Monday is Tax Day

Monday is Tax Day
The Treasury and IRS extended the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year from April 15 to May 17 2021.

Children Now 22% Of New US COVID Cases

Children Now 22% Of New US COVID Cases
Just one year ago, child COVID-19 cases made up only around 3% of the US total. As older portions of the population get vaccinated, kids who are not eligible for vaccination, make up a larger share of coronavirus cases. Adolescents tend to be both more likely to get infected and to spread the infection relative to younger kids. We are seeing more outbreaks related to school and school activities. Adolescents down to age 12 are now eligible to get the Phiser COVID vaccine. Get it now! NPR

COVID Vax for Kids

COVID Vax for Kids
Arlington will vaccinate kids ages 12-15 starting Sat, May 15. Arlington will offer clinics Sat-Mon over the next 2 weekends specifically for children 12-17. Unlike other jurisdictions, Arlington requires:
● Appointments
● Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
● Parent/guardian must show ID
County Locations
● Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S 16th St Sign Up
 • Sat, May 15 9AM-7PM SOLD OUT
 • Sun, May 16 9AM-7PM
 • Sat, May 22 9AM-7PM
 • Sun, May 23 9AM-7PM
● Wakefield High School, 1325 S Dinwiddie St Sign Up
 • Mon, May 17 10AM-4PM
● Kenmore Middle School, 200 S Carlin Springs Rd Sign Up
 • Mon, May 24 10AM-4PM
Other Locations
Search and schedule vaccine appointments at vaccines.gov.
● Safeway, 2500 North Harrison
● Safeway, 5101 Wilson Blvd
● Safeway, 3713 Lee Hwy
● Joule, 1028 South Walter Reed Dr
● Giant, 2901-11 South Glebe Rd
News Release

Water Main Replacement on Key Delayed

Water Main Replacement on Key Delayed
The water main replacement project for Key Blvd & Herndon St has been delayed due to a delay in receiving materials. The County is experiencing this problem on many projects due to global supply chain issues. It is unclear when the project will begin.

Red Lanes

Red Lanes
County crews were painting curb lanes red in Courthouse last week. These are bus only lanes intended to improve bus on-time arrival and reliability. Lanes getting painted near LV include:
● 15th & Uhle
● Clarendon & Uhle
● Wilson & Uhle
It is not clear if these lanes will be restricted at all times or just during peak travel hours. ARLnow

APS Scales Back Summer School

APS Scales Back Summer School
Summer school will not be available to all eligible elementary students this year because teachers aren’t signing up to teach. APS still plans to offer virtual and in-person classes to select elementary-age students, including some students with disabilities, English language learners, and all pre-K students about to enter kindergarten. Eligible children who cannot attend summer school can still receive learning materials remotely. This is a problem nationally, not just in Arlington.DCist
  APS will be hosting two virtual community Town Halls in May about Summer School issues. Details
● Mon, May 17 from 6-7PM
● Tue, May 18 from 7-8PM focused on students with disabilities

Stabbing at Key & Herndon

Stabbing at Key & Herndon
A man was stabbed Saturday, May 8, around 1:39AM at Key & Herndon. Two men and two women left a Clarendon bar and a dispute started between the two men who knew each other. One stabbed the other. The suspect remained on scene and was taken into custody without incident by police. The 25-year-old suspect has been charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Drunk in Public and is being held without bond. Crime Report

Should County & APS Boards Be Full-Time Jobs?

Should County & APS Boards Be Full-Time Jobs?
Among the chaff that is so much of reader comments, occasionally an important idea emerges. Chris Slatt recently wrote:
  “Being effective at holding a full-time, professional bureaucracy accountable isn’t just a full-time job, it’s a full-time job that requires at least one or two full-time policy aides at your disposal.
  ”In the face of a phalanx of full-time professional staff with a powerpoint deck full of data about why this is the right decision, the Board is only able to fire back with something akin to “this doesn’t seem right” because they don’t have the time or the resources to do their own research to find the 100 deep-seated flaws in staff’s data.
  ”If we want our elected officials to be independent overseers, we need them there full-time, we need to pay better than median income for the area, and we need to equip them with a smart, well-paid staff of their own that is not beholden to the bureacracy.”
— found in the comments at ARLnow

May 10 LCVA Meeting: Candidates Night

LCVA General Meeting May 10: Candidates Night
Democratic Candidates for County & School Boards
No informations about Republican candidates so far. There is also an Independent County Board candidate, Audrey Clement website. LVCA expects to hold a Candidates Night for the General Election candidates.

When: Monday May 10, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom

ONLINE ONLY: No meeting at the Community House
A link to the meeting will be emailed to LVCA broadcast email subscribers on the event day (May 10)

County Board Candidates in Democratic Primary
Both candidates have agreed to attend:
● Takis Karantonis (incumbent) website
● Chanda Choun website

County Board member Takis Karantonis is serving a partial term after being elected in a special election last year. The Democratic primary is June 8 with early voting beginning April 23. ARLnow
2018 Candidate Essay: Chanda Choun
2020 Candidate Essay: Takis Karantonis
SunGazette Candidate Profile: Chanda Choun

School Board Candidates in Democratic Caucus
Both candidates have agreed to attend:
● Miranda Turner website
● Mary Kadera website

Both School Board candidates spoke at the Arlington Senior Democrats on April 18. SunGazette article

School Board candidates run as independents in Virginia and cannot be nominated by a party in a primary. The Arlington Democrats is running an endorsement caucus. The caucus will be conducted online. Voting will be open 24/7 during the week of May 17-23. For more information and to vote during the voting week go to the VaDems School Board Caucus Page

Arlington County Elections Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage

School Board Candidates Waffle on Math

School Board Candidates Waffle on Math
“The state proposals have come under heaviest attack from Republican statewide candidates, who portray it as a Democratic war on student achievement…” Neither candidate “gave state officials a rousing endorsement nor a ringing denunciation…”
Report on April 29 Democratic Ctte School Board Debate(Sungazette)
Virginia Moving to Eliminate All Accelerated Math Courses…(Fox News)
No, Virginia is Not Moving to Eliminate Advanced High School Math(Wash Post)

Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Zoning “Bonus” Heights

Meeting Recap
Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Zoning “Bonus” Heights
County staff provided an overview of a proposal to award 60 extra feet of height for new buildings that include affordable units. The proposal was approved by the County Board at their April 17 meeting.

Click to play video (23 minutes)

Slide Deck (PDF) Meeting Announcement

Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Key Blvd Water Mains

Meeting Recap
Video: April LVCA General Meeting on Key Blvd Water Mains
County staff briefed us on replacement of the water main along Key Blvd from Jackson to Danville and the block of Herndon north of Key. Construction is expected begin in the Spring and to take a year and a half. There will be detours, parking restrictions, and unavoidable noise (between 9AM & 4PM). Water service may be disrupted.

Click to play video (30 minutes)

Slide Deck (PDF) Meeting Announcement

LV Bulletin: May

LV May Bulletin
The May 2021 LV Bulletin will soon be delivered to your home. Thanks to Bulletin editor Adam Kernan-Schloss, Bob Braddock who organizes its distribution, and our team of local distribution people who bring it to your door. Items for the Bulletin can be sent to Adam by email. The May issue and almost every issue starting with Apr 2003 is available online.

APS Offering In-School & Distance Learning in Fall

APS Offering In-School & Distance Learning in Fall
● In-person school (PreK-12) will be conducted 5 days per week with teachers present in classrooms and normal start/end times. It appears that so many have selected this option that it will be impossible to maintain CDC’s reduced 3-foot distancing between desks. APS is figuring out what to do.
● A separate K-12 Distance Learning Program will offer 5 days of distance learning. This will be a separate program from the in-school program. Due to low registration, students from multiple schools will be combined into classes.
● Students in elementary programs will have the option to switch between in-school and distance learning at the end of each quarter. Older students will have this option only at the end of each semester. Students who do not make a choice will be assigned to the in-school program.
● Summer School will begin July 6, offering both in-person and distance learning.
Superintendent’s Update

Only 5% Stick with Distance Learning

2021-22 Enrollment Data Click image for more detail

Gradual Return to Normal

A Gradual Return to Normal
Virginia could lift most of its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions by mid-June according to Gov. Northam’s office. News Release
May 15: Virginia is scheduled to relax some restrictions. Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5AM. Up to 100 people at indoor gatherings. Up to 250 people at outdoor gatherings. Entertainment venues operating at 50% capacity indoors (1,000 people max), and 50% outdoors (with no cap).
June 15: Social distancing requirements and restrictions on gathering sizes could be lifted entirely, provided coronavirus cases continue to drop and the pace of vaccinations does not let up.
● The mask mandate is likely to remain.
Arlington is now reporting a 7-day average of 15 new COVID-19 cases per day. About 50% of Arlington residents have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine and 34% are fully vaccinated. VA COVID Dashboard

More LV Hate from ARLnow

More LV Hate from ARLnow
ARLnow published this photo claiming it occurred in Cherrydale. The cited source does not mention Cherrydale. My extensive online search didn't either. Car has DC plates. (click to view source)


The story is followed by a lengthy Featured Comment by "Slither" that rebuts the author's "errors and misrepresentations."
Now that ARLnow is on notice that it is spreading seriously incorrect information one must wonder why they continue to publish these hateful screeds. ARLnow used to be an authoritative source for Arlington news, but recently has begun to also publish distortions and misleading headlines on other topics. Sad to lose them. ARLnow

Park Renovation: 11th & Danville

Park Renovation: 11th & Danville
The often-muddy park immediately south of Market Commons (Barnes & Noble) is going to get some love. Construction Begins: 2nd Quarter 2021 and should be complete by 4th Quarter 2021.
Park layout and featuresClick image to enlarge

COVID Shots Easy to Get

COVID Shots Easy to Get
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no cost from multiple sources
County Offers Open Scheduling News Release
The County is now accepting walk-ins, no appointment necessary.News Release
● Individuals of age 16+ may directly schedule an appointment
● Individuals aged 16-17 should only make appointments for Pfizer vaccine
● Schedule an appointment at the County website
COVID Moderna Shots at Virginia Hospital Center
● Individuals of age 18+ may directly schedule an appointment
● Appointments are required: Schedule Here
● VHC does not have a waitlist
COVID Shots at Nearby Pharmacies
● Check Vaccinefinder.org for availability and for links to appointments
● Individuals aged 18+ may make appointments for any vaccine
● Individuals aged 16-17 should only make appointments for Pfizer vaccine
   • CVS, 4238 Wilson, Ballston Commons (Moderna; two-dose)
   • CVS, 1100 Wilson, Rosslyn (Moderna; two-dose)
   • CVS at Target, 1500 Wilson, Rosslyn (Moderna; two-dose)
   • Walgreens, 1301 S Joyce, Pentagon City

Choun – Karantonis Rematch in County Board Primary

Choun – Karantonis Rematch in County Board Primary
County Board member Takis Karantonis, who is serving a partial term after being elected in a special election last year, will again face Chanda Choun in the Democratic primary. The two previously ran against each other in the the special election to fill the late Erik Gutshall’s seat. The Democratic primary is June 8 with early voting beginning April 23.
Takis Karantonis website
Chanda Choun website

ARLnow
2018 Candidate Essay: Chanda Choun
2020 Candidate Essay: Takis Karantonis
SunGazette Candidate Profile: Chanda Choun

Facing a Third Independent Candidate: Audrey Clement
The winner of the Democratic primary will be facing Audrey Clement, a 17-year resident of Westover, member Arlington’s Transportation Commission, and perennial candidate for School Board and County Board. In the past Clement has received as much as 30% of the vote.
SunGazette Candidate Profile: Audrey Clement
Audrey Clement website

Primaries for Nov 2 Election

Primaries for Nov 2 Election
Democratic Primary: Apr 23 to June 5
The primary will select statewide candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. The primary in Arlington will also select a candidate to fill a seat on the County Board. The County Board candidates are Chanda Choun website and Takis Karantonis website. Incumbent State delegates are running unopposed so will not be on the primary ballot. Sample Ballot
● Early in-person voting starts Friday, April 23 at 3 locations:
 • Courthouse Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.
 • Madison Community Center (3829 N Stafford St.
 • Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th St. S
More Information (VADEMS)
● Absentee ballots will be sent on April 23 to early applicants and then as applications are received. The deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is May 28. Deadline for returning ballots in person is 7PM on June 8 or postmarked by June 8 and received by 12PM on June 11.
● Deadline to register to vote in the Primary is May 17.
Request A Vote By Mail Ballot and Register to Vote
To apply for an Absentee ballot you will need to provide your Virginia Driver’s license or state ID number, date of birth, and Social Security number.

Democratic School Board Caucus May 17 – 23
School Board candidates run as independents in Virginia and cannot be nominated by a party in a primary. The Arlington Democrats is running an endorsement caucus. The caucus will be conducted online. Voting will be open 24/7 during the week of May 17-23. For more information and to vote during the voting week go to the VaDems School Board Caucus Page
Candidates are Miranda Turner website and Mary Kadera website.

Republican Primary
The Republican Party will hold an “unassembled” state convention on May 8. There will be 37 drive-in sites across the commonwealth where Republicans can cast their ballot. The election will employ rank choice voting where voters indicate their first, second, third choice etc. for each of the 3 statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Arlington GOP Middle Solution story

General Election Nov 2
On Election Day, all Arlington polling places are open from 6AM to 7PM.

Arlington County Information
Arlington 2021 Voter Guide
Arlington 2021 Elections Webpage

Changing Arlington 2012-2018

Changing Arlington from 2012 to 2018
The County’s increasing number of older adults and high-income households may result in changing priorities for County government…
● Population: 225,200; up by 13,500 (6.4%)
● Households: 109,940; up by 14,571 (15.3%)
● Married couples without children up 31.2%
● Adults 65 and older up 25.1%
● Young adults (25-34) down 11.6%
● Children under 18 up 18.7%;
● Persons living alone up 8.1%
 ● Slow growth of single adults under 65 (3.1%)
 ● High growth of single adults 65 plus (34.9%)
● Hispanic residents up 9.2%
● Black or African American residents up 5.0%
● White and non-Hispanic residents up 2.0%
● Households earning more than $200,000 up 31.5%
 ● Share of households above $200,000 up from 21.5% to 24.5%
● Households earning under $120,000 up by 1.7%

Source: Board Report #22 (Posted 04-12-2021) Starting with page 14: Arlington County’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2022-26 and FY 2022 Annual Action Plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

APS Instructional Plans 2021-22

APS Instructional Plans 2021-22
Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will be administered in person in May and June. Hybrid students will test on days when they are scheduled to attend school. Full-distance learning students will be scheduled to test on Mondays. The Virginia Dept. of Education has provided a remote assessment option for full-time distance learning students in grades 3 to 8 Virginia Remote Student Progress Test.
Graduation Ceremonies for graduates of: Arlington Career Center, Arlington Community High School, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, Langston, New Directions, Wakefield, Washington-Liberty and Yorktown will be held in-person and outdoors. Middle school promotions will remain virtual.
Summer School will offer 5-day in-person and 5-day distance learning. Extended Day will not be offered during summer school due to staffing and space constraints and health and safety requirements. Summer school course offerings are contingent on available staffing.
Fall Semester will offer 2 options: 5 days a week of in-person classes or fully remote for K-12. Families have until Friday, April 30 to make their choice. Those failing to make a choice will automatically be placed in the in-person program. More at ARLnow APS Slide Deck

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Arlington Schools

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Arlington Schools
COVID-19 outbreak investigations are currently ongoing at Washington-Liberty High School and another unnamed Arlington public school. The W-L investigation started after 4 students tested positive between March 23-31. Over the last couple of months APS has reported 84 COVID-19 cases among students and staff. APS has declined to answer questions, citing privacy concerns. Story at ARLnow

Virginia Rolling Back COVID Restrictions

Virginia Rolling Back COVID Restrictions
Gov. Northam announced further loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and social gatherings starting May 15 with additional rollbacks likely in June. News Release
● Indoor sports/entertainment venues may expand capacity to 50% (from 30%) or 1000 (from 500)
● Outdoor venues may operate at 50 percent capacity
● Social gathering limits increase from 50 to 100 indoors and 100 to 250 outdoors
● Restaurants may sell alcohol after midnight
● Dining rooms may remain open between midnight and 5AM
● Bar seating is permitted with proper social distancing
● School performances, like musicals, may now take place