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Arlington: What a Dump

Arlington recycling event makes junk work for charities.

This E-Care recycling event, which takes place twice a year in Arlington, provides the opportunity to get rid of hazardous household material, trash or junk that cannot be put in the garbage, but also accepts things like eyeglasses, shoes, bikes, and other items which would work in another country.

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Arlington: An Oasis for Uninsured Working People

Annual gala is main source of funding for non-profit Arlington Free Clinic.

The last person you expect to see at the Arlington Free Clinic is your own family doctor. But he’s there, volunteering his time to work with Arlington’s uninsured. It is one of the main tenets of the Arlington Free Clinic (AFC): This isn’t just health care for the people who can’t afford doctors, or free health care that is “good enough” — It’s premium medical care. The doctor knows you by name, or knew you when you had your first child and is now coaching you through breast cancer.

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Arlington: Running for Fun and for Neighbors

Arlington Turkey Trot kick-off party will start the season.

What’s more fun than running the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day? Going to the kick-off party for the Turkey Trot at the Crystal City Sports Pub on Oct. 19, according to Turkey Trot Director Mark Riley.

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Arlington Snapshot: Thriving on ‘Boots, Bingo, and Barbecue’

Arlington Thrive's first “Boots, Bingo, and Barbecue” took place on Saturday, Sept. 24, and families enjoyed the event, playing Bingo, eating barbecue, and dancing. National Honor Society members from Wakefield, Washington and Lee, and Yorktown high schools helped out at the event.

Arlington Thrive Offers Fun to Raise Funds

Barbecue needs locals to attend fall fundraiser.

Denise Hlavaty had gone to school or worked her entire adult life. She worked for 9 years at a social services job in Minnesota. She moved to Arlington after her boyfriend was killed serving in the U.S. military in Iraq: she had to grieve, and it would be easier to visit his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Arlington: Fire Station 8 Will Remain on Lee Highway Site

County Board votes 4-1 to keep station where it is, praising task force efforts.

Marguerite Reed Gooden could not conceal her delight at the comments of County Board Member Christian Dorsey during the County Board vote on 19 June. Dorsey said he was voting to keep the Fire Station 8 where it is, rebuilding on the site, rather than relocating the fire station further north.

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Arlington: Residents Express Frustrations over Process

Public commentary voiced on Saturday, July 16, about the county’s plan to put a temporary Fire Station 10 on the Wilson School/HB Woodlawn playing fields reflected common themes heard around North Arlington last week.

Arlington: What’s the Hurry? Where’s the Fire?

Questions raised by Task Force on Station 8 still need to be resolved.

Betsy Forinash, Richard Lolich, and Alexandra Bocian and other North Arlington residents believe Arlington County Deputy Manager Jim Schwartz must have some other agenda for pushing the relocation of Fire Station 8 from Hall’s Hill to Old Dominion and 26th Streets, because if he had read the report of the FS#8 Task Force, he’d know that doesn’t make sense. The tenor of citizens’ remarks rose last week when word leaked out that the county was leaning towards the Old Dominion site because it was said to be more cost effective.

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Arlington: Neighbors, Colleagues Honor Firefighters of Hall’s Hill

Reunion of firefighters, families, and neighbors was tribute to early firefighters.

“How did I keep up a positive attitude despite segregation? I believe most of us wanted to prove that we were as good or better than the other firefighters in the county,” said Hartman Reed.

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Arlington: Marymount Farmers Market Opens

The Marymount Farmers Market opened despite a steady rain on Saturday, May 21.

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Arlington: Foster Parents Celebrated at Gala Dinner

Foster parents were hesitant at first, now committed.

One of the attendees asked an honoree at the May 16 gala dinner for foster parents how long she and her husband had been foster parents.

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Arlington: Task Force Votes To Keep Fire Station 8 at Current Site

Questions continue about how to improve response times.

Attendees at the penultimate meeting on Fire Station 8 shook their heads.

Arlington: Fire Station 8 Task Force Nears Decision

Task force will vote on options May 12.

The Fire Station 8 Task Force narrowed down its options during its meeting on April 26, and will now vote on May 12 to narrow the decision down to one proposal going forth to the County Board.

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Arlington: New Owner-Chef Leads La Côte d’Or

Attention to culinary detail.

La Côte d’Or, on the border of Falls Church and Arlington, has a new owner. The restaurant was purchased in February by Chef Jacques Imperato.

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Two Arlington Foster Parents Advise: ‘Just do it’

Recalling the challenges and joys.

Scott and Marcy Burka are Arlington's Foster Parents of the Year. In addition to their three birth children, they’ve provided five long-term placements, including two sibling groups of three. Scott Burka works in real estate and Marcy Burka is an accountant.

Arlington Brief: Honoring Original Fire Station 8 Firefighters

The John M. Langston Citizens’ Association of Hall’s Hill - Highview Park in Arlington will be commemorating “the heroism of the original 14 Negro firefighters who served in Fire Station 8.”

Arlington: Chef Introduces New Lineup of Nats-inspired Ice Creams

Arlington Chef Katie Gilman, owner of Taste - Inventive Food by Katie Gilman - a carry-out restaurant and catering business, has created a lineup of Nats-inspired ice creams as part of her concept of “perfect scoops” of ice cream.

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Arlington: Virginia Cancer Specialists Honored

VCS provides pro bono care for Arlington Free Clinic patients.

Maria, a middle-aged El Salvadoran woman, was upset. She had been referred to Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) after being seen in the emergency room for internal bleeding. Maria came to her appointment at AFC with a stack of bills from the hospital, which she could not sort out.

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Arlington: Resolve to Run Raises $11,500 for Emergency Needs

George Washington Parkway Classic effort proves successful.

Arlington Thrive was one of the many local safety net groups represented at the George Washington Parkway Classic race on Sunday April 24.

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Arlington Snapshot: Resolve to Run Final Week

Participants have raised $3,200 out of $16,000 goal.

On Saturday, April 9, runners gathered for a brunch buffet at the Army Navy Country Club to celebrate the end of their 3-month training period. Reece Preisser and Chevy Gallegos came out to run the final training run/walk and join their mothers for the carb-loading breakfast. The youngest registered runner in the Arlington Thrive fundraising run is 12: the oldest is 71. The race will take place Sunday, April 24. So far, the runners have raised $3,200 in funds for Thrive. Residents who want to support the effort can do so on the www.youcaring.com website or send a check to Arlington Thrive, PO Box 7429 Arlington, VA 22207 with the name of the runner they support on the memo line.

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Arlington County Acknowledges Fire Station Could Remain on Hall’s Hill Site

Other changes will have to occur for county response time to improve.

“After two years of saying the current site was not adequate for a bigger fire station on the Station 8 site, the county reversed its position and provided site drawings last week indicating the current site was feasible,” said Nancy Williams of the Old Dominion Civic Association. “It would be interesting to know why that took so long,” she said, “but the most important thing is that local citizens were able to get the county to go back review the facts, with a different result.”

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