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Arlington’s newest farmers market: Arlington Forest

WASHINGTON — The Arlington County Board has given nonprofit Field to Table Inc. approval for a farmers market in the parking lot at Barrett Elementary school.

That brings the county’s various farmers markets to nearly a dozen.

The Lubber Run Farmers Market, at 4401 North Henderson Road, will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through November.

The Lubber Run Farmers Market, in Arlington’s Arlington Forest neighborhood, will have up to 20 vendors. It is within walking distance of both the Buckingham and Ballston neighborhoods.

“This farmers market is in a great location, in a school parking lot near the Lubber Run Community Center. We wish it success,” said Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.

Field to Table runs several farmers markets in Arlington County, including the Westover Farmers Market, the Fairlington Farmers Market and the Marymount Farmers Market on Marymount University’s main campus.

The Arlington Mills Farmers Market on Columbia Pike opened earlier this month, the county’s 10th regularly scheduled market.

Arlington County residents can find at least one farmers market open almost every day of the week.

Others include Clarendon, Rosslyn, Ballston, at the Arlington Courthouse, and another on Columbia Pike at S. Walter Reed Drive.

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Coastal flood warnings remain in effect for parts of DC area

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WASHINGTON — The heavy rains have ended but high tide is now raising some concerns for certain areas in the District that are likely to flood.

A coastal flood warning is in effect for D.C. until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Unprotected areas along the Potomac River on D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront near The Wharf are among the areas that could see some flooding during high tide, according to the National Weather Service.

Levels along the shoreline are 2 to 3 feet above normal due to the recent rainfalls.

The weather service said it expects a prolonged period of at least minor flooding, with moderate flooding near high tide. Water is expected to approach parts of Hains Point Loop Road, just across from The Wharf.

Water is also expected to approach buildings near King Street and Union Street.

Additional minor to moderate flooding is also possible on Monday.

The next high tide in D.C. will be at 12:38 p.m. on Sunday.

A map of the areas that could be affected can be seen below.

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Unprotected areas could see flooding along this stretch of the Potomac River around high tide in Southwest D.C. (Courtesy National Weather Service)

A coastal flood advisory is also in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday for the shoreline in Arlington County and the city of Alexandria.

Waters are 1 to 2 feet above normal due to a combination of rain and elevated tides; the weather service expects the flooding should occur around the time of high tide. The next high tide at Old Town Alexandria will be at 12:56 p.m. Sunday.

A map of the areas that could be affected can be seen below.

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Unprotected areas could see flooding along this stretch of the Potomac River around high tide in Alexandria and Arlington County. (Courtesy National Weather Service)

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Police: Scammers imitate priests via email to defraud area congregations

WASHINGTON — The Archdiocese of Washington and of Arlington are working with investigators to track down a phishing scam. In it, police said the scammers pose as priests and pastors to try and defraud the faithful.

The scam was detected in the D.C. region a month ago, and continues to pop up. The latest incident is in Prince William County where Officer Nathan Probus said two people fell victim to phishing.

“They are receiving emails from fake email addresses as we verified with the diocese. They do not use Gmail or solicit from email,” Probus said.

The scam requests came from fake Gmail addresses made to look like they were sent from the victim’s priest.

Ed McFadden with the Archdiocese of Washington said he knows of a priest imitated in D.C., in Southern Maryland and in Arlington, Virginia.

He said the first email indicates the priest or pastor wants to talk to you or needs your help with something and the second email asks the victim to purchase iTunes cards, or wire money with urgency.

“So the scammers are trying to use the emotions of the victims to try to solicit funds, whether it be through donations, iTunes cards or wiring money,” said Probus.

Never reply with personal information to an email or phone call asking for donations, he said. Hang up and contact the agency directly to ensure a donation is reaching its intended destination.

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Columbia Pike Escape Room to open in June

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Arlington’s first escape room will be opening on June 1, according to a press release by Ravenchase Adventures.

The opening for Escape Room Arlington was initially slated for December 2017. Signs went up for the business in April. Ravenchase currently has two other locations, in Herndon and Richmond.

Escape Room Arlington is in the same building as William Jeffrey’s Tavern, near the corner of Columbia Pike and N. Adams Street.

There will be four, hour-long escape room adventures, but only two of the escape rooms will be open June 1. The initial rooms are called “Mind Trap” and “Glitch,” and are considered medium difficulty. Another room “What’s in the Attic?” is expected to launch later in June while the final room “Black Valve Laboratory” should launch later this summer.

The cost per player for public games is $28.

Escape Room Arlington’s opening plans follow Bond’s Escape Room’s recent announcement that it will open an escape room in August at Market Common Clarendon.

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Art gallery to open in Ballston Saturday

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A new art gallery is opening in Ballston on Saturday, May 12.

The Fred Schnider Art Gallery, which is backed by D.C. area real estate investment and development firm Fred Schnider Investment Group, is planning a grand opening event from 6-9 p.m. at the Residences at Liberty Center (888 N. Quincy Street).

The gallery opening will feature the work of award-winning artist and longtime Marymount University professor David Carlson. He will display his “Out of My Mind” paintings and drawings from his “Fields and Transformation” series.

The 850-square-foot gallery will display seven exhibits a year, with each exhibit appearing for six weeks at a time. Normal exhibit hours will be from 2-7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until July 8.

The gallery plans to collaborate with local universities to incorporate an educational setting into the space. It will also host events with the Ballston Business Improvement District and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

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Rosslyn to host outdoor Capitals watch party Friday

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Hockey fans will have a chance to catch the Washington Capitals’ first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in two decades outside in Rosslyn.

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District and Arlington County are teaming up to host an outdoor watch party for the Caps’ first game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, fans can gather at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway) for the 8 p.m. game. The event will also feature appearances from the “Red Rockers” dance team and the team’s mascot, Slapshot.

The game will be aired on a 40-foot projection screen.

The event is weather permitting. Follow the Capitals Twitter account for weather updates.

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Activist Carrie Johnson dies at 77, remembered as ‘part of the glue’ holding Arlington together

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Carrie Johnson, a fixture of Arlington County civic life and a longtime Democratic activist, died at the age of 77 this past Saturday (May 5).

Johnson served for years as the keeper of voter lists at the Arlington County Democratic Committee, earning the moniker of “list lady,” and she spent nearly 20 years on the county’s Planning Commission. She passed away at the Virginia Hospital Center due to complications from lung cancer, according to her nephew, Gavin Cahill.

Friends and family members remember Johnson as an intelligent and devoted member of the Arlington community, with a quick wit and quiet confidence. She lived in Ashton Heights, where she worked as a freelance writer after a career as a legislative aide and journalist in D.C.

“Carrie was beloved and respected by several generations of Arlingtonians,” Jay Fisette, who served on the County Board for 20 years, told ARLnow. “She walked softly, yet was as large an influence on Arlington’s civic culture and success as anyone actually elected to public office.”

Cahill says Johnson was born in Milwaukee, and moved to D.C. after college to start a career in politics. She spent eight years working as a staffer for a few Republicans in Congress before joining the editorial board of The Washington Post, where she wrote articles and speeches for then-publisher Katharine Graham.

Johnson moved to Arlington in 1979, Cahill said, and quickly got involved in the county’s political scene.

“She always used to say that she became a Democrat when she moved to Arlington,” Cahill said. “And she never looked back.”

Miriam Balutis remembers meeting Johnson at some sort of Democratic function back then — she says even three decades ago, Johnson was in charge of maintaining the committee’s lists of likely voters, a responsibility she’d hold for years to come.

“She put an extraordinary amount of time and effort into compiling those voter lists, sorting them, knowing what was up to date,” Balutis said. “And we put them to good use. We used to go to the polls on Election Day and track people as they were voting. So by the end of day, we would know who we needed to call, who hasn’t come to vote yet.”

Jill Caiazzo, the chair of the county’s Democratic committee, says Johnson’s efforts went far beyond lists — she credits Johnson’s data analysis work as a driving factor behind many of the committee’s outreach efforts.

“She was never showy in any way, but she was a force behind the scenes,” Caiazzo said.

Cahill says Johnson also joined the Arlington Planning Commission in 1986, and served on it through 2005. Fisette believes she was among the longest tenured members of the commission in Arlington’s history, and he says she mentored a whole host of commissioners to follow in her footsteps.

Johnson counted her prime achievement as the creation of Long Bridge Park, which sits across from the Pentagon, transforming a handful of industrial properties into a popular community space. Cahill said she also did lots of work on planning and zoning issues in Fort Myer Heights, Virginia Square and the Four Mile Run Valley.

“She modeled, through her behavior, the civility, competence and commitment to building this community you need to be in public service,” Fisette said. “She was part of the glue here.”

Cahill says Johnson also worked as both a freelance writer and historian, with a particular soft spot for Butte, Montana. She had no formal link to the town, but fell in love with the area’s history and even bought a house in Butte so she could research its history more closely.

In all, he feels that connection to a town thousands of miles away from Arlington is indicative of his aunt’s devotion to communities of all shapes and sizes, and the people who live in them.

“She just had a habit of really falling in love with communities,” Cahill said. “It became a big part of her life’s mission.”

Johnson’s writing talents briefly extended to ARLnow. She penned the inaugural article of the Progressive Voice column in 2014.

On his blog Tuesday morning, Sun Gazette editor Scott McCaffrey recalled a recent interaction with Johnson, who remained active in Arlington affairs despite her health problems.

Last month, Johnson spoke at the public-comment period of the Arlington County Board meeting, concerned about Virginia Department of Transportation-mandated limitations being put on turning left from Arlington Boulevard onto Irving Street.

(She came armed with suggestions to improve the situation, not the counterproductive my-way-or-the-highway approach that less seasoned civic activists sometimes adopt.)

Not being aware that there was any thing amiss with her health, I followed up with her by email to tell her I’d put something together on the issue. I got a note of thanks and was playfully chided that my missive to her had used “Route 50” rather than “Arlington Boulevard.” As Carrie correctly noted, Route 50 runs from Maryland to California, but Arlington Boulevard has a much more specific connotation. Use the latter, she suggested. (I did.)

In addition to Cahill, Johnson is survived by her brother, sister-in-law, and a niece. Cahill says the family is planning a June memorial service for Johnson that will be open to the public, but has yet to nail down details.

In lieu of flowers, Cahill asked that donations be sent in Johnson’s memory to the Arlington Parks and Recreation Fund of the Arlington Community Foundation at 818 N. Quincy Street, Suite 103.

Johnson is the second major Arlington civic feature to pass away this month. Lucy Denney died on May 1, at the age of 87, after a battle with cancer.

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Here’s what could replace the macy’s at Tysons Gallery

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General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP) bought the 2.6-acre macy’s property for $38 million in late 2016, saying it planned to redevelop it — but providing little detail. Macy’s leased the property back from GGP for a time period that was described as “for a short time.”

A year and a half later, there’s movement. Macy’s will close the Gallery store “in the near term,” according to a letter submitted to Fairfax’s Zoning Evaluation division. “The applicant intends to modify the building to accommodate a variety of new tenants. A theatre is one of the contemplated uses on the top floor of the building,” GGP’s attorney wrote in the request.

The landlord is seeking a change in the proffers that apply to the development…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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Here’s what could replace the macy’s at Tysons Gallery

Westlake Legal Group heres-what-could-replace-the-macys-at-tysons-gallery Here's what could replace the macy's at Tysons Gallery Washington Business Journal Virginia tysons galleria Macy's Fairfax County, VA News Business & Finance Business Arlington, VA News

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General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP) bought the 2.6-acre macy’s property for $38 million in late 2016, saying it planned to redevelop it — but providing little detail. Macy’s leased the property back from GGP for a time period that was described as “for a short time.”

A year and a half later, there’s movement. Macy’s will close the Gallery store “in the near term,” according to a letter submitted to Fairfax’s Zoning Evaluation division. “The applicant intends to modify the building to accommodate a variety of new tenants. A theatre is one of the contemplated uses on the top floor of the building,” GGP’s attorney wrote in the request.

The landlord is seeking a change in the proffers that apply to the development…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

The post here’s what could replace the macy’s at Tysons Gallery appeared first on WTOP.

https://wtop.com/business-finance/2018/05/heres-what-could-replace-macys-at-tysons-galleria/