Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

Voting open for contest to design Arlington car decals

The five finalists in Arlington County’s annual vehicle decal competition have been chosen, and voting is underway. The decals feature photos of Arlington by high school students. The finalists — which include such images as the David M. Brown Planetarium and the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse — were selected by a panel of residents. The decals are required for all car-owning residents and will be featured on more than 160,000 windshields starting this summer. Voting is open until midnight Jan. 19. To see the finalists and vote for a winner, visit .

A gaucho rides a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, April 15, 2014. Throughout Easter Week, 'gauchos', the Latin American equivalent of the North American cowboy, from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil will visit Montevideo to participate in the Criolla Week to win the best rider award. The competition is held from April 13 to April 20 this year. REUTERS/Andres Stapff (URUGUAY - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

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Board member Hynes wins award for leadership

Arlington County Board member Mary H. Hynes has been presented with the Scull Award for regional leadership by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Hynes received the award for her services as chairman of the Council of Governments’ Region Forward Coalition and her work on the Metro Board of Directors. Hynes was elected to the County Board in 2007 and has focused on transportation and affordable housing for the county. For information on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and its Scull Award, visit

County Board approves new policy for office parking

Arlington County has adopted a new parking policy for office buildings and developers stipulating that developers who provide fewer parking spots than the minimum required by the county must contribute more funds to transportation programs. The new parking policy program, a statement said, will provide more flexibility for developers while providing funding for programs that mitigate traffic. For information, visit

County Board adopts Tenant Assistance Fund Policy

Arlington County has adopted a new policy to help tenants living in affordable housing avoid eviction because of rent increases. The Tenant Assistance Fund Policy will allow residents to stay in units that are renovated or redeveloped and subsequently have new, higher rental rates.

“As property values continue to rise across our county, Arlington is committed to finding ways to help prevent low- to moderate-income residents from being displaced,” Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada said in a statement. For information, visit

Alexandria commemorates occupation by British Navy

This summer, the city of Alexandria will commemorate its occupation by the British Navy during the War of 1812 with a series of tongue-in-cheek challenges to the Royal Navy. The challenges, which will be facilitated by the British Embassy in Washington, were formally announced by Mayor William Euille last week at City Hall and will consist of a yacht race up the Potomac, a cricket match and a tug of war. The competitions, scheduled to mark the bicentennial of Alexandria’s five-day occupation by British forces in 1814, will take place the weekend of Aug. 29-31. For information about the city’s role in the war, visit

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