Clarendon 7-11 Robbed, June 7
The suspect entered the 7-11, approached the counter and stole the tip jar. The suspect fled and was chased. During an altercation the jar fell and shattered. Desperate times. ACPD Crime Report
There were 67 use of force complaints involving 150 officers processed by ACPD Office of Professional Responsibility in 2019. Citizens were injured in 48 of the incidents. Hospital care was necessary for 22 citizens. Officers were injured in 26, with hospital care necessary for 8 officers. Only 1 complaint was determined to violate ACPD policy. There were 7 civil actions filed against Arlington County Police personnel. ACPD 2019 Annual Report
Democrats Endorse Diaz-Torres & Priddy for School Board
Cristina Diaz-Torres and David Priddy have emerged on top of a five-candidate field for the Democratic school board endorsement. The mail-in ballot resulted in high voter turnout: “More than 5,700 ballots were cast, far exceeding the 1,994 ballots cast in the 2019 in-person School Board Caucus.” These candidates will compete in the Nov 3 general election against Independent candidate Symone Walker.
Trash Not Picked Up? County Urges Patience
Arlington’s trash/recycling contractor is not succeeding to pick up everyones’ trash on their scheduled day, requiring follow-up runs the next morning. Residents are asked to not call in complaints unless trash is not picked up by noon of the next day.
Submit a missed collection ticket Online or using the Arlington mobile app or by calling 703-228-5000.
The “We Are Covered” program gives Arlington businesses and residences a way to show the public they are pledged to protect people who come through their doors by actively supporting the face covering requirement.
Give your support to businesses that care for your safety.
Cristol Apologizes for Criticism of Beer Garden
On Saturday, Katie Cristol retweeted a photo which showed a large crowd, none wearing masks, outdoors at The Lot beer garden near LV. On Monday, Cristol tweeted that she was wrong after The Lot insisted that it followed “all CDC, state, and local guidelines.”
Cristol also stated in her tweet that “too many ppl = an administrative problem the County needs to fix.”
The issue stems from the Governor’s order using Certificates of Occupancy to set limits on bars and restaurants. This was an easy way to set a limit using existing data. Unfortunately, Certificates of Occupancy are intended for fire safety, not epidemic safety. The Lot is an outdoors beer garden, with an easy exit available in virtually every direction and therefore has a high occupancy limit of 750 people.
The crowded Lot demonstrates need for better way to set limits with epidemic safety in mind. Hopefully, the County will review Certificates of Occupancy in light of their new significance.
“Every community is one wild weekend away from falling off a cliff.” — Dr Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi Chief State Health Officer
Governor Urges Wearing of Masks
Governor Northam asks that masks be worn in indoor public spaces, including businesses.
“Science shows us that the virus spreads less easily when wearing a face covering, I’m asking people to do the right thing, to respect one another.” — Governor Northam
Exceptions include eating, children under 10, and those with health conditions. Face coverings do not take the place of maintaining six feet of physical distancing, increased cleaning and sanitation, and washing hands regularly.
The Virginia Dept. of Health, not police, is responsible for enforcement. Thus no penalty for individuals refusing to wear a mask. Northam hopes a special session of the General Assembly will approve a civil fine for noncompliance.
For now enforcement is left to individual businesses. Businesses refusing to enforce the requirement may have their business license rescinded. Business employees fear violent reactions from sociopaths when told they must wear a mask.
Non-Essential Businesses to Open May 29
Arlington and Northern Virginia will begin a “Phase 1” reopening on Friday, May 29. Non-essential businesses may reopen with additional cleaning, safety precautions and social distancing. Employees and patrons must wear masks. These businesses include:
● Retail establishments operating at 50% capacity; no fitting rooms.
● Restaurants and bars offering outdoor dining at 50% occupancy; no condiments on tables.
● Barber shops, salons & tattoo parlors by appointment with one patron per service provider.
● Fitness centers offering outdoor exercise, limited to 10 participants.
● Outdoor pools for lap swimming in designated lanes.
Reopening was announced even though only 4 of 6 key metrics are on track. The remaining key metrics are sustainable supplies of personal protective equipment for medical staff and expanded capacity for contract tracing. Leaders hope these problems are resolved soon. InsideNOVA
Arlington to Expand Outdoor Restaurant Seating on Public Spaces
On Wednesday Arlington will start taking Temporary Outdoor Seating Applications for restaurants to occupy sidewalks, public spaces, and parking lots. Similar regulations to increase outdoor seating are underway in DC. Washingtonian
School Year Begins Aug 31
The new school year is to begin Aug. 31.
● Schools will probably start with distance learning, students staying at home.
● New content will be taught.
● The County will provide free internet access to households that lack it. APS News Release
The County Board allocated $500,000 of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for a joint County/School Internet Essential Grant Program to provide broadband internet access to APS students in need. Some 5,000 to 8,000 families could qualify for the program, which will be administered by APS through a contract with Comcast. County News Release
MidAtlantic Urgent Care is Closing Permanently June 1
The locally-owned clinic is closing permanently at the end of May. The clinic said it cannot continue meeting expenses while COVID-19 keeps patients away.
Restaurants Open for Takeout and Delivery
Many Arlington restaurants continue to operate for takeout and delivery. Ordering food from them is a great way to support local businesses and get some tasty food. Here are two lists of restaurants open for takeout and delivery: ArlNOW List Arlington County List
Note that delivery services charge hefty fees to restaurants for referrals and some published phone numbers go to the delivery service, not to the restaurant. To maximize the benefit your order brings to the restaurant, make sure you are contacting the restaurant directly.Restaurant Delivery Fees (CNET)
Don’t recognize a restaurant you see on a delivery service website?
Some of America’s best-known chain restaurants have quietly set up shop on food delivery apps, using names that sound like small businesses, but delivering food from their locations. CNN
Jun 8 County Resuming Bulk Trash Collection
Beginning on trash day (Wed June 10 in LV) large furniture like sofas, mattresses, box springs, or futons and home construction debris can once again be left on the curb for pick up without prior arrangement. This does not include yard waste.
Arlington County 2020 Summer Camps Canceled
Parks and Recreation announced “in accordance with the health and safety guidelines of state, national and camp officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington County is cancelling summer camps for 2020.” It is “not confident all campers and staff would be able to safely enjoy an even modified camp experience.” Credits will be provided to all who previously signed up.
● Social distancing rules are for brief exposures or outdoor exposures.
● Briefly walking/running past someone outside is low risk.
● Social distancing guidelines don’t hold indoors where you spend a lot of time. The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
● Findings support mask wearing as an effective way to limit transmission of the virus from an infected person — known in medical parlance as source control.
● There is some justification for universal mask wearing to prevent those who do not know they are sick from infecting others.
● Hand washing and social distancing are still the most important measures to avoid infection. Scientific American: How Coronavirus Spreads through the Air
Unanticipated Consequences Hit County Parks
After the Dept of Environmental Services stopped picking up yard waste, some frustrated Arlington residents began leaving their yard waste in Arlington’s now-closed county parks. Arlington Parks & Rec is not happy about this and urges residents to make use of the limited options offered by Environmental Services. Yard Waste Options
County Courthouse to Require Face Masks
Beginning May 22, cloth facial coverings or face masks will be required for all patrons who enter the Courthouse. Masks will be made available for all who do not have one. News Release
Diseased Brown Cedars in LV
These cypress trees in LV Park are infected with Seiridium canker. Spotted in several parts of LV, it is a fungal disease that kills trees and spreads from tree to tree. There is no chemical control available once an infection has taken place. Please cut down or trim any infected trees on your property to prevent spread.
Care is the best defense: minimize water loss and water competition with other plants such as turf. Mulch an area several feet beyond the lowest limbs. During hot, dry summer days, irrigate thoroughly around the base of each tree every 7-14 days. More info at the Extension Service
Police Expand Online Incident Report System
The Arlington County Police Department is expanding its online reporting system to allow more police reports to be filed online. Members of the public can now file reports of minor property damage crashes online. The online form is now also available in Spanish. News Release File Police Report Online