Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A New Year!, Truck Operations, Fences, etc. etc.

I’m back. Had a restful holiday, thanks for asking. I hope yours was eventful in the best sort of way. As I said when I last signed-off, this blog will be updated on a weekly basis (Wednesdays) with occasional “extras.”

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From the Department of Understatements…

Det. Steve Gomez, a spokesman in the Arlington County Police, wins the understatement of the day with this quote:


“That was a tractor-trailer that attempted to make a U-turn, unsuccessfully.”

He was referring to the truck I reported on in my Dec. 20 posting.

When I saw the truck, it was blocking both southbound lanes of George Mason Dr. at N. 4th Road. The rear wheels of the truck were on the median and the front wheels were on the southbound sidewalk.

Det. Gomez reported that the police responded near 8:00 a.m. and left the scene at 9:12.

An hour-long operation using a tow truck first disconnected the tractor from the trailer and then reunited them after removing the blockage.

The driver drove on his way, without a citation, Gomez said. “We helped out the driver since he got himself into a predicament.”

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Fencing for Seniors

A higher and pointier fence should grace the grounds of Culpepper Gardens, replacing the four-foot decrepit chain-link fence. The county board last November approved the site plan for the replacement fence that board materials said is made of aluminum and has “spear”-like points on the tops of the palings.

The county will continue to run a senior center from the basement of Culpepper Gardens. The lease with a slight amendment, basically changing the dates of the lease, was approved at the county’s December board meeting. The senior center will continue there until 2012.

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About Arlington

I must admit that I like my latest
About Arlington piece in the Connection. Check it out, or better yet, get your own copy (have it mailed to you for FREE).

I know you can pick up a copy at the Barcroft Community Center on Four Mile Run, at Murky Coffee in Clarendon and Bob and Edith’s diner (the original store) on Columbia Pike—I’m sure there are other places in the county where you can snag one. Or
simply call 703-917-6465, and they’ll set-up a FREE SUBSCRIPTION for you (if you live in Arlington). It takes about six or eight weeks to get your first, so be patient.

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Police Notes for Buckingham

Dec. 26, 2006:
Attempted Robbery by Force, 200 block N. Glebe Road (in the vicinity of Pershing Drive).
At approximately 10:45 p.m., a man walking down the street was approached by three men who demanded his money. One of the men pushed the victim and the other two grabbed him. The victim was able to get away from the suspects but had to go to the hospital to be treated for a bite to the hand.


Det. Steve Gomez, an Arlington County Police spokesman, said there were no reports of the man having left a nearby ATM or anything that would have made him a better target.

Suspect #1 is described as a white Hispanic male, 6’ tall, 200 lbs, wearing a brown leather jacket. Suspect #2 is described as a white Hispanic male, 5’7” tall, 200 lbs, wearing a blue jean jacket. Suspect #3 is described as a white Hispanic male, 5’7” tall, 200 lbs, wearing a brown shirt.


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