Wednesday, October 31, 2007

HeraldTrib Today: Oct. 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

It’s a bad day to be a witch, at least this witch in Arlington Forest!

Of course, it’s Halloween, and the kids at K.W. Barrett Elementary School had their annual walk through the neighborhood. I’ll have something up on that tomorrow—a lot of pictures to run through.

The bigger news: I posted endorsements for Walter Tejada and Mike McMenamin yesterday. Elections are Tuesday. Coverage: Tejada story; Tejada interview; Hynes story; Hynes Interview; McMenamin story; McMenamin Interview; Ruebner story; Ruebner Interview. (I was unable to reach Mr. Warren, the fifth candidate in the board race, for an interview.)

Still potentially bigger news: Buckingham Village 1, on the northwest corner of N. George Mason and N. Pershing drives, will see demolition in the near future. Read the full story below.

A number of people asked me what the shed-like structure attached to a Village 1 building is. It is attached to the back of the building at 418 N. George Mason Drive, but it’s the shed anyone can see from N. Henderson Road near Barrett. Turns out it’s an addition to the complex’s maintenance shed, Micheline Castan-Smith told me. Now you know.

Another writer/blogger/columnist lives in Buckingham. He is Vic Socotra and lives in The Chatham, or, as he calls it, “The Big Pink” or even “The Island of Misfit Toys.” He’s been writing a number of pieces on the Buckingham redevelopment. If you email him, he’ll put you on his list, no doubt.

For the past two weeks I had been meaning to write that it was about time for Paradigm Development Corp., which owns the large dirtsward at the intersection of N. Thomas Street and N. Henderson Road, to cut down the brush that had grown up over the summer. Then, voila, I saw they mowed and planted grass. Excellent! Now, let’s just get rid of that large pipe/trough, and get the street lights working again, and I’ll be happy as a clam.

As always, you can scroll down to see all the recent stories, or simply click the links below (if the link doesn't work, scroll down to find the story, and email to tell me what's busted: Thurston).

Today's Headlines:

  • Buckingham Demolition Just Around Corner
  • Police Notes for Bham (Happily, on the scariest day of the year, none to report!)

  • Headline's from Earlier in the Week:

  • Endorsements: McMenamin, Tejada
  • Breakfast with Walter at Rinconcito (the meeting with Mr. Tejada)
  • Mr. Tejada's Interview Responses (Affordable Housing is Key)
  • Police ID Man Found Dead
  • Mugging Victim Grateful for Neighbors (A slideshow with the recorded interview of Hugo Barrios who was mugged outside his apartment building in September.)
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    You stated that you were as "happy as a clam" to see that Paradigm had cut the brush and planted grass". You should be very unhappy that Paradigm did this.

    The "brush" was actually a meadow area that contained wildflowers and food and habitat for butterflies and other insects, as well as shelter for rabbits and other animals that you may not notice (but probably not rats, unless people were throwing garbage there). The insects provided food for song birds.

    Mowed grass is not hospitable for wildlife. It feeds few birds, except sparrows, starlings and pigeons. That's why Buckingham has so many of these, and so few songbirds.

    If you want to see mowed grass, look at any lawn. However, if you want to see butterflies and colorful birds, look at meadows such as the one that Paradigm destroyed.

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