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Arlington to lower speed limit around oodles of schools

Arlington County Board members on Nov. 13 will hold a public hearing and are likely to vote on a proposal to cut speed limits to 20 mph on 58 roadway segments near schools. Board members voted without comment or dissent...

Editor’s Notebook: Gonna be grrrrrrreat when everything is freeeeeeeee!

We all know that being a grumblepuss is not my style -- ah-hahahahahahahahahaha! -- but today let me grumble about the almost-consummated plan to have Fairfax County's library system eliminating fines for overdue materials. It has been a fait accompli...

Oakton man charged with drunkenness after Vienna incident

Two juveniles told Vienna police on Oct. 8 at 8:25 p.m. that a man was acting disorderly at Michaels craft store, 311 Maple Ave., E. Officers located the man inside Domino’s Pizza. Upon interacting with the man, they detected signs...

APS leaders promising limited boundary tweaks

Arlington school leaders say they remain committed to restraining school-boundary changes over the coming year to the minimum necessary, and have promised to keep affected families in the communication loop throughout the process. Arlington Public Schools officials on Oct. 11...

Arlington school enrollment still well below pre-COVID figure

Despite intensive efforts to get them back, Arlington Public Schools has about 4 percent fewer students in class than it did pre-pandemic, according to new figures. Superintendent Francisco Durán on Oct. 14 said the school system’s official count for the...

Editor’s Notebook: Lather, rinse, repeat in the news biz

We’ve got some brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreaking news from our pages for you this morning. Here goes: “Arlington needs to embark on a ‘crash program’ of parkland acquisition if it hopes to beat developers to remaining parcels, a task force says.” Sounds pretty dire....

Crime Solvers lauds partnership with public-safety agencies

From the impact of COVID to level-of-staffing issues, it’s been a tough two years for Arlington County’s public-safety agencies, as it has for many of their counterparts across the land. But at an Oct. 14 luncheon hosted by Arlington County...

Editor’s Notebook: You think Harry cared what they thought? Nah.

Here’s one from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun edition of Oct. 24, 1944. An article reported that national Democrats were grumbling that U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd was hurting President Roosevelt’s re-election prospects by not coming out and supporting...

Boomers beating out Millennials in battle for homes

The past year’s frenzied housing demand likely has more to do with the demographic makeup of America than a one-time, pandemic-driven boom, a new Zillow analysis of the age, sex, race and income of home-buyers over a decade reveals. Millennials...

Vaccination rates still lagging among 20-to-30-years-olds

The 20-to-29 age group remains most resistant to obtaining COVID vaccinations in Arlington, according to new data, although the gap between that younger group and other age categories is shrinking. Just over 68 percent of those between 20 and 29...

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