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I said it before I left town last Tuesday: There’s always some big news that breaks when I’m down in Florida at the end of the year. And this year, it was Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan’s proposal to scuttle the beleaguered Artisphere arts center after four years and gallons and gallons of red ink.
Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy is one of four finalists for 2015 National Superintendent of the Year in a competition sponsored by AASA, the School Superintendents’ Association.
Arlington School Board members on Dec. 18 voted to include in their 2015 legislative package opposition to proposals in the General Assembly requiring undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition rates to public colleges and universities.
Faced with reduced federal spending, Northern Virginia must harness its highly educated workforce and become a more attractive place for international and high-technology companies to do business, George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller said.
The World Children’s Choir will present its 25th annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 North Glebe Road.
Segue Technologies was the first-place team at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s annual fall golf outing, held Oct. 28 at Fort Belvoir Golf Club.
News of interest from across the community.
More news of interest from across the community.
All I know about the governance of Falls Church is what I read in the weekly News-Press newspaper, which may give me a slightly skewed perspective, but it was interesting to see how that city’s School Board addressed a directive from the City Council to restrain spending.
No surprise on this one: Arlington County Board Vice Chairman Mary Hynes will bump up to board chairman in 2015.
Independent John Vihstadt was sworn in for a full four-year term Dec. 17, promising reforms to increase transparency and public participation in large county decisions.
For the second time in as many years, Arlington taxpayers are being called in to bail out Signature Theatre.
State Sen. Adam Ebbin’s proposal to decriminalize use of marijuana in the commonwealth – already probably dead-on-arrival in the General Assembly – has picked up the opposition of a student group.
Leadership Arlington will hold two community events in early 2015 focusing on local and state governance.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is offering gift-wrapping services on Saturday, Dec. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the shelter, 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive.
Most Arlington County government offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 25-26, for Christmas.
Fun from the weekly history column, mid-December 1964 (a nifty 50 years ago!).
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for its 91st annual Arlington Business Gala, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has announced the following new members (principal contact points in parentheses):
Central Library will hold its annual winter open house on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.
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.
I think the late, great Peggy Vetter – founder, owner, editor, publisher and chief cook and bottle-washer of the equally late, great Herndon Observer newspaper – had it right.
Gas prices have hit a four-year low, falling from a national average of 3.24 a gallon this time last year to $2.56 last weekend.
Having burned some bridges with their state and regional counterparts on transportation issues in the past, will Arlington leaders be taken seriously in what could be contentious set of choices related to the future of Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway?
“Transition” was the word of the year for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, which saw the retirement of its longtime president and an office move back to the Courthouse area as the business organization also worked to expand its footprint in the community and increase its membership.
Homes that sold in Arlington in November generally spent longer on the market than homes that went to closing a year before, while most areas of the county have more available inventory than at the same point in 2013, according to new data.
A number of Arlington Public Schools students have earned spots in the All District Orchestra and Choir.
A total of 555 coats were collected as part of a donation drive sponsored by the Nauck Community Services Center.
The Arlington Jaycees for the 13th year are sponsoring an all-volunteer “Photos with Santa” celebration at Ballston Common Mall.
While I’m down enjoying what hopefully will be a sunny sojourn in Florida for the next couple of days, let’s turn the clock back five years to this very week in 2009. Know what happened then?
Winter will be a thing of the past when nearly 60 students from Arlington’s public schools head to Richmond in April for the 2015 Model General Assembly.
School Board member Abby Raphael will not seek re-election in 2015, and does not plan to run for County Board or any other elected office in the coming year.
Supporters of open space adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Middle School are pressing the Arlington County Board to require that any future construction on the campus occupy no more than the existing footprint of the middle school.
Incoming Arlington Chamber of Commerce chair Kevin Shooshan on Dec. 12 announced his executive committee for 2015.
As we will note in news coverage online this morning, Arlington School Board member Abby Raphael has decided not to seek re-election in 2015, and will not, as some speculated she might, be running for County Board.
McKinley Dyer of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program and Grace Barnes, Juliana Clarkson and Drew Kellenberger of Swanson Middle School have been selected to participate in the ACDA Honors Chorus, sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association.
A traffic light is coming to the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Frederick Street. But when that will occur, and what will happen to improve pedestrian safety in the interim, remains an open question.
County Board members on Dec. 13 approved a staff recommendation to add 60 new taxicab-operating certificates, bringing to 827 the number permitted to operate in the county.
Could the 104-year-old Wilson School building still be saved from the wrecking ball? At least one civic leader isn’t going down without a fight.
Nancy Van Doren will be sworn in as a School Board member during a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the board room of the Arlington Education Center, 1426 North Quincy St.
Home-sales volume across the District of Columbia and its inner suburbs eked out a small improvement in November from a year before, as slightly higher prices offset fewer sales during the month, according to new figures.
Arlington’s Patrick Henry Elementary School is one of two Virignia elementaries recently named 2014-15 National Title I Distinguished Schools.
“Let’s start a theater; we can retire 20 minutes later.” That’s what a friend said to me yesterday as I regaled her with the details of the Arlington County government’s bailout of Signature Theatre, a package that runs into the millions of dollars in loans, debt forgiveness and other support.
Nearly 200 local residents gathered on the front lawn of Linden Resources’ headquarters Dec. 5 to celebrate “Miracle on 23rd Street,” the annual celebration that has become something of a kickoff to the local holiday season.
Total sales were down, prices were up (in two of three segments of the market) and, as a result, November proved a relatively flat month for the Northern Virginia real estate market.
Police in Alexandria and Arlington are seeking the public's help cracking two recent bank robberies.
An increase in both home sales and average prices in November pushed year-over-year sales volume in Arlington up 18 percent, according to new figures.
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