From the Arlington County Police-Training Exercise

he Arlington County Police Department’s (ACPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team will be conducting a training exercise at 3515 N Kensington St. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 between 7:00 am – 3:00pm.

There will be no live ammunition used in this exercise. However, realistic looking training weapons that shoot paint projectiles will be utilized. Noise flash diversionary devices may also be utilized during this exercise. These devices will make considerable noise but do not dispense any munitions.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Realistic training is critical to enhancing our capabilities to serve and protect you to the best of our ability. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding this notice or the training exercise please contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Ms. Ashley Savage at 703.228.4331.

Jay Fisette Named Arlington County Board Chair

Press Release from the Arlington County Government:


Jay Fisette Named Arlington County Board Chair

  • Outlines priorities
  • Katie Cristol named vice chair
  • Focus on inclusion, facilities decisions, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, civic engagement
  • Board names Joint Facilities Advisory Commission members
  • Board creates Transportation Choices Committee to work on APS transportation options

The Arlington County Board today named Jay Fisette its Chair for 2017. Fisette, first elected to the Board in 1998, has served as chair four previous times. The Board named Katie Cristol vice chair.

Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette

“This year is likely to bring dramatic, unsettling changes in our national government and on the international scene,” Fisette said. “Arlington will feel some effects. But we’ll respond as we have before in times of turbulence and periods of more gradual change: with sensible actions inspired by a shared community vision and shaped through thoughtful dialogue and open debate.” He stated that, “no longer can we rely on the federal government to guide and support us with allegiance to shared purposes and our common humanity.”

Arlington, Fisette said, “can serve as a model for how progressive social policies can work in tandem with conservative and responsible fiscal policies.”

Commitment to act

Fisette said he will focus in 2017 on the need for facilities, including schools, within the constraints of limited land; strengthening the County’s economic competitiveness; housing affordability; environmental sustainability; helping the region find a “sustainable path forward” for Metro and “staying true to our vision and values.”

The Joint Facility Advisory Committee, appointed by the County Board today, “will get to work immediately,” to “keep us moving forward in implementing the recommendations of the Community Facilities Study,” the chair said. Another newly created Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices, a joint effort with Arlington Public Schools, will “help maximize transportation choices for students, parents and employees within the school system.”

Affordable housing “has become a bellwether issue that expresses the soul of our community,” Fisette said. The County will review and update its accessory dwelling unit ordinance this year, Fisette said, and also will consider tools “for preserving our attractive and affordable garden apartments.” Arlington must also be a leader in environmental sustainability. “New public buildings should strive to the net-zero standard set by our own Discovery School,” and “at least three public buildings should host large solar arrays through private purchase agreements,” the chair said. “Finally, Arlington must continue to treat our foreign-born residents with the respect and human dignity they deserve. Our young Dreamers deserve special attention and protection. I want to reassure Arlingtonians of all stripes, hues and homelands that Arlington will remain a welcoming and safe community.  We value diversity and embrace people’s differences as a source of this community’s strength.” Read Jay Fisette’s full remarks.

Outgoing Chair Libby Garvey, after congratulating Fisette on being named Chair, said that County government must continue to improve. “Government works pretty well in Arlington, but it can and must get better …one of my goals for 2017 is that by this time next year, you will be able to pay for permits online.”  Garvey said she also looks forward “to continuing to expand our use of technology to connect with people. Read Libby Garvey’s full remarks.

Call to action

Vice Chair Katie Cristol issued a “call to action for my fellow residents: in the year ahead, we will work to ensure that Arlington will still be a home for all economic classes. We will work to demonstrate that we are still a place that is capable of empathy even in the face of resource pressures. We will still be a County that models pluralism and democracy.” 2017, Cristol said, is also, for her, a year to act on the issue of childcare affordability. The Board has a range of policy options before it and “my goal is to have initial guidance for consideration by my colleagues and the community as part of our FY18 budget process,” she said.

Arlington County Board Vice Chair Katie Cristol

Facing an “unprecedented number of facilities siting and land acquisition decisions for one year,” Cristol said she hopes “our advocates and residents will join me in my new year’s resolution to be more empathetic in these debates in 2017…let’s strive to create the kind of trust and mutual respect that will allow us to meet our siting needs creatively and jointly.” 2017, Cristol said, “will be a year to redouble our efforts to engage voices in new ways. “Working with our new Director of Communications and Public Engagement, I look forward to launching a series of coffees focused on ‘big picture’ issues targeting young Arlingtonians in particular, as well as exploring other models to tap the brainpower of Arlingtonians across different walks of life.” Read Katie Cristol’s full remarks.

Hard choices in 2017

Board Member Christian Dorsey spoke of the budget strains posed by increasing school enrollment and Metro’s increased funding needs. “Make no mistake – millions more will be required from Arlington,” for Metro, “a number that requires our making hard choices and perhaps delaying or forgoing other priorities.” Dorsey said he looked forward to progress in planning efforts for Four Mile Run Valley, and Lee Highway, and accelerating revitalization goals along Columbia Pike through public investments or public-private partnerships. To help address the issue of housing affordability, Dorsey said, the County must “become permissive of and encourage lot designs and housing types that create market affordable units.” Noting that “the docket of priorities…are beyond our capacity to sufficiently address all at once,” Dorsey said the County will need to prioritize the allocation of resources, “fit infrastructure and uses where there may be initial neighborhood resistance and delay or decline action on projects where in a better world, we would commence right away.” Read Christian Dorsey’s full remarks.

Board Member John Vihstadt said the County must be prepared to tighten its belt “in an uncertain period,” while “ensuring that our schools, Metro, parks, public safety and our social safety net have the funds needed to honor our commitments to every single Arlingtonian.” He expressed opposition to a proposed “Disney-like gondola to Georgetown.”

Vihstadt said he will continue to push for budgetary reform that would allocate any annual budget surplus to true emergency needs first; paying down goring bonded indebtedness second; mitigating the rising tax and fee burden third and fourth, moving the remainder into consideration for the next budget year.” He underscored the need to enhance Arlington as a business-friendly location and said he is looking forward to working with civic associations and neighborhood groups to improve neighborhoods. Read John Vihstadt’s full remarks.

About Jay Fisette

An Arlington resident since 1983, Jay Fisette lives in the Ashton Heights neighborhood. Before serving on the County Board, he served as the director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia from 1990 to 1998. As County board Chair in 2001, Fisette oversaw Arlington’s response to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He has served on regional and statewide bodies, serving as president of the Virginia Municipal League from 2007-2008. An avid environmentalist, Fisette is an advocate for smart growth and New Urbanism principles, and in 2010 spearheaded the County’s development of a Community Energy Plan. Read his biography.

About Katie Cristol

Katie Cristol, an education policy advisor, lives off Columbia Pike. An advocate for women’s issues, including reproductive health, political representation and support for survivors of sexual assault, she was appointed to the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women by the County Board in 2012. She is a volunteer member of the Randolph Elementary School community and a reading buddy since 2011. Read her biography.

Joint Facilities Advisory Commission,  Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices

The Board appointed Ginger Brown chair of the recently formed Joint Facilities Advisory Commission and named Greg Greely vice chair. Also named to serve on the commission were:

  • Devanshi Patel
  • Matthew de Ferranti
  • Cicely Whitfield
  • Sue Robinson
  • Todd McCracken
  • Laura Simpson
  • Theodore Black
  • Susan Cunningham
  • Janine Velasco
  • William Ross
  • Jerry Gidner
  • Rachel Silberman
  • Steve Young
  • Katie Rouse
  • Joseph Leitmann Santa-Cruz
  • Gabriel Rubalcava
  • Angelika Goodman
  • Eric Goldstein

Read the charge for the Commission, created in November, 2016 as an advisory body jointly appointed by the Board and the Arlington County School Board, as recommended in the 2015 Community Facilities Study. JFAC is charged with providing input to both Boards on capital facilities needs assessment, capital improvement plans and long range facility planning for County government and Arlington Public Schools.

The Board also adopted the charge for a joint Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices, that will advise the Joint Committee on Transportation Choices, made up of County and APS staff, that collaborates to integrate and expand safe, sustainable and innovative transportation choices for APS students, families and staff. The advisory committee will advise the joint committee on strategies and plans of action to develop and promote transportation choice for APS students, families and staff. The committee will include voting members from the County’s Transportation Commission and pedestrian, bicycle and transit advisory committee, as well as parents from elementary, middle and high schools and a parent of a student with special transportation needs, along with teachers, high school students and an APS staff commuter.

Board Members named to regional commissions

The Board also named members to regional commissions:

Metropolitan Region Council of Governments

  • Boards:
  • Christian Dorsey, Board of Directors
  • Jay Fisette, National Capital Region Transportation Planning
  • John Vihstadt, Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee
  • Committees:
  • Jay Fisette, Climate Energy and Environment Policy Committee
  • Libby Garvey, Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee
  • Katie Cristol, Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee
  • John Vihstadt, Region Forward Coalition
  • Libby Garvey, Region Forward Coalition

Northern Virginia Regional Commission

  • John Vihstadt
  • Libby Garvey

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

  • Jay Fisette

Media Contact

Mary Curtius, 703-228-7943

View this release in our newsroom

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.

Arlington County Holiday closing schedule

Press release from the county

Thanksgiving Holiday Closings Nov. 24 and Nov. 25

  • Arlington County Government offices, courts, libraries & facilities will be closed on Thurs., Nov. 24 & Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, for Thanksgiving.
  • Trash & Recycling Collections – Normal
  • Metered Parking – Not enforced

See the Holiday Schedule page for more information.

Media Contact

Lisa Van Wagner, 703-228-3269

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Real Estate is Fun too! Movie Night in Tysons Corner

Real estates is a personal business. I am so grateful and thankful for my clients and their business and referrals. Every so often I like to let them know with a special event. Last night they got movie tickets, gift cards, candy and other treats.This event was held at the Tysons Corner AMC Theaters. Everyone had a great time and I’m excited about the next event. Here are a few scenes from last night.

If you know anyone that needs to buy or sell a home. Or if you would like a free home valuation contact me at or 571-228-5656

Westover Farmers market has a new vendor for your four legged friends.

The Westover Farmers market (which I am pleased to be a sponsor of) has a new vendor for your furry friend. Dog Bark has hand crafter natural treats for dogs. No wheat, corn, soy or gluten. You  can visit their website at or better yet come to the farmers market this Sunday. You can’t bring your dog into the market but because they are right at the Washington Blvd entrance you can bring your furry friend into their booth.
The Farmers market is located in the Westover neighborhood of Arlington, Va and the entrance is on the corner of Washington Blvd and McKinley.




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Metro Work starting tomorrow on Arlington Orange Line

This is a message from Arlington Alert



Who: Metrorail riders, and commuters and visitors who travel on the major roadways within Arlington County.

What: Metro SafeTrack severe service disruptions. Metro lines affected by SafeTrack maintenance work are expected to be extremely crowded, especially during rush hour. Expect significantly longer wait times. All commuters will be significantly affected due to the influx of additional traffic from rail riders who have resorted to driving to work.

When: 13 days between June 4 and June 16, 2016.

Where: Orange and Silver Lines. Metro will be running continuous single tracking at all times between the Ballston and East Falls Church stations. Orange Line trains between Vienna and Ballston will only operate every 18 minutes. Silver Line trains will operate every 18 minutes.

Why: Metro is performing accelerated track work on certain sections of the system for weeks at a time, in order to improve safety and reliability.

Information and resources: Download the ‘My Arlington’ App and use the ‘Alerts’ tab for updated Metro notifications. For more information visit

I love free stuff. Bike to work day in Arlington

Today is Bike to Work Day all over the USA. Washington, DC and Arlington, Va are two of the more bike friendly areas I’ve travelled to. Happy to be living here. Great trails and bike lanes and so many people bike that drivers do look out for bikers. I registered for Bike to Work Day with my home stop being the East Falls Church Metro. I live about 1/4 mile walk and 1 mile bike ride (if I take the trails instead of the road. I went over to pick up my T-shirt and to my delight also got a new water bottle. And then…..I registered my bike with the Arlington County police and look what I got…..for Free!  Been thinking about getting one of these since I’m riding in DC more and I’ve seen thieves just snip the cable type lock I usually use. And now I have one…..for Free! I’m pretty sure that even if you haven’t registered if you head over to one of the Arlington stops and register your bike you’ll get yourself a lock. woohoo! Life is good. IMG_6549

What is that in the sky

It looks familiar but it isn’t something I’ve seen in the morning sky for a very, very long time. Could it be? Could it be? Maybe it is. The Sun, the Sun!!!!!! And it’s Bike to work day in Arlington, Va and the rest of the USA.  Go get ’em. IMG_6547

My Check in for #BTWD2016 is the East Falls Church Metro. Where’s yours? And…yes, that’s a dinosaur bell/horn on my bike. Don’t judge. 🙂


Open House and Taste Of Arlington

Make sure to stop by my Open House at 2321 N. Quantico St. Arlington, Va. May 15 from 1-4. It’s a great home. 5 bedrooms, 2 car garage, finished lower level with wet bar, great yard and walk to Metro and Westover Village. What’s not to love. Priced at $1,150,000

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After that make sure you visit the Taste of Arlington located in the Ballston neighborhood or Arlington, Va. Lots of food and drink available from 12-6. Proceeds benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. You can buy ten tickets for food and drink today for $35.00

Tomorrow the price will be $40.00.

Here’s a map of the festivities. TOA_Map_2016_v4



Free Peeps at the Westover Farmers Market in Arlington


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Many of you know that I am one of the original sponsors for our local Westover Farmer Market in Arlington, Va., and this is my third year as a sponsor. The market is a great service to the community and I am proud to be associated with it. All of the vendors come from within a 125 mile radius so when they say the produce is fresh and local…they mean it. It’s located at the intersection of Mckinley and Washington Blvd.

It’s a slow day with the cold weather but stop by and see some of great vendors including bakeries, produce and Number One Son’s pickled products (you must try the Kim Chee…seriously, it’s my favorite…just don’t breathe on anyone afterwards. The garlic is intense, yum).

Please stop by the Sponsors booth where you can pick up a package of free Peeps courtesy of me!  The man in the photo is Robert Swenson who is the markets Marketing Manager and the two ladies are volunteers and from Yorktown High. Stop by and say hello and thank them for manning the booth on this cold spring morning. Happy Peep-ing.



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