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Upton Hill’s New Parking Lot Is Full of Cyclists

Park in transition serves young and old, but shade trees are gone.

On the Friday before the long Labor Day weekend, Tomás Weber, his sister Vera Weber, and their cousin, Jonathan Melo, and grandfather “Papí” (Elvis) were enjoying the smooth, unscathed new enlarged blacktop parking lot at the Upton Hill Regional Park, along with several other young cyclists who were reveling in the near empty lot so they could show off their bike riding skills.

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ArPets: Hogan Hovsepian

Deciding to get the dog was easy.

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ArPets: The Story of Wendy

Until the coronavirus, Wendy lived with George and Marjorie Hobart at The Jefferson independent living and retirement home in Ballston.

Samia Byrd, Arlington’s Chief Race and Equity Officer

As the Chief Race and Equity Officer for Arlington County, Samia Byrd will lead the County’s work to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion both internal and external.

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Yes, Some Places Are Irreplaceable in Arlington

Sam Torrey Shoe Service closes after 55 years.

The cubbies and shelves that normally would hold over 500 shoes, purses and other items are now mostly empty as Sam Torrey Shoe Services prepares to close on Friday, July 31.

Meet Marta Hill Gray, New Executive Director of Culpepper Garden

Marta Hill Gray wears one of her masks as she has her temperature taken, signs in with her own pen and walks through the door of Culpepper Garden on July 1.

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Arlington Neighborhood Sends Off a New Midshipman

Pandemic precautions color Plebe summer

At 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, more than forty neighbors gathered to line North Abingdon Street to send off Shane Tomb as he left to begin his “Plebe Summer” at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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With 25 Percent of Previous Appointments, PT Offered Outdoors

Join the birds and the sunshine for physical therapy.

Two ceiling fans move the pleasant afternoon air on the front porch of Lisa Shimberg’s house where she has set up a physical therapy bed.

Marta Hill Gray Named Executive Director at Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation

Susan Philp, Board Chair of Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC), nonprofit owner of Culpepper Garden, announced that Marta Hill Gray was named the new Executive Director of ARHC and will begin on July 1, 2020.

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Community Gardener Help with Food Insecurity in Arlington

Arlington food networks work together during coronavirus pandemic.

The South Four Mile Run Community Garden has changed its procedures due to the coronavirus pandemic, but tomatoes and peppers are still tangled with squash sporting yellow blossoms and remains of the sugar snap peas.

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Arlington Has New Director of Corrections

Major Gretchen Foster is the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Director of Corrections, effective Monday, June 22. Foster is the first female Director of Corrections in Arlington’s history.

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Arlington Couple Cleans Up Nice

Two residents dedicate themselves to cleaning up the banks of the Potomac.

You’ve seen the trash along the banks of the Potomac and you might even have picked up a plastic bottle or bag two to bring home for recycling.

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Jesus Collazos Was More Than Our Mailman

Four years ago, we moved into a neighborhood that really felt like one. Houses are not too far apart, so neighbors know one another, and stop to check in.

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Emily and Sarah to Celebrate Virtual Graduation in Arlington

Twins Emily and Sarah Roberts stand on their front porch with Hachi on the leash headed toward his favorite spot in the front yard. Emily and Sarah say they were still hoping for an in-person graduation even after the rest of the school year at Yorktown High School had been cancelled.

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Muslims Celebrate Ramadan at Home During Pandemic

It was hard not to be able to embrace friends and family after the 30 day fast.

Ramadan, the month-long fast that takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar year, is, after all, a time of sacrifice. For many who were under stay-at-home orders in Virginia, that spirit of sacrifice took on an added dimension.

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