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Columbia Pike Streetcar in Arlington

COLUMBIA PIKE STREETCAR


If you’re an Arlington resident like me, you’ve probably heard bits and pieces about the streetcar proposal for Columbia Pike.  It seems some Arlingtonians have mixed feelings about the streetcar. Overall, the biggest obstacle so far has been money. On July 31, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to pay for additional design and environmental-planning work for the project.

Fairfax is involved along with Arlington because part of the streetcar will go through Skyline. In fact, Read the rest of this entry »

The Arlington County Fair, August 7-11, 2013

Hi!

This year marks the 37th year that Arlington County has held it’s annual County Fair.

For those of you who’ve gone before, I’m sure you’ll agree that the racing piglets is a highlight of the event. Sure, the fair offers many other great programs – live entertainment, competitive exhibits, pony rides, the thrilling amusement rides, but nothing compares to those cute little piglets racing/waddling around to the finish.

It’s always fun to see Arlington County Fair-goers enjoy the myriad activities and to see the traditions continue from year to year. I love that the fair offers fun for every age – did you know that Ms. Senior Virginia America made an appearance this year? I don’t know if she was there to see the Harlem Wizards play, to play in a heated game of bingo, or to ride the Zipper, but it just demonstrates how there literally is something for everybody.

Yet another example of why ARLINGTON ROCKS!

Enjoy The Arlington County Fair!

Ken & Team Yes I Ken!

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ARLINGTON PARKS

Another great feature of Arlington is our parks. We are very fortunate to have over 1,100 acres of parks and open spaces. Each park and open space location has it’s own unique setting with a variety of features and amenities.

Some of my favorites are:

Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden Park. It’s a 23 acre park known for it’s beautiful memorial rose garden.bon_air_rose_garden

Next to Bon Aire Park is Bluemont Park which has something for everyone. With 70 acres of land, there is plenty of space for biking, jogging, hiking, basketball, ultimate frisbee, baseball, tennis, volleyball, a playground, multiple picnic areas, and a stream for wading or fishing.

Upton Hills Regional Park is an urban park which features a mini golf course, batting cages and a large outdoor swimming pool with water slides.

Especially for kids are several spraygrounds around Arlington. These include: Drew playground, Hayes Park, Lyon Village Park and Virginia Highlands Park. Perfect spots for a hot summer day!

Potomac Overlook Regional  Park is a 70 acre park which has an interpretive garden, a nature center and several nature trails – including hikes down to the Potomac River.

Netherlands CarillonI especially love Netherlands Carillon and Park which is located in Rosslyn just off of the GW parkway. The park is home to a bell tower given to the American people by the Dutch to express their gratitude for our help during and after WWII. The Netherlands Carillon plays “Westminster Chimes” on the hour and plays American patriotic music twice daily.  Concerts and recitals are are also performed on the carillon throughout the summer.

These are just some of our many parks in Arlington. Check them out this summer – or any time of year! ANOTHER GREAT REASON ARLINGTON ROCKS!

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Ticketing Kids in Arlington?

Did you know that this summer kids all around the Arlington area are being given tickets by Arlington County Police officers? That’s right. But instead of these tickets being given for bad behavior, they are actually being handed out for good behavior.

In conjunction with the 7-11 stores in a program entitled “Operation Chill,” coupons (tickets) for free slurpees are being awarded to kids who are spotted doing spontaneous good deeds. Examples of good deeds include helping another person, wearing a bicycle helmet, picking up trash or participating in other positive community activities.

The next time I see the blue lights in my rear view mirror in Arlington, I’ll cross my fingers that I will be ticketed with a slurpee coupon (for doing the good deed of helping you with your Arlington real estate need)! LOL

Ken & Team Yes I Ken!

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Thunderstorms in Arlington & The DC Area

Protecting your home during a thunderstorm:
Given the intensity and frequency of thunderstorms this summer, I thought it would be
helpful to share helpful tips for protecting your home from storm damage.
1. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and damage your house
during a storm.
2. Secure outdoor objects to prevent them from blowing away and potentially causing
damage.
3. Turn off the a/c. Power surges from lightening can overload the compressor, resulting
in a costly repair job!
4. Unplug appliances.
5. Secure outside doors, close blinds, shades or curtains.
6. Unplug and electronic equipment before the storm arrives

Given the intensity and frequency of thunderstorms this summer, I thought it would be helpful to share useful and great tips for protecting your home from storm damage.

1. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and damage your house during a storm.

2. Secure outdoor objects to prevent them from blowing away and potentially causing damage.

3. Turn off the a/c. Power surges from lightening can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job!

4. Unplug appliances.

5. Secure outside doors, close blinds, shades or curtains.

6. Unplug and electronic equipment before the storm arrives.

The DC area certainly has had more than our share of rain and thunderstorms this summer. We hope this is helpful!

Ken & The Yes I Ken! Team

703.981.4646

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