The Arlington Sun Gazette's take on the local scene:

THUMBS UP: To those honored in the annual Hospitality Superstar Awards program by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

The annual celebration lauds the front-line workers in the local hotel and restaurant industry – the ones who seldom get the recognition they deserve, but often go above and beyond the call of duty.

A number of those saluted in the 2016 ceremony, held last week, “held down the fort” at their respective establishments during the January blizzard, fulfilling duties that went well beyond the usual. Others showed special attention to guests at other times of the year.

Arlington’s economy is boosted by having the highest travel spending among any Virginia locality – bigger even than mighty Fairfax County or tourism meccas like Virginia Beach. That’s good news for the local economy, and it’s people like recipients of the Hospitality Superstar Awards who make it happen.

THUMBS UP: To an idea proffered last week by Mary Margaret Whipple in her role as vice chairman of the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission.

It will cost $3.6 million to fully fund the monument, to be located on the grounds of the Virginia Capitol, honoring the contributions of women across 400 years (and growing) of Virginia history.

Twelve statues of notable women will be erected, and Whipple suggested it might be a worthy endeavor for Arlingtonians to “adopt” one of the 12 and raise $300,000 to cover the cost.

Sounds like a good idea to us. Anyone interested in launching such an effort can get in touch with Whipple through the commission at

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