Summer Event at the Wonderful Westover Farmers Market in Arlington, Va.

Many of you know I’m a long time sponsor of the Westover Farmer’s Market. I’ve been doing this since it’s inception because I believe it’s best to buy local and it’s wonderful to have this in our community. On Sunday along with my friend and realtor Jody Chittum and lender Ed Duncan, I will holding raffles for some wonderful freebies including a Yeti Cooler, yeti coffee mugs, bamboo cutting boards. We’ll be passing out free flower and herb seeds and will have a face painter for kids (or more adventurous adults). Please come and say hello. And remember if you ever have a real estate or community question always feel free to contact me. I’m right here in the neighborhood. Jane Jensen 571-228-5656 janejensen4@gmail.com

 

 

See you there!


Longing for a Del Ray Bungalow in Alexandria, Va.(and who isn’t?). Here it is.

This Del Ray Bungalow is for sale. Owner purchased it two years ago and has been in process of doing renovations. There is brand new HVAC, new electrical panel, new moldings and screens have been removed from front porch in preparation for making this a an open porch area. Owner has also spent $20,000 for architectural drawings for dormer additions and rooms. The drawings would convey with property. Home has 4 beds and 2 baths. One bath has been renovated, second needs work. Owner is relocating out of state so this is your opportunity to grab with great property in Del Ray. So close to so much including the Amazon H2Q. You’ll love living in this great neighborhood. 222 Custis St. Alexandria, Va.

This property is not in the MLS and you will need an appointment to see it. Contact me at janejensen4@gmail.com or 571-228-5656

 

 

One block from Mt. Vernon Ave. and all the great restaurants, shopping, yoga and more of the Del Ray neighborhood we all love.


The Washington, DC Cherry Blossoms have Peaked

Even though I have lived here for 27 years, I still try and make the Springtime rounds of concentrated Cherry Blossom sites. Of course the DC Tidal Basin is the most famous and most popular of all. On March 27, 1912 Mayor Yukizo Ozaki of Tokyo gifted the trees to the city of Washington, D.C. Mayor Ozaki donated the  cherry trees in recognition of the growing relationship and friendship between the United States and Japan. In a ceremony on First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two of these DC cherry trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin. All of the trees along the tidal basin are carefully trimmed and tended and quite of few of the original trees are still alive. Many of the new trees have been grown from cuttings from the originals. The tidal basin infrastructure needs some work to keep the trees in good shape. In high tide the walkway around the basin floods and the brackish water from the basin is soaked up by the trees. This has not been good for the trees and hopefully some plans will be made to make the necessary repairs. This is a banner year for the cherry blossoms. On a good year like this, the trees as a group take on a fluffy cloud like appearance. Some years I ride my bike down to the basin from Arlington and take photos at sunrise. This year it was a bit chilly (until today) for that so I took the metro and walked over. The closest metro stop is the Smithsonian stop on the Orange line and it’s a 10-15 minute walk over to the Tidal Basin. In spite of the clouds and 40-50 degree temperatures there were lots of folk from all over the country and many from outside the country enjoying the annual site and festivities. A few doggies too. Here are some photos for your enjoyment. IMG_3377IMG_3389IMG_3391IMG_3392IMG_3393IMG_3397IMG_3398IMG_3400IMG_3403IMG_3404IMG_3408IMG_3410IMG_3374IMG_3412IMG_3383IMG_3376

 

And if all of that isn’t enough, here’s a photo of my very own weeping cherry, in my very own backyard. Yes, it’s time to get the lawn mower out. IMG_3369

And, if you know anyone that needs to buy or sell a house or would just like to know what your home is worth your local realtor is right here at janejensen@comcast.net  or 571-228-5656


Crime in Arlington, Va continues downward trend

The Following is a Release from the Arlington County Police Department:

 

Police Release 2016 Annual Report

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department has released the 2016 Annual Report, highlighting the many endeavors the men and women of this department undertake to maintain Arlington County as a safe place to live, work and visit. Last year the agency adopted three key initiatives to guide staff as we continue to deliver professional police services to our community. These initiatives are community engagement, transportation safety, and crime prevention and control. In recognition of our commitment to keeping the Arlington community informed and engaged, this annual report reflects accomplishments in each initiative.

Among the information in the annual report is the 2016 crime statistics. Arlington’s overall crime rate, which is comprised of Part I offenses as defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, decreased by 2.4% in 2016. The grand total of Part I offenses (homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) was 3,512 in 2016, down from 3,628 in 2015. Over the last five years, the overall crime rate in Arlington County has continued to trend downward.

The majority of crimes reported to the Arlington County Police Department are Part II offenses which encompasses various felony and misdemeanor crimes. Part II offenses decreased marginally by 0.34% from 7,313 in 2015 to 7,288 in 2016. Additionally, calls for service received by the Police Department dropped by 4.5% from 87,475 in 2015 to 83,511 in 2016.

Traffic statistics also reflected a decrease in 2016 as there were 140 fewer reportable crashes than in the previous year. Crashes involving bicycles decreased by 30.4% from 46 in 2015 to 32 in 2016. While there were 24 more reportable pedestrian involved crashes in 2016 than in the previous year, the number of reported incidents have remained relatively consistent over the last five years. In 2016, there were zero pedestrian, bicyclist, or driver fatalities investigated by the Arlington County Police Department.

The Arlington County Police Department remains committed to proactively policing our neighborhoods to prevent and reduce crime, building strong partnerships with the community and effectively communicating to ensure the public’s trust. By working together with our citizens, we can continue to maintain the safety of Arlington County.

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Media Contact

Ashley Savage, 703-228-4331


Awesome Deal on Patio Furniture cushions in Alexandria, Va.

I just wanted to share this awesome deal (I think) that I got on outdoor Patio Cushions. The ones on my screened porch furniture were really old and really rough so I started looking for replacement cushions. Mine were large so I needed what they call deep seating cushions. They are VERY EXPENSIVE. Each cushion (back or seat) ranged in price from $69-$200…..EACH. Eight cushions could have set me back almost as much as I paid for the whole furniture set of two chairs and sofa. I found these cushions at Lowe’s in Alexandria for $49.98 for a set of the seat AND back cushion…..I know…right. I couldn’t believe it, and they have lots of different colors and styles. Here’s a link to website where I found them. https://www.lowes.com/pl/Patio-furniture-cushions-Patio-cushions-pillows-Patio-furniture-Outdoors/4294415673?searchTerm=patio+cushions

I did go to the store to pick them up and they had to get boxes down from the top shelves for me to get my needed 4 sets of two cushions.

If you are looking for replacement patio cushions, and you are in Northern Virginia, I would definitely check them out.


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.


Arlington Police seek information on Suspicious subject

Police Seek Information on Suspicious Subject

Captain Patrick Donahue from Arlington County Police Department · 50m ago

The Arlington County Police Department is making the public aware of two instances of suspicious subject(s) appearing to follow students in the vicinity of Washington-Lee High School. At this time, no crime has occurred. The police department is investigating these incidents and would like to identify and speak with the subject(s) involved.

At approximately 6:02 p.m. on January 31, an 11-year-old female was walking in the area of 15th Street N. at N. Stafford Street when she noticed a red minivan keeping pace with her. As she picked up her speed, the vehicle accelerated to match her pace. The juvenile ran to a friend’s house and the subject proceeded to drive off in an unknown direction.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on February 2, two middle school-aged male juveniles were walking in the area of 13th Street N. at N. Nelson Street when they noticed a newer black sedan appearing to follow them. As they continued walking, the vehicle made a sharp turn and pulled into a driveway, blocking their path. The juveniles ran home and the subject proceeded to drive off in an unknown direction.

The subject involved in both incidences is described as a white male, mid-30’s with a short beard and dark hair.

The Arlington County Police Department is increasing patrols in the area. If anyone has information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the non-emergency number at 703.558.2222. In the case of an emergency, call 911. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).


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

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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.


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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Teddy Recommends Dog Training

Teddy recently completed Dog Obedience Training. Ok, here’s the real truth…it’s dog owner obedience training. We must be trained to be dog owners, not dog pals or the human pets of our dogs. Sigh. It’s just so hard. Teddy is a rescue who has some “stranger danger” issues. He is an unbelieveably easy dog to train though and when “I’m the boss, alot of his “issues” go away because he doesn’t feel like he has to protect or manage a situation. Not to brag..but at one point the instructor asked Teddy..ok, he asked me to stop showing off. Teddy was a star. I swear if I tell him to stay, I could go away for the weekend and he’ll be in the same spot when I get back. Not going to test that hypothesis though. That would be cruel, and look at that face. Seriously, look at it. It’s hard to remember to “Be the Boss”. I’ll be the one that will need retraining. img_7182Teddy and I both recommend this trainer. Here’s a copy of his flyer. There is a link to the website. http://www.dogsolve.com. I would recommend calling them and finding out when the next class starts. Teddy and I took the training through Arlington County but they have private lessons as well.

dogtraining

And don’t forget, it’s a great time to buy or sell a home. Inventory is stubbornly low so your home is worth more then you think, and you should really start thinking about interest rates if you need to buy something.  Call me 571-228-5656. janejensen@comcast.net