Saturday, March 10, 2012
Rink, surrounding plaza expected to be upgraded by fall 2013.
The Arlington County Board unanimously approved a plan Saturday that will expand the ice skating rink at Pentagon Row, add one month to its operating season, and allow for several upgrades to the surrounding 1-acre plaza. The rink is owned and managed by Rockville, Md.-based Federal Realty Investment Trust, and hosts about 35,000 skaters each season. It will be made 40 feet longer, according to an Arlington County news release. Several dead or dying trees will be replaced and the plaza's water fountain will be upgraded. New amenities include a fire pit, outdoor seating and two 800-square-foot free-standing retail structures, the news release states. Improvements are expected to be finished by fall 2013. “This project will make an already …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
New chairwoman says county still has a voice at Metro, calls on governor and General Assembly to support transit.
Over the holiday weekend, freshly minted Arlington County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes issued a statement regarding the county's loss of voting status on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board. Hynes' statement is presented below in its entirety: "For the first time since Metro was formed in the 1960s, Arlington does not have a principal voting seat on the Board of Directors for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA). The seat that was previously Arlington’s is now filled by a Commonwealth of Virginia representative. "Of course we’re disappointed. "Arlington does still have a voice at Metro. As an alternate WMATA Board member, I continue to serve as a voting member of all Metro committees, where, under WMATA…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Arlington County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes given "alternate" status.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Clerk of Court Paul Ferguson administers oath.
Arlington County Board members Walter Tejada and Mary Hynes were sworn in to new four-year terms Tuesday. The two Democratic incumbents won reelection in November. Each stood with family when Clerk of Court Paul Ferguson administered the oath of office. In their remarks, Hynes and Tejada talked about the importance of civic participation in maintaining and elevating Arlington's quality of life. They talked about the need for affordable housing and environmental sustainability. "Working together, we can achieve greatness in our great Arlington community," said Tejada, who delivered his remarks in English and Spanish. Tejada has lived in Arlington since 1992. He was first elected to the board in 2003. "We are always, always, always better …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Schools can now consider county-owned buildings while looking to meet space needs.
The Arlington County Board and the Arlington School Board agreed Wednesday night to work together to meet the school system’s need for more space for its students. What this means is that Arlington Public Schools now can consider county-owned facilities in the process of determining how to meet its space needs. The two governing bodies formally agreed on a list of criteria of what and how county buildings could be considered for shared use. Hypothetically, the school system could determine it could use space in a building at a park, or community center. Such use would not involve a transfer of ownership. “It’s great,” said School Board Chairwoman Abby Raphael late Wednesday. “Tonight, overall you can see a tremendous number of areas where …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Store brings unique items, fun atmosphere to a pedestrian- and Metro-accessible area.
Shoppers poured in by the dozen to be welcomed with leis and greeted by live music as the new Trader Joe's in Clarendon opened Friday morning after months of anticipation. "I've been waiting for this to open. I'm so excited!" said Helena Newmann of Clarendon. "I don't have to drive to get groceries any more. And I love the stuff they have here." The 12,300-square-foot grocery store takes up the first floor of the Clarendon Center's South Block. The store, at 1109 N. Highland St., is immediately across the street from the Clarendon Metro. Metro-themed artwork decorates the walls above the dairy and produce sections, complete with Metro markers indicating what section you're in. The art will occasionally change and update over time. "Our …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Incumbent Democrats beat Green Party candidate.
Incumbent Democratic Arlington County Board members Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada will sit on the board for another four years. The pair significantly beat Green Party candidate Audrey Clement for the two seats Tuesday night. Hynes won about 42 percent of the vote; Tejada, about 40 percent, according to unofficial results. Clement won only about 16.5 percent. “I’m delighted. It’s nice to have the confidence of the voters. I’ve emphasized working together and being open to new ideas, all in the service of having a good community. I think Arlington voters affirmed that today,” Hynes told Patch at the Democratic victory party at Bailey's Sports Grille Tuesday. Tejada echoed her sentiments, telling Patch, “I’m feeling great. I’m proud to call …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Arlington County voters will determine several contested races -- and perhaps the future of the state General Assembly.
Arlington County voters today will help decide several contested state and local races -- and perhaps control of the Virginia General Assembly for at least the next two years. At the forefront is Arlington County Board Member Barbara Favola, who survived a bitter and expensive state Senate primary battle in order to face the well-funded Republican Caren Merrick, a McLean businesswoman. The winner will succeed retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has been campaigning off and on in Northern Virginia for months, trying to amplify any patches of red in this typically blue portion of the state. He helped Merrick raise money early on and took the guest spot at a recent Arlington fundraiser for Republican Patrick …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Board has informal policy against accepting such contributions
The Arlington County Board has an informal policy against accepting campaign contributions from developers. In separate interviews, incumbent Democratic board members Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada said they do not accept such donations. Hynes and Tejada are running for re-election against Green Party challenger Audrey Clement. Patch asked all three if they thought the policy should be made official. What do you think?
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Three running for two open seats.
The three-way race for two seats on the Arlington County Board that will be decided Tuesday has largely focused on the county’s relationship with developers. A large part of that is thanks to Green Party candidate Audrey Clement, who faces incumbent Democratic board members Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada. Hynes and Tejada are better funded and refer to one another as running mate. Clement has worked to make her belief that the board “is in bed with developers” a constant campaign refrain. “Well, we’re not,” Hynes said flatly in a phone interview. Hynes and Tejada both cited the county’s comprehensive plan, adopted in the early 1960s, which states development should be concentrated in Arlington’s two Metro corridors – roughly 11 percent of …