Sitting alongside the tennis courts at Arlington’s Virginia Highlands Park, 24 metal rings form raised plant beds with ripe tomatoes on the vine and peppers ready for picking. Highlands Urban Garden, or HUG for short, isn’t your typical garden though, with its temporary construction and large water jugs — this is an example of an urban garden, meant to show how products can grow mere steps away from a concrete jungle. Continue reading "Highlands Urban Garden Helping To Combat Hunger"
Juneteenth represents June 19, 1865, the day enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, heard that they were free. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. Continue reading "Juneteenth Celebrations In Arlington"
Twenty-six artists from across the D.C. area have painted 25 giant flower sculptures as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Blossom Hunt. The sculptures can be found scattered across the region, including two in Crystal City. Continue reading "Giant Flower Sculptures Created For National Cherry Blossom Festival In Crystal City"
JBG Smith has started construction on a pair of Virginia residential high rises at 1900 Crystal Drive in Arlington County’s newly-renamed National Landing neighborhood. The two buildings combined will add more than 800 apartments to the Crystal City area, as well as 40,000 square feet of new street-level retail space. The southern tower will be 27 stories tall with 471 apartments. The northern tower will be 26 stories tall with 337 apartments. Continue reading "Construction Of Newest High Rises Starts On Crystal City’s"
The snowflakes stopped and the sun came out Sunday, Feb. 7 in Green Valley just in time for Mary Lockett’s surprise 104th birthday car parade. Lockett sat bundled up on the porch of the house on S. Kenmore where she has lived since she was born. Happy birthday music blared out of the house next door, and neighbors across the street danced to the rhythm. Continue reading "104th Birthday Celebrated By Neighborhood Parade In Arlington"
Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved nearly $4 million in spending on new projects designed to improve commutes along the Interstate 66 corridor in the northern part of the state. Continue reading "Improvement To I-66 Corridor Approved By Va. State Board"
A mixed-use development plan for part of Crystal City in Northern Virginia was given the green light by the Arlington County Board on Saturday. JBG Smith can now move forward with its plan to develop Crystal Gateway, a nine-story office building with ground-floor retail, at 101 12th Street South. The Board voted unanimously to approve the development. Continue reading "Mixed-Use Development Plan Approved For Crystal City"
David Ashley, 46, is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. A volunteer at heart, Ashley decided to spend his time helping local Virginians who needed help the most. He donated a kidney to a fellow West Point graduate three years ago. Since then, he had the goal of being the first living kidney donor to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, also known as the “Seven Summits.” Continue reading "Retired Air Force Colonel Volunteers To Those In Need In Arlington"
If you want to keep on reading during the brave new world of coronavirus rules and restrictions, then the Arlington Central Library on Quincy Street has a “hold pickup” initiative for you. It allows a library patron to order books in advance and pick them up at one of the three stations inside the library auditorium. The Central Library is open for this service Monday-Thursday from 12-7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 12-5:00 p.m. Continue reading "Arlington Central Library Initiates “Hold Pickup”"