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Arlington Aiming To Rebound

Arlington looks for new industries, double-downs on contracting.

With an average of 20 percent office vacancy across the county, it’s clear that the exodus of federal government jobs has impacted Arlington. Local neighborhoods have struggled with their own losses and have, in turn, found a diverse range of solutions to try and rebound.

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A Kitchen with a View in Arlington

Cramped space transformed into open, airy oasis.

When a local couple decided to purchase a home to accommodate their growing family, they settled on a property in north Arlington. While the charm of the 1960s’ home appealed to them, some of its quirky spaces needed new faces, particularly the kitchen.

Arlington Home Sales: December, 2014

In December 2014, 243 Arlington homes sold between $2,282,280-$50,000.

Arlington Home Sales: December, 2014

Arlington Real Estate: 2014 Top Sales

Arlington Real Estate: 2014 Top Sales

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Addressing Growing Student Population in Arlington

New schools and boundary changes in the works in Arlington Public Schools.

While the rest of county moves into the new year, Arlington County Schools are finding themselves in the middle of a challenging one. Arlington schools have faced a 21 percent increase in student population over the last five years and anticipate a 19 percent increase over the next five. This has put a strain on school resources, and consequently has forced the schools to ask for budget increases. Meanwhile, the schools have begun plans to shift school boundaries to spread the student population as evenly as possible.

Arlington Home Sales: November, 2014

In November 2014, 182 Arlington homes sold between $1,825,000-$105,500.

Arlington Home Sales: November, 2014

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Arlington: Snapshot

Ready for Santa at 1713 N. Quebec St.

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Arlington Celebrates Richard Thompson

Local cartoonist’s work exhibited in film and book at Arlington Central Library

Nick Galifinakis and David Apatoff had a problem. They wanted to keep meeting at the home of fellow cartoonist Richard Thompson, creator of Washington Post comic Richard’s Poor Almanac and his nationally syndicated comic Cul de Sac, to chat and to pour over his work, but were afraid that Thompson would kick them out if they didn’t come up with a good reason to stay. This was the origin of “The Art of Richard Thompson.” Though likely apocryphal, the story is indicative of the reverence and humor with which the editors compiled the collection.

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2014

In October 2014, 226 Arlington homes sold between $2,860,000-$62,000.

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2014

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Arlington Votes

A morning with the election staff and voters at Arlington’s Madison and Marshal precincts

Arlingtonians lined up to vote on Election Day to choose between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. At a more local level, they also chose a candidate to represent the 8th district in the House of Representatives, to vote on the candidates for County Board and School Board, and to vote on four bonds.

Culinary Goal

In an era of “Top Chef” and other popular televised cooking competitions, it is hard to imagine a more grueling test than those on TV, dramatized with musical scores and commercial breaks.

Arlington Home Sales: September, 2014

In September 2014, 229 Arlington homes sold between $2,183,767-$63,000.

Arlington Home Sales: September, 2014

Voting Early

Virtually every voter in Virginia is eligible to vote absentee, which includes voting in-person absentee at a variety of locations between Sept. 19 and Nov. 1.

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New Law Protects Pets in Abusive Households

AWLA’s Safekeeping program provides temporary shelter.

Due to a new law, as of July 1, a judge can make decisions regarding a pet’s care and custody when they have been in abusive households.

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 234 Arlington homes sold between $1,820,000-$107,000.

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2014

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