Meet & Greet with Erik Gutshall (County Board Candidate)

posted May 4, 2016, 10:50 AM by Stephen Finafrock

Who: Erik Gutshall, candidate for Arlington County Board

What: Meet & Greet

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

Where: Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St, Room 527A, Arlington, VA 22204

Why: To discuss concerns about issues throughout Arlington County

Thank you for listening and we hope to see you on May 5, 2016

Enhanced Crime Reports, See Author Anthony Doerr Tonight, E-CARE Event

posted Apr 7, 2016, 8:17 AM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 1:43 PM by Stephen Finafrock ]

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Arlington Insider

raids crime map

New Online Crime Mapping Tool

Arlington Police Department announces its new crime mapping tool, RAIDS Online, making it easier than ever to stay informed. Select from various filters to display criminal incidents along with information such as the type of crime, block-level address, date and time.


>> Explore RAIDS Online

Author Event: Anthony Doerr

Join author Anthony Doerr tonight as he kicks off Arlington Reads 2016, a series featuring three authors who write about the human displacement of World War II.

Note: Washington-Lee High School doors will open at 6 p.m., Apr. 7. In consideration of students and staff, please do not arrive at the school before 5:30 p.m. at the earliest.

Toss Hazardous Waste for Free at E-CARE

Recycle your HHM, bikes, clothing, electronics and other items at our biannual E-CARE event on Saturday, April 16.


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Community Forum Wed Apr 20TH 7-9 PM @ TJ auditorium

posted Apr 4, 2016, 6:16 PM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 6:16 PM ]

COMMUNITY FORUM: Arlington County Criminal Justice Agencies and distinguished panel guests will be holding a public forum on Trust and Confidence in Arlington's Criminal Justice System. This is an opportunity to ask local officials about issues that affect you and learn how we can work together to maintain a safe community! Please join us Wednesday, April 20 from 7 - 9 PM at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Auditorium 125 S Old Glebe Rd

The Arlington County Chief of Police, along with distinguished panel members, will conduct a forum focusing on the community's trust and confidence in Arlington's Criminal Justice Agencies. This interactive discussion will be moderated by WJLA Channel 7 Fighting Back Against Crime investigator, Jennifer Donelan.

Please join us as panel members discuss various topics concerning the criminal justice system.  Following the moderated portion of the evening, panel members will engage in an open Q & A with audience members.  This is your opportunity to ask local officials and community activists about issues that affect you and learn how we can work together to maintain a safe community!

Panel members include:
M. Jay Farr, Chief of Police
Beth Arthur, Sheriff
Theo Stamos, Commonwealth's Attorney
Matthew Foley, Public Defender
Julius Spain, NAACP Arlington 1st Vice President
Andres Tobar, Community Activist 

Firefighters and Red Cross Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms

posted Mar 31, 2016, 2:03 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Firefighters and Red Cross Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms

  • Kicks off Saturday, April 2, continues through September
  • 30 percent of homes have no working smoke alarms
  • Smoke alarms reduce your chance of dying by half

The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) and Red Cross in the National Capital Region are teaming up to reduce the number of fire-related injuries and fatalities by ensuring residents have working smoke alarms.  Firefighters and Red Cross volunteers will kick off this initiative Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., by going door-to-door in the Douglas Park and Nauck neighborhoods, near Fire Station 9, to offer smoke alarm inspections and home fire safety checks. The teams will install free smoke alarms in homes that need them.

According the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a working smoke alarm reduces the chance of dying in a fire by nearly half. Acting Fire Chief Joseph Reshetar explains, “Early detection of a fire is a key element to survival. Please make sure your smoke alarms are operating properly.”

Last summer ACFD piloted this program and, in just 14 days of canvassing, installed a total of 865 alarms and 174 batteries. Of the 1,826 homes inspected last summer, 30 percent had no working smoke alarms or an insufficient number of smoke alarms. Chief Reshetar will join the firefighters and volunteers canvassing this Saturday with the goal of reducing that percentage.

Firefighters from all 10 fire stations will continue to canvas neighborhoods throughout Arlington County every Saturday from now through September, to provide smoke alarm inspections and installations. Arlington County residents may also contact the fire department to schedule these services.

Remember, installing smoke alarms is only one part of home fire safety. The Fire Department and Red Cross encourage you to:

  • Test your smoke alarms every month by pressing the “test” button.
  • Change the batteries in all alarms twice a year with daylight savings time, unless you alarm is equipped with a 10 year lithium battery.
  • Ensure every person in your home understands and practices your home fire escape plan twice a year. Your plan should include two ways out of every room, getting low, closing the door behind, going directly to your predetermined family meeting place, and then calling 9-1-1.

Media Contact

Sarah Marchegiani703-228-4665

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Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.

Trail Safety Tips

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:14 AM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 2:07 PM ]

Acting Public Information Officer Ashley Savage from Arlington County Police Department

As the weather becomes nicer and the days get longer, you'll want to enjoy the more than 80 miles of trails and designated bike routes in Arlington County! Here are a few safety tips to remember before you head out.


Pre-Order Now for the Spring Native Plant Sale

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:14 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Snag - Original


                                         Spring 2016

Spring Into Planting Natives

Spring Native Plant Sale Pre-Order Pick Up & On-Site Sale

Many gardeners, myself included, cannot wait for spring each year: to get our hands in the soil, the sweet, pungent smell of mulch, and to spot your perennials peeking through the ground. But if you’re looking to add diversity and some natives to your garden we have you covered. We’ll be offering native perennials for spring, summer and fall. Never tried a native in your garden? Here are few reasons why you should.

  1. Native plants are local to our area, which means they are already well adapted to our region’s climate. This means less watering, fertilizing and less replacing of dead plants. Also, because we live in a diverse region, you can find native plants to suit most types of gardens, from damp and shady to sunny and dry, there are many attractive flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees you can choose from.
  2. Planting native also helps enrich the environment by providing food and habitat for many species. Local plants have evolved with our local insects, birds, and wildlife and they rely on each other for survival. 

So check out our natives for sale online, where you can also pre-order (by April 18). Or, stop by to see our wide selection at our one day sale on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center. 

native plant
Cardinal Flower - $6
Gulf Branch

Gulf Branch Nature Center
3806 Military Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207


Long Branch Nature Center
625 S. Carlin Springs Rd.
Arlington, VA 22204


Fort C.F. Smith
2411 N. 24th St.
Arlington, VA 22207

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Arlington HomeShow Expo Saturday, April 9

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:13 AM by Lilly Mancilla

You are Invited to The 10th annual Arlington Home Show & Garden Expo! 

Admission is free. It will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center 3501 South 2nd street, Arlington, VA  22204.

We are looking for volunteers to assist at the event. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jorge Laura, HomeShow Expo coordinator, at 703.228.3827, or sign in at the Housing talking wall, next to Jennifer Daniels office. Attached is a flyer with more information about this event.



(Safety) Larceny from Auto - Prevention Tips

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:12 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Larceny from Auto - Prevention Tips

Acting Public Information Officer Ashley Savage from Arlington County Police Department
What do most larcenies from auto have in common? The vehicles are left unlocked. Whenever leaving your vehicle unattended, help protect your belongings with these safety tips. 

DO - 
*Park in well-lit and high-traffic areas 
*Keep doors locked and windows up 
*Move valuables to your trunk 

DON'T - 
*Leave your car running unattended at any time 
*Leave electronic cords or GPS' visible 
*Leave items under your seat 
*Leave bags (gym, shopping, etc.) visible 
*Leave electronics (cell phones, iPads, etc.) in your vehicle 
*Leave spare change or cash visible in your vehicle 
*Leave a spare key in your vehicle 

Larcenies from auto are crimes of opportunity. Your best defense to remove the opportunity is to keep your vehicle free of valuables.

(Schools) CIP Community Forum Wednesday, March 30, at Washington-Lee High School at 7pm

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:11 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Arlington Public Schools is projecting a 26% increase in the number of students from today (SY 2015-16) to 10 Years from now (SY 2025-26) broken down as:
• 3,234 HS students
• 1,533 MS students
• 1,888 ES students
• 6,655 students total (26%)

APS has several projects with seats coming on-line in the near-to-mid term including
 - additions at Abingdon, McKinley, and Ashlawn elementaries 
 - move HB Woodlawn and other programs to new school at Wilson Site (6th-12 grade) (2019)
 - neighborhood middle school at renovated & addition Stratford (2019)
 - new elementary school at TJ site to house Patrick Henry (2019)
 - the move of the elementary Montessori program to the "old" Patrick Henry site (2019)
 - making seats available at Drew elementary (2019)

And yet even with all of those projects, APS estimates a large number of seat deficits in 10 years, critically at the High School level.  

I highly suggest scanning through the PowerPoint presentation from the School Board's first work session on the FY 2017-26 Capital Improvement Plan held March 14, 2016, to see the latest numbers and the suggestions.

Plan to attend the CIP Community Forum Wednesday, March 30, at Washington-Lee High School at 7pm -- and/or the last one in the series scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 13 at the Thomas Jefferson MS Auditorium.

Please engage with the School Board members.

Lisa Turcios
Arlington Heights

Proposed Changes to Arlington Bus Service -- Arlington Needs Your Feedback!

posted Mar 7, 2016, 11:22 AM by Stephen Finafrock

Arlington has drafted recommendations to improve bus service in the County over the next 10 years. The proposal suggests changes to 36 ART and Metrobus routes by enhancing or restructuring their services.  We want to get feedback from residents on these proposed changes and how they could impact the community.


Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Everyone’s feedback will help shape the final recommendations of Arlington's 10-year bus plan and the future of bus service. 

 What to Do:

1)      Learn About the Proposed Recommendations. Below is a quick reference for the proposed changes to the ART bus routes (PDF) in your area. The proposed changes for Metrobus routes in Arlington can be found here (PDF).  

Proposed changes to ART bus routes in your area:

ART 41 -- Increase rush hour frequency to every 10 minutes.

ART 45 -- In Phase 1, increase rush hour frequency to every 20 minutes and realign route to remove it from Columbia Pike and create more circulation within neighborhoods adjacent to the Pike. In Phase 2, increase rush hour frequency to every 15 minutes.

ART 75 -- Increase rush hour frequency to every 20 minutes and improve midday/evening service to every 30 minutes. Add weekend service with a frequency of every 30 minutes.


2)      Provide Your Feedback. Once you've reviewed the proposed changes, take this short survey to let us know what you think. The survey will be available until March 11.

The survey link:

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