good” initiative.
County Board members hope the General Assembly will put aside past grievances with Arlington and return local authority to enact a tax surcharge on hotel stays in support of tourism promotion.
What keeps Arlington elected officials up at night? For one thing, the prospect that the state legislature might abolish the ability of localities to levy “BPOL” (business, professional and occupational license) taxes.
They may or may not like his politics, but according to what I’m hearing, newish Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt has become a favorite of the government staff.
If County Board members think 2014 has been a rough year, they may want to cling to the bedcovers as 2015 approaches – for it could be their annus horribilis.
Residents of Westover appear to have won their battle to prevent a new secondary school being built in their neighborhood, but where those needed additional seats ultimately will go remains an open, looming question.
“Lizzy Strata,” an updated version of the Greek protest comedy “Lysistrata,” will be presented on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.
Given the clearly cranky mood of the Arlington electorate vis-a-vis gold-plated government spending, Arlington officials this year may not exactly be trumpeting the fact that it costs more to educate local students than anywhere in the Washington suburbs.
Maureen Ross, a longtime civic activist and president of the Cherrydale Citizens Association, may be stepping down from that post (“for now,” as she put it), but used the Nov. 15 County Board meeting to offer some advice and make some requests of elected officials and county staff.
Gov. McAuliffe has appointed Candace Bryan Abbey and Yasmine Taeb, each of Arlington, to the Virginia Family and Children’s Trust Fund board of trustees.
The Arlington County Republican Committee holds its annual awards dinner on Wednesday – there’ll be barbecue, so you bet I’ll be there – and the keynote speaker will be state Sen. Mark Obenshain, who lost that squeaker for Virginia attorney general last year to Mark Herring.
Dec. 12 is the deadline for students in Arlington’s public schools to submit their work in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Visual Contest, sponsored by the school system.
Superintendent Patrick Murphy is proposing increases, and decreases, to the cost of summer-school enrichment classes in 2015.
Other sports fields in Arlington are lighted; can’t sand-volleyball courts get the same consideration?
The IBIS Chamber Music Society opens its 2014-15 schedule with “Sacred and Profane,” music for harp and strings featuring soprano Elizabeth Kluegel, on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington.
The Arlington Free Clinic is seeking volunteers to participate in a gift-wrapping fund-raiser next month.
Most Arlington County government offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, in observance of Thanksgiving.
RaxorX2, a local government contractor, will host Rock Out for Vets, a benefit concert to support local veterans, on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java in Vienna.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is now color-coding its cats, in an effort to promote compatibility between adoptees and those who adopt them.
More than 100 snow-plow operators working for the county government have received simulator training in the run-up to winter’s wrath, county officials said.
A total of 640 volunteers provided more than 18,000 hours of service to the Arlington Free Clinic in fiscal 2014, according to the organization’s new annual report.
He retired after 30 years as county treasurer back in summer, when the temperature was pushing triple digits. But the formal retirement celebration for Frank O’Leary took place with a hint of winter in the air – and maybe a flake or two of snow falling from the heavens.
For the first time, the Arlington County government plans to clear selected trails in an aggressive, coordinated manner following snowfall.
The Arlington County government has named Michelle Isabelle-Stark as the new director of the county’s cultural-affairs department.
Maria Gonzalez Ibar, a fourth-grade student at Patrick Henry Elementary school, was named the grand-prize winner in the poster competition of the 11th annual Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America.
The Arlington County Republican Committee will hold its annual volunteer-recognition dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) conference center, 4301 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington resident Dennis Brack will discuss his work chronicling occupants of the White House from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama at a program on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Central Library.
News of interest from across the community.
Rock Spring Garden Club will hold its fifth annual Holiday Floral Design event on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center, 4301 Wilson Blvd.
Let’s fire up the way-back machine and dig into some history items from the community’s past:
She may not be the first native Arlingtonian to win the award, but unless someone can prove otherwise, Lola Reinsch is the first native Arlingtonian who once “ran off to join the circus and rode an elephant under the big top” to be named recipient of the William T. Newman Jr. Spirit of Community Award.
Fewer sales but slightly higher average and median prices were the top stories of the October real estate market across Northern Virginia, which continued its transition from the busy spring/summer months to the mellower autumn/winter time frame.
The ninth annual Arlington Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, beginning at 8 a.m. in the heart of Lyon Park.
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