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September 6, 2016


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Biophilic Cities: Incorporating Nature into Arlington’s Urban Landscapes

How do humans benefit from being close to nature? How can we foster connections with nature as Arlington County becomes more urbanized? How will these connections improve livability and quality of life?

Join us to learn about the benefits of a Biophilic City and how Arlington can participate in this movement on Thurs. Sept. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Guest speakers include Timothy Beatley, Professor of Sustainable Communities at University of Virginia School of Architecture and Stella Tarnay, Urban Planner and Co-founder, Biophilic DC.

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Biking in Arlington and DC

One of my most favorite things to do in my free time is bike. We are so very fortunate to have some of the best biking trails anywhere. Additionally, when biking in Arlington and DC there are many bike lanes (yes, drivers, when you see a bike painted in a lane, the bike has full access to that lane).

Here are some of the wonderful bike paths in the area courtesy of

Mount Vernon Trail: 18 Miles – PavedVery scenic trail that runs along the Potomac River to George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon. Recommended ride for visitors.

Washington & Old Dominion Trail: 45 Miles – PavedThe W&OD (pronounced “wad”) is probably the best all around trail in the area. This is a rail trail between Shirlington and Purcellville, VA.

The Custis Trail: 4 Miles – PavedThe Custis Trail runs parallel to I-66 through Arlington, VA. It connects the W&OD trail with downtown Washington DC.

Capital Crescent Trail: 13 Miles – Paved/Crushed StoneThe very popular CCT is another great rail trail project. The paved section runs from Georgetown to Downtown Bethesda. The remain section has a crushed limestone surface.

Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath: 184 Miles – Natural SurfaceMy favorite trail in the area, it runs from Washington DC all the way to Cumberland, MD. Watch for future extension to Pittsburgh, PA!Rock Creek Hiker/Biker Trail: about 20 Miles – Paved
(On Road Sections)
A loose collection of paths that were eventually linked together. Not too bad in Maryland, but the DC section does leave something to be desired. The DC on-road section is closed to traffic on weekends.

Sligo Creek and Branch Trails: about 20 Miles – PavedMaryland’s Anacostia Tributary Trails start near Mt Rainier, and provides connections to Wheaton, College Park, and Greenbelt.

North Bethesda Trail: 4 Miles – Paved
(On Road Sections)
This trail provides an excellent commuter connection between Rockville and Bethesda.Metropolitan Branch Trail: (proposed)This trail will run north from DC’s Union Station to Silver Spring, Maryland along the west side of the CSX Railroad tracks.

To find out where many of the trails are and all the trail in Arlington along with Capital Bikeshare locations, go here:

Today, I was fortunate enough to ride from my home (in Overlee Knolls section of Arlington, near the East Falls Church Metro), along the W&OD, to the Custis, to the Mt. Vernon Trail where I took this photo just a bit past Roosevelt Island. It was one of the picture perfect days:IMG_7101If you have a favorite ride in the area, please share in the comment section below. Happy Trails!

Rabid Racoon found in Arlington

This from the Animal Welfare League Of Arlington (AWLA)

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington seeks information about any people or pets who may have had physical exposure to a raccoon that has tested positive for rabies. An animal control officer found a sick raccoon in a cardboard box left on the street in the 1000 block of North Manchester Street on August 23, 2016. The box also contained a plastic bowl of water. The raccoon was brought to the animal shelter where it was humanely euthanized. When it was sent for testing, the raccoon was positive for rabies. We ask that anyone who may have had contact or whose pets may have had contact with any raccoon in that vicinity, please call the League at 703-931-9241.

Street closures in Arlington, Va this Weekend

This News Release from the County:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department will close several streets around the Pentagon and in Crystal City on Saturday, September 10th for the 2016 Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff Memorial 9/11 5K race. Listed below are the streets that will be affected.

From 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

  • Army Navy Drive closed between S. 12th Street to S. Eads Street

From 5:45 p.m. until approximately 6:30 p.m.

  • Westbound Army Navy Drive closed from S. Eads Street to S. Joyce Street                                        *****All streets crossing Army Navy Drive (including access to I-395 S/B) will be closed for approximately 20 minutes*****
  • S. Joyce Street closed from Army Navy Drive to Columbia Pike
  • Columbia Pike closed from Pentagon South Parking to S. Joyce Street
  • I-395 Northbound HOV exit to S. Eads Street will be closed.

From 5:45 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m.

  • Westbound Washington Boulevard closed from Memorial Bridge to I-395
  • Southbound Rt. 110 closed from Rosslyn to S. 15th Street
  • Marshall Drive closed at Rt. 110
  • S. Eads Street closed from Army Navy Drive to S. 11th Street

In addition, street parking in the area will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-558-2222.


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Gardening in Arlington, Va

I am an avid gardener. I will post some photos of some of the plants I have in my yard shortly. In the mean time, I will be checking out this native plant sale.  You should too. This news is courtesy of Arlington Parks and Recreation.


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Want to make your yard welcoming to local birds, bees and butterflies? Plant native and they will come! You can view the order form online at here. Order today and pick up your plants at Long Branch Nature Center on Sat. Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m. Rain date is Sun., Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m. Questions, call 703-228-6535.

Why Plant Native?  Native plants are local to our area so tolerate our crazy weather, they don’t need a lot of care once establish and they provide food and habitat for our local species.

Why Plant in the Fall? Fall is the best time of year for planting. It’s when most plants are focusing on growing and expanding their roots, which in turn helps them to come back strong in the spring. Plus, fall’s wet, mild weather means less watering is needed on your part to keep plants alive and thriving.

Habitat Restoration – Volunteer!                            

Help increase native species diversity right here in Arlington at Gulf Branch Nature Center Sat., Sept. 10, 2-4 p.m. Work parties are held monthly and are making a real difference, with the return of ferns and wildflowers, and the animals that depend on them, in areas once covered in destructive invasive plants. No registration required. Call  703-228-3403 for more information.


Animal Senses

Eagle eyes, rabbit ears, catfish whiskers…how do animals use their senses differently or the same as humans? Join us on Sat., Sept. 10, 1-2 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center. We’ll do experiments and games to examine how animals use their senses in nature hike challenges. Details hereRegister online or call 703-228-4747Select activity #612926-D. Only $5 per person.

What’s a Teen to Do?

There are lots of fun and rewarding things for teens after school this year.  Teens will have fun, make new friends and develop skills.  Consider afterschool clubs at HB Woodlawn, Williamsburg and Kenmore and drop-in programs at Arlington MillGunstonLubber Run and Thomas Jefferson Community Centers.  Learn more here or contact OFT@arlingtonva.usQuestions? Call 703-228-0945.

Cricket Music

Join us on Tues., Sept. 6, 1–2 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center to learn about crickets, the masters of autumn music. We will explore the cricket life cycle, habitats and listen to an orchestra of six-legged musicians. Details here.  Register online or call 703-228-4747. Only $5 per person.


Northern Virginia Bird Club Walk

Join members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club on Wed., Sept. 7, 8:30–11 a.m. for an informal walk through Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park in search of resident and migratory birds. Experienced and beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Details here.Register online or call 703-228-4747Use activity #612946-A. This event is free.


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Open House N. Arlington Aug. 28 from 1-3

This is a beautiful 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath all brick home with an attached two car garage. Note the floor to ceiling large windows in living room and dining room. This spacious home is light and bright. Kitchen has been renovated. Lower level bedroom finished by current owner. Lower level has bedroom, full bath, large rec room (TV can convey) and storage too. It is hard to find this much space for the money just a couple of blocks to metro. Open 1-3 on Sunday August 28, 2016. Contact me at or 571-228-5656 or use contact form below with any questions or to get a private showing. 2321 N. Quantico St. Arlington, Va. 22205


IRS Scam alert from Arlington County

From Arlington County:


FRAUD ALERT: IRS Phone Scam Targets Arlington County Citizens

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department is warning the public about an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) telephone scam targeting County residents.

Citizens have reported receiving unsolicited phone calls from individuals fraudulently claiming to be members of the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office or the Internal Revenue Service. These individuals accuse the victims of owing money to the IRS which must be paid immediately using iTunes gift cards, or other means. The caller remains on the line while the victim purchases the payment and provides the card number over the phone.

In some cases, scammers have deliberately falsified the information transmitted to the victim’s Caller ID display to disguise their identity as the non-emergency police line. Citizens should not rely on their Caller ID to verify the credibility of the call.  Never give out personal information in response to unsolicited calls or if you are at all suspicious.

If you receive a call of this nature, immediately hang up with the caller and verify the claim by calling the non-emergency police line at 703.558.2222. Never use a phone number provided to you from the caller to verify their credibility.

After making a verification call, if you find that you were a victim of a scam or were a target, please file an online police report at call the non-emergency police line at 703.558.2222. You may also report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

Citizens are reminded that their first contact with IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. Subjects will use a variety of different phone scams and the Arlington County Police Department wants the public to remain alert so you don’t become a victim. Individuals seeking more information about fraud can contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at


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Arlington, Va. A great place to live and work.

Press release from the County:

Arlington Celebrates Winning Year of Attracting, Retaining Businesses

  • 53 deals in FY 2016 adding or keeping businesses in County
  • More than 4,200 jobs
  • Almost 2 million square feet of office space

Arlington businesses grew over the past fiscal year, with the County showing strong results in attracting and retaining companies.

Arlington Economic Development reports that its new marketing efforts and strategically targeted resources netted 53 new business or business retention deals in Fiscal Year 2016. Those deals represent nearly 2 million square feet of office space and the creation or retention of more than 4,200 jobs. In Fiscal Year 2015, the County closed 35 such deals, representing nearly 1.2 million square feet of office space.

County Manager Mark Schwartz, who has made economic development his top priority, calls the new numbers “an encouraging sign that our ‘all-hands-on-deck’ effort is working to fill office vacancies with vibrant businesses that are coming to or staying in the County. There’s more work to do but we’re clearly making progress.”

Schwartz also thanked the County Board for its commitment, through additional budget resources, to keeping and adding Arlington businesses.

New and expanding companies

Grant Thornton, Amazon Innovation Center and George Washington Medical Faculty Associates are among the larger employers attracted to large office spaces in Arlington. Some of the new, fast-growing technology firms putting roots down in the County are Shift, Phone2Action and Basket.

Excited to announce @Phone2Action will bring 142 new jobs to @ArlingtonVA and the Commonwealth of VA #NewVAEconomy

— Terry McAuliffe (@GovernorVA) July 7, 2016

Established businesses that have seen the benefits of calling Arlington “home” include Opower and Sands Capital Management.

We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of Opower HQ in Arlington County. Great to see you again, @GovernorVA!

— Opower (@Opower) February 9, 2016

Businesses that have expanded in Arlington include Bytecubed and Snagajob.

“This year’s success in business investment is very telling in terms of the kinds of businesses that have chosen Arlington as their home,” AED Director Victor Hoskins said. “It’s truly representative of Arlington’s shift into a technology and professional services hub.”

The successes are all part of Arlington’s “Way Forward” strategy of focusing on working with regional partners, proactive marketing, providing strategic incentives and offering key infrastructure improvements to prospective businesses. That approach is setting Arlington apart from other regions in terms of providing its business community with the resources and tools it needs to grow for the future.

Arlington Economic Development

Arlington Economic Development, part of Arlington County Government, is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business and arts community, its tourism industry and its real estate development.

This week AED was recognized with a Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Achievement Award for its innovative Startup Arlington competition. The contest challenges tech companies to make their pitch for 3-months of free office and living space, plus legal advice and mentoring, in the County. The winning business, Montana-based Oppleo, a cyber security firm, relocated to Arlington last November and is still in the area.


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Cara O’Donnell, 703-228-0854

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Sold! Full price in 4 days. Alexandria Real Estate near the Huntington Metro

This beautiful home sold for full price in 4 days. It is a 2 Bedroom 1 bath home in Jefferson Manor, located near the Huntington metro, that I recently listed. This is an example of strategic pricing and timing. The seller and I looked carefully at recent comps and also took into consideration the current inventory, which was very low. The home was listed at $424,900 and sold for that in just 4 days. If you are interested in finding out the current value of your home, contact me at  571-228-5656