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ArlingtonArlington History, 3/25/21 edition

Arlington History, 3/25/21 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

March 28, 1941:

  • Work is set to start on widening Columbia Pike from Route 1 to the Fairfax County line from its current 18 feet to 30 to 40 feet, depending on location. The cost is estimated at $275,000.
  • The Arlington County Police Department has hired two new officers.
  • Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church residents are paying the lowest electric rates in Virginia, according to a new survey.
  • County Girl Scouts sold 9,000 pounds of cookies during the recent sales spree.
  • Virginia State Police officials say they will arrest drivers who allow passengers to ride on the runningboards of vehicles.

March 24, 1959:

  • The Planning Commission wants large swaths of Columbia Pike rezoned in an effort to spur development.
  • William Lightsey, president of the Northern Virginia PTA, will seek the Arlingtonians for a Better County endorsement for County Board.

March 23, 1965:

  • More than 44,000 Northern Virginia residents have signed a petition calling for the enactment of fair-housing legislation.
  • The Washington Redskins will play a group of media-all stars in basketball at Washington-Lee High School, to raise funds for the Boys Clubs of Greater Washington.
  • Jack Benny will appear with the National Symphony Orchestra on April 8 at Constitution Hall.
  • On TV tonight: Joey Bishop, Red Skelton, “McHale’s Navy,” “Peyton Place” and “The Fugitive.”

March 25, 1971:

  • While the County Board has put off final adoption of the fiscal 1972 budget, board members will leave the existing real estate tax rate of $3.83 per $100 unchanged.
  • The School Board has trimmed $1.075 million from its proposed $35.4 million spending plan.
  • State GOP leaders plan to introduce legislation this month in Richmond t
    o ratify the federal constitutional amendment lowering the voting age to 18.
  • The Arlington Soccer Association opens registration on Saturday.
  • The local high school track and field season opens with the Haringer Relays this week at Washington-Lee High School.

March 24, 1989:

  • The Ballston Partnership wants the county government to permit street vendors to use pushcarts in commercial corridors.
  • The county government has established a joint committee with George Mason University to plan for the university’s expansion in Arlington. Joseph Fisher will head it.
  • Northern Virginia ABC outlets soon will be able to price their liquor to be competitive with stores in the District of Columbia.
  • A new poll finds half of Americans believe the District of Columbia is the nation’s most corrupt and dangerous city.
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