Wednesday, May 15, 2013
One homeless man built a significant structure near Rosslyn.
The Virginia Department of Transportation on Monday demolished a substantial structure near Rosslyn that was built by a homeless man, WJLA reported. The structure took several years for Francisco Fernandez Diaz to build, and was made of "tree limbs, branches, ropes and clothing," according to WJLA. Residents were divided on whether the structure was impressive or an eyesore. Last week, the Council of Governments released a report showing there are fewer homeless people in the region than in past years — a 2.4 percent decrease from 2012 and a 4 percent decrease from 2009. In March, the Arlington County Board approved a year-round homeless service center on two floors of the seven-story office building at 2020 14th St. N. in the Courthouse …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Arlington County's median income puts it on top 10 list nationwide; fourth in Virginia.
A new report from Forbes places Arlington County among America’s 10 richest counties in the United States. The list is based on the U. S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates from 2011, the most recent year for which information is available. See also: The wealthiest county in the United States is Virginia's own Loudoun County, with a median income of close to $120,000. Falls Church, Fairfax County and Prince William County are also on the list. The following is the latest data from Forbes, published online this month: $119,525 $117,481 $110,204 $99,216 $99,040
Arlington has 265 trees specially designated as 'notable.' Here's the list of the trees added in 2013.
Arlington has added 19 Notable Trees to its growing list of large, old and interesting local trees in April. Among them: a yellowwood, an American sycamore and a pecan tree. "Trees may be nominated based on size, age, species, historical interest or because they have a special significance to the neighborhood," according to Arlington County. The full list, which started in 1987, now includes 265 local trees of importance. (You can use the map above to do your own self-guided tour. If you can't see the map above, please visit us from a laptop or desktop computer.) Here are the addresses and trees: 2013 Certificate Winners 2013 Plaque Winners Arlington has received a Tree City USA designation for the 17th year in a row. You can view …
Monday, April 22, 2013
As Arlington warms up, so does progress on cycling infrastructure.
Winter not only takes a lot of people off their bikes, it also put a lot of the improvements to cycling infrastructure on pause. Striping is harder to apply, new construction is harder to manage in the cold, and labor is often scarce. But spring brings back the work, and Arlington’s got a number of bike-related projects on tap. Last month, Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) finally expanded to Columbia Pike. This long-awaited expansion will help extend the range of Arlington’s existing CaBi network, providing something of a middle ground between its well-established locations in Crystal City and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Two of the new stations are along Columbia Pike, and one is near the Gunston Community Center. As the year progresses, the …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The highest-paid part-time county employee makes $95.13 per hour.
Arlington County's part-time employees make anywhere from $13.13 to $95.13 an hour. The county had 239 permanent part-time employees as of March 1, which includes school crossing guards and some library assistants, among a variety of other positions. The highest-paid part-time employee is a psychiatrist with the count's Department of Human Services; the lowest-paid are various technicians or workers at the Arlington County Trades Center — the staging area for industrial operations, including vehicle and equipment maintenance. Arlington County has established $13.13 per hour as a living wage, the lowest amount it will pay someone. The county provided the above database at Patch's request. Click here for the salary database of full-time …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The winners are: Katharine Panfil, Denise Hart, Linda Denny and Angela Guzman.
Arlington County will be honoring a few good women on Thursday. The county's Commission on the Status of Women will honor its 2013 Women of Vision. They received the awards for their commitment and leadership in the community. The winners, and their biographies from the commission: The commission works as advocates for economic and social interests of Arlington women, according to the group’s website. The award ceremony is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Tickets are not required, but a $25 donation is requested to support the work of the commission. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
County received no response to a request for proposals for the site in the fall.
Arlington County is seeking preliminary, informal ideas for the future of historic Reevesland farmhouse. The site, which was home to the county's last working dairy farm and is located in the Boulevard Manor community, has for years hung between a group of enthusiastic, concerned residents who want to save the property and the county government, which doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Arlington County issued a request for proposals for the property in the fall but no private developer responded. The current request for interest, or RFI, seeks ideas that would give the Reevesland farmhouse a new purpose. Successful ideas will include "substantial funding for rehabilitating the site and all the funding for the operation of the …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Arlington County closing for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day.
Most Arlington County services will be closed Monday in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day: Circuit court, general district court, juvenile and domestic relations court: Closed DMV select: Closed Human services: Closed Libraries: Closed Parks, community centers and nature centers: Administrative offices are closed, all classes are canceled. Park grounds are open. All community centers are closed except Barcroft, which is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public schools: Closed Swimming pools: See schedule ART Bus: Running on a holiday schedule Parking meters: Will not be enforced Trash pickup and recycling: Normal operations Post offices: Closed
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
How to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Arlington County.
Want to volunteer in honor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service? Here are two opportunities from Volunteer Arlington: In addition to service opportunities, Arlington County will host its 44th Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. Visit Arlington County's website for details.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Arlington County planners will receive the award later this month.