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

View this release in our newsroom


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.

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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


Arlington, Va readies itself for Snow

Arlington has sent out this press release to let us know it’s ready for snow. Last year the county received less then stellar reviews for it’s snow clearing efforts.
With that in mind it looks like the county is gearing up to be better prepared. Maybe that means we won’t get any big snowfalls this year.  Here is the release:

Arlington Ready for Winter

  • $1.38 million budgeted for snow removal
  • Piloting augmented deployment for large snow events
  • 9,200 tons of salt stockpiled
  • Improved snow issues form

After last year’s record-breaking winter, Arlington County is ready to take on the upcoming winter season. Although we can’t predict the weather, our crews have been preparing all year to make sure we can quickly make our roads, sidewalks, bus stops and trails safe and passable after a winter event.

Before, during and after a storm

Once the forecast calls for winter weather — snow, ice or freezing rain — Arlington crews follow our snow removal process and phases. They pre-treat main roads before a storm. During the storm, our priority is to keep main arteries passable for emergency vehicles and public transportation. After the storm, cleanup operations begin, which includes treating ice on the roadways.

The County has budgeted $1.387 million for FY16-17 snow operations. Our team includes 92 drivers and 46 trucks equipped with salt spreaders and plows. Additional contracting equipment is available depending upon the severity of the storm. We have stockpiled 9,200 tons of salt for roads.

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Plowing snow in Arlington

What’s new this season?

  • Piloting augmented deployment: For snow fall greater than 6-8 inches, we have contracted with more snow plow contractors to deploy plows into high risk residential areas even before primary and secondary roads are cleared.
  • Refining our snow blower loaner program: We lend 25 snow blowers to civic associations and community groups. Based on feedback from residents, we have improved our snow blower loaner program by streamlining the application process, expanding outreach and extending training and support.
  • Improving our snow issues form: We have updated the snow issues form to improve the user experience, better display messages and provide context to users if we are unable to address their report immediately.
  • Expanding odd/even parking outreach: To help our snow plowing efforts, we will be encouraging residents to organize with their neighbors to park on one side of the road to allow snowplow operators to efficiently clear more of the street.
  • Enhancing our snow training program: This year, we added training to make sure our crews are prepared. We also added specialized training which includes support functions for snow operations (e.g., chain shop, brine making, and snow-melter training).

Hitting the trails

The County will continue to clear trails and protected bicycle lanes this snow season as part of our commitment to supporting a transportation system with a range of options. The goal is to ensure accessibility and safety for all types of travel throughout a winter event. Updates will be posted through regular County snow communication channels, as well as on the BikeArlington Forum 

 How you can help

Residents, too, play a role in dealing with the fallout of winter weather. The County’s Snow Removal Ordinance requires all Arlington property owners to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within a certain time frame. Here are some other ways residents can help with our snow removal efforts:

  • Coordinate with neighbors to park cars on one side of the street, where feasible, or avoid on-street parking so snowplow operators can efficiently clear more of the streets
  • Don’t park “head in” on cul-de-sacs so that plows have more room to maneuver
  • Clear your sidewalks and scoop snow towards your house, not the street, BUT
  • Wait for snow plows to come by before clearing snow from the front of driveways, to minimize the amount pushed back by plows
  • Stay home, telework or use mass transit to reduce the number of potentially stranded vehicles
  • Apply only the recommended amount of chemical de-icers on sidewalks to attain a safe and passable way
  • Stay connected through our Snow and Ice Central webpage and our DES social media platforms for updates on snow phases, transportation, trash and other important notifications. Follow us on Twitter @ArlingtonDES and on Facebook at Arlington County Environmental Services.

Residents should report snow-related problems through the “Report a Snow Issue” form found on the Snow and Ice Central webpage. 

Media Contact

Kathryn O’Brien703-228-4952

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.

 


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 janejensen@comcast.net or 571-228-5656


More Halloween Fun in Arlington

Everyone liked the photos so much yesterday that I took a few more neighborhood photos and videos this morning. These are from the Overlee Knolls and Westover neighborhoods of Arlington. If you would like your neighborhood represented, you can always email a photo or two with your neighborhood listed to janejensen@comcast.net. I’ll post it here. Nothing obscene or really, really gross. Just gross is ok though.

And…just in case you thought there was no real estate perspective here….my personal observation after being a realtor in this area for thirteen (lucky number ?) years is that when people spend time and money on holiday decorations, they are feeling good about the economy and their personal finances which are both good indicators of the direction of the real estate market. Your home is probably worth more then you think. If you want to know, call me at 571-228-5656 or email janejensen@comcast.net. Consultation is always free (what’s better then that?). No trick, just treat.

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Here’s one for Edvard Munch Fans. 

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Something for everyone including those on Gluten Free diets. 

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Having just seen the Peculiar Children movie, this is a personal favorite


I love Halloween in Arlington, Va. Check out these decorations.

Who doesn’t love Halloween Decorations. There’s the Scary and the Spooky and even the Kooky.  Here are a few photos and a video that I took on my walk around the Westover/Overlee Knolls neighborhood in Arlington, Va. this morning. Boo!

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I thought this one was particularly creative. Sccreaming Skeleton covered with spiderwebs and spiders tied to the bushes.

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This one made Teddy the Dog Bark. I give it an 8 out of 10 on the Creepy Scale.

Here’s Teddy checking out the flying cat and wondering if it takes off, will he catch it. I’m sure he’d give it a try.

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Yes, this is a pigwitch. Yes, it’s on my porch. Happy Halloween!

 

Post your photos in the comments if you like or email them to me at janejensen@comcast.net and I’ll post them here. Boo!


September Real Estate Statistics for Arlington, Va

Hi Folks. Here we are with our real estate statistics for September. On average sellers are in the red this month. Total sold dollar volume down 20%, Average sold price, down 7%, median sold price down 11% Average list price for solds down 7%. Before we decide it’s all doom and gloom for sellers and happy days for buyers, note that the greatest decrease was in the 4 or more bedroom attached home (townhouse) category. Down a whopping 48%.The average detached home sales price actually rose in 2, 3 and 4 more bedroom categories. It’s easy to see that in an area where homes are high priced that even one less high priced sale in any category can skew the averages greatly. That’s why when you are pricing your home it’s important to look at the comparable homes. Same goes when you are making an offer on a property. Interest rates continue to rock. It’s a great time to sell. janejensen@comcast.net 571-228-5656septstats-jpg


Leaf pickup schedule for Arlington, Va.

A sure sign of the season is the pile of leaves at the curb. Here is information from Arlington county about the Vacuum pickup. And…if you’re bagging, be sure to pick up recyclable FREE bags at the locations noted below.

 

Arlington County Leaf Season Update

Department of Environmental Services, Solid Waste Bureau

Ready. Rake. Recycle.

2016 – 2017 Leaf Collection Season

Leaf collection season begins on October 31. The County collects and recycles your leaves through vacuum trucks, biodegradable bags and in your green organics cart. Please be sure to drive safety around County vehicles. Stay aware as there may be crews servicing the immediate vicinity around parked County vehicles, as well. 

Vacuum Collection Schedule

Check our online vacuum schedule to determine when the leaf vacuum will be in your neighborhood.

Vacuum Collection 

  • Crews will complete two passes through each neighborhood between November and December, Monday-Saturday, except Thanksgiving Day.
  • Bright yellow and orange leaf collection signs will be posted in your neighborhood two to three days before crews arrive.
  • Plan accordingly to have leaves raked to the curb before scheduled pick-up. If the vacuum collection schedule doesn’t meet your needs, or if you missed the first vacuum pass, residents have the option to bag their leaves for the weekly bag collection, wait for the second vacuum pass or place the leaves in their green organic yard waste cart.
  • If you miss your collection date, leaves should be recycled in biodegradable leaf bags. Dates are subject to change due to weather and other events.
  • Call 703-228-6565 for recorded schedule by civic association.

Leaf Bag Collection

Place leaves in biodegradable bags only. Don’t use plastic bags. Leaf bags are now collected year-round on the same day as your regular trash collection day.

Where to Find Leaf Bags

Biodegradable paper leaf bags are available at most hardware stores. Please use any bags left over from spring yard waste collection. Free bags are also available beginning October 24 at these locations while supplies last.

Year-Round Yard Waste Collection

Arlington County provides weekly, curbside collection of yard waste to single-family homes, duplexes and some townhomes in Arlington. Yard waste collection will occur each week on your regular scheduled trash collection day. More details can be found in our brochure.

Interactive Leaf Collection Progress Map 

Be sure to follow the leaf vacuum’s progress on our interactive map.

Share Your Colors

Days are getting shorter and the leaves are showing their colors. Share your photo of Arlington’s changing tree canopy or leaf pile with us for a chance to be featured as our Facebook cover photo. Photos can be posted on Facebook or sent to @ArlingtonDES on Twitter.

 

For more information, visit www.arlingtonva.us and search “Leaf Collection.”

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services

Solid Waste Bureau

www.arlingtonva.us/des

703-228-6570


Absentee Voting in Arlington, Va.

Absentee voting in Arlington has begun. Please vote. Here are reasons that make you eligible for early voting and where and when you can vote. We are so very fortunate in this country to have this right. Please exercise this right.

If you’ll be absent from Arlington on Election Day, or can’t go to the polls due to an illness or disability, you can apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you or vote by absentee ballot in person at the Office of Voter Registration. Virginia law requires a reason to vote absentee. You can vote absentee if you are:

  • A student at a higher learning institution (including your spouse)
  • Absent for business purposes (includes those employed outside of Arlington)
  • Absent for personal business or vacation
  • Working and commuting 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open
  • A firefighter or first responder
  • Unable to go to the polls due to a disability, illness or pregnancy
  • A caretaker for a confined family member
  • Awaiting trial and under confinement
  • Serving time for a misdemeanor conviction
  • Unable to go to the polls due to religious conflicts
  • An active duty uniformed service or merchant marine member (including dependents residing with you)
  • Regularly employed outside the U.S. (including dependents residing with you)
  • Living abroad indefinitely (may be eligible to vote only for federal offices)
  • A registrar, an Electoral Board member or an election officer scheduled to work the election
  • Designated by a Party or Candidate as an Authorized Representative to work inside the polls

 

ABSENTEE IN-PERSON VOTING DATES:  SEPT 23 TO NOV 5

 

Court House Plaza

2100 Clarendon Blvd

Mon – Fri, Sept 23 – Oct 21

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturdays, Oct 8 – Nov 5

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mon – Thurs, Oct 24 – Nov 3

8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fridays, Oct 28 – Nov 4

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

Madison Community Center

3829 N Stafford St

Saturdays, Oct 15 – Nov 5

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mon – Thurs, Oct 24 – Nov 3

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, Oct 28 – Nov 4

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

 

Walter Reed Community Center

2909 16th St S

Saturdays, Oct 15 – Nov 5

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mon – Thurs, Oct 24 – Nov 3

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, Oct 28 – Nov 4

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

 

 


Arlington Celebrates Affordable Housing

Press Release from Arlington County:

 

Arlington Celebrates Affordable Housing Month

  • October is Affordable Housing Month
  • Exploring a greater diversity of housing in the County
  • Speakers, tours and a design gallery highlighting the “Missing Middle Housing”

October is Affordable Housing Month in Arlington, a month-long celebration of the County’s long-term commitment to preserving and creating housing opportunities that benefit the whole community.

The public is invited to take a bus tour of affordable housing developments around the County, participate in an affordable housing forum and view a traveling design gallery highlighting the potential of “Missing Middle Housing” that falls between single-family homes and mid-rise buildings.

“For decades, we have invested in our affordable housing programs to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community,” said County Board Chair Libby Garvey. “These efforts support our residents at all ages and stages of life, improve our neighborhoods and strengthen our economy. This October, we give special focus to exploring a greater diversity of housing types in the County and how that can benefit all residents.”

2016 Affordable Housing Month events:

  • Affordable housing bus tour around Arlington — Oct. 8
  • Leckey Forum on “Finding the Missing Middle – Expanding Middle-Income Housing Options,” presented by The Alliance for Housing Solutions and featuring housing expert Daniel Parolek as the keynote speaker — Oct. 13
  • Traveling gallery of design examples featuring elements of “Missing Middle” housing — Oct. 15 at Live-In Arlington Info Fair
  • Traveling gallery of design examples featuring elements of “Missing Middle” housing — Oct. 25 at Langston Brown Community Center

Visit the Affordable Housing Month webpage for a details.

Affordable Housing Statistics

  • Affordable Housing Month 2016 focuses on creating affordable rental and homeownership housing opportunities for middle-income households (between 80-120 percent of average median income).
  • Arlington’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) is funded at a level of $13.72 million for FY2017. AHIF is the County’s main financing program for affordable housing development. The fund is comprised of local and federal dollars and is also supported by loan repayments and developer contributions.
  • More than 7,500 committed affordable units (CAFs) are open or have been approved in more than 70 apartment complexes throughout Arlington; 1,200 of these CAFs have been added in the last five years. CAFs now make up 14 percent of the multi-family rental stock.
  • The County has reduced the number of homeless people in shelters or on the streets by more than half in the past five years.

Media Contacts

Jessica Margarit, 703-228-3551

Gina Wimpey, 703-228-3252