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There are so many delicious restaurants in Rosslyn, it was hard to narrow it down to just these 6! Check out our list of the restaurants and nightlife spots that you HAVE to try if you are visiting or moving to Rosslyn.

What’s your favorite place to eat and drink in Rosslyn? Let us know in a comments below, we’d love to try it!

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Firefighters responded to a blaze on the second floor of a low-rise apartment building near Ballston Friday night.

The fire was first reported just before 10 p.m. on the 4100 block of Henderson Road, in the Buckingham neighborhood.

Arriving units found smoke coming from the second floor and worked quickly to bring the fire under control. Firefighters from Ft. Myer and Fairfax County assisted with the firefighting effort, ACFD said.

The fire is being investigated by the Arlington County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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It’s Columbus Day weekend — or Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend, in Alexandria or D.C. — which means an extra day off for federal employees and others.

It should be a close-to-perfect weekend weather-wise, full of fall events in Arlington and other parts of D.C. area.

ARLnow will be publishing on a reduced schedule on Monday, though our staff will be in the office working on future projects and ready to tackle breaking news.

Here are the most-read articles we published this week:

  1. Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill Closed After ‘Zoning’ Problem
  2. Six of the Top 10 Priciest Zip Codes for Va. Renters Are in Arlington
  3. Taco Bamba Owner to Open New “All-Day Egg” Restaurant in Ballston
  4. Memorial Bridge to Close For First Weekend of November
  5. Truck Overturns, Blocks N. Glebe Road at Chain Bridge
  6. Major Crowding on Metro This Morning
  7. Cowboy Cafe: Three Decades of Arlington’s Dive Bar
  8. ACPD Investigating Overnight Shooting in Alcova Heights
  9. Video Game Reference Shouted During Movie Led to Ballston Active Shooter Panic

Feel free to discuss these stories or any other topics of local interest in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

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Second Saturday: What Everyone Needs to Know About Divorce!

Join us for our next seminar where local professionals come together to educate people about the divorce process. This seminar offers non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process and move forward with confidence toward a new life.

This seminar’s professionals will include William Miller: Family Law Attorney, Cecile Hult: Certified Divorce Financial Adviser, John Hurst: High-conflict Mediator and Co-parenting Coordinator.

Light food and beverages provided. Registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Participants must arrive by 6 p.m. when elevators convert to pass-only usage.

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The following op-ed was written by Andrew Loposser, Chairman of the Arlington GOP.

Mark Kelly is correct. In his most recent “Right Note” opinion column, Kelly writes:

It would serve the community well if a qualified Republican or Independent ran for all of these offices rather than leaving so many of them uncontested. An electoral contest provides the voters with the opportunity to hear a real debate on the issues and forces Democrats to make a case for the vote.

As the Chairman of the Arlington GOP, I have begun the process of identifying and recruiting credible, qualified candidates for office up and down the ballot for 2020 and beyond. Arlington voters are well-educated and expect government to work for them — especially local government.

That’s why we’re looking for candidates who are already invested in this community — potential candidates may currently serve on boards and commissions or be involved in their civic associations or other civic groups.

The Arlington GOP has a platform focused on local issues.

  • Increasing the number of school seats and the supply of market-rate affordable housing
  • Improving Metro management
  • Ensuring community input into major decisions like incentives to attract large businesses
  • Separating bond referenda to avoid forcing all-or-nothing votes on a mixed bag of marginally related projects

Arlington Republicans — like many Arlington voters — expect local government to be responsive and accountable to the taxpayers.

In 2016, roughly 27,000 voters cast ballots for a presidential candidate other than the Democratic nominee at the top of the ticket. That is a significant number of voters un-represented or underrepresented by the Arlington County Democratic Committee machine.

Republicans want a seat at the table, and we’re working hard to outline positions on local issues and talking with friends and neighbors across the aisle.

As I wrote at the beginning of this letter, Mark Kelly is correct. We do deserve a rigorous debate on the important issues our community faces. So if you’re dissatisfied with the Democratic Establishment, I encourage you to give us a first or second look. And perhaps even consider running for local office as a Republican.

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Following a successful debut last year, an oyster-focused Oktoberfest celebration is returning to Shirlington next week.

Shucktoberfest” will be hosted in and around Copperwood Tavern (4021 Campbell Avenue) on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m-5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Northern Neck’s Waverly Point Oyster Company, attendees can expect over forty craft beers and four oyster vendors. Local breweries expected to attend include Lost Boy Cider and Fair Winds Brewery.

“Last year we underestimated how serious the oyster enthusiasm was going to be, we couldn’t shuck them fast enough,” said a spokeswoman for the event. “So we’ve doubled the number of oysters we’re ordering to 20 to 25 thousand.”

A $35 ticket includes a 5 oz beer tasting mug and 10 tickets. One ticket is redeemable for either one beer sample or two oysters.

In addition to plenty of shellfish, at least twenty merchant and food tents expected as part of the festival.

The event is also dog-friendly and open to families, with a “massive kids zone” planned with face painting and a DJ. Outdoor games include corn hole and Connect Four.

Tickets are available for the event on its website.

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Your Beermonger: WTGABF

This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway). Sign up for Nick’s email newsletter and also receive exclusive discounts and offers.

With this past weekend, another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone.

Virginia had another strong showing: 12 Virginia breweries won 13 medals at this year’s GABF, with three of those being Gold Medals won by Bluemont’s Bear Chase Brewing, Starr Hill and Port City.

Beer competitions kick up a lot of the dust you find in any situation where an attempt is made to apply the objective to the subjective. There are always the quirks of which beers get entered into which categories — The Vanguard Brewpub in Hampton, for instance, took away a Bronze in English Special Bitter for their Red Ale.

There are also dozens of factors at play in how a particular beer shows on a particular day: How that batch turned out, how/when it was packaged; how it was handled in shipping; what temperature it was served at; how long it was open pre-judging; which judges are handling which categories; what kind of shape they’re in.

To be frank, any medal competition is a crapshoot, especially GABF. This year’s event saw 9,497 beer entries (with 70 entries for Collaboration categories and 100 Pro-Am) from 2,295 breweries spanning 107 categories. There’s no obligation to hand out medals, either — no Gold Medals were awarded for American-Style Wheat Beer or Historical Beer this year, for instance. Getting a medal at GABF is like throwing a bullseye on a dartboard blindfolded: it’s what you intend to do, but if you do, you celebrate and take it like you stole it.

So, what can we learn from medals? Well, for one thing, so much chance at play, you might not be able to say a medal-winning beer isn’t the objective “best” version of a style out there, but it did show out against a slew of others from some of the best breweries around the country.

Port City’s German Pilsner, which won a Gold Medal for Kellerbier or Zwickelbier, may not strictly be either of those but it’s a damn good beer and maybe the win gets a few more folks trying it.

More broadly, it’s interesting as a gauge of where beer is growing, and which states are producing great beer. Outside of behemoths like California (68) and Colorado (40), there’s a tier of states that Virginia’s 13 medals lines up with, including Texas (16), Oregon and Ohio (15), Washington (14) and North Carolina (12).

Consistent medal-winners pop up too: Portland, Oregon’s Breakside Brewery; Sun King of Indiana, and Ohio’s Fat Head’s Brewery all seem to medal year after year. Here in Virginia, names like Port City, Hardywood (whose Pils, pictured, won a Bronze for German Pilsner), Devils Backbone and Starr Hill medal almost yearly.

If you ever get the chance, I recommend going out to Denver for GABF. If you can’t get tickets to the Festival itself, it’s worth just being in Denver during the week of the event; there’s so much happening around town that there’s all kinds of trouble to get into without setting foot in the Convention Center.

Upcoming Events at Arrowine:

Sunday, October 13, 1-4 P.M. — Super Sunday Wine Tasting feat. Kermit Lynch Portfolio — please call/email in to RSVP
Friday, October 18, 5-7 p.m. — Tyler Weaver of Väsen Brewing Company
Saturday, October 19, 1-4 p.m. — Jackson Brown (not that one) of Canarchy — Cigar City feature!
Friday, November 8, 5-7 p.m. — Jesse Ploeg of Potter’s Craft Cider

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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

4531 40th Street N.
6 BD/6 BA, 2 half bath single-family home
Agent: Right Address Realty
Listed: $2,495,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

938 N. Danville Street
4 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Capital Properties
Listed: $1,299,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

4812 14th Street S.
3 BD/4 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Weichert Realtors
Listed: $899,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

3149 14th Street S.
3 BD/2 BA, 1 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Fass Results, Llc
Listed: $725,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

851 N. Glebe Road #204
2 BD/2 BA condo
Agent: Samson Properties
Listed: $678,000
Open: Sunday 12-2 p.m.

 

820 N. Pollard Street #710
1 BD/1 BA condo
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $459,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4659 28th Road S., A
2 BD/1 BA condo
Agent: McEnearney Associates, Inc
Listed: $365,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

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(Updated at 11:45 a.m.) As the development plans stack up for Crystal City and Pentagon City, the need for a new school could be growing.

As plans progress for Amazon’s second headquarters, developer JBG Smith has submitted its own plans to the county proposing to build thousands of additional apartments (and potentially condos) in the area, to help house the tens of thousands expected to one day work at HQ2.

JBG Smith’s plans for Crystal City and the Pentagon City area so far include adding:

However, the public elementary school that serves the area, Oakridge Elementary in the Arlington Ridge neighborhood, already is facing significant overcrowding.

While apartment buildings catering to younger workers are unlikely to generate an abundance of students — in 2015 it was reported that the entire 1,670-unit Riverhouse complex in Pentagon City only housed 30 Oakridge students — the redevelopment plans are still raising an eyebrow among those monitoring school capacity issues.

Local officials tell ARLnow that there are no specific plans in the works for building a new school to accommodate new students in the area. There has been past discussion, however, of Vornado (now JBG Smith) providing a site for a new school.

“As of this moment, [Arlington’s planning department] has not had any discussions with JBG Smith about any of their pending applications regarding providing a school site,” a county spokeswoman when asked whether there are current school-related discussions with the developer.

In an interview with the Washington Business Journal, Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said that in exchange for approving the massive developments, the county could ask JBG Smith for a package of “truly transformative community benefit improvements.”

Dorsey did not immediately respond to a request by ARLnow to clarify what might be included in such a package.

“APS has discussed an elementary school in that area in the past,” said school spokesman Frank Bellavia, when asked if Arlington Public Schools was considering adding a new school to the area.

“Specifically, the South Arlington Working Group had identified the Aurora Highlands neighborhood,” which is adjacent to Pentagon City and Crystal City, as a potential site, Bellavia said Thursday. “We are in the process of working through our future seat needs and will most likely need elementary seats in that neighborhood.”

Prior to its merger with JBG Smith, Vornado had given APS a tour of vacant office space it owned nearby which could be converted into a school.

APS will be updating its facilities plan in early 2020 as part of the county’s 2021-30 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), according to Bellavia.

A spokeswoman for JBG Smith said the developer is “working with the County but it’s too early to discuss the community benefits package.”

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This Community Post was written by Serena Sela for National Chamber Ensemble and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.

You already know the classics — you can hum the melodies from the Marriage of Figaro and the Four Seasons — but can you remember exploring these works for the first time?

The National Chamber Ensemble’s 2019-2020 season, The Classics Re-Imagined, will showcase the pieces you thought you knew and guide you in rediscovering their charms. NCE’s October 19 performance features acclaimed piano virtuoso Carlos Cesar Rodriguez performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 scored for chamber ensemble. Mr. Rodriguez made his debut with this same piece at the tender age of 10! The Overture to Mozart’s the Marriage of Figaro and his Symphony No. 40 complete the night’s program. 

By taking pieces originally scored for an orchestra, NCE tailors each work to be enjoyed in a chamber music setting. This intimate context is sure to delight not only the classical music newbie, but also concert-going buffs (who may even hear something in a way they’ve never heard before)!

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