Arlington announces winners of Abbie Awards for business

Pupatella Neapolitan Pizzeria, Pastries By Randolph and the Arlington Public Library were among the 16 Abbie Award winners announced at last week’s meeting of the Arlington County Board. The awards, presented by Arlington Economic Development, were given to businesses in 16 categories including “best brunch” and “best customer service.” Thousands of county residents took part in the online nomination and voting process.

“It’s wonderful to see so many different Arlington businesses honored with Abbie Awards,” County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada said in a statement. “It’s an excellent example of the support surrounding the diverse small retail and dining businesses that really help define the character of Arlington as a community.”

To read the full list of winners, visit

Pay-by-phone coming to Alexandria parking meters

Residents and visitors to Alexandria will soon be able to pay to park through their cellphones. The service will be available starting Dec. 9 through a Pango USA smartphone app or by calling toll-free 855-547-2646. The app is available for iPhone and iPad, Android and BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

Customers can register credit card and license plate information to create an account and then use the app or phone number to enter the parking-zone numbers found on signs along each metered block of the city.

For information, visit

Schools accepting entries
for King visual arts contest

Arlington County public schools are accepting student essays, poems and artwork for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Visual Arts Contest. This year’s theme is King’s quote: “I’ve decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” The contest is open to all Arlington public school students in grades K-12, and awards are given to students in four grade categories: kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth; sixth through eighth; and ninth through 12th. Winners are announced in January and will be recognized at the county’s King tribute Jan. 19.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 20. Contest rules and entry forms are available online and at all Arlington schools, libraries and community centers. For information, visit

Animal shelter offers ‘Black Fir-day’ discounts

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is offering several holiday promotions on “Black Fir-day,” this Friday. Adoption fees for all animals will be half price. From noon to 5 p.m., shelter staffers will gift-wrap your holiday purchases for donations of $3 per gift or $10 for four.

Throughout the holidays, the shelter will sell dog treats made for AWLA by Dogma Bakery and Boutique, as well as 2014 AWLA calendars and AWLA gift certificates redeemable for pet adoption fees, rabies vaccination clinics and more.

The shelter is at 2650 South Arlington Mill Dr. For information on how to support AWLA, call 703-931-9241 or visit

Arlington students win school video contest

Arlington Career Center students Peter Brown, Fred Wolf, Maryam Oukibalso, Kyle Quinn, Evan Spytek and Lena Mobin are the first-place winners in the Virginia School Boards Association’s second annual student video contest. The winners were announced last week at the VSBA’s annual convention in Williamsburg.

The association asked students to create a 30-second video answering the question: “What’s super about public schools?” The videos were judged on quality, creativity and how effectively they addressed the topic. The winning video, “Anyone Can Be Super,” can be viewed on the video Web site Vimeo by searching “Arlington Career Center media.”

For information on the competition, visit